holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, big thanks to pantanap for sharing this for devon’s departure. Pours dark brown red with a black beige head. Rich inviting nose of cherries, chocolate, bourbon and sour note that blends well. Cherries and fruit flavors dominate the layered flavors of chocolate, bourbon, oak, slight toastiness, and slight sourness that fade to the alcohol heat - that is strong but doesn’t detract too much. Complex and interesting brew. Thanks kan!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from riversideAk, psprings and superdave70... i think there were three of us left when the three bottles of this came out?!
pours a dark reddish brown shade of black with a small light tan head which fades to a ring in my snifter.
this smells like a well worn leather baseball glove... seriously.... along with some sweet fruit/cherries?, raisins, wood, chocolate, bourbon spice and a bunch of booze.
there is a fruity sweetness on the palate that i could not define as cherry... leather, chocolate, burnt sugar, spiciness, a faint tartness, malt and tannic finish. everything has an alcohol burn to it which actually helps to clear away the seemingly overbearing sweetness and give it a lightness and drinkability on an otherwise still mouth feel. 8/5/7/3/16/3.9
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. thanks to another kind soul from portland....pours a dark caramel brown with reddish hues at the edges and a thin off-white head. decent legs running down the sides as well...aroma loaded with cherries and wood with chocolate coming into play to a lesser extent. well barrelled flavors with emphasis on cherry and wood as well as rich toffee/chocolate malt. body somewhat thin overall. carbonation was light. fairly nice but a bigger mouthfeel would have certainly helped.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Kan. Dark brown with red tint, almost opaque with small brown head. Aroma i big cherry and barrel with sweet chocolate malt ad slight alc. Flavor is cherry, sweet roasted malt, subtle alc, barrel, smooth. Medium body with light carbonation. Barrel forward but very tasty. Thanks my friend.
BeerBunker (907) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle thanks to riversideAK. Pours deep red (profondo Rosso) with a tiny ring of brown lacing. Aroma is of cherries, wood, oak, malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is of wood, oak, biscuity malt, dark fruit, spice, vanilla, and smoke. The cherry taste isn’t as present as it was in the aroma. Has a tasty wood presence that encompasses the entire brew. Very balanced. The finish is all chocolate with some juicy cherry notes. Lots of alcohol in each sip. Mouthfeel is light and drinkable.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CPLYFO 09. Bottle shared by Gumby. Pours a nice ruby red, mostly clear- almost brownish with a thin beige head. Aroma is herbal light grassy, cherry pit, dark cherry skin and a cherry slightly astringent metallic puree- with roast, burnt toffee notes, and lots of deep dark toasted malts. Flavor is sweet upfront- toffee, big malts, molasses, earthy, bready, orange zest, doughy yeast, caramel, toffee, cherry pit and almond towards the end and gets a tad bit astringent which was fine. Really nice overall. Wish I could have actually shared this with Gumby- he passed out about 5 seconds after he poured me some I think.
sloth (2625) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nearly flat and ends up flat in no time flat. Black bodied brew with some brown edging. Lightly sweet malt aromas, soy and whiskey. Body is med/full though lifeless, sorta tart, no carbonation. Flavors? soy, bourbon, cherries?? Lingering sweet malts and funky ass fruit, tart. Get a new capper please. Bummer dude. Bottle acquired in a trade with Immy. Tanks bro!
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at hellbilly’s hellraiser 3 gathering. Bottles courtesy of myself and hellbilly and psprings? (I dont know, there were a few floating around!) Pours a deep brown color with reddish highlights and a small but lasting head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, cherries, wood and vanilla. Flavor is big with all of the above, some tobacco and leather, and the cherries really only coming through on the finish. More cherry would have put this over the top, but it is a great brew as is. Thanks all!
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles from multiple traders - thanks so much for the hookup! This one has a nice dark brown color with a wonderful smoky/cherry/earthy aroma that is accented with some wood and roastiness. Flavor is a nice smoky cherry mix that captures a woody vanilla/oak mix and some nice sweetness. Smooth & complex feel, though its too young to be integrated as well as standard Adam when its aged. Overall very good - not for everyone, but I always love HOTD, especially Adam in any incarnation. Cheers to Alan Sprints as his brews are truly unique among so many great craft brewers.
pineypower (2723) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours out a dark red hued brown with a small lacing head. Aroma of cherries, chocolate, bourbon and some earth. Taste is complex with a sticky mouthfeel. Notes of cherries, chocolate, earth, roasted malts, wood and some other fruit notes in there also, slight alcohol on the finish. Very solid.