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

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2,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 562
Gots: 439 | FT: 30
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 CRJMellor


3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 47 - 12 oz. bottle
Poured a deep maroon with very small tan colored head. Light but consistent carbonation. Aroma of roasted barley prevalent with almost a porter like aroma, a raisin note also noted. Felt strong in the mouth with a lot of fullness, hid the alcohol well though. Roasted coffee taste is dominant, sweet finish with very little bitterness. As it warmed, prune, raisin, date or fig flavors and aromas seemd to come out for me.

Very nice beer, kind of surprised by the porter undertones but solid effort.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 14:45:40 | More by CRJMellor
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 55. Pours a beautiful reddish cola color. Small but really dense tan head. Dissapated rather quickly. Whoa...what an aroma! Roasted malt, brown sugar, every red fruit I can think of both fresh and dried plus a few others. Mild yeastiness as well. Very earthy, woody and vinuous. Almost like a mild Port. My mouth is watering!
Deeply complex earthy flavor. The roasted malt is really upfront with a mild smokiness. The red and other fruits come in with some molasses and a smidge of licorice. Big hop presence helps to balance along with a slightly tart yeast aftertaste.The 10% alcohol is present but not in a bad way. It all melds together rather well. Definitly a vinuous character here. I'll have to try this with a good cigar. Has the potential for a match made in heaven!
Rich, creamy, full mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. The alcohol and richness hurt the drinkability a bit, but a world class beer nonetheless. I really liked this beer.
I didn't know they had trappist breweries in Oregon!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 02:01:37 | More by rkhaze
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch#55. Poured a huge head that took forever to die down. I actually had to scoop a bit out.Dark murky brown. Aroma is of raisins and figs with aa overall earthiness. Flavor is malty sweet like a Belgian, fruity with an alcohol kick. Has a sharp carbonated mouthfeel. Overall a pretty unique brew with alot of character.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 14:45:47 | More by BierReise
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Apperance is a dark brown with ruby reflects. Generous beige head that sticks to the glass like glue, every bubble is ultra-small and identical to its neighbor. Complex aroma reminiscent of port wine, grapes,licorice, plums, alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium to full body. Very complex. There's just a little bit of everything in that beer it seems. Plenty of malty fruitiness with figs, plums, raspberries without neglecting brown sugar, smokey chocolate, nuts, spices. I hate to say it, but Et Cetera... That's very big and deep stuff, but anyone would like it I believe. A lot of fresh hops character contributes to the intensity. The aftertaste is great, delicate, hoppy, but almost not bitter, superbly warming and pleasant. Out of this world balance considering the enormous quantities of malt and hops. MartinT had warned me this was religious stuff-> RIGHT ON! Probably the best beer to ever cross my glass. I bet this ages well too. At 4.12, this is almost under-rated. If I have the chance to taste something better than this, I don't mind going to hell. I owe you one Jazz88!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 23:28:44 | More by Rastacouere
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #54. I had great expectations for this beer. It poured a dark brown color with an ENORMOUS amount of foam. Never seen a beer with this much head - went everywhere and couldn't stop it. I think I got about 9oz out of the 12oz bottle. …skip ahead about ten minutes... Not much lacing on the glass. The aroma was extremely malty with other aromas being fruits and some chocolate. The flavor was a little too strong at first, but very good once I became used to it. The flavor is malty with hints of chocolate, just like the aroma. This is a very thick bodied beer, but surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is moderately apparent as well. I really liked this beer once I got over the initial kick.

*Note* - I got a six pack and went back and tried the others and the amount of foam is rediculous. All of them exploded out of the bottle and wouldn't stop foaming. I even changed refrigerators in the case that there might have been some vibrations. Insane how they do that. Other than the extreme foaming (and 20 minutes to get it into the glass), it's a great tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2003 14:03:28 | More by clvand0
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch: 54
Massive Ivory Cream colored head which stuck to the edge of the glass like glue. Sweet smell of rich toffee and mocha. The beer had tons of character just sitting there in the glass. It stared at me begging to be tasted.

Initial sweet tastes of coffee and licorice which grew into a woody oak taste. Strong yet subtle hops and a bitter mocha and light salty taste at the finish. A chewy beer which was enough to put me down to a nice nighty-night after just one.

Good brew. Can't wait to try the other Hair of the Dog's....

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 04:02:09 | More by cncbofh
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4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled, but savored slowly to allow warming, in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Batch #48.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black liquid topped by an impressive light brown head of extremely dense bubbles. The head was nearly as thick and creamy as nitro poured Guinness. Omnipresent layer of foam that left a curtain of lace on the sides of my glass. The head was a bit crazy, but that allowed for the release of the aromatic compounds.

