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

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Cherry Adam From The WoodCherry Adam From The Wood
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:
845
Reviews:
274
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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894
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Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, finally out of work for a week off for holidays. What better way to celebrate than an awesome beer like this. Thanks a ton to oregone for providing this morsel.

A super aggressive pour reveals that this is completely void of all carbonation, so no head forms at all, and the thick syrupy beer plops in to the tulip, rising up around the sides as I swirl and running long legs back down the sides, resisting movement quite a bit like the thickness of mercury, but as black wet tar, sucking in all light around it.

The nose is explosive though, loads of syrupy sweet dark malts just erupt, huge heavy crystal malts, roasted barley, black patent, carafa, etc. It has a big super dark aroma like it's sucking the light from my nostrils even. Syrupy sweetness is encasing this as well, like pure syrup, maybe a bit of caramel, vanilla, molasses, loaded malts and maybe malt extract even. A hint of baker's chocolate wants to sneak through and keeps trying. Eventually fruits make their way in, mostly darker fruits like a light fig, but there is a hint of Balotin cherry. there is also a bit of a boozy like aroma, and a hint of brandy. Reminds me a lot of one of the big imperial stouts, but I can't remember which one.

Taste, I can't wait... is not as dark as I expected. From the nose I was almost expecting an imperial stout, although this has the malt heaviness to get there, just much less on dark malts. Syrupy as my pancakes when I was 7, thick and malty, and quite sweet. The sweetness really dominates, sweet flavors with that, pure syrup, molasses, hint of caramel, almost chewy, and I kinda feel like I have to chew it just to get it down. More malty flavors kick in behind the sweetness and in front of the fruits, a light toffee and nutty almost flavor, hint of roast. This time more of the brandy like flavors come out, like a bit of booze, hint of bourbon, that brings fruity flavors with it. The fruits come with some boozy fruits, brandy soaked raisin and fig, and this time more dark cherry flavor. Not a huge typical cherry, more like a black cherry that you get from flavored booze, etc. A slight oak and some vanilla flavors as well as hint of baker's chocolate, that help to round it all off. A very slight acidic burnt roast flavor comes through, brushing on acrid but never going overboard. The finish comes with a bit of bitterness probably from the roasted malts, a sticky syrupy mouth that isn't quite as sticky as I expected and dries a bit, more fruits, cherry, vanilla, molasses, and sweet malts galore.

Mouth is quite thick and syrupy, coats everything and sticks mostly, but the carbonation is so low, I think it's pulling CO2 out of the air just to bring it back to 0. A very slight alcohol burn comes through on the throat, like a good whisky, but he sweetness overpowers and overbalances the initial booze.

Overall quite good, but lack of carbonation is a bit iffy. It drinks very well for being 10%, smooth. Lots of great malt flavors, nice fruits, dark everything, a bit too sweet IMO but I won't hold that against it since that's what it was going for and I don't usually have anything sweet. The syrupy feel is Ok but maybe just a bit too much as well, but then again it's no Dark Lord. if this had even a little bit of carbonation it would be out of this world.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Rifugium
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Apex, Portland, OR

This bottle of the '11 batch traveled home with me from Portland (along with some of its friends). After chilling for about 30 minutes, I poured this into a Kasteel chalice. Thick, dark brown / bloody maroon, with no head to speak of, just a few stray bubbles around the rim. I would liked to have seen a little head on this, but considering the ABV and the contents, I guess it's just not possible. Aroma heavy with black cherries, raisins, chocolate, booze, bourbon-soaked oak. Taste was equally as big, with a strong boozy sensation right up front, followed by a massive infusing of cherries covered in dark chocolate. Enter mid-palate: raisins and dried fruits, grape skins and sherry, following by a drowning bourbon sensation complimented by the barrel oak. I was surprised at the longevity of the dark chocolate taste. Smooth and heavy mouthfeel, full-bodied; booze is tasted and felt. Well-crafted and delicious!

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body (though some reddish hints at the far edges) with a few bubbles that never quite form a head.

