DesertDevil (197) - Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle (thanks, jpdurden24). Pours like purplish black motor oil with no head. Aroma of sour cherries, licorice and a heavy oak note with a touch of vinous tones. The taste is much sweeter than the aroma suggests, with the cherries battling with the bourbon for top billing. Not much carbonation with a slightly sour lingering finish. Good, but it doesn’t live up to my expectations.
JPDurden24 (1093) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Pours a pitch black with a red hue and no head. Carbonation is non-existent and aroma is woody oak and some minor cherry flavor. Taste has some cherry and bourbon, not overwhelming. It is very good, but below expectations.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle 2009 Vintage. Pours an almost black color with ruby shades and no head at all. Fantastic nose lets you know that this one is special. Soft bourbon aroma with the usual melted caramel and vanilla notes along with some faint cherry. The taste is where this beer really shines. Subtle, layered and complex with bits of black cherry, molasses, vanilla beans and burnt candy sugar. Sweet, but not cloying with an impressive depth and unbelievably smooth mouthfeel. This beer floats on the palate without being thin or watery, just feels like a perfect combination of soft and decadent. Carbonation is minimal which helps showcase the maltiness. A touch of booze still comes through on the back end, but gives it a warming feel and is not at all distracting. Really an impressive beer, although the cherries popped more when the beer was a little younger. A definite winner!
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Low carbonation and silky thick mohoganey pour. Really rich flavors of tart cherries, leather, mollasses, earthy and rich. Just a great tasty beer.
OmegaX (977) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy CRAP! This was awesome! Nose is bourbon, vanilla, cherry, and molasses. Pour is dark brown/ruby colored with a thin ring for lacing. The flavor is ridiculous. Tons of cherry and bourbon flavors. Some light molasses and brown sugar with a touch of vanilla. Smooth as hell. Awesome brew.
Chipalsa (1091) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share - thanks Matt!
Appearance - Deep red with light bubbles
Aroma - Molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, cherries
Taste - Black cherries, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, wood
This beer is so sweet and heavy - a definite sipper. Explosive bourbon flavors pair nicely with the black cherries, almost forming a candy-like aftertaste. Yes!!!
jcartamdg (1144) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cherry brown with no head. Aroma of cherries, caramel malt and oak. Taste follows, sweet yet a little boozy. This beer is good!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ernesto987 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yea this is awesome, even an 2008 it was still pletnly carbonated. What a great complex base beer with good wood notes all over it
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with no head. The nose is bourbon barrel and tobacco leaf. The base Adam pokes through with mocha flavors, mixing beautifully with the tart cherry and barrel flavors. The finish is amazing with tannins offset by the vinuous mouthfeel.
Bacterial (419) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle from HotD in Portland. Dark pour, no head. Almost no carbonation at all. Nose is bourbon, wood and cherry. Taste is wonderful - cherry and bourbon linger in the aftertaste. Juat a little sweetness. Almost perfect!