Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.9/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
05-03-2012 15:44:59 | More by cpetrone84
4.48/5 rDev -1.5%
Dark brown to deep reddish golden-brown at the rim, great color. Bare smidgen of froth.
Smells deeply complex and alluring. Old bourbon barrel, molasses, brown sugar, prunes, raisins.
Tastes how it smells, delicious, sweet but not overly sweet at all, once my palate adjusts it's just right. Big dose of bourbon barrel, but very well integrated, and it tastes like the barrel, not just the bourbon. That long time in the barrel really paid off.
Full bodied. Great beer, complex, balanced, and delicious.
04-30-2012 04:26:30 | More by Beerzebub
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +1.1%
2011 vintage. Tulip glass.
A: Pours black with a few cm of dull, dark brown head which slowly fizzles away, leaving a frothy ring.
S: Big bourbon, toasted oak, winey dark fruit and cherry, and chocolate aromas. Very aromatic, and smells delicious.
T: Thick dark chocolate and dark fruit (plum, cherry), sweetish bourbon, and a lengthy cocoa finish. A little alcohol taste, esp. on the finish. More chocolate and less oak/bourbon than I was expecting. Off dry.
M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky. Imparts a nice warming sensation in the belly.
O: A slow sipper with phenomenal complexity and flavors. Fantastic stuff, this shows so many flavors over the course of a bottle. Another winner from HotD.
04-29-2012 05:30:15 | More by pmarlowe
4.55/5 rDev 0%
Thanks to Bgramer for hooking me up with this trade.
A - Pours nearly pitch black with half finger head with aggressive pour. Excellent lacing.
S - Sweet bourbon, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, dates.
T - Sweet bourbon heat right up front followed by a wave of bourbon soaked raisins, figs, plum, a little bit of soy and some chocolate as well. So much going on in this one. Nearly perfect.
M - Medium bodied but may be a tad on the thin side for the style. Low carbonation makes this an easy sipper.
O - One of the best barrel aged beers that I've had. This one reminds me a bit of King Henry with maybe a bit more complexity. Perfect amount of bourbon, not too hot, not too sweet or cloying this is a top notch of a beer and worth getting your hands on a bottle if you get a chance.
04-28-2012 00:42:47 | More by pigc
4.18/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours deep brown almost black with a very thin head receding almost immediately to nothing. Not unexpected from the ABV.
Tons of raisin in the aroma. A little bit of leather and tobacco along with an earthy quality and vanilla oak and bourbon.
Same flavors come through as the aroma. I get a ton of raisin and fig along with subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak. The barrel is nicely integrated and let's the base flavor shine through. A little extra brown sugar sweetness and a little sweeter overall than I'd prefer, but very complex.
Almost flat which detracts a bit, but in a style like this, carbonation levels should be low anyway.
Pretty good beer, but not sure given how much it takes to trade for, if I'd value it that high. Glad I got to try it.
04-23-2012 13:06:29 | More by jmarsh123
4.23/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-18-2012 05:10:19 | More by DavoleBomb
4.78/5 rDev +5.1%
2011 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with thin, creamy, tan lacing concentrating around the edges of the glass.
The aroma has a bourbon soaked dark fruit quality to it. I get some raisin, plum and caramel mixing with brown sugar, vanilla and oak. The bourbon barrel really compliments very well. Great aroma to it, things really come together well in it.
The taste has a great mix ox bourbon and sweet maltiness to it. The dark fruits, caramel and toffee of Adam really come through, but the bourbon really shines for me. I get some really nice brown sugar and vanilla flavors coming out of the super smooth bourbon. Again, It's really well balanced between the barrel character and the maltiness of the base beer. The flavors really come together well and compliment each other perfectly.
The mouthfeel leans a little towards the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a fantastic beer. The bold mlatiness of Adam is perfectly complimented by the smooth bourbon. It really comes together well and they balanced the barrel and beer flavors perfectly. it was incredibly smooth for 12% as well.
04-13-2012 00:32:01 | More by billab914
4.58/5 rDev +0.7%
12oz bottle@Hair of the Dog Tasting Room.
Deep molasses with a smallish tan head that hangs around. Nice trails on swirling.
Rich malty flavours of baked caramel, fairy floss and liquorice in a sea of light smokiness and oak.
Like most of my favourite deserts wrapped up in one. Choc-caramel, sticky-date pudding, caramel butter fudge, raisins, caramelised dates, leathery oak, brandied cherries, golden syrup and stewed plums. One of very few beers where diacetyl is a desirable quality and enhances the flavours. Delicious!
Rich, palate coating but velevety smooth. Entirely appropriate.
Relentlessly decadent brew that is an absolute must for sweet-tooths. Those who aren't will undoubtedly prefer the base beer.
03-13-2012 05:01:03 | More by spicelab
4.4/5 rDev -3.3%
Alan Sprints and his wife shared this beer with me during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a great couple. Thanks for sharing.
A - A dark brown beer, the fluid admits no light. I wasn't expecting this from an ale! Alan told me it was this dark because he used an open fire to brew this beer. Like it has been done ages ago.
S - A sweet bourbon vanilla scent with just a touch of oak.
T - A soft vanilla bourbon ale, so smooth. Its a little sweet, I think it is from added candy sugar and again there is some oak to be discovered.
M - A soft carbonation and no bitterness (I think there is no bitterness anymore because this beer is already three years old) The body is so full and incredible tasty.
O - A real good ale, tasty and heavy.
03-05-2012 19:38:02 | More by Mar02x
4.6/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to rathkem for this bottle!
12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.
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.
HUGE thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this beer! Thanks Hollis!
12oz bottle poured into oversized snifter.
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.
03-04-2012 02:03:11 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.