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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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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 00:17:58 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:52:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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womencantsail

California

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 16:45:13 | More by womencantsail
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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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 12:12:25 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.85/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 20:37:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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emerge077

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:23:53 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 01:00:48 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:51:10 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle from the third release.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherries and roasted malt, with a little bit of soy mixed in.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and cherry notes, with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. There is also some soy sauce in the flavor, as in the aroma. The alcohol is present but doesn't affect drinkability.

Medium to full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:19:05 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, finally out of work for a week off for holidays. What better way to celebrate than an awesome beer like this. Thanks a ton to oregone for providing this morsel.

A super aggressive pour reveals that this is completely void of all carbonation, so no head forms at all, and the thick syrupy beer plops in to the tulip, rising up around the sides as I swirl and running long legs back down the sides, resisting movement quite a bit like the thickness of mercury, but as black wet tar, sucking in all light around it.

The nose is explosive though, loads of syrupy sweet dark malts just erupt, huge heavy crystal malts, roasted barley, black patent, carafa, etc. It has a big super dark aroma like it's sucking the light from my nostrils even. Syrupy sweetness is encasing this as well, like pure syrup, maybe a bit of caramel, vanilla, molasses, loaded malts and maybe malt extract even. A hint of baker's chocolate wants to sneak through and keeps trying. Eventually fruits make their way in, mostly darker fruits like a light fig, but there is a hint of Balotin cherry. there is also a bit of a boozy like aroma, and a hint of brandy. Reminds me a lot of one of the big imperial stouts, but I can't remember which one.

Taste, I can't wait... is not as dark as I expected. From the nose I was almost expecting an imperial stout, although this has the malt heaviness to get there, just much less on dark malts. Syrupy as my pancakes when I was 7, thick and malty, and quite sweet. The sweetness really dominates, sweet flavors with that, pure syrup, molasses, hint of caramel, almost chewy, and I kinda feel like I have to chew it just to get it down. More malty flavors kick in behind the sweetness and in front of the fruits, a light toffee and nutty almost flavor, hint of roast. This time more of the brandy like flavors come out, like a bit of booze, hint of bourbon, that brings fruity flavors with it. The fruits come with some boozy fruits, brandy soaked raisin and fig, and this time more dark cherry flavor. Not a huge typical cherry, more like a black cherry that you get from flavored booze, etc. A slight oak and some vanilla flavors as well as hint of baker's chocolate, that help to round it all off. A very slight acidic burnt roast flavor comes through, brushing on acrid but never going overboard. The finish comes with a bit of bitterness probably from the roasted malts, a sticky syrupy mouth that isn't quite as sticky as I expected and dries a bit, more fruits, cherry, vanilla, molasses, and sweet malts galore.

Mouth is quite thick and syrupy, coats everything and sticks mostly, but the carbonation is so low, I think it's pulling CO2 out of the air just to bring it back to 0. A very slight alcohol burn comes through on the throat, like a good whisky, but he sweetness overpowers and overbalances the initial booze.

Overall quite good, but lack of carbonation is a bit iffy. It drinks very well for being 10%, smooth. Lots of great malt flavors, nice fruits, dark everything, a bit too sweet IMO but I won't hold that against it since that's what it was going for and I don't usually have anything sweet. The syrupy feel is Ok but maybe just a bit too much as well, but then again it's no Dark Lord. if this had even a little bit of carbonation it would be out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:17:18 | More by jlindros
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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 23:38:02 | More by Knapp85
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Halcyondays

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, '09 Vintage,

A: Pours type black with a minimal if any type of head. Just a smattering of bubbles. Not a great start, but it'd change my mind.

S: Chocolate and black cherries, with some noticable residual sugar.

T: As with the nose, the dark chocolate dominates. Chocolate covered black cherry soda but in the least artificial way possible. It's that one flavour, but it's quite tasty.

M: Carbonation is minimal as per what the appearance told me. But it's not flat at all. Light carbonation is fine for this style. Very full-bodied and smooth, an elegant beverage ala dessert wine. Noticable booze, but it's not bad and will abate itself with time.

