1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Cherry Adam From The WoodCherry Adam From The Wood

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

731 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 731
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 905
Gots: 161 | FT: 21
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 731 | Reviews: 260 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of seanwhite
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of gpawned
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sjstraub
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of nharres
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MordorMongo
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of pixieskid
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ijaap
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of dunix
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gueuzegossage
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerBaron
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of GRBrew
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tobelerone
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sweemzander
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of Etan
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.