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

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 900
Gots: 150 | FT: 13
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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Bendurgin

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this one from Grant. Awesome, thanks again pal. 2009 bottle split this one with Andy for his 200th review. Poured into a tulilp. This one pours a nice violete color with just a little bit of foam that settles down. The color on this is simply amazing though.

Boozey on the aroma but that doesn't even matter. You really get smacked in the face right away with a ton of sherry. Notes of caramel and sweet dark cherries really come to mind in the aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Oaky notes with a sweet cherry finish. Hints of butterscotch and toffee are subtle in the background. The sherry really adds some sweetness to this. The sweetness is really nice, it doesn't seem artificial or out of place.

Really a thick robust body on this here. Full and sticky with very low soft carbonation. I'd like a little more from the carbonation, but this is still amazing. Overall an incredibly unique beer. Probably the most enjoyable beer with a dominant sweet prescence. A little boozey, but it's not the most aggressive that I've had. I could see how this could be too sweet after a while, so split your bottles with a friend gang.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:30:08 | More by Bendurgin
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, out of my Harpoon Tulip

A- No head what so ever. The beer itself is a blackish ruby color. It almost looks like a very dark red wine. No carbonation or lacing.

S- Smells nice. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. It smells creamy in a way that is reminicent of Bourbon County Stout.

T- Smooth at first, which is soon taken over by cherry and sherry flavors. A nice complex blend of bourbon, vanilla, and oak soon become evident. Very tasty.

M- Flat as any flat beer I've ever had. The body and complexity are great, but it could have used a touch of carbonation.

O- A very unique and tasty beer. I've been waiting to try this for a while, and it totally my style of beer. If this had a little carbonation and head, it could be near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:29:43 | More by Gfunk720
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GhettoFabulous

California

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 2011 cherry adam from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. The color is extremely enticing - a dark smoky aura with an amber undertone. There is little carbonation at all, which I was expecting, but is nonetheless off-putting. This smells of dark fruit and has so many wonderful aromas I'm having a tough time picking them out.

The first taste of this beer floods your palette with a wide array of flavors - sherry, hops, dark cherry, slight smokiness and only a hint of bourbon, which is surprising given this has spent over a year in a bourbon barrel. The next sip still pleasant but not quite as good now that the newness has worn off.

There is so many great things going on this beer and it is very well balanced. The wild and complex flavors blend together nicely. The only thing missing is carbonation which I suspect would turn this great beer into one of the very best. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but the lack of carbonation gives it a slightly unpleasant mouthfeel that is only negated by the amazing flavors. You can't help to wonder how much these flavors would sing if there was more carbonation to bring them out of the mix.

Overall a fine offering that shows HotD really knows how to nail complex and adventurous beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:01:15 | More by GhettoFabulous
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

A: Poured a sluggish, murky very dark brown with no carbonation at all. No bubbles, nada.

S: Loads of tobacco, leather, smoke, dark fruits. heat was not to bad but the cherry is all but faded away.

T: Good. Followed the nose very well. Upfront was leather, smoke, dark fruits, booze in the middle, not much cherry going on, wood and Earthiness. Bourbon was still hanging around but very tame.

M: Hearty beer. Big body. Lots of flavor.

O: Good

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:38:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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Beerenauslese

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying bottles of the 2008 and 2011 at the Hair of the Dog. According to Wendy, the percentages for both are 13.5% (higher than the labels). I'll review these vintages side by side.

'08: Body is dark reddish brown. '11 is darker and redder at the edges. Both have little carbonation with no head or lacing.

'08 smells quite port-like, with cherries, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. '11 smells less port-like and fresher, especially the aroma of fresh cherries.

'08 is tastes of dark malt, preserved cherries, vanilla, and bourbon especially in the finish. Alcohol is definitely present in this, but it is not hot (at this point) and though strong, is well integrated with the intense flavor profile. The '11 is also big, but sweeter and tastes much fresher, with more of a fresh bing cherry taste. The malt is also a bit less forward than the cherries. The difference is like that of a young versus older port.

