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

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 783
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 2.89%
Wants: 1,445
Gots: 142 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Tasting room

A- Dark brown, almost black,

S - Toffee, carmel, oak, wood.

T - Toffee, carmel, malts, vanillla, old fruit.

D - Good carbonation. lively

O - I was amazed by the carbonation and the complex flavors. A++ in my book. I could drink this till I fall off the stool. (292 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle... dark brown, a bit shiny no head... the nose is phenomenal, one of the best smelling beers I’ve had, sweet molasses, bourbon, brown sugar... the taste isn’t as bursting as the nose, a little flat, but outstanding, brown sugar and molasses, the finish is a bit too oaky with smoke, a small complaint, but still great... try this (340 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.59/5  rDev +2%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (2,373 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had next to 8 or 10 different vintages of Adam. Pour is dark brown with red edges and a thin tan head. The nose is heavy barrel, rather sweet bourbon almost on the verge of Brandi. Light olive and some heat. The taste is more Base Adam forward but still has a strong barrel presence. The chocolate is stronger, sweet dark fruits, notes of bourbon and faint heat. The body is a bit thinner, still silky but not as creamy, fair carbonation. Not as good as base adam but still a nice beer. (486 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for breaking out this batch one rarity at Epic 2.

A - A dark brown beer with a tannish head that left a few wisps of stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, with a touch of bourbon. This smells amazing.

T - Awesome. It's got some sweetness and bourbon with a nice nuttiness, leather, barrel. This is just amazing tasting. Not too sweet, not hot at all. Great breadth of flavor that goes down easily and has great taste.

M - Full bodied, softer carbonation, just what it needs to be.

O - An awesome beer in the vein BB4D, BA Coton, and BA Papier. This is one of the best beers I've had ever. I don't know if the new batch is as good, but if it is, I'm going to get a ton of it. (736 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 release. Huge thanks to Jason for this bottle!

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color that produced some surprising tan froth considering the ABV.

(S)- A big big body of rich aromas. Tiny hints of oxidation, but tons of raisin, prune, cocoa, plum, leather, tobacco, and a dry vanilla-like oak. Even tiny bits of licorice at the end. All rich, but each part subtle and dynamic as hell.

(T)- Again, an array of wonderfully rich characters. Raisin, prune, cocoa, plum, licorice, tobacco, and a great subtle almost smoky vanilla barrel character. Lots of an almost spicy dry oak on the finish. Extremely complex to say the least and my description fails to fully comprehend it. Lets just say its tastes freaking delicious!

(M)- A mellow carbonation level that comes off extremely smooth. A dynamic and complex beer of profound richness, but expertly balanced and blended. And despite having a rather large 12%ABV, it just rolls off the tongue (well hidden).

(D)- Yet another profoundly excellent beer from Hair of the Dog. Each release just makes me more and more impressed particularly when taking into account the barrel aged beers in their portfolio. Definitely a sipper if there ever was one, but one I would and could easily have a whole bottle to myself. Right up there with Matt as their best beer I have had from them so far. (1,378 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by CLevar as part of a set of Adams that were tasted out, all fresh, & all much better than the older ones I'd previously tasted. Thank you sir!

Pour looks like Adam with bourbon colors. Deep brown with more likable level of carbonation that the other Adams. Nose is gorgeous: bourbon, wood, malty, leathery. All balanced perfectly.

Adam from the Wood is a bloody work of art. Deep bourbon notes are almost subtle, but become deeper & more aggressive as the beer warms. The bourbon just absolutely coats everything it touches, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Sweet malts, leather, vanilla, lots of drying wood, dark fruits. A flowering field full of great tastes, wonderfully integrated. Smooth & easy, this is a beer that could be consumed in quantity.

Awesome. Excellent beer. My favorite of a night of good beer, this is top-shelf. (856 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rathkem for this bottle!

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

Vintage 2014.

poured into HotD Tulip glass!

Appearance: dark murky brown bodied beer with a few bubbles from a hard pour. No head. Looks flat. Decent booze legs on the side of the glass after each sip. 3.0

Smell: Lots of malts and rich barrel notes. Very oaky, tannic, and bourbony. This smells more like spirits than it smells like a beer, but you can still get a small glimpse of the base beer used the old ale Adam. Brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, leather, and light meaty smoke. 4.5

Taste: Very bourbon barrel forward. Sweet, but not cloying. Bourbon, oak tannins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, coco powder, and dark fruit malts. Hints of leather and tobacco with a slight splash of soy sauce that is slightly salty adding some contrast to the sweetness. The beer finishes with a light meaty smoke and dark fruits. Very complex flavor profile and all these flavors linger for a long time. 4.5

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with no carbonation. Its definately flat. Slightly syrupy and coats your entire mouth. Fairly mellow, not very boozey, but you get a little bit of spicy booziness after each sip. 4.0

Overall: Yeah they said this vintage was flat and thats confirmed. No bubbles at all. 2014 AftW is still a really great beer, but not as good as when AftW is properly carbonated like the 2011 vintage that I have drank in the past. It needs carbonation, but is a beer thats still very enjoyable despite its short comings with the lack of carbonation. 4.5

2014 overall score of 4.38.

