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

1,017 Reviews

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 msubulldog25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #63
Poured a very dark porter-like brown color and moderate head. Bottle-conditioned, so lots of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Robust aroma - almost like a powerful red wine (barolo?). Taste is quite complex - earthy & smoky at the beginning, then evolves and finishes mocha/chocolate & lightly sweet/malty with maybe some hints of cherry or raspberry? (unsure).

10% ABV is noticeable, but not overpowering. Definitely enjoyable, but a sipping beer for sure. I don't think I could have more than one at a sitting.

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

I bought this one back in the Midwest about a year ago and it's been in my cellar ever since.

Currently the #10 ranked Old Ale.

A: The juice that flowed out of my bottle looked like liquid leather. As it collected in my Cigar City snifter, it became about the darkest, yet shiniest brown you could imagine. The finger or so head was a mocha delight.

S: Intense raison, and the absence of brown sugar was astonishing. Shoe polish and sweet tarts... a lethal combination!

T: Musty, with a bit of roasted pork on the front end, with leather in the middle, and the finish had a very dry, yet bitter quality. This was the most disciplined Old Ale in terms of sweetness that I've ever tasted!

M: Not candy-like in any way, creamy, and with a fair amount of lacing that didn't stick around for too long. After a while, even the bitterness subsided.

O: I totally wasn't expecting this to be as good as it was and I'm glad I finally made the decision to finally pop this one. Amazing....

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hair of the Dog & Tasting Room branded tulip glass

Pours a murky brown capped by a very light beige silky, but fluffy one and half finger head. Fantastic retention, plenty of splotchy lacing. Grain, fig, dates, bakers chocolate and toffee on the nose. Dark chocolate notes, rich fig, combined with caramel notes, and grain. Finishes with added hints of leather and boozy alcohol. Slick but creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Truly fantastic. Simply an exceptional beer. If it wasn't 10%, I'd crack another for sure!

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

Appearance - Batch 62. Really dark brown, almost reddish black. Thick head initially. Head retention is all right. No lace, but my glass was not really clean.

Smell - Musty, cellar-like smell mixed with prune. A whiff of alcohol presents litself with an almost licorice-like smell.

Taste - This is like drinking sweet licorice prune tonic (which sounds awful, but it isn't!), with a good dose of alcohol. The hop bitterness offers some balance, and I can sense the bitterness much more in the aftertaste. The focus of the taste here is dark, dried fruits.

Mouthfeel - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. LIngering burn so you know that this is no sissy beer. Delightful.

Drinkability - There is a little alcohol burn, but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Don't keep too much of this beer around because it will not last long.

Comments - Watch out! This is really good stuff, with some serious oomph! to it.

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

Pours with the vigor of an over-charged homebrew or a lively Belgian ale. Forms a massive tan colored head. An aromatic brew to say the least -- dry rot, chocolate, charred graham crackers, and bits of smoke. Soft enough in the nose to leave the vague impression of fruit -- or at least some sort of essence of fruit. Acidic in a smoky sense: Imagine gulping a mouthful of eye-burning, campfire smoke while tending a fire. That sensation is buried in there under the surprisingly light, chocolatey, malty, wood flavors. Incredibly complex. The levels and variations through which this goes on one's tongue before one finishes a single bottle is mind-blowing. Alcohol isn't terribly noticeable, but as tends to be the case, it hit me hard nonetheless.

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

Whoa Nelly, this is an amazing beer.

Batch 52 - Bottle Conditioned 12 oz.

Color was not what I was expecting, so it was a nice surprise to see it pour into the glass very dark brown, very thick and creamy looking, its almost black. Growing tannish head with lots of divets and thick foaminess.

Smells of a heavy roasted malt, deep chocolate with some spicey hop notes. What a sniffer, you also smell the strong % of alcohol. Put spiced vodka in with a chocolate - chocolate chip cookie mix and you'd get this smell. Well maybe.

