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

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 1,369
Gots: 109 | FT: 11
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)
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chippo33

Vermont

1.5/5  rDev -67.2%

07-16-2013 00:34:04 | More by chippo33
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -45.3%

02-20-2013 00:27:52 | More by mmcnaughton
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a persistent quarter finger of head. Aroma has tons of tobacco and some creme brulee sweetness. Flavor is absolutely overwhelming with the tobacco and smokiness, overpowering the barrel even. Oh my god there is so much tobacco and beef jerky and soy in this, what the fuck. I know those flavors are present in regular Adam, but this is cranked up to 11. Interesting, provocative, and unique for sure but I wouldn't use ''highly enjoyable'' on my list of descriptors.

The body is full and creamy and perfect, but overall this beer was a total letdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:35:33 | More by alcstradamus
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Sisky

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

11-09-2013 17:32:30 | More by Sisky
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

04-12-2014 14:41:41 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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jerz

California

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

03-03-2012 03:47:22 | More by jerz
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

06-27-2014 21:30:12 | More by ADTaber
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to snifter on 1/6/12
*From notes

Vintage 2011

-- Thanks, Johnny --

A: Pretty enough. It's a bit darker then expected, though it's also a bit cleaner too. A good, firm pour yields a mere .25 finger head that fades quickly. No lacing or collar.

S: Herbal and a bit minty. Not nearly the bourbon bomb on the bouquet one would expect. The alcohol is well masked, but in the end it comes off a bit one note.

T: Pleasant up front, yet it's a bit stunted. It really takes a minute to open up, where the residual sugar kicks into gear on the mid. The finish showcases toasty oak, vanilla, booze and a kiss of char and bourbon.

M: The barrel really did a number on this bad boy. It's thinner then I'd like, and comes off with a real "cask" vibe. To call the mouthfeel disspointing would be accurate.

O: HotD's Adam from the Wood is a nice beer. A good beer in fact. It also screams "overhyped". Limit production, get the proverbial word out and watch the hype train roll.

Look, I liked this a lot and would without question drink it again. But when asked what my favorite barrel aged Old Ale is, I can assure you that Señor Adam de la Wood won't be topping my list.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:34:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

05-31-2014 20:13:58 | More by acurtis
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

03-17-2014 14:00:42 | More by BostonPhilly
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

01-26-2013 22:08:05 | More by phishphorce
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AlysonMoore

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

05-29-2014 22:43:31 | More by AlysonMoore
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

08-16-2013 23:43:25 | More by johnnyboy76
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Scalawags

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

07-15-2014 20:06:13 | More by Scalawags
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ipafool

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

02-28-2014 05:32:49 | More by ipafool
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

03-15-2014 03:50:06 | More by cbnz
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

01-31-2013 23:28:26 | More by CityofBals
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thetomG

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

01-08-2013 22:08:13 | More by thetomG
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-29-2014 13:01:26 | More by KevinmusPrime
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BillHilly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

02-07-2013 02:46:16 | More by BillHilly
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to wsucoug96 for the bottle. Been saving this one for a special occasion. Enjoying it on my birthday. 2011 batch. Tasted 3 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, sludgy, murky blackish brown. Even moreso at the bottom of the bottle as something gets stirred up from those depths. Barely any head, no matter how aggressive I pour. If I swirl it, I get a little foam sticking to the glass.

Smell is big and rich, with a lot of the deep aromas that good malty barrel-aged beers often carry. Molasses, plums, vanilla, some woody notes. Quite rich and enjoyable, but without the pop of some.

Taste is also malty, rich, and sweet, but it bogs down in the heavy fruits and syrupy sugars. Plenty of complexity, but lacking brightness, and lacking the dance of flavors - things just sort of settle in. It's got some fantastic flavors, but mostly I get a muddle, rather than the layers of deliciousness that some big barrel-aged beers provide.

Feel is not good. It's flat. I could tell that from the appearance. And I don't expect it to be bursting with carbonation, given the type of beer and the age, but I need more than this. Need something to stir the pot, to keep it from getting stagnant. It's not just flat, it's flat and syrupy, like uncarbonated soda.

Good stuff, but not what I was hoping for. It's flat, and that's problematic, as it's a heavy beer and it ends up feeling sludgy. Also, the flavors are potent and varied, but not to the degree that I'd like. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good beer. But, IMO, it's not on the level (at least at 2 years) of many of my favorites. HotD Matt, for example, has much better barrel integration and is just a much better beer. I even like the regular Adam better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 03:01:09 | More by zeledonia
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kevanb

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed Tasting Glass.

The beer pours listlessly and limply from the bottle, dark cola brown color, burgundy hues, lacking in opacity with no head or lace to speak of, just dead and flat (which is stated on the label.) The aroma is very complex, huge fruit character, plum, prune cherry, dark grape, definitely get the vinous thing, not tart, but just vinous, lots of oak, leather, tobacco, spice, rich grain, and alcohol. The base beer really shines, while the oak aging just adds to the complexity. The flavors follow suit, so much character from so many layers of flavor. Beautiful fruit, layered earthy flavors of tobacco, spice and molasses while oak and toffee play with the rich grain that finishes a bit leathery with some potent alcohol heat. The balance is good and definitely improves as the beer warms up, really showcases everything that this beer has to offer. The body though, lets the beer down, it's flat. Yes, it's stated on the label and no, it doesn't kill the beer completely, or really to that big of a degree, but it feels so weak. It struggles to coat the mouth or dazzle the tongue and finishes a bit watery.

Verdict: I liken this to something like a tawny port wine, a very fine one at that, but with so many flavorful and complex oak aged beers on the market, this just doesn't seem to match up with a flat body. I definitely enjoyed sipping on this over the course of an evening and it was a lovely after dinner beer, but the potential for true greatness slipped past this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 03:05:47 | More by kevanb
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Romulux, you da man!

Split with Steasy66, others.

Muddy, murky brown with a gushing head that leaves very soon and apparently takes all carbonation with it. Vanilla and wood in the aroma. Good barrel character in taste; vanilla, booze; and roast from Adam. Yeah. Feels thin.

This is a good beer but I completely fail to see the hype. In my opinion the barrels make it whatever it is, a decent beer from a base beer that is subpar.

3, 4, 4, 3, 4

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 12:53:01 | More by tewaris
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to dsgolovin for providing this beer in a recent trade.

2011 Bottle.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery Snifter and there was NO head at all. Just a touch of carbonation as some foam formed and vanished immediately. Dark, dull brown in color. No lace.

A bit of alcohol, molasses and woody oak aroma. (yes, it’s soy.. that’s what I smell.. could not place then later re-read the label.... yep that’s it)

Some dark fruit. Some bourbon filled chocolate candies.. (My Mom & Dad’s next door neighbor used to make chocolate candy laced with bourbon. THis tastes just like I remember that. The soy is there and the Oak is really prominent. Interesting that I don’t get any vanilla or what I would describe as Bourbon...

Velvet like, not hot but you know the ABV is elevated.

A beer to savor and enjoy. I like it, but it’s not as epic as I thought.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 22:03:03 | More by Reagan1984
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kbrown

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at HOTD Brewery and Tasting Room.

A- Dirty mud brown with a warp speed shrinkage to zero head.

S- Definitely that sweet barrel aged bourbon. Strong plum also.

T- Heavy plum, coconut with the sugary bourbon well placed at the end. Toffee also.

M- Syrupy, tangy.

O- Complex, interesting, but too sweet for my taste. Alcohol hit well hidden. It's tight like a three year barrel aged beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:49:37 | More by kbrown
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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.