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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,168
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 569
Gots: 455 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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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
Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a batch #73 12 oz. bottle of this to try and review... so far I think I am going to love this... 10% on the bottle, and I can smell lovely sweet fig, caramel... and just ...

- Looks like a Russian Imp. stout... super dark, can't see through it in my true pint Hopworks mug... light mocha head, and decent lacing all over.... some amber and violet hues around the edges...

- Smells like a rich complex Barleywine... Fig yes... lots of it... and sweet caramel... all blended to smell like a liquid fig Newton... seriously. Light alcohol aroma, bit of yeast, sweet potato and pastry... not kidding.

- Creamy roasted choco-caramel brown sugary maltness... wow.. fig, prune, raisin... touch of herb and flower.. seriously smooth... seriously good.

- Bit on the dry and chalky side... much like an oak aged yeti I had recently... almost the same mouthfeel... slightly chewy...

- Way big on drinkability... very smooth for it's strength.. and goes down very well... tastes great.. warmth only in the stomach.... overall one of the better Portland brews I have had bottled.

Docer, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of blackc5
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a snifter.

A - Definitely a very deep dark chocolate, nearly black. Looked very close to an average stout actually. Very nice head that took awhile to dissipate. Left substantial lacing as I sipped this.

S - Very strong scents of chocolate and smoke. Actually, very smoky. Some fruitiness like plums or raisins as well. Rum.

T - The bottle actually gives a pretty accuate description of this one. It is a complex tasting beer, with lots of changes both as it warms and as you hold it in your mouth. The most prominent flavors to me where the chocolate and smoke - just like the scents. Mildly sweet fruit is there, dark cherry and plums. Could use a tad more hops to balance it IMHO. It tastes like how I would imagine a good imperial stout mixed with just a bit of aged Port. Neverthless, it keeps you thinking about the beer as you sip.

M - Creamy, robust and quite heavy and chewy. Moderate to high carbonation, and you can definitely feel the warmth of the alcohol. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the beer.

D - All things considered, pretty good. A 12 oz'er is enough for one session for sure, but it sips easy enough and I enjoyed it all the way through. Goes down smooth and I could see it becoming a regular if it was a bit more value priced.

blackc5, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of SpruceFish
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pitch black probably one of the darkest beers i have had that was not a stout off white head no lacing

S- leather tobacco chocolate booze a some wood even though there has been no barrel aging

T- the leather and the tobacco are most apparent with real nice chocolate and woody undertones and so heat for the the alcohol at the finish but its a good heat

M- smooth and thick nice carbonation

D- pretty damn good the heat is good IMO for this beer

notes this beer would probably be amazing if it was barrel aged or just aged in general but over all still a damn tasty beer

SpruceFish, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for batch 72, the first batch I ever had. I recently tried a batch 74 bottle and it was not as tasty. I hope that my remaining bottles can match the greatness of my first!

A--It took over 15 minutes to finish pouring this bottle into my 16 oz. snifter. The head was massive and receded extremely slowly. The color was a very dark brown and lacing coated the walls of the glass.

S--Cocoa, wood, raisins, caramel, citrus hops...all subtly blended together to create a pleasant and inviting aroma.

T--Huge smokiness is dominant...some chocolate really comes out in the taste and creates a wonderfully creamy dessert-like treat. Its like melted fudge with a whole grab back of complex background flavors to keep your palate busy. Not really sure this fits any style description, even one as open as "old ale."

M--Full bodied and creamy, this is amazing. I thought it would be over carbonated based on the out of control head but there must be other factors at work because this is damn near perfect.

D--The most drinkable 10% beer I've had yet, even more so than all my favorite imperial stouts. It is extremely rare for me to give a beer with this high of an ABV a 5 in drinkability, but this is so smooth, complex, and inviting that I have no other choice. This is a flat out amazing beer, it blows my mind that it only has an A- rating.

Extra credit points for a beer with the same name as me as well! What a beer!

UPDATE 9/13/09 -- Batch 73 is more smoky/woody than the other batches I have tried. I think I have to drop the drinkability to a 4.5 since no bottles have matched the greatness of my first

UPDATE 12/30/09 -- Opened a Batch 22 tonight from 1996. The body has thinned out considerably yet overall it has held up quite well considering the bakers dozen revolutions around the sun it has seen. Still a bit of smoke and tobacco, but oxidation has really crept in. Dark fruits seem to be a bit more prominent as well. In fact, this is drinking like a smokey English Barleywine at this point. Extremely interesting.

UPDATE 3/14/10 -- Tried another Batch 74 and it has grown into something quite incredible. Nice rounded smoke/chocolate/resiny hop flavor profile.

alcstradamus, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of brdc
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

It is amazing that once in a while I will find out that I have not tried some specific BA "staple". Last year I eventually realized I never had Stone RIS, and just recently I realized was ignoring this popular brew.
Well, I got to it, finally.

Dark brown, nearly impenetrable with a full glass, copper edges and highlights, thick fluffy tan head, quite impressive for the ABV.
Nice aroma, a bit delicate for my taste but quite pleasant. Malty aroma as expected, with lots of fruits, particularly currant, but a lot of other dark fruits, and cherries.
Full bodied, with perhaps a slightly excessive amount of carbonation. The taste is modestly sweet, heavily malty, but has some smoked, roasted, fruity and even spicy notes. It feels like a nice combination of an old ale with a smoked, heavy porter, or something like that. Alcohol is very difficult to notice even fresh, and only some mild warming and spice comes along.
It is a great brew, which I somehow managed to miss for this long. I need a case to cellar as I am sure it will lose some carbonation, mellow out and turn quite spectacular.

brdc, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet brown, with a fine bubbled tan head. Excellent lacing, although the head collapses. Still, with a beer this strong, it was surprising it sprung out to begin with.

