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

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629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 906
Gots: 146 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

First release - November 2008
Second release - November 2009
Third release - March 2011
Fourth release - November 2012

(Beer added by: SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008)
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 edition.

A very small hiss when I popped the cap, with a vigorous pour, it looked like no foam would show up but I do get a small fine layer and it produces an unexpected amount of nice lacing. Cool. The brew itself is a very very dark brown and doesn't allow any light to show through.

The smell is pretty much ALL bourbon and caramel malt. No cherries to my nose no matter how hard I try. Still, the nose is more than pleasing.

The taste follows up with oodles of bourbon and caramel malt sweetness, with a light black cherry goodness that adds more sweet and a light tart flavour. Yum. This one is growing on me and my, the alcohol is really up there but it's not imposing; at least not right off the bat. For all the kick ass bourbon in the taste, I'm sure enjoying it.

Bordering on full bodied with a nice light amount of carbonation, I'm relishing in the smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? So strong on the bourbon and malty sweetness, it's STILL relatively easy to drink. I'm impressed. This is certainly a goody from HOTD!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 19:56:12 | More by Bitterbill
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pwoods

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a tasting glass.

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

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

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

D: Pretty big beer that is very inviting.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:32:34 | More by pwoods
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:25:36 | More by thagr81us
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is a 2014 version. Reviewed from notes from earlier tonight.

Appearance: Pours brown with a reddish hue. No head whatsoever.

Smell: Cherry, milk chocolate, bourbon, toasted oak.

Taste: Chocolate, malts, vanilla, molasses, cherry, roasted malts. The cherry is more subdued than in the aroma.

Mouth-feel: Flat with a medium to thick, slightly sticky body. I miss the carbonation.

Overall: Nice sweet flavors mask the ABV well. Really nice Aroma. The carbonation does make a big difference though.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 02:51:52 | More by Resuin
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very few beers can rival this one in terms of complexity and depth, its downright enormous, and is so unique in the corded american strong ale world, i love it. thanks to drlovemd87 for unselfishly sharing yet another bottle of exceptional ale with me. dark auburn in color, syrup textured, dead still, heavily sedimented brew. black cherry color to match its added fruit. intentionally flat, i think maybe the carbonic acid exposure over time on a beer thats meant to be cellared like this one may denature or corrupt some of the fruit character and smoothness, which is why, i presume, they didn't carbonate it. a nose of medicinal cherries, over ripe black cherries, and a whole heaping tone of sweet grain. toffee and coffee and dark chocolate covered dried cherry come out in the flavor, and I'm amazed how little the alcohol shows up. its so thick too, viscous and pushing gelatinous in terms of mouthfeel, but i don't want it to have bubbles. the decadence of the feel makes me inclined to sip on it, rather than hammer it, which allows it to warm up, and man oh man does it warm up beautifully. the grain is never lost, but the cherry is dominant i think, especially at temperature, and especially in the finish. it kind of reminds me of one of those home spun booze infusions with fresh fruit, where you forget about a jug of whiskey for a few decades loaded with plums or something, very grandpa-like. so much texture, its palate coating and increasingly cherry focused as it warms. wonderfully done beer here, like nothing else I've come across in terms of enormity and grace. as much a cordial as it is an ale. wish we could get their beer in colorado, i don't think anyone here does beer quite like this.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 22:06:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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iadler

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:03:22 | More by iadler
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:52:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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younger35

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received a couple of these gems from one Mr. JohnGalt1. Hair of the Dog is amazing and I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

2008 Vintage.

Appearance- Pours a dark burgundy black with a very small, almost non existent head, that fades to nothing very quickly. No cap, no collar, no lacing.
Smell- Wow, fairly intense cherry nose upon opening the bottle. The cherry is bright and natural and very inviting. The alcohol is fairly evident with some very light bourbon notes. I don't get much of the sherry as I think the bourbon kind of dominates and drowns it out. Some wood and vanilla meld nicely and more of the dark fruits really come out as the beers warm.
Taste- Starts with a lightly tart twinge from the cherries before an engulfing wave of lightly astringent wood cuts everything. The bourbon is light and woody and is a great compliment to the lightly tart cherries. Some caramel, vanilla and very light cocoa dance about my tongue before the beer finishes with hints of earthy tobacco and leather. I usually only get that sort of raw leafy tobacco taste on smoky beers but this one is full of it.
Mouthfeel- Fairly heavy body with a wispy sort of carbonation and that weird watery type feel that comes with barrel aging. Slightly warming on the throat and somewhat quenching from the cherries.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed the brew a lot when cold. The cherry and wood really dominated and the tartness was awesome. As it warmed the tobacco really came out and this reminded me a lot of cherry Skoal. Now I know that doesn't sound a lot like a ringing endorsement but its good, very good. Big thanks to Toby for the generosity!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:17:55 | More by younger35
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Appearance -- Pours a chestnut brown with rosy highlights. Still.

Smell -- Black cherry, toffee, soft bourbon sweetness, leather, peaty smoke. Very mellow, this beer has clearly come together well.

