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

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 772
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 913
Gots: 166 | FT: 18
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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Reviews: 262 | Hads: 772
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)

Photo of srandycarter
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)

Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, baybassboy!

(Aged for 1 year)

Dark ruby in color, nearly brown, with very little visible carbonation. This leaves dots and thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

Complex aroma, though not quite as complex as Adam from the Wood's surprisingly--though just as good. The oak and dark fruits are present again, along with loads of vibrant, sweet, crushed cherry aroma. Bold and expressive.

The flavor is quite nice, and the added cherries really transform this beer even further. Lots of chocolate, oak, and earth flavors present, along with lots of cherry flavor. My only complaint would be that the cherry flavor seems to add a touch of an acidic quality to the overall drinking experience, though this is still quite delicious.

Medium bodied with very low carbonation.

Very nice, though I significantly preferred Adam from the Wood. (884 characters)

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 bottle received in a trade with inflatablechair thanks Sam!

Appearance: Pours an attractive red brown but absolutely no crown, retention, or lace.

Smell: Caramel covered smoked bourbon soaked black cherries :)

Taste: Smoke, vanilla, bourbon, oak, black cherries, sweet malt, and love :)

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I was expecting which is good because the beer has predictably no carbonation. it works but SOME carbonation would have been interesting.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the abv.

This is a beer that shows lots of character and boldness.

2009 BOTTLE SAMPLED 7/30/11 (thanks to Vito at Copper Mine Pub for sharing!)

4.5 Cherry is living large with mild chocolate notes and some booze plus a whisper or roast malt.

4.5 Drikability: Super tasty when it warms and goes down easy. (806 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
2.91/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got bottles of the 2012 and 2011 as a surprise from Claaark13. You were right. This HotD night wouldn't have been complete without these. Cheers man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Drank the 2012 and 2011 back to back. Review is for the 2012 with comparisons to the 2011. Had also had a regular Adam and Adam from the Wood in the same session.

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent brown and produces a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly ring. Sits dark brown in the glass, almost black, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A muddy seal brown is perhaps the most accurate color description. A faint ring remain until the end, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Head is a little less impressive than the regular Adam, but body is much the same.

SMELL: Cherry heavy for sure. Some bourbon and oak in there, but the cherry is definitely the start of the show. Adam from the Wood had a touch of cherry in there already, so this is a couple steps beyond that. The 2011 had less cherry and more of the oak and bourbon, making for a better balanced and more interesting nose.

TASTE: Lots of cherry with some barrel flavors as well. This is bourbon barrel + cherry for sure. Milder but lingering finish of cherry, vanilla, coconut and oak from the bourbon barrels, as well as some light leather notes. A little more interesting than the nose. The 2011, much like the nose, had very little cherry flavor and, thus, a much stronger bourbon barrel presence.

PALATE: Similar to Adam from the Wood, though lighter on the palate. Medium body, not quite as much weight as expected, and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bit of heat and burn after the swallow. Finishes somewhat mouth coating. Decent, but could use some more weight. The 2011 must have had some carbonation issues as it was almost flat.

OVERALL: This was my least favorite of the night. I found the cherry a little too dominant in the 2012 bottle, which somewhat overwhelmed my palate. I actually preferred the more balanced and bourbon barrel forward 2011 version, though I'm not sure if that was a batch difference, a result of aging, or a combination of both. However, the relatively flat feel of the 2011 kind of ruined that one for me as well. In the end, I was happy to try these, especially side-by-side, but it's not one I'd go after again. Much preferred the regular Adam and Adam from the Wood. Cheers again for all the stuff Claaark13. This was a piss load of fun! (2,586 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

1 Year old

A - pours a dark cherry mahogany minimal head. Weak retention and so so lacing as expected for the style

S - tons of vanilla wood, cherry's and other dark fruits and chocolate sweetness. smells heavenly

T - Woody with lots of dark fruits (cherry, plum dates), tons of vanilla and some chocolate. Definitely mild alcohol burn.

