1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
AdamAdam

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,130 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,130
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 572
Gots: 456 | FT: 34
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Adam Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,130 | Reviews: 976 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BARFLYB
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter late at night. Batch 74, or was it 75.

Adam has a dirty brown look in appearence, It reminded me of a liquid form of dark shoe polish. Some mahogony and the faintest bit of red when up to light. A nice deep beige head rose up about an inch looking great in it's own right and healthy. The lace tries to stick but doesent quite make it, a valient effort.

The smell is a malt lovers dream, it's the main ingredient,(C-pete rock) and gives off a whole lot of caramel sweetness and roastiness. There is some alcohol to the 10% but it is not major. Dark fruits come up as well as a handful of raisins, what's not to love. The smell is deep and complex, yet simple.

This really hit me. Not quite what I was expecting in a old ale but for the better. I've had alot in the style yet Adam seems to stand out on it's own. Big black malts giving off chocolate and roast. Dark fruits in a basket with plum and raisins becoming very large. A bit of cherries at times. A big bite of licorice and of course just a touch of alcohol, not to shabby. I do detect some smoke and some nuts. There really is alot going on here. A great one to let sit and see where it goes.

The feel while cold was real smooth it went down to easy, I had to let this sit, so tempting though. The fruit really was up there when cold. The alcohol showed itself more with warming leaving for a rougher feel down the line. All together above medium bodied with a low amount of carb, but carb non the less. Notes of sherry when up to room temp. Adam is creamy at some points, the feel is great, there I said it.

Glad I have a few more of these. While I would drink two in a night, I think some cellaring would do these puppies good, although great now. This one needs to be sipped and savored while relaxed, total bliss, this stuff kills. I have had two other HOTD brews(Fred,Ruth) and was underwhelmed. Adam is not the case. I would buy a case.

BARFLYB, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of cptierney
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my beautiful North Coast snifter.

Excellent head on the pour. A deep, deep brown verging on black liquid. Two fingers of solid foam that quickly recedes to some sustained lacing.

Lovely, sweet aroma. All sorts of leathery fruits come to the fore, particularly fig. Nice notes of caramel as well, I almost want to take a bite out of it.

The mouthfeel is really unique on this brew. It has both a light and heavy texture all at once that is hard to describe. Carbonation is consistent, however.

Flavor is really sweet. The fig and caramel are really present as well as a strong bitter that comes into play on the beers finish. You are aware of the alcohol, but not in a way that distracts from the brew's complexity.

Not too high of marks for drinkability, as everything about this beer cautions me from drinking another. A tasty example of the style, however. Maybe, I'm coming around to the strong ale and barleywine camp. I need more empirical evidence.

cptierney, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet dark fruits and a hint of alcohol

T - Follows the nose sweet dark fruits and a hint of alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - A good beer for the style I'm normally not a huge fan of the style but I like this one has a good taste that I enjoyed worth trying if you can get it

armock, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle from ezekiel81923 an extra from mjl21. Thanks guys

A: A very dark brown with a nice layer of creamy brown head on top. Lacing is very good.

S: Very smokey and figgy. An interesting combonation, but I dig it.

T: The smokiness comes through very nicely making this one taste a bit like good beef jerky. Some molasses and brown sugar notes as well. The sweet and smokey are very good.

M: Very rich full and creamy flavors without any harshness.

D: Devilishly easy to drink for such a high abv

mikey711, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 74, poured vigorously from a 12oz bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Liquid is a very dark, yet clear mixture of bistre and bole with auburn highlights. There is an extremely thin collar of bubbles and a small island tattooed in the center of the glass but no true head formation. No real lacing to speak of - though greasy legs adorn the rim with each sip.

Barrel aged aroma, with sherry, port, licorice, walnuts, and dank smoky malt. Brings to mind an underground river - cool granite within a humid cave (minus the guano).

