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

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BA SCORE
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674 Ratings
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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 903
Gots: 152 | FT: 16
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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into my Bruery snifter.

Pours pretty flat with no head. Color is a dark murky bark brown with a ruby hue to it.

Aroma: Black cherries, bourbon, oak, raisins, plums. My mouth is already watering. It is a little hot but I like that in an old ale. Amazing.

Taste: Bourbon up front with subtle black cherry flavors that go perfect with the oak and bourbon. Lots of dark dried fruits. Plums and raisins. Slightly tart. After it warms up a bit, tobacco flavors show.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry but I like it. Very wonderful. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is solid.

Overall, thus beer is great. Very drinkable and probably the best old ale I have ever had. Well rounded with lots of flavor. Bourbon barrels + black cherries = heaven.

04-19-2010 02:37:45 | More by mothman
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

12oz expensive ass bottle into a small glass and split with friends. I love cherries, I love regular Adam, and I love getting wood. (from my beer as well) here it goes,

Cherry Adam is a murky dark blackish color but not exactly a RIS black, more like a HOTD black. With small amounts this is actually a ruby red. What the hell am I talking about? A hard pour yielded no head, not even a cap, just some trace bubbles around the glass.

This smells interesting fresh out the bottle so I let it sit for a few, letting it come together. The smell is a rich deep pure chocolate cherry blast with dark fruits such as plums kicking ASS. I get alot of sherry but the bourbon seems lost in the mix. Blackberry and some vanilla. Under that is the regular Adam, check my other review.

This one is a winner, it's pure, it's unadulterated, it's smooth. This 2009 bottle showcases cherries and blackberries with a big mellow chocolate coffee mixed in with sherry at the office on monday morning. When cold the chocolate is big but not pushy, but when this warms the cherrries mix in ever so nicely with the sherry. Roasted malts throughout, this is complex, but it's really simple to pick out all the flavors.

A healthy stealthy medium approaching full, while the carbonation is on a complete lull. Well, there is a very small amount there, it's just living. I like it either way. I guess it works with this beer. Regular Adam is more carbonated, but not extremely so. This is barrel aged, these things happen. Some hotness and booze but there is so much flavor it actually blends well. Some roughness on the top of the mouth after 6oz or so.

While I can polish off a bottle or more of Adam with ease, I think splitting this version was a good deal, this was pretty sweet, but not cloying in anyway. Maybe I'll try to do a bottle one day. I really cant say which one I like more, this or the regular, but I know this is damn good stuff. Side by side is in the works.

04-11-2010 04:50:58 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%

12oz bottle bought at capones and split with onix1agr. Thanks for the hook up b.

A- deep deep ruby red with dark brown touches. No head at all but its a barrel aged old ale I wasn't expecting much.

S- dark brown sugar and browned irish butter. Dried fruits raisins, figs and some port wine. Sweet vanilla as well.

T- lots of dried fruit covered in brown sugar almost like shoe fly pie. Splashes of the black cherry fights its way to the top and does a lot to brighten up the boozy sweetness and lend a new complexity to it. The bourbon shows nicely with the sherry playing second fiddle but the wood shows very well. Some mild tannins and booze with warming.

M- slick and creamy, chewy and slightly viscous. A perfect amount of carb helps this stuff crush the palate with a monster amount of flavor. Some heat to be sure.

D- its really drinkable in 6oz pours but no way would I want to tackle a whole 12 I mean I'd like to try but I wouldn't need it all. Lovely flavor complexity some of the most complex stuff I've ever had in fact. Baller shit from some serious heads.

04-11-2010 02:03:02 | More by oglmcdgl
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

A - Deep, deep red. No head to speak of, no bubbles coming to the top. Very, very dark, light only going through on the edges.

S - Huge fruit smell, raisins, dates, figs, some sort of dark. The cherry is more of a hint on the end with the overpowering dark fruit smells. Nice oaky notes in the background make this a very full and complete smell.

T - Deep raisin taste, really the biggest part of this beer. Slight bit of alcohol there, touch of vanilla, nice and oaky. I taste a little bit of cherry in there, but it is not the biggest taste at all.

M - Flat, not a ton of carbonation, but good body on it. Could use a slight touch of carbonation, heard it comes with age on this one.

