Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
03-13-2011 08:04:58 | More by Mississipping
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
03-10-2011 04:51:20 | More by emmasdad
4.72/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-06-2011 04:53:38 | More by vkv822
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
03-06-2011 02:25:21 | More by oregonskibum
4.78/5 rDev +10.4%
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
03-05-2011 18:28:02 | More by hopsbreath
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-01-2011 23:31:59 | More by fear025
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
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!
02-24-2011 07:45:09 | More by KevSal
4.97/5 rDev +14.8%
WOw, to quote my good friend, "I was just floored by this." One of the best barrel aged beer sI have ever had. Pours a rich mahogany with a thin tan head. Exceptional color. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cherries, plums, sherry, port, caramel and pecans. Such depth and complexity. Full, creamy body, great finish.
02-22-2011 01:33:07 | More by rye726
3.98/5 rDev -8.1%
Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes.
A- Very dark brown-black with no head whatsoever. No lace looks like dark juice. Is it flat?
S- Bourbon atop cocoa, old stale caramel, oak, vanilla and some smoke. Slight cherry fruit feel.
T- A good blend of nice flavors. Stale caramel malt of an old ale, nice cherry, bourbon whiskey, oak and cocoa. Sweet rich sugars.
MF- Syrup feel with alcohol warmth. Oily and slick. Has the tiniest amount of carbonation, I think, could use more.
DB- I can smell and taste the Adam behind a nice Bourbon and cherry flavor set. The carbonation missing is a setback but I still like this as a dessert beer.
02-20-2011 01:19:51 | More by cbutova
3.43/5 rDev -20.8%
2009 vintage received in a trade, from whom I can't remember right now...but thanks!
Pours dark brown, no head. Damn. Leaves some legs.
Smell is chocolate truffles, light bourbon. Cherries too but it's moreso just dark fruit in general; plums and raisins and such.
Taste reminds me of dark chocolate covered cherries. Still getting lots of raisins and plum. Like the smell, bourbon isn't strong. Pretty sweet and rich.
It's pretty much flat, barely carbonated at most, but it's not really a big deal for this beer. Booze is pretty well-hidden. I split it but finishing the 12oz wouldn't be a difficult task.
This was disappointing... It's tasty, but I was hoping for a nice leather/smoke profile like the regular Adam, this didn't have too much going on.
02-19-2011 15:28:08 | More by Chico1985
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
2009 CAFTW Picked up from Matt at Capone's. I've been cellaring since. He was all but pushing me in this direction. Thank God he did!
Rich dark mahogany color, hints of red in full light. Minimal head, and lacing in this pour into Uber Tavern Tulip. Appears more like a deep rich Madeira...but o contraire!The aroma flows wih wood,dried fruit, dark cherry and hints of vanilla. It is not so much the scent, but the depth of the scent. It is so rich and inviting...before you taste it, you absolutley KNOW that this is going to be an exceptional experience.
Then OMG...taste is spectacular! There is no way I can compatre this as just another old ale. And it is miles beyond Adam. It grabs you with a richness and a roundness of flavors so well balanced. There is modest and wonderfully complementary bourbob...but not strong or dominating. It is a rich dark cherry famliar from extraordinary sour cherry pastries...but not sour in the drink,rather a complement to the rich hops and malt that have been so well aged in the wood.
The mouthfeel is medium full; rich and satisfying.
I would not recommend drinkability wise for usual comsumption or or with food per say...I'm sure others might disagree. Rather, this is a perfect later at night or evening with a superior robust cigar drink. The alcohol presence is notable but not distracting.
It's works well in Winter...it's hard to think of this as a Summer drink...but again this is not about thirst quenching or marrying with al fresco lunch or summer dinner.
Like a major Medoc or Cab Sauv...this really needs to experienced on it's own, and savored for it's own sake.
Hope you have a chance to enjoy this someday.
p.s. Remember Don Younger!
02-12-2011 21:34:41 | More by BillRoth
4.2/5 rDev -3%
12oz bottle courtesy of Davod23 (thanks Dave!). This pours a dark reddish brown, close to opaque. Very thin head with limited retention time.
