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

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BA SCORE
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2,189 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,189
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 571
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, that is about all I can say about this one. This was one of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Lets just start from the top. Poured a very deep dark brown with a big three finger plus head of tan lace and just a really full overall look. This was really nice looking with tons of residual side glass lace and a sticky foam top that would not quit. The aroma was wonderful, full of sweet smells of caramel, sugar, chocolate and nuts, with a nice hop essence in the back. I am not sure what the style of this is, but the flavor was robust and full. Very nutty with a decidedly caramelesque sugar to it and a really great fresh, and dry hop like finish. There were hints of chocolate and coffee throughout, but not enough to make it rely totally on those. Such a very full bodied feel, very creamy and rich. This was a magnificent bottle and one that I was really glad I got to try. It really was different than almost anything I had had before and I look forward to one day getting another to compare. And for reference this was batch number 68, and it was fantastic!

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose offers up notes of toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is also a bit of tart, dark fruits such as cherries, grapes, and raisins.

T: The flavor chocolate is more pronounced than the nose with plenty of brown sugar for sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: The body is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel.

D: Old Ales are quickly becoming a new favorite style of mine. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer and I'm pleased to have ready access to this beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this back in 2008. This beer was really cool, I don't know what it is about HotD brewing but they have this style about them that I find really interesting. This beer poured out as a black color with a pretty good sized head on it. The smell of malts and hops are strong in this beer. The taste kicks off with a pretty strong hoppy flavor and then fades into a roasted dry chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, it remained smooth and drinkable but has a very nice body to it. Overall I really liked this beer, it opened my eyes to the old ale style. Since this was one of my first of that style. Really wanna have this one again.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.

Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with nice clarity as it thins. This bottle poured with an utterly enormous frothy head, 4 fingers at first, which took several minutes to settle down. Excellent head retention after that.

Smell - Very earthy, not very beer-like in aroma. It reminds me of leather, soap, figs and dirt, with just a touch of caramelly malts.

Taste & mouthfeel - Roasty and moderately sweet. Toffee-like flavors mingle with more unusual notes of smoke, figs, leather and tobacco. This is pretty full-bodied stuff - definitely a sipper. Carbonation is soft and mellow despite the initial massive blast of foam.

Notes - Excellent; really unique and interesting stuff.

Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch number 82, from a random grocery store stop whilst in Portland earlier this year.

This beer pours a very dark, opaque brown colour, with caramel highlights, and a towering column of thick, creamy, and obviously foamy beige head, topped with a nice sundae swirl, which all settles at pace, but it's got a long way to go. Along the way, however, is revealed some nicely consistent honeycombed lace around the glass. It smells of sweet toffee malt, semisweet chocolate, fig and plum, bitter grassy, piney hops, and a slight booze nasal ruffling. The taste is sweet malt, more cocoa-dominated at this point, with a lessened caramel stripe, muddled spiced-rum blottoed black fruit, and tasty all the same for its balancing effect, a bit of ethereal dusty musty tobacco leaf, and mild green, somewhat citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body full, smooth, and kind of creamy. It finishes on a gentle teeter-totter of laid-back fruity chocolate and woody citrus hops.

Oh my Jebus - wow. What...an...old ale! All the multifaceted characteristics just work so well together - sweetness, fruit, dust, florals, dryness. And with barely a lick of alcohol warming, this is one pleasing devil in disguise.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 65, 2006 vintage.

Into a bulb shaped snifter, it pours reddish brown, nearly black in the glass. When backlit, it's a beautiful garnet ruby shade. A finger of khaki tan foam rests in the surface, dissolving into a cluster of larger bubbles that cling to one side. Spotty lace.

Aroma of chocolate and lavender floral elements... odd. Definite oxidation, the first whiff from the bottle was almost doughy, but that passed quickly. As it warms there's a spiced fruitcake element.

Bitter bakers chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, walnut. Extremely savory, somewhat sweet, but not cloying. A slight stickiness on the lips precedes a lush, velvety mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just perfect for an Old Ale. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's certainly a solitary sipper. An appropriate post-blizzard warmer for 10º weather outside.

