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

Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.39%


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"

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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Adam from the Wood looks almost identical to the regular Adam that I had back in 2011. The body is an ultra deep brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red that at times seems to have a purple hue. A rough pour doesn't leave much more than a thin cap of cream coloured bubbles that fad away fairly quickly. Tilting the glass reveals beautiful cascading carbonation and a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Perfect! All other breweries take note, this is how you barrel age a beer! The barrel character is mellow but still well noted and adds to the complexity of the base beer, rather than obscuring it.
The interplay between the barrel and the base beer is phenomenal and sadly almost impossible to describe, so I will have to settle with simply listing a few of the notes present in the nose: Mellow bourbon, soft vanilla laced caramel, butterscotch, a little toasted coconut, oak, brown sugar, a ton of dark fruits (plum, preserved figs and black cherries), leather, a touch of chocolate, light molasses and the faintest puff of smoke.

Taste: Hmmm, the first thing that I notice in the flavour is a little oxidization. It is not really bothersome, but I certainly did not expect it.
The barrel character is a little milder than in the nose, but still present, offering vanilla, oak, a hint of toasted coconut and a little booze.
The flavour is quite sweet upfront, with notes of brown sugar and dark caramel. This quickly fades into the expected dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs and raisins) as well as notes of earthy leather, chocolate and a hint of soy.

Mouthfeel: Adam from the Wood surprisingly has a higher level of carbonation than the batch 79 Adam that I had - the medium level is a little too high for my tastes, but is smooth enough to not warrant any vigorous swirling. The body however is spot on - just shy of full, but quite sticky and mouth-coating.

Overall: Adam from the Wood is an outstanding barrel aged old ale and had it not been for the little bit of oxidization in the flavour, I am quite sure that it would have been in my all time top 5 beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 13:04:20 | More by Thehuntmaster
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 18:31:34 | More by tectactoe
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warnerry

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:00:55 | More by warnerry
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip at the tasting room - 2011 bottle

Inky blacked out pour, completely opaque in color with a thin layering of tanned head. Collar of film retains with some streaking of legs on the glass while drinking.

Rich, sweet and boozy in the nose with a peppering of dark fruits including raisins, dates and figs. Soft smokiness coupled with bourbon warmth, vanilla and oaky char. Truly wonderful.

I immediately wanted to dive headlong into the glass - rich layering of sweet bourbon tones, roasted dark malts and candied fruits. Booze-soaked dates and figs with raisin and pleasantly understated leathery smoke. Heavily layered malt, warming and chewy throughout while drinking. Finishes with alcohol, oak and vanilla.

Fuller medium body, softer carbonation, chewy and soft on the tongue. Holy crap, these barrel-aged HotD beers are seriously out of this world. Between the Cherry Adam and this I was reeling, immediately fawning all over the place, telling people how great it was. Complex, warm and explosively flavorful. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 16:59:24 | More by xnicknj
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pschul4

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh man. My 200th review! Freakin' huge, solid, thick and tight thanks to Bdubs for sending me my personal white whale

A- Pours a deep dark brown with almost no head

S- Dark malts in there with a nice alcohol/bourbon burn in the nose

T- Holy crap... The bourbon blends amazingly with the base beer. Typical Adam malt profile but add in the smoothest bourbon ever

M- Smoooth

O- One of the best beers I've ever had. Hands down. Thank you so much Brett

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 19:10:36 | More by pschul4
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MysterySwirl

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip, Adam from the Wood is dark and velvety with a hint of smoke, dark fruits and some roasty backbone mellowed out by its oxidative properties from being barrel-aged. The barrel-character is smooth and just plain awesome. Amazing what 3 years of barrel-aging can do to a beer!

Adam from the Wood is a world-class beer. Its one of my favorites from Hair of the Dog!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:19:11 | More by MysterySwirl
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Claaark13 in a trade a while back. Love regular Adam, so this one comes highly anticipated.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2011
Drunk right after a regular Adam batch 86 and before a 2012 and 2011 Cherry Adam.

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent brown and produces a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly ring. Sits dark brown in the glass, almost black, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A muddy seal brown is perhaps the most accurate color description. A faint ring remain until the end, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Head is a little less impressive than the regular Adam, but body is much the same.

