Dickinsonbeer (5076) - 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 (2600) - 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 (2667) - 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.
Guerde (1208) - 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 (1644) - 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 (876) - 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.