Dave | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 29.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was produced in 1994, and won first place at the 1998 Toronado Barley Wine Festival. The strength was achieved by taking 300 gallons of Adam and freezing it three times, leaving only 100 gallons.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
11
For Trade:
1
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nickd717
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed on here forever, but there was this so here we go. Bottle, thanks to Alan. Shared with lots of other Bay Area tickers. Very dark brown color with minimal head. Aroma is smoky with roast, molasses, soy sauce, molasses, tobacco, and dark chocolate dark fruit, whiskey, port. Flavor is medium sweet, some spice, molasses, bitter coffee ground and cigar room finish. Palate is smooth, slick, with a carbonation level that would make Tomme Arthur blush (e.g., almost none). Not too hot for 29%, which is crazy. Full body, but not overly so. Very good beer, and the tick value is obviously f**king astronomical. Life goal achieved.

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Photo of Fux
3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at the Tasting to Sink all Sea Shepherds. It's actually the beer which initiated it. Thanks a lot, Chris, for sharing this rarity! We had this just after Midnight Sun M and Sam Adams MMM.
A: Pours dark with no head to speak of.
S: Smell of alcohol and dried fruits with some raisins, grapes and cheesy flavors. No oxydation from the nose.
T: Taste is very boozy and bitter with some cheesy aftertaste. No oxydation from the taste either. Flavors highlight leather, chocolate, tobacco and dried fruits. Despite the fact it has held quite well for a 22 years old eisbock, it seriously lacks balance, which prevents this to be really good.
M: Oily and sweet. Huge amount of alcohol. No carbonation.
O: I somehow expected this to be oxydized which is not but I can't say I really liked this beer, it's too boozy and unfocused. A little bit disappointing. All the same, thx for sharing, Chris!

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Photo of halo3one
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review #3250, and Had #3300. Served in a small taster glass, next to Wooden Hell and M. Wow, my life doesn't suck. Thanks to the guys for the opportunity to try this.

A - Still. Super dark brown body, with a hint of transparency to it at the edges of the glass. Obviously not expecting much at 29% and after nearly 20 years, but not as attractive as something like Utopias either.

S - Surprisingly boozy, even with so much age. Otherwise it tastes exactly like you'd expect Triple Adam from the Wood to taste: oodles of leather, dark fruits, oak, sherry, port-like oxidation, tobacco, a touch of soy. Still, it's a bit rough and quite the shock to the nostrils.

T - The taste is on the other hand quite excellent. Alcohol is significantly more restrained, and as a result the other flavors pop out significantly more: loads of sweet dark fruits, particularly of prune and raisin, oak, vanilla, port and sherry-like oxidation, some brandy-esque spirit, and a touch of smoke and char. Somewhere between beer and spirit in the flavor spectrum, but certainly complex and enjoyable.

M - Smooth, medium-full body. Oaky, tannic, and fairly dry, but with a mild lingering smoke and stickiness on the palate. Obviously no carbonation. Nowhere near as sticky or heavy as something like Utopias or Millennium. Not overly hot, which is a bit of a surprise.

D - Pretty delicious, once you get past the somewhat rough aroma. Could probably age for another dozen years with minimal ill effect. Worth $2,000 a bottle? Is anything? Still, a very unique beer and a memorable experience. I enjoyed my 2+oz quite thoroughly.

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Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally had the opportunity to taste this little sucker!

Appearance was flat as expected with slight hint of carbonation when pouring. The aroma was sweet and malty with lots of brown sugar, toffee, and caramel; a little booziness on the nose even after 19 years. The taste was kind of like drinking a port/chocolate wine with some figs on the side. After the first couple of sips the tobacco, caramel, and dark fruits and turns into more tobacco. This thing really coats the mouth and lingers. Overall, I finally got a chance to try this and it was kind of what I expected; just a little bit of an over hyped beer. A cigar probably would have enhanced this beer but I will never get a chance to find out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Hair of the Dog stemmed tasting glass alongside Hair of the Dog Adam and Eve.

Pours is as expected. Essentially black and a bit viscous with no head. Maybe some slight legs on the sides of the glass. The nose has smoke, soy, molasses, tobacco, booze, and a hint of dark fruits. The soy really creeps to the front.

Flavor is very similar with a lot of soy and residual sweetness, though not much booze. Tobacco and smoke in the background. Medium-full body.

It's basically super Adam, and is quite intense. I didn't think it was all that fantastic, and honestly if you took away the notoriety of it, I wouldn't pay $10 for a glass of it; I'd much rather have Utopias, particularly aged Utopias.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #2000

Served in a Hair of the Dog snifter.

Acquired via large trade with Mike. A lot of generosity in the beer community.

The beer is dark brown with a few random brown bubbles. There was actually a hiss upon wrestling off the screw top. The aroma is fabulous. Molasses and caramel, booze and candy, a touch of sweetness but by no means cloying. Fabulous flavor. Hype aside this beer is actually delicious. 29% abv is masked extremely well. Of course, this beer is 19 years old. So mellow and smooth. No carbonation. Like a fine after dinner cordial. Chocolate and port wine with rich molasses. Similar in some regards to Samuel Adams MMM. World class. What an experience.

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Photo of BucketBoy
4.01/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dave, courtesy of GrumpyOldTroll, and shared by forgetful, ygtbsm94, Thorpe429, Huhzubendah, yourefragile, and johndoe8. Thanks for the experience, gentlemen. Drank side-by-side with Eve, Adam, and Golden Rose.