SMELL: Oak, vanilla and coconut with light leather and smoke notes from the base beer. Bourbon barrel is more prevalent than the base beer, but they work decently well together. Lots of oak, with some light chocolate and cherry notes. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Oak, vanilla and caramel flavors up front, with a big, huge finish of bourbon barrel, coconut, dark chocolate and oaky vanilla again. A touch of booze, with light smoke and leather from the base beer. Bold and lingering finish is barrel forward, with plenty of booze and some light cherry notes. Very flavorful.

PALATE: Same as regular Adam. Medium-full body, syrupy, and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bit of heat and burn after the swallow. Finishes somewhat mouth coating. Very nice feel. Perhaps a touch less carbonation than the base.

OVERALL: This was excellent. It's definitely barrel heavy, but the interplay between barrel and base beer works here, with enough leather and smoke from Adam to make an impact. A really good barrel aged ale that lived up to my already high expectations. Would definitely drink this again. Cheers Claaark13!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 12:11:48 | More by Jeffo
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:48:18 | More by Rutager
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 06:38:49 | More by mdaschaf
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scottfrie

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 opened by MrFootstones. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a deep raisin color with a very thin head. Bubbly spotty lace left down the glass.
S: Sweet smelling with notes of raisins caramel, sweet berries, a little bit of oak and some molasses.
T: Follows the nose, very sweet and still a bit boozy. Caramel, booze, berries, molasses, light chocolate and plums come through. Alcohol isn’t hot.
M: Syrupy body, medium-thick mouthfeel, mellow and creamy carbonation, smooth.
O: Most excellent. Super complex and smooth. This would age very nicely. Thanks again Brian.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 16:40:10 | More by scottfrie
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fiver29

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Bottle poured black with no carbonation or head. Aroma was amazing. Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. Has a medium body. Very little alcohol presence, wood, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and oak all come together to make this a world class brew. This is one of the best beers I have had and the only counts against it are the no carbonation and head. Otherwise, one of the best I’ve had.

I also had this this past weekend thanks to Mike. The above review still holds.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 15:32:27 | More by fiver29
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tarheels86

California

3.95/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL 2011ed thanks to a generous BA at Southampton Russian Imperial Stout release. Pours a clear sepia generating a denser, cappuccino head. No lacing really. Quick dissipation. Nose: oh yeah. Super tawny and old feeling, wet detritus, muted chocolate, muted peat bog. Subtle complexities with an old ale feel. Toffee, port, old Madeira. Lots of English malt character approaching something like Thomas Hardy Ale. Taste...up front it is much much sweeter than I remember typical Adam being (plums, raisins) moving to some muted alcohol heat and buttery chocolate frosting. Finish is a little bit sweet raisins, tart red wine, richer and full bodied with hints of paper that don’t materialize thankfully. Very rich. I’m not sure I like this better than normal Adam. The palate seems creamier and richer, but the taste is sweeter black barleywine. As it warms, I can really appreciate the complexities- oil, red wine, butter, acid. Yum. I’m not sure why this stayed in barrels for SOOO long and why they picked Elijah Craig, which produces vastly inferior bourbon to say Booker’s. Something smoky like Adam could do well for a short time period in a top notch Scotch barrel like Ardbeg.

I would highly recommend NOT aging this since it is A) already so old, B) is slightly red wine and port tart so may gain acidity, C) is already delicious, D) can really only gain more of an old/oxidized character. 1/31/2012 8/3/8/4/16=3.9

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:24:25 | More by tarheels86
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to my 2011 SecretSanta. Dark, hazy brown pour, red highlights with no real head. Aroma contains strong bourbon notes, vanilla, lots of sweet malty port like aromas as well, dark fruits, woody, multi layered and complex. Traditional tobbaco notes, very ashy. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, fruity with a lot of vanilla/bourbon and tobacco, slightly boozy finish. Palate is heavy, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish which makes it even more decadent. Really nice sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 15:28:51 | More by Luk13
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jethrodium

California

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously shared by mrfootstones. Thanks Brian. Pours a cola brown with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of bourbon, oak, and caramel. There is also some smoke, a bit of tobacco, and quite a bit of alcohol. The taste is very sweet with lots of bourbon, some plum, and a hint of cherry. There is also lots of caramel, some vanilla, a bit of leather, and a light smokiness. The finish is quite boozy with lingering sweetness. Full Body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable, but I could not drink much of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:38:12 | More by jethrodium
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cosmicevan

