Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.97/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Poured into a snifter on 10/25/10
With much appreciation to PDXHops
Dark cola brown color that settles near black. Basically no light can get through. The head started off as a loose patch of bubbles which was filled out by smooth foam, about one finger's worth. While retention thins, there's an impressive amount left considering the abv. Same goes for lacing.
The aroma is incredibly smooth with many layers of complexity. Dark fruits - raisins, figs & maybe a hint of prune; deep-seated dark cocoa; near-burnt sugars; vague notion of molasses; overtones of tobacco. Basically, all things deep & ominous. Something of a boozy swoon, as well.
A slew of burnt & roasted flavors greet the tongue immediately. Tobacco is the most potent flavor, begrudgingly sharing territory with notions of dark chocolate, raisins, figs & molasses. Indeed there is a smokiness, especially noticeable as the beer warms. Hints of toffee. The balance between burnt & sweet is ideal, in my opinion with the scale tipping in favor of the former.
Full bodied & plenty viscous for the style. Carbonation seems appropriate. The alcohol is warming but it isn't overly hot; certainly not cloying. The finish is somewhat gritty with a slight nod to bygone hops. Residuals of tobacco, dark fruit overtones & smoked malts linger.
Adam is a perfect convergence of flavor, complexity & structure. I do believe this is the cigar beer I've been searching for. Highly Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2010 01:16:25 | More by Ryan011235
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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
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