Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Holy sweet jeezus. This beer is a hell of a sipper, to be sure. Pours a lovely dark dark brown with almost no head (not that it needs it) and a touch of rose around the edges. Aroma is a heady sweet mix of malt, vanilla bourbon, and a touch of fruitiness. This stuff tastes absolutely divine. Starting out very warm with the bourbon and sweet malty body mixing well with a touch of oak, and then the back end dissolves into a little bit of dark fruit. Just a superbly crafted beer. I gain more respect for Alan Sprints by the day. ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2009
This 12 oz bottle from the ’09 dock sale is Alan’s answer to Imperial Stouts, and this more than holds it’s own against the best. Mirror-calm pour produces a fleeting ring of bubbles, maple syrup legs on the sides of the glass, and a deep redish brown clean body. Bourbon, black currants, cherries, vanilla, and oak greet the nose. The brew is sticky, chewy, and rich, with dark plump cherries dominating the chocolate, toasty caramel, leather, tobacco, and camp fire browned marshmallow. A cherry s’more if you will. Mildly dry finish after the rich sweets flow past the tongue. One serious alloy of flavors. bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle, thanks After4ever! Pours opaque dark orange brown with a tan ring of foam. The aroma is bourbon dominated with a touch of vanilla, smoke and molasses. Sweet taste with more bourbon vanilla and molasses, joined by dark cherry, wood, earth. Medium full body, light carbonation and nicely warming without being hot. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Red tinted brown pour wiht very little carbonation. Creamy vanilla and molasses. Bourbon and some cherry notes. Sweet and sour cherry. Roasty with a bitter finish. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Bottle: Muddy mahogany color, light tawny with light head and lacing. Musty, sweet cherry notes, cobbwebb, lots of wood and sherry. Excellent dusty aged notes, hot and good. Musty, salty, funky. Great HotD interpretation. Another bottle on deck for next year.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 The classic Adam takes on a slightly more ruby hue, and a sherry sweetness paves the path for the cherries to emerge. Nice woody notes, and a slight tartness make for an interesting finish. I think it is a wonderful idea to experiment using Adam as a ’base’, and I cannot wait to see what the gentlemen at HotD come up with next. Surely one to hunt down if Adam is your thing. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to ryan: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with ruby edges and a thin, wispy lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet earthy dark caramel and black cherries with some fresh bourbon oak. Starts with good fullness and rich dark caramel and black cherry sweetness with a nice complex bourbon character and a touch of fruity tart balance. An enjoyable and well-balanced complex brew. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2009 Rating #1500. Septemberfest. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to scrizzz. Dark dark brown, with red hints and a light beige head. The aroma is smoky, peat, bourbon, a light cherry note, mixed with fruitiness found in the malt is difficult to distinguish. Taste is more sweet malts, vanilla, smokey peat, touch of cherries and a light bourbon finish. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Pours with a dark red-brown body topped by a thin to medium thick head with some lacing left on the glass. It’s slightly sweet with a little cherry, lots of malt and light dark fruit notes, as well as some vanill/bourbon notes. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming. baggio (337) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2009
Apperance: Deep winered with almost no head.
Aroma: Preserved cherries, Bourbon, Malt, Vanilla, Oak.
Flavor: Caramel, Malt, Vanilla, Cherries, Alcohol, Hint of sourness.
Palate: Rich and powerful taste with a slight sourness and alcohol at the end. Very nicely balanced.
Wonderful beer that might have improved from some more time in the cellar but who can wait? Superb!
Thank to KPlynch for this gem!