Adam | 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

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 DoubleSimcoe
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hair of the Dog Adam, bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Manhattan for $4.99. Pricey little fucker! Batch 80, fresh from 2011.

Appearance: Pours extremely carbonated, even when popping open the cap. As a result, a humongous three-finger head forms, super frothy and fluffy, as if a Belgian brew this were. Soon it recedes to one finger, but never dies completely. Good retention then, but not great lacing. Color is a deep and opaque black, ebony overtones when swirled and looked at closer.

Smell: A ton of deep smoke, hickory perhaps. Some raisin and cherry. Dry, smoked meat hanging outside a roadside stop in Morocco, or Appalachia. This is a very primeval nose that brings to mind Native Americans hunting for salmon and smoking it shortly thereafter. There is also wood and some strong but not outrageous booze.

Taste: Follows nose, with more smoke, tartness and dry fruit (these are more subdued and less present than in the nose). Dry bitter hops round and finish the sip. Very nourishing, feels like food and country ham. I think an Appalachian miner might like this beer... A bit of spicy chocolate, tobacco leaves and sugars.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, incredibly so for a 10%. Medium body and carbonation, full flavor. Nutty dry chewy finish. An overall roasty-smoky feel. Tongue-stinging booze and heat at the end. This is a tummy-warmer!

Overall: I love Adam! Some reviewer said this is like "barleywine meets porter". I couldn't agree more. Dark, strong, sweet, roasty, black... beautiful, different. I want more.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one.

(A) Poured a dark, almost black color. Some ruby hints around the edges and at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Relatively nice stone colored head.

(S) Had notes of plum and darker fruit. Had a bit of an earthy smell to it. Some dark sugars and mild hops.

(T) A lot like the nose. Sweet and slightly nutty. Had a bit of a smoke linger to it. The sugar fruitness from the nose manifested itself in almost like a raisin mid taste.

(M) The carbonation subsided decently enough. This beer was pretty smooth but didn't taste flat.

(O) This was the HotD that I've experienced and it was pretty good. It kind of had a barleywine meets porter sort of feel to it.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks close to black but just off with a creamy tan collar.
Ah man this smells good. It's been to long since if opened a good Old Ale. Dark Cherrys and brandy soaked fruits, maple and dark chocolate. The flavor adds in some extra heat just noted as brandy soaked fruits, just takes it up a level. Raisons and figs are abundant and juicy and covered in cocao and maple. There is light carbination in this beer which is ok for the style personally,and leaves it a bit syrupy.

I dig this beer, Next time i run across the border i'll have to pick up a few bottles to have on hand.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 79. Pours a very hazy dark reddish brown with a medium light-tan head. Scent is a little boozy with some definite aromas of tobacco and leather. There is also a unique sweet smoke aroma with dark fruits and cherries. Very nice! Taste is even nicer! Initially I get sweet dark fruit and sugar with some hints of tobacco. Then I get some delightfully sweet smokiness with cherries and chocolate. Finishes nice and sweet with a bit of booze. Very tasty brew! Mouthfeel is a thick and a bit syrupy. Overall, this is a fantastic old ale with so much flavor and intense complexity.

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Photo of dizknee24
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A dark black almost stoutlike. a nice thick 2 finger head

S leather figs and roast chocolate. smells great

T out of this world loving this. you have never tasted a leathery beer and said this is amazing but thats exactly what i did here.

M nice and thick. fills the palate and your good to go.

O first beer from HotD and i loved it. I need more right now. So give me some!!!

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Photo of veinless
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark maroon, almost having the consistency and color of cough syrup. Head is half a finger at most, and is entirely back generated after the pour is completed. Appeared very flat while pouring, as aggressive pouring yielded pretty much no results. What minimal head there is is a light tan and looks like coffee topper.

Dominant scent to my nose is licorice and a buttery flavor I got from Kalamazoo Stout by Bell's earlier today. Has a distinct leather smell as well to go with dark fruit in the back. Don't get much of the chocolate that the label says the beer has, perhaps it will show in the taste. Booze

I was not impressed by the appearance or smell, but the taste is incredibly full and decadent. The licorice and butter are all over the place along with dark fruits like figs or plums. The finish is smoky and smoothly spiced. Chocolate appears briefly to bridge the gap between the licorice/fruit and smoke. Booze pops up from time to time too, adding an uneven edge to the beer. The malt is so smooth and rich; this would be better with some carbonation though.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich as I said the malt was, but once again, the flatness of this beer is detrimental to it. I want the flavors to pop, and usually a bit of liveliness helps. Other than that, it is fantastic in terms of taste and mouthfeel which makes it all the more frustrating. Drinkability is hurt by the flatness, but the balance of the beer and flavors is pretty good. Tastes are strong, but well done, keeping this from getting out of control.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to redbrewer83 for hooking me up with this one in our first trade (my first ever) in June of 2009. A bottle from batch 75 that I have been cellaring since. Poured into my TJ's 7th Anniversary snifter.

