Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by CrellMoset:
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A second release bottle, if I'm not mistaken, 12 oz., poured in to a tulip. Only the faintest hiss upon the loosening of the cap.
Appearance: A little disappointing, but perhaps not unexpected with the minimum of fanfare that accompanied the opening of the cap on this one. A relatively rapid pour yields naught in suds and less in terms of a collar or surface lace, and subsequent swirls and dips yield legs more fitting to a glass of wine than a beer. That being said, I'm aware that what's in my glass is a 10% abv old ale aged with fruit in barrels that's been sitting in my cellar for over two years. Did I expect two inches of billowing, cloud-like wonder? No, but something a little more vivacious than this would have been nice.
Aroma: Now that's more like it. A very mellow, lightly fruity aroma that doesn't quite jump out at your right away but instead sits right at the edge of your nose, teasing, tingling, dancing right out of reach. As it warms, it gets a little friendlier, more sweet and less fruity, showcasing some glorious barrel sugar notes, toasted coconut and a lot of vanilla, and some dark toffee and cocoa. Bourbon dances just out of reach of the whole thing, almost filling in the blanks at times, never really showcasing more than an ankle. Never harsh, estery, or hot, this is one very well-rounded nose.
Taste: Phenomenal, and a step up over the nose. What a smooth, robust, varied, flavorful sensory experience. Sweetness and fruit at the tip of the tongue - dates, plums, raisins, the obvious cherries, as well as toffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses - give way to a slew of other notes, ranging from potent vanilla to chalky hints of wood. The bourbon here is a little more prominent, but it's a relative prominence - it's still mild, sweet, earthy, and almost lacking entirely in spice. It is lacking entirely in heat and abrasiveness, though not in pungency and power, which keeps it from becoming cloying (normally the problem when there isn't a balancing spice/bitterness to a sweet body).
The cherries are interesting. I can't really tell black cherries from any other type of cherry, and the depth and "darkness" of the fruit notes here isn't likely due to the type of cherry and instead due to the malts inherent in Adam (a great beer, for the record) and the age on the bottle. All that said, the cherries certainly add to it - there's a refreshing, bright(er, again, relatively) tart note both at the tip and at the finish of every sip. And with regard to that finish, it's fantastic - lingering, and replete with mildly snappy cherry, chocolate, mellow bourbon warmth, and dark toffee. Simply delightful.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, slippery, and working surprisingly well with the flavor components here. The carbonation is almost nil, but what is here keeps the thick base beer from becoming too fat and heavy, though I imagine a little bit more (and maybe it had that little bit a year or two ago) would have emphasized the brightness and tartness of the cherries a little more.
Drinkability: Why were there only 12 oz. of this? I've heard there are problems with the 2011 batch that the 2009 batch didn't experience, and I'm grateful that I was able to experience this one as it was intended. The 10% is felt but not sensed (also perhaps the result of an empty stomach), which definitely contributes to the drinkability of this one. I'd certainly like to try this one alongside regular Adam from the Wood (though I understand it that that one spends significantly more time barrel-side) to see what influence the cherries have on this one, though I'm happy to read in to their influence wherever I can here.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2012 04:44:19 | More by CrellMoset
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4.44/5 rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle of the 2012 release. Thanks Brian! Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 4/1/2014.
App- Dark brown, nearly black body with a half finger mocha-reddish head with good retention, falls into a medium-thick collar that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing. There is a decent-sized chunk of cherry skin as well. It's actually cool to see the skin and contributes to the whole "Cherry" aspect.
Smell- Up front, natural tart cherry flavours mix in with a bit of the stout-ish qualities of the base beer; namely dark chocolate and charred malts. Really good and the cherry is not medicinal at all. Warming up, I get a nice earthy, leathery nose that's similar to base Adam but certainly a bit covered up by the cherry flavours which continue to maintain its dominance even at room temperature. Very good stuff.
Flavour- There is more of the stout-like qualities up front on the palate. Dark chocolate, roast malt, espresso mixed in with a healthy helping of tart cherries and a bit of black licorice. Again, the cherry flavour is very natural and not medicinal at all. And as it warms there is more of the base Adam- leather, smoke, dark fruits, vanilla, charred oak of which are still overshadowed a bit by the cherries. But the cherries really add a nice layer of complexity to the already-complex base beer here.
Mouthfeel- Medium-thick body, just the right amount of carbonation to make the feel silky and substantial but without it being too sticky/resinous nor dry. Drinks great, balanced out very well with the cherry tartness and fruitiness. Also, there is astoundingly zero heat all the way from cellar temperature to room temperature, which is a big plus in my book.
Overall- This is an awesome take on the base Adam, which I just had recently two days ago and it's on the same level as the base beer. The cherries do cover up a little bit of the complexity that Adam has, but at the same time, it contributes a lot to the character of the beer to make it an equally tasty and unique take on the old ale. Would definitely love to try Adam from the Wood now which has to be great, but not going to worry too much about getting my hands on it when I can more easily drink the base Adam.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 05:41:25 | More by Stevedore
British Columbia (Canada)
4.73/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This exceeded my expectations. 2012 bottle
A: nearly black with tan head
S: a lot going on - cherries, plums, dried fruit, grapes. Slight smoke and rich malts
T: great balance between the fruits above and a smoky backdrop. Charred wood, peat. Some tannin and oak. Sherry-like in many ways. Very warming but no alcohol burn or taste.
M: fully mouth coating creaminess. Sticky but not too sweet
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 20:02:03 | More by JasonLovesBeer
4.48/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours like a red-tinged adam - really nice pink-stained beige head, minimal retention through duration, never looks completely flat.
Very nice aroma if rich dark cherries, cherry juice, sherry, bourbon, leather, tobacco and some dark chocolate. The cherries integrate well and the double barrel aging is very balanced.
Taste is very rich and full. Dark cherries with a little tartness, leather, nice heat from the aging, some bourbon and sherry. Very well rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is great - full and not sticky, slick with appropriately minimal carbonation.
Great take on Adam - seems to be drinking perfect right now with everything in balance.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 20:45:05 | More by timc100
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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