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: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#186
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
993
pDev:
8.95%
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Photo of Sammy
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most interesting aroma of peat, alcohol, scotch, port. Appearance was deceiving because of soap like bubbles, no head. Taste barley, bourbon, salty, barrel wood. Thanks to Woolfs at Doug Shoemaker tasting. The taste, the alcohol - must be sipped. Speed bumps slowing us all down.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, molasses, citrus zest, dark fruit, and bourbon. Taste is the same with some slight leather, tobacco, and ash flavors. This beer has a very low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice set of complex aromas.

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4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of oline73
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 2011 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque mahogany color with a layer of off white head that goes away pretty quickly.

Smell: Very sweet with some dark fruit notes and bourbon heat. I'm getting some brown sugar and vanilla as well.

Taste: Wow is all I can say. Sweet and malty, I'm getting some vanilla and brown sugar with some bourbon heat. This beer tastes like liquid bourbon candy. Phenomenal.

Mouthfeel: The body is thicker than medium with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. The difference between this and the regular version is huge. I would love to have more of this beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle: Poured a murky dark brown color ale with zero carbonation. Aroma of tobacco, bourbon, light vanilla and molasses is quite singular. Taste is also dominated by tobacco with some molasses and bourbon notes clearly identifiable. Residual sugars are also easily identifiable with light warming alcohol. Body is quite full with almost zero carbonation. This is almost like drinking an old sherry or xeres and makes for a perfect nightcap.

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4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'11 batch shared by beerdy last month. Pours a dark brown that borders on black, topped by a thin cap. The nose is rather decadent, showcasing a ton of bourbon and oak. The signature leather and tobacco aroma of Adam is still present, along with vanilla, light nuttiness, smoke and somewhat brash but not unwelcome alcohol. The palate is warming and sweet, bourbon at the forefront with plenty of oak, tannin, vanilla and caramel. Lightly oxidized, still surprisingly hot despite all the years in the barrel. The earthiness of Adam shines through past the big barrel flavors, contributing leather and tobacco, dark fruit, subtle smoke. The body is medium-full; it feels a bit more hefty than the non-barreled Adam. A fantastic beer overall, though it may benefit from some time in the bottle to tame the heat.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of billab914
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured dark brown in color with thin, creamy, tan lacing concentrating around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a bourbon soaked dark fruit quality to it. I get some raisin, plum and caramel mixing with brown sugar, vanilla and oak. The bourbon barrel really compliments very well. Great aroma to it, things really come together well in it.

The taste has a great mix ox bourbon and sweet maltiness to it. The dark fruits, caramel and toffee of Adam really come through, but the bourbon really shines for me. I get some really nice brown sugar and vanilla flavors coming out of the super smooth bourbon. Again, It's really well balanced between the barrel character and the maltiness of the base beer. The flavors really come together well and compliment each other perfectly.

The mouthfeel leans a little towards the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall, I thought it was a fantastic beer. The bold mlatiness of Adam is perfectly complimented by the smooth bourbon. It really comes together well and they balanced the barrel and beer flavors perfectly. it was incredibly smooth for 12% as well.

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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 993 ratings