Smell: Sweet toffee, anise and good pipe tobacco at first impression. Hints of piney hops. Closer inspection brings out raisins, prunes, and molasses aromas. A nicely complex nose that's medicinal at times. Sniff this dog over, get to know it.

Taste: Nice intense smoky bittersweet toffee malt taste at first. Where the hell is my jerky? Cocoa, coffee, prune, and molasses flavors cascade in the mouth. Freeyow, this is good. There's alcohol in this?

Mouthfeel: Thick, hearty, and warming. I sat outside on a crisp late fall day with my glass and did not feel a chill.

Drinkability: I bet this would be an ideal beer for BBQ'ed ribs. A special occasion beer, but one worth getting and savoring. More than one in a sitting? No, but you'll want a litter of these puppies lying around the house. Perfect for a late fall/early winter day that's overcast and has a light breeze. Sit, sip, and think. So far, the best of the Hair of the Dog beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 21:31:57 | More by ManekiNeko
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

The thing that sticks with me after tasting this beer is the amazing
complexity . It smells and tastes like a smoked barley wine with big
strong hop flavours. You need to buy more because the small bottle
size makes it feel like something was missed in the layers of flavour.
A perfect afterdinner beer with some strong cheese or a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 19:07:19 | More by canucklehead
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #54. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep rich brown color with the most head I've ever seen on a beer. It took about 10 minutes to pour. Despite the massive foam, there is only a little lacing. The smell is very malty and strong with cocoa and plums, fairly sweet. The taste is malty at first with raisins and chocolate up front. A bit of an alcohol and hops kick to the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and thick. The drinkability is fair for this very unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 02:21:04 | More by SheepNutz
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #54. Pours a very dark mahogany brew with a massive cream colored head which leaves a ton of lace and stays well. Pour this one very gently! Aroma of fig, raisin, and lots of smoked peat. Very spicy on the tongue. Lots of carbonation, almost too much, which takes away from the mouthfeel. Dark fruits abound along with the smoked peat character. A tiny bit of bready malt is noticeable. Nice and robust. Reminds me in ways of a good scotch ale. In my opinion, it's best if you let it warm to around 55°F. A wonderful and unique brew, all it needs is a little less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 07:06:51 | More by hyuga
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #53. It poured with a black body that had ruby notes when held to the light, and a khaki head. Aroma was dark malt and expresso. The taste was malt, prunes, port wine, leather, caramel, cola, and an alcohol bite. (With a 10% ABV, I'd be surprised if it didn't...) The mouthfeel was a medium oily one, with light carbonation. The finish was malt and cola, with light hop notes. Watch out, this is NOT a session beer, more like a rum-soaked fruitcake dessert in a bottle. Perfect as a nightcap!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 18:51:58 | More by WaltTrombone
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3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 52

Appearance: garnet brown, slight haze; thin film of head develops on pour but disappears immediately, forming a crown on the glass

Aroma: deep dark bready malt notes, a slight lactic twang, chocolate, prunes, raisins

Flavor: the up front lactic sourness dominates; underneath it are notes of dark chocolate, coffee, rich malt sweetness, hop bitterness, sherry, prunes, raisins and yeast; the finish is sweet and sour with the sourness staying around in the roasty aftertaste; also lingering are apples and rye-bread

Mouthfeel: full body, slightly astringent, big alcohol warmth, smooth

Overall Impression: This beer is a conundrum. I don't know if it's supposed to be sour or if it's a bad batch. I tried one over a year ago and was really put off by it. Then I tasted one about six months later and I didn't really detect any overt sourness (I'm not sure what the batch numbers were on those). This sample, though, is pretty lactic. It's growing on me as I drink it and as it warms up, but it's not something I would drink often. This one has been in my "cellar" for about a year.

Notes on Batch 59: Tasted a bottle of this batch the other night. Not sour at all. The lactic aroma/flavor was nowhere to be found. This leads me to believe that Batch 52 was definitely contaminated. 59 was all about the chocolatey sweetness with big notes of burnt caramel and peppery alcohol. Also mocha and a fait amount of smoke. Finish is sweet with a lot of residual roast and smoke. Because of this difference, I have increased the score from the previous score of 3.2.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 04:49:35 | More by GreenCard
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Adam is a complex, physically appealing man. Thank God he's a beer!

