Adam & Adam from the Wood by Hair of the Dog

Adam & Adam from the Wood

© 2015 popsonhops

Adam

Tasting: January 15, 2015
Style: Old Ale
Beer # 689

This bottle of Adam was acquired as a bonus in a trade that centered around two bottles of Adam from the Wood. Both of these beers are bottle conditioned, meaning that additional yeast and possibly additional sugars are added to the bottle to add carbonation and some additional umph. Adam was the first beer created by Hair of the Dog founder – Alan Sprints. Batch number one was bottled by this Portland, Oregon based brewery on August 3, 1994. This bottle is from batch # 92. It is said to recreate an old-style of ale that originated in Dortmund, Germany. The bottle notes that “Adam” was re-dedicated in the honor of Adam Kecheval – and notes Adam as a brewer and a friend. Seems that Adam Kecheval died in an automobile crash in 2005 at the age of thirty-five. He was a brewer at Alameda Brewhouse and Hair of the Dog Brewing before he moved to Hawaii for a brief time before returning to Oregon.

Adam has a thick creamy head that just won’t subside. When it ultimately recedes, it leaves a cola brown and very sweetly fragrant ale. First impressions is holy dark fruit! – raisins, figs, tobacco, damp oak. Carbonation needs to settle and at 10% alcohol by volume, it delivers noticeable heat and ethers. Enjoyable beer – 92 points.

Adam from the Wood

Tasting: January 15, 2015
Style: Old Ale
Beer # 690

Yes, going for both 10%+ ABV beers in one night. This one 12% ABV. Sorry, no hair of the dog cure for me tomorrow. In case you wonder about these things – the phrase “hair of the dog” (or the hair of the dog that bit you) refers to an old remedy for treating a rabid dog bite. Apparently, one would place hair from the dog that created the wound onto the wound. The drinking phrase means have some more of the drink that did you in the next morning to ease the hangover.

I was a little concerned that popping the top of this beer created very little pop. The pour was absolutely still. I had to check on-line and confirmed that others had the same flat experience. Frankly, I was afraid of my trade partner pulled a re-cap rip off. I can’t say that Adam from the Wood discerns itself enough from the base beer. They taste nearly the same – maybe a little less dark fruit and a touch more damp oak. I’ll put Adam from the Wood at the identical 92 points.

Share it!
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •