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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
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
834
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
18.27%
 
 
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Photo of draheim
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Cap comes off with a satisfying pffft! Oh good, carbonation. Pours a deep murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that gradually settles to a thin bubbly film and collar.

Aroma is rich and complex. Tart cherries, rum-soaked tobacco, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A lot going on here, all of it good.

Taste follows nose. Sour cherries, sweet malt, and smoky bourbon combine in a swirling symphony of flavor. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, warm booze, sticky candied fruits. Just a hint of dry red wine. I'm going to give this a 5. Oh yes. It's that tasty.

Interestingly, as the beer warms, the sour cherry quality fades in both the aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel is spot-on; smooth and velvety. Good carbonation hits the palate just right. Medium to full bodied, a little sticky with a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an undeniably delicious, complex beer. I wish I had a case of this stuff.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2009 batch poured into stemmed glass at Brouwer's, reviewed on 4/12/11

A: Pours a flat, extremely dark red-purple color. No head or any lacing left around glass. Very intriguing appearance despite the minimal carbonation.

S: So much going on here. A robust smell fills my nose, complete with lots of oak and vanilla from the bourbon barrels with cherries, lots of dark fruit and some alcohol. So complex yet smooth, I love it.

T: Lots of ripe cherries and bourbony vanilla. The dark fruit picked up in the aroma comes through in the taste even better. Juicy figs, dates and raisins come to mind. This beer is extremely complex and full of flavor, fantastic. The flavors are so packed into this beer that all you need is a tiny sip to make your taste buds go haywire.

M: Beyond the flat appearance there is a slight tingle from the little bit of carbonation that is there. I feel the same way about the carbonation level here that I do with Adam, less is more. The light tingle on my tongue is really nice yet the thick almost syrupy flavors can coat my mouth without any distraction from excessive bubbles. Full bodied, really smooth with a nice warming feeling in my stomach from the alcohol.

O: As far as sipping beers go, this is near the top. So many complex flavors that blend together magically. This is the perfect desert beer, every little sip is packed with so much flavor. I could spend all day drinking this and discover something new with every sip. A truly masterfully crafted beer. Very unique with no other beer tasting remotely like this. Amazing job here Alan, keep up the great work!

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Photo of pschul4
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Libbey for helping me get this bottle!

A- Pours an equally dark brown to the regular Adam but has ruby tones around the edges

S- lots of cherry in the nose with the regular malt bill of an Adam

T- Beautiful! Lots of cherry and dark malts accompanied by a touch of alcohol

M- Smooth as a baby's bottom

O- If you can get your hands on this it is well worth your trouble

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Photo of vacax
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle vintage 2008. Pours black cherry in color, nearly black. No head to speak of other than a few clusters of bubbles. After 15 months in bourbon and sherry casks though, I am feeling forgiving on the head. A swirl does conjure up some foam and stick some clusters of head along the walls of the glass. The aroma is robust with bourbon, black treacle, brown sugar, tart cherry, oak, sherry, and smoke--no lack of complexity here. The flavor begins with a smokey malt character lightened by tart cherries. Somewhat peppery with a dry bready finish that ends with lingering dark chocolate. Quite a brew. Full bodied with a subdued but present carbonation that is just about right. This beer is quite delicious, more robust than expected and probably better too. Something elegant to be savored.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright crimson with a bit of brown murkiness to it. Not much of any head other than a tiny ring that sits around for a little while.

S: Whoa! Loads of complexity with sweet cherries, sherry, brown sugar, dates, raisins, wood, and hints of vanilla.

T: Very similar to the nose with the cherry a bit more muted and the sherry flavors really coming to the front.

M: Very nice and smooth. Delicious and medium-bodied with very low carbonation, which is perfect for the flavors.

D: Very high. I've got some of this reserved at a store I frequent and after sampling this at DLD, I am very excited to go and pick my bottles up.

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Photo of waltonc
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat, murky brown. Smells of cherries, smoke, and caramel. Taste follows with those same traits. I'm looking for the leather that other reviewers have noted, and I suppose I can see what they're saying. I guess I'm just not used to detecting the flavor of leather in my beer. The bourbon is subtle, but you can definitely tell this one was aged in barrels. Very sweet, and I agree with Arbitrator that there's a port/grape hint toward the end. Reminds me a tad of the Angels Share with cabernet grapes served at the most recent Lost Abbey barrel night. Overall, this beer tastes outstanding. The overall profile is very well balanced. Body is pretty thick, with low carbonation. Just fine for a nice old ale on a cold winter night. Would love to acquire more of this.