This is a gorgeous looking beer, as it looks like something straight from Belgium. A huge, rocky, pillowy off-white head tops the amber brown body. Head retention is great. Nose has a hoppy twang and some very strong smoke and alcohol notes. I think it smells kind of like roasted pork. Has many flavors to pick out..grape, raisin, and other dark fruits. Finishes dry, slightly hoppy, with warming alcohol. An interesting brew indeed. Not a huge personal favorite, but highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 23:46:24 | More by IrishRedRock
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4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color, large head. Very roasted caramel nose. Very rich caramelized malts, intense hop flavor. Very intense flavor, yet a very mild taste. Hardly any bitterness. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, there is very slight alcohol taste, sort of subdued. WOW! Very nice beer, from a very non-traditional beer maker.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 17:04:31 | More by beerguy101
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #55, 12 oz. bottle.

Clear dark brown with mahogany and black highlights. Biggest head I've EVER seen on a beer. First pour was nothing but foam - no liquid at all. Took four pours to get a 12 oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The head itself is a grayish mocha color, and settles very slowly to a thick complete rocky cap. The head doesn't leave lace, as much as chunks of foam as it slowly recedes.

Nose is smoky meat and roasted beets over slight bitter coffee and ocean scents. Frankly, while complex, its weird. It smells old - like smelling a beer produced a couple of hundred years ago before malt was kilned over coke.

Very smoky on the palate with a slight sweetness. Quite thick initially, but takes on more realistic proportions by the mid-palate. Long and malty, with chocolate, coffee, and hop bitterness. Not much hop flavor, which works well here.

Nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. Complex and obviously well and lovingly made, but I'm pretty sure I don't like it. Regardless its an idiosyncratic beer, and commended to any taster for the experience.

Many thanks to MJR for donating this one to the cause.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 14:27:36 | More by Realale
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to drink beers like this when my wife and friends are away. We'll, my chance has arrived.

Grabbed a 12 oz. bottle (Batch 56) from the cooler at John's Marketplace and waded through the Friday wine tasters to make my purchases. I don't think she took off my bottle returns, but oh well.

The beer sits heavily in my glass. Deeply stained mahogany that reddens at the thin parts of the glass. Great head that seems to have a never-ending supply of carbonation. I see it rising from around the glass. The smell is malty, dank, and slight hints of the countryside (manure). Tasting it reveals a bold wave of malt flavors, hot alcohol sensation, sour spin, and tart, fruity finish. There are delicate flavors, but the are masked to well by the bold creatures. Somewhat of a challenge to drink all 12, but still worth the trip.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 01:15:04 | More by freed
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Solid black. Slight red twinge. Creamy tan head.

Aroma: Awesome. 'Caramely' sweet. Barleywinish.

Taste: Has a bit of coffee flavor. Smooth finish. Tingly carbonation. A little light in flavor, with a pleasant alcohol warmth.

Notes: Overall a very good beer. A bit daunting in appearance, but much more mellow in flavor. Would have liked it to have a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 14:00:39 | More by beerinator
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Monster head that laces all exposed areas of the inside glass. The color is a deep, dark, rich brown – almost black.

Smell – Lots of smells in this one. Burnt malt and brown sugar come to mind, along with struggling hops and a juicy, chewing tobacco scent.

Taste – This is like syrup. Thick, chewy malts laden with tobacco, burnt brown sugar, prunes (lots of prunes), raisins, and other dark fruits. The sugar comes out even more at the end with a lingering finish along with the alcohol. There are some bitter hops in there somewhere but I’m having trouble picking them out.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to speak of. The beer is creamy smooth though.

Drinkability – Well, it carries a 10% ABV, so I wouldn’t be shooting it with pizza or pretzels. It is smooth enough to go down well though.

Comments – This is a full-bodied heavy hitter and not for the faint of heart. The majority of inexperienced drinkers would probably pour most of the bottle down the sink. I like a strong, malty dark ale but the unbalanced character keeps me away from 5’s on this one.

Update – For my 2004 re-review I found the flavor tainted with some off sour notes which brought the Taste rating down by 0.5.

Update – For my 2005 review we are back on track. The sourness is gone, the rating is back up, and for the first time in history the bottle didn’t explode all over my kitchen floor. Yeehaw!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 03:26:05 | More by RoyalT
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #47. It'd been sitting in my fridge for a few months and I wanted something with a little kick to it tonight. Was I in for a treat!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with instructions on how to pour and other blurbs about the quality of this beer.

Appearance: Minuscule "pfft" when I opened the bottle. Poured a deep, dark, intense brown in color. Virtually opaque. Creamy off-white head is only slightly present yet manages to do a fantastic job of lacing the glass.

Smell: Wonderful vapors escape from the glass as it warms. Sweet, warmed caramel, mixed with juicy-ripe dark fruits assault the olfactories, weaving themselves into the very fiber of your senses. An olfactory experience not to be missed.

