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

Cherry Adam From The WoodCherry Adam From The Wood

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

586 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.37%


Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% 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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, huge thanks to hoppymeal for the generosity!

Pours a cloudy and murky dark reddish brown, very muddy, very thin tan head forms, immediately settles down to a thin ring around the glass, but drops some nice lacing when I swirl the glass, good retention. Smell is crazy, like Adam, which is very malty, toffee and molasses, biscuits, cherries, oak, port, vanilla and bourbon, sherry, very fruity, rum raisin character, light bit of smoke, very complex. Taste is crazy too, very oaky, lots of toffee, rum and raisins, sherry, bourbon, vanilla, sourness from the oak, a bit lactice, very fruity, prune juice and cherries, some alcohol, nice smoky finish, lots of fruit, very nice, some brown sugar and molasses. Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, tannic drying mouthfeel, but very smooth. Great beer, super complex, still has the components of Adam but amped up a bit, very nice. Thanks Derek!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 00:43:18 | More by Viggo
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jim for bringing me this bottle. I had been dying to try it and really did not think it was going to be possible, needless to say he suprised the heck out of me. Served around fifty degrees and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

The pour was nice, with a very obvious reddish tone to it as it went down the glass. Very hazy and dark with a nice and subtle brown color to it. Not much head at all despite the vigorous pour and little to nothing in the way of lacing.

The aroma was steeped with cherries and classic bourbon like smells. Rich notes of vanilla and caramel along with a rush of dark fruits as it warmed. Carried this over very well into the flavor. Warming with big notes of bourbon and dark cherries that played off each other very well. Some light grains in there and a light, almost spice like note in the finish along with a long cherry flavor. Very rich vanilla mixing in now as I sip. Smooth, mellow, with not alot of carbonation as it should be. Easy to sip, I was very sad when this one was gone.

Overall I thought this was excellent, needs a little bit more carbonation, but again I have to say this one comes across excellent. Another winner here and I am very glad I got to try this.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 02:32:53 | More by mikesgroove
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 03:47:33 | More by TheBlackMallard
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mdfb79

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/12/10 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and no head.

s - Smells of cherries, other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of vanilla, oak, cherries and other dark fruits. Great mix here.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

d - This is a great beer that I enjoyed a lot. I really enjoyed the mixture of cherry, wood, and vanilla in both the smell and taste, and would love to get a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 03:30:02 | More by mdfb79
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:49:57 | More by kbutler1
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2009 vintage

The beer is a dark ruby hue with minimal head and fair lacing. The aroma is fantastic, with scents of cherries, booze, tobacco, brown sugar. Fabulous. The taste is quite wonderful as well. Sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol content is impressively well hidden. Delicious. Would be easy to drink in large quantities. Terrific beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:00:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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scotvega18

New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a 10oz snifter

A - Pours and looks like a red wine. A dark blood red with strong alcohol legs but literally no head at all.

S - This thing has filled up the room. So Complex. Most prominent flavor is a cherry/ chocolate medley that is absolutely intoxicating. A strong vanilla and bourbon note follows with some mild alcohol. The dark fruit and leather note that is present in adam is not there at all however.

T - The first sip of this was a revelation. It starts out with some cherry sweetness, immediately followed with a sourness, and finishes with bourbon and cherry notes. This beer is so complex, however. Notes of chocolate and fig are also present, is very similar to a brilliant port. Starts off sweet and ends bitter, with so many flavors that meld so well together they are virtually indistinct.

M - Theres no carbonation here, to get that out of the way. That said, I cannot taste the alcohol at all, and the stickiness is a welcome addition. I dont mind the flatness, but it is a well known aspect of the beer.

