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

Cherry Adam From The WoodCherry Adam From The Wood

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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.37%


Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% 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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scotvega18

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:08:13 | More by scotvega18
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 00:30:23 | More by meatyard
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Airyk12

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 04:20:48 | More by Airyk12
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treyrab

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 16:05:14 | More by treyrab
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GrandCruDrew

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:10:09 | More by GrandCruDrew
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buffs9

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:27:27 | More by buffs9
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:01:53 | More by yeahnatenelson
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.14/5  rDev -27.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 04:00:21 | More by AlexFields
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 22:47:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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raznug

Ohio

4.28/5  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

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 14:41:10 | More by raznug
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sirdillon

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 06:14:56 | More by sirdillon
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surlytheduff

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tonight I opened up a bottle of 2011 Cherry Adam that I received as an extra from Beerzebub (big thanks to him for including it!). It was great timing, since I had my first taste of caftw the night before. I was anxious to see how a fresh bottle stood up/compared with a 2009 (which I found very good). So I cooled it for a bit in the fridge and served at a little under cellar temp into an Orval goblet. After popping the crown off, I got absolutely no telltale hiss of carbonation present. I proceed to give it a rough pour into the goblet which resulted in an absolutely headless beer - there was just a small cluster of very tiny bubbles int he middle of the flat surface of the beer. This was a bit of a bummer - I know it's a bottle conditioned, but I was hoping for at least some visible sign of carbonation. It was a lovely dense dark color, with purplish hues around the rim. The surface was very reflective - almost like like an oil slick.

The aroma was great. Rich vanilla, figs, cherry, oak, some leather and a booze. The taste followed right along with the nose, with the cherry flavor more pronounced than in the smell. The alcohol isn't hidden but it is very well integrated with the overall flavor. There is a caramel creaminess present that I hadn't picked up in the smell.

The mouthfeel was a letdown, though. Almost like drinking an old growler of beer - the oiliness coated my tongue, but the utter lack of carbonation left my palate yearning for an offset to the syrupy feel.

Overall, it was a slight disappointment, but that disappointment is tempered by the experience of drinking a 2009 the night before. I have one more bottle of this, and I'm going to try to forget about it for at least a year in the hope that it might somehow acquire at least a modicum of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:17:58 | More by surlytheduff
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

So i pour this and it's flat, no bubbles. i wonder if i am party to blame for opening it and then checking to see bottling date and seeing it's this years, and maybe it hasnt had time to bottle condition up? maybe? I wish HotD would start holding onto their bottles to give then a chance to carb up, if i was brewing, i wouldnt want to send out uncarbed bottles. Maybe it's my bad, maybe not.
The flavors are very interesting, the cherry does come through rather prominantly and has a large amount of sweetness behind it, and i think this is why the alcohol is hidden rather well, it is detectable only in some flavors and not so much in heat. The barrels come through with some oak too much not substantially so. There are alot of comparisons to a wine i could make with this actually, but i am not Tomme. Pretty Viscous and near syrupy, having that carbination would cut it down a bit. Basically, how much carbination matters will determine your enjoyment. Think of Brandy Angles Share and decide.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 06:14:03 | More by ChadQuest
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Ben for sharing. Poured with almost no head; there are a few small bubbles. The body is dark maroon.

The aroma is full of sweet vanilla and cream. I can detect alcohol in the nose only with a deep whiff.

The taste is very sweet, but it works here. The vanilla is evident here as well. The finish is sweet and slightly reveals the cherry.

The mouthfeel is huge, with little to no carbonation.

The is really enjoyable as dessert with a lot of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:51:29 | More by andrewinski1
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one from Grant. Awesome, thanks again pal. 2009 bottle split this one with Andy for his 200th review. Poured into a tulilp. This one pours a nice violete color with just a little bit of foam that settles down. The color on this is simply amazing though.

Boozey on the aroma but that doesn't even matter. You really get smacked in the face right away with a ton of sherry. Notes of caramel and sweet dark cherries really come to mind in the aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Oaky notes with a sweet cherry finish. Hints of butterscotch and toffee are subtle in the background. The sherry really adds some sweetness to this. The sweetness is really nice, it doesn't seem artificial or out of place.

Really a thick robust body on this here. Full and sticky with very low soft carbonation. I'd like a little more from the carbonation, but this is still amazing. Overall an incredibly unique beer. Probably the most enjoyable beer with a dominant sweet prescence. A little boozey, but it's not the most aggressive that I've had. I could see how this could be too sweet after a while, so split your bottles with a friend gang.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:30:08 | More by Bendurgin
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:29:43 | More by Gfunk720
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GhettoFabulous

California

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 2011 cherry adam from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. The color is extremely enticing - a dark smoky aura with an amber undertone. There is little carbonation at all, which I was expecting, but is nonetheless off-putting. This smells of dark fruit and has so many wonderful aromas I'm having a tough time picking them out.

The first taste of this beer floods your palette with a wide array of flavors - sherry, hops, dark cherry, slight smokiness and only a hint of bourbon, which is surprising given this has spent over a year in a bourbon barrel. The next sip still pleasant but not quite as good now that the newness has worn off.

There is so many great things going on this beer and it is very well balanced. The wild and complex flavors blend together nicely. The only thing missing is carbonation which I suspect would turn this great beer into one of the very best. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but the lack of carbonation gives it a slightly unpleasant mouthfeel that is only negated by the amazing flavors. You can't help to wonder how much these flavors would sing if there was more carbonation to bring them out of the mix.

Overall a fine offering that shows HotD really knows how to nail complex and adventurous beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:01:15 | More by GhettoFabulous
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

A: Poured a sluggish, murky very dark brown with no carbonation at all. No bubbles, nada.

