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

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2,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 565
Gots: 443 | FT: 32
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

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vkv822

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.
Batch number 73, (end of '08).

Pours an extremely dark, basically black color, with little carbonation but nice thick foamy tan head.
Has a complex and deep earthy fruit, fig and dark malt smell. With an incredibly complex flavor of sweet figs and currents, dark malts, hints of black licorice, a touch of spices, dark rum and a very nice, slightly boozy, warming finish and a medium-full body that coats the mouth.
It is a bit scary how drinkable this beer is considering the ABV, and surprising considering the amazingly complex and rich flavors. I will definitley be picking up much more of this for further aging and enjoying fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 04:08:49 | More by vkv822
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bamadog

Kentucky

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

An extra-special thanks go out to Beerman207 with this one - a guy who is very generous with his beer. See, here's a guy who once had a bottle of Adam and cracked it without his buddies present, and felt so bad about it, that on his next trip to Philly, he was sure to bring back another bottle and split it up to be sure that we could all bask in the glory of this fine offering from HOTD. The review is from notes taken on 1/25/10 and the pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark/burnt toffee color and starts with a 2 finger deep tan head that fades to a firm and full cap on the surface and eventually to nothing but a thin wisp swirling in the center of the glass; body is opaque with the exception of some lighter brown/coffee-like highlights on the edges; body leaves minimal lacing that is spotty and streaky; a little bit of sediment is left in the bottom of my glass.

Smell: OMG. Smell is amazing... Like a Heath bar soaked in chocolate and alcohol. Tons of rich caramel/butterscotch/toffee and chocolate malts and a slightly candied sugar aspect as well; quite a bit of boozy alcohol is in there too and it makes me hungry and thirsty all at the same time. The smell is super potent and just pours out of the glass and up the nostrils and just fills the senses for what's coming.

Taste: OMG... again... A tear has just come to my eye... Just like the smell, tons of toffee and caramel/butterscotch-like malts with some slight hints of chocolate in there; there's a slight cola-like flavor and sweetness as well; definitely boozy, and it's bourbonesque and woody/smokey in its characteristics as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin, but it's slippery and slick as I would expect as it slides around the mouth and down the throat; there is a firm and dry coating left throughout the mouth; mouth, throat and belly are all left especially warm form the booziness of the drink.

Drinkability: The ABV is high and the flavors are boozy as hell, but I don't care is as it tastes sooo damn good to not drink as much as possible when this precious liquid is in your possession... I could smell this beer all day, and drinking it HAS to be an option; the tastes are wonderful... Granted, this is a beer that you should take your time with and enjoy every sip and avoid extreme intoxication. I would love to get a hold of a few bottles to wax and age for several years to see if the boozy quality smooths out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 03:57:46 | More by bamadog
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dardan

California

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

Dark, rummy, malty goodness.
A: Relatively cleaning pour, dark, opaque,
S: Carmelized dark fruit and rum,
T: Smooth, rich, caramel malt, appropriate hop balance,
M: Full, smooth, good level of carbonation,
D: Easy drinking for 10%ABV as long as you enjoy strong dark ales.
Good stuff - well worth a purchase, and the cherry version presents a whole 'nother gamut of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 05:24:52 | More by dardan
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kzoobrew

Michigan

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

Batch 73

Strong pour into snifter leaves a very sizable light brown sugar colored head. Fluffy and soft, stands about three fingers high leaving thick sheet of sticky lacing. Body is deep brown with slight reddish hues barely gleaming through. Body is opaque, even when held to direct light.

Aroma is deep and rich, loaded with sweet malt. Rum soaked dark fruit sweetness stands out but refrains from overwhelming. Anise and a more subtle chocolate and faint smokiness.

Flavor is surprising, I am not sure I have tasted anything like Adam before. Dark chocolate flavored malt and slight smokiness meld with raisin/fig sweetness. Sticky molasses flavor coats the tongue, slight licorice flavor is picked up. Hops struggle for attention but do provide a rather grassy earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible. Indescribably creamy and smooth. Full bodies with low but appropriate carbonation. Flavor sticks to the palate leaving the finish long.

