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

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 914
Gots: 172 | FT: 23
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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Ratings: 760 | Reviews: 264
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with very little head except along the rim. Smells nicely subtle and balanced with aromas of cherries, vanilla and wood from the oak, some clean sweetness, a refreshing tartness, and some cheery liqueur at the end. The taste is almost a perfect balance between rich, lush, sweet cherries, and clean, somewhat tannic wooden backbone with nice malt notes binding them together and reminding you that this is beer. Delicious. Truly a triumph of flavor, just a tad harsh in the mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this.

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #8 top Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of styles list. Bottle shared by Thorpe at a recent barleywine tasting. 2011 version. Thanks Mike. Served in a snifter.

Beer is dark brown with almost no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, mild woodiness, lots of malt, very strong, hints of alcohol.

The beer is medium in body and really sweet. The finish is a little dry where I can pick up mild tannins from the cherry wood I suppose. Overall it is a nice beer, I wish I had a regular Adam to drink next to it but alas. I remember really liking Adam and only sort of liking Cherry Adam, I would definitely have it again, but only as a side by side.

Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

March 2011 bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stem, thanks, pmarlowe.

Pours dark brownish red, with just a tiny suggestion of a ring of head. The nose is fantastic. Cherry and plum dominate, with other dark fruits like raisins and just a touch of leather. Wow, the taste is also great. Cherries and plums melded into an old ale (dark fruit, raisin, fig, leather) perfectly. The cherry flavor isn't subtle, but the whole beer is so smooth and well blended - it is stunning. Not boozy at all. Really brings this around and counteracts the overt earthiness of Adam, adding a bit of sweetness and brightness. Unfortunately, it is basically flat, with a heavy mouthfeel. It comes off like a cordial. A bit too sticky for me. Overall, this beer would be unbelievable with good carbonation. As is, it is quite enjoyable.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of readbaron
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with red highlights and no head. Only a few bubble clinging to the glass. D'oh.

Smell is top notch. Bourbon, cherries, alcohol, and brown sugar. Beautiful aroma.

Taste is also excellent. Bourbon, cherries, dark fruit, caramel sugar - but not overly sweet. Surprisingly smooth - not boozy. Not terribly complex, but delicious.

Mouthfeel is dissapointing. Completely flat. If properly carbonated this beer would be exceptional. Instead it is "merely" excellent.

Photo of PDXHops
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam who brought this bottle north to Darkness Day to wrap up a great BIF we were involved in during 2010. Been saving this for a rainy day to pair up with a regular Adam. Well, it's not raining, but it's almost 100 degrees, good enough for me. Split into two small tasters, one for me, one for my wife. Into the breach once more we go. Vintage 2008 proclaims the bottle.

Pours like regular Adam, dark brown, red edged. Unlike Adam, virtually no carbonation/head is present. Smells of syrupy black cherry, sweet malts, coupled with a crack of alcohol.

This bottle of Cherry Adam from the Wood has been sadly, cruelly assaulted by a gang of oxidation-toting ruffians; but here, in rare form, it almost works. Cherry is mixed in liberally with hints of leather, faint wood, & the sherry barrels that complement the natural sherry-like characteristics of plain Adam. Bourbon is evident only in the aftertaste in the back/bottom of the throat. The ending is sticky malts, & despite the heaviness & lack of carbonation, the cherry makes this a bit easier to choke down.

Well, despite it's obvious differences to regular Adam, this is in the same good-to-very-good category. Would like to try this again fresher, I wonder how the cherry & barrels would play without any age on it.

Photo of Phelps
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.

Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of ottovon
4.59/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the leap of faith and ordered a $28 bottle of this as my dessert beer on my 25th birthday last year. I was just hopin that it was going to be good, I'm assuming the bottle I had was from 2009. It poured out as a dark red color, the head... Was never there. No lacing at all. The smell of the beer was very wine-like. Strong barrel aromas, blended with cherries, and booze. The taste was a little tart but had a complex flavor to it from the cherry to the wood and then some nut flavors in the far background. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. A little too much like a red wine. The overall thoughts I had on this beer was that I didn't think it was worth the amount I paid. Sadly I think there are much nicer beers out there other than this for much less. However I am glad that I got to try it. I don't see myself ordering this brew again.