Smell: Earthy-scented, oxidized, and boozy are my main impressions joined by empty, lacking notes of spiced, brown sugar mixed cherries and soiled, more-than-musty wood.

Taste: Starts sweet, then traipses off towards a muddied earthiness, a dash of soy atop crushed sourish, tangy black cherries, and some solvent alcoholic heat. Oxidized malts. Rank wood. Modest phenolic smokiness. Near-flat, sweet, cherryish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Very little carbonation present.

Overall: I'm sorely disappointed here. I was really expecting quite a bit more, instead, it's muddled, lacking, and rather non-cohesive.

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Photo of russpowell
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to googzoid10 for this, cheers Greg!

2008 bottle pours ebony with a sliver of mocha/dark chocolate head. Nice oily sheen to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops, figs & prunes & a tad of booze once warm

T: Dark cherry, figs, raisins, vanilla & oak up front. Bourbon & vanilla comes through as this warms, more dark cherry, a bit of woody & leafy hops, plus dryness, plus more figs, plus a tad of boozey warmth. Finishes with oaky drynness, booze soaked cherry

MF: Rich, chewy, with near zero carbonation, port-like

Drinks pretty easy with nicely hidden abv, another winner form HOTD! One that will probably be better with at least another year+ on it IMO

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FalconA for sharing!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a little purple mixed in with a small bubbly head that reduces quickly leaving little bits of lacing on the glass.

S: Surprisingly smoky, with some cherry and dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of chocolate. There is a little bit of an alcohol presence as well.

T: Wow, very rich. More cherry and dark fruits mixed with some chocolate, vanilla, oak, leather, and tobacco. There is a bit of smoke as well.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation, no issues with the newest batch. The abv is well hidden.

O: Fantastic. Would be great to reapproach this beer with a little age on it or alongside Aftw. The alcohol is nice and warming but doesn't rear its head and drinks surprisingly smooth for a 10% beer.

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Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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 millerbuffoon
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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 womencantsail
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A terribly overpriced 2009 bottle shared with fellow drunkard t0rin0.

A: The pour is completely flat and dark blood red in color. Even with a vigorous pour, still not even a trace of a bubble.

S: The nose is full of rich chocolate, sweet and mildly tart cherries, bourbon, molasses, and nondescript dark fruits. An absolutely wonderful nose.

T: The flavors mimic the nose for the most part. The cherries are a bit more pronounced and have a touch more tartness to them than the nose would indicate. The chocolatey oxidation provides a great balance to the fruit and the oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors really tie everything together.

M: Although the beer is completely flat, it still works out well. It's not syrupy, but does have some nice viscosity to it. The alcohol is warming without being hot or off-putting.

D: It wasn't quite worth the money that we paid for it, but still a fantastic beer. I'd love to try this again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009 12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Given Adam's abundant head, I was worried a regular snifter wouldn't suffice. An enormous thanks to psiweaver for this beer. He sent it to me as an extra on my first trade. I don't think I really appreciated what he was sending me back then. Now I understand and hope I can repay the generosity.

Appearance - Like flat cola. Dark brown, impenetrable by light, and not a single bubble. Damn it's unsexy.

Smell - Bourbon aroma, primarily, followed by cherries. There's a vanilla flavor, probably either from the sherry or the oak, that I like, but a lot of sweetness persists in the smell. All of the aromas are good, but they come from the additives, not the actual beer.

Taste - Like the smell, bourbon flavors up front, followed by cherries. The sweetness is a bit intense. It follows through the whole drink. In the middle, when the bourbon and cherries fade, there is a wonderful chocolate taste that is as fleeting as it is delicious. I wish it would last, but it fades.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation would do this wonders. As it is, there's not a hint of alcohol in it nor is it very syrupy, really. It's still flat as hell and that makes it tough to drink.

Overall - I miss Adam. Where is he amongst all this cherry bourbonity? I remember the carbonation on Adam being too much, but this is the antithesis. Somewhere in between the base beer and this would be one hell of a creation.

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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

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 BMart
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.27 out of 5 based on 845 ratings.
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