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

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2,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 576
Gots: 457 | FT: 36
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of Airyk12
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter:

Pours a dark mocha color with a slight ruby tinge; paper thin head, even with a very aggressive pour. Leaves spots on the glass all the way down.

Smells of caramel, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and a little hoppiness. Alcohol is very mild, hardly noticeable.

Taste follows the smell, with strong dried fruit, caramel, and hoppiness. A little toasted malts, with yeast and alcohol bringing a little warmth.

Very rich, very smooth feel. Not much carbonation at all, and a little bite.

Overall, a very nice brew. Reminds me of a barleywine, with the malts turned to 11 and the alcohol hidden well. Definitely drinkable, but not too much so. Time might improve this one even more.

Photo of KDawg
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from tap at HotD. Poured into a pint glass and pours a dark brown color with a small head.

Rich, but balanced, aromas of espresso beans, chocolate, caramel and some warm toffee aromas. Very pungent and very good complexity.

Full bodied and extremely smooth. There isn't even a hint of the alcohol on this. Great depth and polish with wonderful notes of toffee, warm caramel, dark chocolate and some bits of smoke notes as well.

This was killer stuff. One of the best brews on my trip to portland and I was damn glad I finally had a chance to try it.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 77 cellared and poured into a Chimay Goblet

A- dark brownish black w/ 1 finger head that faded. Nice lacing on the sides of glass. Really nice looking beer, what i would expect a "Hearty Old World Ale" to look like.

S- really nice mix of dark fruits (figs, prunes & raisins) molasses, caramel, booze, malt, and a touch of smoke.

T- Raisins, Figs, Prunes, bit of chocolate, caramel, malt. W/ a warm booziness at the backend followed by sweetness. A very complex beer, the flavor profile is changing as it warms up. Picking up some smoke and bourbon notes as the temp changes.

M- smooth, silky, velvety nice subtle carbonation. Finishes as smooth as it starts

O- Im honored to share my name w/ this beer. Picked this up on a wim when i first started getting into craft beer because it had my name on it. Thus opening my eyes to Hair of the Dog beers.
This beer is wonderfully complex and beautifully balanced. A very enjoyable beer and given the alcohol content its amazingly drinkable. As I said the flavour profile changes throughout the beer and gets better and better with every sip. Absolutely great beer, lives up to the hype and the name. Thank you Hair of the Dog well done!

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook up!

A: Thick, dark-black body that settles under an incredibly creamy, two-finger, khaki-colored head. Small but nice sheeting of lace.

S: Subtle aromas of peat smoked malt, molassas, dark fruit, and chocolate.

T: Huge flavors of peat, french toast, over-ripe plums soaked in brandy, raisins, bittersweet chocolate, new leather belt, brown sugar, sauteed pears, sweet Gala apples, and campfire smoke. The taste starts off bitter and smoky, turns sweet and smoky, and finishes sweet and bitter with a whack of smoke. I picked up barely a hint of alcohol.

M: Bitter, sweet, and creamy. Very sticky and thick. Excellent balance. Nothing dominates over anything else. Very smooth and creamy. Virtually no booziness. Extremely satisfying mouthfeel!

D: Such a complex range of flavors, 10% abv, yet almost no noticable alcohol presence puts the drinkability at near perfect levels. This is an excellent beer that I'd love to try on draft someday.

Photo of Loki
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle from batch 54.

I compared Fred to a German WWII blitzkrieg attack because of his pointed helm. Well then I would have to compare Adam to 1920's mob muscle wise guy because of his look and his hat.

Adam looks like an old or upper level 1920's mod member from his mug shot on the bottle. But looks can be deceiving and Adam is young. Young, pissed, and full of fire!

In my review of Fred I said that he should come with a warning label that read 'Pour with caution!' Now I know why he doesn't because where Fred brought a squad of head, Adam brings a large Chicago neighborhood of large muscled head; thick, billowy, mountainous head with a valley and craters. The first pour left an inch of beer and the rest of the glass full of head, and I used proper technique I swear! It took three pours and about 20 minutes to get all of Adam and his muscle in the English Pint glass.