New York

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Notes from 8/24

Thanks to hannont for hooking this one up...shared with the local group in a HotD horizontal alongside Adam and Cherry Adam from the Wood. poured into a HotD taster.
2011 vintage

a - like all the adam variations we tried this was dark purple maroon with a very thin head. not as nice head as the adam, but more head than cherry adam.

s - most similar to adam with a dark fruit and fig vibe. booze soaked dark fruit. nice complexity.

t - really solid and complex. boozy dark fruit. extremely tasty. big wood/bourbon flavors.

m - the most carbonated of the bunch. fairly chewy, but damn good.

o - ovearll, really enjoyable. great beer and very much worthy of the hype it receives. i've had this one before and remembered digging it a bit more the first time around, but still an incredibly impressive beer. my favorite of the three.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:51:35 | More by cosmicevan
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joefuzz

New York

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cosmicevan I got to try this last night poured next to regular adam and cherry adam.

Pours deep brown with a red hue small off white head

Smell is dominated by oak with some nice smokey notes from adam shining thru

Taste follows the nose as far as the oak goes but it mellows out after a few sips to the classic adam dark fruits and tobacco

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and carbonation is on the lower side

Overall amazing...I love regular adam so this beer more than lives up to the hype for me

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 20:08:15 | More by joefuzz
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My beery godmother was kind enough to share this huge want of mine the other night. Thank you, Trey!

Dark brown with reddish brown highlights with no head or lacing, this beer does have nice legs and for that reason, earns an appreciative nod from a mildly inebriated me. The nose, OTOH, is unreal. Big and boozy, yes, with vanilla and bourbon noticeable, but the Adam base is fantastic and comes through. Smoky, sweet, leathery, fragrant, bright yet mildly oxidized and mildly tobacco-like, this is incredibly complex. The combination of smoke and bourbon is unreal.

The palate opens bourbon-forward, mildly apple like with vanilla, oak and alcohol. The mid-palate is chewy, smoky, leathery and with a tobacco character that's awesome enough to make me want a pipe, this beer is a treat. Brash but harmonious, this beer is full in body, medium-low in carbonation and mildly boozy on the finish with mild vanilla and oak tannins, this is exceptionally good. Lives up to the hype IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:18:28 | More by DefenCorps
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Phelps

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Adam aged in bourbon barrels for three years. 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip at the tasting room.

Looks like black plum sauce. Super-thick and syrupy, the brew blocks out all light. At the absolute edges, a touch of orange is noticeable, and atop sits a very thin, silky layer of light tan bubbles.

Oh dear me, yes. The aroma’s beautiful: black cherry, leather, raisin, plum sauce, bitter chocolate, a touch of smoke, a little toasted coconut. So smooth.

Bourbon has taken over a bit more in the flavor. Red wine-like in fruit and oakiness, with a lot of grape, cherry and berry notes playing off a hint of soy. Smoke, leather and green apple swirl in the mouth before the swallow, which is all bourbon, delivering toasty oak notes, coconut and dark chocolate.

Very creamybody — a viscous medium-full. Mild, tingly carbonation tingles the tongue. Alcohol comes through the nose a bit, but is nowhere near 12 percent.

My only complaint: I wish there was more Adam below the bourbon. Great blend though. Very rich; a beer for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 22:20:53 | More by Phelps
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, tasted at the Tasting Room in Portland in July 2012.

Pours a deep black, heavy and oily at the edges that seems opaque, although whether from haze, or just the depth of colour, no-one will ever know. Head is a slightly yellow white that forms a filmy fine ring around the edge. Doesn't leave much lacing, but the body leaves legs as it's tilted. Looks remarkable.

Big, big aroma: booze, coconut and vanilla, and tonnes of straight, spiritous bourbon. Sharp, brusque and powerful. The oak character gives a hint of wine as well, which is a pleasant counterpoint to the big, boozy sweetness. Amazing stuff.

Light burn on the front of the palate, with a sharp hit of spirits. This melds later into smoother notes: chocolate, oak, port and a brusque earthiness that becomes dominant later, leaving a hint of oxidation and wet cardboard. Some cream characters bring up the rear. Aftertaste is very hot.

Feel is surprisingly light: certainly lighter than you expect for all the richness on the palate. But it maintains that burn from the booze meaning however the texture, you feel this beer all the way down.

