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

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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 794
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 913
Gots: 164 | FT: 16
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: 266 | Hads: 794
Photo of Treebs
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to Dan (sweemzander) for the share!

A: Pours a semi clear brown color with a deep reddish tint to the edges. A very thin brown head forms on the pour and it recedes quickly to a thin wispy film.

S: Great mix of smells on the nose. You can pick out the leathery and sweet malts from the Adam, the bourbon barrel with some oak, bourbon and a light caramel note, and finally the sweetness and fruitiness from the cherries.

T: The taste is even better. Cherry sweetness up front with some smooth oak and bourbon with a nice twinge of leather. Notes of vanilla and sherry with a heavy, bready malt note reminiscent of regular Adam.

M: Medium bodied trending towards the heavier side with a sticky and oily mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation with sweet and leathery finish.

O: Simply delicious. Everything works in perfect harmony and Adam as the base is the perfect vessel for the barrel aging and the cherry sweetness.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

1 Year old

A - pours a dark cherry mahogany minimal head. Weak retention and so so lacing as expected for the style

S - tons of vanilla wood, cherry's and other dark fruits and chocolate sweetness. smells heavenly

T - Woody with lots of dark fruits (cherry, plum dates), tons of vanilla and some chocolate. Definitely mild alcohol burn.

M - medium bodied smooth minimal carbonation

O - Absolutely fantastic

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Photo of papat444
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to Boozecamel for this rarity.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown body, lightly reflected in the average head.

Smell: Heady and awesome aroma. Lush cherries, intense with strong oak and bourbon laced into it. The cherries really shine here.

Taste: An assault of black cherries, so good! Kinda sour-sweet but really neither. Oak is accentuated as well as subtle but present bourbon. Laid back, kinda of like bourbon-laced cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, silky smooth yet has some teeth.

Overall: A phenomenal brew. A pleasure to savor and wish i had a few more of these!

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Photo of derftron
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split a bottle with co-worker at the Taproom. Work right across the bridge from Hair of the Dog thankfully.

Pours a dark brown/black with a very small amount of foam. looks very thick and oily

smells very sweet and oaky. definitly can smell the cherries as well. had an Adam from the wood, a Panapooch, and a blue-dot IPA beforehand so having a sweet beer was a welcome change.

mouthfeel was very smooth and somewhat syrupy. not sure about the ABV discrepancy, but the one I tried was listed at 13.5%. for a beer that big, it was crazy drinkable. very mild carbonation, but obviously this beer is a sipper and should probably be shared.

overall: I have had many many HOD beers, and they are almost always fantastic. This beer completely blew me away. for some reason I was not expecting it to be this good and just wanted to try one of the many " wood" beers they had available. very happy this was the one we chose. the cherries and barrel aging come though perfectly and are so well balanced. I could have drank this beer all afternoon if it wouldnt put me on the pavement. luckily I work 5 minutes from the place and I plan to visit again this week.

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Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass, shared with my father for Father's Day.

The beer pours a murky, deep brown color, hues of burgundy with a fizzy brown head that vanishes instantly leaving no film or lace behind. The aroma is of rich black cherry, soft, luscious bourbon, slight vanilla and oak with some dark chocolate finding its way around as well. The flavors are a bit more expansive, but a little less balanced, lots of cherry, charred wood, bourbon, tobacco, spices, toffee, chocolate, a touch of vanilla and wood, but lots of rich, malted grain. The body is rich, thick, coats the mouth well, low carbonation that finishes quite smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice take on Adam, a really solid Old Ale as it is, but one that might have a little too much going on. It has lots of components from the base beer, the cherries and the barrels, but none of them really seem to meld together in harmony. I enjoyed sipping this over the course of nearly an hour, and would do so again, but I'm not convinced this is a better version than the base beer.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip at the tasting room - 2012 bottle

Deep, dark viscous pour with a slight dark bing cherry hue. Thin bubbling of head comes up and fades out completely with little lacing or film. Decent legs as I swirl the beer around.

Incredibly potent and rich scents of toasted oak with a soft char and juicy cherries soaked in bourbon. Hints of smoke and leather with vanilla and continued warmth.

Truly luxurious right from the get-go with decadent bourbon barrel notes laced with cherries and dark fruit skin. Hints of burnt sugar and oak with complex layering of dark malts that envelop the tongue. My taste buds continue to soar with residual vanilla notes from the barrel and hints of smoke and leather from the base beer. Finishes with more syrupy cherry and alcohol warmth.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, creamy, velvety and soft on the tongue. I've been waiting about 3 years to try this and it completely lived up to (or blew away) my expectations. One of the best beers I've encountered to date.

