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

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95
world-class

2,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 565
Gots: 443 | FT: 32
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:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible dating to denote the bottling or "enjoy by" of this beer. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - This is only my second old ale, so I have no idea what is typical for the style, but this one is a deep chestnut brown hue, almost black due to the massive head blocking any light from filtering down through the top. The head is a good 4+ fingers thick, and creamy looking like mousse or some other whipped topping, the color of sandy brown. Retention is excellent, with the foam never becoming less than a finger of froth around the edges of the glass with a pillowy layer of foam along the top. Lacing is thick in the few places it remains, with a silky look to it.

Smell - Complex and rich, and not nearly as hot as expected given the strength. Burnt caramel, roast chocolate and tree bark, along with some elements of a cinnamon-like spiciness. Hints of molasses as well.

Taste - Picks up where the depth of the smell left off. Now the tree bark and semisweet chocolate is enriched by notes of leather and a faint medicinal characteristic as well in the background. I know some don't like that, but I find it can provide an interesting complexity. A finish with some bittering from the hops, as well as a little bit of sweetness from the specialty malts used.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as you might expect from the color and the appearance of the head. Medium bodied with high carbonation and a lingering finish.

Overall - I've only had one other old ale, and it was similar but different to Adam. Both were good, so I think I may have to seek out more of this style. Hopefully they all display the same balance and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:24:38 | More by LambicPentameter
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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.