Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Have to give a huge thanks to Greg for sending me this one. 2011 Vintage. 3-4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.
A - Looks like Adam with less carbonation - Very dark, murky brown coloring.
S - Awesome barrel notes. Vanilla, ripened dark fruit varietals, milk chocolate bar, tad bit of roast, well contained toffee and caramel, a touch of alcohol at the back.
T - The oak is phenomenal. All of the notes from the aroma with a great vineous, almost earthy characteristic at rear palate. Leather, hint of smoke, heavily roasted pecans, bourbon soaked figs. Roast and dark fruit aftertaste. Does everything I would hope for from the base Adam. Overall it's less sweetness and more woody, bitter, and dry.
M - Medium-heavy body, low but truly perfect carbonation, bitter, oaky, tannic finish.
D - A truly great expression of a totally unique beer. It smells great, drinks great, feels great. Lives up to the hype.
Edit - A revisit of the same batch at HotD's brewpub confirms that this is some stellar shit.
06-11-2012 16:53:46 | More by Auracom
4.75/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Dark chocolatey brown and heavy, a thin yet persistant ring of head around the inside of the snifter. Looks great.
S: A rich mix of leather, ripe prunes, wet pipe tobacco, rich vanilla, oak and crusty bread. Wow. I could keep going, too. I expected this to be much more bourbon forward, but it doesn't reach up and slap you in the face. Very nicely integrated.
T: Just like it smells. Delicious. Adam on it's own is rich and complex, but the barrel aging really takes it to another level. I'm so glad to see that the bourbon flavors are muted. It really lets you enjoy the subtleties. The oak in particular compliments the normal Adam flavors well.
M: Flawless. Medium/low carbonation, very smooth but also slightly viscous.
O: This brew absolutely lives up to the hype. One of the best I've ever had in any style, and totally unique. Seek it out.
06-10-2012 04:31:49 | More by NarcoSolo
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev -2.2%
Bottle shared thanks to Mac. Thanks again for the great beers man.
The look is nice, almost approaching black with some brown highlights. Some nice lacing, a ring of cream colored head.
The smell has a nice cupcake bakery smell to it, fluffy vanilla and coconutty aromas that signal a lighter bourbon barrel that was used in the bottle. Some brown sugar and sweet potato like aromas in the malt, wet bourbon barrels in this. Some smoky malts.
The taste is quite nice, some great bourbon flavors to this beer with a nice dose of smoky malts to the beer as well. The flavor is very complex and layered, some alcohol heat in the taste as well adding to the cherry like flavors and burnt caramel. Nice overall.
The feel is pretty good, I was hoping for a little thicker of a feel but it is sticky and a littl bit of heat.
A special and unique beer once again from HotD.
06-09-2012 22:48:57 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.2/5 rDev -7.7%
3oz from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
A- Very dark brown, no head
S- Big bourbon nose, malty
T- Bourbon, chocolate, boozy
M- Thick, low carbonation
O- Nice beer but not out of this world. Enjoyed it but probably fell victim to the hype. Good bourbon character.
06-09-2012 05:29:43 | More by Steasy66
4/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter glass. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head that lasted decently throughout. The aroma holds coconut/vanilla from the wood, dark chocolate, dark bread, earth, tobacco, wet leather, soy, figs, prunes, raisins, and a touch of old hops reminiscent of the regular Adam old ale. Robust and oxidized nose. The flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of vanilla, coconut, wood, caramel, dark sugar, dark fruits, leather, tobacco, earth, dark bread, chocolate, earthy licorice, light citrus and a touch of soy. The mouthfeel is rounding, soft and sticky with a light carbonation. Vinous and complex finish. Medium-bodied. Overall, a very nice old ale. Didn’t blow anything out of the water for me. I will not go at great length for this brew anymore and stick with the more accessible Adam which is one of my favorites for the style.
06-07-2012 17:28:44 | More by CuriousMonk
4.38/5 rDev -3.7%
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
06-04-2012 22:53:42 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.95/5 rDev -13.2%
Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.
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
4.8/5 rDev +5.5%
Dark muddy brown. Short tan head with short retention. Slightly oily.
Big rich nice nose. Pretty boozy smelling. A bit of rich dark fruit. Dark molasses, caramel and smoky maple syrup. Chaw like tobacco.
Big great flavor. Maple syrup, caramel, a touch a vanilla, rich fruit. Lovely.
Surprisingly medium bodied. Low carb.
Overall a fantastic beer. Great all around. Easy to drink actually.
