whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Dark burgundy-brown ale. The head thinned fast but left a sheet of gravity-defying lace. Smelled like raisin bread, prunes, and chocolate. Flavors of peat smoke, dried cherries, chocolate, fruitcake, and a pungent earthiness. Excellent complexity imparted by the beasties that reside within. Superb, rich and smooth palate. An American classic.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown, not much aroma, but what is there is nice and sweet. Nice malty character, nice head. I wish I could get this where I live. Why are the best beers unavailable here. :-(
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
alright to start off i filled my glass with foam, i even tilted the glass, all foam. has a nice malty aroma to it. pours a dark murky brown. flavor is a huge malt flavor, alcohol warming, and very little hops. this is a great beer and i'll defiantly have to have it again.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a highly reactive tan head that stays and forms complex shapes and formations in the glass, very unique. The lacing is excellent as well, layers upon layers of sheets from the top of the glass to the very bottom. Aroma is very complex with a smokey hop nose with notes of raisin and some sour funkiness. Alcohol is also detectable in the aroma. This is a beer I could just sit here and smell and still think I'm drinking it. Flavor is extremely smokey with notes of burnt chocolate and coffee, a very nice use of chocolate malt in this. The smokiness is slightly overpowering but the alcohol pulls up the back and warms you up as you drink it. It has a very full body with a comparable mouth feel, slightly sour and bitter. This is very much a campfire beer. It's in the middle of a strong ale and an imperial stout. This is my first Hair of the Dog beer and I'm very optimistic now to try some of their other beers.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good traditional ale. Malty, fruity(plum),smokey and lots of other flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and smokey finish.
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 Re-rate: On tap at Toronado. This is the way it should be. Dark, creamy caramel and toffee. Delicious stuff.
Batch 52. I can't trust myself anymore. Rich and smooth, chocolate and smokey, earthy and roasted. There are so many amazing flavors fighting for control in this ale. Definitely wouldn't want to waste an adam on the unitiated.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Very very good. I enjoyed Fred better, but this was a close second. The head started spurting out of the bottle as soon as the cap was removed. This bottle conditioned ale has the most amazing head. Luscious. Even with a gentle pour I could fit about half the beer into a 12 oz receptacle. Smokey flavor. Sweet flavor. Citrus. COMPLEX!!!! Unbelievable complexity. I can't name all the elements that make up the flavor of this beer. There are just so many wild things going on here. That's why it is a highly rated beer. It is a challenging beer. Wow, Hair of the dog is such a nice company. I want to move next door to this place and take a tour every friday night at the very least. Cheers.
PorterPounder (6209) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow - what a mouthful - a flavorfest! A fruit salad with hops. Aroma - sweet tobacco with cherry sweetness thrown in for good measure. Good thick head but not a whole lot of lacing. Thick, sediment filled dark brown pour. Flavor - many things - raisins, prunes, dates, nuts - you name it - it is in there. Thick mouthfeel - like a meal in itself. Strong finish, alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A winner.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BATCH 55: deep carmel nutty aroma with some fruit given off by a belgianish yeast that has hints of the Ruhr but is still quite belgian Burnt smokey caramel as well in the nose. Taste is lightly smokey with caramel, chocolate, mild roasty malt and intense acidic hops that pop up for a bit. a little bit of alc. WOW, fucking amazing faultless beer. I'm completely in love
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Last batch rated: 1
I try to keep these ratings well organized, but I think I might have confused a batch 4 for a batch 44, and a batch 48 for a batch 70... I need to figure this out.
This sort of indulgence is what I travel for anyway, so when itís in front of me this time, the decision to finally try this rare gem is actually an easy one to make. The bottle is brought out to warm up. 15 minutes later itís cracked open and the first few whiffs are discouraging as the oxidation is overwhelming. I fear that this may have been a mistake. But with some time and aeration it begins to blossom, and the rich leather, peat and tobacco that define Adam begin to crawl out of the glass, eventually in concentrations large enough to overtake the oxidation. Adambier #1 is exceptionally dry and has an invigorating, prickly, lingering finish Ė the longest Iíve ever experienced with an Adam. The beer is past its prime for sure, and the oxidation is obviously heavy, but it tends to work in ways similar to decades-old bottles of Thomas Hardys, complimenting (and maybe even enriching) the dark fruit earthy malt character, though the dryness is certainly unlike any vintage Hardyís or J.W. Lees bottles Iíve had. As objective as I can be with this brewery (which is ďnot veryĒ), Adam batch 1 is undoubtedly a delicious experience and Iím glad it happened.
