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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#230
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
1,007
pDev:
8.95%
 
 
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1,484
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Photo of Beersnake1
4.74/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Cheers.

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Photo of joe1510
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Adam From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 1,007 ratings