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

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 766
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 912
Gots: 171 | FT: 20
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: 259 | Hads: 766
Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark but slightly transparent brown ruby tinged black. The head is a laced brown and lingers.

S: Two aromas jump out immediately, chocolate and cherries. Very interesting and unique.

T: Cherries on the front of the flavors. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, and chocolate are next. It finished from the heat from the bourbon/ABV.

M: Very heavy body with some (maybe too little) carbonation.

O: Good not great. This beer IMO, is over-hyped. (450 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle received in a trade with inflatablechair thanks Sam!

Appearance: Pours an attractive red brown but absolutely no crown, retention, or lace.

Smell: Caramel covered smoked bourbon soaked black cherries :)

Taste: Smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, black cherries, sweet malt, and love :)

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I was expecting which is good because the beer has predictably no carbonation. it works but SOME carbonation would have been interesting.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the abv.

This is a beer that shows lots of character and boldness.

2009 BOTTLE SAMPLED 7/30/11 (thanks to Vito at Copper Mine Pub for sharing!)

4.5 Cherry is living large with mild chocolate notes and some booze plus a whisper or roast malt.

4.5 Drikability: Super tasty when it warms and goes down easy. (806 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mauerhan for cracking this puppy. Short notes as I was too busy enjoying many beers this particular evening.

Looks thick. Totally dark brown. Didn't get to see the head.

Smell is cherry and oak. And nothing more. Good whiff.

Taste follows. And strong too. Great. It's a little thick to enjoy everyday, but I be enjoying it today.

I'm not big on the style but this one is pretty fucking good, therefore it's probably rare and hard to get.

Good selection brother, invite me back anytime.

Overall: would love to get one for the cellar (551 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color with next to no carbonation, just a few bubbles.

Scent of cherries, chocolate, oak, maple, molasses and sugar. Robust and balanced, but nothing amazing.

Taste of cherry, molasses, oak, vanilla, alcohol, honey and bourbon. Complex and tasty, but fails to find perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and thick with a small amount of carbonation. (385 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, '09 Vintage,

A: Pours type black with a minimal if any type of head. Just a smattering of bubbles. Not a great start, but it'd change my mind.

S: Chocolate and black cherries, with some noticable residual sugar.

T: As with the nose, the dark chocolate dominates. Chocolate covered black cherry soda but in the least artificial way possible. It's that one flavour, but it's quite tasty.

M: Carbonation is minimal as per what the appearance told me. But it's not flat at all. Light carbonation is fine for this style. Very full-bodied and smooth, an elegant beverage ala dessert wine. Noticable booze, but it's not bad and will abate itself with time.

D: I paid a Jackson for this baby, was it worth it, from the beer probably not, but Beachwood was my only opportunity, and it was my birthday so I'd been eyeing this for a while. Good beer without a doubt, put 2-5 years on it; it will be amazing. (916 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to inflatablechair for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. 2008 vintage. Poured brown with hints of red. Not a lot of carbonation, what head there is quickly dissipates. Great aroma with bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Full bodied, but the lack of carbonation made it a bit syrupy. Very rich, complex malt profile. More oak and chocolate. Lots of vanilla from the oak. Long woody finish. A bit of tart cherry flavor, but not a lot. The lack of carbonation really diminished the beer to me. (545 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my DFH snifter.

A - Dark brown, very light carbonation with no lacing.

S - Sweet cherries, strong alcohol burn on the nose, some wood/oak, and black liquorish.

T - Not as much cherry or alcohol burn as the nose. Actually, pretty well-balanced. Slight cherry flavor, nice oak, and a good amount of bourbon as well. Like I said, all very-well put together.

M - Medium bodied, very slight carbonation. A nice richness that covers the palate.

D - A sipper, but a good one nonetheless. I would search for this and drink again. (544 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #8 top Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of styles list. Bottle shared by Thorpe at a recent barleywine tasting. 2011 version. Thanks Mike. Served in a snifter.

Beer is dark brown with almost no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, mild woodiness, lots of malt, very strong, hints of alcohol.

