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Dave - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 351
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  29.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer was produced in 1994, and won first place at the 1998 Toronado Barley Wine Festival. The strength was achieved by taking 300 gallons of Adam and freezing it three times, leaving only 100 gallons.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2007)
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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally had the opportunity to taste this little sucker!

Appearance was flat as expected with slight hint of carbonation when pouring. The aroma was sweet and malty with lots of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel; a little booziness on the nose even after 19 years. The taste was kind of like drinking a port/chocolate wine with some figs on the side. After the first couple of sips the the booze fads and turns into more tobacco, caramel, and dark fruits. This thing really coats the mouth and lingers. Overall, I finally got a chance to try this and it was kind of what I expected; just a little bit of an over hyped beer. A cigar probably would have enhanced this beer but I will never get a chance to find out.

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of brian4beer
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

brian4beer, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of pester
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

pester, May 02, 2014
Photo of eggs
4/5  rDev -8.3%

eggs, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev -8.3%

bmwats, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

kscaldef, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #3250, and Had #3300. Served in a small taster glass, next to Wooden Hell and M. Wow, my life doesn't suck. Thanks to the guys for the opportunity to try this.

A - Still. Super dark brown body, with a hint of transparency to it at the edges of the glass. Obviously not expecting much at 29% and after nearly 20 years, but not as attractive as something like Utopias either.

S - Surprisingly boozy, even with so much age. Otherwise it tastes exactly like you'd expect Triple Adam from the Wood to taste: oodles of leather, dark fruits, oak, sherry, port-like oxidation, tobacco, a touch of soy. Still, it's a bit rough and quite the shock to the nostrils.

T - The taste is on the other hand quite excellent. Alcohol is significantly more restrained, and as a result the other flavors pop out significantly more: loads of sweet dark fruits, particularly of prune and raisin, oak, vanilla, port and sherry-like oxidation, some brandy-esque spirit, and a touch of smoke and char. Somewhere between beer and spirit in the flavor spectrum, but certainly complex and enjoyable.

M - Smooth, medium-full body. Oaky, tannic, and fairly dry, but with a mild lingering smoke and stickiness on the palate. Obviously no carbonation. Nowhere near as sticky or heavy as something like Utopias or Millennium. Not overly hot, which is a bit of a surprise.

D - Pretty delicious, once you get past the somewhat rough aroma. Could probably age for another dozen years with minimal ill effect. Worth $2,000 a bottle? Is anything? Still, a very unique beer and a memorable experience. I enjoyed my 2+oz quite thoroughly.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

bauermj, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hair of the Dog stemmed tasting glass alongside Hair of the Dog Adam and Eve.

Pours is as expected. Essentially black and a bit viscous with no head. Maybe some slight legs on the sides of the glass. The nose has smoke, soy, molasses, tobacco, booze, and a hint of dark fruits. The soy really creeps to the front.

Flavor is very similar with a lot of soy and residual sweetness, though not much booze. Tobacco and smoke in the background. Medium-full body.

It's basically super Adam, and is quite intense. I didn't think it was all that fantastic, and honestly if you took away the notoriety of it, I wouldn't pay $10 for a glass of it; I'd much rather have Utopias, particularly aged Utopias.

Thorpe429, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -14%

drabmuh, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #2000

Served in a Hair of the Dog snifter.

Acquired via large trade with Mike. A lot of generosity in the beer community.

The beer is dark brown with a few random brown bubbles. There was actually a hiss upon wrestling off the screw top. The aroma is fabulous. Molasses and caramel, booze and candy, a touch of sweetness but by no means cloying. Fabulous flavor. Hype aside this beer is actually delicious. 29% abv is masked extremely well. Of course, this beer is 19 years old. So mellow and smooth. No carbonation. Like a fine after dinner cordial. Chocolate and port wine with rich molasses. Similar in some regards to Samuel Adams MMM. World class. What an experience.

Huhzubendah, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of BucketBoy
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dave, courtesy of GrumpyOldTroll, and shared by forgetful, ygtbsm94, Thorpe429, Huhzubendah, yourefragile, and johndoe8. Thanks for the experience, gentlemen. Drank side-by-side with Eve, Adam, and Golden Rose.

L - Black oil with a deep garnet hue when held to the light and legs that go for days in my Hair of the Dog tulip snifter.

