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

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Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

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BA SCORE
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611 Ratings
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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 1,388
Gots: 117 | 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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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle... dark brown, a bit shiny no head... the nose is phenomenal, one of the best smelling beers I’ve had, sweet molasses, bourbon, brown sugar... the taste isn’t as bursting as the nose, a little flat, but outstanding, brown sugar and molasses, the finish is a bit too oaky with smoke, a small complaint, but still great... try this

jrallen34, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -67%

chippo33, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Cynic-ale, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of AgentZero
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason for breaking out this batch one rarity at Epic 2.

A - A dark brown beer with a tannish head that left a few wisps of stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Nice dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, with a touch of bourbon. This smells amazing.

T - Awesome. It's got some sweetness and bourbon with a nice nuttiness, leather, barrel. This is just amazing tasting. Not too sweet, not hot at all. Great breadth of flavor that goes down easily and has great taste.

M - Full bodied, softer carbonation, just what it needs to be.

O - An awesome beer in the vein BB4D, BA Coton, and BA Papier. This is one of the best beers I've had ever. I don't know if the new batch is as good, but if it is, I'm going to get a ton of it.

AgentZero, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My beery godmother was kind enough to share this huge want of mine the other night. Thank you, Trey!

Dark brown with reddish brown highlights with no head or lacing, this beer does have nice legs and for that reason, earns an appreciative nod from a mildly inebriated me. The nose, OTOH, is unreal. Big and boozy, yes, with vanilla and bourbon noticeable, but the Adam base is fantastic and comes through. Smoky, sweet, leathery, fragrant, bright yet mildly oxidized and mildly tobacco-like, this is incredibly complex. The combination of smoke and bourbon is unreal.

The palate opens bourbon-forward, mildly apple like with vanilla, oak and alcohol. The mid-palate is chewy, smoky, leathery and with a tobacco character that's awesome enough to make me want a pipe, this beer is a treat. Brash but harmonious, this beer is full in body, medium-low in carbonation and mildly boozy on the finish with mild vanilla and oak tannins, this is exceptionally good. Lives up to the hype IMO.

DefenCorps, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

claspada, May 26, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
5/5  rDev +10.1%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

draft @ HotD. big beer, though not hot. bourbon really changes the base beer, tobacco and smoke are gone, not huge on bourbon flavor tho.. it just smoothes everything out. Terrific

Axnjxn, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of gford217
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark hazy mahogany with a small tan head that recedes to a thin collar and leaves some sticky legs along the sides.

Aroma is stunning with sweet caramel malts, molasses, tobacco, leather and lots of booze-soaked dark fruits. Some raisins, plums and lots of bourbon and oak. In short, all kinds of things going on in the nose.

The taste is more of the same - so complex. There is an initial bourbon kick with the coconut and vanilla sweetness. The backbone is all about the sweet caramel malts and molasses. Sweet fruits and a dry barrel-heavy finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with soft carbonation and oaky and dry in the finish.

This is a superb beer. The aroma is probably the best I've ever come across in the style. The taste is pretty damn close if not a notch below the aroma, but, either way, this is a fantastic beer. Right behind the Brandy Old Stock as best I've tasted in the style.

As a side note, I tasted this one side-by-side with Matt and Adam and this one was the best, no comparison. I thought Matt was world class, so I was shocked this one was clearly superior. So glad I got to try this one.

gford217, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

francisweizen, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, courtesy of classroom13, thanks Sean! Adam from the Wood pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a one finger, creamy light beige head. It looks perfect and the creamy head stayed for the entirety of the beer. The nose is smooth and creamy. I get a lot of dark fruit and cola along with vanilla and cream. It smells like the perfect old ale. The flavors are ridiculous. It's plenty malty with just a touch of bourbon. There is smooth cream and vanilla with some figs. It's really interesting and complex. It drinks light and velvety, so smooth. I really like it although I prefer Old Stock Bourbon and Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia to it by far. The difference is the amount of bourbon. This tastes like it is aged, since it is, and is a few years old and I would assume it has mellowed out a tad. I'd would love to try this at year two from the barrel.

aasher, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 release. Huge thanks to Jason for this bottle!

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color that produced some surprising tan froth considering the ABV.

(S)- A big big body of rich aromas. Tiny hints of oxidation, but tons of raisin, prune, cocoa, plum, leather, tobacco, and a dry vanilla-like oak. Even tiny bits of licorice at the end. All rich, but each part subtle and dynamic as hell.

(T)- Again, an array of wonderfully rich characters. Raisin, prune, cocoa, plum, licorice, tobacco, and a great subtle almost smoky vanilla barrel character. Lots of an almost spicy dry oak on the finish. Extremely complex to say the least and my description fails to fully comprehend it. Lets just say its tastes freaking delicious!

(M)- A mellow carbonation level that comes off extremely smooth. A dynamic and complex beer of profound richness, but expertly balanced and blended. And despite having a rather large 12%ABV, it just rolls off the tongue (well hidden).

(D)- Yet another profoundly excellent beer from Hair of the Dog. Each release just makes me more and more impressed particularly when taking into account the barrel aged beers in their portfolio. Definitely a sipper if there ever was one, but one I would and could easily have a whole bottle to myself. Right up there with Matt as their best beer I have had from them so far.

sweemzander, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I believe Jeff provided this one... huge thanks to him for nailing yet another one of my long time wants. 2011 vintage, 12 oz. bottle edition. It pours deep brown, very nearly black, with some dark ruby edges that only pop out when light is shining through the beer. The khaki head sifts quietly on top of the brew for a while before misting into a chunky ring and collar at the edge.