Photo of CruisaC
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an "extra" in a trade with oregone; knocked off a big time want for me, so thanks.

2011 vintage poured into my New Belgium globe. Striking color profile with dark cherry/plum edges and an otherwise black body. Not even a crying attempt at a head formation, and though it is well known for this beer, makes me dock it just a bit.

Smell is dominated by bourbon and sherry. I don't get much fruit in the nose when I inhale.

Taste is much less spirit-forward and instead the alcohol takes the shape of a sweet port on the back end. The front is raisins, sweet cherries (not overly so), and just a little cough syrupy.

Again the lack of carbonation affects the mouthfeel as well. A touch syrupy with no appreciable bubbling on the tongue. It works with this flavor profile but I would prefer just a bit of bubbles; it's beer still for crying out loud.

Overall a very interesting take with some really strong features; I would prefer a touch of carbonation but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless.

Photo of scotvega18
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a 10oz snifter

A - Pours and looks like a red wine. A dark blood red with strong alcohol legs but literally no head at all.

S - This thing has filled up the room. So Complex. Most prominent flavor is a cherry/ chocolate medley that is absolutely intoxicating. A strong vanilla and bourbon note follows with some mild alcohol. The dark fruit and leather note that is present in adam is not there at all however.

T - The first sip of this was a revelation. It starts out with some cherry sweetness, immediately followed with a sourness, and finishes with bourbon and cherry notes. This beer is so complex, however. Notes of chocolate and fig are also present, is very similar to a brilliant port. Starts off sweet and ends bitter, with so many flavors that meld so well together they are virtually indistinct.

M - Theres no carbonation here, to get that out of the way. That said, I cannot taste the alcohol at all, and the stickiness is a welcome addition. I dont mind the flatness, but it is a well known aspect of the beer.

Notes - This is an incredibly complex beer and I will enjoy this for the remainder of my night. The mouthfeel isnt particularly strong if thats something that is crucial for you, but honestly it is so powerfully complex it is easily one of the best I have ever had. Just incredible.

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

2009 vintage

Pours an opaque brown with some reddish brown showing through at the edges. A small cover of a head forms at the end of the pours but dissipates quickly to a ring around the edge.

The smell is oak, cherry, leather and a touch of alcohol.

The taste, at first, is oak and cherries. What follows is some vanilla, maybe a little licorice and leather. There's some bourbon flavor but that seems to have mellowed almost out of existence.

Mouthfeel is pretty full but lacks any carbonation or just a modicum of it.

Overall: This beer has all kinds of things going on from the aroma through the taste. Knowing what this has been through in it's aging doesn't bother me with the very low carbonation level. Adam is one of my favorite beers and this is a really nice version of it. Highly recommended.

Photo of Airyk12
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep ruby brown with a thin brown head.

Smells of dried fruit and caramel, as well as some cherry and plenty of bourbon and oak.

Oh jeez. Crazy complex flavor; dried fruit, caramel, cherries, and bourbon. The alcohol brings plenty of heat, but not overwhelming.

Smooth as can be. Rich and creamy. A little bite from the alcohol, but never off-putting. A tiny bit of carbonation and lots of body.

Just a top notch beer. Really amazing. The flavors all compliment each other perfectly. Nothing overwhelms, only adds to the flavor. Hard to get, but worth the trip to the tasting room.

Photo of treyrab
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Brouwer's. 2011 vintage. This was my first trip to Brouwer's and it was absolutely worth it. Started at the upstairs seating overlooking the bar, but then spotted two seats at the bar and grabbed them. Poured into a snifter:

A: Pours an absolutely gorgeous black cherry red with brown highlights. I have never seen a beer so deep red other than some fruit wilds. Very vibrant mahogany with crimson and brown highlights. Some small bubbles try to form a head, but there is not much.

S: Incredible port melded with tart black cherries and bourbon. Absolutely sublime. Nice and rich soy sauce, sweey bourbon, vanilla, and deep dark fruits.

T: Just as the smell eludes. Jam packed with intense flavours of black cherry jam, sweet vanilla and bourbon, and port. Some nice tobacco, ash, and wood also blends nicely. So many flavours in here it really makes your head spin. One of the most flavourful beers I have had. It is young though and needs time to mature and blend together. In a few years this vintage will be top notch.

