BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2003
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
Good traditional ale. Malty, fruity(plum),smokey and lots of other flavors. Finishes smooth, creamy, and smokey finish. MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
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
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 (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
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
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 (9341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2014 Last batch rated: 1beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2003
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 it’s 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 it’s 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 – the longest I’ve 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 Hardy’s or J.W. Lees bottles I’ve had. As objective as I can be with this brewery (which is “not very”), Adam batch 1 is undoubtedly a delicious experience and I’m glad it happened.
Brew Date: 02-01-2000
Bottling Date: 03-23-2000
Consumed: 03-2008 (8 years cellared)
Thanks to Schroppfy for sharing. I’m not sure if it’s faded somewhat after this much time, but there’s 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. It’s 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 – it’s 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 5.0… it is the next review that represents the best batch I’ve 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 – what could be the finest aroma I’ve ever sensed – 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 it’s 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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 I’ve 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.
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. TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Weird nose on this one. Almost had a stale or flat aroma to it. Seemed like a musty malt aroma. The taste has a little more to offer with malt, alcohol notes, fruit, and a hint of cocoa, but starts a little harsh. Nice body with a pleasant aftertaste. Finishes very smooth considering the original scent and taste. jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Dark, Dark brown in colour with a long lasting off-white head. The smell is really strong and of tobacco and smoke characteristics. The taste is very strong and very smokey. After tasting this, I figured I'd come online and find out that this is a 'smoked' beer, but i've found out its really not. A good beer, and definately one that should be tried, because I don't think it really fits into the Traditional Ale category. I bought this as a single bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia.