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 ShadesOfGray
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra from TATTORSO...thanks man!! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. Pours a very, very dark brown that looks like muddy water once filled. Ironically this isn't a bad thing. There is absolutely no head at all...and that's with an aggressive final attempt finishing out the bottle. I reviewed the appearance at 4.0 anyway since the color and clarity(or lack there of) is impressive!

Aroma is awesome! Huge oak and sweet notes. Picking up a severe amount of raisin too...although I could be mistaking that for the cherries. Very earthy and boozy. There's a slight hint of spice hiding in the back too.

Interesting flavor. I would have to personally dissagree with the Old Ale label, it more likely resembles an American style of Quadrupel. Huge raisin flavor...followed by a cabernet like aftertaste. Has low carbonation...with a solid oak, barrel aged like earthiness. Booze is pretty noticeable. Medium to thick mouthfeel/body. Overall, its a little too sweet for me, but no where near as bad as some of the quads/old ales out there where theres severe raisin overkill. Just another solid beer from Hair of the Dog.

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Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage sent by gford217. This beer’s made by taking the original Adam and throwing it in bourbon barrels with black cherries for 15 months. Into a tulip it goes.

Thick, syrupy purple-black. No hiss when the top pops and no head to speak of, which means no carbonation, sadly. Looks thick, murky, absorbing.

Very sweet black cherries in the nose. Also butter, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate. Great barrel character.

Super sweet flavor, like black cherry syrup mixed with dark chocolate. I also get vanilla ice cream, oak, light hints of leather and toffee. The cherries and molasses are much more prominent here. Very slight tang at the finish.

Like I feared — flat as a pancake. There’s no alcohol in the flavor, but it shows up here, with fumes blazing through the nose. The thick, buttery, medium-full body coats the tongue nicely.

Great flavor. The lack of carbonation doesn’t destroy the experience, but come on, Alan — give me a little.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AgentZero
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from younger35, thanks slut.

Review #700

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A very aggressive pour yields a paper thin layer of head that quickly disappears to a few bubbles here and there. Nothing in terms of lacing unfortunately. The beer itself is essentially black as night. Smell has a strong malt character with molasses, leather, and tobacco. Dark ripe cherries, oak, and gooey fudge in the nose as well. Taste begins with tart cherries, rich caramel, and some smokey wood. Midway the fudge flavors emerge with some tobacco leaves and bourbon. Aftertaste is sweet with vanilla beans, leather, and some coffee flavors as well. Full body with a silky smooth feel from the almost non-existant carbonation. The booze is present making this one a sipper for sure. Not bad, but I was expecting a bit more from this highly talked about beer. Thanks again Dan-O you little bitch.

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of tewaris
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Ron!

Had right after AFTW. The expectations from this one were lowered so it came as a nice surprise.

Pinkish brown colored, you can tell there's cherries in it. Vanilla, kriek in the aroma. Very inviting.

Medium cherry notes in the taste but what makes it is the intense and awesome dessert wine character... sweet but relatively clean and very decadent. Dark fruit and chocolate. The almost non-existent carbonation works for this beer.

Not quite the same level as Matt but close. Bonus was Ryan's share that I got to drink because he couldn't stand it!

3, 4, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed an '09 bottle from their newly opened tasting room for $15... slightly chilled....

- Very dark... brown, black... ruby red... all murky... little to no head at all... very flat looking... maybe about 10 countable bubbles around the edge of my hair of the dog tulip.

- Heat, salt, fig, plumb... grain... very honey-like and sweet..

- Sweet cherry brine... honey, oak, wood, fig, prune... earthy grain, soil... nothing bad in any of those descriptors... love the age, and blend of flavors...

- Sticky sugars... sweet... but thin to medium bodied... lightly drying, and all over the palate.

- I was caught off guard with this 12 oz. bottle. It poured like a very weak beer. I thought it was going to be another under carbonated 09' Doggy Claws that I got... and it was under carbonated... but the flavors held true. I would love to rate this higher... but it needs more carbonation and conditioning. If that happened... this could possibly be one of the best ales on earth. I love Adam, and it's my favored HOTD brew.

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Photo of thegoon55
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage.

A- pours black with a red tint, light tan head.

S- cherry up front, smells funky, different than any beer I've ever had. Smells complex, but not a big fan.

T- cherry up front, followed by a hint of bourbon and vanilla, tasty. Alcohol is very well hidden. Impressed by the taste.

M- average, medium body, good carbonation

O- interesting beer, one I was glad too try.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of DersForsbrand
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from thethrone in the Barrel 'O Beer BIF.

Essentially this is a black colored beer with no head formation.

