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

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586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.37%


Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% 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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Auracom

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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."

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 17:00:18 | More by Auracom
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:40:17 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Steasy66

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:50:19 | More by Steasy66
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 05:28:53 | More by pmarlowe
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 03:50:29 | More by oline73
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 00:24:34 | More by Reagan1984
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claaark13

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:05:33 | More by claaark13
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afksports

New York

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Thomas for opening this 2011 bottle about a year after it was released.

The appearance is thick and sticky. Murky deep reddish purple. It smells of cherries and alcohol, but also dark fruit, sugar, and caramel.

It tastesround, sweet, but balanced and clean. Sugar with a extremely good malt character, and enough alcohol presence to match the style (Old Ale) and alcohol (10% by volume). Dark fruits, plums, and sugar candy with raisins. Truly a fantastic drinker, and this bottle sadly kicked almost as soon as it was poured.

Said shortly, it was devoured. Overall an awesome beer. Cherry Adam from the Wood: you have redeemed my faith in Hair of the Dog!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 22:04:06 | More by afksports
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pigc

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Bgramer for this extra...

A - Pours pitch black with very little or no head. Minimal carbonation bubbles around edge of glass.

S - Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, dark brown sugar.

T - Starts out with a smooth bourbon flavor followed by a faint hint of cherries, molasses and brown sugar. Very smooth finish.

M - Surprisingly thin for a 10% abv beer. Seems to be lacking in carbonation.

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one. I had pretty high expectations that may have been let down a bit although this is a very good beer. The cherries seem to keep this beer from being overly sweet and cloying. Could use a bit more carbonation as this is borderline flat.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 02:31:00 | More by pigc
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bitterbeerguy

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to JohnGalt1 for this incredible brew as part of a truly outstanding trade! Vintage 2011.

Pours a color that looks like black cherry puree. Essentially no carbonation to this one. Just a little murky- almost has an eerie color to it in all honesty.

Nose is superb. WOW. Such delicate notes hidden beneath the main cherry smell. Hints of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, and oak aging. The cherry really reminded me of black cherry ice cream from when I was a kid.

Then came the flavor- where to begin. First off, this was served at about 45-50 degrees, which is the way to go. Second, served in a glass with some room for the flavors to show up- also the way to go. Black cherry with touches of oak and bourbon. Such a warming flavor. I was thinking I would be disappointed without the carbonation, but that had to be done on purpose because it let the flavors of the cherry shine through.

Seldom does a brew catch my attention like this. I want more, but we will see how that goes:)

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:11:28 | More by bitterbeerguy
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iadler

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to googzoid10 for a couple bottles. 2011 vintage.

A- Pours a murky dark brown with dark red highlights. A few bubbles pop up, but it's clear this has no carbonation.

S- The aroma upfront is similar to red wine with dark berries including cherries, blackberries as well as red grapes, plumb and raisins. Wet leather, wood, toffee, Vanilla and coconut follow after which reminds me of sherry, though the bottle doesn't state it was aged in sherry casks? Very complex and inviting aroma nonetheless.

T- Cherry is much more upfront in the taste with plenty of dark berries that is similar to a fruit forward vinaigrette with a sweet and slightly tart taste with notes of blueberry, raspberry and cherries. Toffee and coconut are present with and a hint of roasted malt and bourbon heat at the finish.

M- No carbonation and a syrupy body that finishes a bit sweet. The lack of carbonation doesn't hurt the beer too much and works for the style, though it makes me feel like I'm drinking wine more than beer.

O- This beer is extremely complex and really well balanced. The cherry presence works very well with the base beer. No carbonation, but still a truly unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:03:22 | More by iadler
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second release bottle, if I'm not mistaken, 12 oz., poured in to a tulip. Only the faintest hiss upon the loosening of the cap.

Appearance: A little disappointing, but perhaps not unexpected with the minimum of fanfare that accompanied the opening of the cap on this one. A relatively rapid pour yields naught in suds and less in terms of a collar or surface lace, and subsequent swirls and dips yield legs more fitting to a glass of wine than a beer. That being said, I'm aware that what's in my glass is a 10% abv old ale aged with fruit in barrels that's been sitting in my cellar for over two years. Did I expect two inches of billowing, cloud-like wonder? No, but something a little more vivacious than this would have been nice.

