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

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 913
Gots: 171 | FT: 22
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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Ratings: 762 | Reviews: 264
Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle acquired in a couple trades.

Poured a dark black color, with brown edges, and a smaller sized red tinted, off whtie head. Aromas of dark-black cherries, wood, sherry, and light bourbon. I would say the woodiness dominates the aromas with the black cherries coming in a close second. Tastes of black cherries, sherry, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Sweet if a very light tart finish. More sweet and the tartness dissapeared as soon as I detected it. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying bottles of the 2008 and 2011 at the Hair of the Dog. According to Wendy, the percentages for both are 13.5% (higher than the labels). I'll review these vintages side by side.

'08: Body is dark reddish brown. '11 is darker and redder at the edges. Both have little carbonation with no head or lacing.

'08 smells quite port-like, with cherries, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. '11 smells less port-like and fresher, especially the aroma of fresh cherries.

'08 is tastes of dark malt, preserved cherries, vanilla, and bourbon especially in the finish. Alcohol is definitely present in this, but it is not hot (at this point) and though strong, is well integrated with the intense flavor profile. The '11 is also big, but sweeter and tastes much fresher, with more of a fresh bing cherry taste. The malt is also a bit less forward than the cherries. The difference is like that of a young versus older port.

Body is medium and without carbonation for both vintages and they both have a flat mouthfeel. However, the beer is very smooth, like a good port. The '11 feels a bit thicker than the '08.

Both vintages are tasting very good and are enjoyable as sippable beers. Some may like the '08 version better, which tastes as one would expect an aged beer to taste--somewhat drier than the fresh--but I prefer the fresher taste of the '11 version because I especially like the fresh cherry taste along with the sugar.

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 11/25/2008:
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a deep red tint to it. The beer has a very small head and there is little retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, especially cherries, and bourbon. The taste is predominately tart cherries, with some bitterness to it. There is some bourbon flavor and minimal chocolate. Cherry Adam From the Wood is boozy but it works well with the other flavors. I think this beer will only improve with age and I can't wait to try it again in the future.

Drank on 08/13/2009:
Pours with a larger head this time, with better retention. The flavors have blended together nicely over the nearly nine months since I last had this. Chocolate notes have come out and they blend very nicely with the bourbon and cherries. Notes of vanilla and a prominent smokiness have become apparent as well. The booze has died down a bit without losing any of the nice bourbon and cherry notes. The carbonation has increased slightly, providing a fuller mouthfeel which is decidedly chalky at times. This is coming along nicely.

Photo of TheDudeRules
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6oz pour into my Darkness snifter.

Bottle says beer, but the pour looks like wine. Purple wine in fact. No head to be found. I delicately move it around in my glass. Smell is slight booze. Some oak. Sweet grape kool-aid. Tastes like grape juice with a hint of alcohol. Zero carbonation. I was a tad worried there may be an alcohol burn, but it was non existent. Quite a well done beer. Very tasty.

Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

March 2011 bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stem, thanks, pmarlowe.

Pours dark brownish red, with just a tiny suggestion of a ring of head. The nose is fantastic. Cherry and plum dominate, with other dark fruits like raisins and just a touch of leather. Wow, the taste is also great. Cherries and plums melded into an old ale (dark fruit, raisin, fig, leather) perfectly. The cherry flavor isn't subtle, but the whole beer is so smooth and well blended - it is stunning. Not boozy at all. Really brings this around and counteracts the overt earthiness of Adam, adding a bit of sweetness and brightness. Unfortunately, it is basically flat, with a heavy mouthfeel. It comes off like a cordial. A bit too sticky for me. Overall, this beer would be unbelievable with good carbonation. As is, it is quite enjoyable.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

HV

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with some red and purple mixed in and a thin bubbly layer of purplish head. The head fades very quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, black cherries, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of black cherries with some caramelized malts, vanilla, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through with some more caramelized and residual sugars and a touch of chocolate. The finish is a mix of black cherries, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, caramelized sugars, a bit of brown sugar and other dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The barrel aging and the cherries really add some great complexity and depth to the beer.

Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap (!) at HOTD Tasting Room, OBF Open House, 7.22.2-10 poured into my bitchen' new HOTD Snifter.

Minimal head, leaving a thin uneven layer of foam on top of deep red body with purplish notes, almost opaque, no visible carbonation with minimal lacing. Pretty nuanced nose, you can certainly smell the cherries but they are finely balanced by the complex Adam profile, with vanilla undertones from the barrel aging. Taste mirrors the nose in complexity, some oak and vanilla notes hide the smoke characteristics but brought into balance with the sweetness/tartness of the cherries, there is a lot going on here, and its all good. Medium mouthfeel, a bit viscous, slight stickiness but not too much. Insanely drinkable, the only beer I had two glasses of, and given the awesome tap list (fresh Blue Dot!), IMHO the star of the open house. Another incredible beer from Alan, and this tasting room is going to be one rockin' spot. I'm fortunate to be the first to review this tap version, and you'll be glad to venture to the Tasting Room so you can too. Very Highly Recommended.

