Adam From The Wood
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Old Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #298
4.46 | pDev: 8.74%
Jan 01, 2022
Jan 04, 2005
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Notes: 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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4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2022
4.5 by paulish from New York on Dec 16, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has intense molasses, caramel, raisin, fig, date, plum and Oak barrel hints
The taste follows the nose with very well balanced and complex molasses, caramel, raisin, fig, plum and woody oak flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A great and very well balanced Old Ale

Nov 29, 2021
4.2 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Nov 26, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

This is really good no doubt. I do wish it was a little thicker but I’ve been trying to score it for awhile and I have zero regret about getting it. Darn good!

Nov 26, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Purchased 2018 bottle from brewery in Portland.

Nov 06, 2021
4.6 by NorCalYeti from California on Oct 13, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Pours black, zero head not even any bubbles. Looks flat. Aroma is cognac, brandy, port, tons of spirit notes. Charred oak bourbon notes, a scotch like peat character. Taste is interesting. Huge scotch peaty notes, port wine, charred wood. Decent amount of dark fruits, moderately sweet. Great flavor profile but the absolute lack of carbonation bothers me. Due to the lack of carbonation mouthfeel comes off thin. This ones tough for me, because I really dig the aromas and flavors but the mouthfeel and flat nature really hurt it overall.


Oct 03, 2021
4.09 by MTKATL from Georgia on Sep 20, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap and a cellared bottle, both aged 3 years without much difference, will sit on my other bottle for years. Brown body with a solid tan head and periodic lacing. Bourbon, oak, molasses, caramel, elevated yeast, cocoa, leather, big dark fruit, and stale crusty bread make up the barrel forward yet complex nose, amazing. Taste is right on par with the world class nose: gooey caramel enlightened by the barrel with everything from the nose plus tobacco, earth and vanilins. Feel is warm, oh so smooth, has amazing yeast, oak, and barley depth, musty and gooey feeling all at once. Amazing, meets the hype for sure

Sep 18, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 12 fl. oz. bottle, 2015 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with pretty much no head and only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Dark malt, chocolate, roast, caramel, oak, whiskey, with light notes of vanilla and dark fruit, plum, prunes.

Taste: Moderately sweet, dark malt, roasty, caramel, chocolate, oak, whiskey, light vanilla, dark fruit, grape, plum, prunes, some nutty notes, boozy, with light peppery spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Despite it being both sweet and boozy (usually not my thing), it was still an enjoyable sipper.

Aug 24, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

Review #50, yummy! Can taste the fruits, soy, oak all good stuff

Aug 07, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by heysuz from Indiana

Brew: Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room – Adam From the Wood

Intro: 12 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Murky dark brown, almost opaque. Minimal to no head. Same with the lacing as we drank

Smell: Sweet, heavy, dark, bourbon.

Taste: Followed along with the smell. Little to no carbonation. Again, a mixture of dark fruits, pretty heavy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy. Invokes seriousness. Oily mouth coating

Drink: Again, follows along with mouthfeel. I’ve had better and I’ve had much worse. It’s definitely a sipper

Conclusion: I’ve had several other old ales and this would not be in my top ten. It is very well crafted and is deserving of it’s place in the category. It just gives me the impression of old school. This was the second of two drinks from HOTD and both seem very similar although different styles. It just leaves me with the impression of a brewing company doing what they do and perfecting it. It may be time to move ahead

Jul 23, 2021
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jul 23, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DIM from Pennsylvania

2018 consumed May 2022. Perfectly flat, no carbonation at all. Less tobacco, cherry, and leather than the 2015, but they are still fairly prominent. There is also some cocoa, soy, and fig that I don't recall tasting previously. Just a lot of layers here, this is fun to sip and ponder. It call comes together pretty well, better than the 2015

2015 purchased online from HOTD. Aged at least 3 years in bourbon barrels. The tasting notes on their website said there would be no carbonation but I did get a few big bubbles.

Adam from the Wood comes across as aged (two syllables age-ed, not one) and venerable. He is ponderous and methodical, slow to get to the point. He is perhaps a bit past his prime, flabby in the midsection with thinning hair.

Trying to stay youthful, Adam wears a lot of leather these days. It still smell faintly of the cigars he gave up years ago. He can usually be found at a fading bar nursing a watery bourbon on the rocks with the ice long melted and munching maraschino cherries, pondering what was and wondering if it will be again.

If you ever get the chance to spend some time with him, do it. He knows a lot of good stories and has a hell of a good sense of humor.

Jul 09, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Revisited with the 2018 bourbon barrel Adam June 07th, 2021

Murky, dark brown body; no head. Big earthy aroma of oak with a twinge of bourbon; cocoa. Richly sweet taste oozing with cocoa, molasses, and muted whiskey. Heavy body; slick and oily; slippery; bold residual sugars coat the palate; sweet mouthfeel overall offset with a low-key boozy warmth.

I find this version of Adam to be very similar to the 2015 rye version. Perhaps because I'm a bourbon man, the taste really appeals to me a tad more. Regardless, this is one beautiful monster of a beer.

Poured at 55° F.


Original review ratings for rye 2015 version: 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 4.25

Originally reviewed June 06th, 2021

Dark, murky brown body; initially no head then a thin wispy ring circles the glass. Rich smell; dark pitted fruit, anise and leather; mild earthy spiciness. Outstanding taste; like a rich port; cocoa and plum plus raisin with a subdued booziness. Heavy body; slick and oily; coats the palate with a slippery sweetness.

The old bugaboo with high ABV beers having little head retention exist here; but then, it's nearly six years old. Otherwise, the taste and mouthfeel are exceptional for the style. The beer is rich and complex overall. Late note: I see on the bourbon bottle that Adam is produced with no carbonation, so I bumped up the appearance score from 3.5 to 4.0 and upped the overall to 4.25.

Served at 54° F; rye bourbon barrel version (2015)

Jun 07, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

2018: 4.38
This is the 2015 review

Apr 21, 2021
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.19 by cp45 from New Jersey on Jan 18, 2021
4.41 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Nov 07, 2020
4.36 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 07, 2020
4.52 by paresis from Massachusetts on Sep 29, 2020
4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 26, 2020
4.45 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Aug 16, 2020
4.4 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin on May 29, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by rtaps from California


Apr 24, 2020
4.94 by HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California on Apr 22, 2020
4.53 by Hopelessly0 from California on Apr 19, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

Dark brown and slightly hazy with no visible carbonation, and no head. There’s a slightly amber tinge.

It smells of black licorice, Carmel, Oakwood, brown sugar and dates.

The taste follows the nose.

Almost No carbonation.

I got this in Portland Oregon and I’m drinking it in Redding California February 16, 2020. This is the 2018 version.

Feb 17, 2020
5 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Dec 06, 2019
4.48 by absoluthamm from Illinois on Dec 02, 2019
4.53 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Nov 29, 2019
3.72 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Nov 22, 2019
4.6 by mwvman from Indiana on Nov 01, 2019
4.45 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Sep 20, 2019
4.41 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Sep 08, 2019
4.65 by Richter121 from Illinois on Jul 25, 2019
4.26 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 03, 2019
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jul 03, 2019
Adam From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1050 ratings