Adam – Hair of the Dog (Portland, OR, USA)

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Adam (Hearty Old World Ale) – Hair of the Dog, 10% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)

from ratebeer.com:

“Adam is a recreation of a historic beer-style, originally made in Dortmund, Germany and was the first Beer ever released from this Brewery. He is made with Northwest hops, organic pilsner malt, and a variety of specialty grains. The beer is rich and smokey, with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Best served as a dessert beer. It is great with cigars, or just a warm fire and good company. ”

on the front left-side label:

“Adam is made with Northwest hops, Organic Pilsner malt and a variety of specialty grains. The flavors in this beer have been compared to chocolate, smoke, leather and figs. Brewed in loving memory of Adam Kerchival 11-30-60 | 01-26-05 Brewer and friend.”

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  • Style: Traditional Ale (German)
  • Taste: Full-bodied rich malty caramel chocolate roasted coffee
  • Where I got it : Stearns Liquor (LA)
  • How much: $6 USD – 12 fl.oz., September 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s pretty good

Visual: Pours deep dark brown with a fantastic huge foam and lasting head, thick sticky lacing, some micro CO2 activity near the surface. Beautiful.

Nose: faint dark caramel malts, hints of chocolate, roastedness, and brown sugar. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: dense liquid malt sweetness

Mid-palate: thick-bodied, creamy-light fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-8)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, brown sugar/caramel malts, figs, leather

Finish: medium booziness, light roasted coffee, persistent malty sweetness, soft hopped bitterness, lingering sweet-bitter finish.

Summary: A robust, full-bodied ale with a very dark malty character. Well executed but no unique flavours particularly stood out.

Conflux Series No.1 – Deschutes & Hair of the Dog Collaboration (Bend, Oregon, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Conflux Series No.1 – Deschutes & Hair of the Dog Collaboration, 11.6% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon, USA)

on the front-side label:

“Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. Damn. Beer is fun!

Conflux No. 1 – Malt beverage aged in distilled spirit and wine oak barrels.

  • Style: (barrel-aged) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Red wine sweet/acidic brown sugar malt beer
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Pours cloudy pale beer bottle brown with almost no head, thin ringed retention, several very slow streams.

Nose: Soy sauced malts with some fishiness. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: dense tangy-sour malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-dense sweetness, medium sour/tangy, (MAIN) sweet malts, brown sugar/candi sugar, mild soy sauce, red wine grapiness + acidity

Finish: oaked malts, soft bitter sweet malted hopped finish.

Summary: Hmm.. normally I love barrel-aged beers but I’m not quite sold on this one. The acidity/sourness doesn’t quite balance out nicely with the brown sugar malts. I must say the high ABV is well hidden though. Brewdog does a better job with their similar style Abstrakt AB:10 (A).