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

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266 Reviews
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Reviews: 266
Hads: 793
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 912
Gots: 163 | 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:
Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008

Cherry Adam from the Wood is aged with locally grown black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.

First release - November 2008
Second release - November 2009
Third release - March 2011
Fourth release - November 2012
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Reviews: 266 | Hads: 793
Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to JohnGalt1 for this incredible brew as part of a truly outstanding trade! Vintage 2011.

Pours a color that looks like black cherry puree. Essentially no carbonation to this one. Just a little murky- almost has an eerie color to it in all honesty.

Nose is superb. WOW. Such delicate notes hidden beneath the main cherry smell. Hints of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, and oak aging. The cherry really reminded me of black cherry ice cream from when I was a kid.

Then came the flavor- where to begin. First off, this was served at about 45-50 degrees, which is the way to go. Second, served in a glass with some room for the flavors to show up- also the way to go. Black cherry with touches of oak and bourbon. Such a warming flavor. I was thinking I would be disappointed without the carbonation, but that had to be done on purpose because it let the flavors of the cherry shine through.

Seldom does a brew catch my attention like this. I want more, but we will see how that goes:)


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Photo of iadler
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to googzoid10 for a couple bottles. 2011 vintage.

A- Pours a murky dark brown with dark red highlights. A few bubbles pop up, but it's clear this has no carbonation.

S- The aroma upfront is similar to red wine with dark berries including cherries, blackberries as well as red grapes, plumb and raisins. Wet leather, wood, toffee, Vanilla and coconut follow after which reminds me of sherry, though the bottle doesn't state it was aged in sherry casks? Very complex and inviting aroma nonetheless.

T- Cherry is much more upfront in the taste with plenty of dark berries that is similar to a fruit forward vinaigrette with a sweet and slightly tart taste with notes of blueberry, raspberry and cherries. Toffee and coconut are present with and a hint of roasted malt and bourbon heat at the finish.

M- No carbonation and a syrupy body that finishes a bit sweet. The lack of carbonation doesn't hurt the beer too much and works for the style, though it makes me feel like I'm drinking wine more than beer.

O- This beer is extremely complex and really well balanced. The cherry presence works very well with the base beer. No carbonation, but still a truly unique beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A second release bottle, if I'm not mistaken, 12 oz., poured in to a tulip. Only the faintest hiss upon the loosening of the cap.

Appearance: A little disappointing, but perhaps not unexpected with the minimum of fanfare that accompanied the opening of the cap on this one. A relatively rapid pour yields naught in suds and less in terms of a collar or surface lace, and subsequent swirls and dips yield legs more fitting to a glass of wine than a beer. That being said, I'm aware that what's in my glass is a 10% abv old ale aged with fruit in barrels that's been sitting in my cellar for over two years. Did I expect two inches of billowing, cloud-like wonder? No, but something a little more vivacious than this would have been nice.

Aroma: Now that's more like it. A very mellow, lightly fruity aroma that doesn't quite jump out at your right away but instead sits right at the edge of your nose, teasing, tingling, dancing right out of reach. As it warms, it gets a little friendlier, more sweet and less fruity, showcasing some glorious barrel sugar notes, toasted coconut and a lot of vanilla, and some dark toffee and cocoa. Bourbon dances just out of reach of the whole thing, almost filling in the blanks at times, never really showcasing more than an ankle. Never harsh, estery, or hot, this is one very well-rounded nose.

Taste: Phenomenal, and a step up over the nose. What a smooth, robust, varied, flavorful sensory experience. Sweetness and fruit at the tip of the tongue - dates, plums, raisins, the obvious cherries, as well as toffee, sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses - give way to a slew of other notes, ranging from potent vanilla to chalky hints of wood. The bourbon here is a little more prominent, but it's a relative prominence - it's still mild, sweet, earthy, and almost lacking entirely in spice. It is lacking entirely in heat and abrasiveness, though not in pungency and power, which keeps it from becoming cloying (normally the problem when there isn't a balancing spice/bitterness to a sweet body).

