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

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BA SCORE
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259 Reviews
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Reviews: 259
Hads: 765
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: 259 | Hads: 765
Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to googzoid10 for this, cheers Greg!

2008 bottle pours ebony with a sliver of mocha/dark chocolate head. Nice oily sheen to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, figs & prunes & a tad of booze once warm

T: Dark cherry, figs, raisins, vanilla & oak up front. Bourbon & vanilla comes through as this warms, more dark cherry, a bit of woody & leafy hops, plus dryness, plus more figs, plus a tad of boozey warmth. Finishes with oaky drynness, booze soaked cherry

MF: Rich, chewy, with near zero carbonation, port-like

Drinks pretty easy with nicely hidden abv, another winner form HOTD! One that will probably be better with at least another year+ on it IMO (687 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting and masterful creation. Dark colour with virtually no head. Cherry, bourbon and yeast in aroma. Above average mouthfeel, bulked up by caramel. Rich vanilla wood and cherry flavours dominate, the bourbon not far behind. Cannot discern carbonation. (261 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle received in a trade with inflatablechair thanks Sam!

Appearance: Pours an attractive red brown but absolutely no crown, retention, or lace.

Smell: Caramel covered smoked bourbon soaked black cherries :)

Taste: Smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, black cherries, sweet malt, and love :)

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I was expecting which is good because the beer has predictably no carbonation. it works but SOME carbonation would have been interesting.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the abv.

This is a beer that shows lots of character and boldness.

2009 BOTTLE SAMPLED 7/30/11 (thanks to Vito at Copper Mine Pub for sharing!)

4.5 Cherry is living large with mild chocolate notes and some booze plus a whisper or roast malt.

4.5 Drikability: Super tasty when it warms and goes down easy. (806 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat, murky brown. Smells of cherries, smoke, and caramel. Taste follows with those same traits. I'm looking for the leather that other reviewers have noted, and I suppose I can see what they're saying. I guess I'm just not used to detecting the flavor of leather in my beer. The bourbon is subtle, but you can definitely tell this one was aged in barrels. Very sweet, and I agree with Arbitrator that there's a port/grape hint toward the end. Reminds me a tad of the Angels Share with cabernet grapes served at the most recent Lost Abbey barrel night. Overall, this beer tastes outstanding. The overall profile is very well balanced. Body is pretty thick, with low carbonation. Just fine for a nice old ale on a cold winter night. Would love to acquire more of this.

One of the best-tasting brews I've had in 2009. (822 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to masterchiefmd for this bottle, poured into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer has very little, almost no carbonation. There is a tight white ring of small foamy bubbles around the ring of the glass. The beer is a murky deep brown, almost black with soft ruby/mahogany edges.

The smell is deep sweet roasted malts and bourbon at first sniff. The bourbon is sweet and smoky, full of vanilla notes. The barrel oakiness brings the sweetness back from the edge and ushers the nose to the sweet and sour deep cherry notes. There is a nice backing of dark chocolate and just the slightest hint of an earthy/spicy hop as well. As the beer warms the cherries get a little more tart and grab a little more of my attention, very nice.

The taste is just as complex as the nose, the bourbon hits first, followed by the vanilla, chocolate and subtly tart black cherries. There is a smoky, oak barrel flavor that accompanies the bourbon and compliments the chocolate notes and deep roastiness of the malt. The beer is very sweet, but never cloying as the very subtle spicy hops, the barrel flavors and the hints of sour cherries bring it back from the edge.

The beer is almost syrupy, with just enough carbonation to make it not-too-thick. The complex flavors roll over each other and the alcohol flavors seem to burst out of the bourbon notes, rather than an alcohol burn. After a few sips I feel the alcohol warm my stomach pleasantly, reminding me that this is a sipper, but the flavors mask the high abv nicely. I am really impressed by this beer and will seek it out in the future. (1,590 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the deep dredgy opaque murky brownish red bricking color that I love regular Adam for. No head hold this from a five.

Smokey malts, caramel, hints of cherry with a charred oak ester. Some red and black fruit aromas as well as plum, chocolate, leather and tobacco.

Thick, syrupy, creamy and monstrous. Huge complexity with a good showing of alcohol on the finish. Cherry, oak, charred smokey malts, black fruits, black and red currant, milk chocolate, mollasses, ink, leather, tobacco, and much much more.

No carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel but otherwise this beer is a warming top notch behemoth. (612 characters)

Photo of davod23
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. Thanks, Greg.

It pours almost still, a dark, ruby-tinged brown. Darker than I expected, though I'm not sure what I was expecting with this... A very small light tan cap forms but instantly fizzles away, leaving only the slightest of collars around the lip of the liquid. Small amount of spotty lacing. It's a beautiful color, and would be a perfect 5 if there was any head to speak of.

Smell is just a bit underwhelming. It's just not as in my face as I expected. Black cherries are evident, as are both the bourbon and sherry barrels. Smells a bit sweet. I expected more complexity and more boldness from this, but it's not bad.

Taste is really nice. Dark cherry, bourbon, sherry, sweet malt, English toffee, leather, maybe a hint of dark fruit, and a tiny bit of alcoholic heat. It never ends, either... it's been minutes since my last sip and I can still taste it. Nice.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Thick, chewy, slick, with a long, lasting finish. Just awesome.

Drinkability is great on this one. My glass is going away way too quickly. I could drink loads of this stuff.

Very nice beer from HOTD.

***2011 Version***

Hot damn! 2011 vintage poured into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance: Thick, still pour. Absolutely no bubbles. It appears to be a deep, dark brown, but the edges are most decidedly purplish. Odd, but pretty decent.

Smell: Whoa. Much better than the prior bottle I had. Cherries, leather, a waft of smoke, sweet molasses, oak, booze, cocoa, damn there's a lot of stuff going on here.

Taste: Amazing. Just incredible. Deeper, darker, with more dark cherries and a stronger oak component. The normal smokiness of Adam is but an undercurrent in this beer, which is welcome.

Mouthfeel: Gotta dock it a little bit here. It's nice, it's viscous and syrupy, but I need some carbonation to lighten the load a little bit. It's but a minor concern though - if any beer can be served still, it's this one.

Overall: Awesome beer. Really really great. Highly recommended. (2,038 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. Batch #1 served in my Allagsh tulip. Poured the color of cola with ruby-red highlights around the edges. Head was a light skim of foam that quickly dispersed into nothingness. Incredible nose - lots of bourbon and vanilla. Taste follows nose - bourbon with some tart cherries coming out in the mix. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, a little oily with a carbonation level that was pretty darn close to still and a mild tartness that stimulates the salivary glands. Incredibly flavorful with a well-hidden abv. My first beer from Hair of the Dog has left me wanting more. (618 characters)

Photo of baggio
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Deep winered with almost no head.

S: Preserved cherries, Bourbon, Malt, Vanilla, Oak.

T: Caramel, Malt, Vanilla, Cherries, Alcohol, Hint of sourness.

M: Rich and powerful taste with a slight sourness and alcohol at the end. Very nicely balanced.

Wonderful beer that might have improved from some more time in the cellar but who can wait? Superb!

Thank to BA KPlynch for this gem! (400 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

UPDATE 11/20: I opened my first bottle of the 2009 vintage tonight. I originally rated this beer a 4.55 A+ (you can find my original review text below). I must say, this beer is even better now than it was before and deserves a bump up in score even despite the already high score I gave it. It is quite apparent that Mr. Sprints took the word "cherry" much more seriously this time. In the 2008, I found that the cherry flavor disappeared over time. In this new batch, it is much more prominent and lasting. However, it is still present merely as a complexity and not as a focal point. There are plenty of standard barrel notes, plus the world class base beer underneath. I deducted points for the flatness before, but I "get it" now...while this vintage isn't completely flat, it still has very little carbonation but since there is not a lot of booziness it works very well. The flavors marinate on the tongue without the extra heat that ruins other flat barrel aged beers I've tried. Bravo to Hair of the Dog for this beer. World class for sure.

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2008 Vintage

Only a small sliver of head forms on top of a near black body, even with a hard pour. The cherries are noticed immediately in the nose and are balanced very well with wood, chocolate, and pleasant bourbon notes. Fairly powerful and delightful smell.

