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RATINGS: 437   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle purchased at Chucks in Chagrin Falls last year (I donít know who traded with them to get this, but I scored 3 other HotDís and an Abyss that day). 2009 vintage. Thick black yeast deposit left in the bottle, no head at all, deep brown-red hue making it seem black. All great signs. Aroma is almost perfect. Deep roasted malt, honey, chocolate, toasted oat, vanilla and notes of heaven all in the nose. I cannot imagine the flavor getting better with age, since it has the perfect complexity and flavor after a year and a half... but I do doubt it could get worse. Flavor is like a rich deep cherry and molasses flavor. Strong notes of vanilla and wood come through with a honey-like smoothness as well as the subdued malty sweetness. God this one is amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2014
At Sethís with Seth Taylor, Stephen, and Dina. After being soda streamed, layer of cream brown head. Aroma is musky fig, raison, musky barrel. Taste is figs, dark fruits, sticky aged cherries, woody barrel, tasty. Finish is tasty sweet booze. The woody alcoholic dark fruit notes are really nice, but it is slightly too swert, maybe time would do it well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2012 bottle at Higgins. Head is small, mostly diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain), with notes of bourbon/whiskey, wood, cardboard, walnut shells, balsamic vinegar, Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. More proof that beer just does not age well. Dull, oxidized nose, even some vinegar in there. Overwhelming sweetness with little other than massive alcohol burn to balance. Another sugary booze bomb from HotD.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (854) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
2008 bottle, aged 6 years. Pours a deep dark brown with some tan bubbles. Woody aroma with berries, malt, oak, brown sugar. Taste is rich and sweet, of oak, chocolate covered cherries, malt, syrup. Low carbonation. Lingering big oak and berries. Aged great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Fresh 2014 bottle. Zero carbonation (well documented) with no head, obviously. Muddy, bloody red pour with a velvety, syrupy consistency. Aroma is tobacco, barrel, slight cherry...NyQuil popped into my head for some reason. Taste is combination of all of these elements (sans NyQuil). Intense and concentrated flavors at play here. A sipper for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1591) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle via trade. 2014 bottle. Pour is absolutely still. Aroma is a sweet, fruity, leathery, vinous, vanilla, and cherry symphony. No alcohol or off aromas noted. No head, deep, intriguing brown with red highlights and some alcohol legs on top. Taste is initially a sugary sweetness, likely due to residual sweetness and unfermented bottling sugars. After that the cherry and fruitiness takes over with some vanilla and a light booziness. Malt flavors are dried fruit, slightly leathery with an almost tobacco note. Finish is semi sweet and clean with very little alcohol noted. A truly delectable dessert beer. Reminiscent of a Utopias type of beer but with a more fruit forward component and no alcohol present until you feel the effects of it. Iím not sure carbonation would enhance this beer much. The only knock is that the sweetness seems like a table or corn sugar and not a residual, sticky, malty sweetness if that makes any sense. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with a ruby red hue. No head at all which is very disappointing. Aroma is one of the best Iíve ever smelled. Chocolate covered cherries, tobacco, caramel, toffee, oak, plums, vanilla, and light bourbon. Tastes pretty awesome too but itís completely flat. Is that normal for this beer? Rich fudge, juicy cherries, smooth bourbon, tobacco, and caramel. Moderately sweet. Medium body. Sticky mouthfeel and a little syrupy. This would be in my top 10 of all time if it had some carbonation. Need to try this again with a couple years on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Aroma: Bourbon, Tobacco, Mild Cherry Appearance: Brownish/Reddish Hue, Passes Mild light, Almost No Head, Almost No Lacing Taste: Medicinal Cherry, Mild Bourbon, Mild Tobacco Mouthfeel: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2014
12 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with no real carbonation.

The aroma is bourbon chocolate cherries.

The flavor is sweet malts, strong bourbon alcohol, dark fruits, roast chocolate and slightly tart cherry. Thereís a little harsh alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, a nice decedent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (454) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Poured 2014 from bottle to glass. Dark hue with no head. Aroma is cherries, wood, vanilla, tobacco, smoke, chocolate, toffee, prunes. Taste is sweet throughout with an astringent following and slight ethanol finish. Mouthfeel is great with a moderate full body but no carbonation yet. Overall this is one of the best HOTD brews that Iíve had. It will be epic in a few years when finally carbonated. The 13% is well integrated!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
At the Hair of the Dog mini-tasting. 2009. Served in a snifter. A 6 year old beer! Somewhat more of a nutty muddy brown pour compared to the regular Adam. A stronger barrel aroma as well. More heat, the taste is syrupy sweet cherry, sherry, maple syrup & oak. Tasty.

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