daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn, a lost rating! Shared with Oakes and Beershine and more in early Feb I believe. Great damn beer. Reddish brown pour with a nice head. Aroma is all over the place. I mean wow. Cherries, oak, bourbon, madera wine, booze, vanilla, honey and more! Flavor is amazing. Layered and complex. Full of booze, vanilla, cherry, oak, and what seems like a light touch of smoke. Fun beer, actually an amazing beer.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a muddy dark brown to black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, smoke, cherry, earth, chocolate, brown sugar, hints of molasses and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, cherry, vanilla, wood, molasses, and hints of caramel and toffee. Generally medium body with a boozy malty finish.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from hannont, thanks Todd. shared with illini08 while he was home over the 4th of July. Iíve always enjoyed HotD brews and this was no exception. for me, the bourbon was just right and while I got a hint of the tart cherries, I expected a bit more from the fruit. solid brew and very enjoyable. I have one bottle remaining and will let it age for a couple of years.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where to start with this one. Possibly one of the most layered and complex beers Iíve come across. Aroma is of oak, some cherry, bourbon, more oak and faint faint hints of the original adam underneath. Flavor is pretty oaky and booxy. The palate turned me off a bit as it was just a little too over the top boozy for me. But thatís just me. Really cool beer, just not my favorite.
Thanks for the hookup Colin!
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. My initial thought was that you canít improve upon Adam. I think that thought was validated by this beer. It has the depth and complexity to match anything in the style, but it doesnít match the subtle depth of the original brew. Nose is bourbon/oak and cherries, caramel, chocolate, mild leather. Deep amber-brown pour. Flavor is again dominated by oak and tart cherry, which is phenomenal but overwhelms the immense complexity of Adam. The oak seems to imply more alcohol than is present. Overall this is a wonderful beer but the overshadowing of its base detracts from the impression.
oh6gdx (23913) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Fonefan. Deep ambery brown colour, tiny brigeish brown head. Aroma is lots of wood, some berries as well as mild raisins. Flavour is leather, wood, some sour wooden notes as well as alcohol. Aftertaste is sour wood and also some slight cherries. Quite wellbalanced and nice big brew. Maybe a bit too big on the "barrelwood".
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from WeeHeavySD who flew up to portland for these. I shared the bottle with Ryan form Lost Abey, who broke out a Cuvee for the ocaision. The beer poured a dark red-brown with a small tan head. the aroma had lots of cherry with wood and the funkiness of adam showing through. The flavor had lots of sherry and bourbon and the cherry flavor was much dimished from the flavor, still lots of interesting notes. This fresh CdT had much stronger cherry flavor but the Cherry Adam was much more complex.
ajm (1067) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Dock Sale. Nose is primarily of cherries and bourbon. Color is the most beautiful I am likely to see in a beer: black ruby with bubbles everywhere. Flavor is completely eponymous: cherry, Adam, wood. If this had more unity it would be a 9 on flavor, but as it is, the flavors rotate 1-2-3 like the reservoir on a pistol. Could use more Adam.
hayduke (4292) - 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.