Notes - This is an incredibly complex beer and I will enjoy this for the remainder of my night. The mouthfeel isnt particularly strong if thats something that is crucial for you, but honestly it is so powerfully complex it is easily one of the best I have ever had. Just incredible.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:08:13 | More by scotvega18
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:28:43 | More by stakem
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HovsepJO

California

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 06:09:58 | More by HovsepJO
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jegross2

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon. Cherry Adam is Hair Of The Dog's Adam old ale aged with black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.
Score: 96

Fall 2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/08/13. A major thanks and shout out to Kevin Fujii for hooking me up with this long time want!

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a thin layer of tan head with a reddish hue that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention. The color on this beer is quite intriguing. 3.75/5

Smell: The cherry and sherry qualities really shine in the nose, as does a prune-like smell. There is also a much more subtle and "balanced" bourbon aroma present as well, imparting vanilla, molasses, cocoa/chocolate, oak and a little toffee and faint dark fruit too. If your nose approaches the glass as just the right angle, these bourbon-based complexities really shine. There is also an extremely faint "smoke" quality in the aroma -- in substantially lesser quantum than what was present in Adam or Adam From The Wood. The mixture of the bourbon, sherry, cherry and prune in the nose make for a wonderfully complex experience. You could smell this beer all day and be continuously dazzled by how dynamic the aroma can be based on temperature and where your nose is positioned relative to the glass. As it warms up, the bourbon characters become more prominent and there cherry gets a little more "medicinal" -- but akin to the aroma of Deschutes' The Dissident or New Glarus' Belgian Red, as opposed to New Glarus' Thumbprint Cherry Stout. Maybe medicinal is not the proper term, as it carries such a negative connotation, and the cherry aroma here really works. 4.5/5

Taste: Initially, the bourbon flavors shine more than anticipated in light of the nose. Molasses, vanilla, cherry and prune. There's some slightly tannic sweetness and alcoholic warmth on the palate in the finish. There is substantially more dark fruit on the palate than the nose led on as well. The beer is sweet on the tongue, but it does not finish sweet -- lending to drinkability. As it warms up, a "bourbon-infused cherry" flavor with a nice subtle vanilla backbone grows. Some toffee flavor is present too. The bourbon-based flavors (molasses, etc) and a little bit of dark fruit and sherry defines the finish. There is a nice red grapey sherry flavor throughout. I am not detecting any smokiness whatsoever. This beer is admittedly a little hot fresh, but it is still so darn tasty! The finish is pretty crisp, with only a faint, non-sweet pruney-cherry flavor lingering for more than a second or two after the swallow. I am frankly shocked by how balanced the beer finishes in light of it's sweet qualities. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with minimal carbonation. This one has a real nice viscosity. A little sweet on the palate, but the sweetness totally dissipates with the swallow. Slightly creamy, slightly sticky on the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: Hot fresh, but complex and delicious. Loaded with bold, boozy flavors here. Can't wait to revisit this batch in a year!

Recommendation: Seek a couple of bottles of this out; it's awesome.

Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:52:42 | More by jegross2
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SirChugsAlot

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The time has finally come. The HOTD Dock sale has come and past. Cherry Adam of the wood has arrived!! I've been waiting for this one...

Pours out an amazing black with a thin mocha colored head that has since faded away. Slight lacing around the edges. There isn't any light that shines through when held up to the light.

The aroma from this seems to me like sweet dates or figs with a "hint" of chocolate

The taste of this one just BAM! hits you. raisins and figs and a sweet after taste which i think is from the cherries and a touch of alcohol. A complex flavor that hits you quick.

The carbonation is light and leads for a medium body with a lingering aftertaste that makes you want more. It warms the chest and the belly.

