768: Adam

768 - AdamName: Adam
Brewery: Hair of the Dog Brewing
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Portland, Oregon
Style: Old Ale
Alcohol Content (ABV): 10.0%
First Brewed: 1994
Price: $5.99 (Landed this beer in a trade with my buddy Erick.)

Tasting Notes
Aromas of chocolate and smoke prominent. Dried fruit side, and wood flavors follow the initial cocoa and smoke. Creamy and rich in flavor; great as a drink with dessert.

Ricky’s Thoughts

This is the beer that started it all. Not 1001 Bottles, but my friendship with Erick Engel. I saw Erick post about Adam on Google+ and asked if he would be interested in a trade. Long story short, he was… And that trade turned into several bottles before we were done. This was a unique trade, too. Erick is from San Diego, but was going to be in the Valley for a baseball tournament. Why would he bother shipping the beers when he could deliver them IN PERSON! We made plans to meet at Four Peaks, and did the trade right there at the table. It was amazing.

During our trade the manager at Four Peaks came over and asked what we were doing. At first, I was worried he wouldn’t allow us to trade at the table. Better yet, he brought Erick some stickers, some coasters, and invited everyone to the brewery for a tour of the brewing facility. We left there, headed to Fate and the rest is… Well, fate! It was a great way for us to land this bottle.

I am a big fan of Hair of the Dog Brewing, and I know this beer is incredible. I first had this back in Indiana, but we can’t get Hair of the Dog here in the desert. I can’t thank Erick enough for making this bottle possible. Erick, this one is for you… The one that started it all. Cheers, buddy!!!

In the Glass: Whoa… Didn’t expect that much head. I am getting a fist of head on this one. Granted, Sheryl’s pour was perfect. Oh well, this needs to heat up a little, anyway. The beer is nice a dark; a dark brown almost black color. The head is thick, and has a nice toffee color to it. The beer is producing a nice lace, too. I can’t wait to drink this. Memories!

Nose: I am going to wait for the head to go down just a little bit. I don’t want bubbles all up on my nose!

Sorry, I was distracted. I am busy chatting with David Rojo. He is going to be coming over in a few days to drink our bottle of Mexican Cake with us. He will also be bringing a bottle from his cellar for us to try. He was telling me some that he has to offer… And regardless of what he brings, I am pumped to try it. On to the nose.

Imagine a fig floating in a glass of scotch. That is what this smells like. It doesn’t have a sweet aroma that you would expect from an Old Ale, but it does offer nice balance with obvious smokey goodness. The more I smell this, the more smoke I am getting. Oh, and the BeerAdvocate guys rated this a 99… So you know it’s good!

Flavor: By the way, the lace is ridiculous on this beer. A good lace is a sign of a good beer.

Here we go. Oh. My. GOD! That is unreal. I mean, SO freaking good. I was chatting with Erick earlier tonight and he said he hadn’t had his bottle of Adam yet. Erick… DUDE, drop what you are doing and drink this beer NOW!!! Oh, and Paul Tom Bennett from Facebook said, “That’s stuff is liquid amazeballs!” That is one way to put it.

You get a nice smokey flavor up front, but then the sweetness that I was talking about shows up. Then, as you swallow and continue to swallow, the smoke just continues and leaves you with a nice drying finish. I could seriously drink a gallon of this beer. It’s that good.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is great, and leaves a nice thick layer of flavor on my tongue. The beer, even at 10% ABV, is easy to drink, but the flavor is so good, I don’t want this bottle to be over. I only get 6 ounces, but that is not enough! I am sure a keg of this, if they even make it, would be outrageous… But I would LOVE a pint of this on tap. I am just blown away with how good this beer is.

Aftertaste: The smoke continues, but as I sit here and continue to swallow, the smoke becomes a nice earthy dryness that is hard to forget. I said imagine a fig floating in a glass of scotch, and that thought is still with me. I do like scotch, and I really dig the earthy scotches from the Islay region.

If you like a nice thick high ABV beer that you can drink as your dessert, then this is the beer for you. We tried Fred, another beer from Hair of the Dog, many moons ago. I remember that bottle like it was yesterday, and I am so glad that we found a bottle of Adam. This bottle wouldn’t be possible without Erick and his dedication to craft beer. This is what craft beer is all about!

Cheers, people!

Adam – The bottle says: “Adam is made with Northwest hops, Organic Pilsner malt and a variety of speciality grains. The flavors in this beer have been compared to chocolate, smoke, leather and figs. Brewed in loving memory of Adam Kerchival 11-30-69 | 1-26-05 Brewer and friend.”

“Hair of the Dog Brewing Company produces bottle conditioned beers which improve with age. We are dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beer styles. To learn more about Hair of the Dog Brewing Company and our styles, please visit us at www.hairofthedog.com”

Rating: 5/5 (Can I rate this higher than a 5? It’s that good!)

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Well, it’s been a while since we reviewed a beer. And that’s my fault. I’ve been on a ten-day cleanse that didn’t allow me to drink alcohol. I made it through nine of those days and caved at the end. But now I’m back on the diet. I am letting myself have alcohol, but I’m not going to drink as much as I was. Ricky requires me to at least be able to review beers, so I’ll at least do that (and probably a bit more). So here we go – our first review in a while.

Ricky says he’s had this beer. I can’t remember if I have or not. It looks really thick and dark in the glass, and it poured out with a lot of head. It’s basically black. Looks kind of like motor oil. I hope it doesn’t taste like it! It smells good, but I had to really stick my nose in the glass to get a whiff. It smells malty. This beer looks like it must be either a porter or a stout judging by the look and smell of it. I did see little bubbles rising to the top, which is interesting, since I don’t usually notice that on porters or stouts. But let’s find out some more by trying a sip, shall we?

Wow. This beer packs a punch, along with a lot of flavor. I’m still tasting the aftertaste on it, so I’ll talk about that first. It’s very smoky and full of heat. You’ll be knowing you took a drink long after you did. The first thing you taste when taking that first sip is the maltiness. It also does have a hint of carbonation, which explains the bubbles. That head that poured out is the thick, marshmallowy kind. I had to almost dig through it to get to the beer. You also get some dark chocolatey notes after the malt. This beer just has so much flavor. This is practically one you have to sit and chew on, there’s so many levels to it. It’s like tasting about five beers in one. I like it. There’s a complexity to it that you don’t find in too many beers. I’d definitely buy this one again for sure, but it is not an every day beer. This is something special you sit and sip, and it seems like it’d be great for sitting inside on a cold day. I’m highly impressed.

Rating: 5/5

767 bottles of beer on the wall…

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