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Adam From The Wood | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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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

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Reviews:
167
Ratings:
940
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
21.43%
 
 
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Photo of kkipple
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2011 shared at PNY vol 2. Cheers, Jim!

One of the last beers of night two. This is a biggun.

A. Bold and dark, very dark wooden brown. Looks like a clear quad. Decent tan head, fine retention.

S. Sweet, tons of residual malt sugar. Boozy, warm and inviting - not too sharp. Oak, heavy but not overdone. Dark fruits - prune, especially, orange? Works together well, this is a massive, oaked and fruity malt bomb. Needs to be nearly room temp to fully bloom. As it warms, and as you smell this more, it gets very complex. Simply excellent.

T. Follows the nose. A sweet and almost JW Lee's like complex old ale - surely one of the best I've had from the West coast - and simply has to be tried. Layered caramel sugar, chocolate, sherry, oak, warming alcohol, Christmas fruits.

M / O. Mellow carbonation is exactly what is needed here, and delivers. The finish is long and sweet and rich. This is a dessert beer, and quite sugary, but it is also excellent.

Adam from the Wood isn't just the best beer I've had from Hair of the Dog, it's one of the best big beers to come off the West Coast in a long time. Highly recommended!

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.19/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a persistent quarter finger of head. Aroma has tons of tobacco and some creme brulee sweetness. Flavor is absolutely overwhelming with the tobacco and smokiness, overpowering the barrel even. Oh my god there is so much tobacco and beef jerky and soy in this, what the fuck. I know those flavors are present in regular Adam, but this is cranked up to 11. Interesting, provocative, and unique for sure but I wouldn't use ''highly enjoyable'' on my list of descriptors.

The body is full and creamy and perfect, but overall this beer was a total letdown.

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Photo of cavedave
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to oregonskibum for the finest beer I've had in years.

A turbid but still beautiful brownish red, topped by a thick skim of brownish beige head.
Crazy legs oil their way down the glass sides.

Strong aroma, full of barrel, lots of oak vanilla chocolate bits of coffee, other dark ripe fruits beyond capture, lingering sweet like pollinating flowers.

The strong flavors of this are less sweet than their description here might indicate. All the flavors of the nose front the sip, joined now by deep plum, especially as it warms. Well blended, yet well defined. Specific tastes come into the sip strongly, fade into a delicious blend at other times. The finish is kinda sweet and full of fruit, like a clean bomb of oaked flavors that are delicious.

Low carb., despite the look, full bodied (to understate), and a morphing finish of flavors of fruit whose characters have lingered strongly and made a killer finish.

Were this still drinkability a 5 here would be a no brainer. Forget it, you won't find a beer of this style of delicious and full flavor as drinkable as this. Still a 5 best of the class here.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle shared by urwithdave. Poured into my founders tulip.

A: Murky, muddy brown color. A small tan head appears, quickly fades and leaves next to no lace.

A: Pretty hot in the nose. Big notes of vanilla and caramel, curtosey of the barrel. Oak notes, chocolate, and toasty malt.

T: Wow! Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, and chocolate. So smooth. The finish is nicely dry from the oak. This is how you do a ba brew. It is perfectly balanced with the base brew. The bourbon is not overpowering, just an outstanding compliment to beer.

M: full body, creamy and smooth. Good levels of carbonation.

O: I am blown away by this beer. Full flavored, perfectly balanced, and just a pleasure to sip on. A must try. Cheers.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best Hair of the Dog offering I have ever had! Total supper with a great barrel back end and nice caramel notes up front! Beautiful beer! Now I need to try he Varients!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Small gathering at Cam's for goodies

A-dark body with s white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-lots of nice wood characters that make it divine

T-follows the nose but mellow really well. Would love to have more

M-medium body and smooth

O-very, very stellar beer

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark ruddy brown with unshakeable head of fine cream foam.

S - Sweet bourbon predominates.

T - Treacle and bourbon, following the nose.

M - Sticky and syrupy.

O - Good but not ridiculously so. I'd be wary of trading a king's ransom for this.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark muddy brown. Short tan head with short retention. Slightly oily. 

Big rich nice nose. Pretty boozy smelling. A bit of rich dark fruit. Dark molasses, caramel and smoky maple syrup. Chaw like tobacco. 