Flavor profile is great. Carmelized molasses, black pepper, cast iron - "leather, smoke figs" as indicated on the bottle are apt descriptions as well. Alcohol is strong, without pushing the limits of palatability. Slight, fleeting bitterness brings to mind some stouts. Many samples of the style are equally complex and delicious, but can be somewhat cloying. Adam doesn't have this deficiency - the finish is on the dry side, with a bit of used/fired bourbon barrels.

Low carbonation, not quite medium-bodied, a little hot, somewhat tannic - well done.

A beer you'll enjoy taking your time over - perfect for a cold Winter evening (not that we get any of those in Los Angeles). Was kind of expecting to enjoy this more than Thomas Hardy's Ale - but still find that to be my favorite example of the style I've tried...

augustgarage, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Aenema
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 72
Appearance - Pours dark brown with reddish tinges and a tan head.
Smell - Rich, complex smells. Leather, smoke, chocolate and figs.
Taste - Lots of leather, smoke, some fig and a little chocolate.
Mouthfeel - Fine carbonation and moderate-full body.
Drinkability - Very rich and some alcohol burn.

Aenema, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown with a pretty big, almost fluffy, head that fizzes away into some lacings.

S: The smell is fantastic. Very complex, don't even know if I'm able to decipher everything going on here. Here's a lot of malts - caramel, dark bread, fudge and even some roasted notes. Vinous fruits (cherries, raisins, figs) and wood. Spices reminiscent of cola, molasses and smooth alcohol notes.

T: The taste is no letdown either, to say the least. A gentle roasted character sits well with caramel, fudge and prominent vinous fruity notes. The fruits are not as well defined as in the smell. Then comes rich and sophisticated flavors of wood, raisins, dusty cellar and spices. The taste is very sweet but the roasted aromas, wood and spices keep everything on track. The finish is amazing. Luscious warming and semi-sweet alcohol, well balanced bitterness, leafy hops, wood and lingering sweetness. Very powerful. If I had to say something negative about it, I think the alcohol is just slightly too prominent. But that's of minor importance.

M: Medium to full body and creamy texture. Very pleasant.

D: This is just a fantastic beer. Very complex and oh so balanced. Drinks like a fine wine.

ricke, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of deep tan head on an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Fruity with deep, dark malt. Figs, smoke and leather/ sandalwood with spicy hops hiding in the background. This could be a good aroma for aftershave or incense.

T - Thick, rich malt with oat and dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor. Spicy hops and big, fruity yeast. Notes of dates, cedar smoke, aromatic wood, allspice, and lots of leather. Chocolate and moderate malt bitterness in the finish with a lingering hoppy bite.

M - Very thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow. Drinkability isn't even a factor here, it is huge and complex; it's like asking if 40 year old port is sessionable. The complexity is immense and while I would guess that it would age well, this one was great already. This beer, more than any other I have ever had, reminds me of tobacco; not a cigar, but really good pipe tobacco. This is an excellent beer and it stands up with the likes of vintage J.W. Lees as one of the world's great sipping beers.

nickfl, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off - my apologies to Bamadog. I was hoping to split this with him but I couldn't resist giving this a try tonight.

A 12oz 2008 Adam bottle - batch 74.

A-Mostly black with a nice tan head that comes through. The head sticks around for a while. Wow.

S- Smells of plum, raisins, chocolate, faint smell of alcohol

T- Oh my lord this taste is amazing. The chocolate and raisins just come right in along with sweet plums and perhaps even figs? Wow. The alcohol presence is so well masked!

M- Great balanced mouthfeel.

D- The flavor and the balance of alcohol in this beer is remarkable. I paid $5.50 for this in a little shop in Pennsylvania and was taking the recommendation of the owner. He wasn't kidding that this beer is something special. If you can find it and like the Old Ale Style you need to give Adam a whirl.

beerman207, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. No fresh on date.

A: This beer pours a dark brown chocolate almost porterlike, huge three finger head billows up and is very slow to dissipate leaving excellent lacing as it falls. The head is extremely creamy and pillowy in appearance.

