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

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BA SCORE
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742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 908
Gots: 176 | FT: 21
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 742 | Reviews: 261
Reviews by mfavoino:
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4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle shared with other BAs at the HotD Tasting Room on 19 Jan 13. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with nice plum colored highlights. A small head recedes immediately.

S: Cherry sweetness is on the forefront and the barrel really shines through as well. Oak and caramel malts add the the complexity. Very attractive aroma.

T: Cherry forward with the barrel perfectly complimenting the sweetness. Natural cherry flavor is perfect and the oak, caramel malt, and vanilla all come together for a well-balanced beer. Smooth bourbon as it finishes.

M: Adequate carbonation for a HotD beer, medium-bodied, smooth.

O: Takes Adam to another level. Each flavor compliments the others and make this a must have.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of BenHesk12
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of boatshoes
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of daveytheformer
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a deep murky brown, nearly opaque. Very short head with only a wisp of retention. No lacing.

S: Deeply rich malts with plenty of cherries and dark fruits. Some smokiness and light tobacco. Very nice alcohol line.

T/M: Very tasty. Rich malts with loads of dark fruits. Cherries obviously take the lead but there's plenty of other alocohol soaks fruits in there as well. Loving the alcohol. More of the smokiness and light tobacco. Body is medium full with practically no carbonation. Just a touch more carbonation would really improve things.

D: Pretty big beer that is very inviting.

Photo of timc100
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FalconA for sharing!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a little purple mixed in with a small bubbly head that reduces quickly leaving little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly smoky, with some cherry and dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence as well.

T: Wow, very rich. More cherry and dark fruits mixed with some chocolate, vanilla, oak, leather, and tobacco. There is a bit of smoke as well.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, no issues with the newest batch. The abv is well hidden.

O: Fantastic. Would be great to reapproach this beer with a little age on it or alongside Aftw. The alcohol is nice and warming but doesn't rear its head and drinks surprisingly smooth for a 10% beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some of these big-ass HOTD beers don't produce a very stunning head, but the color of the body is a super dark brown verging on black, with ruby highlights when held to light. Scant bubbles. Sits in the glass not caring about looking too pretty. Very old-school old ale look, basically.

Aged in sherry and bourbon casks, the aroma reveals bourbon much more than sherry. It's the dominant aroma here, but black licorice, vanilla, cherry and the wood itself come into play. Despite the dominant bourbon element--just not a huge fan of the stuff--it's a pleasure to sniff, with every inhalation revealing various complexities and layers.

Extraordinary flavor is what it's all about with Hair Of The Dog, and C to tha A to tha W does not disappoint. Vanilla and black cherry form a rounded, luscious, semi-sweet center, with just a touch of fine Belgian chocolate in the background. Lightly wrapped around that is the wood/bourbon element, and again the bourbon is more dominant than the sherry. The barrel-wood makes itself known with its light earthy tone. And yeah, a nice alcohol glow. This kind of beer needs that and it's present without being cloying. Liqueur-filled chocolate cherries anyone? A tart snap in the finish and a pleasant dryness wrap up the sip.

Oh so rounded and slick and almost-gooey, though far from heavy in the mouth. It's actually surprisingly thin--not as in watery, but it lays a silken sheet of smoothness on the tongue, offset well by the puckering sensation from the dry finish.

This is as complex as one might imagine, given the brewery, the name and the fact this is an adulterated version of an already complex and wonderful old ale. As with most barrel-aged versions, I'd personally rather have the original, but this is still fantastic. ***Thank you very much msubulldog25!***

