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

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of homebrew311
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 77. Poured into New Belgium snifter.

A: pours a deep dark brown with auburn highlight, very little light passes through, a color of creamy tan head remains after initial pour, some lacing.

S: deep rich malts with notes of molasses, carob, caramel, honey, and oak. This has some notes reminiscent to a big imperial stout, but it smells to be much sweeter than most stouts. There is a definitely a dash of hops that come in towards the end. This is very aromatic.

T: bitter dark chocolate comes first with bold molasses and caramel to follow. Things are nicely in balance, not as sweet as the nose suggested. Nice hoppy finish to round out the flavor. The alcohol is nearly undetectable. Very nice.

MF: thick body, smooth texture, low carbonation

O: this is an incredibly delicious Old Ale that has some characteristics of an imperial stout which makes for a nice over all flavor.

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Photo of treyrab
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1, vintage 1994, thanks to Alan at the Hair of the Dog tasting room today (June 22, 2011). Thanks a lot! Never thought I would try this beer; I was only 6 years old when it was brewed.

Got to the tasting room when it opened at 2PM, and it was an awesome garage- style atmosphere. The garage door was opened as it was a gorgeous day in portland.

Alan brought out the batch 1 on a plate with two HotD branded tulip glasses. The beer itself was wrapped in a gold foil, and the label was miraculously in tact (perfect, really). Perfectly aged and brought out at a solid 55-60F. Poured with Alan and a buddy into three glasses.

A: Cracked open with a nice hiss (great to see after 17 years). Pours with a gorgeous mahogany hue a slight brick copper colour and small tan head. Very nice to see some active carbonation in this. The head is not robust, but definitely there with some nice tan bubbles. Perfectly clear when held to the light.

S: The smell was rich sherry and port (moderately salty) with dusty leather, great smoked peat, hints of smoke, dry cocoa powder, campfire ash, and toffee sweetness. A plethora os scents really, and super complex. But the peat, smoke, and chocolate are very refined.

T: Good God. The leather and tobacco flavours really shine here and blend perfectly with the chocolate, and port. Moderately salty (perhaps soy sauce) with a great rich toffee and even some nuts. Tons of smoke and some charred wood as well.

Overall, this beer has aged wonderfully. Glad I got to try this one. I tasted it side by side with the newest batch (batch 81) and it was awesome to see how similar (and how different) the two beers were. Thanks Alan!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from trade. Big thanks on this one, as it is a long time want. Finally! Batch Number 82 (whatever that means) poured 1/31/15. Pours hearty and thick dark brown, looking almost black as it settles in the glass, with a bit creamy khaki brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, some spicy hops, sweet molasses and caramel, toffee, whoah. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is chocolatey breadyness, peated malts (was not expecting that!), smokey mess mixed with sweet molasses and caramel. Lots going on here, but balanced nicely by the hops and finishes with a light crisp bitterness and light lingering sweetness. Rich body with plus carbonation, lively, yum. Lived up to expectations and included some unexpected flavors win the smokiness/peatyness.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found my notes for this beer. A friend brought this back from NYC.

The aroma is huge and malty. Loads of figs, fruits, tobacco and some alcohol.

This beer is delicious. By far the best Old Ale I have had. Big figgy/fruity malts, caramel and slight alcohol.

This is a strong beer but it is strong in such a good way.

Drinkablility is such that I wish I had more and it made me not want to have to share the bottle haha.

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Photo of JasonA
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 67. I know its a bit old, either 06 or 07.

This is going to be a tough style to rate as I know nothing about them except what I have read.

Pours a delicious dark (very dark) brown, quite opaque, though some light getting through. Rich dense, dark head with quite a lot of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Some dark dried sweet fruit like raisin or date. There is another food type that I cant place. Virtually no hop character. ABV. It doesnt take a genious to call this a full bodied beer.

Wow. Roasted malt finish. Wow. Ive never tasted a finish non-syrup like with this flavor. Lots of warming, non biting, ABV in the middle.

Sits very smooth for ABV. Almost like a Barley Wine. Lots a similarities between them. This brew gets better as temperature rises.

I love this brew. I cant really find a flaw in it. I wish I could drink like 4 of them starting at dinner. This would compliment a lot of meals and is a very hearty drink.

I originally got this beer in a BIF. Ive been looking to trade for them, but I think the price is a bit high. I might try to find some on the cheap any way possible.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby red that appears almost black. Over 3 fingers of creamy, tan head explodes over the snifter and dissipates slowly leaving behind thick, beautiful lacing.

N: Fig, dates, leather, molasses, tobacco, red grapes, plum and hints of cherry and cocoa.

T: Red grapes, raisin, dates, plum and tobacco upfront. This is followed by molasses, leather, roasted barley, fig and some oak. Finishes with huge fig notes, dark chocolate, and hints of leather. Very light citrus and fruity esters make an appearance throughout.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, soft, sticky, dry and bitter.

