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


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1,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 1931
Reviews: 963
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 beagle75:
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
Batch 74

A: Slightly hazy, dark garnet color with a fine peripheral ring of mocha-tinted bubbles. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Treacly fruit and grain is more candied than roasted, although some smoky and savory qualities are present. It is very dark, with a suggestion of spirituous complexity.

T: Begins sweet, with fermented dark malts and equally dark fruit that draws heavily upon figs and dried plums. Acidity is restrained while minerality is sharp into the middle where roasted grain is more pure, but still refined. A whiff of chocolate is transient on the palate, staying mild in intensity even at its most pronounced. The finish is complex in its moderate bitterness, with layers of herbaceous flavor amidst continued mineral presence and restrained alcohol notes.

M: Medium viscosity, smooth and slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While plain Adam does not possess the rarified qualities of the barrel-aged and fruit-fermented version, it represents a strong contribution to the field of American strong ales. Flavors are decadent and very English; very much the old ale of repute that has been taken to the next level. At about two years of age it is smooth, yet bitter in the finish with a pronounced earthy hop character whose herbaceousness contrasts every other feature. Roast lingers on the palate, nearly scorched but appealing. Alcohol shows a constant but metered presence, adding to the potential for sipping pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 03:43:56 | More by beagle75
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely beer. This beer is very drinkable and it is made with love. It has a good, soft bite and a fair amount of character. I enjoy the story each of these beers has on their label. Much thought has been put into each brew.

The beer is attractive.
The smell is enticing.
The taste is definitely of quality.
The mouthfeel is desirable.

Overall, this is a nice beer. I actually purchased a couple of more to drink in the near future.

I love dogs.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:33:34 | More by mabermud
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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.

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04-15-2014 23:49:53 | More by stdaniel
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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!

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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.

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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

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