L - Black oil with a deep garnet hue when held to the light and legs that go for days in my Hair of the Dog tulip snifter.

S - Molasses, 60% chocolate, concentrated roasted dark malts, even a touch of burnt sugar butterscotch, hints of sweet tobacco, light earthen ash, and the slightest bit of favorable oxidation.

T - Much like the nose, with more emphasis on the tobacco, roast, and burnt sugar. The alcohol is so low-key right now, and helps the flavors pull together. Delicious old ale and truly special!

M - Flat and smooth, with a touch of heat still, but not too much. Well enough.

O - An experience! A dream come true - thanks everyone!

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of AgentZero
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guess I should finally get around to reviewing this EPIC beer. First off, cheers to GrumpyOldTroll for extending the invite which ended up nicely coinciding with my 35th birthday. Big shout out to jbuddle, my homie Sean9689 who made the trip with me from Chi-town, my Asian Brother SpeedwayJim, dtmets84 and Cosmicevan.

Consumed on 1/12/13, review from notes.

A - Like Evan said, this looks like a bottle of worcester sauce, with its clear glass, slightly too-wide neck, and screw off plastic cap. The beer is exceptionally dark black/brown with shades of purple in there. No noticeable carbonation to speak of, the beer is pretty still. Not the prettiest beer around, but for something that's near 20 years old and as big as it is, it's fine.

S - The shocking thing about how this beer smells is the booze. Some booze comes off the nose, but not nearly what you would have expected from 29%. Guess the years may have mellowed it. It's surprisingly complex, with a lot of dark fruit, burnt brown sugar, molasses, and slight cocoa. The tiniest bit of soy sauce aroma is present, which I feel detracts a little bit, but it's not bad. There are some nice earth tones in there as well.

T - Well, color me impressed. It starts out sweet, with a slight bit of soy sauce which I was expecting. It then delves into some nice burnt brown sugar and dark fruits, which was quite nice and pleasant. The thing that really one me over was the great earthy tastes, leather, and hint of nuts. Really well done all around with all the flavors blending together well and yet managing to stand out individually. Throw in a little bit of syrupy cocoa on the end and we have a winner. There is some heat, but nothing that would make you guess 29%, more like something in the mid-teens. Entirely too drinkable.

O - Full bodied, very smooth, not much in the way of carbonation.

O - I was expecting this to be a disaster and to taste like garbage. I can honestly say this beer exceeded expectations. Was it the best beer I've ever had? No. It was however, a great beer and one that is pretty unique. It's enjoyable to drink, goes down surprisingly easy, and has a lot of nice complexity and flavors. Thrilled I got to try it, and it truly made for an EPIC beer, tasting, and event.

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

big thanks goes out to GrumpyOldTroll, jbuddle, Sean9689, SpeedwayJim, AgentZero, dtmets84 for sharing in the greatest day of beer that i have ever been a part of. huge thanks to mike for providing this bit of unobtainium.

notes from 1/12/2013

consumed from a hair of the dog walk the dog taster glass.

a - the bottle itself is somewhat of a site. clear glass with a screw top...like a bottle of worcester sauce. the label is a rather simple black and white with the logo pictured and this text:

Dave was produced in 1994 as an experimental high alcohol Beer. Time has smoothed out the flavor and created a mellow blend of malt and alcohol. Enjoy this testament to the Brewers Art as you would a fine Spirit and think about good things. - Alan Sprints - Brewmaster.

the other side of the label says:

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is dedicated to providing the Beer lover with new and unusual Beer styles. To learn more about Hair of the Dog Brewing Company and our Beer styles please visit us at www.hairofthedog.com

the beer poured still into the glass. deep purple with some maroon highlights when held to the minimum light available in the room. wasn't expecting much in the looks department for a beer this big and this old.

s - the nose is intense and matured over the extended time that this beer sat in my glass. dark fruits, licorice, nuts, prunes, alcoholic heat, nutmeg, brown sugar.

t - the taste was similar to the nose...i was rather surprised to still get so much heat considering the age...but did not feel like a 29% beer. surprisingly drinkable. dark fruit crossed with nuts and a big helping of brown sugar. feels like a strong ale, actually reminds me of batch 9k a bit but hotter.

m - like liquor...leaves a tingle in my mouth. extremely drinkable, especially at 29%. it was pretty amazing and rather warming. feel is so smooth and the booziness is nice.

o - overall, wow...where does one begin? for what this is, the insanity that surrounds it and the incredible desirability, it is the king of beers (sorry bud) to try for the ticker...and in the world of ticking and "whales" many will tell you honestly that very rarely is something of this stature worth what you have to give up to get it...but you can't really know until you go for it and in the world of beers that get hunted, this was surprisingly drinkable and tasty and a hell of an experience compared to the many disappointments. this is a case where the inability to get this beer boosts it up to even more legendary levels, but the core reason that everyone seems to want to try this is very evident when experiencing the beer...and it's just that...trying dave is an experience unto itself. dave is like nothing else. an almost 10 year old beer that drinks like liquor and has crazy complexities and yet it is still considered a beer. trying this is akin to sampling utopias...a unique experience like no other and one that can be polarizing depending on what you like. i have the empty bottle that has a few eye droppings of dave left in it and in the week since i've tried the beer i regularly unscrew the cap and sniff the bottle with the remnants and it takes me back to this crazy experience and the day that followed.

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