iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, year made 2008--thanks to acrdz for the trade. Let us see how one of my favorite aged beers does with bourbon and cherries. A vigorous pour yields a tiny beige ring that faded to a about 12 even tinier bubbles--oh, and the body is a deep deep brown. Bourbon, cherries, and raisins right up front--not GI BCS bourbony though, thankfully. I like the interplay with the tangy cherries, sweet vanilla and bourbon, lightly sweet raisins, and then the dry wood and sweet molasses. There is also some light salty smoked meats and tobacco as it warmed--there’s the Adam I love! Flavor had stronger tobacco and added leather notes--though not bretty leather--and the cherries don’t really come through until towards the finish, and they’re a fair amount less tart than the aroma led on. The bourbon in the flavor is more of a complement than a showcased characteristic, which makes me happy. Some alcohol is noticeable in the dry finish, with bitterness peaking around a 2-3. Full body smooth with almost no carbonation, which is probably my only complaint with this beer. Either this is underrated (even at a solid 4), or I’m just a sucker for anything Adam. Would like to get more of this one. AND--the cap was on correctly, which makes me want to add a couple points to the score, but then I realize that being a commercial brewery you shouldn’t have crooked caps to begin with!
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared at the Red Poppy release. Wow, not sure i was ever gonna get a chance to try this brew. Pours a very deep brown with a thin tan ring. Tons of wood on the nose as well as vanilla, cherries, figs and other dark fruits. Very velvety texture with a hint of booze......great stuff!
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown with no head.awesome aroma of figs,tobacco.oak,vanilla,cherries,chocolate,and a hint of alcohol.the aroma blew me away.flavor is smoke,cherries,oak,tobacco,and dark fruits.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. First beer of the night! Big thanks go to Tytoanderso for supplying a few goodies, even though he couldn’t make it. Black color with no head. Outstanding aroma of vanilla, wood and dark cherries. Rich molasses, brown sugar and thick malt flavor. The vanilla fades to the background and the cherries taste divine. Very thick mouthfeel. Wow.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz thanks to diggity7. Pours brown with with reddish hues. Aromas of cherries, sweet malts, chocolate and other dark fruits. Flavors are the same as adam but with the addition of cherris instead of just dark fruit in general. As with adam, the palate is awesome.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to vwcraig for giving me the hook-up on HOTD beers or I wouldn’t have been able to try this. This gushed despite being properly chilled which is always a disappointment with expensive beers but I didn’t lose much. It looks nice, dark black-brown, no head, red edges. It smells like wood, barrels, liquor, alcohol, very interesting. The flavor has a leather quality that I get from regular Adam, the slightest touch of tartness but I couldn’t pinpoint it as a cherry flavor. This was pretty good but I’m not sure I’d pick this up again given the price and the fact that I just prefer Fred and Doggie Claws over Adam as a rule. I do have one bottle left to cellar so we’ll see how that goes.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-09-2008 04:22:30
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep, murky brown color with some garnet highlights and a thin beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma of dark cherry, chocolate malt, caramel, light smoke, some meat, and a light earthiness. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some light cherry tartness combined with a light chocolate flavor, some woody caramel offset by some drying smokiness that finishes lightly dry with a hint of hops and some light cherry undertones. Low carbonation, decent mouthfeel. Tasted side-by-side with Batch 68 Adam, and I preferred regular mainly due to the more natural, earthy characteristics. Still good, and will likely be that way for a while.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, cherries, chocolate, wood, vanilla, alcohol, malty, little other dark fruits.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Yonkers65, big thanks Bruce. A little bit darker and murkier than the regular Adam, very little head. Similar aroma as the Adam. A little more heat than the regular, more flavor as well, very upfront and hot, but very tasty.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear very dark ruby color with minimal head. Very nice aroma. Sweet aged roasty malt with vanilla, milk chocolate, cherry, and alcohol. Pleasantly oxidized malt, some wood and vanilla with some tartness of dried dark fruit flesh. Medium to full bodied and very warming.