My first experience with HOTD leaves me walking away impressed, great beer. While the ABV is a bit hefty, this is one I would not mind a couple. Alcohol remains well cloaked, there is nothing offensive about this beer.

Big thanks to CaveDave for this brew, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 18:39:10 | More by kzoobrew
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head. Smells of brown sugar, molasses and a bit of coffee. Tastes similar with a roasted coffee flavor up front, but as it warms it gets more of a sugary, sweet flavor. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 00:35:15 | More by DrDogbeer
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 75
Poured into a brandy snifter with an enormous tan head - a dark dark brown in color

Pushing a strong molasses aroma , leather, smoke tobacco and other things you would not ordinarily want to smell in a liquid that you would be drinking.

Tasted very close to aroma - A strong molasses taste up front, directly followed by tobacco flavor, strongly smoked malts, wood, dark fruit as it warms in your mouth, chocolate. This beer is a cornucopia of flavors mixed together of which you can distinctly taste each one if you focus for a second.

Strong carbonation, thick mouthfeel - drinkability is lowered by the high abv, if I were to do one thing to this beer it would be to reduce the molasses a notch - the other flavors not normally tasted in old ales are a welcome surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:46:29 | More by alpinebryant
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a tan head. Nose is oh so good. Lots of chocolate, leatheer fruits and a whiff of smoke. Man. This beer smelled good. Taste, whoa! Awesome. Loved it from the get go. Lots of roasted malt, smokiness, chcolate, booze, tobacco, leather. Lots of things going on here but all very detecable and not muddied togethe. Mouthfeel was nice, boozy, hearty, roasty, leather, wood, cocoa and more. Damn good and very drinkable for the style!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 00:58:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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rustrose

North Carolina

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

Hair of the Dog Adam Batch 65 from 2006 Tasted 1/10/10

Aged three years :) A bit different from the fresh experience.

Served into snifter at about 53 degrees.

Pours a beautiful black with a tan fizzy head of a finger and a half. Lovely grape juice purple highlights held to the light--good clarity for a beer this dark. Foam dwindles to a misty sheet.

Very nice bouquet bursts forth. Malty and imperial stout-like, but not nearly as dark, with a lot of milk chocolate, fresh coffee, and roasted nut (hazelnut). I think there's some toffee beneath that. Faint hints of smokiness, but I might not have guessed it had I not seen that this was made with smoked malt. Smells rich and dessert like, something dark and European and sophisticated. Just a little black currant fruitiness--which I think is this beer's expression of the vinous tang of a beer aged 3 years. Perhaps some fig in there also.

Oh wow, very complex, rich, delcious palate unlike much anything I've had before. Flashes of berries, lots of milk chocolate, warm bursts of rich sweet caramel and buttery toffee. Some roasted pecan flavors in the finish, or perhaps hazelnut. Yes, definitely some Nutella in this beer. Really wonderful for the nuttiness meeting the chocolate. A subtle balancing bitterness adds just the right nudge to keep things level. There's some peppery alcohol here too, which is a bit hot and not completely hiding, but not distracting either. Not quite as forceful in roastiness as an imperial stout, but luscious with lighter chocolatey flavors and roasted nut complexity. Cleans up nicely with the gentle bitterness for an overall bittersweet effect. The faintest hint of smoke in the finish as this warms a bit and I pay especial attention.

Smooth and velvety mouthfeel, creamy, thick, rich, and chewy, but not cloying.

Super easy drinking. This is fantastic. A real poster-child for aging a beer (with the exception that it loses whatever smokiness people report in the young beer). Balance is perfect, flavors are complex, and it's just going down in a flash. Only defect is the booziness that grows as it warms. This is probably best between 50 and 55, and is suffering a bit as it warms into the 60s.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 04:08:13 | More by rustrose
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 8, 2008

12oz. bottle, batch 69. BIG thanks to my sister in Seattle for sending this my way in the deep South. Pours a very dark brown with a HUGE frothy tan head. Took forever to pour this beer as the head took its sweet time to dissipate. Eventually dwindles down to a nice 1/8" covering that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar and more.

Flavor is sweet brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke & tobacco.

VERY rich and full mouthfeel with lively carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol bite is present and welcomed. Warming effect is present and welcomed as well.

Just a flat-out amazing, unique brew. Wish I could drink it every day.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 03:20:43 | More by elgiacomo
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YOOJ

Louisiana

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

Adam pours reddish but nearly black, huge head

Smell is smokey sweet but primarily vegetable-y fruit (the label mentions 'fig' ).

Taste is dominantly smoke, with subtle fruit. However, the first thing that came to mind was eel. While sweet up front, Adam finishes with a nice bitterness, but no noticeable hop flavor.

Was not expecting the nice bitterness. All around very interesting and complex beer. The strong fruity notes are not my style, but it was an intriguing beer all around.

Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 05:13:43 | More by YOOJ
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photomike

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72

Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head that retains nicely throughout the glass and leaves nice sheets of sticky lacing. Beautiful.

Smell is my least favorite aspect of this beer. Slightly smoky and metallic with an earthy oakiness present. Certainly not bad, but it doesn't "pop."

Taste is delicious and complex. Smoky and earthy with pronounced wood and leaf flavors. Leathery and slightly meaty with some nice dark fruits and a sharp hoppy finish. Alcoholic burn spikes the finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Really rich and creamy with a full body. Oily and sticky, the flavor sticks around well after the swallow.

One of my favorite readily-available beers, this is the one that opened the door to smoked and smoky beers for me. Delicious, complex and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 05:14:12 | More by photomike
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jujubeast6000

Texas

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

Reviewed 11/15/2009 (bottle Batch Number 74):

Bubbles falling down. Pours a huge creamy tan-brownish color head, extremely lasting. Thick and foamy. Muted aroma, some rosted notes, some light mustiness, earthiness. Inhaling deeply, some dark fruit and coffee. Some alcohol too, but overall very muted. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, strong taste. Roasted coffee, some toffee, alchol. Some bitterness from the chocloate and roast. Some smoke and dark fruit. Imperial stoutish as it warms up more, chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Strong, a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:35:16 | More by jujubeast6000
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jdense

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed bottle opened New Year's Eve, Batch 75. Huge Duvel-like rocky tan head (no complaints about carbonation here), ultra-slow dissipation, exquisite lacing. A truly beautiful beer (bump up from 4.5). The nose is tres complex, big smokiness like a fine cigar, floral hops, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and leather, kept beckoning me back to take another whiff. The taste mirrors the nose, this is one smoky beer, while I haven't had any real Rauchbiers this is by far the smokiest beer I've enjoyed. A bit sweet, candi sugar, leather and figs towards the back end. The hops are noticeable in the finish, but not overpowering. The complexity grows as the brew warms. Alcohol is a bit noticeable on the back end, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and certainly smoky dry. Good drinkability for this ABV, certainly a late night sipper. A nice nightcap beer, perfect in a snifter besides the fireplace. Another world-class beer from one of America's best and most innovative brewers. Cheers, Alan!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 16:43:27 | More by jdense
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 72

Pours a very dark brown with red at the edges. The head is a large, fluffy, tan color with decent retention. Some lacing but not very much.
The smell is an interesting combination of many things such as smoke, roasted malt and dark, dried fruits like figs and cherries. A lot going on here.
The taste is also complex with a nice smoke character that teases the tongue, lots of dark fruits like figs, cherries, raisins and the sweet roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is great; it's smooth, lightly carbonated and medium to thick.
Yep, very drinkable even at 10%. I could enjoy two but would prefer to have the 2nd on another cold night. There are only hints of alcohol in the aroma and taste. I like the style and this is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:05:27 | More by meatyard
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap, this one came out of nowhere for me. I mean, I knew it was good, but didn't quite grasp what planet this beer lived on. And the planet is good, believe me.

Pour is deep brown, near black color. Floating sinking yeast. Huge white head that leaves nice lacing. Near perfect to look at.

Aroma is big! Chocolate, roasted malt, light cookies, dried fruit, light smoke. Some spiciness. Complex and beautiful.

Flavor is huge chocolate, roasted malt. Smoke in there, along with a hint of bacon. Just a hint of booze, which is remarkable given the ABV. Delicious flavor. Oak, vanilla and molasses. Rich as hell.

Body is full as hell, creamy and delicious.

