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

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2,033 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,033
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 558
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color. When held up to the light, it appers a dark mohogany color. It boasts a huge light brown head. I hope this beer isnt bad, with a massive head like this from such a gentle pour. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a nice mild caramel malrt aroma. It has some dark currant aroma as well. The alcohol is present in the aroma.

This beer has a very aggressive sweet caramel malt flavor. Wow, I was expecting an Old Ale, and I get a strong Barley Wine. Alcohol is present in the flavor. Black currant and figs. Some tobacco as well. It has a slight earthy flavor. Aslo, a very subtle smokey flavor. Very complex.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a sweet caramel aftertaste. The alcohol warms as it goes down. Carbonation is low.

This beer would probably not be a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it is very aggressive. It is not one to drink all night long.

Overall: This beer is good. It is definately not a bad bottle, like the head led me to believe. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:35:07 | More by OStrungT
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 71. Pours a deep brown with an incredibly explosive head. I ended up with a mouthfull of foam during the pour and it was still overflowing, had to hold the thing over the sink as it continued to spew, then somehow the foam in my mouth started to expand as well, so there I was, standing over the sink with foam pouring out my mouth and glass. Classic.

Dark rich fruit aroma. Figs, dates, overripe pear, etc.
Sweet chewy caramel and roasty. Has some scottish ale elements, a smokey/peat flavor and a complex malt bill. Alcohol is strong but smooth, very nice! Certainly one of these will do it for anyone...its just a great big beer with classic old ale flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 02:36:38 | More by SurlyDuff
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New Hampshire

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

wow, 333 reviews as of this writing. batch 71, thanks to DIM for the chance to try this beer.

A - mahogany / black color with a whisp of a kahki head that slowly develops and stays as a ring around the edge of the glass.
S - nice rich dark malts, dark ripe fruits, alcohol and a hop note
T - taste follows the aroma but with a stronger background hop bite. Not overpowering, rather as if the beer was a bit green.
M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooht, with a lingering warming effect.
D - nice sipper that strays into the barleywine arena.

not quite an old ale, not quite a barleywine. tasty but most likely better aged to let that hop note fade out. glad to have tried this though.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 17:06:14 | More by barleywinebrewer
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Adam, hey that's me!! This beer better not suck ;)

Got this one from kplynch, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 70.

Pours a dark murky brown with a half finger khaki colored head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Some spotty lacing left behind on the sides of the glass, you can tell this is a thick ass beer. Smell is extremely rich with sharp alcohol, molasses, and raisins. Some leather and tobacco with a touch of oak and dates as well. Very powerful aroma, one that sticks in the nostrils a good while. Taste begins with big smokey malts and wet leather. Midway the dry figs and gritty dirt hop flavors emerge on the tongue. The booze and bitterness lingers in the sweet malty aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Smooth, rich, hearty mouthfeel with a full body and a light prickly carbonation sting. Yeah this is a beast of a beer, but with the name what would you expect! Sip and enjoy all the complexities this beer has to offer. I'm not much of a cigar guy, but I would imagine this beer would pair perfect with one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:58:48 | More by BeerTruth
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle of batch 71 into a snifter.

a. poured a beautiful rich deep brown with some garnet and ruby highlights at the edge. A billowy head of incredibly fine bubbles threatened to spill over the edge, but slowly dissipated over time... although there was still a layer of thin head all the way to the bottom. Decent foam lacing stuck around here and there.

s. deep sweet malt, sugar, maple syrup, cocoa, rye bread. As it warms, more of the raisins, rawhide, bittersweet chocolate, and leather. Beautiful, but it was a bit lighter and less powerful than I'd hoped.

t. Beautifully complex malts, cocoa, vanilla, and figs at the front. Black currant and raisin sweeten more in the middle. The finish is smoky, oaky, woody, earthy, and leather. There is minimal sourness at the finish, replaced instead by the earthy and nutty bitterness. There's a warming alcohol taste akin to brandy soaked cherries, cognac, and maraschino liquor that blends beautifully in at the end. There are so many other flavors in there that i can't quite pull out. Definitely one of the most complex beers in terms of flavor profile.

