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

Cherry Adam From The WoodCherry Adam From The Wood

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.37%


Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% 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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A careful, but solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a frothy, half-finger thick, fairly quickly disappearing, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a concentrated brown, approaching black color, when held up to the light beer shows some flashes of ruby, but is mostly opaque in its darkness. The aroma smells of spicy Bourbon, but has an earthy malt character to it that moves into a rich note in the finish that is a bit like prunes or perhaps even some sherry like notes. There is enough noticeable alcohol in the nose that it warms my nose upon a deep draught of the aroma. The malt character here is pretty complex, though in some ways subtle; toasted malt notes, spicy grain, a hint of salty smokiness, something a bit like carbonized fruit (though without the acrid notes, or even the burnt char character). There is some woody oak character here, as well as some spicy barrel character, soft vanillin notes and even a touch of toasted coconut; overall the barrel notes are pretty well integrated and don't overwhelm the rest of the aromatic notes. I definitely don't smell any cherry like notes here though.

This beer is lightly sweet, though it has more of a rich maltiness than actual sweetness. The beer finishes with a peat derived, salty, earthy smokiness that lingers on in the finish along with a sherry'd prune character (prune without much sweetness though). This is only lightly carbonated; it has just a prickle of carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The beer isn't overly viscous, though it certainly has some body to it, and it has a certain soft creamy texture to it. Behind the smokiness in the finish are some dark malt notes that suggest hints of tar, a bit of roasted coffee notes and a rich roasted caramel note (not burnt, but rich with lots of Maillard browning flavors). This definitely has a spiciness from the barrel aging process and the alcohol also provides a bit of heat. There is a touch of tartness to the finish; is this where the otherwise absent cherry character comes in?

I am not quite too sure about the cherry part of this beer, there is a general fruity richness, but certainly not anything I can identify as cherry specific. This could use a bit more texture and heft, a bit more residual malt character in the body would help to smooth out the warm / boozy alcohol and spicy barrel notes. Seems to lack a bit of finesse and the flavors / aromas are not quite as integrates as one might hope. Still this is certainly a tasty beer and I like how the background sherry notes add a lot of richness to this beer. The smoky peat character also adds a lot of background complexity to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 16:35:54 | More by Gueuzedude
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MSUBulldog for the bottle!
Pops with a nice hiss. Was afraid about carbonation after talking to some people. Pours dark brown in color with about a quarter inch of head. I could smell this beer from four feet away while putting the bottle in the sink.
Smell is very nice. A good amount of cherry is in the nose. Kind of shocked, didn't expect that much. Some hints of oak and bourbon. Taste is phenomenal. I'm a big fan of HotD Adam to begin with, but this takes it to a whole other level. The cherry really works well with the base beer. When this warms up after a bit, the cherry subsides slightly and the oak, vanilla and the bourbon characteristics really come forward and shine. This is like two completely different beers from start to finish. This is a world class beer once it warms up and starts to flourish. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. This one coats the mouth with heavenly goodness and you never want to see the glass empty. This one not only lived up to but exceeded my expectations. I'm going to have to try to find some more of this beer. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 12:48:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this one with a BA pecorasc. Huge thanks to SirChugsAlot for letting me have at this bottle. Poured into wine glasses.

A- Pours dark brown color with hues of garnet in between. Very little beige head formed and dissipated quite quickly.

S- Huge scents of cherry right off the bat. Really took me by surprise. There was also a nice combination of sherry, vanilla and oak. I could sniff this one all day.

T- Pretty damn amazing for an old ale. Cherries and sherry like flavors are first to reach the tongue. As the beer moves down with an alcoholic burn, wood characteristics become prevalent. Also notable are the vanilla, bourbon flavors that at all times are kept in check by the cherry tartness. My favorite part of this beer was that as it was consumed, the more tart and prevalent the cherry flavor became.

M- Medium bodied with little carbonation. Somewhat flat, but exactly what was expected from this type of beer.

