Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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2.9/5 rDev -32.1%
Bought somewhere in Oregon for me. Batch 71.
A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Beautiful mocha or capuccino color head. Head has lots of protein chunks, dissipates very slow, and leaves beautiful lacing.
S - Malts, ginger, spice, flowers, bittersweet chocolate, a leathery pungency, and light alcohol.
T - Chocolate, lots of licorice, almost leathery. Moderate alcohol.
M - Very intense and sharp tasting. When I drink a home brew like this, I know it needs to age longer.
D - The flavors need to settle. Slightly acute in taste, the alcohol has almost a dominating flavor. The bottles really need to age at least a year or more before it becomes a good beer.
I will probably re-review this in a year or so. BATCH 71 NEEDS TO AGE ANOTHER YEAR!!!
10-13-2008 15:58:51 | More by MisterClean
3.03/5 rDev -29%
Poured into a snifter. Batch 76, which I believe is a 2010 vintage.
2.0 A: Dark brown color. No head at all. None. Not surprised, but disappointed nonetheless.
3.5 S: Loads of tobacco and raisin. Date, fig, and prune after that. Sweet toffee and caramel. Minor notes of oxidation. This smells pretty good despite no carbonation. It'd proabably be amazing with some.
3.5 T: Tobacco and rum raisin kick this off. Dates, figs, prunes, toffee, and plenty of caramel. Basically the same as the nose. Again, some sherry-like oxidation. Same as the nose. Would be much tastier with carbonation.
1.5 M: Heavier medium body. Not fully flat, but whatever is the lowest detectable amount In any case, it ruins whatever creaminess this had in store.
2.5 D: I think this could be a damn good beer if it was allowed to be. As it stands, it's at the lower end of average. With carbonation, I could see this easily breaking the 4s. But, I won't know tonight. I've been having nothing been trouble with b-wines from the cellar and their carbonation lately. It's starting to grow tiresome.
01-22-2012 05:49:35 | More by DavoleBomb
3.03/5 rDev -29%
At a tasting with jrallen34.
A - Pours a dark mohagany color with pretty much know head. Looks somewhat intimidating just sitting there with litle activity, but not a whole lot going on with it.
S - A sharp, lighter sweetness with the caramel malts. Dark fruit and a surprising hops bite on the end of this. Little bit of alcohol burn on there as well.
T - Not as good as it smells. A lot of licorice and some dark fruit. Very heavy malts and something that tastes burnt, like wood or maybe even barley? Touch of brown sugar, but it's overpoweringly burnt and fairly disappointing.
M - Under carbonated, almost flat. Full bodied.
D - Hard to drink due to the pungent tastes and the high abv. Had trouble splitting the bottle.
06-26-2010 20:34:28 | More by AgentZero
3.08/5 rDev -27.9%
Got a bottle of batch 68 from New Beer in NYC for 4.25. The color was really interesting - very dark, but not black as a stout. More like a very dark red. you could see a brighter red tint in the light, kind of like wine. nice head that remained for a while. i couldnt get much of a smell for some reason - maybe because i was in an indian restaurant when i cracked it open. this was my first old ale and it was nothing like anything ive had before. the blurb on the bottle was spot on when it said its been compared to figs and leather. craziness..also very raisony, and some smokiness and bitter coffee beans. as complex as it was, these flavors did not all seem to mix seemlessly. it exploded in my mouth but caused some damage. shared a bottle with a nice girl and it was very hard to finish for both of us but this was probably because we had just ate a huge meal and a bottle of southampton grand cru. nevertheless i still couldnt see this one going down easy. my bottom line for this beer is that it desparately needs some age. i know HOTD does that anyway to their brews, but this one especially needs to sit in the corner and think things over for a long time. If you own or are soon going to purchase batch 68 of Adam please do yourself and the beer a favor and let it age for at least another year or two.
12-08-2007 20:56:39 | More by redmagik99
3.1/5 rDev -27.4%
Poured into a snifter
A - Very deep brown bordering on black, minimal head composed of big nonuniform bubbles, zero lacing.
S - Leather, magic marker, tobacco, bourbon, oak, port, figs, plums and alcohol. No trace of what I know to be hops and a bizarre characteristic from the malt that I'm not familiar with.
T - Taste is exactly like the smell: leather, magic maker, dark fruits, tobacco and bourbon. Kind of sweet but all of those flavors come through really strong.
