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

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 897
Gots: 151 | FT: 17
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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Photo of Chico1985
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CaptainTripps
1.8/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2009 Bottling
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.

Photo of waltersrj
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of kbutler1
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chumba526
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of djbreezy
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of domtronzero
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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**
3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5
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.

**Edit 3/18/2013**

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.
4.5/4.25/4

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the bottle!
2008 vintage

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.

Photo of abuliarose
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zimmerbloke
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

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.

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. Big thanks to Plenum for this one.

The pour is a murky, dark, completely opaque brown - light doesn't even shine through around the edges of the glass. Practically no carbonation, just a small ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Primary aromas are alcohol, tart cherries, a bit of acid, and some wood. Somehow the smells combine to give me the impression of dill pickles, which, strangely enough, I like. Go figure.

First impression - hot yet delicious. The alcohol and wood have a strong presence, but the residual malt and cherry sugar and tartness counterbalance this well. There's some dark chocolate here too, and as the beer warms it takes on an uncanny resemblance to a spicy port. I was expecting this to be somewhat of a malt bomb, but it's actually very nice.

The mouthfeel here is awesome. Medium-full body, very chewy, even tannic almost. The lack of carbonation doesn't hurt the mouthfeel at all - with the dessert wine characteristics it might even help a little.

Overall, a great beer. A slow sipper for sure, but incredibly quaffable. I wish I had more of this.

Photo of geryeb624
2.78/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2009 vintage. 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Elendinn poured into DFH Signature Glass.

A- Dark brown with absolutely no head. A few scattered bubbles around the edge of the beer.

S- Dark fruits, raisins, figs, and the like with some chocolate and alcohol.

T- Overtly sweet in the beginning, with some candied dark fruit. Finishes a bit smoky and bitter, with a roasted quality. Almost no cherry to speak of. A strange combination of flavors, going from too sweet into smoky and warming, almost like a whiskey. I don't know about this one...

M- Very viscous, and practically flat. Again, not what I was expecting, and not particularly nice.

D- Not very high. Big flavors and high ABV make this one a sipper.

This one was pretty disappointing. Maybe I'm missing something, but I found this to be too sweet, too syrupy, and a bit too harsh. I don't taste cherries, and the flavors don't really work for me.

Photo of Docer
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed an '09 bottle from their newly opened tasting room for $15... slightly chilled....

- Very dark... brown, black... ruby red... all murky... little to no head at all... very flat looking... maybe about 10 countable bubbles around the edge of my hair of the dog tulip.

- Heat, salt, fig, plumb... grain... very honey-like and sweet..

- Sweet cherry brine... honey, oak, wood, fig, prune... earthy grain, soil... nothing bad in any of those descriptors... love the age, and blend of flavors...

- Sticky sugars... sweet... but thin to medium bodied... lightly drying, and all over the palate.

- I was caught off guard with this 12 oz. bottle. It poured like a very weak beer. I thought it was going to be another under carbonated 09' Doggy Claws that I got... and it was under carbonated... but the flavors held true. I would love to rate this higher... but it needs more carbonation and conditioning. If that happened... this could possibly be one of the best ales on earth. I love Adam, and it's my favored HOTD brew.

Photo of boMD
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The more current batches are much more carbonated. Although Cherry Adam was a near perfect beer from batch one, it's has sublimely improved in the last couples. The Cherry flavors are much more vibrant, and the carbonation creates a lush palate to complement the boozy tones.
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[Original notes from a Batch 1 Cherry Adam had on my birthday in early 2009] 12oz Bottle from Higgins... Poured an opaque black with a thin, bubbly, khaki head. The head faded quickly.

Aroma consisted of strong bourbon and fruit juice. A lot of dark malt notes in the initial flavors with a big alcohol punch. The cherries didn't show through until the finish as they were a sweet counterpart to the bitter alcohol.

