1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
AdamAdam

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,189 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 572
Gots: 452 | FT: 33
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Adam Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,189 | Reviews: 980 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Snikwad1020
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Morey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of chaint
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate brown color with a creamy head. Light carbonation, but a huge chocolate aroma...quite nice. Very sweet and deep flavor that coats your mouth and remains long after your sip. Big, big flavor, but still quite smooth. This is a great beer in this variety.

Photo of russwbeck
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Carbonation explodes out of the beer unlike any Hair of the Dog beer I've seen. The beer is very dark in color and the head is light brown. Huge bubbles form and explode as the head slowly recedes, leaving large clumps of lacing as it does. I was excited to see the carbonation, but this is actually a bit too much. It took forever to pour out 12oz. 3.5

S: The aroma is very earthy, but I do note pilsner-like characteristics that I assume come from the malt. Slight hoppiness adds a nice layer, and the booze rounds it all out. Very fruity and boozy. 4

T: The earthy booziness really assaults the tastebuds. Grassy hops at the finish add to the earthiness. The pilsner taste is there as well at the beginning, which is overtaken by booze, dark fruits, and some roasted malt. The hops finish it off, along with any remaining alcohol. I'm left with a really grassy, citrusy taste that sticks around forever. 4

MF: Thick body that is a bit over carbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the taste. Once you get through the billowing head it's all good. The booze is a bit too much and hurts the drinkability, but overall I enjoy the mouthfeel. 3.5

O: This was a good beer in a style I typically steer clear of. I really don't understand why it's so highly ranked, but I also don't appreciate the style. 3.5

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of outoffocus
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of sustyhops
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 86, bottle poured into 50W tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown body. Aggressively pours with what looks like no head, then slowly a rush of carbonation bubbles rise to the top and form a quick, dark tan, latte-like, 2 finger, frothy head that hangs around for a long time. The head finally settles in a nice thick, 1/4 finger ring around the top of the brew, leaving a nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The appearance is fantastic on this one.

S: Nose is noticeably fruity. Smells of figs and licorice are strong. At first pour the nose is smokey, and it gains fruitiness as it warms. Definite wofts of chocolate. Very malty. Hints of raspberries and dark cherries. A little boozy. Without even trying a sip yet, the nose leads me to believe this is super complex.

T: Very sweet. The dark fruits really steal the show in the taste. Black licorice and chocolate are predominant. Smoke taste follows the nose - its faint, but definitely present. Malty and boozy, but its balanced well. There is a definite sense of some bitterness too, which keeps it from being overly sweet. I've heard it described several times in other reviews, but this is the first time I have ever actually felt like I get a tobacco taste. Some definite caramel notes - I'm guessing coming from some specialty grains.

M: Full body. Boozy. Moderate carbonation - any more would be too much IMO. Not quite as creamy as it could be, but still good.

O: This is fantastic. I can't believe how much flavor this 12oz bottle packed. It was truly one of the most complex brews I've had. It was a little bit of a mix between a barleywine and a belgian quad. Would love to try the "from the wood" version at some point.

Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jave
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of imperiallibations
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, batch 84 poured into a HoTD tulip.

It pours a nice deep brown color, almost black, with hues of reddish burgundy when struck by the light. A big, thick, tan head rises out of the beer with taught bubbles that has fantastic retention and leaves behind a vast amount of soapy lace. The aroma is superb, rich, dark grain, brown sugar, molasses, cherry, plum with a bit of subtle roast behind it. The balance is exceptional and the complexity is fantastic, a beer I really want to keep my nose in. Rich, sweet grain hits the tongue straight away with a really nice stone fruit presence behind it, brown sugar, molasses, with a bit of an odd smokey layer that is abrasive at first, but integrates nicely as the beer warms. Alcohol lingers behind and warms as it goes down and compliments a very nice rich, viscous, silky smooth body.

Verdict: A really lovely Old Ale from Hair of the Dog. The complexity and balance is wonderful and makes for a really lovely session. It's no wonder why this brewery has become one of the premier in the country.

Photo of Zaximus
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of brureview
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark chocolate brown with a 2.5 finger head in a snifter.

The aroma intensifies with warming. At first , fruit- cherries.
Then as the beer warmed up, figs, nuts, vanilla, and chocolate.

The mouth feel was pleasantly carbonated.
There was mild bitterness, which enhances the style and the overall character of the beer.

The complex taste increases with warming. Cherries, smoke, fruit chocolate, and a pleasing alcoholic finish. The chocolate deepens with warming, along with the smoke. The alcohol intensifies with warming.

Overall, an amazingly complex beer, singular, and very different than the beer we brew in New England. This is West Coast. Approachable complexity!
Certainly a sipper- not only due to high ABV, but more importantly, time brings out new complexity in the beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this special beer on a snowy February night, in honor of my brother by the same name, who is celebrating his 19th birthday.

Batch #77. Adam is served slightly chilled in a goblet. It has a very dark brown hue with good clarity seen as it is poured. No head is produced even though I pour it straight into the middle of the glass. I'm careful to leave the sediment in the bottle.

Aroma is immediately evident even before I life the glass to take a wiff. It's wonderfully complex with brown sugar sweetness, some cocoa, figs, and leather.

Flavor is off-the-charts bold but somehow manages to be very smooth at the same time. Each small sip totally coats the palate but it isn't cloying. Just a huge wonderful old ale. It has chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, tobacco, and dark fruits all coming together.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky smooth, and very low in carbonation. It's perfectly balanced and has great depth of flavor. This particular bottle has been aging for about three and a half years so it has had a good amount of time to mellow. I can't imagine it getting much better with another year or two.

Overall an outstanding old ale, one of the best I've ever had. Cheers to Adam and my awesome brother.

Photo of buffs9
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ldhughes3
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 79 bottle into a tulip, bottled January 2010.

A - great, an opaque brown with very billowy, mocha head that lingers pretty well.

S - great again. Very fruity compared to some batches I've had, strong fig notes. Also noticeable leather and tobacco, more tobacco than leather. Less sweet than Adam from the Wood smells, for instance, but some noticeable toffee. All-around excellent.

T - fantastic. Lots of fig with some dark, sweet cherry notes. Rich maduro tobacco and a bit more sweetness than the smell, largely goes with the fruit. Despite the sweetness I wouldn't call it a sweet beer - it's more of a richness, with enough bitterness to balance it out. It has the caramelization of a good toffee but without all the sugar. The aftertaste is more along the leather side. The richness and complexity of the best quads but without the Belgian yeast, giving it a character all its own. Really great and amazingly different from the Wood version, even, but you can tell that the Wood version evolved from this.

M - a little less full than I would like. The 3-year old bottle is well-carbonated but not fizzy. It's not thin by any stretch but with the richness of the flavor, it could use just a bit more body. Having had many bottles/drafts of this, I know it varies some.

One of my favorite beers, just finally took the time to review it. Wonderful for anyone who likes a rich, complex beer/old ale/quad. A great beer fresh or with plenty of age, along with its variants.

Photo of JLapadura
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,189 ratings.