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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

Style: 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.

Added by freed on 01-04-2005

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4.47
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Photo of Bendurgin
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one with me. Poured into a tulip. Pours a dark mahogany with a small amount of foam on top.

Rich aroma with molasses, vanilla, raisins, tobacco and some smoke. Good blend of earthy aromas with a little bit of sweetness rounding it out. Woody flavors with sweet molasses and vanilla. A nice woody flavor in the background with some sweet dark chocolate.

The body is nice and full with soft carbonation. Overall this one is great. Tough to beat.

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Photo of Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to my 2011 SecretSanta. Dark, hazy brown pour, red highlights with no real head. Aroma contains strong bourbon notes, vanilla, lots of sweet malty port like aromas as well, dark fruits, woody, multi layered and complex. Traditional tobbaco notes, very ashy. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, fruity with a lot of vanilla/bourbon and tobacco, slightly boozy finish. Palate is heavy, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish which makes it even more decadent. Really nice sipper.

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

First had: rather large sample from a bottle at HotD's brewpub, graciously shared by johnmichaelsen, who recognized me and MsRif without ever even meeting us! Thanks!

I found this to be pretty similar to the regular Adam in most ways (which is good), other than perhaps more of a boozy quality, naturally, from the barrel aging. Maybe more aging would accent that trait a bit more. But otherwise, the beer came to me in a HotD sampler glass (love those things), dark cola brown with a lasting, creamy tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel, semi-sweet chocolate (really like this aspect of the beer), dark fruit notes, and bourbon-soaked oak. The barrel has not detracted from the smoothness of the beer for sure; tastes of chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, some dark fruit, licorice, and a hint of bourbony oak. Very nice. Smooth, full-bodied, and very drinkable.

I have a few bottles of Cherry Adam that I'm looking forward to trying soon.

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

12oz bottle, 2011 offering care of Joe. Big thanks man! Poured into a matching Hotd tulip, this brew appears a very dark brown with a finger of tan head. The cap dissolves leaving a thin layering pattern across the top. When held to the light, it displays some lighter shades of brown and red coloration when tilted. A light swirl brings forth a finger of tan head and produces some spots of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew is crazy. It carries a very familiar aspect of the base beer but with a pleasant freshness and brighter smoked quality that is very well integrated with barrel characteristics. The first thoughts that come forth are smoked chocolates mixed with raisins, tobacco and leather. There is a woodsy quality present mixed with a tangy incorporation of alcohol that is very pleasing throughout. As it warms up, a faint amount of caramel sweetness to toffee/vanilla inclusion come forward.

The taste is bitter chocolate mixed with a solid smoked flavoring. Toasty oak character is present which really ties together the taste of bitter chocolate and smoked grain. There is a mild fruity alcohol inclusion tasting of burnt raisins which creeps down the back of the throat with some solid warmth. The aftertaste is a combination of earthy tobacco, leather, oak, bitter chocolate, smoke and a hint of fruity alcohol. Very deep and enjoyable brew that makes for quite a sipper.

This is a full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. While the individual ingredients and flavoring of this can be picked apart as drastically unique in their own right, they really blend and tie together very well in this. This is a fantastic sipper of a brew with a great depth of character. I know it is already so many years in the making but honestly I am curious what more aging would do to this already fine example.

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Photo of fiver29
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Bottle poured black with no carbonation or head. Aroma was amazing. Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. Has a medium body. Very little alcohol presence, wood, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and oak all come together to make this a world class brew. This is one of the best beers I have had and the only counts against it are the no carbonation and head. Otherwise, one of the best I’ve had.

I also had this this past weekend thanks to Mike. The above review still holds.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle.

Murky brown color. No head.

Flavors: old ale flavors all around. Caramel and toffee. Dark cherries. Figs. Tobacco flavors. Molasses. Bourbon is fairly noticeable but very oaky.

Low carbonation but I like it. Clean and smooth. Chewy.

Very incredible. Easy to drink. So complex.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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

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Photo of spicelab
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz [email protected] of the Dog Tasting Room.

