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

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 901
Gots: 149 | FT: 15
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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Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown with just a slight reddish hue to it. Very slight head about half a finger. Looks delicious!-

This beer smells very similar to the original Adam, smokey, leathery, and malty. It also has a bit of an oaky smell to it.

The taste was where I was let down by this beer. It had all the flavors of Adam which I love, but had a very tart cherry flavor that was almost like wine. very distinct flavor of black cherry. Felt and tasted a bit like sherry. Flavor has huge potential, but the cherrys throw the perfectly balanced Adam way out of wack.

Mouthfeel was alot like wine, very drying.

I could probably only have one of these as it is so tart.

I would like to see what this beer would taste like served incredibly cold as I feel that may take away a bit of the tartness and possibly give the cherry flavor a bit more of a chance. I would also like to see how this tastes after a couple years in the cellar. I will have to try both.

HairOfTh3Dog, May 04, 2009
Photo of Mages64
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz snifter. Chilled. 2011. Had this only a few weeks after release.

A: dark, black, purple edges. zero carbonation but I was expecting this. when swirled, it looks a little thicker than water.

S: HUGE cherry smell as well as a deep and malty barleywine smell. chocolate, cocoa, toffee, bourbon, vanilla.

T: Just an overwhelming cherry flavor from start, to the mid, and LONG cherry finish. The only thing I have to compare this to is NG cherry stout(which was terrible btw) and this is quite good in comparison. alcoholic, vanilla, breakfast cereal, oak, hazelnut.

M: Amazing feel. Really fun and smooth. full bodied and just amazing.

O: A great experience but I believe this will get a LOT better when it has 2 years on it.

Mages64, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A careful, but solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a frothy, half-finger thick, fairly quickly disappearing, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a concentrated brown, approaching black color, when held up to the light beer shows some flashes of ruby, but is mostly opaque in its darkness. The aroma smells of spicy Bourbon, but has an earthy malt character to it that moves into a rich note in the finish that is a bit like prunes or perhaps even some sherry like notes. There is enough noticeable alcohol in the nose that it warms my nose upon a deep draught of the aroma. The malt character here is pretty complex, though in some ways subtle; toasted malt notes, spicy grain, a hint of salty smokiness, something a bit like carbonized fruit (though without the acrid notes, or even the burnt char character). There is some woody oak character here, as well as some spicy barrel character, soft vanillin notes and even a touch of toasted coconut; overall the barrel notes are pretty well integrated and don't overwhelm the rest of the aromatic notes. I definitely don't smell any cherry like notes here though.

This beer is lightly sweet, though it has more of a rich maltiness than actual sweetness. The beer finishes with a peat derived, salty, earthy smokiness that lingers on in the finish along with a sherry'd prune character (prune without much sweetness though). This is only lightly carbonated; it has just a prickle of carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The beer isn't overly viscous, though it certainly has some body to it, and it has a certain soft creamy texture to it. Behind the smokiness in the finish are some dark malt notes that suggest hints of tar, a bit of roasted coffee notes and a rich roasted caramel note (not burnt, but rich with lots of Maillard browning flavors). This definitely has a spiciness from the barrel aging process and the alcohol also provides a bit of heat. There is a touch of tartness to the finish; is this where the otherwise absent cherry character comes in?

I am not quite too sure about the cherry part of this beer, there is a general fruity richness, but certainly not anything I can identify as cherry specific. This could use a bit more texture and heft, a bit more residual malt character in the body would help to smooth out the warm / boozy alcohol and spicy barrel notes. Seems to lack a bit of finesse and the flavors / aromas are not quite as integrates as one might hope. Still this is certainly a tasty beer and I like how the background sherry notes add a lot of richness to this beer. The smoky peat character also adds a lot of background complexity to this beer.

Gueuzedude, May 03, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jwolfie70 for sharing this.

Pours a dark brown. Thin tan crust. Bubbly. No real head.

Smells like it has rich brown sugar, dark fruits, some brandy/rum, and some surprisingly understated cherries to it.

