Encouraged by last night’s phenomenal ale, I decided it was time to revisit Hair of the Dog and the second of their bigger ales I picked up in Portland, Hair of the Dog Adam Old World Strong Ale.
Hair of the Dog Adam Old World Strong Ale poured pitch black into the glass, topped with a thick, creamy off-white head. The pine hoppiness that led the nose over earthy notes of caramel and dried fruits implied a recent brew.
Hair of the Dog Adam Hearty Old World Ale opened with a chokingly sweet start. Thick, syrupy dried dates caramel, and dark chocolate flavors overwhelmed the palette, and some burnt smokiness came through as the sweetness slowly subsided.
I know many beer drinkers who love the Hair of the Dog offerings, but I can’t get behind the two I’ve had. Too cloying, too much happening without any definition (the flavor was almost blurry), and flat out off-putting for anyone looking for anything other than a malt bomb. Maybe a year or two of aging would mellow Hair of the Dog Adam Hearty Old World Ale out, but seemed prematurely released without at least a recommendation to hold on to it.