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

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Reviews: 258
Hads: 764
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 912
Gots: 171 | FT: 20
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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Reviews: 258 | Hads: 764
Photo of nkersten
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 2009 batch pours dark brown/rusty blood red color, no head on the pour. I could be wrong, but it looked like there was a bit of char from the barrel in the bottle.
S- Oak, lots of sweet malt, vanilla, some alcohol. Not much hop presence in the smell.
T- Perfect amount of oak flavor, dark dried fruits, very faint hop bitterness, this is a sweet beer but the flavor from the barrel helps to balance it out. Some alcohol burn in the finish.
M- Thick and coating, this beer is very warm. Very little carbonation but I don't think this took anything away from the beer at all.
D- Its a big heavy beer, but it has so much flavor I couldn't stop drinking it. If I had another bottle I don't think i could let it sit very long and probably would opened it by now. What an amazing beer. I am usually not a fan of old ales, but this is one of the best. (847 characters)

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Market of Choice in Eugene.

Pours a deep mahogany, with very little head & very low carbonation. Has a huge aroma, the cherry is obvious, along with a nice bourbon oak notes. Taste has some nice oak, chocolate, tobacco, and yes, black cherry. Mouthfeel is fairly light for such a strong beer, nice! It's preety tasty, drinkability is good, except for the cost... A nice treat! (403 characters)

Photo of thegoon55
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

A- pours black with a red tint, light tan head.

S- cherry up front, smells funky, different than any beer I've ever had. Smells complex, but not a big fan.

T- cherry up front, followed by a hint of bourbon and vanilla, tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden. Impressed by the taste.

M- average, medium body, good carbonation

O- interesting beer, one I was glad too try. (385 characters)

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6oz pour into my Darkness snifter.

Bottle says beer, but the pour looks like wine. Purple wine in fact. No head to be found. I delicately move it around in my glass. Smell is slight booze. Some oak. Sweet grape kool-aid. Tastes like grape juice with a hint of alcohol. Zero carbonation. I was a tad worried there may be an alcohol burn, but it was non existent. Quite a well done beer. Very tasty. (398 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter, deep burgundy body with an alcoholic fluidness and no head. Very sipper-like. Smells absolutely delicious: sweet and malty evoking all the complexities of a barleywine with a nice alcoholic cherry effervescence.

Tastes just slightly less sweet than it looks, with more of a rough a meaty old ale malt backbone carrying a hint of dried cherry flavor. The sherry is more noticeable than the bourbon with a slight raisin quality over any vanilla character. For 10%, the alcohol is very noticeable in taste and mouthfeel. A sipper for sure. Body is light with very little carbonation but some alcohol burn on the tongue. Very sippable, but not sure if I'd drink a whole bottle.

Overall it's quite nice. I can see how this one is meant to be put down or enjoyed over the course of an evening with some cheese. (854 characters)

Photo of mikecharley
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Track1646 for the heads up on this beer.

The pour is dead as dead can be, no carbonation, save a few bubbles on the edges.

The Appearance of this brew is as deep a red as you can imagine. This beer has nice legs when swirled.

Smell- Red wine, oaky as hell, some cherry and vanilla in the background.

Taste- Like chewing on some oak. Has a subtle dry red wine flavor, with some cherry in the background, just like the aroma suggests.

D- Could down these all night, if they werent 10%.

Love this beer... (521 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown not quite black reddish hints very little head
Smell: very malty good amount of cherry in the nose
Taste: Chocolate and cherry very malty just like in the nose
Mouth feel: coats tongue and lingers
Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable but I think one is enough due to 10% ABV.
Great overall beer very delicious (336 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/19/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a deep brown mahoghany w/ ruby red highlights, w/ only a few bubbles on the outer edges, and no lacing. Looks like an Old Ale, must be an Old Ale. Aromas of dark fruits, port, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The taste was of huge dark cherry sweetness up front, followed by bourbon/oak/vanilla, and finishing w/ ever so mild hop bite. Pretty thin and clean in the body, probably my only knock on this brew. I would have liked this one a touch thicker. Pretty drinkable stuff for 10% ABV, you know the alcohol is there, but the amazing flavors keep you wanting more.

Overall, glad I finally got to sample this beer, and it pretty much lived up to it's billing. Will definately be seeking out more bottles and age will only improve this one. (817 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012

Pours like a red-tinged adam - really nice pink-stained beige head, minimal retention through duration, never looks completely flat.

Very nice aroma if rich dark cherries, cherry juice, sherry, bourbon, leather, tobacco and some dark chocolate. The cherries integrate well and the double barrel aging is very balanced.

Taste is very rich and full. Dark cherries with a little tartness, leather, nice heat from the aging, some bourbon and sherry. Very well rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is great - full and not sticky, slick with appropriately minimal carbonation.

Great take on Adam - seems to be drinking perfect right now with everything in balance. (663 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells really good, lots of sour cherries and dark malt.

Appearance:Dark brown in color. Very low head.