Photo of nkersten
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 2009 batch pours dark brown/rusty blood red color, no head on the pour. I could be wrong, but it looked like there was a bit of char from the barrel in the bottle.
S- Oak, lots of sweet malt, vanilla, some alcohol. Not much hop presence in the smell.
T- Perfect amount of oak flavor, dark dried fruits, very faint hop bitterness, this is a sweet beer but the flavor from the barrel helps to balance it out. Some alcohol burn in the finish.
M- Thick and coating, this beer is very warm. Very little carbonation but I don't think this took anything away from the beer at all.
D- Its a big heavy beer, but it has so much flavor I couldn't stop drinking it. If I had another bottle I don't think i could let it sit very long and probably would opened it by now. What an amazing beer. I am usually not a fan of old ales, but this is one of the best.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting and masterful creation. Dark colour with virtually no head. Cherry, bourbon and yeast in aroma. Above average mouthfeel, bulked up by caramel. Rich vanilla wood and cherry flavours dominate, the bourbon not far behind. Cannot discern carbonation.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam (alcstradamus) for this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Big pour yields no head as carbonation struggles to escape from the brew. Beer is a dark, near opaque brownish-black. No head, so no lacing. A bit on the flat side even given its style.

S: Grapes, plums, and other fresh dark fruit. Sweet booze in the back as well as a steadily creeping soy sauciness. The aroma is there but the body is so heavy that it creates a very subdued experience.

T: Cherry and grape syrup upfront followed by soy sauce, prune juice, and booze. Very chewy and oily. It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. Super sweet with no sign of hops. Chocolatey towards the end with a maple syrup finish and a lingering sweet aftertaste that coats the entire palate.

M: Full bodied, flat, and viscous as hell. Silky smooth given the high ABV and not abrasive in the least. Oily and heavy the whole way through with a pleasantly messy finish and a filmy, lingering aftertaste.

D: A deep and rich beer that reveals an almost infinite amount of layers of flavor as I drink it, Cherry Adam is the real deal and its a beer that others in its style should strive towards. High ABV is a bit frightening at first but its not boozy at all and is in fact, super easy to get down all things considered. Seek it out!

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, no bs4

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, murky and muddy garnet-mahogany body, a small fizzy beige cap but very little retention

smell: black cherry, sherry, very woody - oak, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla...nice

taste: beautiful array of flavor, a punch of dark cherry mixed with smooth vanilla, bourbon tones, sherry, tons of oak, rich chocolate, alcohol is pretty hot but this is an exceptional complex beer

mouthfeel: a little flat, robust and full

drinkability: ok

Photo of mikey711
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle

A: Deep brown, nearly black, somewhat murky. Not much head at all with just a faint ring that sits atop and no lacing is left behind.

S: Lots of wood notes that bring out some cherry, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Also some leather and smoky notes, and sweet toffee and caramel.

T: Nice bourbon and cherry notes to start followed by vanilla oakiness and earthy wood. A nice level of smokiness is present, but tasted somewhat muddled witht the rest of the flavors. Also plenty of caramel and leather notes as well

M: Slightly boozy and a bit syrupy, but the lack of carbonation actually adds to the overall feel.

D: I enjoyed one bottle in two sittings and would have had trouble doing it another way.

Photo of miketd
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Bottle Trek. Pours murky brown/mahogany. Very small off white ring in the glass. Aroma is wood, booze, tart fruit and maybe a hint of cherries. Flavor is very full...sherry like. Too much booze in the flavor with some tartness and tobacco. I like the regular better.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Given Adam's abundant head, I was worried a regular snifter wouldn't suffice. An enormous thanks to psiweaver for this beer. He sent it to me as an extra on my first trade. I don't think I really appreciated what he was sending me back then. Now I understand and hope I can repay the generosity.

Appearance - Like flat cola. Dark brown, impenetrable by light, and not a single bubble. Damn it's unsexy.

Smell - Bourbon aroma, primarily, followed by cherries. There's a vanilla flavor, probably either from the sherry or the oak, that I like, but a lot of sweetness persists in the smell. All of the aromas are good, but they come from the additives, not the actual beer.

Taste - Like the smell, bourbon flavors up front, followed by cherries. The sweetness is a bit intense. It follows through the whole drink. In the middle, when the bourbon and cherries fade, there is a wonderful chocolate taste that is as fleeting as it is delicious. I wish it would last, but it fades.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation would do this wonders. As it is, there's not a hint of alcohol in it nor is it very syrupy, really. It's still flat as hell and that makes it tough to drink.

Overall - I miss Adam. Where is he amongst all this cherry bourbonity? I remember the carbonation on Adam being too much, but this is the antithesis. Somewhere in between the base beer and this would be one hell of a creation.

Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to googzoid10 for this, cheers Greg!

2008 bottle pours ebony with a sliver of mocha/dark chocolate head. Nice oily sheen to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, figs & prunes & a tad of booze once warm

T: Dark cherry, figs, raisins, vanilla & oak up front. Bourbon & vanilla comes through as this warms, more dark cherry, a bit of woody & leafy hops, plus dryness, plus more figs, plus a tad of boozey warmth. Finishes with oaky drynness, booze soaked cherry

MF: Rich, chewy, with near zero carbonation, port-like

Drinks pretty easy with nicely hidden abv, another winner form HOTD! One that will probably be better with at least another year+ on it IMO

Photo of davod23
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

***2011 Version***

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with basically no head present. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, cherry, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, massive cherry, subtle wood, and a hint of sherry. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the pour of this one I was quite worried that I wouldn't like it too much. However, the aroma and flavor really pulled through on this one. Despite it tasting pretty much flat, it was still quite drinkable and tasty. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one and hopefully I will get to do so again in the future.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The twitter feed from Hair of the Dog read "Cherry Adam from the Wood is on tap, come and get it". From previous BeerAdvocate thread I knew that this was the only keg that Alan has on hand. TulipSnifter and I hopped in the car as soon as we could and made the drive. Pliny the Younger is making its appearance around town right now and kegs are kicking in about an hour when they're tapped. We got to HotD two hours after the tweet and I was expecting a mad house. Ten people were there and only three or four had a glass of something resembling Cherry Adam. I didn't care if a bar up the street tweeted that "PtY just went on tap" at that moment. I was getting Cherry Adam and kicking back in a low key setting to enjoy it. $8.50 a twelve ounce pour? "Bring a glass each for my wife and I 'cause I'm not sharing"! Black13 met up with us shortly there after. He enjoyed it so much he had to have a second glass.

A: Dark brownish/purple with lighter plum edges. This looks like venous blood in a glass. Its very still with only a fine bead of carbonation on the edge of the glass. Crazy legs! 5/5

S: Sweet fruity top shelf bourbon. Aged "for 20 months in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels" is how the descriptor on the menu describes it. Loads and loads of -bal are a delight to the olfactory's. Spice and vanilla accent the aroma in a delightful way. Simply superb. 5/5

T: Initially, sweet dark cocoa shows up with an abundance. As it warms, sweet cherry liqueur makes itself known. The bourbon soaked vanilla gang lent by the barrels kicks you in the teeth from the first sip and forms a circle around your taste buds withering from the attack to dish out more of its delicious assault. For being so recently drained from the barrels and possessing such a big ABV, this is so smooth and warming without the heat other beers of this strength beat you down with. The tobacco, leather, and smoke characteristics of regular Adam aren't anywhere to be found at this point. Hopefully with some time the bottled version will develop that depth. The knowledge that those flavors can develop at some point keeps me from giving the perfect score here. 4.5/5

M: Thick, coating, and syrupy come to mind. This is positively one of the two or three most viscous beers I've had to date. Zilch as far as carbonation goes on the palate. I personally embrace the fact that this beer is smooth as silk with no CO2 prickles to tickle the tongue. As an aperitif, this is flawless. Ports, sherrys, and cordials have long been the beverage of choice to pair with dessert or cap off a night among those who appreciate civilized living. None of those drinks are carbonated either. Cherry Adam doesn't even care if its not carbonated and gives the finger to those who suggest it should be. I on the other hand, suggest perfection. 5/5

D: A beer I look forward to drinking every time I have one in my glass. Turn off the TV, block out distractions, and give yourself time to purely enjoy a great brewing achievement. This is without a doubt one of those beers every beer geek should try before they die. In the world of "extreme beer" Cherry Adam defies the convential definition of what a beer should be. I've had the '08, '09, and now the '11. In my opinion, this is the best one yet. Next week when the bottles go on sale the $10 a bottle ($8.33 per if you buy a case) price tag will be the best deal in town. I plan to buy a case and see just how long I can keep from drinking the very last bottle. Its a daunting task but we all have our crosses to bear I suppose. 5/5

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