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

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703 Ratings
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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 1,411
Gots: 125 | FT: 14
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:
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. Alcohol: 12% by volume"
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously gifted by ramnuts and shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Frank and Arne!

A: Pours an opaque, maroon body with a small percolation of brown bubbles that quickly settle out of solution and vanish. The beer is pushing the boundaries of low carbonation, but it does have bubbles.

S: I should probably state straight up that I have a soft spot for Adam (one of my favorite beers, and particularly one of my favorite old ales) as well as its variants. The aromas of aged base Adam shine through: tobacco, leather, smoke, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. On top of that is the barrel character: a caramelly bourbon, vanilla, coconut, nuts, oak, and a noticeable booze singe. I can't realistically give a 5.0 to something with booze in the aroma, but I suspect this will fade with time.

T: The barrel complements the aged Adam spectacularly. Vanilla, coconut, hazelnut, and oak blend seamlessly with toffee, chocolate, leather, smoke, and tobacco. Dark fruits are noted throughout (plum and fig), as well as a touch of oxidation that produces elements of soy and sherry. Again, my soft spot for Adam should be noted, but I am not giving this beer much of a pass. It seems like Adam was made to support bourbon barrel flavors. It bears them well.

M: Oily, slick. Adam amped up to 11. The body's heft doesn't quite hide its booziness, but the flavors linger without leaving any unpleasant sensations.

O: Very solid. It's a bit young, but I predict it will age phenomenally. I'm looking forward to tracking its progress in a year or two. In retrospect, I regret not asking for more of this.

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4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Black, thin brown head

S: So much delicious powerful smell. Bourbon, oak, chocolate, raisins, smoke, leather.

T: Speaks very true to the smell, this is an extremely flavorful beer. The kind where a really tiny sip is all you need for a huge amount of flavor. More roasty smokey chocolatey malts with bourbon, oak, and leather in the taste. You can tell its Adam at the base, but 3 years in a barrel does so much to smooth it out and transform it into something much more complex and mind blowing.

M: Thick

O: One of the best beers out there. Its got that undeniably Hair of the Dog quality and takes it close to the apex. Even the flat 2014 batch beats out most other big barrel aged beers for me, although it is of course better with carb on tap or from 2011. Superb!

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.