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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the source.. poured into my New Belgium snifter..

Very short lived 1" head had a crackily component.. but was more noisy than visual.. the brew is dark dark brown with a garnet highlite when held to a light.

the nose is mainly expected big caramel and fruity prune and plum esters...sour cherries.. though are present..

flavor is better.. cigar wrapper .. sweet and tobacco.. leathery.. the cherries add a nice dimension.. but are pretty much blown away by oak and catchers mitt... the cherries and oak add a very nice depth.. I think it will get better with quite a bit of age..but still drink one when you can to try it... Alan is a "homebrewer's" brewer...not every batch is gonna be stellar... though.. if he did start filtering and counterpressure bottling... wouldn't that take away from some of the allure?? that said.... I've had plenty of carbonation issues with hotd brews .. but overall.. the brew's flavor are damn near always fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 08:55:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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Mauerhan

California

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

smell is great. cherry, oak, slight booze.

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

i am very happy i am cellaring a bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 07:13:19 | More by Mauerhan
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OlieIPA

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks and hug to Mauerhan. Wow man!

A: Looks like prune juice with absolutely no head. The lacing comes in small amounts.

S: Currants, raisins, and prunes; I don't pick much of the cherry at all.

T: Very good! Similar to the aroma, the flavor profile combines all the characteristics that the smell gives off along with a nice acidic property. This Old Ale is a mix between a session wine and lamic, which creates and very complex taste.

M: A thinner body with a winey like carbonation, which fits well with this style.

D: Very good.

Overall: A great beer! A must try...let it warm up for a while to help bring out the complexity of the taste...this beer definitely deserves this patience from you. I really want to have this again...hopefully it will come out in bombers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 06:38:03 | More by OlieIPA
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Overlord

California

3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for sharing this.

Pours a dark brown. Thin tan crust. Bubbly. No real head.

Smells like it has rich brown sugar, dark fruits, some brandy/rum, and some surprisingly understated cherries to it.

Taste is a blast of oak and cherries. Some dark fruits. Brown sugar ... woody. Really sweet. It's okay, but not as integrated as I would have liked, and there's a lot of sweetness that doesn't necessarily taste like anything specific.

To be honest, I like the regular version a lot better. This has a bit too much going on, and could use some age on it.

Also under-carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 08:16:32 | More by Overlord
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Wasatch

Utah

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

12oz. Bottle Conditioned
2008 Vintage

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some oil slicks/small islands. The nose is malty, nice notes of bourbon, cherries, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice bourbon notes, some tartness from the cherries. Medium/full body, a very drinkable brew at 10% ABV. Thanks Toby.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 20:02:09 | More by Wasatch
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby brown, deep and dark. Decent head that forms a ring around the glass. Good smell that has more of a sherry scent than the flavor that follows. Tart cherries and the slightest hint of bourbon but not much. Taste is superb. Some darker malts come into the mix. Chocolate is present for sure along with caramel. The sherry is on a smaller scale and the cherry comes through again. A good tartness to it. Oak like and woody with notes of tobacco. Just incredibly complex and tasty. Mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation and a nice dry finish but not overly so. A sipper but still very easy to drink. A bit more carbonation and this one is near perfect.

Thanks to Sam for a couple bottles of what proves to be another winner from HOTD.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 06:43:00 | More by ncvbc
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #750

Finally tried the Cherry Adam, a 12 oz. bottle (2008 vintage) into a small snifter. First saw the barrels where this brew was aging on a January 2007 tour of HotD; anticipated it since. Stood in line at 7am on November 15th (the Dock Sale); snagged a case; traded many away; hemmed and hawed as to when to try the first; watching the Blazers/Celtics game, this seemed like a good night.

Served at a modest temperature (55-60F?), cellared with about 15 minutes in the fridge.

A: Extremely dark, a brackish ebony topped with a thin pinkish-ivory cream. Whatever modest head there is falls back to a tight ring and a few freckles of film. Thin stripes of dripping lace, gliding gently downward.

S: Has all the heady aroma of an aged Adam: dark malts, candied pit fruit, chocolate, leather, tobacco - all with a mild oak-y/vanilla and an earthy cherry. Could be a little stronger but could hardly be any richer.

T: Dark fruit, big on the berries and (of course) the ripe, mushy cherry. Light citrus, leafy herbs, cocoa powder, spiced meat, mildly charred grain. Cherries lend a tartness, a dusty/musty and silty yeast. Cask woodiness is held in check pretty well, though there's a little tannic bite. Bourbon-like booziness comes and goes. Complex, almost to a fault.

