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Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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705 Ratings
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 898
Gots: 152 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cherry Adam from the Wood is aged with locally grown black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.

First release - November 2008
Second release - November 2009
Third release - March 2011
Fourth release - November 2012

(Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008)
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Ratings: 705 | Reviews: 258 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE 2008
Thanks to msubulldog25 for hooking me up with this one!

Appears to be black, but closer inspection reveals it to be very dark brown with a dark ruby tint. Pours with a totally minimal head. No retention. Pretty good lacing, suprisingly.

Smells like Adam, only better. Nose is of huge cherry notes mixed with a bourbon-like backbone. Good oak presence. Big caramel malt notes. Lots of dark fruits mix with molasses notes. Hints of vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate and butterey biscuits. Very slight booziness.
Quite a complex nose. It smells like dessert.

Taste is quite complex, also. Cherries and lots of other dark fruits, right out in front. Good bourbon notes mixed in. Lots of smoke, leather, and hints of oak. Dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. The sherry barrel aging comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is okay. This is a thick, viscous brew. The lack of any real carbonation hurts this one and leaves it overly syrupy.

The saddest part is that this is my only bottle of this. I wish that I had several others so that I could lay them down for awhile and see how they progress.
This is a beer with an amazing level of smells and flavors. The lack of carbonation really leaves it too syrupy, which costs it points.
Despite the one minor flaw, this is an excellent brew.

coldmeat23, Dec 30, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DanGeo, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for breaking this one out - 2011 vintage. Pours a raspberry-ruby shade of red with a substantial opaqueness in the center. Barely any head on this one, even after a pour straight down to the center of the glass - looks like the carbonation has mostly evaded this one, though it probably wasn't heavily carbonated to begin with.

Cherry Adam has that sweet and recognizable barleywine-like smell. Though it technically is an "old ale", what is the real difference between that and a barleywine? Not much. Sticky brown sugar aromas cloud the air; molasses, oak, and some light deep fruit. The cherries aren't nearly as heavy or easily-identifiable as I was expecting, though after a while they start to pop out a but more. Light cherries and mild booze, all with an underlying sweetness.

The taste is even more sweet than the aroma cares to show. The cherries? Yeah, what was lost in the aroma is more than compensated for in the flavor. Heavy black cherries, sweet plums, and a nice mix of berries. Fruity and delicate. The barrel aging is apparent - woody, oaky, and boozy throughout. Certainly a caramel malt bomb - lots of caramel, sticky toffee, and syrupy molasses. The black cherry sweetness shows its face more and more as this one goes on. The finish is much more woody and wet than the start, leaving an aftertaste full of oak, vanilla, booze, and a dying cherry sweetness. Silky and smooth mouth feel leaving a sticky coating on the mouth, medium-heavy bodied.

Very nice old ale... Robust and powerful with quite a presence. Though the cherries didn't "pop" in the aroma, they certainly came through on the palate. Sweet and surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV tag. A very nice transformation.

EDIT: 2012 vintage

Thanks to Tim for opening this for us. The '12 vintage had a much more smokey character than the '11, a little abrasive up front with less sweetness overall, even with the same, big cherry flavors. The booze was also a bit heavier in the '12 and had a solid whiskey-like presence. Overall, I think I liked the '11 better. Smoother and more easily drinking. These could honestly have been two different beers, but they were still both very tasty.

tectactoe, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

SkiBum22, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with little to no head present at all. Glimmers of red in the color. Aromas are blasting out of the glass with rich bourbon and black cherry. Vanilla, wood and molasses notes mix in along with a deep fruitiness. Incredible depth of character here that draws me in deeper.

First sip brings rich, slightly sweet dark malts. Bourbon and black cherry roll in and work in perfect tandem together. Hints of vanilla, sherry, fig and molasses as it rolls down. Wood tannins with some alcohol burn on the finish. Amazingly well crafted and blended to perfection. Divine.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mellow carbonation. Perfect body makes for great drinkability. Such a very good beer. Cheers to Hair of the Dog for another beautiful creation and thanks to autumnaldave for sharing this one with me.

orbitalr0x, Feb 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

gregmoscetti, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

NWer, Nov 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

warnerry, Jul 07, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with no real carbonation.

The aroma is bourbon chocolate cherries.

The flavor is sweet malts, strong bourbon alcohol, dark fruits, roast chocolate and slightly tart cherry. There's a little harsh alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, a nice decedent beer.

Beaver13, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

MacDonald, Jun 17, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle from the third release.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherries and roasted malt, with a little bit of soy mixed in.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and cherry notes, with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. There is also some soy sauce in the flavor, as in the aroma. The alcohol is present but doesn't affect drinkability.

Medium to full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

fo1ksguitar, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, baybassboy!

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark ruby in color, nearly brown, with very little visible carbonation. This leaves dots and thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

Complex aroma, though not quite as complex as Adam from the Wood's surprisingly--though just as good. The oak and dark fruits are present again, along with loads of vibrant, sweet, crushed cherry aroma. Bold and expressive.

The flavor is quite nice, and the added cherries really transform this beer even further. Lots of chocolate, oak, and earth flavors present, along with lots of cherry flavor. My only complaint would be that the cherry flavor seems to add a touch of an acidic quality to the overall drinking experience, though this is still quite delicious.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

Very nice, though I significantly preferred Adam from the Wood.

ehammond1, Jun 12, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra from Pawel, thanks again!
vanilla, bourbon, wood, tobacco, leather, mildly tart cherries, integrated with some alcohol on the finish, smells of rich vanilla, chocolate, and wood, with a mild whiff of tartness, pours opaque slightly red tinged black with no light and just a slim ring of bubbles on the edge

Appearance- Pours a murky black out of the bottle with the slightest tinge of crimson around the edges where the light hits. Really no head to speak of, just a very thin ring of small bubbles around the edge of the beer. My understanding is that minimal carbonation is pretty par for the course for this style and this one pours really looking like a liquor.

Smell- Wow, a big nose with a lot going on here. All sorts of smells blend amazingly well, and I pick up on vanilla, bourbon, and wood right off the bat. Some rich notes of tobacco and leather as well. Finishes off with a slight whiff of tartness, which I have to imagine is the cherries.

Taste- Stellar and amazingly integrated. Huge notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate mixed together under a bourbon backdrop. Some wood and tobacco flavors show through here as well. Warming alcohol shows through on the finish but remarkably, I find that it integrates really well with a slight tartness provided by the cherries. Almost perfectly covers it up at the last second.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and oddly, I don't find that the minimal carbonation really bothers me. The beer keeps moving and went down deceptively easily. Still, rather sweet and rich and is definitely a sipper.

Overall, a lovely beer and I'm really glad I just recently happened upon two more due to the outstanding Matt of Capone's. Can't wait to try some with age on them

boatshoes, Apr 21, 2010
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Cynic-ale, Feb 21, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears purplish black with almost no head at all. Only a few bubbles.

Smells like bourbon, candied fruit, raisins, and chocolate. Girlfriend says old cough syrup and popsickle sticks.

Tastes sweet and boozy. Like cherry cake. Thick and chewy.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with no carbonation.

Overall is an amazing beer that I could drink again and again.
The lack of carbonation didn't really bother me on this one.

daveytheformer, Mar 29, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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