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

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 792
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 912
Gots: 163 | FT: 16
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:
Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008

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
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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 792
Reviews by jdklks:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright crimson with a bit of brown murkiness to it. Not much of any head other than a tiny ring that sits around for a little while.

S: Whoa! Loads of complexity with sweet cherries, sherry, brown sugar, dates, raisins, wood, and hints of vanilla.

T: Very similar to the nose with the cherry a bit more muted and the sherry flavors really coming to the front.

M: Very nice and smooth. Delicious and medium-bodied with very low carbonation, which is perfect for the flavors.

D: Very high. I've got some of this reserved at a store I frequent and after sampling this at DLD, I am very excited to go and pick my bottles up.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at the Healdsburg Cigar And Beverage Emporium
Notes from 02/14/2015 with my Lost Abbey stemware

2014 release

A: The pour is a deep deep cola brown with a muddied look and virtually no head taking form. Has a few squeaky bubbles hitting the surface however the beer is fairly still and flat looking in the teku. No noticeable stick with exception of some alcohol legs running down the glass wall.

S: Smells of black strap molasses, sherry and soy sauce, leather notes, assorted dark fruits, baker’s chocolate, and cherry juice. Man this has such a deep and complex roasted malt character it just naturally expresses that “Old Style”. I get some lesser notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, and earthy charred wood to it and the cherries, while not too prominent, are a nice compliment to all the other aromas.

T: Dark toffee with a deep molasses note and some umami soy likeness take the fore front. Mix in some bitter chocolate and vanilla bean sweetness with dark fruits like date and plum. There is an earthy presence surfacing as well with a mild woodsy element and a stiff whisper of toasted coconut and cherry in the finish. The beer has a moderate to lower amount of actual bitterness to it and more than anything I find the alcohol to be incredibly well masked for 13.5% here. That said the balance and layering of flavors here is awesome.

M: The body is moderately heavy on account that the beer is completely flat. Somehow it still manages a nice creamy texture that keeps things sort of in balance. Finishes a touch dryer but somewhat tacky with a sleek sticky coating across the palate.

D: The flavor profile here is very good. Dark, rich, and utterly complex with a nice cherry fruit accent to it. No doubt these guys have nailed the Olde Ale style. I just really wished this were more carbed. I don’t quite understand the intention of putting out a flat brew but somehow HotD gets away with it while others are chastised for the same. I was really looking forward to this one but the overall experience was lessened a bit for me.

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ugly turbid deep brown. Light bubbles but like it was poured from a beer engine. Aroma is highly complex, yet accessible. There's leather, bourbon, vineous notes, dark cherry, malt heavy. A slight hint of oxidation. Definitely tastes like an old ale.. In the best way possible.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Marius
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour, almost black. No head or lacing or any type of carbonation visible, no matter how vigorously you pour. The smell is complex and beautiful: roasted walnuts, chestnuts, tons of cocoa, macerated cherries, maple syrup, sherry, bourbon barrel, vanilla and oak, figs. The taste - amazing. A boatload of cherries up front, figs, walnuts, sherry and vanilla oak, bourbon, and underneath it all a nice, hot spiciness. Smooth and creamy texture, but not the kind that chokes, with a warm and cherry-intense aftertaste.

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look - DARK DARK brown with almost zero carbonation or foam. Like deep woody brown prune juice.
Smell - woody and sour.
Feel - soft mouthfeel like all of the HoTD beers. I am guessing at the brewhouse they use a nitrous mixture.
Taste - Mysteriously tart and smokey. A subtle but strong sourness followed by robust aged wood flavors. Incredibly well balanced and intriguing like no beer I've ever had before.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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