Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is enormous, three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough through out the whole glass. The aroma is of caramel, butter, and grape fruit. The taste is rather balanced begining with a large caramel flavor and ending with some grapefruity hops. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation Overall, this is a wonderful brew. It isn't as much of a brash hop bomb as I would expect from a West Coast brewery, but I think that is a good thing. It is certainly something I would purchase again.
08-04-2006 03:17:15 | More by KarlHungus
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
07/31/06- Purchased at Sonoma Wine Exchange in Sonoma, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle, batch number 65. Other than that, not sure when it was brewed or bottled. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Deeper brown in color with some red transluscent highlights. Maybe even a dark cherry color. Nice 3/4 inch head with streaks, small chunks and patches of lace left behind. Still was sticking to my glass when I woke up this morning.
Smell- Heavy hitter with loads of dark fruits and deep caramel malt scents. Figs for sure, possibly dates and plums, a bit of raisin as well.
Taste- Sweet, but not over the top. Malt is caramel and is dark almost to the point of being roasted or a bit charcoal. Fruits blend together very nicely. Tons of fig with raisins and maybe some dark cherry notes. A mild oaky or some kind of woody taste makes itself known as well. Lots of nice flavors here.
Mouthfeel- The only grudge I have about this beer is it's carbonation level. Well higher than I enjoy for a beer of this style. I'm sure it would mellow with age, but this was pretty fizzy...almost cola like. I'd like to try this from tap if it exists.
Drinkability- Other than the carb, it's got great flavors, a great nose and looks good too. All together a very good beer which may just need to mellow out before becoming outstanding.
08-01-2006 16:58:30 | More by GClarkage
3.8/5 rDev -11%
Pours black to dark brown with a good size light tan head. Strong smell of prunes and raisins, a little caramel and alcohol behind it all. First taste is quite smoky, maltiness follows with a sweet chocolate and a little pruniness and balances the smoky and roastiness. There is some peppery spicy alcohol in the finish as well, not unpleasant or overpowering, but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, a little oily slickness and a spicy tingle in the finish. An interesting old ale, I've got a two year old version that i look forward to trying to see how the malts develop and if the pepperiness dies down. This serving was Batch 66.
07-30-2006 23:20:45 | More by hoppymeal
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
12 oz bottle, pours a very dark brownish color with a big rocky khaki head, lots of lacing.
Big maltiness up front, hints of bitter chocolate, sort of a musty sweetness in the nose that I cant really describe all too well. Nice and sweet, really smells great.
Big smooth malty taste at first that gives way to a sweet chocolate character with fig like flavors, buttery phenol, and a decent amount of alcohol on the palate. There are many subtle flavors I cant quite put my finger on, I've seen use leather as a taste description and that certainly makes sense now. A leather flavor that blends into the sweet malt character nicely.
Big chewy and sticky mouthfeel, very nice and coats your mouth with flavor nicely.
For the style at 10%abv this beer is very drinkable and goes down nicely.
This is a great beer from Hair of the dog, I will definatley be picking up a few bottles to put away for a year or two.
07-26-2006 01:37:41 | More by Matthew
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a full bodied dark black color with very thin tan head that is short lived. Practically no carbonation or lacing.
Smells bready, vanilla, raisins, and dates. Pleasant sweet malty smell.
Incredible taste! Starts off sweet with a substantial raisin/date tastes and a spicy alcohol dry finish. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and vanilla tastes are also present. The alcohol presence is used very nicely. It reminds me of eating grandma's raisin bread pudding and drinking a fine tawny port with it.
Almost chewy mouthfeel, full without being oily or filmy. Highly drinkable, but a slow drink. There are alot of flavors to enjoy and savor. The alcohol sneaks up on you slowly but then kicks you in a good way.
