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

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 765
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 912
Gots: 171 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 CAFTW Picked up from Matt at Capone's. I've been cellaring since. He was all but pushing me in this direction. Thank God he did!
Rich dark mahogany color, hints of red in full light. Minimal head, and lacing in this pour into Uber Tavern Tulip. Appears more like a deep rich Madeira...but o contraire!The aroma flows wih wood,dried fruit, dark cherry and hints of vanilla. It is not so much the scent, but the depth of the scent. It is so rich and inviting...before you taste it, you absolutley KNOW that this is going to be an exceptional experience.
Then OMG...taste is spectacular! There is no way I can compatre this as just another old ale. And it is miles beyond Adam. It grabs you with a richness and a roundness of flavors so well balanced. There is modest and wonderfully complementary bourbob...but not strong or dominating. It is a rich dark cherry famliar from extraordinary sour cherry pastries...but not sour in the drink,rather a complement to the rich hops and malt that have been so well aged in the wood.
The mouthfeel is medium full; rich and satisfying.
I would not recommend drinkability wise for usual comsumption or or with food per say...I'm sure others might disagree. Rather, this is a perfect later at night or evening with a superior robust cigar drink. The alcohol presence is notable but not distracting.
It's works well in Winter...it's hard to think of this as a Summer drink...but again this is not about thirst quenching or marrying with al fresco lunch or summer dinner.
Like a major Medoc or Cab Sauv...this really needs to experienced on it's own, and savored for it's own sake.
Hope you have a chance to enjoy this someday.
p.s. Remember Don Younger! (1,695 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bought at capones and split with onix1agr. Thanks for the hook up b.

A- deep deep ruby red with dark brown touches. No head at all but its a barrel aged old ale I wasn't expecting much.

S- dark brown sugar and browned irish butter. Dried fruits raisins, figs and some port wine. Sweet vanilla as well.

T- lots of dried fruit covered in brown sugar almost like shoe fly pie. Splashes of the black cherry fights its way to the top and does a lot to brighten up the boozy sweetness and lend a new complexity to it. The bourbon shows nicely with the sherry playing second fiddle but the wood shows very well. Some mild tannins and booze with warming.

M- slick and creamy, chewy and slightly viscous. A perfect amount of carb helps this stuff crush the palate with a monster amount of flavor. Some heat to be sure.

D- its really drinkable in 6oz pours but no way would I want to tackle a whole 12 I mean I'd like to try but I wouldn't need it all. Lovely flavor complexity some of the most complex stuff I've ever had in fact. Baller shit from some serious heads. (1,079 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle.

Ugly looking pour for a beer. Honestly looks exactly like red wine: deep, dark purple with red hues. Mild amounts of tiny wine-like bubbles up top. Leaves fingers of lace, not beads.

Super malty aroma infused with cherries and brandy. Not too intense, but it's interesting.

Cherry-soaked malts meet brandy. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Boozy, leathery, caramel, tons of cherries. So much going on here.

A unique and awesome example of American creativity in brewing. One of my absolute favorite beers. (511 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with very little head except along the rim. Smells nicely subtle and balanced with aromas of cherries, vanilla and wood from the oak, some clean sweetness, a refreshing tartness, and some cheery liqueur at the end. The taste is almost a perfect balance between rich, lush, sweet cherries, and clean, somewhat tannic wooden backbone with nice malt notes binding them together and reminding you that this is beer. Delicious. Truly a triumph of flavor, just a tad harsh in the mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this. (540 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at 56 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, almost opaque with chestnut edgework. Barely a trace of tan bubbles arose from a stretch-pour, and hardly any throughout the glass with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with Bourbon, tobacco, leather, cherries, and red wine. Hints of vanilla, Sherry, oaky tannins, and luscious malt follow through.

On the full side of medium bodied, with a slick, chewy mouthfeel. Oily and viscous.

Red fruits start the palate with boozy Bourbon following right through. An intense fruit vineosity swells up from an undercurrent of cherries and wine. Shades of dark leather, charred oak, vanilla, and Port follow through.

Finishes with lingering tart cherries, bourbon fusels, and an intense vineosity.

What a beer. Incredibly complex and the cherries really add another dimension. The blending of the Bourbon and Sherry casks kicks it up another level.
My only gripe is the low level of carbonation, which really does the nose a disservice. (981 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bruery snifter.

Pours pretty flat with no head. Color is a dark murky bark brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Black cherries, bourbon, oak, raisins, plums. My mouth is already watering. It is a little hot but I like that in an old ale. Amazing.

