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Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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2,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 564
Gots: 441 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of Vonerichs


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown color, showing off a purplish hue. Tiny head with little retention.

Very earthy smell. Tobacco, leather, and cocoa.

The flavor punches through with a hefty dose of leather. Dark fruits, slightly smokey. Loads of earthy flavors.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Chewy.

An excellent beer that deserves the legendary status.

Batch 90.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 01:56:05 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84

Appearance. Pours a murky deep brown with a little red and 2+ fingers of thick, light tan head that has great retention and leaves some nice thick lace.

Smell. Molasses, brown sugar, smooth booze, roasted malts, and a little dark fruit.

Taste. Molasses again, some tobacco and roasted malts, dark fruits - plums and raisins, a little cocoa powder and smoky wood. Quite dry, but enough sweetness to bring out the flavours nicely.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Nice big beer that's smooth and has a bunch going on, all in a nice balance. Exemplary for an old ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:18:33 | More by Rutager
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to match1112 for gifting this one! Poured into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature:

Pours a murky crimson/black, with a velvety two fingers of brown cream head. Great lacing and retention.

Mmmm... overripe cherries, figs, fresh leather, brown sugar, some faint licorice notes, caramel, hardwoods, rather complex while maintaining a great sense of balance.

The hop character is what I'm most surprised by. I love Old Ales like this one - all those earthy, dark fruit qualities that you'll find on the nose are echoed in the taste but still balanced with a pleasant hop profile. Very nice.

Very thankful to have had the chance to try this one. Thanks Matt!!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:22:17 | More by yamar68
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from batch 74.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown almost black color with a 1 ½" foamy tan head the recedes slowly leaving some patches of lacing on the side of the glass. Before long there is a ring of foam around the glass with an irregular patch of foam over part of the liquid. Sipping leaves moderately large irregular patches of lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle, the initial aroma rushes out into the room carrying a hint of chocolate to season the air. Sniffing reveals a chocolaty malt character that has some alcohol clearly present in the background. Underneath the alcohol there are also some dark fruits here that are well blended and remind of a basket of dark fruits.

Taste: The flavors are a bit more complex than predicted by the nose. They are rich and sweet from the malt and alcohol and tinged with chocolate, dark fruit, dark bittersweet molasses and a hint of smoky character. While the alcohol sweetness is clearly present there is no burn

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied with a smooth creamy feel and light gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins in the chocolate and fruity sweetness that then gives way to the smoky character that then morphs into a gentle dry hop bitterness to wrap up the show.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable Old Ale and I'm sipping slowly to make it last as long as possible since I won't be opening another for several months and already I'm tempted to put another to chill. This is certainly a one a night beer with this ABV, but I'm also convinced that being from last fall's brewing this bottle is way too young and I'm definitely looking forward to another.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:43:24 | More by drtth
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for the opportunity.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a two finger head and decent lacing.

S: Lots of ripe fruit aromas along with some caramel, dark chocolate, tobacco, and malts in there somewhere.

T: The flavors aren't quite as sweet as the smell, which I'm happy about. There are roasted malts, sweet fruits, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a little alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I like this beer a lot. It's dangerously drinkable for what it is and very enjoyable. I'm very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:18:22 | More by nUgZ
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a huge, frothy tan head. The aroma was of smoke and figs. The taste was of chocolate and smoked malts and alcohol. Overall mouthfeel was heavy body with medium to high carbonation. this beer was overall a great beer. A nice beer to just sit, relax and sip.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:08:57 | More by Beerbuddha
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Bruery tulip

A - Dark, dark brown (almost black) in color, thick brown head, and very good lacing

S - Raisins, tobacco, leather --> brown sugar and molasses

T - Toffee, prunes, a touch of citrusy hops --> tons of caramel, some orange rind, tobacco --> rose petals, raisins, brown sugar --> finishes sweet, but not too much, with just a hint of bitterness

M - Just about right for the style - thick enough, but not overly syrupy or sticky.

D - No need to have more than one, but this wasn't a challenge/chore to drink, by any means.

This is up there with Fourth Dementia as my favorite old ale. Very complex, richly malty, and perfect for a cold, snowy Wisconsin night. Seek this out if you're into the style; it won't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:47:41 | More by klikger
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who parties? I do. Poured into a snifter...

A--No head or real carbonation. Deep dark ruby....

S--Smells like a quality english barleywine.

