bhensonb (11510) - 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. Itís 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.
dchmela (2679) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to MGumby10! Thick dark brown pour with just a small thin head. Roasted grain, cherry, caramel and chocolate in the aroma. Taste is smooth dark malt, cherry sweetness, roasted grain and a little bitterness. Everything blends together really well, awesome brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of the generous Reino poured into a tulip.
Pours dark reddish brown out of the bottle before settling in almost completely black in the glass. There is a small tan head on top that Iím convinced has hints of purple in it.
The aroma is big and is an interesting mix of cherries, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and booze. Thereís certainly a sweet woody character to the nose with lots molasses sweetness in the background to balance it out.
The taste does follow the nose pretty closely with a massive caramel malt base underpinning everything else. There are sweet cherries, chocolate and dark fruit. The finish has plenty of bourbon and is quite dry with a woody wine-like finish.
The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied and very sticky sweet. The wood imparts a bit of dryness that balances the massive sweetness.
Another great beer from HotD and while this doesnít quite stack up to the original Adam for me, the twists definitely make for a unique and tasty brew.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2010 12oz Bottle from Higgins... Poured an opaque black with a thin, bubbly, khaki head. The head faded quickly. Aroma consisted of strong bourbon and fruit juice. A lot of dark malt notes in the initial flavors with a big alcohol punch. The cherries didnít show through until the finish as they were a sweet counterpart to the bitter alcohol. Also a little bit of cocoa notes aided with masking the bitter bourbon-esq alcohol flavors. As it warmed the flavors had become a little more like red wine. An incredible beer.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Bobby91w for sharing this one. Pours a fizzy looking black with a red hue...looks like a Cherry Coke. Aroma is nice, lots of chocolate covered cherries, wood, vanilla, and a touch of dark fruit. Flavor delivers on the chocolate covered cherries, with hints of cola, vanilla, candied fruit. Balanced mouthfeel; no real stickiness. Very nice.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a bit of head. Nose is big and chocolaty with just a bit a woody character. Flavor is a blend of chocolate oak and raisin. Not sure I get a lot cherry. Med full body. Balanced finish with some heat. Thanks for sharing Bobby91w.
Boutip (4862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with some reddish notes and alight foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of bourbon and light cherry with a well rounded malt backbone. Taste is very complex mix of bourbon, cherries, smoke and tar with a heavy dose of sweet malt. Full body with limited filtration and no carbonation and almost no carbonation. Very complex and very satisfying Ė another great beer coming from a very creative brewer.
hapjydeuce (952) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at WeeHeavySDís place during J&Jís Friday the 13th Tasting. Kind of a backlogged rating, so Iíll have to check it again on the next go-around. What I have from my notes: Pours a deep brown color with a black center and mahogany edges. A light tan ring of carbonation coats the glass. Aroma is chocolate malts, earthy but restrained oak tones, and a sweet fruity element from the cherries. Smooth, easily-transitioned flavor of dark chocolate, tobacco, light leather and a sweet, mildly tart cherry finish. Both barrels lend a bit of character; I thought the Sherry was a bit more prominent. Very smooth on the palate. Overall, very good, but it will never stack up to the original Adam from the Wood.