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

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 803
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 6.89%
Wants: 1,459
Gots: 146 | FT: 14
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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

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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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Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of Auracom
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of NarcoSolo
4.77/5  rDev +6%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of Steasy66
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (760 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -12%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
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.  (402 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +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. (402 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
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! (765 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a few cm of dull, dark brown head which slowly fizzles away, leaving a frothy ring.

S: Big bourbon, toasted oak, winey dark fruit and cherry, and chocolate aromas. Very aromatic, and smells delicious.

T: Thick dark chocolate and dark fruit (plum, cherry), sweetish bourbon, and a lengthy cocoa finish. A little alcohol taste, esp. on the finish. More chocolate and less oak/bourbon than I was expecting. Off dry.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky. Imparts a nice warming sensation in the belly.

O: A slow sipper with phenomenal complexity and flavors. Fantastic stuff, this shows so many flavors over the course of a bottle. Another winner from HotD. (729 characters)

Photo of pigc
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bgramer for hooking me up with this trade.

A - Pours nearly pitch black with half finger head with aggressive pour. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, dates.

T - Sweet bourbon heat right up front followed by a wave of bourbon soaked raisins, figs, plum, a little bit of soy and some chocolate as well. So much going on in this one. Nearly perfect.

M - Medium bodied but may be a tad on the thin side for the style. Low carbonation makes this an easy sipper.

O - One of the best barrel aged beers that I've had. This one reminds me a bit of King Henry with maybe a bit more complexity. Perfect amount of bourbon, not too hot, not too sweet or cloying this is a top notch of a beer and worth getting your hands on a bottle if you get a chance. (790 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a very thin head receding almost immediately to nothing. Not unexpected from the ABV.

Tons of raisin in the aroma. A little bit of leather and tobacco along with an earthy quality and vanilla oak and bourbon.

Same flavors come through as the aroma. I get a ton of raisin and fig along with subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak. The barrel is nicely integrated and let's the base flavor shine through. A little extra brown sugar sweetness and a little sweeter overall than I'd prefer, but very complex.

Almost flat which detracts a bit, but in a style like this, carbonation levels should be low anyway.

Pretty good beer, but not sure given how much it takes to trade for, if I'd value it that high. Glad I got to try it. (754 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this. 2011 vintage.

4.0 A: Pretty damn close to black in color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is pretty good for the ABV, but no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Lots of the typical HOTD aromas in this. 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. Oak, vanilla, and peaty bourbon.

4.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, raisin, tobacco. Fig, date, and plum fruits. Still a bit vinous, but not as much as the nose. Bourbon is peaty, earthy, and minimally spicy. Oak and vanilla are back. It's super complex for sure.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Thick and viscous. Chewy with a moderate creaminess. Moderate amylase coagulation going on.

4.0 T: It's very tasty, but probably not worth the hefty trading value. BB4D blows this out of the water anyway for half the price. In any case, I'm glad I could try it. (986 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with thin, creamy, tan lacing concentrating around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a bourbon soaked dark fruit quality to it. I get some raisin, plum and caramel mixing with brown sugar, vanilla and oak. The bourbon barrel really compliments very well. Great aroma to it, things really come together well in it.

The taste has a great mix ox bourbon and sweet maltiness to it. The dark fruits, caramel and toffee of Adam really come through, but the bourbon really shines for me. I get some really nice brown sugar and vanilla flavors coming out of the super smooth bourbon. Again, It's really well balanced between the barrel character and the maltiness of the base beer. The flavors really come together well and compliment each other perfectly.

The mouthfeel leans a little towards the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a fantastic beer. The bold mlatiness of Adam is perfectly complimented by the smooth bourbon. It really comes together well and they balanced the barrel and beer flavors perfectly. it was incredibly smooth for 12% as well. (1,183 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (746 characters)

Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.