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

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637 Ratings
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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 900
Gots: 150 | 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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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MSUBulldog for the bottle!
Pops with a nice hiss. Was afraid about carbonation after talking to some people. Pours dark brown in color with about a quarter inch of head. I could smell this beer from four feet away while putting the bottle in the sink.
Smell is very nice. A good amount of cherry is in the nose. Kind of shocked, didn't expect that much. Some hints of oak and bourbon. Taste is phenomenal. I'm a big fan of HotD Adam to begin with, but this takes it to a whole other level. The cherry really works well with the base beer. When this warms up after a bit, the cherry subsides slightly and the oak, vanilla and the bourbon characteristics really come forward and shine. This is like two completely different beers from start to finish. This is a world class beer once it warms up and starts to flourish. Full and creamy on the mouthfeel. This one coats the mouth with heavenly goodness and you never want to see the glass empty. This one not only lived up to but exceeded my expectations. I'm going to have to try to find some more of this beer. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 12:48:30 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Treebs

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to Dan (sweemzander) for the share!

A: Pours a semi clear brown color with a deep reddish tint to the edges. A very thin brown head forms on the pour and it recedes quickly to a thin wispy film.

S: Great mix of smells on the nose. You can pick out the leathery and sweet malts from the Adam, the bourbon barrel with some oak, bourbon and a light caramel note, and finally the sweetness and fruitiness from the cherries.

T: The taste is even better. Cherry sweetness up front with some smooth oak and bourbon with a nice twinge of leather. Notes of vanilla and sherry with a heavy, bready malt note reminiscent of regular Adam.

M: Medium bodied trending towards the heavier side with a sticky and oily mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation with sweet and leathery finish.

O: Simply delicious. Everything works in perfect harmony and Adam as the base is the perfect vessel for the barrel aging and the cherry sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 14:29:17 | More by Treebs
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-20-2014 18:12:49 | More by Jas45678
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younger35

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received a couple of these gems from one Mr. JohnGalt1. Hair of the Dog is amazing and I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

2008 Vintage.

Appearance- Pours a dark burgundy black with a very small, almost non existent head, that fades to nothing very quickly. No cap, no collar, no lacing.
Smell- Wow, fairly intense cherry nose upon opening the bottle. The cherry is bright and natural and very inviting. The alcohol is fairly evident with some very light bourbon notes. I don't get much of the sherry as I think the bourbon kind of dominates and drowns it out. Some wood and vanilla meld nicely and more of the dark fruits really come out as the beers warm.
Taste- Starts with a lightly tart twinge from the cherries before an engulfing wave of lightly astringent wood cuts everything. The bourbon is light and woody and is a great compliment to the lightly tart cherries. Some caramel, vanilla and very light cocoa dance about my tongue before the beer finishes with hints of earthy tobacco and leather. I usually only get that sort of raw leafy tobacco taste on smoky beers but this one is full of it.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body with a wispy sort of carbonation and that weird watery type feel that comes with barrel aging. Slightly warming on the throat and somewhat quenching from the cherries.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed the brew a lot when cold. The cherry and wood really dominated and the tartness was awesome. As it warmed the tobacco really came out and this reminded me a lot of cherry Skoal. Now I know that doesn't sound a lot like a ringing endorsement but its good, very good. Big thanks to Toby for the generosity!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:17:55 | More by younger35
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-22-2012 12:50:36 | More by TonyTalon
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-09-2013 01:01:07 | More by leftoverburrito
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE 2008
Thanks to msubulldog25 for hooking me up with this one!

Appears to be black, but closer inspection reveals it to be very dark brown with a dark ruby tint. Pours with a totally minimal head. No retention. Pretty good lacing, suprisingly.

Smells like Adam, only better. Nose is of huge cherry notes mixed with a bourbon-like backbone. Good oak presence. Big caramel malt notes. Lots of dark fruits mix with molasses notes. Hints of vanilla, smoke, dark chocolate and butterey biscuits. Very slight booziness.
Quite a complex nose. It smells like dessert.

Taste is quite complex, also. Cherries and lots of other dark fruits, right out in front. Good bourbon notes mixed in. Lots of smoke, leather, and hints of oak. Dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. The sherry barrel aging comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is okay. This is a thick, viscous brew. The lack of any real carbonation hurts this one and leaves it overly syrupy.