D: I paid a Jackson for this baby, was it worth it, from the beer probably not, but Beachwood was my only opportunity, and it was my birthday so I'd been eyeing this for a while. Good beer without a doubt, put 2-5 years on it; it will be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:57:45 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

2009 vintage

A: Poured a sluggish, murky very dark brown with no carbonation at all. No bubbles, nada.

S: Loads of tobacco, leather, smoke, dark fruits. heat was not to bad but the cherry is all but faded away.

T: Good. Followed the nose very well. Upfront was leather, smoke, dark fruits, booze in the middle, not much cherry going on, wood and Earthiness. Bourbon was still hanging around but very tame.

M: Hearty beer. Big body. Lots of flavor.

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:38:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 6/12/10 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and no head.

s - Smells of cherries, other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of vanilla, oak, cherries and other dark fruits. Great mix here.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

d - This is a great beer that I enjoyed a lot. I really enjoyed the mixture of cherry, wood, and vanilla in both the smell and taste, and would love to get a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 03:30:02 | More by mdfb79
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Apex, Portland, OR

This bottle of the '11 batch traveled home with me from Portland (along with some of its friends). After chilling for about 30 minutes, I poured this into a Kasteel chalice. Thick, dark brown / bloody maroon, with no head to speak of, just a few stray bubbles around the rim. I would liked to have seen a little head on this, but considering the ABV and the contents, I guess it's just not possible. Aroma heavy with black cherries, raisins, chocolate, booze, bourbon-soaked oak. Taste was equally as big, with a strong boozy sensation right up front, followed by a massive infusing of cherries covered in dark chocolate. Enter mid-palate: raisins and dried fruits, grape skins and sherry, following by a drowning bourbon sensation complimented by the barrel oak. I was surprised at the longevity of the dark chocolate taste. Smooth and heavy mouthfeel, full-bodied; booze is tasted and felt. Well-crafted and delicious!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:25:17 | More by Rifugium
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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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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with plum hues and a very thin head that immediately fades without a trace of lacing.

Earthy aroma with lots of oak, booze, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak, dark cherry, fig, raisin, plum and bourbon.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a very boost flavor that dominates, slightly overpowering the other flavors. Tons of oak and peaty bourbon folowed by the dark fruit notes. Hints of dark cherry, fig, raisin and currant give sweetness that counters toasted notes from the wood. That being said there is a crazy amount of harsh boozy heat that makes it tough to put down.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:23:34 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

2011 offering poured into a HOTD tulip. The cap comes off this 12oz bottle with a slight hiss. Poured directly down the middle of the glass produces no head but a few bubbles make their way to the surface. The brew appears in the glass a hazed deep dark brown. When held to the light, some redness comes out of the brew and lighter brown coloration is seen through the edges. No lacework to speak of but as the brew warms up, some tiny bubbles make their way to the surface and collect around the rim. When the glass is swirled, a viscosity is noted with the legs of alcohol are noted slowly creeping back down to the solution.

The smell of this brew is rich with dark malty sweetness that has some pleasant roasty quality that is matched perfectly by a solid barrel presence. Bourbon mingles with oak and vanilla quality with a bit of fruity aspect. Chocolate scents are evident that when mixed with the vanilla and fruity quality really makes the mouth salivate with thoughts of fudge-like dessert. As the brew warms, some tangy alcohol aspects some forward that mingle with notes of bourbon and this really gets appealing.

The taste is lightly tangy with a mixture of fruited to spirited alcohol meets a bold residual sweetness of chocolate and roasty, slightly smoked quality of malt. There is some earthy quality about this brew that brings forth thoughts of licorice, tobacco and leather just slightly with a citrus-like coffee aspect. There is a solid residual sweetness throughout this brew that might prove distracting for some but I find it to be the perfect compliment to the bold alcohol and roasted quality. The aftertaste is a constant play of flavors ranging from smoked to sweet like fruit and roasted like chocolate all the while the barrel presence is constantly evident with vanilla and oak. An awesome offering straight across the board.

