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

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 844
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 1,465
Gots: 150 | 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:
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 rand
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch. 12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Deep mahogany in color, viscous, with virtually no head or lacing upon a moderate pour.

S: Tons of caramel and burnt sugar at the front of the bouquet. At the edges, booze, sweetened. Notes of pit fruit linger.

T: The pit fruit aspect is more forward on the palate, with notes of plums and dates joining the caramelly overtone. The tobacco notes so prevalent in Adam are a little subdued here, presumably from how barrel aging rounds and smooths the flavors. Raisiny, maybe some holiday spice mid-sip, before a long, sweet, boozy finish.

M: Chewy, viscous, but not as much as might be expected for a 12% ABV brew.

Definitely lives up to the hype. A delicious brew with a lot of similarities to the finest barrel-aged stouts.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 12 oz bottle. Thanks Bob. Murky dark brown. Aroma of figs, raisins, sweet dried dark fruit. Oak, caramel, touch of vanilla. Taste is like chewing on a bourbon barrel flavored tootsie roll. Brown sugar, boozy without the heat. Mouthfeel is watery and uncarbonated. Seems out of place in such a flavorful beer.

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Photo of LouZ
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour was flat, no head. Great aroma, even with my cold - I got the nice vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste was intense vanilla and strong, boozy bourbon. Too boozy, to be honest. Perhaps this ages to perfection, but this version was not the right balance to me.

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Photo of Marius
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this after trying Cherry Adam From The Wood and Adam From The Wood - Rye Whiskey.
Dark brown pour, almost black, completely flat. Smells like apple brandy, cherries, plums, figs, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. The taste is very well balanced and quite complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate up front, followed by cherries, raisins, plums, figs, vanilla, maple syrup, brandy/bourbon. After a while, I can identify some tobacco in there, as well. Very smooth and silky texture, especially due to the complete lack of carbonation. Sweet, bourbony, aftertaste. Definitely a world class beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best Hair of the Dog offering I have ever had! Total supper with a great barrel back end and nice caramel notes up front! Beautiful beer! Now I need to try he Varients!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

L: Light, wispy waves of white carbonation thread the top of the beer.

S: Boozy oak, caramelized apples, dark fruit rind.

T: Light smoke, figs, prunes, and oak.

F: A little thin. Wish this were more decadent for the style, ABV, and characteristics of this beer.

O: A fun beer to drink! Held up very well with little sense of oxidation.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L- Brownish murky haze

S-Dark fruit, vanilla,bourbon oak. amazing

T- very hair of the dog strong ale, dark fruit(plums , raisins,figs), bourbon, oak,vanilla, toasted,syrup

F- low carbonation medium body. goes down smooth

O- amazing, I love old/strong ales with dark fruit flavors and HOTD again shows how they can masterfully brew and barrel age one.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy brown color, no head/carbonation at all. Smells resonate with fig, plum, tobacco, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Nice combination. Taste is reflective of the same flavors. The dark fruits come through nicely. The big story with this one is the fact that it doesn't drink anywhere NEAR 12%, very easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle.

Murky brown color. No head.

Flavors: old ale flavors all around. Caramel and toffee. Dark cherries. Figs. Tobacco flavors. Molasses. Bourbon is fairly noticeable but very oaky.

Low carbonation but I like it. Clean and smooth. Chewy.

Very incredible. Easy to drink. So complex.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the 2015 version
- Pours deep murky dark brown, completely still.

- Aromas of smokey oak and bourbon, but not overly aromatic (probably since still).

- Flavor is oaky tobacco, leather and sweet whiskey. Very deep and well rounded, not sharp, but still intense. The 3 years in barrels really tames the booze. The mouthfeel takes some getting used to since it is completely flat.

- This beer is so unique and outstanding, I enjoyed every sip. Love the unique flavor profile, so complex with the huge oak mixed with the bourbon, leather and tobacco. Certainly not for everyone because there is no carb and it tastes like you soaked a cigar in a glass of whiskey.

Note: I've had the 2011 version which is carbed, but I actually prefer the 2014/2015 which are flat.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at their tasting room.

Pours a murky brown with very little head and minimal lacing. The nose presents rich dark fruit and sweet, sweet bourbon. The taste - thankfully - follows suit, with toffee and caramel in tow. Fairly full mouthfeel here. All in all, one hell of a good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank-you Tmappin; a stunning CanBIF receipt that has (for good reason) been on my "want" list for ages.

Beautiful burgundy colour without an ounce of carbonation (as foretold by many) with a robust aroma of figs, dried stone fruit and a variety of woods. The slick mouthfeel finishes with none of the alcohol heat I'd expect from +12% ABV. Taste has more depth & layers than I can begin to list, but combine to a warming and delicious well balanced barley "port". The nicest port I've ever enjoyed! This was a 2014 bottle that could have aged much longer.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage Uncarbonated in true HOD style. Fig, raisins, chocolate, bourbon, oak, almost a tootsie roll sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with extremely well hidden alcohol. Body is amazingly light for such a sweet beer. Excellent dry-ish finish that lingers. Pleasant, interesting coating of the tongue. Excellent beer by all means. Don't miss the carbonation at all. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The was a let down for me. I have been trying to get this beer for a while now and I finally got a couple of bottles. This beer is way way way overhyped.

A: Dark muddy brown with no head. What you would expect from a BA old ale.

S: Intense heavy malty notes with some vanilla and oak from the wood. Finishes with some nice bourbon heat.

T: Way less flavorful then I was expecting. The flavors in the aroma are there but they taste blunted. Disappointing.

M: Nearly uncarbonated and a little thin.

