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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 348
Gots: 8 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

brian4beer, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

kscaldef, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.51/5  rDev -19.3%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rating #800!!! Bottle thanks to my lil sweetheart fredandboboflo. Pours black with absolutely no head. Aroma is quite pungent. Lots of booze with a slight hint of chocolate. This is very reminiscent of Triple Bock (except that this smells good at a distance). Flavor is initially very strong with bourbon and oaky notes with a finish of vanilla, oak, and lots of chocolate truffles. Very warming with an alcohol burn in the swallow. This is the best example of a rare breed (ie a high-alcohol beer) but at the same time, it is not really my thing. Still, I'm glad to have gotten a chance to try this one.
7/3/8/3/16 (3.7/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 09, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

yourefragile, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

drabmuh, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of Sean9689
3.81/5  rDev -12.4%
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 tendermorsel
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Usually I don't review small samples of beer but considering the insane rarity of this beer I made an exception. I never imagined I would get a chance to try this beer.

This was served as the last beer in a set of HOTD beers during a special tasting in the world famous Ebanezer's pub cellar. Alan was in town discussing his beers and Chris was generous enough to pop his personal bottle of Dave for us to try. It goes with out saying but... Thanks Chris.

less than a one oz pour into a small tasting glass.

no carbination at all. totally flat. dark brown maple syrup colored. quite a bit of alcohol on the nose but actually suprisingly smooth on the pallet. extremely sweet and syrupy mouthfeel. dried fruits (raisins apples figs) were present in the taste. Not particularly drinkable due to the syrupy nature. I don't know if I would want more than 3-4 oz of this one.

Pretty good stuff but considering the fact that this is probably the most hyped/rare beer in the world it did not blow my doors off. Simular to the the SA Utopia's that I have tried minus the heavy wood character that they typically have. Maybe a bit smoother too.

Overall I am glad I got a chance to try this especially with Alan there talking in depth about the beer. Would I spend 1000$ for a bottle?? Not so much.

tendermorsel, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Arbitrator
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a tasting snifter, shared by the ever-generous ramnuts.

A: Pours a nearly opaque mahogany color with a ruby tint at the edges. No carbonation -- expected in a 15-year-old beer with such high ABV, so I'm gonna give this a 4.5 anyway; its body is a stunning color.

S: Has a strong port or brandy-like aroma to it that breaks down into grape and fig burn. Tobacco, leather, smoke. A light caramel. Noticeable booze, but not as much as I expected for the ABV.

T: A lot going on here. This is really more of a spirit at this point. Smoke, tobacco, leather are strongest on the tongue. Progresses into a boozy port-like grape and fig flavor. Some caramel sweetness and a little anise/licorice. The finish is again tobacco, with a spicy / smoked pepper burn to it and a little soy sauce (oxidation). Huge burn again in the aftertaste (again, hearkening back to the spirit comparison). ramnuts joked that this still tastes too young...

M: Totally flat, but still chewy and viscous. Still kind of boozy, though.

D: I appreciate that this is something that pushes the boundaries of fermentation. I'd certainly try this again. In retrospect, $80 for this beer is totally worth it. It's like Utopias but less refined.

Arbitrator, May 31, 2009
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4/5  rDev -8%

bmwats, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8%

eggs, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

TypsiYpsi, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of BucketBoy
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
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 jbuddle
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

dtmets84, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bauermj, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Alan.

Appearance: Turbid dark brown, no carbonation, no head. Looks oily and viscous.

Smell: Woody and earthy. Leather, tobacco, almost spirituous. Raisins and light soy sauce. Oxidation has treated this one kindly. It has a quality not far from a dry sherry.

Taste & mouthfeel: On the palate, Dave shows much of the same character that it does in aroma; prominent tobacco and leather, dried fruit and woody tannins. Rich and full-bodied. Sweetness is surprisingly restrained for such a massive beer; it hints at caramel, but ends on a semi-dry note. Beyond a slight warming in the stomach, there's no trace of the 29% ABV; over a decade of age has tamed this one to the point where the 10% ABV beers I tried beside it tasted hotter. Remarkable stuff, completely unique in the craft beer scene at the moment, and surprisingly very mellow and drinkable.

largadeer, May 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

cbutova, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Chico1985, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of seaoflament
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, the only way I can properly start this review is to thank my buddy Kyle for sharing this extremely rare and unique beer at the SeaofFloydster Tasting, March 28th. This was one of those beers I never thought I would get to try, just like a few others, and somehow I guess I'm at the right place, time, and know the right people.

Poured a dark, yet clear, brandy color with caramel hues around the edges. No bubbles, looks pretty flat but that is expected from this type of beer.

Interesting aroma which chocolate and roasted malts, slight smokiness, and maple syrup. A galore of dark fruits, raisins, and prunes, a nice mixture but can't say they overwhelm or explode out of the glass. There also a nice port or sherry like oxidation in the background that ads some complexity to the beer, I was afraid this beer might be too oxidized for some reason, but that was not the case. Smells like a mellow cognac.

Loads of brown sugar initially with some raisins, toasted almonds, charred oak, and maple syrup in the finish. Not too much alcohol in the first sip but the next couple of sips had a nice warming effect in the back of the throat and all the way down to the pit of the stomach. The alcohol worked well to warm you up without it being hot or fusel-like, I remember the first sip I had from Utopias gave me heartburn but Dave was different, it tastes boozy without actually being hot.

The mouthfeel was not what I expected either, I thought it was going to be too syrupy but it was very decent and drinkable. I didn't really detect any carbonation but it probably wouldn't work for this beer. For drinkability, you're not going to sit down and drink a pint of this but the high score is based more on how smooth this beer was.

seaoflament, Mar 30, 2009
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Dave from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.