Taste: Bourbon up front with subtle black cherry flavors that go perfect with the oak and bourbon. Lots of dark dried fruits. Plums and raisins. Slightly tart. After it warms up a bit, tobacco flavors show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry but I like it. Very wonderful. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, thus beer is great. Very drinkable and probably the best old ale I have ever had. Well rounded with lots of flavor. Bourbon barrels + black cherries = heaven. (771 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

Pours an opaque brown with some reddish brown showing through at the edges. A small cover of a head forms at the end of the pours but dissipates quickly to a ring around the edge.

The smell is oak, cherry, leather and a touch of alcohol.

The taste, at first, is oak and cherries. What follows is some vanilla, maybe a little licorice and leather. There's some bourbon flavor but that seems to have mellowed almost out of existence.

Mouthfeel is pretty full but lacks any carbonation or just a modicum of it.

Overall: This beer has all kinds of things going on from the aroma through the taste. Knowing what this has been through in it's aging doesn't bother me with the very low carbonation level. Adam is one of my favorite beers and this is a really nice version of it. Highly recommended. (809 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to phelps for sharing this. 2011 bottling.

A: a dark plum color with no head.

S: lots of bourbon, black cherries, vanilla, and oak. there is caramel and toffee in there, as well as burnt sugar. i get a small amount of soy sauce.

T: molasses and black cherries dominate the flavor. there is also vanilla and bourbon with some oak. there is a touch of sweetness in there. toffee and burnt sugar finish it off with a bit of plum and dark fruits and dark chocolate.

M: thick, smooth, and no carbonation, but the no carb works.

O: a great beer. i didn't want this beer to end. (585 characters)

Photo of brewdan
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle thanks David!

Pours nearly opaque dark brown with reddish-brown edges. Virtually no head.

Smells like dark fruit and cherry pie with a hint of bourbon.

Taste- wow! Like ripe cherries that we get in northern MI in summer- mostly sweet but a tad tart. Bourbon and vanilla is definitely in the mix. All this on top of the rich "regular" Adam flavors (smoke, peat, leather) making for a decadent experience.

Mouthfeel is about right; low carbonation that works really well with the ABV and flavors.

Well, regular Adam is one of my favorite beers but this goes to a whole new level of flavor. A super smooth sipper that is a little boozy but not too hot and a tad sweet but not cloying.

Superb beer.

I wish I had a case or two in the basement. Too bad it is so damn expensive. (792 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle generously shared by dankbeers619. Thanks for bringing this one over!

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. A little thick and viscous looking. No head even when forced. About 15 or so tiny bubbles are stuck in the corners.

S - Dark roasted malts, boozy, light cherry aroma with a ton of vanilla oaky goodness. Full of rich sweet caramel, dark fruity esters and sweet bourbon.

F/M - Caramel, maple syrup, and vanilla, oh my! Dark fruity esters and roasted dark chocolatey malts are very well balanced with a light cherry flavor and sweet bourbon notes. Just a hint of booze is a little bitter and quite pleasant. Slightly less than full bodied with very low, but existent, carbonation. Lingering chocolate cherry notes.

D - This sure is a sipper, but it is so flavorful and delicious. I could easily drink a few pints of this if it was available. World class. (873 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Brouwer's. 2011 vintage. This was my first trip to Brouwer's and it was absolutely worth it. Started at the upstairs seating overlooking the bar, but then spotted two seats at the bar and grabbed them. Poured into a snifter:

A: Pours an absolutely gorgeous black cherry red with brown highlights. I have never seen a beer so deep red other than some fruit wilds. Very vibrant mahogany with crimson and brown highlights. Some small bubbles try to form a head, but there is not much.

S: Incredible port melded with tart black cherries and bourbon. Absolutely sublime. Nice and rich soy sauce, sweey bourbon, vanilla, and deep dark fruits.

T: Just as the smell eludes. Jam packed with intense flavours of black cherry jam, sweet vanilla and bourbon, and port. Some nice tobacco, ash, and wood also blends nicely. So many flavours in here it really makes your head spin. One of the most flavourful beers I have had. It is young though and needs time to mature and blend together. In a few years this vintage will be top notch.

Overall, this was amazing. Glad to have at such a great bar. (1,100 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bespin15

Poured from 12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a dark murky opaque brown with purplish red hue with little head. Smell is a whiff of red wine similar to syrah with spicy red fruits mixed with darkfruits and hint of spice from the oak. Taste is still sweetness of heavy malt and carmel chocolate coffee, followed by the cherry's sweet semi tart flavor intermixed with vanilla oak and portish sherry flavors. Alcohol while well hidden is still apparent in a port like presences. I like the low carbonation on the beer at times but believe that a slighty increased CO2 level would of increased both mouthfeel and drinkability. However this is minor to how stellar this beer is and I think that it should age nicely. (751 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one from Grant. Awesome, thanks again pal. 2009 bottle split this one with Andy for his 200th review. Poured into a tulilp. This one pours a nice violete color with just a little bit of foam that settles down. The color on this is simply amazing though.

