Guerde (1194) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours light reddish-brown with an off-white head. Aroma is heavily roasted, with hints of smoke, green pepper, wood, chocolate, and just a suggestion of cherry. The chocolate starts to increase over the roasted aromas as this warms it bit, making it more appealing on the nose. The taste is sweet and full of chocolate, vanilla, light cherry, wood, smoke, and ample amounts of booze. None of these flavors really combine, but instead individually advance and retreat creating a fairly unpleasant experience. This finishes with cocoa and lingering smoke. The mouthfeel is fairly thin as well. This definitely needs some time to mellow and mesh.
Stine (1641) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plum-brown dense appearance. Heavy chocolate and fruit, black cherry and aroma; lots of woodsiness and mustiness; like a chocolate maker’s attic. A hollow saltiness. Silky sweetness, with the darkness of spirits, that seems mostly like amaretto to me.
Tons of medicinal cherry and bourbon and roast in the flavor. Lots of bombastic elements. Hugely sweet often in a wooden, spirit-like way. No tannins, but some acerbic fruit character, similar to a stem-like quality. Hot and messy most of the way through; though it kind of cleans itself up somewhat as it gets some air, it doesn’t really recover; massive roasts, sweet fruit, and thick alcohol, unequivocally competing and not not yet in harmony. Seems just to need some significant time.
Loose and full palate. Currently an effort that doesn’t add up to the sum of its quite exaggerated features.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Gorgeous deep maroon/cola brown pour. Wow... a very, very pretty looking beer. Fairly muted aroma. Definite barrel presence on the nose. Tart cherry skin. Rotting apple skin. LOTS of alcohol presence. Some vanilla extract and wood tannin as well. Flavor is... um.. well.. not all that great. I think it has the potential, but now... it’s kind of a wreck of a beer. Tons of peat smoked malt, tart, tart cherry juice, alcohol, barrel. Some cola sweetness and vanilla extract. Really a mess. The malt, barrel and fruit aren’t blending that well right now. Slick, oily and flabby body with a tannic, juicy and boozy finish. Hold on to this one... this will be great in about 5-10 years. Thanks Todd!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a slight cherry to the nose, seems decadent haven’t had tasted it yet. peaty, and a bit of smoke/tobacco. Holy crap, the taste is a disappointment. I mean terrible. Really harsh going down and has a horrible aftertaste. A bit of smoke is about all I can get out of the flavour.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to explosivebeer. Pours a dark brown/black color, identical to Adam except this one has a rosy pink head which I just love. Aroma is fresh French oak, intense vanilla, lavender and a soft sweet cherry aroma. Lots of cherry/vanilla notes and a nice intertwining at that. Flavor is the same, with regular Adam detectable under the oak and cherry and vanilla components. The body is a little flat, this could use more carbonation. Sweet though not sticky or cloying. I find the regular Adam to be a more complex and nuanced beer. While the cherry and wood create a nice new marriage of flavor I don’t think it improves upon the original. Though this is a nice change of pace and I’m glad it was made.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark maroon brown color, with not much of a head. Small bubbles hug the edge of the glass. The aroma was very complex. The mixture of bourbon, cherry, vanilla, and oak was very dynamic. Killer nose on this. The flavor was equally impressive. Lots of sweet bourbon and oak arise, with the cherries coming through in the finish. Really complex and interesting, I can sip on this puppy all the time. Great brew!
marcus (6974) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bhensonb. This dark brown ale poured with no head - just a few bubbles - and a magnificent chocolate cherry aroma. The flavor is also chocolate and cherry with a slight alcohol trail. It starts sweet then turns fruity with a smoky oak aftertaste. This is a great beer - thanks Bill.
bhensonb (11788) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Alex bought at PC Market of Choice in Ashland, OR. Dark plummy color with a minimal dark beige head. Aroma of dark plums and cherries, with a touch of chocolate. Medium plus body with mild carbonation. Flavor is dark chocolate and dark cherry. It’s got the barrel aspects of oak and arguably vanilla. Heat is barely noticeable. Finish is dryish and smooth. A fruity version of barrel aged ale.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy mgumby10. Brownish red pour, thick bubbly lacing. Cherries and slight grainy roast in the nose, some spices and a oaky vanilla tinge. Very big roast on the palate, with chocolate, yummy spices, cherry, and some toasted ash elements. Very full-bodied, yummy, and drinkable.
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogony pour with very thin head that unfortunately quickly disappears. . Sweet roasted malt aroma. Very smooth taste, lots of great dark fruit, sweet malt, and a nice little bit of bitterness at the end. The black cherry and bourbon aging is evident. Very delicious; my only quarrel is the lack of carbonation. With better carbonation I think this would be one of the best beers around. Period.