T--Taste is very much like and english barleyewine...

M--Smooth with a silky mouthfeel

D--This will knock you on your ass. Enjoyed a great deal though, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:47:09 | More by garbercury
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 67

pours a deep brown with a full inch of dense light brown head. drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. roast. bit of smoke. toffee and caramel sweetness. bit of yeast. some alcohol. bready malt. bit of dried fruit.

taste is good. lots of roast, more than i'd expect for an old ale. alcohol, and nice warmth on the way down. smoke. tons of bready malt. toffee and caramel. coffee. nice lingering sweetness. as it warms the alcohol comes through stronger, but so does the malt. the roast seems to mellow and push up the sweetness and a nice light fruitiness. currant and date. bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. fairly big with higher carbonation level than i expect.

drinkability is very good, higher than i expected. really enjoying this one and look forward to trying this with a little age on it. my first taste made me immediately think of a porter, but subsequently it's coming through less prominently. interesting at around 45F, but it really shines as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 01:10:11 | More by grub
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful garnet color that transitions into a reddish brown towards the center of the glass. Numerous bubble streams rise on the sides of the glass. It has a massive, creamy, dirty white head that billows up in a ferocious manner. The head has great retention and lasts the length of the drink.

S: Sweet dark fruits and strong alcohol aromas are the main players. Fruits include plums, dates, and raisins. The alcohol leaves a bit of a sting towards the end.

T: Similar to the aroma with sweet dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins) and a touch of alcohol. There is also an additional malt presence that I wasn't able to pick up on in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation. It drinks very smoothly and for having such a high alcohol content, it hides it rather well.

O: Before this beer, I wasn't sure I liked Old Ales very much. This beer made me a believer. Nothing short of pure deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:48:52 | More by BilbosNuts
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 69.

Dark brown with a reddish hue topped with large cloud-like head.

Molasses, chocolate, prune, cherry, and blackberry aromas. Very interesting.

Roasty-smokey, chocolate, and coffee flavors are immediately noticeable are rounded out with fruity ester flavors like blackberry, plum, black cherry. Molasses, vanilla and deep caramel flavors are also present. Bitterness is restrained but noticeable.

Heavy on the palate with silky smooth finish. Pretty damn drinkable for being such a huge beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 03:37:42 | More by bosco7
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bath #82

A - Pours a dark cola or rootbeer. Light tan 1 finger head.

S - Sweet brown sugar, raisins, dark plums and vanilla oak. Almost a bourbon barrel aged smell. The nose is phenomenal.

T - Lots of wood & oak. Not as sweet as the nose. Loads of molasses and dark fruit. Very rich taste.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Best old ale I've had. No complaints at all with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 19:24:09 | More by cvm4
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 76

A- A deep, leathery brown with a creamy mocha head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smoke, raisins, oak, cherries, and a touch of alcohol. Pretty strong and unique.

T- The smoke aspect blends really nicely with the oak, raisins, and cherries. Very strong flavors, but nothing overwhelms. Amazing.

M- Creamy but also numbing from the alcohol. The flavors persist for quite some time.

D- This beer means serious business. It makes for an excellent sipper. Very unique and enjoyable. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:56:23 | More by david131
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 77 into a Duvel tulip

A- Pours an opaque dark brown with a 1/2 finger worth of tight bubbled khaki head. Leaves no perceptable lacing.

S- Deep, rich scents of sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, hops, oak, leather, and pipe tobacco.

T- Follows the nose with waves of sugary dark fruits followed immediately by a big roasted grain character. Notes of oak, hops, and vanilla creep in along with a smokey/leathery back end. Lingering sweetness.

M- Thinner than anticipated. I'd call it medium bodied with a pretty slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively.

O- Glad I finally got to knock a big time want off of my list. The contrasting sweet/roasty characteristics in this brew make me think of 50/50 mix of Plead the 5th and aged Bigfoot. Really relieved that batch 77 seems to be carbed, as I have been reading about people picking up lifeless bottles lately.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:40:38 | More by stxSS07
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbutova for splitting this, been looking forward to trying some HotD. Batch 74, I believe this is from sometime in 08-09.

Pours dark brown, almost purple looking from the top. Off-white head retains nicely and leaves some lacing.

Very good smell. Lots of caramel, dark fruit and leather.