One of the best-tasting brews I've had in 2009.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

2012 Vintage, 12oz

Wonderful aroma, leather, charred wood, cognac, faint cherry.

Flavor is so complex and deep, but very balanced. Roasted Malt and Tobacco, oak, with stone fruit and booze on the finish, but no alcohol burn.

This has perfect amount of carb (faint, but present), with a nice thick and slick mouthfeel.
Very enjoyable, but a sipper for sure.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Fall 2012
Riedel tulip

***800th BA Review, special thanks to Exitmusic00 for this one***

A: Pours a really deep dark black color. No light getting through here. Initially about a half finger of tight bubbles bottle conditioned head. It's a light tan color. There was actually a light hint of pinkish red in the head. Head did linger and leave a nice collar. Some alcohol feet. Not a lot of lacing sheeting.

S: Awesome nose here. Cherries. Tobacco. Leather. Vanilla. Oak. Musky basement. Some complex.

T: Hints if cherry up front, right in the tip if the tongue you get that tartness. Then you push into the malt bill. Pulling hints of tobacco and leather. Sweetness too, possibly still from cherries. There is some really soft vanilla from the barrel aging. Hints of dark chocolate. Dark fruits. Long finish. Like other HotD brews, so much going on!

M: Full bodied. But the carbonation that's there help clear the palate. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Elendinn
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's Taproom, for their 3rd anniversary. Served in their snifter.

A - looked more or less like Adam: dark black, edges crimson in the light. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - smelled like a particularly good vintage of port -- raisins and chocolate-covered cherries, with an unusual, lingering bitterness.

T - the taste matched the smell almost perfectly. It was like a delicious, carbonated port, with a slightly bitter finish that made the sweetness tolerable.

M - pretty thick and adequately carbonated, but, nevertheless, quite smooth.

D - vastly superior to the regular Adam, although I am an unabashed port lover. It's a bit viscous and strong, but I'd drink it all night, without reservation. The best of the night and easily an all-time favorite.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply put, an amazing beer. Pours a near opaque black cherry color with a very small head the color of cherry flesh. Deep aroma packed with cherry, bourbon, vanilla, oak, fudge, raisins and figs.

So tasty; plenty of sweet malt, Chocolate fudge, various dark fruits. Plentiful barrel character; vivid bourbon, vanilla, and oak that never overpowers any of the other flavor notes and never feels hot or boozy.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, coating and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

This is just crazy good, delicious, and so much fun to drink. Thanks to trystero for a great trade.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz expensive ass bottle into a small glass and split with friends. I love cherries, I love regular Adam, and I love getting wood. (from my beer as well) here it goes,

Cherry Adam is a murky dark blackish color but not exactly a RIS black, more like a HOTD black. With small amounts this is actually a ruby red. What the hell am I talking about? A hard pour yielded no head, not even a cap, just some trace bubbles around the glass.

This smells interesting fresh out the bottle so I let it sit for a few, letting it come together. The smell is a rich deep pure chocolate cherry blast with dark fruits such as plums kicking ASS. I get alot of sherry but the bourbon seems lost in the mix. Blackberry and some vanilla. Under that is the regular Adam, check my other review.

This one is a winner, it's pure, it's unadulterated, it's smooth. This 2009 bottle showcases cherries and blackberries with a big mellow chocolate coffee mixed in with sherry at the office on monday morning. When cold the chocolate is big but not pushy, but when this warms the cherrries mix in ever so nicely with the sherry. Roasted malts throughout, this is complex, but it's really simple to pick out all the flavors.

A healthy stealthy medium approaching full, while the carbonation is on a complete lull. Well, there is a very small amount there, it's just living. I like it either way. I guess it works with this beer. Regular Adam is more carbonated, but not extremely so. This is barrel aged, these things happen. Some hotness and booze but there is so much flavor it actually blends well. Some roughness on the top of the mouth after 6oz or so.

While I can polish off a bottle or more of Adam with ease, I think splitting this version was a good deal, this was pretty sweet, but not cloying in anyway. Maybe I'll try to do a bottle one day. I really cant say which one I like more, this or the regular, but I know this is damn good stuff. Side by side is in the works.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of mikecharley
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Track1646 for the heads up on this beer.