The saddest part is that this is my only bottle of this. I wish that I had several others so that I could lay them down for awhile and see how they progress.
This is a beer with an amazing level of smells and flavors. The lack of carbonation really leaves it too syrupy, which costs it points.
Despite the one minor flaw, this is an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 06:14:13 | More by coldmeat23
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-15-2011 05:36:16 | More by starrdogg
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Surprise, surprise, surprise, there is absolutely no head. I'm guessing that it was a medium to dark beige while the body is an almost entirely opaque, dark chocolate brown but shows slight slivers of burgundy and garnet when held up to the light. Head turns out to be a dark beige. Not lacing is left behind.

Nose- Fairly complex and fairly promising. Starts off with a lot of cherries and raisins and then moves to some chocolate notes. A good amount of coconut as well. Suggestions of vanilla and toffee. Swirling shows more cherry and chocolate.

Taste- Starts off with raisins and cherries that sit in a boozy syrup and deep chocolate. Booze is very present but nice. Lots of bourbon. Some fruitcake, candi sugar, but overall lots of chocolate. Some coconut. Very tasty beer, very Hair of the Dog. Some straw on the finish? A little bit of grain, maybe grass? That may just be the linger from Blue Dot though. Some vinosity- red grapes, light sherry. Notions of rumcake (just a little bit). Hints at leather. Definite straw. A note I didn't expect but gives this beer more character and distinguishes it from the flavor profile that a lot of HotD's bigger beers seem to have in common. Some plums in addition to the other red fruits. Really good to great beer- pretty much in the middle. However, the intense chocolate and hints of leather pretty much edge this toward the great category. Booze mellows out and makes this a very drinkable (and scary) beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with more carbonation than the appearance would suggest. Slight zip. I know the big complaint about HotD is the lack of carbonation but I could actually use less for this beer.

Drinkability- This beer would be absolutely dangerous if it weren't also 14 bucks a bottle (and this is the 2012 version, the 2009 and 2011 go for 17). The booze is more taste than actual apparent alcohol. Mellow enough that I would always go for the fresher vintage.

Overall- Really good to great, pretty much great. While it won't make me wait in lines, I do understand why others do. Worth a try and I will definitely drop by the taproom again to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:09:15 | More by artoolemomo
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color with next to no carbonation, just a few bubbles.

Scent of cherries, chocolate, oak, maple, molasses and sugar. Robust and balanced, but nothing amazing.

Taste of cherry, molasses, oak, vanilla, alcohol, honey and bourbon. Complex and tasty, but fails to find perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and thick with a small amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 01:36:00 | More by paco1029384756
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Docer

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed an '09 bottle from their newly opened tasting room for $15... slightly chilled....

- Very dark... brown, black... ruby red... all murky... little to no head at all... very flat looking... maybe about 10 countable bubbles around the edge of my hair of the dog tulip.

- Heat, salt, fig, plumb... grain... very honey-like and sweet..

- Sweet cherry brine... honey, oak, wood, fig, prune... earthy grain, soil... nothing bad in any of those descriptors... love the age, and blend of flavors...

- Sticky sugars... sweet... but thin to medium bodied... lightly drying, and all over the palate.

- I was caught off guard with this 12 oz. bottle. It poured like a very weak beer. I thought it was going to be another under carbonated 09' Doggy Claws that I got... and it was under carbonated... but the flavors held true. I would love to rate this higher... but it needs more carbonation and conditioning. If that happened... this could possibly be one of the best ales on earth. I love Adam, and it's my favored HOTD brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 05:02:30 | More by Docer
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

03-17-2014 13:46:43 | More by pisano
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-19-2013 03:05:52 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with an obvious cherry tint and an actual cherry glow, although there is no head whatsoever.

Smell: Strong sweet cherry, some plum, fig, and raisin as well. Some general tart sweetness and a bit of tart cherry in the background.

Taste: A bit of toffee and caramel malt go along with sweet cherries and a bit of molasses up front. Nicely blended dark fruits - plums, figs, raisins, and red grapes all blend together well. The finish is a soft caramel malt sweetness. The flavor could have been finished off better.