Lots of smoke comes out in the taste, probably the highlight of this beer and compliments the other flavors excellently. Figs and dark fruit are also very prevalent. Caramel, vanilla. The booze shows itself only in a nice rum flavor. Some hops. Great, complex stuff.

Mouthfeel was good overall, maybe a bit overcarbonated for my tastes.

12oz wouldn't be a difficult task by any means, but I was pretty satisfied after my 6oz serving. This was much better than I expected, I'd love to try it again.

**4/1/11 - more notes, no scores changed**
Some notes from a Batch 76 bottle I picked up a while back in Philly, a little over a year old at this point I believe. Smell and taste are excellent, with rich flavors of caramel, dark fruit, leather and tobacco shining in all their glory and lingering forever. Unfortunately I could tell from the pour that this was just about flat and I was correct. Mouthfeel is watery and pretty much flat but the flavors are so good it makes up for it for the most part. Like I kinda noted in my original review, 6oz goes down easily, 12oz is a bit more tolling because of the richness. I also had a flat Cherry Adam a couple months ago, so I'm a bit weary of HotD's beers in fear of carbonation issues, but in regular Adam's case to me it's a small chink in the armor of awesomeness.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 15:46:18 | More by Chico1985
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 85

Dark but not quite like a stout. Thick tan/brown head looks creamy, stays for a little while and leaves thick lacing.

Malty sweet and boozy elements are prominent. It is also roasty and woody, though no wood was used making it. The boozy heat is a bit strong, but I suspect would fade with time given the chance.

Malty sweet, a bit of roast, and a modest bitterness that balances exceptionally well early but then shows more on the palate after the finish. There is an earthy/woody component too, though this isn’t a barrel aged beer. I can taste the booze a bit, dark fruit, and maybe even the hops slightly. There are not a plethora of things I can point to, but it all melds together with great synergy and is delicious.

Low carbonation, very rich full body, modest warming, and some bitterness after the drying finish.

This is an extraordinarily delicious beer. I’m pretty sure this batch is pretty green yet and likely to improve with some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 05:16:36 | More by sprucetip
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In terms of olde ales this was awesome. I got a TON of smoky leather in this one. Alcohol was quite present as well.

A - Dark dark cloudy brown. Good finger+ of head. Lots of lacing. Much darker and gloomier than I'd have imagined!

Smell - Somewhat nondescript. Definitely a bit of leather. Some dark fruit but not all that much.

Taste - Smoke and leather dominate the palate. Some honey and dark fruit poke through in the middle and then again a bit later on. Not all that many flavor profiles going on -- reminds me of a nice scotch. Really really good--if less alcohol came through it would be perfect.

M - A little overly carbonated for me. Creamy beneath that. Could be smoother and more balanced.

O - Really good olde ale. I'd definitely try it again.

Edit: Did try it again and it's spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 03:16:32 | More by dlello2
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into A Jackie O's snifter at 58 degrees.Batch 79.

A. Dark brown with little ruby hues.Clear,when held up to the light, it shines right through. No head to speak of,just some bubbles. Good alchohol legs. No lacing.

S. First off this smells very sweet. I get sugary raisons and plums. I get an awesome leather notes also get some tobacco and a touch of vanilla.

T. Wow! So much going on here, not as sweet as I was expecting either. I get the sweet dark fruits first then I get this wonderfull tobacco and leather and little underlying roastiness. Some faint vanilla in the end.You can taste the booze throughout but not overpowering at all.

M. Creamy and coating,I would say heavy but not thick. Leaves a sweet kind of earthy wet tobacco aftertaste. Not alot of carbonation. but it does not need it .

Overall This is a wow beer for me so damn good and complex. I certainly want to get some earlier batches. A definate must try!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:02:01 | More by Marty30
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Batch number: 80

A- Pours a really dark blood red color, nice orange red hues coming off the bottom, huge 3 finger frothy head, this beer is well carbonated to say the least, really nice lacing.
S- The aroma is not as forward as the taste, spice, dark fruits, caramel, a lot of malt in this is coming out in the smell.
T- Wow now this is an interesting beer, really complex, so much going on, definitely some spice, pepper, there’s an interesting almost smoky flavor to this beer, dark fruits (figs, raisins) caramel, malt, this beer is very unique, bitter sweet on the palate. The alcohol is well hidden for how high the abv is.
M- Big mouth feel, well carbonated, heavy beer, coats the palate, smooth finish.
O- This beer really surprised me, I was blown away by how complex and big this beer was, every sip had a big bite to it, really impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 07:14:54 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like the backroom of a mobster's den. Woodsmoke, vanilla, dried fruit, leather. Intense, but not as rich as a real dark porter or stout, kind of indefinable - not like any beer I've ever had, and consistently surprising every time I have it. Super-carbonated, which I think is kind of distracting, and while it has a huge head it dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Overall, though, a thoroughly excellent beer, and a good way to unwind at the end of the night, if you don't feel like drinking too much and only want one beer to mull over.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 07:22:39 | More by porntipsguzzardo
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 70

