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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Early batches of Adam From the Wood were aged in bourbon barrels for over 7 years, while the 2011 release spent 3-4 years in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels. Occasionally available draft and bottles at the brewery only in limited quantities.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hapjydeuce (979) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
RBSG ’08. Derek (DA) graciously opened this 1.5L beast for the Ratebeer Grand Tasting at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Thank you so much for this! I’ve wanted to try this elusive rarity for so long. The beer’s age is apparent, with a very still and slick pour that coats the snifter. Burgundy color, like brandy. Low carbonation, just a few beige bubbles on the surface. Nose is absolutely killer. Smacked with oak wood, musty cellar, bourbon and molasses; all of this wrapped up in caramel and brown sugar. Smooth and mellow profile; elegant flavors of toffee, leather and caramel, with more wood and a bit of a tobacco tone. Warming bourbon palate with a lasting barrel flavor. Medium bodied. I just love these big, saucy barrel-aged types. Wow!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
1.5l bottle sampled at the 2008 RBSG. This ale pours a medium brown color from the bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, caramel, wood, bourbon and brown sugar. A medium to full bodied ale. The malts are caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. The hops are earthy. Hides the alcohol very well. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit and oak. Nice balance. Very smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 8, 2008
1.5L bottle shared by Derek (DA) at RBSG! Awesome stuff I have wanted for a long time, seeing a s I really love regularAdam; Nose of oaky vanilla, chcolate, and figs; Black with a very small beige head; Flavor of chocolate, raisins, figs, a little toffee, and oak! Finishes with a warming alcohol note.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2008
From a 1.5L Bottle. Sampled at the RBSG tasting. Pours a muddied dark brown color, topped with a thin ring of wispy off-white head. Intense aroma, saturated with bourbon, brown sugar, and dark malt melanoidins. There’s an intense dark fruit character that comes through as slight oxidation in the form of figs, prunes, and rummy raisins. Hefty doses of oaky vanilla. Medium-full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors are excellent up front, bringing out notes of chocolate nougat and raisins. Toward the finish, the flavors get incredibly oaky, contributing a slight tannic astingency. Faint leather and black pepper. Finishes relatively dry and oaky with a mild alcohol warmth. Very oaky beer overall, but delicious. The bourbon barrel character and age have completely transformed the base beer, leaving behind only a shadow of it’s original self in a very faint whisper of smoke and chocolate flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (35959) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
Pours hazy brown to black. Dense malty and alcohol roasted aroma. Smooth malty and woody flavour solid barrel note with a nice malty touch and a lingering roasted finish. Smooth yet with a light alcohol presence into the finish provding a lasting and slight burning feel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Pours dark brown, with a small off white head. Smells of sweet, smooth creamy vanilla, caramel, and some dark sweet fruits as well. Really dug that nose. Tastes a little oaky, still quite smooth and creamy on the palate as well. The vanilla/caramel mixed with the dark fruit and malt really seems to have done some nice things together. The bourbon is there, but it really blends in well with these other flavors. You get it alot in the finish, while the front is fruitier and sharper. Killer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Bottle at RBSG grand tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this. Pours brown with no head. The aroma is rich with whiskey, oak and dark fruits. The taste features mellow bourbon that is well balanced with roasted barley and dark fruits.The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with no noticeable carbonation. The finish is long and sweet with lingering vanilla and whiskey. Overall: One of the elusive greats, thanks for opportunity to try it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
At RBSG, pours a carbonation free, flat and viscous burnt caramel brown. Absolutely zero head. The nose is rich with bourbon, oak, vanilla and leather. The flavor follow suit, but has a substantial amount of heat that lingers. Awesome beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Tasted from bottle at RBSG. FINALLY! I’ve seen this empty bottle at WeeHeavySD’s place several times, and ogled the raves and reviews in the ratings. I love these sweet HotD barleywines. Wow. Through the roof smokey oaky aroma. HotD rocks the aroma. Sweet and delicious. Brown color. Lowish carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 3, 2008
From a 1.5L bottle shared by Derek (DA) at the Grand Tasting during RBSG 2008. Excellent aromas of slight bourbon and wood. I love this smell in beer. Tastes fantastic.


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