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

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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 897
Gots: 152 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008

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
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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3.12/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle shared with yagman3000 alongside an adam (batch 77). big thanks to OregonHopmonster for the cherry.

a - plum and silky. no head at all. much more ruby than adam. adam also had a bit of a head. swirls around like water...or wine.

s - BAM...cherry! chocolate covered cherry dipped in liquor. a delicacy. strong booziness on the nose. smells like heaven.

t - a mirror to the nose but bolder and richer. this chocolate covered cherry just oozes with booziness. the wood adds a richness. it is a sublime treat. the toffee from the old ale is a great match to the big cherry and wood.

m - rich and full. bold. too smooth for it's own good. more port like and not all that carbonated. coated my mouth.

o - wow. this is a treat and the perfect cherry to top the sunday of tasting beers that this evening was. this is a dessert beer and one I wish was readily available to me.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle was split into two mini Firestone Walker Goblets (Gobetinnis?).

The appearance is really nice here. There's a definite rose-tone to this beer with more leanings toward a brown tone than black.

The smell is super heavy-duty. I pick up a heavy musky scent of wine-soaked wood. The smell gives off a sense of aged fruit - dates and raisins.

The taste is amazing. There's so much cherry richness on the way in. It's a delicious beer. It finishes off with a honey richness.

It's mouthfeel is port-like. I really appreciate it but it almost blurs the line away from beer. Still delicious though!

Overall this is an excellent beer. I understand its rarity and appreciate the generosity in its sharing. I love the cherry flavor. No candy here... real deal dark cherries.

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3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Given Adam's abundant head, I was worried a regular snifter wouldn't suffice. An enormous thanks to psiweaver for this beer. He sent it to me as an extra on my first trade. I don't think I really appreciated what he was sending me back then. Now I understand and hope I can repay the generosity.

Appearance - Like flat cola. Dark brown, impenetrable by light, and not a single bubble. Damn it's unsexy.

Smell - Bourbon aroma, primarily, followed by cherries. There's a vanilla flavor, probably either from the sherry or the oak, that I like, but a lot of sweetness persists in the smell. All of the aromas are good, but they come from the additives, not the actual beer.

Taste - Like the smell, bourbon flavors up front, followed by cherries. The sweetness is a bit intense. It follows through the whole drink. In the middle, when the bourbon and cherries fade, there is a wonderful chocolate taste that is as fleeting as it is delicious. I wish it would last, but it fades.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation would do this wonders. As it is, there's not a hint of alcohol in it nor is it very syrupy, really. It's still flat as hell and that makes it tough to drink.

Overall - I miss Adam. Where is he amongst all this cherry bourbonity? I remember the carbonation on Adam being too much, but this is the antithesis. Somewhere in between the base beer and this would be one hell of a creation.

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3.08/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.