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

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2,248 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,248
Reviews: 991
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 580
Gots: 469 | FT: 40
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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: 2,248 | Reviews: 991
Reviews by Kuaff:
Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tumbler, just chilled. I got batch 88.

Looks a murky reddish brown. Or burgundy. There's a half-finger tan head that dissipates to a sheet.

It smells like maple, molasses, chocolate-covered raisins, and cherries. And vanilla. I like this.

The flavor is like the smell, but with stout-like, roasty chocolate character. Also an almost smoky, leathury finish which reminds me of a lot of oak-aged ales.

The feel is medium to thick.

I really dig the bold and complimentary flavors in this one.

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.

Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Monster head that laces all exposed areas of the inside glass. The color is a deep, dark, rich brown – almost black.

Smell – Lots of smells in this one. Burnt malt and brown sugar come to mind, along with struggling hops and a juicy, chewing tobacco scent.

Taste – This is like syrup. Thick, chewy malts laden with tobacco, burnt brown sugar, prunes (lots of prunes), raisins, and other dark fruits. The sugar comes out even more at the end with a lingering finish along with the alcohol. There are some bitter hops in there somewhere but I’m having trouble picking them out.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to speak of. The beer is creamy smooth though.

Drinkability – Well, it carries a 10% ABV, so I wouldn’t be shooting it with pizza or pretzels. It is smooth enough to go down well though.

Comments – This is a full-bodied heavy hitter and not for the faint of heart. The majority of inexperienced drinkers would probably pour most of the bottle down the sink. I like a strong, malty dark ale but the unbalanced character keeps me away from 5’s on this one.

Update – For my 2004 re-review I found the flavor tainted with some off sour notes which brought the Taste rating down by 0.5.

Update – For my 2005 review we are back on track. The sourness is gone, the rating is back up, and for the first time in history the bottle didn’t explode all over my kitchen floor. Yeehaw!

Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown with a pretty big, almost fluffy, head that fizzes away into some lacings.

S: The smell is fantastic. Very complex, don't even know if I'm able to decipher everything going on here. Here's a lot of malts - caramel, dark bread, fudge and even some roasted notes. Vinous fruits (cherries, raisins, figs) and wood. Spices reminiscent of cola, molasses and smooth alcohol notes.

T: The taste is no letdown either, to say the least. A gentle roasted character sits well with caramel, fudge and prominent vinous fruity notes. The fruits are not as well defined as in the smell. Then comes rich and sophisticated flavors of wood, raisins, dusty cellar and spices. The taste is very sweet but the roasted aromas, wood and spices keep everything on track. The finish is amazing. Luscious warming and semi-sweet alcohol, well balanced bitterness, leafy hops, wood and lingering sweetness. Very powerful. If I had to say something negative about it, I think the alcohol is just slightly too prominent. But that's of minor importance.

M: Medium to full body and creamy texture. Very pleasant.

D: This is just a fantastic beer. Very complex and oh so balanced. Drinks like a fine wine.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #81 poured into Dogfish Head Snifter

A - Pours a dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. A good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - The aroma contains dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.

T- Raisins, figs, prunes, bit of chocolate, caramel, malt. A nice warm booziness at the backend followed by sweetness.

M - A bit chewy, but super smooth, head that stays adds to this character.

O - My favorite year round offering from Hair of the Dog. I always buy a few bottles when I see it in NYC. Can't wait to see how this one ages. Such an underrated brew.

Photo of JasonA
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 67. I know its a bit old, either 06 or 07.

This is going to be a tough style to rate as I know nothing about them except what I have read.

Pours a delicious dark (very dark) brown, quite opaque, though some light getting through. Rich dense, dark head with quite a lot of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Some dark dried sweet fruit like raisin or date. There is another food type that I cant place. Virtually no hop character. ABV. It doesnt take a genious to call this a full bodied beer.

Wow. Roasted malt finish. Wow. Ive never tasted a finish non-syrup like with this flavor. Lots of warming, non biting, ABV in the middle.

Sits very smooth for ABV. Almost like a Barley Wine. Lots a similarities between them. This brew gets better as temperature rises.

I love this brew. I cant really find a flaw in it. I wish I could drink like 4 of them starting at dinner. This would compliment a lot of meals and is a very hearty drink.

I originally got this beer in a BIF. Ive been looking to trade for them, but I think the price is a bit high. I might try to find some on the cheap any way possible.

Photo of NWer
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 79
Pours flat into my Deschutes tulip.
No head, no carbonation. Flat.
Tastes good though. Very pronounced chocolate and figs up front and throughout. Slight tangyness in the aftertaste.
Given the experiences others have had, I'll give this another try and update my review as appropriate.

