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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,016
Ratings:
2,424
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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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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Photo of EricCioe
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 83.

This pours a deep brown with a tight khaki head that leaves great lace. On the nose the first thought that came to mind was an oriental blend of pipe tobacco like GL Pease's Embarcadero, where there are both raw tobacco/smoky notes combining with deep fruits. I can't say I've ever smelled anything like this before. In the mouth the smoke wafts around while rum soaked figs and roasted malt and chocolate ... this is a beer that will take some getting to know over a dozen bottles to unpack all of the details here. The body is medium, lighter than I might have expected, with a long finish where some booze and smoke linger after the fruits die away.

Overall, this beer is both incredible and unique. It's like a smoked Baltic porter mixed with an old ale. Unreal complexity, yet highly drinkable. Send me this stuff.

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

12 oz bottle labeled Batch 68.

This has been a favorite of mine for a few years now and I think I'm close to finally brewing something myself that comes even close.

A. Pretty close to opaque with a light brown head that remained consistent at about a quarter of an inch.

S. Slight alcohol, leather (pretty common description but apt is apt), overall very balanced and unique. You know what you are in for and it's great.

T. Fantastic. Spice charactheristics aren't so complex, rather full and again balanced. Burnt caramel, leather, leaves your tongue coated with almost a coffee feel. I'm not good enough to praise this beer.

M. Excellent. Well rounded with no particular hop or malt bomb. That the 'leatherness' can take over so completely and not be a put off is remarkable.

D. Way far from a session beer. Pairing it with food may not be such a great idea as it stands so well on it's own. Maybe keep the food pairing somewhat hearty but neutral (German) in terms of spice. A cigar would probably be ideal.

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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

Appearance:
Opaque, leathery brown, with an effusive khaki head.

Aroma:
Chocolate, oily hops, smoke, whiskey.

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

Mouthfeel:
Thick and chalky in a good way.

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

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Batch #: 80

Bottled: ?
Served: July 6, 2011

Price = $4.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,424 ratings.
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