The beer is medium in body and really sweet. The finish is a little dry where I can pick up mild tannins from the cherry wood I suppose. Overall it is a nice beer, I wish I had a regular Adam to drink next to it but alas. I remember really liking Adam and only sort of liking Cherry Adam, I would definitely have it again, but only as a side by side. (707 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the leap of faith and ordered a $28 bottle of this as my dessert beer on my 25th birthday last year. I was just hopin that it was going to be good, I'm assuming the bottle I had was from 2009. It poured out as a dark red color, the head... Was never there. No lacing at all. The smell of the beer was very wine-like. Strong barrel aromas, blended with cherries, and booze. The taste was a little tart but had a complex flavor to it from the cherry to the wood and then some nut flavors in the far background. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. A little too much like a red wine. The overall thoughts I had on this beer was that I didn't think it was worth the amount I paid. Sadly I think there are much nicer beers out there other than this for much less. However I am glad that I got to try it. I don't see myself ordering this brew again. (856 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias Kyle for the opportunity to try this beer. I love regular Adam and have been drooling ever since I heard about this beer.

A tiny hiss after I crack the cap, a slow stream of small bubbles race to the neck. After hearing that this beer is not very carbonated, at least yet, I did a slightly aggressive pour into a pint glass. I managed to get about a quarter inch of fizzy foam that quickly settled to a thin crescent moon. The beer itself is dark with some caramel highlights on the side when held to the light.

The cherry and wood notes mixed very well with the Adam beer base. There is some semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, rum soaked raisins, dark cherries, wood, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, and a whiff of alcohol in the background. There is a nice mixture of sugar cookie, molasses, brown sugar, and black cherry, it's like a dessert. The malt combination is very complex, deep dark fruits, and a combination of sweetness (brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruit jam). I'm surprised at the variety of fruits and how fruity it smells. After a few minutes in the glass it begins to smell like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Wow, it seems like there is much more cherry in the flavor than in the aroma. The first sip is just a bit overwhelming as I'm trying to capture all the flavors. There is some chocolate and smoke upfront with dark fruits in the middle and oak, alcohol, and brown sugar in the end. More chocolate on the second sip but also some caramel and molasses, very sweet finish. Long finish of oak, toast, caramel, and cherry. There is a little bit of cherry tartness upfront and it is accompanied by the alcohol pretty closely. A little nutty in the aftertaste. Subtle notes of cocoa and coffee in the finish. After a few sips I begin to taste some apple or rose petals in the back.

Low carbonation and a bit viscous too. It feels a little velvety on the tongue initially. Yep, the following sips feel a little flat. Two things that would help this beer out and make it easier to drink are: a little more carbonation and a drier finish.

A good beer that I hope gets better with some more time in the bottle...right now I would take regular Adam over this one though. (2,206 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a muddy medium brown with amber highlights. No carbonation at all, no head.

The aroma is strong and super sweet. Tons of super strong dark fruit, prunes mostly and lots of vanilla. At the end is a nice hint of the wood.

The taste is very sweet, mostly vanilla. The finish is wood and alcohol.

The feel is light and extremely warm, also very sticky almost just sticks to your teeth.

Drinkability is ok for 10%.

Overall, this was ok. Its very similar to the utopias to me. Its very drinkable for a 10% beer, its almost like a after dinner drink. However, its a little too sweet for me, and there is way to much alcohol taste and feel on your mouth. (728 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes.

A- Very dark brown-black with no head whatsoever. No lace looks like dark juice. Is it flat?

S- Bourbon atop cocoa, old stale caramel, oak, vanilla and some smoke. Slight cherry fruit feel.

T- A good blend of nice flavors. Stale caramel malt of an old ale, nice cherry, bourbon whiskey, oak and cocoa. Sweet rich sugars.

MF- Syrup feel with alcohol warmth. Oily and slick. Has the tiniest amount of carbonation, I think, could use more.

