Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by davod23:
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. Thanks, Greg.
It pours almost still, a dark, ruby-tinged brown. Darker than I expected, though I'm not sure what I was expecting with this... A very small light tan cap forms but instantly fizzles away, leaving only the slightest of collars around the lip of the liquid. Small amount of spotty lacing. It's a beautiful color, and would be a perfect 5 if there was any head to speak of.
Smell is just a bit underwhelming. It's just not as in my face as I expected. Black cherries are evident, as are both the bourbon and sherry barrels. Smells a bit sweet. I expected more complexity and more boldness from this, but it's not bad.
Taste is really nice. Dark cherry, bourbon, sherry, sweet malt, English toffee, leather, maybe a hint of dark fruit, and a tiny bit of alcoholic heat. It never ends, either... it's been minutes since my last sip and I can still taste it. Nice.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Thick, chewy, slick, with a long, lasting finish. Just awesome.
Drinkability is great on this one. My glass is going away way too quickly. I could drink loads of this stuff.
Very nice beer from HOTD.
Hot damn! 2011 vintage poured into my Bruery tulip.
Appearance: Thick, still pour. Absolutely no bubbles. It appears to be a deep, dark brown, but the edges are most decidedly purplish. Odd, but pretty decent.
Smell: Whoa. Much better than the prior bottle I had. Cherries, leather, a waft of smoke, sweet molasses, oak, booze, cocoa, damn there's a lot of stuff going on here.
Taste: Amazing. Just incredible. Deeper, darker, with more dark cherries and a stronger oak component. The normal smokiness of Adam is but an undercurrent in this beer, which is welcome.
Mouthfeel: Gotta dock it a little bit here. It's nice, it's viscous and syrupy, but I need some carbonation to lighten the load a little bit. It's but a minor concern though - if any beer can be served still, it's this one.
Overall: Awesome beer. Really really great. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2009 05:02:42 | More by davod23
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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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