Cherry Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.46/5 rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75
Received this as an extra in a trade. 2011 Vintage
A - A vigorous pour into my Duvel tulip results in not a single wisp of head..or carbonation really for that matter. Just nothing.
S - Aromas of black cherry, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, older dark fruits. Hard swirls actually bring up a weird vegative/rotten fruit thing.
T - Taste is pretty nice, good wood, bourbon, sweet caramel and malts. Nice vanilla and dark cherries. Like someone else said, sherry. Faint chocolate. Quite tasty
M - Sigh. As I feared this stuff is entirely and completely flat. Cmon...
O - Overall this was a pretty big let down. The nose is pretty good, the taste is awesome though the lack of any carbonation hinders the flavours. Was quite excited to try this beer and it was an enormous let down thanks to it being completely flat.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 18:04:46 | More by rudzud
British Columbia (Canada)
3.71/5 rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black in the glass and completely still looking with no head ...here we go again.
Smell. Sweet woody bourbon, molasses and dark fruits (a little heavy on the cherry), some chocolate and vanilla as well.
Taste. Woody with dark fruits and juicy black cherries, some sherry and bourbon, vanilla. Quite tasty stuff actually.
Mouthfeel. Full body and completely flat.
Overall. Despite the great taste I can't stand a flat beer. I think at least 95% of all the flat beers I've drank have been HotD and I'm pretty fucking tired of this shit, especially for what these clowns charge for their beer. So done with this brewery besides what I have in the cellar already.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 04:41:15 | More by Rutager
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance- Surprise, surprise, surprise, there is absolutely no head. I'm guessing that it was a medium to dark beige while the body is an almost entirely opaque, dark chocolate brown but shows slight slivers of burgundy and garnet when held up to the light. Head turns out to be a dark beige. Not lacing is left behind.
Nose- Fairly complex and fairly promising. Starts off with a lot of cherries and raisins and then moves to some chocolate notes. A good amount of coconut as well. Suggestions of vanilla and toffee. Swirling shows more cherry and chocolate.
Taste- Starts off with raisins and cherries that sit in a boozy syrup and deep chocolate. Booze is very present but nice. Lots of bourbon. Some fruitcake, candi sugar, but overall lots of chocolate. Some coconut. Very tasty beer, very Hair of the Dog. Some straw on the finish? A little bit of grain, maybe grass? That may just be the linger from Blue Dot though. Some vinosity- red grapes, light sherry. Notions of rumcake (just a little bit). Hints at leather. Definite straw. A note I didn't expect but gives this beer more character and distinguishes it from the flavor profile that a lot of HotD's bigger beers seem to have in common. Some plums in addition to the other red fruits. Really good to great beer- pretty much in the middle. However, the intense chocolate and hints of leather pretty much edge this toward the great category. Booze mellows out and makes this a very drinkable (and scary) beer.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with more carbonation than the appearance would suggest. Slight zip. I know the big complaint about HotD is the lack of carbonation but I could actually use less for this beer.
Drinkability- This beer would be absolutely dangerous if it weren't also 14 bucks a bottle (and this is the 2012 version, the 2009 and 2011 go for 17). The booze is more taste than actual apparent alcohol. Mellow enough that I would always go for the fresher vintage.
Overall- Really good to great, pretty much great. While it won't make me wait in lines, I do understand why others do. Worth a try and I will definitely drop by the taproom again to try it again.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 03:09:15 | More by artoolemomo
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.