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. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle from Hannont. Hugely oaky aroma, surprisingly little bourbon, I guess that dies off with this much time spent in the barrel. Slight vanilla, sage. Nice, smooth body, easy drinking, slight metallic notes. A solid drink, not terribly complex. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2011
12 oz. bottle from the 2011 batch, not long after bottling. I’ve lusted after this beer for ages, and finally we meet. The body is extremely dark mahogany to virtually pitch black in color. A squat head of beige froth recedes, revealing an oily, mirror-like finish strewn with random swirls, while the outer surface edges collect steadfast, foamy bubbles. Beautiful looking beer.MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
The aroma is stunning and complex, showing wave after wave of luscious dark malt varietals. Dark chocolate, smoky molasses, scorched caramel, and candy sugar all come through. Leather and tobacco impart earthy-sweet, peppery pungency, while the barrel wood offers up gorgeous vanilla tones. Of course, there are some drk fruity tendencies as well, most notably maple-glazed dates. The yeast seems almost creamy. I could sniff this brew all day, but then I’d never get to tasting it.
Now on to just that. The flavor is initially sweet, before quickly settling in to well balanced. Dates, figs, and candy sugar stand out immediately, followed by waves of semi-dark chocolate and just-burnt molasses. Countering all that sweet malt is a relatively dry yeast profile, along with surprisingly piquant wood and tobacco notes. Luscious, ultra-smooth bourbon envelops all else, shrouding everything in a veil of soft caramel and vanilla. Tasty, tasty stuff.
Having just polished off the 2011 Bourbon Fred a few nights prior, the palate is where I thought this brew might fall short of expectations. The first sip immediately put those fears to rest. Though it is certainly a bit heavy and syrupy, the relatively dry yeast does a decent job with the Herculean task of keeping the sugars in check. In fact, there’s almost a touch of chalkiness at the midpoint, before settling back in to a sweet finish. Carbonation is spot on for the style, showing a soft, lightly prickly profile that lifts the body up. Alcoholic heat is minimal.
Overall, I’d call this beer a smashing success. It’s a slow sipper meant to be contemplated over a couple hours, preferably on the porch, at night, with a nice chill in the air. So complex. So well done. Others will prefer this one more than I do, simply as a matter of style, but I appreciate everything about this beer.
[bottle] shared by Clevar. Thanks Caleb! Pours mostly clear deep brown with a nicely lasting tan head. Aroma is Adam - smoke, olive, light, dusty chocolate, a little alcohol, but with the nice underlying oak, light sherry, light bourbon. The flavor is the same. Perfect smokiness, brine, subtle, perfectly integrated barrel and tannin, light oxidation. Very nice, but hard to measure against the cherry. Awesome stuff. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle from a generous soul. Thanks for making a bunch of MN RBers very happy! Pour is a slightly hazy dark brown with a spare mocha head, lasting, with decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, lots of brown sugar and a fair bit of caramel. Also a touch of smoke. Taste is bourbon up front, lingering throughout, backed by dark fruit candied in brown sugar, lots of caramelized wood. A touch of chocolate and smoke push through as well. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and a bourbon tongue coating goodness. Awesome.
arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Pour is dark brownish black with nice tan head, bottle pour big thanks to Caleb! Aroma has notes of nice whiskey, bourbon, vanilla, slight smoke, caramel and toffee notes, rich bourbon soaked dark fruits, hints of biscuit. Taste is big sweet and subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak, that just coats your tongue, dark fruits, sweet molasses and brown sugar notes, hints of burnt sugars, touch of smoke, really nice dry, oaky, slightly bitter with a nice roasted character. Delicious! DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by CLevar! Dark brown pour, thin ring of carbonation and an aroma of rich malt, wood and bourbon. Flavor is silky chocolate, rich caramel, more woody (and slightly hot) bourbon, and a hint of vanilla. God damn, just delicious. jbeatty (1249) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle, 2011 release. Pours deep brown, nearly black, with fleeting tan head. Beautiful aroma, chewy, with bourbon chocolate, vanilla, dark pruned fruit, cherry and light licorice. Taste begins with dark fruits, cherry prevalent, leading to rich chocolate, bourbon finish, smoke and alcohol on the breath. Creamy, thick and smooth in the mouth. A special treat to sip and enjoy. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle. Pour is deep dark brown with hints of dark purple and a small tan head. Aroma is loaded with fruity malt, light vanilla, a slightly-off old pumpkin note, faint alcohol, and brown sugar. Intriguing, but not overwhelming. The old pumpkin note is not great. Flavor, however, is really great. Loads of deep fruity malt and light brown sugar up front with a wonderful long and deep vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar finish with hints of fruity sweetness. Flavor is so good. douglas88 (9195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2011
A huge thanks to Toby plus Jeremy and Sam for this, much appreciation! This was an elusive specter for so long, now I finally get a shot. Pours a opaque black color with purple hues and a small white head. The aroma is huge Adam notes; cherry, roast, nutty and earthy, some bourbon and heat. A initially sweet vanilla and bourbon flavor leading to a long tail of earthy sweet berries and toffee, some chocolate and roast. Very similar to the regular Adam but with more heat and a large bourbon component. A slightly thin palate and loads of warmth. Decadent, a sipper if there ever was one. Awesome.