Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
4.7/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Huge thanks to hopsbreath for sending 2008/2009 bottles as part a superbly generous package. This one's to you, Jason! Served at cellar temperature, about 57 degrees. Bottle opens with only the slightest hiss, then poured into New Belgium globe glass.
A: Even with a pretty aggressive pour, I can't get anything in the way of head. Carbonation is evidently faint. Very opaque dark brown pour, with some hints of red only becoming apparent when a little light sneaks through on the edges of the beer. Swirling the glass only draws out the faintest white carbonation ring around the edge; some thinner legs cling to the side of the glass.
S: Beautiful! Peaty smoke, tart cherries, boozey sweetness. Very strong tobacco nose. Literally mouthwateringly attractive.
T: Tart cherries even more present than in the nose. The peat notes have really been pushed towards the finish on the flavor profile compared to regular Adam, but are just as strong here. Creamy vanilla and a hint of boozy bourbon meld the cherries and smoke very well. More than unique flavors, I feel like this is a testiment to excellent balance and flavor combination. Superb.
M: The thick mouthfeel matches the flavor profile very well, but this beer is hurt by the lack of carbonation. Still a hint of burn from the alcohol, but not detrimental.
D: Even in this state (without carbonation), it is excellent. I'd love to see this with carbonation, but even so, splitting a bottle made me want the rest of the beer.
Hair of the Dog only continues to impress. I admit I'm a sucker for a well made, sweeter, little-bit-boozy beer, but Sprints continues to knock them out of the park for me. Really an excellent treat.
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2010 01:08:07 | More by zimmerbloke
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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 642 ratings.