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

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 2,298
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 6.16%
Wants: 589
Gots: 478 | FT: 39
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique one. Appears a dark russet cabinet color with a large offwhite head. Light brings out some red coloration in the beer. Smell and taste are very complex; lots of must and alcohol, as well as a ton of fruity smells, such as figs, raisins, dried fruits, etc... you could find anything you want in there probably. A little wine like perhaps and I'm picking up on some spices that vaguely remind me of a Belgian Dark Ale. Also has a pretty present alcohol character which burns a bit on the way down, pretty intense. Slick mouthfeel, but this one isn't meant to be drank in mass quantities, one was enough. (618 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Batch 62. Really dark brown, almost reddish black. Thick head initially. Head retention is all right. No lace, but my glass was not really clean.

Smell - Musty, cellar-like smell mixed with prune. A whiff of alcohol presents litself with an almost licorice-like smell.

Taste - This is like drinking sweet licorice prune tonic (which sounds awful, but it isn't!), with a good dose of alcohol. The hop bitterness offers some balance, and I can sense the bitterness much more in the aftertaste. The focus of the taste here is dark, dried fruits.

Mouthfeel - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. LIngering burn so you know that this is no sissy beer. Delightful.

Drinkability - There is a little alcohol burn, but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Don't keep too much of this beer around because it will not last long.

Comments - Watch out! This is really good stuff, with some serious oomph! to it. (958 characters)

Photo of Truh
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warned her not to eat the apple with this one on 5/19/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Thick, plumy cumulus cloud of head. Coca-cola hue with a thick, maple syrup look to it; some active carbonation around the sides. Malt up fron for bouquet, with lemon and lime notes, and some moss in there as well. Pine flavors, jam of malt, ginger, sweet raspberry, and roasted characters make for an interesting rendition. Despite the alcohol, there is quite a light feel to the whole production. One will do it for me, though it is quite fine. (549 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch #62 (I've got one more aging)

Appearence: Pours a very dark chestnut with a creamy, foamy beige head that stays the whole glass.

Smell: The smell is incredibly complex, with wood notes and caramel sweetness. There's almost a cookie-like quality to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: That's a strong brew there. Full of incredible flavors. Wood, sweetness, caramel and so much more combine with a huge amount of liveliness and spiciness. This is still a very young tasting beer. The mouthfeel is chewy and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: An excellent Old Ale. Though it's still quite young, it's tasty as all hell. I'm going to let the other one chill for a while and I'm almost damn sure it'll be perfect in a few years. Mmmm I can't wait. (749 characters)

Photo of isubsmith
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Batch #62"
Wasn't sure what to expect from this so I poured it into a pint glass. Probably would do better in a challice....

There was plenty of residue in the bottom of the bottle so I poured rather slowly but still got a massive amount of head. Very dark opaque black body. Good lacing.

Nose: Serious alcohol smell. Lots of earthy/yeasty smells as well. Once you get past that, there is some malt and a hint of smoke. Reminds me a bit of an Islay single malt though it is buried under the alcohol.

Taste: Lots of alcohol in the initial taste. Some roasted malt as well as perhaps a woody character. A minor hop bitterness in the finish, mixed with a bit of something sweet.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated. Creamy. Very full body.

Drinkability: Something about the nose made this less drinkable than other high-alcohol beers. I have a feeling this beer will do very well if allowed to mellow out for a year or two in the cellar. (946 characters)

Photo of mkobes
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with a friend.
Brick red-bown, clear, tan head. Big carbonation. Sweet and sour aroma. Sweet and Sour tasting. Interesting beer. Pleasant. Malty sweet flavor. Some chocolate notes . Slightly bitter finish. Complex tasting. Sweet and sour aroma. Not bad. (269 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,789 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. The color is a very dark amber with a foamy head and some nice lacing. The smell is almost liquid smoke with a light touch of malt. The taste is slight smoke on top of a plumish, almost dubbel-ish sweetness, with a very minute hop taste and almost no alcohol noticable, with the smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. As for drinkability, this is very enjoyable but a bit smoky for sustainablity.

An enjoyable old ale with a twist; a big smoky flavor in this beer melds well with the sweetness, and very little alcohol makes this dangerously drinkable. Quite good, and one I'd have again! (649 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown head over a dark chestnut colored beer left some small islands of lace. Rich aroma, some caramel, chocolate, and roasted notes. Dark malts and caramel up front mix in with some sweet dark fruits and alcohol. There's a light coco bitterness towards the end, and then a warm stomach. There's plenty going on in the big smooth beer. (341 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number #59

Presentation: Like the Doggie Claws, this is another one of those tall thin 12 fluid ounce brown bottles that has a classic Hair of the Dog label. The ‘Adam’ has the generic Hair of the Dog Bulldog with a Hat on surrounded by the words ‘Loyal, ‘Pure’, ‘Faithful’ and ‘Wet Nose(?)’. Labeled as “Adam - Hearty Old World Ale”, Bottle Conditioned and it is also listed at 10% ABV.

