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 (10710) - 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 (4843) - 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
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. thanks to another kind soul from portland....pours a dark caramel brown with reddish hues at the edges and a thin off-white head. decent legs running down the sides as well...aroma loaded with cherries and wood with chocolate coming into play to a lesser extent. well barrelled flavors with emphasis on cherry and wood as well as rich toffee/chocolate malt. body somewhat thin overall. carbonation was light. fairly nice but a bigger mouthfeel would have certainly helped.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Kan. Dark brown with red tint, almost opaque with small brown head. Aroma i big cherry and barrel with sweet chocolate malt ad slight alc. Flavor is cherry, sweet roasted malt, subtle alc, barrel, smooth. Medium body with light carbonation. Barrel forward but very tasty. Thanks my friend.
BeerBunker (806) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours deep red (profondo Rosso) with a tiny ring of brown lacing. Aroma is of cherries, wood, oak, malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is of wood, oak, biscuity malt, dark fruit, spice, vanilla, and smoke. The cherry taste isn’t as present as it was in the aroma. Has a tasty wood presence that encompasses the entire brew. Very balanced. The finish is all chocolate with some juicy cherry notes. Lots of alcohol in each sip. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable.