Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.05/5 rDev -29.6%
12oz bottle opened by airfoil, thanks! Served in a Snifter, 2011 vintage.
A - Pours out a lovely red wine color, with huge syrupy texture. Completely flat. I have never personally seen a beer this completely lacking in carbonation. My morning coffee pours with more bubbles.
S - Smells like a nice wine barrel that has been soaking in cherries for quite some time. Tons of table and brown sugar are oosing out of this beer. Can get a good amount of alcohol as well. Despite being completely flat, it smells great.
T - the taste quite follows the look and smell. It's very fruit forward and very sugary. Tons of left over sugar make it syrupy and slick. A very vinous flavor is under all of the fruit and sugar. This would be so much better with carb.
M - Flat and sticky. Like melting down candy and adding water. Really lacking without carbonation.
O - Could have been a great beer, but no bubbles completely ruins it for me.
10-03-2011 20:39:20 | More by dmsohyea
3.9/5 rDev -9.9%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle from the third release.
The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherries and roasted malt, with a little bit of soy mixed in.
The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and cherry notes, with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. There is also some soy sauce in the flavor, as in the aroma. The alcohol is present but doesn't affect drinkability.
Medium to full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.
09-25-2011 19:19:05 | More by Mora2000
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.
Appearance: Hazy deep dark red with essentially no head.
Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, licorice, bourbon, alcohol, and raisins.
Taste: Almost cloyingly sweet, big cherry flavor, bourbon, oak. The sherry flavor is pretty strong, there is even what appears to me to be a flavor that can be described as finger nail polish, but its at a very low level and doesn't take away anything from the beer. Complex to say the least.
Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and syrupy with no carbonation and a very sweet finish.
Overall: It was a very good beer, but honestly, I'm not sure I could even drink an entire bottle of it. Luckily there are people to share with.
09-15-2011 18:07:34 | More by jamescain
4.18/5 rDev -3.5%
Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!
Pours an opaque crimson black with absolutely no head. No lacing on this one. Smell is of toasted coconut, raisins, prunes, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and some leather aromas. Lots of very nice smells coming off this one. Taste is of toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and dark cherries in liqueur. Very rich and complex flavors on this one. Unfortunately, this beer has no carbonation and is very thick and sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer that suffers from the lack of carbonation in my opinion. I am very happy that I got to try this one.
09-11-2011 01:52:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
2011 Vintage received in a trade with hopsbreath. Thanks Jason.
Dark, dark red-purple colour which is basically black with some highlights. No head.
Rich, alcoholic port wine aroma with some luscious malt, raisins, caramel, bourbon, coconut and oak. The cherry is very subdued.
Rounded, rich flavour that is similar to the aroma. The cherry is slightly more prominent and fruity but the barrel notes, thick malt and sticky, dark fruits all dominate.
Full body with low carbonation.
I really like this beer. There are similarities to port but the combination of barrel, malt and fruit is very enticing and complex and a testament to Alan's excellent ability with these sorts of beers.
09-03-2011 12:38:31 | More by dgilks
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
2009 and 2011 bottles drunk side-by-side from tulips at the HOTD tasting room.
Appearance: very little in the way of head, from either beer. Both are dark, dark chocolate brown but the '11 is substantially ruddier than its older sibling. They're fine, but I'm not here to look at the stuff.
Smell: from both, chocolate first, then vanilla from the wood. Then, is it leather or is it tobacco? Honestly, I don't care: it's wonderful. A hint of fruit in the '09 could easily be my imagination, but in the '11, the cherry aroma is forward and utterly appealing. Holy cow, when do I get to taste it?
Taste: the '11, with its delightful cherry-ness is a true crowd-pleaser. This is simply delicious stuff. It's sweet. No, it's chocolate. No, it's cherry. Wait, it's bitter? The '09 takes a while to show itself. Particularly as the beers warm, its complexity win the day. Where the young beer thrills you and is gone, two short years have created in the '09 a lovely ensemble of secondary flavors followed by a ridiculously long finish. My only complaint: I wanted a little more edge: some acidity, carbonation, fruit --something! -- to offset the insane richness of this beer.
Mouthfeel: these are thick, rich beers. At 13.5% ABV with loads of residual sugar the texture is comparable to half-and-half. With chocolate. And vanilla and tobacco. And cherries.
Lovely, lovely stuff. The single bottle of '11 in my cellar (you can buy '08, '09 and '11 at the tasting room, but only for consumption on the premises) will sit for at least another year before I crack it. It's delicious and appealing young, but it's clear to me that this is a beer that will reward patience.
09-01-2011 03:32:25 | More by noser
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
From notes, and I don't recall what year it was from, but it wasn't fresh. Huge, foamy, frothy thanks to Adam (alcstradamus) for gifting this upon me.
Very dark with red wine highlights and good clarity revealed by backlight. No head or lacing.
The first few sniffs, I just enjoyed, powerfully rich and complex..Earthy leather/tobacco aroma is likely from the wood. Bitter chocolate and quite sweet malty influence add depth. The cuts sharply, but not in a dominating way, across the lot of it. SuperDeluxe!
Undeniably sweet, but no where near cloying. Chocolaty malty sweet and dark cherries present with prodigious profiles, and are joined by less assertive boozy and bourbon inputs. Perfectly balanced with the aforementioned flavors were the leather and tobacco Earthy characteristics. Amazingly smooth, balanced and complex. Perhaps this is perfection?
Low carbonation, moderate warming, full body and thick viscosity.
Are you kidding me? This beer is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of lifting to my lips. Nothing short of amazing. Hope I get another go at this one someday.
08-30-2011 04:05:37 | More by sprucetip
3.15/5 rDev -27.3%
Pours a black coffee color into a glass. First impression... no catbonation at all. So sad.
Smell- cherries and sweet caramel stand out. Hints of dark fruit and alcohol.
taste- very disappointed with this. No carbobation and its takes away from the flavors. This could have been sooo good. Its taste like a flat cherry cola. The cherries and caramel present throughout and it follows with dark fruit and more cherries in the end. A nice warm alcohol feel in the throat long after swallowing.
Overall - the lack of carbonation killed this and by far the best old ale/barleywine with a touch of sour is the decadence recently released.
08-26-2011 02:47:06 | More by badboyrsl84
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with very little head except along the rim. Smells nicely subtle and balanced with aromas of cherries, vanilla and wood from the oak, some clean sweetness, a refreshing tartness, and some cheery liqueur at the end. The taste is almost a perfect balance between rich, lush, sweet cherries, and clean, somewhat tannic wooden backbone with nice malt notes binding them together and reminding you that this is beer. Delicious. Truly a triumph of flavor, just a tad harsh in the mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this.
08-22-2011 13:39:40 | More by Georgiabeer
3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
At the time of this review, this is the #8 top Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of styles list. Bottle shared by Thorpe at a recent barleywine tasting. 2011 version. Thanks Mike. Served in a snifter.
Beer is dark brown with almost no head, low carbonation, no lacing.
Aroma is very sweet, mild woodiness, lots of malt, very strong, hints of alcohol.
The beer is medium in body and really sweet. The finish is a little dry where I can pick up mild tannins from the cherry wood I suppose. Overall it is a nice beer, I wish I had a regular Adam to drink next to it but alas. I remember really liking Adam and only sort of liking Cherry Adam, I would definitely have it again, but only as a side by side.
08-22-2011 03:51:10 | More by drabmuh
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
March 2011 bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stem, thanks, pmarlowe.
Pours dark brownish red, with just a tiny suggestion of a ring of head. The nose is fantastic. Cherry and plum dominate, with other dark fruits like raisins and just a touch of leather. Wow, the taste is also great. Cherries and plums melded into an old ale (dark fruit, raisin, fig, leather) perfectly. The cherry flavor isn't subtle, but the whole beer is so smooth and well blended - it is stunning. Not boozy at all. Really brings this around and counteracts the overt earthiness of Adam, adding a bit of sweetness and brightness. Unfortunately, it is basically flat, with a heavy mouthfeel. It comes off like a cordial. A bit too sticky for me. Overall, this beer would be unbelievable with good carbonation. As is, it is quite enjoyable.
08-21-2011 21:53:18 | More by seeswo
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
6oz pour into my Darkness snifter.
Bottle says beer, but the pour looks like wine. Purple wine in fact. No head to be found. I delicately move it around in my glass. Smell is slight booze. Some oak. Sweet grape kool-aid. Tastes like grape juice with a hint of alcohol. Zero carbonation. I was a tad worried there may be an alcohol burn, but it was non existent. Quite a well done beer. Very tasty.
08-20-2011 16:43:29 | More by TheDudeRules
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle.
Appearance: Dark brown color, with an obvious cherry tint and an actual cherry glow, although there is no head whatsoever.
Smell: Strong sweet cherry, some plum, fig, and raisin as well. Some general tart sweetness and a bit of tart cherry in the background.
Taste: A bit of toffee and caramel malt go along with sweet cherries and a bit of molasses up front. Nicely blended dark fruits - plums, figs, raisins, and red grapes all blend together well. The finish is a soft caramel malt sweetness. The flavor could have been finished off better.
Mouthfeel: This is the downfall of this beer. No carbonation really causes the flavors to stick together and clump on the tongue. It feels heavier than it should. Sticky.
Overall: Unfortunately, this is another Hair of the Dog beer that has no carbonation and would be amazing otherwise.
08-19-2011 03:33:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours an opaque brown with red highlights and no head. Only a few bubble clinging to the glass. D'oh.
Smell is top notch. Bourbon, cherries, alcohol, and brown sugar. Beautiful aroma.
Taste is also excellent. Bourbon, cherries, dark fruit, caramel sugar - but not overly sweet. Surprisingly smooth - not boozy. Not terribly complex, but delicious.
Mouthfeel is dissapointing. Completely flat. If properly carbonated this beer would be exceptional. Instead it is "merely" excellent.
08-19-2011 03:33:15 | More by readbaron
4.33/5 rDev 0%
2009 vintage on tap in the tasting room in a tulip glass. Pours a mysterious reddish-tinged brown shade with a wispy light tan head. Fairly quickly this begins a lazy retreat, but a collar of foam sticks around til the end and leaves some crackly streaks of lacing behind.
One of those beers that's a treat just to smell, a whirlwind of chocolate covered cherries, bourbon, oak and the smoky, leathery goodness of regular Adam. I'm somewhat surprised that the cherry and bourbon flavors are so potent; they don't quite overpower the base beer, but then again, Adam in all its leathery, smoky glory is about as big and badass a base beer as you'll find. I've only had 2 vintages of Cherry Adam, but prefer the smoother integration the 2008. However, the 2009 is tasty stuff, with a luxuriously smooth and lingering finish. Highly recommended.
08-07-2011 12:42:16 | More by PDXHops
3.85/5 rDev -11.1%
Thanks to Adam who brought this bottle north to Darkness Day to wrap up a great BIF we were involved in during 2010. Been saving this for a rainy day to pair up with a regular Adam. Well, it's not raining, but it's almost 100 degrees, good enough for me. Split into two small tasters, one for me, one for my wife. Into the breach once more we go. Vintage 2008 proclaims the bottle.
Pours like regular Adam, dark brown, red edged. Unlike Adam, virtually no carbonation/head is present. Smells of syrupy black cherry, sweet malts, coupled with a crack of alcohol.
This bottle of Cherry Adam from the Wood has been sadly, cruelly assaulted by a gang of oxidation-toting ruffians; but here, in rare form, it almost works. Cherry is mixed in liberally with hints of leather, faint wood, & the sherry barrels that complement the natural sherry-like characteristics of plain Adam. Bourbon is evident only in the aftertaste in the back/bottom of the throat. The ending is sticky malts, & despite the heaviness & lack of carbonation, the cherry makes this a bit easier to choke down.
Well, despite it's obvious differences to regular Adam, this is in the same good-to-very-good category. Would like to try this again fresher, I wonder how the cherry & barrels would play without any age on it.
07-21-2011 02:59:49 | More by maximum12
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
2011 vintage sent by gford217. This beer’s made by taking the original Adam and throwing it in bourbon barrels with black cherries for 15 months. Into a tulip it goes.
Thick, syrupy purple-black. No hiss when the top pops and no head to speak of, which means no carbonation, sadly. Looks thick, murky, absorbing.
Very sweet black cherries in the nose. Also butter, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate. Great barrel character.
Super sweet flavor, like black cherry syrup mixed with dark chocolate. I also get vanilla ice cream, oak, light hints of leather and toffee. The cherries and molasses are much more prominent here. Very slight tang at the finish.
Like I feared — flat as a pancake. There’s no alcohol in the flavor, but it shows up here, with fumes blazing through the nose. The thick, buttery, medium-full body coats the tongue nicely.
Great flavor. The lack of carbonation doesn’t destroy the experience, but come on, Alan — give me a little.
07-19-2011 22:40:58 | More by Phelps
4.2/5 rDev -3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Murky, medium brown color with just a ring of loose, oily bubbles around the edges. No lacing remains, and a small puddle of dark brown sediment gathers at the bottom of the glass.
S: Heavy bourbon dominates, complemented by dark brown sugar and lesser dark roast. The bourbon presence suggests booziness, but ethanol is not pronounced.
T: Begins very sweet, with hyperbolic dark fruit that is slightly mineral and tart. Vaporous fusels are released in the mouth early, distributing the flavors effectively. Restrained charred wood is diminished as molasses follows, allowing bourbon to expand in the middle. Dark, bitter roast emerges toward the finish, offering some leather once it is nestled amongst the other flavors. Oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla linger on the palate.
M: Medium to thick viscosity, soft yet tannic on the palate, with very low carbonation.
D/O: Certainly appealing, this bourbon-infused strong ale becomes almost indistinguishable from select barleywines that have received the treatment. Its sweetness sets the tone for all that follows, providing the best and most decadent possible canvas for the fruit and the spirit. Sip slowly and savor without distractions.
07-19-2011 14:17:24 | More by beagle75
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
thanks to phelps for sharing this. 2011 bottling.
A: a dark plum color with no head.
S: lots of bourbon, black cherries, vanilla, and oak. there is caramel and toffee in there, as well as burnt sugar. i get a small amount of soy sauce.
T: molasses and black cherries dominate the flavor. there is also vanilla and bourbon with some oak. there is a touch of sweetness in there. toffee and burnt sugar finish it off with a bit of plum and dark fruits and dark chocolate.
M: thick, smooth, and no carbonation, but the no carb works.
O: a great beer. i didn't want this beer to end.
07-11-2011 04:14:12 | More by ottovon
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
On tap in a tulip at the tasting room on 3/9/11
Dark, dark, crimson brown. At times it looks dark enough to be a deep plum. 1/8th inch rose-hued head thins immediately to a collar. No retention or lace by mid-way through the glass.
Aromas of tart, dark cherries. Bourbon heat and hints of vanilla and wood. Malts offer impressive depth - chocolate, caramel and figs. Smells very good but also rather hot.
The flavors the beer imparts are all the more impressive. Distinct, yet not-too-tart, cherries lead off, enveloping the base beer. Smooth maltiness throughout with a subtle hop presence. Swaths of cherry, vanilla, chocolate, figs, charred oak and dark fruit notions. Toasted grains. Not too much bourbon but it is hot.
Full, slick, coating feel. Carbonation is low on the front end but fizzes up mid-swallow. Subtle graininess underneath. Long, full-flavor finish lingers.
Overall impression: so tasty and such a great sipper. Exceptionally done. I'm beyond tickled to have happened across this on the one night I was in Portland.
