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 BarrytheBear
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the 2008 release courtesy of scubarex. While relaxing pre-Thanksgiving style with the wife, sister, brother, and brother-in-law at the Bavarian Lodge, I stepped out momentarily to complete this trade displaying the full force of my beer geekery. Apologies to the family, thanks to Russ. This want lasted two days in my possession. Here goes nothing.

Dark raisin in color, nearly black. Aggressive pour yields some puddled surface soap that pools at the edges leaving a nearly spotless surface.

Dark, plump black cherries. Barrel is evident in both wood and bourbon. While nice, the base beer is mostly dwarfed by the barrel aging, which is a bit of a shame considering the base can be so damn nice. If this beer could somehow pull off a happier medium, this would be a stunner.

Sweet dark cherries bat lead off while the bourbon/sherry partnership leads through the heart of the order. The bottom of the order is firm tannis and wood along with the smoky peat and tobacco qualities that make the original, not some National League light hitting pitcher. It's really along the back end that any real semblance of Adam is truly distinguishable.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and could use a bit more carbonation to carry it through. Barrel aging has certainly thinned out the base. While shooting for the moon here, if somehow this beer could carry the mouthfeel of the original, I'd cannonball through the kitchen window for another. As it stands, mild huzzahs from the couch will suffice.

Good, but not great, an example of a beer I'd hoped would be better than its inspiration, but doesn't quite deliver. I'm thankful for the effort, but I'll take the non barrel aged version.

Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass, shared with my father for Father's Day.

The beer pours a murky, deep brown color, hues of burgundy with a fizzy brown head that vanishes instantly leaving no film or lace behind. The aroma is of rich black cherry, soft, luscious bourbon, slight vanilla and oak with some dark chocolate finding its way around as well. The flavors are a bit more expansive, but a little less balanced, lots of cherry, charred wood, bourbon, tobacco, spices, toffee, chocolate, a touch of vanilla and wood, but lots of rich, malted grain. The body is rich, thick, coats the mouth well, low carbonation that finishes quite smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice take on Adam, a really solid Old Ale as it is, but one that might have a little too much going on. It has lots of components from the base beer, the cherries and the barrels, but none of them really seem to meld together in harmony. I enjoyed sipping this over the course of nearly an hour, and would do so again, but I'm not convinced this is a better version than the base beer.

Photo of pigc
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Bgramer for this extra...

A - Pours pitch black with very little or no head. Minimal carbonation bubbles around edge of glass.

S - Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, dark brown sugar.

T - Starts out with a smooth bourbon flavor followed by a faint hint of cherries, molasses and brown sugar. Very smooth finish.

M - Surprisingly thin for a 10% abv beer. Seems to be lacking in carbonation.

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one. I had pretty high expectations that may have been let down a bit although this is a very good beer. The cherries seem to keep this beer from being overly sweet and cloying. Could use a bit more carbonation as this is borderline flat.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, thanks to Jim, a true gentleman and scholar.

Into a goblet it pours a deep crimson brown. Mahogany with reddish glints in the light. A bare skim of foam at first, that fades to nothing soon after. It resembles a burgundy wine with a few bubbles strung along the edges.

Heavily oxidized nose, sherry, leather, black cherry.

Similar flavors, rich dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, cherry tartness. Supple and mellow feel, chewy with plenty of fortitude. Bourbon heat is minimal, though traces of the bourbon barrel do shine through in the taste. Cherries lend a tanginess in the background, while the oak tannins contribute a dry bitterness that linger in the finish. A slow sipper, a fine after dinner nightcap to share with friends.

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful aroma and taste, a little sweet, but my bottle was completely flat

Photo of OlieIPA
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks and hug to Mauerhan. Wow man!

A: Looks like prune juice with absolutely no head. The lacing comes in small amounts.

S: Currants, raisins, and prunes; I don't pick much of the cherry at all.

T: Very good! Similar to the aroma, the flavor profile combines all the characteristics that the smell gives off along with a nice acidic property. This Old Ale is a mix between a session wine and lamic, which creates and very complex taste.

M: A thinner body with a winey like carbonation, which fits well with this style.

D: Very good.

Overall: A great beer! A must try...let it warm up for a while to help bring out the complexity of the taste...this beer definitely deserves this patience from you. I really want to have this again...hopefully it will come out in bombers. Cheers!

