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

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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 899
Gots: 153 | FT: 13
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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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:51:46 | More by kawilliams81
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:01:55 | More by jvillefan
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jdense

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 01:21:50 | More by jdense
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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2009 vintage

A: Murky, medium brown color with just a ring of loose, oily bubbles around the edges. No lacing remains, and a small puddle of dark brown sediment gathers at the bottom of the glass.

S: Heavy bourbon dominates, complemented by dark brown sugar and lesser dark roast. The bourbon presence suggests booziness, but ethanol is not pronounced.

T: Begins very sweet, with hyperbolic dark fruit that is slightly mineral and tart. Vaporous fusels are released in the mouth early, distributing the flavors effectively. Restrained charred wood is diminished as molasses follows, allowing bourbon to expand in the middle. Dark, bitter roast emerges toward the finish, offering some leather once it is nestled amongst the other flavors. Oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla linger on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, soft yet tannic on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Certainly appealing, this bourbon-infused strong ale becomes almost indistinguishable from select barleywines that have received the treatment. Its sweetness sets the tone for all that follows, providing the best and most decadent possible canvas for the fruit and the spirit. Sip slowly and savor without distractions.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 14:17:24 | More by beagle75
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage received in a trade, from whom I can't remember right now...but thanks!

Pours dark brown, no head. Damn. Leaves some legs.

Smell is chocolate truffles, light bourbon. Cherries too but it's moreso just dark fruit in general; plums and raisins and such.

Taste reminds me of dark chocolate covered cherries. Still getting lots of raisins and plum. Like the smell, bourbon isn't strong. Pretty sweet and rich.

It's pretty much flat, barely carbonated at most, but it's not really a big deal for this beer. Booze is pretty well-hidden. I split it but finishing the 12oz wouldn't be a difficult task.

This was disappointing... It's tasty, but I was hoping for a nice leather/smoke profile like the regular Adam, this didn't have too much going on.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 15:28:08 | More by Chico1985
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-19-2012 04:37:10 | More by funkel81
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draheim

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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Cap comes off with a satisfying pffft! Oh good, carbonation. Pours a deep murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that gradually settles to a thin bubbly film and collar.

Aroma is rich and complex. Tart cherries, rum-soaked tobacco, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A lot going on here, all of it good.

Taste follows nose. Sour cherries, sweet malt, and smoky bourbon combine in a swirling symphony of flavor. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, warm booze, sticky candied fruits. Just a hint of dry red wine. I'm going to give this a 5. Oh yes. It's that tasty.

Interestingly, as the beer warms, the sour cherry quality fades in both the aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel is spot-on; smooth and velvety. Good carbonation hits the palate just right. Medium to full bodied, a little sticky with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an undeniably delicious, complex beer. I wish I had a case of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

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Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour into tulip at the brewery.

Arrives black with beautiful ruby hues and a bubbly cherry colored head. Very nice looking.

The aroma and taste is of rich leathery, smoky bourbon with wonderful cherry and dark fruit towards the finish. There are also faint notes of vanilla oakiness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and low carbonated.

This is an amazing beer, very complex and incredibly smooth, especially for being so fresh. The ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 04:53:38 | More by vkv822
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mahlik for sending me this bottle. From the recent 2012 release. 12oz into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Black with some brownish hues, nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Bourbon, leather, slight sherry from the barrel, some minor oxidation, oak, mild cherry sweetness.

T: Lightly grapey sherry, soft over-ripened cherries, vanilla, figs, warmth, leather, dark chocolate, a bit oaky, very light acidity, bourbon, burnt caramel.

M: Thick-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: This is a very rich and complex beer. The cherries are quite subtle and are integrated well with the base beer, which I wasn't expecting. It certainly beats the crap out of some of the big name barrel-aged barleywines/old ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 23:28:00 | More by Etan
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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 640 ratings.