Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
On tap in a tulip at the tasting room on 3/9/11
Dark, dark, crimson brown. At times it looks dark enough to be a deep plum. 1/8th inch rose-hued head thins immediately to a collar. No retention or lace by mid-way through the glass.
Aromas of tart, dark cherries. Bourbon heat and hints of vanilla and wood. Malts offer impressive depth - chocolate, caramel and figs. Smells very good but also rather hot.
The flavors the beer imparts are all the more impressive. Distinct, yet not-too-tart, cherries lead off, enveloping the base beer. Smooth maltiness throughout with a subtle hop presence. Swaths of cherry, vanilla, chocolate, figs, charred oak and dark fruit notions. Toasted grains. Not too much bourbon but it is hot.
Full, slick, coating feel. Carbonation is low on the front end but fizzes up mid-swallow. Subtle graininess underneath. Long, full-flavor finish lingers.
Overall impression: so tasty and such a great sipper. Exceptionally done. I'm beyond tickled to have happened across this on the one night I was in Portland.
Serving type: on-tap
07-06-2011 00:24:36 | More by Ryan011235
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4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
very few beers can rival this one in terms of complexity and depth, its downright enormous, and is so unique in the corded american strong ale world, i love it. thanks to drlovemd87 for unselfishly sharing yet another bottle of exceptional ale with me. dark auburn in color, syrup textured, dead still, heavily sedimented brew. black cherry color to match its added fruit. intentionally flat, i think maybe the carbonic acid exposure over time on a beer thats meant to be cellared like this one may denature or corrupt some of the fruit character and smoothness, which is why, i presume, they didn't carbonate it. a nose of medicinal cherries, over ripe black cherries, and a whole heaping tone of sweet grain. toffee and coffee and dark chocolate covered dried cherry come out in the flavor, and I'm amazed how little the alcohol shows up. its so thick too, viscous and pushing gelatinous in terms of mouthfeel, but i don't want it to have bubbles. the decadence of the feel makes me inclined to sip on it, rather than hammer it, which allows it to warm up, and man oh man does it warm up beautifully. the grain is never lost, but the cherry is dominant i think, especially at temperature, and especially in the finish. it kind of reminds me of one of those home spun booze infusions with fresh fruit, where you forget about a jug of whiskey for a few decades loaded with plums or something, very grandpa-like. so much texture, its palate coating and increasingly cherry focused as it warms. wonderfully done beer here, like nothing else I've come across in terms of enormity and grace. as much a cordial as it is an ale. wish we could get their beer in colorado, i don't think anyone here does beer quite like this.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 22:06:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.