Taste -- Again, the words that first come to my mind are 'mellow' and 'integrated.' Toffee, leather, black cherry, and sweet bourbon. Very aromatic.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with an iota of carbonation. No alcohol burn, but a welcomed mellow warmth pervades the throat. It's about as good as a flat beer will get.

Overall -- Despite reports to the contrary, 2009 is still drinking like a champ: zero off flavors, great integration, very mellow. I only wish the cherry was more pronounced. More bubbles would've been nice, but I don't think it was much of a detraction.

This is quite good, but I can't help but feel like I would've gotten as much enjoyment out of three bottles of regular Adam from 2009...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:01:53 | More by yeahnatenelson
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beagle75

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2009 vintage

A: Murky, medium brown color with just a ring of loose, oily bubbles around the edges. No lacing remains, and a small puddle of dark brown sediment gathers at the bottom of the glass.

S: Heavy bourbon dominates, complemented by dark brown sugar and lesser dark roast. The bourbon presence suggests booziness, but ethanol is not pronounced.

T: Begins very sweet, with hyperbolic dark fruit that is slightly mineral and tart. Vaporous fusels are released in the mouth early, distributing the flavors effectively. Restrained charred wood is diminished as molasses follows, allowing bourbon to expand in the middle. Dark, bitter roast emerges toward the finish, offering some leather once it is nestled amongst the other flavors. Oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla linger on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, soft yet tannic on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Certainly appealing, this bourbon-infused strong ale becomes almost indistinguishable from select barleywines that have received the treatment. Its sweetness sets the tone for all that follows, providing the best and most decadent possible canvas for the fruit and the spirit. Sip slowly and savor without distractions.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 14:17:24 | More by beagle75
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Davod23 (thanks Dave!). This pours a dark reddish brown, close to opaque. Very thin head with limited retention time.

Strong aromas, this is obviously a serious beer from the get-go. The strongest note is old ale sweet malts, with a good amount of ABV detectable from the nose, maybe due to bourbon/sherry barrels. Lots of dark fruit, and not just cherries, also raisins and prunes and figs. In fact cherry is the last thing I get from the smell, but it must be there.

Initially sweet tasting, actually sweet tasting throughout but I mean the first flavor is sweet maltiness on the tongue. Followed by liqueur notes that aren't ethanol, more sherry-like. Lots of dark fruits in the flavor.

Low carbonation, but still a little bubbly, not flat. Very very strong feeling, definitely a sipper. I found this to be my favorite FOTD beer to date, and best placed as an after-dinner or nightcap beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 20:44:14 | More by TurdFurgison
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Mac, thanks man.

The look is nice, it's a very dark brown look, brown highlights on the edges, very little lacing.

A hefty dose of black cherries, smokey malts and licorice, blackberries some more cotton candy on top in the nose.

The taste follows the smell, plenty of smoky malts (amazing) and great cherry edge. Seem very nice vinous tastes almost like a big cab to me. Toasted marshmallow, Lots of nice malt.

It feels like a big dark red wine to me, big Cabernet. Very nice.

Overall a very nice brew, the most like a dark red wine I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 22:40:17 | More by Dreadnaught33
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an "extra" in a trade with oregone; knocked off a big time want for me, so thanks.

2011 vintage poured into my New Belgium globe. Striking color profile with dark cherry/plum edges and an otherwise black body. Not even a crying attempt at a head formation, and though it is well known for this beer, makes me dock it just a bit.

Smell is dominated by bourbon and sherry. I don't get much fruit in the nose when I inhale.

Taste is much less spirit-forward and instead the alcohol takes the shape of a sweet port on the back end. The front is raisins, sweet cherries (not overly so), and just a little cough syrupy.

Again the lack of carbonation affects the mouthfeel as well. A touch syrupy with no appreciable bubbling on the tongue. It works with this flavor profile but I would prefer just a bit of bubbles; it's beer still for crying out loud.

Overall a very interesting take with some really strong features; I would prefer a touch of carbonation but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 02:38:03 | More by CruisaC
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ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my De Proef flute, Cherry Adam is a dark black with ruby tinges and a small light tan head that is pretty quick to dissipate to a wispy skim and thick collar. Overall, it's looking pretty viscous, par for the course with HOTD, or really anyone's barrel aged beers.

Smell is boozy, heavy on the sherry, which gives it a bit of sweetness.

Taste is a huge blast of oak, then alcohol, some smoke, and finally some cherries. I had a bottle the day this came out with a bunch of BAs and thought it was OK, a little hot, and needed more time, but heavy on the cherry. This isn't very heavy on the cherry, but is heavy on the oak and still pretty hot, after ~3.5 months in the cellar. The alcohol is clean though, and is accentuated by what I assume were pretty wet sherry casks. At first I was a little overwhelmed with this beer. But after a few more sips, wow, I was really loving it. Totally unique.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, not totally still, and very tannic.

