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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 | 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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912
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
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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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Photo of timc100
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

No fizz at the pop of the cap, must be a 2014. Hesitant about that fact, but fuck me this is amazing.

Aroma of leather, booze, cigar tobacco, damp aged oak, bourbon barrel char and vanilla. Big dark fruit presence with some more tart, sweeter fruits. The taste follows with a big damp woody, oaky booze with a lot of fruit - notable tartness on the finish.

This is outstanding, very glad demand was down and I got several bottles. This will be fun to revisit the next few years.

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Photo of akolb
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has leather, dark fruit, tobacco, oak, dampness, and a hint of chocolate. Thick brown with minimal head. Taste has spice, plum, leather, tobacco, cocoa, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and soy sauce. Minimal carbonation. A very intense, very unique beer.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Adam From the Wood 2011

L: Dark hazy brown, pretty much black. No head, no lacing. Not your typical looking beer, but it is beautiful in it's own way.

A: Big bourbon and vanilla notes backed up by chocolate/caramel malt, dark fruit, and smoke. Rich and perfectly balanced between heavy bourbon notes and rich malt.

T/M: Opens up with big sweet caramel notes, moves into bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and toasted coconut. The mouthfeel is huge and vicious, and the flavors linger through for ages.

Overall, this is just about the most magnificent beer I have ever tasted. Very unique, and crazy delicious. Beyond World-class.

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

Thanks to cosmicevan I got to try this last night poured next to regular adam and cherry adam.

Pours deep brown with a red hue small off white head

Smell is dominated by oak with some nice smokey notes from adam shining thru

Taste follows the nose as far as the oak goes but it mellows out after a few sips to the classic adam dark fruits and tobacco

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and carbonation is on the lower side

Overall amazing...I love regular adam so this beer more than lives up to the hype for me

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

What a beer! on tap at stuffed sandwich. This beer was the absolute standout, despite the entire barrel aged collection that Sam had. I had parabola after this and it tasted like old diner coffee. That is how good adam from the wood is.

2008 vintage. Sweet, bourbony, delicious beer with (as my good friend stated) the after taste of tollhouse cookie dough.

I had two

Wish it was four...

Get to stuffed sandwich stat.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the 2015 version
- Pours deep murky dark brown, completely still.

- Aromas of smokey oak and bourbon, but not overly aromatic (probably since still).

- Flavor is oaky tobacco, leather and sweet whiskey. Very deep and well rounded, not sharp, but still intense. The 3 years in barrels really tames the booze. The mouthfeel takes some getting used to since it is completely flat.

- This beer is so unique and outstanding, I enjoyed every sip. Love the unique flavor profile, so complex with the huge oak mixed with the bourbon, leather and tobacco. Certainly not for everyone because there is no carb and it tastes like you soaked a cigar in a glass of whiskey.

Note: I've had the 2011 version which is carbed, but I actually prefer the 2014/2015 which are flat.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle shared by Romulux.

A: Wonderful deep brown with minimal head. Some lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, caramel and figs.

T: This one is very boozy, but in a good way. Lots of bourbon flavors that are paired very will with caramel and fig.

M: Heavy bodied. Mildly carbonated.

O: A great beer. You can really see how this benefited from being in the barrel for over 3 years.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, 2011 batch poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 11/29/11

A: Pours dark brown with light brown head that leaves just a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Very bold and complex with dark fruit, some chocolate with mild leather, oak and tobacco. Some alcohol presence but it is very mellow for 12% ABV.

T: Extremely smooth and robust with lots of oak, tobacco, dark fruit, chocolate malt and leather. Faint bourbon notes that I imagine have mellowed out significantly after over three years in barrels. Some warming from the alcohol but there is next to no detectable heat. This is easily one of the richest, most complex and flavorful beers that I have ever had.

M: Thick medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, finishes smooth and sweet.

O: If there is any beer out there to slowly savor and sip on, this is it. So much flavor packed into every little sip. Adam is a fantastic beer to begin with, but put him in bourbon barrels for over three years and you have a masterpiece. Many thanks to Alan for continuing to create such incredible and unique beers!

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Photo of tarheels86
3.94/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355mL 2011ed thanks to a generous BA at Southampton Russian Imperial Stout release. Pours a clear sepia generating a denser, cappuccino head. No lacing really. Quick dissipation. Nose: oh yeah. Super tawny and old feeling, wet detritus, muted chocolate, muted peat bog. Subtle complexities with an old ale feel. Toffee, port, old Madeira. Lots of English malt character approaching something like Thomas Hardy Ale. Taste...up front it is much much sweeter than I remember typical Adam being (plums, raisins) moving to some muted alcohol heat and buttery chocolate frosting. Finish is a little bit sweet raisins, tart red wine, richer and full bodied with hints of paper that don’t materialize thankfully. Very rich. I’m not sure I like this better than normal Adam. The palate seems creamier and richer, but the taste is sweeter black barleywine. As it warms, I can really appreciate the complexities- oil, red wine, butter, acid. Yum. I’m not sure why this stayed in barrels for SOOO long and why they picked Elijah Craig, which produces vastly inferior bourbon to say Booker’s. Something smoky like Adam could do well for a short time period in a top notch Scotch barrel like Ardbeg.

