zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from DA. Pours dark browm, with a redish tinge. Aroma is Bourbon, cherries, sherry, wood , chocolate, malt, and fruit. Flavor is cherries, sherry, bourbon, fruit, wood, leather, and a little smoke. Medium body. Amazing. Fantastic. I want more.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie. Pours a dark hazy brown color with almost no head at all. Aroma is magnificent with many different smells. Cherries, oak, bourbon, chocolate, dates and toasted malt. Taste was just as complex and wonderful. All of the things you smell you also get the flavor of. Very nice and enjoyable experience. Has long lasting delicious finish. This is an outstanding brew. Cheers Alan.
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle provided to me by my main man in SD, Jon, much thanks! Very dark and almost imperial stout like in appearance topped by a small but lasting frothy head and spotty lace. oily legs as well. The nose detects massive bourbon and sherry cask conditioning, vanilla, oak, grapes, dates, heavy ripened cherries, bittersweet bakers chocolate, smoke and peat, leather and tar, EXTREMELY over-the-top and wonderful. The taste has a hard time matching the nose but damn well tried. BIG HUGE MALT and twangy fruits reign throughout. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, and smoke add an excellent depth of palate. Such an earthy finish that words escape me... mineral, wood, herbs, fire, leather, pipe tobacco.. oh heck yes pipe tobacco, and even a h9int of pine cone. The mouth feel is very oily, lush and warming. A massive winter warmer for sure. WOW, I am just floored by this beer, among the finest of the year. Complex and huge displays a carnival of aromas and flavors. A absolute MUST TRY BEER than reminds me a lot of of my first taste of Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, so much it is hard to put into words... fyi. my 1st words were motherXuck when I smelled and tasted this absolute masterpiece.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing this 12 oz bottle. Aroma and flavors of bitter cherries with some sweet wine like flavors. Some bourbon and wood. Very enjoyable and complex.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, purchased @ HOTD. Thanks, Alan! Pours a very dark, murky, slightly violet-tinted black color; some viscosity; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of dried dark fruits, fruit leather, and pitty raspberry / raisin / date notes in the aroma; tons of fruit leather and very dark, viscous fruitiness; very soft presence. Full, heavily viscous mouthfeel: presence of warming alcohol, alongside tons of mouthcoating dried dark fruits (dates, raisins, black cherries), fruit leather, tobacco, and light sherry notes (reasonably softly presented); so much going on in this beer, so much to enjoy, and reasonably soft edges throughout aside from the slight presence of overt alcohol; another gorgeous beer from HOTD. This should age beautifully, like everything else. Lengthy finish: fruit leather, tobacco, and dried dark fruits; some chocolate and well-roasted coffee notes appear at the far end; very nicely roasted, with toasty maltiness.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to LilBeerDoctor. Pours blackish brown, with ruby highlights and a minimal bubbly pinkish white head that quickly
settles to a ring, minimal lacing. Aroma is fresh cherry, blackberry, light oak, milk chocolate and a bit of whiskey. Flavor is more fresh cherry mixed with other dark fruits, oak, and as it warms more chocolate comes out as well. Less dimension than the regular Adam, and really an entirely different beer, but nicely done just the same, and of course some age will no doubt make it even more interesting. Thanks Margaret!
LilBeerDoctor (3440) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no head just bubbles. Aroma of bourbon initially followed by chocolate and sweet cherries. Flavor is also initially bourbony and quite warming. Later, some sourness/tartness that seems to come from the cherries and woody notes make their appearances. The bourbon is a bit on the strong side and does overpower the other flavors of the beer. I wish that the cherry flavor was more prominent. An interesting experiment, but bourbon-barrel aging doesn’t improve everything.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Rerate for 2009 version. Whole new ball game. Slightly more carbonation, more smokiness. The cherry comes through much nicer. Notes of fine port, dark chocolate, rum raisin. Beautiful.
Fairly flat pour. Very dark ebony brown with red hues towards the edges. Faint beige head, thing ring around the top. Oily flat body, lots of cherry and smoke coming through. Hints of burnt chocolate and sherry, lightly tart in the finish. Enjoyable now, but I think this will greatly improve in time.
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Faint hiss when opened. A strong and tall pour yields a medium sized dark brown head. Body is deep brown with hints of muddy purple. Impenetrable. Rich toffee, chocolate and tart cherries first noticed. Wood character is soft but present without question. Wafting alcohol and bitter, creamed black cherries play around with dark chocolate, cocoa, caramelized plums, etc. Lovely and wonderful in every aspect. Rich, viscous, smooth and thick on the palate, decadent cherry chocolate syrup on the middle of the palate turns to a rough, tannic bitterness on the back end. Explosive is a good word to use. Entirely distinct from both Adam and Adam from the Wood. One of the best new beers of the year.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 So most needed re-rate or real rate, since the version I had was in the barrel for only about 4 months compared to this 15 month version. 12oz bottle from the brewery release, one of the ones that came back with me on the plane. Pours dakr purplish black with a thin tan head that has faded a bit to a tan ring. The nose is really quite excellent, a blend of sherry, cherries, bourbon a touch of oak, and a tart sweetness. Taste is excellent, rich sweet cherry notes that provide an excellent balance for the flavor of the adam, this is as Mike said a completely different beer from both Adam and Adam from the wood. The taste and mouth feel are very vinious there is a big winelike quality here, that evokes the oak in the beer as well. Every sip I seem to get a little bit of something different. All in all this is excellent and the mouth feel is heavenly, its an amazing beer with a lot of flavor, and character, I can’t wait to see what happens to this over time. Another winner Alan, thanks for all the great beer, and here’s to another 15 excellent years.