beastiefan2k (2762) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A gift from Tim, thanks a lot. The pour makes the head just fuzzy, not real substance to it. As expected it fades quickly and leads to a halo lacing. The head is tan colored with a pink hue to it. Body is a dark cola brown color and also has a bit of a pink hue to it. It is too dark to see through. Aroma is very grainy, almost buckwheat-like (I like that), with plenty of alcohol to it and a cherry aspect. Flavor is more dominated by the cherry aspect and as a consequence makes the flavor seem thin. This is conjunction with the extended barrel aging which thins it out as well. And as expected the alcohol is there as well. The buckwheat aspect is last to come appear, which is a shame because that is my favorite part. Its a bit too light bodied for such a strong beer. I would like more heft to the body and less heat in general and I prefer the regular version so much more.
josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Delirium Tremens Snifter.
Appearance - A semi-aggressive pour gives me close to no head, just a ring of large bubbles around the edge. This one is a very dark brown color. Has some lighter brownish red tinge around the top when viewed up against some light. Has some legs on it when swirled, very good looking brew.
Smell - Wow, you better be a cherry lover to like this smell. Right when I popped this one open I could smell the tart cherries creeping up into my nose. It smells awesome, much stronger than the Bells Cherry Stout I had last night. Smells like there might be some vanilla in there, is that bourbon? Some chocolate there as well. Wow, massive oaky smell after a swirl in the glass, very strong!
Taste - First sip is a good one. It is still too cold, so I will be letting this one sit for a little while, but first sip reveals a lot of the same in the smell. Very strong oak taste, cherries are a lot more subdued than I thought they would be (probably will be more pronounced after it warms up). I can definitely taste the smokiness of the original Adam in this one. The bourbon is starting to come out in full stride. This beer is almost stout-like in taste. Cherries actually become less and less noticeable as it warms up, a little disappointing for me.
Mouthfeel - Great thickness too it. This is not too thick nor is it too thin. A lot like normal Adam but this one feels like there is a little more there. I almost expected it to be thicker by the legs this beer has, but nevertheless not at all disappointing. Very coating and just beautiful feeling.
Drinkability - First couple sips are easy to go down. This becomes a little less drinkable as it warms up. The bourbon almost becomes a little overbearing, nothing like GIBCS though. Still a great beer and definitely will be enjoying these through the years. Can’t wait to see what it is like with some more years on it.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This one suffers as it followed Sam Adams Millennium. Pours with no head over a hazy brown body with a red tinge. Light legs. Aroma is raw almonds, yeast, light cherry, oak and raisins. Taste is dry wood, non-sweet cherry. Syrupy mouthfeel, albeit at the same time it feels a bit thin.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Body-looks like red wine. Nose-soy, unami, medium CO2, light ashtray. Not bad. This beer suffers because it is following Sam Adams Millennium, but I won’t hold that against it. A well done beer.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy mgumby10, thanks Mike. This one pours a deep black color with mahogany at the edges with a good sized, foamy tan head. The head slowly fades away leaving suds lace behind in its wake. The aroma is really nice and complex with dark chocolate, smoked malts, and some dark roast as the first wave. Oak, vanilla, and tart cherries round out the smells. The flavors are just as complex as dark chocolate and toasted caramel form the malt base. A lot of oak and vanilla show through with the roast and tart cherries adding a fruity character. The bourbon seems to tie everything together with great balance as it is not overdone at all. Full bodied mouthfeel that is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation leading to a lengthy chocolate cherry finish. This is a great beer, and one I hope to have again in a bigger sample.
Ratman197 (10820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a clear deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a small lingering red brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, black cherry, oak, toffee, dates and sherry. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart warming finish. Flavors of toffee, bourbon, oak, sherry, black cherry, plum and light earthiness with a smooth dry warming lingering fruity finish. Another amazing beer from HOTD!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cap showed signs of being slightly loose, so I’m drinking this sooner rather than later. Dark brown/mahogany with a thin, wispy head. Aroma of dark malts, tart cherries, wood, bourbon, dark fruit and vanilla. The tart cherry flavor dominates the pallet at first, and then gives way to the sweeter Adam flavors, as well as the woody bourbon. Medium to heavy body. Sweet, rich bready finish. Big thanks to mj for the trade.
JK (4860) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still, with no carbonation. Lots of oak, and some cherry. I am happy there is no bourbon. It is quite sour, and the cherry flavor is of real fruit and not syrup or other adjuncts.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to pantanap for sharing this for devon’s departure. Pours dark brown red with a black beige head. Rich inviting nose of cherries, chocolate, bourbon and sour note that blends well. Cherries and fruit flavors dominate the layered flavors of chocolate, bourbon, oak, slight toastiness, and slight sourness that fade to the alcohol heat - that is strong but doesn’t detract too much. Complex and interesting brew. Thanks kan!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from riversideAk, psprings and superdave70... i think there were three of us left when the three bottles of this came out?!
pours a dark reddish brown shade of black with a small light tan head which fades to a ring in my snifter.
this smells like a well worn leather baseball glove... seriously.... along with some sweet fruit/cherries?, raisins, wood, chocolate, bourbon spice and a bunch of booze.
there is a fruity sweetness on the palate that i could not define as cherry... leather, chocolate, burnt sugar, spiciness, a faint tartness, malt and tannic finish. everything has an alcohol burn to it which actually helps to clear away the seemingly overbearing sweetness and give it a lightness and drinkability on an otherwise still mouth feel. 8/5/7/3/16/3.9