S: Sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate, figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, and a little tobacco as well. Pretty big aroma and very well rounded with sweetness and tartness.

T: Wow, huge flavor, dark chocolate, caramel malt, and dark fruits come through first. The alcohol really comes through in the mid palate with a sweet boozy warming and lingers for a long time. A smoky tobacco and bready chocolate flavor round out the finish.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. The booziness gives it a very warm mouthfeel as well.

D: This beer is as drinkable as one would expect it to be. It is a 10% Old Ale that is pretty complex and meant to be sipped so for that purpose this beer is pretty much perfect. I think after 6 months to a year the booziness might balance a little more and make this more complex and a little more drinkable, but overall this is a fantastic beer.

RedBrewer83, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #72

A: Pours a massive mocha-colored head (uh-oh.... hoping that this isn't infected). After about 5 minutes the head receded to resemble the shape of a baked pie crust. The beer itself is a dark mahogany brown at the center and burnt umber at the edges (pulling from the days of using prisma colors).

S: While waiting for the head to calm down and with the glass about 4' from me I can begin to smell the smoky sweet aroma. Ripe fruit with just a bit of funkiness in the nose.

T: Again very smoky taste followed by sweet malt and caramelized sugar. After a few sips getting more of a roasted malt taste with some chocolaty brownies and a slight hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Not sure if it is infected with the super-carbonation but if that's intended it is too much for the style of the beer. Medium to light mouthfeel overall.

O: A pretty good beer that impressively lived up to the description on the side of the bottle - although the price seems a bit steep. Could stand to decarbonate a bit and sit in dark room for a year or two.

JoeySchlitz, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My fourth beer from my mixed 6'er Abe's Cold Beer and most likely my fourth winner! This is my 2nd Hair of the Dog after Fred, which I loved, we'll see if this one lives up to that standard (if my beer hero Brentk56 is right, it does).

A: Deep, dark brown body with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Dark fruit, smokey tobacco, and a bit of dark chocolate.

T: A variety of tastes is easily distinguishable upon the first taste. Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and smokey tobacco sweetness up front with a nice hoppy undertone and a twinge of sour to compliment the flavor. Wonderful balance for such a complex, heavy brew.

M: Medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation and very smooth on the tongue.

D: Wow, HOTD is officially 2 for 2 and this one is going into my top 10 brews to date as well! What an amazingly complex brew, brave and bold yet extremely approachable at the same time, a tour de force. This clearly sets the bar for Olde Ales and also elevates itself in the elite league of Dark Ales with Stouts and RIS's. This is a gem, all beer fans should find it and enjoy it!

jdg204, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter; Batch #73

The body is a hazy, deep chestnut brown with a one finger tan cap. A light bit of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is of dark, dried fruits. Raisins, figs, and plums with an overall sweet and roasted aroma. A little bit of caramel and a touch of booze.

Sweet fruits, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, figs, raisins, prunes and some granny smith apples lends a mellow tartness. The finish is tart and boozey.

Rich and creamy, medium to full body. A good amount of heat and a nice bitter/boozey finish.

A sipper for sure, very complex flavors.

ColForbinBC, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

update, mid-may 2009.

ended up trying another bottle of this.

wanted to note that this time the aroma also gave english hop character, a metallic whiff, and even a slight reminiscence of cocoa.

taste has slightly less perception of booze and phenols too. faint hints of roast and a coffee note as well.

feel is much smoother too.

at least deserves a bump in the taste score. +half point

>>>>>>
12oz bottle. batch #73. tasted in late april 2009. poured into tulip.

dark brown, almost opaque. ruby red tints under the light. no sediment if decanted properly. enormous beige head, foamy and almost creamy, slowly recedes to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: malty caramel, figs and apple juice concentrate, with restrained american hopping (grapefruit, orange and pine notes). touch of rum and brandy, plus possible hint of wood aging.

taste: rum and brandy come out a bit more out front, with very slightly boozy character. dark caramel, dates, apple juice concentrate, with mildly citrusy and piney hop giving moderate to bold bitterness that really lingers and is very resinous. some phenols with the booze, but never too overbearing. coffee hint in the finish.

medium body, starts smooth, though booziness and hop resins give some astringency from the middle onwards. moderate carbonation is fluffy.

still pretty nice, but may benefit from age.

tai4ji2x, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 74

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A deep dark black topped with a half inch of creamy tannish head that goes away in a minute. Look is more like an Imperial stout.