Boozey on the aroma but that doesn't even matter. You really get smacked in the face right away with a ton of sherry. Notes of caramel and sweet dark cherries really come to mind in the aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Oaky notes with a sweet cherry finish. Hints of butterscotch and toffee are subtle in the background. The sherry really adds some sweetness to this. The sweetness is really nice, it doesn't seem artificial or out of place.

Really a thick robust body on this here. Full and sticky with very low soft carbonation. I'd like a little more from the carbonation, but this is still amazing. Overall an incredibly unique beer. Probably the most enjoyable beer with a dominant sweet prescence. A little boozey, but it's not the most aggressive that I've had. I could see how this could be too sweet after a while, so split your bottles with a friend gang. (1,144 characters)

Photo of grub
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Viggo shared this tasty treat. thanks eric!

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage. sampled dec 28/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thin ring of very fine white head. spotty lace.

aroma is great. there's definitely adam in there, with a nice twist. raw oak and vanilla. big caramel and malty base. multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of alcohol. touch of cherry and other dark fruit. hints of dark chocolate, nuts, bourbon, smoke. earthy.

taste is good. vanilla. bourbon. smoke. bit earthy. dark chocolate. nutty. caramel. biscuit, multi-grain bread, bit of cracker. dried cherry, date, and fig. wow, lots of great depth. adam is excellent, and this definitely adds some nice layers on top of it. good shit.

mouthfeel fairly low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. i'm wishing i had several bottles more that i could just keep sipping on. this is well balanced with a great depth from the barrel and the cherries. it's far from obtrusive and truly complimentary. great stuff. must fine more. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap in a tulip at the tasting room on 3/9/11

2011 vintage

Dark, dark, crimson brown. At times it looks dark enough to be a deep plum. 1/8th inch rose-hued head thins immediately to a collar. No retention or lace by mid-way through the glass.

Aromas of tart, dark cherries. Bourbon heat and hints of vanilla and wood. Malts offer impressive depth - chocolate, caramel and figs. Smells very good but also rather hot.

The flavors the beer imparts are all the more impressive. Distinct, yet not-too-tart, cherries lead off, enveloping the base beer. Smooth maltiness throughout with a subtle hop presence. Swaths of cherry, vanilla, chocolate, figs, charred oak and dark fruit notions. Toasted grains. Not too much bourbon but it is hot.

Full, slick, coating feel. Carbonation is low on the front end but fizzes up mid-swallow. Subtle graininess underneath. Long, full-flavor finish lingers.

Overall impression: so tasty and such a great sipper. Exceptionally done. I'm beyond tickled to have happened across this on the one night I was in Portland. (1,054 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

337th review on BA
bottle to snifter
12oz, 2011 Batch

App- A purple/red creamy looking pour. Very little in terms of bubbles/head or lacing. Just flat.

Smell- Big cherry/sherry but that was expected. What I didn't expect was 13.5% and the big blast of booze. A nice oaky, vanilla with a little tinge of port to it.

Taste- So in order I went 3-4-5. Its a flat beer for carb level but VERY tasty. The flavors are so well done its hard to find a flaw. The sweetness masks the ABV and the cherry just accentuates a great style in of itself. It was rich, creamy and very velvety. Much better than regular Adam.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level. Creamy dessert beer is the best way to say it.

Drink- I want an IV of it. It was boozy, creamy and sweet and and and and...so many adjectives. (797 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, moderately cooled, in a Bruery glass.

Smells like black cherry and old barrels in perfect harmony, complex and good. Delicious, good intensity, full bodied, big malt and fruit, almost syrupy but not overly sweet, well balanced by dark caramel and some fruit juice type tartness. Complex, earthy and savory. Long finish. Nice! (339 characters)

Photo of chumba526
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears extremely dark brown. A little bit of light shines through around the edges of the beer but this is one dark beer. There is a small dark tan layer of foam as well.

The smell of vanilla, smoky malts, dry tart cherries, bourbon, oak fills my nose. The vanilla oak smell balances nicely with the smoky sweet toffee flavor of the malts, the alcohol smell the bourbon brings and the dry tart flavor of the cherries.

The flavor of tart earthy cherries balanced with sweet bourbon and vanilla fills the mouth as I take a sip of this beer. Slight toffee sweetness is also noticeable. There is a bit of a smoke flavor and a fruity sweetness also going on in this beer. There are some port like qualities to this ale. This is perfectly balanced complex ale. There are many different components to this beer but they all blend with each other very well.