Pours a deep brown accented by garnet highlights that glint off the edges of the glass. A creamy almost Russian Imperial-like head bubbles up to a half centimeter in depth before subsiding to a thin blanket of bubbles that resembles a thin dusting of snow on freshly paved blacktop. While there is no lacing, a swirl leaves an oily wine-like film on the glass that yields some sexy legs as it returns to the level of the beer.

The bottle notes that there are flavors of tobacco, leather, smoke, and fruit. Well, they ain't lying...a sweet smokiness leads the aroma, and it is accompanied tobacco and a gamey leathery aroma. Not much in the way of fruit here, and a hint penetrating alcohol closes it out. I am a bit surprised that this hasn't mellowed more in the past few years. The palate brings out figs and dark bitter chocolate that were notably absent from the nose. Warm alcohol on the exhale is less offensive than in the flavor. This is a phenomenally complex beer.

A little bit too much carbonation early on, though a few swirls remedy that quickly. The body is medium, with a nice syrupy feel to it. Despite my gripes with the texture, this is an extremely well-done beer, and I hope to pick up a few more bottles in the very near future.

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Photo of trappistlover
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle from Bruery Provisions. Batch 79). Pours a cloudy cola color with beige head. Aroma has anise, smoke, dark chocolate and some dank hops. Taste is sweet malts with some savory smoke. Medium to full bodied with a slick/sticky texture. Smooth finish with noticeable alcohol warmth in the chest and throat. Getting some hop bite as well. Definitely a nice beer to end the evening.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle says "Batch #76"

Appearance - Deep eggplant, nearly black color, pour produced a creamy tan head

Smell - Dark fruits, plums, raisins, currants, toffee, rum

taste - flavors are really bold here - toffee, currants, figs, raisins, plums, oak, black licorice, really complex

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet, a little bitterness, finish is smoky/woodsy, but not in an overwhelming fashion, but good balance to this beverage

drinkability - a really good beer, complex flavors, a lot going on here, if you are a fan of this style, its a must try

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Photo of sweemzander
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch #77. Thanks to funkyaudio for this one! I have been itching to retry this after the horrendous bottle I received initially.

(A)- Pours practically a pitch brown, almost black color. Produced a nice yet small frothy creamed coffee to tan colored head. Decent retention.

(S)- A nice rich body to it. Minimal roastedness. Hints at raisin, caramel, prune, molasses, and cocoa.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Very rich with a subtle roasted kick to the middle. Lots of raisin, licorice, prune, caramel, molasses, and cocoa in this.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level and a beautiful balance of rich and malty flavors. Almost no bite from the ABV; smooth, yet thick and rich.

(D)- A sipper if there ever was one, but a great one at that! This is a completely different beer than what I had before in my initial review. It is a great old ale. I am glad I was able to re-review this one! My old review of the infected bottle is below.

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date found, just says Batch #75 on the bottle. Very excited for this since its my first HOTD beer!

(A)- Pours a dark & cloudy brown color that produced so much foam so quickly, that it overflowed out of the glass with less than 2 seconds of pouring. Is this infected? Overcarbonated? Both?(2.5)

(S)- Smells like a sour, sweaty foot with a twist of lemon. This must be infected.(1.5)

(T)- Tastes like a sour, sweaty foot dipped in pine sol. Yep, infected. (1.0)

(M)- Way overcarbonated & sour & infected.(1.0)

(D)- I was so excited for this beer, but its terribly infected. Normally I do not post up infected reviews, but I did contact HOTD about the problem with my bottle. After a month of no response, I feel this should be posted to alert others of the issue. Im not expecting freebies or anything from HOTD, I am just incredibly disappointed after what it took to finally get my hands on a single bottle of this since it isnt distributed in my area. I just feel its rude to not respond to a consumer who is genuinely interested in their product. I will try to acquire another bottle of this & re-review it. (1.0) F [1.18]

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, inky black with a light tan creamy head that drops to a thin wisp, with some lacing.

Aromas of dark fruits, prunes, figs, rum raisins, some anise, and a hint of mint.

Flavors of tobacco, anise, mint, barnyard. No hop flavors to speak of. Finish is short, but tobacco flavor lingers on.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, malty.

