hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2009 From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very dark and opaque cherry color with a small off-white head and little lacing. Nose of strongly of ripe fruit and alcohol. Very creamy and rich mouthfeel,. Flavor is very complex with bourbon notes, and ripe fruit, burnt wood, cherries, nuts, chocolate, vanilla, and again alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter. A really interesting brew, that seems like it is more than 10% ABV. One to sip slowly, but very enjoyable.
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2015 12 oz. bottle served in an English pint. Oily and dark cherry skin in color with virtually no head apart from a pinkish brown ring. Rich, powerful aroma. Sherry, brown sugar, and dark fruit, highlighted by bing cherries of course. Zero carbonation and big body that is surprisingly thin (wine-like) and also creamy. Sweet flavor. Oak then cherry then sherry followed by an alcohol finish that continues to warm. Slight bitterness in the end. This must be bigger than 10%. Very complex. *Rerated. 2011 Vintage, aged four years. Wow! What a difference some years make. Still has a monstrous port-like nose of brown sugar, cherries, and vanilla oak. No head and no carbonation. Extra sweet flavor with lots of cherry notes and minimal tannin. Very thick, ultra creamy texture followed by a long sticky sweet finish that hides the alcohol well. Nil bitterness. At this stage of the game, this is dessert. Itís quite incredible.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to miketd, an outright gift!
Purple-brown, small beige head. Nose has a lot and is very coherent: cherry, chocolate, alcohol, and minor roast malt all set against the more vanilla-like bourbon and fruiter sherry, both of which bring a rich, weather-aged wood, like an old roller coaster. Unofortuntately, warmth brings a lot of alcohol to drown out some of the complexity. Warming notes of caramel, faint smoke, chocolate, and vaguely peaty bourbon dwarf the initial fruit flavor. Significant bourbon and cherry in the moderate finish, a little too much alcohol just like a young Adam and a little too thin. Still, this is built on Adam, and Adam is amazing, so itís damn hard to go wrong. That this experience is due solely to Mikeís generosity makes it even more enjoyable. Thanks so much man!
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 Bottle at home ... thaanks to WeeHeavy for this and bbb63 for delivery at DLD ... deep red black... thin lacing ... sweet malts and cherry nose with a little chocolate... wow very rich ... just a bit boozy ... some chocolate ... big soft roast ... ahhh theres bourbon in it ... hadnt expected that ... definite sweetness from the cherry ... this is very deep and quite complicated ... low carbonation ... bit too heavy and a sipper ... but quite nice... boozyness destroys a bit
deep brown black ... thin tan head ... dark heavy meaty roast .. dark heavy bourbon roast nose ... heavy malts ... dark roast ... heavy cherry fruits .. deep fruit malts ... ligth tart fruit ... bit tooo heavy 3.6
after4ever (6913) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. Thanks, Liver! Dense dark brown purple...so purple in spots, in fact, that itís really black. Virtually headless and laceless. Just a little tan swirl of bubbles atop. Huge nose of brown sugar, cola, cherry sweet, nuts, toast, and roast. Creamy thick body, but not at all sticky. Complex mid-palate with all the aroma notes again. Lingering bittersweet finish. Awesome stuff.
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is really good. was a dark brownish color with a hint of deep ruby. The flavors came through in waves. I got the caramel, sweetness then proceeded by a smooth cherry flavor that was not overwhelming. Then vanilla and woody flavor.
travita (4560) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell is almond, nuts, fruits, vanilla, malts, wood, and alcohol, The look is reddish to brown in color with a small biege head. The taste is malts, vanilla, wood, alcohol, nuts, and cherry.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, breadiness, and wood. Flavor of caramel, wood, vanilla, cherry, and some bourbon.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAY 8, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hands down the best beer Iíve had from Hair of the Dog. Bottle acquired from ajm via trade -- thank you, my friend. Pours a very deep black cherry color with a trim brown head. Smells of sour cherries from a distance and plenty of bourbon up front. The favor is incredible -- loaded with bourbon, sherry, malt, wood, vanilla bean, tart cherries, and Adam. Puts it on the original so hard.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle generously shared by theisti before we attended "Beer Wars". Thanks again Tim. Pours a reddish hued deep brown with a thin skin of purplish-beige head. The nose is of wood, bourbon, sour black cherry and dark malt. Medium-bodied and slick with a boozy bourbon finish. Bourbon-forward and not particularly well integrated, the flavor features the same notes found on the nose: wood, bourbon, cherry, dark fruit; pretty boozy. Itís a nice beer, but I think the barrel/bourbon character may actually be detracting more than contributing to the overall presentation. I suppose Iíll have to pull the bottle of Adam I have in my cellar soon to find out for sure.