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

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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
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
47
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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366
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a two-ounce sample of this thanks to an auction for charity. As a group, we split a 375ml bottle. Pours a simply beautiful brown/copper color without a hint of carbonation. We sampled this along side a 2007 Utopias. Dave was mellow and welcoming, purring like a cat, a ton of complexity with raisins, caramel, toffee, and chocolate notes and a slight smoke presence. Simply delicious. The young un-behaved 2007 Utopias was still screaming and could use a good 8 to 10 years of time out. This is truly an amazing beer worthy of all the attention.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown to black in color, I expected a completely still beer, but a small skirmish of tan foam gathered and then quickly dissipated. Nice long syrupy legs hug the glass leaving a trail behind them as I drink it. Aroma is an amazing blend of dark fruits, prunes and raisins, as well as some aged malt characteristics of soy, salty meatiness, leather and wood. Big alcohol in the aroma as well as a whiff of delicious, sweet brown sugariness. Taste follows the aroma well, sweet pruney malts, brown sugar up front before a big woodiness leads into a big alcohol bite and then back for a somewhat drying woody finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, low level of carbonation adds to the syrupy feel, but the body is not overly heavy or cloying, probably thinned with age and cut strongley by the warmth and bite of the alcohol strength. Amazing beer, definitely quite large, alcohol is very large and in the face and yet is balanced and pleasing in this sweet aged treat. Extremely drinkable for its abv, more please. Would have loved to try it earlier in its life though this sample was incredibly good.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with no head, but check out the ooey, gooey legs.

Smell: Pure, top-dollar chocolate extract with a simmering pot of candied dark fruits, Grade-A maple syrup, brown sugar, and tawny port.

Taste: Luxurious blend of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and maple -- all very sweet. Tons of dark fruitiness crammed into every savored sip. A pinch of black Cavendish pipe ash. Some spice cake crumbs. Quite warming throughout, though never ever hot.

Mouthfeel: Thick-bodied. No carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks rather well considering the purported ABV. It's definitely the feel-good hit of my summer! A very delicious creation, it was hard not to include the "f" word in my review.

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Dave from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.38 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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