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

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2,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,128
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 454 | FT: 35
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but it's been years. This bottle was courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Batch 68

Pours a deep black color with a huge head that sticks around for quite some time.

Aromas are of whiskey, booze, and fruit. The nose is subtle but nice.

First sip... whoa. This is a mouthfull! Tons of flavors, and very thick in the mouth. Beer has a very smokey wood like character, it starts out with a thick creamy dark fruit, and booze like flavor, that finishes with a crisp and tart kick. Not a lot of alcohol noticed, it is masked quite well. But there is certainly a bite from the hops that balances the up front malt flavors well.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Should be higher that a 5. It just coats the mouth so well, feels very thick, but it is not all all overwhelming.

Drinkability is good. It's a full bodied and full flavored powerhouse. I need to get a few bottles of this to age. With that said, it's still very tasty now.

The question now is, why did I always pass these up when I see them in beer stores outside of town? I have finally found a beer that can easily compete with Old Stock as far as a top notch Old Ale.

flexabull, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 56. Pours with an outrageously massive head, a dense, simmering mass of eggshell brown rising over the rim of the goblet like a souffle. Gooey, sloppy lacing dries out into strata of geologic proportions. Average viscosity to this opaque, gleaming ebony liquid. What a visual feast! Pungent licorice and beechwood aromas along with heaps of near Rauchbier-like smokiness are wrapped in a marshy nosefeel. The flavor, too, begins with a very strong, burning wood smokiness that develops into something more like heavy black pepper. Whiffs of vanilla bean and juniper (or thyme?) mingle with salt as the beer warms on the palate. By the end of the glass, it's like drinking liquid kalamata olives, with a round, herbal bitterness, and tenacious smoky aftertaste... almost "gamey." Saline mouthfeel has a body thick and syrupy enough to rival the most nefarious Imperial Stouts. A slow motion punch of alcoholic fire connects with the gut hard, but this is still very drinkable. Seriously tranquilizing. This must be beer's answer to opium or Thai stick. Amazing.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label reads 'Batch 78'

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black, totally opaque. A good two fingers of creamy khaki head that slowly dissipates but never completely disappears.

Smell -- Toffee, caramel, dates and figs, hops, some minty/herbal notes, and a little bit of smoke. Overall: sweet and earthy.

Taste -- Molasses, highly caramelized malts, dates, leather, charcoal, herbal/bitter hops. Finish is molasses, leather, and mint. Alcohol presence is felt, but somehow not a hindrance.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, creamy carbonation, coats the mouth.

Drinkability -- Decadent, earthy, and incredibly drinkable for the body and abv. The dark roast and the heavy hop addition lend a really deep, earthy flavor that prevents this beer from becoming too sweet and cloying. Can't wait to drink this again!

yeahnatenelson, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Suds
4.38/5  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.

Suds, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of herman77
4.38/5  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.

herman77, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with a ruby red tint. Little to no head with slight lacing:

S: Sweet malt, dark fruits, and leather.

T: Much like the smell. Sweet malt, little caramel and more of the dark fruits.

M: Thick and creamy with a good bit of hoppiness.

D: Not sure how many of these I could drink in a night but I'd sure love to find out. This is a very nice complex beer. I hope to get more of this soon!

drgonzo3705, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 83

Pours dark brown that allows no light, there is some lightening of the brown on the edges. A huge light mocha head took forever to recede and left plenty of lacing.

Smell has some booze, but the overall character is freshly cauterized leather, smoky, and bold. A bit daunting....

Taste is complex, strong, dark fruit, roasted malt, bitterness, some smoke on the finish.

A smooth medium body with good carbonation make this huge beer feel a little lighter.

While it may feel a little lighter, the flavor never lets you forget it's boldness. My first time I every smelled a beer, and fully experienced leather, it was quite scary. Glad I tried this excellent flavored brew.


Drinkerofales, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of lechowski
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 82, 12oz bottle poured into a Russian River sniffer.

A - Almost black, dark brown. Thick tan foamy head.

S - Smells exactly like the fruit leathers I used to eat as a kid from Mrs. Gooch's :) Subtle smokiness as well. A light sense of booze in the tail end.

T - High malt kick right off the bat. More of the fig/fruit taste coming through. Roasty and smoky are two words I would definitely use.

M - Heavy, juicy, leathery.

O - A very nice treat, not for everyday consumption, but the more I sip it the more I like it!

lechowski, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*batch 75* Pours black with a very impressive, highly dense & lasting head, decent lacing, and a much lighter color than I expected. Basically flawless, this beer is a photographers dream.

HA! there is so much bloody foam on this thing I can't even get through to the smell! After about 3 days, the foam dissipates. I'm getting chocolate, maybe some other sweetness..To be honest it may just be my particular bottle or batch but I really have to take bif wiffs to get a smell out of this, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the subdued flavors I am getting do smell delicious.

Oh. my. dear. God. does this taste good. For a beer that hasn't been barrel aged or mixed with vanilla or any other noticeably apparent fancy flavors I must say it is impeccable. If you are a fan of rich, creamy, chocolaty desserts-in-a-glasses like I am then have I got news for you: this beer has got it goin' on! Chocolate is the main culprit, syrup, smokiness, a dash of real vanilla.. It just tastes perfectly brewed. Bitter roastiness as an aftertaste, which is notoriously hard to do right as not everyone enjoys the bitter tang of coffee; however this beer balances it perfectly. I simply must take a half point off however as it would simply be so much better with a few more flavors. Perhaps bourbon? Cherries?

Mouthfeel is extraordinary, the perfect density. I have seen others say the alcohol is too strong but to me it's just perfect, Adam lets you know that he is not a session beer or about to be chugged, the sting lets you know you're alive! Roughness to it that makes you want to growl like a tiger after you take a swig. Besides its mostly marred by the chocolate cake flavors anyways.

This beer will age magnificently for a few years. Now one of my absolute favorite beers. Look out for #75 as it is a winner. Bravo.

ptykozoon, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of yankeej13
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got my hands on this from a trade and super excited about this.

A- Pours a really nice dark brown or almost black color. Has a nice head of a light brown like foam. Mild amount of carbonation that collects around the side of the glass.

S- Has alot of dark fruit smell. I get good hints of caramel. Alot of spices as well plus a lingering hop smell.

T- An amazing variety of fruit, spices, malt and hop running thru my mouth. I get a burst of dark fruit. A nice amount of caramel and molasses. Almost a light chocolate like flavor leaves your mouth with a nice sweet taste.

M- Great drinkability, really bold flavors, pretty creamy mid palette. Leaves you with a sweet finish.

Overall- This completely lived up to its reputation. This is exactly what I wanted it to be like and more. Wish I had more than just one bottle.

yankeej13, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of gtn80
4.38/5  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.

gtn80, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting name for this line of beers. I received a bottle from batch 67, though I'm not certain how many batches there are.

This bottle went straight from the store to the front seat of my car. It then chilled in my fridge, after which I took it five feet to the counter and opened it. It then proceeded to "runneth over" as I frantically tried to pour it into my glass. Needless to say, this beer poured with a massive, amber colored head. It didn't dissipate very quickly, either.

Despite it's joe six pack appearance, the beer tastes like a fine Belgian ale. Delicious roasted currants, raisins/figs/prunes, and a complex, rich, super-alcoholic aftertaste that combined the sourness of a raisin with the sweetness of molasses or cafe au lait.

A truly delicious beer.

Overlord, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.38/5  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.

CharlesRiver, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of Sarlacc83
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last vintage from the old facility, on tap at the tasting room on 2-24. Reviewed from notes.

A: So brown it's black. Coats the glass.

N: Subdued, but I get a hint of malt, caramel, toffee, and smoke.

T: This is amazing. It's a mixture of chocolate, leather, tobacco, and a smokiness that's reminiscent of a Coal Islay Scotch. And I love me some Laphroaig. Alcohol is practically non-existent.

M: Smooth and silky. I could take down a lot of this if it wasn't 10%.

O: This is an awesome batch. Really, the only reason I don't put this as 5's across the board is because I don't want to be too huge of a fan boy. But this is, IMO, a standard by which other beers are judged.

Sarlacc83, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Old Ale. Batch #82

A: 2+ fingered creamy light brown head that displayed very solid retention and some lacing atop this dark brown beer.

S: Dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, tootsie roll scents (odd, but not bad), and leather. Very full robust flavors.

T: Followed the scent very closely, booze made a stronger showing and so does roasted barley. A very tasty beverage that I can't wait to have again.

M: Creamiest beer I have ever had! Just a delight to drink.

O: A great beer from a brewery I have only had the pleasure of drinking a few beers from.

tjkinate, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of RedDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam is a contemporary interpretation of an historic altbier from Dortmund, Germany though it bears little resemblance to most present-day alts. It is thick, murky and tremendously complex –a heavyweight champion in the world of modern beer styles.

This was the first beer commercially produced by HOTD founder Alan Sprints. And while the name of this beer has its historic origins in northern Germany, one can’t help but feel the almost biblical impulse behind naming your first creation Adam. I picture the bearded and bespectacled Sprints immortalized on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, his right hand extended, his index finger touching a bottle of this dazzling creation. A heavenly choir resounds with his glory while Satan, burning with fury, cracks open another Coors Light in the bowels of the inferno.

