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

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 900
Gots: 150 | FT: 16
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 mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FalconA for sharing!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a little purple mixed in with a small bubbly head that reduces quickly leaving little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly smoky, with some cherry and dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence as well.

T: Wow, very rich. More cherry and dark fruits mixed with some chocolate, vanilla, oak, leather, and tobacco. There is a bit of smoke as well.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, no issues with the newest batch. The abv is well hidden.

O: Fantastic. Would be great to reapproach this beer with a little age on it or alongside Aftw. The alcohol is nice and warming but doesn't rear its head and drinks surprisingly smooth for a 10% beer.

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of BillRoth
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 CAFTW Picked up from Matt at Capone's. I've been cellaring since. He was all but pushing me in this direction. Thank God he did!
Rich dark mahogany color, hints of red in full light. Minimal head, and lacing in this pour into Uber Tavern Tulip. Appears more like a deep rich Madeira...but o contraire!The aroma flows wih wood,dried fruit, dark cherry and hints of vanilla. It is not so much the scent, but the depth of the scent. It is so rich and inviting...before you taste it, you absolutley KNOW that this is going to be an exceptional experience.
Then OMG...taste is spectacular! There is no way I can compatre this as just another old ale. And it is miles beyond Adam. It grabs you with a richness and a roundness of flavors so well balanced. There is modest and wonderfully complementary bourbob...but not strong or dominating. It is a rich dark cherry famliar from extraordinary sour cherry pastries...but not sour in the drink,rather a complement to the rich hops and malt that have been so well aged in the wood.
The mouthfeel is medium full; rich and satisfying.
I would not recommend drinkability wise for usual comsumption or or with food per say...I'm sure others might disagree. Rather, this is a perfect later at night or evening with a superior robust cigar drink. The alcohol presence is notable but not distracting.
It's works well in Winter...it's hard to think of this as a Summer drink...but again this is not about thirst quenching or marrying with al fresco lunch or summer dinner.
Like a major Medoc or Cab Sauv...this really needs to experienced on it's own, and savored for it's own sake.
Hope you have a chance to enjoy this someday.
p.s. Remember Don Younger!

BillRoth, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mama mia!

Many thanks to Adam (Ccrida) for saving some of this for me following the HOTD dock sale.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with red hilights. While the lacing is pretty good, head rentention is fair at best. I was initially concerned with the beer's carbonation, but I just think the limited head retention is attributable to extended barrel aging.

On the nose... good lord this is one fine smelling beer. So much going on. There is a huge aroma of chocolate, vanilla and cherry, but with some significant underlying sherry and wood as well. This beer smells like an aged ale fruit cake with a melange of dark fruits, dates, plums and prunes. Incredible! The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the beer is rich, moderately sweet, with a long, complex finish. There is really no more then a hint of the cherry flavor in this beer (despite the name), with some more chocolate and sherry. Many ales with a fruit component are often dominated by the beer's "fruitiness," but not the Cherry Adam. The beer is mouthfilling on the palate, with a persistent, rich, long flavor profile. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly rich and viscuous and is almost chewy. Very fine. As for the beer's drinkability, of course with all this rich flavor and an abv. of 10%, this is not the beer's strong suit. No one will ever describe this beer as light and refreshing. However, this is obviously a sipper and it's unimaginable to me that anyone would drink more then a single bottle at a sitting. Personally, I expect to take fully a half hour enjoying this masterpiece from HOTD.

Just outstanding.

Note: My impression is that it's best not to overchill this beer; I would serve it a bit cooler then cellar temperature at most. Also, it's anyone's guess how well this beer will age, but I would love to have a case to see. My guess is that it will age quite well, if one has patience. Of course I don't have any, so in all likelihood I'll never know. Regardless, even young this is an exceptional beer. Good stuff.

4/21/10. Was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the 2009 version from Matt at Capone's. Needless to say, it cost a bit more then the 2008 version I was able to get from ccrida/adam, but it was so damn tasty, I didn't mind the extra freight. My impression is that the bourbon barrel aging is considerably more intense and impressive in the 2009 version, with the beer coming across as richer and more intensely flavored. There's more cherry as well, and really, just more of everything. Incredibly yummy stuff. I have adjusted my score (upward) accordingly. This is an awesome beer.

5/16/11. Was fortunate enough to sample the 2011 at the tasting room, and then later back home in Owings Mills. Was told the abv. in this excellent beer is now up around 13%, and frankly it shows. Still, this beer has so much flavor (just an incredibly intense flavor of chocolate and cherry), the alcohol is still very much in the background. I should add that the 2011 version is completely still (no appreciable carbonation), which in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this beer. Fantastic stuff...

John_M, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of rab53
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

rab53, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of billab914
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color and very still looking in the glass.

