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

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Old Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #186
4.5 | pDev: 8.89%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood
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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patre_tim from Thailand

3.96/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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siskiyoucellar from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic. This one is 2018. It looks just as it should, calm and a little dangerous. The nose waves a baseball bat worth of flavors around behind its back and says “I’m going the hit you with this, very soon”. Raisin/cherry fruit tones come to the fore, backed by brandy and vanilla cookies. And of course, the taste does indeed clobber you with huge crescendo of coffee, fruit, booze, char, leather and umami. Fantastic. The mouthfeel, again, is just as it should be. This is a unique beer and very much deserves its high reputation. Speaking from experience, and without any fear of contradiction, I can also report that this beer ages beautifully.

Apr 12, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage. Really excited to find this at the brewery while visiting Portland. As expected, absolutely no sound when the cap was taken off. Zero carbonation, which immediately seems strange. Pours a gorgeous dark brown. The nose is incredible. Reminds me of a 30 year old English barleywine. Tons of oak, caramel, alcohol-soaked cherries, leather, sweet molasses. This, to me, smells old and delicious. Taste is crazy. Immediately picking up strong nutty flavors. The lack of carbonation conveys a syrupy taste. Picking up lots of dark cherries, blackberries, toffee, burnt wood bitterness, leather, rubber, oak, and maybe a hint of soy sauce. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick - very bold. Overall, this is a mesmerizing beer with a deep hierarchy of flavors. Absolutely fantastic, and an experience I won't forget.

Mar 19, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 batch from a 12 oz bottle.

As advertised, the pry of the cap... nothing. As expected with an HotD special release, this is still. Burnt chestnut brown bordering black. Not a single bubble resides above, yet Adam From the Wood is beautiful.

Despite a lack of pressure, the ability to deliver aromas upon relief of the cap is impressive. All the glorious elements that make up Adam (tobacco, leather, molasses, brown sugar), are met with a perfect, non-overpowering level of barrel influence. Lightly charred wood and decadent vanilla elevate Adam to the next level.

Booze definitely plays a major role in the flavor. Figs wrapped in sopping tobacco leaves, flash charred, then lightly coated in milk chocolate. Oak and leather baseball glove ties that you've chewing on while playing right field for the last 6 innings linger in the end. But then, long after sips, a refreshingly light implication of Maraschino Cherry only adds to the complexities. Like I said, Adam kicked up a notch. The flavors sear into the taste buds.

This is the weirdest and most wonderful aspect of this beer. It feels watery, almost too thin, like a sip of actual whiskey in fact, but only for a split second. I've never felt anything like it. It transcends into a silky, sweet, puckering mass with a blast of alcohol warmth. It coats everything it touches and sticks like glue. But then, full circle, the oak aging does a wonder of stripping the silkiness away.

What can I say? It's phenomenal and a real treat. Added complexities to an already outstanding world class beer. Something I'll never pass up on given future opportunities. I'll leave it at that.


Feb 02, 2019
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz Bottle

2018 Vintage

Big, huge, giant thanks to Phil for this beautiful son of a bitch. Adam from the Wood is the darkest of browns, bordering on black. It's much darker than the original. It's also still, like many of the newer HotD special releases. A hard pour produces a couple fleeting bubbles here and there but this puppy is flat. It's worked in past iterations so let's see where it takes us here.

The nose is off the charts. I love regular Adam, it's complex and dense. The wood aging puts this one over the top. Old dry leather and tobacco kick it off. A little soy adds umami. Handfuls of prunes and dates and figs. The tobacco is sweet like grandpa's pipe tobacco. What the 3 year barrel aging does is wrap that whole, beautiful complexity in a big giant bear hug of oaken vanilla. It's comforting and rich and elegant and decadent and perfect. This stuff smells absolutely amazing.

Nothing can touch that nose. With that said, the flavor ain't none too shabby. That sweet pipe tobacco gets things started and is met with the prunes and dates. They soy is fleeting but there. The leather is old and well worn. Quality cocoa powder lingers on the swallow. Again, all this is surrounded by a rich, luxurious, oily oaken vanilla. There are so many layers of flavor and they're all in such perfect harmony that it's mindblowing.

Though this beer is flat I think that bubbles would actually ruin the experience. And an experience it is. This beer is full bodied and plush with a velvety feel. As full bodied as it is, the tannins from the extended aging dry up with finish and leave very little residual stickiness. As robust and decadent as this beer is the alcohol is almost non-existent. It's a sipper but one that gets sipped often.