Deep molasses with a smallish tan head that hangs around. Nice trails on swirling.

Rich malty flavours of baked caramel, fairy floss and liquorice in a sea of light smokiness and oak.

Like most of my favourite deserts wrapped up in one. Choc-caramel, sticky-date pudding, caramel butter fudge, raisins, caramelised dates, leathery oak, brandied cherries, golden syrup and stewed plums. One of very few beers where diacetyl is a desirable quality and enhances the flavours. Delicious!

Rich, palate coating but velevety smooth. Entirely appropriate.

Relentlessly decadent brew that is an absolute must for sweet-tooths. Those who aren't will undoubtedly prefer the base beer.

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Photo of OleDixie
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #2 Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Old Ale" list as well as the #28 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular" list. Served in a Stone IRS snifter. Shared with a few others at a tasting.

Served with Matt, Adam, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Bourbon Fred, Doggie Claws '05.

First off, this beer's aroma is the first thing I noticed, before the appearance. This beer is heavy with bourbon and booze, Adam is one of my favorite beers under certain cirumstances, and this is like Adam on crack and whiskey, serious. Wow.

Beer is brown, mildly hazy, sweet, lots of bourbon, lots of malt, the liquor wins out there with me.

Beer is medium in body, a little thinner than expected, a little stronger than I expected, very oaky, very vanilla and bourbony, strong throughout. Very good, an interesting variant on Adam. Adam still is awesome but this beer is slightly more awesomer.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into 3 Floyds snifter.

Pours opaque black, no carbonation, the end..

Aroma is huge charred dark fruits like raisins, figs, prune. Spiced rum, smoke, leather, oak, scotch, dark caramel, and hints of cognac. Tremendous nose on this and like Cherry Adam is among the best for Old Ales.

The taste is huge leather, caramel, fig, smoked maple syrup, old raisin, shaved wood, Brandy, and vintage rum. Sweeter than base Adam, with deeper booze and dark fruit flavors. Also has an earthiness to it but it's possibly the oak tannins reacting with the smokiness of the beer.

Mouthfeel is slick, sporting a light heavy body. No carbonation, I think Cherry had a just a bit. The lack of carbonation really isn't a spoiler. Just makes for a different drinking experience.

This is wonderful. It's meaty yet sweet like dessert. But it's not cloyingly sweet as the oak really drys out the finish. I think the lack of carbonation is what gives the impression that the beer is sweet since there are no scrubbing bubbles to clean the palate. I love the aroma, enjoy the flavors, and would be ecstatic to have this around all the time. I still think I prefer Cherry Adam though.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Frank.

Pours a dark purple/brown. Bubbles! Even more than "barely carbonated," which is appreciated given the track record here.

Smells are musty old barrels, wood, tobacco, dark fruit, leather. Sweet too, actually reminded me quite a bit of cherry adam.

Dark fruits (plum, fig), leather, tobacco, typical aged Adam stuff. The barrels add another layer, musty wood mostly. No solvents, and minimal alcohol overall. I guess that's what happens when it's been sitting for 3 years. Integrated as hell.

Perfect mouthfeel, really. Full, not thick or syrupy. Doesn't linger too long.

Old ale, indeed. I don't think sitting on this is going to help it. It's aged already, and ready to drink.

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Photo of pigc
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bgramer for hooking me up with this trade.

A - Pours nearly pitch black with half finger head with aggressive pour. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, dates.

T - Sweet bourbon heat right up front followed by a wave of bourbon soaked raisins, figs, plum, a little bit of soy and some chocolate as well. So much going on in this one. Nearly perfect.

M - Medium bodied but may be a tad on the thin side for the style. Low carbonation makes this an easy sipper.

O - One of the best barrel aged beers that I've had. This one reminds me a bit of King Henry with maybe a bit more complexity. Perfect amount of bourbon, not too hot, not too sweet or cloying this is a top notch of a beer and worth getting your hands on a bottle if you get a chance.