Appearance: Massive smooth creamy tan brown head forms readily and sits proudly atop the deep dark and almost black initial pour. At least a ¾” thick cap to start with, it settles to no less than ¼” throughout. Super nice carbonation and a little lacing. Look good, Imperial Stout-like at times, good job I used my Stone IRS Goblet.

Nose: Lagavulin Whisky!! – Gorgeous smoked peat lingers in a very strong nose; dark malt-soaked alcohols linger in the opening of the Glass. Thick black malts and hospital antibacterial phenols are also detectable.

Taste: Warming dark malts, thick dark chocolate with a toasted wooden feel. Yet again I am reminded of Islay Single Malt Whisky – smoked peat, wood and high levels of phenolic alcohols, all mixed in with some dark bitter chocolate to round things out. The finish has a wood-grain dimension with a roasted barley character. A really belly warmer this one!!! Superb.

Mouthfeel: Solid, bold and very powerful, yet creamy and somehow “woody” with some light phenols in the back end which all induce a warm stove glow in the throat that slide down into the belly following the swallow.

Drinkability: It’s 10% and it is heavy, but like a great Single Malt it is far from a late night slow sipper. It didn’t take me half as long to finish this one as I suspected. If I smoked Cigars I would most certainly pair one with this monster, I am sure it would make an excellent accompaniment.

Overall: It’s a cold stormy night in Long Beach for once, and this warming thick malty sipper fits the bill perfectly. Very nice indeed, along with the Doggie Claws this is definitely one of my favorites from Hair of the Dog. I bet this is wonderous when aged. More please!!! (2,140 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark btown with a pillow head that lasts. Smell is fruits, molasses, malt..very inviting. Caramel, fruitiness and disntinct alcohol presence dominate the taste...hops on the finish. Potent. Mouthfeel as expected is a tad on the heavy side...but who would guzzle this brew? Drinkability id a tad tricky...I gave it a 4.0 beacuse it foes down nicely fro a high abv. Whether I could have two in a night...well.... (416 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's

Deep smooth chestnut with low, dense tan head. Caramel scent. Thick caramel with smoky tones that take on a touch of creosote toward the end. The smoke makes it intriguing, but I'm not interested in having another. A hair on the syrupy side. Subtle warming that's just what you need on a freaking cold evening. (333 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Batch #58. 50 IBU's per the website. Pours out to a murky very deep brown, forming a tall, soapy tan head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lacing. Bottle conditioned. Aroma of a traditional barley-wine with lots of dark, rotting fruits, as well as a mild hint of chocolate, smoke and spice. Hops are herbal and spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Medium-firm carbonation explodes onto the tongue with a powdery texture and a medium-dense, oily and syrupy body. Taste begins with lots of dark fruits, then gives way to an interesting chocolate, lightly smoked malt, assam tea, and roasted grain combo, followed by a 1-2 alcoholic punch in the middle which sends shudders down my spine. The finish is permeated by moderate herbal and spicy bitterness, and lingering green hop leafs linger thru the aftertaste. Belches are spicy and warm.

This one is definitely a sipper. The carbonation is too intense to enjoy this right out of the bottle, and requires sitting at room temp to mellow to the point of being enjoyable. The smoke becomes burdensome, and the alcohol is a bit boozy, making this one difficult to finish. (1,155 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 58
cellar temp, 57F tonight. Served in pint. Tremendous tan cream mounded up on the sides of the pint like wind-blown snow! Cloudy ruby brown the color of leaf mold.
Smell ripe froot. Band Aid. That alcohol is a stick in the eye. Wet evergreen forest.
It tickles with carbonation and alcohol. You can eat this in wedges. Treacle. Italian plum tart with whole wheat pastry and farm fresh butter. A little bubble gum. A touch antiseptic. Plums. plums,plums,plums. Shot of espresso. Reminds me of a cat I had that curled up and had you pet him, then he'd turn around purring and smiling and slash you. Nice. (613 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #53.
Small, dense, tan head. A ruddy brown-black beer, hazy blood against strong light. Some swoops of lacing. Sweet, bready, toffee, molasses, tangy, pruney nose. Buttery, tangy, spicy, rotten fruit front. It's almost salty. Flat, oily middle. Almost overpowering in salty, rotten fruit. Spicy, sour fruit and alcohol in the finish; almost smoky aftertaste. This is interesting. It's a tasty, intense, spirit beer. (422 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #48
This puppy ?sploded out of the bottle and made an enormous tawny head. The color is deep ruby red. Head retention dwindles and leaves some good lacing. Strong hop aroma with malt, chocolate, caramel dark fruits and whiskey. Flavor is quite intense; malty sweetness, fruits, raisins and a sharp hop finish. Palate is complex and stimulating with an aggressive fizz, a hoppy biting middle and a dry metallic finish. A well-done conglomeration of intense qualities with a good balance. I was expecting the usual over-the-top hop, etc., but got an interesting experience. (578 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what to compare this beer to. I think it may be my first Old Ale, at least that I noticed. I loved this beer. It poured a very dark amber color with a large off-white head. The lacing was significant.

