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

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Ratings: 723
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,426
Gots: 128 | FT: 14
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:
Beer added by: freed on 01-04-2005

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.
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Ratings: 723 | Reviews: 147
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2011 offering care of Joe. Big thanks man! Poured into a matching Hotd tulip, this brew appears a very dark brown with a finger of tan head. The cap dissolves leaving a thin layering pattern across the top. When held to the light, it displays some lighter shades of brown and red coloration when tilted. A light swirl brings forth a finger of tan head and produces some spots of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew is crazy. It carries a very familiar aspect of the base beer but with a pleasant freshness and brighter smoked quality that is very well integrated with barrel characteristics. The first thoughts that come forth are smoked chocolates mixed with raisins, tobacco and leather. There is a woodsy quality present mixed with a tangy incorporation of alcohol that is very pleasing throughout. As it warms up, a faint amount of caramel sweetness to toffee/vanilla inclusion come forward.

The taste is bitter chocolate mixed with a solid smoked flavoring. Toasty oak character is present which really ties together the taste of bitter chocolate and smoked grain. There is a mild fruity alcohol inclusion tasting of burnt raisins which creeps down the back of the throat with some solid warmth. The aftertaste is a combination of earthy tobacco, leather, oak, bitter chocolate, smoke and a hint of fruity alcohol. Very deep and enjoyable brew that makes for quite a sipper.

This is a full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. While the individual ingredients and flavoring of this can be picked apart as drastically unique in their own right, they really blend and tie together very well in this. This is a fantastic sipper of a brew with a great depth of character. I know it is already so many years in the making but honestly I am curious what more aging would do to this already fine example.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

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

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige cap. The aroma offers bourbon, oak - very enticing, but lacks the complexity of regular Adam. Bourbon overpowers some if the more subtle aspects of the beer. Great flavor. Melts in your mouth smooth feel with alcohol heat masterfully contained. Lingering bourbon in the aftertaste, though exceptionally soft on the palate. Overall, outstanding.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a murky brown color with good carbonation and a tan cap leaving behind some bubbles and light lacing

S: Wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some Earthiness. Nice and strong!

T: Main notes up front were bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, and chocolate. It still had a small presence of what Adam is..a hearty old world ale with a bit of smoke, hints of leather. Finish is dry, creamy with bourbon lingering start to finish.

M: Well carbonated, full, big body.

O: Exceptional!

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