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Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark but slightly transparent brown ruby tinged black. The head is a laced brown and lingers.

S: Two aromas jump out immediately, chocolate and cherries. Very interesting and unique.

T: Cherries on the front of the flavors. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, and chocolate are next. It finished from the heat from the bourbon/ABV.

M: Very heavy body with some (maybe too little) carbonation.

O: Good not great. This beer IMO, is over-hyped.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  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.

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Photo of pschul4
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Fall 2012
Riedel tulip

***800th BA Review, special thanks to Exitmusic00 for this one***

A: Pours a really deep dark black color. No light getting through here. Initially about a half finger of tight bubbles bottle conditioned head. It's a light tan color. There was actually a light hint of pinkish red in the head. Head did linger and leave a nice collar. Some alcohol feet. Not a lot of lacing sheeting.

S: Awesome nose here. Cherries. Tobacco. Leather. Vanilla. Oak. Musky basement. Some complex.

T: Hints if cherry up front, right in the tip if the tongue you get that tartness. Then you push into the malt bill. Pulling hints of tobacco and leather. Sweetness too, possibly still from cherries. There is some really soft vanilla from the barrel aging. Hints of dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Long finish. Like other HotD brews, so much going on!

M: Full bodied. But the carbonation that's there help clear the palate. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.91/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got bottles of the 2012 and 2011 as a surprise from Claaark13. You were right. This HotD night wouldn't have been complete without these. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Drank the 2012 and 2011 back to back. Review is for the 2012 with comparisons to the 2011. Had also had a regular Adam and Adam from the Wood in the same session.

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent brown and produces a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly ring. Sits dark brown in the glass, almost black, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A muddy seal brown is perhaps the most accurate color description. A faint ring remain until the end, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Head is a little less impressive than the regular Adam, but body is much the same.

SMELL: Cherry heavy for sure. Some bourbon and oak in there, but the cherry is definitely the start of the show. Adam from the Wood had a touch of cherry in there already, so this is a couple steps beyond that. The 2011 had less cherry and more of the oak and bourbon, making for a better balanced and more interesting nose.

TASTE: Lots of cherry with some barrel flavors as well. This is bourbon barrel + cherry for sure. Milder but lingering finish of cherry, vanilla, coconut and oak from the bourbon barrels, as well as some light leather notes. A little more interesting than the nose. The 2011, much like the nose, had very little cherry flavor and, thus, a much stronger bourbon barrel presence.

PALATE: Similar to Adam from the Wood, though lighter on the palate. Medium body, not quite as much weight as expected, and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bit of heat and burn after the swallow. Finishes somewhat mouth coating. Decent, but could use some more weight. The 2011 must have had some carbonation issues as it was almost flat.

OVERALL: This was my least favorite of the night. I found the cherry a little too dominant in the 2012 bottle, which somewhat overwhelmed my palate. I actually preferred the more balanced and bourbon barrel forward 2011 version, though I'm not sure if that was a batch difference, a result of aging, or a combination of both. However, the relatively flat feel of the 2011 kind of ruined that one for me as well. In the end, I was happy to try these, especially side-by-side, but it's not one I'd go after again. Much preferred the regular Adam and Adam from the Wood. Cheers again for all the stuff Claaark13. This was a piss load of fun!

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Photo of thegoon55
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

A- pours black with a red tint, light tan head.

S- cherry up front, smells funky, different than any beer I've ever had. Smells complex, but not a big fan.

T- cherry up front, followed by a hint of bourbon and vanilla, tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden. Impressed by the taste.

M- average, medium body, good carbonation

O- interesting beer, one I was glad too try.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. A hard pour gave it a nice dark tan colored head that came almost all the way to the top of the glass. The liquid itself is dark brown with nice amber highlights. Little bits of lacing on the edge of the glass, but nothing too crazy.

Smell is great, pretty complex. Sweet grains, cherries, molasses, brown sugar, definitely some dates/raisin aromas, finished off with some hints of vanilla and wood.

Taste is a slight step up, all of the aroma characteristics, but everything is slightly intensified. Grain, brown sugar, date/raisin flavors in particular jump out a little stronger. Starts off super sweet from the brown sugar. The sweetness continues from the cherries, but then the cherries provide the slightest tart flavor too. Nice sweetness from the vanilla at the end.

The mouthfeel is really good, full bodied, great carbonation level and super clean. Smooth the whole way through. Complex and so flavorful that the 10% alcohol is very well hidden. Stoaked to have been able to have a bottle of this all on my own.... Super delicious!

Thanks Greg, you're the man!