Smell is cherry and black currant with vanilla. Lots of oak scent with chocolate and a cake batter malt aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and sour with a vanilla cherry ice cream aftertaste. Little bit of a cherry cough syrup taste in this. There is also a sourness to this that seems to come from the fruit. Smoky flavor here that really reminds me of scotch.

Mouthfeel is good.

A nice sipper, pretty much turns into cherry scotch near the middle of the glass and stays there. An interesting beer I might try this again sometime.

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Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy. Absolutely no head, no lacong.... No carbonation either. I can literally count the number of bubbles in the glass. I believe the 2011 batch must be flat. Has strong cherry and oak notes on the nose. Only a very tiny amount of carbonation on the mouth. Beyond sweet. Strong cherry flavor is present. Oaky after taste and a malty finish. I don't know what to expect to age the 2011 but I'm sure it will need more time for this to settle. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the 2008 release courtesy of scubarex. While relaxing pre-Thanksgiving style with the wife, sister, brother, and brother-in-law at the Bavarian Lodge, I stepped out momentarily to complete this trade displaying the full force of my beer geekery. Apologies to the family, thanks to Russ. This want lasted two days in my possession. Here goes nothing.

Dark raisin in color, nearly black. Aggressive pour yields some puddled surface soap that pools at the edges leaving a nearly spotless surface.

Dark, plump black cherries. Barrel is evident in both wood and bourbon. While nice, the base beer is mostly dwarfed by the barrel aging, which is a bit of a shame considering the base can be so damn nice. If this beer could somehow pull off a happier medium, this would be a stunner.

Sweet dark cherries bat lead off while the bourbon/sherry partnership leads through the heart of the order. The bottom of the order is firm tannis and wood along with the smoky peat and tobacco qualities that make the original, not some National League light hitting pitcher. It's really along the back end that any real semblance of Adam is truly distinguishable.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy and could use a bit more carbonation to carry it through. Barrel aging has certainly thinned out the base. While shooting for the moon here, if somehow this beer could carry the mouthfeel of the original, I'd cannonball through the kitchen window for another. As it stands, mild huzzahs from the couch will suffice.

Good, but not great, an example of a beer I'd hoped would be better than its inspiration, but doesn't quite deliver. I'm thankful for the effort, but I'll take the non barrel aged version.

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Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass, shared with my father for Father's Day.

The beer pours a murky, deep brown color, hues of burgundy with a fizzy brown head that vanishes instantly leaving no film or lace behind. The aroma is of rich black cherry, soft, luscious bourbon, slight vanilla and oak with some dark chocolate finding its way around as well. The flavors are a bit more expansive, but a little less balanced, lots of cherry, charred wood, bourbon, tobacco, spices, toffee, chocolate, a touch of vanilla and wood, but lots of rich, malted grain. The body is rich, thick, coats the mouth well, low carbonation that finishes quite smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice take on Adam, a really solid Old Ale as it is, but one that might have a little too much going on. It has lots of components from the base beer, the cherries and the barrels, but none of them really seem to meld together in harmony. I enjoyed sipping this over the course of nearly an hour, and would do so again, but I'm not convinced this is a better version than the base beer.

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Photo of pigc
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Bgramer for this extra...

A - Pours pitch black with very little or no head. Minimal carbonation bubbles around edge of glass.

S - Bourbon, black licorice, molasses, dark brown sugar.

T - Starts out with a smooth bourbon flavor followed by a faint hint of cherries, molasses and brown sugar. Very smooth finish.

M - Surprisingly thin for a 10% abv beer. Seems to be lacking in carbonation.

O - Glad I got a chance to try this one. I had pretty high expectations that may have been let down a bit although this is a very good beer. The cherries seem to keep this beer from being overly sweet and cloying. Could use a bit more carbonation as this is borderline flat.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, thanks to Jim, a true gentleman and scholar.

Into a goblet it pours a deep crimson brown. Mahogany with reddish glints in the light. A bare skim of foam at first, that fades to nothing soon after. It resembles a burgundy wine with a few bubbles strung along the edges.

Heavily oxidized nose, sherry, leather, black cherry.

Similar flavors, rich dark chocolate, tobacco, leather, cherry tartness. Supple and mellow feel, chewy with plenty of fortitude. Bourbon heat is minimal, though traces of the bourbon barrel do shine through in the taste. Cherries lend a tanginess in the background, while the oak tannins contribute a dry bitterness that linger in the finish. A slow sipper, a fine after dinner nightcap to share with friends.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful aroma and taste, a little sweet, but my bottle was completely flat

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks and hug to Mauerhan. Wow man!