The pour is dead as dead can be, no carbonation, save a few bubbles on the edges.

The Appearance of this brew is as deep a red as you can imagine. This beer has nice legs when swirled.

Smell- Red wine, oaky as hell, some cherry and vanilla in the background.

Taste- Like chewing on some oak. Has a subtle dry red wine flavor, with some cherry in the background, just like the aroma suggests.

D- Could down these all night, if they werent 10%.

Love this beer...

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Photo of John_M
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mama mia!

Many thanks to Adam (Ccrida) for saving some of this for me following the HOTD dock sale.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with red hilights. While the lacing is pretty good, head rentention is fair at best. I was initially concerned with the beer's carbonation, but I just think the limited head retention is attributable to extended barrel aging.

On the nose... good lord this is one fine smelling beer. So much going on. There is a huge aroma of chocolate, vanilla and cherry, but with some significant underlying sherry and wood as well. This beer smells like an aged ale fruit cake with a melange of dark fruits, dates, plums and prunes. Incredible! The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, and the beer is rich, moderately sweet, with a long, complex finish. There is really no more then a hint of the cherry flavor in this beer (despite the name), with some more chocolate and sherry. Many ales with a fruit component are often dominated by the beer's "fruitiness," but not the Cherry Adam. The beer is mouthfilling on the palate, with a persistent, rich, long flavor profile. As the beer warms it becomes increasingly rich and viscuous and is almost chewy. Very fine. As for the beer's drinkability, of course with all this rich flavor and an abv. of 10%, this is not the beer's strong suit. No one will ever describe this beer as light and refreshing. However, this is obviously a sipper and it's unimaginable to me that anyone would drink more then a single bottle at a sitting. Personally, I expect to take fully a half hour enjoying this masterpiece from HOTD.

Just outstanding.

Note: My impression is that it's best not to overchill this beer; I would serve it a bit cooler then cellar temperature at most. Also, it's anyone's guess how well this beer will age, but I would love to have a case to see. My guess is that it will age quite well, if one has patience. Of course I don't have any, so in all likelihood I'll never know. Regardless, even young this is an exceptional beer. Good stuff.

4/21/10. Was fortunate enough to get a bottle of the 2009 version from Matt at Capone's. Needless to say, it cost a bit more then the 2008 version I was able to get from ccrida/adam, but it was so damn tasty, I didn't mind the extra freight. My impression is that the bourbon barrel aging is considerably more intense and impressive in the 2009 version, with the beer coming across as richer and more intensely flavored. There's more cherry as well, and really, just more of everything. Incredibly yummy stuff. I have adjusted my score (upward) accordingly. This is an awesome beer.

5/16/11. Was fortunate enough to sample the 2011 at the tasting room, and then later back home in Owings Mills. Was told the abv. in this excellent beer is now up around 13%, and frankly it shows. Still, this beer has so much flavor (just an incredibly intense flavor of chocolate and cherry), the alcohol is still very much in the background. I should add that the 2011 version is completely still (no appreciable carbonation), which in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this beer. Fantastic stuff...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Tasting room on 3.4.11.

A - Pours a deep mahogany-brown color with no head at all. It leaves fingers on the glass like a wine.

S - There is a lot here: Ripe fruit, cherries, smoke, and carmel.

T - Tastes are very similar to the smells. Very fruity and woody and smokey. Very complex, and it is hard for me to describe.

D - No carbonation. A touch sweet, but I still love it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Score updated to reflect the 2009 batch, which is rather amazing. Original 08 batch rated 4.25.

Extra from HopHead84. Pretty decent extra, I guess. Dark, nearly opaque brown body with a small tan head that clings strongly to the sides of the glass. The nose is an interesting mix of bourbon, leather and pipe tobacco with a touch of tart cherry. I was expecting a cherry onslaught, but that's not the case; the fruit is just another layer in a very complex beer. The taste is similar, with bourbon up front, lending vanilla, caramel and light tannins. Leather and tobacco follow, with cherries appearing mid-palate, simultaneously sweet and tart, leading into a dry, earthy finish. Incredible complexity on display here, another great beer from Hair of the Dog.

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Photo of vkv822
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour into tulip at the brewery.

Arrives black with beautiful ruby hues and a bubbly cherry colored head. Very nice looking.

