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Last year, I was able to acquire two sought-after beers from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon that I have been meaning to try especially Adam from the Wood which has been a very well-regarded beer in the beer community.
Adam from the Wood
10% ABV. Early batches of Adam (regular Old Ale) From the Wood were aged in bourbon barrels for over 7 years, while the 2011 release (the one I just tried) spent 3-4 years in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels. Occasionally available draft and bottles at the brewery only in limited quantities. This beer 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.
Fred from the Wood
12% ABV. Barley Wine from the regular Fred that was aged for over a year in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
Received this beer as an extra along with the Adam from the Wood. Was really looking forward to trying this one out (2011 vintage). Pours murky cooper with a small head. Aroma of light fruit, oak, bourbon, sugar and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt, boozy tanic oak and vanilla with a light hop bitterness. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a thick, sugary mouthfeel. This beer was not pleasant at all for me as there was some overpowering unpleasant taste somewhere in the middle that almost made this beer a drain pour for me. I am actually surprised that the regular Fred easily blows this bigger brother version out of the water.