07-16-2006 11:37:00 | More by laintringulis
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Batch # 65--A very complex beer. It starts out with a dark brown pour with a thick tan head, resembling a stout. Has a hoppy aroma and taste of dark fruit, like grapes, plums & figs. Spicy with a hint of the alcohol to come. As it warms up around mid-bottle, aroma and taste switch more to chocolate with a hint of malt. Alcohol becoming much more evident, but in the after taste and warming sensation, not the mouthfeel. At the end of the bottle, it begins to resemble a barley wine in taste, texture and alcohol. I think Hair of the Dog covered about all beer styles with this one. Good job!!
07-09-2006 01:28:19 | More by kimcgolf
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
Thanks to jgaston for this bottle. Pours jet black with a substantial taupe head. Dusty roasted malts vie with espresso notes on the nose. Slight ripe figs, vanilla spice and fresh yeast aromas as well. On tasting, creamy mocha, slight dark fruit tartness and treacle sweetness are present. Quite a bit of hop bitterness at the mid-palate gives way to an alcohol burn on the finish. The finish is remarkable in that all the different flavors established already linger on the tongue at once, with no single one dominating. Big, chewy mouthfeel that makes for a meal of a beer. Great beer here, loads of interesting stuff going on, all of it good.
07-01-2006 02:48:20 | More by geexploitation
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
A: Pours a black color with huge billowy brownish head, I didn't think I poured any different than I normally do but it nonetheless resulted in a huge head. Wholly crap , huge head, did I mention that part?? Looks much like a root beer float on top, frothy just like that.
S: Smell is of roasted grains and chocolate. Also has pungent fruity aromas
T: Nice and sweet, chocolatey flavor. Reminds me of Stone IRS a little bit. Very rich tasting. Very warming as well but the alcohol taste is well hidden.
M: About perfect, nice and creamy mouthfeel goes down very easily.
D: I didn't quite know what to expect with this one, never had the style before. Was very good would for sure drink this one again.
06-26-2006 13:04:33 | More by loren01
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Got this beer courtesy of San Francisco-based BA Chris (axisjones), brought over during his trip in Europe three weeks ago. No freshness info. printed on the beer label/bottle, but the batch number is 65. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.
A: pours an absolutely elegant ebony hue with ruby glows; the beige beer head comes slowly effervescent and grows to a huge and thick cappuccino froth, which lingers brilliantly and only hesitantly settles, leaving tight, cottony lacing behind; carbonation is reasonably lively but not OTT.
S: Cascade or its relative hop dominates the nose, so flowery, peachy, piney, on top of a less pronounced but juicy malty base full of (mainly) dried longan fruits, raisins or preserved berries; a touch of molasses or burned sugar and a faintly chocolatey hint follow at the tail. Overall, that a 10%abv. beer should smell so mild and mellow is really incredible and impressive, as if it's a flowery and juicy longan-furit drink!! Marvellous, albeit less complex and lacking a sour edge as I'd expect of a genuine old ale.
T: slightly rough, throat-gagging/itching textured, rich dark/roasted maltiness prevails on the palate upfront with a touch of ink, soon engulfed by a dryish-bitter (like tea-leaves stems) and citric-zest hoppy wave which imparts lots of bittering and peppery impacts to an otherwise smooth dark fruity palate (the same as the nose), rendering a soothing AND compelling bitter feel down the sides of the tongue; the aftertaste has a black-sugary+semi-roasty aroma and its profound bitterness (like a dry stout) and bitter-sweetness to it, added with a pleasantly tart dark fruity edge (semi-ripe black plums)--a little more like an old ale now... Finished relatively clean, not sticky or heavy at all, with just a quiet touch of alc. hovering down the throat. Beautiful...
