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

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2,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 557
Gots: 438 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 Brabander


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with my buddy Bierenutz. Tonight is a good night to drink it.

This is one of the better beers i had for quit a time now from the States.

Poured in a Dutch beerglass this beer looks perfect. Very very darkbrown with one of the finest heads i have ever seen, creamy with millions of bubbles.

Very good smell of very dark chocolate where the boozyness runs along. Great smell with that combination.

Very good mouthfeel where the alcohol is exact on the right spot.

I am impressed...thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:06:05 | More by Brabander
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Almost black. Touches of dark red when held to light. Head is the color of coffee with too much cream. Nice and thick. Creamy. Minimal lacing. Looks decadent.

Smell: Plums, cherries, figs, and booze. Big malty presence. Caramel, toffee, and a tiny hint of citrus. Tons of stuff going on here. As it warms, the booze comes out, but never becomes too aggressive. Almost treads on a barleywine, but holds off on the hops. Nicely balanced with a great depth of aroma.

Taste: Malty, chewy, and boozy. Caramel and toffee round out the middle of the taste. Super hot, even with a year+ on it. Biscuity malts. Sweet in good measure. Tobacco and a good amount of it. Malts struggle to keep the malts in check, but it seems to work. Warming melds the flavors, but also gives the tobacco a big kick up.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy and smooth. Drinks like a champ. Carbonation is higher than I expected, but it's a nice compliment to the maltiness. Very nicely done.


Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 22:35:19 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of doughanson78


3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, minimal light getting through. One and half finger darker tan head great retention and lacing.

S: Big dark fruits. Figs dates raisins, cherries. Chocolate comes through.

T: Chocolate cherries, figs dares, raisins. Lots of alcohol coming through.

M: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Very creamy. Lots of alcohol warming.

O: I've heard a lot about this beer, sorta hyped. Don't know if I had to high of hopes for this one but I was a tad disappointed. Don't get me wrong it's a great beer no doubt. Lots of alcohol, but kinda good in this incidence. Will be awesome with some age for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:36:42 | More by doughanson78
Photo of Cavery


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It seemed like a good enough night to open an Adam. I didn't know what to expect, as I've fortunately (or unfortunately) had the pleasure of tasting a Cherry Adam from the Wood at a recent tasting. I thought that beer was stellar, so I could only hope the base of that beer could hold up.

Batch 80 into generic snifter.

A: supper biscuity fine bubble tan head that plumps like a pickled plum. Lots of complex purples, deep cherry reds, and general dark wood stains swirl in the body. The bubbles have an undeniable creamy coffee look that just adds to the mystique. The beer already looks delicious.

S: Really soft fig on leather, really thick shredded leather musk that takes me right to the private studio of a leather worker. Old cinnamon sticks that lose their gritty vibrancy, but give off that chewed bark earthiness. Very full aromatics.

T: Lots of cowboy boot and deep warm dark chocolates. A really thick Bakers chocolate flavor with thick fortified fig flavor following the coco powder. Light raisin with the sweetness being tamed behind Mexican mole like complexity. Light cherry behind an alcoholic plum. Really just everything you could ever want in an old ale, with an alcohol that pops off elegantly. Super fine beer, great age for this (I'll have to match it with the batch).

M: Full bodied mouth, thick mole sauce in the mouth that has a mousse like fluffiness from everlasting foams. Creamy hot coco with a touch of slick booze. I'm crazy about this mouth, this could have come out of a 25$ bottle and I'd be praising it all the same. Sensational.

O: I really need to load up on this beer and just taste it at different ages. This thing drinks phenomenally, it just keeps giving sip after sip. If you want an amazing performer in style, look no further than Adam. World class in every sense. I will load up on this, and put it away for constant visitation. I really need to get some Cherry Adam from the Wood to hold onto. If this is this good, then I'd love to see how the other version competes in aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 02:51:14 | More by Cavery
Photo of harrymel


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 82

A: Pours dark brown with a couple fingers of mocha head which fall quickly to a sheet of the same. Lace is there, but falls slowly in a sheeted quality to leave spots. Clarity: nada. With a bit of agitation a finger of foam arises and is persistent, and this time, the legs of foam stick.

S: Smells of coffee, oats, bits of licorice, some prunes. This beer has depth, and I dig it. Really dig it.

T: See smell, add some sugars, molasses, a hint of oxidation. This is a fine beer. Hints of tobacco and oakiness.

M: thick and viscous with some nice lively carbonation. As it warms, i suggest giving it some substantial swirls to make sure it flattens out a bit. A little hi on the carb. Long deep finish.

