Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.33/5 rDev -23.1%
Pours dark brown with a reddish hue. Absolute lack of carbonation or any head as is typical with some HOTD stuff.
A lot of the leather and tobacco that are prominent on the base beer come through on this. Heavy doses of bourbon and an almost port wine like smell. Maybe a bit of cherries, but the booze still smells hot on this one.
Not as hot as the nose would indicate. A little bit of sweet cherry leads off and after the initial sip I was afraid it would be way too sweet. While it is sweet, the bourbon then comes in to cut a little of the sweetness. Dark fruits, leather and tobacco as well.
Absolutely no carbonation, even by HOTD standards and the mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I'd expect from something like this. It's a shame because the flavors are there.
Good flavors, but complete lack of carbonation dooms this one. I like my old ales and stouts on the lowly carbonated side, but this is just ridiculous. It ruins a potentially great beer.
07-23-2012 21:27:32 | More by jmarsh123
3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured into a Deschutes snifter. 2009 vintage.
A - pours a deep brown with a touch of ruby/mahogany. No head what so ever. Like a number of HotD beers, an almost complete lack of carbonation.
S - Sweet and boozy. The aroma is quite potent. The bourbon and sherry blends with the leather and tobacco notes. The cherries leave a touch of sourness. I also detect some oxidation.
T - Luckily the taste is not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. The usual bourbon, tobacco and leather bottles. A very port like flavor. A touch of smoke on the background. The cherries do add a sweet yet sour component to the beer but really doesn't make anything pop.
M - slick, oily mouthfeel with almost no carbonation. Slight sting from the alcohol.
O - One of my least favorite limited releases from HotD. I love Adam from the Wood so I figured the addition of the cherries would make this beer even more fantastic. However, that is not the case. I feel the cherries really didn't bring a whole lot too the table. Three lack of carbonation doesn't help but I should be used to it with HotD beers by now. Also, this was in someone else's possession between 2009-2011. So I'm not exactly sure how it was stored prior to my possession.
07-04-2012 21:13:04 | More by Mahlik
4.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Ugly looking pour for a beer. Honestly looks exactly like red wine: deep, dark purple with red hues. Mild amounts of tiny wine-like bubbles up top. Leaves fingers of lace, not beads.
Super malty aroma infused with cherries and brandy. Not too intense, but it's interesting.
Cherry-soaked malts meet brandy. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Boozy, leathery, caramel, tons of cherries. So much going on here.
A unique and awesome example of American creativity in brewing. One of my absolute favorite beers.
06-30-2012 00:35:53 | More by brystmar
4.3/5 rDev -0.7%
A Pours dark bown/red and has zero head and lacing. Completely opaque in the glass and zero carbonation in the glass. I love the color but no head and carbo hurts the look.
S I can smell it from the pour. Alcohol and tart cherry acidity are in your face upfront. Some musty leather and tobacco are in there as well but tart rules the nose. Very interesting.
T Not nearly as intense as the nose, much more old ale. Sweet malts, sweet cherry,, chocolate, light alcohol kick, molasses, and leather. Theres a TON going on in here. The barrel is there but definitely nicely integrated.
M Heavier side of medium feel on the tongue with no carbonation at all but feels pretty nice. A tiny carbonation would help this but I'm not going to complain much
O Really interesting beer. Lots going on in the nose and taste that makes it one of a kind. The cherries are just enough to add an awesome layer of complexity. Thank you Alan!
06-22-2012 03:02:37 | More by Gushue3
4.05/5 rDev -6.5%
Had right after AFTW. The expectations from this one were lowered so it came as a nice surprise.
Pinkish brown colored, you can tell there's cherries in it. Vanilla, kriek in the aroma. Very inviting.
Medium cherry notes in the taste but what makes it is the intense and awesome dessert wine character... sweet but relatively clean and very decadent. Dark fruit and chocolate. The almost non-existent carbonation works for this beer.
Not quite the same level as Matt but close. Bonus was Ryan's share that I got to drink because he couldn't stand it!
3, 4, 4, 4, 4.5
06-15-2012 12:58:29 | More by tewaris
4.05/5 rDev -6.5%
Thanks for opening this with me, baybassboy!
(Aged for 1 year)
Dark ruby in color, nearly brown, with very little visible carbonation. This leaves dots and thin sheets of lacing down the glass.
Complex aroma, though not quite as complex as Adam from the Wood's surprisingly--though just as good. The oak and dark fruits are present again, along with loads of vibrant, sweet, crushed cherry aroma. Bold and expressive.
The flavor is quite nice, and the added cherries really transform this beer even further. Lots of chocolate, oak, and earth flavors present, along with lots of cherry flavor. My only complaint would be that the cherry flavor seems to add a touch of an acidic quality to the overall drinking experience, though this is still quite delicious.
Medium bodied with very low carbonation.
Very nice, though I significantly preferred Adam from the Wood.
06-12-2012 16:34:21 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev -4.6%
Great share by Jeff, who brought this specifically so we could fill out our Adam horizontal of side-by-side-by-side Adam, Adam FtW, and Cherry Adam FtW. 4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.
A - Pours a very flat, deep-brown with a definite touch of ruby red, Cabernet-looking hue. No head, retention, or lacing. Wine- like alcohol legs.
