masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to hoppymeal who hooked me up with this. poured opaque black into the glass with virtually no head. aroma was big and sweet, chocolate, wood and a little cherry. Flavor was a little chocolate, lots of dark fruit, raisins and vanilla and some cherries, especially on the finish. Tasty stuff. Not sure it beats out regurlar adam, but Hair of the Dog continues it’s delicious crusade. Thanks alan.
IrishBoy (3725) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the Woodshop Quad.Nose of chocolate covered cherries and some woody oak. Dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor was light cherries and prunes with some alcohol warmth.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Pours ruddy brown with a thin tan head. Nose is rich with chocolate malt, subtle cherries and a bit of wood. The flavor follows suit with all the influences blending nicely. A bit of heat in the finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#1600. 12oz. bottle from the winter 2008 dock sale. Pours absolutely pitch black at the center, with the faintest possible shimmer of mahogany at the far edge. A large, foamy tan head settles slowly to a thin but solid layer, with a thick, bubbly gathering around the rim. Sudsy lace breaks, mico-spots drying towards the top of the swirl, with the remainder of the wash slowly meandering back into the black abyss beneath. In short, This stuff looks downright menacing.
The aroma puts on quite a show. Dark, syrupy chocolate and smoked cocoa nibs are first to greet the nose. Darkly scorched caramel lends another layer, while heaps of earthy roast keep the sweetness check. Oak, vanilla, and fresh, sweet-tart black cherries complete the rich, decadent symphony of scents.
Flavors are even more complex. Bold, dark chocolate and burnt caramel again lay the primary malt base. Loads of vanilla and oak show throughout, tying in notes of mocha and espresso. Fresh figs add a dark earthiness to the fruit profile, while cherries add a sherry-like quality. Sour mash Kentucky bourbon just send things over the top, yet somehow a tremendous sense of balance and integration is maintained.
Thick and nearly full bodied, light carbonation lends a silky, velvety, almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol forces this one a little to the warm side, which makes for perhaps the only detractor to an otherwise fantastic palate.
This is simply a fantastic creation, and one that must be slowly sipped and contemplated to be fully enjoyed. I’m dying to have another, but that will have to wait for an appropriate occasion. Bravo Alan! You are an elite, world-class talent.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared by Axilla. Poured deep mahogany brown with virtually no head. Aroma of cherry, dark fruits, light vanilla. Tastes is fairly dry with oak, notes of cherries, vanilla, dark fruits, light chocolate and a little roasty. Finishes a little on the warm side. Nice.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Date: January 08, 2009
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: dark brown, wispy tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and cherry aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate and dark caramel flavor, lots of oak, bourbon and vanilla sweetness, hint of tart cherry, hot alcohol in the finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (2411) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours out a dark brown with some red highs with a small head. Aroma of wood all over the place. Also a nice cherry and some other pit fruit. Tast more and more of the wood. A nice dark fruit tast along with some of the ABV. Still a little hot. I think let this baby sit a year or 2 and it will be even better.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle...pours a dark mahogany with ruby tints and a thin, film-like cream head. This immediately hits the nose upon pouring...an absolutely ridiculous conglomeration of complexities abound. Notes of vanilla, tart cherries, chocolate, tobacco, oak and some very nice vinous qualities. It’s kind of hard to describe everything as this brew seemed to change by the minute. Very smooth, perfect low-level carbonation. The flavor starts out with the tart cherries and melds into an oaky, vanilla bean and chocolate middle...finishing very dry and merlot-esque. AMAZING!
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Skyview for this great beer! Mohagany pour with no head. Great rich nose full of complex flavors. Cherry does come out a bit on the nose as well as the bourbon and other dark fruits. The flavor is dark fruit, candied sugar, some peat and bourbon. Dry finish.
tennisjoel (1151) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at Skyview’s tasting. Heavy aroma of tobacco, cherry, port, oak, and peat. Really wonderful beer here. I loved regular Adam and this is just a step up IMO. Probably my favorite that I sampled during the evening!