Taste:Tons of sweet cherry flavor. There's a little oxidation, but that's to be expected after a year of aging. Good malt notes. No hops to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth, a little alcohol burn.

Drinkability:This is a very tasty beer. Still lots of cherry flavor present. (423 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

first off PDXhops i am your bitch. now and forever. you have introduced me to this wonderful beer.

pour is very similar to regular adam which makes me happy. seeing as i love regular adam. a nice one and a half finger light brown head emerges from this dark brown cloud of a beer. settles to a ring of perma-foam that stays till the bottom.

smell is great. cherry, oak, slight booze.

taste is great. a nice woody quality. subtle cherries with a nice boozy quality. i love me this beer

i am very happy i am cellaring a bottle (529 characters)

Photo of daveytheformer
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears purplish black with almost no head at all. Only a few bubbles.

Smells like bourbon, candied fruit, raisins, and chocolate. Girlfriend says old cough syrup and popsickle sticks.

Tastes sweet and boozy. Like cherry cake. Thick and chewy.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with no carbonation.

Overall is an amazing beer that I could drink again and again.
The lack of carbonation didn't really bother me on this one. (461 characters)

Photo of geryeb624
2.85/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2009 vintage. 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Elendinn poured into DFH Signature Glass.

A- Dark brown with absolutely no head. A few scattered bubbles around the edge of the beer.

S- Dark fruits, raisins, figs, and the like with some chocolate and alcohol.

T- Overtly sweet in the beginning, with some candied dark fruit. Finishes a bit smoky and bitter, with a roasted quality. Almost no cherry to speak of. A strange combination of flavors, going from too sweet into smoky and warming, almost like a whiskey. I don't know about this one...

M- Very viscous, and practically flat. Again, not what I was expecting, and not particularly nice.

D- Not very high. Big flavors and high ABV make this one a sipper.

This one was pretty disappointing. Maybe I'm missing something, but I found this to be too sweet, too syrupy, and a bit too harsh. I don't taste cherries, and the flavors don't really work for me. (905 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this last night during a HotD horizontal tasting

09 bottle

pours like a flat regular adam...deep brown almost still looking liquid

smells like figs mostly and sort of like a campfire (next to adam and adamFtw this is was most smokey)

The cherries have pretty much all faded on the taste but it was still quite enjoyable. Great vanilla notes with some figs, wood, tobacco and leather...slight alcohol heat.

mothfeel was pretty on par with where adam is but the carbonation on the other hand was pretty much non existent

Overall I am very glad I finally got to try this one but I dont think I would be actively seeking this out when I can just run to the store and get regular adam. (695 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Graciously shared by a group of BA's at a tasting.

A: Pours a deep brown with an alluring mahogany glow around the edges. Almost no head, but a very thin thin ring around the edges that becomes more and more modest with time.

S: Dark fruit (black cherries, plum, and fig) dominate, Layered behind are more subtle chocolate, bourbon, leather and roasted barley. Really an exceptional aroma that shouldn't be overlooked. As I let it warm slightly, the complexity really came out.

T: Sweet up front with the various fruit and vanilla making their presence know before anything else. A slight tartness from the same fruit provides a contrast to the sweetness, creating a beautifully balanced introduction. A slight roasted character resides in the depths, along with bourbon and a hint of oak.

M: Fully bodied and slightly sticky with very low carbonation. Viscous and slightly heavy on the tongue, yet still creamy and smooth. Slightly drying at the finish.

D: This is one to sip, given its complexity and alcohol content, although it's well hidden. Well balanced and very enjoyable. (1,150 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%

2012 Vintage, 12oz

Wonderful aroma, leather, charred wood, cognac, faint cherry.

Flavor is so complex and deep, but very balanced. Roasted Malt and Tobacco, oak, with stone fruit and booze on the finish, but no alcohol burn.

This has perfect amount of carb (faint, but present), with a nice thick and slick mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable, but a sipper for sure. (359 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, out of my Harpoon Tulip

A- No head what so ever. The beer itself is a blackish ruby color. It almost looks like a very dark red wine. No carbonation or lacing.

S- Smells nice. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. It smells creamy in a way that is reminicent of Bourbon County Stout.

T- Smooth at first, which is soon taken over by cherry and sherry flavors. A nice complex blend of bourbon, vanilla, and oak soon become evident. Very tasty.

M- Flat as any flat beer I've ever had. The body and complexity are great, but it could have used a touch of carbonation.

O- A very unique and tasty beer. I've been waiting to try this for a while, and it totally my style of beer. If this had a little carbonation and head, it could be near perfect. (779 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to phelps for sharing this. 2011 bottling.

A: a dark plum color with no head.

S: lots of bourbon, black cherries, vanilla, and oak. there is caramel and toffee in there, as well as burnt sugar. i get a small amount of soy sauce.

T: molasses and black cherries dominate the flavor. there is also vanilla and bourbon with some oak. there is a touch of sweetness in there. toffee and burnt sugar finish it off with a bit of plum and dark fruits and dark chocolate.

M: thick, smooth, and no carbonation, but the no carb works.