Not my cup of tea. Had this years ago. Trying it again, but not really digging it.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch number 77...Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

A- Pours raisin brown with almost no head or carbonation to speak of. A cluster of medium sized bubbles form around the edges. Looks almost flat.

S- Smells of vanilla and sweet malt. Has a bit of a toasty, vintage twinge. Nutty, leathery after smell. I'm not sure when this was bottled, but it definitely seems aged.

T- Tastes of vanilla and bourbon up front. Very sweet and nutty in the middle. Finishes with figs and other dark fruit flavors. No hop presence. Instead, there is a slight bitter oakiness. Very smooth for its strength.

M- A bit watery and flat. Very smooth, however. Little to no carbonation. Has the mouthfeel of a vintage bourbon.

D- Wow this is a very unique brew. I'm sure its age has a lot to with that. This can be classified as a traditional sipper. It really feels like i'm drinking a slightly watered down bourbon. And that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split this beer with Zapps on our Friday night racquetball/beer tasting mandate as a prequel to our Bourbon Country Coffee stout, Hunaphu's Tasting.

A - Nice head with a dark old world body.

S - Rich of fruit, caramel, molasses, and some smoke.

T - Hearty grains and malts along with a hop backbone.

M - Pretty smooth and creamy for this style. Very nice.

D - Very drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black color with only a touch of tan head around the edges. There is some lacing left behind though.

S - Lots of deep carmel malts and dark fruits in the aroma. Lots of raisin and deep molasses coming through. Also a touch of some smoke.

T - Lots of smoke hits right away. Additionally, plenty of dark fruit flavors (raisins again) and some molasses right away that builds up. Through the middle some oak comes through along side more dark fruit and some deep carmel malt. The finish is a blend of the smokey flavor mixed alongside a touch of plum/raisin flavor, which lingers for a while.

M - Medium-full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Feels nice and thick and creamy while still feeling fairly smooth. The smokey flavor really almost "expands" in the mouth.

D - Fairly drinkable. It is a big complex beer (at 10% abv), but it is a well balanced and enjoyable big beer. The booze flavor for the most part is fairly well hidden among other flavors and only comes through a touch at the finish.

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Photo of sommersb
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nickd717 for this beer
Served in a tulip glass
12oz brown bottle with Batch number 79. Not sure what date that means, but pretty sure it was brewed recently

A: Dark brown, almost black beer, with brown evident on the edges. A creamy tan head of 3 fingers with good retention and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Wow. Some really intense aromas here. Dark malts and fruits, with hints of raisin, anise and molasses. No real hop aromas I could discern. Very complex and deeply rich nose

T: Tastes much like it smells. Toasted malts with maybe even an oak type of woodiness. Chocolates, liquorice, molasses and dark fruits, plus a slight smoky character perhaps. Alcohol warmth is there. Well balanced taste, not overly sweet or bitter.

M: Full bodied, chewy feel, with a slightly roasted malt bitterness in the finish. Smooth and rich is this

D: This is an intense, flavorful, boozy beer that is a slow sipper. I greatly enjoyed it as a nightcap.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 55 bottled on 8-14-02

A - Vigorous pour produces a 3 inch tan head. Nice thick lacing. I'm surprised at the amount of carbonation for this 9 year old beer. Color is a very dark murky brown.

S - Very rich smell. Dark fruits, molasses, caramel and some smoke.

T - This beer has mellowed and and the flavors have meshed so well with all this time. Everything on the nose is here but the smoke is a lot more present and there is somehow some lingering hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Creamy and smooth. Perfect carbonation. The fresh batches of Adam have been very over carbonated IMO this is a great change on an already great beer.

D - Sky high, almost no alcohol present.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown colored with a thin mocha colored head. Pretty intimidating in the glass.

S: Heavy raisin and molasses, dark chocolate, smoke, licorice and a lot of fig as the beer warms. Nice.

T: A lot of sweetness upfront followed by a hint of smokiness and a long, lingering, warming finish. Lots of molasses and smoke in the taste, but the flavor always seems like it's changing, which is incredible.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark color wise-borders on black. Some nice sticky lacing on the glass though nothing really head or carbonation wise. Nice aroma-a whiff of peat, dried fruit, slight anise. Deep, bold flavor of plums and dark dried fruits. Mild molasses and a pleasant earthy, yeasty character. Whisper of smokiness. Nice residual sweetness-sticky, gummy candy like. Nice, full and sticky mouthfeel-no trace of the alcohol I was expecting. A great beer all in. Really nice as it warms.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, dark purple color with not a whisper of head in sight unless you count the quarter-sized cluster of small bubbles floating on top.