Taste: A veritable Swedish massage for your palate. Alcohol-soaked raisins and plums ("Hairy Buffalo" party, anyone?), toffee, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, alcohol, and a wonderfully brief smoky flavor all make appearances on the stage, speak their lines, and depart quickly. A dazzling symphony of flavors that combine to play a wonderful opus of flavor for your audience of taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. So creamy smooth. A veritable drenching of the palate in flavor. Outstanding.

Drinkability: Excuse me? 10% ABV. Are you *sure*? A wonderful beer to be had. It got much better as it warmed, with the flavors being more pronounced. A very smooth and quaffable beer. I really had to slow myself down with this one, lest this concoction disappear too quickly. Do yourself a favor and pick one up. Reward yourself for a job well-done with Adam.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 19:06:27 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 1 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. It poured with a huge head. It's very sweet. As others have noted, it would go well w/ chocolate. Also, the alcohol is very apparent. It does have a sweet taste to it. This is a unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 19:55:26 | More by jcalabre
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty dark brown, so I might as well call it black. Light tan color head, big bubbly frothy head, a bit of lace - an okay looking brew.

Smell was big and present: a peanut butter scent, dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and a tad of dark husky wood. Taste was strongly of chocolate, figs, chewable malt, a soda like sour. A sweet yet biting combination of flavor and mouthfeel, except this is a bit more thick. Did leave a little fizzy sort of action on the middle of my mouth.

A big beer, a sweet sort of English Strong Ale (not a barleywine!). Definitely good but surely not great. Serve slightly chilled for best results.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 09:36:33 | More by nomad
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a profoundly good beer. The head is sculpture. My first encounter was on draft at Floyd's in Seattle. I've tried batches in the 20's, 30's,40s, and 50's, with tonight being #52. The last time was #33. This beer is an example of Beer as Art. It is beguiling. Like a good meal the components are so integrated that no one element stands out. They tease. The flavour changes from Imperial Stout to Harvest Ale. All the leathery,woody, chocolatey flavors dance interchangeably throughout the taste. When I think I have a flavor pegged it changes. Alan Sprints is an alchemist. This is gold turned into beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 20:10:04 | More by faernt
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North Carolina

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

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle from batch 54.

I compared Fred to a German WWII blitzkrieg attack because of his pointed helm. Well then I would have to compare Adam to 1920's mob muscle wise guy because of his look and his hat.

Adam looks like an old or upper level 1920's mod member from his mug shot on the bottle. But looks can be deceiving and Adam is young. Young, pissed, and full of fire!

In my review of Fred I said that he should come with a warning label that read 'Pour with caution!' Now I know why he doesn't because where Fred brought a squad of head, Adam brings a large Chicago neighborhood of large muscled head; thick, billowy, mountainous head with a valley and craters. The first pour left an inch of beer and the rest of the glass full of head, and I used proper technique I swear! It took three pours and about 20 minutes to get all of Adam and his muscle in the English Pint glass.

Then the St. Loki's day massacre started.

Adam roared into my nose on his gangs Model-Ts screeching to a halt and the tires leaving the scents of roasted malt, toasted barley, hops, and flowers.

Then the tastes assault began. The young, beguilingly strong Adam fired his Tommy Gun of taste with a fury rarely seen. Hit with flavor bullets of new leather, malt, hops, flowers, dark chocolate, and bitter toffee. Then Adam's cronies, ABV blindsided me with a vicious attach of alcohol and young, punk spite that comes from a man tested at much too early an age.

Adam and his Batch 54 Gang needs to be left alone for years in the hopes that age will mellow their anger and wisdom will temper their fury. Hopefully Adam will become the wise, but strong Dom in the family and rule with a fair, but firm hand. For if Adam doesn't learn temperament much will be lost.

All of that being said and the St. Loki's day massacre being recorded, I would gladly recreate the event if I was to never see Adam age and achieve the temperament of an aged wise guy.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 18:24:13 | More by Loki
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, dark brown body, with a smooth, creamy, tall, extra-resilient head. Small bubbles, frothy, uneven -- the head is just wonderful. Fabulous lacing; the head recedes from the glass like a reluctant army, leaving a thin layer of itself behind.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of bread. Talk about bread in a bottle!

Chewy and creamy maltiness fills the mouth when you take your first sip. The upfront taste is a high sweetness, followed by a deep, charcoal burning, and all of it is covered with a creaminess that seems almost foamy.


Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 19:18:11 | More by Darkale
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Forms a light brown head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is malty, bready, and peppery with a bit of roastiness and chocolate notes. The flavor is sweet, bready, raisiny, with a super sweet fruity flavor and a sweet syrupy finish. It is a full-bodied brew that is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 08:17:39 | More by BeerBuilder
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.