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

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Adam From The WoodAdam From The Wood

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

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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a few cm of dull, dark brown head which slowly fizzles away, leaving a frothy ring.

S: Big bourbon, toasted oak, winey dark fruit and cherry, and chocolate aromas. Very aromatic, and smells delicious.

T: Thick dark chocolate and dark fruit (plum, cherry), sweetish bourbon, and a lengthy cocoa finish. A little alcohol taste, esp. on the finish. More chocolate and less oak/bourbon than I was expecting. Off dry.

M: Full bodied and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky. Imparts a nice warming sensation in the belly.

O: A slow sipper with phenomenal complexity and flavors. Fantastic stuff, this shows so many flavors over the course of a bottle. Another winner from HotD.

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Photo of kbrown
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at HOTD Brewery and Tasting Room.

A- Dirty mud brown with a warp speed shrinkage to zero head.

S- Definitely that sweet barrel aged bourbon. Strong plum also.

T- Heavy plum, coconut with the sugary bourbon well placed at the end. Toffee also.

M- Syrupy, tangy.

O- Complex, interesting, but too sweet for my taste. Alcohol hit well hidden. It's tight like a three year barrel aged beer should be.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Phelps
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Adam aged in bourbon barrels for three years. 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip at the tasting room.

Looks like black plum sauce. Super-thick and syrupy, the brew blocks out all light. At the absolute edges, a touch of orange is noticeable, and atop sits a very thin, silky layer of light tan bubbles.

Oh dear me, yes. The aroma’s beautiful: black cherry, leather, raisin, plum sauce, bitter chocolate, a touch of smoke, a little toasted coconut. So smooth.

Bourbon has taken over a bit more in the flavor. Red wine-like in fruit and oakiness, with a lot of grape, cherry and berry notes playing off a hint of soy. Smoke, leather and green apple swirl in the mouth before the swallow, which is all bourbon, delivering toasty oak notes, coconut and dark chocolate.

Very creamybody — a viscous medium-full. Mild, tingly carbonation tingles the tongue. Alcohol comes through the nose a bit, but is nowhere near 12 percent.

My only complaint: I wish there was more Adam below the bourbon. Great blend though. Very rich; a beer for sipping.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE bottle at Mikey's going away party, courtesy of Jim. I drank a ton of this beer, as there were only three of us that seemed to want second pourings.
Murky, swampy brown, with no head at all. Honestly, it didn't look particularly appetizing, but to convey the overall awesomeness of this brewski, I have to give it a higher score.Pretty light aroma, consisting mostly of port-like dark malt, tons of sherry steeped fruit, vanilla, and oak-soaked creamines. Smells like it's been waiting for me to sip, and waiting patiently. The flavor follows suit, with malt engraved into wooden slats, absolutely soaked in vanilla-like oak. No "barrel" feel, just straight oak and all its creamy wildness. Powerful roastiness. Minimal, if any, carbonation. The barest sparkle on the swallow. Pretty much flat. If you like cask ale, this is great. If not, this might not qualify as beer to you. Huge, thick body with a coating, lasting mouthfeel. The juicy malt flavor lingers forever. Hops leave trace residue of earthiness, but contribute no bitterness at this point. Finishes molasses-like and hugely biting in its sweetness. Very sweet, so much so that it's reserved for true beer aficionados only. Many people at the gathering could hardly manage three or four ounces of the stiff. More for the rest of us!!! I certainly indulged, and enjoyed every sip. Adam should always be kept in the wood. Imprison that evil bastard.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown almost black with a very thin head receding almost immediately to nothing. Not unexpected from the ABV.

Tons of raisin in the aroma. A little bit of leather and tobacco along with an earthy quality and vanilla oak and bourbon.

Same flavors come through as the aroma. I get a ton of raisin and fig along with subtle bourbon, vanilla and oak. The barrel is nicely integrated and let's the base flavor shine through. A little extra brown sugar sweetness and a little sweeter overall than I'd prefer, but very complex.

Almost flat which detracts a bit, but in a style like this, carbonation levels should be low anyway.

Pretty good beer, but not sure given how much it takes to trade for, if I'd value it that high. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of brystmar
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
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 hopsolutely
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank-you Tmappin; a stunning CanBIF receipt that has (for good reason) been on my "want" list for ages.

Beautiful burgundy colour without an ounce of carbonation (as foretold by many) with a robust aroma of figs, dried stone fruit and a variety of woods. The slick mouthfeel finishes with none of the alcohol heat I'd expect from +12% ABV. Taste has more depth & layers than I can begin to list, but combine to a warming and delicious well balanced barley "port". The nicest port I've ever enjoyed! This was a 2014 bottle that could have aged much longer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for bringing this by

Pours a dark reddish brown. A touch of light off-white head. Smells barrel heavy with some slight odd aromas. Smells similar to the tequila black hole. Interesting. Tastes very sweet and bourbony. Well carbonated. Overall good but not stellar. A bit boozy. Would drink it agin but it didn't blow me away

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Photo of starrdogg
4.67/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage served alongside regular Adam.

