1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

Not Rated.
Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

672 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 672
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,395
Gots: 122 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"our Adam aged in American Oak barrels. First released in 2000, and released again in November 2011 in 12oz bottles. This 12% beer has lots of the typical HOTD aromas: Caramel, brown sugar, tons of raisin and tobacco. Fig, date, and plum fruitiness in that order. This has a fairly strong earthy vinousness as well as oak vanilla. Alcohol: 12% by volume"

(Beer added by: freed on 01-04-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 672 | Reviews: 138 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by danieelol:
Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev -6%

danieelol, Dec 11, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

DanGeo, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe Jeff provided this one... huge thanks to him for nailing yet another one of my long time wants. 2011 vintage, 12 oz. bottle edition. It pours deep brown, very nearly black, with some dark ruby edges that only pop out when light is shining through the beer. The khaki head sifts quietly on top of the brew for a while before misting into a chunky ring and collar at the edge.

It's got an aroma that would only be fit for a Hair of the Dog brew; figs, raisins, woody oak, prunes, soft leather, tobacco, bourbon, back end anise, and a never-ending battle between sharp booziness and balancing sweetness that keeps you guessing with each and every whiff. Just like many other Hair of the Dog beers, Adam From the Wood's complexity is something to ponder.

Warmth only brings out more nuances and opens this thing up like Pandora's box. More sticky molasses sweetness, more booze-soaked, dense oak, dark fruits, leathery tobacco; approaching perfection for the style, no doubt. In all honestly, I enjoyed the nose on Matt just a bit more, but that's like saying I like the Corvette ZR1 better than the Z06. They're still both fantastic.

A surfboard of oak crashing across a wavy ocean of smooth bourbon with black cherry, date, and sweet raisin buoys engulfs your palate with even the tiniest sip. Warming up to Adam From the Wood, it starts to reveal its sweeter side, with generous helpings of burnt brown sugar, mild vanilla, and more of that signature "leathery tobacco" that Hair of the Dog is notorious for.

Even the smallest sips contain so much action; the flavor density of this brew is phenomenal. A lingering finish of brown sugar, dark fruits, and boozy oak keeps your palate happily waiting for the next sip to come its way. Monstrous in terms of body; this thing is huge, sticky, heavy, and chewy, and will coat the inside of your mouth like honey. Low carbonation, understandably, lends a hand to the smooth mouth feel.

Glad to finally get a chance to try this beer and see what everyone has been raving about. No wonder people love it. As good as it is, though, I still prefer Matt just a bit, as it's slightly more complex, yet even more drinkable, or at least as drinkable as any 10% ABV old ale could dream to be. No matter, Adam from the Wood is fantastic, and I need to keep my hunting spears ready when the next batch is (hopefully) released.

tectactoe, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Schlais, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.

S - Amazing smell. The aroma is full of sweet molassis and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke and leather.

T - The taste is full of chocolate, vanilla and molasses, with a nice dose of wood.

M - Medium carbonation and full bodied. A very nice mouthfeel on this one.

O - Wow, Adam is already one of my all-time favorite beers and this takes it to another level. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and can't wait to see how it ages. I had this the same night as I had a Dark Lord and it boggles my mind how Dark Lord gets so much hype and a beer like this almost flies under the radar.

SkiBum22, May 21, 2012
Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Ben7773, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very kind BA for pulling this out at the Dark Lord release. Poured a thick, extremely dark brown, nearly black with a miniscule tan head. Amazing nose of deep vinous aromas, plums, grapes, dark fruits all over the place along with a massive oaky, woody cellar aroma. One I could sit and smell all day.

Big fruity malty molasses flavor that has a strong woody undercurrent. Each sip is an experience in itself. Bourbon sweetness with vinous notes. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a syrupy, nearly liqour like consistency. Just a damn fine brew that I dunno if I'll ever be able to try again. Highly recommended and I seriously hope I get the chance to run across this again someday.

orbitalr0x, May 05, 2005
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer! on tap at stuffed sandwich. This beer was the absolute standout, despite the entire barrel aged collection that Sam had. I had parabola after this and it tasted like old diner coffee. That is how good adam from the wood is.

2008 vintage. Sweet, bourbony, delicious beer with (as my good friend stated) the after taste of tollhouse cookie dough.

I had two

Wish it was four...

Get to stuffed sandwich stat.

gregmoscetti, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of warnerry
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle at the tasting room

Pours deep caramel brown with half a finger of tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving only a thin ring.

Aroma has a lot of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and roasted malts and a very pleasant bourbon aroma.

Taste is full and rich, but not heavy or too sweet. Some sweet bourbon notes of vanilla and oak, brown sugar, mild leather. Lots of dark dried fruits. Very smooth taste. Bottle says it is barrel aged for at least three years, and the smoothness supports that.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some sticky sweetness. Finish is surprisingly dry and earthy.

This is a great beer, and I am happy to have had it. A big beer that doesn't get carried away with sweetness, and incredibly smooth, both in terms of flavor and feel.

warnerry, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of TimoP
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -11.5%

olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At HoTD, just tapped 3 year aged keg.

A: poured dark with a good finger head, nice lacing on the side.

S: great molasses dark brown sugar coming off, you then smell a great toasted wood Smokey aroma.

T: wow! This just hits all the senses. Everything is there from chocolate to malt to marshmellow then molasses. All very balanced.

M: a great medium feel. Enough to linger and enjoy the flavors as you get ready for another taste.

O: Just f*** awesome. Best beer that I have ever had hands down. Nothing else can compare. I wish I could take a keg home!

BigE90, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of BrandonDZ
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

BrandonDZ, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +10.6%

GarrettB714, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of chossboss
5/5  rDev +10.6%

chossboss, May 17, 2013
Photo of Prospero
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Prospero, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

deebo, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
5/5  rDev +10.6%

bpfrush, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of obiwan_k3n00bi
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

obiwan_k3n00bi, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 6 months)

Muddied, hazed brown in color with dark ruby edges and a very small brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, though I don't necessarily need much in a beer of this style. Small dots and oily sheets slide down the glass.

The aroma is complex and incredibly nice: earthy and rich bourbon, oak, dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and a little bit of earthy/honey sweetness. Very, very nice.

The flavor, if possible, is even better than the aroma. The bourbon flavors are distinct and powerful, though they aren't overly hot or difficult to stomach. Rich notes of vanilla, wood, earth, and vanilla come together nicely, paired well with chocolate covered raisin and some fig/plum character. This is incredible stuff.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

My favorite Hair of the Dog to date, and I'm a big, big fan of the brewery.

ehammond1, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Cynic-ale, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

williamjbauer, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

rudylaw, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev -6%

jtladner, Jul 20, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.