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


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1,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 1933
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

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Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for the opportunity.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a two finger head and decent lacing.

S: Lots of ripe fruit aromas along with some caramel, dark chocolate, tobacco, and malts in there somewhere.

T: The flavors aren't quite as sweet as the smell, which I'm happy about. There are roasted malts, sweet fruits, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a little alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I like this beer a lot. It's dangerously drinkable for what it is and very enjoyable. I'm very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:18:22 | More by nUgZ
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with significant amount of haze. A HUGE tan foamy head, that dissipated into a slightly lumpy two finger head over time. My bottle was seriously over carbonated. Spilling a few drops on the counter, foamed up instantly.

A wonderful toffee, caramel aroma.

Taste of a again caramel and toffee with a bit of sweetness, a nice thick wheaty body. However the carbonation kind of ruined the beer a bit. It was still delicious, but it punctuated smoothness with the roughness of so many bubbles. I think they over conditioned my batch just a little bit(wish I wrote down the batch number). I drank the bottle over two days and the second day yielded less bubbles and I have to say it was fantastic after the some of the carbonation subsided.

This is no doubt a great beer from Hair of the Dog, they could just use a little better QC on their bottle conditioning.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 06:10:31 | More by sirtomtom
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #85

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark amber in color, almost jet black, with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film that covers the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts with significant amounts of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (figs), and just a hint of smokiness.

T: Wow there is a lot of complexity to the flavors of this beer - it starts out with a strong flavor of smoked dark malts with just a hint of iodine. That is followed by some strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit (figs and raisins). Light notes of alcohol and bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate to significant amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall, this is a big beer that is quite filling and one that definitely needs to be sipped due to the complexity. Additionally, the alcohol in this beer is not quite as well hidden as I would have enjoyed and that makes it one that you can only have a single beer during a session. This one will really warm you from the inside, so I'm glad I chose to have it on this below freezing winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:23:35 | More by dbrauneis
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3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a HiF stem.

Pour: Deep brown with three fingers of fluffy, khaki head. Leaves thick lacing and the head hangs around for most of the glass.

Smell: Big boozy dark fruits up front. Figs and raisins. Heavy molasses, and lots of roasted malts. Some light coffee and a light pine on the finish.

Taste: Follows the nose with huge boozy figs, raisins, and dates up front. Follows with thick molasses sweetness, and some more booze. Finishes with touches of roastiness and a light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Boozy. A sipper for sure. Syrupy body.

Overall: Nice flavors, but this is just too boozy for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:14:22 | More by cfrances33
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a motor oil-like pitch-black in color, lets no light through; thin head that lingers; light, oily lacing

S: Nose is dominated by smoky oak wood and dark fruits: raisins, figs, dates; has hints of leather, tobacco, vanilla, and coffee

T: Just like the nose. Starts out with lots of strong smoky oak which pervades throughout, then transitions into a rich raisiny flavor along the middle of the tongue, with hints of tobacco, leather, and baker's chocolate. Finishes with a nice boozy bite and a spiced bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, light carbonation; coats the mouth nicely though. This is pretty boozy though, but with a few years in the cellar it would mellow out phenomenally.

O: This is an incredibly complex beer, and with some age on it it could turn it from "excellent" to "world-class". It's a little boozy, but overall it's pretty fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 17:11:28 | More by Jules11788
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84 served in a snifter.

A: An assertive ppffssst as you pop the cap. Pours a rather dark brown with ruby highlights. A fine textured, firm finger and a half beige head beckons thee.

S: The second you pour this thing out it fills the surrounding air with notes of sweet caramel and toffee. A closer sniff reveals some fruitiness(figs and dates) and some booze heat as well.

T&M: Wow! There is A LOT going on here! Booze and bitterness right up front gives way to a quick dark toffee hit and finishing with a plethora of dark fruits. The layers come through very clearly. Carbonation is perfect and feel is again just right. Not too dry, not too heavy.

O: Certainly deserving of its high ranks, this is an incredibly delicious brew. Stashed a few in the cellar and I can't wait to see what time does to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 05:38:54 | More by RashyGrillCook
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks dakkon54!

batch 81 (bottled in September 2010).