DB- I can smell and taste the Adam behind a nice Bourbon and cherry flavor set. The carbonation missing is a setback but I still like this as a dessert beer. (641 characters)

Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2009 vintage

A- Dark brown/black, stout like. Very little head and no lacing or retention. No visible carbonation.

S- Very malty, Roasted dark malts, some cocoa.

T- Chocolate covered cherries, roastiness, some sweetness, vanilla and oak.

M- Very smooth. A little heat from the alcohol.

Overall- Great beer, would love more carbonation. (352 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with an obvious cherry tint and an actual cherry glow, although there is no head whatsoever.

Smell: Strong sweet cherry, some plum, fig, and raisin as well. Some general tart sweetness and a bit of tart cherry in the background.

Taste: A bit of toffee and caramel malt go along with sweet cherries and a bit of molasses up front. Nicely blended dark fruits - plums, figs, raisins, and red grapes all blend together well. The finish is a soft caramel malt sweetness. The flavor could have been finished off better.

Mouthfeel: This is the downfall of this beer. No carbonation really causes the flavors to stick together and clump on the tongue. It feels heavier than it should. Sticky.

Overall: Unfortunately, this is another Hair of the Dog beer that has no carbonation and would be amazing otherwise. (934 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the bottle!
2008 vintage

Poured into a snifter. Dark prune/raisin color with a thin ring of off-white film around the edges of the glass. A few light patches of lacing here and there.

Plums, figs, alcohol and cherries on the nose. Layers of vanilla and wood plus a hint of leathery smoke. Complex and enjoyable. The cherry has an almost earthy light grassiness to it.

Cherries, figs and wood on the tongue. Darker malts with a touch of dark chocolate, finishing with some alcohol bite. Some vanilla and port/sherry like characteristics. Alcohol is noticeable, but not dominating. Crosses the beer/liquor line.

Mouthfeel is unfortunately somewhat lacking. I don't expect much carbonation with this style of beer, but this one is still too low. Body is smooth, but seems slightly thinner than the regular Adam. About average for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. I do like this beer, especially the nose, but when you stack it up against the regular Adam it falls a bit short. The cherry addition adds to the nose, but doesn't do much for me in terms of flavor. Also seems like the barrel aging may have thinned this one out a bit. However, I'd still like to try the 2009 version at some point and this beer still worth trying, especially if you like old ales / English barleywines. (1,320 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Ben for sharing. Poured with almost no head; there are a few small bubbles. The body is dark maroon.

The aroma is full of sweet vanilla and cream. I can detect alcohol in the nose only with a deep whiff.

The taste is very sweet, but it works here. The vanilla is evident here as well. The finish is sweet and slightly reveals the cherry.

The mouthfeel is huge, with little to no carbonation.

The is really enjoyable as dessert with a lot of complexity. (487 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of Brew33
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry Adam from the Wood 2011

This beer has been a long time want for me. Glad I was able to finally try it.

Adam pours a VERY dark brown/black that shows ruby edges in the light. Absolutely no carbonation. Still as water. Aromas of sugary malt, oak, figs, raisins, black cherry, alcohol. Whoa! Fantastic and complex nose here.

The flavors are intricate and excellent. Brown sugar, bourbon, slightly sweet cherries, alcohol, plums, raisins, figs, oak, sweet red wine (a note form the cherries and oak I suppose). Big, bold flavors all over the place. Ethanol is present from start to finish but provides the only relief from an insanely sweet beer. The flavors are explosive. For something this complex, it's easy to pick out seperate flavors.

It's all been roses to this point. Let's talk about mouthfeel. This is one of the oiliest beers I've ever come across. Medium to full bodied and oily as hell on the tongue. Clings to your mouth, slick on the tongue. The fact that this beer is entirely flat really hurts the overall drinking experience. I'm not asking for a luxurious head here but some bubbles to lighten the mouthfeel and break up the overpowering sweetness would certainly be appreciated.

Cherry Adam is an excellent beer that I'd happily drink 5 oz of at any point. I'll never turn this one down. (1,319 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Huge thanks goes out to HuskyinPDX for the chance to try this one!

