fiery_1 (1180) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2017 MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle purchased at Chucks in Chagrin Falls last year (I don’t know who traded with them to get this, but I scored 3 other HotD’s and an Abyss that day). 2009 vintage. Thick black yeast deposit left in the bottle, no head at all, deep brown-red hue making it seem black. All great signs. Aroma is almost perfect. Deep roasted malt, honey, chocolate, toasted oat, vanilla and notes of heaven all in the nose. I cannot imagine the flavor getting better with age, since it has the perfect complexity and flavor after a year and a half... but I do doubt it could get worse. Flavor is like a rich deep cherry and molasses flavor. Strong notes of vanilla and wood come through with a honey-like smoothness as well as the subdued malty sweetness. God this one is amazing.
Draught @ the brewery. 2017 VintageWerckmeister (3188) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 2, 2017
Pours a opaque brown with a thin brownish pink hued head. Nose is wood, barrel, leather, tobacco. Flavour is delicious similar to the nose but, finishing with a nice sweet if not cherry influenced bourbon warmth. Just lovely and there’s some lingering cherry character on the palate afterwards.
12oz bottle at home. Vintage 2015. black color, almost no head. smells of coconuts, wood, ripe fruits, liqueur, light caramel, nutty, marzipan, light berry notes. very nice smell. full body, almost no carbonation, oily mouthfeel. tastes of ripe fruits, berry notes, some booze, liqueurish, nice wood notes, coconut, marzipan, nutty, licorice, caramel. finishes light to medium sweet with notes of coconut, berry notes and some liqueur notes. very nice one, a bit too boozy for me overall, but very smooth. lovely wood notes, beer got quite a bit better with some breathing. overall very nice beer. xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2017
The aroma on this sucker exudes oak and candied figs, followed by a bit of cocoa, red fruit, and alcohol.
Pours a muddy brown coffee color with a slight tan ring of a head.
Taste is initially quite hoppy, lots of fruit, oak tannins, candied figs, and finishes with a bit of alcoholic burn.
A bit cloying and alcoholic on the palate, but the slight sourness of the red fruit acts as a bit of a foil.
Yummy! Tide (3904) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2017
Bottle at Hair of the Dog (2017 vintage). Dark brown / copper color, beige head. Bitter taste with cherry, tart, bourbon, oak, a bit of hops, alcohol and earthy notes. Bitter finish with cherry, tart, bourbon, oak, a bit of hops, red currant and malts. Very nice brew. Maarten1993 (1281) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2017
Drank 28-3 @Majid the night before going to Struise (2015 version). Sweet, very rich beer. Really good one.
Iznogud (3811) - CROATIA - APR 7, 2017
On tap at ACBF2017. Malty, dried fruit, cherries, sherry, some wood. Sweet with nice sourish counter balance. Smooth. Balanced. Complex. Warming. Full bodied. Another great one from HotD. ZodiacM (1190) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2017
LCI. Van de tap @ACBF2017. Mooie old ale, wat zurig door de kersen en houttonen van de BA. Had er eerlijk gezegd wat meer van verwacht, maar nog steeds heel lekker. vincentvega72 (758) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2017
@ ACBF 2017. Mooi donker bier met crèmekleurig schuimkraagje die wegebt tot fijn laagje. Mooi vol aroma en smaken van donker (overrijp) fruit, kersen, rozijnen, rum, sherry.. Likeurachtig, silky in de mond met mooie warmende afdronk met een houtige toets. Zeer goed in balans. Prachtig genietersbier. Pilsnertest (296) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle at home. Very port wine-like. Dried fruits, warm alcohol, sweet and sour cherries, wood and dark berries.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Alengrin (5382) - BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2017
At ACBF, poured by mr. Sprints himself. I have been reading about this for a while so curious to taste it. Pale beige, bubbly, loose, quickly disappearing head, warm dark bronze colour with mahogany brown hue, hazy. Strong aroma of sour cherries, wet oak wood, sweet sherry, dried plum, wet leather, vanilla, horse steak. Sweet candied fig in the mouth paired with sour blackberry and indeed sour cherry tartness contrasting with the sweetness, dried meat-like umami accent, bit leathery, slick and rather viscous, full mouthfeel, thick toffeeish malt body with the meaty umami, sour fruits and residual sweetness all playing on top of it, quite a lot of brown rum-like alcohol in the end, long and dry but nothing too astringent, lingering fruit tartness and dryness of woody tannins. Impressive top-fermented fruit beer of great complexity.