Strong aromas, this is obviously a serious beer from the get-go. The strongest note is old ale sweet malts, with a good amount of ABV detectable from the nose, maybe due to bourbon/sherry barrels. Lots of dark fruit, and not just cherries, also raisins and prunes and figs. In fact cherry is the last thing I get from the smell, but it must be there.
Initially sweet tasting, actually sweet tasting throughout but I mean the first flavor is sweet maltiness on the tongue. Followed by liqueur notes that aren't ethanol, more sherry-like. Lots of dark fruits in the flavor.
Low carbonation, but still a little bubbly, not flat. Very very strong feeling, definitely a sipper. I found this to be my favorite FOTD beer to date, and best placed as an after-dinner or nightcap beer.
02-06-2011 20:44:14 | More by TurdFurgison
1.8/5 rDev -58.4%
12oz Bottle poured into my Hair of the Dog Tulip
A: This beer poured a very dark redish-brown. Red hues are visible on the edges. No head what so ever, AT ALL.
S: Small elements of the original Adam are present, you get small aromas of dark fruits such as plums, figs and dates. What really dominates the nose is a mixture of bourbon and cherries - go figure. Small amount of vanilla coming through.
T: Here comes the disappointment. I don't know if I'm just not understanding what is trying to come out of the beer, but it taste like cherry nyquil that some one dumped a little bit of cheap bourbon in. It is very malty and some what disgusting to a point if i don't know if i want to finish the glass. The cherries and bourbon seem to be fighting each other in my mouth competing on who is the ultimate flavor.
M: Bad, and i mean REALLY BAD. While it is medium bodied - almost full bodied like a big RIS, it is completely FLAT. Did Lost Abbey make this beer? I understand that certain beers should have lower amounts of carbonation then others but this is just plain bad. This beer could also use some more time (if you even wanted to wait/hoped it got better). It is pretty dang hot. Has not calmed down one bit. (While i havn't tried it fresh, with how hot it is now, i could only imagine how hot is was fresh.)
D: At its current rate, pretty dang bad. It honestly in my opinion tasted like Nyquil, maybe even worse (ouch i know). Also the alcohol was way to hot to even really bare through the rest of the bottle. Maybe with some more age this beer will prove, but only time will tell. (on a side note, after finishing the bottle, I have concluded Nyquil does taste better.)
Final Thought: I don't know if i just got a bad bottle or what, but right now this beer was a HUGE disappointment. Was pretty excited to taste until i took the first sip and it was all down hill from there. I started drinking the beer a little to cold, but while i drank it slowly and let it warm up to around 50-55 F, i found myself giving it lower and lower scores. Man, and adam was just so good! Probably will have to revisit this with another bottle just to make sure i didn't get a bad egg. But as it stands, this sucked.
02-01-2011 15:59:24 | More by CaptainTripps
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours: Deep and dark black, thick and sludgy with no head, even when poured straight into itself.
Nose: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, cherries, smoke, caramel, leather, and seductive oak. The nose was so good that I may never clean the glass!
Taste: A complex overload of dark fruits, bourbon soaked cherries, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, smoke, leather, and charred oak.
Mouthfeel: Very thick, but the low carbonation gets this a 4.5 instead of a 5. I still love this beer with low carbonation. Amazing offering straight from Alan at the brewery...what a great guy.
Overall: You must seek this out. It's amazing and I'm glad I live only 2.5 hours away!
01-22-2011 09:39:30 | More by waltersrj
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Poured into a tall Allagash tulip a very dark brown color with the slightest red tinges. Very minimal head, even with a vigorous pour, with a tannish collared head. HUGE aroma of bourbon in the nose, along with dark chocolate of the bes kind. At 13.5% the booze does show in the nose slightly but not blatantly or displeasing. Served at cellar temp which is probably about 55-60 degrees. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very bold and smooth flavors the like I am extremely enjoying. Dark chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit round out the flavor profile beautifully. Slight warming at the end. The smoothness is really nice. I wish it was a tad bit more carbonated though.