O: a great beer. i didn't want this beer to end. (585 characters)

Photo of garbercury
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Black13 for his generous trade, you the man Michael!

Been dying to try this one for a long time, poured into a snifter the day I got this one, could not wait, its just beer right?

A--Soy sauce-ish, some initial head, a little retention.

S--Love it, reminds me of Older Viscosity. Or, Bourbon aged Angels Share. Needless to say, that rocks. Got a sherry like quality to it.

T--Jesus. This is some damn tasty stuff. I get the cherry in this for sure, which really adds a great deal in comparison to the regular version. This is some really complex beer.

M--Good mouthfeel, a tad thin to get a five, but still a very silky smooth beer.

D--Wow, this is a terrific brew, definitely in my top ten easily. I love this beer and wish I had more, seek it out and enjoy it! (779 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle shared with other BAs at the HotD Tasting Room on 19 Jan 13. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with nice plum colored highlights. A small head recedes immediately.

S: Cherry sweetness is on the forefront and the barrel really shines through as well. Oak and caramel malts add the the complexity. Very attractive aroma.

T: Cherry forward with the barrel perfectly complimenting the sweetness. Natural cherry flavor is perfect and the oak, caramel malt, and vanilla all come together for a well-balanced beer. Smooth bourbon as it finishes.

M: Adequate carbonation for a HotD beer, medium-bodied, smooth.

O: Takes Adam to another level. Each flavor compliments the others and make this a must have. (727 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle was split into two mini Firestone Walker Goblets (Gobetinnis?).

The appearance is really nice here. There's a definite rose-tone to this beer with more leanings toward a brown tone than black.

The smell is super heavy-duty. I pick up a heavy musky scent of wine-soaked wood. The smell gives off a sense of aged fruit - dates and raisins.

The taste is amazing. There's so much cherry richness on the way in. It's a delicious beer. It finishes off with a honey richness.

It's mouthfeel is port-like. I really appreciate it but it almost blurs the line away from beer. Still delicious though!

Overall this is an excellent beer. I understand its rarity and appreciate the generosity in its sharing. I love the cherry flavor. No candy here... real deal dark cherries. (783 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2009 batch poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's, reviewed on 4/12/11

A: Pours a flat, extremely dark red-purple color. No head or any lacing left around glass. Very intriguing appearance despite the minimal carbonation.

S: So much going on here. A robust smell fills my nose, complete with lots of oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with cherries, lots of dark fruit and some alcohol. So complex yet smooth, I love it.

T: Lots of ripe cherries and bourbony vanilla. The dark fruit picked up in the aroma comes through in the taste even better. Juicy figs, dates and raisins come to mind. This beer is extremely complex and full of flavor, fantastic. The flavors are so packed into this beer that all you need is a tiny sip to make your taste buds go haywire.

M: Beyond the flat appearance there is a slight tingle from the little bit of carbonation that is there. I feel the same way about the carbonation level here that I do with Adam, less is more. The light tingle on my tongue is really nice yet the thick almost syrupy flavors can coat my mouth without any distraction from excessive bubbles. Full bodied, really smooth with a nice warming feeling in my stomach from the alcohol.

O: As far as sipping beers go, this is near the top. So many complex flavors that blend together magically. This is the perfect desert beer, every little sip is packed with so much flavor. I could spend all day drinking this and discover something new with every sip. A truly masterfully crafted beer. Very unique with no other beer tasting remotely like this. Amazing job here Alan, keep up the great work! (1,619 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg (wethorseblanket) for sharing this bottle

A - Deep mahogany w/ ruby hues. barely any head, minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate and cherry w/ an oaky touch mixed in

T - Very similar to the smell. Little bit of a hot aftertaste, and oak and cherries linger on the palate.

M - Heavy body w/ very low carbonation.

D - Very good. I could drink more of it. (364 characters)

Photo of sfoley333
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bespin15

Poured from 12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter. Pours a dark murky opaque brown with purplish red hue with little head. Smell is a whiff of red wine similar to syrah with spicy red fruits mixed with darkfruits and hint of spice from the oak. Taste is still sweetness of heavy malt and carmel chocolate coffee, followed by the cherry's sweet semi tart flavor intermixed with vanilla oak and portish sherry flavors. Alcohol while well hidden is still apparent in a port like presences. I like the low carbonation on the beer at times but believe that a slighty increased CO2 level would of increased both mouthfeel and drinkability. However this is minor to how stellar this beer is and I think that it should age nicely. (751 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black coffee color into a glass. First impression... no catbonation at all. So sad.
Smell- cherries and sweet caramel stand out. Hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

taste- very disappointed with this. No carbobation and its takes away from the flavors. This could have been sooo good. Its taste like a flat cherry cola. The cherries and caramel present throughout and it follows with dark fruit and more cherries in the end. A nice warm alcohol feel in the throat long after swallowing.

Overall - the lack of carbonation killed this and by far the best old ale/barleywine with a touch of sour is the decadence recently released. (637 characters)

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.