EDIT- Enjoyed 2008 bottle (thanks John!) and 2009 tap version side by side. The 08 cherry notes had subsided and the beer had taken on a more Adam-like smokey character, while the 2009 version served on tap had a much more pronounced cherry body. Different? Yes. Both supreme? Absolutely.

EDIT- On tap last week 2/2012 at the Tap Room. The chocolate/cheery interplay is one of the most unique taste profiles in all of Beerdom. An absolute treat. This 2009 version is rockin!

Photo of abuliarose
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Sails_Ambassador
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the taproom for the bottle release, as delicious as ever!

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

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.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of Yagman3000
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Pours a reddish brown with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing.

Sweet toffee, bread, smoke, whiskey and dark fruit with some marshmallow.

Tastes of chocolate, toffee, smoke, and dark fruits

Very good beer. Didn't expect the smoke and the cherry is subdued.

Photo of boatshoes
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra from Pawel, thanks again!
vanilla, bourbon, wood, tobacco, leather, mildly tart cherries, integrated with some alcohol on the finish, smells of rich vanilla, chocolate, and wood, with a mild whiff of tartness, pours opaque slightly red tinged black with no light and just a slim ring of bubbles on the edge

Appearance- Pours a murky black out of the bottle with the slightest tinge of crimson around the edges where the light hits. Really no head to speak of, just a very thin ring of small bubbles around the edge of the beer. My understanding is that minimal carbonation is pretty par for the course for this style and this one pours really looking like a liquor.

Smell- Wow, a big nose with a lot going on here. All sorts of smells blend amazingly well, and I pick up on vanilla, bourbon, and wood right off the bat. Some rich notes of tobacco and leather as well. Finishes off with a slight whiff of tartness, which I have to imagine is the cherries.

Taste- Stellar and amazingly integrated. Huge notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate mixed together under a bourbon backdrop. Some wood and tobacco flavors show through here as well. Warming alcohol shows through on the finish but remarkably, I find that it integrates really well with a slight tartness provided by the cherries. Almost perfectly covers it up at the last second.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and oddly, I don't find that the minimal carbonation really bothers me. The beer keeps moving and went down deceptively easily. Still, rather sweet and rich and is definitely a sipper.

Overall, a lovely beer and I'm really glad I just recently happened upon two more due to the outstanding Matt of Capone's. Can't wait to try some with age on them

Photo of Rifugium
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review 100, close enough to my birthday review. Thanks to Suzygreenburg for this.

Pours black with minimal head and purple highlights.

Smell: Cherry, Oak, Chocolate, Smoke, and Bourbon. Some of the less pleasant barrel smells are there as well.

Taste: Strong Cherry and Bourbon right out of the gate balanced by some sweetness. Some Vanilla and Chocolate. Extremely smooth and drinkable for a 10% barrel aged offering.

Photo of Jwale73
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into snifter.

A - Pours an interesting, inky purple with red accented edging. No head and very little bubbles.

S - Nose is incredible and it is hard to pick up so many aromas at once. Cherries, raspberries, oak, chocolate, vanilla and liqueurs.

T - Again, true to HotD style, an extremely deep and layered brew. The two main stars are the bourbon/sherry flavours and the cherries. Very distinct. You do pick up all of the flavours from the nose eventually as well as some smoke and peppercorn.

M - Sticky, thick and no carb. It does have the mouthfeel of cough syrup.

O - A touch hot right now with the very prominent sherry/bourbon flavours but a wonderful sipper. This beast is going to only become only better with a couple years of aging on it, which I would recommend.

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

Thanks to Mahlik for sending me this bottle. From the recent 2012 release. 12oz into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Black with some brownish hues, nice milk chocolate-colored head.

S: Bourbon, leather, slight sherry from the barrel, some minor oxidation, oak, mild cherry sweetness.

T: Lightly grapey sherry, soft over-ripened cherries, vanilla, figs, warmth, leather, dark chocolate, a bit oaky, very light acidity, bourbon, burnt caramel.

M: Thick-bodied, very light carbonation.

O: This is a very rich and complex beer. The cherries are quite subtle and are integrated well with the base beer, which I wasn't expecting. It certainly beats the crap out of some of the big name barrel-aged barleywines/old ales out there.

Photo of djbreezy
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with some reddish notes and alight foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of bourbon and light cherry with a well rounded malt backbone. Taste is very complex mix of bourbon, cherries, smoke and tar with a heavy dose of sweet malt. Full body with limited filtration and no carbonation and almost no carbonation. Very complex and very satisfying - another great beer coming from a very creative brewer.

Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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 jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.