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

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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 793
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 912
Gots: 164 | FT: 16
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: 266 | Hads: 793
Photo of Bendurgin
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Marius
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour, almost black. No head or lacing or any type of carbonation visible, no matter how vigorously you pour. The smell is complex and beautiful: roasted walnuts, chestnuts, tons of cocoa, macerated cherries, maple syrup, sherry, bourbon barrel, vanilla and oak, figs. The taste - amazing. A boatload of cherries up front, figs, walnuts, sherry and vanilla oak, bourbon, and underneath it all a nice, hot spiciness. Smooth and creamy texture, but not the kind that chokes, with a warm and cherry-intense aftertaste.

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Photo of brewdan
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of treyrab
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown with no head.
Nose shwos chocolate fudge, raisins, rum notes, woody oak, vanilla. Pretty amazing.
Very similar flavours, more chocolate fudge, rum, raisins and woody oak but with some soft sweet cherries and a little booze creeping in.
Awesome stuff.

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Photo of brystmar
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of ottovon
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

12oz. Bottle Conditioned
2008 Vintage

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some oil slicks/small islands. The nose is malty, nice notes of bourbon, cherries, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice bourbon notes, some tartness from the cherries. Medium/full body, a very drinkable brew at 10% ABV. Thanks Toby.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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!

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!!!

poured into HotD tulip glass(thanks for the sweet glassware hollis!).

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: blackish brown bodied beer that has a thin layer of dark red head that drops down to no head.

Smell: big notes of tart cherries, oak and bourbon! Leathery with hint of earthy smoke.

Taste: cherry and bourbon forward beer. Tart and slightly sweet black cherries colliding with sweet rich oaky bourbon. Vanilla, leather, molasses, and tobacco. Finishes with a touch more bourbon, chocolates, and dark fruits. This beer is very well balanced and has a nice level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This beer has just a hint of warming booziness that couples with a vinous note. This beer looks to be flat, but the carbonation seems to come to life as it passes over your toungue. This beer is really well carbonated.

Overall: I think that I like this better than Adam from the Wood. I love it when brewers can take a beer thats already world class(Adam) and make it something special by putting it into barrels! HotD is no doubt a genius when it come to making really unique beers! I love how you still know you are drinking Adam, but with bourbon and cherries. Its nothing but stright up flawless execution by HotD on brewing & barrel aging this beer.

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Photo of davod23
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with dark cherry highlights and a pink tinted cream colored head that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Dark cherries and toasted oak with a touch of buttery aroma probably due to malolactic fermentation. Rich, woody and full of complexity with black cherry and toasty oak. Full bodied and silky with very mild carbonation. Long oaky finish. This beer is truly excellent. This beer lives up to it's "whale" status.

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Photo of draheim
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Cap comes off with a satisfying pffft! Oh good, carbonation. Pours a deep murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that gradually settles to a thin bubbly film and collar.

Aroma is rich and complex. Tart cherries, rum-soaked tobacco, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A lot going on here, all of it good.

Taste follows nose. Sour cherries, sweet malt, and smoky bourbon combine in a swirling symphony of flavor. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, warm booze, sticky candied fruits. Just a hint of dry red wine. I'm going to give this a 5. Oh yes. It's that tasty.

Interestingly, as the beer warms, the sour cherry quality fades in both the aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel is spot-on; smooth and velvety. Good carbonation hits the palate just right. Medium to full bodied, a little sticky with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an undeniably delicious, complex beer. I wish I had a case of this stuff.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2009 batch poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's, reviewed on 4/12/11

A: Pours a flat, extremely dark red-purple color. No head or any lacing left around glass. Very intriguing appearance despite the minimal carbonation.

S: So much going on here. A robust smell fills my nose, complete with lots of oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with cherries, lots of dark fruit and some alcohol. So complex yet smooth, I love it.

T: Lots of ripe cherries and bourbony vanilla. The dark fruit picked up in the aroma comes through in the taste even better. Juicy figs, dates and raisins come to mind. This beer is extremely complex and full of flavor, fantastic. The flavors are so packed into this beer that all you need is a tiny sip to make your taste buds go haywire.

M: Beyond the flat appearance there is a slight tingle from the little bit of carbonation that is there. I feel the same way about the carbonation level here that I do with Adam, less is more. The light tingle on my tongue is really nice yet the thick almost syrupy flavors can coat my mouth without any distraction from excessive bubbles. Full bodied, really smooth with a nice warming feeling in my stomach from the alcohol.

O: As far as sipping beers go, this is near the top. So many complex flavors that blend together magically. This is the perfect desert beer, every little sip is packed with so much flavor. I could spend all day drinking this and discover something new with every sip. A truly masterfully crafted beer. Very unique with no other beer tasting remotely like this. Amazing job here Alan, keep up the great work!

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Photo of pschul4
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Libbey for helping me get this bottle!

A- Pours an equally dark brown to the regular Adam but has ruby tones around the edges

S- lots of cherry in the nose with the regular malt bill of an Adam

T- Beautiful! Lots of cherry and dark malts accompanied by a touch of alcohol

M- Smooth as a baby's bottom

O- If you can get your hands on this it is well worth your trouble

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Photo of vacax
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle vintage 2008. Pours black cherry in color, nearly black. No head to speak of other than a few clusters of bubbles. After 15 months in bourbon and sherry casks though, I am feeling forgiving on the head. A swirl does conjure up some foam and stick some clusters of head along the walls of the glass. The aroma is robust with bourbon, black treacle, brown sugar, tart cherry, oak, sherry, and smoke--no lack of complexity here. The flavor begins with a smokey malt character lightened by tart cherries. Somewhat peppery with a dry bready finish that ends with lingering dark chocolate. Quite a brew. Full bodied with a subdued but present carbonation that is just about right. This beer is quite delicious, more robust than expected and probably better too. Something elegant to be savored.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright crimson with a bit of brown murkiness to it. Not much of any head other than a tiny ring that sits around for a little while.

S: Whoa! Loads of complexity with sweet cherries, sherry, brown sugar, dates, raisins, wood, and hints of vanilla.

T: Very similar to the nose with the cherry a bit more muted and the sherry flavors really coming to the front.

M: Very nice and smooth. Delicious and medium-bodied with very low carbonation, which is perfect for the flavors.

D: Very high. I've got some of this reserved at a store I frequent and after sampling this at DLD, I am very excited to go and pick my bottles up.

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Photo of waltonc
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat, murky brown. Smells of cherries, smoke, and caramel. Taste follows with those same traits. I'm looking for the leather that other reviewers have noted, and I suppose I can see what they're saying. I guess I'm just not used to detecting the flavor of leather in my beer. The bourbon is subtle, but you can definitely tell this one was aged in barrels. Very sweet, and I agree with Arbitrator that there's a port/grape hint toward the end. Reminds me a tad of the Angels Share with cabernet grapes served at the most recent Lost Abbey barrel night. Overall, this beer tastes outstanding. The overall profile is very well balanced. Body is pretty thick, with low carbonation. Just fine for a nice old ale on a cold winter night. Would love to acquire more of this.

One of the best-tasting brews I've had in 2009.

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.