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Review by seaoflament on 12/17/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 11 17 3 8 2008
Muchas gracias Kyle for the opportunity to try this beer. I love regular Adam and have been drooling ever since I heard about this beer.

A tiny hiss after I crack the cap, a slow stream of small bubbles race to the neck. After hearing that this beer is not very carbonated, at least yet, I did a slightly aggressive pour into a pint glass. I managed to get about a quarter inch of fizzy foam that quickly settled to a thin crescent moon. The beer itself is dark with some caramel highlights on the side when held to the light.

The cherry and wood notes mixed very well with the Adam beer base. There is some semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, rum soaked raisins, dark cherries, wood, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, and a whiff of alcohol in the background. There is a nice mixture of sugar cookie, molasses, brown sugar, and black cherry, it’s like a dessert. The malt combination is very complex, deep dark fruits, and a combination of sweetness (brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruit jam). I’m surprised at the variety of fruits and how fruity it smells. After a few minutes in the glass it begins to smell like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Wow, it seems like there is much more cherry in the flavor than in the aroma. The first sip is just a bit overwhelming as I’m trying to capture all the flavors. There is some chocolate and smoke upfront with dark fruits in the middle and oak, alcohol, and brown sugar in the end. More chocolate on the second sip but also some caramel and molasses, very sweet finish. Long finish of oak, toast, caramel, and cherry. There is a little bit of cherry tartness upfront and it is accompanied by the alcohol pretty closely. A little nutty in the aftertaste. Subtle notes of cocoa and coffee in the finish. After a few sips I begin to taste some apple or rose petals in the back.

Low carbonation and a bit viscous too. It feels a little velvety on the tongue initially. Yep, the following sips feel a little flat. Two things that would help this beer out and make it easier to drink are: a little more carbonation and a drier finish.

A good beer that I hope get better with some more time in the bottle…right now I would take regular Adam over this one though.

Served In: Bottle