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

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638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 899
Gots: 153 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cherry Adam from the Wood is aged with locally grown black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.

First release - November 2008
Second release - November 2009
Third release - March 2011
Fourth release - November 2012

(Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008)
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scottfrie

California

3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks codewarrior! 2011 bottle.

A: Pours like a glass of red wine: deep maroon in color with no carbonation. No bubbles at all. Oh well.
S: Rich and sweet notes of black cherry juice, sherry, bourbon, damp wood, baking chocolate, maybe toffee and hints of leather.
T: Slick and greasy well integrated flavors of caramel syrup, bourbon barrel, sweet cherry, damp musty earth, chocolate and leather with hints of toffee, butterscotch, tobacco and leafy hops in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet with a hint of oak tannin and mild barrel spice.
M: Greasy thick and viscous mouth and body, heavy, buttery and greasy. Flat.
O: Really really good flavor. Flat in this case is ok, but a few bubbles would have been nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:07:24 | More by scottfrie
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FullObs

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-02-2013 21:08:25 | More by FullObs
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pschul4

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Libbey for helping me get this bottle!

A- Pours an equally dark brown to the regular Adam but has ruby tones around the edges

S- lots of cherry in the nose with the regular malt bill of an Adam

T- Beautiful! Lots of cherry and dark malts accompanied by a touch of alcohol

M- Smooth as a baby's bottom

O- If you can get your hands on this it is well worth your trouble

Serving type: bottle

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danoeltico

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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jbuddle

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2013 14:50:45 | More by jbuddle
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zestar

California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

03-25-2013 09:56:39 | More by zestar
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for breaking this one out - 2011 vintage. Pours a raspberry-ruby shade of red with a substantial opaqueness in the center. Barely any head on this one, even after a pour straight down to the center of the glass - looks like the carbonation has mostly evaded this one, though it probably wasn't heavily carbonated to begin with.

Cherry Adam has that sweet and recognizable barleywine-like smell. Though it technically is an "old ale", what is the real difference between that and a barleywine? Not much. Sticky brown sugar aromas cloud the air; molasses, oak, and some light deep fruit. The cherries aren't nearly as heavy or easily-identifiable as I was expecting, though after a while they start to pop out a but more. Light cherries and mild booze, all with an underlying sweetness.

The taste is even more sweet than the aroma cares to show. The cherries? Yeah, what was lost in the aroma is more than compensated for in the flavor. Heavy black cherries, sweet plums, and a nice mix of berries. Fruity and delicate. The barrel aging is apparent - woody, oaky, and boozy throughout. Certainly a caramel malt bomb - lots of caramel, sticky toffee, and syrupy molasses. The black cherry sweetness shows its face more and more as this one goes on. The finish is much more woody and wet than the start, leaving an aftertaste full of oak, vanilla, booze, and a dying cherry sweetness. Silky and smooth mouth feel leaving a sticky coating on the mouth, medium-heavy bodied.

Very nice old ale... Robust and powerful with quite a presence. Though the cherries didn't "pop" in the aroma, they certainly came through on the palate. Sweet and surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV tag. A very nice transformation.

EDIT: 2012 vintage

Thanks to Tim for opening this for us. The '12 vintage had a much more smokey character than the '11, a little abrasive up front with less sweetness overall, even with the same, big cherry flavors. The booze was also a bit heavier in the '12 and had a solid whiskey-like presence. Overall, I think I liked the '11 better. Smoother and more easily drinking. These could honestly have been two different beers, but they were still both very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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aslamm75

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Googs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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DruRho

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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MichPaul

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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madtrixter787

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -19%

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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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ZRBE

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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fbc24

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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baybum

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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joel66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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HopsintheSack

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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KiMiRaiK

Washington

3/5  rDev -30.6%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

03-03-2013 05:48:29 | More by CaptainNomihodai
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.