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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

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

Added by SirChugsAlot on 11-16-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
843
Reviews:
273
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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895
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Photo of Corson
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 version

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Photo of readbaron
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of craytonic
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at the Healdsburg Cigar And Beverage Emporium
Notes from 02/14/2015 with my Lost Abbey stemware

2014 release

A: The pour is a deep deep cola brown with a muddied look and virtually no head taking form. Has a few squeaky bubbles hitting the surface however the beer is fairly still and flat looking in the teku. No noticeable stick with exception of some alcohol legs running down the glass wall.

S: Smells of black strap molasses, sherry and soy sauce, leather notes, assorted dark fruits, baker’s chocolate, and cherry juice. Man this has such a deep and complex roasted malt character it just naturally expresses that “Old Style”. I get some lesser notes of toasted coconut, vanilla, and earthy charred wood to it and the cherries, while not too prominent, are a nice compliment to all the other aromas.

T: Dark toffee with a deep molasses note and some umami soy likeness take the fore front. Mix in some bitter chocolate and vanilla bean sweetness with dark fruits like date and plum. There is an earthy presence surfacing as well with a mild woodsy element and a stiff whisper of toasted coconut and cherry in the finish. The beer has a moderate to lower amount of actual bitterness to it and more than anything I find the alcohol to be incredibly well masked for 13.5% here. That said the balance and layering of flavors here is awesome.

M: The body is moderately heavy on account that the beer is completely flat. Somehow it still manages a nice creamy texture that keeps things sort of in balance. Finishes a touch dryer but somewhat tacky with a sleek sticky coating across the palate.

D: The flavor profile here is very good. Dark, rich, and utterly complex with a nice cherry fruit accent to it. No doubt these guys have nailed the Olde Ale style. I just really wished this were more carbed. I don’t quite understand the intention of putting out a flat brew but somehow HotD gets away with it while others are chastised for the same. I was really looking forward to this one but the overall experience was lessened a bit for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of younger35
4.14/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Brewski
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iadler
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CruisaC
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an "extra" in a trade with oregone; knocked off a big time want for me, so thanks.

2011 vintage poured into my New Belgium globe. Striking color profile with dark cherry/plum edges and an otherwise black body. Not even a crying attempt at a head formation, and though it is well known for this beer, makes me dock it just a bit.

Smell is dominated by bourbon and sherry. I don't get much fruit in the nose when I inhale.

Taste is much less spirit-forward and instead the alcohol takes the shape of a sweet port on the back end. The front is raisins, sweet cherries (not overly so), and just a little cough syrupy.

Again the lack of carbonation affects the mouthfeel as well. A touch syrupy with no appreciable bubbling on the tongue. It works with this flavor profile but I would prefer just a bit of bubbles; it's beer still for crying out loud.

Overall a very interesting take with some really strong features; I would prefer a touch of carbonation but I enjoyed it very much nonetheless.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.27 out of 5 based on 843 ratings.
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