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

Batch 79.

A - Pours deep brown with 2 fingers of tan head. Head has great retention.

S - Deep caramel malts, earthiness, and definitely some raisins coming through. Very nice overall.

T - Similar to smell, the earthy malts and deep dried fruits dominate. Also some molasses. Has a very woody character to it. Some alcohol apparent in the taste. Would have loved to have let this one sit for a year or two, but my suitcase was already full with other beers, so I had to drink this one out of a plastic cup in the hotel in San Diego.

M - medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Alcohol provides some warming on the way down.

D - Probably a little too fresh to taste the full potential of this one, but clearly a nice take on the old ale. I only wish I could have brought more home.

Photo of grynder33
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A yeasty hoppy aroma with all kinds of hints of other things, a nice sweet malty blend of raisin banana lemon, almost like a weiss, thickish mouthfeel little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste, a complex sweetness lingered till the end.I seem to feel this is a great brew, but the blend just isn't something I'm into right now.

Photo of Beaver13
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - batch 67 (thanks to Crosling!). Pours a dark brown with a smallish creamy off white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet (sugary) and smoky chocolate, black licorice and vinous fruits with a tarry alcoholic bitter finish. As it warms, the alcohol overpowers the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

Overall, a very fine beer. It tastes a little like a super-charged Hibernation, but with more burnt tar and anise (which come out more as it warms). I liked it better colder.

Photo of Duster72
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice medium amber with lots of sediment and half finger head which sticks around for a bit. Aroma is cotton candy, brown sugar and malts. Taste is red grapes, lightly toasted dark malts, dark chocolate, and mild smokiness. Alcohol comes out on the finish which hurts drinkability. Perfect winter brew, wish this one was available locally.

Photo of Jason
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Murky brown colour with a thin lace and decent head retention to boot. Aromas of ripe figs, caramel and husky grain.

Figgy sweet, layer of caramel, hints of husk and yeast, and struggling hop balance. Full bodied and very creamy on the tongue off of a moderate carbonation. Higher alcohols are merely in ester form and somewhat get lost in the malt in a very deceiving way. Sweet finish with a slow warming feeling.

Overly drinkable barleywines can be a dangerous thing, this beers name is dangerous. Goes down some smooth and creamy, with layers of sweetness that are no cloying at all caress the taste buds to bring them closer to heaven. Highly recommended especially on tap.

Photo of tjthresh
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby and garnet highlights when held to a light. Poured with a creamy tan head that leaves a nice ring as you drink. Chocolate, toffee, prunes and raisins, some roast. Maybe some hops, but this babys about the malt. Chocolate is the overriding flavor here. Sharp bitterness and alcohol burn. Very mouth filling. Definatley a night cap.

Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost an opaque mahogany color, with an enormous, five finger, beige head. Nice lacing effect with sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aromas of malty caramel and molasses are picked up from several feet away. Some smoky, Scotch style peat smokiness enhances the nose to an idyllic presence.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with active carbonation. Alcohol makes its first appearance here, before fading into the background.
Taste is sublime. Molasses and toffee sweetness, dark fruits, and warming alcohol combine very well for an exceptional smoothness. Adequate hops presence prevents any cloying.
I am absolutely enamored with this Adam. This is like a perfect, strong Scotch ale, with extraordinary drinkability and taste. I will be seeking more of these Adams, the sooner the better. Very highly recommended!

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Batch 57" 12 oz bottle, strong tasty stuff, enjoy with care. Poured dark amber, dark tan head, good retention and lacing. Bready, yeasty nose, burnt fruit, alcohol, figs, raisins and brandy notes. Medium bodied,vinious, rich malt flavors. Resiny hops come burning through. Fine brew.

Photo of badbeer
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 71:

Very dark brown with a beige head that had very good retention and lacing. Smell of caramel, dark fruit, earthy hops, smoke, and also some medicinal notes. Taste is smokey, caramel, and very medicinal. There also seems to be some sweet cherries in the taste, but most of it is medicinal. Medium carbonation and light to medium body. I'd like to try this again from a different batch to get a better idea of the beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with no head, but a few tan bubbles. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, smoke and some soy sauce. The flavor is smoke, burnt malt, chocolate, roasted malt and soy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #47. It'd been sitting in my fridge for a few months and I wanted something with a little kick to it tonight. Was I in for a treat!

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with instructions on how to pour and other blurbs about the quality of this beer.

Appearance: Minuscule "pfft" when I opened the bottle. Poured a deep, dark, intense brown in color. Virtually opaque. Creamy off-white head is only slightly present yet manages to do a fantastic job of lacing the glass.