m. Full and creamy. The ultra-fine bubbles in the head were present in the mouthfeel, keeping the sweet viscosity from overwhelming with some lightness and creaminess. Subtle oak bitterness finishes nicely on the tongue.

d. Wow. Amazingly complex, almost overwhelmingly so. Definitely a slow sipper, but a beautiful one at that. Definitely worth experiencing. The alcohol is borderline-harsh at the moment... I'd imagine that this one would age beautifully... if I can ever purchase one and not be compelled to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 18:37:49 | More by djeucalyptus
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 70. My namesake brew. Well, not really, but I AM Adam.

A - Into da snifta. Quite dark brown with a light tan head that doesn't dissapate very quickly at all. Ruby highlights, heavy lace.

S - Heavenly. It's making my mouth water. Dark malt madness, bourbon characteristics, dark fruits, fig newton, caramel, alcohol.

T - It's taken me over half the bottle to start typing here. There is a massive amount of smokey, roasted malt. Chocolate qualities. A balancing, dry, hop finish. Between those, I get alcohol, raisin/figs, and a yeast profile quite unlike anything I can put my finger on. Truly complex, and truly wonderful.

M - While it could manage to be a little thicker bodied, it's well-carbonated, and works.

D - This is a great beer. The drinkability is remarkable despite the abv, and it's... just a joy to consume. Don't overlook this.

Notes: This is the first beer to challenge my tastebuds in a long time. I've had this bottle quite a few months, and to imagine it aged for a few years is something I can dream of. I WILL go out of my way to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 18:32:56 | More by SaucyA
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark, mysterious brown. With a huge whispy head that lasted for almost 5 minutes. There is a gorgeous rich red hue when looked up to the light.

S: Deep and sweet. Lots of hops and lots of malts. Alcohol. Cherries and raisins. Also a hint of vanilla - bourbon like vanilla.

T: Wow, this is powerful. Raisins, and the cherries. Very sweet, and also kinda tangy. The alcohol is also prevalent as well - bourbony. Malts, vanilla.

M: Kinda thin, and holy hot. The alcohol is all over this. Warming my body as I type.

D: I love it, but one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 00:43:44 | More by gkatsoris
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2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought somewhere in Oregon for me. Batch 71.

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Beautiful mocha or capuccino color head. Head has lots of protein chunks, dissipates very slow, and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Malts, ginger, spice, flowers, bittersweet chocolate, a leathery pungency, and light alcohol.

T - Chocolate, lots of licorice, almost leathery. Moderate alcohol.

M - Very intense and sharp tasting. When I drink a home brew like this, I know it needs to age longer.

D - The flavors need to settle. Slightly acute in taste, the alcohol has almost a dominating flavor. The bottles really need to age at least a year or more before it becomes a good beer.

I will probably re-review this in a year or so. BATCH 71 NEEDS TO AGE ANOTHER YEAR!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 15:58:51 | More by MisterClean
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New York

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

MY first brew from Hair of the Dog and I've been looking forward to it.

This Old Ale pours an opaque dark brown that attempts to approach black. No real head to speak of only a thin light tan shaded collar.

Smells is deep in malt and sweets. Mild chocolate aroma. Sugar laden raisins and lightly boozy. Some enjoyable spicy hints that really round things out well to provide balance.

Similar taste as smell with the addition of currants and figs. Fairly sweet and far less acidic than I've found in others of its style. Vinous and finishes with a warming alcohol effect. Very sweet and full of raisins, but refrains from becoming cloying.