Aroma: Now that's more like it. A very mellow, lightly fruity aroma that doesn't quite jump out at your right away but instead sits right at the edge of your nose, teasing, tingling, dancing right out of reach. As it warms, it gets a little friendlier, more sweet and less fruity, showcasing some glorious barrel sugar notes, toasted coconut and a lot of vanilla, and some dark toffee and cocoa. Bourbon dances just out of reach of the whole thing, almost filling in the blanks at times, never really showcasing more than an ankle. Never harsh, estery, or hot, this is one very well-rounded nose.

Taste: Phenomenal, and a step up over the nose. What a smooth, robust, varied, flavorful sensory experience. Sweetness and fruit at the tip of the tongue - dates, plums, raisins, the obvious cherries, as well as toffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses - give way to a slew of other notes, ranging from potent vanilla to chalky hints of wood. The bourbon here is a little more prominent, but it's a relative prominence - it's still mild, sweet, earthy, and almost lacking entirely in spice. It is lacking entirely in heat and abrasiveness, though not in pungency and power, which keeps it from becoming cloying (normally the problem when there isn't a balancing spice/bitterness to a sweet body).

The cherries are interesting. I can't really tell black cherries from any other type of cherry, and the depth and "darkness" of the fruit notes here isn't likely due to the type of cherry and instead due to the malts inherent in Adam (a great beer, for the record) and the age on the bottle. All that said, the cherries certainly add to it - there's a refreshing, bright(er, again, relatively) tart note both at the tip and at the finish of every sip. And with regard to that finish, it's fantastic - lingering, and replete with mildly snappy cherry, chocolate, mellow bourbon warmth, and dark toffee. Simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, slippery, and working surprisingly well with the flavor components here. The carbonation is almost nil, but what is here keeps the thick base beer from becoming too fat and heavy, though I imagine a little bit more (and maybe it had that little bit a year or two ago) would have emphasized the brightness and tartness of the cherries a little more.

Drinkability: Why were there only 12 oz. of this? I've heard there are problems with the 2011 batch that the 2009 batch didn't experience, and I'm grateful that I was able to experience this one as it was intended. The 10% is felt but not sensed (also perhaps the result of an empty stomach), which definitely contributes to the drinkability of this one. I'd certainly like to try this one alongside regular Adam from the Wood (though I understand it that that one spends significantly more time barrel-side) to see what influence the cherries have on this one, though I'm happy to read in to their influence wherever I can here.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 04:44:19 | More by CrellMoset
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PlinyTheKid

California

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy. Absolutely no head, no lacong.... No carbonation either. I can literally count the number of bubbles in the glass. I believe the 2011 batch must be flat. Has strong cherry and oak notes on the nose. Only a very tiny amount of carbonation on the mouth. Beyond sweet. Strong cherry flavor is present. Oaky after taste and a malty finish. I don't know what to expect to age the 2011 but I'm sure it will need more time for this to settle. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 06:52:12 | More by PlinyTheKid
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Apex, Portland, OR

This bottle of the '11 batch traveled home with me from Portland (along with some of its friends). After chilling for about 30 minutes, I poured this into a Kasteel chalice. Thick, dark brown / bloody maroon, with no head to speak of, just a few stray bubbles around the rim. I would liked to have seen a little head on this, but considering the ABV and the contents, I guess it's just not possible. Aroma heavy with black cherries, raisins, chocolate, booze, bourbon-soaked oak. Taste was equally as big, with a strong boozy sensation right up front, followed by a massive infusing of cherries covered in dark chocolate. Enter mid-palate: raisins and dried fruits, grape skins and sherry, following by a drowning bourbon sensation complimented by the barrel oak. I was surprised at the longevity of the dark chocolate taste. Smooth and heavy mouthfeel, full-bodied; booze is tasted and felt. Well-crafted and delicious!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:25:17 | More by Rifugium
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billab914

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color and very still looking in the glass.

The aroma has big malty, dark fruit presence to it with notes of caramel, brown sugar, plum and dark cherry. I get some woody, vanilla flavors and some boozy bourbon to it that mixes in very well. Great aroma to it overall, very nice range and relative balance to it.

The taste starts out with more of the sweet, malty, fruity flavors. Towards the finish more caramel and brown sugar starts to come out to mix with the oaky, vanilla and bourbon flavors. The dark fruit and cherry flavors are there throughout, but really linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and heavy with carbonation being almost non-existent. Overall it was a very good beer. The cherries and barrel aging really added some nice depth and complexity to it that I really liked. It did feel a little overly sweet and syrupy though at times which prevented it from being a really world class beer to me. A little more balance and just a little carbonation would have gone a long way.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:05:30 | More by billab914
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by sweemzander. 2001 release.

