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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

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

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

Poured dark brown in color with a brown ring sitting on top with a very thin head and left very small bubbles of lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of sweetness consisting of molasses, toffee hints of caramel a little booze underlying cherries and signs of vanilla. The cherries were more prominent on the palate with great molasses toffee sweetness, a little caramel, some dark fruit and a little booze. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, boozy and semi chewy finish. Great beer glad I finally tried it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle from the third release.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherries and roasted malt, with a little bit of soy mixed in.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of chocolate and cherry notes, with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. There is also some soy sauce in the flavor, as in the aroma. The alcohol is present but doesn't affect drinkability.

Medium to full mouthfeel and low carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

12oz. Bottle Conditioned
2008 Vintage

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, which leaves some oil slicks/small islands. The nose is malty, nice notes of bourbon, cherries, vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice bourbon notes, some tartness from the cherries. Medium/full body, a very drinkable brew at 10% ABV. Thanks Toby.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 CAFTW Picked up from Matt at Capone's. I've been cellaring since. He was all but pushing me in this direction. Thank God he did!
Rich dark mahogany color, hints of red in full light. Minimal head, and lacing in this pour into Uber Tavern Tulip. Appears more like a deep rich Madeira...but o contraire!The aroma flows wih wood,dried fruit, dark cherry and hints of vanilla. It is not so much the scent, but the depth of the scent. It is so rich and inviting...before you taste it, you absolutley KNOW that this is going to be an exceptional experience.
Then OMG...taste is spectacular! There is no way I can compatre this as just another old ale. And it is miles beyond Adam. It grabs you with a richness and a roundness of flavors so well balanced. There is modest and wonderfully complementary bourbob...but not strong or dominating. It is a rich dark cherry famliar from extraordinary sour cherry pastries...but not sour in the drink,rather a complement to the rich hops and malt that have been so well aged in the wood.
The mouthfeel is medium full; rich and satisfying.
I would not recommend drinkability wise for usual comsumption or or with food per say...I'm sure others might disagree. Rather, this is a perfect later at night or evening with a superior robust cigar drink. The alcohol presence is notable but not distracting.
It's works well in Winter...it's hard to think of this as a Summer drink...but again this is not about thirst quenching or marrying with al fresco lunch or summer dinner.
Like a major Medoc or Cab Sauv...this really needs to experienced on it's own, and savored for it's own sake.
Hope you have a chance to enjoy this someday.
p.s. Remember Don Younger!

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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 Gueuzedude
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2009
A careful, but solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass produces a frothy, half-finger thick, fairly quickly disappearing, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a concentrated brown, approaching black color, when held up to the light beer shows some flashes of ruby, but is mostly opaque in its darkness. The aroma smells of spicy Bourbon, but has an earthy malt character to it that moves into a rich note in the finish that is a bit like prunes or perhaps even some sherry like notes. There is enough noticeable alcohol in the nose that it warms my nose upon a deep draught of the aroma. The malt character here is pretty complex, though in some ways subtle; toasted malt notes, spicy grain, a hint of salty smokiness, something a bit like carbonized fruit (though without the acrid notes, or even the burnt char character). There is some woody oak character here, as well as some spicy barrel character, soft vanillin notes and even a touch of toasted coconut; overall the barrel notes are pretty well integrated and don't overwhelm the rest of the aromatic notes. I definitely don't smell any cherry like notes here though.

This beer is lightly sweet, though it has more of a rich maltiness than actual sweetness. The beer finishes with a peat derived, salty, earthy smokiness that lingers on in the finish along with a sherry'd prune character (prune without much sweetness though). This is only lightly carbonated; it has just a prickle of carbonation as it rolls across the tongue. The beer isn't overly viscous, though it certainly has some body to it, and it has a certain soft creamy texture to it. Behind the smokiness in the finish are some dark malt notes that suggest hints of tar, a bit of roasted coffee notes and a rich roasted caramel note (not burnt, but rich with lots of Maillard browning flavors). This definitely has a spiciness from the barrel aging process and the alcohol also provides a bit of heat. There is a touch of tartness to the finish; is this where the otherwise absent cherry character comes in?

