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

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BA SCORE
94
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1,010 Reviews
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Avg:
4.23
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Reviews: 1,010 | Ratings: 2,376
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose offers up notes of toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is also a bit of tart, dark fruits such as cherries, grapes, and raisins.

T: The flavor chocolate is more pronounced than the nose with plenty of brown sugar for sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: The body is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel.

D: Old Ales are quickly becoming a new favorite style of mine. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer and I'm pleased to have ready access to this beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at a recent tasting enjoyed chilled from the bottle.
I have tried this in the past, but the freshness of this must have resulted in the elevated score since I previously gave this a 4 out of 5.
The color is dark brown with light tan head with fine bead. The smell has a dark caramel aroma with lots of dried fruit -malt forward as expected yet a mild yeast support. The feel is rich with moderately sweet yet not cloying texture with toastiness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is wonderful with layered smooth malt with toasted caramel and slight woody quality with malty and vanilla-like smoothness with semi-dry mid palate with slight mineral notes toward the finish. Overall I loved this and wanted more -wonderful with world class quality example of the style for me I would drink this anytime it is available.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (batch 84; 2011) poured dark reddish-brown with a good head.

Wonderful aroma. Given the aroma, the flavor is initially disappointing but it finishes strong and leaves a great aftertaste. Good complexity. ABV partially hidden.

Smooth, medium-full body.

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Photo of Jason
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deleriumfest for sharing this one.

Opened this beer and it just gushed out. Poured into a pint glass.

Bight light tan head that fades down to about 1/2 finger. Color is a dark ruby red bark brown. Good retention, but not a lot of lace.

Aroma: Big malt flavor. Cherries, grapes, dark dried fruits, plums. Has an oak aroma to it. A nice amount of heat, but maybe a little to much for me.

Taste: Wow this beer packs a lot of heat. Big boozy taste. Seems to me like it is oak aged. Big malt flavor, but very hot.

Mouthfeel: Boozy and smooth at the same time. Full bodied and well carbonated. Ends with a boozy dark dried fruit flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but way to hot. I will all the complex flavor in it, but 1 bottle will be enough for me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #85

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark amber in color, almost jet black, with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film that covers the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts with significant amounts of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (figs), and just a hint of smokiness.

T: Wow there is a lot of complexity to the flavors of this beer - it starts out with a strong flavor of smoked dark malts with just a hint of iodine. That is followed by some strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit (figs and raisins). Light notes of alcohol and bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate to significant amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall, this is a big beer that is quite filling and one that definitely needs to be sipped due to the complexity. Additionally, the alcohol in this beer is not quite as well hidden as I would have enjoyed and that makes it one that you can only have a single beer during a session. This one will really warm you from the inside, so I'm glad I chose to have it on this below freezing winter evening.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with about an inch of brown head and a little carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of dark fruits, but also hints of some malts, booze, and maybe even a little chocolate.

t - Tastes again of dark fruits, as well as some sweet malts, and a little booze. Raisins, prunes, and grapes seem to be the most evident. Pretty good.

m - Full bodied with little carbonation. Smooth and creamy and very thick feeling.

d - Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is a thick old ale that smells and taste strongly of dark fruits, with hints of booze that let you know that it is 10% ABV. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this one. Batch 78.

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a 1.5 finger tan head, rather dense. Really good head retention and left behind sticky lacing all around the glass.

S: Upfront there is a lot of dark fruit, raisins chiefly, but also some cherry, fig, and plum. There is some caramel and a bit of chocolate. Underneath everything there is a bit of smoke.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, and some chocolate. There is a bit of dark fruit - raisins and cherries mostly. There is a light smokiness as well, but very faint. There is almost a dark rum like quality to it. Finish is quite dry.

M: Full bodied and chewy mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. Not boozy, but there is a bit of warmth as it goes down.

O: Very complex with a lot going on. Glad I sat on it for a little bit.

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Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 75. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a dark and deep brown color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows some nice dark fruits and brown sugar notes to it. Caramel and toffee are there as well. Some hints of chocolate and smoke start to come out in it as it warmed. very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the sweet, maltiness to it up front with some notes of caramel, cherry and fig to it. Towards the finish some of the chocolate starts coming out with a little roasty, bitterness. Some smoke lingers after the finish. Great range of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a fantastic beer. The sweet, malty flavors were good but what really set it apart for me was the lingering smoky, dark chocolate flavors in the finish. Awesome beer to sip on this cold evening.

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Photo of jwc215
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mfielden for this!

Pours dark brown - almost black - with some rubyish hues. A foamy rich head has great retention, esp. for abv. Plenty of lacing covers the glass.

The smell is of raisins/figs with citrus/pine, chocolate and smoke. Super complexities in the nose, with a rich malty aroma mingling with Pacific NW hop aroma.

The taste is of raisins and figs with leather, chocolate and some molasses. Plenty of hops - citric and piney - balance out the maltiness. As is progresses, it gains notes of coffee and licorice. The lovely green critters blend nicely and complement the malty complexities. Complex, yet smooth and drinkable. There is a nod of alcohol in the finish, but not too hot or sharp.

It has a creamy full body.

