Tonight’s beer is Hair of the Dog’s “Adam” out of Portland, Oregon. The Adam was brewed by Hair of the Dog as a tribute to a fellow brewer who evidently had a very fine nose for excellent beer. I selected this beer as the voters choice based on input collected throughout the past month – you chose it, and I’m drinking it! I actually drank this a couple of weeks ago, but in the midst of sampling a cavalcade of other craft beers from a variety of sources, I hope you aren’t terribly upset that I sat on it. Without further adieu, meet Adam!
The Adam poured out a brilliant blood red, almost sanguinated with light bubbles coursing through it, and looks exactly like someone drained a rare steak into a glass. It has a very tall head, and plenty of yeast to drive the fermentation. Some settled into the bottom of my glass, but there was a thick coating of it on the bottom of the bottle. The nose on it was typical for a beer like this, imparting a strong aroma of cherries with the pungent nip of furniture varnish and gasoline. Where this beer truly excels, however, was in the flavor profile – the flavor is intense and almost romantic, offering strong tinges of alcohol and Cuban cigars with further intimations of dark chocolate and saddle leather. It has a chewy texture to it, but it goes down smoothly with enough alcohol to warm you up on a cold night. The beer is quite sticky, with a soothing aftertaste that will leave you licking your lips for more.
Reactions to this beer around my usual tasting circle were very positive, and several people actually proclaimed “I’d put that in my mouth again!” This was an exceptionally tasty stout and very comparable to Bell’s Expedition Stout from a couple of weeks ago, but it’s going to take something truly extraordinary to beat that one! This was odd beer, but very well done – you all have excellent tastes! It is a bit pricey at $4.50 for a 12 ounce bottle, but definitely worth it if you’re looking for a truly fantastic stout.
Don’t forget to keep voting! I don’t follow any particular schedule with them – I just drink the winner whenever I feel like drinking it. Until next time, happy drinking!