D - Pretty easy to drink, never would have guessed this is 10% alcohol, quite sweet, probably a bit too much to session, but could do another.

04-04-2010 01:08:26 | More by AgentZero
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a muddy medium brown with amber highlights. No carbonation at all, no head.

The aroma is strong and super sweet. Tons of super strong dark fruit, prunes mostly and lots of vanilla. At the end is a nice hint of the wood.

The taste is very sweet, mostly vanilla. The finish is wood and alcohol.

The feel is light and extremely warm, also very sticky almost just sticks to your teeth.

Drinkability is ok for 10%.

Overall, this was ok. Its very similar to the utopias to me. Its very drinkable for a 10% beer, its almost like a after dinner drink. However, its a little too sweet for me, and there is way to much alcohol taste and feel on your mouth.

04-04-2010 00:48:37 | More by jrallen34
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Murchmac

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

We dont have to take our clothes off, to drink some cherry adam.

Pours a black cherry with stems like Jackie Brown.

Smells like Kool Aids Cherry Cousin, Cherry Aid. Very good.

One of the best cherry old ales on the market. Cherry, Sherry, heat, warmth, sweetness, Walter Payton. Fantastic.

Excellent beer, get this mofo if yo cando.

04-03-2010 04:46:41 | More by Murchmac
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Got as an extra from TATTORSO...thanks man!! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. Pours a very, very dark brown that looks like muddy water once filled. Ironically this isn't a bad thing. There is absolutely no head at all...and that's with an aggressive final attempt finishing out the bottle. I reviewed the appearance at 4.0 anyway since the color and clarity(or lack there of) is impressive!

Aroma is awesome! Huge oak and sweet notes. Picking up a severe amount of raisin too...although I could be mistaking that for the cherries. Very earthy and boozy. There's a slight hint of spice hiding in the back too.

Interesting flavor. I would have to personally dissagree with the Old Ale label, it more likely resembles an American style of Quadrupel. Huge raisin flavor...followed by a cabernet like aftertaste. Has low carbonation...with a solid oak, barrel aged like earthiness. Booze is pretty noticeable. Medium to thick mouthfeel/body. Overall, its a little too sweet for me, but no where near as bad as some of the quads/old ales out there where theres severe raisin overkill. Just another solid beer from Hair of the Dog.

04-02-2010 02:20:41 | More by ShadesOfGray
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womencantsail

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

A terribly overpriced 2009 bottle shared with fellow drunkard t0rin0.

A: The pour is completely flat and dark blood red in color. Even with a vigorous pour, still not even a trace of a bubble.

S: The nose is full of rich chocolate, sweet and mildly tart cherries, bourbon, molasses, and nondescript dark fruits. An absolutely wonderful nose.

T: The flavors mimic the nose for the most part. The cherries are a bit more pronounced and have a touch more tartness to them than the nose would indicate. The chocolatey oxidation provides a great balance to the fruit and the oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors really tie everything together.

M: Although the beer is completely flat, it still works out well. It's not syrupy, but does have some nice viscosity to it. The alcohol is warming without being hot or off-putting.

D: It wasn't quite worth the money that we paid for it, but still a fantastic beer. I'd love to try this again.

04-01-2010 16:45:13 | More by womencantsail
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TonyBrew

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev 0%

2008 bottle - Pours like a purple/dark maroon color very unique. Very small head on it, but still carbonated some what and a bit on sides of glass, but should be expected especially aging over a year in the casks (bourbon/sherry). Big barleywine with fruit (cherry) and a bit of smokiness on the nose. Taste - WOW, very smooth with a bit of smokey character (expected from smell) and a nice cherry tartness (kind of like a chocolate covered cherry) with a smokey/wood addition. A full yet "gentle" bodied brew with some carbonation and very delicious. This is a must have and I cannot wait to get more!

03-28-2010 16:11:44 | More by TonyBrew
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vacax

California

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

Bottle vintage 2008. Pours black cherry in color, nearly black. No head to speak of other than a few clusters of bubbles. After 15 months in bourbon and sherry casks though, I am feeling forgiving on the head. A swirl does conjure up some foam and stick some clusters of head along the walls of the glass. The aroma is robust with bourbon, black treacle, brown sugar, tart cherry, oak, sherry, and smoke--no lack of complexity here. The flavor begins with a smokey malt character lightened by tart cherries. Somewhat peppery with a dry bready finish that ends with lingering dark chocolate. Quite a brew. Full bodied with a subdued but present carbonation that is just about right. This beer is quite delicious, more robust than expected and probably better too. Something elegant to be savored.