I suppose that’s a lot to ask from a beer, though if any beer were capable of owning up to such inspired artistry, this fruit of the modern brewing renaissance would be it.

Adam begins with striking rauchbier properties – a virtual smokehouse in a glass though the aroma suggests plum, cherry, and lighter barleywines. There is also a strong measure of alcohol and honeyed hazelnut to the smell. The smokiness returns in the finish after a show of fruitier malts on the main stage accompanied by notes of port wine, molasses, and coffee. A beer of such potency and complexity begs to be cellared for an extended stay – some say up to ten years for Adam. But who can wait that long? Batch 61 was still immature in February 2005, but you can sense that in the future this beer will only grow more triumphant with its sharper angles rounded off and polished.

The brewer suggests Adam as a dessert beer served with chocolate or cigars. I heartily concur.

RedDiamond, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 75. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a dark and deep brown color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer. Great head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows some nice dark fruits and brown sugar notes to it. Caramel and toffee are there as well. Some hints of chocolate and smoke start to come out in it as it warmed. very nice aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the sweet, maltiness to it up front with some notes of caramel, cherry and fig to it. Towards the finish some of the chocolate starts coming out with a little roasty, bitterness. Some smoke lingers after the finish. Great range of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a fantastic beer. The sweet, malty flavors were good but what really set it apart for me was the lingering smoky, dark chocolate flavors in the finish. Awesome beer to sip on this cold evening.

billab914, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

younger35, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.38/5  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.

homebrewhawk, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had one of the last pours of this at Gravity Head 2012 on 02/25/12.

A – Lightly translucent, slightly cloudy brown. Very little head, but with a thin lacing which stuck around.

S – Caramelized grainy malt, slight cherry, and alcohol.

T – Follows the nose, but with less alcohol. Slightly fruit sweetness, caramel, and a bit of hops. Well balanced with a chocolate finish.

M – Full bodied and very smooth. Bit of a burn in the finish, but not as high as I’d expect for a 10% ABV. Very drinkable.

O – One of the better Old Ales I’ve had, and one of the brews I was looking out for at Gravity Head 2012.

ZombiesAteMyDog, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of nomad
4.38/5  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.

nomad, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of blackc5
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a snifter.

A - Definitely a very deep dark chocolate, nearly black. Looked very close to an average stout actually. Very nice head that took awhile to dissipate. Left substantial lacing as I sipped this.

S - Very strong scents of chocolate and smoke. Actually, very smoky. Some fruitiness like plums or raisins as well. Rum.

T - The bottle actually gives a pretty accuate description of this one. It is a complex tasting beer, with lots of changes both as it warms and as you hold it in your mouth. The most prominent flavors to me where the chocolate and smoke - just like the scents. Mildly sweet fruit is there, dark cherry and plums. Could use a tad more hops to balance it IMHO. It tastes like how I would imagine a good imperial stout mixed with just a bit of aged Port. Neverthless, it keeps you thinking about the beer as you sip.

M - Creamy, robust and quite heavy and chewy. Moderate to high carbonation, and you can definitely feel the warmth of the alcohol. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the beer.

D - All things considered, pretty good. A 12 oz'er is enough for one session for sure, but it sips easy enough and I enjoyed it all the way through. Goes down smooth and I could see it becoming a regular if it was a bit more value priced.

blackc5, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of hero27
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Batch No. 63.

Deep, dark golden brown from the pour...looks very dark in the glass...there may very well be yeast in there, but if there is, I won't be able to see it until I finish and it's sitting at the bottom. Beige head is creamy and average in size, but holds up very well. Malty aroma mixed with a barrage of dark fruits. Tastes are a delicious assortment of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol kicker..figs, plums, molasses, chocolate, and spices galore. Increasingly complex with every sip...syrupy mouthfeel coats the mouth and really allows all the flavors to shine on their own.

Simply another fantastic offering from Hair of the Dog that is well worth trying.

hero27, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of AdamF625
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- brown with amber hues, opaque. Thick khaki head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S- molasses, brown sugar, caramel, sweet candies
T- Sweet and malty. Similar to the nose with molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits and even a bit of smokiness on the finish.
M- Full body and moderate carbonation, alcohol is hidden well.
O- Very enjoyable sipper. A lot of flavor and deep character coming from this beer.

AdamF625, May 26, 2013
Photo of Deathwray3927
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

Deathwray3927, Aug 24, 2014
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,128 ratings.