Then the St. Loki's day massacre started.

Adam roared into my nose on his gangs Model-Ts screeching to a halt and the tires leaving the scents of roasted malt, toasted barley, hops, and flowers.

Then the tastes assault began. The young, beguilingly strong Adam fired his Tommy Gun of taste with a fury rarely seen. Hit with flavor bullets of new leather, malt, hops, flowers, dark chocolate, and bitter toffee. Then Adam's cronies, ABV blindsided me with a vicious attach of alcohol and young, punk spite that comes from a man tested at much too early an age.

Adam and his Batch 54 Gang needs to be left alone for years in the hopes that age will mellow their anger and wisdom will temper their fury. Hopefully Adam will become the wise, but strong Dom in the family and rule with a fair, but firm hand. For if Adam doesn't learn temperament much will be lost.

All of that being said and the St. Loki's day massacre being recorded, I would gladly recreate the event if I was to never see Adam age and achieve the temperament of an aged wise guy.

Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on my 'wants' for quite a while. JoeyBeerBelly ended up sending me a bottle as an extra. Thanks Joe!

Batch 73

A- Pours deep murky brown color with a thick tan colored head that isn't going anywhere soon.

S- Smoke, dark fruit, leather and roasted aromas all make up the nose.

T- A huge rush of burnt roasted malt flavor initially that gives way to black licorice, anise, and a big alcohol sting in the finish. Brandied dark cherries, plums, earthy hops, smoke, and bittersweet chocolate flavors start to emerge as I work down the glass. This is a tough brew to figure out. One minute it tastes like an Imperial Stout, then another sip and it morphs into an American Barleywine. Crazy and complex, but either way, I'm really enjoying it.

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation. Chewy and smooth with a very present but not bothersome level of alcohol.

D- I know that there was way more to this brew than I could pinpoint but I do know that I liked it quite a bit! Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Batch 86.

Appearance- Greyish/brown best describes the color with a thin off-white head that leaves some fine lacing.

Smell- Heavy caramel malts, light chocolate, acidic coffee, mild booze aroma.

Taste- Caramel and tart chocolate, earthy coffee, dark stone fruit (maybe plums), light booze heat. No real hop presence. Reminds me a lot of Pannepot actually.

Mouthfeel- Super thick. Viscous like the thickest stout you've ever had, but not roasty enough to be a stout or porter. Medium level carbonation. No lingering booze heat.

Overall- Completely unique. Much more of a cold weather brew, but I don't care. I have to try the Adam from the Wood now!

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #82. 12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with small crimson highlights. Large, light, tan head. Lots of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Molasses, alcohol, and some roasted malts. There is also a hint of spices. 4/5

Taste- Leather, wood, molasses. Alcohol, and bitterness come out in the end. The hint of spices are also in the taste. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel. Slightly chewy. 4.5/5

Overall- Very nice beer. Good for a cool october night or in front of a fire on a winters eve. 4.5/5

Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big headed whore, tan. Brown body. Great head retention and splotchy lacing.

Caramel, dark fruits, slight smoke.

Smokey, "leathery" for sure...enjoying that aspect. Caramels. "peaty". Cherry notes after some great cheese.

Very full mouthfeel with a great carbonation point.

Yum, like Brian said, "best non-BA old ale there is". Highly recommended.

Photo of HotHabanero
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dark brown body and a very nice creamy and beige head. There are fine lacing too. Nose primary of hops and malt. Sweet flavour of burned malt, dried fruit, raisins, mild coffee and liquorice. Ends up more dry with some alcohol. A very enjoyable brew.