03-28-2010 03:54:14 | More by vacax
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tpd975

Florida

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Thanks to tampabrew for this one.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a small amber tinged white head. No real retention or lace.

S: Wonderful aromas of tart cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of smoke.

T: Sweet and tart cherries, oak, vanilla, and bold roast. As it warms chocolate notes and light smoke start to really come out. Hints of bourbon and lighter dark fruits can be picked up as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium without being thick. Moderate carbonation with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

D: Good a real tasty treat.

Thanks Gary!

03-10-2010 02:00:40 | More by tpd975
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%

Thanks for sharing this one Greg! 2009 bottle had on 2.18, from notes.

Pours nearly black with no head, some weirdly large-sized bubbles try to surface and form something but fail. epic fail.

Smells like.... well the cherries are there, surprise surprise. Some ripe apples too. Just a general dark fruitiness, really. Booze, chocolate and some syrupy sweetness. Taste is the same, with some charred malt and sweet flavors but a bit of a woodiness to it. Fruitiness is apparent throughout along with good complexity. Booze is there in the finish and somewhat lingers without any carbonation to carry it away. Though, this beer is properly carbonated for what it's trying to be. The low carbonation and combination of flavors and booze presence almost create a liqueur quality to the mouthfeel and experience of this beer. The flavors work very well together and I would like to revisit this down the road. I had drank this once before this review and remembered liking it more, so it's possible that my outlook will change again in the future. Thanks Greg!

02-26-2010 05:17:06 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -32.3%

Shared as part of the pre EBF tasting by Joe with the renegades of funk. It pours into a tasting glass with a dark brown color. It's almost flat, and only produces some large bubbles which turn to nothing.

The aroma is raw and boozy, with a hot, fruity character. It reminded me of chocolate covered cherries. Alcohol fumes take over. I'm liking the cherry character but it could use more complexity and less alcohol. The flavor is alcoholic, woody, and very sweet with rich notes of toffee and caramel. This is a very rich beer with a lot of liqour influences. There was a really nice cherry-chocolate character that made me think of a cherry mash chocolate truffle, which I've never even had. In the end, its just a bit too boozy and out of my personal comfort zone.

There was only a prickle of carbonation on the mouthfeel to go with a slightly syrupy consistency. It actually tasted hotter than 10%, and it was certainly intended to be shared. This was a beer I wanted to try, but I found it hard to finish towards the end.

02-21-2010 04:57:14 | More by jeffthecheff
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mikey711

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

2009 bottle

A: Deep brown, nearly black, somewhat murky. Not much head at all with just a faint ring that sits atop and no lacing is left behind.

S: Lots of wood notes that bring out some cherry, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Also some leather and smoky notes, and sweet toffee and caramel.

T: Nice bourbon and cherry notes to start followed by vanilla oakiness and earthy wood. A nice level of smokiness is present, but tasted somewhat muddled witht the rest of the flavors. Also plenty of caramel and leather notes as well

M: Slightly boozy and a bit syrupy, but the lack of carbonation actually adds to the overall feel.

D: I enjoyed one bottle in two sittings and would have had trouble doing it another way.

01-25-2010 00:37:39 | More by mikey711
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nkersten

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

A- 2009 batch pours dark brown/rusty blood red color, no head on the pour. I could be wrong, but it looked like there was a bit of char from the barrel in the bottle.
S- Oak, lots of sweet malt, vanilla, some alcohol. Not much hop presence in the smell.
T- Perfect amount of oak flavor, dark dried fruits, very faint hop bitterness, this is a sweet beer but the flavor from the barrel helps to balance it out. Some alcohol burn in the finish.
M- Thick and coating, this beer is very warm. Very little carbonation but I don't think this took anything away from the beer at all.
D- Its a big heavy beer, but it has so much flavor I couldn't stop drinking it. If I had another bottle I don't think i could let it sit very long and probably would opened it by now. What an amazing beer. I am usually not a fan of old ales, but this is one of the best.