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, head is tan, beer and head are both noticeably darker than the regular Adam. Smells of bourbon and dark fruit, interestingly a bit like a quad. Taste is awesome, the bourbon really mixes perfectly with the dark fruit and the maltiness of the base beer, has notes of vanilla as well. Incredibly easy to drink for the abv, delicious! Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and pretty much spot-on. Overall, this beer is really amazing, an incredible execution of barrel aging with an already fantastic beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle enjoyed at EOU commencement party 2012, congrats Kevin and Doug.

Pours a burnished deep brown, thin ring of head around the edge of the glass, nary any head, sans dissipation, no visible carbonation. A truly complex nose, the light charring of the barrels produces a clean wood character to go along with the ever-present Adam leather and smoke notes, much more subtle than the base beer. Taste is equally complex, leather, smoke, some vanilla, raisins, a bit of chocolate, brown sugar, hops are a secondary partner in this ultra-complex beer of the gods. Mouthfeel is medium, not much in the way of effervescence. One of the best beers on Earth, period. Well done Alan!

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Photo of kevanb
3.81/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, 2014 vintage, poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed Tasting Glass.

The beer pours listlessly and limply from the bottle, dark cola brown color, burgundy hues, lacking in opacity with no head or lace to speak of, just dead and flat (which is stated on the label.) The aroma is very complex, huge fruit character, plum, prune cherry, dark grape, definitely get the vinous thing, not tart, but just vinous, lots of oak, leather, tobacco, spice, rich grain, and alcohol. The base beer really shines, while the oak aging just adds to the complexity. The flavors follow suit, so much character from so many layers of flavor. Beautiful fruit, layered earthy flavors of tobacco, spice and molasses while oak and toffee play with the rich grain that finishes a bit leathery with some potent alcohol heat. The balance is good and definitely improves as the beer warms up, really showcases everything that this beer has to offer. The body though, lets the beer down, it's flat. Yes, it's stated on the label and no, it doesn't kill the beer completely, or really to that big of a degree, but it feels so weak. It struggles to coat the mouth or dazzle the tongue and finishes a bit watery.

Verdict: I liken this to something like a tawny port wine, a very fine one at that, but with so many flavorful and complex oak aged beers on the market, this just doesn't seem to match up with a flat body. I definitely enjoyed sipping on this over the course of an evening and it was a lovely after dinner beer, but the potential for true greatness slipped past this one.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Hair of the Dog experience! Big thanks to Dan for sending this my way.12 oz bottle split three ways and poured into a tasting snifter.

A- Flat as my high school girlfriend. No head ever forms with sparse carbonation appearing in disappearing within three second. Color is a deep, rich mahogany with some light pushing through on the fringes.

S- What a bouquet. Caramelized raisins sprinkled with brown sugar. Backing all of this up is some firm oak and vanilla.

T- Drink this just below room temperature. I started drinking at refrigerator temp, and wasn't a huge fan. Once it warms, though, it opens up beautifully. All the sweet flavors mentioned above are balanced out by the superb oakiness. So smooth with hardly a trace of the 12% alcohol.

M- Again, drink it warm. Body felt thin and awkward, again, like my high school girlfriend. However, as it warms, it matures and the body is more robust, complimenting the flavors beautifully.

O- If you read this, heed my advice: don't bother letting this get too cold, as it must be had warm. Unless, of course, you enjoy muted flavors and a thin mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and am eager to try the cherry variant.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Mac. Thanks again for the great beers man.

The look is nice, almost approaching black with some brown highlights. Some nice lacing, a ring of cream colored head.

The smell has a nice cupcake bakery smell to it, fluffy vanilla and coconutty aromas that signal a lighter bourbon barrel that was used in the bottle. Some brown sugar and sweet potato like aromas in the malt, wet bourbon barrels in this. Some smoky malts.

The taste is quite nice, some great bourbon flavors to this beer with a nice dose of smoky malts to the beer as well. The flavor is very complex and layered, some alcohol heat in the taste as well adding to the cherry like flavors and burnt caramel. Nice overall.

The feel is pretty good, I was hoping for a little thicker of a feel but it is sticky and a littl bit of heat.

A special and unique beer once again from HotD.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Same deal as Matt- no head appears. The head is probably a light beige but I really can't be sure. The body is more of a dark chocolate brown that a black. Almost has hints of ruby. There is also no lacing, just like Matt.

Nose- Very subtle from the bottle but it may need some time to open up. Honey, some apples, minor chocolate. There are also some raisins which are very subtle. A little more chocolate and some cocoa. Coconut and soy start to show themselves. A little disappointing after Matt. Chocolate becomes richer as it opens.

