DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sample at tasting. Dark reddish/brown pour with a decadent strong cherry aroma. Flavor? Just awesome! Smooth/woody initially and mellowed into a mild cherry flavor. My first HOTD beer, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark brown with a negligible dotting of white bubbles. Smells of cherries, peaty, oak, some caramel, tarte. Tastes roasty and oaky with some cherries, buttery hints (not diacetyl, more of a velvety sensation), caramel, some peatiness. Excellent!
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. I can hardly put into words what the aroma consists of. Tons of caramel, dark fruits, light touch of cherries and wood. Flavor was a little hot but beautiful none the less. Roasty malts blend with dried dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbony woods and, of course, dark cherries. I hope I can try one of these a year from now.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from acrdz. Thanks so much, Mike! I owe you. Pours a deep reddish brown with a small tan lace. Nose is cherry, oak, bourbon, portm vanilla, deep malts. Flavor is a little sharp and hot with a good amount of alcohol up front, but rounds out with a black cherry puree, sherry, bourbon, light cocoa, and vanilla. Much better as it warms. Still, it needs some definite cellaring time to round itself out and mellow a bit. Tasty, I can’t wait to have another one of these in a couple years. And then another one a couple years after that.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks fogdog for the share. Pours dark brown with an incredible nose: dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, maple, oak, and a barely noticeable twinge of floral cherry. Flavor is remarkably similar with some barely noticeable cherry blossom notes. Very deep and resonant, with a cherry flavor that requires contemplating and searching.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing this. Love this brewery and really like the regular Adam. Nose was boozy and strong, as was the flavor. Strong bourbon flavor, and a nice wood complexity. Very little cherry flavor. A little too boozy for me right now, but I predict this will be a winner over time.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. 2008. big thanks to Pantanap for donating this to a tasting he wasn’t even able to make it to! awesome man! pours dark red with small off white head. nose of chocolate, maple syrup, and wood. flavors of chocolate, vanilla, plums, cherry, and charred wood. med mouth feel and about the smoothest finish. no alcohol noticed at all. very well integrated but could have used bigger cherry notes. awesome brew though.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Taste is woody with chocolate and some tart fruit. Sherry flavors come through as well. This is wonderful.
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to turdferguson for sharing, thanks Sam! Man oh man did I enjoy this. Started out with a beautiful blackish red pour. Ironically it pours about the same color as a black cherry. Has a low carbonation and produces a thin mocha head. Very viscous. The nose is intensely rich and layered. Notes of wood, spicy oak and vanilla, bourbon and cherries, the base beer has a noticeable aged character that adds a level of development to the unfettered barrel flavors. Alcohol is there and boosted by the bourbon. The palate is full and thick with a low level of carbonation, the alcohol does become a bit warm and the barrels add a tannic character that detracts a bit. I was very impressed with this young but would definitely love to try it with some age as all it needs now is time to mellow and come into its own.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz from a gentleman on BA - thanks, Rick! As a big fan of regular Adam I’d been looking forward to this beer quite a bit. It gets off to a promising start. While the dank, yeasty, currant-ish pour is quite still, that kind of body seems to suit the quality of a HotD wood-aged beer, as if something from the 14th century had been unearthed. The nose is strongly redolent of ripe cherries, and really appetizing. The mouthfeel is a bit slick and syrupy though. And as the beer warms up, the bourbon seems to overpower some of the finer elements of the base Adam - its spiciness, its rich blend of tobacco and malt and molasses - and leave an indistinct boozy flavor where previously there was a complex blend of malts, earthen flavors, spices, and bitter herbs. Still enjoyable, and I’m glad to have tried it, but I’m underwhelmed.