Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass.
Batch 76. Hair of the Dog offers a vintage guide to date their various batches of Adam, but it mysteriously stops after batch 59... The trend so far is that they brew roughly 5 batches a year, so this was probably bottled in 2005 or somewhere around that.
A - I began pouring this gently to keep the bottle conditioned yeast in the bottle, but after I didn't see ANY head activity, I tried to do it a bit harder. All my effort was in vain, however, as there is absolutely no head or carbonation to be seen here. It actually gives some still lambics a run for their money. Retention, therefore, is not applicable, and the lacing is invisible as well. There are some slight alcohol legs making their presence known, though! The body itself is a dark brown mixed with purple.
S - Thankfully the smell is better than the appearance. There's a good amount of alcohol solvency in here, but for the most part it's covered by dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate and caramel malts. The tobacco even leads to some slight smokiness, and it gives hints of burnt brown sugar.
T - The flavors are definitely a branch of the nose, albeit a bit more simple and even watered down. It starts with a boozy, rum-soaked raisin flavor, before quickly transitioning to wet tobacco and earthiness. The smoky qualities return here, although they are not as enticing as in the nose and is more of a nuisance. It finishes with a bit of a chocolate and caramel, before turning to an almost acrid, solvent alcohol burn.
M - The mouthfeel is easily the worst part of this beer. It's completely flat and still, and while the beer is cold it doesn't detract too much, but when this beer hits room temperature, the feel of this beer plummets. It's flavors are too syrupy to deal with without some carbonation, and it just seems to sit on the palate.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. I was really looking forward to this beer, and although I've heard of Hair of the Dog's carbonation problems, this was my first beer from them. It's a shame it is still as I definitely think this beer would be tasty with some carbonation. If this is on tap around you, check it out, but at the price they charge around me for a bottle, it's just too much risk to try again.
I was sent another bottle of this since my first one was obviously off. Thanks a ton, msubulldog25 for this! I will average the scores for the overall ranking,
A - Right away the appearance is leagues better than my first encounter with this beer, and it actually has a bit too much lively carbonation (but I will definitely take that compared to the flatness of the first). Amazing retention as well, with huge bubbles and a rocky texture that turns creamy as it fades. The lacing is sticky as well, with thick clumps of foam clinging haphazardly all around the glass.
S - Really interesting nose on here again. It actually seems to be a bit hotter in the way that the alcohol comes through. It's sweet as well with the malts, and there's a lot of dark fruits and sugar. Again, I'm getting some dry tobacco leaves and brown sugar.
T - The richness of the nose continues into the flavor, with the alcohol again playing a large role. Caramel malts and chocolate are abundant, with an alcohol-soaked raisin and cherry taking a reign as well. It's earthy and somewhat smokey with a long, sweet, alcoholic finish.
M - Mouthfeel is much better than before, but it still is fairly thin especially for the amount of flavor this beer is pushing. Would have loved to see this be a bit more full-bodied. Leaves a sweet finish on the palate.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. It's a night and day comparison between this batch and the one I had before, but there are still some negatives that are keeping me from loving this. For one, it is pretty hot and the alcohol lasts from start to finish. Secondly, it's a bit thinner than I would've liked. Still, definitely helps my perception of Hair of the Dog.
11-16-2011 03:23:05 | More by nhindian
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4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.
05-08-2004 01:32:34 | More by oberon
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance Monster head that laces all exposed areas of the inside glass. The color is a deep, dark, rich brown almost black.
Smell Lots of smells in this one. Burnt malt and brown sugar come to mind, along with struggling hops and a juicy, chewing tobacco scent.
Taste This is like syrup. Thick, chewy malts laden with tobacco, burnt brown sugar, prunes (lots of prunes), raisins, and other dark fruits. The sugar comes out even more at the end with a lingering finish along with the alcohol. There are some bitter hops in there somewhere but Im having trouble picking them out.
Mouthfeel No carbonation to speak of. The beer is creamy smooth though.