It's got an aroma that would only be fit for a Hair of the Dog brew; figs, raisins, woody oak, prunes, soft leather, tobacco, bourbon, back end anise, and a never-ending battle between sharp booziness and balancing sweetness that keeps you guessing with each and every whiff. Just like many other Hair of the Dog beers, Adam From the Wood's complexity is something to ponder.

Warmth only brings out more nuances and opens this thing up like Pandora's box. More sticky molasses sweetness, more booze-soaked, dense oak, dark fruits, leathery tobacco; approaching perfection for the style, no doubt. In all honestly, I enjoyed the nose on Matt just a bit more, but that's like saying I like the Corvette ZR1 better than the Z06. They're still both fantastic.

A surfboard of oak crashing across a wavy ocean of smooth bourbon with black cherry, date, and sweet raisin buoys engulfs your palate with even the tiniest sip. Warming up to Adam From the Wood, it starts to reveal its sweeter side, with generous helpings of burnt brown sugar, mild vanilla, and more of that signature "leathery tobacco" that Hair of the Dog is notorious for.

Even the smallest sips contain so much action; the flavor density of this brew is phenomenal. A lingering finish of brown sugar, dark fruits, and boozy oak keeps your palate happily waiting for the next sip to come its way. Monstrous in terms of body; this thing is huge, sticky, heavy, and chewy, and will coat the inside of your mouth like honey. Low carbonation, understandably, lends a hand to the smooth mouth feel.

Glad to finally get a chance to try this beer and see what everyone has been raving about. No wonder people love it. As good as it is, though, I still prefer Matt just a bit, as it's slightly more complex, yet even more drinkable, or at least as drinkable as any 10% ABV old ale could dream to be. No matter, Adam from the Wood is fantastic, and I need to keep my hunting spears ready when the next batch is (hopefully) released.

tectactoe, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

pathman, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of whartontallboy
5/5  rDev +10.1%

whartontallboy, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2011, poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Major thanks to Hopstoopid120 for the opportunity to taste this amazing beer.

A: Opaque dark brown, nearly black body. Pretty much still. Kinda ugly, I have to say.

S: Insanity. Pure wood, smoke, tobacco, leather, molasses, maple, vanilla, and more wood. Wow. Just wow.

T: Sweet, woody, spiritous, leathery, and molasses-drenched. The sweetness has overtaken a lot of the complexity from the nose, but it's still incredibly good and incredibly smooth. Yum.

M: Slick, sticky, and filling full body. Still, but pleasant.

O: Unique, and delicious. Not many beers strike me as being worth $15/12oz, but this is undoubtedly one of them. I'd love to drink an entire bottle while smoking a big, strong cigar.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1770th Review on BA
Bottle to HOTD Tulip
12 oz 2011 Vintage

App- A purple/red creamy looking pour. Very little in terms of bubbles/head or lacing. Just flat. So Adam is a different animal in terms of bubbles. I’ve noticed the base beer pours great but with barrel treatments not so much.

Smell- So with only being aged on oak, I wasn’t expecting the sweetness to it, but this had a bit of dark fruits and licorice behind it. The base of Adam came in a little bit and then evolved with a bit of the oak. A bit rustic and damp smelling IMO.

Taste- This was for me the best of the 3 Adam’s I have had. The Cherry Adam is nice, but a bit tangled in terms of flavor. The AFTW is a great beer that plays off the strength of Adam and amps it up a bit with a fine oak flavor and a bit more wispy booze.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level. Creamy dessert beer is the best way to say it.

Drink- I pretty much made a trip to PDX for this and I am glad I did.

FosterJM, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by CLevar as part of a set of Adams that were tasted out, all fresh, & all much better than the older ones I'd previously tasted. Thank you sir!

Pour looks like Adam with bourbon colors. Deep brown with more likable level of carbonation that the other Adams. Nose is gorgeous: bourbon, wood, malty, leathery. All balanced perfectly.

Adam from the Wood is a bloody work of art. Deep bourbon notes are almost subtle, but become deeper & more aggressive as the beer warms. The bourbon just absolutely coats everything it touches, with a long, lingering aftertaste. Sweet malts, leather, vanilla, lots of drying wood, dark fruits. A flowering field full of great tastes, wonderfully integrated. Smooth & easy, this is a beer that could be consumed in quantity.

Awesome. Excellent beer. My favorite of a night of good beer, this is top-shelf.

maximum12, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

eawolff99, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had next to 8 or 10 different vintages of Adam. Pour is dark brown with red edges and a thin tan head. The nose is heavy barrel, rather sweet bourbon almost on the verge of Brandi. Light olive and some heat. The taste is more Base Adam forward but still has a strong barrel presence. The chocolate is stronger, sweet dark fruits, notes of bourbon and faint heat. The body is a bit thinner, still silky but not as creamy, fair carbonation. Not as good as base adam but still a nice beer.

cpetrone84, May 03, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
3.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to dsgolovin for providing this beer in a recent trade.

2011 Bottle.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery Snifter and there was NO head at all. Just a touch of carbonation as some foam formed and vanished immediately. Dark, dull brown in color. No lace.

A bit of alcohol, molasses and woody oak aroma. (yes, it’s soy.. that’s what I smell.. could not place then later re-read the label.... yep that’s it)

Some dark fruit. Some bourbon filled chocolate candies.. (My Mom & Dad’s next door neighbor used to make chocolate candy laced with bourbon. THis tastes just like I remember that. The soy is there and the Oak is really prominent. Interesting that I don’t get any vanilla or what I would describe as Bourbon...

Velvet like, not hot but you know the ABV is elevated.

A beer to savor and enjoy. I like it, but it’s not as epic as I thought.

Reagan1984, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
5/5  rDev +10.1%

bpfrush, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Holland, Jul 04, 2013
Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
100 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.