lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2011. Brown-red, tan cover, the aroma is high alcohol, chocolate, prune. Taste is light sherry, prune, oak, vanilla, light soy sauce. I think I still prefer the regular Adam. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours deep brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma is amazing and filled with tons of malt depth which is nicely complimented by the barrel treatment. Typical caramel, graham cracker notes are enhanced by tobacco, leather, milk chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Flavor is just as intense with added layers of dates, marshmallow, golden raisin, and maple. Overall body is moderate to full, creamy and finishes with a good dose of boozy warmth. Simply amazing. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
’11 bottle generously sent from John - thanks! Pours an extremely dark brown with a slick of tan foam that quickly recedes to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bourbon up front with vanilla followed by some of the classic aspects of regular adam such as smoke, leather, fig, peat, and chocolate before returning to more bourbon through the finish. Taste is bourbon up front that has a bit of alcohol bite followed by roast, smoke, chocolate, fig, leather, a bit of malt sweetness that briefly appears on the back third, and clean bourbon through the finish. The bourbon dominates but not so much that the regular adam is lost. Mouth feel is spot on with a lively ebb of carbonation and a clean, relatively dry aspect to the flavor profile. If only I could pick this up in a six-pack to enjoy with cigars over the weekend. Amazing beer. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Thanks after4ever! Superb plum brandy nose, bourbon and golden raisin. Dark murky brown, creamy white head. Dank stemmy greatness. Intense and intimidating. Dag yo. Creamy sherry, soaked oak greatness. Smoky finish. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
12oz bottle, 2011 batch. Clear deep brown with a small beige head, fading to a thing ring and island of foam rather quickly. BTW, I smelled bourbon about two seconds after popping the cap from18 inches away. Old bourbon with some fruity sherry oxidation, deep dark toffee and chocolate notes, light smoke. Lastly all the good stuff that makes me love aged Adam--tobacco and leather. Flavor is pretty much the same, which is far from a letdown, but adds a bit of a boozy burn and pleasant warming down the throat to the belly. The molasses is a little stronger as well. Semi-dry with a lightly roasty finish, bitterness at a 2-3. The alcohol and barrel do a pretty good job at keeping the sweetness from getting to be too much. Low carbonation with a full body. Quite tasty, and glad I got to try it. Can’t see it improving a whole lot with age--already has plenty of oxidation as is.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a bit of a thin tan collar. The nose carries a good amount of musty oak and bourbon plus malt and some slight tobacco. Flavor has a bit more bourbon and isn’t quite as integrated but is still quite nice. Medium body’s with no alcohol and low carbonation. Standout stellar beer. Boom. biggirlpanties (204) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to GT2. Pours cherry wood brown with small tan foam. Nose of rich bourbon, wood barrel, sugary raisin, cinnamon, cream. Taste of bourbon, cedar/spicy wood, raisin finish. Warms up to lose some initial sweetness. Ends balanced, neutral. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2012
355mL 2011ed thanks to the BA crew at SPH. Pours a clear sepia generating a denser, cappuccino head. No lacing really. Quick dissipation. Nose: oh yeah. Super tawny and old feeling, wet detritus, muted chocolate, muted peat bog. Subtle complexities with an old ale feel. Toffee, port, old Madeira. Lots of English malt character approaching something like Thomas Hardy Ale. Taste...up front it is much much sweeter than I remember typical Adam being (plums, raisins) moving to some muted alcohol heat and buttery chocolate frosting. Finish is a little bit sweet raisins, tart red wine, richer and full bodied with hints of paper that don’t materialize thankfully. Very rich. I’m not sure I like this better than normal Adam. The palate seems creamier and richer, but the taste is sweeter black barleywine. As it warms, I can really appreciate the complexities- oil, red wine, butter, acid. Yum. I’m not sure why this stayed in barrels for SOOO long and why they picked Elijah Craig, which produces vastly inferior bourbon to say Booker’s. Something smoky like Adam could do well for a short time period in a top notch Scotch barrel like Ardbeg. radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
I would highly recommend NOT aging this since it is A) already so old, B) is slightly red wine and port tart so may gain acidity, C) is already delicious, D) can really only gain more of an old/oxidized character.
Friends brought this one over - split with them. Poured a brown color with virtually no head. Aroma was rich, sweet, rich caramels, touch of chocolate - dominating notes of vanilla, bourbon and barrel. Enjoyed very much! TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2012
12 oz bottle, 2011. Dark brown with a beige ring of foam and a haze. Nose is molasses, wood, tobacco and prune. Thick and chewy, almost syrupy, with a lingering buzz. Taste is licorice, oak, prune, hints of smoke and whiskey, bitter chocolate and espresso. Intense, rustic and super saturated.