O: This is one robust beauty! Dead on for a fantastic Old Ale. Huge dark fruit, leather, tobacco and molasses notes throughout. I can't even imagine what some cellaring would do to this. Alcohol is not detectable. EXCELLENT!

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Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 84

A: Pitch black with a huge medium brown head. Good retention and lace.

S: Heavily roasted, smoked malt, a bit of booze, hops, coffee, earth.

T: Huge roasted malt, dark dried fruits, smoke, earthy American hops, are there but faint. Complex flavors that are hard to identify. A lot going on in this beer.

M: Massive, complex flavors. Fresh hops but great malt character throughout.

O: Awesomely unique. Delicious. Expensive but a great treat.

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Photo of scottoale
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown longnecks Batch 66 and 72, courtesy of travisd13, a very generous trader...thanks man! Reviewing Batch 66. Poured into a Duvel tulip, a dark ass walnut brown with a huge two-finger khaki head that turns rocky and lasts. It leaves eventually with some lace clinging, but is brought back to life with a few swirls of the class, nice.

Sweet malty nose with some hops holding back. Some really sweet floral notes peek in, kind of a honeysuckle/jasmine combo. As it warms, the alcohol jumps out and takes control. Strong and sweet, dark fruits and alcohol, this is a seriously strong ale and it gives you warning. Ahh, the potent smell!

The taste is like, but better than the smell. Full and rich of malt and fruits, tobacco and molasses, this stuff tastes great. The alcohol pushes the malt through to a hop neutral finish. Long and warming flavor. Sweet, but never too sweet.

Big body with good complimentary carbonation and a boat load of alcohol...very drinkable if you love this style and can handle the punch. This is a great brew.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94
Glad I traded for as many of these guys as I did because it is absolutely incredible. Rich, thick frothy head builds about an inch above a rich mahogany pour. Smells of dates, raisins, and fine tobacco. Taste gives way to a bouquet of rich dark fruits, vanilla, leather, a touch of oak, and finishes with maple sugar. So many layers but still so simple to dissect and enjoy. Excited to see how the rest of my bottles develop.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra in a recent trade with MASPuros. Thanks Mike.

Batch 72.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, with a two finger head that sticks around for a good long time. The lacing is thick, leaving a nice coating behind in the glass.

Smell; chocolate, wood, smoke all hit me as soon as I start to pour. As it seetles down some nice dark fruits start to come out, with raisins and dates. Fantastic, one of the best aromas of any beer that I've had.

Taste; the woody/smokeiness comes through right away as it did with the aroma, followed by chocolate and molasses. Raisins and dates combine with some brown sugar in to give this a semi sweet finish that helps tame the 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very good drinkability despite the high alcohol content. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of derftron
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Have had it on tap or in a bottle over 30 times.

Decided to review it just because it is now one of my favorite beers that I try to have weekly.

pours quite dark and leaves a little head and lacing on the glass.

very smooth mouthfeel, but not at all syrupy.

smells of figs, molasses, oak. just a lot of dark/old smells coming through

overall, just a great beer. take your time sipping it because it will give you a nice buzz after just one. very drinkable and tastes better everytime I have it. completely unique with its flavor. HotD just knows how to do some things better than others, and this beer is one of their best. balanced and complex and something any beer enthusiast should try

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Photo of JohnG190
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown%2C almost black with a thick%2C copper colored head. Nice lacing. The aroma is complex - lots of dark roast malt%2C chocolate%2C with a hint of smoke. Maltiness on the front of the tongue%2C followed by chocolate and smoke. There's enough bitterness to balance out that malt backbone. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall%2C this is an outstanding sipper to enjoy on a cold winters night.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a little charged up. You need to be careful pouring this one. Pours a big rocky tan head. Has very good head retention. Color is close to black. Aroma is of earthy hops and slight smoke. The first thing your buds tell you with this one is that it is one great brew. The mouthfeel is very light for an old ale. This is incredibly easy drinking for a 10% a/v old ale. It has a "belgian-like" alcohol taste present. Very mellow. Has some slight roasted tones and beautiful hop character. Was well worth the $3+ I spent on 12 oz. Top Notch.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Hair of the Dog
Style: Old Ale
Glass: pint

Opaque, leathery brown, with an effusive khaki head.

Chocolate, oily hops, smoke, whiskey.

Powdery chocolate, whisky, leather, smoke, figs, oily hops. Made with Northwest hops, Organic Pilsner malt and "a variety of specialty grains."

Thick and chalky in a good way.

Very nice mixture of deep dark flavors, alcohol that is expertly masked, and a balancing hop presence.