Thanks to Jason for this one!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a very deep, dark maple, with a bit of light tan head that laces fairly nicely. The smell has a good deal of sweetness, made up of brown sugar, molasses, powdered sugar, figs; on top of that is a general booziness and a decided undercurrent of oily leather, almost a WD-40 scent. Though that may sound at least a bit off-putting, they all combine to create an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is ostensibly bitter, in terms of hops, herbs (something akin to wormwood), and leather. There are also hints of anise and raisins. The body sits a bit heavily on the tongue, and the alcohol is not exactly subtle, making this brew more ripe for sipping than straight drinking.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Into the snifter it is a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. As you drink the beer it almost has legs like a good red wine.

S - Very pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits - plum, raisin, and figs. Also, some caramelized sugar notes.

T - Delicious blend of plum, raisin and fig (maybe a touch of cherry). It has sweet malty caramel in the background with next to no hop bitterness.

M - A medium bodied beer that has a warming alcohol heat and is silky smooth as it goes down.

D - This is a fantastic old ale. It manages to be sweet and malty without over doing it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #53. Hazy, but surprisingly clear for this beer, with a very deep mahogany color and burgundy highlights. The head needed to be coaxed but came up tight, thin and tan (like Guinness) - and held well through most of the glass, eventually receeding to a collar but also leaving a bit of Belgian-lace. The aroma is complex: fruit (berry, cherry, raisins), smoke, dark malts, a hint of sherry and some slight hop in order of intensity. A gentle, natural carbonation combines with a medium-full body to give an astoundingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor delivers more than the aroma suggests with bold, complex fruit flavors of grape, raisin, raspberries, and cherries up front, leading into notes of dark chocolate, light espresso, licorice and sherry. It finishes with a solid smokiness and roasted quality, and a display of alcohol and hop bitterness. The dry aftertaste is also complex, with some light rye-like spiciness and earthy and woody notes. The alcohol is warming but not agressive in the taste or aroma.
An excellent beer although Batch #53 seems to need to age a little bit. It's nowhere near as round and supple as it can get.

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Murky brown colour with a thin lace and decent head retention to boot. Aromas of ripe figs, caramel and husky grain.

Figgy sweet, layer of caramel, hints of husk and yeast, and struggling hop balance. Full bodied and very creamy on the tongue off of a moderate carbonation. Higher alcohols are merely in ester form and somewhat get lost in the malt in a very deceiving way. Sweet finish with a slow warming feeling.

Overly drinkable barleywines can be a dangerous thing, this beers name is dangerous. Goes down some smooth and creamy, with layers of sweetness that are no cloying at all caress the taste buds to bring them closer to heaven. Highly recommended especially on tap.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brown mahogany hue with a nice sized tan head leaves lace down my snifter. Aroma: Pine cone scented hops deep aclohol infused fruit tones robust explosion of malts producing caramel and toffee in the air. Taste: Orgy of hops and loads of malt yield this creation we know as Adam, big old ale the way it should be done with deep over ripened fruit in it's gullet. Heavy handed on hop bitterness and pine cone like flavor, great stuff. Mouthfeel: Big slightly chewy full bodied evenly carbonated. Drinkability: Amazingly complex, the delicious flavor brings a satisfying challenging experience to the palate a must try for any beer lover.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73, acquired from Imstillthegman courtesy of the BA Vets, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, caramel and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The sweet flavors return for the finish leaving a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger beer to sip on for a while.

Photo of nickfl
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of deep tan head on an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Fruity with deep, dark malt. Figs, smoke and leather/ sandalwood with spicy hops hiding in the background. This could be a good aroma for aftershave or incense.

T - Thick, rich malt with oat and dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor. Spicy hops and big, fruity yeast. Notes of dates, cedar smoke, aromatic wood, allspice, and lots of leather. Chocolate and moderate malt bitterness in the finish with a lingering hoppy bite.

M - Very thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow. Drinkability isn't even a factor here, it is huge and complex; it's like asking if 40 year old port is sessionable. The complexity is immense and while I would guess that it would age well, this one was great already. This beer, more than any other I have ever had, reminds me of tobacco; not a cigar, but really good pipe tobacco. This is an excellent beer and it stands up with the likes of vintage J.W. Lees as one of the world's great sipping beers.