A: snifter. deep, rich mahogany color. barely any head, no pop when I cracked it. no lacing and a light tan head of what is there.

S: prunes, cherries, figs, hints of clove. some blackberries and strawberries.

T: I really get some leather, chocolate notes, some smoky oak, serious fig, plum and raisins.

M: full to medium bodied. practically no carbonation. very mild for 10% great palate.

D: very nice brew. only one for me but wow!!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:21:50 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 75, an extra from a trade - sorry - can't remember who.

A: Pours quite dark with a completely unreasonable amount of tan foam that stays in the glass seemingly forever. When held up to the light, you can just barely see some amber hues through the glass. Once it settles down, looks very nice with a half finger of head that stays for the entire beer.

S: Smokiness with some dark fruit and caramel in the background, almost like a candy apple with subtle smokiness.

T: A good mix of smokiness, raisins, and caramel, with a moderate amount of alcohol burn. The fruit is not as evident as in the smell. The taste lingers in your mouth for a long time.

M: The carbonation is a bit high, but the body is quite thick so it's not particularly bothersome.

O: This is a big beer. Big flavors, thick body, dark appearance, big alcohol, then again it is an Old Ale. This would be perfect in the middle of the winter after coming inside from the cold.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:36:38 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown bordering on black, and completely opaque. One finger tan head is incredibly tight. Frothy like really good latte foam. One of the best heads I've seen in a long time.

S - Fig, plum, smoke, chocolate, and piny hops. An interesting mix that somehow works quite well.

T - The flavor is a bit unexpected compared to the nose. Smoke, leather, tobacco and earthy flavors predominate. The dark fruit flavors come in later, with a dash of hop pine. Some spiciness from the alcohol.

M - Very full bodied, nearly stout full. Smooth as silk. Soft and creamy. A bit hot in the finish, but that's my only complaint.

D - This is a thick and rich beer. One us enough, but the one is meant to be savored.

A unique and stellar beer. This will definately be a staple in my cellar for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 03:59:42 | More by 0110x011
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #64

The tan head pours so massively I can only fit about half the bottle into my glass. It doesn't subside too quickly either. The liquid is very, very dark, a deep brown, almost black color. Nose is fruity and raisiny, reminiscent of a dark belgian style ale, fairly strong on alcohol. Nice aroma, could have been a little stronger. The taste is woody and earthy, with a nice raisiny malt flavor yielding to a roasted coffee finish. Moderate in bitterness, warm alcohol also present. I also detect notes of chocolate, and tangy fruit. The flavor complexity is spectacular. The mouthfeel has a nice thickness, but isn't viscous, so it goes down smoothly. I enjoyed it very much and could drink it easily despite the strength of alcohol...

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 16:23:19 | More by bennetj17
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lazarus25 for bringing this up north.

Batch 87

A: Pours torched oak colour - Deep brown with tan-yellow highlights. Just a whisp of sandy head, that really there just to prove it's not a wine. The ale is murky and appears thick in the glass - full of sediment & rustic.

S: Full of alcohol esters with smooth vanilla & dark dried fruits, cherries, plums and raisins. Sweet chocolate with a solid presence of oiled leather and fresh wet wood. Overall sweetness of buckwheat honey shines through.

T: Molasses and smooth vanilla with nuts that give way to grains and finishes earthy and rustic. Alcohol vapours is noticeable on the tongue, but lacks any burn or fire breath.

M: Thick and chewy with a syrup feel on the palette. Offers some puckering dryness at the mid point and on the finish that support the flavours.

O: A sophisticated drink that might pair well with cigars and smoking jackets, in a formidable leather wing back chair with your hounds in front of a crackling fire recounting that day's pheasant hunt.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:01:57 | More by FondueVoodoo
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.