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

2,469 Ratings

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 warnerry
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +1.7%
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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Photo of birdypowder
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A superb offering from HOT DOG.

An espresso foam colored head caps a deep brown, maybe black brew. Good lacing.

Smoke and leather, slightly acetic and earthy with bakers chocolate and dried fruit mixed in. And there's more in there, I just couldn't pick them all out!

Malty almost woody at first, transitioning to a tasty sweetness that grips the tongue but is not overly cloying. The bitterness kicks in just in time with a lingering leathery aftertaste. Smoky chocolate flavors also delight while the high alcohol content mostly stays out of the way on the palate and lets it all happen.

Smooth, thick, approaching creamy.

Very drinkable for style

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 65, 2006 vintage.

Into a bulb shaped snifter, it pours reddish brown, nearly black in the glass. When backlit, it's a beautiful garnet ruby shade. A finger of khaki tan foam rests in the surface, dissolving into a cluster of larger bubbles that cling to one side. Spotty lace.

Aroma of chocolate and lavender floral elements... odd. Definite oxidation, the first whiff from the bottle was almost doughy, but that passed quickly. As it warms there's a spiced fruitcake element.

Bitter bakers chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, walnut. Extremely savory, somewhat sweet, but not cloying. A slight stickiness on the lips precedes a lush, velvety mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just perfect for an Old Ale. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's certainly a solitary sipper. An appropriate post-blizzard warmer for 10º weather outside.

Thanks to Jason for this one!

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Photo of basica
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Craftheads in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
2008 Vintage; Batch 64

A - Jet black pour into a pint glass yielding a one-finger thick, foamy and tan head (4)

S - Pleasant scents of oak on the nose with fruity suggestions of primarily raisins; aromas of caramel and chocolate were also present on the rich nose (5)

T - Sweet and intense chocolate and caramel notes upfront breaking into truck loads of dark fruits with suggestions of plums, raisins and dates; the finish comes with a solid chocolate backing and some pleasant notes of oak. The complexity and balanced blending of all these flavors are nothing short of astonishing (5)

M - Full-bodied thickness with a creamy smooth texture; carbonation was slightly on the high though (4.5)

D - Fantastic flavors and stunning complexity yet deceivingly easy drinking at 10% ABV; definitely a top beer well suited for my palates (5)

This was one of the best (if not the best) craft beer I've had on my trip to Japan from Jan 18 - 28, 2011. It was so good, I bought another bottle of it (1100 Yen) from Tanakaya Beer store along with a bottle of Cherry Adam (2100 Yen)

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Photo of zhanson88
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a few bottles of this from a trade with cavedave. Been wanting to try this beer for quite a while now. Batch 77.

Appearance: Adam pours out a dark brown color with dark mahogany highlights. Head is soapy, and sticks around for a very limited amount of time. Obviously not much carbonation here.

Smell: Leather, tobacco, chocolate, prunes, raisins, figs, and a touch of coffee. Really super and complex on the nose. There is a lot going on.

Taste: Leather, dark fruits, chocolate, and a combination of coffee and tobacco on the back end and finish that turns a touch bitter. Really ridiculous amount of complexity in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with almost no carbonation. It's right on the brink of not having any. Overall this beer is very good. The carbonation or lack thereof in this bottle is definitely too low to make it outstanding, but I would definitely re-review if I got a Adam from a different batch number that is regularly carbonated. The score would be significantly higher, because this is an extremely complex, tasty beer.

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Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly translucent reddish black with about 1/4 inch of deep tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma is rich and full. Lots of earthy fruit scents, some grain and just a trace of yeast. The flavors were similar, just bolder. The fruit notes are fruitier, the earthy notes were well rounded the yeast added a nice tang on the finish.

The body was very full and smooth, without being heavy, and a bit chewy. Drinkability is dangerously good, a beer this strong shouldn't be this easy to sit with.

Overall, a great, bordering on excellent, big ale. A must try if you haven't already.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 75. Poured into my Chimay Goblet

Pours a thick, dark murky brown which turns to black as it fills the glass.  Puffy tan head that leaves rather quickly and flunks pieces of head around the top of my glass. No light is coming through the body of this beer, but as it is held to light a very light brown/ruby color pops out along the edges of the glass.

