Posts Tagged ‘ Cherry Adam from the Wood ’

My whole day suddenly turned into one big beer run

Originally, I was just going to grab some sandwiches and have a nice lunch at De Garde.

 

The universe had other ideas. Right as I was leaving the sandwich shop, I get a message that says Hair of the Dog is releasing Adam from the Wood and Cherry Adam from the wood. So, naturally, I complained like an 8 year old boy who realized that the Power Rangers were just a bunch of pedophiles. I then begrudgingly drove over the Hair of the Dog to buy some of that newly released beer and to see if it was any good.

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So, both these beers are flat as f***. Tasty, but god damn they need some bubbles. It even says on the label that they have no carbonation. It actually looks like Hair of the Dog brewed these beers to be flat on purpose!!!! They are definitely not covering their asses on this one. Adam from the Wood is great on flavor, with smoke, tobacco, and bourbon with a hint of vanilla….but it has no bubbles. Cherry Adam is smoke and cherries, but the lack of bubbles helps to showcase a not-so-amazing medicinal quality.

Now, thoroughly upset that I had spent $200+ on flat beer, I went to De Garde.

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Corned beef sandwich with De Garde Imperial Cranberry Bu: Yeah this is pretty delicious. Nice and tart, with less cranberry flavor than the regular Cran Bu, but it’s definitely there, and is more sour in this iteration.

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De Garde Fleur Desay: Super tart with a lot of apricot flavor even though this beer has no fruit in it. I think it’s finished in Chardonnay, but I’m not entirely sure. Anyways, it has a nice juicy finish that reminds me of white wine. A+

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Oh my god, there are so many empty bottles from the bottle share during De Garde’s last release…

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De Garde Side Project Desay – Chardonnay Barrel: Yeah, this is absolutely delicious. Really tart with tons of that pineapple flavor that Side Project yeast tends to bring out. Finishes with a nice hit of Chardonnay at the end as well. I really look forward to how this is going to age. A+

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De Garde Lee Noir: This beer has completely transformed since release. It is so much drier and funkier now with slightly increased tartness. On the other hand, the dark fruits are still great, but have mellowed out. A

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Another tasting

The day after the whale tasting…..we had another tasting because a guy was visiting from out of town.

Some guy decided to bring a vertical epic set. It all sucked.

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Funky Buddha Last Snow: This is one the best smelling beer in the world. Tastes awesome too. A

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Troegs Splinter Gold: Thanks to my college buddy for getting this to me. Not sure what the base beer is, but this beer is lightly soured. I like the creamy finish as well. A-

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Upright Special Herbs: Fuck yea. A+

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Kopi Speedway: Just as tasty as ever. A

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Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra: Most underrated stout imo. A

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Block 15 Three Seasons Kriek: One of my favorite krieks, but it’s got nothing on that Cable Car Kriek from the other day. A/A+

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Ancient Cascade Kriek: Surprisingly good. A

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Upright Rose City Seven: Still love old Upright beer. A/A+

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7venth Sun Mangrove DIPA: Extremely refreshing in the summer weather. A-

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That’s a lot of bottles.

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Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam: Still drinking well. A

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Allagash 4: My palate was ruined.

Cherry Adam from the Wood

I popped open a bottle of CAftW the other day with a friend to see if the bottled version of the beer was as epically tasty as the draft version.

It was. And some! A+

Hair of the Dog Release

Earlier today was the annual dock sale at Hair of the Dog. This means grumpy mornings and standing out in the cold to pay an annoyingly large sum of money for beer. I showed up at 5:30AM, and was still at least the 50th person in line. There were people starting to camp out the night before. The dedication of some of these people!

 

This is how you make people jealous at shit-o’ clock in the morning. Camp stove, 5 lbs of bacon, and pancakes.

The line behind me was about a blog long, and the line ahead of me that you see here goes to the end of the block and around the corner a bit. WTF.

Look at this asshole with his smug face looking at me while I peer through the window…still in line. Actually, he’s in of my tasting group and is a really nice guy, but he still sucks.

All your monies are belong to Hair of the Dog!

Oh look, it’s this guy again.

And then there’s this guy, who is also in my tasting group, with two 3L bottles of Doggie Claws.

My personal haul! I like the ghetto ass sticker on the case on the left hand side!

Cherry Adam FTW

From the wood…for the win….doesn’t really matter which description you give this year’s version of the beer. It’s really damn good. None of the cloying sweetness of medicinal taste that the past beers have had. I’m excited for this beer to come out in a couple of weeks and I’m going to really have to throw down to grab myself a case!

A+

HotD tasting and other stuffs.

We had a tasting with a small number of people, so we broke out some 12 oz bottles that would have been too small otherwise. Aka HotD bottles!