Carbonation is light and the feel is smooth. Medium bodied. A fine sipper and nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 01:44:55 | More by Jmamay22
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this and the Fred at Belmont Station in Portland, Or. Manily drank it staright from the bottle, but did pour a little out into a pint glass to see the color. Was darken then I expected more of a dark amber almost violet. The taste is very complex and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:06:02 | More by beerad666
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a chocolate color with a nice big, tan head. the nose is dark molasses, caramel, subtle cherries, roasted malts. Wow! the taste! subtle cherries, great multiple hops, leather, dark chocolate, coffee. full bodied! intense! very smoothe! Deelish!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 18:48:07 | More by stumac
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Batch 69

Appearance- Poured the first half into my New Belgium goblet resulting in a 2 finger, khaki head that is as dense as it gets. The beer itself is black with hints of caramel on the bottom and edges when held to light. The star of the show is the head, though. You could pour this beer, take a nice little nap, wake up, and it'll still be hanging around. It turns into creamy chunks as it slowly recedes leaving behind a blanket of lacing to start, but stops about half way down. If that awesome lacing lasted the whole time, the appearance would be perfect.

Smell- I took a whiff while I was pouring it, and it smelled like a sweet wine. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case after the pour. It smells mostly of potent alcohol, a light amount of roasted malt, and a tiny, tiny bit of dark fruit undertones. It hinted at some of the goodness that was to come, but those goodies were masked by booze.

Taste- Every single sip is different, and this beer is very complex. So, please bare with me. It starts sweet and slightly sour, smoothly transitioning into roasted malt and lingering semi-sweet chocolate. As I drank, the beer kept adding new flavors to the mix to keep me thinking. The alcohol starts to peak its head, and rides underneath almost the entire time, never overpowering the plethora of other flavors. It begins starting sour along with the sweet, and finishing smoky more than chocolaty. It almost reminds me of a sour stout, like Rabid-Duck, but more complex. The hops are in there, but I'm too busy trying to figure out these crazy malts. Dark fruits and caramel are there, but what else am I tasting? I wrote this in my notes at one point, "Smoked caramel liqueur infused with dark fruits and some hops." This beer makes me feel dumb. The flavor teeters on being obnoxious and terrible, but instead lands on the delicious, complex side.

Mouthfeel- Low/Medium carbonation with a silky, creamy fullness. Unfortunately, the sourness and bitterness can get to be a bit much on the tongue.

Drinkability- This beer comes in 12 ounce bottles for a reason. A bomber would be too much for me. It's got a lot of different stuff going on, and you'll need plenty of time to get through the 12 ounces and try and get a good grip on all the tastiness. Not much need for more than one, MAYBE two.

Note: This beer is something from a post-apocalyptic movie where most of the world was wiped out, but one crazy brewer survived and somehow managed to make some intense, fantastic beer out of anything he could find. I'd say, if you can get it, start collecting vintages because every bottle is different.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 04:41:31 | More by Reino
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz for lunch.

Pours dark. May not be black but the darkest brown known to beer. Could not get a head at all. Aggressive pour even. Seriously, no head. Is this carbonated?

Sucker almost smells like a stout. Some black licorice maybe.

Has a taste like concentrated Coca Cola syrup. If it was soda, I'd say hey, this is flat. And I'm not even bitching. Very unique stuff.

The 10% is well hidden in the mouth but not so much in the throat. The thickness to smoothness ratio is extreme and awesome. Meaning this stuff is very thick and very smooth.

Overall: worth a try

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 18:50:18 | More by PatronWizard
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown with slight highlights when held to direct light. amazing tan head that was intimidating. the head retained better than any other beer ive had. the lacing is thick and clings like its on a mission.

good smell, i get heavy roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit.

taste is great. i get a touch of bitter up front that dances with the sweetness of the malts. it leaves my mouth watering and begging for more. the figs come through a good amount on the back end. for a beer that has 10 percent abv you cant tell. at all. and it has a great burp flavor to boot.

mouth feel is near perfect. on the thicker side of beers. lots of carbonation. but thats to be expected with a bottle conditioned beer.

i would drink this beer 8 days a week. i cant wait to try some more from hair of the dog.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 05:01:44 | More by Mauerhan
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dansting. 12oz. bottle, Batch 71. Bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber/brown with little carbonation. Huge malty aroma. Lots of molasses, raisiny fruit, and some hops, along with a little alcohol. Full bodied with a fantastic malt complexity. More molasses. Rich mouthfeel. Long dry finish with some hop bitterness. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:01:20 | More by homebrewhawk
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Served in a doppelbock glass.