Pour is a deep, dark opaque brown. Initial half inch head subsides into a small ring.

It smells aged, but not in a bad way. By aged, i mean a dry, sweet grainy smell that I associate with aged beers. Light smoke on the nose, hints of dried dark fruits, and just a bit of tobacco. This thing would pair so well with a good Cedar aged cigar.

The taste has charred wood everywhere. Hints of tobacco and cigar smoke come to mind, but not in a bad way. Theres enough sweet malt to back those cigar box flavors up. The roasted, toasted, and charred malt still dominated, but the body is there--enough to balance out the charcoal taste.

it drinks so smooth and easy. Its definitely 10%, and it drinks like it. Thick and heavy for sure. Lots of booze and dark fruit come somewhere in the middle. I shouldn't be able to drink a 10% like this.

Very, very well done Hair of the Dog.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 00:45:16 | More by VncentLIFE
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. What a phenomenal beer. Dark, nearly black bodied; a small, quickly settling head; exceptionally creamy looking lace clinging to the glass in sheets. Rich chocolate aroma bursts from the glass; fruit, smoke, caramel, booze, wine-like tannins, and more.

In the flavor, lots of chocolate; big and hefty roast and caramel malt; some bitter hops remaining mostly in the background playing a supporting role; modest toffee sweetness that ends in a nearly dry finish. Pleasantly warming booze that isn’t excessively hot. Opens slowly to reveal additional layers of smokiness, tobacco, dark fruits, tannins, yeasty esters; leather, perhaps. Wow, there’s a lot in here.

Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation; alive but also smooth and creamy. Totally complex beer with myriad layers, quite a standout in a long weekend in which a lot of rare beers were ticked.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 14:08:57 | More by tobelerone
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 84 on front label.

A- Pours a very deep, deep brown color with 3 fingers of thick light mocha colored head that lingers quite a while receding un-uniformly to what looks like a mini mountain range inside the glass. Wow this beer looks great.

S- Huge up front aromas of rich dark caramel and candied dark fruits. Some thick resinous piney hops poke through the underlying carmel and fruit notes. Slightly boozy considering the 10% ABV. We're off to a really good start here.

T- Follows nose well, rich carmel sweetness hits the tongue quickly followed by a resiny hop kick that has lost its bitterness punch but still holds a little bit of power. Fair amount of dark roasted malts, combined with the strong flavors of molasses, and dark fruits. Finishes with the booziness that was present on the nose, and a light roasted coffee aftertaste.

M- Feels on the low side of full bodied. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A solid Old Ale that goes great with the weather cooling off. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 05:19:46 | More by rfbenavi80
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pinot noir glass. Batch 85 on front of label. Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San Diego, CA) for $5.49.

A: Porterish dark brown with 2-fingers of creamy light beige head with good retention and tons of craggy lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Caramel toffee and vanilla aromas greet first but get some resistance from citrus, pine, and resiney hops. Malt strikes back though with raisin, fig, and plum and just a bit of roasted malt and nutty aromas. Smells delicious...

T: The flavor even surpasses the aroma. The maltiness of this big sipper covers a bunch of different bases, but with a lot more cohesiveness than Fred, which I tried a few nights ago. Adam layers caramel, slightly burned chocolatey toffee, graham crackers, and dark fruit flavors, but especially fig and raisin. The hops provide mostly moderate bitterness and some orange and grapefruit citrus notes. The flavor holds together so well and is does with enough bitterness to prevent cloying sweetness. Alcohol is there but supports the sweetish flavor with some berry qualities.

M: A bit overcarbonated at first opening that was initially prickly but calmed after warming and opening but the big body eventually comes through to carry what turns out to be a nice, creamy feel. It drinks far easier than its 10+% ABV.

O: Adam is a superb masterpiece of a big beer. It provides such a well-crafted mix of malty flavors accented with hoppy character. Definitely find this beer and I imagine Adam from the Wood is probably amazing as well. Probably the highlight beer of my trip to San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 04:06:10 | More by argock
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido in mid-February for $6.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with a huge billowing brown head that is long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is hints of smoked malts and dark fruits.

