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

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 1,446
Gots: 136 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: freed on 01-04-2005

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.
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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2011 shared at PNY vol 2. Cheers, Jim!

One of the last beers of night two. This is a biggun.

A. Bold and dark, very dark wooden brown. Looks like a clear quad. Decent tan head, fine retention.

S. Sweet, tons of residual malt sugar. Boozy, warm and inviting - not too sharp. Oak, heavy but not overdone. Dark fruits - prune, especially, orange? Works together well, this is a massive, oaked and fruity malt bomb. Needs to be nearly room temp to fully bloom. As it warms, and as you smell this more, it gets very complex. Simply excellent.

T. Follows the nose. A sweet and almost JW Lee's like complex old ale - surely one of the best I've had from the West coast - and simply has to be tried. Layered caramel sugar, chocolate, sherry, oak, warming alcohol, Christmas fruits.

M / O. Mellow carbonation is exactly what is needed here, and delivers. The finish is long and sweet and rich. This is a dessert beer, and quite sugary, but it is also excellent.

Adam from the Wood isn't just the best beer I've had from Hair of the Dog, it's one of the best big beers to come off the West Coast in a long time. Highly recommended!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of timc100
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

No fizz at the pop of the cap, must be a 2014. Hesitant about that fact, but fuck me this is amazing.

Aroma of leather, booze, cigar tobacco, damp aged oak, bourbon barrel char and vanilla. Big dark fruit presence with some more tart, sweeter fruits. The taste follows with a big damp woody, oaky booze with a lot of fruit - notable tartness on the finish.

This is outstanding, very glad demand was down and I got several bottles. This will be fun to revisit the next few years.

Photo of Magbas
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It says it's flat and it is. However, that has no impact on flavor and is damn delicious.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown, slight burgundy tint, with a small off-white head on top with minimal retention. Not much lacing to speak off.

S: Fantastic aroma, lots of bourbon and vanilla. There is a little bit of alcohol, some plums, and other dark fruit, leather, and a bit smoke.

T: Tons of dark fruit upfront, plum, fig, and cherry. Some caramel and brown sugar mixed with chocolate, oak, and caramel at the end. Fantastic.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely smooth and surprisingly easy drinking.

O: Fantastic. Tremendous flavor profile and incredibly drinkable, especially for 12%. Would love to sip this one over an evening.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark muddy brown. Short tan head with short retention. Slightly oily. 

Big rich nice nose. Pretty boozy smelling. A bit of rich dark fruit. Dark molasses, caramel and smoky maple syrup. Chaw like tobacco. 

Big great flavor. Maple syrup, caramel, a touch a vanilla, rich fruit. Lovely. 

Surprisingly medium bodied. Low carb. 

Overall a fantastic beer. Great all around. Easy to drink actually. 

Photo of seanthornton152
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room. 12 oz pour

a- Hazel Brown, dark, murky, topped with dusty brown sugar head. Swirl leaves a sticky lace.

s- Upfront scents of vanilla, soaked in toasted oats, brown sugar; raisins.

t- Bready vanilla oak, sweet bourbon, toasted almonds, sweetness of plums and raisins, sprinkled with bittersweet chocolate. A hint of smokiness, but not as much as I was expecting.

m- Medium carbonation, sticky, full body

d- YES!

Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alan Sprints and his wife shared this beer with me during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a great couple. Thanks for sharing.

A - A dark brown beer, the fluid admits no light. I wasn't expecting this from an ale! Alan told me it was this dark because he used an open fire to brew this beer. Like it has been done ages ago.

S - A sweet bourbon vanilla scent with just a touch of oak.

T - A soft vanilla bourbon ale, so smooth. Its a little sweet, I think it is from added candy sugar and again there is some oak to be discovered.

M - A soft carbonation and no bitterness (I think there is no bitterness anymore because this beer is already three years old) The body is so full and incredible tasty.

O - A real good ale, tasty and heavy.

Photo of nkersten
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 2000 batch brought from deep in the cellar. pours dark brown/rusty blood red color, no head on the pour. I could be wrong, but it looked like there was a bit of char from the barrel in the bottle.
S- Oak, lots of sweet malt, vanilla, some alcohol. Not much hop presence in the smell.
T- Perfect amount of oak flavor, dark dried fruits, very faint hop bitterness, this is a sweet beer but the flavor from the barrel helps to balance it out. Some alcohol burn in the finish.
M- Thick and coating, this beer is very warm. Very little carbonation but I don't think this took anything away from the beer at all.
D- Its a big heavy beer, but it has so much flavor I couldn't stop drinking it. If I had another bottle I don't think i could let it sit very long and probably would opened it by now. What an amazing beer. I am usually not a fan of old ales, but this is one of the best.

Photo of Cfeezy
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark in appearance and rich in flavor but poured completely flat, and the booze is very forward on the tongue.

Photo of Sammy
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most interesting aroma of peat, alcohol, scotch, port. Appearance was deceiving because of soap like bubbles, no head. Taste barley, bourbon, salty, barrel wood. Thanks to Woolfs at Doug Shoemaker tasting. The taste, the alcohol - must be sipped. Speed bumps slowing us all down.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle thanks to hopsbreath. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Pours a murky brown with no head. No bubbles. Nothing. Looks quite dead in the glass. A bit chunky with sediment at the end of the bottle.