Photo of Allpe45
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Batch 80

Appears dark brown, not quite black, with a light brown/tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Hints of booze in the smell. Primarily dark fruits, with leather, smoke, and chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, smokey. Roast malts and dates in the middle, dark fruits and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Feel is creamy, medium bodied, with low carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 88

Pours a dark brown with a half inch off white head. Smell is a mixture of malts, hops, smoke and booze. An interesting blend and from the nose you dont really know what to expect. The taste is so complex and interesting and unique. Big smokiness flavor up front, some burnt leather and chocolate mixed in, and even a bit of off-sweetness. Ends with a big alcohol / boozy kick. Wow. Full bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall this is a truly remarkable brew. Never had anything like this and I really dig it. Highly recommended.

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84 served in a snifter.

A: An assertive ppffssst as you pop the cap. Pours a rather dark brown with ruby highlights. A fine textured, firm finger and a half beige head beckons thee.

S: The second you pour this thing out it fills the surrounding air with notes of sweet caramel and toffee. A closer sniff reveals some fruitiness(figs and dates) and some booze heat as well.

T&M: Wow! There is A LOT going on here! Booze and bitterness right up front gives way to a quick dark toffee hit and finishing with a plethora of dark fruits. The layers come through very clearly. Carbonation is perfect and feel is again just right. Not too dry, not too heavy.

O: Certainly deserving of its high ranks, this is an incredibly delicious brew. Stashed a few in the cellar and I can't wait to see what time does to this one.

Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this 12oz bottle down on the bay front in Newport Oregon. Drank out of my Black Butte pint glass. Batch #69.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/red/purple color that is hard to describe. You may be able to see every color of the rainbow depending upon the light. Luscious tan head that lasts forever and leaves thick lacing that slowly cascades down the side of the glass.
Smell- Smoky peat is the most dominating scent followed by a rich plum/fig scent. Sweet malts give this a nice dark roasted scent along with a very slight hop.
Taste- Slightly smokiness is prevalent along with a dark espresso/coffee roastyness. A sweet dark fruitiness is reminiscent of dark cherries, plums and raisons. There are elements of this beer that remind me of a IRS. Dark chocolate and molasses are present along with qualities of oaked whiskey.
Mouthfeel- Heavy and creamy with a light cask like carbonation.
Drinkability- There is a lot of flavor in this beer but it is balanced nicely. After my first sip I was surprised to how smooth and unobtrusive this beer is yet it still is so full of flavor. By far the best Old Ale I’ve ever had. Great beer!

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Psychotia brought this over. Thanks! This is a super rich and delightful beer.

Poured into a New Belgium globe, pours a deep black with ample khaki head. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smells smoky has hints of dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, wonderfully smoky, lots of figs, leather, tobacco and various dark fruits. Rich and complex.

Mouthfeel, this is full bodied, leaves a lasting taste, definitely a sipper.

Overall this beer is wonderful, lots of complexity going on.

Photo of jbaker67
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep a dark brown, bordering on black. Good frothy, mocha colored head dies down to a fine lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, herbaceous hops, liquorice, raisin, dates, figs, sweet malt with a hint of smoke & leather. Flavor follows the aroma, medium sweet to begin with; molasses, sweet dark fruits, malt loaf etc and a dark chocolate bittersweet flows before the spicy hop bitterness hits, giving a nice savory kick. Medium bodied, with a sticky texture. Good, pleasant, soft natural carbonation helps to coat the tongue, leading to a very satisfying, bitter sweet, sticky long finish.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #70

A - Not a single bit of head besides a thin chocolate colored swirl, despite the rough pour. Deep cola in color with nice brown highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - The aroma is smoky and rich with dark fruits and a distinct earthy character. This smells absolutely amazing.

T - Deep earthiness accompanied by sweet dark dried fruits and a slight pepperiness and smokiness in the finish. There is also a nice slight alcohol burn that is not overwhelming. Chocolate becomes very apparent as the glass warms a bit.

M - The beer is rather flat which may just be my bottle. Despite this fact there is still a good amount of body to it.

D - Damn is this stuff good, though I do wish there was at least a little bit of carbonation to speak of. The beer is wonderfully complex and rich in flavor.

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black coffee. Foamy tan head. Some light lacing.