O: Very slightly above average for an old ale. Nothing special. Not worth seeking out in a trade especially given the asking price for it.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-02 in Potland, OR at the brewey from a bottle

A - Dark brown with no head or lace

S - Oak, vanilla, dark bread, bourbon, coconut, earthy spice. Pretty complex

T - Plum, fig, cocoa, well-toasted homemade wheat bread, vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, vinous, molasses, touch of sour. Moderate roasty bitterness. Moderately sweet.

M - Thick body and light (almost still) carbonation. Sticky.

O - Very, very good. I need to retry the regular Adam because this stuff rocks.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage enjoyed on-site at HOTD. Beer revisited a year later with a pour from the 2014 vintage.

The flavor on this beer is all over the place, in a peculiarly good way. Sweet caramel and dark fruits up front, then an alcoholic heat, followed by residual oak and earthiness, finishing with leather and tobacco notes.

2011 is adequately carbonated, 2014 is flat, though carbonation has little effect on how enjoyable the beer is. 2014 might have a slight edge on 2011 in terms of taste.

Overall, a very interesting and well executed beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Bottle: Poured a murky dark brown color ale with zero carbonation. Aroma of tobacco, bourbon, light vanilla and molasses is quite singular. Taste is also dominated by tobacco with some molasses and bourbon notes clearly identifiable. Residual sugars are also easily identifiable with light warming alcohol. Body is quite full with almost zero carbonation. This is almost like drinking an old sherry or xeres and makes for a perfect nightcap.

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Photo of dar482
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

draft @ HotD. big beer, though not hot. bourbon really changes the base beer, tobacco and smoke are gone, not huge on bourbon flavor tho.. it just smoothes everything out. Terrific

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Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Hair of the Dog experience! Big thanks to Dan for sending this my way.12 oz bottle split three ways and poured into a tasting snifter.

A- Flat as my high school girlfriend. No head ever forms with sparse carbonation appearing in disappearing within three second. Color is a deep, rich mahogany with some light pushing through on the fringes.

S- What a bouquet. Caramelized raisins sprinkled with brown sugar. Backing all of this up is some firm oak and vanilla.

T- Drink this just below room temperature. I started drinking at refrigerator temp, and wasn't a huge fan. Once it warms, though, it opens up beautifully. All the sweet flavors mentioned above are balanced out by the superb oakiness. So smooth with hardly a trace of the 12% alcohol.

M- Again, drink it warm. Body felt thin and awkward, again, like my high school girlfriend. However, as it warms, it matures and the body is more robust, complimenting the flavors beautifully.

O- If you read this, heed my advice: don't bother letting this get too cold, as it must be had warm. Unless, of course, you enjoy muted flavors and a thin mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am eager to try the cherry variant.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into 3 Floyds snifter.

Pours opaque black, no carbonation, the end..

Aroma is huge charred dark fruits like raisins, figs, prune. Spiced rum, smoke, leather, oak, scotch, dark caramel, and hints of cognac. Tremendous nose on this and like Cherry Adam is among the best for Old Ales.

The taste is huge leather, caramel, fig, smoked maple syrup, old raisin, shaved wood, Brandy, and vintage rum. Sweeter than base Adam, with deeper booze and dark fruit flavors. Also has an earthiness to it but it's possibly the oak tannins reacting with the smokiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel is slick, sporting a light heavy body. No carbonation, I think Cherry had a just a bit. The lack of carbonation really isn't a spoiler. Just makes for a different drinking experience.

This is wonderful. It's meaty yet sweet like dessert. But it's not cloyingly sweet as the oak really drys out the finish. I think the lack of carbonation is what gives the impression that the beer is sweet since there are no scrubbing bubbles to clean the palate. I love the aroma, enjoy the flavors, and would be ecstatic to have this around all the time. I still think I prefer Cherry Adam though.

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Photo of timc100
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

No fizz at the pop of the cap, must be a 2014. Hesitant about that fact, but fuck me this is amazing.

Aroma of leather, booze, cigar tobacco, damp aged oak, bourbon barrel char and vanilla. Big dark fruit presence with some more tart, sweeter fruits. The taste follows with a big damp woody, oaky booze with a lot of fruit - notable tartness on the finish.

This is outstanding, very glad demand was down and I got several bottles. This will be fun to revisit the next few years.

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed Tasting Glass.

The beer pours listlessly and limply from the bottle, dark cola brown color, burgundy hues, lacking in opacity with no head or lace to speak of, just dead and flat (which is stated on the label.) The aroma is very complex, huge fruit character, plum, prune cherry, dark grape, definitely get the vinous thing, not tart, but just vinous, lots of oak, leather, tobacco, spice, rich grain, and alcohol. The base beer really shines, while the oak aging just adds to the complexity. The flavors follow suit, so much character from so many layers of flavor. Beautiful fruit, layered earthy flavors of tobacco, spice and molasses while oak and toffee play with the rich grain that finishes a bit leathery with some potent alcohol heat. The balance is good and definitely improves as the beer warms up, really showcases everything that this beer has to offer. The body though, lets the beer down, it's flat. Yes, it's stated on the label and no, it doesn't kill the beer completely, or really to that big of a degree, but it feels so weak. It struggles to coat the mouth or dazzle the tongue and finishes a bit watery.

Verdict: I liken this to something like a tawny port wine, a very fine one at that, but with so many flavorful and complex oak aged beers on the market, this just doesn't seem to match up with a flat body. I definitely enjoyed sipping on this over the course of an evening and it was a lovely after dinner beer, but the potential for true greatness slipped past this one.

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark ruddy brown with unshakeable head of fine cream foam.

S - Sweet bourbon predominates.

T - Treacle and bourbon, following the nose.

M - Sticky and syrupy.

O - Good but not ridiculously so. I'd be wary of trading a king's ransom for this.

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
98 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.