Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.11/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible dating to denote the bottling or "enjoy by" of this beer. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.
Appearance - This is only my second old ale, so I have no idea what is typical for the style, but this one is a deep chestnut brown hue, almost black due to the massive head blocking any light from filtering down through the top. The head is a good 4+ fingers thick, and creamy looking like mousse or some other whipped topping, the color of sandy brown. Retention is excellent, with the foam never becoming less than a finger of froth around the edges of the glass with a pillowy layer of foam along the top. Lacing is thick in the few places it remains, with a silky look to it.
Smell - Complex and rich, and not nearly as hot as expected given the strength. Burnt caramel, roast chocolate and tree bark, along with some elements of a cinnamon-like spiciness. Hints of molasses as well.
Taste - Picks up where the depth of the smell left off. Now the tree bark and semisweet chocolate is enriched by notes of leather and a faint medicinal characteristic as well in the background. I know some don't like that, but I find it can provide an interesting complexity. A finish with some bittering from the hops, as well as a little bit of sweetness from the specialty malts used.
Mouthfeel - Not as thick as you might expect from the color and the appearance of the head. Medium bodied with high carbonation and a lingering finish.
Overall - I've only had one other old ale, and it was similar but different to Adam. Both were good, so I think I may have to seek out more of this style. Hopefully they all display the same balance and complexity.
Serving type: bottle
09-22-2013 20:24:38 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a teku, dark brown and murky, with no head. Smell up front is smoke, a dark fruits, raisins, figs a hint of cherry skin. Getting a lot of smoke in the taste. It's a subdued smoke, not like a rauch or anything, but it's definitely there. Was not expecting it and it overshadows some of the other flavors. No carb issue here. As it warms, some of the dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar flavor is coming out. Super complex. This might have gone over my head. Worth a try for sure. I'll try some with some age on it, see how that compares.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 14:11:28 | More by Davepoolesque
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.