M - medium bodied smooth minimal carbonation

O - Absolutely fantastic (411 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with some red and purple mixed in and a thin bubbly layer of purplish head. The head fades very quickly leaving behind just a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, black cherries, dark fruit, a hint of chocolate, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of black cherries with some caramelized malts, vanilla, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon come through with some more caramelized and residual sugars and a touch of chocolate. The finish is a mix of black cherries, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, caramelized sugars, a bit of brown sugar and other dark fruits, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The barrel aging and the cherries really add some great complexity and depth to the beer. (887 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

This is as complex as one might imagine, given the brewery, the name and the fact this is an adulterated version of an already complex and wonderful old ale. As with most barrel-aged versions, I'd personally rather have the original, but this is still fantastic. ***Thank you very much msubulldog25!*** (1,815 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jerz for sharing this one at his bottle share

Look: Dark maroon color to the point that is almost plum colored I would say. Very little head

Smell: The nose is big on cherries and also carries some oak and just a trace of alcohol very nice nose

Taste: Almost mirrors the nose but I actually like the taste a bit more than the nose. The beer has the same flavors of the base beers leather and tobacco and then you add in a nice black cherry flavor and the flavors merry very well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: I do not have much experience with HotD beers but I do love Adam and this one destroys the base beer. The beer is overall solid and was one of my favorites of the night (727 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ugly turbid deep brown. Light bubbles but like it was poured from a beer engine. Aroma is highly complex, yet accessible. There's leather, bourbon, vineous notes, dark cherry, malt heavy. A slight hint of oxidation. Definitely tastes like an old ale.. In the best way possible. (277 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Pours a deep, impenetrable dark brown (nearly black) color, with no more than a smattering of bubbles on top. Aromas of wet leather, dried cherries, oak and musty bourbon. On the palate, low carbonation and a relatively thick body, with flavors of bourbon, black cherries, sherry and raisins. Warming and alcoholic, this is a great beer. (351 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of Brew33
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (1,319 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the deep dredgy opaque murky brownish red bricking color that I love regular Adam for. No head hold this from a five.

Smokey malts, caramel, hints of cherry with a charred oak ester. Some red and black fruit aromas as well as plum, chocolate, leather and tobacco.

Thick, syrupy, creamy and monstrous. Huge complexity with a good showing of alcohol on the finish. Cherry, oak, charred smokey malts, black fruits, black and red currant, milk chocolate, mollasses, ink, leather, tobacco, and much much more.

No carbonation really hurts the mouthfeel but otherwise this beer is a warming top notch behemoth. (612 characters)

Photo of grub
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Viggo shared this tasty treat. thanks eric!

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage. sampled dec 28/08.

pours deep red-brown with a thin ring of very fine white head. spotty lace.

aroma is great. there's definitely adam in there, with a nice twist. raw oak and vanilla. big caramel and malty base. multi-grain bread. biscuit. bit of alcohol. touch of cherry and other dark fruit. hints of dark chocolate, nuts, bourbon, smoke. earthy.

taste is good. vanilla. bourbon. smoke. bit earthy. dark chocolate. nutty. caramel. biscuit, multi-grain bread, bit of cracker. dried cherry, date, and fig. wow, lots of great depth. adam is excellent, and this definitely adds some nice layers on top of it. good shit.

mouthfeel fairly low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. i'm wishing i had several bottles more that i could just keep sipping on. this is well balanced with a great depth from the barrel and the cherries. it's far from obtrusive and truly complimentary. great stuff. must fine more. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Major gusher. Quickly diminishing thin foam, brown body. Poor appearance. Nose has some character to it, with a touch of smoke, black cherries and sherry notes. Very thin mouth feel. Notes of black cherry, smoke, and sweet ripe dark fruit. A solid ale, but was expecting a bit more here. (287 characters)

Photo of seeswo
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

March 2011 bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stem, thanks, pmarlowe.

Pours dark brownish red, with just a tiny suggestion of a ring of head. The nose is fantastic. Cherry and plum dominate, with other dark fruits like raisins and just a touch of leather. Wow, the taste is also great. Cherries and plums melded into an old ale (dark fruit, raisin, fig, leather) perfectly. The cherry flavor isn't subtle, but the whole beer is so smooth and well blended - it is stunning. Not boozy at all. Really brings this around and counteracts the overt earthiness of Adam, adding a bit of sweetness and brightness. Unfortunately, it is basically flat, with a heavy mouthfeel. It comes off like a cordial. A bit too sticky for me. Overall, this beer would be unbelievable with good carbonation. As is, it is quite enjoyable. (813 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-review based on the 2011 vintage. A big thanks to ramnuts for this.

I've had this several times, but over the past 3-4 months, this beer has really started to shine. The tobacco is in balance with a great cherry sweetness, sherry and leather are suggestive of oxidation, and the bourbon barrels leave a great, lingering caramel residue.

The ONLY thing that this beer suffers from is somewhat thin mouthfeel (tending toward watery in the finish). But its carbonation, while low, is just perfect. The flavors and aromas are superlative. I think 2011 is hitting its peak.