I am not quite too sure about the cherry part of this beer, there is a general fruity richness, but certainly not anything I can identify as cherry specific. This could use a bit more texture and heft, a bit more residual malt character in the body would help to smooth out the warm / boozy alcohol and spicy barrel notes. Seems to lack a bit of finesse and the flavors / aromas are not quite as integrates as one might hope. Still this is certainly a tasty beer and I like how the background sherry notes add a lot of richness to this beer. The smoky peat character also adds a lot of background complexity to this beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the source.. poured into my New Belgium snifter..

Very short lived 1" head had a crackily component.. but was more noisy than visual.. the brew is dark dark brown with a garnet highlite when held to a light.

the nose is mainly expected big caramel and fruity prune and plum esters...sour cherries.. though are present..

flavor is better.. cigar wrapper .. sweet and tobacco.. leathery.. the cherries add a nice dimension.. but are pretty much blown away by oak and catchers mitt... the cherries and oak add a very nice depth.. I think it will get better with quite a bit of age..but still drink one when you can to try it... Alan is a "homebrewer's" brewer...not every batch is gonna be stellar... though.. if he did start filtering and counterpressure bottling... wouldn't that take away from some of the allure?? that said.... I've had plenty of carbonation issues with hotd brews .. but overall.. the brew's flavor are damn near always fantastic.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, '09 Vintage,

A: Pours type black with a minimal if any type of head. Just a smattering of bubbles. Not a great start, but it'd change my mind.

S: Chocolate and black cherries, with some noticable residual sugar.

T: As with the nose, the dark chocolate dominates. Chocolate covered black cherry soda but in the least artificial way possible. It's that one flavour, but it's quite tasty.

M: Carbonation is minimal as per what the appearance told me. But it's not flat at all. Light carbonation is fine for this style. Very full-bodied and smooth, an elegant beverage ala dessert wine. Noticable booze, but it's not bad and will abate itself with time.

D: I paid a Jackson for this baby, was it worth it, from the beer probably not, but Beachwood was my only opportunity, and it was my birthday so I'd been eyeing this for a while. Good beer without a doubt, put 2-5 years on it; it will be amazing.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with very little head except along the rim. Smells nicely subtle and balanced with aromas of cherries, vanilla and wood from the oak, some clean sweetness, a refreshing tartness, and some cheery liqueur at the end. The taste is almost a perfect balance between rich, lush, sweet cherries, and clean, somewhat tannic wooden backbone with nice malt notes binding them together and reminding you that this is beer. Delicious. Truly a triumph of flavor, just a tad harsh in the mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this.

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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 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 HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank on 11/25/2008:
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a deep red tint to it. The beer has a very small head and there is little retention and lacing. The aroma is of dark fruits, especially cherries, and bourbon. The taste is predominately tart cherries, with some bitterness to it. There is some bourbon flavor and minimal chocolate. Cherry Adam From the Wood is boozy but it works well with the other flavors. I think this beer will only improve with age and I can't wait to try it again in the future.

Drank on 08/13/2009:
Pours with a larger head this time, with better retention. The flavors have blended together nicely over the nearly nine months since I last had this. Chocolate notes have come out and they blend very nicely with the bourbon and cherries. Notes of vanilla and a prominent smokiness have become apparent as well. The booze has died down a bit without losing any of the nice bourbon and cherry notes. The carbonation has increased slightly, providing a fuller mouthfeel which is decidedly chalky at times. This is coming along nicely.

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Photo of corby112
3.12/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 vintage.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with plum hues and a very thin head that immediately fades without a trace of lacing.

Earthy aroma with lots of oak, booze, dark fruit and sweet malt. Hints of vanilla, toasted oak, dark cherry, fig, raisin, plum and bourbon.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a very boost flavor that dominates, slightly overpowering the other flavors. Tons of oak and peaty bourbon folowed by the dark fruit notes. Hints of dark cherry, fig, raisin and currant give sweetness that counters toasted notes from the wood. That being said there is a crazy amount of harsh boozy heat that makes it tough to put down.