Adam from the Wood is just about as near perfect as you can get. The barrel aging has added amazing qualities to an already amazing beer. This beer is as comfortable as old slippers, as a roaring fire in a winter cabin, as a snifter of cognac on a bearskin rug, old well fingered books, a labrador with your nightly newspaper.

Dec 22, 2018
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle

Cocoa, dates, fig, oak, milk chocolate, raisin, vanilla, tobacco, light roast, caramel, brown sugar, tootsie roll

Very little carbonation but very complex

Oct 28, 2017
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oskinker from Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to tick this beer off my list.

Little to no carbonation. Nice nose of sticky pudding, dates and some alcohol. Tastes delicious, sweet caramel finish. The lack of any carb lends to a fairly thin mouthfeel but was still silky smooth

Oct 27, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color of the body is a dark woody brown topped with a creamy blanket dying to a thin tan ring leaving wavy lace swept away by slowly descending clear legs.

Aroma is sharp and woody with caramel, dark fruits and cigars.

Taste is woody and surprisingly chocolatey, as un-aged Adam was as well. I also get dark fruit and old, but nonetheless boozy, musty whiskey.

Smoother and a little thicker than the peach treatment we got, it's still hot, thin and dry.

Oct 23, 2017
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zander4dawin from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown sluggy beer, some sediment at the bottom. Slick oily mouthfeel, a slight booziness but concealed nicely. raisin, fig, caramel, dark chocolate, some woody oak notes, real solid beer.

Aug 27, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown appearance without a head. Aroma is a dark fruit caramel that is slightly sweet. Taste is also a dark fruit and raisin with some caramel that is a little hollow.

Jul 12, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours entirely flat, with no head to speak of, almost black, with a brighter hazelnut quality to it.

Has a prominent, wooden alcohol bite on the nose, with lots of oak and earth, toning down the spices of the barrel. A toffee note evolves from this, sweet and rustic, with a dried raisin peak and lots of toasted coconut. Pretty complex, a new aroma nuance seems to be found, everytime I put my nose in the glass.

Drinks silk and slick with no hint of carbonation, showcasing each and every flavor quality. Its mouthfeel is medium bodied and entertaining till the last moment.

The beer's taste is not as complex as its nose, it got a defining silkness, together with a very powerful barrel, soothed by the soft mouthfeel. Chocolate pudding with some banana in it, bakers chocolate, molasses, black pepper and licorice. A charred wood bark quality sets in, together with toffee and the initially established silkness. A nice chocolate and wood defined alcohol dryness results from this, warming and flavorful with more toffee and a caramel sweet finish.

Sweet, boozy, silk and oaken, these flavors define the beer, put into perfect balance to each other due to the soothing, silk mouthfeel.

Jan 22, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage (bourbon) drank on 12/26/2016. No head whatsoever, similar to the other HOTDs, which I always find enjoyable. boozy caramelly bourbon on the smell and nose. Not super thick, but definitely right on point for an Old Ale. Very well done beer here that I am happy to have finally gotten to enjoy

Dec 27, 2016
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- The beer poured a deep murky brown color with mocha bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose is that of magnificent sweet dark fruits with a hint of booze.

Taste - I detect prunes, nuts, caramel, raisins, and a slight vanilla presence with the wood coming through at the end. The overall profile is like that of a port.

Mouthfeel- Even with little carbonation, this still seems a bit thin.

Overall - I wanted this one forba long time. It was worth the wait.

Oct 30, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz 2015 vintage at brewery

L - poured thick cola, minimal lacing and no head.
S - Caramel, dried figs and dates.
T - more of the same, with thick sweetness and slightly oxidized sherry notes
F - really thick, almost no carb

Overall an amazing beer, but the low carb does pull it down from being the best it can be

Sep 22, 2016
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FFreak from Vermont

4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the taproom with lunch. Delicious. Dark brown chocolate color with just a slight tan head. Big bourbon aromas. Taste is at first just a smooth bourbon, but follows with some stone fruit, cherry, peach. Nice complexity. Mouth is smooth, medium body. Overall, a delicious and very drinkable BA ale.

Sep 10, 2016
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OleDixie from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015. Dark brown pour with just a few bubbles that do not amount to any type of head. Smells of caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, tobacco and oak. Tastes of dark fruit with sweet flavors of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar blending perfectly with flavors of soy, oak, bourbon, leather and tabacco. Almost zero carbonation with a slightly sticky mouth feel that helps give this virtually flat beer some body. Overall, an amazingly delicious and complex BA old ale. The lack of carbonation may throw some people off, but doesn't take away from the drinking experience to me.