Would I get it again?:

Batch #: 80

Bottled: ?
Served: July 6, 2011

Price = $4.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Photo of jtmartino
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you not love this beer? Seriously? I cracked a 6 month bottle open and dumped it into my Deschutes Snifter. Poured a dark, rich mahogany with a finger of light tan head.

Smell is incredible. Caramelized sugar, toffee, coffee, raisins, molasses, with a spice reminiscent of cola. Big, thick, and sweet.

Taste is excellent, but very different than the smell. Carmelized apples and burnt toffee dominate the flavors...the astrigent roast of the malt but an underlying sweetness. There is an acidic green apple quality to the finish that makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Think of a roasted caramel apple.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and viscous.

Overall this is an amazing beer. Worthy of the praise indeed.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle Batch No. 57
Poured a black brew with a nice tan head that subsided slowly. Aroma is rich in dark plumb and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with carmelized malts at first that finishes with a sweet bready smooth malt flavor and smoke right at the end. Very smooth and very drinkable this beer is very complex and seems to gain more chocolatyness as it warms.
This is a beautiful beer ment to be aged for special occasions although i would find it hard to keep it in the cellar for long.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72

A- pours a deep garnet tinged brown with a finger of khaki colored head. Decent retention with some spotty lacing.

S- starts out with a big dry rich malt aroma with motes of leather, tabacco and sundried dark fruit gallore. Woody mulchy hops blend in with notes of leaf and citrus. Finishes with a port character.

T- rich dark fruity malt with port like qualities up front with notes of tabacco and leather. A citrusy hop pops in the middle and transitions into woody leafy tones. Finishes dry with a rich lingering fruit and lingering balanced leafy hop bitterness.

MF- rich slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Low perfect carbonation.

D- oh so drinkable! Especially for 10%... more please.

Overall a worldclass brew!

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for batch 72, the first batch I ever had. I recently tried a batch 74 bottle and it was not as tasty. I hope that my remaining bottles can match the greatness of my first!

A--It took over 15 minutes to finish pouring this bottle into my 16 oz. snifter. The head was massive and receded extremely slowly. The color was a very dark brown and lacing coated the walls of the glass.

S--Cocoa, wood, raisins, caramel, citrus hops...all subtly blended together to create a pleasant and inviting aroma.

T--Huge smokiness is dominant...some chocolate really comes out in the taste and creates a wonderfully creamy dessert-like treat. Its like melted fudge with a whole grab back of complex background flavors to keep your palate busy. Not really sure this fits any style description, even one as open as "old ale."

M--Full bodied and creamy, this is amazing. I thought it would be over carbonated based on the out of control head but there must be other factors at work because this is damn near perfect.

D--The most drinkable 10% beer I've had yet, even more so than all my favorite imperial stouts. It is extremely rare for me to give a beer with this high of an ABV a 5 in drinkability, but this is so smooth, complex, and inviting that I have no other choice. This is a flat out amazing beer, it blows my mind that it only has an A- rating.

Extra credit points for a beer with the same name as me as well! What a beer!

UPDATE 9/13/09 -- Batch 73 is more smoky/woody than the other batches I have tried. I think I have to drop the drinkability to a 4.5 since no bottles have matched the greatness of my first

UPDATE 12/30/09 -- Opened a Batch 22 tonight from 1996. The body has thinned out considerably yet overall it has held up quite well considering the bakers dozen revolutions around the sun it has seen. Still a bit of smoke and tobacco, but oxidation has really crept in. Dark fruits seem to be a bit more prominent as well. In fact, this is drinking like a smokey English Barleywine at this point. Extremely interesting.

UPDATE 3/14/10 -- Tried another Batch 74 and it has grown into something quite incredible. Nice rounded smoke/chocolate/resiny hop flavor profile.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz From batch 76 Poured into a Snifter

I have wanted to try this guy for a long, long time, finally picked up in a trade with ShadesOfGray.

L: Pours a Gauloises bruin deep brown, with nearly no head. After 30s or so, froth start to appear from beneath. This beer is thick.

S: Shallow extreme sweetness, fading into ... where to begin? Smoke, cranberries, your favorite (slightly funky) childhood blankey., and on, and on ...

T: Hits like a sweetish barleywine up front, but the depth makes the beer. Clocking this ... the finish hits about 30s after the front. Sweetness into an earthy subterranean middle, with funky fruit and smokey bacon notes. Lingering caramel berries in the finish.

F: Delightfully thick, syrupy. Carbonation is higher than it looks, and sneaks up on you in the middle.

D: For the ABV and style ... this is dangerously drinkable. Adam is in the top 5 reasons to move to Portland ... no joke. This beer is legit.

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Photo of bashiba
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a soap ring of tan head.

The smell has a meaty bacon like quality to it with a bit of treacle.