M: So I've read the comments about this lacking carbonation; yeah, it's true. That's what 15 months of barrel-aging will do - this Adam is 2 years old, people! There's no denying the creaminess that the mellowed carbonation brings. Feel is medium, bordering on heavy, and alcohol warmth isn't yet subdued (minor deduct). There's also a slightly woody/grainy grit that sticks a bit. Somewhat chewy, some lip-smacking maltiness.

D: It's aged Adam with a dose of wood and cherry. If you're an Adam fan, this is a must; a warming, rich sipping beer that makes a great dessert on a chilly night. Complex and still boozy, it's great to try now and will be interesting to see how this develops over time. RECOMMENDED!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 04:41:22 | More by msubulldog25
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

A big thanks to Jim for bringing me this bottle. I had been dying to try it and really did not think it was going to be possible, needless to say he suprised the heck out of me. Served around fifty degrees and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

The pour was nice, with a very obvious reddish tone to it as it went down the glass. Very hazy and dark with a nice and subtle brown color to it. Not much head at all despite the vigorous pour and little to nothing in the way of lacing.

The aroma was steeped with cherries and classic bourbon like smells. Rich notes of vanilla and caramel along with a rush of dark fruits as it warmed. Carried this over very well into the flavor. Warming with big notes of bourbon and dark cherries that played off each other very well. Some light grains in there and a light, almost spice like note in the finish along with a long cherry flavor. Very rich vanilla mixing in now as I sip. Smooth, mellow, with not alot of carbonation as it should be. Easy to sip, I was very sad when this one was gone.

Overall I thought this was excellent, needs a little bit more carbonation, but again I have to say this one comes across excellent. Another winner here and I am very glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:32:53 | More by mikesgroove
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

Viggo shared this tasty treat. thanks eric!

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage. sampled dec 28/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thin ring of very fine white head. spotty lace.

aroma is great. there's definitely adam in there, with a nice twist. raw oak and vanilla. big caramel and malty base. multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of alcohol. touch of cherry and other dark fruit. hints of dark chocolate, nuts, bourbon, smoke. earthy.

taste is good. vanilla. bourbon. smoke. bit earthy. dark chocolate. nutty. caramel. biscuit, multi-grain bread, bit of cracker. dried cherry, date, and fig. wow, lots of great depth. adam is excellent, and this definitely adds some nice layers on top of it. good shit.

mouthfeel fairly low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. i'm wishing i had several bottles more that i could just keep sipping on. this is well balanced with a great depth from the barrel and the cherries. it's far from obtrusive and truly complimentary. great stuff. must fine more.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 00:49:04 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

12 oz bottle, huge thanks to hoppymeal for the generosity!

Pours a cloudy and murky dark reddish brown, very muddy, very thin tan head forms, immediately settles down to a thin ring around the glass, but drops some nice lacing when I swirl the glass, good retention. Smell is crazy, like Adam, which is very malty, toffee and molasses, biscuits, cherries, oak, port, vanilla and bourbon, sherry, very fruity, rum raisin character, light bit of smoke, very complex. Taste is crazy too, very oaky, lots of toffee, rum and raisins, sherry, bourbon, vanilla, sourness from the oak, a bit lactice, very fruity, prune juice and cherries, some alcohol, nice smoky finish, lots of fruit, very nice, some brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, tannic drying mouthfeel, but very smooth. Great beer, super complex, still has the components of Adam but amped up a bit, very nice. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 00:43:18 | More by Viggo
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to inflatablechair for this one. 12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. 2008 vintage. Poured brown with hints of red. Not a lot of carbonation, what head there is quickly dissipates. Great aroma with bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Full bodied, but the lack of carbonation made it a bit syrupy. Very rich, complex malt profile. More oak and chocolate. Lots of vanilla from the oak. Long woody finish. A bit of tart cherry flavor, but not a lot. The lack of carbonation really diminished the beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 16:48:14 | More by homebrewhawk
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Crosling

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Major gusher. Quickly diminishing thin foam, brown body. Poor appearance. Nose has some character to it, with a touch of smoke, black cherries and sherry notes. Very thin mouth feel. Notes of black cherry, smoke, and sweet ripe dark fruit. A solid ale, but was expecting a bit more here.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 15:32:51 | More by Crosling
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seaoflament

California

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muchas gracias Kyle for the opportunity to try this beer. I love regular Adam and have been drooling ever since I heard about this beer.

