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


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1,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 1937
Reviews: 965
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 russpowell:
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers to ya, Joe!

Batch#69 pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Superior lacing , bubbles still rising from the bottom at the end, & great head retention as well

S: Oakyness, dark fruit, leafy hops, really big depth in the nose here! Faded a bit at the end

T: Raisins, oaky smokeyness, puckery leather, dates & burnt caramel up front, plus booze warmth. Hints of vanilla mingle in along with tobacco-like hops, figs as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, prunes, leather & Christmas pudding notes & dryness, fantastic

MF: Syruppy, with a trace of carbonation, pretty rich

Drinks like a 10% abv, old ale, nice, but lethal! Taking the chill off this cold November evening nicely!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:32:33 | More by russpowell
More User Reviews:
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3.46/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:15:18 | More by highTempo
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-18-2014 18:50:27 | More by MikeKent
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

04-18-2014 18:00:09 | More by Erick_G
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-18-2014 16:12:32 | More by DRTBrewster
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-18-2014 05:33:01 | More by T_Hass
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass. No bottled date known.

Appearance: light tan head built up to three inches thick while pouring. Had to wait for to settle to finish pouring. Color of beer was dark murky brown.

Smell: instantly picked up aroma of chocolate and dark fruit. Maybe a little similar to a Tripel or Quad but the chocolate is more upfront than the dark fruits. There's also something about the chocolate that makes it seem so earthy.

Taste: sweetness starts but then quickly it becomes bitter and very earthy. It has that kind of woodsy taste that hits you and sticks around after the finish. Also noted smoke that becomes more prominent at the finish. Plus the heat became more prominent at the finish as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: full bodied; silky and velvety

Overall: was expecting more of a similarity to a barley wine since it was labeled as Old Ale. I found it to be more similar to a Tripel or Quad (which I am not a big fan of). Still the aroma's and flavors are easy to pick out which makes it enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:00:23 | More by Benish
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-17-2014 17:47:39 | More by atrocity
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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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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%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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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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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 1,937 ratings.