Smell is strong, rum, raisins, smoke, leather figs.  I don't know if i have ever picked up stronger aromas from a beer, really wonderful. 

Taste is leathery and smokey.  Some great dried dark fruit is really present, as well as a very balanced sweetness from the malt. Sweet molasses, brown sugar, mild fusel burn which calms down thanks to some dark chocolate.  Again a lot of complexities that really works well.  As its warms down, a more tinge from the alcohol is present.  

Carbonation is pretty mild, but the slickness of this beer really brings about a mild to full mouthfeel.  The high ABV catches up to you, and this one is definitely a sipper.  

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark brown but with an ugly soapy white head that is only present as a tiny thin wisp.

S - Smoke and leather, some fig. A bit boring.

T - Sweet figgy booziness and a leathery smokiness. Finish is the leather and some of the smoke.

M - Really bad. The beer finishes by coating the mouth in a strange, waxy way. Medium body.

D - Easy to drink for a 10%, goes down easy. The worst part is the mouthfeel, which is very offputting. A massive disappointment.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Update ... this is a batch 79 bottle, I believe it has about a year on it.

Batch number 79 ...

A: very opaque this deep brown amber ochre colored brew shows little light transparency. topped with a light tan head which has good retention and nice lacing.

S: Roasty, leathery, chocolate, smoke come to the forefront of the aroma. Complex and good smelling. A little bit of alcohol is noticable as well but not in a negative way.

T: Smoked wood on the front, damn ... awesome stuff. Subtle dark fruity notes meet chocolate toffee flavors all of which are wrapped with a smoky complexity. Not overly sweet though the flavors are mostly rich in nature. Balancing hops even out sweetness along with a good amount of carbonation.

M: sticky.

O: Much better than I thought this would be. I would like to try again with a year two in the cellar.

A: Deep Mahogany brown with medium plus opacity. This one is topped with a light tan head with decent retention as well as lacing. Quite good for the style.

S: Smells of ripened fruit and toffee. Plums and boysenberry come to mind followed by that heath like toffee deal.

T: Tastes follow up on the aroma... Sweet dark fruit flavors as well as some sugary candied sweetness. Some warming alcohol comes through and actually serves to even out the sweetness some (its rather nice). All things considered this is very well done.

M: Sticky

D: Medium plus

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Photo of waltersrj
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep, dark brown with flecks of red and a two fingered head when poured with vigor. The tan head becomes like a soapy ring that shoots to the edges and stays present until the last drop is gone.

Nose: Leather, slight smoke, fig, raisin, chocolate lava cake, bitter bakers chocolate, oak, chocolate covered cherries, and very soft alcohol notes and tobacco.

Taste: predominately begins with smoke, leather, chocolate cake, bitter dark chocolate, and fig that transitions into cherry, slight oak, raisin, and smooth tobacco.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy, smooth, velvety, and slightly dry at the end.

Overall: I've enjoyed this beer many times and it is insanely good. Cherry Adam might not even be as good as this (especially for the price). If you've never had it, trade for it. I need to buy a case.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Batch 77.

A wet, wood smell hits me first, which quickly gives way to a thick, fig/raisin scent.

Adam pours dark but bubbly, carbonation bubbles evident throughout the glass. Little head dissipates quickly.

For all of the carbonation bubbles, the mouthfeel is deceptively smooth.

The taste...this is the stuff. A dark roasted chocolate cake/chocolate truffle taste that gives way to a smooth smokiness.

This beer deserves it's spot. It's a dark smooth beer that starts with a chocolate cake taste and ends with smoky finish. I could drink a bomber of this easy.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jethrodium for this bottle.

This beer didn't pour with much head, but I know due to the higher abv that sometimes happens, even though I almost always like to see it in carbonated beverages. The color is a very dark translucent brownish plum color that is what I like to see in an old ale. The smell is fruity in nature, giving off aromas of plum along with some sweet butterscotch and brown sugar notes. The taste is surprisingly roasty, though that is not the main flavor. The main flavor is again the plum with some black cherry notes and butterscotch as the kicker. The mouthfeel is really very flat and with the highly viscous nature of this beer it doesn't help too much. I must however say that this is the best old ale I've had to date, though I will also go as far to say that I've not had enough to judge.

