1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

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

Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

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

455 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 455
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.39%


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 Reviewers
Ratings: 455 | Reviews: 127 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of tarheels86
tarheels86

California

3.95/5  rDev -14.1%
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 caskstrength
caskstrength

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Frank.

Pours a dark purple/brown. Bubbles! Even more than "barely carbonated," which is appreciated given the track record here.

Smells are musty old barrels, wood, tobacco, dark fruit, leather. Sweet too, actually reminded me quite a bit of cherry adam.

Dark fruits (plum, fig), leather, tobacco, typical aged Adam stuff. The barrels add another layer, musty wood mostly. No solvents, and minimal alcohol overall. I guess that's what happens when it's been sitting for 3 years. Integrated as hell.

Perfect mouthfeel, really. Full, not thick or syrupy. Doesn't linger too long.

Old ale, indeed. I don't think sitting on this is going to help it. It's aged already, and ready to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:40:53 | More by caskstrength
Photo of pigc
pigc

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:42:47 | More by pigc
Photo of camil1mj
camil1mj

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle shared by Romulux.

A: Wonderful deep brown with minimal head. Some lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, caramel and figs.

T: This one is very boozy, but in a good way. Lots of bourbon flavors that are paired very will with caramel and fig.

M: Heavy bodied. Mildly carbonated.

O: A great beer. You can really see how this benefited from being in the barrel for over 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 16:36:49 | More by camil1mj
Photo of waltersrj
waltersrj

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, 2011 Vintage split with dad for T-Day.

Pour: The deepest, darkest brown with just a slight ring of dark tan head after it settles.

Nose: This smells absolutely stunning. You get the leather, peat smoke, tobacco and chocolate from Adam mixed with a luscious bourbon that draws you deep into its toasted coconut, luscious vanilla, and charred oak.

Taste: Even better than the nose. An amazingly well integrated bourbon gives you thick and chewy fudge, vanilla, toasted coconut, layers of toffee and charred oak, peat smoke, and dark fruit (plum and fig). Amazing. The sweet tobacco at the end is so luscious and invites you back for more.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a creamy finish.

Overall: This beer is pure decadence. Probably the greatest, best tasting beer I've ever enjoyed. So glad to have a case of this. A once yearly treat for my birthday.

Alan, you've made another masterpiece...like I'm surprised lol.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 01:33:45 | More by waltersrj
Photo of s1ckboy
s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:32:30 | More by s1ckboy
Photo of CaptainTripps
CaptainTripps

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hair of the Dog brewery tasting room. Beer poured into a HotD tulip.

A: The beer poured a deep mahogany brown, approaching black. No light comes through the beer except for on the edges. It came with a small head, "soft" mocha in color. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Wow, huge caramel notes combined with toffee and figs. Oak and bourbon notes come next with plenty of alcohol legs behind them. Also getting slight milk chocolate, nuts and coffee. One really good smelling beer.

T: As many have noted before me, this beer is very rich and sweet. It really reminds me of a barrel aged Lagunitas Brown Shugga. It has a excellent pairing of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Following those comes the bourbon, oak and alcohol. Very mellow and smooth.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. No alcohol heat. Low carbonation, but not flat.

O: I am very impressed with this beer. After the let down known as Cherry Adam, I wasn't sure any barrel aged Adam was going to make the cut and I was wrong. This beer is exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 03:51:32 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of KevSal
KevSal

California

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

hige huge thanks to stx00lax for this guy! this was a huge want of mine, and honestly i still owe him. he sent me a spair to age.

12oz slight chilled bottled poured intio eclipse snifters, had side by side with batch 82 of adam.

a- this one looks awesome! alightly thinner than adam with a deep dark redish hue on the edges. about the same amount of head as regular adam.

s- wow this one anells absolutely amazing! as soon as i cracked its richness spread into the room. tons of vanilla and sweetness, like adam amplified. tons of chocolate and wood.

t- follows the nose exactly. this is truly superb. vanilla, wood, slight cherry, right amount of sweet.

m- great hefty body and perfect carbonation.

o- wow! i was going in expecting a lot but this one still succeeded to impress me. i cant find one bad thing with beer. id love to have this side by side with ba 4d, both beers are world class, i think this one might beat it just barely.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:31:08 | More by KevSal
Photo of SkiBum22
SkiBum22

New York

4.83/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 14:00:43 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of fiver29
fiver29

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Bottle poured black with no carbonation or head. Aroma was amazing. Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. Has a medium body. Very little alcohol presence, wood, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and oak all come together to make this a world class brew. This is one of the best beers I have had and the only counts against it are the no carbonation and head. Otherwise, one of the best I’ve had.

