Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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5/5 rDev +9.9%
hige huge thanks to stx00lax for this guy! this was a huge want of mine, and honestly i still owe him. he sent me a spair to age.
12oz slight chilled bottled poured intio eclipse snifters, had side by side with batch 82 of adam.
a- this one looks awesome! alightly thinner than adam with a deep dark redish hue on the edges. about the same amount of head as regular adam.
s- wow this one anells absolutely amazing! as soon as i cracked its richness spread into the room. tons of vanilla and sweetness, like adam amplified. tons of chocolate and wood.
t- follows the nose exactly. this is truly superb. vanilla, wood, slight cherry, right amount of sweet.
m- great hefty body and perfect carbonation.
o- wow! i was going in expecting a lot but this one still succeeded to impress me. i cant find one bad thing with beer. id love to have this side by side with ba 4d, both beers are world class, i think this one might beat it just barely.
02-20-2012 05:31:08 | More by KevSal
4.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Thanks to Jason for breaking out this batch one rarity at Epic 2.
A - A dark brown beer with a tannish head that left a few wisps of stick on the sides of the glass.
S - Nice dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, with a touch of bourbon. This smells amazing.
T - Awesome. It's got some sweetness and bourbon with a nice nuttiness, leather, barrel. This is just amazing tasting. Not too sweet, not hot at all. Great breadth of flavor that goes down easily and has great taste.
M - Full bodied, softer carbonation, just what it needs to be.
O - An awesome beer in the vein BB4D, BA Coton, and BA Papier. This is one of the best beers I've had ever. I don't know if the new batch is as good, but if it is, I'm going to get a ton of it.
02-20-2012 04:43:17 | More by AgentZero
3.88/5 rDev -14.7%
Big thank you to dsgolovin for providing this beer in a recent trade.
Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery Snifter and there was NO head at all. Just a touch of carbonation as some foam formed and vanished immediately. Dark, dull brown in color. No lace.
A bit of alcohol, molasses and woody oak aroma. (yes, it’s soy.. that’s what I smell.. could not place then later re-read the label.... yep that’s it)
Some dark fruit. Some bourbon filled chocolate candies.. (My Mom & Dad’s next door neighbor used to make chocolate candy laced with bourbon. THis tastes just like I remember that. The soy is there and the Oak is really prominent. Interesting that I don’t get any vanilla or what I would describe as Bourbon...
Velvet like, not hot but you know the ABV is elevated.
A beer to savor and enjoy. I like it, but it’s not as epic as I thought.
02-17-2012 22:03:03 | More by Reagan1984
4.38/5 rDev -3.7%
12oz bottle from 2011, poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Major thanks to Hopstoopid120 for the opportunity to taste this amazing beer.
A: Opaque dark brown, nearly black body. Pretty much still. Kinda ugly, I have to say.
S: Insanity. Pure wood, smoke, tobacco, leather, molasses, maple, vanilla, and more wood. Wow. Just wow.
T: Sweet, woody, spiritous, leathery, and molasses-drenched. The sweetness has overtaken a lot of the complexity from the nose, but it's still incredibly good and incredibly smooth. Yum.
M: Slick, sticky, and filling full body. Still, but pleasant.
O: Unique, and delicious. Not many beers strike me as being worth $15/12oz, but this is undoubtedly one of them. I'd love to drink an entire bottle while smoking a big, strong cigar.
02-16-2012 01:43:38 | More by woosterbill
4.72/5 rDev +3.7%
2011 bottle shared by Romulux.
A: Wonderful deep brown with minimal head. Some lacing.
S: Lots of bourbon, caramel and figs.
T: This one is very boozy, but in a good way. Lots of bourbon flavors that are paired very will with caramel and fig.
M: Heavy bodied. Mildly carbonated.
O: A great beer. You can really see how this benefited from being in the barrel for over 3 years.
