tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brewery’s QC really is pathetic. Beer pours dead flat. Nose is medicinal cherry, taste is sweet bourbon, sweet cherries, and it really doesn’t do the base beer justice.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 bottle enjoyed March 2014. Labeled at 10% abv.
After maybe an hour out of the fridge this comes to cellar temperature and pours near black and relatively still into my tulip glass, with a small tan head. The bourbon is right forward in the aroma, along with syrupy cherry. Tobacco and raisins. Smoke and corkboard. Sherry and peat. Intriguing, if a bit in-your-face. But the flavor is very sweet. Robitussin-drenched chocolate cake. Raisins and sherry. Just a hint of peat late. Palate is sticky and heavy. I had high expectations, and I’m hugely let down. This is basically a mess. I much prefer the regular Adam, and I can’t see this one being drinkable in anything larger than a 2 oz taster.
First a parking ticket and now this. Don’t know which pisses me off more.
djd07 (2766) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with small frothy beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong wood, oak, and cherry skin. Medium mouthfeel with strong wood flavor, booze, roast, and light bitterness. Held up very nice.
RobertDale (2846) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce 2012 bottle. Thanks Sean! Pours a very cloudy reddish brown with just the hint of head. Aroma of fruit, bourbon, and wood. Taste is dark cherries, bourbon, charred wood, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. A special treat.
alex4r (68) - - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vinatge Shot out of the bottle with a brown/reddish color. Very little carbonation to speak of, almost like a port. The splash from the pour left little red dots on a napkin next to the glass. Nice cherry aroma mixed with wood bourbon undertones. Very slick on the pallet as well. Nice malty smooth oak finish with sour cherry flavors. Loved it.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle at 10% ABV. It pours a very dark brown color and perfectly still. No bubbles at all. The aroma has a lot of bourbon and wood with some molasses, fig and raisin, but sadly not a lot of cherry. The flavor is rich with chocolate, smoke, bourbon and wood… whoa there’s the cherry! The cherry flavor is very apparent near the finish as a fruity tartness (not sour). Light smokiness also in the finish with more raisin, fig and wood. Bourbon is more subdued in the flavor compared to the aroma. Hardly any carbonation at all, but like many HotD beers, it doesn’t really matter. All the flavors meld really nicely and make for a very special treat.
Steve_0 (2106) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Bottle at home. Pour is deep, deep brown with a red tint and a small brown head that fizzled out quickly. Deep roasty, figgy, brown sugar, coconut, sweet leather, caramelized sugar, dark cherries, smoke, light peat, and berries in the aroma. Taste is smoky, sweet cherries, red grapes, tangy, coconut, raisins, sweet plums, tar, cocoa, and honey with a smooth, yet smoky finish. Slick/syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Sweet, yet balanced beautifully with burnt malt/smoke characteristics, dark fruits and toffee notes. Seriously hard to believe this is over 13%. So much complexity and one of those beers that could win over the biggest of wine snobs.
MJGG (913) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 12 oz. Arômes très complexes de cerises noires, de bourbon et de malts chocolatés. Robe brune foncée et opaque, aucune effervescence ou mousse. En bouche, les cerises noires sont bien présentes et se marient bien avec les malts très chocolatés. Le bourbon contribue également des notes de chêne et de grains. L’alcool se montre réchauffant en finale. Complexe et savoureuse, cette bière est cependant tellement sucrée qu’il est difficile d’en boire plus d’une demi-bouteille.
ametras (175) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Dark reddish brown with minimal head. Chocolate coated cherries dipped in bourbon. Wet wood, toffee and smoke. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth and syrupy texture. Warm and fruity finish.
fletchfighters (998) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Hair of the Dog in Portland
12 oz bottle at the bar
Murky dark brown. Little to no head. Thin sliver of a collar. Lots of ABV legs though.
Big nose. Dark, somewhat sour Cherries, sherry or port, oak, bourbon, and a lot of roasted malts. Big, bold, complex nose.
Taste is very fruit driven. Slightly sour dark cherries and dark fruits, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and quite syrupy but in a good and drinkable way.
Rich and sweet feel. Low carbonation and big full feel. Big time dessert beer and just a slow sipper needed by a fireplace. Wonderful beer
kraddel (2331) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx to nate
Pours very dark , very small foam
Smells sweet , oaky
Taste has sweetness , berrys , oak , bourbon , sweet , bourbon back
Good carbo .in contradiction to the 10 people who told me there would be non.