Smell is deep. Ripened fig and dates. Smokey chocolate and tons of roasted malts.

This is an incredible brew. Tons of flavors hitting my pallet at once. Like i said in the aroma. Figs dates and dried fruit. Roasted malts out the wazoo! Sweet dark chocolate. Finishes smokey with tons of espresso coffee.

Decent mouthfeel, Lightly carbonated. Pretty rich and creamy. Not overly thick or heavy. Lots of alcohol warmth in the finish.

This is a really great beer. Lots of flavors going on but it remains well balanced. Everytime I have this beer I love it more and more. It's really world class and one of the best beers ever made!

BigMike, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of froghop
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 74.

pours a black with a ruby tint, thin khaki head, excellent lacing.

smell of dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, and alcohol is definitely present.

taste is strong, smooth, prunes and other dark fruits, touch of chocolate, a smokiness comes through, very warming on the way down, ends slightly bitter and dry.

froghop, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

mothman, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #73 - Purchased in April '09
12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium Chalice

A - Pours to reveal a deep, dark & opaque brown color with a massive cola-tan colored head that froths up to over 2 inches. Head doesn't relapse quickly as bubbles continue to rise up and contribute to its mass.

S - Scent is all dark, sweet malt with some slightly funky yeast notes in the background. Raisin, fig, plum, & molasses all come to mind. Rich & sweet.

T - Starts very sweet with tart, dark fruit flavor. Similar to the smell with plum, raisin, fig & molasses joining the fun. Somewhat sour & very malty. Finish expresses the significant hop content with good, balanced bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a very oily & slick mouthfeel. Somewhat bitter at the finish.

D - An intense, dark beer with plenty of character & alcohol. A real sipper.

gmcfarre, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been a BA for 2 1/2 years, and although I have tasted and have access to HOTD, I have never reviewed one of their beers. That will change very soon. On to the beer:

Poured into my Pilaarbijter glass, the beer looks like a stout. Black as black, impossible to penetrate through, with a small tint of tan to the head. Creamy lacing as it settles.The aroma is hop dominated...think clean citrus...barbecue aromas emerge as well. The nose isn't particularly intense.

What is this? There's a lot going on in the flavor, and it chagnes in three stanges. Stage 1 is the kiss of the hops. Stage 2 is the sweet flavor of baker's chocolate, dark fruits, and brownies. And Stage 3 is the smoked malt, reminding me of "bacon beer" and smoked pork chops. Big mouthfeel, expected for a beer this size, not too large, but goes down round.

Imperial Stout meets a rauchbier? I'll take it! A very unique offering overall.

DoubleJ, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of SirSketch
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black color with a creamy, thinly laced head. Aroma is just spectacular with this beer! Has an assortment of aromas ranging from raisins and juicy dates to wet grass and even burnt bread. Alcohol comes through in the smell and makes the beer a little spicy. The taste is more date, Fig Newton cookie, and bold coffee in the finish. Bitterness is more assertive than I would have imagined, but works well. A warming and delicious beer!

SirSketch, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Gilgemesh
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's a reason Adam is the first beer mentioned in the bible.

Appearance: A deep dark brown. I had to remember it is bottle conditioned as the head was almost perfect and frothy. Not what I'd expect from a bottle conditioned brew, but fantastic notheless.

Smell: Dried fruit, plums, perhaps apricots. Alcohol on there a bit, slight roasty smell.

