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

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Reviews: 999
Hads: 2,319
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 598
Gots: 484 | FT: 41
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, opaque brew, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly - looks a bit like a really dark Belgian quad. Smells metallic, caramel sweet, figs, raisins, spices. The taste follows on the same notes, figs, dark chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, spices and alcohol. Very smooth mouthfeel with a small but noticeable level of carbonation. Warm aftertaste.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94
Glad I traded for as many of these guys as I did because it is absolutely incredible. Rich, thick frothy head builds about an inch above a rich mahogany pour. Smells of dates, raisins, and fine tobacco. Taste gives way to a bouquet of rich dark fruits, vanilla, leather, a touch of oak, and finishes with maple sugar. So many layers but still so simple to dissect and enjoy. Excited to see how the rest of my bottles develop.

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Photo of pagriley
3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz into snifter

L - Pours deep mahogony with no head or lacing
S - dried apricots, dates and rasins.
T - More dried fruits, with a hint of spice and soft oxidized sherry. Very sweet
F - Zero carb. dead flat. Otherwise moderate body, but feels much heavier without the spritz

Overall, a promising beer that is completely let down by the carb. struggled to drink this, as it was sweet and felt very heavy without the carb

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Photo of Slatetank
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at a recent tasting enjoyed chilled from the bottle.
I have tried this in the past, but the freshness of this must have resulted in the elevated score since I previously gave this a 4 out of 5.
The color is dark brown with light tan head with fine bead. The smell has a dark caramel aroma with lots of dried fruit -malt forward as expected yet a mild yeast support. The feel is rich with moderately sweet yet not cloying texture with toastiness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is wonderful with layered smooth malt with toasted caramel and slight woody quality with malty and vanilla-like smoothness with semi-dry mid palate with slight mineral notes toward the finish. Overall I loved this and wanted more -wonderful with world class quality example of the style for me I would drink this anytime it is available.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at their tasting room.

Pours dark brown, not really any head at all, with very thin lacing. The nose is wonderful: chocolate, oak, leather, toffee. The taste is complex, with similar notes to the nose - but with a lot of raisin and malt up front. Not much heat to it, really. Very complex brew. Full bodied mouthfeel, viscous and creamy. An excellent beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Tele
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 91
Consumed: 7.22.15

A: 4.5 Was expecting a lack of carb, but this poured with an aggressive, light tan head that takes several minutes to dissipate. The color is very dark brown, nearly black.

S: 4.5 Reminds me a lot of sucaba, with a toffee, caramel, charred oak, and vanilla. There’s a bit of hoppiness thrown in as well, taking it away from standard old ale and English barleywine territory.

T: 3.75 Taste pretty much follows the nose, but it’s a bit rough around the edges. There’s a good amount of sweetness at first, but then roasted malt and some earthiness takes over leaving a bitter, slightly boozy finish. There are definitely some nice flavors in there, but it’s not as balanced as the nose.

M: 4 The body and carbonation are both very good. The dry finish from the bitterness is a bit much for the style.

O: 4.25 Very nice beer, but a bit harsh. If the flavor matched the nose, it would be incredible; I think this already has a year plus on it, but a couple more might get it there.

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Photo of emyers
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #77. 12 ox. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown. Not really any head at all, just a very thin lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, peat smoked malt, leather. Some oak, toffee, strong molasses aroma on the tail end, hints of licorice. Very complex yet integrated extremely well. Quite a bit of depth in the aroma.

Taste: Incredible depth. Big blast of raisin and fig up front followed by peat smoked malt, multiple layers of rich caramel malt, molasses, wood, and leather. Finish is fairly sweet although the smoke keeps it in check nicely - not in the least bit cloying. No real alcohol heat. Ridiculous complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied, low carbonation, incredibly smooth. Velvety feel on the palate.

Overall: Certainly one of the most unique beers on the market, and in terms of sheer complexity this is absolutely top of the line. Everything is integrated perfectly. Make no mistake, this is a sipper - perfect for an evening by the fireplace. As a side note, definitely improves with a few years of age on it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you!). Batch 92, bottled 4/4/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque chestnut brown with a healthy two finger cap of shadowy sand hued head. Great retention with a sheet of froth that remains across the top and a huge wall of lace. Gorgeous.

Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, bread and sugar. Smells great.

As good as it smells, this tastes even better. Plums, leather, chocolate, toffee, figs, caramel, char/ smoke, raisin bread, burnt sugar, tobacco, fruit skins, mild earthiness and a fitting blanket of alcohol. A fantastic blend of flavors that work well and serve to hide the booze very well. Delicious.

