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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

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

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828
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.5%
 
 
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Photo of zhanson88
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as part of a trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby! 2009 vintage.

Appearance: Cherry Adam pours out a very dark brown and seemingly completely flat. A touch of soapy, tan colored head forms that sticks around for about a half second. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Wow, got a feeling I'm going to like this one. Obviously the base scents are very like the original Adam. Lots of leather, smoke, raisin, prune, etc. But cutting into that I get a lot of cherry, vanilla, woodiness, and light hints of bourbon and sherry heat. Not too much since this beer is now 3 years old, but I can still tell it's there.

Taste: The taste is phenomenal. Lots of leather and dark fruits up front, but the middle is highlighted by sweet cherries, vanilla and oak, and the back end packs the slightest alcohol heat. I can still detect a hint of bourbon, but not much. This beer is superb at this point; every element seems to complement the others with nothing out of balance at all.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is medium bodied and for all intents and purposes completely flat. It's very slick in the mouth. However, it doesn't really affect the overall quality of the beer much in my opinion. This beer is outstanding in terms of flavor profile, and a superb take on an ole ale.

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Photo of dgilks
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage received in a trade with hopsbreath. Thanks Jason.

Dark, dark red-purple colour which is basically black with some highlights. No head.

Rich, alcoholic port wine aroma with some luscious malt, raisins, caramel, bourbon, coconut and oak. The cherry is very subdued.

Rounded, rich flavour that is similar to the aroma. The cherry is slightly more prominent and fruity but the barrel notes, thick malt and sticky, dark fruits all dominate.

Full body with low carbonation.

I really like this beer. There are similarities to port but the combination of barrel, malt and fruit is very enticing and complex and a testament to Alan's excellent ability with these sorts of beers.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2011 release at the tasting room on 3/5. Served in a 3-oz HOTD tasting glass. Tasting notes from memory. Unfortunately I had a couple pints at lunch before stopping at HOTD, as I really wish I could have enjoyed a full 12oz pour.

A: Dark brown with obvious red or dark amber notes along the edges. Poured with almost no carbonation. Just a thin ring around the edge that disappeared almost immediately.

S: Bourbon hit first followed by some sweet, fruity aromas. And then more bourbon. The smell is intense.

T: Just like the smell, the bourbon floods the senses on first taste. And then again on second taste. Once past the bourbon (and the beer warms a bit), the cherry flavors start to become more apparant mid to late in the taste. Other barrel notes (vanilla) are there, but only in the distance. This one needs some age.

M: Very thick and oily, almost to the point of being cloying. Little to no carbonation. I personally thing some minimal carbonation would have really helped here as well as with bottle aging.

D: Excellent. Smooth and rich. The bourbon is a little overpowering right now, but this should evolve into a wonderful beer over the next one to five years.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We dont have to take our clothes off, to drink some cherry adam.

Pours a black cherry with stems like Jackie Brown.

Smells like Kool Aids Cherry Cousin, Cherry Aid. Very good.

One of the best cherry old ales on the market. Cherry, Sherry, heat, warmth, sweetness, Walter Payton. Fantastic.

Excellent beer, get this mofo if yo cando.

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Photo of HovsepJO
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over at Lucky Baldwins in pasadena ca with a buddy of mine. Luckily someone screwed up with the menu and charged us 20 instead of the 30 it was supposed to be HOORAY lol.

serving type: 2009 bottle

had it in a chimay goblet. The girlfriend thought the bar's name was called chimay because it was on the glass. lol, thought that was pretty funny.

appearance: dark rose/black/brown. but more brown than any other though. didnt see much of a head when poured. Gave this one a ten rating because it looked a lot like wine and i love wine.

smell: amazing smell. sweet wine-y aroma. you can certainly smell the black cherries and the 15 months its been aged in Bourbon and Sherry casks is certainly obvious.

taste: absolutely phenomenal. it tastes much like it smells but 10 times better. you start with an intensely black cherry flavor (may be too sweet for some but not for me) and finish with chocolate and honey that gradually fades away in your mouth.

mouthfeel: gave this its lowest rating because it was very low in carbonation. I would have appreciated a bit more carbonation. BUT, it was extremely rich, bold, and smooth. Barely tasted the alcohol.

