Adam From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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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
4.83/5 rDev +6.2%
Big thanks to oregonskibum for the finest beer I've had in years.
A turbid but still beautiful brownish red, topped by a thick skim of brownish beige head.
Crazy legs oil their way down the glass sides.
Strong aroma, full of barrel, lots of oak vanilla chocolate bits of coffee, other dark ripe fruits beyond capture, lingering sweet like pollinating flowers.
The strong flavors of this are less sweet than their description here might indicate. All the flavors of the nose front the sip, joined now by deep plum, especially as it warms. Well blended, yet well defined. Specific tastes come into the sip strongly, fade into a delicious blend at other times. The finish is kinda sweet and full of fruit, like a clean bomb of oaked flavors that are delicious.
Low carb., despite the look, full bodied (to understate), and a morphing finish of flavors of fruit whose characters have lingered strongly and made a killer finish.
Were this still drinkability a 5 here would be a no brainer. Forget it, you won't find a beer of this style of delicious and full flavor as drinkable as this. Still a 5 best of the class here.
01-04-2012 02:04:02 | More by cavedave
4.47/5 rDev -1.8%
Appearance: Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.
Smell: Deep sweet malt, hints of dark fruit, lightly charred wood, caramel, brown sugar, booze, and bourbon.
Taste: Same as nose
Mouthfeel: Thick body with low carbonation. IMHO the low carbonation enhances the flavor profile.
Drinkability: Nectar of the gods.
I didn't find the bottled version to be as intense, complex, or interesting as the sample I had on tap in September at the brewery.
01-02-2012 20:39:19 | More by koopa
4.6/5 rDev +1.1%
12oz bottle from 2011 shared at PNY vol 2. Cheers, Jim!
One of the last beers of night two. This is a biggun.
A. Bold and dark, very dark wooden brown. Looks like a clear quad. Decent tan head, fine retention.
S. Sweet, tons of residual malt sugar. Boozy, warm and inviting - not too sharp. Oak, heavy but not overdone. Dark fruits - prune, especially, orange? Works together well, this is a massive, oaked and fruity malt bomb. Needs to be nearly room temp to fully bloom. As it warms, and as you smell this more, it gets very complex. Simply excellent.
T. Follows the nose. A sweet and almost JW Lee's like complex old ale - surely one of the best I've had from the West coast - and simply has to be tried. Layered caramel sugar, chocolate, sherry, oak, warming alcohol, Christmas fruits.
M / O. Mellow carbonation is exactly what is needed here, and delivers. The finish is long and sweet and rich. This is a dessert beer, and quite sugary, but it is also excellent.
Adam from the Wood isn't just the best beer I've had from Hair of the Dog, it's one of the best big beers to come off the West Coast in a long time. Highly recommended!
01-02-2012 04:40:07 | More by kkipple
4.69/5 rDev +3.1%
Sampled at the HOTD tasting room.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and fairly decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable bourbon, along with chocolate and brown sugar. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, but is dominated by chocolate, vanilla and even some light coconut. There's still considerable booze as well, but it's not as pronounced as I was expecting, given the aroma profile. Mouthfeel is excellent, and I just love the long, soft, almost creamy aspect to this beer. The beer finishes well, and once again I'm amazed by how well integrated the alcohol is in the flavor profile.
Very interesting to sample the new bottled version, after having had the 2008 draft version on tap last summer. IMHO, the extended aging definitely improved this beer, as I did not find the bottled version nearly as good as the draft version. That may well change with a couple of years in bottle, but right now I would probably hold off drinking any bottles of the new AFTW, if I happened to own any (which I don't).
Edit from 3/14. Lucky for me, I now live near the HOTD tasting room again, and so get to taste this beer from time to time. As expected, time has been this beer's friend, and bottles of this now taste incredible. I have modified my ratings and score accordingly.
12-29-2011 16:29:40 | More by John_M
4.58/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to Black13 who was kind enough to send this beer my way! I finally had some time to sit down and enjoy it.
A: Dark chocolate brown with very little head, even with a fairly aggressive pour.
S: Just fantastic. Sweet, oak, bourbon... immediately after some swirling, the glass fills with wonderful dark jammy fruit.
T: Sweet, bourbon, dark and sticky fruit, alcohol is well placed, complex but everything is in great balance. It is not just an "oaked Adam"... it is like a different beer, in fact there are parts of Adam that I did not even taste in this beer.
M: Smooth, easy to drink. Light carbonation works well. It seems to coat your entire mouth almost like a thin syrup.
O: Just delicious, I can't get over the smell... it was fantastic.
12-29-2011 08:24:28 | More by bignuke61
4.68/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a deep brown with slight reddish hues. Small head, less than a finger, dissipates quickly leaving some bubbles floating about. Definitely more carbonated than Bourbon Fred which I was a little disappointed with.