Taste is outstanding. Super complex. Super smooth and syrupy. Is very earthy and deep. Hugely done, heavily roasted malt, giving the all around chocolate taste a deep, sweet feel of a dark chocolate. Has a bit of spice from hops that balances well.

Has many levels of feel, but I think earthly creamy/syrupy is the overall on this bad boy. Has some dryness and sweet tingley things going on in there as well. Complex city.

Its a sipper, its very strong in its flavors and alcohol, and takes some getting use to.

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

Batch 72
Pours out a gorgeous RIS black color capped with a Belgian Quad head of foam. Looks like the new style of Belgian Imperial Stout (Black Albert).
Looks absoulutely drinkable.
Smells of deep roasted malts, chocolates, coffee notes, vanilla, oaky notes, yeasts(very unlike any stout, more Belgian-like). Fermented grains,Concord grapes, touch of sour Farmhouse aromas. Truly a complex sweet-sour-complex nosefull of amazing transgressional brew.
Huge mouthfull of chocolate malty,piquant tartness greet the palate. On a stretch, think of Ommegang Three Philosophers balance of Sweet-Tartness. Sweet cocoas initially greet the palate, followed by a whirlwind of roasted malts, caramel-vanillas, suddenly cut by a cherry-grape tartness, finished with a long warming rum-like finish. This is a truly great beer experience.
Mouthfeel is filling, delicious, palate-complexity-to-the-point of being debateable.
I could drink this for hours and pick out so many nuances that I could write about it pages on end, but I am satisfied with this one great experience. Will seek it out again

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 67

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin tan head and patchy lacing.

S - Dark fruits of prunes, raisins, figs and dates. Some molasses, tobacco and a hint of leather are also present.

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, a hint of tobacco smoke, leather, a touch of brandy and just a bit of alcohol. Very complex.

M - Thick and sticky with light carbonation.

D - Complex and tasty. A great sipper.

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

12oz. bottle into a wine glass. Batch 70

The pour produced a big creamy head that is worth of any old ale. Body was the darkest brown, bordering on being black. Foam was a beautiful tan with big retention and big lacing.

The nose is bursting with aromas dark chocolate, coffee, with subtleties of molasses, and bourbon to round off the bitter earthy notes.

The aroma was just a small preview of the flavor. Bourbon and molasses are the biggest components of Adam, with a nice touch of roasted coffee, and bitter sweet chocolate to really hold off the sweetness of the molasses. Finish was butter smooth, to the point of being absurd! Adam makes a great sipping beer on a cold night. If you want to stray from RIS's, Adam will give you a nice peek into what the Old Ale style has to offer.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and viscous. Chewy, to say the least.

Awesome drinkability. So smooth

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pinot noir glass. Batch 85 on front of label. Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San Diego, CA) for $5.49.

A: Porterish dark brown with 2-fingers of creamy light beige head with good retention and tons of craggy lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Caramel toffee and vanilla aromas greet first but get some resistance from citrus, pine, and resiney hops. Malt strikes back though with raisin, fig, and plum and just a bit of roasted malt and nutty aromas. Smells delicious...

T: The flavor even surpasses the aroma. The maltiness of this big sipper covers a bunch of different bases, but with a lot more cohesiveness than Fred, which I tried a few nights ago. Adam layers caramel, slightly burned chocolatey toffee, graham crackers, and dark fruit flavors, but especially fig and raisin. The hops provide mostly moderate bitterness and some orange and grapefruit citrus notes. The flavor holds together so well and is does with enough bitterness to prevent cloying sweetness. Alcohol is there but supports the sweetish flavor with some berry qualities.

M: A bit overcarbonated at first opening that was initially prickly but calmed after warming and opening but the big body eventually comes through to carry what turns out to be a nice, creamy feel. It drinks far easier than its 10+% ABV.

O: Adam is a superb masterpiece of a big beer. It provides such a well-crafted mix of malty flavors accented with hoppy character. Definitely find this beer and I imagine Adam from the Wood is probably amazing as well. Probably the highlight beer of my trip to San Diego.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Batch 77: Poured a smooth cola-tinged black into a tulip with no head, just a thin ring of bubbles along the outside edge. Slightly sweet aroma of toffee, cocoa, leather, smoke, and boozy warmth.

Very low carbonation and a smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet up front with hints of dark fruit, raisin, molasses, smoke, and a nice kick of mildly spicy hops on the lingering, smoky, and slightly metallic finish. Alcohol is definitely present but complements rather than overwhelms the flavors.

I've revised my original review of this brew several times. At first I found the mouthfeel to be both syrupy and somewhat thin, and thought the overall malt profile was too sweet. However, something about this beer kept me thinking about it and I revisited it several times before coming to the conclusion that it's actually one of my favorites. Unique, complex, and flavorful...I'll sacrifice a little carbonation and mouthfeel for the great favors and aromas it provide (and the wallop it packs ain't bad, either).

Update two: having tried several batches since 77, I've found that most are much more carbonated and improve the feel quite a bit. Now this is hands-down one of my favorite beers.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Bottle reads: Batch number 58.

Pours opaque mahogany with a soapy, tan to off-white head that has the consistency of whipped topping that's been slightly watered down. Some nice, creamy sheets of lace hug the walls of my Maudite goblet.

The nose is large and heavy, mostly malt, coming in on the front with a swift waft of dark fruits -- candied plums, raisins, prunes -- with a middle of fresh banana bread, closing on a touch of alcohol fumes and a subtle citrusy hop aroma.

Taste opens with a deliciously crusty brown-sugar sweetness and a dense underside of palate-puckering fruits (plums scattered with lemon zest). The middle has a pleasant lift of balmy alcohol heat within a frame of bitterness that never overpowers, remaining on the edges -- although prominenty -- allowing the dense fruits and the bready, chewy notes to play out on the forefront. Aftertaste is a lingering buzz of alcohol around my mouth and throat, and a gentle slab of bitter-sweetness that rounds out the taste wonderfully, bringing it around into a full circle.

The mouthfeel is simultaneously light and heavy: light in that it's airy, almost like whipped cream, and dense in how it firmly coats my entire palate without uncomfortably sticking.

I tried this once before and had a very spoiled bottle; I am more than pleased that I returned to it, and had one that is fresh.

A remarkable brew!

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

12oz from augustgarage, thanks! Poured into Chouffe tulip. Batch 70.

A- Mild, large-bubbled head that settles to a single layer of boulder-like bubbles. Beer is dark roasted marshmallow brown, kind of like coffee with the slightest dash of cream.

S- Caramel, bourbon, a bit of oak, bitter coffee, and semisweet chocolate/candied plums round it out.

T- Rich caramel, bourbon, a bit of brown sugar, molasses... everything that's sweet and dark. Really smooth. Coffee acidity is very subtle, followed by a bit of baking chocolate. Really a smooth malt, sweet, but nowhere near as potent as many old ales I've had (and for the better).

M- Smooth, creamy, delicious. Where's the ABV? Amazing.

D- High. This is the smoothest, tastiest, and best old ale I've ever had. A true masterpiece. Not sure how old the bottle is, but I can just imagine what this beer is like with some more time on it. Sublime as is, though.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is apparently a very hard to find brew. At my local craft beer outlet it ran me $6 for a 12oz bottle. I am not sure if this is the going rate, I doubt I'd buy this again for 6 bucks a pop. Regardless it was worth a try. Aroma is strong fruity cherry resiny and sweet. Carbonation was very minimal but probably appropriate for the style. Taste was actually very smooth, lots of fig and sweet raisin, some cherry and chocolate was present too. This has a 10% abv but it was barely noticeable. I did detect some warm alcohol notes but nothing offensive or off balance. Not sure if there is any hops in this beer so it's definitely not for the "hop heads" out there. If you love a good strong stout or Russian Imperial this is a must try for sure.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

HOD Adam, batch 85 (02-07-12) into a wine glass. Loads of yeast/sediment in the bottle.

