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

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 1,446
Gots: 137 | FT: 15
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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

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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Ratings: 768 | Reviews: 154
Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Hair of the Dog experience! Big thanks to Dan for sending this my way.12 oz bottle split three ways and poured into a tasting snifter.

A- Flat as my high school girlfriend. No head ever forms with sparse carbonation appearing in disappearing within three second. Color is a deep, rich mahogany with some light pushing through on the fringes.

S- What a bouquet. Caramelized raisins sprinkled with brown sugar. Backing all of this up is some firm oak and vanilla.

T- Drink this just below room temperature. I started drinking at refrigerator temp, and wasn't a huge fan. Once it warms, though, it opens up beautifully. All the sweet flavors mentioned above are balanced out by the superb oakiness. So smooth with hardly a trace of the 12% alcohol.

M- Again, drink it warm. Body felt thin and awkward, again, like my high school girlfriend. However, as it warms, it matures and the body is more robust, complimenting the flavors beautifully.

O- If you read this, heed my advice: don't bother letting this get too cold, as it must be had warm. Unless, of course, you enjoy muted flavors and a thin mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am eager to try the cherry variant.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Derek for sending this one my way. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark brown, with a small light tan head.

The aroma is full of sweet molassis and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke and leather.

The taste is full of sweet chocolate, vanilla and molassis, with a hefty dose of wood. There is a bit of an alcoholic bite in the finish, but it is mild.

The body is medium to thick, with nice soft velvety carbonation.

This is delicious.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

Served with Matt, Adam, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Bourbon Fred, Doggie Claws '05.

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige cap. The aroma offers bourbon, oak - very enticing, but lacks the complexity of regular Adam. Bourbon overpowers some if the more subtle aspects of the beer. Great flavor. Melts in your mouth smooth feel with alcohol heat masterfully contained. Lingering bourbon in the aftertaste, though exceptionally soft on the palate. Overall, outstanding.

Photo of MasterSki
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason - after a mildly amusing practical joke earlier this year you actually made this one happen. 2000 vintage, aged in oak for 7(!) years?! Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Pretty much still. Murky ruby-brown body, with some cherry wood highlights. Definitely looks "olde".

S - Oaky vanilla, dark fruits, pleasant oxidation, chocolate, spicy wood, roasted grains, more chocolate. Really nice stuff, and exceptionally mellow.

T - Taste is heavy on raisins and prunes, with light oak, and a nice combination of brown sugar and chocolate. Again, exceptionally mellow, with minimal alcohol.

M - Very low carbonation, no heat, medium-full body, chewy, viscous, and moderately tannic.

D - Delicious stuff that has aged extremely well. I'm curious how the new batch compares, seeing as it was only aged for roughly half as long. In any case, this was a real treat. A sipper, with it's rich flavor and deceptive alcohol.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the brewery

A: Sits down in the glass. Dark brown and somewhat murky. Stains the glass.

N: Lots of smoke, bourbon, leather, and tobacco. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and some dark cherry. Caramel and vanilla.

T: Superb blend of smoke and chocolate and sugar. Very balanced in terms of some sweetness, bitterness, and some salt.

: Thick and carbonated. Easily drinkable for its ABV and despite its heft. O: Doing really well at 1.5 years old. Drained this way too fast considering the price tag. Good thing there’s more.

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.

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!

Photo of s1ckboy
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark. 2 finger mocha head with very small, tight bubbles.

S - Mostly bourbon.

T - Bourbon, oak, some dark fruits, bitter yeast-y after taste.

M - Very smooth, medium body, carbonation could not be better.

A great beer. I was mostly tasting the barrels, would probablly change with some age on it. To me does not have the complexity of Matt but is still outstanding.

Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle at the taproom.

Appearance. Pours a deep chocolate brown with almost a finger of khaki head.

Smell. Woody bourbon with a little licorice, vanilla, caramel and dark malts.

Taste. Dry old wood, bourbon, sweet dark fruits, licorice root, chocolate, and vanilla. Sweet, woody and delicious.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. An awesome sweet and woody treat. Glad I ordered it and would again, even at $20!

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.

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.

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

Huge thanks to Chris for bringing this 12oz bottle to the Sea Of Floydster tasting!

Caramel and liqueur in the smell - quite similar profile to Dave.

Almost flat, but nice and smooth on the tongue. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar play against some vinous bourbon characteristics.

Very well done and very tasty.

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

On-tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a slightly muddled dark brown color with a few highlights of red.

S: The richness of the bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate is really impressive. A slight bit of alcohol heat, but it is quite smooth and pleasant.

T: A nice sweetness in the form of vanilla and chocolate. The wood is quite prominent and provides some nice tannins and even more vanilla. A bit of bourbon and warmth on the finish.

M: The body is full with a low, smooth carbonation and a nice warming feel on the tongue and all the way down.

D: A fairly high ABV beer, but very smooth and easy to drink. The bourbon presence might be a bit for some, but I found this on quite enjoyable.

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

I bought for on-premisis consumption a bottle of this at the Hair of the Dog taproom. An outstanding beer which for me had only one minor disappointment - a would have preferred just a little more carbonation. The light carbonation left it feeling just ever so slightly thin.

