Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.14/5 rDev -3%
Had this back in 2008. This beer was really cool, I don't know what it is about HotD brewing but they have this style about them that I find really interesting. This beer poured out as a black color with a pretty good sized head on it. The smell of malts and hops are strong in this beer. The taste kicks off with a pretty strong hoppy flavor and then fades into a roasted dry chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, it remained smooth and drinkable but has a very nice body to it. Overall I really liked this beer, it opened my eyes to the old ale style. Since this was one of my first of that style. Really wanna have this one again.
08-21-2011 18:42:33 | More by Knapp85
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
3.63/5 rDev -15%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
Pours a very deep, dark maple, with a bit of light tan head that laces fairly nicely. The smell has a good deal of sweetness, made up of brown sugar, molasses, powdered sugar, figs; on top of that is a general booziness and a decided undercurrent of oily leather, almost a WD-40 scent. Though that may sound at least a bit off-putting, they all combine to create an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is ostensibly bitter, in terms of hops, herbs (something akin to wormwood), and leather. There are also hints of anise and raisins. The body sits a bit heavily on the tongue, and the alcohol is not exactly subtle, making this brew more ripe for sipping than straight drinking.
02-19-2010 05:12:01 | More by TMoney2591
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Batch 65, 2006 vintage.
Into a bulb shaped snifter, it pours reddish brown, nearly black in the glass. When backlit, it's a beautiful garnet ruby shade. A finger of khaki tan foam rests in the surface, dissolving into a cluster of larger bubbles that cling to one side. Spotty lace.
Aroma of chocolate and lavender floral elements... odd. Definite oxidation, the first whiff from the bottle was almost doughy, but that passed quickly. As it warms there's a spiced fruitcake element.
Bitter bakers chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, walnut. Extremely savory, somewhat sweet, but not cloying. A slight stickiness on the lips precedes a lush, velvety mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just perfect for an Old Ale. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's certainly a solitary sipper. An appropriate post-blizzard warmer for 10º weather outside.
Thanks to Jason for this one!
02-04-2011 01:38:14 | More by emerge077
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Into the snifter it is a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. As you drink the beer it almost has legs like a good red wine.
S - Very pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits - plum, raisin, and figs. Also, some caramelized sugar notes.
T - Delicious blend of plum, raisin and fig (maybe a touch of cherry). It has sweet malty caramel in the background with next to no hop bitterness.
M - A medium bodied beer that has a warming alcohol heat and is silky smooth as it goes down.
D - This is a fantastic old ale. It manages to be sweet and malty without over doing it.
07-28-2010 02:04:32 | More by zeff80
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance - Dark brown with nice clarity as it thins. This bottle poured with an utterly enormous frothy head, 4 fingers at first, which took several minutes to settle down. Excellent head retention after that.
Smell - Very earthy, not very beer-like in aroma. It reminds me of leather, soap, figs and dirt, with just a touch of caramelly malts.
Taste & mouthfeel - Roasty and moderately sweet. Toffee-like flavors mingle with more unusual notes of smoke, figs, leather and tobacco. This is pretty full-bodied stuff - definitely a sipper. Carbonation is soft and mellow despite the initial massive blast of foam.
Notes - Excellent; really unique and interesting stuff.
03-13-2008 23:49:20 | More by largadeer
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
12oz bottle, batch number 82, from a random grocery store stop whilst in Portland earlier this year.
This beer pours a very dark, opaque brown colour, with caramel highlights, and a towering column of thick, creamy, and obviously foamy beige head, topped with a nice sundae swirl, which all settles at pace, but it's got a long way to go. Along the way, however, is revealed some nicely consistent honeycombed lace around the glass. It smells of sweet toffee malt, semisweet chocolate, fig and plum, bitter grassy, piney hops, and a slight booze nasal ruffling. The taste is sweet malt, more cocoa-dominated at this point, with a lessened caramel stripe, muddled spiced-rum blottoed black fruit, and tasty all the same for its balancing effect, a bit of ethereal dusty musty tobacco leaf, and mild green, somewhat citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body full, smooth, and kind of creamy. It finishes on a gentle teeter-totter of laid-back fruity chocolate and woody citrus hops.
Oh my Jebus - wow. What...an...old ale! All the multifaceted characteristics just work so well together - sweetness, fruit, dust, florals, dryness. And with barely a lick of alcohol warming, this is one pleasing devil in disguise.