02-09-2012 16:36:49 | More by camil1mj
4.73/5 rDev +4%
A: Poured a murky brown color with good carbonation and a tan cap leaving behind some bubbles and light lacing
S: Wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some Earthiness. Nice and strong!
T: Main notes up front were bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, and chocolate. It still had a small presence of what Adam is..a hearty old world ale with a bit of smoke, hints of leather. Finish is dry, creamy with bourbon lingering start to finish.
M: Well carbonated, full, big body.
01-29-2012 15:51:28 | More by barleywinefiend
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -19.1%
From 12oz bottle to snifter on 1/6/12
-- Thanks, Johnny --
A: Pretty enough. It's a bit darker then expected, though it's also a bit cleaner too. A good, firm pour yields a mere .25 finger head that fades quickly. No lacing or collar.
S: Herbal and a bit minty. Not nearly the bourbon bomb on the bouquet one would expect. The alcohol is well masked, but in the end it comes off a bit one note.
T: Pleasant up front, yet it's a bit stunted. It really takes a minute to open up, where the residual sugar kicks into gear on the mid. The finish showcases toasty oak, vanilla, booze and a kiss of char and bourbon.
M: The barrel really did a number on this bad boy. It's thinner then I'd like, and comes off with a real "cask" vibe. To call the mouthfeel disspointing would be accurate.
O: HotD's Adam from the Wood is a nice beer. A good beer in fact. It also screams "overhyped". Limit production, get the proverbial word out and watch the hype train roll.
Look, I liked this a lot and would without question drink it again. But when asked what my favorite barrel aged Old Ale is, I can assure you that Señor Adam de la Wood won't be topping my list.
01-24-2012 22:34:53 | More by Rhettroactive
District of Columbia
4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
2011 vintage served alongside regular Adam.
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, head is tan, beer and head are both noticeably darker than the regular Adam. Smells of bourbon and dark fruit, interestingly a bit like a quad. Taste is awesome, the bourbon really mixes perfectly with the dark fruit and the maltiness of the base beer, has notes of vanilla as well. Incredibly easy to drink for the abv, delicious! Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and pretty much spot-on. Overall, this beer is really amazing, an incredible execution of barrel aging with an already fantastic beer.
01-22-2012 22:58:26 | More by starrdogg
4.88/5 rDev +7.3%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 release. Huge thanks to Jason for this bottle!
(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color that produced some surprising tan froth considering the ABV.
(S)- A big big body of rich aromas. Tiny hints of oxidation, but tons of raisin, prune, cocoa, plum, leather, tobacco, and a dry vanilla-like oak. Even tiny bits of licorice at the end. All rich, but each part subtle and dynamic as hell.
(T)- Again, an array of wonderfully rich characters. Raisin, prune, cocoa, plum, licorice, tobacco, and a great subtle almost smoky vanilla barrel character. Lots of an almost spicy dry oak on the finish. Extremely complex to say the least and my description fails to fully comprehend it. Lets just say its tastes freaking delicious!
(M)- A mellow carbonation level that comes off extremely smooth. A dynamic and complex beer of profound richness, but expertly balanced and blended. And despite having a rather large 12%ABV, it just rolls off the tongue (well hidden).
(D)- Yet another profoundly excellent beer from Hair of the Dog. Each release just makes me more and more impressed particularly when taking into account the barrel aged beers in their portfolio. Definitely a sipper if there ever was one, but one I would and could easily have a whole bottle to myself. Right up there with Matt as their best beer I have had from them so far.
01-15-2012 17:40:39 | More by sweemzander
4.28/5 rDev -5.9%
2011 bottle. Pours a very dark burgundy/chestnut that appears near black in the snifter, with a small creamy beige head of super tight bubbles. Nose is dates and cherries soaked in brandy, leather, smoke, a touch of brine which is just classic Adam. Very decadent alcoholic details on the nose. Mouth is very creamy, rich, alcohol heat throughout, lots of dripping dark fruits in brandy, bourbon, brine and leather in the mid palate, with a pleasantly hot finish. Takes the edgy qualities of a 2 year old Adam and just adds dimensions of complexity. I've been looking for this beer, wistfully, for years and was stoked to see it was being released again, and it doesn't disappoint at all.
