mcberko (14663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the brewery. Pours a deep dark mahogany with no head. Aroma is decadent as hell, with dark dried fruits, toffee, molasses and alcohol. Flavour is super hot, with smoke, leather, followed by treacle toffee. The alcohol is still super hot after all these years, though as it warms, itís actually less abrasive. Itís basically Adam on steroids. Fantastic and what a treat of a unique experience.
Prufrockstar (1994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from HOTD. Generously shared with me by hannont, even though I couldnít afford the cost to split. Beer people are good people, too good, and Todd especially is unbelievably generous -- hope I can return the favor some day, dude. Really appreciate it.
for the most part, I try to be objective about a beer when I rate. But for some beers like this, itís not possible. Iíll describe it -- deep dark brown pour, no head or carbonation, dark mollasses brown sugar; condensed Adam on steroids, beautifully rich, decadent ... Seems ageless,like kmweaverís mythical infinity juice.
But this rating isnít really about that. The beer is retired. Youíre only getting it here at HOTD as part of something special (or maybe youíre getting it through some other means by trading/paying a ton for it, but this isnít about that either). This is about the experience. And at RBSG, after a jereboam of Fred batch 30 thatís still sitting on our table, with a grand tasting still to come, surrounded by other RBians, Iím not even going to pretend to be objective. The beer is certainly a 4.something. The experience rates much higher.
Ferris (12902) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 Bottle - Vintage 1994 - Dark caramels, sark sugar, touch of toffee. Deep dark brown with no head. Sweet, charred wood, char, fish sauce and a long finish. No heat in the taste. Very nice considering the age.
douglas88 (8457) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2015 Bottle. Well weíve reached peak insanity. Pours a dark black brown color with no head. The aroma is big sweet malts, sugary, hot, oak. The flavor is big sweet Adam, heat, tobacco, molasses, roast, chocolate, so much oxidation and heat. Thin palate of course. An experience. Hard to say really how good this is/was. My main thought was that it tasted a lot like an old Adam. That makes sense! No doubt it is good, also no doubt it is a bit of a eccentric appetiteís satisfaction. Iíd love to see Alan make a ice Adam again, I see no reason why not. The few bottles of this left wonít make that much. No doubt as well that this is pretty good.
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 Bottle. Sip stolen thanks to Todd!
A: Pitch olive black with no to none head.
N: Honey, bandaid, phenol, coffee oxidation, black olive, soy sauce, charred brown sugar, more in the line of Coal Islay Scotches.
T: Bitter, smokey, and sweet
M: Resinous oily body, light carbonation. Easy to tell this is iced Adam.
O: Wow. Still going strong; Iíve heard itís disappointing, but I wasnít (obviously). I will say that there are many, many similarities here to the Adam in Ardbeg Barrels - particularly in the nose and if you canít have this, then have that.
BREWMUSKCLES (2566) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
boozy and malty with old ale flavor of cognac and fruit. some hop layered in the background. anise and licorice give a sting with an earthy tobacco like dimension. powerful with a bit of aged grape.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
38cl, retired exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk and Koen for sharing!, very complex brew, alcoholic/malty/sweet and slightly smoked/fruity, yet not too heavy (considering such a high ABV!), as was expected some signs of oxidation, yet balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet very expensive! (thx for sharing costs!), WOW!, íGladly the bottle made it safely; all in an awesome experience!"
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Brian for his generosity. Alcohol dominates the aroma - a hint of malt underneath and a hint of astringency. Itís clearly an iced beverage. Pours a flat clear dark brown. Taste follows suit - Alcohol dominates with some biscuity malt and a hint of rubbing alcohol. A bit smoother than the nose indicates. Canít believe I was able to try it. Thanks again!
Dunt (310) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the epic Chicago blowout tasting. Pours a completely flat dense brown in color that looks pretty similar to soy sauce. Nose is maple, some light booze, oak, chocolate, and soy sauce. The flavor is incredibly boozy, it pretty much dominates the flavor. There is some chocolate and malt on the back end, but itís just big time booze. Moderate to thick mouthfeel, slightly oily/slick, very boozy, and a long finish. An awesome experience, but Iím not incredibly impressed by it. The nose is really nice, but the booziness is offputing to me. Thanks a bunch to the guys that made this possible, very cool.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a Hair of the Dog stemmed taster glass. Smoke, soy, molasses, tobacco, booze, and a hint of dark fruits. Itís basically super Adam. Not all that fantastic.