The aroma and taste is of rich leathery, smoky bourbon with wonderful cherry and dark fruit towards the finish. There are also faint notes of vanilla oakiness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and low carbonated.

This is an amazing beer, very complex and incredibly smooth, especially for being so fresh. The ABV is incredibly well hidden.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage into Dragoon goblet.

Pours black, flat,with dark brown edges. Not the prettiest pour considering the extremely low carbonation.

Aroma is huge oak, leather, deep plum, fig, plump raisin, caramelized dark sugars, new leather, and hints of sherry. The cherries are not clearly evident on the aroma. Smells rich, decadent, monstrous, deep..

There it is,,, cherry! A deep red cherry currant flavor cuts through all the other nuances and a fruity tartness takes hold of the reign mid palate and rides it till the end. In to support are those flavors of oak, caramelized sugar, leather, plum, raisin, fig, and that lovely base Adam smoke character. Not overly sweet one bit. Want sweet, get some Bruery. It's all true cherry essence mixed with the barrel and Adam.

Mouthfeel sports a heavier side of medium body, low and I mean low carbonation, and a syrupy consistency. But syrupy in a cough syrup kind of way that is in no way unappealing surprisingly.

The 2014 vintage is a hit. Very much a beer to sip and contemplate. I'd compare it to a liqueur due to it's puny carb presence but it's much more than a liqueur could ever be. Huge depth of flavor, keen integration of the cherry, barrel, and base beer flavors. It's hard to knock the beer for something that actually may help it stand apart from others. Not many beers are near flat and most that are fail to offer any intrigue, yet Cherry Adam has such sharp, vinous, deep, and rooted flavors that it delivers a near wine-like, spirit hybrid type experience.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in to snifter.

A -Poured black with a very small amount of medium brown head. Carbonation appears low.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front with plenty of sweet cocoa, molasses and smoke. There is a very light tart cherry aroma in the background.

T - Bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla come through from the barrels. The mid palate adds sweet cocoa, molasses and smoke. The finish is slightly tart with chocolate covered cherry flavours. A hint of tobacco is present as well. Great integration of the base beer and the barrel.

M - Medium body with a huge chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured 2012 Vintage bottle into snifter, vigarious pour that left a nice 1 inch head, white with a red tint, that settled rather quickly. Color is a very dark brown with a slight ruby hue.

Aroma has some oak and cherry as I'd expect. Dark fruits, whiskey, and toffee are also noticeable.

Taste is absolutely amazing and complex! Starts off with some sweetness, brown sugar, raisins, dark chocolate, cherries. Finish has the perfect amount of bitterness to complement the sweetness and there is a warming alcohol prescence noted

Mouthfeel is almost perfect--nice strong body, lower carbonation, smooth drinking but just a tad sticky

Overall this is probably one of the top 10 beers I've consumed. A great sipper for the colder weather that warms you up. Thanks to BA AirborneBeer for this awesome brew!

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Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This exceeded my expectations. 2012 bottle

A: nearly black with tan head

S: a lot going on - cherries, plums, dried fruit, grapes. Slight smoke and rich malts

T: great balance between the fruits above and a smoky backdrop. Charred wood, peat. Some tannin and oak. Sherry-like in many ways. Very warming but no alcohol burn or taste.

M: fully mouth coating creaminess. Sticky but not too sweet

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Photo of floridadrift
4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious, a beautiful beer.

Murky red
Barely any carbonation, just enough to say it's beer and sherry.
Sweet chocolate cherries and sherry.
Creamy and almost thick
Something I have never had before, really nice all around.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with little to no head present at all. Glimmers of red in the color. Aromas are blasting out of the glass with rich bourbon and black cherry. Vanilla, wood and molasses notes mix in along with a deep fruitiness. Incredible depth of character here that draws me in deeper.

First sip brings rich, slightly sweet dark malts. Bourbon and black cherry roll in and work in perfect tandem together. Hints of vanilla, sherry, fig and molasses as it rolls down. Wood tannins with some alcohol burn on the finish. Amazingly well crafted and blended to perfection. Divine.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mellow carbonation. Perfect body makes for great drinkability. Such a very good beer. Cheers to Hair of the Dog for another beautiful creation and thanks to autumnaldave for sharing this one with me.

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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.27 out of 5 based on 834 ratings.
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