I would highly recommend NOT aging this since it is A) already so old, B) is slightly red wine and port tart so may gain acidity, C) is already delicious, D) can really only gain more of an old/oxidized character. 1/31/2012 8/3/8/4/16=3.9

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Photo of caskstrength
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Frank.

Pours a dark purple/brown. Bubbles! Even more than "barely carbonated," which is appreciated given the track record here.

Smells are musty old barrels, wood, tobacco, dark fruit, leather. Sweet too, actually reminded me quite a bit of cherry adam.

Dark fruits (plum, fig), leather, tobacco, typical aged Adam stuff. The barrels add another layer, musty wood mostly. No solvents, and minimal alcohol overall. I guess that's what happens when it's been sitting for 3 years. Integrated as hell.

Perfect mouthfeel, really. Full, not thick or syrupy. Doesn't linger too long.

Old ale, indeed. I don't think sitting on this is going to help it. It's aged already, and ready to drink.

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Photo of pigc
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Bgramer for hooking me up with this trade.

A - Pours nearly pitch black with half finger head with aggressive pour. Excellent lacing.

S - Sweet bourbon, toffee, molasses, raisin, plum, dates.

T - Sweet bourbon heat right up front followed by a wave of bourbon soaked raisins, figs, plum, a little bit of soy and some chocolate as well. So much going on in this one. Nearly perfect.

M - Medium bodied but may be a tad on the thin side for the style. Low carbonation makes this an easy sipper.

O - One of the best barrel aged beers that I've had. This one reminds me a bit of King Henry with maybe a bit more complexity. Perfect amount of bourbon, not too hot, not too sweet or cloying this is a top notch of a beer and worth getting your hands on a bottle if you get a chance.

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Photo of CruisaC
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle at the HOTD tasting room. Finally able to tick a longtime want.

Pours a dark cola with a fleeting head. Not much lacing to speak of but there is carbonation.

Smell is raisins soaked in bourbon. Delicious. I know I'm in store for something good.

This is what I search for in beer. This taste, smooth liquid raisins aged in bourbon barrels, is so, so smooth.

Very sticky yet smooth mouthfeel. Goes down entirely too easy for 12%. Certainly a sipper. Only thing missing is a fire on a cold winter night.

Outstanding beer, though no surprise to anyone. Worth it if you're ever in Portland.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage Uncarbonated in true HOD style. Fig, raisins, chocolate, bourbon, oak, almost a tootsie roll sweetness. Taste is more of the same, with extremely well hidden alcohol. Body is amazingly light for such a sweet beer. Excellent dry-ish finish that lingers. Pleasant, interesting coating of the tongue. Excellent beer by all means. Don't miss the carbonation at all. Can't wait to see how it ages.

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

12 oz bottle, 2011 Vintage split with dad for T-Day.

Pour: The deepest, darkest brown with just a slight ring of dark tan head after it settles.

Nose: This smells absolutely stunning. You get the leather, peat smoke, tobacco and chocolate from Adam mixed with a luscious bourbon that draws you deep into its toasted coconut, luscious vanilla, and charred oak.

Taste: Even better than the nose. An amazingly well integrated bourbon gives you thick and chewy fudge, vanilla, toasted coconut, layers of toffee and charred oak, peat smoke, and dark fruit (plum and fig). Amazing. The sweet tobacco at the end is so luscious and invites you back for more.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with a creamy finish.

Overall: This beer is pure decadence. Probably the greatest, best tasting beer I've ever enjoyed. So glad to have a case of this. A once yearly treat for my birthday.

Alan, you've made another masterpiece...like I'm surprised lol.

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Photo of BigE90
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At HoTD, just tapped 3 year aged keg.

A: poured dark with a good finger head, nice lacing on the side.

S: great molasses dark brown sugar coming off, you then smell a great toasted wood Smokey aroma.

T: wow! This just hits all the senses. Everything is there from chocolate to malt to marshmellow then molasses. All very balanced.

M: a great medium feel. Enough to linger and enjoy the flavors as you get ready for another taste.

O: Just f*** awesome. Best beer that I have ever had hands down. Nothing else can compare. I wish I could take a keg home!

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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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