Overall: Exxxxceeellllent

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Photo of timc100
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012

Pours like a red-tinged adam - really nice pink-stained beige head, minimal retention through duration, never looks completely flat.

Very nice aroma if rich dark cherries, cherry juice, sherry, bourbon, leather, tobacco and some dark chocolate. The cherries integrate well and the double barrel aging is very balanced.

Taste is very rich and full. Dark cherries with a little tartness, leather, nice heat from the aging, some bourbon and sherry. Very well rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is great - full and not sticky, slick with appropriately minimal carbonation.

Great take on Adam - seems to be drinking perfect right now with everything in balance.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sitting on this beer for quite some time and have recently gotten to the “why not open up ‘special’ stuff in the cellar” point. A big thanks to Greg (googzoid10) for this beer.

2011 Vintage.

Appearance – Pours completely flat into a CBS snifter with a few bubbles due to my pouring it as hard as I could (knowing it was perhaps without carbonation). Dark brown color, though there is a nice deep ruby red hue around the edges (and when I was pouring it).

Smell – Wow. The aroma is intoxicating. Dark fruits up front, most prevalent ripe dark cherries. Lots of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and booze. As it finishes the other dark fruits such as plums and raisins, make their appearance. An overall hint of tartness and oakiness throughout the sip.

Taste – A mixture of bourbon and tart yet sweet cherries up front. This fades to decadent chocolate flavors mixed with oak and creamy vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Despite being void of carbonation, a wonderful mouthfeel. Extremely syrupy, chewy, and sticky.

Overall – Oh how I wish this had at least just a *hint* of carbonation. That would make this beer almost perfect for me. A nice alcohol warmth, flawlessly integrated flavors (I can’t get over the cherry, vanilla, and oak flavors – they are so REAL and balanced together), and a nice thick mouthfeel. This is a perfect beer tonight on this 60’s almost fall night on the porch. Extremely impressed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jim for bringing me this bottle. I had been dying to try it and really did not think it was going to be possible, needless to say he suprised the heck out of me. Served around fifty degrees and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

The pour was nice, with a very obvious reddish tone to it as it went down the glass. Very hazy and dark with a nice and subtle brown color to it. Not much head at all despite the vigorous pour and little to nothing in the way of lacing.

The aroma was steeped with cherries and classic bourbon like smells. Rich notes of vanilla and caramel along with a rush of dark fruits as it warmed. Carried this over very well into the flavor. Warming with big notes of bourbon and dark cherries that played off each other very well. Some light grains in there and a light, almost spice like note in the finish along with a long cherry flavor. Very rich vanilla mixing in now as I sip. Smooth, mellow, with not alot of carbonation as it should be. Easy to sip, I was very sad when this one was gone.

Overall I thought this was excellent, needs a little bit more carbonation, but again I have to say this one comes across excellent. Another winner here and I am very glad I got to try this.

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Photo of papat444
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***2012 Vintage***

Thanks to Boozecamel for this rarity.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown body, lightly reflected in the average head.

Smell: Heady and awesome aroma. Lush cherries, intense with strong oak and bourbon laced into it. The cherries really shine here.

Taste: An assault of black cherries, so good! Kinda sour-sweet but really neither. Oak is accentuated as well as subtle but present bourbon. Laid back, kinda of like bourbon-laced cherries.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, silky smooth yet has some teeth.

Overall: A phenomenal brew. A pleasure to savor and wish i had a few more of these!