The carbonation is fairly low in this beer but I feel it enhances the flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

This is a thick heavy ale but it goes down smooth I could drink a glass or two of this. For how heavy the beer is it is very drinkable.

Overall a great beer. This is a complex, well balanced and smooth beer. Worth trying if you ever get the chance. (1,232 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby! 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Cherry Adam pours out a very dark brown and seemingly completely flat. A touch of soapy, tan colored head forms that sticks around for about a half second. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Wow, got a feeling I'm going to like this one. Obviously the base scents are very like the original Adam. Lots of leather, smoke, raisin, prune, etc. But cutting into that I get a lot of cherry, vanilla, woodiness, and light hints of bourbon and sherry heat. Not too much since this beer is now 3 years old, but I can still tell it's there.

Taste: The taste is phenomenal. Lots of leather and dark fruits up front, but the middle is highlighted by sweet cherries, vanilla and oak, and the back end packs the slightest alcohol heat. I can still detect a hint of bourbon, but not much. This beer is superb at this point; every element seems to complement the others with nothing out of balance at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied and for all intents and purposes completely flat. It's very slick in the mouth. However, it doesn't really affect the overall quality of the beer much in my opinion. This beer is outstanding in terms of flavor profile, and a superb take on an ole ale. (1,277 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage received in a trade with hopsbreath. Thanks Jason.

Dark, dark red-purple colour which is basically black with some highlights. No head.

Rich, alcoholic port wine aroma with some luscious malt, raisins, caramel, bourbon, coconut and oak. The cherry is very subdued.

Rounded, rich flavour that is similar to the aroma. The cherry is slightly more prominent and fruity but the barrel notes, thick malt and sticky, dark fruits all dominate.

Full body with low carbonation.

I really like this beer. There are similarities to port but the combination of barrel, malt and fruit is very enticing and complex and a testament to Alan's excellent ability with these sorts of beers. (688 characters)

Photo of oregonskibum
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2011 release at the tasting room on 3/5. Served in a 3-oz HOTD tasting glass. Tasting notes from memory. Unfortunately I had a couple pints at lunch before stopping at HOTD, as I really wish I could have enjoyed a full 12oz pour.

A: Dark brown with obvious red or dark amber notes along the edges. Poured with almost no carbonation. Just a thin ring around the edge that disappeared almost immediately.

S: Bourbon hit first followed by some sweet, fruity aromas. And then more bourbon. The smell is intense.

T: Just like the smell, the bourbon floods the senses on first taste. And then again on second taste. Once past the bourbon (and the beer warms a bit), the cherry flavors start to become more apparant mid to late in the taste. Other barrel notes (vanilla) are there, but only in the distance. This one needs some age.

M: Very thick and oily, almost to the point of being cloying. Little to no carbonation. I personally thing some minimal carbonation would have really helped here as well as with bottle aging.

D: Excellent. Smooth and rich. The bourbon is a little overpowering right now, but this should evolve into a wonderful beer over the next one to five years. (1,179 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We dont have to take our clothes off, to drink some cherry adam.

Pours a black cherry with stems like Jackie Brown.

Smells like Kool Aids Cherry Cousin, Cherry Aid. Very good.

One of the best cherry old ales on the market. Cherry, Sherry, heat, warmth, sweetness, Walter Payton. Fantastic.

Excellent beer, get this mofo if yo cando. (336 characters)

Photo of HovsepJO
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at Lucky Baldwins in pasadena ca with a buddy of mine. Luckily someone screwed up with the menu and charged us 20 instead of the 30 it was supposed to be HOORAY lol.

serving type: 2009 bottle

had it in a chimay goblet. The girlfriend thought the bar's name was called chimay because it was on the glass. lol, thought that was pretty funny.

appearance: dark rose/black/brown. but more brown than any other though. didnt see much of a head when poured. Gave this one a ten rating because it looked a lot like wine and i love wine.

smell: amazing smell. sweet wine-y aroma. you can certainly smell the black cherries and the 15 months its been aged in Bourbon and Sherry casks is certainly obvious.

taste: absolutely phenomenal. it tastes much like it smells but 10 times better. you start with an intensely black cherry flavor (may be too sweet for some but not for me) and finish with chocolate and honey that gradually fades away in your mouth.

mouthfeel: gave this its lowest rating because it was very low in carbonation. I would have appreciated a bit more carbonation. BUT, it was extremely rich, bold, and smooth. Barely tasted the alcohol.

Overall: Exxxxceeellllent (1,192 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.