The cherries are interesting. I can't really tell black cherries from any other type of cherry, and the depth and "darkness" of the fruit notes here isn't likely due to the type of cherry and instead due to the malts inherent in Adam (a great beer, for the record) and the age on the bottle. All that said, the cherries certainly add to it - there's a refreshing, bright(er, again, relatively) tart note both at the tip and at the finish of every sip. And with regard to that finish, it's fantastic - lingering, and replete with mildly snappy cherry, chocolate, mellow bourbon warmth, and dark toffee. Simply delightful.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick, slippery, and working surprisingly well with the flavor components here. The carbonation is almost nil, but what is here keeps the thick base beer from becoming too fat and heavy, though I imagine a little bit more (and maybe it had that little bit a year or two ago) would have emphasized the brightness and tartness of the cherries a little more.

Drinkability: Why were there only 12 oz. of this? I've heard there are problems with the 2011 batch that the 2009 batch didn't experience, and I'm grateful that I was able to experience this one as it was intended. The 10% is felt but not sensed (also perhaps the result of an empty stomach), which definitely contributes to the drinkability of this one. I'd certainly like to try this one alongside regular Adam from the Wood (though I understand it that that one spends significantly more time barrel-side) to see what influence the cherries have on this one, though I'm happy to read in to their influence wherever I can here.

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Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy. Absolutely no head, no lacong.... No carbonation either. I can literally count the number of bubbles in the glass. I believe the 2011 batch must be flat. Has strong cherry and oak notes on the nose. Only a very tiny amount of carbonation on the mouth. Beyond sweet. Strong cherry flavor is present. Oaky after taste and a malty finish. I don't know what to expect to age the 2011 but I'm sure it will need more time for this to settle. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Apex, Portland, OR

This bottle of the '11 batch traveled home with me from Portland (along with some of its friends). After chilling for about 30 minutes, I poured this into a Kasteel chalice. Thick, dark brown / bloody maroon, with no head to speak of, just a few stray bubbles around the rim. I would liked to have seen a little head on this, but considering the ABV and the contents, I guess it's just not possible. Aroma heavy with black cherries, raisins, chocolate, booze, bourbon-soaked oak. Taste was equally as big, with a strong boozy sensation right up front, followed by a massive infusing of cherries covered in dark chocolate. Enter mid-palate: raisins and dried fruits, grape skins and sherry, following by a drowning bourbon sensation complimented by the barrel oak. I was surprised at the longevity of the dark chocolate taste. Smooth and heavy mouthfeel, full-bodied; booze is tasted and felt. Well-crafted and delicious!

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color and very still looking in the glass.

The aroma has big malty, dark fruit presence to it with notes of caramel, brown sugar, plum and dark cherry. I get some woody, vanilla flavors and some boozy bourbon to it that mixes in very well. Great aroma to it overall, very nice range and relative balance to it.

The taste starts out with more of the sweet, malty, fruity flavors. Towards the finish more caramel and brown sugar starts to come out to mix with the oaky, vanilla and bourbon flavors. The dark fruit and cherry flavors are there throughout, but really linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and heavy with carbonation being almost non-existent. Overall it was a very good beer. The cherries and barrel aging really added some nice depth and complexity to it that I really liked. It did feel a little overly sweet and syrupy though at times which prevented it from being a really world class beer to me. A little more balance and just a little carbonation would have gone a long way.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by sweemzander. 2001 release.

Dark plum purple. No head no lace. Looks like we got a flat one here folks. Super rich bourbon soaked black cherries. Wet barrel wood and hint of playdough. Flavors are bit more subdued. Modest bourbon, cherry, wood and a touch of playdough in the finish. Flat lifeless body. This could have been world class if not for the carn issue.

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Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, finally out of work for a week off for holidays. What better way to celebrate than an awesome beer like this. Thanks a ton to oregone for providing this morsel.

A super aggressive pour reveals that this is completely void of all carbonation, so no head forms at all, and the thick syrupy beer plops in to the tulip, rising up around the sides as I swirl and running long legs back down the sides, resisting movement quite a bit like the thickness of mercury, but as black wet tar, sucking in all light around it.