Smoked wood. Dark chocolate and roasty espresso. Caramelized figs and dates. Vanilla and booze.

Smokey wood. Roasty chocolate and bitter coffee. Candied dark fruit. Carmelized Figs and Dates. Bitter coffee and herbal hop bitterness. finishes with a vanilla, boozey, and smokey aftertaste.

Really fucking smooth. creamy and chewy. med full body.

Very drinkable for 10%. Bottle must have some age on it. A tasty and complex Old Ale great for a winter night. Big dark roasty smokey brew.

Photo of Darkale
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, dark brown body, with a smooth, creamy, tall, extra-resilient head. Small bubbles, frothy, uneven -- the head is just wonderful. Fabulous lacing; the head recedes from the glass like a reluctant army, leaving a thin layer of itself behind.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and full of bread. Talk about bread in a bottle!

Chewy and creamy maltiness fills the mouth when you take your first sip. The upfront taste is a high sweetness, followed by a deep, charcoal burning, and all of it is covered with a creaminess that seems almost foamy.


Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #60.
The liquid is a deep, opaque brown color, topped with a no-nonsense tan head. The foam has considerable staying power and produces nice lace. The aroma is the centerpiece of the brew: alcohol, mixed with fruit…black cherries? There’s a sweet-like malt smell that’s almost syrupy, along with smoke, peat, and fresh-cut wood smells. I love aromas like this…complex and fun to sniff. New aroma’s throw themselves at you every time you take a sip. The taste is considerably sweet, hinged with a powerful alcohol warming. There’s a spiciness and continued fruitiness in the taste. This is a thick, chewy, substantial beer, and is extremely enjoyable.

Photo of herman77
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84

A: Dark, dark brown with a creamy khaki colored head. Almost looks like a nitro head. Good retention and marginal lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt with rich carmel and chocolate. Some coffee notes as well. Alcohol is noticeable.

T: Not nearly as sweet tasting as the nose is. Really complex flavors of roasted malt, rich carmel and toffee. Figs and other dark fruits with a good amount of bitterness. Finishes a bit dry and a tad boozy.

M: Medium to fuller body. Really high and active carbonation. Gets really foamy feeling in the mouth quickly.

O: Not the greatest drinkability, abv is somewhat apparent, but it is a damn good beer. Very tasty indeed and can't wait to see what age will do to this.

Photo of gtn80
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 74 poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a dark, dark brown, that almost sucks light into it's darkness. Nice mocha head, two fingers at the pour, dissipated down to a thin layer that lasted the entire glass.

Smell is tremendous, molasses, dark fruits, tons of malt, a touch of oxidation, a bit of smoke.

Taste is intriguing, complex. Lots of malt, sweet at the outset, rummy, smoky, black licorice. Bit of hot alcohol on the finish that lasts and warms the belly.

Mouthfeel is great, thick, viscous. Lots of carbonation, big mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerously good at 10% abv.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with no head at all. The smell is the best part as you can find apple,sherry and some great fruity flavors. The taste is much the same as the smell with a mild chocolate flavor coming through. Sip this after dinner but watch out because this one could hurt.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dansting. 12oz. bottle, Batch 71. Bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber/brown with little carbonation. Huge malty aroma. Lots of molasses, raisiny fruit, and some hops, along with a little alcohol. Full bodied with a fantastic malt complexity. More molasses. Rich mouthfeel. Long dry finish with some hop bitterness. Tasty.

Photo of nomad
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty dark brown, so I might as well call it black. Light tan color head, big bubbly frothy head, a bit of lace - an okay looking brew.

Smell was big and present: a peanut butter scent, dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and a tad of dark husky wood. Taste was strongly of chocolate, figs, chewable malt, a soda like sour. A sweet yet biting combination of flavor and mouthfeel, except this is a bit more thick. Did leave a little fizzy sort of action on the middle of my mouth.

A big beer, a sweet sort of English Strong Ale (not a barleywine!). Definitely good but surely not great. Serve slightly chilled for best results.

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.