S - Molasses, 60% chocolate, concentrated roasted dark malts, even a touch of burnt sugar butterscotch, hints of sweet tobacco, light earthen ash, and the slightest bit of favorable oxidation.

T - Much like the nose, with more emphasis on the tobacco, roast, and burnt sugar. The alcohol is so low-key right now, and helps the flavors pull together. Delicious old ale and truly special!

M - Flat and smooth, with a touch of heat still, but not too much. Well enough.

O - An experience! A dream come true - thanks everyone!

BucketBoy, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -14%

yourefragile, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guess I should finally get around to reviewing this EPIC beer. First off, cheers to GrumpyOldTroll for extending the invite which ended up nicely coinciding with my 35th birthday. Big shout out to jbuddle, my homie Sean9689 who made the trip with me from Chi-town, my Asian Brother SpeedwayJim, dtmets84 and Cosmicevan.

Consumed on 1/12/13, review from notes.

A - Like Evan said, this looks like a bottle of worcester sauce, with its clear glass, slightly too-wide neck, and screw off plastic cap. The beer is exceptionally dark black/brown with shades of purple in there. No noticeable carbonation to speak of, the beer is pretty still. Not the prettiest beer around, but for something that's near 20 years old and as big as it is, it's fine.

S - The shocking thing about how this beer smells is the booze. Some booze comes off the nose, but not nearly what you would have expected from 29%. Guess the years may have mellowed it. It's surprisingly complex, with a lot of dark fruit, burnt brown sugar, molasses, and slight cocoa. The tiniest bit of soy sauce aroma is present, which I feel detracts a little bit, but it's not bad. There are some nice earth tones in there as well.

T - Well, color me impressed. It starts out sweet, with a slight bit of soy sauce which I was expecting. It then delves into some nice burnt brown sugar and dark fruits, which was quite nice and pleasant. The thing that really one me over was the great earthy tastes, leather, and hint of nuts. Really well done all around with all the flavors blending together well and yet managing to stand out individually. Throw in a little bit of syrupy cocoa on the end and we have a winner. There is some heat, but nothing that would make you guess 29%, more like something in the mid-teens. Entirely too drinkable.

O - Full bodied, very smooth, not much in the way of carbonation.

O - I was expecting this to be a disaster and to taste like garbage. I can honestly say this beer exceeded expectations. Was it the best beer I've ever had? No. It was however, a great beer and one that is pretty unique. It's enjoyable to drink, goes down surprisingly easy, and has a lot of nice complexity and flavors. Thrilled I got to try it, and it truly made for an EPIC beer, tasting, and event.

AgentZero, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of dtmets84
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

dtmets84, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to mike for providing this bit of unobtainium.

notes from 1/12/2013

consumed from a hair of the dog walk the dog taster glass.

a - the bottle itself is somewhat of a site. clear glass with a screw top...like a bottle of worcester sauce. the label is a rather simple black and white with the logo pictured and this text:

Dave was produced in 1994 as an experimental high alcohol Beer. Time has smoothed out the flavor and created a mellow blend of malt and alcohol. Enjoy this testament to the Brewers Art as you would a fine Spirit and think about good things. - Alan Sprints - Brewmaster.

the other side of the label says:

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is dedicated to providing the Beer lover with new and unusual Beer styles. To learn more about Hair of the Dog Brewing Company and our Beer styles please visit us at www.hairofthedog.com

the beer poured still into the glass. deep purple with some maroon highlights when held to the minimum light available in the room. wasn't expecting much in the looks department for a beer this big and this old.

s - the nose is intense and matured over the extended time that this beer sat in my glass. dark fruits, licorice, nuts, prunes, alcoholic heat, nutmeg, brown sugar.

t - the taste was similar to the nose...i was rather surprised to still get so much heat considering the age...but did not feel like a 29% beer. surprisingly drinkable. dark fruit crossed with nuts and a big helping of brown sugar. feels like a strong ale, actually reminds me of batch 9k a bit but hotter.

m - like liquor...leaves a tingle in my mouth. extremely drinkable, especially at 29%. it was pretty amazing and rather warming. feel is so smooth and the booziness is nice.