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HUGE thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this beer! Thanks Hollis!

12oz bottle poured into oversized snifter.

Vintage 2011.

Appearance: dark murky brown colored beer with a lite to medium tan head. The head is about 2 fingers high and slowely receded to a cap on top of the beer. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass. 4.25

Smell: Sweet malts and vanilla. This really smells like the barrel; huge oak notes. Its also earthy smelling almost like peat moss. Fairly smokey as well. 4.5

Taste: There is alot going on in this beer its really got alot of big bold flavors. Its starts really sweet with the malt profile and the barrel notes complimenting each other quite well. The notes I get from the Adam (being the base beer) are figs, smokey, caramel, and toffee. The barrel notes are loaded with tons of oak and coconut; mild vanilla, leather, and lots of bourbon. I can get both parts of the beer(the base beer and the barrel notes), but they both blend together nicely and compliment each other well. The beer has a mild bitter finish imparted by the earthy hops that seems to mix well with a warming booziness. 4.75

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer its a huge Old Ale. Moderate and lively carbonation. It quite impressive that this beer is as carbonated after spending at least 3 years in an oak bourbon barrel. This beer has a surpurb mouthfeel to it. 4.5

Overall: I really liked this beer it was great to get to try this rare treat(at least when you live in the great lakes beer region). I really enjoyed adam and adam from the wood is no exception its even better. This beer makes me happy! 4.5

2011 vintage overall score of 4.6. (3,221 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +6%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014.

Flat and mahogany brown.

The nose is ensorcelling, deep, and bizarre. It smells like...Arby's? Meat and cheese and horseradish. Also booze though. Scotch.

It's a delicious beer, if thin and almost perfectly flat. Fruity notes, some chocolate and toffee.

Great, but normal Adam is just so good. (315 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark hazy mahogany with a small tan head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves some sticky legs along the sides.

Aroma is stunning with sweet caramel malts, molasses, tobacco, leather and lots of booze-soaked dark fruits. Some raisins, plums and lots of bourbon and oak. In short, all kinds of things going on in the nose.

The taste is more of the same - so complex. There is an initial bourbon kick with the coconut and vanilla sweetness. The backbone is all about the sweet caramel malts and molasses. Sweet fruits and a dry barrel-heavy finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation and oaky and dry in the finish.

This is a superb beer. The aroma is probably the best I've ever come across in the style. The taste is pretty damn close if not a notch below the aroma, but, either way, this is a fantastic beer. Right behind the Brandy Old Stock as best I've tasted in the style.

As a side note, I tasted this one side-by-side with Matt and Adam and this one was the best, no comparison. I thought Matt was world class, so I was shocked this one was clearly superior. So glad I got to try this one. (1,154 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%

The beer comes in a murky dark brown.

The aroma offers rich dark fruit soaked in a pungent sweet bourbon. An intoxicating combination of fruit, sweetness, bourbon.

The flavor follows of sweetness in the front of toffee and caramel. Then in the middle is leather and tobacco. The beer transitions to a touch of chocolate, almost towards roasted malt. Then there's more sweetness of brown sugar.

The lack of carbonationis not a big issue and I thought it would be. The complexities of the beer linger and the medium plus to full mouthfeel make up for the lack of carbonation. (576 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2011, poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Major thanks to Hopstoopid120 for the opportunity to taste this amazing beer.

A: Opaque dark brown, nearly black body. Pretty much still. Kinda ugly, I have to say.

S: Insanity. Pure wood, smoke, tobacco, leather, molasses, maple, vanilla, and more wood. Wow. Just wow.

T: Sweet, woody, spiritous, leathery, and molasses-drenched. The sweetness has overtaken a lot of the complexity from the nose, but it's still incredibly good and incredibly smooth. Yum.

M: Slick, sticky, and filling full body. Still, but pleasant.

O: Unique, and delicious. Not many beers strike me as being worth $15/12oz, but this is undoubtedly one of them. I'd love to drink an entire bottle while smoking a big, strong cigar.

Cheers! (779 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1770th Review on BA
Bottle to HOTD Tulip
12 oz 2011 Vintage

App- A purple/red creamy looking pour. Very little in terms of bubbles/head or lacing. Just flat. So Adam is a different animal in terms of bubbles. I’ve noticed the base beer pours great but with barrel treatments not so much.

Smell- So with only being aged on oak, I wasn’t expecting the sweetness to it, but this had a bit of dark fruits and licorice behind it. The base of Adam came in a little bit and then evolved with a bit of the oak. A bit rustic and damp smelling IMO.

Taste- This was for me the best of the 3 Adam’s I have had. The Cherry Adam is nice, but a bit tangled in terms of flavor. The AFTW is a great beer that plays off the strength of Adam and amps it up a bit with a fine oak flavor and a bit more wispy booze.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level. Creamy dessert beer is the best way to say it.

