Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.5/5 rDev -18%
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.
12-26-2012 04:14:22 | More by cfrances33
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-23-2012 17:11:28 | More by Jules11788
4.4/5 rDev +3%
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.
12-22-2012 05:38:54 | More by RashyGrillCook
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-30-2012 00:45:16 | More by VncentLIFE
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
11-29-2012 14:08:57 | More by tobelerone
4.23/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-26-2012 05:19:46 | More by rfbenavi80
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
11-26-2012 04:06:10 | More by argock
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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