1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

538 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 538
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 103 | FT: 11
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 130 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tarheels86
tarheels86

California

3.95/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:24:25 | More by tarheels86
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:38:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of huskermike12
huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-20-2014 15:05:51 | More by huskermike12
Photo of Seaba
Seaba

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-01-2013 14:14:24 | More by Seaba
Photo of bccocx
bccocx

Texas

4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-08-2014 19:29:55 | More by bccocx
Photo of allouez86
allouez86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-07-2014 02:47:36 | More by allouez86
Photo of leaversuch
leaversuch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-06-2014 01:57:50 | More by leaversuch
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-10-2012 08:21:21 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Spike-likes-beer
Spike-likes-beer

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-05-2014 14:07:56 | More by Spike-likes-beer
Photo of T_Hass
T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-04-2014 19:46:19 | More by T_Hass
Photo of CuriousMonk
CuriousMonk

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 17:28:44 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Mark000
Mark000

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-23-2014 01:44:53 | More by Mark000
Photo of MarkIntihar
MarkIntihar

Michigan

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-01-2012 12:49:30 | More by MarkIntihar
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-24-2013 03:08:17 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of IPAIsaac
IPAIsaac

Florida

4/5  rDev -12.5%

07-10-2014 01:59:31 | More by IPAIsaac
Photo of pathart
pathart

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-16-2014 20:36:01 | More by pathart
Photo of dvsbizzyb
dvsbizzyb

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

09-11-2013 04:41:37 | More by dvsbizzyb
Photo of clvand0
clvand0

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:01:44 | More by clvand0
Photo of jethrodium
jethrodium

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 20:38:12 | More by jethrodium
Photo of ribs
ribs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -12.5%

03-30-2012 03:22:50 | More by ribs
Photo of Kylemif
Kylemif

Oregon

4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-03-2013 19:59:11 | More by Kylemif
Photo of bikesnbeerFtc
bikesnbeerFtc

Colorado

4/5  rDev -12.5%

04-28-2014 04:46:52 | More by bikesnbeerFtc
Photo of bleedsblu
bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.5%

04-22-2014 00:35:30 | More by bleedsblu
Photo of brother_kenneth
brother_kenneth

Virginia

4/5  rDev -12.5%

05-27-2014 19:56:21 | More by brother_kenneth
Photo of rab53
rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -12.5%

06-10-2014 04:31:39 | More by rab53
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.