Drink- I pretty much made a trip to PDX for this and I am glad I did. (966 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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! (461 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage.

4.0 A: Pretty damn close to black in color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is pretty good for the ABV, but no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Lots of the typical HOTD aromas in this. 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. Oak, vanilla, and peaty bourbon.

4.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, tobacco. Fig, date, and plum fruits. Still a bit vinous, but not as much as the nose. Bourbon is peaty, earthy, and minimally spicy. Oak and vanilla are back. It's super complex for sure.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Thick and viscous. Chewy with a moderate creaminess. Moderate amylase coagulation going on.

4.0 T: It's very tasty, but probably not worth the hefty trading value. BB4D blows this out of the water anyway for half the price. In any case, I'm glad I could try it. (986 characters)

Photo of anteater
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black, thin brown head

S: So much delicious powerful smell. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, raisins, smoke, leather.

T: Speaks very true to the smell, this is an extremely flavorful beer. The kind where a really tiny sip is all you need for a huge amount of flavor. More roasty smokey chocolatey malts with bourbon, oak, and leather in the taste. You can tell its Adam at the base, but 3 years in a barrel does so much to smooth it out and transform it into something much more complex and mind blowing.

M: Thick

O: One of the best beers out there. Its got that undeniably Hair of the Dog quality and takes it close to the apex. Even the flat 2014 batch beats out most other big barrel aged beers for me, although it is of course better with carb on tap or from 2011. Superb! (775 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had both the 2000 vintage and 2011 vintage, both 12oz bottles. I am going to review the 2011 vintage, because I enjoyed it much more then the bottle from 2000. Split with Masterski and poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours dark brown, nice tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Very rich, big brown burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, smooth booze, nice oak. All very nice and decedent. The sweetness, booze, and oak are excellent here.

T - Burnt sugary sweetness, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, earthy tobacco, smooth bourbon booze. This beer is rich and the alcohol is really no where to be found. Perhaps a touch hot, but really, pretty darn smooth to me.

M - Body is medium, nice light carbonation, sweet creamy rich finish.

O - While I thought the 2000 vintage had too much oak, the 2011 vintage is just spot-on outstanding. The booze is well-hidden, the oak is perfect, the the sweetness is top-notch. An awesome beer, to say the least. (951 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A tulip pour at Hair of the Dog's Tasting Room; $8.50 for 12 oz. (split to two glasses with my wife). 'Fred from the Wood' was still listed on the menu, but our server made sure we knew the Adam from the Wood was now on.

A batch of 2008 Adam, barrel-aged for 3+ years, or so I'm told.

A: Deep and dark, just as murky and chocolate-brown as 'regular' Adam. Short head of beige foam, tight and a little sudsy at the ringing edge. Slowly the head breaks, leaving small patches of film. No lace, some viscous legs trailing almost like they would with wine.

S: Phenomenal scent - a huge burst of sweet fermentables, fruity like raisins, figs and prunes. A 'sweet meat' savoriness, molasses and maple sugar glaze, teriyaki maybe? Fudgy whiffs, jam and leather. Oh, and 'barrel'- all full of vanilla and spice. Adam is a ridiculously complex beer; multiply that here. A '5' score barely does justice.

T: The Old Ale nuances are all here, amplified by bourbon and wood-toned subtleties. Toffee and brown sugar, lots of berries drenched in chocolate (I'm thinking 'chambord' as I sip). Warm vanilla, then definite prunes and earthy raisins (I've recently tried a couple of kvasses and noted some similarities to the fruity profile and deep breadiness...). Puffs of smoke and barrel-toasting interect well. A stunner, evolving with each taste.

M: Smoothness is wonderful; carbonation is still present and body holds to its medium-fullness, but all seems so much more even/creamy. Aged, dare I say, 'perfectly'. Booze is held well in check, but there's still a slight warming burn at the back that prohibits my '5'... but, man, is it close...

O: One of the best beers I've had in a long while - a 'WOW' that I was sad to have come to an end but so happy to have tried. I have been in love with the Adambier from Day 1; this just takes it up a notch or five. A rumored bottling in Fall 2011 should put this acclaimed ale into many more eager hands and bellies... the line begins forming now. (1,985 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 6 months)

Muddied, hazed brown in color with dark ruby edges and a very small brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, though I don't necessarily need much in a beer of this style. Small dots and oily sheets slide down the glass.

The aroma is complex and incredibly nice: earthy and rich bourbon, oak, dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and a little bit of earthy/honey sweetness. Very, very nice.

The flavor, if possible, is even better than the aroma. The bourbon flavors are distinct and powerful, though they aren't overly hot or difficult to stomach. Rich notes of vanilla, wood, earth, and vanilla come together nicely, paired well with chocolate covered raisin and some fig/plum character. This is incredible stuff.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

My favorite Hair of the Dog to date, and I'm a big, big fan of the brewery. (936 characters)

Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.