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 offering poured into a HOTD tulip. The cap comes off this 12oz bottle with a slight hiss. Poured directly down the middle of the glass produces no head but a few bubbles make their way to the surface. The brew appears in the glass a hazed deep dark brown. When held to the light, some redness comes out of the brew and lighter brown coloration is seen through the edges. No lacework to speak of but as the brew warms up, some tiny bubbles make their way to the surface and collect around the rim. When the glass is swirled, a viscosity is noted with the legs of alcohol are noted slowly creeping back down to the solution.

The smell of this brew is rich with dark malty sweetness that has some pleasant roasty quality that is matched perfectly by a solid barrel presence. Bourbon mingles with oak and vanilla quality with a bit of fruity aspect. Chocolate scents are evident that when mixed with the vanilla and fruity quality really makes the mouth salivate with thoughts of fudge-like dessert. As the brew warms, some tangy alcohol aspects some forward that mingle with notes of bourbon and this really gets appealing.

The taste is lightly tangy with a mixture of fruited to spirited alcohol meets a bold residual sweetness of chocolate and roasty, slightly smoked quality of malt. There is some earthy quality about this brew that brings forth thoughts of licorice, tobacco and leather just slightly with a citrus-like coffee aspect. There is a solid residual sweetness throughout this brew that might prove distracting for some but I find it to be the perfect compliment to the bold alcohol and roasted quality. The aftertaste is a constant play of flavors ranging from smoked to sweet like fruit and roasted like chocolate all the while the barrel presence is constantly evident with vanilla and oak. An awesome offering straight across the board.

This is a full bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. When the bottle was first popped I was a bit let down to not see any head formation. However after sipping the brew, I think it is nearly perfect and doesn't need any more carbonation. The thickness of this brew coats the mouth and lasts with a wonderful aftertaste. The 10% abv is felt in the flavor but not carry with it the expected burning quality due to the wonderful mellowing that took place during the barrel aging. This brew was a seriously enjoyable offering and it is still relatively young. I need to get more of this!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 6/12/10 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and no head.

s - Smells of cherries, other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of vanilla, oak, cherries and other dark fruits. Great mix here.

m - Medium body and no carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

d - This is a great beer that I enjoyed a lot. I really enjoyed the mixture of cherry, wood, and vanilla in both the smell and taste, and would love to get a bottle of this.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. 2009 vintage. Poured into a tall Allagash tulip a very dark brown color with the slightest red tinges. Very minimal head, even with a vigorous pour, with a tannish collared head. HUGE aroma of bourbon in the nose, along with dark chocolate of the bes kind. At 13.5% the booze does show in the nose slightly but not blatantly or displeasing. Served at cellar temp which is probably about 55-60 degrees. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very bold and smooth flavors the like I am extremely enjoying. Dark chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit round out the flavor profile beautifully. Slight warming at the end. The smoothness is really nice. I wish it was a tad bit more carbonated though.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

2009 vintage

The beer is a dark ruby hue with minimal head and fair lacing. The aroma is fantastic, with scents of cherries, booze, tobacco, brown sugar. Fabulous. The taste is quite wonderful as well. Sweet, but not overly so. Alcohol content is impressively well hidden. Delicious. Would be easy to drink in large quantities. Terrific beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jegross2
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, out of my Harpoon Tulip

A- No head what so ever. The beer itself is a blackish ruby color. It almost looks like a very dark red wine. No carbonation or lacing.

S- Smells nice. Notes of sherry, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. It smells creamy in a way that is reminicent of Bourbon County Stout.

T- Smooth at first, which is soon taken over by cherry and sherry flavors. A nice complex blend of bourbon, vanilla, and oak soon become evident. Very tasty.

M- Flat as any flat beer I've ever had. The body and complexity are great, but it could have used a touch of carbonation.

O- A very unique and tasty beer. I've been waiting to try this for a while, and it totally my style of beer. If this had a little carbonation and head, it could be near perfect.

