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

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Reviews: 141
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rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 2.89%
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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 alcstradamus
3.19/5  rDev -29.1%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.65/5  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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The was a let down for me. I have been trying to get this beer for a while now and I finally got a couple of bottles. This beer is way way way overhyped.

A: Dark muddy brown with no head. What you would expect from a BA old ale.

S: Intense heavy malty notes with some vanilla and oak from the wood. Finishes with some nice bourbon heat.

T: Way less flavorful then I was expecting. The flavors in the aroma are there but they taste blunted. Disappointing.

M: Nearly uncarbonated and a little thin.

O: Very slightly above average for an old ale. Nothing special. Not worth seeking out in a trade especially given the asking price for it. (640 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to wsucoug96 for the bottle. Been saving this one for a special occasion. Enjoying it on my birthday. 2011 batch. Tasted 3 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, sludgy, murky blackish brown. Even moreso at the bottom of the bottle as something gets stirred up from those depths. Barely any head, no matter how aggressive I pour. If I swirl it, I get a little foam sticking to the glass.

Smell is big and rich, with a lot of the deep aromas that good malty barrel-aged beers often carry. Molasses, plums, vanilla, some woody notes. Quite rich and enjoyable, but without the pop of some.

Taste is also malty, rich, and sweet, but it bogs down in the heavy fruits and syrupy sugars. Plenty of complexity, but lacking brightness, and lacking the dance of flavors - things just sort of settle in. It's got some fantastic flavors, but mostly I get a muddle, rather than the layers of deliciousness that some big barrel-aged beers provide.

Feel is not good. It's flat. I could tell that from the appearance. And I don't expect it to be bursting with carbonation, given the type of beer and the age, but I need more than this. Need something to stir the pot, to keep it from getting stagnant. It's not just flat, it's flat and syrupy, like uncarbonated soda.

Good stuff, but not what I was hoping for. It's flat, and that's problematic, as it's a heavy beer and it ends up feeling sludgy. Also, the flavors are potent and varied, but not to the degree that I'd like. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good beer. But, IMO, it's not on the level (at least at 2 years) of many of my favorites. HotD Matt, for example, has much better barrel integration and is just a much better beer. I even like the regular Adam better than this one. (1,749 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed Tasting Glass.

The beer pours listlessly and limply from the bottle, dark cola brown color, burgundy hues, lacking in opacity with no head or lace to speak of, just dead and flat (which is stated on the label.) The aroma is very complex, huge fruit character, plum, prune cherry, dark grape, definitely get the vinous thing, not tart, but just vinous, lots of oak, leather, tobacco, spice, rich grain, and alcohol. The base beer really shines, while the oak aging just adds to the complexity. The flavors follow suit, so much character from so many layers of flavor. Beautiful fruit, layered earthy flavors of tobacco, spice and molasses while oak and toffee play with the rich grain that finishes a bit leathery with some potent alcohol heat. The balance is good and definitely improves as the beer warms up, really showcases everything that this beer has to offer. The body though, lets the beer down, it's flat. Yes, it's stated on the label and no, it doesn't kill the beer completely, or really to that big of a degree, but it feels so weak. It struggles to coat the mouth or dazzle the tongue and finishes a bit watery.

Verdict: I liken this to something like a tawny port wine, a very fine one at that, but with so many flavorful and complex oak aged beers on the market, this just doesn't seem to match up with a flat body. I definitely enjoyed sipping on this over the course of an evening and it was a lovely after dinner beer, but the potential for true greatness slipped past this one. (1,564 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
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 (455 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (872 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 kbrown
3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at HOTD Brewery and Tasting Room.

A- Dirty mud brown with a warp speed shrinkage to zero head.

S- Definitely that sweet barrel aged bourbon. Strong plum also.

T- Heavy plum, coconut with the sugary bourbon well placed at the end. Toffee also.

M- Syrupy, tangy.