06-03-2012 02:14:33 | More by MrVonzipper
4.38/5 rDev -3.7%
2011 vintage, courtesy of classroom13, thanks Sean! Adam from the Wood pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a one finger, creamy light beige head. It looks perfect and the creamy head stayed for the entirety of the beer. The nose is smooth and creamy. I get a lot of dark fruit and cola along with vanilla and cream. It smells like the perfect old ale. The flavors are ridiculous. It's plenty malty with just a touch of bourbon. There is smooth cream and vanilla with some figs. It's really interesting and complex. It drinks light and velvety, so smooth. I really like it although I prefer Old Stock Bourbon and Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia to it by far. The difference is the amount of bourbon. This tastes like it is aged, since it is, and is a few years old and I would assume it has mellowed out a tad. I'd would love to try this at year two from the barrel.
06-02-2012 03:07:32 | More by aasher
4.35/5 rDev -4.4%
Thanks again jedwards. 2011 vintage, 12oz. Served at cellar temp in a Founders snifter, split with aasher (he had his own glass).
A - Slightly tan, 1/4" head that gets down to lacing. Dark brown, decent legs. Looks really good.
S - Spices, some oak, some alcohol, some smoke. The barrel is very present.
T - Smokey spices, some caramel from the oak, then oak, smooth finish. The smoke/roast in the middle and finish is mild, but present. Slight amount of evaporation on the tongue after it warms up.
M - Medium body that is a little heavier on the tongue, slight carbonation.
O - This is a fantastic beer. I really don't know what else to say.
06-02-2012 03:04:06 | More by claaark13
4.58/5 rDev +0.7%
2011 vintage, consumed at HotD tasting room.
Appearance - Dark brown, murky, with zero head.
Smell - Vanilla, oak, caramel, malt, little bit of bourbon.
Taste - I get a bit more bourbon in the taste than smell. It's Adam + a bit more sweetness, oak & bourbon
Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation, thick and syrupy
Overall - I enjoyed this quite a bit. Regular Adam is just as good, but less complex.
05-26-2012 15:24:09 | More by sukwonee
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
4.58/5 rDev +0.7%
Cracked this 12oz bottle after a rough day at work. I'm a big fan of opening a favorite brew after a long day.
Dark brown body, plenty of tan head. Great retention and lace give AftW top marks for the style. Surprising since Old Ales are typically ugly.
Nose is bursting with bourbon, vanilla, booze, and tons of malt. Can't say it's my favorite aroma but certainly enjoyable.
Malts and caramelized booze up front; bourbon makes its way in shortly thereafter. Leathery and tobacco-y too. Caramel and vanilla linger after swallowing as the alcoholic warmth soothes my throat. Superb.
Huge, viscous body brings everything together. Tons of well-crafted flavors make this immensely enjoyable; AftW is something every beer geek needs to sample. One of my favorites!
05-22-2012 03:07:37 | More by brystmar
4.13/5 rDev -9.2%
12 oz. bottle thanks to hopsbreath. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. 2011 bottle.
Appearance - Pours a murky brown with no head. No bubbles. Nothing. Looks quite dead in the glass. A bit chunky with sediment at the end of the bottle.
Smell - Vanilla and oak barrel character. Nice. Sweet malts. A little bit of cola in the aroma. It has a really nice deep malt aroma like a sweet scotch. Touch of peat and leather. Awesome.
Taste - Less complex and a little bit more muddled from sweetness. Bourbon makes its first appearance here, though. Sweet caramel and lots of it. More cola flavors and a slight earthy flavor in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Tingly warm alcohol sensation and it's nearly flat. No real carbonation. Not as thick as I'd think or perhaps like.
Overall - It's an impressive beer with impressive flavors. Too sweet, which is strange, because Adam is hardly sweet. I'm also surprised it isn't as dominated by Bourbon. Three years is a long time.
05-22-2012 02:32:14 | More by Alieniloquium
4.83/5 rDev +6.2%
A - Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.
S - Amazing smell. The aroma is full of sweet molassis and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke and leather.
T - The taste is full of chocolate, vanilla and molasses, with a nice dose of wood.
M - Medium carbonation and full bodied. A very nice mouthfeel on this one.
O - Wow, Adam is already one of my all-time favorite beers and this takes it to another level. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and can't wait to see how it ages. I had this the same night as I had a Dark Lord and it boggles my mind how Dark Lord gets so much hype and a beer like this almost flies under the radar.
05-21-2012 14:00:43 | More by SkiBum22
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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