Wow, very powerful nose. Lots of licorice, smoky notes and dark tannins. The smoke actually asserts itself more as the beer warms up. Very nice, all up. Lots to appreciate, lots to enjoy.

Very nice amalgam of booze and smoke on the palate too. I wasn't expecting such a rauchy character on this beer, but it's there in force. Initial smoke notes are, however, subdued by the deep vinous heat, rather like brandy, which wells up later in the palate. Mouthfeel is quite thin, really, although it does have a pleasant slickness.

A very tasty sipper. Lots of things to like about this - boozy and dark, smoky but refined. Almost too much to drink a 12oz bottle by yourself. My suggestion is to pour it into snifters and share with friends.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this 12 oz. bottle via my very first trade! Thanks PDXHops...a classy human being!

It's declared Batch 71 right up front. I poured into an oversized wine glass (this is the first time that I wished I had a snifter), and am immediately amazed at this head I am looking at! It's about three fingers of light brown, toffeeish looking foam...nice and sticky. It has a deep brown body with some mahogany tones that show themselves when the light hits them just right.

The aroma is made up of bittersweet chocolates, licorice, some pit fruits...so much aroma! It becomes overshadowed by a burnt oak smell as it warms.

Taste...can you say sweet? Light cherry at the front and bakers chocolate on the finish. Loads of smoke and brandy midpalate, and a bit of burnt sugars and mollases if I'm not mistaken.

The mouthfeel is amazing! There was a lot more carbonation than I was expecting. A real tongue burner...

I won't lie about the drinkability...the alcohol is hidden extremely well. I had thoughts of calling the ex girlfriend about 3/4 of the way into this 12 oz. serving, so I had to rate it kind of low on drinkability. Needless to say, it's a sipper.

Overall, there is just so much going on here...almost too much at times and a bit sweet, but it all works together quite nicely. Can't wait to see what a couple years downstairs is going to do to this monster of a beer!

BitterPachyderm, May 28, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Adam (Nanoslug) - it looked like it leaked a little in transit so I popped it right away. Batch #55, so it was bottled in August 2002! Served in a snifter only slightly chilled.

A - 1.5 fingers of dark tan/cappuccino foam with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing - it eventually dissipates to a solid cap. The brew is a dark, dark, brown with no light peaking through at the edges - almost black here. For a 7-year old 10% Old Ale this is really quite terrific looking.

S - There's some serious booze here, but it surrounded by dark fruits, raisins, molasses, leather, and maybe a hint of licorice. It's very rummy, with huge sugar and booze components, and is slightly unbalanced towards the alcohol content (even after 7 years!). I can see the batches from the late 90s drinking quite well right now.

T - The taste has a huge tobacco flavor that is only hinted at in the aroma, and it is accompanied by leather, smoked meat, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The alcohol is thankfully less present in the taste. The aftertaste is heavy in smoked flavors, with almost a peaty note that lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. I'm thankful I didn't get flat or overcarbonated brews that my buddy Dave perpetually gets stuck with. There's a slight warming, but otherwise this element of the brew is pretty standard.

D - Delicious, but hurt by the overt booziness. I shared a 12oz bottle with a buddy and probably would have been OK with drinking the entire bottle myself - however I think any more would be too much of this treat. Definitely a sipper, and a good one to share with dessert.

I'd love to get my hands on some of the earliest batches to see if/how it has mellowed.

MasterSki, May 16, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with nice head. Very pleasant sweet nut nose. Lots of fruit and sweet malt flavors and characteristics with good hop balance and nice mouth feel. Big flavors with a long hop finish. Appealing carmel/coffee flavors in the finish. Nice big beer.

GRG1313, May 14, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73. Bottle poured into a snifter.

When I poured this into the glass I noticed that it looked light but as soon as I was done pouring and looked at the glass I was amazed and how deep the color was. It poured black with brilliant mahogany edges with a long lasting moderate tan head. The aroma has a lot of smoke, a touch of booze and a bit of dried fruit and tobacco. The flavor has quite a bit of smoke, some chocolate and leather. Its a bit hot in the finish. Definitely a robust beer. Very unique beer and well done.

DiabolikDUB, May 13, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite/tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is near perfect! It has a warm, roasted malt scent that screams of figs and charred caramel malts. It's rich and fruity. The taste is good. It has a rich, roasted and smoke malt flavor. I'm sure the smoke comes from extended boiling and caramelized sugar. Whatever, It's amazing. It goes down smooth and finishes warm with some subtle chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a real treat. It's one of the best old ales out there.

WesWes, May 09, 2009
Photo of gregc
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle...Batch 72.

Pours a nice dark purplish black color with a tin white head.

Aroma is very nice, chocolate, dark fruits, oak and leather. Flavor is nice and complex, a lot of fig, chocolate, smokiness character, brown sugar and some whiskey like notes. A very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a slow sipper in my opinion.

gregc, May 05, 2009
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,168 ratings.