A: Murky dark brown, with a light white head that continues to ooze up well after the pour.
S: Aroma carries toasty brown malts and a good dose of floral and fruity esters.
T: Very nice deep collection of malt flavors. Slight roastiness, nutty, raisin bread, cola, brown sugar, concorde grape and a bit of smoke. Roast lingers on the finish with a light bitterness.
M: Medium to thick body, slightly chewy with plenty of carbonation.

Beautiful depth of flavors working cohesively here. I'm not a particularly slow drinker, but it was easy to enjoy this over several hours. Very nice sipper.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pretty much black, and it seems hazy which makes it even more opaque. Beautiful fluffy mocha head on top and some decent lacing, especially considering the abv.

A: Big dark fruit, burnt sugar and chocolate notes, some earthy leathery character, as well as some apricot and big spicy boozy notes. It all backed by a lush, rich maltiness that saturates your nostrils.

T/M: A smooth bitterness starts off that is met by big fruity burnt sugar, dark/milk chocolate, pit fruit, and a big, sweet malty backbone. The bitterness peaks mid sip and falls off into a huge viscous mouthfeel and rich flavors. The finish reveals some smoky complexities, as well as some tingle on the tongue from the alcohol.

Overall, a stunning ale that pushes the boundaries of the craft. For such a sweet beer it is unbelievably drinkable, dangerously so. Hair of the Dog has officially blown my mind.

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Photo of DivaTron
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate brown with a red tint when observed in the light. A thin head with modest lacing.

Smells of coffee, smoke, and honey, with a hint of melon sweetness.

Tastes quite bitter with none of the syrupy rich sweetness that I often find in strong stouts. It's front forward and bold, tastes roasted.

Mouthfeel is somewhat flat, but rich and full-bodied.

Overall, excellent. The appearance and mouthfeel are nothing special, but the smell and taste more than compensate. This is an especially expressive dark brew and must be tried!

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Photo of Risser09
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Batch 68

Appearance: An aggressive pour yields a dark black beer with a generous 2.5" brown head. Looks more like a stout than an old ale. Plenty of craters on the head of the beer with varied bubble sizes. The foam is thick and cakey. It is taking quite awhile for it so subside and leave lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Alcohol burn. Burnt cinnamon, figs, rotted plums, roasted malt and brandied pears & cranberries.

Taste: Sweet and roasty. Again, plum and some rum raisin. Bready in flavor with a malt profile. The sweetness makes it highly drinkable and enjoyable. An estery property is alive on the tongue and very satisfying. Great!

Mouthfeel: Estery and alive on the tongue. Alcohol burn and a fruity sweetness are attractive. The roasted malt and chocolate in the background are sensual as well. This is a prime dessert beer that would go well with some fruity truffles.

Drinkability: Great. I would love some more to lay down for the future. Superb taste and sweetness would make this beer enjoyable for non-beer lovers. Pick this one up.

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

Bottle to tulip. Batch #83.

A: A head began growing in the neck of the bottle as I set down my opener; should've been a warning to pour slowly. As always, I was oblivious and poured briefly with full force until I realized the head had reached the rim of the glass. Dark as night with a dense foamy head and incredibly thick lacing as the product of my vigorous pour dissipates slowly. Each carefully-added tablespoon of the remaining liquid adds another centimeter of head—it's like adding vinegar to baking soda. When the dust finally settles, a thin coating mocha foam sits atop the surface and refuses to disappear, ever, along with the aforementioned lacing. Legs as I investigate the color with a lesser volume—still very dark with a hint of umber at the edges.

S: Sweet, dark fruit on the nose: figs, not-dark-but-still-sweet Rainier cherries. Chocolate as well—but 60-70% cacao, not 80-90% cacao. Smells like some barleywines I've had recently with some stout characteristics present as well. As I'm reaching the bottom of my glass the aroma is really impressing me.

T: Fruit at first, incredibly mild smokiness, a light hop finish preceded briefly by that chocolate again. Great balance that never ends up too sweet or bitter. An intrigue to the tongue; I know there's more there to be had and I want a second bottle to allow my senses to take it all in—my sips are getting smaller and smaller. Can't taste the alcohol at all, but I'm intoxicated all the same.