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Photo of GhettoFabulous
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 2011 cherry adam from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. The color is extremely enticing - a dark smoky aura with an amber undertone. There is little carbonation at all, which I was expecting, but is nonetheless off-putting. This smells of dark fruit and has so many wonderful aromas I'm having a tough time picking them out.

The first taste of this beer floods your palette with a wide array of flavors - sherry, hops, dark cherry, slight smokiness and only a hint of bourbon, which is surprising given this has spent over a year in a bourbon barrel. The next sip still pleasant but not quite as good now that the newness has worn off.

There is so many great things going on this beer and it is very well balanced. The wild and complex flavors blend together nicely. The only thing missing is carbonation which I suspect would turn this great beer into one of the very best. I wouldn't call it syrupy, but the lack of carbonation gives it a slightly unpleasant mouthfeel that is only negated by the amazing flavors. You can't help to wonder how much these flavors would sing if there was more carbonation to bring them out of the mix.

Overall a fine offering that shows HotD really knows how to nail complex and adventurous beers.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Murky brown color with a reddish hue, no head. Aroma is really intense with dark fruits, caramel, brandy, toffee and fudge. Taste follows with cherries, plums, figs, toffee and oak. Heavy, flat body. Really complex overall, lots of dark fruits and toffee. A bit of carbonation would do wonders though.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on line via bottletrek. Shared with pghlee, with 2 other clowns stealing sips from his glass. Very unique pour into a tuilp stem. Cherry cola with purple hues with no head whatsoever. Very vinous when held near the lamp, with a nice purple ring on top of the otherwise brown body. Aromas of oak, maple syrup and prunes. Not much carbonation detected on the first sip...pretty flat with lots of oak flavor. Then, she begins to open up nicely. Oak seems to dominate the glass, but not overly. Tangy cherry, big chocolate malty body. The cherry flavor is very nice and a nice surprise. Not the sweet, tart cherry you find in a lot of beers. Somewhat boozy, a little thin though. Touch of bourbon (or sherry?) toward the back of my palate.
Maybe this one needs to lie down for a few months, so that the yeast can work a little longer? Very unique and smooth for all that is going on here.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2009 vintage) poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Graciously shared by a group of BA's at a tasting.

A: Pours a deep brown with an alluring mahogany glow around the edges. Almost no head, but a very thin thin ring around the edges that becomes more and more modest with time.

S: Dark fruit (black cherries, plum, and fig) dominate, Layered behind are more subtle chocolate, bourbon, leather and roasted barley. Really an exceptional aroma that shouldn't be overlooked. As I let it warm slightly, the complexity really came out.

T: Sweet up front with the various fruit and vanilla making their presence know before anything else. A slight tartness from the same fruit provides a contrast to the sweetness, creating a beautifully balanced introduction. A slight roasted character resides in the depths, along with bourbon and a hint of oak.

M: Fully bodied and slightly sticky with very low carbonation. Viscous and slightly heavy on the tongue, yet still creamy and smooth. Slightly drying at the finish.

D: This is one to sip, given its complexity and alcohol content, although it's well hidden. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of scotvega18
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle poured into a 10oz snifter

A - Pours and looks like a red wine. A dark blood red with strong alcohol legs but literally no head at all.

S - This thing has filled up the room. So Complex. Most prominent flavor is a cherry/ chocolate medley that is absolutely intoxicating. A strong vanilla and bourbon note follows with some mild alcohol. The dark fruit and leather note that is present in adam is not there at all however.

T - The first sip of this was a revelation. It starts out with some cherry sweetness, immediately followed with a sourness, and finishes with bourbon and cherry notes. This beer is so complex, however. Notes of chocolate and fig are also present, is very similar to a brilliant port. Starts off sweet and ends bitter, with so many flavors that meld so well together they are virtually indistinct.

M - Theres no carbonation here, to get that out of the way. That said, I cannot taste the alcohol at all, and the stickiness is a welcome addition. I dont mind the flatness, but it is a well known aspect of the beer.