01-19-2010 05:42:13 | More by nkersten
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to googzoid10 for this, cheers Greg!

2008 bottle pours ebony with a sliver of mocha/dark chocolate head. Nice oily sheen to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, figs & prunes & a tad of booze once warm

T: Dark cherry, figs, raisins, vanilla & oak up front. Bourbon & vanilla comes through as this warms, more dark cherry, a bit of woody & leafy hops, plus dryness, plus more figs, plus a tad of boozey warmth. Finishes with oaky drynness, booze soaked cherry

MF: Rich, chewy, with near zero carbonation, port-like

Drinks pretty easy with nicely hidden abv, another winner form HOTD! One that will probably be better with at least another year+ on it IMO

01-17-2010 01:00:48 | More by russpowell
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%

An interesting and masterful creation. Dark colour with virtually no head. Cherry, bourbon and yeast in aroma. Above average mouthfeel, bulked up by caramel. Rich vanilla wood and cherry flavours dominate, the bourbon not far behind. Cannot discern carbonation.

01-10-2010 00:17:58 | More by Sammy
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

2009 bottle received in a trade with inflatablechair thanks Sam!

Appearance: Pours an attractive red brown but absolutely no crown, retention, or lace.

Smell: Caramel covered smoked bourbon soaked black cherries :)

Taste: Smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, black cherries, sweet malt, and love :)

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I was expecting which is good because the beer has predictably no carbonation. it works but SOME carbonation would have been interesting.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the abv.

This is a beer that shows lots of character and boldness.

2009 BOTTLE SAMPLED 7/30/11 (thanks to Vito at Copper Mine Pub for sharing!)

4.5 Cherry is living large with mild chocolate notes and some booze plus a whisper or roast malt.

4.5 Drikability: Super tasty when it warms and goes down easy.

01-09-2010 02:03:17 | More by koopa
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waltonc

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours flat, murky brown. Smells of cherries, smoke, and caramel. Taste follows with those same traits. I'm looking for the leather that other reviewers have noted, and I suppose I can see what they're saying. I guess I'm just not used to detecting the flavor of leather in my beer. The bourbon is subtle, but you can definitely tell this one was aged in barrels. Very sweet, and I agree with Arbitrator that there's a port/grape hint toward the end. Reminds me a tad of the Angels Share with cabernet grapes served at the most recent Lost Abbey barrel night. Overall, this beer tastes outstanding. The overall profile is very well balanced. Body is pretty thick, with low carbonation. Just fine for a nice old ale on a cold winter night. Would love to acquire more of this.

One of the best-tasting brews I've had in 2009.

12-30-2009 01:58:52 | More by waltonc
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a deep murky brown, nearly opaque. Very short head with only a wisp of retention. No lacing.

S: Deeply rich malts with plenty of cherries and dark fruits. Some smokiness and light tobacco. Very nice alcohol line.

T/M: Very tasty. Rich malts with loads of dark fruits. Cherries obviously take the lead but there's plenty of other alocohol soaks fruits in there as well. Loving the alcohol. More of the smokiness and light tobacco. Body is medium full with practically no carbonation. Just a touch more carbonation would really improve things.

D: Pretty big beer that is very inviting.

12-28-2009 22:32:34 | More by pwoods
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks to masterchiefmd for this bottle, poured into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer has very little, almost no carbonation. There is a tight white ring of small foamy bubbles around the ring of the glass. The beer is a murky deep brown, almost black with soft ruby/mahogany edges.

The smell is deep sweet roasted malts and bourbon at first sniff. The bourbon is sweet and smoky, full of vanilla notes. The barrel oakiness brings the sweetness back from the edge and ushers the nose to the sweet and sour deep cherry notes. There is a nice backing of dark chocolate and just the slightest hint of an earthy/spicy hop as well. As the beer warms the cherries get a little more tart and grab a little more of my attention, very nice.

The taste is just as complex as the nose, the bourbon hits first, followed by the vanilla, chocolate and subtly tart black cherries. There is a smoky, oak barrel flavor that accompanies the bourbon and compliments the chocolate notes and deep roastiness of the malt. The beer is very sweet, but never cloying as the very subtle spicy hops, the barrel flavors and the hints of sour cherries bring it back from the edge.