Drinkability is good, very complex and tasty, a one of a kind, and fun to decipher. But the fact is, it's a very strong, robust, super oaky beer. And since I assume a lot of the boozy bite is from the sherry, I'm not sure how much it will smooth out in the cellar. Plus, it's very expensive, $10/12 oz IIRC. I've got a bunch of them so we'll see how they hold up in the cellar, but honestly I'll probably have to pimp a few as trade fodder.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 07:46:52 | More by ccrida
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fear025

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma:Smells really good, lots of sour cherries and dark malt.

Appearance:Dark brown in color. Very low head.

Taste:Tons of sweet cherry flavor. There's a little oxidation, but that's to be expected after a year of aging. Good malt notes. No hops to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, low carbonation, very smooth, a little alcohol burn.

Drinkability:This is a very tasty beer. Still lots of cherry flavor present.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:31:59 | More by fear025
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear amber when pouring, black in the glass, one finger deep tan head that doesn't last.

S-Oak, bourbon, cherries and dark fruits.

T-Starts with bourbon and oak notes, followed by tart cherries and interesting combination. Caramel and molasses, wee bit of chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, tad syrupy, not much carbonation.

O-The combination of cherries and bourbon was cool, liked it but didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:36:41 | More by rlee1390
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for breaking this one out - 2011 vintage. Pours a raspberry-ruby shade of red with a substantial opaqueness in the center. Barely any head on this one, even after a pour straight down to the center of the glass - looks like the carbonation has mostly evaded this one, though it probably wasn't heavily carbonated to begin with.

Cherry Adam has that sweet and recognizable barleywine-like smell. Though it technically is an "old ale", what is the real difference between that and a barleywine? Not much. Sticky brown sugar aromas cloud the air; molasses, oak, and some light deep fruit. The cherries aren't nearly as heavy or easily-identifiable as I was expecting, though after a while they start to pop out a but more. Light cherries and mild booze, all with an underlying sweetness.

The taste is even more sweet than the aroma cares to show. The cherries? Yeah, what was lost in the aroma is more than compensated for in the flavor. Heavy black cherries, sweet plums, and a nice mix of berries. Fruity and delicate. The barrel aging is apparent - woody, oaky, and boozy throughout. Certainly a caramel malt bomb - lots of caramel, sticky toffee, and syrupy molasses. The black cherry sweetness shows its face more and more as this one goes on. The finish is much more woody and wet than the start, leaving an aftertaste full of oak, vanilla, booze, and a dying cherry sweetness. Silky and smooth mouth feel leaving a sticky coating on the mouth, medium-heavy bodied.

Very nice old ale... Robust and powerful with quite a presence. Though the cherries didn't "pop" in the aroma, they certainly came through on the palate. Sweet and surprisingly drinkable given the high ABV tag. A very nice transformation.

EDIT: 2012 vintage

Thanks to Tim for opening this for us. The '12 vintage had a much more smokey character than the '11, a little abrasive up front with less sweetness overall, even with the same, big cherry flavors. The booze was also a bit heavier in the '12 and had a solid whiskey-like presence. Overall, I think I liked the '11 better. Smoother and more easily drinking. These could honestly have been two different beers, but they were still both very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:25:26 | More by tectactoe
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

07-07-2013 03:31:46 | More by warnerry
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MacDonald

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

06-17-2014 05:04:15 | More by MacDonald
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-15-2011 05:51:36 | More by mjtiernan
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

02-21-2014 23:31:19 | More by Cynic-ale
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jakerainey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-15-2013 01:03:35 | More by jakerainey
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-21-2014 01:20:51 | More by ste5venla
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switzer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-26-2013 16:11:52 | More by switzer
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some of these big-ass HOTD beers don't produce a very stunning head, but the color of the body is a super dark brown verging on black, with ruby highlights when held to light. Scant bubbles. Sits in the glass not caring about looking too pretty. Very old-school old ale look, basically.

Aged in sherry and bourbon casks, the aroma reveals bourbon much more than sherry. It's the dominant aroma here, but black licorice, vanilla, cherry and the wood itself come into play. Despite the dominant bourbon element--just not a huge fan of the stuff--it's a pleasure to sniff, with every inhalation revealing various complexities and layers.

Extraordinary flavor is what it's all about with Hair Of The Dog, and C to tha A to tha W does not disappoint. Vanilla and black cherry form a rounded, luscious, semi-sweet center, with just a touch of fine Belgian chocolate in the background. Lightly wrapped around that is the wood/bourbon element, and again the bourbon is more dominant than the sherry. The barrel-wood makes itself known with its light earthy tone. And yeah, a nice alcohol glow. This kind of beer needs that and it's present without being cloying. Liqueur-filled chocolate cherries anyone? A tart snap in the finish and a pleasant dryness wrap up the sip.

Oh so rounded and slick and almost-gooey, though far from heavy in the mouth. It's actually surprisingly thin--not as in watery, but it lays a silken sheet of smoothness on the tongue, offset well by the puckering sensation from the dry finish.

This is as complex as one might imagine, given the brewery, the name and the fact this is an adulterated version of an already complex and wonderful old ale. As with most barrel-aged versions, I'd personally rather have the original, but this is still fantastic. ***Thank you very much msubulldog25!***

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:01:43 | More by Metalmonk
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.