Appearance: A deep brown body with ruby highlights, minimal head and lacing - almost none, in fact. Pours out very thick and syrupy.

Aroma: Leafy and spicy in places, with lots of malt notes - coffee, chocolate, toffee, stone fruits (particularly prune juice), and a few stray milky notes. Interesting.

Taste: Intensely malty and sweet - milky chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits (tons of raisins, plums, cherries), lighter fruit notes (apple skin esters, citrus), other smoky, toasty malty notes, a light amount of hop bitterness, and almost no alcohol to be found. Complex, intense, strong, and well-made.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with almost no carbonation whatsoever. Pour may have been bad, but this is one sticky, sludgy beer.

Drinkability: A malt bomb, and not a bad one at that. Gotta be in the time and place for it (the abv% is dangerously high, and it is crazy sweet), but overall it's very nicely made. Recommended, but in moderation!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 15:15:16 | More by CrellMoset
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich amber with tinges of blood-colored sunset around the edges when held up to the light. Big brown head that leaves a lot of lace as it fades.

The aroma has a very tannic quality. It smells like dark fruit and smoked meat. The taste almost needs to be experienced to get the complexity. It's a little hard to describe. Some chocolate malt up front. There is also some dark candied fruit and a deep smokiness that really come through for me. There is a flavor that I couldn't place at first, but after reading the description on the label, it's leather! There is actually the taste of what leather smells like (if that makes sense). As for the high ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden. It's just barely noticeable as a warming presence on the finish.

Mouthfeel is sticky, kind of thick and syrupy. Overall, it's one of the most interesting and complex beers I've had. It's like a chocolatey, smoky barleywine. I'm only giving drinkability a 3.0 due to the high alcohol content and the strong, intense flavors and smokiness. Definitely couldn't have more than one bottle, but I'm very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 23:39:11 | More by daythree16
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared with wagenvolks, my share poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Pours a nice dark brown with a massive head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and chocolate malts and a hint of smoke. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of an easy drinking Barley Wine with a bit of chocolate added, some dried fruit presence as well. This is certainly one that only gets better as it warms. The beer is slightly on the heavy side, but the alcohol is somewhat hidden. This is certainly a wonderful beer that I would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 17:57:45 | More by atsprings
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 70 - 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adam's glass. Thanks to, quite appropriately, my friend Adam (BA atsprings) for the share.

Pours thick and dark, like chocolate syrup mixed with fresh motor oil. A billowing, dusty-brown head builds to two-finger's width before slowly receding to a thin cap of foam. No lacing initially, but halfway through the glass some sticky webbing shows. Nose is chocolate, smoke, more chocolate, booze, rum cake, and some raisin. Very complex and enticing, as are most of HOTD's brews.

The flavor brings notes of choclate syrup as well, moreso than the other offerings I've tried from Hair of the Dog (i.e. Fred, Doggie Claws), which seem to be heavy on the caramel notes. Musky, resinous hops and chewy, dank raisins balance the choco-malt presence well, while a heated, boozy finish warms the back of the throat. Although the alcohol is masked quite well, the heat is certainly noticable. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a spot-on carbonation level and a nice finish that leaves me wanting more. All in all, Adam is another exceptional brew that continues to elevate Hair of the Dog among my ranks as "favorite US craft brewery". Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 06:21:45 | More by wagenvolks
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New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been hanging on to this one for a while since getting it in a trade a while back from msubulldog25.

Felt the urge to finally break it out and enjoy it- and that, I did tonight.

Poured into an oversized chalice.

Batch #69

A: Dark red and pretty close to black in color. Dark mocha head that stayed substantial and the lacing was gripping.

By the way, love the look of HotD bottles, classy stuff.