Dark plum purple. No head no lace. Looks like we got a flat one here folks. Super rich bourbon soaked black cherries. Wet barrel wood and hint of playdough. Flavors are bit more subdued. Modest bourbon, cherry, wood and a touch of playdough in the finish. Flat lifeless body. This could have been world class if not for the carn issue.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 21:26:31 | More by beerwolf77
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, finally out of work for a week off for holidays. What better way to celebrate than an awesome beer like this. Thanks a ton to oregone for providing this morsel.

A super aggressive pour reveals that this is completely void of all carbonation, so no head forms at all, and the thick syrupy beer plops in to the tulip, rising up around the sides as I swirl and running long legs back down the sides, resisting movement quite a bit like the thickness of mercury, but as black wet tar, sucking in all light around it.

The nose is explosive though, loads of syrupy sweet dark malts just erupt, huge heavy crystal malts, roasted barley, black patent, carafa, etc. It has a big super dark aroma like it's sucking the light from my nostrils even. Syrupy sweetness is encasing this as well, like pure syrup, maybe a bit of caramel, vanilla, molasses, loaded malts and maybe malt extract even. A hint of baker's chocolate wants to sneak through and keeps trying. Eventually fruits make their way in, mostly darker fruits like a light fig, but there is a hint of Balotin cherry. there is also a bit of a boozy like aroma, and a hint of brandy. Reminds me a lot of one of the big imperial stouts, but I can't remember which one.

Taste, I can't wait... is not as dark as I expected. From the nose I was almost expecting an imperial stout, although this has the malt heaviness to get there, just much less on dark malts. Syrupy as my pancakes when I was 7, thick and malty, and quite sweet. The sweetness really dominates, sweet flavors with that, pure syrup, molasses, hint of caramel, almost chewy, and I kinda feel like I have to chew it just to get it down. More malty flavors kick in behind the sweetness and in front of the fruits, a light toffee and nutty almost flavor, hint of roast. This time more of the brandy like flavors come out, like a bit of booze, hint of bourbon, that brings fruity flavors with it. The fruits come with some boozy fruits, brandy soaked raisin and fig, and this time more dark cherry flavor. Not a huge typical cherry, more like a black cherry that you get from flavored booze, etc. A slight oak and some vanilla flavors as well as hint of baker's chocolate, that help to round it all off. A very slight acidic burnt roast flavor comes through, brushing on acrid but never going overboard. The finish comes with a bit of bitterness probably from the roasted malts, a sticky syrupy mouth that isn't quite as sticky as I expected and dries a bit, more fruits, cherry, vanilla, molasses, and sweet malts galore.

Mouth is quite thick and syrupy, coats everything and sticks mostly, but the carbonation is so low, I think it's pulling CO2 out of the air just to bring it back to 0. A very slight alcohol burn comes through on the throat, like a good whisky, but he sweetness overpowers and overbalances the initial booze.

Overall quite good, but lack of carbonation is a bit iffy. It drinks very well for being 10%, smooth. Lots of great malt flavors, nice fruits, dark everything, a bit too sweet IMO but I won't hold that against it since that's what it was going for and I don't usually have anything sweet. The syrupy feel is Ok but maybe just a bit too much as well, but then again it's no Dark Lord. if this had even a little bit of carbonation it would be out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:17:18 | More by jlindros
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with basically no head present. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, cherry, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, massive cherry, subtle wood, and a hint of sherry. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the pour of this one I was quite worried that I wouldn't like it too much. However, the aroma and flavor really pulled through on this one. Despite it tasting pretty much flat, it was still quite drinkable and tasty. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one and hopefully I will get to do so again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:25:36 | More by thagr81us
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a purplish reddish brown. No head. Looks great otherwise. Other than being flat it looks awesome.
Smells cherry heavy and bourbony and sweet. Very nice aroma.
Tastes sweet and cherry heavy. I actually wish i had opened this sooner. Not really well carbonated but overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:41:44 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies.2nd time I had it and it gets better each time

A-maroon almost with no head whatsoever

S-wood is definitely prominent and goes down so ssmooth

T-almost tastes like a port mixed with a beer. Maybe sherry?