O: I really dig this beer. It's alive. Appropriate now, and I expect will age well.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 06:52:28 | More by harrymel
Photo of rhong187


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter

A - nothing too impressive with the appearance. looks like flat soda with a fingernail of head

S - a faint hint of sweetness, with a small amount of leather as the beer begins to rise to room temperature.

T - the sweetness and alcohol are the most prevalent, but again the taste balances as it warms. didn't pick up on the dark fruits until it warmed as well.

M - I think this could have used a touch more carbonation, but overall this was a nice medium bodied ale.

Overall, I think this is definitely one of the best of it's kind. It really is a shame that it is not distributed everywhere, because this is one that really needs to be sampled by all.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 03:22:18 | More by rhong187
Photo of Retsinis


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had HotD "Adam" numerous times, but this was one of the first beers I attempted to let age, since it's relatively easy to find in SoCal.

Batch 74 - 12 oz bottle. Personally cellared for a little over 1 year.

A: The beer pours a hazy cola brown color, with a healthy inch of khaki tan colored head, settled (neither quickly or slowly) depositing some foamy lace on the glass.

S: Intially I pick up slight scents of rye, bready biscuit, mild dark fruit, and caramel. The yeast is faint in the back ground.

T: On the first draw, I get notes of medium sweet figs and some dates, with some medium spice notes in the middle, layered with a bit of caramel.

M: Light to medium carbonation, and a bit oily.

O: Nice sipper, fresh or aged. Pretty sure I enjoy this beer a bit more when it's fresh personally, but the beer certainly holds up pretty well over time.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:11:38 | More by Retsinis
Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle dark brown with a 2 finger white fluffy head. smells of dark fruit and carmell. taste dark fruit slight smoke/ cigar swtt malt complexity but some hops are in the background there reminds of a quad without Belgian yeast . brought at whole foods devon 4.99 a steal in my eyes cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 01:26:45 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
Photo of jcartamdg


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/ black color, a lot like an imperial stout. Aroma is deceptively light, hops are up from where if I was blindfolded I would think this is a sweeter dipa or a heavily hopped barley wine. Taste is sweet, malty and hoppy. Fruits are present and welcomed. Smooth for what it is, but I want to sip this one, great beer, I'll have another

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 03:01:24 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of Gushue3


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Philadelphia on vaca. Batch 81

A- Gigantic head that is 2+ fingers and light brown. Body black body with dark chestnut around the edges. Head is foamy and has great retention and is leaving awesome lacing.

S- Sweet malt with an alcohol presence. I get something thats almost like dirt or tree moss. Interesting.

T- nice sweetness that peaks in the middle but is not too much like other beers of the same style. Roasty and leathery with a must that tastes great. Dark fruits come through as it warms along with a smaller bitterness. Theres some nutty taste in there toward the end but flies under the radar. Excellent mix of flavors that isnt too sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is about a medium and has a decent amount of carbonation. goes down really well and turns kind of creamy.

O- Really like this Old Ale. Most of the others ive had have been overly sweet while this one was a little more laid back. The taste was sweet whie still being able to taste everything else. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:03:37 | More by Gushue3
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


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
Photo of yankeej13


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got my hands on this from a trade and super excited about this.

A- Pours a really nice dark brown or almost black color. Has a nice head of a light brown like foam. Mild amount of carbonation that collects around the side of the glass.

S- Has alot of dark fruit smell. I get good hints of caramel. Alot of spices as well plus a lingering hop smell.

T- An amazing variety of fruit, spices, malt and hop running thru my mouth. I get a burst of dark fruit. A nice amount of caramel and molasses. Almost a light chocolate like flavor leaves your mouth with a nice sweet taste.

M- Great drinkability, really bold flavors, pretty creamy mid palette. Leaves you with a sweet finish.

Overall- This completely lived up to its reputation. This is exactly what I wanted it to be like and more. Wish I had more than just one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 01:21:28 | More by yankeej13
Photo of seeswo


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 75

Pours brownish-black with a tan head. There is quite a bit of smoke on the nose, melded with hops and a touch of leather. Wow, there is a lot going on in the taste. Leather, smoke, slightly bitter hops, dark fruit, mild roasted malt sweetness. This beer is earthy. Not nearly as sweet of heavy as many old ales. Actually, one might even call it a bit dry for what it is. Having had cherry adam recently, adam is absent any of the brightness that really causes the cherry adam to pop. The mouthfeel is not as heavy as one might expect with a solid amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable, complicated beer that is fun to enjoy slowly.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:54:27 | More by seeswo
Photo of dbmernin83


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One I've heard about and have wanted to cross off the list.

