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

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Ranking:
#176
Reviews:
172
Ratings:
988
pDev:
8.95%
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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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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Hair of the Dog brewery tasting room. Beer poured into a HotD tulip.

A: The beer poured a deep mahogany brown, approaching black. No light comes through the beer except for on the edges. It came with a small head, "soft" mocha in color. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Wow, huge caramel notes combined with toffee and figs. Oak and bourbon notes come next with plenty of alcohol legs behind them. Also getting slight milk chocolate, nuts and coffee. One really good smelling beer.

T: As many have noted before me, this beer is very rich and sweet. It really reminds me of a barrel aged Lagunitas Brown Shugga. It has a excellent pairing of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Following those comes the bourbon, oak and alcohol. Very mellow and smooth.

M: Thick, creamy and smooth. No alcohol heat. Low carbonation, but not flat.

O: I am very impressed with this beer. After the let down known as Cherry Adam, I wasn't sure any barrel aged Adam was going to make the cut and I was wrong. This beer is exceptional.

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4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the HotD tasting room, 12oz pour

A: Deep, deep brown with a 1 finger mocha head. Pretty decent retention for a strong barrel-aged beer.

S: Really heady chocolate and coffee aromas. Lighter notes of bourbon and oak.

T: Rich chocolate, a little alcohol heat and a bit of wood in the finish. Surprisingly restrained for having spent 3 years in the barrels. As it get up to room temperature at the end of the glass, the alcohol gets a bit more upfront, but never overwhelming.

M: Rich and heavy, but not at all sticky or cloying; hits the perfect balance for a sipper. Light carbonation.

O: This is a spectacular beer, utterly delicious and perfectly balanced. A benchmark for barrel-aged beers. I'll be at the tasting room any time Alan puts this on.

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4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle... dark brown, a bit shiny no head... the nose is phenomenal, one of the best smelling beers I’ve had, sweet molasses, bourbon, brown sugar... the taste isn’t as bursting as the nose, a little flat, but outstanding, brown sugar and molasses, the finish is a bit too oaky with smoke, a small complaint, but still great... try this

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

Adam from the wood has a dark brown body that borders on black, and a thin, yet very solid-looking slab of brown head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good, especially considering that this is a big beer.

The aroma is nice, with toffee, dark fruits, bourbon, wood and some general sweetness.

Tastes pretty damn good too. The barrel characteristics are pronounced but not overpowering, with bourbon, wood, vanilla and a little bit of leather. Dark fruits like dates and figs are teamed with some alcohol warmth. The malt backbone is big, with toffee, some sweetness and maybe a slight, dry, cocoa presence. Once again, there is a little bit of alcohol warmth in the finish, but it is pleasant.

Thick and chewy; very nice.

This is pretty impressive, one of the better examples I've come across of both an Old Ale and barrel aging in general.

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

On tap at the tasting room.

A: excellent. Opaque except for the edges. Small rim of head. Looks inviting, but let's be honest. Even if it didn't I'd continue.

S: incredible. Coffee, toffee, loads if brown sugar, hints of oakiness. Amazing. Alongside a doggie claws this is indescribable.

T: I'm unqualified to rate or describe this. Starts with the sweet brown sugar, toffee, and vanilla. Transitions to coffee and oak. Hints of dark fruit and a bit of cream? Finishes smooth and a bit bitter. coffee ice cream at the end.

M: the definition if a supper. Carbonation is perfect, alcohol is hinting but not close to obvious. I could drink this once, every day, indefinitely.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. It's hard to describe the layers of complexity. I could drink this daily for a long time and discover new facets every time. Truly phenomenal.

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4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hair of the Dog brewhouse, August 3, 2011. Here with EinAyn, Capital Gains and OSUBeerStudent who all ordered his fantastic brew. I've had Cherry Adam, and regular adam.

Appearance: Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Dark and mysterious, framed with mokah hues where the brew meets the glass. Thin outer ring of white creamy head.

Smell: Intense nose of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, marshelled on by dark fruits, plum, candied apricots

Taste: Astoundingly complex, more so than my vocabulary and beer knowledge can comprehend. Roasted malt, intense, unrelenting oak aged character; vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Followed by sweet caramalized and candied dark fruits. You have to drink it to realize what it is. My words cannont begin to expound upon it's brillance.

Mouthfeel: Perfection, the ABV is masked.

Overall: A highlight of an already star-studded beercation. Nothing can compare in the real sense of the word. I've had nothing similar.

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4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason - after a mildly amusing practical joke earlier this year you actually made this one happen. 2000 vintage, aged in oak for 7(!) years?! Served in an Alvinne snifter.

A - Pretty much still. Murky ruby-brown body, with some cherry wood highlights. Definitely looks "olde".

S - Oaky vanilla, dark fruits, pleasant oxidation, chocolate, spicy wood, roasted grains, more chocolate. Really nice stuff, and exceptionally mellow.

T - Taste is heavy on raisins and prunes, with light oak, and a nice combination of brown sugar and chocolate. Again, exceptionally mellow, with minimal alcohol.

M - Very low carbonation, no heat, medium-full body, chewy, viscous, and moderately tannic.

D - Delicious stuff that has aged extremely well. I'm curious how the new batch compares, seeing as it was only aged for roughly half as long. In any case, this was a real treat. A sipper, with it's rich flavor and deceptive alcohol.

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4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A tulip pour at Hair of the Dog's Tasting Room; $8.50 for 12 oz. (split to two glasses with my wife). 'Fred from the Wood' was still listed on the menu, but our server made sure we knew the Adam from the Wood was now on.

A batch of 2008 Adam, barrel-aged for 3+ years, or so I'm told.

A: Deep and dark, just as murky and chocolate-brown as 'regular' Adam. Short head of beige foam, tight and a little sudsy at the ringing edge. Slowly the head breaks, leaving small patches of film. No lace, some viscous legs trailing almost like they would with wine.

S: Phenomenal scent - a huge burst of sweet fermentables, fruity like raisins, figs and prunes. A 'sweet meat' savoriness, molasses and maple sugar glaze, teriyaki maybe? Fudgy whiffs, jam and leather. Oh, and 'barrel'- all full of vanilla and spice. Adam is a ridiculously complex beer; multiply that here. A '5' score barely does justice.

T: The Old Ale nuances are all here, amplified by bourbon and wood-toned subtleties. Toffee and brown sugar, lots of berries drenched in chocolate (I'm thinking 'chambord' as I sip). Warm vanilla, then definite prunes and earthy raisins (I've recently tried a couple of kvasses and noted some similarities to the fruity profile and deep breadiness...). Puffs of smoke and barrel-toasting interect well. A stunner, evolving with each taste.

M: Smoothness is wonderful; carbonation is still present and body holds to its medium-fullness, but all seems so much more even/creamy. Aged, dare I say, 'perfectly'. Booze is held well in check, but there's still a slight warming burn at the back that prohibits my '5'... but, man, is it close...

O: One of the best beers I've had in a long while - a 'WOW' that I was sad to have come to an end but so happy to have tried. I have been in love with the Adambier from Day 1; this just takes it up a notch or five. A rumored bottling in Fall 2011 should put this acclaimed ale into many more eager hands and bellies... the line begins forming now.

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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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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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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Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 988 ratings