I also want to add that I think the 2009 vintage has fallen off and continues to do so. I opened a magnum a few months ago and, while I enjoyed it, I found that the flavors were no longer as sharp or balanced as they once were. While Adam can age very well, I feel that this treatment, and Matt, do not have the same longevity (2 years at the outside).

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Re-review of the 2009 vintage. I finally had a couple of bottles in a row that were less than outright amazing. This beer has been knocked off its perfect 5.0 pedestal, though it was perched there for a long time.

I had this next to Firestone 14 and Melange No. 3.

The main things that changed are the smell and taste. The beer is on the sweet sipper side of things now; less emphasis on tobacco, smoke, and leather. More emphasis on cherry, dark fruits (raisins), bourbon. It's oaky in the mid-taste, but there isn't much astringency in the finish. It's not bad, but that hearty balance I loved for over a year has tipped slightly toward a side that is less impressive.

I am confident that when it ages, it will improve. Adam tends to become more tobacco- and leather-oriented with age, and if those qualities are strengthened in this beer, it will recapture the balance that I loved before. I'm interested in seeing where the beer goes.

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Original comments:

Out of 4 bottles, I've only had 1 bottle that was flat (not low carbonation -- flat). And I still enjoyed that enough to give it a 4.95. I am confident in giving this a perfect 5.0. I can't think of many other beers that I enjoy more and would rather have in my collection. Thanks to largadeer for #4 (though I guess I didn't really give him a choice).

A huge thanks to ramnuts for making so many bottles of this possible. You are way too generous, Frank.

A: Very dark, nearly opaque. Pours a murky, ruddy cola color with translucent honey edges. A short-lived tan cap is generated, but it dies almost instantly, leaving a scattered, broken film on the brew with a thin collar. Expected for an old ale of this ABV.

S: Sweet Jesus. So delicious. Cherry, oak. Tobacco, leather, smoke, chocolate. Plums and a general dark fruit character. Bourbon.

T: An amazingly balanced delivery of the aromas I picked up. Cherry is stronger than last year's, with a noticeable tartness that defines an undercurrent of flavor. Smoke is quite noticeable throughout, too; along with tobacco and leather, some of the best defining flavors of the base Adam. Bourbon and tannins are very light in the taste. There's a sweet, port-like grape/raisin and plum component that is especially strong near the end, where smoke bursts out again. The finish is dry.

M: It has low carbonation; it forms softly and slowly after the pour, and retains poorly. But it's there, and it adds just a touch of prickle to the semi-dry, supple body. It works very well with the tobacco flavors near the finish. There's a light, pleasant warmth, but pretty much no heat.

D: I have a hard time seeing how this beer can get any better. It's ready to drink now, and it's an outstanding experience. I had no trouble finishing a full 12oz bottle, and the price is a steal (to me). This might be my favorite beer. (3,785 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bought at capones and split with onix1agr. Thanks for the hook up b.

A- deep deep ruby red with dark brown touches. No head at all but its a barrel aged old ale I wasn't expecting much.

S- dark brown sugar and browned irish butter. Dried fruits raisins, figs and some port wine. Sweet vanilla as well.

T- lots of dried fruit covered in brown sugar almost like shoe fly pie. Splashes of the black cherry fights its way to the top and does a lot to brighten up the boozy sweetness and lend a new complexity to it. The bourbon shows nicely with the sherry playing second fiddle but the wood shows very well. Some mild tannins and booze with warming.

M- slick and creamy, chewy and slightly viscous. A perfect amount of carb helps this stuff crush the palate with a monster amount of flavor. Some heat to be sure.

D- its really drinkable in 6oz pours but no way would I want to tackle a whole 12 I mean I'd like to try but I wouldn't need it all. Lovely flavor complexity some of the most complex stuff I've ever had in fact. Baller shit from some serious heads. (1,079 characters)

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

2009 vintage, courtesy of my man Beerzebub, sampled head-to-head with Adam batch 74.

A - It pours a very dark chestnut/coffee hue, basically flat despite a hard pour, with two different colors of foam.

S - The aroma is quite boozy, with lots of wood (I mean a gang of wood), with a very little hint of cherry and as much or more vanilla.

T - First off, the flavor is negatively impacted by (lack of) carbonation issues. And head-to-head with the standard Adam, it is clearly the lesser Adam. It is still complex and very nice, though; it tastes malty sweet and slightly sour/tart with pickled-boozy flavors and huge oak. There is no cherry flavor discernible. It has a great tasting finish; a flavor of slightly smoky charred wood finishes this big brew.