Deschutes/HUB India Red Lager: Really tasty considering that I don’t like much that HUB offers. B

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum: Just as good as I remember. Super piney and delicious, also strong. B+

Beers on the docket for the day. More showed up later…

Breakside Passionfruit Berlinerweisse: Smelled fantastic. Tasted less fantastic C+

Fantome Blanche: Really damn good. One of the best light beers of the day I think. Ginger and lemon flavors characterize this little guy. A-

Cantillon Mamouche: A lambic made with elder flowers. Nice and sour, with huge floral and funk notes. Definitely one of the more complex sours I’ve had. A-/A

2009? Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler: So much better than the last 09 I had. Tons of oak in this bottle, it was great. A-

New Belgium La Terroir: First time I’ve had this sour, and I think the first time I’ve heard of it too. Whatever though, it was pretty good. B+/A-

This beer sucked. That is all C-

Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood: Really, really good. I didn’t like this beer the last time I had it, but this one was the best of the day. Huge bourbon, oak, figs, raisins, with some of that sweetness that comes with normal Adam. A/A+

Hair of the Dog Matt: First time I’ve had this beer, and it’s damn good. Sweeter than Adam from the Wood, which is the only reason why I don’t like it as much. A

Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam from the Wood: Not as good as the others for sure. Tastes like the most amazing cough syrup though. B+

Captain Lawrence Apple Brandy Smoke from the Oak: Delicious, best smoked beer I’ve had easily. A-/A

Three Floyds Dark Lord 2009: Good, but paled in comparison to the other beers at the tasting. B/B+

Three Floyds Baller Stout: Better than the Dark Lord for sure, and I think that’s due to the Surly Darkness that is part of the Blend. A-/A

I don’t remember what I thought of this one, so I’m just going to assume it wasn’t super tasty.

Captain Lawrence Rum Barrel Smoke from the Oak: Also good, but not as good as the brandy. B+

There were another 4-5 beers that I didn’t take pictures of, but all I have to say is this: Heady Topper is better than Double Sunshine.

Ever since when were sisters enablers?!

Sorry for the inactivity over the last few days, my sister and her boyfriend were in town and demanded a beer tour of Portland. So, between Thursday night, Friday, and a little bit of Saturday we blazed through at least 40 different beers with a bit of fooding in between.

 

So without further ado, here goes some of the highlights of my last few days….the parts I can still remember.

 

First stop from the airport: Apex. From left to right is Boneyard Armored Fist CDA, Pliny the Elder, and Upright Five aged in Fantasia Barrels. Winner of this round was Armored Fist by a mile.

After a brief stop at some food carts, we went home and opened up a 2009 Bourbonic Plague. It’s a porter that was soured in bourbon barrels for a year while being fed on a tasty diet of dates. It was absolutely delicious, even if it gushed a little bit when I popped the cork. We also had Hair of the Dog Bourbon Fred from the Wood, and Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws 2010. Winner….Bourbonic Plague by a hair over Bourbon Fred from the Wood.

The following morning we had a Upright Fantasia (sour beer with tons of peaches) with some nice Chinese fried rice. It was amazing. I might be going all out for this weekend….but I never get to see my sister, so why not?

After our snack of Fantasia, we drove over to Hair of the Dog to get us some delicious brews. From left to right: Fred (golden ale with Belgian candi sugar), Blue Dot (double IPA), Greg (some weird style brewed with squash with no hops), Cherry Adam from the Wood 2009 (old world ale aged in barrels with cherries), Adam (old world ale), Doggie Claws 2011 (barleywine). Winner was Cherry Adam from the Wood, it was sooooo much better than the last release of Cherry Adam from the Wood. That particular beer tasted like cherry cough syrup, but more expensive.

Some food over at Lardo to sober up a bit. In the foreground is a pork meatball bahn mi and a pork belly, egg, cheese, and arugula sandwich in the background. Winner: our stomachs

Deschutes!!!! We tried nitro Obsidian Stout, Red Chair NWPA, Prussian Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, NW511 PA, and Hop Henge. The best beer here was Hop Henge, which incidentally is one of my favorite DIPAs. It is exceptionally good this year.

Next stop: Upright!!! Starting on the tasting rack there is 4 (wheat beer), 5 (hoppy saison), 6 (rye beer), 7 (saison), and pure wit (wheat beer with lemons I think). Then we have De La Seven (seven with Da La Senne yeast and aged in barrels), Late Harvest (delicious sour), and finally a bottle of Oyster Stout in the big bottle.

Winner: Late Harvest or Oyster Stout

Later that night we shared a bunch of homebrews followed by Arctic Devil (barleywine in bourbon barrels) The best beer was arctic devil, at least in my opinion. My sister (who has been drunk all day), then decided to draw on me. Here’s the resulting artwork….god she’s a dick sometimes.

Dick status: Confirmed.

Saturday was a recovery day…but that recovery day eventually led us over to BeerMongers for some big stouts in celebration for St. Paddy’s Day. From left to right: Boneyard Suge Knight (russian imperial stout), Abyss 2011 (russian imperial stout), and Top Sail (imperial porter). Winner was Abyss by a nose. God damn Suge Knight was really good.

Later that night while I was DDing for my friends, my sister and her boyfriend were given full reign over my beer collection. I assume they drank a Black Butte XXIII, Stoic, and possibly another Abyss.

All in all, a ridiculous weekend.