Drinkability Well, it carries a 10% ABV, so I wouldnt be shooting it with pizza or pretzels. It is smooth enough to go down well though.
Comments This is a full-bodied heavy hitter and not for the faint of heart. The majority of inexperienced drinkers would probably pour most of the bottle down the sink. I like a strong, malty dark ale but the unbalanced character keeps me away from 5s on this one.
Update For my 2004 re-review I found the flavor tainted with some off sour notes which brought the Taste rating down by 0.5.
Update For my 2005 review we are back on track. The sourness is gone, the rating is back up, and for the first time in history the bottle didnt explode all over my kitchen floor. Yeehaw!
08-10-2003 03:26:05 | More by RoyalT
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
A: Reddish brown with a pretty big, almost fluffy, head that fizzes away into some lacings.
S: The smell is fantastic. Very complex, don't even know if I'm able to decipher everything going on here. Here's a lot of malts - caramel, dark bread, fudge and even some roasted notes. Vinous fruits (cherries, raisins, figs) and wood. Spices reminiscent of cola, molasses and smooth alcohol notes.
T: The taste is no letdown either, to say the least. A gentle roasted character sits well with caramel, fudge and prominent vinous fruity notes. The fruits are not as well defined as in the smell. Then comes rich and sophisticated flavors of wood, raisins, dusty cellar and spices. The taste is very sweet but the roasted aromas, wood and spices keep everything on track. The finish is amazing. Luscious warming and semi-sweet alcohol, well balanced bitterness, leafy hops, wood and lingering sweetness. Very powerful. If I had to say something negative about it, I think the alcohol is just slightly too prominent. But that's of minor importance.
M: Medium to full body and creamy texture. Very pleasant.
D: This is just a fantastic beer. Very complex and oh so balanced. Drinks like a fine wine.
09-10-2009 22:57:32 | More by ricke
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Batch #81 poured into Dogfish Head Snifter
A - Pours a dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. A good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S - The aroma contains dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.
T- Raisins, figs, prunes, bit of chocolate, caramel, malt. A nice warm booziness at the backend followed by sweetness.
M - A bit chewy, but super smooth, head that stays adds to this character.
O - My favorite year round offering from Hair of the Dog. I always buy a few bottles when I see it in NYC. Can't wait to see how this one ages. Such an underrated brew.
02-10-2012 15:00:24 | More by SkiBum22
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
Batch 67. I know its a bit old, either 06 or 07.
This is going to be a tough style to rate as I know nothing about them except what I have read.
Pours a delicious dark (very dark) brown, quite opaque, though some light getting through. Rich dense, dark head with quite a lot of staying power.
Dark roasted malt. Some dark dried sweet fruit like raisin or date. There is another food type that I cant place. Virtually no hop character. ABV. It doesnt take a genious to call this a full bodied beer.
Wow. Roasted malt finish. Wow. Ive never tasted a finish non-syrup like with this flavor. Lots of warming, non biting, ABV in the middle.
Sits very smooth for ABV. Almost like a Barley Wine. Lots a similarities between them. This brew gets better as temperature rises.
I love this brew. I cant really find a flaw in it. I wish I could drink like 4 of them starting at dinner. This would compliment a lot of meals and is a very hearty drink.
I originally got this beer in a BIF. Ive been looking to trade for them, but I think the price is a bit high. I might try to find some on the cheap any way possible.
08-10-2008 20:25:26 | More by JasonA
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours flat into my Deschutes tulip.
No head, no carbonation. Flat.
Tastes good though. Very pronounced chocolate and figs up front and throughout. Slight tangyness in the aftertaste.
Given the experiences others have had, I'll give this another try and update my review as appropriate.
10-27-2011 23:12:59 | More by NWer
4/5 rDev -6.3%
A - Pours deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head. Head has great retention.
S - Deep caramel malts, earthiness, and definitely some raisins coming through. Very nice overall.