The flavor is very mild yet complex after the huge smokey nose, but has a nice bit of mild smoke, earthy cedar, and dark chocolate flavors. A long lingering bitterness takes over to even it out nicely.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily and leaves a nice long lasting sticky coating of flavor.

Exactly what I think of when I think old ale. Hair of the Dog Nailed it

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Photo of Janderson91
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eclipse54 for sending me this one in a LIF. Will be starting the next round soon! Always excited to try a new one from HOTD. Finally have time to sit down and write a review as I drink. Batch #82. Enjoyed on 11/27//11.

A - Poured into a Wild Heaven tulip at cellar temp. A very deep, dark purple color with a two finger tan head. Leaves no lacing. Small cap of foam remains throughout the enjoyment of the glass.

S - Excellent aroma coming off this one. Lots of leather, tobacco and dark fruits. Also some figs, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. Very complex.

T - Follows the smell. All of the above descriptions apply. Very sweet but the alcohol bite balances it out. Figs, grapes, leather, plums. This is simply the best old ale I've had and I can't imagine one the taste being any better in the style.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent as well. Medium to full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation on the back end rendering this one quite drinkable.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer. One of my favorites. I've loved everything from HOTD so far. Need to get my hands on some Cherry Adam or regular Adam from the Wood soon. Keep up the good work HOTD!

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 71 poured into one of my oversized wine glasses

deep dark brwon, almost looks like a porter or an imperial stout except for the tinges of reddish brown. A bit of carbonation but very light, surprised me with a bit of lace on my wine glass as well

the nose is quite rich aromas of blackberries and caramel. evidence of the big malt bomb ready to hit the tongue.

certainly an old ale, I detect a great deal of roasted malt here in a way that reminds me of a smoked porter. A great deal of raisins and other dark berry flavors present, evidence of the refermentation sugars as well. I must say that I really like the roasty coffee notes that I think are applied rather creatively in this style of beer. A bit of cleaning hops there on the finish but nothing that really stands out.

just enough carbonation to make it snap, full bodied, deep and oily, and a bit of roasted malt astringence on the finish

also highly drinkable fro the alcohol, I find this beer inoffensive yet striking. I have to say that I absolutely love this beer. It's so yummy, so smooth. It's right up there with some well aged Old Stock.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick almost black body with a small tan head that fades quickly but regenerate easily with a swirl. This is limited carbonation, it sits fairly still in the glass. The aromas are huge, tons of roasted malts with notes of chocolate, and a touch of coffee, before some peaty, almost soily aromas. The taste is rich and just as big as the aroma suggests. Heavy roasted malts up from, with more chocolate, molasses, caramalised sugars, and a rich roasted coffee. Towards the end the bitterness begins to take over with the woody peat flavours entwined with a dry hoppiness. Truly remarkable beer. Hope I get chance to get my hands on this again.

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Photo of Maudite
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to give this one an A+. I've never had my heart melted by a beer like this before. My first real old ale experience, but I am hooked. I find myself thinking about this beer every second, now.

A- Dark, mahogany, the color of a stained wood bureau, old loafers... slight ruby hue in light. Beautiful dark tan head, thick as hell, rich, heavy. I wasn't sure if the head would hold it was so thick, but it stayed to the last drop, great lacing, thick pieces stayed all along the sides of the snifter.

S- Like no beer I've had before. Dense, murky aroma. Very pungent and earthy, like the black soil under a rotting log. Scents of leather, bread, musty clothes. I know these sound awful, but when you smell them in this malty context, your nose is alive and dancing with such complexity.

T- A definite leather onset, followed closely by a dark raisiny taste. Some rich , unsweet (not sour or tangy) cherry, maybe fruit-cake-like flavor deep in the body. Big diacetyl, dark rye/pumpernickle flavors. A definite malty sweetness. By the time it had warmed and I was nearing the end, I had forgotten I was drinking a beer, and thought I had a glass of brandy or 20 year scotch. All-in-all, it tasted like a brandy or a very, very old scotch.

M- Big, thick, acidic. Didn't coat the way I would have hoped with that head, but it was still a big beer.

D- Definitely an after dinner, winding down with a cigar type of drink, though sharing one with my wife while watching a movie as pretty great, too.

This is a beer I can't stop talking about, and am recommending to everyone. Go get one.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a tan head. Nose is oh so good. Lots of chocolate, leatheer fruits and a whiff of smoke. Man. This beer smelled good. Taste, whoa! Awesome. Loved it from the get go. Lots of roasted malt, smokiness, chcolate, booze, tobacco, leather. Lots of things going on here but all very detecable and not muddied togethe. Mouthfeel was nice, boozy, hearty, roasty, leather, wood, cocoa and more. Damn good and very drinkable for the style!

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,414 ratings.
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