Taste is dark fruits with some vanilla, and smoked malts. Not sweet at all considering the high abv.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but very smooth.

Overall this is a well crafted beer that i am glad to have had the opportunity to try. Would definitely do again if available.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:19:56 | More by arizcards
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Batch Number 86.

A- Pours an entirely opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't retain much before becoming a lopsided ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Full sheet of lacing cracks apart slowly.

S- Quite boozy with some heavy roast and notes of raisin, oak and molasses.

T- Intensely roasty with a hot alcohol twang that becomes more appropriate as it warms. Notes of dark roast coffee beans, char and bourbon. Slightly sweet.

M- Chewy and a bit creamy with medium-low carbonation and a heartily robust body.

O- This needs a lot of calming down. Wish I had another to commit to the cellar. Thanks to SatlyMalty for the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 01:07:09 | More by Immortale25
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown. Slight cloudiness as a bit of sediment makes it into the glass. Forms a smallish light tan head that doesn't bother sticking around for long. No lacing.

S: Wonderfully aromatic and rather complex. Dark fruits, dried fruits, raisin, tobacco, brown sugar, leather.

T: Taste is much like the aroma. Raisins, brown bread, molasses, burnt caramel, a bit of earthy leather and just a hint of leather. Finish is long and earthy.

M: On the heavier side of medium with a very easy carbonation and a mild bitterness. There is a dry, chalky, alcoholic feeling on the finish.

O: While Old Ales are not my favorite style and I couldn't see drinking this beer on a regular basis, I can't deny it: this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:01:01 | More by Florida9
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84

Appearance. Pours a murky deep brown with a little red and 2+ fingers of thick, light tan head that has great retention and leaves some nice thick lace.

Smell. Molasses, brown sugar, smooth booze, roasted malts, and a little dark fruit.

Taste. Molasses again, some tobacco and roasted malts, dark fruits - plums and raisins, a little cocoa powder and smoky wood. Quite dry, but enough sweetness to bring out the flavours nicely.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Nice big beer that's smooth and has a bunch going on, all in a nice balance. Exemplary for an old ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:18:33 | More by Rutager
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Alberta (Canada)

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

A: Opaque black with a tan colored head that rises out of my glass. I think the bottle had been shaken a bit earlier in the day, probably accounts for this.

S: Very complex. Dark fruit, tobacco, leathery, smokey, a bit of vanilla, slightly oxidized. Unique and delicious.

T: This is a very impressively balanced beer. Not nearly as sweet as other examples I've had of Old Ale. A rich, dark smokiness is a beautiful counterpoint to the sweetness of this style.

M: Full but not overly syrupy. Very creamy. Fantastic beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:53:36 | More by mattsander
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as brown as possible before you get to black with a thick, tan creamy head. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar and toasted malt, and the flavors definitely match up. Love the sweetness, but it's balanced with some smokiness and bitterness and a trace of alcohol. Very rich and full-bodied mouthfeel. This is an awesome, complex beer that could take the place of dessert after a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:44:08 | More by CaptainPiret
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Batch number: 85

Pours a nice opaque brown. Quite dark actually with no light coming through and not a lot going on at the edges. There is a nice 0.5 inch light tan head that is creamy and sticks around for a while. Nice dense bubbles.

Delicious nose. Molases and carmel notes intermingle with some good dark fruits. Dates and prunes and some raisins. There is some brown sugary sweetness perceived as well. Very malt forward. Very nice sweet notes.

Flavor starts off with some strong malty roast. Some tobacco and coca notes with some slight coffee. There is some slight boozy heat that creeps up. Then in the middle there is more of a sweet and dark fruit note. The flavor sort of threw me off because the nose was much more sweet. Still very nice Old Ale. Malty and grainy with some good sweetness and some nice leathery and roasty notes. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp for my liking but still good.

