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

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 766
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 911
Gots: 171 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.84/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I managed to get a bottle of the 2009 vintage at Capone's (thanks again to John!). I tried this fairly fresh thanks to Devin, but this time, I have a chance to nurse it for an hour.

Sitting in my fridge for several months gave a chance for the yeast to really flocculate and this results in a clear but very dark brown pour. Beautiful, reddish brown highlights are present. This also has a rather low level of carbonation, there's barely any head present, and all I see is little streamers of bubbles running up the side of my snifter. Swirling the beer results in there being some legs running down my glass, indicative of the high ABV.

How it looks, however, is immaterial as this smells fucking unreal. Bursting with black cherries and bourbon, these characteristics are balanced at a level that most beers strive to reach. Couple that with the excellent base that Adam provides - a little leather, a little cocoa, a little tobacco, a little smoke - and this is a masterpiece. Along with the cherries, there's a little plums too. Moderate tannins are also present, with an oaky, a touch charred. Brilliant.

The palate opens moderately sweet, with bourbon, vanilla and cherry all very-balanced. The cherry character is both, mildly tart and moderately sweet (one has to remember this isn't a kriek or a sour beer, so the cherry sweetness *is* noticeable). The mid-palate is where the base beer shines. Caramel, leather, tobacco and just a whisper of smoke appear before a long-lasting finish that has bourbon, a little heat, cherry tartness with the fruity sweetness and barrel tannins playing off each other remarkably well. Alcohol appears on the end, lightening it up, leaving just the leather and cherries. Full in body with low carbonation, this is about as perfect as a beer like this can be. Despite its heft and price tag, this is a beer I will reach out to as often as I can. I would love, love, love to have a case of this. An exceptional beer, very very complex, brilliantly structured and executed. Alan really is one of the best brewers out there. As I keep drinking this, I realize that there's nothing I would change about how it tastes and am adjusting my scores accordingly.

**Original review for the 2008 vintage dated 08-18-2009 11:56:03**
3.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5
Thanks to John for grabbing me a bottle, and Svejk for an extra. Split this with a few friends last night

Cherry AftW pours a dark brown with red highlights. No real head apart from a thin ring. On the nose, it's a gorgeous combination of mild cherry, vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of smoke. I really like the cherry character, being as mild as it is, it's perfect. On the palate, it opens up with bourbon and vanilla with a mild sour cherry character mid palate. The finish is a little tannic, showing a little dryness with some cherry and vanilla character. Carbonation is soft, and it works with the big barrel character on this beer. Thoroughly enjoyable, I look forward to drinking my other bottles.

**Edit 3/18/2013**

This is my third bottle of the 2012 release, and I must say it's not as mindbogglingly good as the 2009 was. A fantastic blend of cherries, leather, oak and bourbon, this pairs all the goodness of Adam with cherries and bourbon. Moreso than other batches, the cherry character is quite potent here, lending an earthy cherry skin tannin character that complements the bourbon and base beer. The palate has a moderate cherry sweetness that complements the bourbon, and is intriguing in conjunction with the base beer. Over-carbonated, this beer is medium in body and has a pleasant finish. I'm going to let this sit for a while.
4.5/4.25/4 (3,652 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (2,192 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. Batch #1 served in my Allagsh tulip. Poured the color of cola with ruby-red highlights around the edges. Head was a light skim of foam that quickly dispersed into nothingness. Incredible nose - lots of bourbon and vanilla. Taste follows nose - bourbon with some tart cherries coming out in the mix. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, a little oily with a carbonation level that was pretty darn close to still and a mild tartness that stimulates the salivary glands. Incredibly flavorful with a well-hidden abv. My first beer from Hair of the Dog has left me wanting more. (618 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottle

A-pours a black liquid that lets virtually no light through with a brown colored head that is rather limited from a pretty hard pour.

S-the nose has a fair amount of dark malts, chocolate and toffee up front, notes of wood are present but not overpowering, hints of cherries in the back.

T-the toffee and chocolate are up front, a fair amount of wood come in on the middle of the tongue, notes of lightly sour cherries, decadent cherry chocolate syrupy, vinous characteristics, and light presence of alcohol.

M-this has a full body, syrupy and chewy, very smooth and a good amount of carbonation.