A tiny hiss after I crack the cap, a slow stream of small bubbles race to the neck. After hearing that this beer is not very carbonated, at least yet, I did a slightly aggressive pour into a pint glass. I managed to get about a quarter inch of fizzy foam that quickly settled to a thin crescent moon. The beer itself is dark with some caramel highlights on the side when held to the light.

The cherry and wood notes mixed very well with the Adam beer base. There is some semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, rum soaked raisins, dark cherries, wood, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, and a whiff of alcohol in the background. There is a nice mixture of sugar cookie, molasses, brown sugar, and black cherry, it's like a dessert. The malt combination is very complex, deep dark fruits, and a combination of sweetness (brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruit jam). I'm surprised at the variety of fruits and how fruity it smells. After a few minutes in the glass it begins to smell like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Wow, it seems like there is much more cherry in the flavor than in the aroma. The first sip is just a bit overwhelming as I'm trying to capture all the flavors. There is some chocolate and smoke upfront with dark fruits in the middle and oak, alcohol, and brown sugar in the end. More chocolate on the second sip but also some caramel and molasses, very sweet finish. Long finish of oak, toast, caramel, and cherry. There is a little bit of cherry tartness upfront and it is accompanied by the alcohol pretty closely. A little nutty in the aftertaste. Subtle notes of cocoa and coffee in the finish. After a few sips I begin to taste some apple or rose petals in the back.

Low carbonation and a bit viscous too. It feels a little velvety on the tongue initially. Yep, the following sips feel a little flat. Two things that would help this beer out and make it easier to drink are: a little more carbonation and a drier finish.

A good beer that I hope gets better with some more time in the bottle...right now I would take regular Adam over this one though.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 00:36:36 | More by seaoflament
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle acquired in a couple trades.

Poured a dark black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized red tinted, off whtie head. Aromas of dark-black cherries, wood, sherry, and light bourbon. I would say the woodiness dominates the aromas with the black cherries coming in a close second. Tastes of black cherries, sherry, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Sweet if a very light tart finish. More sweet and the tartness dissapeared as soon as I detected it. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 23:35:20 | More by hopdog
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JDV

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours basically black with no lasting head whatsoever. Just some beige bubbles kicked up from the pour, but not a real head. Smell is smooth and rich bourbon and oak, mainly and is quite nice. Taste is a touch tart and perhaps fruity, but not cherries per se, and of course some bourbon and definite wood character. Tart fruity malt flavor but only a very faint actual cherry flavor, even when looking for it. Some very light alcohol in the flavor and its a touch warming. Beer is flat after 5 minutes in the glass which kills the beer for me, and once again another overpriced and over hyped HOTD beer with a huge bottling flaw... At about 15 dollars for a 12 ounce bottle plus shipping this is ridiculous. This is not something I would buy again if it were 3 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 03:30:05 | More by JDV
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on line via bottletrek. Shared with pghlee, with 2 other clowns stealing sips from his glass. Very unique pour into a tuilp stem. Cherry cola with purple hues with no head whatsoever. Very vinous when held near the lamp, with a nice purple ring on top of the otherwise brown body. Aromas of oak, maple syrup and prunes. Not much carbonation detected on the first sip...pretty flat with lots of oak flavor. Then, she begins to open up nicely. Oak seems to dominate the glass, but not overly. Tangy cherry, big chocolate malty body. The cherry flavor is very nice and a nice surprise. Not the sweet, tart cherry you find in a lot of beers. Somewhat boozy, a little thin though. Touch of bourbon (or sherry?) toward the back of my palate.
Maybe this one needs to lie down for a few months, so that the yeast can work a little longer? Very unique and smooth for all that is going on here.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 17:13:16 | More by RustyDiamond
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

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

Picked up this bottle at Market of Choice in Eugene.

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

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 02:33:54 | More by BigJTrucker
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miketd

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Bottle Trek. Pours murky brown/mahogany. Very small off white ring in the glass. Aroma is wood, booze, tart fruit and maybe a hint of cherries. Flavor is very full...sherry like. Too much booze in the flavor with some tartness and tobacco. I like the regular better.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 03:09:56 | More by miketd
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to vwcraig for giving me the hook-up on HOTD beers or I wouldn't have been able to try this. This gushed despite being properly chilled which is always a disappointment with expensive beers but I didn't lose much. It looks nice, dark black-brown, no head, red edges. It smells like wood, barrels, liquor, alcohol, very interesting. The flavor has a leather quality that I get from regular Adam, the slightest touch of tartness but I couldn't pinpoint it as a cherry flavor. This was pretty good but I'm not sure I'd pick this up again given the price and the fact that I just prefer Fred and Doggie Claws over Adam as a rule. I do have one bottle left to cellar so we'll see how that goes.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 04:22:30 | More by ArrogantB
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mama mia!

