Cracking open Hair of the Dog's Adam From the Wood two days after buying it is a cheerless task. This bottle-conditioned ale, produced in small batches and aged in bourbon barrels, will grow far better with time. Safe to say, few people who lined up at 5 am on a recent Saturday to haul home $15 bottles by the case plan on popping them without some cellaring. The wizened among us might give Adam a few years to develop. Still, Adam is solid out of the gate, with big, ripe plums and a rich, soft and dark woodiness. There wasn't much carbonation—more should develop with time—but mellow, roasty malts make the unfizzy version satisfyingly smooth. This is a beer worthy of a snifter, a crackling fire and some patience. Recommended.