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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 woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2011, poured into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Major thanks to Hopstoopid120 for the opportunity to taste this amazing beer.

A: Opaque dark brown, nearly black body. Pretty much still. Kinda ugly, I have to say.

S: Insanity. Pure wood, smoke, tobacco, leather, molasses, maple, vanilla, and more wood. Wow. Just wow.

T: Sweet, woody, spiritous, leathery, and molasses-drenched. The sweetness has overtaken a lot of the complexity from the nose, but it's still incredibly good and incredibly smooth. Yum.

M: Slick, sticky, and filling full body. Still, but pleasant.

O: Unique, and delicious. Not many beers strike me as being worth $15/12oz, but this is undoubtedly one of them. I'd love to drink an entire bottle while smoking a big, strong cigar.


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Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thank you to dsgolovin for providing this beer in a recent trade.

2011 Bottle.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery Snifter and there was NO head at all. Just a touch of carbonation as some foam formed and vanished immediately. Dark, dull brown in color. No lace.

A bit of alcohol, molasses and woody oak aroma. (yes, it’s soy.. that’s what I smell.. could not place then later re-read the label.... yep that’s it)

Some dark fruit. Some bourbon filled chocolate candies.. (My Mom & Dad’s next door neighbor used to make chocolate candy laced with bourbon. THis tastes just like I remember that. The soy is there and the Oak is really prominent. Interesting that I don’t get any vanilla or what I would describe as Bourbon...

Velvet like, not hot but you know the ABV is elevated.

A beer to savor and enjoy. I like it, but it’s not as epic as I thought.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Claaark13 in a trade a while back. Love regular Adam, so this one comes highly anticipated.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2011
Drunk right after a regular Adam batch 86 and before a 2012 and 2011 Cherry Adam.

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent brown and produces a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a bubbly ring. Sits dark brown in the glass, almost black, with lower levels of carbonation evident. A muddy seal brown is perhaps the most accurate color description. A faint ring remain until the end, leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Head is a little less impressive than the regular Adam, but body is much the same.

SMELL: Oak, vanilla and coconut with light leather and smoke notes from the base beer. Bourbon barrel is more prevalent than the base beer, but they work decently well together. Lots of oak, with some light chocolate and cherry notes. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Oak, vanilla and caramel flavors up front, with a big, huge finish of bourbon barrel, coconut, dark chocolate and oaky vanilla again. A touch of booze, with light smoke and leather from the base beer. Bold and lingering finish is barrel forward, with plenty of booze and some light cherry notes. Very flavorful.

PALATE: Same as regular Adam. Medium-full body, syrupy, and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bit of heat and burn after the swallow. Finishes somewhat mouth coating. Very nice feel. Perhaps a touch less carbonation than the base.

OVERALL: This was excellent. It's definitely barrel heavy, but the interplay between barrel and base beer works here, with enough leather and smoke from Adam to make an impact. A really good barrel aged ale that lived up to my already high expectations. Would definitely drink this again. Cheers Claaark13!

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Photo of FosterJM
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1770th Review on BA
Bottle to HOTD Tulip
12 oz 2011 Vintage

App- A purple/red creamy looking pour. Very little in terms of bubbles/head or lacing. Just flat. So Adam is a different animal in terms of bubbles. I’ve noticed the base beer pours great but with barrel treatments not so much.

Smell- So with only being aged on oak, I wasn’t expecting the sweetness to it, but this had a bit of dark fruits and licorice behind it. The base of Adam came in a little bit and then evolved with a bit of the oak. A bit rustic and damp smelling IMO.

Taste- This was for me the best of the 3 Adam’s I have had. The Cherry Adam is nice, but a bit tangled in terms of flavor. The AFTW is a great beer that plays off the strength of Adam and amps it up a bit with a fine oak flavor and a bit more wispy booze.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a low carb level. Creamy dessert beer is the best way to say it.

Drink- I pretty much made a trip to PDX for this and I am glad I did.

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Photo of Marius
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this after trying Cherry Adam From The Wood and Adam From The Wood - Rye Whiskey.
Dark brown pour, almost black, completely flat. Smells like apple brandy, cherries, plums, figs, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. The taste is very well balanced and quite complex, with notes of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate up front, followed by cherries, raisins, plums, figs, vanilla, maple syrup, brandy/bourbon. After a while, I can identify some tobacco in there, as well. Very smooth and silky texture, especially due to the complete lack of carbonation. Sweet, bourbony, aftertaste. Definitely a world class beer.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-02 in Potland, OR at the brewey from a bottle

A - Dark brown with no head or lace

S - Oak, vanilla, dark bread, bourbon, coconut, earthy spice. Pretty complex

T - Plum, fig, cocoa, well-toasted homemade wheat bread, vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, vinous, molasses, touch of sour. Moderate roasty bitterness. Moderately sweet.

