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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
971
Reviews:
168
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Photo of MasterSki
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, courtesy of classroom13, thanks Sean! Adam from the Wood pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a one finger, creamy light beige head. It looks perfect and the creamy head stayed for the entirety of the beer. The nose is smooth and creamy. I get a lot of dark fruit and cola along with vanilla and cream. It smells like the perfect old ale. The flavors are ridiculous. It's plenty malty with just a touch of bourbon. There is smooth cream and vanilla with some figs. It's really interesting and complex. It drinks light and velvety, so smooth. I really like it although I prefer Old Stock Bourbon and Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia to it by far. The difference is the amount of bourbon. This tastes like it is aged, since it is, and is a few years old and I would assume it has mellowed out a tad. I'd would love to try this at year two from the barrel.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #2 Old Ale on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Old Ale" list as well as the #28 beer on the "Top Beers - Popular" list. Served in a Stone IRS snifter. Shared with a few others at a tasting.

Served with Matt, Adam, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Bourbon Fred, Doggie Claws '05.

First off, this beer's aroma is the first thing I noticed, before the appearance. This beer is heavy with bourbon and booze, Adam is one of my favorite beers under certain cirumstances, and this is like Adam on crack and whiskey, serious. Wow.

Beer is brown, mildly hazy, sweet, lots of bourbon, lots of malt, the liquor wins out there with me.

Beer is medium in body, a little thinner than expected, a little stronger than I expected, very oaky, very vanilla and bourbony, strong throughout. Very good, an interesting variant on Adam. Adam still is awesome but this beer is slightly more awesomer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

World class. Bottle share courtesy of Jeremy. Dark brown, syrupy, sweet, wood notes, molasses. Late warmth, excellent through and through. I need to get to HOTD in Portland....

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.93/5  rDev +10%

The beer comes in a murky dark brown.

The aroma offers rich dark fruit soaked in a pungent sweet bourbon. An intoxicating combination of fruit, sweetness, bourbon.

The flavor follows of sweetness in the front of toffee and caramel. Then in the middle is leather and tobacco. The beer transitions to a touch of chocolate, almost towards roasted malt. Then there's more sweetness of brown sugar.

The lack of carbonationis not a big issue and I thought it would be. The complexities of the beer linger and the medium plus to full mouthfeel make up for the lack of carbonation.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Adam From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.48 out of 5 based on 971 ratings.
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