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

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 841
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 1,466
Gots: 150 | 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:
Beer added by: freed on 01-04-2005

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.
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 841
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, tasted at the Tasting Room in Portland in July 2012.

Pours a deep black, heavy and oily at the edges that seems opaque, although whether from haze, or just the depth of colour, no-one will ever know. Head is a slightly yellow white that forms a filmy fine ring around the edge. Doesn't leave much lacing, but the body leaves legs as it's tilted. Looks remarkable.

Big, big aroma: booze, coconut and vanilla, and tonnes of straight, spiritous bourbon. Sharp, brusque and powerful. The oak character gives a hint of wine as well, which is a pleasant counterpoint to the big, boozy sweetness. Amazing stuff.

Light burn on the front of the palate, with a sharp hit of spirits. This melds later into smoother notes: chocolate, oak, port and a brusque earthiness that becomes dominant later, leaving a hint of oxidation and wet cardboard. Some cream characters bring up the rear. Aftertaste is very hot.

Feel is surprisingly light: certainly lighter than you expect for all the richness on the palate. But it maintains that burn from the booze meaning however the texture, you feel this beer all the way down.

I had this side-by-side with the Matt, and this was clearly the lesser of the two (although that's comparing something to near-perfection). This was sharper, crisper and harsher. But there's no doubting the complexity and scope of both these beers. They are truly impressive examples of the craft.

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Photo of Axic10
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having a conversation on here with Barrythebear, I was "assigned" drinking a bottle of Adam and Adam from the Wood and review both. I decided to drink them side by side for the sake of Science. Hooray Science!

Poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark brownish black with a finger of mocha/tan head that settled down to a ring around the edge of the glass, almost stout like.

Smell: Adam turned up to 12! The dark fruits really come to the front of this one, especially the aroma of figs and raisins. The bourbon isn't as heavy as I thought it would have been, but the alcohol sting is heavier than the regular Adam, which isn't surprising. I prefer the heavier aroma of the dark fruits in this to the regular Adam.

Taste: Bourbon raisin right off the bat. Vanilla, plum chocolate, brown sugar mixed all together into a sweet nectar (of the gods).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ridiculously smooth. Almost like sipping on a fine cognac or scotch.

Overall: I really liked this beer, and while it's a 4.5 on my rating, I'd say it's closer to a 4.75. What a great treat from Barry, which was definitely appreciated in December 2011 when he gave me the bottle, but even more tonight when I drank it. ISO more bottles!

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Photo of iadler
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle opened during our bcbs vertical tasting. Thanks again, Matt (Exitmusic00)! This is one I've been wanting to try for a while. 2011 bottle.

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a thin off white head and no lacing. Not the prettiest girl at the prom.

S- Wet leather, a variety of dark fruits including plum, raisins, fig, red grapes, black cherry followed by oak, light smoke, burnt caramel, tobacco and a hint of coconut. Very complex.

T- Again leather is fairly prominent, with notes of tobacco, plumb, fig, black cherry, smoke, brown sugar, oak and coconut. Fairly sweet, but not overly so.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes a touch dry.

O- Really complex and another great sipper from HotD. Would love to get another bottle and age it for a year or two.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a very dark brown verging on black with some lighter brown highlights around the edges. Head diminishes quickly to a thin ring with some spotted bubbles.

Loads of fig and raisin on the nose. Bourbon plays soft vanilla and is met by the strong leathery presence of the base beer. Also, like regular Adam, I pulled blueberry here as well. This is a very rich smelling beer, decadent even.

Many of the base attributes are found here in the taste: blueberry, leather, fig, and raisin. Sweet malts play a starring role here as well. What is different from the base is obviously the barrel. The barrel aging here is very batter forward, bring a rich chocolate...German Chocolate?...vibe, which explains the coconut. Following the sip, the aftertaste is like a fudge laden ice cream sundae.

Carbonation is a bit high but the flavors meld wonderfully and this beer is a sublime sipper. As a lover of the base beer, I am pleasantly giddy with this incantation. A must seek for sure. If you don't like this beer, please bm me and I'd be happy to work something out with you.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. Tried this side by side with 2 vintages of Adam and Cherry Adam from the Wood. I ranked them Cherry AtfW, 4 year old Adam, this, than fresh Adam, though all were good/great.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of bright white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of clay, fruity malts, figs, plums, oak, light booze. Nice and sweet, but a little old/clay smell to it.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sweet caramel malts, cedar, toasted malts, plums, figs, raisins, and light clay. MUCH better than the nose; very sweet, but very good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy body to it. Not hot at all in the mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. The nose was a little old and boozy, but that booze didn't come through much in the taste. It is a sweet beer but a good one. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed at EOU commencement party 2012, congrats Kevin and Doug.