Body is medium and without carbonation for both vintages and they both have a flat mouthfeel. However, the beer is very smooth, like a good port. The '11 feels a bit thicker than the '08.

Both vintages are tasting very good and are enjoyable as sippable beers. Some may like the '08 version better, which tastes as one would expect an aged beer to taste--somewhat drier than the fresh--but I prefer the fresher taste of the '11 version because I especially like the fresh cherry taste along with the sugar.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:11:42 | More by Beerenauslese
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caskstrength

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2011 batch, courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks for sending some of these my way.

Pours dark purple/red. No head at all on an aggressive pour. A few bubbles from the agitation at the edges, but I get those type of bubbles when I pour a glass of milk. This does not look "barely carbonated," it looks flat. Swirling it conjures up no carbonation either.

Aromas of ripe dark cherries, sherry, bourbon. Some tobacco and other dark fruits too. Old ale character of leather with some musty and earthy smells, but in a good, aged way (from the barrel?). Reminiscent of port or after dinner liqueur.

Decadent on the tongue. Booze soaked sweet dark ripened cherries. Not as complex as the smell, the dark cherries almost overwhelm. Cherries are probably my favorite fruit, so I like it, but I would understand others finding it too much. The alcohol weaves into the beer, works really well. It's a boozy beer, but it's not hot, and there are no solvents. The barrel aging was done very well here.

Mouthfeel is flat and dead. The barrel thinned it out some, which helps. But it's missing something... something to lift it off the tongue. Something to move the flavors around and enhance the aroma. Something to balance the sweetness and intense barrel aged cherries.

I wish I could give an incomplete grade. I kept thinking "beer extract, just add carbonation" as I worked my way through the glass (which got to be a chore over the last few ounces). The smells, the flavors, the barrels, all clearly reflect a brewer at the top of his game. This would be one of the best beers in the world if Alan could figure out how to properly carbonate it.

But as it is now, it's a disappointment. Even more so when I think what it could be.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:02:05 | More by caskstrength
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mikeyv35

New York

4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/19/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a deep brown mahoghany w/ ruby red highlights, w/ only a few bubbles on the outer edges, and no lacing. Looks like an Old Ale, must be an Old Ale. Aromas of dark fruits, port, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. The taste was of huge dark cherry sweetness up front, followed by bourbon/oak/vanilla, and finishing w/ ever so mild hop bite. Pretty thin and clean in the body, probably my only knock on this brew. I would have liked this one a touch thicker. Pretty drinkable stuff for 10% ABV, you know the alcohol is there, but the amazing flavors keep you wanting more.

Overall, glad I finally got to sample this beer, and it pretty much lived up to it's billing. Will definately be seeking out more bottles and age will only improve this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 01:31:40 | More by mikeyv35
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zhanson88

California

4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby! 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Cherry Adam pours out a very dark brown and seemingly completely flat. A touch of soapy, tan colored head forms that sticks around for about a half second. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Wow, got a feeling I'm going to like this one. Obviously the base scents are very like the original Adam. Lots of leather, smoke, raisin, prune, etc. But cutting into that I get a lot of cherry, vanilla, woodiness, and light hints of bourbon and sherry heat. Not too much since this beer is now 3 years old, but I can still tell it's there.

Taste: The taste is phenomenal. Lots of leather and dark fruits up front, but the middle is highlighted by sweet cherries, vanilla and oak, and the back end packs the slightest alcohol heat. I can still detect a hint of bourbon, but not much. This beer is superb at this point; every element seems to complement the others with nothing out of balance at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied and for all intents and purposes completely flat. It's very slick in the mouth. However, it doesn't really affect the overall quality of the beer much in my opinion. This beer is outstanding in terms of flavor profile, and a superb take on an ole ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 03:42:43 | More by zhanson88
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Azurescens

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2009 batch poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's, reviewed on 4/12/11

A: Pours a flat, extremely dark red-purple color. No head or any lacing left around glass. Very intriguing appearance despite the minimal carbonation.

S: So much going on here. A robust smell fills my nose, complete with lots of oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with cherries, lots of dark fruit and some alcohol. So complex yet smooth, I love it.

T: Lots of ripe cherries and bourbony vanilla. The dark fruit picked up in the aroma comes through in the taste even better. Juicy figs, dates and raisins come to mind. This beer is extremely complex and full of flavor, fantastic. The flavors are so packed into this beer that all you need is a tiny sip to make your taste buds go haywire.

M: Beyond the flat appearance there is a slight tingle from the little bit of carbonation that is there. I feel the same way about the carbonation level here that I do with Adam, less is more. The light tingle on my tongue is really nice yet the thick almost syrupy flavors can coat my mouth without any distraction from excessive bubbles. Full bodied, really smooth with a nice warming feeling in my stomach from the alcohol.

O: As far as sipping beers go, this is near the top. So many complex flavors that blend together magically. This is the perfect desert beer, every little sip is packed with so much flavor. I could spend all day drinking this and discover something new with every sip. A truly masterfully crafted beer. Very unique with no other beer tasting remotely like this. Amazing job here Alan, keep up the great work!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 08:32:27 | More by Azurescens
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2009 vintage

The beer is a dark ruby hue with minimal head and fair lacing. The aroma is fantastic, with scents of cherries, booze, tobacco, brown sugar. Fabulous. The taste is quite wonderful as well. Sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol content is impressively well hidden. Delicious. Would be easy to drink in large quantities. Terrific beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:00:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Second half of my "cellar night" a week ago and one of my favorite beers that has slipped through the cracks on my reviews. 2008 bottle poured into a snifter...

A - No hiss at all when I popped the cap, slightly worried. Pours a dark brown, burgandy color. No head or lacing to speak of. Hmmm.

S - Wow. First redeming quality after the pour. Very complex. LOTS of bourbon and what I think is sherry up front. Chocolate, oak, cherry, some other dark fruits as well. Nice leathery quality in there as well which really adds nicely to the profile.

T - Bourbon, sherry, chocolate covered cherries, VERY dark malts and slight smokiness in the background on the end of the palate. Cherries and barrel aging really add some serious complexity to an already complex base beer. Really something. If only this weren't flat.

M - Pretty flat. That's about it. No carbonation at all really. Looks more like a nice dark sherry in the glass than a carbonated beer.

O - Really disappointed in this year's version. The lack of carbonation really took away from the overall enjoyment of this one. Hoping the 2009's I have don't go this route (I don't think they will).

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:44:24 | More by KAP1356
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into snifter.

A - Pours an interesting, inky purple with red accented edging. No head and very little bubbles.

S - Nose is incredible and it is hard to pick up so many aromas at once. Cherries, raspberries, oak, chocolate, vanilla and liqueurs.

T - Again, true to HotD style, an extremely deep and layered brew. The two main stars are the bourbon/sherry flavours and the cherries. Very distinct. You do pick up all of the flavours from the nose eventually as well as some smoke and peppercorn.

M - Sticky, thick and no carb. It does have the mouthfeel of cough syrup.

O - A touch hot right now with the very prominent sherry/bourbon flavours but a wonderful sipper. This beast is going to only become only better with a couple years of aging on it, which I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 15:30:08 | More by OakedCanuck
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Mages64

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Chilled. 2011. Had this only a few weeks after release.

A: dark, black, purple edges. zero carbonation but I was expecting this. when swirled, it looks a little thicker than water.

S: HUGE cherry smell as well as a deep and malty barleywine smell. chocolate, cocoa, toffee, bourbon, vanilla.

T: Just an overwhelming cherry flavor from start, to the mid, and LONG cherry finish. The only thing I have to compare this to is NG cherry stout(which was terrible btw) and this is quite good in comparison. alcoholic, vanilla, breakfast cereal, oak, hazelnut.

