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Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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world-class

2,270 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 587
Gots: 471 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.
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Ratings: 2,270 | Reviews: 995
Photo of pat61
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: This pours chestnut with a 3” tan head that perches up above the glass rim and hugs the side of the glass.
S: Malt, roast, and dark fruit on the nose.
T: Starts with very lightly sweetened chocolate and develops more coffee flavors as it moves through the mouth culminating in lingering dark bitter chocolate and dark coffee aftertastes.
F: Chewy and soft in the mouth with average carbonation.
O: This is an excellent, very well made beer.

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #9. pretty solid for a 20 year old bottle. Cheers to whoever gave me a pour at DLD

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Adam Batch 9 @ DLD2k15. This was pretty amazing for having 20 years on it.

Photo of jellikit
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
Appearance: Dr. Pepper. Dark ruby-red. Clear. Off-white-totan, thin head.
Smell: fig. Date. Tobacco.
Taste: Same as smell with a little plum and cherry.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Slightly sweet.
Overall. Big and well balanced. Tasty. Will buy again.

Photo of RickS95
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's an amazing looking beer, especially after the ugliness of Fred last night. Thick, very dark brown pour. Extreme carbonation fills whatever glass you've got with bubbles. Lots and lots of thick bubbles. Tan colored bubbles of all sizes. Eons of retention and a glass scraping amount of lace.

All malt. Mostly chocolate nose with scents of leather and tobacco evolving as the beer warms. Only a slight alcohol smell and any hops smell of the Noble type.

Taste mirrors the smell, only the smoke and tobacco flavors are stronger. Old Ales are kind of difficult to describe other than to say when you've had a good one you know it, and this tastes like I would imagine it's supposed to. Leather is a strange 'taste' to define, but again, you know it when you've had it and it's prevalent here.

Smooth and creamy, but with bold aggressive ingredients. A bit smoky, yet sweet AND savory at the same time. There's a lot going on. High ABV and very full bodied. Very complex. Each sip leaves a lingering heat.

Overall, it's a world-class beer. It's not something to drink a six pack of, maybe not even a second bottle, but each single is an amazing rendition of the style.

Photo of mbmiche
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great flavor profile--caramel, leather, tobacco, a little burnt sugar. Delicious. Just want a little more carb.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 91
Great smoky and raisin aroma and taste. Had a three finger creamy tan head with great lacing. Mouthfeel has balanced, but could be less dry.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not really a fair rating since this bottle was a 1995. But the sum of the parts still could not equal the beer as a whole. An absolutely incredible experience.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 83 (9/2011) bottle to snifter. huge creamy head, dark brown

charred oak, leather,tobacco,

smokey sweetness, dark fruits.

lots of carb, creamy body. heavier

well done brew. unique. lots of complexity

Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured gently into hotel cup. Cola brown body with no head and great tan lacing. Aroma is caramel, nuts, molasses, dark fruits like plum and fig, anise, a touch of bakers chocolate. Taste initially borders on strong sweetness with chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, and maple syrup flavors. Light bitterness comes on the swallow with nutty and tobacco notes. Some smoke and band-aid flavors come late. Medium-full body, thick syrupy texture, virtually no carbonation, boozy sweet and tongue-coating finish.

Photo of 1424IpA
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 batch 55. 1st time with adam...kinda wierd I know but that's the way the cookie crumbled. To me this dude is all about smokey leather, sandlewood with hints of other spices. I do get some raisin flavors but all and all its a pretty clean beer for being a teenager....

Photo of BMMillsy
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from trade. Big thanks on this one, as it is a long time want. Finally! Batch Number 82 (whatever that means) poured 1/31/15. Pours hearty and thick dark brown, looking almost black as it settles in the glass, with a bit creamy khaki brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, some spicy hops, sweet molasses and caramel, toffee, whoah. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is chocolatey breadyness, peated malts (was not expecting that!), smokey mess mixed with sweet molasses and caramel. Lots going on here, but balanced nicely by the hops and finishes with a light crisp bitterness and light lingering sweetness. Rich body with plus carbonation, lively, yum. Lived up to expectations and included some unexpected flavors win the smokiness/peatyness.

Photo of portia99
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 73) poured into a snifter. This is a weekend of vintage beers for me...compared to the '02 Old Horizontal, this is pretty young, but HotD's website says this was bottled on 8/3/08 so still pretty old (coincidentally this was my 10th wedding anniversary day)

A - Pours with a very faint carbonation...looks almost still on the pour with some tiny, fine bubbles barely making a collar. Body is near black with maybe a faint purpleish tint to it.

S - Cola, licorice, prunes, alcohol, caramel, some roast, and chocolate.

T - A bit roasty with some burnt malts and faint acrid, dark roast coffee-ish flavor up front. Lots of dark fruit, plums, prunes, figs, a bit of dark cherries. I get a faint red wine like fruity/tannic character also. Still getting a bit of cola, some sugary sweetness, notes of chocolate, and some complementary alcohol. The underlying roasty/acrid bitterness really brings everything together here keeping the beer from becoming cloying in sweetness - the bitter brings everything back to balance - starts sweet and then is cut off and brought back by the roast...really nice.