Jul 08, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's definitely a unique beer, but not one I think I'd care to repeat. Maybe my pallet has been ruined by too many IPAs, but this beer just wasn't for me. The complexity was interesting though, and the look and smell were promising, but the flavor was too much for me to enjoy regularly.

Jun 06, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep murky brown color with just a wisp of fizzy head that disappears immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- tons of dark fruit and oak on the nose. Strong raisin, fig & date. Also plenty of earthy tobacco & leather that mixes with a sweet caramel, toffee & brown sugar character. The three years of oak aging brings out strong woody notes that give aromas of wet oak, earth & a hint of vanilla. Incredibly complex

T- the flavor lives up to the aroma in complexity. Opens with tons of dark fruit; fig, raisin, date & plumb. Mid-palate brings lots of earthy flavors of tobacco & cocoa. As it nears the finish, plenty of oak kicks in with flavors of wet wood, vanilla, caramel/toffee and a hint of chocolate on the close. The linger extends to dark fruit flavors long after the finish

M- as with most HOtD beers, carbonation is virtually zero, but the mouthfeel is thick enough to match up to the abv. Velvety throughout, with just a hint of abv warmth on the linger

O- one of the best old ales I've had. The complexity of this beers is insane and goes down way to easily. World class for sure

Apr 16, 2016
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Burgundy, mocha, and maroon opaque hues with literally no head whatsoever
S: Bourbon, vanilla, and aged oak
T: Initial burst of soy, met with a complex melange of cocoa, light roasted coffee, plums, blackberries, and dark fruits
F: Medium body and absolutely no carbonation
O: This is another interesting and complex old ale from HotD. I thoroughly enjoyed this 2014 batch that was replete with several nuanced and well blended flavors.

Apr 14, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2015 vintage. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown body, half finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. It's pretty short-lived, but not to the point of clearly lacking any carbonation. Smell is rich dark fruit, bourbon, sweet chocolate malt, tobacco, touch of smoke, lots of oak. Complex and sweet, a touch boozy. Flavour is similar in its complexity. Dark fruit, a bit of smoke and ashiness, tobacco, char, chocolate, molasses, plenty of bourbon. Hefty bourbon presence is quite nice in mellowing out the rest of the beer which may otherwise be overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower in carbonation but still reasonably carbonated. Mild bourbon heat on the finish. Very nice and complex beer with a lot of flavours going on here, and certainly superior to the Rye version from 2015. Not flat, but carbonation is not ideal either.

Mar 20, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with basically no head. Aroma is intense on dried fruits, mostly figs and plums, with a fortified wine character. Taste is also very fruit forward, sweet but not cloying, syrupy, sticky, woody, intense and complex. Body is heavy, almost flat, a bit boozy as well. Feels like a liquor. Complex taste and aroma but feels too boozy and flat to be up there with the best of the style.

Jan 30, 2016
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2014 version. Pours brown with no head or carbonation.

The aroma is baker's chocolate, bourbon, black licorice, roast and some dark fruit with slightly harsh alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit, roast and some strong bourbon alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, very interesting with a ton going on. A little harsh on the alcohol for me. A nice decadent dessert beer,

Jan 23, 2016
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2014.

Pours muddy brown, uncarbonated, pretty raw looking.

Aromas of molasses, sweet toffee, dark caramel, leather, dark fruit.

Taste is oaky vanilla, brown sugar, sweet caramel and toffee, followed by a roasty dark chocolate. Uncarbonated and medium body, not as thick as I was expecting.

Interesting.. This one was complex but a little too syrupy for me, especially because it was uncarbonated.. Decent and worth a try

Jan 21, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

2014 Bottle. This is a still bottle. Boo. Oak, earthy malt, toffee, vanilla and nougat. Flavors are reigned in and balanced. The only thing holding this back is the lack of carb. Still enjoyable, but could be better.

Dec 16, 2015
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rand from California

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch. 12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Deep mahogany in color, viscous, with virtually no head or lacing upon a moderate pour.

S: Tons of caramel and burnt sugar at the front of the bouquet. At the edges, booze, sweetened. Notes of pit fruit linger.

T: The pit fruit aspect is more forward on the palate, with notes of plums and dates joining the caramelly overtone. The tobacco notes so prevalent in Adam are a little subdued here, presumably from how barrel aging rounds and smooths the flavors. Raisiny, maybe some holiday spice mid-sip, before a long, sweet, boozy finish.

M: Chewy, viscous, but not as much as might be expected for a 12% ABV brew.

Definitely lives up to the hype. A delicious brew with a lot of similarities to the finest barrel-aged stouts.

Nov 29, 2015
Adam From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1033 ratings