M: Amazing feel. Really fun and smooth. full bodied and just amazing.

O: A great experience but I believe this will get a LOT better when it has 2 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 06:38:40 | More by Mages64
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears purplish black with almost no head at all. Only a few bubbles.

Smells like bourbon, candied fruit, raisins, and chocolate. Girlfriend says old cough syrup and popsickle sticks.

Tastes sweet and boozy. Like cherry cake. Thick and chewy.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with no carbonation.

Overall is an amazing beer that I could drink again and again.
The lack of carbonation didn't really bother me on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:16:55 | More by daveytheformer
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FosterJM

California

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

337th review on BA
bottle to snifter
12oz, 2011 Batch

App- A purple/red creamy looking pour. Very little in terms of bubbles/head or lacing. Just flat.

Smell- Big cherry/sherry but that was expected. What I didn't expect was 13.5% and the big blast of booze. A nice oaky, vanilla with a little tinge of port to it.

Taste- So in order I went 3-4-5. Its a flat beer for carb level but VERY tasty. The flavors are so well done its hard to find a flaw. The sweetness masks the ABV and the cherry just accentuates a great style in of itself. It was rich, creamy and very velvety. Much better than regular Adam.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level. Creamy dessert beer is the best way to say it.

Drink- I want an IV of it. It was boozy, creamy and sweet and and and and...so many adjectives.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 04:11:01 | More by FosterJM
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Pours nearly black with almost no head, or at least none that lasts more than a fleeting few seconds. The beer is a very pretty color though, in a snifter a reddish brown color shows through but all together it's a pretty dark beer. The aroma is cherry and tobacco with some port, some light roastiness, and some pleasant bourbon-y booze. The flavor is moderately sweet with a nice subtle smoke noticeable throughout along with a nice bit of wood and fruity cherry. There is some maple syrup flavor and a nice warming booziness. A very different, well put together, all together unique and decadent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 20:51:19 | More by BieresDesMoines
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Huge thanks goes out to HuskyinPDX for the chance to try this one!

Popped the cap, no hiss. Uh oh.... Pours a dark red/brown color but is completely opaque in the glass, with some purple highlights around the top edge. No head, no lacing, just a lifeless dark liquid. Wonderful aroma with a whole lot going on. There's lots of chocolate, oak, and cherry, with some alcohol coming out from the background, especially as it warms. Taste is really nice as well, but this thing is completely flat. Cherry is well-integrated into the old ale base, which mingles with the fudge and chocolate flavors, and is hit with a bit more complexity from the barrel aging. Cherries give it an overall sweetness, there's a touch of smoke/charred wood in the background, and some vinous, red wine notes, but overall, very sweet and leaves my lips very sticky. Mouthfeel is full and almost syrupy, but I really can't get into flat beers. Is this thing not supposed to be carbonated? Is this the new west coast style for old ales (i.e. Lost abbey)?

Overall, a really tasty beer, and it smells heavenly, but this is the second HotD bottle in a row that has been completely flat, the other being Matt. Perhaps they use terrible bottle caps that don't hold up well when being shipped, I dunno, but I have to imagine that the brewer doesn't want their beer to be completely absent of carbonation like this is. Perhaps it needs more time in the bottle to condition and get some bubbles? Whatever the case, this would be a winner if it were carbed properly, but right now it's just an interesting, cherry-infused beer syrup. I'll let my other bottle relax in the basement closet for about 6 months and see what happens, but I don't have high hopes.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 20:07:11 | More by KeefD
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, thanks to Jim, a true gentleman and scholar.

Into a goblet it pours a deep crimson brown. Mahogany with reddish glints in the light. A bare skim of foam at first, that fades to nothing soon after. It resembles a burgundy wine with a few bubbles strung along the edges.

Heavily oxidized nose, sherry, leather, black cherry.