D-this is very tasty brew, nice blend of tart cherry with a good wood presence, great malt body to compliment the sweetness with an interesting almost tannic wine like quality. (790 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, deep red. No head to speak of, no bubbles coming to the top. Very, very dark, light only going through on the edges.

S - Huge fruit smell, raisins, dates, figs, some sort of dark. The cherry is more of a hint on the end with the overpowering dark fruit smells. Nice oaky notes in the background make this a very full and complete smell.

T - Deep raisin taste, really the biggest part of this beer. Slight bit of alcohol there, touch of vanilla, nice and oaky. I taste a little bit of cherry in there, but it is not the biggest taste at all.

M - Flat, not a ton of carbonation, but good body on it. Could use a slight touch of carbonation, heard it comes with age on this one.

D - Pretty easy to drink, never would have guessed this is 10% alcohol, quite sweet, probably a bit too much to session, but could do another. (832 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into as snifter. 2011 Vintage. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for sending this my way!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick, almost plum colored cabernet wine-like inky color. Not much foam to speak of, but some transparent bubbles came up. The 2012 version of this was much more appealing considering a better carbonation level was present. A surprising amount of tan froth considering the style and ABV.

(S)- A ridiculously rich aroma. Awesome whiffs of oaky bourbon with sweet toffee and caramel with an even more glorious smell of cocoa covered dark cherries behind it. Its strong, but smells really stinking good. As it warmed, it began to show signs of tobacco and leather in the background as well.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich and sweet profile with decadent cocoa covered dark cherries with a smooth caramel and oaky bourbon notes. As it began to warm up, you can really tell the base beer is still there with the subtle hints of tobacco and leather.

(M)- Flat as a pancake, however for the style, it isnt quite as bothersome as I was expecting it to be. If it had a bit of carbonation, this would be world class. Rich and sweet with those black cherries really providing nice flavors and texture. The 2012 vintage had a much much better feel to it due to a far better carbonation level. Smooth as can be even with a 10% ABV level.

(D)- A sipper for sure. Yes it would help this immensely if this was carbed better, but nonetheless, the smell and flavor of this is really quite unique and spot on for a fantastic old ale. I can see this being a great substitution for a ruby port.
This was a great beer even with quite the low carbonation level, but the 2012 vintage definitely has seemed to fix that. I look forward to seeing what some time does to the 2012's I have left, but this is a fantastic beer no matter the version you get. (1,862 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to vwcraig for giving me the hook-up on HOTD beers or I wouldn't have been able to try this. This gushed despite being properly chilled which is always a disappointment with expensive beers but I didn't lose much. It looks nice, dark black-brown, no head, red edges. It smells like wood, barrels, liquor, alcohol, very interesting. The flavor has a leather quality that I get from regular Adam, the slightest touch of tartness but I couldn't pinpoint it as a cherry flavor. This was pretty good but I'm not sure I'd pick this up again given the price and the fact that I just prefer Fred and Doggie Claws over Adam as a rule. I do have one bottle left to cellar so we'll see how that goes. (701 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!!!

poured into HotD tulip glass(thanks for the sweet glassware hollis!).

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: blackish brown bodied beer that has a thin layer of dark red head that drops down to no head.

Smell: big notes of tart cherries, oak and bourbon! Leathery with hint of earthy smoke.

Taste: cherry and bourbon forward beer. Tart and slightly sweet black cherries colliding with sweet rich oaky bourbon. Vanilla, leather, molasses, and tobacco. Finishes with a touch more bourbon, chocolates, and dark fruits. This beer is very well balanced and has a nice level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This beer has just a hint of warming booziness that couples with a vinous note. This beer looks to be flat, but the carbonation seems to come to life as it passes over your toungue. This beer is really well carbonated.