M - Near still, but still showing enough carbonation to keep things alive. Body is medium. Sticky with sugars that are left on the lips after each sip allowing you to get a second taste of the caramelly, burnt sugar character after each sip. Shows a good balance of dark fruits, various sugars, chocolate, alcohol and roast.

O - Adam certainly deserves its high ratings. Even after 7ish years in the bottle it holds up and maybe has improved since being fresh. Great complexity and balance along with a scary drinkability for a 10% beer. This ranks right up there as one of my favorite strong ales. Great stuff...glad I have more of this batch to savor in the future.

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hair of the dog doesnt make a bad beer

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (batch 84; 2011) poured dark reddish-brown with a good head.

Wonderful aroma. Given the aroma, the flavor is initially disappointing but it finishes strong and leaves a great aftertaste. Good complexity. ABV partially hidden.

Smooth, medium-full body.

Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Bubbles creamy thick,
The darkness nearly complete,
Deep, smoky chocolate

A: (3/3) Clear but incredibly dark brown, almost black with thin foamy head
S: (9/12) Lightly sour woody smell with notes of chocolate and dark malt
T: (17/20) Delightfully woody chocolate with sweet
M: (5/5) Bubbly and creamy, but dry throughout
O: (8/10) Great dark bottle-conditioned beer. Surprisingly smooth at 10% and the alcohol is barely noticeable beneath the wood and chocolate.
42/50

Photo of SteveB24
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- A very surprising three and a half fingers of off white head comprised of huge bubbles on the pour, excellent retention and massive lacing on the glass. color is a brown that is near black with no light shining through.
Smell-rich and sweet. Dates, figs, honey. looked for booze and found none.
Taste-like the smell, hearty fruity notes upfront. the dates and figs are complimented by malty, grainy notes reminiscent of graham crackers. no booze in the taste either.
feel- smooth and very creamy, very little bubbles but the thick foam lingers on the tongue.
Overall- a delicious beer, drinks dangerously smooth. tasty, complex, and satisfying but not overwhelming in any sense.

Photo of Magbas
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Rich and delicious. Look forward to putting some years on this one.

Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Seriously happened to stumble on this one at the tap room, right as it was put on. We had no frickin clue about the brewery itself, let alone what this beer was all about. It was mindblowing. But it was also the top of the keg. I went back the next day and it was gone. They laughed when we were surprised.

Photo of richj1970
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip. Batch 91.

A: Pours a dark brown with gigantic 3-4 finger off white head that lasts several minutes and leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S: Raisin, plum, and sweet malts. A bit of tobacco and leather and oak wood.

T: Sweet malts and subtle dark fruits. Raisins and an earthy touch that reminds me a bit of tobacco and smoked meats.

M: Full bodied and lots of carbonation. Finish is drier than I was expecting.

O: This is a unique strong ale, and very enjoyable. I look forward to my next HOTD brew!

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -53.1%

Way too sweet! Far from the mellow characteristic expected of the style. Unfinished fermentation, young batch?

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%

Upon opening the bottle and pouring the first little bit, I was nervous as the carbonation was so thick and high that I thought I had gotten a bad bottle. After about 5 minutes the carb receded and lingered around the top like a crown. Dark in appearance and displayed a wonderful aroma of brown sugar, molasses, and raisins. This was very reminiscent of Sucre in it's body and flavors. At 10%, the alcohol was hidden very well. I need to grab a few more bottle of this on my next purchase. A wonderful Old Ale that is worth drinking over and over. And, if you've never had it, go and find it; I promise you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Heretic42
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pours a murky, mostly opaque dark brown. Very little head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Lots of tobacco and oak on the front, rolling into a raisin-esque sweetness. A slight tinge of alcohol sits beneath it all.

Mouthfeel: Quite low in carbonation and a little bit slick on the tongue. Finishes surprisingly dry for the ABV and the aroma.

Taste: There's a lot going on here. There's dark fruit sweetness, caramel, a bit of leather, and the tobacco that comes through on the nose is there too. I usually get vanilla from oak, but none here. The alcohol is certainly present, but doesn't detract much from the beer. The sweetness isn't cloying at all, but for some the tobacco/leather qualities might be.

Overall: Great beer overall; bold, flavorful, complex, and a tiny bit boozy. I wish the alcohol was hidden a bit better.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku, dark brown and murky, with no head. Smell up front is smoke, a dark fruits, raisins, figs a hint of cherry skin. Getting a lot of smoke in the taste. It's a subdued smoke, not like a rauch or anything, but it's definitely there. Was not expecting it and it overshadows some of the other flavors. No carb issue here. As it warms, some of the dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar flavor is coming out. Super complex. This might have gone over my head. Worth a try for sure. I'll try some with some age on it, see how that compares.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a dark malty color with a very modest head, which is appropriate for the style.

Smell - The aroma is quite malty and perhaps borders on being syrupy.

Taste - My initial impression of the taste is the sweetness of this ale. There are notes of sweet malt, nuts, tobacco, and oak. The oak is remarkable as this is not a barrel aged variation. The beer is warming on the way down, but it is certainly not hot.

Mouthfeel - The ale is almost sticky, coating the tongue and mouth. It allows for this taste to linger.

Overall - To this point, this is my favorite edition of the style. I like it a lot.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,270 ratings.