D- A sipper for sure. Even though alcohol characteristics are kept in check, the burn of the 10% is felt every bit of the way.

Overall, this beer was huge for me. I try to appreciate all beers, but the one style that I don't really care for are old ales. For me to give the review I did, for an old ale, says something. I never thought a beer from this style could taste as great as this one did. Kudos to Alan Sprints for creating this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 16:06:04 | More by rhinos00
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dirtylou

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, no bs4

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, murky and muddy garnet-mahogany body, a small fizzy beige cap but very little retention

smell: black cherry, sherry, very woody - oak, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla...nice

taste: beautiful array of flavor, a punch of dark cherry mixed with smooth vanilla, bourbon tones, sherry, tons of oak, rich chocolate, alcohol is pretty hot but this is an exceptional complex beer

mouthfeel: a little flat, robust and full

drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:37:31 | More by dirtylou
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 01:36:00 | More by paco1029384756
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35, thanks slut.

Review #700

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A very aggressive pour yields a paper thin layer of head that quickly disappears to a few bubbles here and there. Nothing in terms of lacing unfortunately. The beer itself is essentially black as night. Smell has a strong malt character with molasses, leather, and tobacco. Dark ripe cherries, oak, and gooey fudge in the nose as well. Taste begins with tart cherries, rich caramel, and some smokey wood. Midway the fudge flavors emerge with some tobacco leaves and bourbon. Aftertaste is sweet with vanilla beans, leather, and some coffee flavors as well. Full body with a silky smooth feel from the almost non-existant carbonation. The booze is present making this one a sipper for sure. Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more from this highly talked about beer. Thanks again Dan-O you little bitch.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:55:29 | More by BeerTruth
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ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 07:46:52 | More by ccrida
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the generous Reino poured into a tulip.

Pours dark reddish brown out of the bottle before settling in almost completely black in the glass. There is a small tan head on top that I'm convinced has hints of purple in it.

The aroma is big and is an interesting mix of cherries, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and booze. There's certainly a sweet woody character to the nose with lots molasses sweetness in the background to balance it out.

The taste does follow the nose pretty closely with a massive caramel malt base underpinning everything else. There are sweet cherries, chocolate and dark fruit. The finish has plenty of bourbon and is quite dry with a woody wine-like finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied and very sticky sweet. The wood imparts a bit of dryness that balances the massive sweetness.

Another great beer from HotD and while this doesn't quite stack up to the original Adam for me, the twists definitely make for a unique and tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:19:50 | More by gford217
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with some reddish notes and alight foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of bourbon and light cherry with a well rounded malt backbone. Taste is very complex mix of bourbon, cherries, smoke and tar with a heavy dose of sweet malt. Full body with limited filtration and no carbonation and almost no carbonation. Very complex and very satisfying - another great beer coming from a very creative brewer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 03:40:05 | More by Phyl21ca
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Zorro

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from thethrone in the Barrel 'O Beer BIF.

Essentially this is a black colored beer with no head formation.

Smell is cherry and black currant with vanilla. Lots of oak scent with chocolate and a cake batter malt aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and sour with a vanilla cherry ice cream aftertaste. Little bit of a cherry cough syrup taste in this. There is also a sourness to this that seems to come from the fruit. Smoky flavor here that really reminds me of scotch.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice sipper, pretty much turns into cherry scotch near the middle of the glass and stays there. An interesting beer I might try this again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 03:01:10 | More by Zorro
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with little to no head present at all. Glimmers of red in the color. Aromas are blasting out of the glass with rich bourbon and black cherry. Vanilla, wood and molasses notes mix in along with a deep fruitiness. Incredible depth of character here that draws me in deeper.