The nose is explosive though, loads of syrupy sweet dark malts just erupt, huge heavy crystal malts, roasted barley, black patent, carafa, etc. It has a big super dark aroma like it's sucking the light from my nostrils even. Syrupy sweetness is encasing this as well, like pure syrup, maybe a bit of caramel, vanilla, molasses, loaded malts and maybe malt extract even. A hint of baker's chocolate wants to sneak through and keeps trying. Eventually fruits make their way in, mostly darker fruits like a light fig, but there is a hint of Balotin cherry. there is also a bit of a boozy like aroma, and a hint of brandy. Reminds me a lot of one of the big imperial stouts, but I can't remember which one.

Taste, I can't wait... is not as dark as I expected. From the nose I was almost expecting an imperial stout, although this has the malt heaviness to get there, just much less on dark malts. Syrupy as my pancakes when I was 7, thick and malty, and quite sweet. The sweetness really dominates, sweet flavors with that, pure syrup, molasses, hint of caramel, almost chewy, and I kinda feel like I have to chew it just to get it down. More malty flavors kick in behind the sweetness and in front of the fruits, a light toffee and nutty almost flavor, hint of roast. This time more of the brandy like flavors come out, like a bit of booze, hint of bourbon, that brings fruity flavors with it. The fruits come with some boozy fruits, brandy soaked raisin and fig, and this time more dark cherry flavor. Not a huge typical cherry, more like a black cherry that you get from flavored booze, etc. A slight oak and some vanilla flavors as well as hint of baker's chocolate, that help to round it all off. A very slight acidic burnt roast flavor comes through, brushing on acrid but never going overboard. The finish comes with a bit of bitterness probably from the roasted malts, a sticky syrupy mouth that isn't quite as sticky as I expected and dries a bit, more fruits, cherry, vanilla, molasses, and sweet malts galore.

Mouth is quite thick and syrupy, coats everything and sticks mostly, but the carbonation is so low, I think it's pulling CO2 out of the air just to bring it back to 0. A very slight alcohol burn comes through on the throat, like a good whisky, but he sweetness overpowers and overbalances the initial booze.

Overall quite good, but lack of carbonation is a bit iffy. It drinks very well for being 10%, smooth. Lots of great malt flavors, nice fruits, dark everything, a bit too sweet IMO but I won't hold that against it since that's what it was going for and I don't usually have anything sweet. The syrupy feel is Ok but maybe just a bit too much as well, but then again it's no Dark Lord. if this had even a little bit of carbonation it would be out of this world.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with me! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured reddish brown with basically no head present. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, cherry, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, massive cherry, subtle wood, and a hint of sherry. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Based on the pour of this one I was quite worried that I wouldn't like it too much. However, the aroma and flavor really pulled through on this one. Despite it tasting pretty much flat, it was still quite drinkable and tasty. Really glad I got the opportunity to try this one and hopefully I will get to do so again in the future.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Pours a purplish reddish brown. No head. Looks great otherwise. Other than being flat it looks awesome.
Smells cherry heavy and bourbony and sweet. Very nice aroma.
Tastes sweet and cherry heavy. I actually wish i had opened this sooner. Not really well carbonated but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies.2nd time I had it and it gets better each time

A-maroon almost with no head whatsoever

S-wood is definitely prominent and goes down so ssmooth

T-almost tastes like a port mixed with a beer. Maybe sherry?

M-medium body and crazy good

O-wow just wow. No more words

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Photo of HovsepJO
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at Lucky Baldwins in pasadena ca with a buddy of mine. Luckily someone screwed up with the menu and charged us 20 instead of the 30 it was supposed to be HOORAY lol.

serving type: 2009 bottle

had it in a chimay goblet. The girlfriend thought the bar's name was called chimay because it was on the glass. lol, thought that was pretty funny.

appearance: dark rose/black/brown. but more brown than any other though. didnt see much of a head when poured. Gave this one a ten rating because it looked a lot like wine and i love wine.

smell: amazing smell. sweet wine-y aroma. you can certainly smell the black cherries and the 15 months its been aged in Bourbon and Sherry casks is certainly obvious.

taste: absolutely phenomenal. it tastes much like it smells but 10 times better. you start with an intensely black cherry flavor (may be too sweet for some but not for me) and finish with chocolate and honey that gradually fades away in your mouth.

mouthfeel: gave this its lowest rating because it was very low in carbonation. I would have appreciated a bit more carbonation. BUT, it was extremely rich, bold, and smooth. Barely tasted the alcohol.

