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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Cherry Adam from the Wood is aged with locally grown black cherries in oak casks for 15 months. The fruit lends a sweet tartness to the finish, melding with the wood and adding a new dimension of complexity. The 2008 bottling celebrates 15 years of business for me and was aged in Bourbon and Sherry barrels. The 2009 bottling was aged exclusively in Elijah Craig Bourbon barrels.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
12oz thanks to diggity7. Pours brown with with reddish hues. Aromas of cherries, sweet malts, chocolate and other dark fruits. Flavors are the same as adam but with the addition of cherris instead of just dark fruit in general. As with adam, the palate is awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Many thanks to vwcraig for giving me the hook-up on HOTD beers or I wouldn’t have been able to try this. This gushed despite being properly chilled which is always a disappointment with expensive beers but I didn’t lose much. It looks nice, dark black-brown, no head, red edges. It smells like wood, barrels, liquor, alcohol, very interesting. The flavor has a leather quality that I get from regular Adam, the slightest touch of tartness but I couldn’t pinpoint it as a cherry flavor. This was pretty good but I’m not sure I’d pick this up again given the price and the fact that I just prefer Fred and Doggie Claws over Adam as a rule. I do have one bottle left to cellar so we’ll see how that goes. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-09-2008 04:22:30

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Poured a deep, murky brown color with some garnet highlights and a thin beige head that faded to a ring. Aroma of dark cherry, chocolate malt, caramel, light smoke, some meat, and a light earthiness. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some light cherry tartness combined with a light chocolate flavor, some woody caramel offset by some drying smokiness that finishes lightly dry with a hint of hops and some light cherry undertones. Low carbonation, decent mouthfeel. Tasted side-by-side with Batch 68 Adam, and I preferred regular mainly due to the more natural, earthy characteristics. Still good, and will likely be that way for a while.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Pours dark brown, cherries, chocolate, wood, vanilla, alcohol, malty, little other dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
12oz bottle from Yonkers65, big thanks Bruce. A little bit darker and murkier than the regular Adam, very little head. Similar aroma as the Adam. A little more heat than the regular, more flavor as well, very upfront and hot, but very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Poured a clear very dark ruby color with minimal head. Very nice aroma. Sweet aged roasty malt with vanilla, milk chocolate, cherry, and alcohol. Pleasantly oxidized malt, some wood and vanilla with some tartness of dried dark fruit flesh. Medium to full bodied and very warming.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Thanks to hoppymeal who hooked me up with this. poured opaque black into the glass with virtually no head. aroma was big and sweet, chocolate, wood and a little cherry. Flavor was a little chocolate, lots of dark fruit, raisins and vanilla and some cherries, especially on the finish. Tasty stuff. Not sure it beats out regurlar adam, but Hair of the Dog continues it’s delicious crusade. Thanks alan.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle shared at the Woodshop Quad.Nose of chocolate covered cherries and some woody oak. Dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor was light cherries and prunes with some alcohol warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Pours ruddy brown with a thin tan head. Nose is rich with chocolate malt, subtle cherries and a bit of wood. The flavor follows suit with all the influences blending nicely. A bit of heat in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2009
#1600. 12oz. bottle from the winter 2008 dock sale. Pours absolutely pitch black at the center, with the faintest possible shimmer of mahogany at the far edge. A large, foamy tan head settles slowly to a thin but solid layer, with a thick, bubbly gathering around the rim. Sudsy lace breaks, mico-spots drying towards the top of the swirl, with the remainder of the wash slowly meandering back into the black abyss beneath. In short, This stuff looks downright menacing.

The aroma puts on quite a show. Dark, syrupy chocolate and smoked cocoa nibs are first to greet the nose. Darkly scorched caramel lends another layer, while heaps of earthy roast keep the sweetness check. Oak, vanilla, and fresh, sweet-tart black cherries complete the rich, decadent symphony of scents.

Flavors are even more complex. Bold, dark chocolate and burnt caramel again lay the primary malt base. Loads of vanilla and oak show throughout, tying in notes of mocha and espresso. Fresh figs add a dark earthiness to the fruit profile, while cherries add a sherry-like quality. Sour mash Kentucky bourbon just send things over the top, yet somehow a tremendous sense of balance and integration is maintained.

Thick and nearly full bodied, light carbonation lends a silky, velvety, almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol forces this one a little to the warm side, which makes for perhaps the only detractor to an otherwise fantastic palate.

This is simply a fantastic creation, and one that must be slowly sipped and contemplated to be fully enjoyed. I’m dying to have another, but that will have to wait for an appropriate occasion. Bravo Alan! You are an elite, world-class talent.


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