Aroma of raisin, fig, molasses and new leather.

The taste matches in many ways. This is the first time I can recall tasting new leather in a beer. I also found coffee, dark chocolate and red wine notes that linger through the finish. The 10% booze warms the palate.

Medium bodied and sticky with no carbonation to speak of.

An enjoyable Old Ale that is not to be rushed.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle received a little while back, Batch 77. Poured into a snifter.

Has a very muddy dark brown body with crimson highlights, No head, but nice lacing and nice tan bubbles that appear under the top of the beer as you turn it. Looks like an old aged beer from the cellar!

The aroma is very nice, and is quite pungent. Would have thought this was an old, cellared barleywine, but perhaps that is what it is meant to be. Huge leather, prune, date, and scotch peat smoke come through with other added sugary and savory dark barley bread notes. Very nice, reminds me of highland scotch in many ways.

The taste follows suit with big notes of raisins, sugary ethanol alcohol, tons of brown sugar, dates, pomegranate, and a searing smoky finish that lingers. Very interesting taste, but at this point it seems a little dominated by the alcohol, should have aged this one a bit longer.

Despite a little young alcohol warming, this beer is phenomenal in feel for the style and ABV IMHO. Has that totally coating feel like a warm thick cask draught, just almost oily in its feel and velvety (aside from the alcohol). really like this about this beer.

The drinkability right now unfortunately will take a hit because it seems I am drinking this one too young, but it is smooth going down for sure. Will have to get my hands on more and age it for a couple years, I see this beer being amazing with some of the edge off of it.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog Adam

Slightly chilled, served in a wine glass Minimal carbonation and no head, just a few large bubbles. Color is an almost black brown with red highlights, and the oily lacing reminds me of a viscous wine or whisky.

Smell is dominant dark fruit (plum and fig) with just hints of chocolate cake, cherries, and that leather smell. Very complex. There is a dark smooth malt character and some caramel as well. I could smell this all day.

Taste is the nose, followed by a whiff of smoke and finishing like a rich deep red wine. My brother commented that he picked up on Dr. Pepper like qualities. Caramel malt.

Mouthfeel was oily and clingy.

Drinkability: I know it's a great beer but for me Drinkability was just ok. I think the sweetness and complexity will mellow this beer out in a year.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes 1/17/2011

A: very dark brown, almost black, with an off white 1 finger head

S: very smokey, hints of molasses

T: VERY smokey, leaves a burnt taste on the tongue, brown sugar, molasses, a long lingering taste

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy

D: hard to swallow, not exaclty well balanced in my book


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Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Very bold toffee and dark fruits, some cinnamon sweetness. Raisins and figs, fruitcake almost. Some rum raisin.

L: Very dark brown, murky, tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Very sweet toffee with dark fruit undercurrent. Then some earthy mild bitterness with a warming does of alcohol. Finishes with some caramel, lots of toffee and just a touch of roasty dryness. Semi-sweet finish with some oak.

M: Medium full bodied, slick, very low carbonation.

Very sweet, very bold. Loved it. Definitely nurse this baby.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 79.

A - Pours deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head. Head has great retention.

S - Deep caramel malts, earthiness, and definitely some raisins coming through. Very nice overall.

T - Similar to smell, the earthy malts and deep dried fruits dominate. Also some molasses. Has a very woody character to it. Some alcohol apparent in the taste. Would have loved to have let this one sit for a year or two, but my suitcase was already full with other beers, so I had to drink this one out of a plastic cup in the hotel in San Diego.

M - medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Alcohol provides some warming on the way down.

D - Probably a little too fresh to taste the full potential of this one, but clearly a nice take on the old ale. I only wish I could have brought more home.

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Photo of mjn5036
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This one pours a dark, rich mahogany with cherry highlights. A small half inch head rises up, off-white in color. Appears to be highly carbonated. No visible lacing.

Nose is quite sweet. Some dark fruit and chocolate. Faint hoppy twang. Roasted malts.

This beer tastes quite similar to a Fig Newton to be honest; it is malty for sure, bready and definitely some fig on the palate. Fairly sweet but not overbearing with a hint of smoke. Bottle uses leather as a descriptor and this is a pretty accurate way to
describe the part of the taste.

This one is dangerously smooth considering it dons a 10%abv. Kudos for making this so drinkable. Thick and creamy on the palate; I'd compare it to drinking a big barely wine. Carbonation is more than adequate and pleasant while the finish is surprising dry.

I have yet to have a beer from HotD that didn't impress me. Consider them a brewery I will continue to seek out whenever possible.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,492 ratings
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