First sip brings rich, slightly sweet dark malts. Bourbon and black cherry roll in and work in perfect tandem together. Hints of vanilla, sherry, fig and molasses as it rolls down. Wood tannins with some alcohol burn on the finish. Amazingly well crafted and blended to perfection. Divine.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mellow carbonation. Perfect body makes for great drinkability. Such a very good beer. Cheers to Hair of the Dog for another beautiful creation and thanks to autumnaldave for sharing this one with me.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:09:46 | More by orbitalr0x
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younger35

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received a couple of these gems from one Mr. JohnGalt1. Hair of the Dog is amazing and I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

2008 Vintage.

Appearance- Pours a dark burgundy black with a very small, almost non existent head, that fades to nothing very quickly. No cap, no collar, no lacing.
Smell- Wow, fairly intense cherry nose upon opening the bottle. The cherry is bright and natural and very inviting. The alcohol is fairly evident with some very light bourbon notes. I don't get much of the sherry as I think the bourbon kind of dominates and drowns it out. Some wood and vanilla meld nicely and more of the dark fruits really come out as the beers warm.
Taste- Starts with a lightly tart twinge from the cherries before an engulfing wave of lightly astringent wood cuts everything. The bourbon is light and woody and is a great compliment to the lightly tart cherries. Some caramel, vanilla and very light cocoa dance about my tongue before the beer finishes with hints of earthy tobacco and leather. I usually only get that sort of raw leafy tobacco taste on smoky beers but this one is full of it.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body with a wispy sort of carbonation and that weird watery type feel that comes with barrel aging. Slightly warming on the throat and somewhat quenching from the cherries.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed the brew a lot when cold. The cherry and wood really dominated and the tartness was awesome. As it warmed the tobacco really came out and this reminded me a lot of cherry Skoal. Now I know that doesn't sound a lot like a ringing endorsement but its good, very good. Big thanks to Toby for the generosity!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:17:55 | More by younger35
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review 100, close enough to my birthday review. Thanks to Suzygreenburg for this.

Pours black with minimal head and purple highlights.

Smell: Cherry, Oak, Chocolate, Smoke, and Bourbon. Some of the less pleasant barrel smells are there as well.

Taste: Strong Cherry and Bourbon right out of the gate balanced by some sweetness. Some Vanilla and Chocolate. Extremely smooth and drinkable for a 10% barrel aged offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:47:33 | More by TheBlackMallard
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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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PatronWizard

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 22:22:21 | More by PatronWizard
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 08:55:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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Mauerhan

California

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first off PDXhops i am your bitch. now and forever. you have introduced me to this wonderful beer.

pour is very similar to regular adam which makes me happy. seeing as i love regular adam. a nice one and a half finger light brown head emerges from this dark brown cloud of a beer. settles to a ring of perma-foam that stays till the bottom.

smell is great. cherry, oak, slight booze.

taste is great. a nice woody quality. subtle cherries with a nice boozy quality. i love me this beer

i am very happy i am cellaring a bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 07:13:19 | More by Mauerhan
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OlieIPA

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks and hug to Mauerhan. Wow man!

A: Looks like prune juice with absolutely no head. The lacing comes in small amounts.

S: Currants, raisins, and prunes; I don't pick much of the cherry at all.

T: Very good! Similar to the aroma, the flavor profile combines all the characteristics that the smell gives off along with a nice acidic property. This Old Ale is a mix between a session wine and lamic, which creates and very complex taste.

M: A thinner body with a winey like carbonation, which fits well with this style.

D: Very good.

Overall: A great beer! A must try...let it warm up for a while to help bring out the complexity of the taste...this beer definitely deserves this patience from you. I really want to have this again...hopefully it will come out in bombers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:38:03 | More by OlieIPA
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Overlord

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for sharing this.

Pours a dark brown. Thin tan crust. Bubbly. No real head.

Smells like it has rich brown sugar, dark fruits, some brandy/rum, and some surprisingly understated cherries to it.

Taste is a blast of oak and cherries. Some dark fruits. Brown sugar ... woody. Really sweet. It's okay, but not as integrated as I would have liked, and there's a lot of sweetness that doesn't necessarily taste like anything specific.