I enjoyed sipping on this one for quite some time and i look forward to the next one. I'll probably keep a few in the cellar for a long time from now, maybe the next HOTD release party.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 06:21:46 | More by SirChugsAlot
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on line via bottletrek. Shared with pghlee, with 2 other clowns stealing sips from his glass. Very unique pour into a tuilp stem. Cherry cola with purple hues with no head whatsoever. Very vinous when held near the lamp, with a nice purple ring on top of the otherwise brown body. Aromas of oak, maple syrup and prunes. Not much carbonation detected on the first sip...pretty flat with lots of oak flavor. Then, she begins to open up nicely. Oak seems to dominate the glass, but not overly. Tangy cherry, big chocolate malty body. The cherry flavor is very nice and a nice surprise. Not the sweet, tart cherry you find in a lot of beers. Somewhat boozy, a little thin though. Touch of bourbon (or sherry?) toward the back of my palate.
Maybe this one needs to lie down for a few months, so that the yeast can work a little longer? Very unique and smooth for all that is going on here.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 17:13:16 | More by RustyDiamond
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nkersten

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Mississippi

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Graciously shared by a group of BA's at a tasting.

A: Pours a deep brown with an alluring mahogany glow around the edges. Almost no head, but a very thin thin ring around the edges that becomes more and more modest with time.

S: Dark fruit (black cherries, plum, and fig) dominate, Layered behind are more subtle chocolate, bourbon, leather and roasted barley. Really an exceptional aroma that shouldn't be overlooked. As I let it warm slightly, the complexity really came out.

T: Sweet up front with the various fruit and vanilla making their presence know before anything else. A slight tartness from the same fruit provides a contrast to the sweetness, creating a beautifully balanced introduction. A slight roasted character resides in the depths, along with bourbon and a hint of oak.

M: Fully bodied and slightly sticky with very low carbonation. Viscous and slightly heavy on the tongue, yet still creamy and smooth. Slightly drying at the finish.

D: This is one to sip, given its complexity and alcohol content, although it's well hidden. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 08:04:58 | More by Mississipping
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GhettoFabulous

California

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 2011 cherry adam from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. The color is extremely enticing - a dark smoky aura with an amber undertone. There is little carbonation at all, which I was expecting, but is nonetheless off-putting. This smells of dark fruit and has so many wonderful aromas I'm having a tough time picking them out.

The first taste of this beer floods your palette with a wide array of flavors - sherry, hops, dark cherry, slight smokiness and only a hint of bourbon, which is surprising given this has spent over a year in a bourbon barrel. The next sip still pleasant but not quite as good now that the newness has worn off.

There is so many great things going on this beer and it is very well balanced. The wild and complex flavors blend together nicely. The only thing missing is carbonation which I suspect would turn this great beer into one of the very best. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but the lack of carbonation gives it a slightly unpleasant mouthfeel that is only negated by the amazing flavors. You can't help to wonder how much these flavors would sing if there was more carbonation to bring them out of the mix.

Overall a fine offering that shows HotD really knows how to nail complex and adventurous beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 01:01:15 | More by GhettoFabulous
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, out of my Harpoon Tulip

A- No head what so ever. The beer itself is a blackish ruby color. It almost looks like a very dark red wine. No carbonation or lacing.

S- Smells nice. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. It smells creamy in a way that is reminicent of Bourbon County Stout.

T- Smooth at first, which is soon taken over by cherry and sherry flavors. A nice complex blend of bourbon, vanilla, and oak soon become evident. Very tasty.

M- Flat as any flat beer I've ever had. The body and complexity are great, but it could have used a touch of carbonation.

O- A very unique and tasty beer. I've been waiting to try this for a while, and it totally my style of beer. If this had a little carbonation and head, it could be near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 02:29:43 | More by Gfunk720
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noser

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:32:25 | More by noser
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Yagman3000

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:06:21 | More by Yagman3000
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:39:35 | More by DarthKostrizer
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joe1510

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

Two exceptional traders, errantnight and hoppymeal, each sent me a bottle, thanks fellas! Cherry Adam from the Wood pops open with the faintest of sound but I do see bubbles form in the neck of the bottle. A hard pour produces a ring of bubbles around the snifter and a top the darkest of red body. The pour is nearly black but shows enough hints of mahogany to keep from being total darkness.

Each sniff starts off with rich dark cherry and a solid, somewhat sweet bourbon note that brings a helping hand of vanilla to the table. A quick swirl of the snifter brings along more of the Adam qualities with a huge caramel and toffee malt backbone. A tendril of smoke rises to meet me but only adds a compliment instead of stepping on toes. I can't smell any booze besides the familiar scent of bourbon and the complexity comes together very nicely, each aspect having its own niche. As this warms there's a nuttiness that comes forward, reminiscent of walnuts.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. The bourbon is fainter in the taste than the aroma suggested but it still lends a slightly sweet note with some nice vanilla coming through. Toffee maltiness comes through in droves while the dark cherries simply add a nice touch of rich fruitiness. The finish brings with it some mildly roasty and nutty bitterness that tends to linger after each drink.

The body feels light up front that, I have a feeling, results from the low carbonation but hits its stride mid-palate with a slick, oily mouthfeel. The body weighs in a step higher than moderate and the slickness seems to permeate nearly every tastebuds on my tongue. There's zero noticeable alcohol.

Cherry Adam is a sipper without a doubt; a sipper that makes perfect sense for a cold evening like tonight. This is a beer to cozy up with and enjoy all the complexities as it warms over the course of an hour.

Hair of the Dog managed to come up with another winner in Cherry Adam from the Wood. As much as I enjoy this beer I have to say I’d rather reach for the regular Adam but this one seems like a special treat. Thanks for the bottles, guys!

Reviewed: 1/1/10

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:05:15 | More by joe1510
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of the 2012 release. Thanks Brian! Poured into a Lawson's snifter today, 4/1/2014.

App- Dark brown, nearly black body with a half finger mocha-reddish head with good retention, falls into a medium-thick collar that sticks around for a while. Not much lacing. There is a decent-sized chunk of cherry skin as well. It's actually cool to see the skin and contributes to the whole "Cherry" aspect.

Smell- Up front, natural tart cherry flavours mix in with a bit of the stout-ish qualities of the base beer; namely dark chocolate and charred malts. Really good and the cherry is not medicinal at all. Warming up, I get a nice earthy, leathery nose that's similar to base Adam but certainly a bit covered up by the cherry flavours which continue to maintain its dominance even at room temperature. Very good stuff.

Flavour- There is more of the stout-like qualities up front on the palate. Dark chocolate, roast malt, espresso mixed in with a healthy helping of tart cherries and a bit of black licorice. Again, the cherry flavour is very natural and not medicinal at all. And as it warms there is more of the base Adam- leather, smoke, dark fruits, vanilla, charred oak of which are still overshadowed a bit by the cherries. But the cherries really add a nice layer of complexity to the already-complex base beer here.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick body, just the right amount of carbonation to make the feel silky and substantial but without it being too sticky/resinous nor dry. Drinks great, balanced out very well with the cherry tartness and fruitiness. Also, there is astoundingly zero heat all the way from cellar temperature to room temperature, which is a big plus in my book.

Overall- This is an awesome take on the base Adam, which I just had recently two days ago and it's on the same level as the base beer. The cherries do cover up a little bit of the complexity that Adam has, but at the same time, it contributes a lot to the character of the beer to make it an equally tasty and unique take on the old ale. Would definitely love to try Adam from the Wood now which has to be great, but not going to worry too much about getting my hands on it when I can more easily drink the base Adam.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 05:41:25 | More by Stevedore
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HopHead84

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 07:35:46 | More by HopHead84
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 23:35:20 | More by hopdog
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 03:22:36 | More by boatshoes
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Kaiser81

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Greg (wethorseblanket) for sharing this bottle

A - Deep mahogany w/ ruby hues. barely any head, minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate and cherry w/ an oaky touch mixed in

T - Very similar to the smell. Little bit of a hot aftertaste, and oak and cherries linger on the palate.

M - Heavy body w/ very low carbonation.

D - Very good. I could drink more of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 01:19:31 | More by Kaiser81
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.