Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2011 23:31:28 | More by biboergosum
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2011 02:26:52 | More by billab914
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My first from Hair of the Dog - a great first impression. This beer is amazingly complex and smooth.
A: Pours a dark, syrupy brown with a light brown head.
S: Wow, blue cheese and raisins, burned sugar, chocolate, molasses, carmalized fruits with a hint of alcohol. Very pleasant.
T: A variety of flavors exist here - once again, raisin, chocolate, molasses, carmalized fruits, some tobacco and alcohol. Even though this is complex, it is very well-balanced.
M: Smooth is all I can say - it feels like this beer floats on your tongue - nothing attacking the tastebuds here.
O: Wonderful beer - I would definitely try this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 00:30:42 | More by chrisrose30
3.83/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Batch 77. Reviewed 4/21/11.
The cap doesn't make a single sound when I pop it. Uh oh. Really, really, dark brown body, without a single bubble atop it.
Sweet chocolate. Toffee, figs and some toasted grain. Smokey cured meats.
Roasted grain. Chocolate and coffee, like chocolate covered espresso beans. Figs. Bitter on the finish, though I can't tell if it's hop bitterness or coffee. Bourbon pops in and out, and there's also some charred wood in there. Completely flat, which makes the body very syrupy.
Great flavors, but the lack of carbonation makes this a little too thick. I think if there was even the faintest amount of carbonation, this would be a near perfect beer, and my score would be higher. Definitely have to try to get a better bottle.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 23:01:58 | More by litheum94
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 03:23:05 | More by nhindian
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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