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Photo of jegross2
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon. Cherry Adam is Hair Of The Dog's Adam old ale aged with black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.
Score: 96

Fall 2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/08/13. A major thanks and shout out to Kevin Fujii for hooking me up with this long time want!

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a thin layer of tan head with a reddish hue that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention. The color on this beer is quite intriguing. 3.75/5

Smell: The cherry and sherry qualities really shine in the nose, as does a prune-like smell. There is also a much more subtle and "balanced" bourbon aroma present as well, imparting vanilla, molasses, cocoa/chocolate, oak and a little toffee and faint dark fruit too. If your nose approaches the glass as just the right angle, these bourbon-based complexities really shine. There is also an extremely faint "smoke" quality in the aroma -- in substantially lesser quantum than what was present in Adam or Adam From The Wood. The mixture of the bourbon, sherry, cherry and prune in the nose make for a wonderfully complex experience. You could smell this beer all day and be continuously dazzled by how dynamic the aroma can be based on temperature and where your nose is positioned relative to the glass. As it warms up, the bourbon characters become more prominent and there cherry gets a little more "medicinal" -- but akin to the aroma of Deschutes' The Dissident or New Glarus' Belgian Red, as opposed to New Glarus' Thumbprint Cherry Stout. Maybe medicinal is not the proper term, as it carries such a negative connotation, and the cherry aroma here really works. 4.5/5

Taste: Initially, the bourbon flavors shine more than anticipated in light of the nose. Molasses, vanilla, cherry and prune. There's some slightly tannic sweetness and alcoholic warmth on the palate in the finish. There is substantially more dark fruit on the palate than the nose led on as well. The beer is sweet on the tongue, but it does not finish sweet -- lending to drinkability. As it warms up, a "bourbon-infused cherry" flavor with a nice subtle vanilla backbone grows. Some toffee flavor is present too. The bourbon-based flavors (molasses, etc) and a little bit of dark fruit and sherry defines the finish. There is a nice red grapey sherry flavor throughout. I am not detecting any smokiness whatsoever. This beer is admittedly a little hot fresh, but it is still so darn tasty! The finish is pretty crisp, with only a faint, non-sweet pruney-cherry flavor lingering for more than a second or two after the swallow. I am frankly shocked by how balanced the beer finishes in light of it's sweet qualities. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with minimal carbonation. This one has a real nice viscosity. A little sweet on the palate, but the sweetness totally dissipates with the swallow. Slightly creamy, slightly sticky on the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: Hot fresh, but complex and delicious. Loaded with bold, boozy flavors here. Can't wait to revisit this batch in a year!

Recommendation: Seek a couple of bottles of this out; it's awesome.

Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to snifter.

A -Poured black with a very small amount of medium brown head. Carbonation appears low.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front with plenty of sweet cocoa, molasses and smoke. There is a very light tart cherry aroma in the background.

T - Bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla come through from the barrels. The mid palate adds sweet cocoa, molasses and smoke. The finish is slightly tart with chocolate covered cherry flavours. A hint of tobacco is present as well. Great integration of the base beer and the barrel.

M - Medium body with a huge chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle shared with other BAs at the HotD Tasting Room on 19 Jan 13. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown with nice plum colored highlights. A small head recedes immediately.

S: Cherry sweetness is on the forefront and the barrel really shines through as well. Oak and caramel malts add the the complexity. Very attractive aroma.

T: Cherry forward with the barrel perfectly complimenting the sweetness. Natural cherry flavor is perfect and the oak, caramel malt, and vanilla all come together for a well-balanced beer. Smooth bourbon as it finishes.

M: Adequate carbonation for a HotD beer, medium-bodied, smooth.

O: Takes Adam to another level. Each flavor compliments the others and make this a must have.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear amber when pouring, black in the glass, one finger deep tan head that doesn't last.

S-Oak, bourbon, cherries and dark fruits.

T-Starts with bourbon and oak notes, followed by tart cherries and interesting combination. Caramel and molasses, wee bit of chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, tad syrupy, not much carbonation.

O-The combination of cherries and bourbon was cool, liked it but didn't blow me away.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle. 3 months of age.

A - cola colored, some deep red on edges. 1 finger of brown/ reddish head.

S - bourbon, raisins/dark fruits, cherry.

T - bourbon, cherry, oak, dried prunes. Very sweet.

M - moderate carb., good for the style. Medium mouthfeel.