Mouthfeel: This is the downfall of this beer. No carbonation really causes the flavors to stick together and clump on the tongue. It feels heavier than it should. Sticky.

Overall: Unfortunately, this is another Hair of the Dog beer that has no carbonation and would be amazing otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:33:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

12-14-2013 19:58:16 | More by siege06nd
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avaldivia

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-28-2012 19:27:40 | More by avaldivia
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

06-12-2014 06:57:36 | More by random846
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

12-06-2013 03:57:09 | More by Hugonaut13
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-02-2012 18:29:16 | More by rowingbrewer
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-15-2011 05:51:36 | More by mjtiernan
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small head, no real lacing, pour is a dark mahogany-ruby brown

Smell: Natural maltiness, full of prunes, dates, oak, vanilla, caramel, sherry, and port.

Taste: Rich complex smoky maltiness of prunes, dates, oak, vanilla, caramel, sherry, and port. A bit sweet. Very good old ale, but I prefer the other HOTD old ales more (matt, adam, etc). I never noticed any cherry, perhaps it is cherry wood?

Mouthfeel: Faint carbonation, but a rich velvety mouthfeel. A bit oily

Drinkability: Drinkable and better after it warms; however I never got any cherry and prefer the brewer's other old ales

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 22:14:14 | More by craytonic
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a deep murky brown, nearly opaque. Very short head with only a wisp of retention. No lacing.

S: Deeply rich malts with plenty of cherries and dark fruits. Some smokiness and light tobacco. Very nice alcohol line.

T/M: Very tasty. Rich malts with loads of dark fruits. Cherries obviously take the lead but there's plenty of other alocohol soaks fruits in there as well. Loving the alcohol. More of the smokiness and light tobacco. Body is medium full with practically no carbonation. Just a touch more carbonation would really improve things.

D: Pretty big beer that is very inviting.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:32:34 | More by pwoods
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Mac, thanks man.

The look is nice, it's a very dark brown look, brown highlights on the edges, very little lacing.

A hefty dose of black cherries, smokey malts and licorice, blackberries some more cotton candy on top in the nose.

The taste follows the smell, plenty of smoky malts (amazing) and great cherry edge. Seem very nice vinous tastes almost like a big cab to me. Toasted marshmallow, Lots of nice malt.

It feels like a big dark red wine to me, big Cabernet. Very nice.

Overall a very nice brew, the most like a dark red wine I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:40:17 | More by Dreadnaught33
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage on tap in the tasting room in a tulip glass. Pours a mysterious reddish-tinged brown shade with a wispy light tan head. Fairly quickly this begins a lazy retreat, but a collar of foam sticks around til the end and leaves some crackly streaks of lacing behind.

One of those beers that's a treat just to smell, a whirlwind of chocolate covered cherries, bourbon, oak and the smoky, leathery goodness of regular Adam. I'm somewhat surprised that the cherry and bourbon flavors are so potent; they don't quite overpower the base beer, but then again, Adam in all its leathery, smoky glory is about as big and badass a base beer as you'll find. I've only had 2 vintages of Cherry Adam, but prefer the smoother integration the 2008. However, the 2009 is tasty stuff, with a luxuriously smooth and lingering finish. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2011 12:42:16 | More by PDXHops
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes, and I don't recall what year it was from, but it wasn't fresh. Huge, foamy, frothy thanks to Adam (alcstradamus) for gifting this upon me.

Very dark with red wine highlights and good clarity revealed by backlight. No head or lacing.

The first few sniffs, I just enjoyed, powerfully rich and complex..Earthy leather/tobacco aroma is likely from the wood. Bitter chocolate and quite sweet malty influence add depth. The cuts sharply, but not in a dominating way, across the lot of it. SuperDeluxe!

Undeniably sweet, but no where near cloying. Chocolaty malty sweet and dark cherries present with prodigious profiles, and are joined by less assertive boozy and bourbon inputs. Perfectly balanced with the aforementioned flavors were the leather and tobacco Earthy characteristics. Amazingly smooth, balanced and complex. Perhaps this is perfection?

Low carbonation, moderate warming, full body and thick viscosity.

Are you kidding me? This beer is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of lifting to my lips. Nothing short of amazing. Hope I get another go at this one someday.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:05:37 | More by sprucetip
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.