M - Thick body and light (almost still) carbonation. Sticky.

O - Very, very good. I need to retry the regular Adam because this stuff rocks.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at their tasting room.

Pours a murky brown with very little head and minimal lacing. The nose presents rich dark fruit and sweet, sweet bourbon. The taste - thankfully - follows suit, with toffee and caramel in tow. Fairly full mouthfeel here. All in all, one hell of a good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep murky brown color with just a wisp of fizzy head that disappears immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- tons of dark fruit and oak on the nose. Strong raisin, fig & date. Also plenty of earthy tobacco & leather that mixes with a sweet caramel, toffee & brown sugar character. The three years of oak aging brings out strong woody notes that give aromas of wet oak, earth & a hint of vanilla. Incredibly complex

T- the flavor lives up to the aroma in complexity. Opens with tons of dark fruit; fig, raisin, date & plumb. Mid-palate brings lots of earthy flavors of tobacco & cocoa. As it nears the finish, plenty of oak kicks in with flavors of wet wood, vanilla, caramel/toffee and a hint of chocolate on the close. The linger extends to dark fruit flavors long after the finish

M- as with most HOtD beers, carbonation is virtually zero, but the mouthfeel is thick enough to match up to the abv. Velvety throughout, with just a hint of abv warmth on the linger

O- one of the best old ales I've had. The complexity of this beers is insane and goes down way to easily. World class for sure

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Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2014 version. Pours brown with no head or carbonation.

The aroma is baker's chocolate, bourbon, black licorice, roast and some dark fruit with slightly harsh alcohol.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit, roast and some strong bourbon alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with no carbonation.

Overall, very interesting with a ton going on. A little harsh on the alcohol for me. A nice decadent dessert beer,

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Photo of Sean9689
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had both the 2000 vintage and 2011 vintage, both 12oz bottles. I am going to review the 2011 vintage, because I enjoyed it much more then the bottle from 2000. Split with Masterski and poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours dark brown, nice tan-colored head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Very rich, big brown burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, smooth booze, nice oak. All very nice and decedent. The sweetness, booze, and oak are excellent here.

T - Burnt sugary sweetness, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, earthy tobacco, smooth bourbon booze. This beer is rich and the alcohol is really no where to be found. Perhaps a touch hot, but really, pretty darn smooth to me.

M - Body is medium, nice light carbonation, sweet creamy rich finish.

O - While I thought the 2000 vintage had too much oak, the 2011 vintage is just spot-on outstanding. The booze is well-hidden, the oak is perfect, the the sweetness is top-notch. An awesome beer, to say the least.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.69/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 6 months)

Muddied, hazed brown in color with dark ruby edges and a very small brown head. There's not a lot of visible carbonation, though I don't necessarily need much in a beer of this style. Small dots and oily sheets slide down the glass.

The aroma is complex and incredibly nice: earthy and rich bourbon, oak, dark fruit, baker's chocolate, and a little bit of earthy/honey sweetness. Very, very nice.

The flavor, if possible, is even better than the aroma. The bourbon flavors are distinct and powerful, though they aren't overly hot or difficult to stomach. Rich notes of vanilla, wood, earth, and vanilla come together nicely, paired well with chocolate covered raisin and some fig/plum character. This is incredible stuff.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

My favorite Hair of the Dog to date, and I'm a big, big fan of the brewery.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter...

A: Deep, dark, impenetrable brown with ruby traces. A nice quarter finger of cream colored head that fades to a quarter finger ring around the edges of the glass. Pretty good head retention considering the ABV. Minimal spotty lacing is left behind. Loving how dark a color this is and the presence of actual head here. Great.

S: Loads of raisin, ripe dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Lots of booze on this, this could possibly use more age. It's got an extremely sharp bouquet, with the ripe fruits and booze cutting right through. Little bit of leather and tobacco. Smells good, but I think this will continue to develop with age.

T: A lot of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, brown sugar, leather, some mild tobacco, and a lot of booze. This needs another year to fully develop, but it's drinking effing spectacular right now. The brown sugar sweetness and booze will drop off and the tobacco, leather, and raisin will pick up. But that being said, this is an amazingly complex and enjoyable beer.

