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RATINGS: 438   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing this 12 oz bottle. Aroma and flavors of bitter cherries with some sweet wine like flavors. Some bourbon and wood. Very enjoyable and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
12oz bottle, purchased @ HOTD. Thanks, Alan! Pours a very dark, murky, slightly violet-tinted black color; some viscosity; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of dried dark fruits, fruit leather, and pitty raspberry / raisin / date notes in the aroma; tons of fruit leather and very dark, viscous fruitiness; very soft presence. Full, heavily viscous mouthfeel: presence of warming alcohol, alongside tons of mouthcoating dried dark fruits (dates, raisins, black cherries), fruit leather, tobacco, and light sherry notes (reasonably softly presented); so much going on in this beer, so much to enjoy, and reasonably soft edges throughout aside from the slight presence of overt alcohol; another gorgeous beer from HOTD. This should age beautifully, like everything else. Lengthy finish: fruit leather, tobacco, and dried dark fruits; some chocolate and well-roasted coffee notes appear at the far end; very nicely roasted, with toasty maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
12oz. bottle, with thanks to LilBeerDoctor. Pours blackish brown, with ruby highlights and a minimal bubbly pinkish white head that quickly settles to a ring, minimal lacing. Aroma is fresh cherry, blackberry, light oak, milk chocolate and a bit of whiskey. Flavor is more fresh cherry mixed with other dark fruits, oak, and as it warms more chocolate comes out as well. Less dimension than the regular Adam, and really an entirely different beer, but nicely done just the same, and of course some age will no doubt make it even more interesting. Thanks Margaret!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no head just bubbles. Aroma of bourbon initially followed by chocolate and sweet cherries. Flavor is also initially bourbony and quite warming. Later, some sourness/tartness that seems to come from the cherries and woody notes make their appearances. The bourbon is a bit on the strong side and does overpower the other flavors of the beer. I wish that the cherry flavor was more prominent. An interesting experiment, but bourbon-barrel aging doesn’t improve everything.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Rerate for 2009 version. Whole new ball game. Slightly more carbonation, more smokiness. The cherry comes through much nicer. Notes of fine port, dark chocolate, rum raisin. Beautiful. Fairly flat pour. Very dark ebony brown with red hues towards the edges. Faint beige head, thing ring around the top. Oily flat body, lots of cherry and smoke coming through. Hints of burnt chocolate and sherry, lightly tart in the finish. Enjoyable now, but I think this will greatly improve in time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7876) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Faint hiss when opened. A strong and tall pour yields a medium sized dark brown head. Body is deep brown with hints of muddy purple. Impenetrable. Rich toffee, chocolate and tart cherries first noticed. Wood character is soft but present without question. Wafting alcohol and bitter, creamed black cherries play around with dark chocolate, cocoa, caramelized plums, etc. Lovely and wonderful in every aspect. Rich, viscous, smooth and thick on the palate, decadent cherry chocolate syrup on the middle of the palate turns to a rough, tannic bitterness on the back end. Explosive is a good word to use. Entirely distinct from both Adam and Adam from the Wood. One of the best new beers of the year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 So most needed re-rate or real rate, since the version I had was in the barrel for only about 4 months compared to this 15 month version. 12oz bottle from the brewery release, one of the ones that came back with me on the plane. Pours dakr purplish black with a thin tan head that has faded a bit to a tan ring. The nose is really quite excellent, a blend of sherry, cherries, bourbon a touch of oak, and a tart sweetness. Taste is excellent, rich sweet cherry notes that provide an excellent balance for the flavor of the adam, this is as Mike said a completely different beer from both Adam and Adam from the wood. The taste and mouth feel are very vinious there is a big winelike quality here, that evokes the oak in the beer as well. Every sip I seem to get a little bit of something different. All in all this is excellent and the mouth feel is heavenly, its an amazing beer with a lot of flavor, and character, I can’t wait to see what happens to this over time. Another winner Alan, thanks for all the great beer, and here’s to another 15 excellent years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2008
Tasted 9th of July 2008 @ Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland.
Big thanks to Alan for letting me taste this one.
It’s aged Hair of the Dog from the Wood with cherries added to the brew. It sits in bourbon barrels waiting to be bottled in November 2008.
Amber/brown colored brew. Bourbon, oak and wood in the aroma. And cherries ofcourse. Sweet maltiness too. Dark fruits, chocolate, sweet cherries, bourbon and a bit dry hoppy flavor. Interesting and very enjoyable. It’s a bit raw in the taste, will probably get a lot smoother when aged some more. Still it’s now pretty slick, round and smooth. I hope I will get a bottle of it too.

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