S - Definitely let this breath to really pull out the port and black cherry notes. Underlying barrel notes of charred oak, roasted grains, and slight bourbon. No significant heat.
T - The cherries are stronger here. Good underlying winter fruit, roasted grains, cocoa, toffee, and espresso.
M - Mightily dry finish, almost no carbonation (needs a bit more). Medium body.
D - It's very unique, the carbonation is really too low here and makes it drink more like a red wine blend. The closest thing I can think of is Arctic Devil, but with the stronger cherry note here I think this stands out a bit. As my good friend Dan says, "you gotta pop that cherry hard."
06-11-2012 17:00:18 | More by Auracom
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev -3%
Bottle thanks to Mac, thanks man.
The look is nice, it's a very dark brown look, brown highlights on the edges, very little lacing.
A hefty dose of black cherries, smokey malts and licorice, blackberries some more cotton candy on top in the nose.
The taste follows the smell, plenty of smoky malts (amazing) and great cherry edge. Seem very nice vinous tastes almost like a big cab to me. Toasted marshmallow, Lots of nice malt.
It feels like a big dark red wine to me, big Cabernet. Very nice.
Overall a very nice brew, the most like a dark red wine I've had to date.
06-09-2012 22:40:17 | More by Dreadnaught33
2.73/5 rDev -37%
3oz pour from bottle into a snifter.
A- Dark brown with purple hues, no head.
S- Bourbon, sweet, boozy.
T- Vicks cough syrup, not my thing
M- Thick, not carbonated
O- Just not my thing, wouldn't drink again. I'm sure its fine if you are into cherries, but I don't care for it.
06-09-2012 05:50:19 | More by Steasy66
District of Columbia
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
2011 vintage. Tulip glass. I've had this a few times now, finally getting around to reviewing a bottle.
A: Pours essentially flat, even after a vigorous pour. A few fizzly bubbles that soon make their way to heaven. Looks purply black. No head, no lacing.
S: Cherry, oak, decadent dark chocolate, a little alcohol.
T: Sweetish black cherry, plum, dark chocolate. Mouthcoating, which makes the finish extremely long. More or less a dessert beer.
M: Thick, syrupy, and mouthcoating with really, really light touch of carbonation. Toeing the line of flat, but enough to salvage what could have been much worse.
O: Really delicious, but unfortunately another HotD beer that could be elevated to phenomenal with just a little carbonation.
05-30-2012 05:28:53 | More by pmarlowe
3.85/5 rDev -11.1%
This was a 2009 bottle poured into my Hunahpu's snifter.
Appearance: The beer pours an opaque mahogany with hardly any head at all. The carbonation that was there initially goes away very quickly. This is a flat beer.
Smell: Sweet and malty with some bourbon heat. I'm definitely getting some cherry along with some caramel and vanilla notes.
Taste: Sweet malt, sweeter than the base beer. Some cherry with some other dark fruit notes as well. Some bourbon, but not much heat at all. Vanilla notes in the background.
Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The beer is flat with a dry finish.
Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I enjoyed the base beer and the regular wood version more. I would have another though.
05-26-2012 03:50:29 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks to Madhombrewer for sending this along in our Opening Day trade. Always a treat to try some special Hair of the Dog. Drinking this one out of my New Belgium tulip glass.
No head at all. If this said Lost Abbey on the label there would be a revolt. You can plainly see there is virtually no carbonation. Looks dark brown and is very glossy.
A touch musty, sweet, boozey. Rum soaked raisins.
Man, this is one sweet beer. I am not sure that I would say cherry right away if I didn’t know. But thinking about it, there is a flavor of the cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper here. The bourbon notes are very soft and rouned. Yeah, the more I make my way through the glass I get it. Black Cherry it is. A perfect after dinner drink. Sit and slowly enjoy. What’s so interesting is that for a brief moment, now and again, I get cocoa. Very subtle, but there. The wood provides a depth here but nothing in your face.
Indeed, this beer has one or two bubbles of carbonation… and that might be exaggerating. Lays heavy on your tongue and is slick. The sweetness is accentuated by the lack of bubbles.
So this beer says a great deal about the hype and screaming on BA. This is no more flat than a couple of the big Lost Abbey beers, but nobody mentions this as an issue. Frankly for some of their beers and this one I don’t mind at all. This is a great beer and one to savor. Thanks MadHombrewer.
05-20-2012 00:24:34 | More by Reagan1984
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
Jedwards nails it again. Poured at cellar temp into a HF tulip. 2011 vintage.
A - Dark brown with a noticeable red hue. No head. Slight amount of bubbles around the side. Sticks well to the glass.
S - Cherries, slight oak and some caramel. Slight amount of booze come through. The aroma makes me think more of a brandy barrel than a bourbon barrel.
M - Cherries, chocolate, toffee, slight sweetness, slight heat in the far finish. The chocolate and cherries really come through strong after the first sip. Hints of raisins. The barrel is present, but I still would believe it is a brandy instead of a bourbon barrel.
M - Thickerside of medium. Feels good, but there is no carbonation. The style is the only reason I'll rate this as highly. Like Bourbon Fred, I think the lack of carbonation makes this beer better.
O - Great beer. Fantastic tasting sipper. The flavors on this are so good. Almost....almost too good.
05-12-2012 01:05:33 | More by claaark13
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.