This one seriously knocked me on my ass, both from the incredible flavor and the booziness that stuck with me. Definitely a sipper, but one that'll keep you happy for a long while. Wish I could find this in DC.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:36:05 | More by soupyman10
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projectflam86

Ohio

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

Had this brew on my 'wants' for quite a while. JoeyBeerBelly ended up sending me a bottle as an extra. Thanks Joe!

Batch 73

A- Pours deep murky brown color with a thick tan colored head that isn't going anywhere soon.

S- Smoke, dark fruit, leather and roasted aromas all make up the nose.

T- A huge rush of burnt roasted malt flavor initially that gives way to black licorice, anise, and a big alcohol sting in the finish. Brandied dark cherries, plums, earthy hops, smoke, and bittersweet chocolate flavors start to emerge as I work down the glass. This is a tough brew to figure out. One minute it tastes like an Imperial Stout, then another sip and it morphs into an American Barleywine. Crazy and complex, but either way, I'm really enjoying it.

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation. Chewy and smooth with a very present but not bothersome level of alcohol.

D- I know that there was way more to this brew than I could pinpoint but I do know that I liked it quite a bit! Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 06:39:42 | More by projectflam86
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punkrkr27

Michigan

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

Iced tea colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Ripe dark fruit aroma balanced with citrus, caramel, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is a big tasty bomb of dark fruit and clover honey. There's some notes of pine, grapefruit, rye, and pepper that add some nice layers of complexity. Sticky medium body with soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 21:56:47 | More by punkrkr27
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hrockefeller

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle (batch # 75)purchased at Parti-Pak. I've heard so much about Hair of the Dog, and now that they're available in Indiana, I had to see what all the hype is about.

A: Pours a dark brown with notes of ruby at the edges of the tulip glass. A medium soft pour yields a mountainous light brown head that lingers for quite a while and clings to the glass.

S: Very sweet smelling with hardly a hint of hops. Seems to have the roasty elements of an RIS with additional yeast aroma.

T: Like chewing chocolate covered espresso beans. Letting the beer warm up some reveals hints of other flavors that are difficult to put a finger on. Medium alcohol notes throughout. I've had other beers that hid 10% alcohol better than this.

M: Creamy head is a definite plus, but the liquid seems a little thin compared to others of the style.

D: So far this seems to be a sipper, one that keeps me interested, although perhaps not begging for more.

Overall, I can see some of the draw to this beer, but I have to say that either my expectations were too high or it's just not hitting all the right notes with me. Perhaps I need to purchase another and cellar it.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 05:24:03 | More by hrockefeller
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bort11

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this sitting in the back for a while now. It came in with a BIF, but I can't remember which one.

12 oz bottle, Batch #68. There was some muddy goop around the crown and the inside of the bottle neck. I've never seen that before, especially since it's been stored upright. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Dark tan head drops down and leaves a filmy cap on the surface. Color is a dark dense brown with ruddy brown leather highlights.

Smell is dark pitted fruits, dark cherries and figs. A little Caramel sweetness. Taste starts off with bold toffee and caramel with hints of chocolate. Tart dried fruits come in towards the middle. Finishes with a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. This was an excellent sipper!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:15:12 | More by bort11
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kunstdrache

Texas

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

This review is for batch 72

Poured into my delirum tremens goblet.

Apperance is a slightly opaque black color with a small old-worldish brown head. Smell is pleasantly delicious with some hints of something sweet, maybe a mix of molasses and toffee? Taste is just a slap in my face, this beer is just so well balanced- molasses, bitter chocolate, malts, hits of fruit (cherry?) and topped off with a sweet flavor which I cannot place.
Mouth feel is just great, it looks and tastes thick and the remaining liquid leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is almost barely noticeable!

I could drink a six pack of this, but...HOTD beers are just exceptional beers that deserves to be treated with respect...I can probably only drink one or two bottles before maxing out my taste buds. Props to Alan for creating a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:19:11 | More by kunstdrache
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 73 12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark deep mahogany with a small off white crown that shows little retention and some lace.

Smell: Loads of malt, butter, toffee, dark fruit, a hint of anise mabye.

Taste: Wow this one needs a little cellar time to allow the alcohol presence to calm down. Lots of molasses, dark chocolate, roast malt, and booze. The dark fruit might be plum, fig or black currant. I think its fig.