Pretty good Old Ale. Not my favorite but still good. I enjoy a bit more sweetness in the flavor but there are still some nice interesting smoked and raosty notes. Some slight coffee and coca can be perceived too.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 22:29:35 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown-orange with a medium creamy brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma: Smokey, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, and some leather. Taste: Smokey, malt, caramel and dark fruits. Good bitterness in the aftertaste (long duration), but not overwhelming. Body is rich. Overall: Very complex and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 22:35:39 | More by stoutluvr420
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad I got to try this, thanks to brabuse430 for the extra!

Smells amazing, likely the most aromatically interesting beer I've ever had. Chocolate, fruit, booze, caramel, it's all in there.

Taste is quite complex is well. I get a variety of different flavors as the beer moves across the palate. Very distinct smoke, dark fruit, and burned caramel. Quite tasty.

Overall, a great beer. Not one that I would be drinking everyday, but something that I definitely look forward to trying again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 19:55:26 | More by thebigredone
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black, with maroon highlights. A finger of light tan head with good retention. Interesting nose, with molasses, toffee, nutty, vanilla, fig, raisin and leather believe it or not. As well as a host of other aromas. Very complex and intriguing, could smell it all day. Taste follows with all things mentioned above, again very complex, in fact I'm going to say this is the most complex beer I've had to date. I'd give it a 5, but it's hard not to imagine it couldn't be improved upon with so much going on. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, it hides it's alcohol well without too much sweetness or bitterness. Overall a very fine beer, going to have to pick one of these up now and again I think.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 04:21:23 | More by IllNate
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love big ales. Adam is right up my alley.

A: Dark black to brown. Almost no head at all, even with an aggressive pour. Pretty standard however for such a big bottle conditioned ale.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, a pleasant sweetness, and a bit of booze. Smells very appealing.

T: Smokey chocolate malts, leather, caramel, a slight bitterness, and lots of booze on the finish. I must say that the distinct leather notes are a bit off putting, but easy to look past in favor of the other complexities.

M: Perfectly (un)carbonated. Creamy and smooth, very boozy. This is what I want from a big ale!

O: A great offering from HotD. I had this on tap at the brewery but greatly preferred it from the bottle. I would love to taste it with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:25:27 | More by alexipa
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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by Jason. Batch 85. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark woody brown with a small tan head.

S: Muted leather, maple, vanilla, smoked meat.

T: Bitter smokiness, figs, leather, brown sugar. Dry with some mild hop bitterness and slight alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: A bit too dry and leathery for me, but still good - a unique old ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:52:26 | More by Etan
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3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a huge and foamy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a perfect patchwork of lacing behind. Nice island of foam sticks around for a long time too.

S: Brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Some cocoa and leather.

T: Starts off with some caramel, brown sugar and a little...butterscotch? Lots of leather in the middle with some cocoa and smoke. Almost get some tobacco in the finish with some earthiness. A little more smoke in the aftertaste too. Spicy alcohol lingers.

M: Fairly heavy but not overly so. Nice and thick - appropriate for the style.

O: Not a bad old ale. Most are very fruity and this one is not. Quite smokey with lots of tobacco too. Great if you like that in a beer but I'm not a huge fan. I still enjoyed it and can appreciate the complexity and balance, but the choice of flavors didn't agree with me that much.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 04:12:40 | More by Dope
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black, big tab head, highly retained lacing.

Taste: chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, leather, grapefruit, apple, hazelnut, smoke.

Mouthfeel: full bodied... Surprisingly effervescent for such a full body. Thankfully so... It's big.

It's a big delicious desert! Thank you Adam.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 04:22:14 | More by dngilb
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thebeerbug for giving me this one.

A-pitch black with a nice tan head that stuck around for lacing the entire glass.

S-very savory, roasty, toasty dark malt. hint of molasses and smoke is somehow in here.

T-chocolate malt hits you first followed by a hint of smoke and some bitterness. Very well balanced.

M-thick and good.

OVerall-thebeerbug comes through again and gives me this insane stout. I have to say I was off the stout kick until I became friends with him. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 19:36:18 | More by danedelman
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.