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Photo of foogerd
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Batch 77.
12 ounce Bottle.

A- Dirty brown body with a few coffee colored carbonation bubbles, not much to look at.

S- Delicious smelling, rum soaked raisins, vanilla bean,toffee and chocolate, and then some more melted chocolate.

T- Dark fruits,dark chocolate,some bitter hops appear in the middle along with a bite from the alcohol, some smoke in the finish.

M- Very thin with almost no carbonation, I would of liked to see a bit of chewiness for a brew this big on taste.

D- Alcohol is expertly masked by the wonderful tastes of the brew.

Definitely something to seek out.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trades with STEG and 50belair. Batch 77 was flat, but batch 78 was stellar. Cheers!

From a bottle into snifter.
Batch 78

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent brown and produces a one finger, medium looking, tan head with very good retention. Head slowly fades to a nice, full wisp and ring, with touches of lace clinging to the glass. Sits dark brown in the glass, almost black, with medium carbonation evident. A muddy seal brown is perhaps the most accurate color description. A faint wisp and ring remain until the end, leaving some pretty lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Smells really good. Roasted malts and some smoky chocolate notes. Figs, brown sugar, molasses and toffee aromas as well. Big, bold and complex nose. Interesting for sure.

TASTE: Roasted malts, chocolate and smoky flavors up front. Pretty sweet up front really, with toffee and lots of brown sugar in there. Some booze as well comes through on the swallow, accompanied by sweet molasses and figs. Complex and definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Bold flavors, and a big, lingering aftertaste with lots of sweetness and alcohol notes. Very enjoyable indeed.

PALATE: Medium-full body, syrupy, and medium carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bit of heat and burn after the swallow. Finishes somewhat mouth coating. Very nice feel.

OVERALL: This is a wonderful brew. The flat bottle kind of turned me off this one, but I am very happy to have had the chance to try it again. This batch is perfectly carbonated and a real treat. Lots of wonderful flavors and aromas, and a nice, big, creamy body to support everything that’s going on. One I would be glad to have again at some point. Thanks for the bottles gents. Cheers!

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Batch #75

A: A vigorous pour quickly produces over 3 fingers of thick, khaki head. Color is an almost opaque ruby brown. Slightly thick on the pour. Big and puffy head retains very well and gives way to tons of spotted lacing. I really don't know if this beer could look any better: a thick ring developed after the first pour and a second, thicker ring formed under that after the final pour, all while a chunk of head floated around atop the beer.

S: Dark fruits - raisins, figs, and candied malts. I noticed the smell immediately during the pour. Alcohol is decently hidden here. Chocolate comes out towards the end of my glass after the beer warmed.

T: Warming upon the first sip. Smokey, leathery, chewy malts. All the dark fruits are in the taste along with some molasses. Raisins and figs come out more as the beer warms. Very complex and very hearty indeed.

M: Carbonation feels moderate, although the pour would tell you differently. Medium body - almost thought this might should be a little thicker.

D: Such a great beer - one that I wish I had the rest of a case of to cellar. Full and robust, yet highly drinkable. Look forward to trying this one again.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head looks a tad too small for me, but it might be because the carbonation is getting a tad weaker. Color's nice and quite dark with a chocolate tint. It really did look like a stout.

The taste is.... wow... I can't just describe it adequately enough. It tasted like it was roasted like some of the stouts, but it was lighter but somewhat more complex in flavors.

Mouthfeel's nice. It doesn't feel like it's watery, but not too thick neither. My only concern was that I was afraid I might have bought a bottle that's slightly too old? Is that even possible? Carbonation's not that high, so I'm wondering if that's expected out of the beer?

It's drinkable, because it's definitely not boring, and it does not give you a bad aftertaste that you may have with some other beers.

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Photo of klikger
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a Bruery tulip

A - Dark, dark brown (almost black) in color, thick brown head, and very good lacing

S - Raisins, tobacco, leather --> brown sugar and molasses

T - Toffee, prunes, a touch of citrusy hops --> tons of caramel, some orange rind, tobacco --> rose petals, raisins, brown sugar --> finishes sweet, but not too much, with just a hint of bitterness

M - Just about right for the style - thick enough, but not overly syrupy or sticky.