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown. Thick lighter tan head. Nose is chalky malts. Tar is quietly there and you really have to pull for it. Smoked caramelized sugars. Flavor is quite smokey. Clearly, this is much like a rauchbier. Not to sound like a grade A jerk about it, but damn. I get smoked ham tones, charcoal edges, but a brown sugar thing mixed in. Feel has a smooth carbonation and a slick liquid. Extremely good and extremely unique. To me this comes off as a Belgian rauchbier. Extremely unique. I definitely suggest the beer geeks try this one. IMO an unparalleled beer. A must try.

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another HotD to cross off the list thanks to mikereaser.

A: Big frothy 2 finger head develops on the pour into my snifter glass. It fades pretty slowly with light lacing over the very dark murky brown with very light dark reddish hues around the edges.

N: Some nice aroma blends, with some dark malts, crystal malts, caramel, a little roast, porter like aromas, a slight strong ale aroma, touch of earthy aromas, touch of warming booze, and that definitive "old ale" aged strong ale aroma that really gives you that feel of drinking an old ale. Imo, it isn't an old ale unless it has that nice aroma to it. It also has a slight sweetness and almost nougat candi-bar like effect.

T: Starts pretty sweet, perhaps just a little too sweet. THen lots of malts, roasted malts, caramel, chewy malts. A little earthy spicy hop flavor even. Some dark fruits like fig with a slight brown sugar and molasses flavor. The booze is a little spicy and warming, definitely there. Again that aged strong ale flavor, that gives this a definitive old ale flavor, but it's less pronounced than the aroma was. Also more fluffy almost nougat style candi-bar effect.

M: Semi thick and smooth, with good carbonation, more than I expected actually (perhaps the bottle conditioning helped). Lots of warming and tingly booze though.

F: Still somewhat sweet, a little dry as well. More tingly spicy and warming booze on the tongue, almost anesthetized. A slight sticky sweetness, with lingering brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and chewy nougat still. A slight roasted malt and porter on the finish too, as well as a slight earthy bitterness.

Perhaps a little too sweet and too much alcohol heat, but otherwise a really tasty beer. THey did a great job with this one, maybe my favorite HotD yet, as far as I can remember that is.

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers to ya, Joe!

Batch#69 pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Superior lacing , bubbles still rising from the bottom at the end, & great head retention as well

S: Oakyness, dark fruit, leafy hops, really big depth in the nose here! Faded a bit at the end

T: Raisins, oaky smokeyness, puckery leather, dates & burnt caramel up front, plus booze warmth. Hints of vanilla mingle in along with tobacco-like hops, figs as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, prunes, leather & Christmas pudding notes & dryness, fantastic

MF: Syruppy, with a trace of carbonation, pretty rich

Drinks like a 10% abv, old ale, nice, but lethal! Taking the chill off this cold November evening nicely!

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around very nicely and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Some sweet malt with a strong presence of brown sugar and dark fruit. Mild vanilla and some warm alcohol.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Some warm alcohol with dark fruit. The finish is actually quite bitter, but it rounds the beer out well.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. It was more bitter than I expected, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Adam (Nanoslug) - it looked like it leaked a little in transit so I popped it right away. Batch #55, so it was bottled in August 2002! Served in a snifter only slightly chilled.

A - 1.5 fingers of dark tan/cappuccino foam with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing - it eventually dissipates to a solid cap. The brew is a dark, dark, brown with no light peaking through at the edges - almost black here. For a 7-year old 10% Old Ale this is really quite terrific looking.

S - There's some serious booze here, but it surrounded by dark fruits, raisins, molasses, leather, and maybe a hint of licorice. It's very rummy, with huge sugar and booze components, and is slightly unbalanced towards the alcohol content (even after 7 years!). I can see the batches from the late 90s drinking quite well right now.

T - The taste has a huge tobacco flavor that is only hinted at in the aroma, and it is accompanied by leather, smoked meat, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The alcohol is thankfully less present in the taste. The aftertaste is heavy in smoked flavors, with almost a peaty note that lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. I'm thankful I didn't get flat or overcarbonated brews that my buddy Dave perpetually gets stuck with. There's a slight warming, but otherwise this element of the brew is pretty standard.

D - Delicious, but hurt by the overt booziness. I shared a 12oz bottle with a buddy and probably would have been OK with drinking the entire bottle myself - however I think any more would be too much of this treat. Definitely a sipper, and a good one to share with dessert.

I'd love to get my hands on some of the earliest batches to see if/how it has mellowed.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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