Taste was incredible - think Adam with strong bourbon, coconut, and vanilla notes. The bourbon was in perfect balance with the beer and not overpowering it. It doesn't feel hot at all either - it's wonderful to drink immediately.

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.

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

Adam from the wood has a dark brown body that borders on black, and a thin, yet very solid-looking slab of brown head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good, especially considering that this is a big beer.

The aroma is nice, with toffee, dark fruits, bourbon, wood and some general sweetness.

Tastes pretty damn good too. The barrel characteristics are pronounced but not overpowering, with bourbon, wood, vanilla and a little bit of leather. Dark fruits like dates and figs are teamed with some alcohol warmth. The malt backbone is big, with toffee, some sweetness and maybe a slight, dry, cocoa presence. Once again, there is a little bit of alcohol warmth in the finish, but it is pleasant.

Thick and chewy; very nice.

This is pretty impressive, one of the better examples I've come across of both an Old Ale and barrel aging in general.

Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by CLevar as part of a set of Adams that were tasted out, all fresh, & all much better than the older ones I'd previously tasted. Thank you sir!

Pour looks like Adam with bourbon colors. Deep brown with more likable level of carbonation that the other Adams. Nose is gorgeous: bourbon, wood, malty, leathery. All balanced perfectly.

Adam from the Wood is a bloody work of art. Deep bourbon notes are almost subtle, but become deeper & more aggressive as the beer warms. The bourbon just absolutely coats everything it touches, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Sweet malts, leather, vanilla, lots of drying wood, dark fruits. A flowering field full of great tastes, wonderfully integrated. Smooth & easy, this is a beer that could be consumed in quantity.

Awesome. Excellent beer. My favorite of a night of good beer, this is top-shelf.

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

Appearance: Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.

Smell: Deep sweet malt, hints of dark fruit, lightly charred wood, caramel, brown sugar, booze, and bourbon.

Taste: Same as nose

Mouthfeel: Thick body with low carbonation. IMHO the low carbonation enhances the flavor profile.

Drinkability: Nectar of the gods.

I didn't find the bottled version to be as intense, complex, or interesting as the sample I had on tap in September at the brewery.

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

A - pours a deep brownish black little to no head

s -deep and malty, plum, raisin, fig

t - starts off with an assault of dark fruit and lingers on with tobacco, charred white oak and very mild bitterness

m - thick and luscious

d - delicious and decadent. A beer for an ocassion

Photo of Sammy
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most interesting aroma of peat, alcohol, scotch, port. Appearance was deceiving because of soap like bubbles, no head. Taste barley, bourbon, salty, barrel wood. Thanks to Woolfs at Doug Shoemaker tasting. The taste, the alcohol - must be sipped. Speed bumps slowing us all down.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this was released at the brewpub silently on sunday afternoon.. they're closed M-T so yesterday was the true unveiling. $8.50/12oz. this is only the second time this beer was made, it spent just about 3 years in bourbon barrels.

i remember sharing some of the 2000 adam from the wood i had with the CT dudes back in the day.. that was 5-6 years old. it was totally smoky and developing port wine flavors.

at 3 years, this is definitely bourbon heavy.. in addition, they did not choose a particularly smoky adam to put in those barrels. and even after 3 years, its still pretty damn hoppy and bitter. i'm thinking the smoke is dwelling in there, but the beer needs another couple years to meld the heat and suppress some of the hops, vanilla & oak. as a bourbon barrel aged strong ale, this is a hands-down great beer. compared to the 2000, this is just good. this will be released in bottles this fall (guessing $15/12oz) and it will be imperative to purchase several to sit on. if i can recreate the magic of the 2000 batch with age, it will be worth every penny.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark mahogany with a small amount of foam on top.

Rich aroma with molasses, vanilla, raisins, tobacco and some smoke. Good blend of earthy aromas with a little bit of sweetness rounding it out. Woody flavors with sweet molasses and vanilla. A nice woody flavor in the background with some sweet dark chocolate.

The body is nice and full with soft carbonation. Overall this one is great. Tough to beat.

Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to my 2011 SecretSanta. Dark, hazy brown pour, red highlights with no real head. Aroma contains strong bourbon notes, vanilla, lots of sweet malty port like aromas as well, dark fruits, woody, multi layered and complex. Traditional tobbaco notes, very ashy. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, fruity with a lot of vanilla/bourbon and tobacco, slightly boozy finish. Palate is heavy, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish which makes it even more decadent. Really nice sipper.

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: rather large sample from a bottle at HotD's brewpub, graciously shared by johnmichaelsen, who recognized me and MsRif without ever even meeting us! Thanks!

I found this to be pretty similar to the regular Adam in most ways (which is good), other than perhaps more of a boozy quality, naturally, from the barrel aging. Maybe more aging would accent that trait a bit more. But otherwise, the beer came to me in a HotD sampler glass (love those things), dark cola brown with a lasting, creamy tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel, semi-sweet chocolate (really like this aspect of the beer), dark fruit notes, and bourbon-soaked oak. The barrel has not detracted from the smoothness of the beer for sure; tastes of chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, some dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of bourbony oak. Very nice. Smooth, full-bodied, and very drinkable.

I have a few bottles of Cherry Adam that I'm looking forward to trying soon.

Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.