01-22-2011 01:49:57 | More by kbutler1
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
Appears extremely dark brown. A little bit of light shines through around the edges of the beer but this is one dark beer. There is a small dark tan layer of foam as well.
The smell of vanilla, smoky malts, dry tart cherries, bourbon, oak fills my nose. The vanilla oak smell balances nicely with the smoky sweet toffee flavor of the malts, the alcohol smell the bourbon brings and the dry tart flavor of the cherries.
The flavor of tart earthy cherries balanced with sweet bourbon and vanilla fills the mouth as I take a sip of this beer. Slight toffee sweetness is also noticeable. There is a bit of a smoke flavor and a fruity sweetness also going on in this beer. There are some port like qualities to this ale. This is perfectly balanced complex ale. There are many different components to this beer but they all blend with each other very well.
The carbonation is fairly low in this beer but I feel it enhances the flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth.
This is a thick heavy ale but it goes down smooth I could drink a glass or two of this. For how heavy the beer is it is very drinkable.
Overall a great beer. This is a complex, well balanced and smooth beer. Worth trying if you ever get the chance.
01-17-2011 21:49:53 | More by chumba526
4/5 rDev -7.6%
Early 2010 rate.
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a wispy head. Nose is hugely malty with heavy bourbon and oak. Not as smokey as a lot of other of their oak-aged beers. Hot, sweet, and a bit tart in the mouth. Somewhat medicinal sweetness bordering on cherry. Big and robust malt. More smoke or spice would be nice to play against the sweetness. Not cloying though, pretty enjoyable. As it opens, the bourbon and oak kind of meld together very nicely. That said, I think I would just prefer the regular Adam here.
01-02-2011 04:22:07 | More by JAXSON
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
On draft at Baileys Taproom in Portland, OR.
appearance - dark, no head, red notes, looks like a red wine
smell - roasty, oak, barrel, deep and rich
taste - complex big dark cherry, lots of wood notes
mouthfeel - creamy and oily, smooth, full bodied
drinkability - sipping grade awesomeness
12-10-2010 06:23:13 | More by djbreezy
4.6/5 rDev +6.2%
2009 bottle generously shared by dankbeers619. Thanks for bringing this one over!
A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. A little thick and viscous looking. No head even when forced. About 15 or so tiny bubbles are stuck in the corners.
S - Dark roasted malts, boozy, light cherry aroma with a ton of vanilla oaky goodness. Full of rich sweet caramel, dark fruity esters and sweet bourbon.
F/M - Caramel, maple syrup, and vanilla, oh my! Dark fruity esters and roasted dark chocolatey malts are very well balanced with a light cherry flavor and sweet bourbon notes. Just a hint of booze is a little bitter and quite pleasant. Slightly less than full bodied with very low, but existent, carbonation. Lingering chocolate cherry notes.
D - This sure is a sipper, but it is so flavorful and delicious. I could easily drink a few pints of this if it was available. World class.
12-02-2010 05:27:01 | More by domtronzero
4.85/5 rDev +12%
I managed to get a bottle of the 2009 vintage at Capone's (thanks again to John!). I tried this fairly fresh thanks to Devin, but this time, I have a chance to nurse it for an hour.
Sitting in my fridge for several months gave a chance for the yeast to really flocculate and this results in a clear but very dark brown pour. Beautiful, reddish brown highlights are present. This also has a rather low level of carbonation, there's barely any head present, and all I see is little streamers of bubbles running up the side of my snifter. Swirling the beer results in there being some legs running down my glass, indicative of the high ABV.
How it looks, however, is immaterial as this smells fucking unreal. Bursting with black cherries and bourbon, these characteristics are balanced at a level that most beers strive to reach. Couple that with the excellent base that Adam provides - a little leather, a little cocoa, a little tobacco, a little smoke - and this is a masterpiece. Along with the cherries, there's a little plums too. Moderate tannins are also present, with an oaky, a touch charred. Brilliant.