Brew Date: 02-01-2000
Bottling Date: 03-23-2000
Consumed: 03-2008 (8 years cellared)
Thanks to Schroppfy for sharing. Iím not sure if itís faded somewhat after this much time, but thereís certainly a ton of the sticky tobacco, olive and plum resinous malt left in this one, and even some hoppy scents and mild bitterness as well. Itís a beast that stands up to aging, although I prefer Adam between 1-3 years old.
Brew Date: 06-12-2002
Bottling Date: 08-14-2002
Consumed: 08-2004 (2 years cellared)
Dark garnet and ruby brown colored body, mild opaqueness when poured delicately from the bottle, with a salt-and-pepper and toast colored splotchy dark tan head, moderately thick and foamy. Initial smell of this vintage is green olives and peppery, toasty yeast. Palate is somewhat abrasive at first, with very full flavors of pine, oak, whiskey, and even a small anchovy note. This is a good example of one of the less-than-stellar batches (or perhaps bottles) of Adam Ė itís brash, assertive and hearty, but still hints at the core of what Adam is, and at what some cellar time will do - the bouquet of roasted plums and wood especially. This batch is fantastic but does not garner a 5.0Ö it is the next review that represents the best batch Iíve had, properly aged of course.
Brew Date: 08-2003 (estimated)
Bottling Date: 11-2003 (estimated)
Consumed: 03-2006 (2.5 years cellared)
The head is a multicolored cinnamon, salt and pepper creation, sometimes thick on the walls of the glass and other times thin as a few molecules floating on top of the body. The smell of this one is divine Ė what could be the finest aroma Iíve ever sensed Ė simply phenomenal... full of cedar, plums, black cherries, earthy, gritty scents, peppery, dusty yeast, and freshly tilled peaty soil. Moderately thick body, full of carbonation, but also warming the tongue and throat with a velvety coating of sherry, amaretto and rich, sweet pipe tobacco. An amazing experience, and every time I drink Adam it just gets better and better.
Brew Date: winter 2004
Bottling Date: spring 2004
Consumed: 08-2008, 4.5 years cellared
Some acetic notes in the nose, along with heavy peat, smoke, scotch, leather, etc. Rich and robust flavor, tannic dryness across the back... rich toffee, black tar tobacco, rich leather. Really good, but very very different from nearby batches. Not the best version, but kind of surprising that itís only 1 or 2 batches before what I consider some of the best batches of Adam.
Brew Date: spring 2004
Bottling Date: summer 2004
Consumed: 06-2008 (4 years cellared)
Maybe the most amazing nose Iíve ever had out of an Adam... incredibly rich and deep roasted plum, red grape, dry, charred oak, amazingly deep and rich, coats the mouth with a velvety layer of sensuous excitement. Amazingly rich, full-bodied, wondrously roasty and heavy with dark, roasted fruit. Astonishing. One of the best batches Iíve ever had.
Brew Date: summer 2004
Bottling Date: fall 2004
Consumed: 06-2008 (4 years cellared)
Heavy tobacco-resin covered dark fruit, char, smoke, peat, amazingly deep and invigorating nose. Velvet smoothness and bright, active alcohol at the corners of the palate. Amazing softness, richness, and roast could even suggest imperial stout... this more and more seems like a beer than Pannepot will become, years of experimentation and development, decades of internal variation and character. Grab some batch 3 Pannepot these days and have it taste like batch 3 Adam in 12 years. Do it.
Nose is extremely hearty, rich and meaty, with heavy notes of tobacco and blood sausage. Plums and black cherry skins are all over this thing. Pipe tobacco and resinous charred fruit are divine. Wonderful stuff, perhaps a bit on the fruity side, still with some citrus hop character present. Chocolate covered cherries... mmm.
2-3 inch brown cola colored head. Body is dark plum red. Nose is rich blood scented plums and sweet pipe tobacco, and the red and black cherries and rich, sweet chocolate syrup is exceptional. Huge, rich and frothy, a bit of some burnt, arcid charred chocolate and dry, charred wood, maybe the most char-heavy Adam batch Iíve had. Exceptionally long finish, oily, roast-heavy, dry and parched, bitter but still slightly sweet. Divine.
Batch 70 (?)
Bottling Date: mid-to-late 2007?
Consumed: 03-2008, probably 6-12 months old.
Another one shared by Schroppfy, this time as a comparison to the 8 year old batch 44. Huge dry hopped grassy nose of hops, with alcohol, plum wine, vegetal olive and sticky malt scents. Amazingly vibrant, fresh, chewy, resinous - this beer is the definition of resinous - really damn good, I liked a lot of what this beer had better than the 8 year old bottle, actually.
Bottling date: 11-??-2008
Weak body, sharp and oily, flabby even. Fusel sharp nose of smoked olives and charred tobacco. Really needs time.