Also a little bit of cocoa notes aided with masking the bitter bourbon-esq alcohol flavors. As it warmed the flavors had become a little more like red wine. An incredible beer.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle

A-pours a black liquid that lets virtually no light through with a brown colored head that is rather limited from a pretty hard pour.

S-the nose has a fair amount of dark malts, chocolate and toffee up front, notes of wood are present but not overpowering, hints of cherries in the back.

T-the toffee and chocolate are up front, a fair amount of wood come in on the middle of the tongue, notes of lightly sour cherries, decadent cherry chocolate syrupy, vinous characteristics, and light presence of alcohol.

M-this has a full body, syrupy and chewy, very smooth and a good amount of carbonation.

D-this is very tasty brew, nice blend of tart cherry with a good wood presence, great malt body to compliment the sweetness with an interesting almost tannic wine like quality.

Photo of brewdan
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle thanks David!

Pours nearly opaque dark brown with reddish-brown edges. Virtually no head.

Smells like dark fruit and cherry pie with a hint of bourbon.

Taste- wow! Like ripe cherries that we get in northern MI in summer- mostly sweet but a tad tart. Bourbon and vanilla is definitely in the mix. All this on top of the rich "regular" Adam flavors (smoke, peat, leather) making for a decadent experience.

Mouthfeel is about right; low carbonation that works really well with the ABV and flavors.

Well, regular Adam is one of my favorite beers but this goes to a whole new level of flavor. A super smooth sipper that is a little boozy but not too hot and a tad sweet but not cloying.

Superb beer.

I wish I had a case or two in the basement. Too bad it is so damn expensive.

Photo of garbercury
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Black13 for his generous trade, you the man Michael!

Been dying to try this one for a long time, poured into a snifter the day I got this one, could not wait, its just beer right?

A--Soy sauce-ish, some initial head, a little retention.

S--Love it, reminds me of Older Viscosity. Or, Bourbon aged Angels Share. Needless to say, that rocks. Got a sherry like quality to it.

T--Jesus. This is some damn tasty stuff. I get the cherry in this for sure, which really adds a great deal in comparison to the regular version. This is some really complex beer.

M--Good mouthfeel, a tad thin to get a five, but still a very silky smooth beer.

D--Wow, this is a terrific brew, definitely in my top ten easily. I love this beer and wish I had more, seek it out and enjoy it!

Photo of Elendinn
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom, for their 3rd anniversary. Served in their snifter.

A - looked more or less like Adam: dark black, edges crimson in the light. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - smelled like a particularly good vintage of port -- raisins and chocolate-covered cherries, with an unusual, lingering bitterness.

T - the taste matched the smell almost perfectly. It was like a delicious, carbonated port, with a slightly bitter finish that made the sweetness tolerable.

M - pretty thick and adequately carbonated, but, nevertheless, quite smooth.

D - vastly superior to the regular Adam, although I am an unabashed port lover. It's a bit viscous and strong, but I'd drink it all night, without reservation. The best of the night and easily an all-time favorite.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Generously included as an extra from Plenum...spoils from winning the I'm bored at work LIF. Thanks Doug!

2009 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Did I accidentally pour a bottle of A1 in my glass? Cherry Adam has the same color and clarity as the famous steak sauce. Absolutely no head was formed during the pour, nor can one be created through vigorous swirling...

The nose is a mad combination of bourbon, oak, cherry cough medicine and vanilla beans.

Hmmm...the taste is much more satisfying than the nose...first off, the fake cherry aroma isn't true...the flavor has full, natural black cherries...absolutely delicious. Starts off with a wood/oak flavor that quickly meets the sweet (but also tart) cherry flavor. The tartness lasts until the end where it meets a heavy bourbon character that brings along a booziness that burns well into the aftertaste.

Full bodied and thick, the mouth feel is sticky with a drying finish; virtually no carbonation.

Drinkable may not be the correct term...sippable for sure though. Easy to enjoy this one...loads of levels and flavors...wow!

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.