M: Bottom line: it's hot and fairly aggressively carbonated. Flavors are all well integrated, but the booze needs to take a back seat and I would have liked to see less carbonation on this.

O: Adam FTW doesn't quite live up to the hype, but only because people are asking for 750mL bottles of CBS for one 12 oz bottle of it. It is a spectacular BA Old Ale that should be sought and savored. Just don't trade your cellar for it.

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

Appearance: Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.

Smell: Deep sweet malt, hints of dark fruit, lightly charred wood, caramel, brown sugar, booze, and bourbon.

Taste: Same as nose

Mouthfeel: Thick body with low carbonation. IMHO the low carbonation enhances the flavor profile.

Drinkability: Nectar of the gods.

I didn't find the bottled version to be as intense, complex, or interesting as the sample I had on tap in September at the brewery.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011 Thanks for sharing MrVonzipper

Look: Pours a very dark muddy brown in color with traces of red. A fairly small head and ok retention with some spots of lace

Smell: Upfront is quite a bit of tobacco leather and brown sugar. If you search hard enough you can find some vanilla notes and even a touch of bourbon

Taste: For me it is very similar to the nose with copious amounts of tobacco and leather. The level of flavor does not end there behind that is some nice maple syrup brown sugar and bourbon

Mouthfeel: The body is pretty thick and heavy and chewy

Overall: I strongly suggest trying this at some point it is one of the best old ales I have ever had. I personally prefer the Cherry adam to this one but this is one is still exceptional

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Photo of Floydster
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by cquiroga, thank you very much for bringing this Chris, it was great to be able to try this on the same night as Dave and compare their similarities and differences, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Dark brown with some mahogany, thin 1/4 inch beige creamy head, goes away pretty quiclky, nice legs but no lacing
S-Oak, booze, roasted malts, vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, brown sugar, and molasses
T-Starts off with a nice boozy flavor, chewy and roasty malts in the middle, great whiskey-like finish, lots of vanilla and oak later on, more sweet and boozy than the standard Adam, did not have the toastiness either, still nicely balanced and pleasantly warming
M-Sweet, roasty, warm, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, very little carbonation, taste lingered a long time and was nice
D-Could have drank this bottle quite easily, only concern with drinkability is that it does not hide the alcohol very well, still very smooth and inviting

I knew I would like this and who would not enjoy Adam that spent over seven years in a barrel, another great brew from Hair of the Dog, cannot wait to try the cherry version now and compare these, I hope this is released again in the future, I want more, recommended

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

2011 vintage.

L: Light, wispy waves of white carbonation thread the top of the beer.

S: Boozy oak, caramelized apples, dark fruit rind.

T: Light smoke, figs, prunes, and oak.

F: A little thin. Wish this were more decadent for the style, ABV, and characteristics of this beer.

O: A fun beer to drink! Held up very well with little sense of oxidation.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter glass. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head that lasted decently throughout. The aroma holds coconut/vanilla from the wood, dark chocolate, dark bread, earth, tobacco, wet leather, soy, figs, prunes, raisins, and a touch of old hops reminiscent of the regular Adam old ale. Robust and oxidized nose. The flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of vanilla, coconut, wood, caramel, dark sugar, dark fruits, leather, tobacco, earth, dark bread, chocolate, earthy licorice, light citrus and a touch of soy. The mouthfeel is rounding, soft and sticky with a light carbonation. Vinous and complex finish. Medium-bodied. Overall, a very nice old ale. Didn’t blow anything out of the water for me. I will not go at great length for this brew anymore and stick with the more accessible Adam which is one of my favorites for the style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of jvillefan
3.72/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The was a let down for me. I have been trying to get this beer for a while now and I finally got a couple of bottles. This beer is way way way overhyped.

A: Dark muddy brown with no head. What you would expect from a BA old ale.

S: Intense heavy malty notes with some vanilla and oak from the wood. Finishes with some nice bourbon heat.

T: Way less flavorful then I was expecting. The flavors in the aroma are there but they taste blunted. Disappointing.

M: Nearly uncarbonated and a little thin.

O: Very slightly above average for an old ale. Nothing special. Not worth seeking out in a trade especially given the asking price for it.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a burgundy tinged brown with no head, no retention, and no lace.

S - Amazing smell. The aroma is full of sweet molassis and vanilla. There is a hint of smoke and leather.

T - The taste is full of chocolate, vanilla and molasses, with a nice dose of wood.

M - Medium carbonation and full bodied. A very nice mouthfeel on this one.