A decently hard pour yields an inch and a half khaki head over a burnt mahogany brew that holds great lacing all the way down.
Smells of raisins, strong toffee, caramel, a touch of hops
Big sticky sweet toffee, sliced ever so carefully with hops. Full and well carbonated on the mouth (a little more than expected with the 10% ABV on the label). Booze rolls down the throat, warming up the beer and adding yet another layer of complexity.
This brew is big, but not in your face. A delicate, graceful giant.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 09:04:49 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of Cylinsier


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours opaque blackish brown, no head.

Smells of figs, spices, caramel, molasses and mild pine hops.

Taste follows, dark fruits like figs with some caramel and brown sugar/molasses flavors. A bit of piney hop that's not really bitter at all.

Feels fuller and viscous with a very light sting of carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Delicious, rich, and wonderful. Not at all what I was expecting from this beer but its fantastic. Way too strong to be gulped though, you have to sip it, but for that, I loved it and would have it again in a heart beat.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 18:07:35 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of xnicknj


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


12oz bottle poured into snifter - batch 76

Pours an opaque brown, almost black color. No head, retention, or lacing to speak of. A few bubbles around the color.

Multi-layered nose with burnt sugar, candied fruit, dates and raisins. Roasted malts and nuttiness, a hit of alcohol warmth.

A bit sweet up front with candied dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Dates and raisins with some roasted malt tones. Caramel and syrupy tones throughout. A light touch of licorice, still a decent amount of alcohol towards the finish.

Fuller body, lower carbonation, sticky but kind of flat on the tongue. Plenty of delicious flavor, but the appearance and feel is lacking on this batch - I'd like to try a fresher one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 04:16:23 | More by xnicknj
Photo of mikereaser


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 70
A - the cap was slightly dented so I fear the worst, I open it up to a little hiss and the poor is a pitch black/chestnut brown with absolutely no foam whatsoever. A layer of fine bubbles finally appear after some time
S - The aroma is mainly dark fruits, roasted malts, raisins and roasted malts. It has a very nice rich aroma without being too overpowering
T - I am assuming this has mellowed out with age, its very smooth and very easy to drink. There seems to be a borderline cough syrup feel to it but it never quite gets there. There is alot of dark fruit, roasted malts but not overly done, just a nicely balanced beer. The alcohol is well hidden making this one a sipper in one aspect yet way too drinkable in another aspect. There is a nice caramel aspect as well.
M - very silky smooth and syrupy. It almost hits a cough syrup feel and finish but holds back just enough to not reach that.
D - It is very easy to drink and I'm forcing myself to hold back so its not finished too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 05:56:17 | More by mikereaser
Photo of SFC21


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A - Pours a dark amber with a huge pillowy head that slowly settles. Leaves some thing lacing on the way down. Looks very appealing.

S - Lots going on here. Smoke (beef jerky?), wood, plums, raisins, caramelized sugars and a noticeable booze presence.

T - Very complex. Tobacco, smoke, raisins, burnt sugar, maple syrup, white pepper and a lot more that I can't put my finger on.

M - Heavy and full bodied with almost sticky mouthfeel. The tobacco/smoke presence lingers long after the last sip.

O - Very complex beer. So many things going on and for the most part it works together. While I don't love it as much as North Coast Old Stock I do think this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:38:10 | More by SFC21
Photo of DCon


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 FLUID OUNCES bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & has a $5.49 sticker on the front. Poured from the Purple Bottle w/ a Bulldog on the front into a 12oz Clear Snifter Glass. No freshness date.

Aroma- Has nice sweet malts and a very complexed aroma! Has nice alcohol strength and also a caramel/toffee aroma evident. Very strong!

Appearance- Pours a not even .5 finger head but the remaining bubbles are off white. Has a dark brown color body, opaque, and has a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Leaves sudsy lacing.

Flavor- Has a great nutty and chocolate flavor with mild sweet but mostly roasty malts. Good alcohol warming finish. Not much hop evident but the bitterness is medium to high.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Low Carbonation, Chewy, a appropriate amount of alcohol warming, and then leaves molasses/maple syrup flavor in the mouth for minutes after the drink.

Overall Impression- For my first Hair of the Dog brew, this one rocked! I could see this being even better as it ages. Wish I knew when this one was bottled or was "best by" so I could see how long I waited to drink this. Thanks a ton for this brew Mark! Will be looking for more Hair of the Dog soon and am looking forward to trading for Adam of the Wood.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:16:59 | More by DCon
Photo of ChanChan


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hair of the Dog Adam Batch #80
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Coca cola color with a matching tan colored half inch head that disappears quick leaving a soapy nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, plums, cherries, old leather, a sour note, and lots of “acahol”.

