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

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Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

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612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 1,389
Gots: 117 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Holland, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
4.97/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the HotD tasting room, 12oz pour

A: Deep, deep brown with a 1 finger mocha head. Pretty decent retention for a strong barrel-aged beer.

S: Really heady chocolate and coffee aromas. Lighter notes of bourbon and oak.

T: Rich chocolate, a little alcohol heat and a bit of wood in the finish. Surprisingly restrained for having spent 3 years in the barrels. As it get up to room temperature at the end of the glass, the alcohol gets a bit more upfront, but never overwhelming.

M: Rich and heavy, but not at all sticky or cloying; hits the perfect balance for a sipper. Light carbonation.

O: This is a spectacular beer, utterly delicious and perfectly balanced. A benchmark for barrel-aged beers. I'll be at the tasting room any time Alan puts this on.

kscaldef, Sep 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

warnerry, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

strongaf, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

tom10101, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of cosmicevan
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

cosmicevan, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Sean9689, Nov 24, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

msubulldog25, Jun 10, 2011
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4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ehammond1, Jun 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

thegerm87, Jun 22, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

scottfrie, Sep 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

williamjbauer, Jun 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

tommyguz, Oct 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ste5venla, May 21, 2014
Photo of koopa
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.

Smell: Deep sweet malt, hints of dark fruit, lightly charred wood, caramel, brown sugar, booze, and bourbon.

Taste: Same as nose

Mouthfeel: Thick body with low carbonation. IMHO the low carbonation enhances the flavor profile.

Drinkability: Nectar of the gods.

I didn't find the bottled version to be as intense, complex, or interesting as the sample I had on tap in September at the brewery.

koopa, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

stereosforgeeks, Nov 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

crobinso, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 Thanks for sharing MrVonzipper

Look: Pours a very dark muddy brown in color with traces of red. A fairly small head and ok retention with some spots of lace

Smell: Upfront is quite a bit of tobacco leather and brown sugar. If you search hard enough you can find some vanilla notes and even a touch of bourbon

Taste: For me it is very similar to the nose with copious amounts of tobacco and leather. The level of flavor does not end there behind that is some nice maple syrup brown sugar and bourbon

Mouthfeel: The body is pretty thick and heavy and chewy

Overall: I strongly suggest trying this at some point it is one of the best old ales I have ever had. I personally prefer the Cherry adam to this one but this is one is still exceptional

DarthKostrizer, Jun 04, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 04, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by cquiroga, thank you very much for bringing this Chris, it was great to be able to try this on the same night as Dave and compare their similarities and differences, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Dark brown with some mahogany, thin 1/4 inch beige creamy head, goes away pretty quiclky, nice legs but no lacing
S-Oak, booze, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses
T-Starts off with a nice boozy flavor, chewy and roasty malts in the middle, great whiskey-like finish, lots of vanilla and oak later on, more sweet and boozy than the standard Adam, did not have the toastiness either, still nicely balanced and pleasantly warming
M-Sweet, roasty, warm, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, very little carbonation, taste lingered a long time and was nice
D-Could have drank this bottle quite easily, only concern with drinkability is that it does not hide the alcohol very well, still very smooth and inviting

I knew I would like this and who would not enjoy Adam that spent over seven years in a barrel, another great brew from Hair of the Dog, cannot wait to try the cherry version now and compare these, I hope this is released again in the future, I want more, recommended

Floydster, Apr 01, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

ADTaber, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

IrishColonial, Sep 19, 2013
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.