I also had this this past weekend thanks to Mike. The above review still holds.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 15:32:27 | More by fiver29
Photo of CruisaC
CruisaC

Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle at the HOTD tasting room. Finally able to tick a longtime want.

Pours a dark cola with a fleeting head. Not much lacing to speak of but there is carbonation.

Smell is raisins soaked in bourbon. Delicious. I know I'm in store for something good.

This is what I search for in beer. This taste, smooth liquid raisins aged in bourbon barrels, is so, so smooth.

Very sticky yet smooth mouthfeel. Goes down entirely too easy for 12%. Certainly a sipper. Only thing missing is a fire on a cold winter night.

Outstanding beer, though no surprise to anyone. Worth it if you're ever in Portland.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 21:26:49 | More by CruisaC
Photo of Steasy66
Steasy66

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 05:29:43 | More by Steasy66
Photo of gregmoscetti
gregmoscetti

California

4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer! on tap at stuffed sandwich. This beer was the absolute standout, despite the entire barrel aged collection that Sam had. I had parabola after this and it tasted like old diner coffee. That is how good adam from the wood is.

2008 vintage. Sweet, bourbony, delicious beer with (as my good friend stated) the after taste of tollhouse cookie dough.

I had two

Wish it was four...

Get to stuffed sandwich stat.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 06:02:13 | More by gregmoscetti
Photo of Trystero
Trystero

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hair of the Dog brewhouse, August 3, 2011. Here with EinAyn, Capital Gains and OSUBeerStudent who all ordered his fantastic brew. I've had Cherry Adam, and regular adam.

Appearance: Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Dark and mysterious, framed with mokah hues where the brew meets the glass. Thin outer ring of white creamy head.

Smell: Intense nose of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, marshelled on by dark fruits, plum, candied apricots

Taste: Astoundingly complex, more so than my vocabulary and beer knowledge can comprehend. Roasted malt, intense, unrelenting oak aged character; vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Followed by sweet caramalized and candied dark fruits. You have to drink it to realize what it is. My words cannont begin to expound upon it's brillance.

Mouthfeel: Perfection, the ABV is masked.

Overall: A highlight of an already star-studded beercation. Nothing can compare in the real sense of the word. I've had nothing similar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 22:57:33 | More by Trystero
Photo of OSUBeerStudent
OSUBeerStudent

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the tasting room.

A: excellent. Opaque except for the edges. Small rim of head. Looks inviting, but let's be honest. Even if it didn't I'd continue.

S: incredible. Coffee, toffee, loads if brown sugar, hints of oakiness. Amazing. Alongside a doggie claws this is indescribable.

T: I'm unqualified to rate or describe this. Starts with the sweet brown sugar, toffee, and vanilla. Transitions to coffee and oak. Hints of dark fruit and a bit of cream? Finishes smooth and a bit bitter. coffee ice cream at the end.

M: the definition if a supper. Carbonation is perfect, alcohol is hinting but not close to obvious. I could drink this once, every day, indefinitely.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. It's hard to describe the layers of complexity. I could drink this daily for a long time and discover new facets every time. Truly phenomenal.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 23:03:04 | More by OSUBeerStudent
Photo of boMD
boMD

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Magnum that was shared at the opening of the new Hair of the Dog Brewpub!... Poured opaque, brown with no head, except for a little bit of bubbles at the surface. Aroma had lots of bourbon, and brandy-like booze, heavy with alcohol and even notes of cocoa, and buttery malts. Not as smokey as regular Adam, it seemed to have lost that in either the barrel aging or the bottle aging. Little carbonation, hot with whiskey flavors, and notes of prunes, currants, savory meats, and a little bit of roast. Very fortified, like a fine port wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 04:59:21 | More by boMD
Photo of seanthornton152
seanthornton152

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room. 12 oz pour

a- Hazel Brown, dark, murky, topped with dusty brown sugar head. Swirl leaves a sticky lace.

s- Upfront scents of vanilla, soaked in toasted oats, brown sugar; raisins.

t- Bready vanilla oak, sweet bourbon, toasted almonds, sweetness of plums and raisins, sprinkled with bittersweet chocolate. A hint of smokiness, but not as much as I was expecting.

m- Medium carbonation, sticky, full body

d- YES!

