Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by NearerMyBeerToMe:
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Batch No. 56. Pours with an outrageously massive head, a dense, simmering mass of eggshell brown rising over the rim of the goblet like a souffle. Gooey, sloppy lacing dries out into strata of geologic proportions. Average viscosity to this opaque, gleaming ebony liquid. What a visual feast! Pungent licorice and beechwood aromas along with heaps of near Rauchbier-like smokiness are wrapped in a marshy nosefeel. The flavor, too, begins with a very strong, burning wood smokiness that develops into something more like heavy black pepper. Whiffs of vanilla bean and juniper (or thyme?) mingle with salt as the beer warms on the palate. By the end of the glass, it's like drinking liquid kalamata olives, with a round, herbal bitterness, and tenacious smoky aftertaste... almost "gamey." Saline mouthfeel has a body thick and syrupy enough to rival the most nefarious Imperial Stouts. A slow motion punch of alcoholic fire connects with the gut hard, but this is still very drinkable. Seriously tranquilizing. This must be beer's answer to opium or Thai stick. Amazing.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2004 21:44:41 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pretty sure this is a 2012. Batch 86. 12oz bottle poured into... a tulip-ish snifter-kind of thing (it's a modified former honey jar. I get srrious about my glassware...).
Pours a murky deep brown bordering on reddish (leaving the white and blue to my complexion, and... mousepad? I guess? Happy birthday America!), like cherry wood turned almost black. Almost no head to speak of, but the beer clearly likes the glass since it did put a ring on it.
The nose is primarily boozy dark fruits: plums figs, raisins, an almost dusty character. Almost woody? Like a snap I understand the appeal of Adam from the Wood and Cherry Adam from the Wood. Haven't had them, but they sound like they would blend with what Adam already is amazingly well. And besides, they're hardly ever made, so it's GOTTA be good, right?
The tongue takes the theme of dark fruits and booze and runs the gamut of dark flavours. The booze is present, especially when I look for it, and the fruits -- the figs and plums in particular -- can still be found, but they blend with said booziness to draw out flavours of (yes, I'm about to be that guy) spicy tobacco leaf (this would pair REALLY well with a cigar. In fact, I still have one Cuban left...), leather and a slightly woody note. These come together in an impressively intricately woven dance, like a well choreographed parade float where each character hits their queues and is individually impressive, but ultimately come together to be a moving work of art that is simultaneously blah blah blah...
While the 10% contributes its soft burn, it plays into the spices present in the body to lull you into a false sense that it can do you no harm. It's warm and that spice/alcohol pairs with light but sharp carbonation to not distract from the flavours weaving their way around your tongue.
I'd had Fred, and was a bit nonplussed. Likewise Blue Dot: thought it was OK, but nothing to write home about (unless you consider BA home, because I think I did write a review. But that's silly. Who would make that comparison?). Maybe the intervening years really have matured my palate. Maybe I'm just amped on America and puppies. Either way, Adam really stood out to me as an excellently crafted work of gustatory/zymurgical art, and I can fully understand the hype around AftW and CAftW (even though I haven't had and probably never will get to taste either). Since I've not had it FRESH, I can't speak to how it's changed over the years (this one's only about two years old), but rest assured after this bottle, I'll certainly be picking a couple more up when I see them to test that question. I suggest you do the same.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 02:31:10 | More by kemoarps
3.73/5 rDev -12.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2010 bottle from pushkinwow. Thanks!
A - Black pour with barely any head. Very minimal carbonation. No retention and no lace. Expected for the ABV and age, but still unimpressive.
S - Huge aroma. Smoke, leather is definitely there, raisins, dark fruit and sugar. Cool aromas playing together.
T - Smoke, earth, dark fruit, lot's of brown sugar. More smoke than I typically like, but still decent. Rich malty flavours and some booze.
M - Almost no carbonation, full syrupy body, dry smokey finish.
O/D - Pretty hardcore. Age has probably mellowed this out a bit but the smoke is a touch too much for me. It's quite a complex adventure though, and quite rich. A decent example, but nothing too wild.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 01:14:35 | More by tbeckett
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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