Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Reino:
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle. Batch 69
Appearance- Poured the first half into my New Belgium goblet resulting in a 2 finger, khaki head that is as dense as it gets. The beer itself is black with hints of caramel on the bottom and edges when held to light. The star of the show is the head, though. You could pour this beer, take a nice little nap, wake up, and it'll still be hanging around. It turns into creamy chunks as it slowly recedes leaving behind a blanket of lacing to start, but stops about half way down. If that awesome lacing lasted the whole time, the appearance would be perfect.
Smell- I took a whiff while I was pouring it, and it smelled like a sweet wine. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case after the pour. It smells mostly of potent alcohol, a light amount of roasted malt, and a tiny, tiny bit of dark fruit undertones. It hinted at some of the goodness that was to come, but those goodies were masked by booze.
Taste- Every single sip is different, and this beer is very complex. So, please bare with me. It starts sweet and slightly sour, smoothly transitioning into roasted malt and lingering semi-sweet chocolate. As I drank, the beer kept adding new flavors to the mix to keep me thinking. The alcohol starts to peak its head, and rides underneath almost the entire time, never overpowering the plethora of other flavors. It begins starting sour along with the sweet, and finishing smoky more than chocolaty. It almost reminds me of a sour stout, like Rabid-Duck, but more complex. The hops are in there, but I'm too busy trying to figure out these crazy malts. Dark fruits and caramel are there, but what else am I tasting? I wrote this in my notes at one point, "Smoked caramel liqueur infused with dark fruits and some hops." This beer makes me feel dumb. The flavor teeters on being obnoxious and terrible, but instead lands on the delicious, complex side.
Mouthfeel- Low/Medium carbonation with a silky, creamy fullness. Unfortunately, the sourness and bitterness can get to be a bit much on the tongue.
Drinkability- This beer comes in 12 ounce bottles for a reason. A bomber would be too much for me. It's got a lot of different stuff going on, and you'll need plenty of time to get through the 12 ounces and try and get a good grip on all the tastiness. Not much need for more than one, MAYBE two.
Note: This beer is something from a post-apocalyptic movie where most of the world was wiped out, but one crazy brewer survived and somehow managed to make some intense, fantastic beer out of anything he could find. I'd say, if you can get it, start collecting vintages because every bottle is different.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2008 04:41:31 | More by Reino
More User Reviews:
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
95 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.