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Photo of rudzud
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Received this as an extra in a trade. 2011 Vintage

A - A vigorous pour into my Duvel tulip results in not a single wisp of head..or carbonation really for that matter. Just nothing.

S - Aromas of black cherry, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, older dark fruits. Hard swirls actually bring up a weird vegative/rotten fruit thing.

T - Taste is pretty nice, good wood, bourbon, sweet caramel and malts. Nice vanilla and dark cherries. Like someone else said, sherry. Faint chocolate. Quite tasty

M - Sigh. As I feared this stuff is entirely and completely flat. Cmon...

O - Overall this was a pretty big let down. The nose is pretty good, the taste is awesome though the lack of any carbonation hinders the flavours. Was quite excited to try this beer and it was an enormous let down thanks to it being completely flat.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

A: Poured a sluggish, murky very dark brown with no carbonation at all. No bubbles, nada.

S: Loads of tobacco, leather, smoke, dark fruits. heat was not to bad but the cherry is all but faded away.

T: Good. Followed the nose very well. Upfront was leather, smoke, dark fruits, booze in the middle, not much cherry going on, wood and Earthiness. Bourbon was still hanging around but very tame.

M: Hearty beer. Big body. Lots of flavor.

O: Good

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Photo of 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 wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into mini cognac tulip 12/9/15

A looks dark brown but has a maroon glow when held to the light, not much for head or lace but its a timy pour

S lots of tobacco, some burnt wood, leather, sherry, oak, faint bourbon, a little cherry, lots of leather, smells interesting

T its an old ale alright, a little oxidation but it works, cherries come out a little stronger, heaps of tobacco, a little bourbon, not fr from the nose I suppose

M has some weight, low carbonation, a little tannin like grit, woody finish

O had a fair bit working for it but I'm not sure I'd let it age any further, might've peaked already

Thanks Matt for this one, I can't think of anything similar I've had recently and would love to try a fresh bottle

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Photo of Stevedore
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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!!!

poured into HotD tulip glass(thanks for the sweet glassware hollis!).

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: blackish brown bodied beer that has a thin layer of dark red head that drops down to no head.

Smell: big notes of tart cherries, oak and bourbon! Leathery with hint of earthy smoke.

Taste: cherry and bourbon forward beer. Tart and slightly sweet black cherries colliding with sweet rich oaky bourbon. Vanilla, leather, molasses, and tobacco. Finishes with a touch more bourbon, chocolates, and dark fruits. This beer is very well balanced and has a nice level of complexity.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. This beer has just a hint of warming booziness that couples with a vinous note. This beer looks to be flat, but the carbonation seems to come to life as it passes over your toungue. This beer is really well carbonated.

Overall: I think that I like this better than Adam from the Wood. I love it when brewers can take a beer thats already world class(Adam) and make it something special by putting it into barrels! HotD is no doubt a genius when it come to making really unique beers! I love how you still know you are drinking Adam, but with bourbon and cherries. Its nothing but stright up flawless execution by HotD on brewing & barrel aging this beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into as snifter. 2011 Vintage. Huge thanks to hopsbreath for sending this my way!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick, almost plum colored cabernet wine-like inky color. Not much foam to speak of, but some transparent bubbles came up. The 2012 version of this was much more appealing considering a better carbonation level was present. A surprising amount of tan froth considering the style and ABV.

(S)- A ridiculously rich aroma. Awesome whiffs of oaky bourbon with sweet toffee and caramel with an even more glorious smell of cocoa covered dark cherries behind it. Its strong, but smells really stinking good. As it warmed, it began to show signs of tobacco and leather in the background as well.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A rich and sweet profile with decadent cocoa covered dark cherries with a smooth caramel and oaky bourbon notes. As it began to warm up, you can really tell the base beer is still there with the subtle hints of tobacco and leather.

