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

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 905
Gots: 160 | FT: 21
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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Photo of CruisaC
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an "extra" in a trade with oregone; knocked off a big time want for me, so thanks.

2011 vintage poured into my New Belgium globe. Striking color profile with dark cherry/plum edges and an otherwise black body. Not even a crying attempt at a head formation, and though it is well known for this beer, makes me dock it just a bit.

Smell is dominated by bourbon and sherry. I don't get much fruit in the nose when I inhale.

Taste is much less spirit-forward and instead the alcohol takes the shape of a sweet port on the back end. The front is raisins, sweet cherries (not overly so), and just a little cough syrupy.

Again the lack of carbonation affects the mouthfeel as well. A touch syrupy with no appreciable bubbling on the tongue. It works with this flavor profile but I would prefer just a bit of bubbles; it's beer still for crying out loud.

Overall a very interesting take with some really strong features; I would prefer a touch of carbonation but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my De Proef flute, Cherry Adam is a dark black with ruby tinges and a small light tan head that is pretty quick to dissipate to a wispy skim and thick collar. Overall, it's looking pretty viscous, par for the course with HOTD, or really anyone's barrel aged beers.

Smell is boozy, heavy on the sherry, which gives it a bit of sweetness.

Taste is a huge blast of oak, then alcohol, some smoke, and finally some cherries. I had a bottle the day this came out with a bunch of BAs and thought it was OK, a little hot, and needed more time, but heavy on the cherry. This isn't very heavy on the cherry, but is heavy on the oak and still pretty hot, after ~3.5 months in the cellar. The alcohol is clean though, and is accentuated by what I assume were pretty wet sherry casks. At first I was a little overwhelmed with this beer. But after a few more sips, wow, I was really loving it. Totally unique.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, not totally still, and very tannic.

Drinkability is good, very complex and tasty, a one of a kind, and fun to decipher. But the fact is, it's a very strong, robust, super oaky beer. And since I assume a lot of the boozy bite is from the sherry, I'm not sure how much it will smooth out in the cellar. Plus, it's very expensive, $10/12 oz IIRC. I've got a bunch of them so we'll see how they hold up in the cellar, but honestly I'll probably have to pimp a few as trade fodder.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fear025
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells really good, lots of sour cherries and dark malt.

Appearance:Dark brown in color. Very low head.

Taste:Tons of sweet cherry flavor. There's a little oxidation, but that's to be expected after a year of aging. Good malt notes. No hops to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth, a little alcohol burn.

Drinkability:This is a very tasty beer. Still lots of cherry flavor present.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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!***

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Mac, thanks man.

The look is nice, it's a very dark brown look, brown highlights on the edges, very little lacing.

A hefty dose of black cherries, smokey malts and licorice, blackberries some more cotton candy on top in the nose.

The taste follows the smell, plenty of smoky malts (amazing) and great cherry edge. Seem very nice vinous tastes almost like a big cab to me. Toasted marshmallow, Lots of nice malt.

It feels like a big dark red wine to me, big Cabernet. Very nice.

Overall a very nice brew, the most like a dark red wine I've had to date.

Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for breaking this one out - 2011 vintage. Pours a raspberry-ruby shade of red with a substantial opaqueness in the center. Barely any head on this one, even after a pour straight down to the center of the glass - looks like the carbonation has mostly evaded this one, though it probably wasn't heavily carbonated to begin with.

Cherry Adam has that sweet and recognizable barleywine-like smell. Though it technically is an "old ale", what is the real difference between that and a barleywine? Not much. Sticky brown sugar aromas cloud the air; molasses, oak, and some light deep fruit. The cherries aren't nearly as heavy or easily-identifiable as I was expecting, though after a while they start to pop out a but more. Light cherries and mild booze, all with an underlying sweetness.

The taste is even more sweet than the aroma cares to show. The cherries? Yeah, what was lost in the aroma is more than compensated for in the flavor. Heavy black cherries, sweet plums, and a nice mix of berries. Fruity and delicate. The barrel aging is apparent - woody, oaky, and boozy throughout. Certainly a caramel malt bomb - lots of caramel, sticky toffee, and syrupy molasses. The black cherry sweetness shows its face more and more as this one goes on. The finish is much more woody and wet than the start, leaving an aftertaste full of oak, vanilla, booze, and a dying cherry sweetness. Silky and smooth mouth feel leaving a sticky coating on the mouth, medium-heavy bodied.

Very nice old ale... Robust and powerful with quite a presence. Though the cherries didn't "pop" in the aroma, they certainly came through on the palate. Sweet and surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV tag. A very nice transformation.

EDIT: 2012 vintage

Thanks to Tim for opening this for us. The '12 vintage had a much more smokey character than the '11, a little abrasive up front with less sweetness overall, even with the same, big cherry flavors. The booze was also a bit heavier in the '12 and had a solid whiskey-like presence. Overall, I think I liked the '11 better. Smoother and more easily drinking. These could honestly have been two different beers, but they were still both very tasty.

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear amber when pouring, black in the glass, one finger deep tan head that doesn't last.

S-Oak, bourbon, cherries and dark fruits.

T-Starts with bourbon and oak notes, followed by tart cherries and interesting combination. Caramel and molasses, wee bit of chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, tad syrupy, not much carbonation.

O-The combination of cherries and bourbon was cool, liked it but didn't blow me away.

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.