Overall: Exxxxceeellllent

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, poured into my brand new Kwak glass!

A-Opaque, dark brown with a little bit of tan head.

S-Boozy with lots of caramel and brown sugar, raisiny with sweet cherries.

T-Brown sugar, toasted marshmallow, raisins, cherries, slight roast kicks in. Pretty heavily boozy, but still very nice.

M-A bit heavy, nicely sweet, the heat lingers.

O-Yes, please.


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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerz for sharing this one at his bottle share

Look: Dark maroon color to the point that is almost plum colored I would say. Very little head

Smell: The nose is big on cherries and also carries some oak and just a trace of alcohol very nice nose

Taste: Almost mirrors the nose but I actually like the taste a bit more than the nose. The beer has the same flavors of the base beers leather and tobacco and then you add in a nice black cherry flavor and the flavors merry very well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: I do not have much experience with HotD beers but I do love Adam and this one destroys the base beer. The beer is overall solid and was one of my favorites of the night

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with plum hues and a very thin head that immediately fades without a trace of lacing.

Earthy aroma with lots of oak, booze, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak, dark cherry, fig, raisin, plum and bourbon.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a very boost flavor that dominates, slightly overpowering the other flavors. Tons of oak and peaty bourbon folowed by the dark fruit notes. Hints of dark cherry, fig, raisin and currant give sweetness that counters toasted notes from the wood. That being said there is a crazy amount of harsh boozy heat that makes it tough to put down.

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 offering poured into a HOTD tulip. The cap comes off this 12oz bottle with a slight hiss. Poured directly down the middle of the glass produces no head but a few bubbles make their way to the surface. The brew appears in the glass a hazed deep dark brown. When held to the light, some redness comes out of the brew and lighter brown coloration is seen through the edges. No lacework to speak of but as the brew warms up, some tiny bubbles make their way to the surface and collect around the rim. When the glass is swirled, a viscosity is noted with the legs of alcohol are noted slowly creeping back down to the solution.

The smell of this brew is rich with dark malty sweetness that has some pleasant roasty quality that is matched perfectly by a solid barrel presence. Bourbon mingles with oak and vanilla quality with a bit of fruity aspect. Chocolate scents are evident that when mixed with the vanilla and fruity quality really makes the mouth salivate with thoughts of fudge-like dessert. As the brew warms, some tangy alcohol aspects some forward that mingle with notes of bourbon and this really gets appealing.

The taste is lightly tangy with a mixture of fruited to spirited alcohol meets a bold residual sweetness of chocolate and roasty, slightly smoked quality of malt. There is some earthy quality about this brew that brings forth thoughts of licorice, tobacco and leather just slightly with a citrus-like coffee aspect. There is a solid residual sweetness throughout this brew that might prove distracting for some but I find it to be the perfect compliment to the bold alcohol and roasted quality. The aftertaste is a constant play of flavors ranging from smoked to sweet like fruit and roasted like chocolate all the while the barrel presence is constantly evident with vanilla and oak. An awesome offering straight across the board.

This is a full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. When the bottle was first popped I was a bit let down to not see any head formation. However after sipping the brew, I think it is nearly perfect and doesn't need any more carbonation. The thickness of this brew coats the mouth and lasts with a wonderful aftertaste. The 10% abv is felt in the flavor but not carry with it the expected burning quality due to the wonderful mellowing that took place during the barrel aging. This brew was a seriously enjoyable offering and it is still relatively young. I need to get more of this!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle opened by airfoil, thanks! Served in a Snifter, 2011 vintage.