S: Loads of tobacco, leather, smoke, dark fruits. heat was not to bad but the cherry is all but faded away.

T: Good. Followed the nose very well. Upfront was leather, smoke, dark fruits, booze in the middle, not much cherry going on, wood and Earthiness. Bourbon was still hanging around but very tame.

M: Hearty beer. Big body. Lots of flavor.

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:38:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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Beerenauslese

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying bottles of the 2008 and 2011 at the Hair of the Dog. According to Wendy, the percentages for both are 13.5% (higher than the labels). I'll review these vintages side by side.

'08: Body is dark reddish brown. '11 is darker and redder at the edges. Both have little carbonation with no head or lacing.

'08 smells quite port-like, with cherries, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. '11 smells less port-like and fresher, especially the aroma of fresh cherries.

'08 is tastes of dark malt, preserved cherries, vanilla, and bourbon especially in the finish. Alcohol is definitely present in this, but it is not hot (at this point) and though strong, is well integrated with the intense flavor profile. The '11 is also big, but sweeter and tastes much fresher, with more of a fresh bing cherry taste. The malt is also a bit less forward than the cherries. The difference is like that of a young versus older port.

Body is medium and without carbonation for both vintages and they both have a flat mouthfeel. However, the beer is very smooth, like a good port. The '11 feels a bit thicker than the '08.

Both vintages are tasting very good and are enjoyable as sippable beers. Some may like the '08 version better, which tastes as one would expect an aged beer to taste--somewhat drier than the fresh--but I prefer the fresher taste of the '11 version because I especially like the fresh cherry taste along with the sugar.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:11:42 | More by Beerenauslese
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2011 batch, courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks for sending some of these my way.

Pours dark purple/red. No head at all on an aggressive pour. A few bubbles from the agitation at the edges, but I get those type of bubbles when I pour a glass of milk. This does not look "barely carbonated," it looks flat. Swirling it conjures up no carbonation either.

Aromas of ripe dark cherries, sherry, bourbon. Some tobacco and other dark fruits too. Old ale character of leather with some musty and earthy smells, but in a good, aged way (from the barrel?). Reminiscent of port or after dinner liqueur.

Decadent on the tongue. Booze soaked sweet dark ripened cherries. Not as complex as the smell, the dark cherries almost overwhelm. Cherries are probably my favorite fruit, so I like it, but I would understand others finding it too much. The alcohol weaves into the beer, works really well. It's a boozy beer, but it's not hot, and there are no solvents. The barrel aging was done very well here.

Mouthfeel is flat and dead. The barrel thinned it out some, which helps. But it's missing something... something to lift it off the tongue. Something to move the flavors around and enhance the aroma. Something to balance the sweetness and intense barrel aged cherries.

I wish I could give an incomplete grade. I kept thinking "beer extract, just add carbonation" as I worked my way through the glass (which got to be a chore over the last few ounces). The smells, the flavors, the barrels, all clearly reflect a brewer at the top of his game. This would be one of the best beers in the world if Alan could figure out how to properly carbonate it.

But as it is now, it's a disappointment. Even more so when I think what it could be.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:02:05 | More by caskstrength
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mikeyv35

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:31:40 | More by mikeyv35
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zhanson88

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby! 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Cherry Adam pours out a very dark brown and seemingly completely flat. A touch of soapy, tan colored head forms that sticks around for about a half second. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Wow, got a feeling I'm going to like this one. Obviously the base scents are very like the original Adam. Lots of leather, smoke, raisin, prune, etc. But cutting into that I get a lot of cherry, vanilla, woodiness, and light hints of bourbon and sherry heat. Not too much since this beer is now 3 years old, but I can still tell it's there.

Taste: The taste is phenomenal. Lots of leather and dark fruits up front, but the middle is highlighted by sweet cherries, vanilla and oak, and the back end packs the slightest alcohol heat. I can still detect a hint of bourbon, but not much. This beer is superb at this point; every element seems to complement the others with nothing out of balance at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied and for all intents and purposes completely flat. It's very slick in the mouth. However, it doesn't really affect the overall quality of the beer much in my opinion. This beer is outstanding in terms of flavor profile, and a superb take on an ole ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:42:43 | More by zhanson88
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Azurescens

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 08:32:27 | More by Azurescens
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2009 vintage

The beer is a dark ruby hue with minimal head and fair lacing. The aroma is fantastic, with scents of cherries, booze, tobacco, brown sugar. Fabulous. The taste is quite wonderful as well. Sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol content is impressively well hidden. Delicious. Would be easy to drink in large quantities. Terrific beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:00:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Second half of my "cellar night" a week ago and one of my favorite beers that has slipped through the cracks on my reviews. 2008 bottle poured into a snifter...

A - No hiss at all when I popped the cap, slightly worried. Pours a dark brown, burgandy color. No head or lacing to speak of. Hmmm.

S - Wow. First redeming quality after the pour. Very complex. LOTS of bourbon and what I think is sherry up front. Chocolate, oak, cherry, some other dark fruits as well. Nice leathery quality in there as well which really adds nicely to the profile.

T - Bourbon, sherry, chocolate covered cherries, VERY dark malts and slight smokiness in the background on the end of the palate. Cherries and barrel aging really add some serious complexity to an already complex base beer. Really something. If only this weren't flat.

M - Pretty flat. That's about it. No carbonation at all really. Looks more like a nice dark sherry in the glass than a carbonated beer.

O - Really disappointed in this year's version. The lack of carbonation really took away from the overall enjoyment of this one. Hoping the 2009's I have don't go this route (I don't think they will).

Serving type: bottle

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