A great show of American creativity. A work of art! Wonderfully made - complex, big and bold, yet drinkable. An enjoyable brew, to say the least!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An especially thoughtful gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Cheers!

A: This is one of the most impressive looking beers I have ever seen. The body is opaque, and the darkest of browns, bordering on black. There is a magnificent, gargantuan, creamy head that absolutely refuses to fade. 15 minutes of letting the beer sit: There is now "only" an inch and a half of whipped cream head. Now that has receded a smidge, I can see that there is a thick sheet of lacing that I don't think the dishwasher wants any part of.

S: Cigar smoke, figs, toffee, alcohol, leather, malt

T: This beer is insanely complex. I'm already sad that I don't have more of these in the cellar (that will change). There is a prominent aroma and flavor of leather or cowhide. It's actually quite good. The myriad of flavors are woven together with artful precision. Hints of smoke add a pleasant touch to the bold flavors of sweet malt, fig, dark fruits, toffee and alcohol. Complex and delicious.

M: Thick and chewy. Remarkably complex. Alcohol warms the throat and chest with each sip.

D: A slow sipper, this is an ideal beer for a cold winter day. Very impressive.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle batch 62. As far as I am aware, this vintage was brewed in the spring of 2004 and bottled the summer 2004. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a murky dark brown color. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is seen through the edges. A thick finger of frothy tan head sits atop the brew and slowly fades leaving a lacing coating atop the brew which gravitates towards the side of the glass in a thicker coating. A swirl revives the cap which lasts throughout the duration and puts some spotty lacework on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is deep and complex. It is a mixture of what seems to be burnt chocolate smelling slightly woodsy to smoked with some deep earthy tones. Plenty of fruit notes are hidden under it smelling like raisins with a light vinous touch. A light musty character of chocolate malt is underneath. As the brew warms and the glass is swirled, a bit of fruity to floral hop inclusion comes out taking this brew in a different direction that is at times lightly herbal mixed with molasses.

The taste is somewhat smokey almost meaty with a character similar to pete. It is lightly musty with a malt flavoring mingled with chocolate. A strong fruity flavor minorly reminiscent of fruity to floral hops is present coming across with alcohol esters like raisins and bitter chocolate malt inclusion with each sip. The alcohol is fairly bold with an increased awareness of the previously mentioned fruity to herbal flavoring. The aftertaste is a long drawn out combination of chocolate and fruity to herbal hop flavoring. Well done. Once warm, this brew picks up almost a leathery tobacco flavor that is quite enjoyable with a deep earthy flavor.

This is a full bodied brew that is slick in the feel. It has a modest to light level of carbonation which is very enjoyable. For being 7 years old, this brew is still quite bold in alcohol and hops that are more flavorful than bitter. A very solid sipper with a lightly fusel kick of alcohol. Overall a well rounded and enjoyable take on the style, I have no doubt this brew can withstand 10+ years of aging considering how well this 7 year old bottle is unscathed.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My cellar continues to amaze me with what is down there! This is a Batch 55 bottle with Batch 81 currently on the shelf at Pinocchio's. This will be a pleasant continuation to the day (I hope).

From the bottle: "Hair of the Dog brewing company produces bottle conditioned beers which improve with age. We are dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beer styles. The sediment you see is normal to the bottle conditioned process. Pour slowly to allow sediment to remain in the bottle."; "This ale is top fermented and cold conditioned to give it a rich and mellow smoothness. The unique garnet color is derived from specially roasted barley and the intense hop profile is provided by the use of only the finest whole hop flowers."

Needless to say, I can read and follow directions, so I used a very gentle slow pour. I got a most impressive dense finger of light-tan head in spite of my low-key pour and it had great retention! Nose was quite vinous, reminiscent of a dry red wine. Color was a deep dark-brown with garnet highlights and NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was relatively full with a lot of carbonation in evidence. My initial mouthful was somewhat hot, giving way to a tawny port-like taste. Wow! I am not a wine guy, but my uncle has been into wine for twenty-five years or so and I have had some exposure to it. The dryness of the finish was gasping in its intensity. I did not experience the hops mentioned on the label, nor did I really get much in the way of maltiness. Instead, this would probably stack up well against a sherry or a port. I am really impressed and will have to get some new vintages for storing. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Finally, the lacing looked as though it would take a jackhammer to remove.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 80. I think the gratitude goes to HuskyinPDX for sending me this, but it's been a while, so I can't really be sure.

Appearance - Deep mahogany body through which almost no light passes. Huge cream head on top. Nice and soft bubbles. It lasts forever and settles to a nice pillow. Usually old ales have no head at all. I'm amazed this looks so good.

Smell - Deep creamy malt flavors. Every sort of malt flavor. Burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, some hints of dark fruit, and a leathery earthiness.

Taste - Translates perfectly from the smell. All of the aromas translate directly into the smell. Some sweetness to the body, but it's a muted sweetness throughout. There's a nice hop bitterness at the end that prevents this from even tasting sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Definitely a sipper. The carbonation is surprisingly high. Too high, really. Makes it feel tingly instead of warm and smooth.

Overall - A great old ale. This is what I look for in an old ale. Great malt complexity with a nice hop earthiness. And finally someone made an old ale that doesn't taste like apples.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.