Taste- Starts off with some bourbon, minor wood (oak) and moves into light coconut. Quite subtle which is only natural after 3 years of aging and 2 more in the bottle. I actually wish it were fresher. Slight notes of plum and raisins but I don't really get any soy at first but this does appear on the finish after my second taste. No heat at all. Much more subtle than the fresh Matt. Deceptively simple though it obviously had incredible complexity. Chocolate, coconut, and raisins are still very strong. Somewhat vinous on the finish in a very complimentary manner. Dry finish wraps this up nicely but I would probably enjoy a little bit more of a linger. Starts to show more and more presence as it opens up. Soy starts to come through more and more as this opens up but it's nice- not too sweet or sticky as a lot of soy notes in beer. Little bit of leather and tobacco meets with a slight cinnamon on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but the lack of fullness doesn't bother me as much as it did with Matt. Slight carbonation as well but a little more zip which blends with the slight spice.

Drinkability- Incredibly easygoing. Light bit of heat that is masked well by the dominant flavor profile notes. Wouldn't pay 20 bucks for it again.

Overall- Great beer. Really solid. Definitely worth a try. Is it 20 bucks good- I'm not sure but probably not.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Black color. Not pitch black but very close. One finger light tan head with amazing retention and lacing.

S: Big bourbon and oak. Dark fruits, brown sugar, leather, tobacco, coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and some roasted notes come through lightly. Oak and bourbon definitely dominate this complex beer.

T: Very sweet caramel upfront with sweet milk chocolate. Brown sugar, dark fruit, oak, and roasted coffee in the middle. Bourbon, butterscotch and toffee in the finish. The oak and bourbon are very light compared to the nose. Very complex indeed. Alcohol is almost non existent.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth and silky. Finishes slightly dry.

O: Amazing beer. Not the best ever but certainly complex and good. Scary drinkable for 12%.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this was released at the brewpub silently on sunday afternoon.. they're closed M-T so yesterday was the true unveiling. $8.50/12oz. this is only the second time this beer was made, it spent just about 3 years in bourbon barrels.

i remember sharing some of the 2000 adam from the wood i had with the CT dudes back in the day.. that was 5-6 years old. it was totally smoky and developing port wine flavors.

at 3 years, this is definitely bourbon heavy.. in addition, they did not choose a particularly smoky adam to put in those barrels. and even after 3 years, its still pretty damn hoppy and bitter. i'm thinking the smoke is dwelling in there, but the beer needs another couple years to meld the heat and suppress some of the hops, vanilla & oak. as a bourbon barrel aged strong ale, this is a hands-down great beer. compared to the 2000, this is just good. this will be released in bottles this fall (guessing $15/12oz) and it will be imperative to purchase several to sit on. if i can recreate the magic of the 2000 batch with age, it will be worth every penny.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage enjoyed on-site at HOTD. Beer revisited a year later with a pour from the 2014 vintage.

The flavor on this beer is all over the place, in a peculiarly good way. Sweet caramel and dark fruits up front, then an alcoholic heat, followed by residual oak and earthiness, finishing with leather and tobacco notes.

2011 is adequately carbonated, 2014 is flat, though carbonation has little effect on how enjoyable the beer is. 2014 might have a slight edge on 2011 in terms of taste.

Overall, a very interesting and well executed beer.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
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 pagriley
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz 2015 vintage at brewery

L - poured thick cola, minimal lacing and no head.
S - Caramel, dried figs and dates.
T - more of the same, with thick sweetness and slightly oxidized sherry notes
F - really thick, almost no carb

Overall an amazing beer, but the low carb does pull it down from being the best it can be

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
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 gcamparone
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. 2014.

Pours muddy brown, uncarbonated, pretty raw looking.

Aromas of molasses, sweet toffee, dark caramel, leather, dark fruit.

Taste is oaky vanilla, brown sugar, sweet caramel and toffee, followed by a roasty dark chocolate. Uncarbonated and medium body, not as thick as I was expecting.

Interesting.. This one was complex but a little too syrupy for me, especially because it was uncarbonated.. Decent and worth a try

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Photo of OleDixie
4.54/5  rDev +1.3%
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 rand
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch. 12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Deep mahogany in color, viscous, with virtually no head or lacing upon a moderate pour.

S: Tons of caramel and burnt sugar at the front of the bouquet. At the edges, booze, sweetened. Notes of pit fruit linger.

T: The pit fruit aspect is more forward on the palate, with notes of plums and dates joining the caramelly overtone. The tobacco notes so prevalent in Adam are a little subdued here, presumably from how barrel aging rounds and smooths the flavors. Raisiny, maybe some holiday spice mid-sip, before a long, sweet, boozy finish.

M: Chewy, viscous, but not as much as might be expected for a 12% ABV brew.

Definitely lives up to the hype. A delicious brew with a lot of similarities to the finest barrel-aged stouts.

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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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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.48 out of 5 based on 930 ratings.
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