M&D: the mouthfeel turns creamy-smooth after the initially rough edge, this beer is full-bodied, yet ever so approachable and easy-drinking! An extremely well-crafted, hugely hoppy ale, unlike any English old ale I've tasted so far--presumably the big entry of aromatic American hops makes a significant difference here? But I take it as a healthy input, as the result is harmonious and quite balanced: "a heavy-weight without making a big entrance" (if that makes sense?). Still, I wonder if it'd be termed as an old ale--it has so much in common with other hoppy bombs made in USA and much bigger, bitter-er, freshly hoppier than English Old Ales~~ A brilliant and delicious drink all the same. Huge thanks go to Chris for choosing this "gigantic gem" for me!
06-14-2006 02:21:59 | More by wl0307
3.83/5 rDev -10.3%
If you get a chance, go to the web site and check your batch number and when it was brewed and bottled. Poured a cloudy dark brown hue similar to a mahogany color. A good frothy head with smaller bubbles and great lacing lasting through the whole tasting.
The smell is rich with noticeable fruity aromas throughout. A noticeable smell overall. Some plums, black cherries and sweeter figs notes have a strong influence. The malt is big and some phenol characteristics at the end.
The taste is also rich but with upstart fruity notes limiting its complexity. Maybe it should have aged more, but come fig and cherry are more noticeable then the malt. Some hints of raisins and esters as well is a touch of yeast bite at the end.
The body is full but should have more (in my opinion). Old Ales can vary, but this seems lacking for an old ale. Overall the taste is good with a unique fruity flavor, and worth another try. As for my batch, Im a 61! Go 61!!!
05-19-2006 23:53:56 | More by Oxymoron
3.7/5 rDev -13.3%
12 oz brown bottle. Awesome bulldog illustration on front.
Pours with a large, almost brown-colored head and a dark color.
Aroma is interesting with a nice mix of hops, dark malt and alcohol.
Taste is roasty, sweet with noticeable alcohol flavors and a lot of complexity. However, they just didn't seem to go together great for me and the alcohol was a bit too strong tasting. Perhaps with more age (I think this was a pretty recent batch) it would be better.
Mouthfeel is nice with good body, not too thick.
Overall, I did not find this very drinkable with the strong, conflicting tastes and high ABV. Perhaps with age, though, it could be great.
05-05-2006 20:43:09 | More by AaronHomoya
4.4/5 rDev +3%
Wow, this head is way too big for a 10% beer. It's light brown resting on top of an almost black body. The nose is very sweet, roasty, and peaty. This tastes like a smoked porter and Baltic porter hybrid. It has tons of malt, roasted, sweet, and smokey, as well as bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and slightly hidden grassy hops. I can taste, and feel, the alcohol, but it's not overpowering. This was my first attempt at cellaring and I'd say it worked out deliciously well.
04-29-2006 08:50:40 | More by goschool
3.38/5 rDev -20.8%
Love the bottle, as usual. Adam pours out looking absolutely great. Deep, dark, voluptous, with a very energetic head. It takes quite some time to get most of the bottle into the glass. The head is creamy, fluffy, comprised of very fine carbonation that sticks, forming creative shapes and intricate lacing.
Toffee greets the drinker upon taking a sniff; Depite being properly warmed, very little scent is available; Perhaps the head does a bit too good of a job of trapping released volatiles. There's definitely some roasted barely in there, a hickory smell - rich, like damp wood on a fire.
Very malty, with a lot of butterscotch and toffee tones; Roastiness is present as well, coming in with a slight bitter cocoa and straight espresso. Before they can get too heavy, the hops take over, bittering with a smooth, almost Noble, full-leaf hoppiness. After swallowing, some significant diacetyl characteristics stick around on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and very heavy. There's a very nice transition in the mouth's perception of malt, then hops, and the finish tastes sweet, but feels bitter.
I think this beer is close to being something great. It's got some rather interesting characteristics that just aren't cultured enough to really show through. I think it would be great with a few slices of smoked ham and some dark brown bread.
