ross (2034) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rob. Thanks man. So I heard this one was released and just my luck my friend went to the brewery to get me a bottle! Awesome! Pours out a dark brown color with absolutely zero head. Was hoping it wasnt a bad bottle. Smell is full of bourbon and some sweet cherry / sherry flavors. All of this infused with the typical dark fruit aroma that Adam usually brings. Taste is what threw me off; I was expecting something sweet but what I got was a large amount of bourbon and a little bit of dark cherries floating in the mix. Strange but still I kept drinking. By the end of the bottle this stuff was really good. But the initial impressions are that it needs to age for a long time. Another bottle will not be opened until sometime next year and at that point I will rerate this. It has the potential to be an exceptional beer.
kappldav123 (4541) - Nordhausen, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also. Starts mild with an increasing maltiness, very light cherry juice notes in the background. The finish is a little bit unbalanced. Maybe I should have it again in a few years.
Thanks to after4ever for this beer!
greenhorn1 (766) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black, but if you hold up to the light, you can see red. No head and low carbonation. Complex aroma and flavor. Hints of cherry, wood, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, the list goes on and on. Very strong, definitely for sipping in front of a fire on a cold night. This will age very well and will be a lot smoother over time. Awesome, Alan never dissapoints.
Bartzilla (524) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD brought this on by. Itís pretty fuckin strong tasting. This was nighty night for me. Didnít get much on the cherry side, but got all kinds of delicious, strong, Adam. Very delicious. Very strong. A once-in-a-lifetime treat. Seek and enjoy.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sample at tasting. Dark reddish/brown pour with a decadent strong cherry aroma. Flavor? Just awesome! Smooth/woody initially and mellowed into a mild cherry flavor. My first HOTD beer, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with a negligible dotting of white bubbles. Smells of cherries, peaty, oak, some caramel, tarte. Tastes roasty and oaky with some cherries, buttery hints (not diacetyl, more of a velvety sensation), caramel, some peatiness. Excellent!
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. I can hardly put into words what the aroma consists of. Tons of caramel, dark fruits, light touch of cherries and wood. Flavor was a little hot but beautiful none the less. Roasty malts blend with dried dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbony woods and, of course, dark cherries. I hope I can try one of these a year from now.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from acrdz. Thanks so much, Mike! I owe you. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small tan lace. Nose is cherry, oak, bourbon, portm vanilla, deep malts. Flavor is a little sharp and hot with a good amount of alcohol up front, but rounds out with a black cherry puree, sherry, bourbon, light cocoa, and vanilla. Much better as it warms. Still, it needs some definite cellaring time to round itself out and mellow a bit. Tasty, I can’t wait to have another one of these in a couple years. And then another one a couple years after that.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks fogdog for the share. Pours dark brown with an incredible nose: dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, maple, oak, and a barely noticeable twinge of floral cherry. Flavor is remarkably similar with some barely noticeable cherry blossom notes. Very deep and resonant, with a cherry flavor that requires contemplating and searching.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing this. Love this brewery and really like the regular Adam. Nose was boozy and strong, as was the flavor. Strong bourbon flavor, and a nice wood complexity. Very little cherry flavor. A little too boozy for me right now, but I predict this will be a winner over time.