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

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 1,377
Gots: 116 | FT: 12
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

09-12-2005 20:34:06 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

10-10-2012 01:41:17 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -13.2%

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, citrus zest, dark fruit, and bourbon. Taste is the same with some slight leather, tobacco, and ash flavors. This beer has a very low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice set of complex aromas.

06-03-2012 20:38:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -8.8%

Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a bit of a thin tan collar. The nose carries a good amount of musty oak and bourbon plus malt and some slight tobacco. Flavor has a bit more bourbon and isn't quite as integrated but is still quite nice. Medium body's with no alcohol and low carbonation. Standout stellar beer. Boom.

12-18-2011 22:13:58 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

06-11-2012 02:52:36 | More by nmann08
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zestar

California

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 08:48:40 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -17.6%

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

California

4.47/5  rDev -1.8%

On-tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a slightly muddled dark brown color with a few highlights of red.

S: The richness of the bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate is really impressive. A slight bit of alcohol heat, but it is quite smooth and pleasant.

T: A nice sweetness in the form of vanilla and chocolate. The wood is quite prominent and provides some nice tannins and even more vanilla. A bit of bourbon and warmth on the finish.

M: The body is full with a low, smooth carbonation and a nice warming feel on the tongue and all the way down.

D: A fairly high ABV beer, but very smooth and easy to drink. The bourbon presence might be a bit for some, but I found this on quite enjoyable.

06-04-2010 18:11:06 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.1%

01-10-2012 08:21:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 05:27:46 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-09-2013 22:14:04 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

01-09-2013 00:05:29 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%

'11 batch shared by beerdy last month. Pours a dark brown that borders on black, topped by a thin cap. The nose is rather decadent, showcasing a ton of bourbon and oak. The signature leather and tobacco aroma of Adam is still present, along with vanilla, light nuttiness, smoke and somewhat brash but not unwelcome alcohol. The palate is warming and sweet, bourbon at the forefront with plenty of oak, tannin, vanilla and caramel. Lightly oxidized, still surprisingly hot despite all the years in the barrel. The earthiness of Adam shines through past the big barrel flavors, contributing leather and tobacco, dark fruit, subtle smoke. The body is medium-full; it feels a bit more hefty than the non-barreled Adam. A fantastic beer overall, though it may benefit from some time in the bottle to tame the heat.

01-12-2012 18:50:42 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12-04-2011 18:04:45 | More by JAHMUR
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-27-2013 23:07:40 | More by Kegatron
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks to Jason - after a mildly amusing practical joke earlier this year you actually made this one happen. 2000 vintage, aged in oak for 7(!) years?! Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Pretty much still. Murky ruby-brown body, with some cherry wood highlights. Definitely looks "olde".

S - Oaky vanilla, dark fruits, pleasant oxidation, chocolate, spicy wood, roasted grains, more chocolate. Really nice stuff, and exceptionally mellow.

T - Taste is heavy on raisins and prunes, with light oak, and a nice combination of brown sugar and chocolate. Again, exceptionally mellow, with minimal alcohol.

M - Very low carbonation, no heat, medium-full body, chewy, viscous, and moderately tannic.

D - Delicious stuff that has aged extremely well. I'm curious how the new batch compares, seeing as it was only aged for roughly half as long. In any case, this was a real treat. A sipper, with it's rich flavor and deceptive alcohol.

07-31-2011 00:55:29 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev -0.4%

At the time of this review, this is the #2 Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Old Ale" list as well as the #28 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular" list. Served in a Stone IRS snifter. Shared with a few others at a tasting.

Served with Matt, Adam, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Bourbon Fred, Doggie Claws '05.

First off, this beer's aroma is the first thing I noticed, before the appearance. This beer is heavy with bourbon and booze, Adam is one of my favorite beers under certain cirumstances, and this is like Adam on crack and whiskey, serious. Wow.

Beer is brown, mildly hazy, sweet, lots of bourbon, lots of malt, the liquor wins out there with me.

Beer is medium in body, a little thinner than expected, a little stronger than I expected, very oaky, very vanilla and bourbony, strong throughout. Very good, an interesting variant on Adam. Adam still is awesome but this beer is slightly more awesomer.

12-19-2011 02:53:15 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-17-2013 22:20:15 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

First had: rather large sample from a bottle at HotD's brewpub, graciously shared by johnmichaelsen, who recognized me and MsRif without ever even meeting us! Thanks!

I found this to be pretty similar to the regular Adam in most ways (which is good), other than perhaps more of a boozy quality, naturally, from the barrel aging. Maybe more aging would accent that trait a bit more. But otherwise, the beer came to me in a HotD sampler glass (love those things), dark cola brown with a lasting, creamy tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel, semi-sweet chocolate (really like this aspect of the beer), dark fruit notes, and bourbon-soaked oak. The barrel has not detracted from the smoothness of the beer for sure; tastes of chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, some dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of bourbony oak. Very nice. Smooth, full-bodied, and very drinkable.

I have a few bottles of Cherry Adam that I'm looking forward to trying soon.

01-10-2012 16:26:30 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

A 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque mahogany color with a layer of off white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: Very sweet with some dark fruit notes and bourbon heat. I'm getting some brown sugar and vanilla as well.

Taste: Wow is all I can say. Sweet and malty, I'm getting some vanilla and brown sugar with some bourbon heat. This beer tastes like liquid bourbon candy. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: The body is thicker than medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The difference between this and the regular version is huge. I would love to have more of this beer.

05-26-2012 03:59:43 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

06-27-2012 15:23:46 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.9%

06-10-2014 20:46:25 | More by Rochefort10nh
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-13-2014 08:02:50 | More by MarkyMOD
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imperialking

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2012 02:52:12 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks bro.

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a light tan head. Fades to a thin film with little lacing. Very smooth, balanced aroma of bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, tobacco, cherry, wet dog and must.

Very sweet and smooth body with light carbonation. Barrel is much more well integrated than Bourbon Fred. Bourbon, cherry, plum, tobacco, oak and brown sugar carry the flavor. Rich and sweet, but more enjoyable than Matt, bourbon Fred or Cherry Adam. Alcohol is present throughout but not off putting. Amazing.

12-18-2011 22:13:15 | More by yourefragile
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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 591 ratings.