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

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

622 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 1,385
Gots: 117 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

robieobie1, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of spicelab
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

spicelab, Mar 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

ASUBeer, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Mar02x
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mar02x, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rathkem for this bottle!

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

Vintage 2014.

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.

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HUGE thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this beer! Thanks Hollis!

12oz bottle poured into oversized snifter.

Vintage 2011.

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

jerz, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

shwillivanilli, Mar 01, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark hazy mahogany with a small tan head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves some sticky legs along the sides.

Aroma is stunning with sweet caramel malts, molasses, tobacco, leather and lots of booze-soaked dark fruits. Some raisins, plums and lots of bourbon and oak. In short, all kinds of things going on in the nose.

The taste is more of the same - so complex. There is an initial bourbon kick with the coconut and vanilla sweetness. The backbone is all about the sweet caramel malts and molasses. Sweet fruits and a dry barrel-heavy finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation and oaky and dry in the finish.

This is a superb beer. The aroma is probably the best I've ever come across in the style. The taste is pretty damn close if not a notch below the aroma, but, either way, this is a fantastic beer. Right behind the Brandy Old Stock as best I've tasted in the style.

As a side note, I tasted this one side-by-side with Matt and Adam and this one was the best, no comparison. I thought Matt was world class, so I was shocked this one was clearly superior. So glad I got to try this one.

gford217, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

mark14580, Feb 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

GarrettB714, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

billyshears, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

KevSal, Feb 20, 2012
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4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

AgentZero, Feb 20, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to dsgolovin for providing this beer in a recent trade.

2011 Bottle.

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.

Reagan1984, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 16, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Feb 16, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

camil1mj, Feb 09, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

O: Exceptional!

barleywinefiend, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to snifter on 1/6/12
*From notes

Vintage 2011

-- 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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

spry, Jan 24, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

starrdogg, Jan 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

whartontallboy, Jan 22, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

sweemzander, Jan 15, 2012
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.