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 04:37:50 | More by seanthornton152
Photo of BigE90
BigE90

Washington

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At HoTD, just tapped 3 year aged keg.

A: poured dark with a good finger head, nice lacing on the side.

S: great molasses dark brown sugar coming off, you then smell a great toasted wood Smokey aroma.

T: wow! This just hits all the senses. Everything is there from chocolate to malt to marshmellow then molasses. All very balanced.

M: a great medium feel. Enough to linger and enjoy the flavors as you get ready for another taste.

O: Just f*** awesome. Best beer that I have ever had hands down. Nothing else can compare. I wish I could take a keg home!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 23:09:46 | More by BigE90
Photo of stx00lax
stx00lax

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Drank next to a BA 4th dementia for comparison.

A- Very dark brown. Off-white ring of small bubbles circles the glass. When I hold the glass up to the light, I can see more bubbles on the bottom and sides of the glass. Carbonation does not seem to be an issue at all.

S- All of the awesome characteristics of adam refined and accentuated by big bourbon, caramel, hazlenuts and tawny port.

T- Bourbon is big, but nicely balanced with leather, tobacco, port, vanilla, light smoke and a bit of oak.

M- Full creamy body with perfect carbonation. Light boozy/oaky heat, definitely not overwhelming as it is combined so well with many other flavors.

O- Definitely a wow factor beer. Big, complex and in your face. Just delicious and an improvement on one of my faves in regular adam.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 20:46:39 | More by stx00lax
Photo of iflah45
iflah45

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with slight reddish hues. Small head, less than a finger, dissipates quickly leaving some bubbles floating about. Definitely more carbonated than Bourbon Fred which I was a little disappointed with.

Smell is simply amazing. Deep, deep, warm bourbon tones and smokey oak tones. Rich malts, caramel, maybe some plums. The barrel aging just made this beer a different creature, so great!

The taste actually tops the aroma which I was surprised. I scored it perfect mainly because of how balanced it was. The bourbon is there and great, but it doesn't dominate the beer. The multiple levels of caramel, toffee, leather, dark sugary fruits, and oak are just amazing. The beer seems to morph and reveal new layers with every sip.

The mouth feel is impressive as well, slightly syrupy, but very smooth and not too hot. Great carbonation level which real makes this beer that much more enjoyable after having tried Bourbon Fred which felt like water in the mouth.

Awesome! Amazing! Delicious! I want more! So much more! what else can I say?...If this isn't on he top of your wants/whales list....PUT IT THERE!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:16:14 | More by iflah45
Photo of kbrown
kbrown

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:49:37 | More by kbrown
Photo of MysterySwirl
MysterySwirl

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip, Adam from the Wood is dark and velvety with a hint of smoke, dark fruits and some roasty backbone mellowed out by its oxidative properties from being barrel-aged. The barrel-character is smooth and just plain awesome. Amazing what 3 years of barrel-aging can do to a beer!

Adam from the Wood is a world-class beer. Its one of my favorites from Hair of the Dog!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 05:19:11 | More by MysterySwirl
Photo of robsee
robsee

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 22:35:04 | More by robsee
Photo of sherm1016
sherm1016

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage, received in trade with black13. Thanks!

Pours a deep, dark brown color with a few tan bubbles. No real head to speak of. Aroma is malty, cherry, plum, a little bourbon, a little vanilla. Just a little heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation and an oily texture. Flavor is sweet, malty, more dark fruit, black cherry, soy sauce, port wine, oak. The finish is a little boozy with a light bourbon flavor.

Positively amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:28:47 | More by sherm1016
Photo of NarcoSolo
NarcoSolo

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 04:31:49 | More by NarcoSolo
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.