M - Medium with zero carbonation, isn't very enticing.
D - I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this beer and I'm perplexed coming out the other side. Really overwhelming and distinct flavors coming out of this, a lot of characteristics that I would not associate with beer at all. Maybe I'm a noob and I don't know what to expect from the style but from what I've read it lives up to every aspect. If I ever have this again I'll split with at least 4 people interested in drinking a cigarette stuffed puree of Fonzie's jacket.
09-25-2010 06:20:31 | More by CascadeConan
3.1/5 rDev -27.4%
Bought this bottle at the wonderful Pinocchio's Beer Garden. (Not aged, presumably bottled in 2010).
Appearance- Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a regular pint glass. Pours out of the bottle dark and settles in the glass dark but I didn't get any sort of head. Basically just a thick looking almost black old ale sitting in my pint glass, kind of looked flat.
Smell- Smelled highly of dark fruits. I get the most tremendous whiff of plum. Also a bit figgy and sweet. There is also the lingering smell of alcohol which is understandable with a ten percent brew.
Taste- High on the alcohol, burns a bit going down to be honest. The dark fruitiness is there but it seemed overpowered by the alcohol. It's possible that it might be a little more palatable with some time on it.
Mouthfeel- I don't think that I have a sensitive tongue or anything and I felt the burn of the alcohol while it was sitting in my mouth. I did think the thickness felt kind of ideal for an old ale though.
Drinkability- I would have a hard time drinking one of these. I would also have as hard time standing after drinking more than one of these. A little too much alcohol burn for my taste, will have to try it aged.
10-09-2010 06:07:51 | More by KYFriedChildren
3.1/5 rDev -27.4%
Bottle shared by Eric - cheers fella!
Rich brown pour with just under a finger of off-white head. Some lace spots as it drops to a film. Nice aroma combines brown sugar, earth, alcohol, dates and a hint of leather. Real nice and intriguing. Flavour not so much. Smoke, leather and ink make for an interesting beer, but do nothing for me, and I find the taste slightly unpleasant, which is surprising as I usually dig old ales. The elements I do like are present (Dark fruits, brown sugar, warming alcohol), but they're interrupted to often to gain any traction. Certainly the most leathery tasting beer I've had, and maybe I just don't get it. Body and mouthfeel is more or less where it should be for the style, with a heavy weight and restrained carbonation.
I've not had much success with Hair of the Dog, and I struggle to see the basis for their great reputation. This made for an interesting beer, but interesting isn't always good.
06-17-2010 13:35:21 | More by bobsy
3.15/5 rDev -26.2%
A - pour is subtle. Head is nice straw color. Brew is nice deep purple.
S - Super vanilla. Lots of wood funk too! Perhaps a little mango or papaya?
T - Lots of dark oakey flavor... Very deep and pulling. Lots going on on this brew. Can't really put my finger on any of it though...
M - Lots of HEAT! Minimal carbonation and very bitter (slightly licorice) after taste.
O - A mild mess of a brew... There's a TON of flavor, but it's very hard to differentiate... Worth trying and finding, but I would let it sit for a LONG time! I hope to upgrade this review in time.
07-13-2011 04:18:10 | More by chugalug06
3.15/5 rDev -26.2%
Small bottle from K&L (Redwood City), poured into a snifter glass.
A: Black, or at least very, very dark brown. Creamy, tan head, with good retention.
S: Roastiness, leather, rubber.
T: Caramel, raisins, something burned that I can't quite put my finger on. There's a little sourness that shines through, which I like. A little roastiness and a bitterness remain in the aftertaste.
M: Smooth and creamy. Heavy-bodied but not a completely slow-sipper. For some reason, left me with a dry mouth... but maybe that was caused by something else.
O: Interesting and complex, but not something I'd buy again.
04-01-2012 22:05:43 | More by shleepy
3.18/5 rDev -25.5%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours a deep, inky black with a light tan creamy head that drops to a thin wisp, with some lacing.
Aromas of dark fruits, prunes, figs, rum raisins, some anise, and a hint of mint.
Flavors of tobacco, anise, mint, barnyard. No hop flavors to speak of. Finish is short, but tobacco flavor lingers on.
Mouthfeel is big, chewy, malty.
Not my cup of tea. Had this years ago. Trying it again, but not really digging it.
03-05-2011 03:46:46 | More by JamnesCameron
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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