Adam was full of the malt aroma with hints of plum, dates, and raisins. The taste is not far from the aroma with malt sweetness, tones of plums or prunes, dates, currants, and alcohol. The mouth feel is full-bodied, thick and comforting. I will be returning to this one as often as I can get my hands on one, but of course, I haven't tried Fred, Rose, or Ruth, yet. (582 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #60
Over the top carbonation, even with a careful pour I got a glass full of head. Once it calmed down enough to fill my glass I was left with a dark purplish-red beer topped with a four finger reddish-tan head, leaving puffy webs of lacing.
The aroma rushes out of the bottle almost as fast as the beer did, fruity, quite robust, leafy note, earthy with nuts, dark fruit, smoke and grain.
Malty taste, smoked and roasted, earthy and floral.
Full bodied, it's nice to try but I wouldn't go back to it - the smoky note was interesting. (544 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer. Batch 54.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a HUGE 3" light brown head over the murky, opaque, dark brown brew. Will take some time to get this poured out, like Rose and Fred before him in the past. Fifteen minutes later, all in. Head starts dense, eventually gets very airy, and leaves hunks of laces everywhere. Hard to knock the appearance, once you can get it out of the bottle...

Aroma is sweetly malty, with spicy and yesty things happening as well. Alcohol presence is obvious. Taste is of spicy dark malts, dark fruits, and warming alcohol works its magic in the mouth and throat. Mouthfeel okay, just a bit overboard on the everything, and drinkability isn't the best due to big-time foaming issues (I hate to wait), and just plain hard to get down overall. (908 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
2.15/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm assuming that I just don't get this beer. I'm not going to slam it but this isn't my style. I've only had a few barleywines and this is my first old ale to date. This will probably be my only old ale forever unless someone can convince me otherwise. Thanks to beerski for the chance to increase my BA-dom while sampling this. Part of my quest is figuring out what I DON'T like. This definitely fits in to that category.

Appearance: Brown with ruby edges. A tan chunky head. Looks like a porter in the glass. Again, I have no baseline for comparison.

Smell: Smoky, malty with alcohol being the prominent smell. A hint of licorice but alcohol dominates.

Taste: Plums, smoke, with a woody and earthy finish. Alcohol is present throughtout and dominating the other tastes that are trying to fit in.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy like a cough syrup.

Drinkability and overall: Definitely suffers due to the alcohol taste. I have to admit, this is the first beer that ended up down the drain. It got worse with each subsequent sip. Totally ruined my taste for any beer the rest of the day. I would avoid it. Not a good beer. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 56
Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. thick lace
aroma was very complex, fruity at first (berries) then smoky, malty, chocolaty , port, prunes, alchohol wisp at the end.
flavor was complex as well roasty, coffee, plum, prune , woody, caramel ,with just the right amount of grapefruit bitterness to balance it out.
Finish was long and slightly bitter. note of alcohol on the throat.
Enjoyed this with my favorite everyday cigar, a Padron 4000 Maduro and they complemented each other very nicely. Wow. (518 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Dark brownish-black with chunks. Huge creamy beige head, wicked retentive and sticky. Real nice soft yeast aroma with strawberry, ash, apricot, chocolate covered cherries, and alcohol. Flavor is very complex, woody, and smokey. There is a burning alcohol feel and spicy hop character. Creamy and fuzzy.

I don't mind alcohol flavor, but when it burns I take it as a sign that I am drinking something that I should not drink. This also gave me a headache. This beer is great except for the huge alcohol flavor, burn, and headache. Tone that down and you have yourself an absolute winner. As it is, I might try it again some time. (630 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown, and was slightly cloudy. The way I poured it gave it almost no head.

The aroma was of rich, deep roasted malt. Incredible. The alcohol was not prominent in any way in the aroma.

It was not present in the taste either... it tasted of very strong, full-bodied musty malt. But it definitely warmed like a beer with that alcohol content. It went down nice and deceptively smooth.

My advice is simple... if you see it, get it and try it. It is well worth it. (498 characters)

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.