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

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 900
Gots: 150 | 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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

cadaugherty, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

hooliganlife, Jan 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

anteater, Dec 15, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

brystmar, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

DIPAFAN, Dec 18, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is a 2014 version. Reviewed from notes from earlier tonight.

Appearance: Pours brown with a reddish hue. No head whatsoever.

Smell: Cherry, milk chocolate, bourbon, toasted oak.

Taste: Chocolate, malts, vanilla, molasses, cherry, roasted malts. The cherry is more subdued than in the aroma.

Mouth-feel: Flat with a medium to thick, slightly sticky body. I miss the carbonation.

Overall: Nice sweet flavors mask the ABV well. Really nice Aroma. The carbonation does make a big difference though.

Resuin, Jun 18, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle. 2009 vintage. Poured into a tall Allagash tulip a very dark brown color with the slightest red tinges. Very minimal head, even with a vigorous pour, with a tannish collared head. HUGE aroma of bourbon in the nose, along with dark chocolate of the bes kind. At 13.5% the booze does show in the nose slightly but not blatantly or displeasing. Served at cellar temp which is probably about 55-60 degrees. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very bold and smooth flavors the like I am extremely enjoying. Dark chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit round out the flavor profile beautifully. Slight warming at the end. The smoothness is really nice. I wish it was a tad bit more carbonated though.

kbutler1, Jan 22, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -23.1%

Pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Absolute lack of carbonation or any head as is typical with some HOTD stuff.

A lot of the leather and tobacco that are prominent on the base beer come through on this. Heavy doses of bourbon and an almost port wine like smell. Maybe a bit of cherries, but the booze still smells hot on this one.

Not as hot as the nose would indicate. A little bit of sweet cherry leads off and after the initial sip I was afraid it would be way too sweet. While it is sweet, the bourbon then comes in to cut a little of the sweetness. Dark fruits, leather and tobacco as well.

Absolutely no carbonation, even by HOTD standards and the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I'd expect from something like this. It's a shame because the flavors are there.

Good flavors, but complete lack of carbonation dooms this one. I like my old ales and stouts on the lowly carbonated side, but this is just ridiculous. It ruins a potentially great beer.

jmarsh123, Jul 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

bonkers, Mar 15, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -18%

Bottle shared by sweemzander. 2001 release.

Dark plum purple. No head no lace. Looks like we got a flat one here folks. Super rich bourbon soaked black cherries. Wet barrel wood and hint of playdough. Flavors are bit more subdued. Modest bourbon, cherry, wood and a touch of playdough in the finish. Flat lifeless body. This could have been world class if not for the carn issue.

beerwolf77, Dec 30, 2011
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Lehighace06, Jul 10, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

2011 vintage. Tulip glass. I've had this a few times now, finally getting around to reviewing a bottle.

A: Pours essentially flat, even after a vigorous pour. A few fizzly bubbles that soon make their way to heaven. Looks purply black. No head, no lacing.

S: Cherry, oak, decadent dark chocolate, a little alcohol.

T: Sweetish black cherry, plum, dark chocolate. Mouthcoating, which makes the finish extremely long. More or less a dessert beer.

M: Thick, syrupy, and mouthcoating with really, really light touch of carbonation. Toeing the line of flat, but enough to salvage what could have been much worse.

O: Really delicious, but unfortunately another HotD beer that could be elevated to phenomenal with just a little carbonation.

pmarlowe, May 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

coreyfmcdonald, May 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

pixieskid, Jan 06, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

2011 vintage

Pours a purplish reddish brown. No head. Looks great otherwise. Other than being flat it looks awesome.
Smells cherry heavy and bourbony and sweet. Very nice aroma.
Tastes sweet and cherry heavy. I actually wish i had opened this sooner. Not really well carbonated but overall very enjoyable.

Urbancaver, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing.

Sweet toffee, bread, smoke, whiskey and dark fruit with some marshmallow.

Tastes of chocolate, toffee, smoke, and dark fruits

Very good beer. Didn't expect the smoke and the cherry is subdued.

kawilliams81, Sep 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

bcm75, Sep 28, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

On-tap (!) at HOTD Tasting Room, OBF Open House, 7.22.2-10 poured into my bitchen' new HOTD Snifter.

Minimal head, leaving a thin uneven layer of foam on top of deep red body with purplish notes, almost opaque, no visible carbonation with minimal lacing. Pretty nuanced nose, you can certainly smell the cherries but they are finely balanced by the complex Adam profile, with vanilla undertones from the barrel aging. Taste mirrors the nose in complexity, some oak and vanilla notes hide the smoke characteristics but brought into balance with the sweetness/tartness of the cherries, there is a lot going on here, and its all good. Medium mouthfeel, a bit viscous, slight stickiness but not too much. Insanely drinkable, the only beer I had two glasses of, and given the awesome tap list (fresh Blue Dot!), IMHO the star of the open house. Another incredible beer from Alan, and this tasting room is going to be one rockin' spot. I'm fortunate to be the first to review this tap version, and you'll be glad to venture to the Tasting Room so you can too. Very Highly Recommended.

EDIT- Enjoyed 2008 bottle (thanks John!) and 2009 tap version side by side. The 08 cherry notes had subsided and the beer had taken on a more Adam-like smokey character, while the 2009 version served on tap had a much more pronounced cherry body. Different? Yes. Both supreme? Absolutely.

EDIT- On tap last week 2/2012 at the Tap Room. The chocolate/cheery interplay is one of the most unique taste profiles in all of Beerdom. An absolute treat. This 2009 version is rockin!

jdense, Jul 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

funkel81, Dec 19, 2012
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.