Creamy, medium full feel with soft, supple carbonation. Stone fruit, chocolate and leather play into the finish.

My first date with Adam showed me exactly why this beer has such respect. This is one of the best non barrel aged old ales I've tried. I definitely plan to acquire more.

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Photo of Moose90
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch #93

A — Pours a very dark almost black color, very very deep and dark brown. There is a think mocha colored head, fades quite quickly and sits atop the glass. Nice lacing.

S — Smells of chocolates and bitter coffee, lots of leather and oak. Big dark fruit tones here too, lots of plum, fig, raisin, little bit of orange. Toffee, caramel, nutty almond. Complex.

T — Rich, deep, dark, sweet. Very complex. Lots of leather and bitterness. Quite earthy and rich. Some dark fruit character as well, a true malt bounty. Plum, raisin, coffee, dark chocolate, lightly woodsy and earthy. Little bit sweet.

M — Little to no carbonation, sweet and lingering.

O — Great, just a ton of complex flavors, very very heavy, sweet, and rich though.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, completely opaque, almost pitch-black color with two fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic, with tons of bready, toasted malt and stone fruit up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted sweet bread, and raisins, apricots, currents, figs and prunes. I also get tons of toffee and brown sugar, as well as spices of clove, cinnamon, all-spice and black pepper. Very complex, rich, and inviting.

Taste: Delicious! There’s tons of bready, toasted malt and stone fruit up front, imparting flavors of freshly toasted sweet bread, and raisins, apricots, currents, figs and prunes. I also get tons of toffee and brown sugar-like sweetness, as well as spices of clove, cinnamon, all-spice and black pepper. Very complex, rich, and inviting. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth and creamy as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 10.0%, there is very little in the way of alcohol on the palate, which is surprising. There’s much less than I was expecting with that high of an ABV. It’s extremely well masked.

Overall: This is a delicious beer! Amazing aromas, and flavor to match! I see why it is so highly regarded! It’s absolutely outstanding!

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Photo of Hop_God
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from March 2014 tasting notes. Will revisit soon as i have a few bottles i recently acquired. Maybe just had a bad bottle? Was truly underwhelmed.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a dark, dark brown with a very thin, white head. It smells fantastic. It smells like it was bourbon barrel aged, although it wasn't. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, leather, tobacco, figs. It tastes more chocolaty than it smells. It has a molasses feel and flavor. It is sweetness upfront, but that is very nicely balanced with a good amount of bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: This pours chestnut with a 3” tan head that perches up above the glass rim and hugs the side of the glass.
S: Malt, roast, and dark fruit on the nose.
T: Starts with very lightly sweetened chocolate and develops more coffee flavors as it moves through the mouth culminating in lingering dark bitter chocolate and dark coffee aftertastes.
F: Chewy and soft in the mouth with average carbonation.
O: This is an excellent, very well made beer.

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Photo of jellikit
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dr. Pepper. Dark ruby-red. Clear. Off-white-totan, thin head.
Smell: fig. Date. Tobacco.
Taste: Same as smell with a little plum and cherry.
Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation. Big body. Slightly sweet.
Overall. Big and well balanced. Tasty. Will buy again.

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Photo of RickS95
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's an amazing looking beer, especially after the ugliness of Fred last night. Thick, very dark brown pour. Extreme carbonation fills whatever glass you've got with bubbles. Lots and lots of thick bubbles. Tan colored bubbles of all sizes. Eons of retention and a glass scraping amount of lace.

All malt. Mostly chocolate nose with scents of leather and tobacco evolving as the beer warms. Only a slight alcohol smell and any hops smell of the Noble type.

Taste mirrors the smell, only the smoke and tobacco flavors are stronger. Old Ales are kind of difficult to describe other than to say when you've had a good one you know it, and this tastes like I would imagine it's supposed to. Leather is a strange 'taste' to define, but again, you know it when you've had it and it's prevalent here.

Smooth and creamy, but with bold aggressive ingredients. A bit smoky, yet sweet AND savory at the same time. There's a lot going on. High ABV and very full bodied. Very complex. Each sip leaves a lingering heat.