The beer is almost syrupy, with just enough carbonation to make it not-too-thick. The complex flavors roll over each other and the alcohol flavors seem to burst out of the bourbon notes, rather than an alcohol burn. After a few sips I feel the alcohol warm my stomach pleasantly, reminding me that this is a sipper, but the flavors mask the high abv nicely. I am really impressed by this beer and will seek it out in the future.

12-18-2009 02:01:01 | More by rpstevens
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mcallister

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours the deep dredgy opaque murky brownish red bricking color that I love regular Adam for. No head hold this from a five.

Smokey malts, caramel, hints of cherry with a charred oak ester. Some red and black fruit aromas as well as plum, chocolate, leather and tobacco.

Thick, syrupy, creamy and monstrous. Huge complexity with a good showing of alcohol on the finish. Cherry, oak, charred smokey malts, black fruits, black and red currant, milk chocolate, mollasses, ink, leather, tobacco, and much much more.

No carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel but otherwise this beer is a warming top notch behemoth.

12-12-2009 19:39:02 | More by mcallister
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davod23

California

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip. Thanks, Greg.

It pours almost still, a dark, ruby-tinged brown. Darker than I expected, though I'm not sure what I was expecting with this... A very small light tan cap forms but instantly fizzles away, leaving only the slightest of collars around the lip of the liquid. Small amount of spotty lacing. It's a beautiful color, and would be a perfect 5 if there was any head to speak of.

Smell is just a bit underwhelming. It's just not as in my face as I expected. Black cherries are evident, as are both the bourbon and sherry barrels. Smells a bit sweet. I expected more complexity and more boldness from this, but it's not bad.

Taste is really nice. Dark cherry, bourbon, sherry, sweet malt, English toffee, leather, maybe a hint of dark fruit, and a tiny bit of alcoholic heat. It never ends, either... it's been minutes since my last sip and I can still taste it. Nice.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Thick, chewy, slick, with a long, lasting finish. Just awesome.

Drinkability is great on this one. My glass is going away way too quickly. I could drink loads of this stuff.

Very nice beer from HOTD.

***2011 Version***

Hot damn! 2011 vintage poured into my Bruery tulip.

Appearance: Thick, still pour. Absolutely no bubbles. It appears to be a deep, dark brown, but the edges are most decidedly purplish. Odd, but pretty decent.

Smell: Whoa. Much better than the prior bottle I had. Cherries, leather, a waft of smoke, sweet molasses, oak, booze, cocoa, damn there's a lot of stuff going on here.

Taste: Amazing. Just incredible. Deeper, darker, with more dark cherries and a stronger oak component. The normal smokiness of Adam is but an undercurrent in this beer, which is welcome.

Mouthfeel: Gotta dock it a little bit here. It's nice, it's viscous and syrupy, but I need some carbonation to lighten the load a little bit. It's but a minor concern though - if any beer can be served still, it's this one.

Overall: Awesome beer. Really really great. Highly recommended.

11-28-2009 05:02:42 | More by davod23
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

A huge thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. Batch #1 served in my Allagsh tulip. Poured the color of cola with ruby-red highlights around the edges. Head was a light skim of foam that quickly dispersed into nothingness. Incredible nose - lots of bourbon and vanilla. Taste follows nose - bourbon with some tart cherries coming out in the mix. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, a little oily with a carbonation level that was pretty darn close to still and a mild tartness that stimulates the salivary glands. Incredibly flavorful with a well-hidden abv. My first beer from Hair of the Dog has left me wanting more.

11-02-2009 00:56:20 | More by Jwale73
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baggio

Sweden

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottle@home

A: Deep winered with almost no head.

S: Preserved cherries, Bourbon, Malt, Vanilla, Oak.

T: Caramel, Malt, Vanilla, Cherries, Alcohol, Hint of sourness.

M: Rich and powerful taste with a slight sourness and alcohol at the end. Very nicely balanced.

Wonderful beer that might have improved from some more time in the cellar but who can wait? Superb!

Thank to BA KPlynch for this gem!

10-01-2009 11:13:34 | More by baggio
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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