11-18-2011 23:31:28 | More by biboergosum
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Batch #53. Hazy, but surprisingly clear for this beer, with a very deep mahogany color and burgundy highlights. The head needed to be coaxed but came up tight, thin and tan (like Guinness) - and held well through most of the glass, eventually receeding to a collar but also leaving a bit of Belgian-lace. The aroma is complex: fruit (berry, cherry, raisins), smoke, dark malts, a hint of sherry and some slight hop in order of intensity. A gentle, natural carbonation combines with a medium-full body to give an astoundingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor delivers more than the aroma suggests with bold, complex fruit flavors of grape, raisin, raspberries, and cherries up front, leading into notes of dark chocolate, light espresso, licorice and sherry. It finishes with a solid smokiness and roasted quality, and a display of alcohol and hop bitterness. The dry aftertaste is also complex, with some light rye-like spiciness and earthy and woody notes. The alcohol is warming but not agressive in the taste or aroma.
An excellent beer although Batch #53 seems to need to age a little bit. It's nowhere near as round and supple as it can get.
08-15-2002 18:37:23 | More by NeroFiddled
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours an opaque brown. Thick lighter tan head. Nose is chalky malts. Tar is quietly there and you really have to pull for it. Smoked caramelized sugars. Flavor is quite smokey. Clearly, this is much like a rauchbier. Not to sound like a grade A jerk about it, but damn. I get smoked ham tones, charcoal edges, but a brown sugar thing mixed in. Feel has a smooth carbonation and a slick liquid. Extremely good and extremely unique. To me this comes off as a Belgian rauchbier. Extremely unique. I definitely suggest the beer geeks try this one. IMO an unparalleled beer. A must try.
03-10-2009 05:43:22 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Batch 73, acquired from Imstillthegman courtesy of the BA Vets, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, caramel and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The sweet flavors return for the finish leaving a slightly sweet after-taste.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger beer to sip on for a while.
01-01-2012 20:31:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
A - Two fingers of deep tan head on an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.
S - Fruity with deep, dark malt. Figs, smoke and leather/ sandalwood with spicy hops hiding in the background. This could be a good aroma for aftershave or incense.
T - Thick, rich malt with oat and dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor. Spicy hops and big, fruity yeast. Notes of dates, cedar smoke, aromatic wood, allspice, and lots of leather. Chocolate and moderate malt bitterness in the finish with a lingering hoppy bite.
M - Very thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - Wow. Drinkability isn't even a factor here, it is huge and complex; it's like asking if 40 year old port is sessionable. The complexity is immense and while I would guess that it would age well, this one was great already. This beer, more than any other I have ever had, reminds me of tobacco; not a cigar, but really good pipe tobacco. This is an excellent beer and it stands up with the likes of vintage J.W. Lees as one of the world's great sipping beers.
09-05-2009 06:03:26 | More by nickfl
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
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Deep amber brown mahogany hue with a nice sized tan head leaves lace down my snifter. Aroma: Pine cone scented hops deep aclohol infused fruit tones robust explosion of malts producing caramel and toffee in the air. Taste: Orgy of hops and loads of malt yield this creation we know as Adam, big old ale the way it should be done with deep over ripened fruit in it's gullet. Heavy handed on hop bitterness and pine cone like flavor, great stuff. Mouthfeel: Big slightly chewy full bodied evenly carbonated. Drinkability: Amazingly complex, the delicious flavor brings a satisfying challenging experience to the palate a must try for any beer lover.
04-28-2004 22:00:12 | More by WVbeergeek
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Got this one from joe1510, cheers to ya, Joe!
Batch#69 pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Superior lacing , bubbles still rising from the bottom at the end, & great head retention as well
S: Oakyness, dark fruit, leafy hops, really big depth in the nose here! Faded a bit at the end
T: Raisins, oaky smokeyness, puckery leather, dates & burnt caramel up front, plus booze warmth. Hints of vanilla mingle in along with tobacco-like hops, figs as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, prunes, leather & Christmas pudding notes & dryness, fantastic
MF: Syruppy, with a trace of carbonation, pretty rich
Drinks like a 10% abv, old ale, nice, but lethal! Taking the chill off this cold November evening nicely!
11-07-2008 04:32:33 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Got this from Adam (Nanoslug) - it looked like it leaked a little in transit so I popped it right away. Batch #55, so it was bottled in August 2002! Served in a snifter only slightly chilled.
A - 1.5 fingers of dark tan/cappuccino foam with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing - it eventually dissipates to a solid cap. The brew is a dark, dark, brown with no light peaking through at the edges - almost black here. For a 7-year old 10% Old Ale this is really quite terrific looking.
S - There's some serious booze here, but it surrounded by dark fruits, raisins, molasses, leather, and maybe a hint of licorice. It's very rummy, with huge sugar and booze components, and is slightly unbalanced towards the alcohol content (even after 7 years!). I can see the batches from the late 90s drinking quite well right now.