Taste is a blast of oak and cherries. Some dark fruits. Brown sugar ... woody. Really sweet. It's okay, but not as integrated as I would have liked, and there's a lot of sweetness that doesn't necessarily taste like anything specific.

To be honest, I like the regular version a lot better. This has a bit too much going on, and could use some age on it.

Also under-carbonated.

Overlord, Jan 14, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a 2009 bottle poured into my Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque mahogany with hardly any head at all. The carbonation that was there initially goes away very quickly. This is a flat beer.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some bourbon heat. I'm definitely getting some cherry along with some caramel and vanilla notes.

Taste: Sweet malt, sweeter than the base beer. Some cherry with some other dark fruit notes as well. Some bourbon, but not much heat at all. Vanilla notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium. The beer is flat with a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was good, but I enjoyed the base beer and the regular wood version more. I would have another though.

oline73, May 26, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam who brought this bottle north to Darkness Day to wrap up a great BIF we were involved in during 2010. Been saving this for a rainy day to pair up with a regular Adam. Well, it's not raining, but it's almost 100 degrees, good enough for me. Split into two small tasters, one for me, one for my wife. Into the breach once more we go. Vintage 2008 proclaims the bottle.

Pours like regular Adam, dark brown, red edged. Unlike Adam, virtually no carbonation/head is present. Smells of syrupy black cherry, sweet malts, coupled with a crack of alcohol.

This bottle of Cherry Adam from the Wood has been sadly, cruelly assaulted by a gang of oxidation-toting ruffians; but here, in rare form, it almost works. Cherry is mixed in liberally with hints of leather, faint wood, & the sherry barrels that complement the natural sherry-like characteristics of plain Adam. Bourbon is evident only in the aftertaste in the back/bottom of the throat. The ending is sticky malts, & despite the heaviness & lack of carbonation, the cherry makes this a bit easier to choke down.

Well, despite it's obvious differences to regular Adam, this is in the same good-to-very-good category. Would like to try this again fresher, I wonder how the cherry & barrels would play without any age on it.

maximum12, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Brew33
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cherry Adam from the Wood 2011

This beer has been a long time want for me. Glad I was able to finally try it.

Adam pours a VERY dark brown/black that shows ruby edges in the light. Absolutely no carbonation. Still as water. Aromas of sugary malt, oak, figs, raisins, black cherry, alcohol. Whoa! Fantastic and complex nose here.

The flavors are intricate and excellent. Brown sugar, bourbon, slightly sweet cherries, alcohol, plums, raisins, figs, oak, sweet red wine (a note form the cherries and oak I suppose). Big, bold flavors all over the place. Ethanol is present from start to finish but provides the only relief from an insanely sweet beer. The flavors are explosive. For something this complex, it's easy to pick out seperate flavors.

It's all been roses to this point. Let's talk about mouthfeel. This is one of the oiliest beers I've ever come across. Medium to full bodied and oily as hell on the tongue. Clings to your mouth, slick on the tongue. The fact that this beer is entirely flat really hurts the overall drinking experience. I'm not asking for a luxurious head here but some bubbles to lighten the mouthfeel and break up the overpowering sweetness would certainly be appreciated.

Cherry Adam is an excellent beer that I'd happily drink 5 oz of at any point. I'll never turn this one down.

Brew33, Oct 25, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Huge thanks goes out to HuskyinPDX for the chance to try this one!

Popped the cap, no hiss. Uh oh.... Pours a dark red/brown color but is completely opaque in the glass, with some purple highlights around the top edge. No head, no lacing, just a lifeless dark liquid. Wonderful aroma with a whole lot going on. There's lots of chocolate, oak, and cherry, with some alcohol coming out from the background, especially as it warms. Taste is really nice as well, but this thing is completely flat. Cherry is well-integrated into the old ale base, which mingles with the fudge and chocolate flavors, and is hit with a bit more complexity from the barrel aging. Cherries give it an overall sweetness, there's a touch of smoke/charred wood in the background, and some vinous, red wine notes, but overall, very sweet and leaves my lips very sticky. Mouthfeel is full and almost syrupy, but I really can't get into flat beers. Is this thing not supposed to be carbonated? Is this the new west coast style for old ales (i.e. Lost abbey)?