Overall, this was amazing. Glad to have at such a great bar.

Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2009 vintage

A- Dark brown/black, stout like. Very little head and no lacing or retention. No visible carbonation.

S- Very malty, Roasted dark malts, some cocoa.

T- Chocolate covered cherries, roastiness, some sweetness, vanilla and oak.

M- Very smooth. A little heat from the alcohol.

Overall- Great beer, would love more carbonation.

Photo of buffs9
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A - Dark black w/ some reds in the light and on the edges. Very little carbonation and no head to speak of.

S - smelled like a port -- raisins and chocolate-covered cherries, with a little bit of bitterness.

T - the taste matched the smell almost perfectly. If you gave this to someone w/out telling them what it was I'd guess most people would think it was a port.

M - medium body w/ very little carbonation, quite smooth.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and I'm glad I traded for it, but I'm not sure it's something I would drink regularly. Definitely more like drinking port than beer.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Appearance -- Pours a chestnut brown with rosy highlights. Still.

Smell -- Black cherry, toffee, soft bourbon sweetness, leather, peaty smoke. Very mellow, this beer has clearly come together well.

Taste -- Again, the words that first come to my mind are 'mellow' and 'integrated.' Toffee, leather, black cherry, and sweet bourbon. Very aromatic.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with an iota of carbonation. No alcohol burn, but a welcomed mellow warmth pervades the throat. It's about as good as a flat beer will get.

Overall -- Despite reports to the contrary, 2009 is still drinking like a champ: zero off flavors, great integration, very mellow. I only wish the cherry was more pronounced. More bubbles would've been nice, but I don't think it was much of a detraction.

This is quite good, but I can't help but feel like I would've gotten as much enjoyment out of three bottles of regular Adam from 2009...

Photo of AlexFields
3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a reddish tinge. Looks oily, with no head at all. Not really a surprise or disappointment considering the style.

Typical sweet old ale nose, maybe some cherry but really I'm not sure if I would identify the cherry specifically if I didn't already know it was there (maybe because the black cherries are different from the cherries typically used in beers).

Pretty tasty. Not really what I expected, it's recognizable as an old ale but it also has some non-beer flavors, maybe dark mead or something. Black cherries are way more obvious in the taste than in the nose. This is good, but not nearly as good or complex as some of the other old ales I've had.

Very slick and oily mouthfeel. Extremely low carbonation. Low carbonation is to be expected from an old ale I guess, and usually isn't a problem at all, but somehow I feel like this one needs a little more. It just tastes thin, and even though the flavor is good the mouthfeel is detracting from the experience.

Overall, a good beer but not my favorite old ale. If I'd had no expectations going in, I would have been pleased, but considering the reputation this beer has and the way some of my friends talk it up, I'm a bit disappointed. I won't be seeking out any more of this.

6.3/10

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Tasting room on 3.4.11.

A - Pours a deep mahogany-brown color with no head at all. It leaves fingers on the glass like a wine.

S - There is a lot here: Ripe fruit, cherries, smoke, and carmel.

T - Tastes are very similar to the smells. Very fruity and woody and smokey. Very complex, and it is hard for me to describe.

D - No carbonation. A touch sweet, but I still love it.

Photo of raznug
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of sirdillon
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, poured into a Glencairn glass. Just for fun.

A- Small ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass. Nothing substantial. Beautiful color, dark, slightly purple/maroon. Mostly just a dark brown though. Looks quite viscous, and a bit oily.

S- Very earthy, chocolate, dark dark cherries, maybe some fruity tobacco and smoke in their. Really really dense, intriguing smell.

T- Far different than the smell. Very very very cherry forward at the moment, like a mixture of sweet red cherries and some dark cherries. Maybe some adam-like characteristics in the finish, a bit of the leather and dark malts. Some spiciness.

M- Coats the mouth and lingers forever. It should be mentioned that there definitely is a slight bit of carbonation that dances on the tongue, just a bit. Surprisingly light bodied.

O- Frankly I don't think I would like this carbonated. So that's one thing out of the way, but right now this beer is way way too overpowered with cherries. Hopefully that will start to diminish. For the positive though, this thing warms your soul just a bit as it goes down. A scotch glass was definitely appropriate. This is a wonderful desert beer, and definitely one that demands your attention. I hope this review did it justice.

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.