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

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2,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,107
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 447 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch 73

Pours a thick, languid, darkest brown, topped by a persistent cap of brownish beige. Held near to the light, nary a photon passes through it. Nice look to this baby.

A rich aroma performs foreplay on my nose. It is a full bodied perfume of dark toffee, yeast, toasty notes, a light sort of bitter chocolate in there, sort of a dank cherry, wrapped in a sweet alcohol vapor that has a hint of bitter to it. Luscious and complex, I can't wait for a sip.

Wooaaah, what a flavor! Big amount of flavor, immediate assault of malty notes in their glory, bread, toffee, caramel, some alcohol, though less than the nose predicted. From there the sip just takes off and into a juicy blend of dark cherry, earth, bitter, that rides the maltcoaster into a finish that is stupendously long, deliciously clinging. There is scant fault to find in a complex brew that tastes this good, but a drop less sweetness would make this a top 20 beer.

Low carb, high viscosity, clean flavor promote a wonderful finish. It is very full bodied, and full of resins, and it stays in the mouth with the best of them, but the finish is marvelous, I can't wait for the next sip to reinforce the "skin" of beer lining my mouth.

This is a real sipper, a beer to take some time enjoying. How do you rate drinkability for an old ale? Guess it's good rated to style, but I would have trouble drinking more than two of these.

11-29-2009 22:51:07 | More by cavedave
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-23-2013 02:23:24 | More by Callmecoon
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-05-2014 18:40:44 | More by Prospero
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-15-2014 19:16:05 | More by bleedsblu
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Bath #82

A - Pours a dark cola or rootbeer. Light tan 1 finger head.

S - Sweet brown sugar, raisins, dark plums and vanilla oak. Almost a bourbon barrel aged smell. The nose is phenomenal.

T - Lots of wood & oak. Not as sweet as the nose. Loads of molasses and dark fruit. Very rich taste.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Best old ale I've had. No complaints at all with this one.

07-29-2012 19:24:09 | More by cvm4
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-03-2013 22:58:55 | More by CesarLopes
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch 70
A- Wow and there is the head! Pour gave way to quite the foam amount. When it subsided it left quite a bit of lacing. The beer was a nice dark brown.

S- Smell is oak, fruits, smoke and a slight dryness.

T- A nice malty and smoky taste shines though. A good oak/wood taste. A great overall taste. I wonder how Adam of the wood would taste, probably even more on the oak tastes and smoky tastes.

M- Good feel in the mouth, a little on the fizzy side, but feels good none the less.

D- Easy to drink, which might be a bad thing since its got such a high abv.

06-24-2008 01:52:07 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

This poured to a very dark color with dark red and purple tones with a huge head that shrank but never disappeared. It's leaving a wall of lace on one side of the glass.

Alcohol dominates the smell, with a bit of smoke as well. Malts come out heavy in the taste along with the alcohol content. There's a hint of smoked flavor in the taste, too, but it certainly isn't as strong as it is in the smell. Hops complete the finsh.

Outstanding. This is up there with the best of them.

06-23-2004 06:27:57 | More by watermelonman
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

2008 rate. Bottle, batch 72. Thanks Bob! Pours a nice creamy dark brown, appears black in the glass. Beautiful creamy head. Roasty, faintly alcoholic aroma. Flavor is initially a burst of hops and some roasted malt. Really elegant and tasty. There’s a definite leathery tobacco flavor in there. Not burdensome but hefty and deep. Great, really looking forward to cracking my other bottle in a few years.

2010 rate. Opened another batch 72 15 months later. Huge head on this one. One strange difference compared to the same batch a year ago was that this has big oily hops in the nose that I didn’t notice before. This is kind of a cross between a IIPA and an imperial stout, somehow. I guess that would make it an imperial pale stout? Spices are stronger at thsi age and this beer is as lively as ever, bottle is probably 2-3 years old by now.

2011 rate from an ancient batch 21 bottle. Pours a deep, deep burgundy with a surprisingly active foam atop. Nose is brine, olives, salted dried meat, leather. Mouth is dark fruits upfront, rich, some sugars, and a leathery finish with a touch of that olive character. The nose on this is straight up weird, but the flavor is pretty great. Totally unique, and this does crazy things as it ages, in some ways improves massively, unless it's just a major variation among batches.

06-15-2011 11:48:05 | More by JAXSON
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-19-2013 20:18:05 | More by jjheinrichs
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-23-2013 03:31:21 | More by throwback
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-13-2013 23:26:54 | More by MordorMongo
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

On tap at HotD.

The original reason I wanted to go to HotD (found it once in NYC, hadn't heard of it).

My taster head was gone by the time I tasted it, but mega lace remained. Chocolate brown/black body.

Rich, roasty malt nose.

Smoke, leather, significant hops in the taste, kinda herbal.

Super rich and smooth.

Remarkable beer of a forgotten style, unfortunately distribution is sparse. I regret not trying Adam from the Wood while there, but time didn't allow.

12-31-2011 20:04:31 | More by zaphodchak
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Picked up from the Foodery in Northern Liberties, Philly.