Overall: I think that I like this better than Adam from the Wood. I love it when brewers can take a beer thats already world class(Adam) and make it something special by putting it into barrels! HotD is no doubt a genius when it come to making really unique beers! I love how you still know you are drinking Adam, but with bourbon and cherries. Its nothing but stright up flawless execution by HotD on brewing & barrel aging this beer. (1,383 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle shared with yagman3000 alongside an adam (batch 77). big thanks to OregonHopmonster for the cherry.

a - plum and silky. no head at all. much more ruby than adam. adam also had a bit of a head. swirls around like water...or wine.

s - BAM...cherry! chocolate covered cherry dipped in liquor. a delicacy. strong booziness on the nose. smells like heaven.

t - a mirror to the nose but bolder and richer. this chocolate covered cherry just oozes with booziness. the wood adds a richness. it is a sublime treat. the toffee from the old ale is a great match to the big cherry and wood.

m - rich and full. bold. too smooth for it's own good. more port like and not all that carbonated. coated my mouth.

o - wow. this is a treat and the perfect cherry to top the sunday of tasting beers that this evening was. this is a dessert beer and one I wish was readily available to me. (884 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Chico1985, reviewed from notes.

A- Very dark brown-black with no head whatsoever. No lace looks like dark juice. Is it flat?

S- Bourbon atop cocoa, old stale caramel, oak, vanilla and some smoke. Slight cherry fruit feel.

T- A good blend of nice flavors. Stale caramel malt of an old ale, nice cherry, bourbon whiskey, oak and cocoa. Sweet rich sugars.

MF- Syrup feel with alcohol warmth. Oily and slick. Has the tiniest amount of carbonation, I think, could use more.

DB- I can smell and taste the Adam behind a nice Bourbon and cherry flavor set. The carbonation missing is a setback but I still like this as a dessert beer. (641 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

337th review on BA
bottle to snifter
12oz, 2011 Batch

App- A purple/red creamy looking pour. Very little in terms of bubbles/head or lacing. Just flat.

Smell- Big cherry/sherry but that was expected. What I didn't expect was 13.5% and the big blast of booze. A nice oaky, vanilla with a little tinge of port to it.

Taste- So in order I went 3-4-5. Its a flat beer for carb level but VERY tasty. The flavors are so well done its hard to find a flaw. The sweetness masks the ABV and the cherry just accentuates a great style in of itself. It was rich, creamy and very velvety. Much better than regular Adam.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level. Creamy dessert beer is the best way to say it.

Drink- I want an IV of it. It was boozy, creamy and sweet and and and and...so many adjectives. (797 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

2011 bottle

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black in the glass and completely still looking with no head ...here we go again.

Smell. Sweet woody bourbon, molasses and dark fruits (a little heavy on the cherry), some chocolate and vanilla as well.

Taste. Woody with dark fruits and juicy black cherries, some sherry and bourbon, vanilla. Quite tasty stuff actually.

Mouthfeel. Full body and completely flat.

Overall. Despite the great taste I can't stand a flat beer. I think at least 95% of all the flat beers I've drank have been HotD and I'm pretty fucking tired of this shit, especially for what these clowns charge for their beer. So done with this brewery besides what I have in the cellar already. (722 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks codewarrior! 2011 bottle.

A: Pours like a glass of red wine: deep maroon in color with no carbonation. No bubbles at all. Oh well.
S: Rich and sweet notes of black cherry juice, sherry, bourbon, damp wood, baking chocolate, maybe toffee and hints of leather.
T: Slick and greasy well integrated flavors of caramel syrup, bourbon barrel, sweet cherry, damp musty earth, chocolate and leather with hints of toffee, butterscotch, tobacco and leafy hops in the finish. Aftertaste is sweet with a hint of oak tannin and mild barrel spice.
M: Greasy thick and viscous mouth and body, heavy, buttery and greasy. Flat.
O: Really really good flavor. Flat in this case is ok, but a few bubbles would have been nice. (740 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Madhombrewer for sending this along in our Opening Day trade. Always a treat to try some special Hair of the Dog. Drinking this one out of my New Belgium tulip glass.

No head at all. If this said Lost Abbey on the label there would be a revolt. You can plainly see there is virtually no carbonation. Looks dark brown and is very glossy.

A touch musty, sweet, boozey. Rum soaked raisins.

Man, this is one sweet beer. I am not sure that I would say cherry right away if I didn’t know. But thinking about it, there is a flavor of the cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper here. The bourbon notes are very soft and rouned. Yeah, the more I make my way through the glass I get it. Black Cherry it is. A perfect after dinner drink. Sit and slowly enjoy. What’s so interesting is that for a brief moment, now and again, I get cocoa. Very subtle, but there. The wood provides a depth here but nothing in your face.

