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 (3885) - 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 (4204) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3429) - 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 (9820) - 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 (824) - 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.