Poured a near black. No head whatsoever. Actually, pretty much no carbonation whatsoever. Looks like a glass of flat coke.

Aroma is a bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. Heavier on the malt than hops.

Taste bears a heavy booze characteristic. Raisins and dark grape. A bit vinous. More hop presence in the flavors than the nose.

This is my first taste of a beer of this style. Not really my bag, but from what I understand of the style, this fits in nicely. I'd recommend, but wouldn't pick up again for myself.

04-20-2010 23:21:07 | More by pwoody11
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-03-2014 02:17:46 | More by Twal
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3.18/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, inky black with a light tan creamy head that drops to a thin wisp, with some lacing.

Aromas of dark fruits, prunes, figs, rum raisins, some anise, and a hint of mint.

Flavors of tobacco, anise, mint, barnyard. No hop flavors to speak of. Finish is short, but tobacco flavor lingers on.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, malty.

Not my cup of tea. Had this years ago. Trying it again, but not really digging it.

03-05-2011 03:46:46 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-11-2012 19:01:41 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-25-2013 05:43:08 | More by mecmd
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3.8/5  rDev -11%

Pours black to dark brown with a good size light tan head. Strong smell of prunes and raisins, a little caramel and alcohol behind it all. First taste is quite smoky, maltiness follows with a sweet chocolate and a little pruniness and balances the smoky and roastiness. There is some peppery spicy alcohol in the finish as well, not unpleasant or overpowering, but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, a little oily slickness and a spicy tingle in the finish. An interesting old ale, I've got a two year old version that i look forward to trying to see how the malts develop and if the pepperiness dies down. This serving was Batch 66.

07-30-2006 23:20:45 | More by hoppymeal
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

Batch #67.

Pours very dark with a beautiful thick dark brown head.

Aroma of molasses, malts, some smokey earthiness.

Taste has dark chocolate, bitterness throughout but strongest at the end, alcohol, smoke. Very rich.

Mouthfeel was quite heavy, thick, dry.

Overall, an interesting sipping beer. Can't drink many. Lots of flavor and very rich. Certainly worth a try since it is unusual, but not something I would get too excited about. Perhaps some aging will help.

06-23-2007 17:17:17 | More by atigerlife
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Batch 72
Pours out a gorgeous RIS black color capped with a Belgian Quad head of foam. Looks like the new style of Belgian Imperial Stout (Black Albert).
Looks absoulutely drinkable.
Smells of deep roasted malts, chocolates, coffee notes, vanilla, oaky notes, yeasts(very unlike any stout, more Belgian-like). Fermented grains,Concord grapes, touch of sour Farmhouse aromas. Truly a complex sweet-sour-complex nosefull of amazing transgressional brew.
Huge mouthfull of chocolate malty,piquant tartness greet the palate. On a stretch, think of Ommegang Three Philosophers balance of Sweet-Tartness. Sweet cocoas initially greet the palate, followed by a whirlwind of roasted malts, caramel-vanillas, suddenly cut by a cherry-grape tartness, finished with a long warming rum-like finish. This is a truly great beer experience.
Mouthfeel is filling, delicious, palate-complexity-to-the-point of being debateable.
I could drink this for hours and pick out so many nuances that I could write about it pages on end, but I am satisfied with this one great experience. Will seek it out again

10-30-2008 04:11:06 | More by czfreeman
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-10-2014 12:11:33 | More by moarmare
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

An older bottle. Batch 83 bought in CA in Feb 2012.

Poured into a snifter this is a heady beast. Tan, big bubbled and stubborn. Ugly, dirty brown with sediment floating. Aromas of sweet fruit-fig strongest, malt is dominant, some yeast notes here too. Taste is big and rich. Lots of malt with sweet toasted grain taste. Notes of toffee, figs, Finish is warm but not strongly alcoholic. Ends clean and rather quick. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety smooth. This is what I'd like an old ale to be. A malt bomb that is easy to drink but better to contemplate. Delicious.

04-20-2013 00:36:59 | More by deebo
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Got a few bottles of this from a trade with cavedave. Been wanting to try this beer for quite a while now. Batch 77.

Appearance: Adam pours out a dark brown color with dark mahogany highlights. Head is soapy, and sticks around for a very limited amount of time. Obviously not much carbonation here.

Smell: Leather, tobacco, chocolate, prunes, raisins, figs, and a touch of coffee. Really super and complex on the nose. There is a lot going on.

Taste: Leather, dark fruits, chocolate, and a combination of coffee and tobacco on the back end and finish that turns a touch bitter. Really ridiculous amount of complexity in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with almost no carbonation. It's right on the brink of not having any. Overall this beer is very good. The carbonation or lack thereof in this bottle is definitely too low to make it outstanding, but I would definitely re-review if I got a Adam from a different batch number that is regularly carbonated. The score would be significantly higher, because this is an extremely complex, tasty beer.

02-01-2011 02:44:15 | More by zhanson88
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-16-2014 02:01:22 | More by BostonPhilly
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,107 ratings.