This is a full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. When the bottle was first popped I was a bit let down to not see any head formation. However after sipping the brew, I think it is nearly perfect and doesn't need any more carbonation. The thickness of this brew coats the mouth and lasts with a wonderful aftertaste. The 10% abv is felt in the flavor but not carry with it the expected burning quality due to the wonderful mellowing that took place during the barrel aging. This brew was a seriously enjoyable offering and it is still relatively young. I need to get more of this!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:28:43 | More by stakem
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mama mia!

Many thanks to Adam (Ccrida) for saving some of this for me following the HOTD dock sale.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with red hilights. While the lacing is pretty good, head rentention is fair at best. I was initially concerned with the beer's carbonation, but I just think the limited head retention is attributable to extended barrel aging.

On the nose... good lord this is one fine smelling beer. So much going on. There is a huge aroma of chocolate, vanilla and cherry, but with some significant underlying sherry and wood as well. This beer smells like an aged ale fruit cake with a melange of dark fruits, dates, plums and prunes. Incredible! The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the beer is rich, moderately sweet, with a long, complex finish. There is really no more then a hint of the cherry flavor in this beer (despite the name), with some more chocolate and sherry. Many ales with a fruit component are often dominated by the beer's "fruitiness," but not the Cherry Adam. The beer is mouthfilling on the palate, with a persistent, rich, long flavor profile. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly rich and viscuous and is almost chewy. Very fine. As for the beer's drinkability, of course with all this rich flavor and an abv. of 10%, this is not the beer's strong suit. No one will ever describe this beer as light and refreshing. However, this is obviously a sipper and it's unimaginable to me that anyone would drink more then a single bottle at a sitting. Personally, I expect to take fully a half hour enjoying this masterpiece from HOTD.

Just outstanding.

Note: My impression is that it's best not to overchill this beer; I would serve it a bit cooler then cellar temperature at most. Also, it's anyone's guess how well this beer will age, but I would love to have a case to see. My guess is that it will age quite well, if one has patience. Of course I don't have any, so in all likelihood I'll never know. Regardless, even young this is an exceptional beer. Good stuff.

4/21/10. Was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the 2009 version from Matt at Capone's. Needless to say, it cost a bit more then the 2008 version I was able to get from ccrida/adam, but it was so damn tasty, I didn't mind the extra freight. My impression is that the bourbon barrel aging is considerably more intense and impressive in the 2009 version, with the beer coming across as richer and more intensely flavored. There's more cherry as well, and really, just more of everything. Incredibly yummy stuff. I have adjusted my score (upward) accordingly. This is an awesome beer.

5/16/11. Was fortunate enough to sample the 2011 at the tasting room, and then later back home in Owings Mills. Was told the abv. in this excellent beer is now up around 13%, and frankly it shows. Still, this beer has so much flavor (just an incredibly intense flavor of chocolate and cherry), the alcohol is still very much in the background. I should add that the 2011 version is completely still (no appreciable carbonation), which in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this beer. Fantastic stuff...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:58:21 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle, huge thanks to hoppymeal for the generosity!

Pours a cloudy and murky dark reddish brown, very muddy, very thin tan head forms, immediately settles down to a thin ring around the glass, but drops some nice lacing when I swirl the glass, good retention. Smell is crazy, like Adam, which is very malty, toffee and molasses, biscuits, cherries, oak, port, vanilla and bourbon, sherry, very fruity, rum raisin character, light bit of smoke, very complex. Taste is crazy too, very oaky, lots of toffee, rum and raisins, sherry, bourbon, vanilla, sourness from the oak, a bit lactice, very fruity, prune juice and cherries, some alcohol, nice smoky finish, lots of fruit, very nice, some brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, tannic drying mouthfeel, but very smooth. Great beer, super complex, still has the components of Adam but amped up a bit, very nice. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 00:43:18 | More by Viggo
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2009 vintage

The beer is a dark ruby hue with minimal head and fair lacing. The aroma is fantastic, with scents of cherries, booze, tobacco, brown sugar. Fabulous. The taste is quite wonderful as well. Sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol content is impressively well hidden. Delicious. Would be easy to drink in large quantities. Terrific beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:00:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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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 586 ratings.