Taste: The fruit really comes through in the flavor. Dried plums and an alcohol finish that should mellow with age.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium mouthfeel with almost perfect carbonation. really? This is bottle conditioned?

Drinkability: This is a spectacular old ale. It really takes the style to it's limits and pulls it off gracefully. I'm glad I have a lot of it.

Gilgemesh, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of joebrewer
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 72.

Color: Dark brown with a tan lasting head.

Very little aroma to start. Some alcohol and roast later.

Taste: reminds me of world wide stout. Sweet and roasty. Firm bitterness to balance out. Dark fruit flavors.

A little too hot to get a higher rating.

I'm surprised this is classified as an old ale. Two beers that I find similar are Stone RIS and World Wide Stout. I thought it was too dark and roasty to be an old ale. Also, a little too clean for an old ale.

joebrewer, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of ush81
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First beer review. Might as well start with my one of my favorites.

A 12oz 2008 Adam bottle aged for about six months poured into a large wine glass.

A-Mostly black, with a little reddish tinge. Really dark color. Head was beautiful off-white color. About half of initial pour was head.

S- Great, big smells of plum, lots of plum. Some fig and raisin as well. Lots of dark fruit that just smells fantastic. Some notes of wood and caramel.

T- Wow. Big, blood tastes of dark fruit, chocolate, and woodiness to it. There is some alcohol, which`prevents the flavor from becoming too sweet. So tasty.

M- The first pour had lots of foam, but after the first few sips, great mouthfeel. Heavy, without being overwhelming.

D- Well, it is 10%. You don't really notice the affects until 3/4th through. Wouldn't recommend more then two in a night. Still, very drinkable considering how much flavor and alcohol is in this beer.

What a beer. Hair of the Dog is one of my favorite brewers, and Adam is another reminder of how original and creative they are.

ush81, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a beige creamy head to go along with it. Great staying power on the foam top.

Aroma consists of some nice hoppiness, wood characteristics, nuts, tobacco, bitter chocolate and smoke.

Taste has a lot of smokiness to it. Reminds me of a smoked porter/old ale hybrid. A very nice blend of flavors makes the overall experience nice. Hoppy, spicy, smokey = perfect. I could definitely see this beer as a great companion to a cigar smoker as this would match perfectly. There is a lingering smokey/bitter aftertaste which lingers but it not overpowering.

Drinkability gets a little tough as this is definitely a sipper but very enjoyable.

Overall a great beer from the Hair of the Dog crew. I couldn't wait to cellar this longer than a few months as it was too tempting everytime I opened the man fridge, but I would recommend cellaring as long as you can to see subtle changes to the Adam experience.

kaseydad, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy, black-brown color that turns auburn when held to a bright light. I poured this bottle at 55 degrees and though it was no gusher, the head was really hard to control. Even with a careful pour, I ended up with 1/3 beer and 2/3 head in my glass. After waiting a long time for this to settle, I finished pouring and was just able to get the whole bottle+head into a 20oz glass! The head eventually settled to a skim and left thick, sticky lace behind.

S= The smell was pretty boozy, but also showed some nice roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, leather, and faint hop characteristics.

T= Very complex and deep brew here. I found a rich malty sweetness full of figs, treacle, and light caramel leading the way. That was soon replaced by a bit of roasted dark malt and some nice dark chocolate notes. Ripe fruits like black cherries and dates were also present. The hop presence came in halfway and showed just enough bitterness to counter all that lead-in sweetness. Finish was fairly sweet and full of warming alcohol.

MF= Full bodied for sure. Soft and slick on the tongue, with a very moderate carbonation level.

D= This is a big malty, hoppy, complex ale that took me a long time to figure out before I felt that I "got" it. Delicious! Though neither the alcohol nor the sweetness ever seemed cloying, I don't think I could or ever would drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. A great sipper or nightcap though!!!

spointon, Jul 06, 2009
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,130 ratings.