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

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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 899
Gots: 153 | FT: 13
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:
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 added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008)
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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!***

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:01:43 | More by Metalmonk
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12oz picked up at the source.. poured into my New Belgium snifter..

Very short lived 1" head had a crackily component.. but was more noisy than visual.. the brew is dark dark brown with a garnet highlite when held to a light.

the nose is mainly expected big caramel and fruity prune and plum esters...sour cherries.. though are present..

flavor is better.. cigar wrapper .. sweet and tobacco.. leathery.. the cherries add a nice dimension.. but are pretty much blown away by oak and catchers mitt... the cherries and oak add a very nice depth.. I think it will get better with quite a bit of age..but still drink one when you can to try it... Alan is a "homebrewer's" brewer...not every batch is gonna be stellar... though.. if he did start filtering and counterpressure bottling... wouldn't that take away from some of the allure?? that said.... I've had plenty of carbonation issues with hotd brews .. but overall.. the brew's flavor are damn near always fantastic.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, poured into a Glencairn glass. Just for fun.

A- Small ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass. Nothing substantial. Beautiful color, dark, slightly purple/maroon. Mostly just a dark brown though. Looks quite viscous, and a bit oily.

S- Very earthy, chocolate, dark dark cherries, maybe some fruity tobacco and smoke in their. Really really dense, intriguing smell.

T- Far different than the smell. Very very very cherry forward at the moment, like a mixture of sweet red cherries and some dark cherries. Maybe some adam-like characteristics in the finish, a bit of the leather and dark malts. Some spiciness.

M- Coats the mouth and lingers forever. It should be mentioned that there definitely is a slight bit of carbonation that dances on the tongue, just a bit. Surprisingly light bodied.

O- Frankly I don't think I would like this carbonated. So that's one thing out of the way, but right now this beer is way way too overpowered with cherries. Hopefully that will start to diminish. For the positive though, this thing warms your soul just a bit as it goes down. A scotch glass was definitely appropriate. This is a wonderful desert beer, and definitely one that demands your attention. I hope this review did it justice.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 06:14:56 | More by sirdillon
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.