M-medium body and crazy good

O-wow just wow. No more words

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:41:30 | More by brew3crew
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HovsepJO

California

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at Lucky Baldwins in pasadena ca with a buddy of mine. Luckily someone screwed up with the menu and charged us 20 instead of the 30 it was supposed to be HOORAY lol.

serving type: 2009 bottle

had it in a chimay goblet. The girlfriend thought the bar's name was called chimay because it was on the glass. lol, thought that was pretty funny.

appearance: dark rose/black/brown. but more brown than any other though. didnt see much of a head when poured. Gave this one a ten rating because it looked a lot like wine and i love wine.

smell: amazing smell. sweet wine-y aroma. you can certainly smell the black cherries and the 15 months its been aged in Bourbon and Sherry casks is certainly obvious.

taste: absolutely phenomenal. it tastes much like it smells but 10 times better. you start with an intensely black cherry flavor (may be too sweet for some but not for me) and finish with chocolate and honey that gradually fades away in your mouth.

mouthfeel: gave this its lowest rating because it was very low in carbonation. I would have appreciated a bit more carbonation. BUT, it was extremely rich, bold, and smooth. Barely tasted the alcohol.

Overall: Exxxxceeellllent

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 06:09:58 | More by HovsepJO
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, poured into my brand new Kwak glass!

A-Opaque, dark brown with a little bit of tan head.

S-Boozy with lots of caramel and brown sugar, raisiny with sweet cherries.

T-Brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, raisins, cherries, slight roast kicks in. Pretty heavily boozy, but still very nice.

M-A bit heavy, nicely sweet, the heat lingers.

O-Yes, please.

HV

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:37:33 | More by sholland119
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerz for sharing this one at his bottle share

Look: Dark maroon color to the point that is almost plum colored I would say. Very little head

Smell: The nose is big on cherries and also carries some oak and just a trace of alcohol very nice nose

Taste: Almost mirrors the nose but I actually like the taste a bit more than the nose. The beer has the same flavors of the base beers leather and tobacco and then you add in a nice black cherry flavor and the flavors merry very well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: I do not have much experience with HotD beers but I do love Adam and this one destroys the base beer. The beer is overall solid and was one of my favorites of the night

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:39:35 | More by DarthKostrizer
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with plum hues and a very thin head that immediately fades without a trace of lacing.

Earthy aroma with lots of oak, booze, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak, dark cherry, fig, raisin, plum and bourbon.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a very boost flavor that dominates, slightly overpowering the other flavors. Tons of oak and peaty bourbon folowed by the dark fruit notes. Hints of dark cherry, fig, raisin and currant give sweetness that counters toasted notes from the wood. That being said there is a crazy amount of harsh boozy heat that makes it tough to put down.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 02:23:34 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 offering poured into a HOTD tulip. The cap comes off this 12oz bottle with a slight hiss. Poured directly down the middle of the glass produces no head but a few bubbles make their way to the surface. The brew appears in the glass a hazed deep dark brown. When held to the light, some redness comes out of the brew and lighter brown coloration is seen through the edges. No lacework to speak of but as the brew warms up, some tiny bubbles make their way to the surface and collect around the rim. When the glass is swirled, a viscosity is noted with the legs of alcohol are noted slowly creeping back down to the solution.

The smell of this brew is rich with dark malty sweetness that has some pleasant roasty quality that is matched perfectly by a solid barrel presence. Bourbon mingles with oak and vanilla quality with a bit of fruity aspect. Chocolate scents are evident that when mixed with the vanilla and fruity quality really makes the mouth salivate with thoughts of fudge-like dessert. As the brew warms, some tangy alcohol aspects some forward that mingle with notes of bourbon and this really gets appealing.

The taste is lightly tangy with a mixture of fruited to spirited alcohol meets a bold residual sweetness of chocolate and roasty, slightly smoked quality of malt. There is some earthy quality about this brew that brings forth thoughts of licorice, tobacco and leather just slightly with a citrus-like coffee aspect. There is a solid residual sweetness throughout this brew that might prove distracting for some but I find it to be the perfect compliment to the bold alcohol and roasted quality. The aftertaste is a constant play of flavors ranging from smoked to sweet like fruit and roasted like chocolate all the while the barrel presence is constantly evident with vanilla and oak. An awesome offering straight across the board.

This is a full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. When the bottle was first popped I was a bit let down to not see any head formation. However after sipping the brew, I think it is nearly perfect and doesn't need any more carbonation. The thickness of this brew coats the mouth and lasts with a wonderful aftertaste. The 10% abv is felt in the flavor but not carry with it the expected burning quality due to the wonderful mellowing that took place during the barrel aging. This brew was a seriously enjoyable offering and it is still relatively young. I need to get more of this!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:28:43 | More by stakem
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