A - Pours out a lovely red wine color, with huge syrupy texture. Completely flat. I have never personally seen a beer this completely lacking in carbonation. My morning coffee pours with more bubbles.

S - Smells like a nice wine barrel that has been soaking in cherries for quite some time. Tons of table and brown sugar are oosing out of this beer. Can get a good amount of alcohol as well. Despite being completely flat, it smells great.

T - the taste quite follows the look and smell. It's very fruit forward and very sugary. Tons of left over sugar make it syrupy and slick. A very vinous flavor is under all of the fruit and sugar. This would be so much better with carb.

M - Flat and sticky. Like melting down candy and adding water. Really lacking without carbonation.

O - Could have been a great beer, but no bubbles completely ruins it for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle from the third release.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherries and roasted malt, with a little bit of soy mixed in.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and cherry notes, with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. There is also some soy sauce in the flavor, as in the aroma. The alcohol is present but doesn't affect drinkability.

Medium to full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Hazy deep dark red with essentially no head.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, licorice, bourbon, alcohol, and raisins.

Taste: Almost cloyingly sweet, big cherry flavor, bourbon, oak. The sherry flavor is pretty strong, there is even what appears to me to be a flavor that can be described as finger nail polish, but its at a very low level and doesn't take away anything from the beer. Complex to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and syrupy with no carbonation and a very sweet finish.

Overall: It was a very good beer, but honestly, I'm not sure I could even drink an entire bottle of it. Luckily there are people to share with.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque crimson black with absolutely no head. No lacing on this one. Smell is of toasted coconut, raisins, prunes, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and some leather aromas. Lots of very nice smells coming off this one. Taste is of toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and dark cherries in liqueur. Very rich and complex flavors on this one. Unfortunately, this beer has no carbonation and is very thick and sticky in the mouth. Overall, this is a good beer that suffers from the lack of carbonation in my opinion. I am very happy that I got to try this one.

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Photo of dgilks
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage received in a trade with hopsbreath. Thanks Jason.

Dark, dark red-purple colour which is basically black with some highlights. No head.

Rich, alcoholic port wine aroma with some luscious malt, raisins, caramel, bourbon, coconut and oak. The cherry is very subdued.

Rounded, rich flavour that is similar to the aroma. The cherry is slightly more prominent and fruity but the barrel notes, thick malt and sticky, dark fruits all dominate.

Full body with low carbonation.

I really like this beer. There are similarities to port but the combination of barrel, malt and fruit is very enticing and complex and a testament to Alan's excellent ability with these sorts of beers.

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Photo of noser
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 and 2011 bottles drunk side-by-side from tulips at the HOTD tasting room.

Appearance: very little in the way of head, from either beer. Both are dark, dark chocolate brown but the '11 is substantially ruddier than its older sibling. They're fine, but I'm not here to look at the stuff.

Smell: from both, chocolate first, then vanilla from the wood. Then, is it leather or is it tobacco? Honestly, I don't care: it's wonderful. A hint of fruit in the '09 could easily be my imagination, but in the '11, the cherry aroma is forward and utterly appealing. Holy cow, when do I get to taste it?

Taste: the '11, with its delightful cherry-ness is a true crowd-pleaser. This is simply delicious stuff. It's sweet. No, it's chocolate. No, it's cherry. Wait, it's bitter? The '09 takes a while to show itself. Particularly as the beers warm, its complexity win the day. Where the young beer thrills you and is gone, two short years have created in the '09 a lovely ensemble of secondary flavors followed by a ridiculously long finish. My only complaint: I wanted a little more edge: some acidity, carbonation, fruit --something! -- to offset the insane richness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: these are thick, rich beers. At 13.5% ABV with loads of residual sugar the texture is comparable to half-and-half. With chocolate. And vanilla and tobacco. And cherries.

Lovely, lovely stuff. The single bottle of '11 in my cellar (you can buy '08, '09 and '11 at the tasting room, but only for consumption on the premises) will sit for at least another year before I crack it. It's delicious and appealing young, but it's clear to me that this is a beer that will reward patience.

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