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Photo of brystmar
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cracked this 12oz bottle after a rough day at work. I'm a big fan of opening a favorite brew after a long day.

Dark brown body, plenty of tan head. Great retention and lace give AftW top marks for the style. Surprising since Old Ales are typically ugly.

Nose is bursting with bourbon, vanilla, booze, and tons of malt. Can't say it's my favorite aroma but certainly enjoyable.

Malts and caramelized booze up front; bourbon makes its way in shortly thereafter. Leathery and tobacco-y too. Caramel and vanilla linger after swallowing as the alcoholic warmth soothes my throat. Superb.

Huge, viscous body brings everything together. Tons of well-crafted flavors make this immensely enjoyable; AftW is something every beer geek needs to sample. One of my favorites!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a hazy brown color, no head/carbonation at all. Smells resonate with fig, plum, tobacco, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Nice combination. Taste is reflective of the same flavors. The dark fruits come through nicely. The big story with this one is the fact that it doesn't drink anywhere NEAR 12%, very easy drinking and smooth.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at their tasting room.

Pours a murky brown with very little head and minimal lacing. The nose presents rich dark fruit and sweet, sweet bourbon. The taste - thankfully - follows suit, with toffee and caramel in tow. Fairly full mouthfeel here. All in all, one hell of a good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by cquiroga, thank you very much for bringing this Chris, it was great to be able to try this on the same night as Dave and compare their similarities and differences, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Dark brown with some mahogany, thin 1/4 inch beige creamy head, goes away pretty quiclky, nice legs but no lacing
S-Oak, booze, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses
T-Starts off with a nice boozy flavor, chewy and roasty malts in the middle, great whiskey-like finish, lots of vanilla and oak later on, more sweet and boozy than the standard Adam, did not have the toastiness either, still nicely balanced and pleasantly warming
M-Sweet, roasty, warm, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, very little carbonation, taste lingered a long time and was nice
D-Could have drank this bottle quite easily, only concern with drinkability is that it does not hide the alcohol very well, still very smooth and inviting

I knew I would like this and who would not enjoy Adam that spent over seven years in a barrel, another great brew from Hair of the Dog, cannot wait to try the cherry version now and compare these, I hope this is released again in the future, I want more, recommended

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Photo of warnerry
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle at the tasting room

Pours deep caramel brown with half a finger of tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving only a thin ring.

Aroma has a lot of dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel and roasted malts and a very pleasant bourbon aroma.

Taste is full and rich, but not heavy or too sweet. Some sweet bourbon notes of vanilla and oak, brown sugar, mild leather. Lots of dark dried fruits. Very smooth taste. Bottle says it is barrel aged for at least three years, and the smoothness supports that.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some sticky sweetness. Finish is surprisingly dry and earthy.

This is a great beer, and I am happy to have had it. A big beer that doesn't get carried away with sweetness, and incredibly smooth, both in terms of flavor and feel.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

No fizz at the pop of the cap, must be a 2014. Hesitant about that fact, but fuck me this is amazing.

Aroma of leather, booze, cigar tobacco, damp aged oak, bourbon barrel char and vanilla. Big dark fruit presence with some more tart, sweeter fruits. The taste follows with a big damp woody, oaky booze with a lot of fruit - notable tartness on the finish.

This is outstanding, very glad demand was down and I got several bottles. This will be fun to revisit the next few years.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 12oz bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown, slight burgundy tint, with a small off-white head on top with minimal retention. Not much lacing to speak off.

S: Fantastic aroma, lots of bourbon and vanilla. There is a little bit of alcohol, some plums, and other dark fruit, leather, and a bit smoke.

T: Tons of dark fruit upfront, plum, fig, and cherry. Some caramel and brown sugar mixed with chocolate, oak, and caramel at the end. Fantastic.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely smooth and surprisingly easy drinking.

O: Fantastic. Tremendous flavor profile and incredibly drinkable, especially for 12%. Would love to sip this one over an evening.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of bignuke61
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Black13 who was kind enough to send this beer my way! I finally had some time to sit down and enjoy it.