Overall, it's a world-class beer. It's not something to drink a six pack of, maybe not even a second bottle, but each single is an amazing rendition of the style.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not really a fair rating since this bottle was a 1995. But the sum of the parts still could not equal the beer as a whole. An absolutely incredible experience.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 83 (9/2011) bottle to snifter. huge creamy head, dark brown

charred oak, leather,tobacco,

smokey sweetness, dark fruits.

lots of carb, creamy body. heavier

well done brew. unique. lots of complexity

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured gently into hotel cup. Cola brown body with no head and great tan lacing. Aroma is caramel, nuts, molasses, dark fruits like plum and fig, anise, a touch of bakers chocolate. Taste initially borders on strong sweetness with chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, and maple syrup flavors. Light bitterness comes on the swallow with nutty and tobacco notes. Some smoke and band-aid flavors come late. Medium-full body, thick syrupy texture, virtually no carbonation, boozy sweet and tongue-coating finish.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 batch 55. 1st time with adam...kinda wierd I know but that's the way the cookie crumbled. To me this dude is all about smokey leather, sandlewood with hints of other spices. I do get some raisin flavors but all and all its a pretty clean beer for being a teenager....

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from trade. Big thanks on this one, as it is a long time want. Finally! Batch Number 82 (whatever that means) poured 1/31/15. Pours hearty and thick dark brown, looking almost black as it settles in the glass, with a bit creamy khaki brown head. Aroma of brown sugar, some spicy hops, sweet molasses and caramel, toffee, whoah. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is chocolatey breadyness, peated malts (was not expecting that!), smokey mess mixed with sweet molasses and caramel. Lots going on here, but balanced nicely by the hops and finishes with a light crisp bitterness and light lingering sweetness. Rich body with plus carbonation, lively, yum. Lived up to expectations and included some unexpected flavors win the smokiness/peatyness.

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Photo of portia99
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 73) poured into a snifter. This is a weekend of vintage beers for me...compared to the '02 Old Horizontal, this is pretty young, but HotD's website says this was bottled on 8/3/08 so still pretty old (coincidentally this was my 10th wedding anniversary day)

A - Pours with a very faint carbonation...looks almost still on the pour with some tiny, fine bubbles barely making a collar. Body is near black with maybe a faint purpleish tint to it.

S - Cola, licorice, prunes, alcohol, caramel, some roast, and chocolate.

T - A bit roasty with some burnt malts and faint acrid, dark roast coffee-ish flavor up front. Lots of dark fruit, plums, prunes, figs, a bit of dark cherries. I get a faint red wine like fruity/tannic character also. Still getting a bit of cola, some sugary sweetness, notes of chocolate, and some complementary alcohol. The underlying roasty/acrid bitterness really brings everything together here keeping the beer from becoming cloying in sweetness - the bitter brings everything back to balance - starts sweet and then is cut off and brought back by the roast...really nice.

M - Near still, but still showing enough carbonation to keep things alive. Body is medium. Sticky with sugars that are left on the lips after each sip allowing you to get a second taste of the caramelly, burnt sugar character after each sip. Shows a good balance of dark fruits, various sugars, chocolate, alcohol and roast.

O - Adam certainly deserves its high ratings. Even after 7ish years in the bottle it holds up and maybe has improved since being fresh. Great complexity and balance along with a scary drinkability for a 10% beer. This ranks right up there as one of my favorite strong ales. Great stuff...glad I have more of this batch to savor in the future.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (batch 84; 2011) poured dark reddish-brown with a good head.

Wonderful aroma. Given the aroma, the flavor is initially disappointing but it finishes strong and leaves a great aftertaste. Good complexity. ABV partially hidden.

Smooth, medium-full body.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Bubbles creamy thick,
The darkness nearly complete,
Deep, smoky chocolate

A: (3/3) Clear but incredibly dark brown, almost black with thin foamy head
S: (9/12) Lightly sour woody smell with notes of chocolate and dark malt
T: (17/20) Delightfully woody chocolate with sweet
M: (5/5) Bubbly and creamy, but dry throughout
O: (8/10) Great dark bottle-conditioned beer. Surprisingly smooth at 10% and the alcohol is barely noticeable beneath the wood and chocolate.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- A very surprising three and a half fingers of off white head comprised of huge bubbles on the pour, excellent retention and massive lacing on the glass. color is a brown that is near black with no light shining through.
Smell-rich and sweet. Dates, figs, honey. looked for booze and found none.
Taste-like the smell, hearty fruity notes upfront. the dates and figs are complimented by malty, grainy notes reminiscent of graham crackers. no booze in the taste either.
feel- smooth and very creamy, very little bubbles but the thick foam lingers on the tongue.
Overall- a delicious beer, drinks dangerously smooth. tasty, complex, and satisfying but not overwhelming in any sense.

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Photo of yarnbomb
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Seriously happened to stumble on this one at the tap room, right as it was put on. We had no frickin clue about the brewery itself, let alone what this beer was all about. It was mindblowing. But it was also the top of the keg. I went back the next day and it was gone. They laughed when we were surprised.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.