Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.18/5 rDev -30.1%
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.
12-04-2011 01:35:33 | More by alcstradamus
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -19.1%
From 12oz bottle to snifter on 1/6/12
-- 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.
01-24-2012 22:34:53 | More by Rhettroactive
3.8/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
08-11-2013 03:01:09 | More by zeledonia
3.84/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
05-27-2014 03:05:47 | More by kevanb
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.