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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

708 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 899
Gots: 151 | 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:
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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4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 Vintage.

Appearance: Black as night with a sheen of red around the rim. Half a finger of tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Nice alcohol legs and tons of lacing.

Smell: bourbon, brown sugar, brandy, cherry, cranberry, rich tart but sweet fruit.

Taste: tip of the tongue is bourbon soaked cherries drizzled with chocolate. Little bit of heat from the alcohol adds depth rather than detracting. Middle of the tongue is fruity desert white wine, Oaky finish from the barrels. Really fresh bourbon throughout.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Not unduly carbonated.

Overall: Would've liked some more complexity on the nose. However. the taste is awesome and highlights the bourbon and the cherry flawlessly.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FalconA for sharing!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a little purple mixed in with a small bubbly head that reduces quickly leaving little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly smoky, with some cherry and dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence as well.

T: Wow, very rich. More cherry and dark fruits mixed with some chocolate, vanilla, oak, leather, and tobacco. There is a bit of smoke as well.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, no issues with the newest batch. The abv is well hidden.

O: Fantastic. Would be great to reapproach this beer with a little age on it or alongside Aftw. The alcohol is nice and warming but doesn't rear its head and drinks surprisingly smooth for a 10% beer.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2012 vintage.

A: Creamy cherry tinted head that eventually recedes. Blackened body. Great legs.

N: Hints of cherry, loads of vanilla, honey, bourbon, oak, coconut, leather and smoke. Good grief. Smells like Adam from the Wood.

T: Deep, rich and full. Cherry, oak, alcohol, smoke, baker’s chocolate. Honey and vanilla. Lots of bourbon tones. Leather and earth. Rich and complex. The cherry is an overtone here rather than the star and it works.

M: Heavy with pronounced alcohol. Normal for Adam.

O: Well this is a pleasant surprise. More like Adam from the Wood with cherry than Cherry Adam, and as such, the best of the 4 vintages.

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3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry Adam from the Wood 2011

This beer has been a long time want for me. Glad I was able to finally try it.

Adam pours a VERY dark brown/black that shows ruby edges in the light. Absolutely no carbonation. Still as water. Aromas of sugary malt, oak, figs, raisins, black cherry, alcohol. Whoa! Fantastic and complex nose here.

The flavors are intricate and excellent. Brown sugar, bourbon, slightly sweet cherries, alcohol, plums, raisins, figs, oak, sweet red wine (a note form the cherries and oak I suppose). Big, bold flavors all over the place. Ethanol is present from start to finish but provides the only relief from an insanely sweet beer. The flavors are explosive. For something this complex, it's easy to pick out seperate flavors.

It's all been roses to this point. Let's talk about mouthfeel. This is one of the oiliest beers I've ever come across. Medium to full bodied and oily as hell on the tongue. Clings to your mouth, slick on the tongue. The fact that this beer is entirely flat really hurts the overall drinking experience. I'm not asking for a luxurious head here but some bubbles to lighten the mouthfeel and break up the overpowering sweetness would certainly be appreciated.

Cherry Adam is an excellent beer that I'd happily drink 5 oz of at any point. I'll never turn this one down.

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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with some red and purple mixed in and a thin bubbly layer of purplish head. The head fades very quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, black cherries, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of black cherries with some caramelized malts, vanilla, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through with some more caramelized and residual sugars and a touch of chocolate. The finish is a mix of black cherries, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, caramelized sugars, a bit of brown sugar and other dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The barrel aging and the cherries really add some great complexity and depth to the beer.

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4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-review based on the 2011 vintage. A big thanks to ramnuts for this.

I've had this several times, but over the past 3-4 months, this beer has really started to shine. The tobacco is in balance with a great cherry sweetness, sherry and leather are suggestive of oxidation, and the bourbon barrels leave a great, lingering caramel residue.

The ONLY thing that this beer suffers from is somewhat thin mouthfeel (tending toward watery in the finish). But its carbonation, while low, is just perfect. The flavors and aromas are superlative. I think 2011 is hitting its peak.

I also want to add that I think the 2009 vintage has fallen off and continues to do so. I opened a magnum a few months ago and, while I enjoyed it, I found that the flavors were no longer as sharp or balanced as they once were. While Adam can age very well, I feel that this treatment, and Matt, do not have the same longevity (2 years at the outside).

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Re-review of the 2009 vintage. I finally had a couple of bottles in a row that were less than outright amazing. This beer has been knocked off its perfect 5.0 pedestal, though it was perched there for a long time.

I had this next to Firestone 14 and Melange No. 3.

The main things that changed are the smell and taste. The beer is on the sweet sipper side of things now; less emphasis on tobacco, smoke, and leather. More emphasis on cherry, dark fruits (raisins), bourbon. It's oaky in the mid-taste, but there isn't much astringency in the finish. It's not bad, but that hearty balance I loved for over a year has tipped slightly toward a side that is less impressive.

I am confident that when it ages, it will improve. Adam tends to become more tobacco- and leather-oriented with age, and if those qualities are strengthened in this beer, it will recapture the balance that I loved before. I'm interested in seeing where the beer goes.

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Original comments:

Out of 4 bottles, I've only had 1 bottle that was flat (not low carbonation -- flat). And I still enjoyed that enough to give it a 4.95. I am confident in giving this a perfect 5.0. I can't think of many other beers that I enjoy more and would rather have in my collection. Thanks to largadeer for #4 (though I guess I didn't really give him a choice).

A huge thanks to ramnuts for making so many bottles of this possible. You are way too generous, Frank.

A: Very dark, nearly opaque. Pours a murky, ruddy cola color with translucent honey edges. A short-lived tan cap is generated, but it dies almost instantly, leaving a scattered, broken film on the brew with a thin collar. Expected for an old ale of this ABV.

S: Sweet Jesus. So delicious. Cherry, oak. Tobacco, leather, smoke, chocolate. Plums and a general dark fruit character. Bourbon.

T: An amazingly balanced delivery of the aromas I picked up. Cherry is stronger than last year's, with a noticeable tartness that defines an undercurrent of flavor. Smoke is quite noticeable throughout, too; along with tobacco and leather, some of the best defining flavors of the base Adam. Bourbon and tannins are very light in the taste. There's a sweet, port-like grape/raisin and plum component that is especially strong near the end, where smoke bursts out again. The finish is dry.

M: It has low carbonation; it forms softly and slowly after the pour, and retains poorly. But it's there, and it adds just a touch of prickle to the semi-dry, supple body. It works very well with the tobacco flavors near the finish. There's a light, pleasant warmth, but pretty much no heat.

D: I have a hard time seeing how this beer can get any better. It's ready to drink now, and it's an outstanding experience. I had no trouble finishing a full 12oz bottle, and the price is a steal (to me). This might be my favorite beer.

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.