A: Dark chocolate brown with very little head, even with a fairly aggressive pour.

S: Just fantastic. Sweet, oak, bourbon... immediately after some swirling, the glass fills with wonderful dark jammy fruit.

T: Sweet, bourbon, dark and sticky fruit, alcohol is well placed, complex but everything is in great balance. It is not just an "oaked Adam"... it is like a different beer, in fact there are parts of Adam that I did not even taste in this beer.

M: Smooth, easy to drink. Light carbonation works well. It seems to coat your entire mouth almost like a thin syrup.

O: Just delicious, I can't get over the smell... it was fantastic.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, consumed at HotD tasting room.

Appearance - Dark brown, murky, with zero head.

Smell - Vanilla, oak, caramel, malt, little bit of bourbon.

Taste - I get a bit more bourbon in the taste than smell. It's Adam + a bit more sweetness, oak & bourbon

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation, thick and syrupy

Overall - I enjoyed this quite a bit. Regular Adam is just as good, but less complex.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rathkem for this bottle!

12oz bottle sealed with pressure cap.

Vintage 2014.

poured into HotD Tulip glass!

Appearance: dark murky brown bodied beer with a few bubbles from a hard pour. No head. Looks flat. Decent booze legs on the side of the glass after each sip. 3.0

Smell: Lots of malts and rich barrel notes. Very oaky, tannic, and bourbony. This smells more like spirits than it smells like a beer, but you can still get a small glimpse of the base beer used the old ale Adam. Brown sugar, tobacco, molasses, leather, and light meaty smoke. 4.5

Taste: Very bourbon barrel forward. Sweet, but not cloying. Bourbon, oak tannins, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, coco powder, and dark fruit malts. Hints of leather and tobacco with a slight splash of soy sauce that is slightly salty adding some contrast to the sweetness. The beer finishes with a light meaty smoke and dark fruits. Very complex flavor profile and all these flavors linger for a long time. 4.5

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with no carbonation. Its definately flat. Slightly syrupy and coats your entire mouth. Fairly mellow, not very boozey, but you get a little bit of spicy booziness after each sip. 4.0

Overall: Yeah they said this vintage was flat and thats confirmed. No bubbles at all. 2014 AftW is still a really great beer, but not as good as when AftW is properly carbonated like the 2011 vintage that I have drank in the past. It needs carbonation, but is a beer thats still very enjoyable despite its short comings with the lack of carbonation. 4.5

2014 overall score of 4.38.

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HUGE thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this beer! Thanks Hollis!

12oz bottle poured into oversized snifter.

Vintage 2011.

Appearance: dark murky brown colored beer with a lite to medium tan head. The head is about 2 fingers high and slowely receded to a cap on top of the beer. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass. 4.25

Smell: Sweet malts and vanilla. This really smells like the barrel; huge oak notes. Its also earthy smelling almost like peat moss. Fairly smokey as well. 4.5

Taste: There is alot going on in this beer its really got alot of big bold flavors. Its starts really sweet with the malt profile and the barrel notes complimenting each other quite well. The notes I get from the Adam (being the base beer) are figs, smokey, caramel, and toffee. The barrel notes are loaded with tons of oak and coconut; mild vanilla, leather, and lots of bourbon. I can get both parts of the beer(the base beer and the barrel notes), but they both blend together nicely and compliment each other well. The beer has a mild bitter finish imparted by the earthy hops that seems to mix well with a warming booziness. 4.75

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer its a huge Old Ale. Moderate and lively carbonation. It quite impressive that this beer is as carbonated after spending at least 3 years in an oak bourbon barrel. This beer has a surpurb mouthfeel to it. 4.5

Overall: I really liked this beer it was great to get to try this rare treat(at least when you live in the great lakes beer region). I really enjoyed adam and adam from the wood is no exception its even better. This beer makes me happy! 4.5

2011 vintage overall score of 4.6.

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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
98 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.
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