The taste doesn't really come close to living up to the nose, although it is still nice. A shock of tart cherries hits first...this reminds me a lot of my first sip of Matt....the taste is odd and off putting the very first time it hits the tongue, but after that it just gets better and better with every sip. The tartness quickly dies down and chocolate and faint woody notes creep in. OK, I take back my comment about the taste not coming close to the nose. While it still doesn't quite match it, it sure as hell tries. Awesome barrel integration that doesn't overpower. The cherries begin to get less noticeable as it warms.

Mouthfeel is slightly fuller than medium and fairly flat. Not sure how much carbonation was intended here, but I could use a bit more.

Drinkability is high in regards to "desire" to drink, but I would be lying if I said my stomach wasn't rumbling after 6 oz. Perhaps its because I haven't ate enough today. This bottle is an awesome dessert or nightcap. Awesome beer...on par with both regular Adam and Matt. Seek this one out! (2,379 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Score updated to reflect the 2009 batch, which is rather amazing. Original 08 batch rated 4.25.

Extra from HopHead84. Pretty decent extra, I guess. Dark, nearly opaque brown body with a small tan head that clings strongly to the sides of the glass. The nose is an interesting mix of bourbon, leather and pipe tobacco with a touch of tart cherry. I was expecting a cherry onslaught, but that's not the case; the fruit is just another layer in a very complex beer. The taste is similar, with bourbon up front, lending vanilla, caramel and light tannins. Leather and tobacco follow, with cherries appearing mid-palate, simultaneously sweet and tart, leading into a dry, earthy finish. Incredible complexity on display here, another great beer from Hair of the Dog. (762 characters)

Photo of rayjay
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008, I think the only year made.

Ruby red and brown hues, and a cloudy ale body with minimal lazy carbonation. Foams up but doesn't have much retention.

Definitely smell those cherries and wood, and bourbon too. Big malts and alcohol aromas.

Kicking myself for opening this upon first sip...alcohol heat, high gravity esters, and general abrasiveness I am greeted with. It could use 3-5 years in the cellar. It's a beautiful beer, full of cherry wine, bourbon, alcohol, and fruity rich barleywine-style esters. A real fruitcake. Like I said it's still an untamed beast and will certainly benefit from a long mellowing-out period in the cellar. A cigar of a beer.

Thick and sticky, with low carbonation. A sipper. The heat makes the fruity esters stick out a bit too much.

Drinkability is average. It's a wonderful beer, but also a big challenge to put back. Cheers! (872 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unclejedi for leaving this one behind.
Pours a dark and cloudy copper with a nice lingering head.
Smells like a batch of overipe cherries soaked in tobacco. Very sweet and rich smelling.
Taste is a blast of cherries, wood and smoke up front, which gives way to a dark smoky oakiness when you exhale. Dense dark fruits with some plum and raisins.
Feels dense as hell, yet smooth to sip. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. A really well done beer. (454 characters)

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

25th review! I felt that, for what I consider to be, a small landmark review, I needed to review a landmark type brew.

Thanks once again goes out to PDXHops for helping me aquire this beer via my first BA trade. 12 oz. bottle from the 2008 release...and so it begins!

An aggressive pour into an oversized wine glass provides a minimal dirty red head. No real foam to be seen, mostly bubbles, with a slight ring of cherry colored goodness around the rim. The brew poured a deep brown color with lots of ruby highlights. Quite pretty, given the obvious lack of carbonation.

WOWSERS!! You're instantly hit with a lot of oak and smoke. There's some hints of musty cherries and tobacco, but as it warms bittersweet chocolates, raisins, and bourbon are easily detected. Leather is also present...lots of aroma in the glass. I recommend letting it warm to get the full effect.

The taste is very complex. Some buttery oak comes to the forefront but is immediately replaced by smokey chocolates and cherries. Very bourbonesque in the flavors. The cherries weren't as tart as expected, but I think there are better served here in the finish. Tiny hits of leather and tobacco can be tasted if you have the pallete for it...

I think the only downfall is the lack of carbonation. Completely unexpected...but it somehow doesn't ruin the beer at all. It makes it a bit watery, but it keeps the alcohol to a minimum.

Are you kidding me? It's really 10% abv? It sure as hell doesn't drink like a 10% old ale. It goes down as smooth as can be, but be warned. This beer will put you on your ass in no time.