Popped the cap, no hiss. Uh oh.... Pours a dark red/brown color but is completely opaque in the glass, with some purple highlights around the top edge. No head, no lacing, just a lifeless dark liquid. Wonderful aroma with a whole lot going on. There's lots of chocolate, oak, and cherry, with some alcohol coming out from the background, especially as it warms. Taste is really nice as well, but this thing is completely flat. Cherry is well-integrated into the old ale base, which mingles with the fudge and chocolate flavors, and is hit with a bit more complexity from the barrel aging. Cherries give it an overall sweetness, there's a touch of smoke/charred wood in the background, and some vinous, red wine notes, but overall, very sweet and leaves my lips very sticky. Mouthfeel is full and almost syrupy, but I really can't get into flat beers. Is this thing not supposed to be carbonated? Is this the new west coast style for old ales (i.e. Lost abbey)?

Overall, a really tasty beer, and it smells heavenly, but this is the second HotD bottle in a row that has been completely flat, the other being Matt. Perhaps they use terrible bottle caps that don't hold up well when being shipped, I dunno, but I have to imagine that the brewer doesn't want their beer to be completely absent of carbonation like this is. Perhaps it needs more time in the bottle to condition and get some bubbles? Whatever the case, this would be a winner if it were carbed properly, but right now it's just an interesting, cherry-infused beer syrup. I'll let my other bottle relax in the basement closet for about 6 months and see what happens, but I don't have high hopes. (1,724 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a 2009 bottle poured into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque mahogany with hardly any head at all. The carbonation that was there initially goes away very quickly. This is a flat beer.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some bourbon heat. I'm definitely getting some cherry along with some caramel and vanilla notes.

Taste: Sweet malt, sweeter than the base beer. Some cherry with some other dark fruit notes as well. Some bourbon, but not much heat at all. Vanilla notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The beer is flat with a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I enjoyed the base beer and the regular wood version more. I would have another though. (746 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam who brought this bottle north to Darkness Day to wrap up a great BIF we were involved in during 2010. Been saving this for a rainy day to pair up with a regular Adam. Well, it's not raining, but it's almost 100 degrees, good enough for me. Split into two small tasters, one for me, one for my wife. Into the breach once more we go. Vintage 2008 proclaims the bottle.

Pours like regular Adam, dark brown, red edged. Unlike Adam, virtually no carbonation/head is present. Smells of syrupy black cherry, sweet malts, coupled with a crack of alcohol.

This bottle of Cherry Adam from the Wood has been sadly, cruelly assaulted by a gang of oxidation-toting ruffians; but here, in rare form, it almost works. Cherry is mixed in liberally with hints of leather, faint wood, & the sherry barrels that complement the natural sherry-like characteristics of plain Adam. Bourbon is evident only in the aftertaste in the back/bottom of the throat. The ending is sticky malts, & despite the heaviness & lack of carbonation, the cherry makes this a bit easier to choke down.

Well, despite it's obvious differences to regular Adam, this is in the same good-to-very-good category. Would like to try this again fresher, I wonder how the cherry & barrels would play without any age on it. (1,290 characters)

Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown with just a slight reddish hue to it. Very slight head about half a finger. Looks delicious!-

This beer smells very similar to the original Adam, smokey, leathery, and malty. It also has a bit of an oaky smell to it.

The taste was where I was let down by this beer. It had all the flavors of Adam which I love, but had a very tart cherry flavor that was almost like wine. very distinct flavor of black cherry. Felt and tasted a bit like sherry. Flavor has huge potential, but the cherrys throw the perfectly balanced Adam way out of wack.

Mouthfeel was alot like wine, very drying.

I could probably only have one of these as it is so tart.

I would like to see what this beer would taste like served incredibly cold as I feel that may take away a bit of the tartness and possibly give the cherry flavor a bit more of a chance. I would also like to see how this tastes after a couple years in the cellar. I will have to try both. (962 characters)

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.