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


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1,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 1929
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Reviews by badbeer:
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3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:04:03 | More by badbeer
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-16-2014 03:07:57 | More by funkyaudio
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, minimal head of caramel color that recedes fairly quickly.

S: Roasted, not charred malt, caramel

T: Roasted malt, sweet caramel, slight booziness on the back of the palate.

M: Deep, rich, elegant even.

O: One of the best in class. Enjoyable throughout the temperature range. Makes me want to try the barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:49:53 | More by stdaniel
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-15-2014 02:48:38 | More by Gunch52
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-15-2014 00:36:08 | More by JoeMcMahon
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

04-14-2014 18:36:10 | More by PZBREW
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-14-2014 16:50:15 | More by berley31
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-13-2014 06:12:58 | More by trevor_s
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-12-2014 22:51:00 | More by Liondiscs
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3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Boozy fruit, and lightly sweet
Appearance: No head ?!? Darkbrown, cloudy on the pour
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter
Palate: light body, thin oily slick mouthfeel, flat, astringent, finish
Overall: An odd, off-beat beer. The lack of head on a vigorous pour hints that something was not quite right with my sample. The aroma and taste was unique and sweet, indeed a desert beer if there ever was one!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:16:10 | More by auee92
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-12-2014 03:54:49 | More by timotao
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

04-08-2014 23:01:25 | More by Skyyalpha
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-07-2014 23:08:15 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-07-2014 18:10:09 | More by BigGingDrinker
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-07-2014 11:38:15 | More by DerekQXQX


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-06-2014 04:51:25 | More by Lochnessmonster
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-06-2014 02:04:48 | More by ArtZan
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-05-2014 03:30:30 | More by Jimmeekrek
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-04-2014 00:06:41 | More by MrPlayboy
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 85

A: poured into a snifter to a nice deep brown with a small dense tan head that is slow to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of molasses, toasted malt, raisins and caramel
T: taste is intensely malty and toasty with a bit of dark fruits, caramel, toffee and slight bitterness. swallow is a bit of alcohol mixed with roasty bitterness and chocolate
M: big and sticky in the mouth with good carbonation and a drying finish
O: This beer is big, smooth and complex. It's really good as well and I'm sure this after some time in a barrel is like heaven.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:37:15 | More by SHODriver
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-02-2014 01:56:00 | More by Docrock
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: mahogany color. almost black. hazy and opaque. about half a finger of the most stubborn creamy, tan head, sticks around the entire time with a sticky lacing left of the sides.

Smell: some malty sweetness strikes first, followed by a mixture of leather and dark dried fruits. a little bit chocolatey but not overly powerful. strongest notes are leathery and vinous. a little on the weak side

Taste: opens up with some a complex maltiness. middle is full of oxidized and leather notes, balanced out by a fruitiness, consisting of prunes and raisins. rounded out with chocolate and just a little bit or a roasted malts. some flaked barley throughout. alcohol sometimes makes itself present but not a dominant force in the taste

Mouthfeel: heavy a little chewy. slick and oxidized feel. alcohol warmth and bitterness

Overall: this has been a beer I have been wanting for a long time and was happy to receive one as an extra. certainly lived up to what I had made it out to be in my mind. great example of a stale-ish and leathery old ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:17:12 | More by SportsandJorts
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

03-31-2014 05:16:09 | More by Erik-P
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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch 90- fairly recent. Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 3/30/2014.

App- Very dark brown cola colour, but the brown colour is only evident in the right lighting. Otherwise in normal lighting it looks like a pitch black stout. A vertical pour yields a one finger off-white head with minimal retention. Not much lacing at all.

Smell- Sweet charred malts, dark fruits, smoke, brown sugar. Some wet oaky flavours that in the past, I have found in bourbon barrel aged stouts. Nose is on the sweeter side, not that much smoke in comparison to how it tastes on the palate.

Flavour- Tastes much better than it smells. Smoke, leather, plums, blackberries, brown sugar, oak. Charred dark malt sweetness (much like a Russian Imperial Stout) with some sweet candi sugar. Very complex beer that somehow works well. I can't say one way or another whether this is sweet or smoky or bitter. It is all 3 and whatever else I'm missing here.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick bodied, low carbonation that is somehow just right for this kind of beer. Drinks very smoothly and is more resinous and sticky than it is dry despite the sweetness. Smoky sweet aftertaste, as if I smoked plums over a fire and covered it in volcanic ash. Despite how gross that sounds, it's very good. For a 11% ABV beer, I taste zero alcohol here even as it warms up.

Overall- Very impressive strong ale. Very complex with a pleasing mixture of flavours that on their own, would not be particularly appealing but this mishmash of flavours comes together to create a mix of stout-like, smoked porter-like and English old ale-like characteristics all in one 12oz bottle. Very good beer that I highly recommend for a late winter/early spring evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:50:59 | More by Stevedore
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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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