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

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 906
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at 56 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, almost opaque with chestnut edgework. Barely a trace of tan bubbles arose from a stretch-pour, and hardly any throughout the glass with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with Bourbon, tobacco, leather, cherries, and red wine. Hints of vanilla, Sherry, oaky tannins, and luscious malt follow through.

On the full side of medium bodied, with a slick, chewy mouthfeel. Oily and viscous.

Red fruits start the palate with boozy Bourbon following right through. An intense fruit vineosity swells up from an undercurrent of cherries and wine. Shades of dark leather, charred oak, vanilla, and Port follow through.

Finishes with lingering tart cherries, bourbon fusels, and an intense vineosity.

What a beer. Incredibly complex and the cherries really add another dimension. The blending of the Bourbon and Sherry casks kicks it up another level.
My only gripe is the low level of carbonation, which really does the nose a disservice.

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4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam (alcstradamus) for this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Big pour yields no head as carbonation struggles to escape from the brew. Beer is a dark, near opaque brownish-black. No head, so no lacing. A bit on the flat side even given its style.

S: Grapes, plums, and other fresh dark fruit. Sweet booze in the back as well as a steadily creeping soy sauciness. The aroma is there but the body is so heavy that it creates a very subdued experience.

T: Cherry and grape syrup upfront followed by soy sauce, prune juice, and booze. Very chewy and oily. It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. Super sweet with no sign of hops. Chocolatey towards the end with a maple syrup finish and a lingering sweet aftertaste that coats the entire palate.

M: Full bodied, flat, and viscous as hell. Silky smooth given the high ABV and not abrasive in the least. Oily and heavy the whole way through with a pleasantly messy finish and a filmy, lingering aftertaste.

D: A deep and rich beer that reveals an almost infinite amount of layers of flavor as I drink it, Cherry Adam is the real deal and its a beer that others in its style should strive towards. High ABV is a bit frightening at first but its not boozy at all and is in fact, super easy to get down all things considered. Seek it out!

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage sent by gford217. This beer’s made by taking the original Adam and throwing it in bourbon barrels with black cherries for 15 months. Into a tulip it goes.

Thick, syrupy purple-black. No hiss when the top pops and no head to speak of, which means no carbonation, sadly. Looks thick, murky, absorbing.

Very sweet black cherries in the nose. Also butter, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate. Great barrel character.

Super sweet flavor, like black cherry syrup mixed with dark chocolate. I also get vanilla ice cream, oak, light hints of leather and toffee. The cherries and molasses are much more prominent here. Very slight tang at the finish.

Like I feared — flat as a pancake. There’s no alcohol in the flavor, but it shows up here, with fumes blazing through the nose. The thick, buttery, medium-full body coats the tongue nicely.

Great flavor. The lack of carbonation doesn’t destroy the experience, but come on, Alan — give me a little.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sitting on this beer for quite some time and have recently gotten to the “why not open up ‘special’ stuff in the cellar” point. A big thanks to Greg (googzoid10) for this beer.

2011 Vintage.

Appearance – Pours completely flat into a CBS snifter with a few bubbles due to my pouring it as hard as I could (knowing it was perhaps without carbonation). Dark brown color, though there is a nice deep ruby red hue around the edges (and when I was pouring it).

Smell – Wow. The aroma is intoxicating. Dark fruits up front, most prevalent ripe dark cherries. Lots of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and booze. As it finishes the other dark fruits such as plums and raisins, make their appearance. An overall hint of tartness and oakiness throughout the sip.

Taste – A mixture of bourbon and tart yet sweet cherries up front. This fades to decadent chocolate flavors mixed with oak and creamy vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Despite being void of carbonation, a wonderful mouthfeel. Extremely syrupy, chewy, and sticky.

Overall – Oh how I wish this had at least just a *hint* of carbonation. That would make this beer almost perfect for me. A nice alcohol warmth, flawlessly integrated flavors (I can’t get over the cherry, vanilla, and oak flavors – they are so REAL and balanced together), and a nice thick mouthfeel. This is a perfect beer tonight on this 60’s almost fall night on the porch. Extremely impressed.

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4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap in a tulip at the tasting room on 3/9/11

2011 vintage

Dark, dark, crimson brown. At times it looks dark enough to be a deep plum. 1/8th inch rose-hued head thins immediately to a collar. No retention or lace by mid-way through the glass.

Aromas of tart, dark cherries. Bourbon heat and hints of vanilla and wood. Malts offer impressive depth - chocolate, caramel and figs. Smells very good but also rather hot.

The flavors the beer imparts are all the more impressive. Distinct, yet not-too-tart, cherries lead off, enveloping the base beer. Smooth maltiness throughout with a subtle hop presence. Swaths of cherry, vanilla, chocolate, figs, charred oak and dark fruit notions. Toasted grains. Not too much bourbon but it is hot.

Full, slick, coating feel. Carbonation is low on the front end but fizzes up mid-swallow. Subtle graininess underneath. Long, full-flavor finish lingers.

Overall impression: so tasty and such a great sipper. Exceptionally done. I'm beyond tickled to have happened across this on the one night I was in Portland.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark but slightly transparent brown ruby tinged black. The head is a laced brown and lingers.

S: Two aromas jump out immediately, chocolate and cherries. Very interesting and unique.

T: Cherries on the front of the flavors. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, and chocolate are next. It finished from the heat from the bourbon/ABV.

M: Very heavy body with some (maybe too little) carbonation.

O: Good not great. This beer IMO, is over-hyped.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Two exceptional traders, errantnight and hoppymeal, each sent me a bottle, thanks fellas! Cherry Adam from the Wood pops open with the faintest of sound but I do see bubbles form in the neck of the bottle. A hard pour produces a ring of bubbles around the snifter and a top the darkest of red body. The pour is nearly black but shows enough hints of mahogany to keep from being total darkness.

Each sniff starts off with rich dark cherry and a solid, somewhat sweet bourbon note that brings a helping hand of vanilla to the table. A quick swirl of the snifter brings along more of the Adam qualities with a huge caramel and toffee malt backbone. A tendril of smoke rises to meet me but only adds a compliment instead of stepping on toes. I can't smell any booze besides the familiar scent of bourbon and the complexity comes together very nicely, each aspect having its own niche. As this warms there's a nuttiness that comes forward, reminiscent of walnuts.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. The bourbon is fainter in the taste than the aroma suggested but it still lends a slightly sweet note with some nice vanilla coming through. Toffee maltiness comes through in droves while the dark cherries simply add a nice touch of rich fruitiness. The finish brings with it some mildly roasty and nutty bitterness that tends to linger after each drink.

The body feels light up front that, I have a feeling, results from the low carbonation but hits its stride mid-palate with a slick, oily mouthfeel. The body weighs in a step higher than moderate and the slickness seems to permeate nearly every tastebuds on my tongue. There's zero noticeable alcohol.

Cherry Adam is a sipper without a doubt; a sipper that makes perfect sense for a cold evening like tonight. This is a beer to cozy up with and enjoy all the complexities as it warms over the course of an hour.

Hair of the Dog managed to come up with another winner in Cherry Adam from the Wood. As much as I enjoy this beer I have to say I’d rather reach for the regular Adam but this one seems like a special treat. Thanks for the bottles, guys!

Reviewed: 1/1/10

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4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.