Pours a burnished deep brown, thin ring of head around the edge of the glass, nary any head, sans dissipation, no visible carbonation. A truly complex nose, the light charring of the barrels produces a clean wood character to go along with the ever-present Adam leather and smoke notes, much more subtle than the base beer. Taste is equally complex, leather, smoke, some vanilla, raisins, a bit of chocolate, brown sugar, hops are a secondary partner in this ultra-complex beer of the gods. Mouthfeel is medium, not much in the way of effervescence. One of the best beers on Earth, period. Well done Alan!

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Photo of tewaris
3.84/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Romulux, you da man!

Split with Steasy66, others.

Muddy, murky brown with a gushing head that leaves very soon and apparently takes all carbonation with it. Vanilla and wood in the aroma. Good barrel character in taste; vanilla, booze; and roast from Adam. Yeah. Feels thin.

This is a good beer but I completely fail to see the hype. In my opinion the barrels make it whatever it is, a decent beer from a base beer that is subpar.

3, 4, 4, 3, 4

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Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 6 months)

Muddied, hazed brown in color with dark ruby edges and a very small brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, though I don't necessarily need much in a beer of this style. Small dots and oily sheets slide down the glass.

The aroma is complex and incredibly nice: earthy and rich bourbon, oak, dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and a little bit of earthy/honey sweetness. Very, very nice.

The flavor, if possible, is even better than the aroma. The bourbon flavors are distinct and powerful, though they aren't overly hot or difficult to stomach. Rich notes of vanilla, wood, earth, and vanilla come together nicely, paired well with chocolate covered raisin and some fig/plum character. This is incredible stuff.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

My favorite Hair of the Dog to date, and I'm a big, big fan of the brewery.

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Photo of Auracom
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have to give a huge thanks to Greg for sending me this one. 2011 Vintage. 3-4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Looks like Adam with less carbonation - Very dark, murky brown coloring.

S - Awesome barrel notes. Vanilla, ripened dark fruit varietals, milk chocolate bar, tad bit of roast, well contained toffee and caramel, a touch of alcohol at the back.

T - The oak is phenomenal. All of the notes from the aroma with a great vineous, almost earthy characteristic at rear palate. Leather, hint of smoke, heavily roasted pecans, bourbon soaked figs. Roast and dark fruit aftertaste. Does everything I would hope for from the base Adam. Overall it's less sweetness and more woody, bitter, and dry.

M - Medium-heavy body, low but truly perfect carbonation, bitter, oaky, tannic finish.

D - A truly great expression of a totally unique beer. It smells great, drinks great, feels great. Lives up to the hype.

Edit - A revisit of the same batch at HotD's brewpub confirms that this is some stellar shit.

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Photo of NarcoSolo
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle

A: Dark chocolatey brown and heavy, a thin yet persistant ring of head around the inside of the snifter. Looks great.

S: A rich mix of leather, ripe prunes, wet pipe tobacco, rich vanilla, oak and crusty bread. Wow. I could keep going, too. I expected this to be much more bourbon forward, but it doesn't reach up and slap you in the face. Very nicely integrated.

T: Just like it smells. Delicious. Adam on it's own is rich and complex, but the barrel aging really takes it to another level. I'm so glad to see that the bourbon flavors are muted. It really lets you enjoy the subtleties. The oak in particular compliments the normal Adam flavors well.

M: Flawless. Medium/low carbonation, very smooth but also slightly viscous.

O: This brew absolutely lives up to the hype. One of the best I've ever had in any style, and totally unique. Seek it out.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Mac. Thanks again for the great beers man.

The look is nice, almost approaching black with some brown highlights. Some nice lacing, a ring of cream colored head.

The smell has a nice cupcake bakery smell to it, fluffy vanilla and coconutty aromas that signal a lighter bourbon barrel that was used in the bottle. Some brown sugar and sweet potato like aromas in the malt, wet bourbon barrels in this. Some smoky malts.

The taste is quite nice, some great bourbon flavors to this beer with a nice dose of smoky malts to the beer as well. The flavor is very complex and layered, some alcohol heat in the taste as well adding to the cherry like flavors and burnt caramel. Nice overall.

The feel is pretty good, I was hoping for a little thicker of a feel but it is sticky and a littl bit of heat.

A special and unique beer once again from HotD.

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Photo of Steasy66
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3oz from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
A- Very dark brown, no head
S- Big bourbon nose, malty
T- Bourbon, chocolate, boozy
M- Thick, low carbonation
O- Nice beer but not out of this world. Enjoyed it but probably fell victim to the hype. Good bourbon character.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter glass. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head that lasted decently throughout. The aroma holds coconut/vanilla from the wood, dark chocolate, dark bread, earth, tobacco, wet leather, soy, figs, prunes, raisins, and a touch of old hops reminiscent of the regular Adam old ale. Robust and oxidized nose. The flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of vanilla, coconut, wood, caramel, dark sugar, dark fruits, leather, tobacco, earth, dark bread, chocolate, earthy licorice, light citrus and a touch of soy. The mouthfeel is rounding, soft and sticky with a light carbonation. Vinous and complex finish. Medium-bodied. Overall, a very nice old ale. Didn’t blow anything out of the water for me. I will not go at great length for this brew anymore and stick with the more accessible Adam which is one of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 Thanks for sharing MrVonzipper