Mouthfeel: A touch undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Total Sipper and not easy for me to get through a bottle.

I'm interested in seeing how these age.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 22:51:58 | More by koopa
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cavedave

New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73

Pours a thick, languid, darkest brown, topped by a persistent cap of brownish beige. Held near to the light, nary a photon passes through it. Nice look to this baby.

A rich aroma performs foreplay on my nose. It is a full bodied perfume of dark toffee, yeast, toasty notes, a light sort of bitter chocolate in there, sort of a dank cherry, wrapped in a sweet alcohol vapor that has a hint of bitter to it. Luscious and complex, I can't wait for a sip.

Wooaaah, what a flavor! Big amount of flavor, immediate assault of malty notes in their glory, bread, toffee, caramel, some alcohol, though less than the nose predicted. From there the sip just takes off and into a juicy blend of dark cherry, earth, bitter, that rides the maltcoaster into a finish that is stupendously long, deliciously clinging. There is scant fault to find in a complex brew that tastes this good, but a drop less sweetness would make this a top 20 beer.

Low carb, high viscosity, clean flavor promote a wonderful finish. It is very full bodied, and full of resins, and it stays in the mouth with the best of them, but the finish is marvelous, I can't wait for the next sip to reinforce the "skin" of beer lining my mouth.

This is a real sipper, a beer to take some time enjoying. How do you rate drinkability for an old ale? Guess it's good rated to style, but I would have trouble drinking more than two of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 22:51:07 | More by cavedave
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HalfFull

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 74. A somewhat fresh bottle poured into a wine glass. Adam glugs into the glass as a clear deep mahogany liquid, somewhat blackish sans the light. A thin tan head doesn't linger for long yet keeps a surface ring and offers decent lacing, yet comes up a bit short for a bottle conditioned brew.

Sweet cherry liqueur initiates the nose, with some chocolate and cherry/fig to follow. Quite vinous in nature with some chocolate malts and a bit of light alcohol. Very clean on the nose and without a robust hop character. Piney hops initiate but dissipate, along with some notes of smoke and leather, rather quickly.

More fruit on the tongue, cherry and raspberry, along with diffused chocolate and with a great depth of character. A light carbonation lingers for a long finish. The notable smoke and leather presence was evident initially, but dispersed after some exposure.

Offers a smooth feel with a light carbonation befitting the beer quite well. Quite drinkable and quite an illusion at the same time given the strength of this brew.

Value: C

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 05:41:21 | More by HalfFull
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Batch 75, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a big 3-finger off-white head that lingered. Head is thick and frothy with a layer of big bubbles sitting on top (almost like 2 different heads, very interesting.) Not much lacing.

S- Caramelized sugar, leather, tobacco, slightly musty, figs/raisins or some other dried fruit of the like. Sweet, almost brandy-like heat coming through.

T- Solid amount of heat, but in a great way. Tastes more like a very mild. Dried figs and old, oiled saddle leather...I don't actually ride horses, but this is what I'd imagine that to smell like. The flavors are much smoother and mesh together better than the other old ales I have had (granted that number is small, but also includes some of the better rated old ales.) I also get some sweet chocolate flavors.

M- Not great, this was probably the most disappointing part of this beer (but by no means "disappointing" in an independent sense...it's all relative.) I know that under-carbonation is desired in the style to a certain extent, but I would prefer a few more bubbles.

D- Great beer. One of the most drinkable old ales I have had. Obviously, it is a sipper, but not a struggle to get through at all. Lots of really complex and great flavors that work so well together. It's only a couple of months old, but drinks like a beer that has been aging in my cellar for years.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:49:25 | More by mbudner
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yuriruley

Oregon

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

12 oz bottle.

Appearance - Reddish brown head fizzled down fast but has stayed throughout the drink.

Smell - Smells like dried figs.

Taste - Tastes similar to me. Like fig newtons. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - Kind of fizzy, but pretty good.

Drinkability -More of a sipper for me, has big flavor. Wouldn't want to drink it too fast or have too many.

Notes: Over all I enjoyed it. I didn't really know what it was when I grabbed it. Just saw hair of the dog and knew I should try it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:27:59 | More by yuriruley
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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