Much better than the last bottle I had (zero carbonation). Will hold on to my 2nd one for a year or so.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark brown in color with a brown ring sitting on top with a very thin head and left very small bubbles of lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of sweetness consisting of molasses, toffee hints of caramel a little booze underlying cherries and signs of vanilla. The cherries were more prominent on the palate with great molasses toffee sweetness, a little caramel, some dark fruit and a little booze. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy and semi chewy finish. Great beer glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, an amazing beer. Pours a near opaque black cherry color with a very small head the color of cherry flesh. Deep aroma packed with cherry, bourbon, vanilla, oak, fudge, raisins and figs.

So tasty; plenty of sweet malt, Chocolate fudge, various dark fruits. Plentiful barrel character; vivid bourbon, vanilla, and oak that never overpowers any of the other flavor notes and never feels hot or boozy.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, coating and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This is just crazy good, delicious, and so much fun to drink. Thanks to trystero for a great trade.

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Photo of draheim
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Cap comes off with a satisfying pffft! Oh good, carbonation. Pours a deep murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that gradually settles to a thin bubbly film and collar.

Aroma is rich and complex. Tart cherries, rum-soaked tobacco, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A lot going on here, all of it good.

Taste follows nose. Sour cherries, sweet malt, and smoky bourbon combine in a swirling symphony of flavor. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, warm booze, sticky candied fruits. Just a hint of dry red wine. I'm going to give this a 5. Oh yes. It's that tasty.

Interestingly, as the beer warms, the sour cherry quality fades in both the aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel is spot-on; smooth and velvety. Good carbonation hits the palate just right. Medium to full bodied, a little sticky with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an undeniably delicious, complex beer. I wish I had a case of this stuff.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into as snifter. 2011 Vintage. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for sending this my way!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick, almost plum colored cabernet wine-like inky color. Not much foam to speak of, but some transparent bubbles came up. The 2012 version of this was much more appealing considering a better carbonation level was present. A surprising amount of tan froth considering the style and ABV.

(S)- A ridiculously rich aroma. Awesome whiffs of oaky bourbon with sweet toffee and caramel with an even more glorious smell of cocoa covered dark cherries behind it. Its strong, but smells really stinking good. As it warmed, it began to show signs of tobacco and leather in the background as well.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich and sweet profile with decadent cocoa covered dark cherries with a smooth caramel and oaky bourbon notes. As it began to warm up, you can really tell the base beer is still there with the subtle hints of tobacco and leather.

(M)- Flat as a pancake, however for the style, it isnt quite as bothersome as I was expecting it to be. If it had a bit of carbonation, this would be world class. Rich and sweet with those black cherries really providing nice flavors and texture. The 2012 vintage had a much much better feel to it due to a far better carbonation level. Smooth as can be even with a 10% ABV level.

(D)- A sipper for sure. Yes it would help this immensely if this was carbed better, but nonetheless, the smell and flavor of this is really quite unique and spot on for a fantastic old ale. I can see this being a great substitution for a ruby port.
This was a great beer even with quite the low carbonation level, but the 2012 vintage definitely has seemed to fix that. I look forward to seeing what some time does to the 2012's I have left, but this is a fantastic beer no matter the version you get.

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Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mahlik for sending me this bottle. From the recent 2012 release. 12oz into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Black with some brownish hues, nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Bourbon, leather, slight sherry from the barrel, some minor oxidation, oak, mild cherry sweetness.

T: Lightly grapey sherry, soft over-ripened cherries, vanilla, figs, warmth, leather, dark chocolate, a bit oaky, very light acidity, bourbon, burnt caramel.

M: Thick-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: This is a very rich and complex beer. The cherries are quite subtle and are integrated well with the base beer, which I wasn't expecting. It certainly beats the crap out of some of the big name barrel-aged barleywines/old ales out there.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!!!

poured into HotD tulip glass(thanks for the sweet glassware hollis!).

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: blackish brown bodied beer that has a thin layer of dark red head that drops down to no head.

Smell: big notes of tart cherries, oak and bourbon! Leathery with hint of earthy smoke.

Taste: cherry and bourbon forward beer. Tart and slightly sweet black cherries colliding with sweet rich oaky bourbon. Vanilla, leather, molasses, and tobacco. Finishes with a touch more bourbon, chocolates, and dark fruits. This beer is very well balanced and has a nice level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This beer has just a hint of warming booziness that couples with a vinous note. This beer looks to be flat, but the carbonation seems to come to life as it passes over your toungue. This beer is really well carbonated.

Overall: I think that I like this better than Adam from the Wood. I love it when brewers can take a beer thats already world class(Adam) and make it something special by putting it into barrels! HotD is no doubt a genius when it come to making really unique beers! I love how you still know you are drinking Adam, but with bourbon and cherries. Its nothing but stright up flawless execution by HotD on brewing & barrel aging this beer.

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.