T - Similar to smell, the earthy malts and deep dried fruits dominate. Also some molasses. Has a very woody character to it. Some alcohol apparent in the taste. Would have loved to have let this one sit for a year or two, but my suitcase was already full with other beers, so I had to drink this one out of a plastic cup in the hotel in San Diego.
M - medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Alcohol provides some warming on the way down.
D - Probably a little too fresh to taste the full potential of this one, but clearly a nice take on the old ale. I only wish I could have brought more home.
02-08-2011 01:09:53 | More by warnerry
3.5/5 rDev -18%
A yeasty hoppy aroma with all kinds of hints of other things, a nice sweet malty blend of raisin banana lemon, almost like a weiss, thickish mouthfeel little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste, a complex sweetness lingered till the end.I seem to feel this is a great brew, but the blend just isn't something I'm into right now.
04-04-2004 01:48:06 | More by grynder33
4.1/5 rDev -4%
12 oz bottle - batch 67 (thanks to Crosling!). Pours a dark brown with a smallish creamy off white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is grainy chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a little alcohol.
The flavor is sweet (sugary) and smoky chocolate, black licorice and vinous fruits with a tarry alcoholic bitter finish. As it warms, the alcohol overpowers the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery with soft carbonation.
Overall, a very fine beer. It tastes a little like a super-charged Hibernation, but with more burnt tar and anise (which come out more as it warms). I liked it better colder.
10-29-2007 06:02:51 | More by Beaver13
4.4/5 rDev +3%
Pours a very nice medium amber with lots of sediment and half finger head which sticks around for a bit. Aroma is cotton candy, brown sugar and malts. Taste is red grapes, lightly toasted dark malts, dark chocolate, and mild smokiness. Alcohol comes out on the finish which hurts drinkability. Perfect winter brew, wish this one was available locally.
04-13-2007 22:37:30 | More by Duster72
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
On tap @ Redbones.
Murky brown colour with a thin lace and decent head retention to boot. Aromas of ripe figs, caramel and husky grain.
Figgy sweet, layer of caramel, hints of husk and yeast, and struggling hop balance. Full bodied and very creamy on the tongue off of a moderate carbonation. Higher alcohols are merely in ester form and somewhat get lost in the malt in a very deceiving way. Sweet finish with a slow warming feeling.
Overly drinkable barleywines can be a dangerous thing, this beers name is dangerous. Goes down some smooth and creamy, with layers of sweetness that are no cloying at all caress the taste buds to bring them closer to heaven. Highly recommended especially on tap.
11-18-2002 18:01:21 | More by Jason
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
Dark brown with ruby and garnet highlights when held to a light. Poured with a creamy tan head that leaves a nice ring as you drink. Chocolate, toffee, prunes and raisins, some roast. Maybe some hops, but this babys about the malt. Chocolate is the overriding flavor here. Sharp bitterness and alcohol burn. Very mouth filling. Definatley a night cap.
08-22-2005 17:28:29 | More by tjthresh
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours almost an opaque mahogany color, with an enormous, five finger, beige head. Nice lacing effect with sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aromas of malty caramel and molasses are picked up from several feet away. Some smoky, Scotch style peat smokiness enhances the nose to an idyllic presence.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with active carbonation. Alcohol makes its first appearance here, before fading into the background.
Taste is sublime. Molasses and toffee sweetness, dark fruits, and warming alcohol combine very well for an exceptional smoothness. Adequate hops presence prevents any cloying.
I am absolutely enamored with this Adam. This is like a perfect, strong Scotch ale, with extraordinary drinkability and taste. I will be seeking more of these Adams, the sooner the better. Very highly recommended!
03-24-2004 00:10:21 | More by merlin48
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
"Batch 57" 12 oz bottle, strong tasty stuff, enjoy with care. Poured dark amber, dark tan head, good retention and lacing. Bready, yeasty nose, burnt fruit, alcohol, figs, raisins and brandy notes. Medium bodied,vinious, rich malt flavors. Resiny hops come burning through. Fine brew.
05-01-2004 15:17:07 | More by Billolick
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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