HotD could probably get away with calling this by another name. I didn't detect the slightest hint of Adam in here at all. At times the Cherry Adam reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry...a smooth drinking bourbon...a fine red wine, with it's drying finish. Basically this beer is so dynamic that it can be sipped for an hour and as each 15 minutes passes it morphs into something completely different. I couldn't imagine a better beer to review as my 25th beer, this one is that good. It's not quite sublime, but it's damn close.

Note-I am putting alot of faith in the aging process of this beer, because I plan on sitting on a couple of them for a while. (2,256 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my DFH snifter.

A - Dark brown, very light carbonation with no lacing.

S - Sweet cherries, strong alcohol burn on the nose, some wood/oak, and black liquorish.

T - Not as much cherry or alcohol burn as the nose. Actually, pretty well-balanced. Slight cherry flavor, nice oak, and a good amount of bourbon as well. Like I said, all very-well put together.

M - Medium bodied, very slight carbonation. A nice richness that covers the palate.

D - A sipper, but a good one nonetheless. I would search for this and drink again. (544 characters)

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

12oz bottle at 56 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, almost opaque with chestnut edgework. Barely a trace of tan bubbles arose from a stretch-pour, and hardly any throughout the glass with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with Bourbon, tobacco, leather, cherries, and red wine. Hints of vanilla, Sherry, oaky tannins, and luscious malt follow through.

On the full side of medium bodied, with a slick, chewy mouthfeel. Oily and viscous.

Red fruits start the palate with boozy Bourbon following right through. An intense fruit vineosity swells up from an undercurrent of cherries and wine. Shades of dark leather, charred oak, vanilla, and Port follow through.

Finishes with lingering tart cherries, bourbon fusels, and an intense vineosity.

What a beer. Incredibly complex and the cherries really add another dimension. The blending of the Bourbon and Sherry casks kicks it up another level.
My only gripe is the low level of carbonation, which really does the nose a disservice. (981 characters)

Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown with just a slight reddish hue to it. Very slight head about half a finger. Looks delicious!-

This beer smells very similar to the original Adam, smokey, leathery, and malty. It also has a bit of an oaky smell to it.

The taste was where I was let down by this beer. It had all the flavors of Adam which I love, but had a very tart cherry flavor that was almost like wine. very distinct flavor of black cherry. Felt and tasted a bit like sherry. Flavor has huge potential, but the cherrys throw the perfectly balanced Adam way out of wack.

Mouthfeel was alot like wine, very drying.

I could probably only have one of these as it is so tart.

I would like to see what this beer would taste like served incredibly cold as I feel that may take away a bit of the tartness and possibly give the cherry flavor a bit more of a chance. I would also like to see how this tastes after a couple years in the cellar. I will have to try both. (962 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A careful, but solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a frothy, half-finger thick, fairly quickly disappearing, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a concentrated brown, approaching black color, when held up to the light beer shows some flashes of ruby, but is mostly opaque in its darkness. The aroma smells of spicy Bourbon, but has an earthy malt character to it that moves into a rich note in the finish that is a bit like prunes or perhaps even some sherry like notes. There is enough noticeable alcohol in the nose that it warms my nose upon a deep draught of the aroma. The malt character here is pretty complex, though in some ways subtle; toasted malt notes, spicy grain, a hint of salty smokiness, something a bit like carbonized fruit (though without the acrid notes, or even the burnt char character). There is some woody oak character here, as well as some spicy barrel character, soft vanillin notes and even a touch of toasted coconut; overall the barrel notes are pretty well integrated and don't overwhelm the rest of the aromatic notes. I definitely don't smell any cherry like notes here though.

This beer is lightly sweet, though it has more of a rich maltiness than actual sweetness. The beer finishes with a peat derived, salty, earthy smokiness that lingers on in the finish along with a sherry'd prune character (prune without much sweetness though). This is only lightly carbonated; it has just a prickle of carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The beer isn't overly viscous, though it certainly has some body to it, and it has a certain soft creamy texture to it. Behind the smokiness in the finish are some dark malt notes that suggest hints of tar, a bit of roasted coffee notes and a rich roasted caramel note (not burnt, but rich with lots of Maillard browning flavors). This definitely has a spiciness from the barrel aging process and the alcohol also provides a bit of heat. There is a touch of tartness to the finish; is this where the otherwise absent cherry character comes in?