Look: Pours a very dark muddy brown in color with traces of red. A fairly small head and ok retention with some spots of lace

Smell: Upfront is quite a bit of tobacco leather and brown sugar. If you search hard enough you can find some vanilla notes and even a touch of bourbon

Taste: For me it is very similar to the nose with copious amounts of tobacco and leather. The level of flavor does not end there behind that is some nice maple syrup brown sugar and bourbon

Mouthfeel: The body is pretty thick and heavy and chewy

Overall: I strongly suggest trying this at some point it is one of the best old ales I have ever had. I personally prefer the Cherry adam to this one but this is one is still exceptional

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, citrus zest, dark fruit, and bourbon. Taste is the same with some slight leather, tobacco, and ash flavors. This beer has a very low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice set of complex aromas.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark muddy brown. Short tan head with short retention. Slightly oily. 

Big rich nice nose. Pretty boozy smelling. A bit of rich dark fruit. Dark molasses, caramel and smoky maple syrup. Chaw like tobacco. 

Big great flavor. Maple syrup, caramel, a touch a vanilla, rich fruit. Lovely. 

Surprisingly medium bodied. Low carb. 

Overall a fantastic beer. Great all around. Easy to drink actually. 

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Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, courtesy of classroom13, thanks Sean! Adam from the Wood pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a one finger, creamy light beige head. It looks perfect and the creamy head stayed for the entirety of the beer. The nose is smooth and creamy. I get a lot of dark fruit and cola along with vanilla and cream. It smells like the perfect old ale. The flavors are ridiculous. It's plenty malty with just a touch of bourbon. There is smooth cream and vanilla with some figs. It's really interesting and complex. It drinks light and velvety, so smooth. I really like it although I prefer Old Stock Bourbon and Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia to it by far. The difference is the amount of bourbon. This tastes like it is aged, since it is, and is a few years old and I would assume it has mellowed out a tad. I'd would love to try this at year two from the barrel.

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Photo of claaark13
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jedwards. 2011 vintage, 12oz. Served at cellar temp in a Founders snifter, split with aasher (he had his own glass).

A - Slightly tan, 1/4" head that gets down to lacing. Dark brown, decent legs. Looks really good.

S - Spices, some oak, some alcohol, some smoke. The barrel is very present.

T - Smokey spices, some caramel from the oak, then oak, smooth finish. The smoke/roast in the middle and finish is mild, but present. Slight amount of evaporation on the tongue after it warms up.

M - Medium body that is a little heavier on the tongue, slight carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic beer. I really don't know what else to say.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, consumed at HotD tasting room.

Appearance - Dark brown, murky, with zero head.

Smell - Vanilla, oak, caramel, malt, little bit of bourbon.

Taste - I get a bit more bourbon in the taste than smell. It's Adam + a bit more sweetness, oak & bourbon

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation, thick and syrupy

Overall - I enjoyed this quite a bit. Regular Adam is just as good, but less complex.

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Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque mahogany color with a layer of off white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: Very sweet with some dark fruit notes and bourbon heat. I'm getting some brown sugar and vanilla as well.

Taste: Wow is all I can say. Sweet and malty, I'm getting some vanilla and brown sugar with some bourbon heat. This beer tastes like liquid bourbon candy. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: The body is thicker than medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The difference between this and the regular version is huge. I would love to have more of this beer.

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Photo of brystmar
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cracked this 12oz bottle after a rough day at work. I'm a big fan of opening a favorite brew after a long day.

Dark brown body, plenty of tan head. Great retention and lace give AftW top marks for the style. Surprising since Old Ales are typically ugly.

Nose is bursting with bourbon, vanilla, booze, and tons of malt. Can't say it's my favorite aroma but certainly enjoyable.

Malts and caramelized booze up front; bourbon makes its way in shortly thereafter. Leathery and tobacco-y too. Caramel and vanilla linger after swallowing as the alcoholic warmth soothes my throat. Superb.

Huge, viscous body brings everything together. Tons of well-crafted flavors make this immensely enjoyable; AftW is something every beer geek needs to sample. One of my favorites!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle thanks to hopsbreath. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Pours a murky brown with no head. No bubbles. Nothing. Looks quite dead in the glass. A bit chunky with sediment at the end of the bottle.

Smell - Vanilla and oak barrel character. Nice. Sweet malts. A little bit of cola in the aroma. It has a really nice deep malt aroma like a sweet scotch. Touch of peat and leather. Awesome.

Taste - Less complex and a little bit more muddled from sweetness. Bourbon makes its first appearance here, though. Sweet caramel and lots of it. More cola flavors and a slight earthy flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tingly warm alcohol sensation and it's nearly flat. No real carbonation. Not as thick as I'd think or perhaps like.

Overall - It's an impressive beer with impressive flavors. Too sweet, which is strange, because Adam is hardly sweet. I'm also surprised it isn't as dominated by Bourbon. Three years is a long time.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
98 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.