Notes - This is an incredibly complex beer and I will enjoy this for the remainder of my night. The mouthfeel isnt particularly strong if thats something that is crucial for you, but honestly it is so powerfully complex it is easily one of the best I have ever had. Just incredible.

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Photo of claaark13
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jedwards nails it again. Poured at cellar temp into a HF tulip. 2011 vintage.

A - Dark brown with a noticeable red hue. No head. Slight amount of bubbles around the side. Sticks well to the glass.

S - Cherries, slight oak and some caramel. Slight amount of booze come through. The aroma makes me think more of a brandy barrel than a bourbon barrel.

M - Cherries, chocolate, toffee, slight sweetness, slight heat in the far finish. The chocolate and cherries really come through strong after the first sip. Hints of raisins. The barrel is present, but I still would believe it is a brandy instead of a bourbon barrel.

M - Thickerside of medium. Feels good, but there is no carbonation. The style is the only reason I'll rate this as highly. Like Bourbon Fred, I think the lack of carbonation makes this beer better.

O - Great beer. Fantastic tasting sipper. The flavors on this are so good. Almost....almost too good.

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Photo of KevSal
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 hour day at work, had this guy looking just to long at me in the fridge, what better day to drink it than RIGHT NOW?

thanks to IPeeA for this guy, ive been after this guy for a long long time! appreciate it Dustin!

poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours dark, dark brown with a very little to no head, left a slight ring of small beige bubbles in the glass. looking at it in the glass is not exactly jet black, but you cant see through it at all either. slight light through the edges of dark brown.

s- amazing! can smell the wood as soon as i cracked it open. on further smelling i get a similar smell to an aged bourbon county stout but that sweetness of the cherries comes through. smelled it for a solid minute or 2. it smells good. dark fruits, subtle raisins.

t- taste great. the bourbon is there, but the cherries make a good presences as well, which surprised me considering its pushing 2 years now. got some vanilla and pretty damn smooth for the finish

m- not as chewy as youd expect! a really good taste that rolls very nicely along the tougne. i was expecting a much more syrupy taste because of the cherries, not the case.

d- man im almost done with it! could probably take a magnum down easy haha. cant beleive its 13.5% at all.

very good beer. very happy to have finally tried it. love what the cherries did to this guy. very eager to try it fresh! im definitely going to seek out some fresh ones if another batch comes out!

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Photo of noser
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 and 2011 bottles drunk side-by-side from tulips at the HOTD tasting room.

Appearance: very little in the way of head, from either beer. Both are dark, dark chocolate brown but the '11 is substantially ruddier than its older sibling. They're fine, but I'm not here to look at the stuff.

Smell: from both, chocolate first, then vanilla from the wood. Then, is it leather or is it tobacco? Honestly, I don't care: it's wonderful. A hint of fruit in the '09 could easily be my imagination, but in the '11, the cherry aroma is forward and utterly appealing. Holy cow, when do I get to taste it?

Taste: the '11, with its delightful cherry-ness is a true crowd-pleaser. This is simply delicious stuff. It's sweet. No, it's chocolate. No, it's cherry. Wait, it's bitter? The '09 takes a while to show itself. Particularly as the beers warm, its complexity win the day. Where the young beer thrills you and is gone, two short years have created in the '09 a lovely ensemble of secondary flavors followed by a ridiculously long finish. My only complaint: I wanted a little more edge: some acidity, carbonation, fruit --something! -- to offset the insane richness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: these are thick, rich beers. At 13.5% ABV with loads of residual sugar the texture is comparable to half-and-half. With chocolate. And vanilla and tobacco. And cherries.

Lovely, lovely stuff. The single bottle of '11 in my cellar (you can buy '08, '09 and '11 at the tasting room, but only for consumption on the premises) will sit for at least another year before I crack it. It's delicious and appealing young, but it's clear to me that this is a beer that will reward patience.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.
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