I am not quite too sure about the cherry part of this beer, there is a general fruity richness, but certainly not anything I can identify as cherry specific. This could use a bit more texture and heft, a bit more residual malt character in the body would help to smooth out the warm / boozy alcohol and spicy barrel notes. Seems to lack a bit of finesse and the flavors / aromas are not quite as integrates as one might hope. Still this is certainly a tasty beer and I like how the background sherry notes add a lot of richness to this beer. The smoky peat character also adds a lot of background complexity to this beer. (2,719 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.79/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this one with a BA pecorasc. Huge thanks to SirChugsAlot for letting me have at this bottle. Poured into wine glasses.

A- Pours dark brown color with hues of garnet in between. Very little beige head formed and dissipated quite quickly.

S- Huge scents of cherry right off the bat. Really took me by surprise. There was also a nice combination of sherry, vanilla and oak. I could sniff this one all day.

T- Pretty damn amazing for an old ale. Cherries and sherry like flavors are first to reach the tongue. As the beer moves down with an alcoholic burn, wood characteristics become prevalent. Also notable are the vanilla, bourbon flavors that at all times are kept in check by the cherry tartness. My favorite part of this beer was that as it was consumed, the more tart and prevalent the cherry flavor became.

M- Medium bodied with little carbonation. Somewhat flat, but exactly what was expected from this type of beer.

D- A sipper for sure. Even though alcohol characteristics are kept in check, the burn of the 10% is felt every bit of the way.

Overall, this beer was huge for me. I try to appreciate all beers, but the one style that I don't really care for are old ales. For me to give the review I did, for an old ale, says something. I never thought a beer from this style could taste as great as this one did. Kudos to Alan Sprints for creating this one. (1,378 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, no bs4

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, murky and muddy garnet-mahogany body, a small fizzy beige cap but very little retention

smell: black cherry, sherry, very woody - oak, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla...nice

taste: beautiful array of flavor, a punch of dark cherry mixed with smooth vanilla, bourbon tones, sherry, tons of oak, rich chocolate, alcohol is pretty hot but this is an exceptional complex beer

mouthfeel: a little flat, robust and full

drinkability: ok (500 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35, thanks slut.

Review #700

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A very aggressive pour yields a paper thin layer of head that quickly disappears to a few bubbles here and there. Nothing in terms of lacing unfortunately. The beer itself is essentially black as night. Smell has a strong malt character with molasses, leather, and tobacco. Dark ripe cherries, oak, and gooey fudge in the nose as well. Taste begins with tart cherries, rich caramel, and some smokey wood. Midway the fudge flavors emerge with some tobacco leaves and bourbon. Aftertaste is sweet with vanilla beans, leather, and some coffee flavors as well. Full body with a silky smooth feel from the almost non-existant carbonation. The booze is present making this one a sipper for sure. Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more from this highly talked about beer. Thanks again Dan-O you little bitch. (896 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my De Proef flute, Cherry Adam is a dark black with ruby tinges and a small light tan head that is pretty quick to dissipate to a wispy skim and thick collar. Overall, it's looking pretty viscous, par for the course with HOTD, or really anyone's barrel aged beers.

Smell is boozy, heavy on the sherry, which gives it a bit of sweetness.

Taste is a huge blast of oak, then alcohol, some smoke, and finally some cherries. I had a bottle the day this came out with a bunch of BAs and thought it was OK, a little hot, and needed more time, but heavy on the cherry. This isn't very heavy on the cherry, but is heavy on the oak and still pretty hot, after ~3.5 months in the cellar. The alcohol is clean though, and is accentuated by what I assume were pretty wet sherry casks. At first I was a little overwhelmed with this beer. But after a few more sips, wow, I was really loving it. Totally unique.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, not totally still, and very tannic.

Drinkability is good, very complex and tasty, a one of a kind, and fun to decipher. But the fact is, it's a very strong, robust, super oaky beer. And since I assume a lot of the boozy bite is from the sherry, I'm not sure how much it will smooth out in the cellar. Plus, it's very expensive, $10/12 oz IIRC. I've got a bunch of them so we'll see how they hold up in the cellar, but honestly I'll probably have to pimp a few as trade fodder. (1,439 characters)

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.