hanedwg99 (3) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great mouth hit... full of malt and alchohol, currant and wine... find the nearest fire place and warm woman and your set...
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 50: Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a very small, rapidly dissipating head. Strange nutty aroma of malts and alcohol with a distinct oakiness to it. Intense, smokey malt flavors coupled with vanilla and a slight alcohol burn in the finish. After the initial pour it is totally devoid of any head and leaves no lacing on the glass. I love the smokiness of this brew. Wonderful, definitely pick some up if you see it.
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 Batch 1 :Dark brown, brown head. Malt nose. Full bodied lightly smoked malt taste. Good mouthfeel
Batch 3:aged several years, more deeply smoked flavor is evident
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark red, approaching black, with a little white lace but no head at all. Hard to be sure that it is a beer or ale just by looking at it. First impression sipping is wonderful flavor and great big mouth feel. Sweet dark malt, and bitter hop, followed by caramel, clove, and banana (? surpringing in a barley malt, much more common in a wheat beer). Nice hoppiness in the long bitter finish. Alcohol is very present. Would have rated it higher, except that the alcohol content limits its drinkability ... not a good lunch beer or a session beer with a colleagues. More of a ’knock me out at the end of a long week’ sort of brew. I would have rated it much higher if it were an easier drink, instead of a sip and study beer. Still, well worth study, an absolutely tops American ale, and probably better than a rating of 4.1 would suggest. // Rerate 7 December. I rated it too low just because it is not a food or a session beer. It is a fantastic beer, it’s Saturday, I’m sharing a bottle, and it’s wonderful. 4.3 is more like it.
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... It reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel... but, I guess it’s not. The commercial description doesn’t lie there.
The aroma contains notes of many things... a light splash of red wine vinegar stands out, but there are bursts of prunes and milk chocolate and alcohol. The appearance is that of prune juice, plain and simple. Not attractive... not unattractive. Almost no head nor lacing. High marks on flavor. Originality abounds. Sweet and tart, with prunes, milk chocolate and rich caramel up front. Well-balanced and tart on the backside. Warm alcohol is present from start to finish. Soft carbonation. Full-bodied with an oily, almost syrupy mouthfeel. A long, pleasantly bitter and tart finish. Excellent beer! Big thanks to herbjones for the trade... my first!
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch #51. This beer is a powerful big dog with a bite that will hurt you. A barley wine type ale with a strong flavor. Caught me by surprise a little. My first though was that it was too tangy and tart. It has a great sense of warmth and the alcohol is fairly well hidden. My problem with this beer was that the appearance was just not appealing. Dark cloudy and wisps of floating sediment were all negative too me. Also the beer had very little head and lacing. This may taste better with age , but it was just a little strong. A great sipping beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
head looks like honeycomb, possibly overcarbonated? powerful yeasty and fruity aroma, this beer probably required the most intense pour ever, my arm got tired, flavor has incredible barley/hop intensity with lots of smokey flavors and a sticky/winey palate
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 [BATCH 53] This beer seems so innocent sitting there on the shelf with that blank expression, just waiting to knock your unsuspecting ass over. I prefer not to read others' ratings before rating a beer myself so I figured (from the percentile) that this would be another excellent ale - full of hops and malt but nothing outrageously unusual; how wrong I was. I now understand (from the few HOTD beers I've had) that this brewery is nothing ordinary. The Adam pours a deep murky burgandy absolutely void of any carbonation, there is plenty of currant and alchohol on the nose. After taking a sip the currant stands out right away, accompanying this is a kind of salty muskiness you'd find in a good wine. This is an excellent palate beer. However, my only complaint, and it's a small one, is how the alchohol is a bit too prevalent for my tastes. I feel like every time I take a sip there is a burst of flavor which is quickly lessened by the alchohol presence. But, as I said, this is a small complaint. A wonderful beer that deserves solitude when drinking.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 53. Tremendously rich Old Ale. Absolutely huge tobacco and molasses malt with long rich hop bitterness. Rather reminds me of good chewing tobacco. This a big old ale, handsome, but perhaps a bit lumbering. I prefer the Fred.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #53: This beer poured a very dark brownish black color. No light is getting through this one. It didn’t form much of a head, but maybe I had it a too cold or didn’t pour it right. It was a light tan color and did leave some lace. The aroma was of raisins and cherry, malt and some chocolate. Interesting flavor of a smokey fruit. It has a medium body and a glossy, somewhat burnt finish. A hint of the alcohol when it goes down. A nice beer that is probably better at a warmer temp. and with some aging.