M - Too flat in the glass, but it still had a little life in the mouth.

D - A very nice and quite complex brew, one to sip and savor. Not as good as regular Adam. Reminds me as much or more of Fred from the Wood as Adam, anyway. (988 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOw, to quote my good friend, "I was just floored by this." One of the best barrel aged beer sI have ever had. Pours a rich mahogany with a thin tan head. Exceptional color. Notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, cherries, plums, sherry, port, caramel and pecans. Such depth and complexity. Full, creamy body, great finish. (316 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon. Cherry Adam is Hair Of The Dog's Adam old ale aged with black cherries in Bourbon and Sherry casks for 15 months.
Score: 96

Fall 2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 02/08/13. A major thanks and shout out to Kevin Fujii for hooking me up with this long time want!

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a thin layer of tan head with a reddish hue that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention. The color on this beer is quite intriguing. 3.75/5

Smell: The cherry and sherry qualities really shine in the nose, as does a prune-like smell. There is also a much more subtle and "balanced" bourbon aroma present as well, imparting vanilla, molasses, cocoa/chocolate, oak and a little toffee and faint dark fruit too. If your nose approaches the glass as just the right angle, these bourbon-based complexities really shine. There is also an extremely faint "smoke" quality in the aroma -- in substantially lesser quantum than what was present in Adam or Adam From The Wood. The mixture of the bourbon, sherry, cherry and prune in the nose make for a wonderfully complex experience. You could smell this beer all day and be continuously dazzled by how dynamic the aroma can be based on temperature and where your nose is positioned relative to the glass. As it warms up, the bourbon characters become more prominent and there cherry gets a little more "medicinal" -- but akin to the aroma of Deschutes' The Dissident or New Glarus' Belgian Red, as opposed to New Glarus' Thumbprint Cherry Stout. Maybe medicinal is not the proper term, as it carries such a negative connotation, and the cherry aroma here really works. 4.5/5

Taste: Initially, the bourbon flavors shine more than anticipated in light of the nose. Molasses, vanilla, cherry and prune. There's some slightly tannic sweetness and alcoholic warmth on the palate in the finish. There is substantially more dark fruit on the palate than the nose led on as well. The beer is sweet on the tongue, but it does not finish sweet -- lending to drinkability. As it warms up, a "bourbon-infused cherry" flavor with a nice subtle vanilla backbone grows. Some toffee flavor is present too. The bourbon-based flavors (molasses, etc) and a little bit of dark fruit and sherry defines the finish. There is a nice red grapey sherry flavor throughout. I am not detecting any smokiness whatsoever. This beer is admittedly a little hot fresh, but it is still so darn tasty! The finish is pretty crisp, with only a faint, non-sweet pruney-cherry flavor lingering for more than a second or two after the swallow. I am frankly shocked by how balanced the beer finishes in light of it's sweet qualities. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with minimal carbonation. This one has a real nice viscosity. A little sweet on the palate, but the sweetness totally dissipates with the swallow. Slightly creamy, slightly sticky on the palate. 4.5/5

Overall: Hot fresh, but complex and delicious. Loaded with bold, boozy flavors here. Can't wait to revisit this batch in a year!

Recommendation: Seek a couple of bottles of this out; it's awesome.

Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle. (3,278 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Adam (alcstradamus) for this one. 2009 vintage. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Big pour yields no head as carbonation struggles to escape from the brew. Beer is a dark, near opaque brownish-black. No head, so no lacing. A bit on the flat side even given its style.

S: Grapes, plums, and other fresh dark fruit. Sweet booze in the back as well as a steadily creeping soy sauciness. The aroma is there but the body is so heavy that it creates a very subdued experience.

T: Cherry and grape syrup upfront followed by soy sauce, prune juice, and booze. Very chewy and oily. It feels like I'm drinking motor oil. Super sweet with no sign of hops. Chocolatey towards the end with a maple syrup finish and a lingering sweet aftertaste that coats the entire palate.

M: Full bodied, flat, and viscous as hell. Silky smooth given the high ABV and not abrasive in the least. Oily and heavy the whole way through with a pleasantly messy finish and a filmy, lingering aftertaste.

D: A deep and rich beer that reveals an almost infinite amount of layers of flavor as I drink it, Cherry Adam is the real deal and its a beer that others in its style should strive towards. High ABV is a bit frightening at first but its not boozy at all and is in fact, super easy to get down all things considered. Seek it out! (1,345 characters)

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