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

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Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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.

Added by freed on 01-04-2005

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 902
Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's definitely a unique beer, but not one I think I'd care to repeat. Maybe my pallet has been ruined by too many IPAs, but this beer just wasn't for me. The complexity was interesting though, and the look and smell were promising, but the flavor was too much for me to enjoy regularly.

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Photo of akolb
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has leather, dark fruit, tobacco, oak, dampness, and a hint of chocolate. Thick brown with minimal head. Taste has spice, plum, leather, tobacco, cocoa, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and soy sauce. Minimal carbonation. A very intense, very unique beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep murky brown color with just a wisp of fizzy head that disappears immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- tons of dark fruit and oak on the nose. Strong raisin, fig & date. Also plenty of earthy tobacco & leather that mixes with a sweet caramel, toffee & brown sugar character. The three years of oak aging brings out strong woody notes that give aromas of wet oak, earth & a hint of vanilla. Incredibly complex

T- the flavor lives up to the aroma in complexity. Opens with tons of dark fruit; fig, raisin, date & plumb. Mid-palate brings lots of earthy flavors of tobacco & cocoa. As it nears the finish, plenty of oak kicks in with flavors of wet wood, vanilla, caramel/toffee and a hint of chocolate on the close. The linger extends to dark fruit flavors long after the finish

M- as with most HOtD beers, carbonation is virtually zero, but the mouthfeel is thick enough to match up to the abv. Velvety throughout, with just a hint of abv warmth on the linger

O- one of the best old ales I've had. The complexity of this beers is insane and goes down way to easily. World class for sure

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Burgundy, mocha, and maroon opaque hues with literally no head whatsoever
S: Bourbon, vanilla, and aged oak
T: Initial burst of soy, met with a complex melange of cocoa, light roasted coffee, plums, blackberries, and dark fruits
F: Medium body and absolutely no carbonation
O: This is another interesting and complex old ale from HotD. I thoroughly enjoyed this 2014 batch that was replete with several nuanced and well blended flavors.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2015 vintage. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown body, half finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. It's pretty short-lived, but not to the point of clearly lacking any carbonation. Smell is rich dark fruit, bourbon, sweet chocolate malt, tobacco, touch of smoke, lots of oak. Complex and sweet, a touch boozy. Flavour is similar in its complexity. Dark fruit, a bit of smoke and ashiness, tobacco, char, chocolate, molasses, plenty of bourbon. Hefty bourbon presence is quite nice in mellowing out the rest of the beer which may otherwise be overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower in carbonation but still reasonably carbonated. Mild bourbon heat on the finish. Very nice and complex beer with a lot of flavours going on here, and certainly superior to the Rye version from 2015. Not flat, but carbonation is not ideal either.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with basically no head. Aroma is intense on dried fruits, mostly figs and plums, with a fortified wine character. Taste is also very fruit forward, sweet but not cloying, syrupy, sticky, woody, intense and complex. Body is heavy, almost flat, a bit boozy as well. Feels like a liquor. Complex taste and aroma but feels too boozy and flat to be up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2014 version. Pours brown with no head or carbonation.

The aroma is baker's chocolate, bourbon, black licorice, roast and some dark fruit with slightly harsh alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit, roast and some strong bourbon alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, very interesting with a ton going on. A little harsh on the alcohol for me. A nice decadent dessert beer,

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Photo of gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2014.

Pours muddy brown, uncarbonated, pretty raw looking.

Aromas of molasses, sweet toffee, dark caramel, leather, dark fruit.

Taste is oaky vanilla, brown sugar, sweet caramel and toffee, followed by a roasty dark chocolate. Uncarbonated and medium body, not as thick as I was expecting.

Interesting.. This one was complex but a little too syrupy for me, especially because it was uncarbonated.. Decent and worth a try

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

2014 Bottle. This is a still bottle. Boo. Oak, earthy malt, toffee, vanilla and nougat. Flavors are reigned in and balanced. The only thing holding this back is the lack of carb. Still enjoyable, but could be better.

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Photo of rand
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch. 12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Deep mahogany in color, viscous, with virtually no head or lacing upon a moderate pour.

S: Tons of caramel and burnt sugar at the front of the bouquet. At the edges, booze, sweetened. Notes of pit fruit linger.

T: The pit fruit aspect is more forward on the palate, with notes of plums and dates joining the caramelly overtone. The tobacco notes so prevalent in Adam are a little subdued here, presumably from how barrel aging rounds and smooths the flavors. Raisiny, maybe some holiday spice mid-sip, before a long, sweet, boozy finish.

M: Chewy, viscous, but not as much as might be expected for a 12% ABV brew.

Definitely lives up to the hype. A delicious brew with a lot of similarities to the finest barrel-aged stouts.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 12 oz bottle. Thanks Bob. Murky dark brown. Aroma of figs, raisins, sweet dried dark fruit. Oak, caramel, touch of vanilla. Taste is like chewing on a bourbon barrel flavored tootsie roll. Brown sugar, boozy without the heat. Mouthfeel is watery and uncarbonated. Seems out of place in such a flavorful beer.