(M)- Flat as a pancake, however for the style, it isnt quite as bothersome as I was expecting it to be. If it had a bit of carbonation, this would be world class. Rich and sweet with those black cherries really providing nice flavors and texture. The 2012 vintage had a much much better feel to it due to a far better carbonation level. Smooth as can be even with a 10% ABV level.

(D)- A sipper for sure. Yes it would help this immensely if this was carbed better, but nonetheless, the smell and flavor of this is really quite unique and spot on for a fantastic old ale. I can see this being a great substitution for a ruby port.
This was a great beer even with quite the low carbonation level, but the 2012 vintage definitely has seemed to fix that. I look forward to seeing what some time does to the 2012's I have left, but this is a fantastic beer no matter the version you get.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I managed to get a bottle of the 2009 vintage at Capone's (thanks again to John!). I tried this fairly fresh thanks to Devin, but this time, I have a chance to nurse it for an hour.

Sitting in my fridge for several months gave a chance for the yeast to really flocculate and this results in a clear but very dark brown pour. Beautiful, reddish brown highlights are present. This also has a rather low level of carbonation, there's barely any head present, and all I see is little streamers of bubbles running up the side of my snifter. Swirling the beer results in there being some legs running down my glass, indicative of the high ABV.

How it looks, however, is immaterial as this smells fucking unreal. Bursting with black cherries and bourbon, these characteristics are balanced at a level that most beers strive to reach. Couple that with the excellent base that Adam provides - a little leather, a little cocoa, a little tobacco, a little smoke - and this is a masterpiece. Along with the cherries, there's a little plums too. Moderate tannins are also present, with an oaky, a touch charred. Brilliant.

The palate opens moderately sweet, with bourbon, vanilla and cherry all very-balanced. The cherry character is both, mildly tart and moderately sweet (one has to remember this isn't a kriek or a sour beer, so the cherry sweetness *is* noticeable). The mid-palate is where the base beer shines. Caramel, leather, tobacco and just a whisper of smoke appear before a long-lasting finish that has bourbon, a little heat, cherry tartness with the fruity sweetness and barrel tannins playing off each other remarkably well. Alcohol appears on the end, lightening it up, leaving just the leather and cherries. Full in body with low carbonation, this is about as perfect as a beer like this can be. Despite its heft and price tag, this is a beer I will reach out to as often as I can. I would love, love, love to have a case of this. An exceptional beer, very very complex, brilliantly structured and executed. Alan really is one of the best brewers out there. As I keep drinking this, I realize that there's nothing I would change about how it tastes and am adjusting my scores accordingly.

**Original review for the 2008 vintage dated 08-18-2009 11:56:03**
Thanks to John for grabbing me a bottle, and Svejk for an extra. Split this with a few friends last night

Cherry AftW pours a dark brown with red highlights. No real head apart from a thin ring. On the nose, it's a gorgeous combination of mild cherry, vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of smoke. I really like the cherry character, being as mild as it is, it's perfect. On the palate, it opens up with bourbon and vanilla with a mild sour cherry character mid palate. The finish is a little tannic, showing a little dryness with some cherry and vanilla character. Carbonation is soft, and it works with the big barrel character on this beer. Thoroughly enjoyable, I look forward to drinking my other bottles.

**Edit 3/18/2013**

This is my third bottle of the 2012 release, and I must say it's not as mindbogglingly good as the 2009 was. A fantastic blend of cherries, leather, oak and bourbon, this pairs all the goodness of Adam with cherries and bourbon. Moreso than other batches, the cherry character is quite potent here, lending an earthy cherry skin tannin character that complements the bourbon and base beer. The palate has a moderate cherry sweetness that complements the bourbon, and is intriguing in conjunction with the base beer. Over-carbonated, this beer is medium in body and has a pleasant finish. I'm going to let this sit for a while.

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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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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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Cherry Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.27 out of 5 based on 830 ratings.
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