The aroma has big malty, dark fruit presence to it with notes of caramel, brown sugar, plum and dark cherry. I get some woody, vanilla flavors and some boozy bourbon to it that mixes in very well. Great aroma to it overall, very nice range and relative balance to it.

The taste starts out with more of the sweet, malty, fruity flavors. Towards the finish more caramel and brown sugar starts to come out to mix with the oaky, vanilla and bourbon flavors. The dark fruit and cherry flavors are there throughout, but really linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and heavy with carbonation being almost non-existent. Overall it was a very good beer. The cherries and barrel aging really added some nice depth and complexity to it that I really liked. It did feel a little overly sweet and syrupy though at times which prevented it from being a really world class beer to me. A little more balance and just a little carbonation would have gone a long way.

billab914, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

Viggo, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the source.. poured into my New Belgium snifter..

Very short lived 1" head had a crackily component.. but was more noisy than visual.. the brew is dark dark brown with a garnet highlite when held to a light.

the nose is mainly expected big caramel and fruity prune and plum esters...sour cherries.. though are present..

flavor is better.. cigar wrapper .. sweet and tobacco.. leathery.. the cherries add a nice dimension.. but are pretty much blown away by oak and catchers mitt... the cherries and oak add a very nice depth.. I think it will get better with quite a bit of age..but still drink one when you can to try it... Alan is a "homebrewer's" brewer...not every batch is gonna be stellar... though.. if he did start filtering and counterpressure bottling... wouldn't that take away from some of the allure?? that said.... I've had plenty of carbonation issues with hotd brews .. but overall.. the brew's flavor are damn near always fantastic.

JohnGalt1, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

HopHead84, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Tasting room on 3.4.11.

A - Pours a deep mahogany-brown color with no head at all. It leaves fingers on the glass like a wine.

S - There is a lot here: Ripe fruit, cherries, smoke, and carmel.

T - Tastes are very similar to the smells. Very fruity and woody and smokey. Very complex, and it is hard for me to describe.

D - No carbonation. A touch sweet, but I still love it.

HuskyinPDX, May 30, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, an amazing beer. Pours a near opaque black cherry color with a very small head the color of cherry flesh. Deep aroma packed with cherry, bourbon, vanilla, oak, fudge, raisins and figs.

So tasty; plenty of sweet malt, Chocolate fudge, various dark fruits. Plentiful barrel character; vivid bourbon, vanilla, and oak that never overpowers any of the other flavor notes and never feels hot or boozy.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, coating and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This is just crazy good, delicious, and so much fun to drink. Thanks to trystero for a great trade.

tobelerone, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Feb 06, 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 dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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

dirtylou, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of drummermattie02
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip at the tasting room - 2012 bottle

Deep, dark viscous pour with a slight dark bing cherry hue. Thin bubbling of head comes up and fades out completely with little lacing or film. Decent legs as I swirl the beer around.

Incredibly potent and rich scents of toasted oak with a soft char and juicy cherries soaked in bourbon. Hints of smoke and leather with vanilla and continued warmth.

Truly luxurious right from the get-go with decadent bourbon barrel notes laced with cherries and dark fruit skin. Hints of burnt sugar and oak with complex layering of dark malts that envelop the tongue. My taste buds continue to soar with residual vanilla notes from the barrel and hints of smoke and leather from the base beer. Finishes with more syrupy cherry and alcohol warmth.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, creamy, velvety and soft on the tongue. I've been waiting about 3 years to try this and it completely lived up to (or blew away) my expectations. One of the best beers I've encountered to date.

xnicknj, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

ccrida, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a muddy medium brown with amber highlights. No carbonation at all, no head.

The aroma is strong and super sweet. Tons of super strong dark fruit, prunes mostly and lots of vanilla. At the end is a nice hint of the wood.

The taste is very sweet, mostly vanilla. The finish is wood and alcohol.

The feel is light and extremely warm, also very sticky almost just sticks to your teeth.

Drinkability is ok for 10%.

Overall, this was ok. Its very similar to the utopias to me. Its very drinkable for a 10% beer, its almost like a after dinner drink. However, its a little too sweet for me, and there is way to much alcohol taste and feel on your mouth.

jrallen34, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Bitterbill, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.6%

KAF, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -59.6%

chippo33, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to snifter.

A -Poured black with a very small amount of medium brown head. Carbonation appears low.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front with plenty of sweet cocoa, molasses and smoke. There is a very light tart cherry aroma in the background.

T - Bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla come through from the barrels. The mid palate adds sweet cocoa, molasses and smoke. The finish is slightly tart with chocolate covered cherry flavours. A hint of tobacco is present as well. Great integration of the base beer and the barrel.

M - Medium body with a huge chew. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Cynic-ale, Feb 21, 2014
Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
96 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.