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Photo of LouZ
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted on draft in Portland taproom. Pour was flat; no head. Great aroma, though, even with my cold - I got the nice vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste was intense vanilla and strong, boozy bourbon. Too boozy, to be honest. Perhaps this ages to perfection, but this version was not the right balance to me.

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Photo of Marius
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this after trying Cherry Adam From The Wood and Adam From The Wood - Rye Whiskey.
Dark brown pour, almost black, completely flat. Smells like apple brandy, cherries, plums, figs, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. The taste is very well balanced and quite complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate up front, followed by cherries, raisins, plums, figs, vanilla, maple syrup, brandy/bourbon. After a while, I can identify some tobacco in there, as well. Very smooth and silky texture, especially due to the complete lack of carbonation. Sweet, bourbony, aftertaste. Definitely a world class beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best Hair of the Dog offering I have ever had! Total supper with a great barrel back end and nice caramel notes up front! Beautiful beer! Now I need to try he Varients!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

L: Light, wispy waves of white carbonation thread the top of the beer.

S: Boozy oak, caramelized apples, dark fruit rind.

T: Light smoke, figs, prunes, and oak.

F: A little thin. Wish this were more decadent for the style, ABV, and characteristics of this beer.

O: A fun beer to drink! Held up very well with little sense of oxidation.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L- Brownish murky haze

S-Dark fruit, vanilla,bourbon oak. amazing

T- very hair of the dog strong ale, dark fruit(plums , raisins,figs), bourbon, oak,vanilla, toasted,syrup

F- low carbonation medium body. goes down smooth

O- amazing, I love old/strong ales with dark fruit flavors and HOTD again shows how they can masterfully brew and barrel age one.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy brown color, no head/carbonation at all. Smells resonate with fig, plum, tobacco, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Nice combination. Taste is reflective of the same flavors. The dark fruits come through nicely. The big story with this one is the fact that it doesn't drink anywhere NEAR 12%, very easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle.

Murky brown color. No head.

Flavors: old ale flavors all around. Caramel and toffee. Dark cherries. Figs. Tobacco flavors. Molasses. Bourbon is fairly noticeable but very oaky.

Low carbonation but I like it. Clean and smooth. Chewy.

Very incredible. Easy to drink. So complex.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the 2015 version
- Pours deep murky dark brown, completely still.

- Aromas of smokey oak and bourbon, but not overly aromatic (probably since still).

- Flavor is oaky tobacco, leather and sweet whiskey. Very deep and well rounded, not sharp, but still intense. The 3 years in barrels really tames the booze. The mouthfeel takes some getting used to since it is completely flat.

- This beer is so unique and outstanding, I enjoyed every sip. Love the unique flavor profile, so complex with the huge oak mixed with the bourbon, leather and tobacco. Certainly not for everyone because there is no carb and it tastes like you soaked a cigar in a glass of whiskey.

Note: I've had the 2011 version which is carbed, but I actually prefer the 2014/2015 which are flat.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at their tasting room.

Pours a murky brown with very little head and minimal lacing. The nose presents rich dark fruit and sweet, sweet bourbon. The taste - thankfully - follows suit, with toffee and caramel in tow. Fairly full mouthfeel here. All in all, one hell of a good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank-you Tmappin; a stunning CanBIF receipt that has (for good reason) been on my "want" list for ages.

Beautiful burgundy colour without an ounce of carbonation (as foretold by many) with a robust aroma of figs, dried stone fruit and a variety of woods. The slick mouthfeel finishes with none of the alcohol heat I'd expect from +12% ABV. Taste has more depth & layers than I can begin to list, but combine to a warming and delicious well balanced barley "port". The nicest port I've ever enjoyed! This was a 2014 bottle that could have aged much longer.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage Uncarbonated in true HOD style. Fig, raisins, chocolate, bourbon, oak, almost a tootsie roll sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with extremely well hidden alcohol. Body is amazingly light for such a sweet beer. Excellent dry-ish finish that lingers. Pleasant, interesting coating of the tongue. Excellent beer by all means. Don't miss the carbonation at all. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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Photo of stevoj
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

World class. Bottle share courtesy of Jeremy. Dark brown, syrupy, sweet, wood notes, molasses. Late warmth, excellent through and through. I need to get to HOTD in Portland....

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Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The was a let down for me. I have been trying to get this beer for a while now and I finally got a couple of bottles. This beer is way way way overhyped.

A: Dark muddy brown with no head. What you would expect from a BA old ale.

S: Intense heavy malty notes with some vanilla and oak from the wood. Finishes with some nice bourbon heat.

T: Way less flavorful then I was expecting. The flavors in the aroma are there but they taste blunted. Disappointing.

M: Nearly uncarbonated and a little thin.

O: Very slightly above average for an old ale. Nothing special. Not worth seeking out in a trade especially given the asking price for it.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-02 in Potland, OR at the brewey from a bottle

A - Dark brown with no head or lace

S - Oak, vanilla, dark bread, bourbon, coconut, earthy spice. Pretty complex

T - Plum, fig, cocoa, well-toasted homemade wheat bread, vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, vinous, molasses, touch of sour. Moderate roasty bitterness. Moderately sweet.

M - Thick body and light (almost still) carbonation. Sticky.

O - Very, very good. I need to retry the regular Adam because this stuff rocks.

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
98 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.