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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
82 88 76 5 31 18
Cherry Adam From the Wood by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
Old Ale
10.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 01/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 16 4 9 2008
2008 Vintage

Two exceptional traders, errantnight and hoppymeal, each sent me a bottle, thanks fellas! Cherry Adam from the Wood pops open with the faintest of sound but I do see bubbles form in the neck of the bottle. A hard pour produces a ring of bubbles around the snifter and a top the darkest of red body. The pour is nearly black but shows enough hints of mahogany to keep from being total darkness.

Each sniff starts off with rich dark cherry and a solid, somewhat sweet bourbon note that brings a helping hand of vanilla to the table. A quick swirl of the snifter brings along more of the Adam qualities with a huge caramel and toffee malt backbone. A tendril of smoke rises to meet me but only adds a compliment instead of stepping on toes. I can’t smell any booze besides the familiar scent of bourbon and the complexity comes together very nicely, each aspect having its own niche. As this warms there’s a nuttiness that comes forward, reminiscent of walnuts.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. The bourbon is fainter in the taste than the aroma suggested but it still lends a slightly sweet note with some nice vanilla coming through. Toffee maltiness comes through in droves while the dark cherries simply add a nice touch of rich fruitiness. The finish brings with it some mildly roasty and nutty bitterness that tends to linger after each drink.

The body feels light up front that, I have a feeling, results from the low carbonation but hits its stride mid-palate with a slick, oily mouthfeel. The body weighs in a step higher than moderate and the slickness seems to permeate nearly every tastebud on my tongue. There’s zero noticeable alcohol.

Cherry Adam is a sipper without a doubt; a sipper that makes perfect sense for a cold evening like tonight. This is a beer to cozy up with and enjoy all the complexities as it warms over the course of an hour.

Hair of the Dog managed to come up with another winner in Cherry Adam from the Wood. As much as I enjoy this beer I have to say I’d rather reach for the regular Adam but this one seems like a special treat. Thanks for the bottles, guys!

Reviewed: 1/1/10

Served In: Bottle

Review by SAP on 05/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 10 15 3 7 2009
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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 03/30/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 2009
Thanks to Duckboie for this brew>

A- Very flat looking, only a very thin ring of bubbles around the glass. Very dark brew, almost looks like root beer.

S- Cherries> hi....Great nose on this one. The alcohol also rings through on it also. Soggy wood, and some grains blend together.

T- Cherries get my taste buds tingling on the first sip. Really notice the alcohol, but not in a bad way. It blends well with the brew....warms the belly.

M- Fairly decent after seeing the seemingly flat pour.

O- A really good brew. Extremely flavorful and well balanced.

Served In: Goblet

Review by seaoflament on 12/17/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 11 17 3 8 2008
Muchas gracias Kyle for the opportunity to try this beer. I love regular Adam and have been drooling ever since I heard about this beer.

A tiny hiss after I crack the cap, a slow stream of small bubbles race to the neck. After hearing that this beer is not very carbonated, at least yet, I did a slightly aggressive pour into a pint glass. I managed to get about a quarter inch of fizzy foam that quickly settled to a thin crescent moon. The beer itself is dark with some caramel highlights on the side when held to the light.

The cherry and wood notes mixed very well with the Adam beer base. There is some semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, rum soaked raisins, dark cherries, wood, vanilla, a bit of soy sauce, and a whiff of alcohol in the background. There is a nice mixture of sugar cookie, molasses, brown sugar, and black cherry, it’s like a dessert. The malt combination is very complex, deep dark fruits, and a combination of sweetness (brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark fruit jam). I’m surprised at the variety of fruits and how fruity it smells. After a few minutes in the glass it begins to smell like a chocolate covered black cherry.

Wow, it seems like there is much more cherry in the flavor than in the aroma. The first sip is just a bit overwhelming as I’m trying to capture all the flavors. There is some chocolate and smoke upfront with dark fruits in the middle and oak, alcohol, and brown sugar in the end. More chocolate on the second sip but also some caramel and molasses, very sweet finish. Long finish of oak, toast, caramel, and cherry. There is a little bit of cherry tartness upfront and it is accompanied by the alcohol pretty closely. A little nutty in the aftertaste. Subtle notes of cocoa and coffee in the finish. After a few sips I begin to taste some apple or rose petals in the back.

Low carbonation and a bit viscous too. It feels a little velvety on the tongue initially. Yep, the following sips feel a little flat. Two things that would help this beer out and make it easier to drink are: a little more carbonation and a drier finish.

A good beer that I hope get better with some more time in the bottle…right now I would take regular Adam over this one though.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 12/02/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Big thanks go out to Duckboy for hooking me up with this one.

A - Pour produces very little head. Starts with a clump in the middle, but is left with only some bubbles around the edges. Body is dark brown and murky. There is a distinct red hue to it.

S - When I poured this I could smell the cherry without even leaning forward a bit. Upon further investigation I find very distinct aromas from the barrel aging. Woody with traces of bourbon. Lots of dark fruits. Touch of smokiness. While Adam is an Old Ale, this smells almost belgian.

T - As with almost all HOTD brews, I feel almost overwhelmed with the complexity going on here. I'll do my best to break it down. There is a distinct smoked malt presence here, bringing to mind some smoked meats. The smokiness is a highlight though and not overpowering as many smoked beers can be. Lots of malty sweetness, with dark and red fruits coming out. Plums, raisins, cherries. Cherry flavor increases, with an ever so slight tartness to the end of it. Flavors from the wood come in and thank god they don't overpower the beer. Light oakiness. Very light bourbon booziness, but somehow there are some alcohol vapors. Bitterness from the wood lightly crosses the palate. Smokiness comes back in towards the end and is accompanied by some light charred wood.

M - Full bodied. Smoooooth. A bit more carbonation would be ideal, but it is barrel aged.

Overall - A wonderful beer. Complex, but with all the flavors kept in check to make a better whole. It could actually be worth the money.

Served In: Goblet

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