o - overall, wow...where does one begin? for what this is, the insanity that surrounds it and the incredible desirability, it is the king of beers (sorry bud) to try for the ticker...and in the world of ticking and "whales" many will tell you honestly that very rarely is something of this stature worth what you have to give up to get it...but you can't really know until you go for it and in the world of beers that get hunted, this was surprisingly drinkable and tasty and a hell of an experience compared to the many disappointments. this is a case where the inability to get this beer boosts it up to even more legendary levels, but the core reason that everyone seems to want to try this is very evident when experiencing the beer...and it's just that...trying dave is an experience unto itself. dave is like nothing else. an almost 10 year old beer that drinks like liquor and has crazy complexities and yet it is still considered a beer. trying this is akin to sampling utopias...a unique experience like no other and one that can be polarizing depending on what you like. i have the empty bottle that has a few eye droppings of dave left in it and in the week since i've tried the beer i regularly unscrew the cap and sniff the bottle with the remnants and it takes me back to this crazy experience and the day that followed.

cosmicevan, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of jbuddle
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Mike for pulling in this rarity. Poured from the screw-top clear bottle into a HoTD taster at our NYC tasting 1/12/13.

Dave looks somewhat average - deep black, no carbonation but has some serious legs which showcase it's ABV. It poured heavy and slow but sits in the glass with a bit of life.

It smells fantastic and reminds me of a rich liquer, although of a somewhat non-descript variety. The Adam does come through in the form of leather, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and touch of soy sauce. As the glass warmed this really opened up and actually gave off some grass and mint which was quite pleasant.

I was expecting something kind of muddled and messy, but the taste was incredibly refined and pleasant. Quite a bit of alcohol is perfectly incorporated into the Adam base. A very complex and bold mix of dark fruits, leather, tobacco and alcohol. A touch of oxidation that I didnt notice in the nose and a bit of salty soy. Honestly quite good.

My favorite part of this beer was how it felt. Full bodied, almost silky.

Overall, Dave is pretty badass and I am eternally grateful for the chance to try it. Cheers, Mike!

jbuddle, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike (grumpyoldtroll) for finally getting to try this beer. The "Main Event" from our NYC Mega Tasting.

Pours a motor oil black, some bottles here and there but basically flat. Nose is sweet dark fruit, chocolate, and lots of barrel presence. Flavor is not as sweet as the nose, and even more booze with notes of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and tobacco. Full body, flat, lingering sweetness and alcohol.

Is it "worth it"? Well, it was an honor to be able to try his beer, so for me it was. I can't believe how well this held up after almost 20 years. Good stuff!

Sean9689, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It took 3.5 years and 840 reviews to get here but I'm finally at the top of the mountain. A HUGE thanks to Mike for providing this one. A beer that I truly never thought I'd see, much less taste. My gratitude to you knows no bounds and I'm very honored to get the chance to try this beer. Again, I can't thank you enough for the opportunity.

12oz screw top bottle. 2oz. pour appropriately into a Hair of the Dog taster.

Pours flat. Pitch black with no head but huge, thick, oily legs. No lace either. Average given the style and age.

Nose is astoundingly aromatic. I can smell it as I'm pouring the godly liquid into the glass. Notes of sweet soy sauce, chocolate, molasses, fudge, dark fruit, and a mild booziness that washes over the senses. I'm shocked at how good this is.

Opens sweet and fudgey. Bitter and dark chocolate, dark plum, sweet soy sauce and big, bolod booziness that makes its presence felt but isn't overwhelming at the same time. Booze and molasses on the finish with a sweet, syrup and fudge aftertaste. Incredible complexity and the heat has really mellowed with age, allowing all the different characteristics to reveal itself in this beer.

Full bodied with no carbonation. Oily, slick, and one of the richest beers I've ever known. Boozy and smooth going down with a slightly hot finish and a sticky, syrupy aftertaste. This tastes like it could be 15-16%. Again, I'm shocked by how smooth and utterly drinkable this is.

A part of me didn't want to like this beer given the likelihood that I'd never get the chance to try it again. However, in all honesty, Dave is the most coveted beer for a reason. Incredibly complex and rich but with the body to show it all off. The booziness is present but only serves to enhance the flavors rather than cover them. A sipper for sure but one I could happily sip on all night long. Amazing.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Ynot2, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Chico1985, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cbutova, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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Dave from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.