N: Coffee, smoky, and chocolate. The alcohol is not hiding, this one is going to pack a wallop. A hint of raisins, more in the taste, but clearly dominated by smoke and dark chocolate.

T: On first sip, it reminds me exactly of figgy date pudding I had recently. Warming vanilla and strong fruits. As it warmed, the alcohol became more present and soothing- smokiness came through clutch and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Complexity is through the roof, well crafted. This is a barleywine, especially when the wafts and hits of licorice as it goes down. The smokiness is more in the aftertaste than the initial flavor.

M: Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Full bodied indeed- definition of creamy to the point of a thick root beer float. Warming alcohol in the drawn out smooth finish.

D: Great stuff. Complex as can be and delicious. The alcohol will catch up, but this sipper is a gem. Not at all too sweet but the right levels of most things- old ale? if so, still tremendous but seems more of a BW.

Hair of the Dog is just flat out great- I wish I had better access to this stuff. Just remarkable.

I eagerly want more of this beer and the others from these guys, whatever way possible. Hell, I might be moving to Portland soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:16:47 | More by marcpal
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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, smoky and wow.

Really quite outstanding, from a batch 62 12 oz bottle the liquid is dark with good carboantion. The head is 2 fingers tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is big alcohol and lots of smoked caramel.

The taste is GRRrrate!. really outstanding smoky caramel taste. So glad I got this brew, very nice. Other notes of flavors are dark fruits like fig and plum, dried apricot, pear sand raisin.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, god carbonation and a huge body.

The drinkability is very good but a 10% just sip. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 07:25:06 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, with no light passing through, save for some reddish highlights around the edges. Almost zero head. This is one serious-looking beer. The smell is RICH: fig, subtle smoke, very slight coffee and burned aromas and some very subtle sweet notes. Flavor is... wow.... intense. The bottle says "leather." And it's correct! Earthy. Fig. Bold. Heavy. Flavors unfold slowly in the mouth. There is a nice slight alcohol warming that shows up at the end. So nice to drink, but I'd better stop at one! This would be great on one of these crappy Portland January nights.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:19:16 | More by WonderfulSam
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 70

A: snifter. deep, rich mahogany color. barely any head, no pop when I cracked it. no lacing and a light tan head of what is there.

S: prunes, cherries, figs, hints of clove. some blackberries and strawberries.

T: I really get some leather, chocolate notes, some smoky oak, serious fig, plum and raisins.

M: full to medium bodied. practically no carbonation. very mild for 10% great palate.

D: very nice brew. only one for me but wow!!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:21:50 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 70 into Coronado pint...

Pours like a mix of molasses and apple cider with no visible carbonation.

Like treacle? Lots of apples and dark caramel with some cinnamon-it's very good and powerful.

Whoa camel-deep caramel and coffee notes. Nice alcohol burn counters supreme heft-this is old school nasty stuff. Raisins, piney hops, even figs are in there.

Syrupy thick-even finish and feel, top to bottom. Heavy? Yes. Enjoyable? Absolutely. Coffee bean feel provides nice afterburn.

This is definitely a sipper. Good nitecap.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 20:24:21 | More by IBUnit63
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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours an opaque black into a Belgian glass. Four fingers of mocha foam are quick to spring up, halting the pour. Slowly she falls, unevenly, leaving a peaks-and-valleys landscape across the top of the beer. Thick walls of lace adorn the side of the glass. She's a looker.

Aroma - dark roasted malt, figs, leather, molasses.

Taste - more of the dark malts, initially. Roasty, leathery. The sweetness is there but tempered. An abv warmth adds some good depth to the flavors. Some light char on thhe swallow and coffee notes emerge on the aftertaste. A warm, roasty finish, leather still present.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, swirling some of that out to taste the flavors better. It is smooth with a slightly big body.

Drinkability - an interesting brew, but not one of my favorites. Some interesting flavors, I'm just not that high on them. Thanks to udubdawg for getting me one of these at DLD08.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 02:43:11 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,033 ratings.