Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
An interesting and masterful creation. Dark colour with virtually no head. Cherry, bourbon and yeast in aroma. Above average mouthfeel, bulked up by caramel. Rich vanilla wood and cherry flavours dominate, the bourbon not far behind. Cannot discern carbonation.
01-10-2010 00:17:58 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!
Pours an opaque crimson black with absolutely no head. No lacing on this one. Smell is of toasted coconut, raisins, prunes, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and some leather aromas. Lots of very nice smells coming off this one. Taste is of toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and dark cherries in liqueur. Very rich and complex flavors on this one. Unfortunately, this beer has no carbonation and is very thick and sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer that suffers from the lack of carbonation in my opinion. I am very happy that I got to try this one.
09-11-2011 01:52:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
05-06-2010 12:12:25 | More by Thorpe429
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
12-31-2008 02:32:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
03-08-2009 03:40:05 | More by Phyl21ca
4.75/5 rDev +9.7%
A terribly overpriced 2009 bottle shared with fellow drunkard t0rin0.
A: The pour is completely flat and dark blood red in color. Even with a vigorous pour, still not even a trace of a bubble.
S: The nose is full of rich chocolate, sweet and mildly tart cherries, bourbon, molasses, and nondescript dark fruits. An absolutely wonderful nose.
T: The flavors mimic the nose for the most part. The cherries are a bit more pronounced and have a touch more tartness to them than the nose would indicate. The chocolatey oxidation provides a great balance to the fruit and the oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors really tie everything together.
M: Although the beer is completely flat, it still works out well. It's not syrupy, but does have some nice viscosity to it. The alcohol is warming without being hot or off-putting.
D: It wasn't quite worth the money that we paid for it, but still a fantastic beer. I'd love to try this again.
04-01-2010 16:45:13 | More by womencantsail
2.85/5 rDev -34.2%
Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body (though some reddish hints at the far edges) with a few bubbles that never quite form a head.
Smell: Earthy-scented, oxidized, and boozy are my main impressions joined by empty, lacking notes of spiced, brown sugar mixed cherries and soiled, more-than-musty wood.
Taste: Starts sweet, then traipses off towards a muddied earthiness, a dash of soy atop crushed sourish, tangy black cherries, and some solvent alcoholic heat. Oxidized malts. Rank wood. Modest phenolic smokiness. Near-flat, sweet, cherryish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very little carbonation present.
Overall: I'm sorely disappointed here. I was really expecting quite a bit more, instead, it's muddled, lacking, and rather non-cohesive.
08-12-2012 20:37:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
Took the leap of faith and ordered a $28 bottle of this as my dessert beer on my 25th birthday last year. I was just hopin that it was going to be good, I'm assuming the bottle I had was from 2009. It poured out as a dark red color, the head... Was never there. No lacing at all. The smell of the beer was very wine-like. Strong barrel aromas, blended with cherries, and booze. The taste was a little tart but had a complex flavor to it from the cherry to the wood and then some nut flavors in the far background. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. A little too much like a red wine. The overall thoughts I had on this beer was that I didn't think it was worth the amount I paid. Sadly I think there are much nicer beers out there other than this for much less. However I am glad that I got to try it. I don't see myself ordering this brew again.
07-01-2011 23:38:02 | More by Knapp85
4.13/5 rDev -4.6%
2008 vintage, thanks to Jim, a true gentleman and scholar.
Into a goblet it pours a deep crimson brown. Mahogany with reddish glints in the light. A bare skim of foam at first, that fades to nothing soon after. It resembles a burgundy wine with a few bubbles strung along the edges.
Heavily oxidized nose, sherry, leather, black cherry.
Similar flavors, rich dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, cherry tartness. Supple and mellow feel, chewy with plenty of fortitude. Bourbon heat is minimal, though traces of the bourbon barrel do shine through in the taste. Cherries lend a tanginess in the background, while the oak tannins contribute a dry bitterness that linger in the finish. A slow sipper, a fine after dinner nightcap to share with friends.
03-20-2011 03:23:53 | More by emerge077
4.72/5 rDev +9%
Score updated to reflect the 2009 batch, which is rather amazing. Original 08 batch rated 4.25.
Extra from HopHead84. Pretty decent extra, I guess. Dark, nearly opaque brown body with a small tan head that clings strongly to the sides of the glass. The nose is an interesting mix of bourbon, leather and pipe tobacco with a touch of tart cherry. I was expecting a cherry onslaught, but that's not the case; the fruit is just another layer in a very complex beer. The taste is similar, with bourbon up front, lending vanilla, caramel and light tannins. Leather and tobacco follow, with cherries appearing mid-palate, simultaneously sweet and tart, leading into a dry, earthy finish. Incredible complexity on display here, another great beer from Hair of the Dog.
09-08-2009 03:50:47 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to googzoid10 for this, cheers Greg!
2008 bottle pours ebony with a sliver of mocha/dark chocolate head. Nice oily sheen to this, above average head retention & lacing
S: Leafy hops, figs & prunes & a tad of booze once warm
T: Dark cherry, figs, raisins, vanilla & oak up front. Bourbon & vanilla comes through as this warms, more dark cherry, a bit of woody & leafy hops, plus dryness, plus more figs, plus a tad of boozey warmth. Finishes with oaky drynness, booze soaked cherry
MF: Rich, chewy, with near zero carbonation, port-like
Drinks pretty easy with nicely hidden abv, another winner form HOTD! One that will probably be better with at least another year+ on it IMO
01-17-2010 01:00:48 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
At the time of this review, this is the #8 top Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of styles list. Bottle shared by Thorpe at a recent barleywine tasting. 2011 version. Thanks Mike. Served in a snifter.
Beer is dark brown with almost no head, low carbonation, no lacing.
Aroma is very sweet, mild woodiness, lots of malt, very strong, hints of alcohol.
The beer is medium in body and really sweet. The finish is a little dry where I can pick up mild tannins from the cherry wood I suppose. Overall it is a nice beer, I wish I had a regular Adam to drink next to it but alas. I remember really liking Adam and only sort of liking Cherry Adam, I would definitely have it again, but only as a side by side.
08-22-2011 03:51:10 | More by drabmuh
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.