MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle purchased at Chucks in Chagrin Falls last year (I don’t know who traded with them to get this, but I scored 3 other HotD’s and an Abyss that day). 2009 vintage. Thick black yeast deposit left in the bottle, no head at all, deep brown-red hue making it seem black. All great signs. Aroma is almost perfect. Deep roasted malt, honey, chocolate, toasted oat, vanilla and notes of heaven all in the nose. I cannot imagine the flavor getting better with age, since it has the perfect complexity and flavor after a year and a half... but I do doubt it could get worse. Flavor is like a rich deep cherry and molasses flavor. Strong notes of vanilla and wood come through with a honey-like smoothness as well as the subdued malty sweetness. God this one is amazing.
78samh (146) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Cherries, cocoa, oak, tobacco, bourbon. No carbonation which is weird. No boozy after taste, very smooth. Rich and very unique!
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle: Long time wish list item, almost white whale status. Am while I enjoyed it quite a bit, it was not as good as Michael or Flanders Fred. Very tannic. Dark pour, nearly flat. Not al lot of cherry per se, but very winey and oakey, leathery. The cherry actually took away some complexity from Adam and the superb adam from the wood. Glad to have tried this."
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dirty dark brown, dusty soily head. Bright berry rather than cheery. Rich earthy sweetness up front but ojo Faint sweetness. Almost Ribena. Dry tartness. Vinious. Rich. Delicious. Big up on this.
Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tthanks to Paul. Near black with tan head. Some woody Flanders aroma, oak, ash, tobacco. Taste of sour cherry, like a flanders, oak, tar. Sweet and a clean finish.
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with some mahogany hints when held against the light. It poured out of the bottle almost still. Bourbon and cherry nose. Dark woody barrel flavors with lots of dark cherry fruitiness. This evokes a fruitcake and dried fruit, but it just wasn’t what I had hoped for in this beer.
NeuroPliny (151) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 330cc bottle. Shared with JB & ML. Dark mahogany-red with a red-brown head. Aroma is dark cherry, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Flavour is chocolate, cherry, oak, sweet malt, tart fruit, and hops. Medium to full body. Delicious!
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of JB, served in a stem glass. Pours deep mahogany with a tiny rim of bubbles. The nose has big baked cherry, molasses and oak, along with vanilla, port and dark fruit. The flavour is moderately sweet with big cherry and molasses notes. These are paired with toffee, earth, pepper and soft hops. The finish is long and malty with molasses, huge cherries and delicate hops. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and very soft carbonation. Overall, an amazing brew. Truly amazing. He cherries put it over the top. Wow. 2014-09-10
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep rusty umber color with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is layered with burnt sugar, bourbon heat, tart cherry and cocoa dusted leather. the palate follows with lots of complexity that ebbs and flows from amazing to slightly strange. But overall the big mouthcoating flavors won me over. Chocolate covered cherries, burnt sugar, leather, slight vinous acidity and lots of sweet earthy undertones that are heavily influenced by a round nutty bourbon presence.
knickskicks (726) - - SEP 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mahogany pour. Nose is spirit, juicy cherries, sweet malts. Taste is sweet cherries and booze, smooth barrel. Smooth sticky mouthfeel.
burg326 (3699) - 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.