Mouthfeel: Wow, heavy with great carbonation and a nice burning sensation from the alcohol.

Taste: Tamarind, Figs, plums, dark cherries, a burnt malt flavor with a faint chocolate the finish is similar to that of a nice imperial stout! This beer is sweet, very heavy and boozy but pleasantly so. Not cloying just full bodied. It kind of tastes a little like a combination of an imperial stout and a barley wine.

Overall: This beer is very pleasant, anyone who is not used to consuming heavy beers might find this to be too much too much. That’s said this beer is a definite sipper and that is how it should be approached.. This beer would be good to drink on a cold winter day. I have a batch 73 in the cellar that I will be cellaring for a couple more years!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 05:53:50 | More by ChanChan
Photo of ShanePB


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass, reviewed from notes.

A: Evidence of bottle conditioning due to the massive foamy tan head rising from the gentlest of pours. Underneath is a dark brown/ruby colored body that is cloudy and opaque. Nice retention and lace are left behind, too.

S: Worn leather, smoke, ash and charred oak wood are discernible. Dark fruits enter the picture to tie in these smokey flavors with plum and fig. A caramelized sugary malt base is the centerfold of this quite aromatic profile, and does a good job of tying everything together.

T: Smokey ash and fresh split oak wood. More char comes through along with roasted cocoa beans. Mid-palate brings in some raisins and toasted almonds, finishing with more smoke that lasts well into the linger.

M: Medium-bodied with strong effervescence. A bit more dry than I would have liked in the finish, probably from the smokiness left on the palate.

I must admit, this was a quite different Old Ale for me. The drinkability of this beer weighed heavily on my scoring, as the flavor profile does leave a bit to be desired. While I appreciate the smokiness of the beer, it was rather confusing on what this beer wants to be. The base of an Old Ale is there but, in my honest opinion, the flavor needs to focus less on the smoke and more on blending it all together, as a whole.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 17:47:34 | More by ShanePB
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured very dark brown, although it seems quite black now that it's in the glass. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam with moderate retention.

Smell: rich malty aroma with components of roasted malt, rye bread and alcohol. There's also a muted fruitiness, probably due to the alcohol. A bit muddled, but nicely complex.

Taste: surprisingly muted and very smooth. Light fruitiness up front with a big malt undertone throughout. Slowly, a little bit of roasted character develops on the palate. Alcohol is strong but not off-putting. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: big body with a moderate level of carbonation. The body lends itself to the creaminess, though, which is nicely present.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying old ale. Breaking this beer down to its constituent parts doesn't do it justice, though, I think; as a whole, this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 16:02:16 | More by flagmantho
Photo of StaEva


4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all the wonderful Oregon breweries, Hair of the Dog is my absolute favorite.

This beer poured thick and deep amber/red/brown; birch beer colored. Tons of sediment, thin cap of cream/tan head. Serious lacing.

Aroma was actually the weakest part of the experience; not bad, just nothing truly wonderful: a bit of roast, some molasses and a tiny bit of boozy malt-caramel.

Taste is phenomenal; full body, molasses, a touch of heat from the alcohol going down, but the rich toffee and toasty malts really balance this out. This is everything that an Old Ale should be.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick, nice and smooth with minimal-light carbonation. It's a filling beer, but not as dense or stout-like.

I'd imagine the Cherry Adam from the Wood would vastly improve the slightly pedestrian aromatic aspect of this beer. But that's the only negative comment I can muster for this incredible brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 15:32:21 | More by StaEva
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 02:50:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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2.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review of any HotD beer and 100th unique brewer. 12 oz. (Batch 80) sent by cb462 as an extra. Thanks! Poured into a snifter.

Deep, dark mahogany with a good and creamy textured khaki-brown head. Medium head retention and ok lacing. Good for its kind. Aroma is sweet malts, hint of smoke, some dried fruit. Certainly leather. No booze. Very generic, however, especially because it's so mute.

Tastes disappointing :/ I had high hopes and I am feeling let down. I can see the potential but it seems too rough. Some sweetness with a biting earthy bitterness, roast, and over the top astringent character. Medium finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is above average with understated carbonation and a medium body. Overall though, it drinks more like a blend of a barleywine and Old Rasputin, than a barleywine on its own. I don't like it.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2.5/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 3/5

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 08:08:11 | More by tewaris
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.