Similar flavors, rich dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, cherry tartness. Supple and mellow feel, chewy with plenty of fortitude. Bourbon heat is minimal, though traces of the bourbon barrel do shine through in the taste. Cherries lend a tanginess in the background, while the oak tannins contribute a dry bitterness that linger in the finish. A slow sipper, a fine after dinner nightcap to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 03:23:53 | More by emerge077
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Mississipping

Mississippi

4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Graciously shared by a group of BA's at a tasting.

A: Pours a deep brown with an alluring mahogany glow around the edges. Almost no head, but a very thin thin ring around the edges that becomes more and more modest with time.

S: Dark fruit (black cherries, plum, and fig) dominate, Layered behind are more subtle chocolate, bourbon, leather and roasted barley. Really an exceptional aroma that shouldn't be overlooked. As I let it warm slightly, the complexity really came out.

T: Sweet up front with the various fruit and vanilla making their presence know before anything else. A slight tartness from the same fruit provides a contrast to the sweetness, creating a beautifully balanced introduction. A slight roasted character resides in the depths, along with bourbon and a hint of oak.

M: Fully bodied and slightly sticky with very low carbonation. Viscous and slightly heavy on the tongue, yet still creamy and smooth. Slightly drying at the finish.

D: This is one to sip, given its complexity and alcohol content, although it's well hidden. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 08:04:58 | More by Mississipping
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Pours a deep, impenetrable dark brown (nearly black) color, with no more than a smattering of bubbles on top. Aromas of wet leather, dried cherries, oak and musty bourbon. On the palate, low carbonation and a relatively thick body, with flavors of bourbon, black cherries, sherry and raisins. Warming and alcoholic, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 04:51:20 | More by emmasdad
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vkv822

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour into tulip at the brewery.

Arrives black with beautiful ruby hues and a bubbly cherry colored head. Very nice looking.

The aroma and taste is of rich leathery, smoky bourbon with wonderful cherry and dark fruit towards the finish. There are also faint notes of vanilla oakiness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and low carbonated.

This is an amazing beer, very complex and incredibly smooth, especially for being so fresh. The ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 04:53:38 | More by vkv822
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oregonskibum

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2011 release at the tasting room on 3/5. Served in a 3-oz HOTD tasting glass. Tasting notes from memory. Unfortunately I had a couple pints at lunch before stopping at HOTD, as I really wish I could have enjoyed a full 12oz pour.

A: Dark brown with obvious red or dark amber notes along the edges. Poured with almost no carbonation. Just a thin ring around the edge that disappeared almost immediately.

S: Bourbon hit first followed by some sweet, fruity aromas. And then more bourbon. The smell is intense.

T: Just like the smell, the bourbon floods the senses on first taste. And then again on second taste. Once past the bourbon (and the beer warms a bit), the cherry flavors start to become more apparant mid to late in the taste. Other barrel notes (vanilla) are there, but only in the distance. This one needs some age.

M: Very thick and oily, almost to the point of being cloying. Little to no carbonation. I personally thing some minimal carbonation would have really helped here as well as with bottle aging.

D: Excellent. Smooth and rich. The bourbon is a little overpowering right now, but this should evolve into a wonderful beer over the next one to five years.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 02:25:21 | More by oregonskibum
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hopsbreath

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The twitter feed from Hair of the Dog read "Cherry Adam from the Wood is on tap, come and get it". From previous BeerAdvocate thread I knew that this was the only keg that Alan has on hand. TulipSnifter and I hopped in the car as soon as we could and made the drive. Pliny the Younger is making its appearance around town right now and kegs are kicking in about an hour when they're tapped. We got to HotD two hours after the tweet and I was expecting a mad house. Ten people were there and only three or four had a glass of something resembling Cherry Adam. I didn't care if a bar up the street tweeted that "PtY just went on tap" at that moment. I was getting Cherry Adam and kicking back in a low key setting to enjoy it. $8.50 a twelve ounce pour? "Bring a glass each for my wife and I 'cause I'm not sharing"! Black13 met up with us shortly there after. He enjoyed it so much he had to have a second glass.

