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

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610 Ratings
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 1,389
Gots: 116 | 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:
"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)
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

SpdKilz, Jan 18, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to a very kind BA for pulling this out at the Dark Lord release. Poured a thick, extremely dark brown, nearly black with a miniscule tan head. Amazing nose of deep vinous aromas, plums, grapes, dark fruits all over the place along with a massive oaky, woody cellar aroma. One I could sit and smell all day.

Big fruity malty molasses flavor that has a strong woody undercurrent. Each sip is an experience in itself. Bourbon sweetness with vinous notes. Damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a syrupy, nearly liqour like consistency. Just a damn fine brew that I dunno if I'll ever be able to try again. Highly recommended and I seriously hope I get the chance to run across this again someday.

orbitalr0x, May 05, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

jaasen64, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

WeisGuy, Jan 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

schnarr84, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

bum732, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photekut, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

JohnnieNepal, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

22Blue, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

hooliganlife, Jun 02, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

anteater, Nov 10, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%

Cracked this 12oz bottle after a rough day at work. I'm a big fan of opening a favorite brew after a long day.

Dark brown body, plenty of tan head. Great retention and lace give AftW top marks for the style. Surprising since Old Ales are typically ugly.

Nose is bursting with bourbon, vanilla, booze, and tons of malt. Can't say it's my favorite aroma but certainly enjoyable.

Malts and caramelized booze up front; bourbon makes its way in shortly thereafter. Leathery and tobacco-y too. Caramel and vanilla linger after swallowing as the alcoholic warmth soothes my throat. Superb.

Huge, viscous body brings everything together. Tons of well-crafted flavors make this immensely enjoyable; AftW is something every beer geek needs to sample. One of my favorites!

brystmar, May 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

bbadger, May 20, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%

HUGE bottle at Mikey's going away party, courtesy of Jim. I drank a ton of this beer, as there were only three of us that seemed to want second pourings.
Murky, swampy brown, with no head at all. Honestly, it didn't look particularly appetizing, but to convey the overall awesomeness of this brewski, I have to give it a higher score.Pretty light aroma, consisting mostly of port-like dark malt, tons of sherry steeped fruit, vanilla, and oak-soaked creamines. Smells like it's been waiting for me to sip, and waiting patiently. The flavor follows suit, with malt engraved into wooden slats, absolutely soaked in vanilla-like oak. No "barrel" feel, just straight oak and all its creamy wildness. Powerful roastiness. Minimal, if any, carbonation. The barest sparkle on the swallow. Pretty much flat. If you like cask ale, this is great. If not, this might not qualify as beer to you. Huge, thick body with a coating, lasting mouthfeel. The juicy malt flavor lingers forever. Hops leave trace residue of earthiness, but contribute no bitterness at this point. Finishes molasses-like and hugely biting in its sweetness. Very sweet, so much so that it's reserved for true beer aficionados only. Many people at the gathering could hardly manage three or four ounces of the stiff. More for the rest of us!!! I certainly indulged, and enjoyed every sip. Adam should always be kept in the wood. Imprison that evil bastard.

UnionMade, Sep 01, 2006
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

DIPAFAN, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Resuin, Jun 18, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours deep brown almost black with a very thin head receding almost immediately to nothing. Not unexpected from the ABV.

Tons of raisin in the aroma. A little bit of leather and tobacco along with an earthy quality and vanilla oak and bourbon.

Same flavors come through as the aroma. I get a ton of raisin and fig along with subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak. The barrel is nicely integrated and let's the base flavor shine through. A little extra brown sugar sweetness and a little sweeter overall than I'd prefer, but very complex.

Almost flat which detracts a bit, but in a style like this, carbonation levels should be low anyway.

Pretty good beer, but not sure given how much it takes to trade for, if I'd value it that high. Glad I got to try it.

jmarsh123, Apr 23, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -16.3%

Thanks to wsucoug96 for the bottle. Been saving this one for a special occasion. Enjoying it on my birthday. 2011 batch. Tasted 3 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, sludgy, murky blackish brown. Even moreso at the bottom of the bottle as something gets stirred up from those depths. Barely any head, no matter how aggressive I pour. If I swirl it, I get a little foam sticking to the glass.

Smell is big and rich, with a lot of the deep aromas that good malty barrel-aged beers often carry. Molasses, plums, vanilla, some woody notes. Quite rich and enjoyable, but without the pop of some.

Taste is also malty, rich, and sweet, but it bogs down in the heavy fruits and syrupy sugars. Plenty of complexity, but lacking brightness, and lacking the dance of flavors - things just sort of settle in. It's got some fantastic flavors, but mostly I get a muddle, rather than the layers of deliciousness that some big barrel-aged beers provide.

Feel is not good. It's flat. I could tell that from the appearance. And I don't expect it to be bursting with carbonation, given the type of beer and the age, but I need more than this. Need something to stir the pot, to keep it from getting stagnant. It's not just flat, it's flat and syrupy, like uncarbonated soda.

Good stuff, but not what I was hoping for. It's flat, and that's problematic, as it's a heavy beer and it ends up feeling sludgy. Also, the flavors are potent and varied, but not to the degree that I'd like. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good beer. But, IMO, it's not on the level (at least at 2 years) of many of my favorites. HotD Matt, for example, has much better barrel integration and is just a much better beer. I even like the regular Adam better than this one.

zeledonia, Aug 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

bonkers, Mar 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

LambicKing, Mar 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Paccamacca, Aug 20, 2014
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.