TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark purple brown; gives up some tan edging after a stiff pour. Nose is tar, tobacco and molasses. As it warms chocolate, cherry and sherry. Silky mouthfeel but lack of carb leaves it a bit oily. Taste is bourbon, bittersweet chocolate and earthy sour cherry. Long dry finish with licorice, oak and alcohol. Certainly a lot going on but too much barrel and not enough cherry for me. Aging might help to blend the flavors.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Beerlando! Dark chocolate cherry color. Smells is strong with alcohol, chocolate and bitter fruits. Taste is woody, slightly smokey and full of chocolate and cherries. Lots of flavors, great balance. Great beer.
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Murky prune-colored ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is a wonderful intermingling of caramel, smoke, wood, bourbon, vanilla and black cherries. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor provides caramel, chocolate, wood and nice, zippy acidity. Bitter, tangy finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Thanks to Secret Santa and RiversideAK for these! Dark brown pour with red undertones. Lightly carbonated. Very thin chestnut colored head with reddish hues. Oak and cherry aroma. Creamy mouth feel and full bodied. Complex beer. Vanilla, bourbon, sherry, espresso, and molasses. Sour cherry flavor really comes out on the finish. Warming sensation late as well. Surprise another winner from HOTD!!!
undsioux7 (808) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to grimreeser for the taste!Aroma of cherry, bourbon, chocolate, wood, alcohol is there a little. Nice flavor, very warming. copyright grimreeser.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to ross and illinismitty. Aroma of cherry, bourbon, chocolate, wood, alcohol is there a little. Nice flavor, very warming.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. 2008 vintage. Poured brown with hints of red. Not a lot of carbonation, what head there is quickly dissipates. Great aroma with bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Full bodied, but the lack of carbonation made it a bit syrupy. Very rich, complex malt profile. More oak and chocolate. Lots of vanilla from the oak. Long woody finish. A bit of tart cherry flavor, but not a lot. The lack of carbonation really diminished the beer to me.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at miketds tasting
**Summary** - Thanks to mike for sharing this beer. I was not expecting it to appear though I suppose I should not be surprised given the quality of his cellar. This was opened towards the end of the night as we wound down.
**Aroma / Appearance** - Dense clear lacing reveal that this is a pretty intense beer. Black and fluid it looks somewhat like regular Adam but is unique. Cherry, coffee, malt, and chocolate create a profile that has less wood than I would expect. Otherwise it was exactly as I imagined.
**Flavor / Palate** - Cherry, black coffee and then the warmth of the alcohol crawl across the tongue. Until the finish it is satisfying and fun. My only complaint is the point where it becomes a bit cloying. Better than regular Adam I might seek out more of the "Of the Wood" releases as time permits.
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 12 oz bottle generously given to me by acrdz. Bottle opens with only a soft whisper. Pour is a murky deep brown, with ruby highlights. Only a very small off white head is visible on the pour, which falls fast. Aroma jumps out of the glass with cooking brown sugar, dark cherry fruits with the wood and Bourbon behind. This is a big nose, alcohol is present put not distracting. The taste is much more about the wood, it takes the lead with cherry following soon behind. Very much a dark, black cherry taste. With the wood and the fruit, I really got a wine taste from this one. The Black Cherry gives a bit of a sour edge which really complements the wood nicely. The Bourbon appears mid palate and is very mild and refined. Palate is medium to heavy, coats the mouth and has almost no carbonation. Alcohol is barely present (only a pleasant warming in the after taste), which is actually quite remarkable given the ABV and barrel aging. The sweetness, wood, and alcohol are all really nicely balanced in this one. Mike, absolutely incredible of you to hand this one to me last week. Avery was fun, but this is the highlight of meeting up with you!
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle shared at toncatchers house. Lots of wood and cherry aromas. Dark fruits. Molassas and sweet malts. More wood on the flavor with nice cherry notes. A bit sweet and a bit sour. Pretty good stuff.