M: So smooth. Midweight. Nice carbonation that fulfills the head's promise but doesn't overwhelm. Coats the palate evenly, and sticks around afterward, which is nice, because I don't want this beer to end.

Wow, after being underwhelmed by Doggie Claws (my first HotD brew) I've been won over. I loved this beer from over-poured start to drawn-out finish. Mmmm.

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

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter.
Batch# 77

Aroma: Dark roasted malt, BIG fruity esters, reminiscent of Welches grape juice. Molasses, milk chocolate, and leather. Very complex!

Appearance: 1 finger light tan head sticks around for a while. Foamy lacing washes onto the inside of the glass. The body of the beer is black, but has a ruby tinge to it when the beer's held up to the light.

Flavor: Malty, carmelly sweetness w/ a rich, roasted, slightly smoky character. Mild bitterness through the middle and end provides some balance, preventing the brew from being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low CO2 combined w/ chewy medium-high viscosity give the beer a smooth, creamy feel. The 10% alcohol is very well hidden. The beer has a slight warmth, but is smooth and never peppery.

Overall: This one is dangerously drinkable. The rich, malty sweetness and alcohol would prevent me from wanting more than one in a night, but MAN, it's good! I'm going to cellar a couple to see how they hold up over a couple years. I'm guessing they'll be JUST fine!

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

Paid $4.95 for a 12 oz. Batch 84.

Poured into a brandy snifter. Bottle conditioned means a lot of head. A magnificent deep brown. Lacing is thick.

The beer is a perfect balance of fresh tobacco, leather, oak, cedar and smoke. One of the best examples of the style.

ISO Adam from the wood!

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

Batch #56 from a 12 Oz bottle.

Pours a murky brown brew with a respectable tan head.

Smell is a little sweet and fruity. Scents of chocolate, smoke, fig, banana, and sour cherry.

Taste is smoky right of the bat like a really good Scottish ale. Smoky tart and malty all flash across your tongue before the final slap of hop bitterness. Mild coffee aftertaste appears after a while. This to me is a wee heavy more than an old ale and this is a really good wee heavy too!

Mouthfeel is THICK no other word describes it. A really good beer shake.

Drinkability is just plain super here. Tasty and thick without being abusive of the tongue or unbalanced. This was worth every bit of the $4 I paid for the bottle and I absolutely will be looking for more of this brew.

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

Reviewed from notes at an awesome mini-tasting. What a crazy beer to flagship with. Style taken into account fairly heavily in this review. Batch 74.

A- Very dark brown with a small dark tan cap that leaves a nice cloud atop the beer's center. The random patterns are nice and the cloud re-appears after every sip. A good ring leaves some spotty lace and very sticky suds.

S- Smoke and cocoa are very nice up front. Roasty malt notes as well with a some caramel. Dark raisiny fruit, slight alcohol with vanilla end a balanced aroma of good strength. Burnt sugar.

T- Damn, lots of flavors blended into smoke that reminds of chipotles. It is like taking the smoke out of chipotles. The cocoa mixes with the smoke amazing. Dark fruit, grapes, raisins and alcohol also work into the flavor. The hops are still there in a bottle that might be fairly old, they are mostly earthy. Caramel is there but not overbearing like in many Old Ales. Love, love, love the smoke and new-old take on the style.

MF- Moderate body and carbonation. Nice and creamy. Smoke coats the palate with a decent amount of heat from the alcohol.

DB- Love the big smoke flavors. The big surprise of the night for both Chico and I. Expensive but it is definitely a one bottle thing or a dessert beer like they suggest. Awesome.

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

Batch #62.

A-Pours mahogany, with 1/4 inch of dark khaki head.

S-Figs, plums, mince pie spices, apple sauce.

T/M-Smoky notes of old leather, peated malt, fruitcake, earthy hops.

D-Really spectacular. Not sure how old this is, but drinking well right now.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,442 ratings.
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