04-29-2006 05:53:02 | More by Tupperwolf
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
The tan head pours so massively I can only fit about half the bottle into my glass. It doesn't subside too quickly either. The liquid is very, very dark, a deep brown, almost black color. Nose is fruity and raisiny, reminiscent of a dark belgian style ale, fairly strong on alcohol. Nice aroma, could have been a little stronger. The taste is woody and earthy, with a nice raisiny malt flavor yielding to a roasted coffee finish. Moderate in bitterness, warm alcohol also present. I also detect notes of chocolate, and tangy fruit. The flavor complexity is spectacular. The mouthfeel has a nice thickness, but isn't viscous, so it goes down smoothly. I enjoyed it very much and could drink it easily despite the strength of alcohol...
04-25-2006 16:23:19 | More by bennetj17
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottled March 1996
Pours oily with minimal carbonation.
Dark mahogany with ruby shading, barely a head from an exaggerated pour.
What nil froth does rise is beige and creamy, with a few odd larger orbs.
No lacework beyond the quickly dissapating skim coat.
Aromatics are filled with dark chocolate, concentrated caramel, and toffee-rubbed leather.
The nose finishes out with dark fruit, a boozy nod, and a hint of smoke.
Thickish, syrupy, and sticky body. A light creamyness keeps it alive.
The pallet starts off with alcohol laced chocolate shards and toffee bits.
Large dried malt component is the backbone, with dark caramel and some burnt brown sugar.
Bitterness is negligent, but balancing, alongside a mild astringency.
Finishes lengthy with a very sticky afterbody and mild sweetness.
Much more enjoyable than the two others from the same batch that poured as pure mucous.
04-21-2006 00:08:28 | More by brewandbbq
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle Pours a dark brown with a light brown small fizzy head. The head quickly deminishes and the lacing was only okay. Has a good aroma of roasted barley and hops, a real nice mix. Has an average carbination. A rather nice mouthfeel. Has a good duration and a firm strong finish. This has a good bold taste with a nice smooth bitter finish. A hearty ale with great flavors. I find this beer really enjoyable.
04-10-2006 12:50:12 | More by Birdiebeagle
3.8/5 rDev -11%
Dark brown, with hints of red around the edges.
Smells of raisins and carmelized walnuts. A great dark, malty roasted aroma.
Starts malty and sweet, with a quick hop buzz chaser, just enough to tingle my tastebuds before coating them with the raw, earthy, flavor of charred campfire wood, more nuts, and dark fruits.
Pretty thick and heavy mouthfeel, but I think that may be right for the style. Not one I could drink all the time, especially at 4 bux for a twelve ounce bottle. Had a little trouble with this one, since my only style reference is Old Stock Ale. But Adam is a totally different animal. Now I'm kicking myself for not buying some Adam From the Wood when LiquidSolutions was selling it like a year ago...
03-17-2006 00:10:25 | More by germaniac
4/5 rDev -6.3%
I wanted to try this since I have been told that is might not be available in MN for too much longer. 12 oz bottle of batch 63 into a nonic pint glass.
AHUGE tan pillow like head. I mean huge, like 4 inches. Did I screw up the pour? Probably. This 4 inch pillow sits on top of a reddish dark brown solid liquid. Head slowly creeps down, which is good because I cant fit the rest of the bottle into the glass. I will wait for a few minutes .after 20 minutes, the head has reduced to about ¾ of an inch, but there still is a big glob of foam on top of it kinda looks like a root beer float. Some sediment remains in the bottom of the bottle.
Sstrong, I could smell it just from opening the bottle, ripe fruits, plums, raisons, dried cherries, modest alcohol in the aroma as well
Tmild bitter coffee and chocolate tastes with some alcohol warmth, a little of the fruit taste, but nothing that I can really pick out, very good and different from anything I have tried up to now. Finishes dry.
Mfull bodied, extreme carbonation, thick, heavy and a little oily
DI like it a lot, but couldnt have more than two. Its a bit heavy and the high abv would sneak up on me
03-16-2006 15:24:37 | More by hanco005
3.5/5 rDev -18%
Huge rocky head with lots of tan foam and lace. Much more carbonation than I would expect from a high-alcohol/gravity brew.
