Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Batch #79 poured into a HotD tulip on 5/16/11.
Pours super dark. Looks like a stout but pours with little head and leaves moderate lacing after agitation; its what an old ale should look like. I would like to have seen some more head after the pour.
Smell is of raisons, fruit, and malt. The smell is very gentle and takes time to pull apart; its not apparent during sipping you need to look for the aromas. I would like to have had the smells be stronger to enhance the experience but what is there is alright.
Taste is very well balanced. Fruit, hops, and chocolate tastes mix well. Its a nice sipper that doesn't have an overpowering taste but is satisfying none the less. Seems like something I would like even more on a cold Minnesota night next to the fire.
Mouth feel is surprisingly a lot lighter then I expected for a beer of this color. It still has a moderate weight but that doesn't seem right whit its appearance. Almost no bite and little carbonation. Like many HotD brews this has a nice resin that sits on the pallet and lets you enjoy the flavors. This one lets you get some more molasses, tobacco, and other malts that have a mostly sweet bite slightly bitter flavor.
Overall this is a really great sipper. Not my style but very good. Nice balance, smooth swallow, and tasty. It gets some negatives for the low carbonation, little aroma, and small head but for the most part another solid brew from Hair of the Dog. Thanks guys.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2011 05:00:43 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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4.56/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer poured a dark malty color with a very modest head, which is appropriate for the style.
Smell - The aroma is quite malty and perhaps borders on being syrupy.
Taste - My initial impression of the taste is the sweetness of this ale. There are notes of sweet malt, nuts, tobacco, and oak. The oak is remarkable as this is not a barrel aged variation. The beer is warming on the way down, but it is certainly not hot.
Mouthfeel - The ale is almost sticky, coating the tongue and mouth. It allows for this taste to linger.
Overall - To this point, this is my favorite edition of the style. I like it a lot.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 16:11:21 | More by JohnnyHopps
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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