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

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 1,395
Gots: 124 | FT: 13
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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Ratings: 672 | Reviews: 138 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

twenty5, May 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

MacQ32, Aug 16, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Arbitrator, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

22Blue, Jun 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

DonFrap, Mar 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

oglmcdgl, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

jampics2, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

CuriousMonk, Jun 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

clvand0, Jul 20, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

schnarr84, Jul 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

JRod1969, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Adam aged in bourbon barrels for three years. 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip at the tasting room.

Looks like black plum sauce. Super-thick and syrupy, the brew blocks out all light. At the absolute edges, a touch of orange is noticeable, and atop sits a very thin, silky layer of light tan bubbles.

Oh dear me, yes. The aroma’s beautiful: black cherry, leather, raisin, plum sauce, bitter chocolate, a touch of smoke, a little toasted coconut. So smooth.

Bourbon has taken over a bit more in the flavor. Red wine-like in fruit and oakiness, with a lot of grape, cherry and berry notes playing off a hint of soy. Smoke, leather and green apple swirl in the mouth before the swallow, which is all bourbon, delivering toasty oak notes, coconut and dark chocolate.

Very creamybody — a viscous medium-full. Mild, tingly carbonation tingles the tongue. Alcohol comes through the nose a bit, but is nowhere near 12 percent.

My only complaint: I wish there was more Adam below the bourbon. Great blend though. Very rich; a beer for sipping.

Phelps, Jul 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.6%

HopStoopid120, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

JohnnieNepal, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

WeisGuy, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

SpdKilz, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6%

Resuin, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jaasen64, May 28, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.25/5  rDev -6%

MikeCactusGordon, Aug 18, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

anteater, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ajzy, May 26, 2013
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.