The palate opens moderately sweet, with bourbon, vanilla and cherry all very-balanced. The cherry character is both, mildly tart and moderately sweet (one has to remember this isn't a kriek or a sour beer, so the cherry sweetness *is* noticeable). The mid-palate is where the base beer shines. Caramel, leather, tobacco and just a whisper of smoke appear before a long-lasting finish that has bourbon, a little heat, cherry tartness with the fruity sweetness and barrel tannins playing off each other remarkably well. Alcohol appears on the end, lightening it up, leaving just the leather and cherries. Full in body with low carbonation, this is about as perfect as a beer like this can be. Despite its heft and price tag, this is a beer I will reach out to as often as I can. I would love, love, love to have a case of this. An exceptional beer, very very complex, brilliantly structured and executed. Alan really is one of the best brewers out there. As I keep drinking this, I realize that there's nothing I would change about how it tastes and am adjusting my scores accordingly.
**Original review for the 2008 vintage dated 08-18-2009 11:56:03**
Thanks to John for grabbing me a bottle, and Svejk for an extra. Split this with a few friends last night
Cherry AftW pours a dark brown with red highlights. No real head apart from a thin ring. On the nose, it's a gorgeous combination of mild cherry, vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of smoke. I really like the cherry character, being as mild as it is, it's perfect. On the palate, it opens up with bourbon and vanilla with a mild sour cherry character mid palate. The finish is a little tannic, showing a little dryness with some cherry and vanilla character. Carbonation is soft, and it works with the big barrel character on this beer. Thoroughly enjoyable, I look forward to drinking my other bottles.
This is my third bottle of the 2012 release, and I must say it's not as mindbogglingly good as the 2009 was. A fantastic blend of cherries, leather, oak and bourbon, this pairs all the goodness of Adam with cherries and bourbon. Moreso than other batches, the cherry character is quite potent here, lending an earthy cherry skin tannin character that complements the bourbon and base beer. The palate has a moderate cherry sweetness that complements the bourbon, and is intriguing in conjunction with the base beer. Over-carbonated, this beer is medium in body and has a pleasant finish. I'm going to let this sit for a while.
12-02-2010 04:34:59 | More by DefenCorps
4.05/5 rDev -6.5%
12 oz bottle from the 2008 release courtesy of scubarex. While relaxing pre-Thanksgiving style with the wife, sister, brother, and brother-in-law at the Bavarian Lodge, I stepped out momentarily to complete this trade displaying the full force of my beer geekery. Apologies to the family, thanks to Russ. This want lasted two days in my possession. Here goes nothing.
Dark raisin in color, nearly black. Aggressive pour yields some puddled surface soap that pools at the edges leaving a nearly spotless surface.
Dark, plump black cherries. Barrel is evident in both wood and bourbon. While nice, the base beer is mostly dwarfed by the barrel aging, which is a bit of a shame considering the base can be so damn nice. If this beer could somehow pull off a happier medium, this would be a stunner.
Sweet dark cherries bat lead off while the bourbon/sherry partnership leads through the heart of the order. The bottom of the order is firm tannis and wood along with the smoky peat and tobacco qualities that make the original, not some National League light hitting pitcher. It's really along the back end that any real semblance of Adam is truly distinguishable.
Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and could use a bit more carbonation to carry it through. Barrel aging has certainly thinned out the base. While shooting for the moon here, if somehow this beer could carry the mouthfeel of the original, I'd cannonball through the kitchen window for another. As it stands, mild huzzahs from the couch will suffice.
Good, but not great, an example of a beer I'd hoped would be better than its inspiration, but doesn't quite deliver. I'm thankful for the effort, but I'll take the non barrel aged version.
11-28-2010 00:50:56 | More by BarrytheBear
4/5 rDev -7.6%
12 oz. bottle, '09 Vintage,
A: Pours type black with a minimal if any type of head. Just a smattering of bubbles. Not a great start, but it'd change my mind.
S: Chocolate and black cherries, with some noticable residual sugar.
T: As with the nose, the dark chocolate dominates. Chocolate covered black cherry soda but in the least artificial way possible. It's that one flavour, but it's quite tasty.