Smell: Wonderful vapors escape from the glass as it warms. Sweet, warmed caramel, mixed with juicy-ripe dark fruits assault the olfactories, weaving themselves into the very fiber of your senses. An olfactory experience not to be missed.

Taste: A veritable Swedish massage for your palate. Alcohol-soaked raisins and plums ("Hairy Buffalo" party, anyone?), toffee, roasted coffee beans, chocolate, alcohol, and a wonderfully brief smoky flavor all make appearances on the stage, speak their lines, and depart quickly. A dazzling symphony of flavors that combine to play a wonderful opus of flavor for your audience of taste buds.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful. So creamy smooth. A veritable drenching of the palate in flavor. Outstanding.

Drinkability: Excuse me? 10% ABV. Are you *sure*? A wonderful beer to be had. It got much better as it warmed, with the flavors being more pronounced. A very smooth and quaffable beer. I really had to slow myself down with this one, lest this concoction disappear too quickly. Do yourself a favor and pick one up. Reward yourself for a job well-done with Adam.

Photo of magictrokini
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 54, magnum. Poured dark, opaque mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma was smoke, malt, and chocolate. The taste was strongly alcoholic, with mocha, toasted malt and finished with an alcohol bite. Some peat and a nice resiny base. A big, earthy beer with a sweet side.

Photo of standardcherry
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of batch 86 I believe. Served into a snifter.

A: Dark brown/black color with a thin beige head. Not as opaque as some big stouts, a bit of light shines through it.
S: Huge blast of aromas! I'm hit with big notes of molasses, chocolate, roasted malts, tobacco, dark fruits. Big boozy aroma, a bit of wood, coffee and vanilla at the end.
T: Booze soaked dark fruits is all I can think right now. Follows up with molasses and syrupy sweetness. After smelling it I was afraid it would be too sweet but that's not the case. A bit of an alcohol bite.
M: Medium/full bodied with solid carbonation.
O: This is a sipping beer. I would love to have this again but I'll share the bottle next time, it can get a bit overwhelming with the booze. Huge beer but overall very great.

Photo of deebo
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An older bottle. Batch 83 bought in CA in Feb 2012.

Poured into a snifter this is a heady beast. Tan, big bubbled and stubborn. Ugly, dirty brown with sediment floating. Aromas of sweet fruit-fig strongest, malt is dominant, some yeast notes here too. Taste is big and rich. Lots of malt with sweet toasted grain taste. Notes of toffee, figs, Finish is warm but not strongly alcoholic. Ends clean and rather quick. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety smooth. This is what I'd like an old ale to be. A malt bomb that is easy to drink but better to contemplate. Delicious.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a dfh signature glass.

Pours a very deep dark mohagony brown with a small but very thick and creamy light brown head that instantly starts clinging to the side.

Taste is awesome on this, at 10% the alcohol is noticeable but that's to be expected. Otherwise this is one of the most complex beers I've ever had. It starts out sharp and sweet then the carbonation just explodes in your mouth. The caramel and toffee flavors come in an then on the finish gouged this crazy smokey/woody note that's just fantastic great beer!

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown to nearly black in color. A faint bit of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing is evident. I get a strong aroma of plums and figs along with with alcohol. The mouth is sticky warm due to the alcohol. The taste is strong with a bit of a vinous note and loads of dark malt. The finish is on the sweeter side due to the heavy amount of dark malt.

Photo of highTempo
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I live in Portland and am only now getting around to trying this!

This is batch 92, which is maybe a little new. I gave it a good, not particularly gentle pour from the bottle into a traditional pint glass, and it has absolutely no head. The color is very dark brown, almost black. It's essentially opaque even when held to the light. The lack of head is odd.

I'll continue for those of you who haven't already moved on after reading that I poured it into a pint glass.

The smell is full, dark, 'round' - which matches the color well. I get the heavy malty qualities. Leather, soil, and chocolate seem reasonable. I also taste some raisin or prune and maybe root beer.

The flavor is similar. It really hits the back of the mouth with the malt and bitterness. There's a bit of ash in the flavor that I don't notice in the smell. Alcohol is forward and it is a bit… astringent, or pungent, maybe. There's a lot of sweet malt.

The carbonation is present but subtile. I think there's something not quite right about this batch considering that and the other reviews I've read for Adam. It's not bad at all but it's not as outstanding as I'd hoped. It feels flat and thin for a beer with this much flavor.

I might need to go down to the brewery and try this one on tap. It's worth another chance. It's solidly good but not my favorite. I've had other HOTD beers that I've liked better than this one. It would be improved with a little less forward alcohol, astringency, and a little more character in the body.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,248 ratings.