Extreme dark brown almost opaque color. Closer to a stout than an old ale, INMHO.
Nice aroma filled with spice, alcohol, malt and yeast.
Taste is more spicy-hoppy than malty. Definitely less malt than I would have expected. Aftertaste of hop bitterness and some burnt raisins.
Nice mouthfeel and a decent sipping beer. Overall, this beer was way short of my expectations.
03-12-2006 23:21:03 | More by joedon
4.75/5 rDev +11.2%
Pours a deep garnet brown with a towering fluffy head that eventually subsides, though never completely. Smells of brown sugar, molasses, plums, spicy alcohol. Huge flavor all swirling around estery fruits, molasses, plums, oak, roast, raisins and just a lot of stuff. Starts off quite sweet but the mountain of earthy hops ends it quickly, ends surprisingly very very dry with a ton of earthy dirty hops and lingering vanilla. Smoke becomes more apparent as it warms, as does peppery spicy alcohol. Very belgian in style, similar to a quad, absolutely terrific. Body is medium with a lot of carbonation for the style, fluffy, creamy, a tad abrasive. Too drinkable for safety. Kicks ass.
03-06-2006 21:48:07 | More by numenor1
1.9/5 rDev -55.5%
Hate to slam a beer but here it is. The pour is actually an encouraging murky brown-chocolate color with plenty of carbonation. It goes downhill from there though. The smell is a vinous, boozy mess of dark chocolate and cherries with just way too much vinous character.
Taste is dark malts and extremely vinous --some depth as it warms. Metallic aftertaste which is especially undesireable for an old ale. Very disapointing-especially since this brewery was in American Beer--the movie--I'm dumpin it.
03-04-2006 23:12:04 | More by rousee
3.95/5 rDev -7.5%
I've been waiting to taste this beer for a while now..here it goes. Poured almost completely black, with a little bit of brown showing up when held up to the light. Smell was of fig, plum, heavy heavy alcohol and also a medicinal quality pairing itself with the alcohol. Taste was very similar to the smell, except for the fact that the alcohol/medicine flavors hit me with a vengence. Another flavor that hit me was heavy molasses and sugar. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, however it was more the taste then anything that made this beer not so easy to drink. Damn! this is some odd stuff to quaff. The alcohol doesn't even make an effort to mask itself...maybe thats a good thing. My final thoughts are that this may not quite melt my butter, but I still give a big kudos to the brewers for making such an out there beer.
01-26-2006 01:53:58 | More by jamie2dope
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Didn't know what to expect. Pours a dark black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate malt and roasted barley. Tastes of sweet coffee, maple, and a slight smokey woodish bitterness. It has some very similar qualities to Bell's Batch 7K.
01-25-2006 05:01:30 | More by TheBlackMallard
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Aroma is quite fruitcakey..lots of spice and sweet malts. Dark cloudy brown with a mostly lasting thumb thick, tan head. Dark fruits, licorice, pumpernickel, bakers chocolate and alcohol. Not as good to me as others seem to think, but I still find it good.
01-18-2006 08:06:14 | More by Jredner
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz bottle. Batch No. 63.
Deep, dark golden brown from the pour...looks very dark in the glass...there may very well be yeast in there, but if there is, I won't be able to see it until I finish and it's sitting at the bottom. Beige head is creamy and average in size, but holds up very well. Malty aroma mixed with a barrage of dark fruits. Tastes are a delicious assortment of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol kicker..figs, plums, molasses, chocolate, and spices galore. Increasingly complex with every sip...syrupy mouthfeel coats the mouth and really allows all the flavors to shine on their own.
Simply another fantastic offering from Hair of the Dog that is well worth trying.
12-27-2005 04:16:06 | More by hero27
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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