I had this side-by-side with the Matt, and this was clearly the lesser of the two (although that's comparing something to near-perfection). This was sharper, crisper and harsher. But there's no doubting the complexity and scope of both these beers. They are truly impressive examples of the craft.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:01:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having a conversation on here with Barrythebear, I was "assigned" drinking a bottle of Adam and Adam from the Wood and review both. I decided to drink them side by side for the sake of Science. Hooray Science!

Poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark brownish black with a finger of mocha/tan head that settled down to a ring around the edge of the glass, almost stout like.

Smell: Adam turned up to 12! The dark fruits really come to the front of this one, especially the aroma of figs and raisins. The bourbon isn't as heavy as I thought it would have been, but the alcohol sting is heavier than the regular Adam, which isn't surprising. I prefer the heavier aroma of the dark fruits in this to the regular Adam.

Taste: Bourbon raisin right off the bat. Vanilla, plum chocolate, brown sugar mixed all together into a sweet nectar (of the gods).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ridiculously smooth. Almost like sipping on a fine cognac or scotch.

Overall: I really liked this beer, and while it's a 4.5 on my rating, I'd say it's closer to a 4.75. What a great treat from Barry, which was definitely appreciated in December 2011 when he gave me the bottle, but even more tonight when I drank it. ISO more bottles!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:16:02 | More by Axic10
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iadler

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle opened during our bcbs vertical tasting. Thanks again, Matt (Exitmusic00)! This is one I've been wanting to try for a while. 2011 bottle.

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a thin off white head and no lacing. Not the prettiest girl at the prom.

S- Wet leather, a variety of dark fruits including plum, raisins, fig, red grapes, black cherry followed by oak, light smoke, burnt caramel, tobacco and a hint of coconut. Very complex.

T- Again leather is fairly prominent, with notes of tobacco, plumb, fig, black cherry, smoke, brown sugar, oak and coconut. Fairly sweet, but not overly so.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes a touch dry.

O- Really complex and another great sipper from HotD. Would love to get another bottle and age it for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 20:22:48 | More by iadler
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a very dark brown verging on black with some lighter brown highlights around the edges. Head diminishes quickly to a thin ring with some spotted bubbles.

Loads of fig and raisin on the nose. Bourbon plays soft vanilla and is met by the strong leathery presence of the base beer. Also, like regular Adam, I pulled blueberry here as well. This is a very rich smelling beer, decadent even.

Many of the base attributes are found here in the taste: blueberry, leather, fig, and raisin. Sweet malts play a starring role here as well. What is different from the base is obviously the barrel. The barrel aging here is very batter forward, bring a rich chocolate...German Chocolate?...vibe, which explains the coconut. Following the sip, the aftertaste is like a fudge laden ice cream sundae.

Carbonation is a bit high but the flavors meld wonderfully and this beer is a sublime sipper. As a lover of the base beer, I am pleasantly giddy with this incantation. A must seek for sure. If you don't like this beer, please bm me and I'd be happy to work something out with you.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:42:25 | More by BarrytheBear
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. Tried this side by side with 2 vintages of Adam and Cherry Adam from the Wood. I ranked them Cherry AtfW, 4 year old Adam, this, than fresh Adam, though all were good/great.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of clay, fruity malts, figs, plums, oak, light booze. Nice and sweet, but a little old/clay smell to it.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sweet caramel malts, cedar, toasted malts, plums, figs, raisins, and light clay. MUCH better than the nose; very sweet, but very good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body to it. Not hot at all in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. The nose was a little old and boozy, but that booze didn't come through much in the taste. It is a sweet beer but a good one. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 15:23:46 | More by mdfb79
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jdense

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed at EOU commencement party 2012, congrats Kevin and Doug.

Pours a burnished deep brown, thin ring of head around the edge of the glass, nary any head, sans dissipation, no visible carbonation. A truly complex nose, the light charring of the barrels produces a clean wood character to go along with the ever-present Adam leather and smoke notes, much more subtle than the base beer. Taste is equally complex, leather, smoke, some vanilla, raisins, a bit of chocolate, brown sugar, hops are a secondary partner in this ultra-complex beer of the gods. Mouthfeel is medium, not much in the way of effervescence. One of the best beers on Earth, period. Well done Alan!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 16:40:31 | More by jdense
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.