Big great flavor. Maple syrup, caramel, a touch a vanilla, rich fruit. Lovely. 

Surprisingly medium bodied. Low carb. 

Overall a fantastic beer. Great all around. Easy to drink actually. 

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Derek for sending this one my way. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark brown, with a small light tan head.

The aroma is full of sweet molassis and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke and leather.

The taste is full of sweet chocolate, vanilla and molassis, with a hefty dose of wood. There is a bit of an alcoholic bite in the finish, but it is mild.

The body is medium to thick, with nice soft velvety carbonation.

This is delicious.

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Photo of rallison
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Chris for bringing this 12oz bottle to the Sea Of Floydster tasting!

Caramel and liqueur in the smell - quite similar profile to Dave.

Almost flat, but nice and smooth on the tongue. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar play against some vinous bourbon characteristics.

Very well done and very tasty.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of KevSal
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

hige huge thanks to stx00lax for this guy! this was a huge want of mine, and honestly i still owe him. he sent me a spair to age.

12oz slight chilled bottled poured intio eclipse snifters, had side by side with batch 82 of adam.

a- this one looks awesome! alightly thinner than adam with a deep dark redish hue on the edges. about the same amount of head as regular adam.

s- wow this one anells absolutely amazing! as soon as i cracked its richness spread into the room. tons of vanilla and sweetness, like adam amplified. tons of chocolate and wood.

t- follows the nose exactly. this is truly superb. vanilla, wood, slight cherry, right amount of sweet.

m- great hefty body and perfect carbonation.

o- wow! i was going in expecting a lot but this one still succeeded to impress me. i cant find one bad thing with beer. id love to have this side by side with ba 4d, both beers are world class, i think this one might beat it just barely.

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Photo of tewaris
3.84/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Romulux, you da man!

Split with Steasy66, others.

Muddy, murky brown with a gushing head that leaves very soon and apparently takes all carbonation with it. Vanilla and wood in the aroma. Good barrel character in taste; vanilla, booze; and roast from Adam. Yeah. Feels thin.

This is a good beer but I completely fail to see the hype. In my opinion the barrels make it whatever it is, a decent beer from a base beer that is subpar.

3, 4, 4, 3, 4

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Photo of claaark13
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jedwards. 2011 vintage, 12oz. Served at cellar temp in a Founders snifter, split with aasher (he had his own glass).

A - Slightly tan, 1/4" head that gets down to lacing. Dark brown, decent legs. Looks really good.

S - Spices, some oak, some alcohol, some smoke. The barrel is very present.

T - Smokey spices, some caramel from the oak, then oak, smooth finish. The smoke/roast in the middle and finish is mild, but present. Slight amount of evaporation on the tongue after it warms up.

M - Medium body that is a little heavier on the tongue, slight carbonation.

O - This is a fantastic beer. I really don't know what else to say.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Pours a very dark burgundy/chestnut that appears near black in the snifter, with a small creamy beige head of super tight bubbles. Nose is dates and cherries soaked in brandy, leather, smoke, a touch of brine which is just classic Adam. Very decadent alcoholic details on the nose. Mouth is very creamy, rich, alcohol heat throughout, lots of dripping dark fruits in brandy, bourbon, brine and leather in the mid palate, with a pleasantly hot finish. Takes the edgy qualities of a 2 year old Adam and just adds dimensions of complexity. I've been looking for this beer, wistfully, for years and was stoked to see it was being released again, and it doesn't disappoint at all.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a snifter.
2011 Vintage.

Appearance: Adam from the Wood looks almost identical to the regular Adam that I had back in 2011. The body is an ultra deep brown in the glass, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red that at times seems to have a purple hue. A rough pour doesn't leave much more than a thin cap of cream coloured bubbles that fad away fairly quickly. Tilting the glass reveals beautiful cascading carbonation and a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Perfect! All other breweries take note, this is how you barrel age a beer! The barrel character is mellow but still well noted and adds to the complexity of the base beer, rather than obscuring it.
The interplay between the barrel and the base beer is phenomenal and sadly almost impossible to describe, so I will have to settle with simply listing a few of the notes present in the nose: Mellow bourbon, soft vanilla laced caramel, butterscotch, a little toasted coconut, oak, brown sugar, a ton of dark fruits (plum, preserved figs and black cherries), leather, a touch of chocolate, light molasses and the faintest puff of smoke.