A: Dark brownish/purple with lighter plum edges. This looks like venous blood in a glass. Its very still with only a fine bead of carbonation on the edge of the glass. Crazy legs! 5/5

S: Sweet fruity top shelf bourbon. Aged "for 20 months in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels" is how the descriptor on the menu describes it. Loads and loads of -bal are a delight to the olfactory's. Spice and vanilla accent the aroma in a delightful way. Simply superb. 5/5

T: Initially, sweet dark cocoa shows up with an abundance. As it warms, sweet cherry liqueur makes itself known. The bourbon soaked vanilla gang lent by the barrels kicks you in the teeth from the first sip and forms a circle around your taste buds withering from the attack to dish out more of its delicious assault. For being so recently drained from the barrels and possessing such a big ABV, this is so smooth and warming without the heat other beers of this strength beat you down with. The tobacco, leather, and smoke characteristics of regular Adam aren't anywhere to be found at this point. Hopefully with some time the bottled version will develop that depth. The knowledge that those flavors can develop at some point keeps me from giving the perfect score here. 4.5/5

M: Thick, coating, and syrupy come to mind. This is positively one of the two or three most viscous beers I've had to date. Zilch as far as carbonation goes on the palate. I personally embrace the fact that this beer is smooth as silk with no CO2 prickles to tickle the tongue. As an aperitif, this is flawless. Ports, sherrys, and cordials have long been the beverage of choice to pair with dessert or cap off a night among those who appreciate civilized living. None of those drinks are carbonated either. Cherry Adam doesn't even care if its not carbonated and gives the finger to those who suggest it should be. I on the other hand, suggest perfection. 5/5

D: A beer I look forward to drinking every time I have one in my glass. Turn off the TV, block out distractions, and give yourself time to purely enjoy a great brewing achievement. This is without a doubt one of those beers every beer geek should try before they die. In the world of "extreme beer" Cherry Adam defies the convential definition of what a beer should be. I've had the '08, '09, and now the '11. In my opinion, this is the best one yet. Next week when the bottles go on sale the $10 a bottle ($8.33 per if you buy a case) price tag will be the best deal in town. I plan to buy a case and see just how long I can keep from drinking the very last bottle. Its a daunting task but we all have our crosses to bear I suppose. 5/5

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 18:28:02 | More by hopsbreath
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fear025

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells really good, lots of sour cherries and dark malt.

Appearance:Dark brown in color. Very low head.

Taste:Tons of sweet cherry flavor. There's a little oxidation, but that's to be expected after a year of aging. Good malt notes. No hops to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth, a little alcohol burn.

Drinkability:This is a very tasty beer. Still lots of cherry flavor present.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:31:59 | More by fear025
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KevSal

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 hour day at work, had this guy looking just to long at me in the fridge, what better day to drink it than RIGHT NOW?

thanks to IPeeA for this guy, ive been after this guy for a long long time! appreciate it Dustin!

poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours dark, dark brown with a very little to no head, left a slight ring of small beige bubbles in the glass. looking at it in the glass is not exactly jet black, but you cant see through it at all either. slight light through the edges of dark brown.

s- amazing! can smell the wood as soon as i cracked it open. on further smelling i get a similar smell to an aged bourbon county stout but that sweetness of the cherries comes through. smelled it for a solid minute or 2. it smells good. dark fruits, subtle raisins.

t- taste great. the bourbon is there, but the cherries make a good presences as well, which surprised me considering its pushing 2 years now. got some vanilla and pretty damn smooth for the finish

m- not as chewy as youd expect! a really good taste that rolls very nicely along the tougne. i was expecting a much more syrupy taste because of the cherries, not the case.

d- man im almost done with it! could probably take a magnum down easy haha. cant beleive its 13.5% at all.

very good beer. very happy to have finally tried it. love what the cherries did to this guy. very eager to try it fresh! im definitely going to seek out some fresh ones if another batch comes out!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 07:45:09 | More by KevSal
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.