Indeed, this beer has one or two bubbles of carbonation… and that might be exaggerating. Lays heavy on your tongue and is slick. The sweetness is accentuated by the lack of bubbles.

So this beer says a great deal about the hype and screaming on BA. This is no more flat than a couple of the big Lost Abbey beers, but nobody mentions this as an issue. Frankly for some of their beers and this one I don’t mind at all. This is a great beer and one to savor. Thanks MadHombrewer. (1,395 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tampabrew for this one.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown hue with a small amber tinged white head. No real retention or lace.

S: Wonderful aromas of tart cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of smoke.

T: Sweet and tart cherries, oak, vanilla, and bold roast. As it warms chocolate notes and light smoke start to really come out. Hints of bourbon and lighter dark fruits can be picked up as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium without being thick. Moderate carbonation with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

D: Good a real tasty treat.

Thanks Gary! (556 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no head just bubbles. Aroma of bourbon initially followed by chocolate and sweet cherries. Flavor is also initially bourbony and quite warming. Later, some sourness/tartness that seems to come from the cherries and woody notes make their appearances. The bourbon is a bit on the strong side and does overpower the other flavors of the beer. I wish that the cherry flavor was more prominent. An interesting experiment, but bourbon-barrel aging doesn't improve everything.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
3.4/5 (580 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (2,209 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my DFH snifter.

A - Dark brown, very light carbonation with no lacing.

S - Sweet cherries, strong alcohol burn on the nose, some wood/oak, and black liquorish.

T - Not as much cherry or alcohol burn as the nose. Actually, pretty well-balanced. Slight cherry flavor, nice oak, and a good amount of bourbon as well. Like I said, all very-well put together.

M - Medium bodied, very slight carbonation. A nice richness that covers the palate.

D - A sipper, but a good one nonetheless. I would search for this and drink again. (544 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #750

Finally tried the Cherry Adam, a 12 oz. bottle (2008 vintage) into a small snifter. First saw the barrels where this brew was aging on a January 2007 tour of HotD; anticipated it since. Stood in line at 7am on November 15th (the Dock Sale); snagged a case; traded many away; hemmed and hawed as to when to try the first; watching the Blazers/Celtics game, this seemed like a good night.

Served at a modest temperature (55-60F?), cellared with about 15 minutes in the fridge.

A: Extremely dark, a brackish ebony topped with a thin pinkish-ivory cream. Whatever modest head there is falls back to a tight ring and a few freckles of film. Thin stripes of dripping lace, gliding gently downward.

S: Has all the heady aroma of an aged Adam: dark malts, candied pit fruit, chocolate, leather, tobacco - all with a mild oak-y/vanilla and an earthy cherry. Could be a little stronger but could hardly be any richer.

T: Dark fruit, big on the berries and (of course) the ripe, mushy cherry. Light citrus, leafy herbs, cocoa powder, spiced meat, mildly charred grain. Cherries lend a tartness, a dusty/musty and silty yeast. Cask woodiness is held in check pretty well, though there's a little tannic bite. Bourbon-like booziness comes and goes. Complex, almost to a fault.

M: So I've read the comments about this lacking carbonation; yeah, it's true. That's what 15 months of barrel-aging will do - this Adam is 2 years old, people! There's no denying the creaminess that the mellowed carbonation brings. Feel is medium, bordering on heavy, and alcohol warmth isn't yet subdued (minor deduct). There's also a slightly woody/grainy grit that sticks a bit. Somewhat chewy, some lip-smacking maltiness.

D: It's aged Adam with a dose of wood and cherry. If you're an Adam fan, this is a must; a warming, rich sipping beer that makes a great dessert on a chilly night. Complex and still boozy, it's great to try now and will be interesting to see how this develops over time. RECOMMENDED! (1,994 characters)

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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a red hue. Not much head. Nada. Some but not much lace.

S - Cherries, bourbon, wood, some type of complex smell that makes them all together more than their parts. Best part of this beer, IMO.

T - Intense but not so much as smell. A bit watery in the front.

M - Medium to heavy, low carbonation, good coating, fair balance.

D - Hype was bigger than what I experienced. (387 characters)

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.