T - The taste has a huge tobacco flavor that is only hinted at in the aroma, and it is accompanied by leather, smoked meat, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The alcohol is thankfully less present in the taste. The aftertaste is heavy in smoked flavors, with almost a peaty note that lingers for quite a while.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. I'm thankful I didn't get flat or overcarbonated brews that my buddy Dave perpetually gets stuck with. There's a slight warming, but otherwise this element of the brew is pretty standard.
D - Delicious, but hurt by the overt booziness. I shared a 12oz bottle with a buddy and probably would have been OK with drinking the entire bottle myself - however I think any more would be too much of this treat. Definitely a sipper, and a good one to share with dessert.
I'd love to get my hands on some of the earliest batches to see if/how it has mellowed.
05-16-2009 17:48:37 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
I review this beer, like I do all others, without checking the classifications or other reviews, and am subsequently bewildered by what the heck this is supposed to be! It's utterly unique, and in a class of it's own.
Color is a dark mahogany, with a full, thick, sturdy, creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy, and sweet. Palate? Unparalleled!!! Marvelous, magnificent, with layers upon layers of malt. Hops give a cameo, not much screen time at all. So strong, so full of flavors, it's hard to know where to begin! Where, oh, where to start, where, oh, where to stop? A toffeeish flavor comes through on the palate, but before long everything is overtaken by smoke! Loads and loads of malt, rich and warming, earthy, chocolatey flavors peek through, but the notes of smoke and tobacco become dominant. Profound. Rich,and thick, and continually smokey, though the main flavor is a suggestion of being encased inside a nut. This is a true American classic.
02-25-2003 00:48:40 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Beer is dark brown and clear with a big head and lots of lacing.
Aroma is bourbon and figs with other stone fruits, smells sweet and good.
Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet. Mild booze on the front end. Pretty smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. A little dry, there's a tobacco like flavor in there as well. It's complex and good, a great old ale.
09-18-2010 21:16:03 | More by drabmuh
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
Another HotD to cross off the list thanks to mikereaser.
A: Big frothy 2 finger head develops on the pour into my snifter glass. It fades pretty slowly with light lacing over the very dark murky brown with very light dark reddish hues around the edges.
N: Some nice aroma blends, with some dark malts, crystal malts, caramel, a little roast, porter like aromas, a slight strong ale aroma, touch of earthy aromas, touch of warming booze, and that definitive "old ale" aged strong ale aroma that really gives you that feel of drinking an old ale. Imo, it isn't an old ale unless it has that nice aroma to it. It also has a slight sweetness and almost nougat candi-bar like effect.
T: Starts pretty sweet, perhaps just a little too sweet. THen lots of malts, roasted malts, caramel, chewy malts. A little earthy spicy hop flavor even. Some dark fruits like fig with a slight brown sugar and molasses flavor. The booze is a little spicy and warming, definitely there. Again that aged strong ale flavor, that gives this a definitive old ale flavor, but it's less pronounced than the aroma was. Also more fluffy almost nougat style candi-bar effect.
M: Semi thick and smooth, with good carbonation, more than I expected actually (perhaps the bottle conditioning helped). Lots of warming and tingly booze though.
F: Still somewhat sweet, a little dry as well. More tingly spicy and warming booze on the tongue, almost anesthetized. A slight sticky sweetness, with lingering brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and chewy nougat still. A slight roasted malt and porter on the finish too, as well as a slight earthy bitterness.
Perhaps a little too sweet and too much alcohol heat, but otherwise a really tasty beer. THey did a great job with this one, maybe my favorite HotD yet, as far as I can remember that is.
07-28-2010 00:58:15 | More by jlindros
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite/tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is near perfect! It has a warm, roasted malt scent that screams of figs and charred caramel malts. It's rich and fruity. The taste is good. It has a rich, roasted and smoke malt flavor. I'm sure the smoke comes from extended boiling and caramelized sugar. Whatever, It's amazing. It goes down smooth and finishes warm with some subtle chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a real treat. It's one of the best old ales out there.
05-09-2009 00:25:54 | More by WesWes
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
First had: on tap at Hair of the Dog, Portland, OR
This review is for a bottle I got from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA, and am drinking as I review.
Pours a dark cola brown, translucent, but barely see-through unless held up to the light. Topping it off is a creamy tan head, that retains stubbornly until the last drop, and leaves an equally creamy layer of lacing on the glass. Some trub present, so be careful with the pour, though even with some in there, it is non-offensive. Aroma is thick with heavy malts, creamy caramel, and chocolate chips; notes of dark fruit. Uncommonly smooth on the tongue, tastes of chocolate and molasses, woody, with notes of licorice, caramel, and indistinct dark fruits. Creamy and smooth, full-bodied, and splendidly drinkable, whether chilled or at room temperature.
01-10-2012 01:41:52 | More by Rifugium
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.