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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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Photo of claaark13
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -3.8%
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 Lochnessmonster
3.8/5  rDev -15%
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 Thehuntmaster
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -0.9%
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%
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 +1.6%
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 Lothore
4.47/5  rDev 0%
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 +5.1%
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 +6.5%
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 -8.7%
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 +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 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 Sarlacc83
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from the brewery

A: Sits down in the glass. Dark brown and somewhat murky. Stains the glass.

N: Lots of smoke, bourbon, leather, and tobacco. Dark chocolate, brown sugar, and some dark cherry. Caramel and vanilla.

T: Superb blend of smoke and chocolate and sugar. Very balanced in terms of some sweetness, bitterness, and some salt.

: Thick and carbonated. Easily drinkable for its ABV and despite its heft. O: Doing really well at 1.5 years old. Drained this way too fast considering the price tag. Good thing there’s more.

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Photo of Axic10
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After having a conversation on here with Barrythebear, I was "assigned" drinking a bottle of Adam and Adam from the Wood and review both. I decided to drink them side by side for the sake of Science. Hooray Science!

Poured into a Hunahpu's snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance: Pours dark brownish black with a finger of mocha/tan head that settled down to a ring around the edge of the glass, almost stout like.

Smell: Adam turned up to 12! The dark fruits really come to the front of this one, especially the aroma of figs and raisins. The bourbon isn't as heavy as I thought it would have been, but the alcohol sting is heavier than the regular Adam, which isn't surprising. I prefer the heavier aroma of the dark fruits in this to the regular Adam.

Taste: Bourbon raisin right off the bat. Vanilla, plum chocolate, brown sugar mixed all together into a sweet nectar (of the gods).

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ridiculously smooth. Almost like sipping on a fine cognac or scotch.

Overall: I really liked this beer, and while it's a 4.5 on my rating, I'd say it's closer to a 4.75. What a great treat from Barry, which was definitely appreciated in December 2011 when he gave me the bottle, but even more tonight when I drank it. ISO more bottles!

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Photo of DrunkAl
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 12 oz bottle. Thanks Bob. Murky dark brown. Aroma of figs, raisins, sweet dried dark fruit. Oak, caramel, touch of vanilla. Taste is like chewing on a bourbon barrel flavored tootsie roll. Brown sugar, boozy without the heat. Mouthfeel is watery and uncarbonated. Seems out of place in such a flavorful beer.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to deep reddish golden-brown at the rim, great color. Bare smidgen of froth.

Smells deeply complex and alluring. Old bourbon barrel, molasses, brown sugar, prunes, raisins.

Tastes how it smells, delicious, sweet but not overly sweet at all, once my palate adjusts it's just right. Big dose of bourbon barrel, but very well integrated, and it tastes like the barrel, not just the bourbon. That long time in the barrel really paid off.

Full bodied. Great beer, complex, balanced, and delicious.

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Photo of Auracom
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have to give a huge thanks to Greg for sending me this one. 2011 Vintage. 3-4 oz. poured into a FFF Teku on June 9th, 2012.

A - Looks like Adam with less carbonation - Very dark, murky brown coloring.

S - Awesome barrel notes. Vanilla, ripened dark fruit varietals, milk chocolate bar, tad bit of roast, well contained toffee and caramel, a touch of alcohol at the back.

T - The oak is phenomenal. All of the notes from the aroma with a great vineous, almost earthy characteristic at rear palate. Leather, hint of smoke, heavily roasted pecans, bourbon soaked figs. Roast and dark fruit aftertaste. Does everything I would hope for from the base Adam. Overall it's less sweetness and more woody, bitter, and dry.

M - Medium-heavy body, low but truly perfect carbonation, bitter, oaky, tannic finish.

D - A truly great expression of a totally unique beer. It smells great, drinks great, feels great. Lives up to the hype.

Edit - A revisit of the same batch at HotD's brewpub confirms that this is some stellar shit.