01-14-2012 02:38:51 | More by JAXSON
4.7/5 rDev +3.3%
'11 batch shared by beerdy last month. Pours a dark brown that borders on black, topped by a thin cap. The nose is rather decadent, showcasing a ton of bourbon and oak. The signature leather and tobacco aroma of Adam is still present, along with vanilla, light nuttiness, smoke and somewhat brash but not unwelcome alcohol. The palate is warming and sweet, bourbon at the forefront with plenty of oak, tannin, vanilla and caramel. Lightly oxidized, still surprisingly hot despite all the years in the barrel. The earthiness of Adam shines through past the big barrel flavors, contributing leather and tobacco, dark fruit, subtle smoke. The body is medium-full; it feels a bit more hefty than the non-barreled Adam. A fantastic beer overall, though it may benefit from some time in the bottle to tame the heat.
01-12-2012 18:50:42 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
First had: rather large sample from a bottle at HotD's brewpub, graciously shared by johnmichaelsen, who recognized me and MsRif without ever even meeting us! Thanks!
I found this to be pretty similar to the regular Adam in most ways (which is good), other than perhaps more of a boozy quality, naturally, from the barrel aging. Maybe more aging would accent that trait a bit more. But otherwise, the beer came to me in a HotD sampler glass (love those things), dark cola brown with a lasting, creamy tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel, semi-sweet chocolate (really like this aspect of the beer), dark fruit notes, and bourbon-soaked oak. The barrel has not detracted from the smoothness of the beer for sure; tastes of chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, some dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of bourbony oak. Very nice. Smooth, full-bodied, and very drinkable.
I have a few bottles of Cherry Adam that I'm looking forward to trying soon.
01-10-2012 16:26:30 | More by Rifugium
4.3/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured into a snifter...
A: Deep, dark, impenetrable brown with ruby traces. A nice quarter finger of cream colored head that fades to a quarter finger ring around the edges of the glass. Pretty good head retention considering the ABV. Minimal spotty lacing is left behind. Loving how dark a color this is and the presence of actual head here. Great.
S: Loads of raisin, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Lots of booze on this, this could possibly use more age. It's got an extremely sharp bouquet, with the ripe fruits and booze cutting right through. Little bit of leather and tobacco. Smells good, but I think this will continue to develop with age.
T: A lot of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, brown sugar, leather, some mild tobacco, and a lot of booze. This needs another year to fully develop, but it's drinking effing spectacular right now. The brown sugar sweetness and booze will drop off and the tobacco, leather, and raisin will pick up. But that being said, this is an amazingly complex and enjoyable beer.
M: Bottom line: it's hot and fairly aggressively carbonated. Flavors are all well integrated, but the booze needs to take a back seat and I would have liked to see less carbonation on this.
O: Adam FTW doesn't quite live up to the hype, but only because people are asking for 750mL bottles of CBS for one 12 oz bottle of it. It is a spectacular BA Old Ale that should be sought and savored. Just don't trade your cellar for it.
01-07-2012 03:48:52 | More by siege06nd
4.55/5 rDev 0%
Pours a dark purple/brown. Bubbles! Even more than "barely carbonated," which is appreciated given the track record here.
Smells are musty old barrels, wood, tobacco, dark fruit, leather. Sweet too, actually reminded me quite a bit of cherry adam.
Dark fruits (plum, fig), leather, tobacco, typical aged Adam stuff. The barrels add another layer, musty wood mostly. No solvents, and minimal alcohol overall. I guess that's what happens when it's been sitting for 3 years. Integrated as hell.
Perfect mouthfeel, really. Full, not thick or syrupy. Doesn't linger too long.
Old ale, indeed. I don't think sitting on this is going to help it. It's aged already, and ready to drink.
01-06-2012 21:40:53 | More by caskstrength
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.