joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle at 10% ABV. It pours a very dark brown color and perfectly still. No bubbles at all. The aroma has a lot of bourbon and wood with some molasses, fig and raisin, but sadly not a lot of cherry. The flavor is rich with chocolate, smoke, bourbon and wood… whoa there’s the cherry! The cherry flavor is very apparent near the finish as a fruity tartness (not sour). Light smokiness also in the finish with more raisin, fig and wood. Bourbon is more subdued in the flavor compared to the aroma. Hardly any carbonation at all, but like many HotD beers, it doesn’t really matter. All the flavors meld really nicely and make for a very special treat.
Steve_0 (2234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle at home. Pour is deep, deep brown with a red tint and a small brown head that fizzled out quickly. Deep roasty, figgy, brown sugar, coconut, sweet leather, caramelized sugar, dark cherries, smoke, light peat, and berries in the aroma. Taste is smoky, sweet cherries, red grapes, tangy, coconut, raisins, sweet plums, tar, cocoa, and honey with a smooth, yet smoky finish. Slick/syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Sweet, yet balanced beautifully with burnt malt/smoke characteristics, dark fruits and toffee notes. Seriously hard to believe this is over 13%. So much complexity and one of those beers that could win over the biggest of wine snobs.
MJGG (926) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 12 oz. Arômes très complexes de cerises noires, de bourbon et de malts chocolatés. Robe brune foncée et opaque, aucune effervescence ou mousse. En bouche, les cerises noires sont bien présentes et se marient bien avec les malts très chocolatés. Le bourbon contribue également des notes de chêne et de grains. L’alcool se montre réchauffant en finale. Complexe et savoureuse, cette bière est cependant tellement sucrée qu’il est difficile d’en boire plus d’une demi-bouteille.
ametras (221) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Dark reddish brown with minimal head. Chocolate coated cherries dipped in bourbon. Wet wood, toffee and smoke. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth and syrupy texture. Warm and fruity finish.
fletchfighters (1013) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Hair of the Dog in Portland
12 oz bottle at the bar
Murky dark brown. Little to no head. Thin sliver of a collar. Lots of ABV legs though.
Big nose. Dark, somewhat sour Cherries, sherry or port, oak, bourbon, and a lot of roasted malts. Big, bold, complex nose.
Taste is very fruit driven. Slightly sour dark cherries and dark fruits, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and quite syrupy but in a good and drinkable way.
Rich and sweet feel. Low carbonation and big full feel. Big time dessert beer and just a slow sipper needed by a fireplace. Wonderful beer
kraddel (2439) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx to nate
Pours very dark , very small foam
Smells sweet , oaky
Taste has sweetness , berrys , oak , bourbon , sweet , bourbon back
Good carbo .in contradiction to the 10 people who told me there would be non.
tom10101 (2248) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12 oz). 2011 vintage. From chippo33, thanks! Dark brown with reddish reflects and a small brown head that quickly disappear. Aroma is of cherries, sherry, bourbon, wood, caramel, chocolate, oxidation notes and tobacco. Taste is moderately sweet (not too cloying) wit dark cherries, caramel, bourbon, sherry, oak, chocolate, oxidation notes and tobacco. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. Very complex. A little more dark cherries than expected, it’s really fruity. Good sipper!
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle, purchased recently from the Wurst Place. I’ve had the 2012 several times at HOTD, but never rated it because I’ve always enjoyed it with my wife and never wanted to make the effort to take notes. It’s her favorite HOTD beer by far, and one of mine as well, so it seems silly I haven’t rated it. I’m starting with tonight, but I expect it’s one I’ll come back to. Anyway, onto the beer talk ...
Appearance: Pours dark mahogany meets ruby. The red qualities are really only seen around the edges. Completely still with no head whatsoever. Aroma: Adam + cherries + wood. Don’t mean to be flippant, but -- leather, dark cherries, vanilla, chocolate, roast, tobacco, smoke, wood. Really beautiful aroma. Palate: completely flat, but this still works. My wife commented "it’s like drinking a viscous, delicious wine," and I agree. Full body, silky, viscous texture, long finish. Taste: Sweet cherries (+ rest of the notes from aroma -- they come in waves) with just the tiniest amount of bitterness at the end to draw it to a close and bring it together excellently instead of turning out like complex cough syrup. Overall: Damn, I love this beer. Even completely flat I love this beer. Permanently ISO cherry adam.
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by Travlr. 2012 vintage. Dark brown color. Minimal off-white head. Dark fruit, rich maltiness, some nuttiness in the nose. Smooth, lightly soft crisp carbonation. Bigger body. Lightly dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, light warmth, some chocolate. Solid beer, right now, nice complexity and smoothness. I enjoyed it. More tart than Adam.
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Travlr. Thanks! Pours a darker amber with a white head of foam. Decent retention. Aroma has leather, marmalade, cherries, toffee. Sweet and jammy with some nice oaky notes coming through. Very nice.