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

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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 1,380
Gots: 116 | 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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Photo of SkiBum22

New York

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
Photo of Romulux


4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-20-2012 20:55:51 | More by Romulux
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-19-2012 06:45:35 | More by bluckbeyes
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2012 02:52:12 | More by imperialking
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-10-2012 22:33:10 | More by AshleyMiller
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-09-2012 01:01:24 | More by localhost
Photo of cpetrone84


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
Photo of Chebyshev


5/5  rDev +9.9%

05-01-2012 20:43:03 | More by Chebyshev
Photo of Beerzebub


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
Photo of jrcmlc


4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

04-29-2012 18:12:33 | More by jrcmlc
Photo of pmarlowe

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
Photo of pigc


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
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-24-2012 17:00:24 | More by mjn5036
Photo of jmarsh123


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
Photo of DavoleBomb


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
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

04-16-2012 21:35:21 | More by brian23456
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

04-13-2012 06:03:22 | More by gueuzegossage
Photo of billab914


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
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-03-2012 03:28:48 | More by curly31989
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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

04-01-2012 02:03:09 | More by Rconn006
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5/5  rDev +9.9%

04-01-2012 01:15:50 | More by Shaggy9356
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4/5  rDev -12.1%

03-30-2012 03:22:50 | More by ribs
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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-15-2012 22:22:14 | More by robieobie1
Photo of spicelab


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
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.9%

03-11-2012 04:15:35 | More by ASUBeer
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.