O - Wow, Adam is already one of my all-time favorite beers and this takes it to another level. This is one of the best beers I've ever had and can't wait to see how it ages. I had this the same night as I had a Dark Lord and it boggles my mind how Dark Lord gets so much hype and a beer like this almost flies under the radar.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously gifted by ramnuts and shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Frank and Arne!

A: Pours an opaque, maroon body with a small percolation of brown bubbles that quickly settle out of solution and vanish. The beer is pushing the boundaries of low carbonation, but it does have bubbles.

S: I should probably state straight up that I have a soft spot for Adam (one of my favorite beers, and particularly one of my favorite old ales) as well as its variants. The aromas of aged base Adam shine through: tobacco, leather, smoke, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. On top of that is the barrel character: a caramelly bourbon, vanilla, coconut, nuts, oak, and a noticeable booze singe. I can't realistically give a 5.0 to something with booze in the aroma, but I suspect this will fade with time.

T: The barrel complements the aged Adam spectacularly. Vanilla, coconut, hazelnut, and oak blend seamlessly with toffee, chocolate, leather, smoke, and tobacco. Dark fruits are noted throughout (plum and fig), as well as a touch of oxidation that produces elements of soy and sherry. Again, my soft spot for Adam should be noted, but I am not giving this beer much of a pass. It seems like Adam was made to support bourbon barrel flavors. It bears them well.

M: Oily, slick. Adam amped up to 11. The body's heft doesn't quite hide its booziness, but the flavors linger without leaving any unpleasant sensations.

O: Very solid. It's a bit young, but I predict it will age phenomenally. I'm looking forward to tracking its progress in a year or two. In retrospect, I regret not asking for more of this.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a very dark brown verging on black with some lighter brown highlights around the edges. Head diminishes quickly to a thin ring with some spotted bubbles.

Loads of fig and raisin on the nose. Bourbon plays soft vanilla and is met by the strong leathery presence of the base beer. Also, like regular Adam, I pulled blueberry here as well. This is a very rich smelling beer, decadent even.

Many of the base attributes are found here in the taste: blueberry, leather, fig, and raisin. Sweet malts play a starring role here as well. What is different from the base is obviously the barrel. The barrel aging here is very batter forward, bring a rich chocolate...German Chocolate?...vibe, which explains the coconut. Following the sip, the aftertaste is like a fudge laden ice cream sundae.

Carbonation is a bit high but the flavors meld wonderfully and this beer is a sublime sipper. As a lover of the base beer, I am pleasantly giddy with this incantation. A must seek for sure. If you don't like this beer, please bm me and I'd be happy to work something out with you.

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Photo of clvand0
4.02/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/red color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very alcoholic - bourbon, oak, coffee-roast malts, some dark fruit. The flavor has a lot of caramel and bourbon/oak flavors, but even more alcohol flavor. Fairly sweet finish. Also has some earthy bitterness that sticks around on the tongue. The mouthfeel is moderate, but the alcohol and bitterness stick around on the palate making this one a little less drinkable for me. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to wsucoug96 for the bottle. Been saving this one for a special occasion. Enjoying it on my birthday. 2011 batch. Tasted 3 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep, sludgy, murky blackish brown. Even moreso at the bottom of the bottle as something gets stirred up from those depths. Barely any head, no matter how aggressive I pour. If I swirl it, I get a little foam sticking to the glass.

Smell is big and rich, with a lot of the deep aromas that good malty barrel-aged beers often carry. Molasses, plums, vanilla, some woody notes. Quite rich and enjoyable, but without the pop of some.

Taste is also malty, rich, and sweet, but it bogs down in the heavy fruits and syrupy sugars. Plenty of complexity, but lacking brightness, and lacking the dance of flavors - things just sort of settle in. It's got some fantastic flavors, but mostly I get a muddle, rather than the layers of deliciousness that some big barrel-aged beers provide.

Feel is not good. It's flat. I could tell that from the appearance. And I don't expect it to be bursting with carbonation, given the type of beer and the age, but I need more than this. Need something to stir the pot, to keep it from getting stagnant. It's not just flat, it's flat and syrupy, like uncarbonated soda.

Good stuff, but not what I was hoping for. It's flat, and that's problematic, as it's a heavy beer and it ends up feeling sludgy. Also, the flavors are potent and varied, but not to the degree that I'd like. Don't get me wrong, this is a really good beer. But, IMO, it's not on the level (at least at 2 years) of many of my favorites. HotD Matt, for example, has much better barrel integration and is just a much better beer. I even like the regular Adam better than this one.

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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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