Overall, a really tasty beer, and it smells heavenly, but this is the second HotD bottle in a row that has been completely flat, the other being Matt. Perhaps they use terrible bottle caps that don't hold up well when being shipped, I dunno, but I have to imagine that the brewer doesn't want their beer to be completely absent of carbonation like this is. Perhaps it needs more time in the bottle to condition and get some bubbles? Whatever the case, this would be a winner if it were carbed properly, but right now it's just an interesting, cherry-infused beer syrup. I'll let my other bottle relax in the basement closet for about 6 months and see what happens, but I don't have high hopes.

KeefD, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the bottle!
2008 vintage

Poured into a snifter. Dark prune/raisin color with a thin ring of off-white film around the edges of the glass. A few light patches of lacing here and there.

Plums, figs, alcohol and cherries on the nose. Layers of vanilla and wood plus a hint of leathery smoke. Complex and enjoyable. The cherry has an almost earthy light grassiness to it.

Cherries, figs and wood on the tongue. Darker malts with a touch of dark chocolate, finishing with some alcohol bite. Some vanilla and port/sherry like characteristics. Alcohol is noticeable, but not dominating. Crosses the beer/liquor line.

Mouthfeel is unfortunately somewhat lacking. I don't expect much carbonation with this style of beer, but this one is still too low. Body is smooth, but seems slightly thinner than the regular Adam. About average for the style.

Drinkability is pretty good. I do like this beer, especially the nose, but when you stack it up against the regular Adam it falls a bit short. The cherry addition adds to the nose, but doesn't do much for me in terms of flavor. Also seems like the barrel aging may have thinned this one out a bit. However, I'd still like to try the 2009 version at some point and this beer still worth trying, especially if you like old ales / English barleywines.

sisuspeed, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with an obvious cherry tint and an actual cherry glow, although there is no head whatsoever.

Smell: Strong sweet cherry, some plum, fig, and raisin as well. Some general tart sweetness and a bit of tart cherry in the background.

Taste: A bit of toffee and caramel malt go along with sweet cherries and a bit of molasses up front. Nicely blended dark fruits - plums, figs, raisins, and red grapes all blend together well. The finish is a soft caramel malt sweetness. The flavor could have been finished off better.

Mouthfeel: This is the downfall of this beer. No carbonation really causes the flavors to stick together and clump on the tongue. It feels heavier than it should. Sticky.

Overall: Unfortunately, this is another Hair of the Dog beer that has no carbonation and would be amazing otherwise.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 19, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with no real carbonation.

The aroma is bourbon chocolate cherries.

The flavor is sweet malts, strong bourbon alcohol, dark fruits, roast chocolate and slightly tart cherry. There's a little harsh alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, a nice decedent beer.

Beaver13, May 29, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Kevinpitts
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

Nice flavor to beer, but didn't like the lack of carbonation. Felt like I was drinking a port to a tee. Odd beer.

Kevinpitts, Monday at 06:49 AM
Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Ben for sharing. Poured with almost no head; there are a few small bubbles. The body is dark maroon.

The aroma is full of sweet vanilla and cream. I can detect alcohol in the nose only with a deep whiff.

The taste is very sweet, but it works here. The vanilla is evident here as well. The finish is sweet and slightly reveals the cherry.

The mouthfeel is huge, with little to no carbonation.

The is really enjoyable as dessert with a lot of complexity.

andrewinski1, May 23, 2011
Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2009 vintage

A- Dark brown/black, stout like. Very little head and no lacing or retention. No visible carbonation.

S- Very malty, Roasted dark malts, some cocoa.

T- Chocolate covered cherries, roastiness, some sweetness, vanilla and oak.

M- Very smooth. A little heat from the alcohol.

Overall- Great beer, would love more carbonation.

GrandCruDrew, Jun 10, 2011
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.