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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 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 iadler
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle opened during our bcbs vertical tasting. Thanks again, Matt (Exitmusic00)! This is one I've been wanting to try for a while. 2011 bottle.

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a thin off white head and no lacing. Not the prettiest girl at the prom.

S- Wet leather, a variety of dark fruits including plum, raisins, fig, red grapes, black cherry followed by oak, light smoke, burnt caramel, tobacco and a hint of coconut. Very complex.

T- Again leather is fairly prominent, with notes of tobacco, plumb, fig, black cherry, smoke, brown sugar, oak and coconut. Fairly sweet, but not overly so.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a syrupy body that finishes a touch dry.

O- Really complex and another great sipper from HotD. Would love to get another bottle and age it for a year or two.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.11/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The tweet read "Adam from the Wood" on tap. Finally I wasn't working and was able to make it down for a glass. $8.50 for a 12oz pour. Get TulipSnifter her own because I want one for myself!

A: Very dark brown and opaque like prune juice with a tight half finger of espresso like head that slowly recedes to a fuzzy thick glass ring. No lacing but who's expecting any? 5/5

S: Smoke, leather, and tobacco are all adjectives I've used with regular Adam. They're all here as well but more intense. Add the wood, and coconut comes to play as does dark fruit and strong brown liquor. 4/5

T: Sweet decadent fruity sugars, beautiful bourbon, rum notes, raisins, smoked meat, chocolate heavy on the cacao, heavy handed alcohol, and more of that wonderful tobacco. 4/5

M: The alcohol is a little aggressive at this point and my tongue has some tingling alcohol burn going on. Some time in the bottle (whenever it actually get's bottled) should help reduce that alcohol bite. Thick and appropriately carbonated with a cleaner finish then I expected for such a big beer. Not too sticky. 4.5

O: A truly wonderful beer. Just like the base Adam, it's one of a kind. Call me crazy, but I think I actually prefer the non-barrel aged base beer though. That could be due to (as I stated in the mouthfeel) the alcohol being too big and hot at the moment. I'd love to stash a few bottles of this away for a year or so and see if that helps it integrate better. Just let me know when these are getting released and count on seeing me in line. 4/5

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

A- 2000 batch brought from deep in the cellar. pours dark brown/rusty blood red color, no head on the pour. I could be wrong, but it looked like there was a bit of char from the barrel in the bottle.
S- Oak, lots of sweet malt, vanilla, some alcohol. Not much hop presence in the smell.
T- Perfect amount of oak flavor, dark dried fruits, very faint hop bitterness, this is a sweet beer but the flavor from the barrel helps to balance it out. Some alcohol burn in the finish.
M- Thick and coating, this beer is very warm. Very little carbonation but I don't think this took anything away from the beer at all.
D- Its a big heavy beer, but it has so much flavor I couldn't stop drinking it. If I had another bottle I don't think i could let it sit very long and probably would opened it by now. What an amazing beer. I am usually not a fan of old ales, but this is one of the best.

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Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously shared by mrfootstones. Thanks Brian. Pours a cola brown with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of bourbon, oak, and caramel. There is also some smoke, a bit of tobacco, and quite a bit of alcohol. The taste is very sweet with lots of bourbon, some plum, and a hint of cherry. There is also lots of caramel, some vanilla, a bit of leather, and a light smokiness. The finish is quite boozy with lingering sweetness. Full Body. Low carbonation. Enjoyable, but I could not drink much of this.

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Photo of seanthornton152
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room. 12 oz pour

a- Hazel Brown, dark, murky, topped with dusty brown sugar head. Swirl leaves a sticky lace.

s- Upfront scents of vanilla, soaked in toasted oats, brown sugar; raisins.

t- Bready vanilla oak, sweet bourbon, toasted almonds, sweetness of plums and raisins, sprinkled with bittersweet chocolate. A hint of smokiness, but not as much as I was expecting.

m- Medium carbonation, sticky, full body

d- YES!

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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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