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

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553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 1,361
Gots: 107 | 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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-06-2011 23:27:06 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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mv945

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-05-2011 21:21:21 | More by mv945
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-05-2011 20:45:32 | More by sideshowe
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mcc1654

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2011 19:31:05 | More by mcc1654
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bespin15

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-05-2011 10:42:06 | More by bespin15
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pzymali

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-04-2011 22:57:41 | More by pzymali
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stx00lax

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Drank next to a BA 4th dementia for comparison.

A- Very dark brown. Off-white ring of small bubbles circles the glass. When I hold the glass up to the light, I can see more bubbles on the bottom and sides of the glass. Carbonation does not seem to be an issue at all.

S- All of the awesome characteristics of adam refined and accentuated by big bourbon, caramel, hazlenuts and tawny port.

T- Bourbon is big, but nicely balanced with leather, tobacco, port, vanilla, light smoke and a bit of oak.

M- Full creamy body with perfect carbonation. Light boozy/oaky heat, definitely not overwhelming as it is combined so well with many other flavors.

O- Definitely a wow factor beer. Big, complex and in your face. Just delicious and an improvement on one of my faves in regular adam.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:46:39 | More by stx00lax
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-04-2011 18:04:45 | More by JAHMUR
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-04-2011 03:02:23 | More by HopStoopid120
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a persistent quarter finger of head. Aroma has tons of tobacco and some creme brulee sweetness. Flavor is absolutely overwhelming with the tobacco and smokiness, overpowering the barrel even. Oh my god there is so much tobacco and beef jerky and soy in this, what the fuck. I know those flavors are present in regular Adam, but this is cranked up to 11. Interesting, provocative, and unique for sure but I wouldn't use ''highly enjoyable'' on my list of descriptors.

The body is full and creamy and perfect, but overall this beer was a total letdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 01:35:33 | More by alcstradamus
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teamizm

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-01-2011 06:12:42 | More by teamizm
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for bringing this by

Pours a dark reddish brown. A touch of light off-white head. Smells barrel heavy with some slight odd aromas. Smells similar to the tequila black hole. Interesting. Tastes very sweet and bourbony. Well carbonated. Overall good but not stellar. A bit boozy. Would drink it agin but it didn't blow me away

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:25:45 | More by Urbancaver
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies

A-dark body with s white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-lots of nice wood characters that make it divine

T-follows the nose but mellow really well. Would love to have more

M-medium body and smooth

O-very, very stellar beer

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:21:10 | More by brew3crew
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Azurescens

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, 2011 batch poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 11/29/11

A: Pours dark brown with light brown head that leaves just a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Very bold and complex with dark fruit, some chocolate with mild leather, oak and tobacco. Some alcohol presence but it is very mellow for 12% ABV.

T: Extremely smooth and robust with lots of oak, tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate malt and leather. Faint bourbon notes that I imagine have mellowed out significantly after over three years in barrels. Some warming from the alcohol but there is next to no detectable heat. This is easily one of the richest, most complex and flavorful beers that I have ever had.

M: Thick medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, finishes smooth and sweet.

O: If there is any beer out there to slowly savor and sip on, this is it. So much flavor packed into every little sip. Adam is a fantastic beer to begin with, but put him in bourbon barrels for over three years and you have a masterpiece. Many thanks to Alan for continuing to create such incredible and unique beers!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:04:46 | More by Azurescens
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robsee

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought for on-premisis consumption a bottle of this at the Hair of the Dog taproom. An outstanding beer which for me had only one minor disappointment - a would have preferred just a little more carbonation. The light carbonation left it feeling just ever so slightly thin.

Taste was incredible - think Adam with strong bourbon, coconut, and vanilla notes. The bourbon was in perfect balance with the beer and not overpowering it. It doesn't feel hot at all either - it's wonderful to drink immediately.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:35:04 | More by robsee
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RViator325

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-29-2011 04:09:17 | More by RViator325
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Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-28-2011 19:52:35 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
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tigervette

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2011 14:28:02 | More by tigervette
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Arbitrator

California

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously gifted by ramnuts and shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Frank and Arne!