M: Carbonation is minimal as per what the appearance told me. But it's not flat at all. Light carbonation is fine for this style. Very full-bodied and smooth, an elegant beverage ala dessert wine. Noticable booze, but it's not bad and will abate itself with time.
D: I paid a Jackson for this baby, was it worth it, from the beer probably not, but Beachwood was my only opportunity, and it was my birthday so I'd been eyeing this for a while. Good beer without a doubt, put 2-5 years on it; it will be amazing.
11-21-2010 04:57:45 | More by Halcyondays
3.88/5 rDev -10.4%
Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the bottle!
Poured into a snifter. Dark prune/raisin color with a thin ring of off-white film around the edges of the glass. A few light patches of lacing here and there.
Plums, figs, alcohol and cherries on the nose. Layers of vanilla and wood plus a hint of leathery smoke. Complex and enjoyable. The cherry has an almost earthy light grassiness to it.
Cherries, figs and wood on the tongue. Darker malts with a touch of dark chocolate, finishing with some alcohol bite. Some vanilla and port/sherry like characteristics. Alcohol is noticeable, but not dominating. Crosses the beer/liquor line.
Mouthfeel is unfortunately somewhat lacking. I don't expect much carbonation with this style of beer, but this one is still too low. Body is smooth, but seems slightly thinner than the regular Adam. About average for the style.
Drinkability is pretty good. I do like this beer, especially the nose, but when you stack it up against the regular Adam it falls a bit short. The cherry addition adds to the nose, but doesn't do much for me in terms of flavor. Also seems like the barrel aging may have thinned this one out a bit. However, I'd still like to try the 2009 version at some point and this beer still worth trying, especially if you like old ales / English barleywines.
11-13-2010 00:00:36 | More by sisuspeed
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
Vintage 2008 poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter, deep burgundy body with an alcoholic fluidness and no head. Very sipper-like. Smells absolutely delicious: sweet and malty evoking all the complexities of a barleywine with a nice alcoholic cherry effervescence.
Tastes just slightly less sweet than it looks, with more of a rough a meaty old ale malt backbone carrying a hint of dried cherry flavor. The sherry is more noticeable than the bourbon with a slight raisin quality over any vanilla character. For 10%, the alcohol is very noticeable in taste and mouthfeel. A sipper for sure. Body is light with very little carbonation but some alcohol burn on the tongue. Very sippable, but not sure if I'd drink a whole bottle.
Overall it's quite nice. I can see how this one is meant to be put down or enjoyed over the course of an evening with some cheese.
11-12-2010 23:56:23 | More by abuliarose
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
Huge thanks to hopsbreath for sending 2008/2009 bottles as part a superbly generous package. This one's to you, Jason! Served at cellar temperature, about 57 degrees. Bottle opens with only the slightest hiss, then poured into New Belgium globe glass.
A: Even with a pretty aggressive pour, I can't get anything in the way of head. Carbonation is evidently faint. Very opaque dark brown pour, with some hints of red only becoming apparent when a little light sneaks through on the edges of the beer. Swirling the glass only draws out the faintest white carbonation ring around the edge; some thinner legs cling to the side of the glass.
S: Beautiful! Peaty smoke, tart cherries, boozey sweetness. Very strong tobacco nose. Literally mouthwateringly attractive.
T: Tart cherries even more present than in the nose. The peat notes have really been pushed towards the finish on the flavor profile compared to regular Adam, but are just as strong here. Creamy vanilla and a hint of boozy bourbon meld the cherries and smoke very well. More than unique flavors, I feel like this is a testiment to excellent balance and flavor combination. Superb.
M: The thick mouthfeel matches the flavor profile very well, but this beer is hurt by the lack of carbonation. Still a hint of burn from the alcohol, but not detrimental.
D: Even in this state (without carbonation), it is excellent. I'd love to see this with carbonation, but even so, splitting a bottle made me want the rest of the beer.
Hair of the Dog only continues to impress. I admit I'm a sucker for a well made, sweeter, little-bit-boozy beer, but Sprints continues to knock them out of the park for me. Really an excellent treat.
11-09-2010 01:08:07 | More by zimmerbloke
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.