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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
49
pDev:
10.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Rifugium
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad to finally crack this one with some fine folks. I had low expectations, considering how the beer could have aged, but it ended up being quite an experience, and as the only owner of the bottle, at least I know it was stored properly.

Twisted the cap off without a sound, and gave it a little whiff. Expecting lots of oxidation, instead I was met with heavy smoky malt, and booze-soaked cigars. I knew right then that this held up well and was going to be good. The bottle was split between 9 glasses. Obviously completely still, translucent, dark molasses color, thick coating on the glass. Another surprise: absolutely no dregs in the bottle at all. I guess it makes sense considering the processing used to make the beer what it is, but I guess I expected some sludge or even a little residue after over 2 decades. But nope...totally clean.

As for the taste, this was pretty much like drinking a really good smoky Scotch. Big on booze, but very smooth, dark coffee roast, hints of peat, and lots of chewy cigar tobacco. I honestly didn't get any off-flavors from this, not even oxidation. Mouthfeel, again, hot but smooth, like good Scotch, nice in little sips, which is really the only proper way to enjoy this beer.

All in all, this exceeded my expectations greatly, and the experience was worth every penny, especially being able to share it with some good people.

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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
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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4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.87/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -19.5%
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 -14.2%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -8.2%
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 -14.2%

Photo of AgentZero
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -2.7%

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