Smell - Vanilla and oak barrel character. Nice. Sweet malts. A little bit of cola in the aroma. It has a really nice deep malt aroma like a sweet scotch. Touch of peat and leather. Awesome.

Taste - Less complex and a little bit more muddled from sweetness. Bourbon makes its first appearance here, though. Sweet caramel and lots of it. More cola flavors and a slight earthy flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tingly warm alcohol sensation and it's nearly flat. No real carbonation. Not as thick as I'd think or perhaps like.

Overall - It's an impressive beer with impressive flavors. Too sweet, which is strange, because Adam is hardly sweet. I'm also surprised it isn't as dominated by Bourbon. Three years is a long time.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The tweet read "Adam from the Wood" on tap. Finally I wasn't working and was able to make it down for a glass. $8.50 for a 12oz pour. Get TulipSnifter her own because I want one for myself!

A: Very dark brown and opaque like prune juice with a tight half finger of espresso like head that slowly recedes to a fuzzy thick glass ring. No lacing but who's expecting any? 5/5

S: Smoke, leather, and tobacco are all adjectives I've used with regular Adam. They're all here as well but more intense. Add the wood, and coconut comes to play as does dark fruit and strong brown liquor. 4/5

T: Sweet decadent fruity sugars, beautiful bourbon, rum notes, raisins, smoked meat, chocolate heavy on the cacao, heavy handed alcohol, and more of that wonderful tobacco. 4/5

M: The alcohol is a little aggressive at this point and my tongue has some tingling alcohol burn going on. Some time in the bottle (whenever it actually get's bottled) should help reduce that alcohol bite. Thick and appropriately carbonated with a cleaner finish then I expected for such a big beer. Not too sticky. 4.5

O: A truly wonderful beer. Just like the base Adam, it's one of a kind. Call me crazy, but I think I actually prefer the non-barrel aged base beer though. That could be due to (as I stated in the mouthfeel) the alcohol being too big and hot at the moment. I'd love to stash a few bottles of this away for a year or so and see if that helps it integrate better. Just let me know when these are getting released and count on seeing me in line. 4/5

Photo of CruisaC
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle at the HOTD tasting room. Finally able to tick a longtime want.

Pours a dark cola with a fleeting head. Not much lacing to speak of but there is carbonation.

Smell is raisins soaked in bourbon. Delicious. I know I'm in store for something good.

This is what I search for in beer. This taste, smooth liquid raisins aged in bourbon barrels, is so, so smooth.

Very sticky yet smooth mouthfeel. Goes down entirely too easy for 12%. Certainly a sipper. Only thing missing is a fire on a cold winter night.

Outstanding beer, though no surprise to anyone. Worth it if you're ever in Portland.

Photo of claaark13
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jedwards. 2011 vintage, 12oz. Served at cellar temp in a Founders snifter, split with aasher (he had his own glass).

A - Slightly tan, 1/4" head that gets down to lacing. Dark brown, decent legs. Looks really good.

S - Spices, some oak, some alcohol, some smoke. The barrel is very present.

T - Smokey spices, some caramel from the oak, then oak, smooth finish. The smoke/roast in the middle and finish is mild, but present. Slight amount of evaporation on the tongue after it warms up.

M - Medium body that is a little heavier on the tongue, slight carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic beer. I really don't know what else to say.

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle at the taproom.

Appearance. Pours a deep chocolate brown with almost a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Woody bourbon with a little licorice, vanilla, caramel and dark malts.

Taste. Dry old wood, bourbon, sweet dark fruits, licorice root, chocolate, and vanilla. Sweet, woody and delicious.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. An awesome sweet and woody treat. Glad I ordered it and would again, even at $20!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle: Poured a murky dark brown color ale with zero carbonation. Aroma of tobacco, bourbon, light vanilla and molasses is quite singular. Taste is also dominated by tobacco with some molasses and bourbon notes clearly identifiable. Residual sugars are also easily identifiable with light warming alcohol. Body is quite full with almost zero carbonation. This is almost like drinking an old sherry or xeres and makes for a perfect nightcap.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a very thin head receding almost immediately to nothing. Not unexpected from the ABV.

Tons of raisin in the aroma. A little bit of leather and tobacco along with an earthy quality and vanilla oak and bourbon.

Same flavors come through as the aroma. I get a ton of raisin and fig along with subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak. The barrel is nicely integrated and let's the base flavor shine through. A little extra brown sugar sweetness and a little sweeter overall than I'd prefer, but very complex.

Almost flat which detracts a bit, but in a style like this, carbonation levels should be low anyway.

Pretty good beer, but not sure given how much it takes to trade for, if I'd value it that high. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of stx00lax
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Drank next to a BA 4th dementia for comparison.

A- Very dark brown. Off-white ring of small bubbles circles the glass. When I hold the glass up to the light, I can see more bubbles on the bottom and sides of the glass. Carbonation does not seem to be an issue at all.

S- All of the awesome characteristics of adam refined and accentuated by big bourbon, caramel, hazlenuts and tawny port.

T- Bourbon is big, but nicely balanced with leather, tobacco, port, vanilla, light smoke and a bit of oak.

M- Full creamy body with perfect carbonation. Light boozy/oaky heat, definitely not overwhelming as it is combined so well with many other flavors.

O- Definitely a wow factor beer. Big, complex and in your face. Just delicious and an improvement on one of my faves in regular adam.

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.