A: Looks like prune juice with absolutely no head. The lacing comes in small amounts.

S: Currants, raisins, and prunes; I don't pick much of the cherry at all.

T: Very good! Similar to the aroma, the flavor profile combines all the characteristics that the smell gives off along with a nice acidic property. This Old Ale is a mix between a session wine and lamic, which creates and very complex taste.

M: A thinner body with a winey like carbonation, which fits well with this style.

D: Very good.

Overall: A great beer! A must try...let it warm up for a while to help bring out the complexity of the taste...this beer definitely deserves this patience from you. I really want to have this again...hopefully it will come out in bombers. Cheers!

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Photo of jamescain
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one.

Appearance: Hazy deep dark red with essentially no head.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, vanilla, licorice, bourbon, alcohol, and raisins.

Taste: Almost cloyingly sweet, big cherry flavor, bourbon, oak. The sherry flavor is pretty strong, there is even what appears to me to be a flavor that can be described as finger nail polish, but its at a very low level and doesn't take away anything from the beer. Complex to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy and syrupy with no carbonation and a very sweet finish.

Overall: It was a very good beer, but honestly, I'm not sure I could even drink an entire bottle of it. Luckily there are people to share with.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, no bs4

appearance: poured into a de koninck chalice, murky and muddy garnet-mahogany body, a small fizzy beige cap but very little retention

smell: black cherry, sherry, very woody - oak, dark chocolate, sweet, vanilla...nice

taste: beautiful array of flavor, a punch of dark cherry mixed with smooth vanilla, bourbon tones, sherry, tons of oak, rich chocolate, alcohol is pretty hot but this is an exceptional complex beer

mouthfeel: a little flat, robust and full

drinkability: ok

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Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2009 vintage

A: Murky, medium brown color with just a ring of loose, oily bubbles around the edges. No lacing remains, and a small puddle of dark brown sediment gathers at the bottom of the glass.

S: Heavy bourbon dominates, complemented by dark brown sugar and lesser dark roast. The bourbon presence suggests booziness, but ethanol is not pronounced.

T: Begins very sweet, with hyperbolic dark fruit that is slightly mineral and tart. Vaporous fusels are released in the mouth early, distributing the flavors effectively. Restrained charred wood is diminished as molasses follows, allowing bourbon to expand in the middle. Dark, bitter roast emerges toward the finish, offering some leather once it is nestled amongst the other flavors. Oak, bourbon, and a touch of vanilla linger on the palate.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, soft yet tannic on the palate, with very low carbonation.

D/O: Certainly appealing, this bourbon-infused strong ale becomes almost indistinguishable from select barleywines that have received the treatment. Its sweetness sets the tone for all that follows, providing the best and most decadent possible canvas for the fruit and the spirit. Sip slowly and savor without distractions.

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Photo of Auracom
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great share by Jeff, who brought this specifically so we could fill out our Adam horizontal of side-by-side-by-side Adam, Adam FtW, and Cherry Adam FtW. 4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Pours a very flat, deep-brown with a definite touch of ruby red, Cabernet-looking hue. No head, retention, or lacing. Wine- like alcohol legs.

S - Definitely let this breath to really pull out the port and black cherry notes. Underlying barrel notes of charred oak, roasted grains, and slight bourbon. No significant heat.

T - The cherries are stronger here. Good underlying winter fruit, roasted grains, cocoa, toffee, and espresso.

M - Mightily dry finish, almost no carbonation (needs a bit more). Medium body.

D - It's very unique, the carbonation is really too low here and makes it drink more like a red wine blend. The closest thing I can think of is Arctic Devil, but with the stronger cherry note here I think this stands out a bit. As my good friend Dan says, "you gotta pop that cherry hard."

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 edition.

A very small hiss when I popped the cap, with a vigorous pour, it looked like no foam would show up but I do get a small fine layer and it produces an unexpected amount of nice lacing. Cool. The brew itself is a very very dark brown and doesn't allow any light to show through.

The smell is pretty much ALL bourbon and caramel malt. No cherries to my nose no matter how hard I try. Still, the nose is more than pleasing.

The taste follows up with oodles of bourbon and caramel malt sweetness, with a light black cherry goodness that adds more sweet and a light tart flavour. Yum. This one is growing on me and my, the alcohol is really up there but it's not imposing; at least not right off the bat. For all the kick ass bourbon in the taste, I'm sure enjoying it.

Bordering on full bodied with a nice light amount of carbonation, I'm relishing in the smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? So strong on the bourbon and malty sweetness, it's STILL relatively easy to drink. I'm impressed. This is certainly a goody from HOTD!

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Photo of Lucular
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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