To be honest, I like the regular version a lot better. This has a bit too much going on, and could use some age on it.

Also under-carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 08:16:32 | More by Overlord
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Wasatch

Utah

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 20:02:09 | More by Wasatch
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown, deep and dark. Decent head that forms a ring around the glass. Good smell that has more of a sherry scent than the flavor that follows. Tart cherries and the slightest hint of bourbon but not much. Taste is superb. Some darker malts come into the mix. Chocolate is present for sure along with caramel. The sherry is on a smaller scale and the cherry comes through again. A good tartness to it. Oak like and woody with notes of tobacco. Just incredibly complex and tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation and a nice dry finish but not overly so. A sipper but still very easy to drink. A bit more carbonation and this one is near perfect.

Thanks to Sam for a couple bottles of what proves to be another winner from HOTD.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 06:43:00 | More by ncvbc
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #750

Finally tried the Cherry Adam, a 12 oz. bottle (2008 vintage) into a small snifter. First saw the barrels where this brew was aging on a January 2007 tour of HotD; anticipated it since. Stood in line at 7am on November 15th (the Dock Sale); snagged a case; traded many away; hemmed and hawed as to when to try the first; watching the Blazers/Celtics game, this seemed like a good night.

Served at a modest temperature (55-60F?), cellared with about 15 minutes in the fridge.

A: Extremely dark, a brackish ebony topped with a thin pinkish-ivory cream. Whatever modest head there is falls back to a tight ring and a few freckles of film. Thin stripes of dripping lace, gliding gently downward.

S: Has all the heady aroma of an aged Adam: dark malts, candied pit fruit, chocolate, leather, tobacco - all with a mild oak-y/vanilla and an earthy cherry. Could be a little stronger but could hardly be any richer.

T: Dark fruit, big on the berries and (of course) the ripe, mushy cherry. Light citrus, leafy herbs, cocoa powder, spiced meat, mildly charred grain. Cherries lend a tartness, a dusty/musty and silty yeast. Cask woodiness is held in check pretty well, though there's a little tannic bite. Bourbon-like booziness comes and goes. Complex, almost to a fault.

M: So I've read the comments about this lacking carbonation; yeah, it's true. That's what 15 months of barrel-aging will do - this Adam is 2 years old, people! There's no denying the creaminess that the mellowed carbonation brings. Feel is medium, bordering on heavy, and alcohol warmth isn't yet subdued (minor deduct). There's also a slightly woody/grainy grit that sticks a bit. Somewhat chewy, some lip-smacking maltiness.

D: It's aged Adam with a dose of wood and cherry. If you're an Adam fan, this is a must; a warming, rich sipping beer that makes a great dessert on a chilly night. Complex and still boozy, it's great to try now and will be interesting to see how this develops over time. RECOMMENDED!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:41:22 | More by msubulldog25
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jim for bringing me this bottle. I had been dying to try it and really did not think it was going to be possible, needless to say he suprised the heck out of me. Served around fifty degrees and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

The pour was nice, with a very obvious reddish tone to it as it went down the glass. Very hazy and dark with a nice and subtle brown color to it. Not much head at all despite the vigorous pour and little to nothing in the way of lacing.

The aroma was steeped with cherries and classic bourbon like smells. Rich notes of vanilla and caramel along with a rush of dark fruits as it warmed. Carried this over very well into the flavor. Warming with big notes of bourbon and dark cherries that played off each other very well. Some light grains in there and a light, almost spice like note in the finish along with a long cherry flavor. Very rich vanilla mixing in now as I sip. Smooth, mellow, with not alot of carbonation as it should be. Easy to sip, I was very sad when this one was gone.

Overall I thought this was excellent, needs a little bit more carbonation, but again I have to say this one comes across excellent. Another winner here and I am very glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:32:53 | More by mikesgroove
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:14:13 | More by coldmeat23
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 00:49:04 | More by grub
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.