Photo of jamescain
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Hazy deep dark red with essentially no head.

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

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

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

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

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, no bs4

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, murky and muddy garnet-mahogany body, a small fizzy beige cap but very little retention

smell: black cherry, sherry, very woody - oak, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla...nice

taste: beautiful array of flavor, a punch of dark cherry mixed with smooth vanilla, bourbon tones, sherry, tons of oak, rich chocolate, alcohol is pretty hot but this is an exceptional complex beer

mouthfeel: a little flat, robust and full

drinkability: ok

Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great share by Jeff, who brought this specifically so we could fill out our Adam horizontal of side-by-side-by-side Adam, Adam FtW, and Cherry Adam FtW. 4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a very flat, deep-brown with a definite touch of ruby red, Cabernet-looking hue. No head, retention, or lacing. Wine- like alcohol legs.

S - Definitely let this breath to really pull out the port and black cherry notes. Underlying barrel notes of charred oak, roasted grains, and slight bourbon. No significant heat.

T - The cherries are stronger here. Good underlying winter fruit, roasted grains, cocoa, toffee, and espresso.

M - Mightily dry finish, almost no carbonation (needs a bit more). Medium body.

D - It's very unique, the carbonation is really too low here and makes it drink more like a red wine blend. The closest thing I can think of is Arctic Devil, but with the stronger cherry note here I think this stands out a bit. As my good friend Dan says, "you gotta pop that cherry hard."

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of readbaron
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with red highlights and no head. Only a few bubble clinging to the glass. D'oh.

Smell is top notch. Bourbon, cherries, alcohol, and brown sugar. Beautiful aroma.

Taste is also excellent. Bourbon, cherries, dark fruit, caramel sugar - but not overly sweet. Surprisingly smooth - not boozy. Not terribly complex, but delicious.

Mouthfeel is dissapointing. Completely flat. If properly carbonated this beer would be exceptional. Instead it is "merely" excellent.

Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Market of Choice in Eugene.

Pours a deep mahogany, with very little head & very low carbonation. Has a huge aroma, the cherry is obvious, along with a nice bourbon oak notes. Taste has some nice oak, chocolate, tobacco, and yes, black cherry. Mouthfeel is fairly light for such a strong beer, nice! It's preety tasty, drinkability is good, except for the cost... A nice treat!

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of the generous Reino poured into a tulip.

Pours dark reddish brown out of the bottle before settling in almost completely black in the glass. There is a small tan head on top that I'm convinced has hints of purple in it.

The aroma is big and is an interesting mix of cherries, caramel malt, toffee, chocolate and booze. There's certainly a sweet woody character to the nose with lots molasses sweetness in the background to balance it out.

The taste does follow the nose pretty closely with a massive caramel malt base underpinning everything else. There are sweet cherries, chocolate and dark fruit. The finish has plenty of bourbon and is quite dry with a woody wine-like finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly full-bodied and very sticky sweet. The wood imparts a bit of dryness that balances the massive sweetness.

Another great beer from HotD and while this doesn't quite stack up to the original Adam for me, the twists definitely make for a unique and tasty brew.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

A: Poured a sluggish, murky very dark brown with no carbonation at all. No bubbles, nada.

S: Loads of tobacco, leather, smoke, dark fruits. heat was not to bad but the cherry is all but faded away.

T: Good. Followed the nose very well. Upfront was leather, smoke, dark fruits, booze in the middle, not much cherry going on, wood and Earthiness. Bourbon was still hanging around but very tame.

M: Hearty beer. Big body. Lots of flavor.

O: Good

Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small head, no real lacing, pour is a dark mahogany-ruby brown

Smell: Natural maltiness, full of prunes, dates, oak, vanilla, caramel, sherry, and port.

Taste: Rich complex smoky maltiness of prunes, dates, oak, vanilla, caramel, sherry, and port. A bit sweet. Very good old ale, but I prefer the other HOTD old ales more (matt, adam, etc). I never noticed any cherry, perhaps it is cherry wood?

Mouthfeel: Faint carbonation, but a rich velvety mouthfeel. A bit oily

Drinkability: Drinkable and better after it warms; however I never got any cherry and prefer the brewer's other old ales

Photo of younger35
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of iadler
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Resuin
4.16/5  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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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...

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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