O- Complex, interesting, but too sweet for my taste. Alcohol hit well hidden. It's tight like a three year barrel aged beer should be. (415 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL 2011ed thanks to a generous BA at Southampton Russian Imperial Stout release. Pours a clear sepia generating a denser, cappuccino head. No lacing really. Quick dissipation. Nose: oh yeah. Super tawny and old feeling, wet detritus, muted chocolate, muted peat bog. Subtle complexities with an old ale feel. Toffee, port, old Madeira. Lots of English malt character approaching something like Thomas Hardy Ale. Taste...up front it is much much sweeter than I remember typical Adam being (plums, raisins) moving to some muted alcohol heat and buttery chocolate frosting. Finish is a little bit sweet raisins, tart red wine, richer and full bodied with hints of paper that don’t materialize thankfully. Very rich. I’m not sure I like this better than normal Adam. The palate seems creamier and richer, but the taste is sweeter black barleywine. As it warms, I can really appreciate the complexities- oil, red wine, butter, acid. Yum. I’m not sure why this stayed in barrels for SOOO long and why they picked Elijah Craig, which produces vastly inferior bourbon to say Booker’s. Something smoky like Adam could do well for a short time period in a top notch Scotch barrel like Ardbeg.

I would highly recommend NOT aging this since it is A) already so old, B) is slightly red wine and port tart so may gain acidity, C) is already delicious, D) can really only gain more of an old/oxidized character. 1/31/2012 8/3/8/4/16=3.9 (1,433 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Bottle: Poured a murky dark brown color ale with zero carbonation. Aroma of tobacco, bourbon, light vanilla and molasses is quite singular. Taste is also dominated by tobacco with some molasses and bourbon notes clearly identifiable. Residual sugars are also easily identifiable with light warming alcohol. Body is quite full with almost zero carbonation. This is almost like drinking an old sherry or xeres and makes for a perfect nightcap. (441 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 jethrodium
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously shared by mrfootstones. Thanks Brian. Pours a cola brown with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of bourbon, oak, and caramel. There is also some smoke, a bit of tobacco, and quite a bit of alcohol. The taste is very sweet with lots of bourbon, some plum, and a hint of cherry. There is also lots of caramel, some vanilla, a bit of leather, and a light smokiness. The finish is quite boozy with lingering sweetness. Full Body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable, but I could not drink much of this. (582 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/red color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very alcoholic - bourbon, oak, coffee-roast malts, some dark fruit. The flavor has a lot of caramel and bourbon/oak flavors, but even more alcohol flavor. Fairly sweet finish. Also has some earthy bitterness that sticks around on the tongue. The mouthfeel is moderate, but the alcohol and bitterness stick around on the palate making this one a little less drinkable for me. Very interesting beer. (530 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (338 characters)

Photo of hopsbreath
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The tweet read "Adam from the Wood" on tap. Finally I wasn't working and was able to make it down for a glass. $8.50 for a 12oz pour. Get TulipSnifter her own because I want one for myself!

A: Very dark brown and opaque like prune juice with a tight half finger of espresso like head that slowly recedes to a fuzzy thick glass ring. No lacing but who's expecting any? 5/5

S: Smoke, leather, and tobacco are all adjectives I've used with regular Adam. They're all here as well but more intense. Add the wood, and coconut comes to play as does dark fruit and strong brown liquor. 4/5

T: Sweet decadent fruity sugars, beautiful bourbon, rum notes, raisins, smoked meat, chocolate heavy on the cacao, heavy handed alcohol, and more of that wonderful tobacco. 4/5

M: The alcohol is a little aggressive at this point and my tongue has some tingling alcohol burn going on. Some time in the bottle (whenever it actually get's bottled) should help reduce that alcohol bite. Thick and appropriately carbonated with a cleaner finish then I expected for such a big beer. Not too sticky. 4.5

O: A truly wonderful beer. Just like the base Adam, it's one of a kind. Call me crazy, but I think I actually prefer the non-barrel aged base beer though. That could be due to (as I stated in the mouthfeel) the alcohol being too big and hot at the moment. I'd love to stash a few bottles of this away for a year or so and see if that helps it integrate better. Just let me know when these are getting released and count on seeing me in line. 4/5 (1,529 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014.

Flat and mahogany brown.

The nose is ensorcelling, deep, and bizarre. It smells like...Arby's? Meat and cheese and horseradish. Also booze though. Scotch.

It's a delicious beer, if thin and almost perfectly flat. Fruity notes, some chocolate and toffee.

Great, but normal Adam is just so good. (315 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 jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle... dark brown, a bit shiny no head... the nose is phenomenal, one of the best smelling beers I’ve had, sweet molasses, bourbon, brown sugar... the taste isn’t as bursting as the nose, a little flat, but outstanding, brown sugar and molasses, the finish is a bit too oaky with smoke, a small complaint, but still great... try this (340 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (371 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 iadler
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (801 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)

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.