Many thanks to Adam (Ccrida) for saving some of this for me following the HOTD dock sale.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with red hilights. While the lacing is pretty good, head rentention is fair at best. I was initially concerned with the beer's carbonation, but I just think the limited head retention is attributable to extended barrel aging.

On the nose... good lord this is one fine smelling beer. So much going on. There is a huge aroma of chocolate, vanilla and cherry, but with some significant underlying sherry and wood as well. This beer smells like an aged ale fruit cake with a melange of dark fruits, dates, plums and prunes. Incredible! The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the beer is rich, moderately sweet, with a long, complex finish. There is really no more then a hint of the cherry flavor in this beer (despite the name), with some more chocolate and sherry. Many ales with a fruit component are often dominated by the beer's "fruitiness," but not the Cherry Adam. The beer is mouthfilling on the palate, with a persistent, rich, long flavor profile. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly rich and viscuous and is almost chewy. Very fine. As for the beer's drinkability, of course with all this rich flavor and an abv. of 10%, this is not the beer's strong suit. No one will ever describe this beer as light and refreshing. However, this is obviously a sipper and it's unimaginable to me that anyone would drink more then a single bottle at a sitting. Personally, I expect to take fully a half hour enjoying this masterpiece from HOTD.

Just outstanding.

Note: My impression is that it's best not to overchill this beer; I would serve it a bit cooler then cellar temperature at most. Also, it's anyone's guess how well this beer will age, but I would love to have a case to see. My guess is that it will age quite well, if one has patience. Of course I don't have any, so in all likelihood I'll never know. Regardless, even young this is an exceptional beer. Good stuff.

4/21/10. Was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the 2009 version from Matt at Capone's. Needless to say, it cost a bit more then the 2008 version I was able to get from ccrida/adam, but it was so damn tasty, I didn't mind the extra freight. My impression is that the bourbon barrel aging is considerably more intense and impressive in the 2009 version, with the beer coming across as richer and more intensely flavored. There's more cherry as well, and really, just more of everything. Incredibly yummy stuff. I have adjusted my score (upward) accordingly. This is an awesome beer.

5/16/11. Was fortunate enough to sample the 2011 at the tasting room, and then later back home in Owings Mills. Was told the abv. in this excellent beer is now up around 13%, and frankly it shows. Still, this beer has so much flavor (just an incredibly intense flavor of chocolate and cherry), the alcohol is still very much in the background. I should add that the 2011 version is completely still (no appreciable carbonation), which in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this beer. Fantastic stuff...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:58:21 | More by johnmichaelsen
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sfoley333

Brazil

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bespin15

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

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 07:34:03 | More by sfoley333
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mikecharley

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Track1646 for the heads up on this beer.

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

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

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

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

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

Love this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:41:25 | More by mikecharley
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HopHead84

California

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

Drank on 11/25/2008:
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a deep red tint to it. The beer has a very small head and there is little retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, especially cherries, and bourbon. The taste is predominately tart cherries, with some bitterness to it. There is some bourbon flavor and minimal chocolate. Cherry Adam From the Wood is boozy but it works well with the other flavors. I think this beer will only improve with age and I can't wait to try it again in the future.

Drank on 08/13/2009:
Pours with a larger head this time, with better retention. The flavors have blended together nicely over the nearly nine months since I last had this. Chocolate notes have come out and they blend very nicely with the bourbon and cherries. Notes of vanilla and a prominent smokiness have become apparent as well. The booze has died down a bit without losing any of the nice bourbon and cherry notes. The carbonation has increased slightly, providing a fuller mouthfeel which is decidedly chalky at times. This is coming along nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 07:35:46 | More by HopHead84
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no head just bubbles. Aroma of bourbon initially followed by chocolate and sweet cherries. Flavor is also initially bourbony and quite warming. Later, some sourness/tartness that seems to come from the cherries and woody notes make their appearances. The bourbon is a bit on the strong side and does overpower the other flavors of the beer. I wish that the cherry flavor was more prominent. An interesting experiment, but bourbon-barrel aging doesn't improve everything.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
3.4/5

Serving type: bottle

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