Smell is simply amazing. Deep, deep, warm bourbon tones and smokey oak tones. Rich malts, caramel, maybe some plums. The barrel aging just made this beer a different creature, so great!
The taste actually tops the aroma which I was surprised. I scored it perfect mainly because of how balanced it was. The bourbon is there and great, but it doesn't dominate the beer. The multiple levels of caramel, toffee, leather, dark sugary fruits, and oak are just amazing. The beer seems to morph and reveal new layers with every sip.
The mouth feel is impressive as well, slightly syrupy, but very smooth and not too hot. Great carbonation level which real makes this beer that much more enjoyable after having tried Bourbon Fred which felt like water in the mouth.
Awesome! Amazing! Delicious! I want more! So much more! what else can I say?...If this isn't on he top of your wants/whales list....PUT IT THERE!
12-26-2011 03:16:14 | More by iflah45
4.47/5 rDev -1.8%
Bottle shared by CLevar as part of a set of Adams that were tasted out, all fresh, & all much better than the older ones I'd previously tasted. Thank you sir!
Pour looks like Adam with bourbon colors. Deep brown with more likable level of carbonation that the other Adams. Nose is gorgeous: bourbon, wood, malty, leathery. All balanced perfectly.
Adam from the Wood is a bloody work of art. Deep bourbon notes are almost subtle, but become deeper & more aggressive as the beer warms. The bourbon just absolutely coats everything it touches, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Sweet malts, leather, vanilla, lots of drying wood, dark fruits. A flowering field full of great tastes, wonderfully integrated. Smooth & easy, this is a beer that could be consumed in quantity.
Awesome. Excellent beer. My favorite of a night of good beer, this is top-shelf.
12-24-2011 19:18:58 | More by maximum12
4.43/5 rDev -2.6%
A - Very dark. 2 finger mocha head with very small, tight bubbles.
S - Mostly bourbon.
T - Bourbon, oak, some dark fruits, bitter yeast-y after taste.
M - Very smooth, medium body, carbonation could not be better.
A great beer. I was mostly tasting the barrels, would probablly change with some age on it. To me does not have the complexity of Matt but is still outstanding.
12-21-2011 02:32:30 | More by s1ckboy
4.53/5 rDev -0.4%
At the time of this review, this is the #2 Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Old Ale" list as well as the #28 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular" list. Served in a Stone IRS snifter. Shared with a few others at a tasting.
Served with Matt, Adam, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Bourbon Fred, Doggie Claws '05.
First off, this beer's aroma is the first thing I noticed, before the appearance. This beer is heavy with bourbon and booze, Adam is one of my favorite beers under certain cirumstances, and this is like Adam on crack and whiskey, serious. Wow.
Beer is brown, mildly hazy, sweet, lots of bourbon, lots of malt, the liquor wins out there with me.
Beer is medium in body, a little thinner than expected, a little stronger than I expected, very oaky, very vanilla and bourbony, strong throughout. Very good, an interesting variant on Adam. Adam still is awesome but this beer is slightly more awesomer.
12-19-2011 02:53:15 | More by drabmuh
4.5/5 rDev -1.1%
Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark mahogany with a small amount of foam on top.
Rich aroma with molasses, vanilla, raisins, tobacco and some smoke. Good blend of earthy aromas with a little bit of sweetness rounding it out. Woody flavors with sweet molasses and vanilla. A nice woody flavor in the background with some sweet dark chocolate.
The body is nice and full with soft carbonation. Overall this one is great. Tough to beat.
12-19-2011 02:40:38 | More by Bendurgin
4.4/5 rDev -3.3%
A big thanks to Derek for sending this one my way. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark brown, with a small light tan head.
The aroma is full of sweet molassis and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke and leather.
The taste is full of sweet chocolate, vanilla and molassis, with a hefty dose of wood. There is a bit of an alcoholic bite in the finish, but it is mild.
The body is medium to thick, with nice soft velvety carbonation.
This is delicious.
12-19-2011 02:29:09 | More by andrewinski1
4.15/5 rDev -8.8%
Bottle courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a bit of a thin tan collar. The nose carries a good amount of musty oak and bourbon plus malt and some slight tobacco. Flavor has a bit more bourbon and isn't quite as integrated but is still quite nice. Medium body's with no alcohol and low carbonation. Standout stellar beer. Boom.
12-18-2011 22:13:58 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.65/5 rDev +2.2%
12 oz bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks bro.
Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a light tan head. Fades to a thin film with little lacing. Very smooth, balanced aroma of bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, tobacco, cherry, wet dog and must.
Very sweet and smooth body with light carbonation. Barrel is much more well integrated than Bourbon Fred. Bourbon, cherry, plum, tobacco, oak and brown sugar carry the flavor. Rich and sweet, but more enjoyable than Matt, bourbon Fred or Cherry Adam. Alcohol is present throughout but not off putting. Amazing.
12-18-2011 22:13:15 | More by yourefragile
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.