07-06-2011 00:24:36 | More by Ryan011235
3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
Took the leap of faith and ordered a $28 bottle of this as my dessert beer on my 25th birthday last year. I was just hopin that it was going to be good, I'm assuming the bottle I had was from 2009. It poured out as a dark red color, the head... Was never there. No lacing at all. The smell of the beer was very wine-like. Strong barrel aromas, blended with cherries, and booze. The taste was a little tart but had a complex flavor to it from the cherry to the wood and then some nut flavors in the far background. The mouthfeel was a little watery I thought. A little too much like a red wine. The overall thoughts I had on this beer was that I didn't think it was worth the amount I paid. Sadly I think there are much nicer beers out there other than this for much less. However I am glad that I got to try it. I don't see myself ordering this brew again.
07-01-2011 23:38:02 | More by Knapp85
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
Received as an "extra" in a trade with oregone; knocked off a big time want for me, so thanks.
2011 vintage poured into my New Belgium globe. Striking color profile with dark cherry/plum edges and an otherwise black body. Not even a crying attempt at a head formation, and though it is well known for this beer, makes me dock it just a bit.
Smell is dominated by bourbon and sherry. I don't get much fruit in the nose when I inhale.
Taste is much less spirit-forward and instead the alcohol takes the shape of a sweet port on the back end. The front is raisins, sweet cherries (not overly so), and just a little cough syrupy.
Again the lack of carbonation affects the mouthfeel as well. A touch syrupy with no appreciable bubbling on the tongue. It works with this flavor profile but I would prefer just a bit of bubbles; it's beer still for crying out loud.
Overall a very interesting take with some really strong features; I would prefer a touch of carbonation but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless.
06-29-2011 02:38:03 | More by CruisaC
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
12oz Bottle poured into a 10oz snifter
A - Pours and looks like a red wine. A dark blood red with strong alcohol legs but literally no head at all.
S - This thing has filled up the room. So Complex. Most prominent flavor is a cherry/ chocolate medley that is absolutely intoxicating. A strong vanilla and bourbon note follows with some mild alcohol. The dark fruit and leather note that is present in adam is not there at all however.
T - The first sip of this was a revelation. It starts out with some cherry sweetness, immediately followed with a sourness, and finishes with bourbon and cherry notes. This beer is so complex, however. Notes of chocolate and fig are also present, is very similar to a brilliant port. Starts off sweet and ends bitter, with so many flavors that meld so well together they are virtually indistinct.
M - Theres no carbonation here, to get that out of the way. That said, I cannot taste the alcohol at all, and the stickiness is a welcome addition. I dont mind the flatness, but it is a well known aspect of the beer.
Notes - This is an incredibly complex beer and I will enjoy this for the remainder of my night. The mouthfeel isnt particularly strong if thats something that is crucial for you, but honestly it is so powerfully complex it is easily one of the best I have ever had. Just incredible.
06-25-2011 00:08:13 | More by scotvega18
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours an opaque brown with some reddish brown showing through at the edges. A small cover of a head forms at the end of the pours but dissipates quickly to a ring around the edge.
The smell is oak, cherry, leather and a touch of alcohol.
The taste, at first, is oak and cherries. What follows is some vanilla, maybe a little licorice and leather. There's some bourbon flavor but that seems to have mellowed almost out of existence.
Mouthfeel is pretty full but lacks any carbonation or just a modicum of it.
Overall: This beer has all kinds of things going on from the aroma through the taste. Knowing what this has been through in it's aging doesn't bother me with the very low carbonation level. Adam is one of my favorite beers and this is a really nice version of it. Highly recommended.
06-24-2011 00:30:23 | More by meatyard
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a beautiful deep ruby brown with a thin brown head.
Smells of dried fruit and caramel, as well as some cherry and plenty of bourbon and oak.
Oh jeez. Crazy complex flavor; dried fruit, caramel, cherries, and bourbon. The alcohol brings plenty of heat, but not overwhelming.
Smooth as can be. Rich and creamy. A little bite from the alcohol, but never off-putting. A tiny bit of carbonation and lots of body.
Just a top notch beer. Really amazing. The flavors all compliment each other perfectly. Nothing overwhelms, only adds to the flavor. Hard to get, but worth the trip to the tasting room.
06-18-2011 04:20:48 | More by Airyk12
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.