D - No need to have more than one, but this wasn't a challenge/chore to drink, by any means.

This is up there with Fourth Dementia as my favorite old ale. Very complex, richly malty, and perfect for a cold, snowy Wisconsin night. Seek this out if you're into the style; it won't disappoint.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch my cellar down to 10 cases...

A soft pip and the cap eases off, not much going on in here. A devastatingly violent pour yields a tiny head that mostly recedes but clings to the edges, a foamy shadow of the soul of the beer stretching itself into the center..Dark maroon, the color of hell once you adjust your eyes.
Big date aroma, sweet booze, snake leather, and a hint of Satan's smoked horns.
Sweet caramel alcohol dominates with some smoky astringency and a bit of Alan's beard. The aroma is phenomenal, the taste backs off just a bit. There is an earthiness, from the Garden of Eden, perhaps? The blood of Adam hits the dirt, stirs it. The snake still hisses, unsatisfied. Come back for another taste.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown black color with a cocoa colored head.

Smell is rich and malty with an awesome earthy aroma, very nice.

Taste is smooth big malts, noticeably under attenuated. The flavor is very big, but not overwhelming. Great example of the style.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. Very nice

Good beer, good drinkability for the style.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10% ABV. Batch #77 12oz bottle. HOTD Adam is definitely one of the better Old Ales I ever had. When I first poured this 10% ABV beer, I noticed a very dark appearance - deep brown and black mixed up. Did not retain its lace very long but packed with wallop every time I took a sip. I sensed alot of dark fruit perhaps some raisin, fig, slight leather, and smoke. Full bodied mouthfeel and with little carbonation. What I really appreciated the most was the nice lingering after-taste that tasted so good and what's more is that the high ABV was excellently masked! This beer has definitely made me a fan of HOTD Adam as this beer was pleasantly all over the map!

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Photo of jhimstedt
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slick and black, with brown sugar, prunes and soy sauce on the nose. On the palatte got dates and raisins, roasted malt and wood. Great mouthfeel, super creamy with a nice lingering sweetness.

Get some. Great beer. Will definitely be seeking out more for the cellar.

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Photo of leedorham
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 79

A - very dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates to a ring rather quickly.

S - Sweet, figs, some earthiness, a bit of a cologne quality to it.

T - wow - this is quite a beer. Very complex. It has a bit of wine quality. Molasses, prunes.

M - Very nice smooth quality to this beer. Warms your belly but doesn't heat up your tongue.

D - Very drinkable at 10%. Wish I had bought more of these.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presenatation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Really dark brown to black in color with a slight, one finger beige head. Not a ton of retention. Clearly a thick bosy here.

Aroma: Chocolate, toffee, and molasses all are present. Nice balance of bitter to sweet, not cloying at all. Touches of herbal notes in the background as well.

Taste: Dark chocolate and molasses notes provide a nice richness and a balanced flavor. Earthy notes are also present here. Toward the back, a nice touch of brown sugar and coffee beans. Balanced and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a bit syrupy. Definitely something that is for sipping.

Drinkability: The flavors are so balanced and smooth that I could drink this a lot. However, at this ABV, one is perfect.

Overall, a really enjoyable, flavorful, and unique beer. I really enjoyed this and would have it a lot ore if it were available to me. Highly recommended.

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Photo of farrago
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head yet a solid layer of densely woven foam across the entire surface, below average lacing but some there. Murky black colored liquid, yellow around rims and glass bottom more than yellow. Huge charred, smoky nose full of ash, black soot, burnt kindling wood, peat moss, diesel fuel, Chinese black tea, bitter dark chocolate, caramel, candied cherries and rum soaked plums, spiced orange peel, comes after you like there's a million dollar bounty on your head. Full-bodied, lots of grip, not sticky but it soaks into every pore it can find in your mouth, dark chocolate, mocha, caramel, brown sugar, grill smoke and molasses baked ham. Grape, cherry, apricot, plum fruit, all over the map, sweet and close to dried fruit concentration. The carbonation brings a softer fluffiness, however, overall a minor factor. Resinous leafiness, tree bark, more black tea, the sweetness registering here tempers the edge of the smokiness. Plays good cop and bad cop all rolled up into one, stings the palate then salves the wound. Main flavors last forever.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,469 ratings.
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