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

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 840
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 1,468
Gots: 149 | FT: 12
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.
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 840
Photo of joefuzz
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cosmicevan I got to try this last night poured next to regular adam and cherry adam.

Pours deep brown with a red hue small off white head

Smell is dominated by oak with some nice smokey notes from adam shining thru

Taste follows the nose as far as the oak goes but it mellows out after a few sips to the classic adam dark fruits and tobacco

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and carbonation is on the lower side

Overall amazing...I love regular adam so this beer more than lives up to the hype for me

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Adam From the Wood 2011

L: Dark hazy brown, pretty much black. No head, no lacing. Not your typical looking beer, but it is beautiful in it's own way.

A: Big bourbon and vanilla notes backed up by chocolate/caramel malt, dark fruit, and smoke. Rich and perfectly balanced between heavy bourbon notes and rich malt.

T/M: Opens up with big sweet caramel notes, moves into bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and toasted coconut. The mouthfeel is huge and vicious, and the flavors linger through for ages.

Overall, this is just about the most magnificent beer I have ever tasted. Very unique, and crazy delicious. Beyond World-class.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the 2015 version
- Pours deep murky dark brown, completely still.

- Aromas of smokey oak and bourbon, but not overly aromatic (probably since still).

- Flavor is oaky tobacco, leather and sweet whiskey. Very deep and well rounded, not sharp, but still intense. The 3 years in barrels really tames the booze. The mouthfeel takes some getting used to since it is completely flat.

- This beer is so unique and outstanding, I enjoyed every sip. Love the unique flavor profile, so complex with the huge oak mixed with the bourbon, leather and tobacco. Certainly not for everyone because there is no carb and it tastes like you soaked a cigar in a glass of whiskey.

Note: I've had the 2011 version which is carbed, but I actually prefer the 2014/2015 which are flat.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, 2011 batch poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 11/29/11

A: Pours dark brown with light brown head that leaves just a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Very bold and complex with dark fruit, some chocolate with mild leather, oak and tobacco. Some alcohol presence but it is very mellow for 12% ABV.

T: Extremely smooth and robust with lots of oak, tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate malt and leather. Faint bourbon notes that I imagine have mellowed out significantly after over three years in barrels. Some warming from the alcohol but there is next to no detectable heat. This is easily one of the richest, most complex and flavorful beers that I have ever had.

M: Thick medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, finishes smooth and sweet.

O: If there is any beer out there to slowly savor and sip on, this is it. So much flavor packed into every little sip. Adam is a fantastic beer to begin with, but put him in bourbon barrels for over three years and you have a masterpiece. Many thanks to Alan for continuing to create such incredible and unique beers!

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Photo of tarheels86
3.94/5  rDev -12.2%
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

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Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of pigc
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of waltersrj
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Steasy66
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of sherm1016
4.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.87/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage Uncarbonated in true HOD style. Fig, raisins, chocolate, bourbon, oak, almost a tootsie roll sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with extremely well hidden alcohol. Body is amazingly light for such a sweet beer. Excellent dry-ish finish that lingers. Pleasant, interesting coating of the tongue. Excellent beer by all means. Don't miss the carbonation at all. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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Photo of stx00lax
4.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Trystero
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of NarcoSolo
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L- Brownish murky haze

S-Dark fruit, vanilla,bourbon oak. amazing

T- very hair of the dog strong ale, dark fruit(plums , raisins,figs), bourbon, oak,vanilla, toasted,syrup

F- low carbonation medium body. goes down smooth

O- amazing, I love old/strong ales with dark fruit flavors and HOTD again shows how they can masterfully brew and barrel age one.

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Photo of boMD
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of iflah45
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of MysterySwirl
4.67/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of bangerang
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Adam before, but from the woods, this was beautiful. There wasn't very much head and it did fall fast.The flavors settled really well and stayed in your mouth. Thick cream but smooth finish. Definately a winter warmer but there was no part of this beer that i didnt enjoy. All the way through it was unbelievable. SO TASTY ! I sank into the moment with the first mouthful. mmm

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
98 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.