A: Pours an opaque, maroon body with a small percolation of brown bubbles that quickly settle out of solution and vanish. The beer is pushing the boundaries of low carbonation, but it does have bubbles.

S: I should probably state straight up that I have a soft spot for Adam (one of my favorite beers, and particularly one of my favorite old ales) as well as its variants. The aromas of aged base Adam shine through: tobacco, leather, smoke, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. On top of that is the barrel character: a caramelly bourbon, vanilla, coconut, nuts, oak, and a noticeable booze singe. I can't realistically give a 5.0 to something with booze in the aroma, but I suspect this will fade with time.

T: The barrel complements the aged Adam spectacularly. Vanilla, coconut, hazelnut, and oak blend seamlessly with toffee, chocolate, leather, smoke, and tobacco. Dark fruits are noted throughout (plum and fig), as well as a touch of oxidation that produces elements of soy and sherry. Again, my soft spot for Adam should be noted, but I am not giving this beer much of a pass. It seems like Adam was made to support bourbon barrel flavors. It bears them well.

M: Oily, slick. Adam amped up to 11. The body's heft doesn't quite hide its booziness, but the flavors linger without leaving any unpleasant sensations.

O: Very solid. It's a bit young, but I predict it will age phenomenally. I'm looking forward to tracking its progress in a year or two. In retrospect, I regret not asking for more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:17:09 | More by Arbitrator
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-28-2011 00:18:40 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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HopHead84

California

4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11/18/2011

2011 batch opened at 55 degrees. Snifter.

A: The bottle opens with a much welcome sinister sibilance that signals carbonation. This is a good thing. The body is a brown so dark it borders on black with a finger of light brown foam that slowly dissipates.

S: The aroma is great initially, but it really opens up after 10 minutes. Coconut melds with plum and a light nuttiness, perhaps macadamia. Oak is strong and bourbon is pronounced. Caramelized sugar accompanies apple and toffee. Vanilla is pervasive. I get a trace of smoke, as well as tobacco, earth, and a little leather. The aroma is so many things at once. At times it reminds me of a fine port. Oxidation is pleasant and complimentary, imparting light soy notes.

T: Light alcohol warmth up front with a strong combination of wood and bourbon. Vanilla blends with coconut and a light leather note. Tobacco is evident, and I get notes of plum and fig with a dash of chocolate. Graceful oxidation is reminiscent of sherry with a little soy sauce. I get traces of ripe apple and tannins. Alcohol is present in the finish, but it's is not at all inappropriate for the beer's ABV. This is stunning.

M: Medium in body with upper moderate carbonation, which seems a little high for this beer but that's a very picky thing to complain about as it's easy to swirl out. There is a lot of alcohol warming on the palate, as well as stickiness.

Overall: This beer is quite an experience. It's among the best I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 19:20:50 | More by HopHead84
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hannydawg

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2011 11:11:59 | More by hannydawg
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Lazerlobe

Washington

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-25-2011 22:14:06 | More by Lazerlobe
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waltersrj

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, 2011 Vintage split with dad for T-Day.

Pour: The deepest, darkest brown with just a slight ring of dark tan head after it settles.

Nose: This smells absolutely stunning. You get the leather, peat smoke, tobacco and chocolate from Adam mixed with a luscious bourbon that draws you deep into its toasted coconut, luscious vanilla, and charred oak.

Taste: Even better than the nose. An amazingly well integrated bourbon gives you thick and chewy fudge, vanilla, toasted coconut, layers of toffee and charred oak, peat smoke, and dark fruit (plum and fig). Amazing. The sweet tobacco at the end is so luscious and invites you back for more.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a creamy finish.

Overall: This beer is pure decadence. Probably the greatest, best tasting beer I've ever enjoyed. So glad to have a case of this. A once yearly treat for my birthday.

Alan, you've made another masterpiece...like I'm surprised lol.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 01:33:45 | More by waltersrj
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jag21

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-25-2011 01:05:30 | More by jag21
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.