Taste: Hmmm, the first thing that I notice in the flavour is a little oxidization. It is not really bothersome, but I certainly did not expect it.
The barrel character is a little milder than in the nose, but still present, offering vanilla, oak, a hint of toasted coconut and a little booze.
The flavour is quite sweet upfront, with notes of brown sugar and dark caramel. This quickly fades into the expected dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs and raisins) as well as notes of earthy leather, chocolate and a hint of soy.

Mouthfeel: Adam from the Wood surprisingly has a higher level of carbonation than the batch 79 Adam that I had - the medium level is a little too high for my tastes, but is smooth enough to not warrant any vigorous swirling. The body however is spot on - just shy of full, but quite sticky and mouth-coating.

Overall: Adam from the Wood is an outstanding barrel aged old ale and had it not been for the little bit of oxidization in the flavour, I am quite sure that it would have been in my all time top 5 beers.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark. 2 finger mocha head with very small, tight bubbles.

S - Mostly bourbon.

T - Bourbon, oak, some dark fruits, bitter yeast-y after taste.

M - Very smooth, medium body, carbonation could not be better.

A great beer. I was mostly tasting the barrels, would probablly change with some age on it. To me does not have the complexity of Matt but is still outstanding.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alan Sprints and his wife shared this beer with me during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a great couple. Thanks for sharing.

A - A dark brown beer, the fluid admits no light. I wasn't expecting this from an ale! Alan told me it was this dark because he used an open fire to brew this beer. Like it has been done ages ago.

S - A sweet bourbon vanilla scent with just a touch of oak.

T - A soft vanilla bourbon ale, so smooth. Its a little sweet, I think it is from added candy sugar and again there is some oak to be discovered.

M - A soft carbonation and no bitterness (I think there is no bitterness anymore because this beer is already three years old) The body is so full and incredible tasty.

O - A real good ale, tasty and heavy.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Lothore
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep brownish black little to no head

s -deep and malty, plum, raisin, fig

t - starts off with an assault of dark fruit and lingers on with tobacco, charred white oak and very mild bitterness

m - thick and luscious

d - delicious and decadent. A beer for an ocassion

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Photo of treyrab
4.7/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have to thank my pal Luke for sending me this one. After visiting Alan at Hair of the Dog last summer and learning of the release of this, I was anxious to try it. After all, I am a huge fan of regular Adam. Poured into a Hair of the Dog branded tulip.

A: Pours a deep murky brown (nearly black) with some red crimson hues when held to the light. Tried to pour prudently as to keep the sediment in the bottle. Atop the beer appears a half finger tan head. Overall, looks very similar to regular Adam. Pretty much identical.

S: A cornucopia of intense flavors just explode. The scent starts with a nice, mellow leather, followed by slight smokey ash. Smells rather dry. Followed you get sweet soy and sherry, deep purple plums soaked in bourbon. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and more pronounced bourbon. Just so much going on. Usually when there are this many complex flavors, it can get messy. But this is just greatly blended and mellow.

T: All the flavors in the scent are there in the taste, but amped up a notch. Bourbon soaked black cherries and purple plums, smokey ash, rich dark leather, deep chocolate, and slight sherry. All mixed with a great blended bourbon flavor.

Overall, this beer is just what I expected, and more. Great job HotD. If this ages like your other beers, this will be even more heavenly in a few years.

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Photo of pschul4
4.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh man. My 200th review! Freakin' huge, solid, thick and tight thanks to Bdubs for sending me my personal white whale

A- Pours a deep dark brown with almost no head

S- Dark malts in there with a nice alcohol/bourbon burn in the nose

T- Holy crap... The bourbon blends amazingly with the base beer. Typical Adam malt profile but add in the smoothest bourbon ever

M- Smoooth

O- One of the best beers I've ever had. Hands down. Thank you so much Brett

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Photo of LouZ
4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted on draft in Portland taproom. Pour was flat; no head. Great aroma, though, even with my cold - I got the nice vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste was intense vanilla and strong, boozy bourbon. Too boozy, to be honest. Perhaps this ages to perfection, but this version was not the right balance to me.

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Photo of spicelab
4.52/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Luk13
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.48 out of 5 based on 940 ratings.
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