wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottling. Pours dark brown with no head formation, even form a vigorous pour. No carbonation is visible. The aroma has lots going on: bourbon, brown sugar, raisins, red licorice, and alcohol. A creaminess also comes through. Sweet, creamy red fruit flavor up front, mixing with just a hint of bourbon. Layers of tobacco and leather subtly come through afterward. The finish has some bourbon, brown sugar, and sweet fruit. This bottle is nearly still, which makes for a less than impressive mouthfeel to mingle with all of these wonderful flavors. I think that holds this back unfortunately, because I know some carbonation would make this absolutely a stand out.
burg326 (3662) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown color with aromas of raisins, caramel, booze, cherries, and some light villain. Flavors are all booze, light cherries, and some caramel.
Leveejr (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with no head. Smells amazing. Brandy, cherry, booze, malt, ever so slight oxidation. Taste is also outstanding. Cherry, raisiny booze and sweetness, brandy. Zero carbonation gives it an odd mouthfeel but this is one hell of a beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
popway (42) - California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy sipper, the nose is it’s own environment, really, deep, layered, drunk from just sniffing it, not cloying in the taste, just too different from any beer,
bourbon is present, but as an undertone, smooth palate,
Now that I’m getting into it, black cherries, Adam’s in there, yes, I can taste
the base beer. Lovely. Now, all it needs is a fine cigar.
Errl (1559) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to mora..Pour is brown with a tan head..Nose is oak, dry, alcohol, cherry, brownie. ..Taste chocolate, roast, cherry, alcohol, cherry..
Experiment_Ale (994) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Seth’s with Seth Taylor, Stephen, and Dina. After being soda streamed, layer of cream brown head. Aroma is musky fig, raison, musky barrel. Taste is figs, dark fruits, sticky aged cherries, woody barrel, tasty. Finish is tasty sweet booze. The woody alcoholic dark fruit notes are really nice, but it is slightly too swert, maybe time would do it well.
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2012 bottle at Higgins.
Head is small, mostly diminishing.
Body is black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), with notes of bourbon/whiskey, wood, cardboard, walnut shells, balsamic vinegar,
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
More proof that beer just does not age well. Dull, oxidized nose, even some vinegar in there. Overwhelming sweetness with little other than massive alcohol burn to balance. Another sugary booze bomb from HotD.
dalekliz (871) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, aged 6 years. Pours a deep dark brown with some tan bubbles. Woody aroma with berries, malt, oak, brown sugar. Taste is rich and sweet, of oak, chocolate covered cherries, malt, syrup. Low carbonation. Lingering big oak and berries. Aged great.
jdb288 (510) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 2014 bottle. Zero carbonation (well documented) with no head, obviously. Muddy, bloody red pour with a velvety, syrupy consistency. Aroma is tobacco, barrel, slight cherry...NyQuil popped into my head for some reason. Taste is combination of all of these elements (sans NyQuil). Intense and concentrated flavors at play here. A sipper for sure.
Homer321 (1864) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade. 2014 bottle. Pour is absolutely still. Aroma is a sweet, fruity, leathery, vinous, vanilla, and cherry symphony. No alcohol or off aromas noted. No head, deep, intriguing brown with red highlights and some alcohol legs on top. Taste is initially a sugary sweetness, likely due to residual sweetness and unfermented bottling sugars. After that the cherry and fruitiness takes over with some vanilla and a light booziness. Malt flavors are dried fruit, slightly leathery with an almost tobacco note. Finish is semi sweet and clean with very little alcohol noted. A truly delectable dessert beer. Reminiscent of a Utopias type of beer but with a more fruit forward component and no alcohol present until you feel the effects of it. I’m not sure carbonation would enhance this beer much. The only knock is that the sweetness seems like a table or corn sugar and not a residual, sticky, malty sweetness if that makes any sense. Really nice beer.
umich03jm (1930) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with a ruby red hue. No head at all which is very disappointing. Aroma is one of the best I’ve ever smelled. Chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, caramel, toffee, oak, plums, vanilla, and light bourbon. Tastes pretty awesome too but it’s completely flat. Is that normal for this beer? Rich fudge, juicy cherries, smooth bourbon, tobacco, and caramel. Moderately sweet. Medium body. Sticky mouthfeel and a little syrupy. This would be in my top 10 of all time if it had some carbonation. Need to try this again with a couple years on it.