Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,001 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,001
Hads: 2,329
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 606
Gots: 482 | FT: 38
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Adam Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,001 | Hads: 2,329
Photo of macktbone
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Do to lack of availablity I was forced / honored to share this bottle with my partner in beer. When we poured the bottle we had no idea what we were getting into.
A great dark pour with a thin but complex and full head.

The nose is deceptive and leaves a little to be desired...I thought others were joking about the horse blanket and stall but no doubt, Hi Ho Silver.

First taste opens a mass of doors, from molases and dark fruits to a little dirt and oak. Hard to tell what they were hoping for but it is anything but simple. Hair of the Dog fits quite well. Definately a sipper, even when splitting a bottle.

 621 characters

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this 12 oz. bottle via my very first trade! Thanks PDXHops...a classy human being!

It's declared Batch 71 right up front. I poured into an oversized wine glass (this is the first time that I wished I had a snifter), and am immediately amazed at this head I am looking at! It's about three fingers of light brown, toffeeish looking foam...nice and sticky. It has a deep brown body with some mahogany tones that show themselves when the light hits them just right.

The aroma is made up of bittersweet chocolates, licorice, some pit fruits...so much aroma! It becomes overshadowed by a burnt oak smell as it warms.

Taste...can you say sweet? Light cherry at the front and bakers chocolate on the finish. Loads of smoke and brandy midpalate, and a bit of burnt sugars and mollases if I'm not mistaken.

The mouthfeel is amazing! There was a lot more carbonation than I was expecting. A real tongue burner...

I won't lie about the drinkability...the alcohol is hidden extremely well. I had thoughts of calling the ex girlfriend about 3/4 of the way into this 12 oz. serving, so I had to rate it kind of low on drinkability. Needless to say, it's a sipper.

Overall, there is just so much going on here...almost too much at times and a bit sweet, but it all works together quite nicely. Can't wait to see what a couple years downstairs is going to do to this monster of a beer!

 1,379 characters

Photo of AdamF625
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- brown with amber hues, opaque. Thick khaki head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S- molasses, brown sugar, caramel, sweet candies
T- Sweet and malty. Similar to the nose with molasses and brown sugar. Dark fruits and even a bit of smokiness on the finish.
M- Full body and moderate carbonation, alcohol is hidden well.
O- Very enjoyable sipper. A lot of flavor and deep character coming from this beer.

 412 characters

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.

 475 characters

Photo of isubsmith
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
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 FrognutUnl
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #70

A - Not a single bit of head besides a thin chocolate colored swirl, despite the rough pour. Deep cola in color with nice brown highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - The aroma is smoky and rich with dark fruits and a distinct earthy character. This smells absolutely amazing.

T - Deep earthiness accompanied by sweet dark dried fruits and a slight pepperiness and smokiness in the finish. There is also a nice slight alcohol burn that is not overwhelming. Chocolate becomes very apparent as the glass warms a bit.

M - The beer is rather flat which may just be my bottle. Despite this fact there is still a good amount of body to it.

D - Damn is this stuff good, though I do wish there was at least a little bit of carbonation to speak of. The beer is wonderfully complex and rich in flavor.

 813 characters

Photo of gtn80
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 74 poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a dark, dark brown, that almost sucks light into it's darkness. Nice mocha head, two fingers at the pour, dissipated down to a thin layer that lasted the entire glass.

Smell is tremendous, molasses, dark fruits, tons of malt, a touch of oxidation, a bit of smoke.

Taste is intriguing, complex. Lots of malt, sweet at the outset, rummy, smoky, black licorice. Bit of hot alcohol on the finish that lasts and warms the belly.

Mouthfeel is great, thick, viscous. Lots of carbonation, big mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerously good at 10% abv.

 612 characters

Photo of VMWhelan
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #76, which I believe was bottled sometime around April 2010.

Pours completely opaque dark brown with some red around the edges. Absolutely no head at all, save for a few bubbles around the rim.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt: a whole lot of caramel and dark chocolate as well as some dark fruit.

Taste is very sweet followed by a somewhat tangy and smoky woodiness. I've read people say leather, which I could see, but I'm not really an expect on the taste of leather. Very strong flavors. Alcohol is there but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is quite heavy and smooth, like a light syrup. Feels slick across the tongue and stays.

The heaviness coupled with the strength of the beer make this a slow-drinking beer. It's tasty with a lot going on.

 759 characters

Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84 served in a snifter.

A: An assertive ppffssst as you pop the cap. Pours a rather dark brown with ruby highlights. A fine textured, firm finger and a half beige head beckons thee.

S: The second you pour this thing out it fills the surrounding air with notes of sweet caramel and toffee. A closer sniff reveals some fruitiness(figs and dates) and some booze heat as well.

T&M: Wow! There is A LOT going on here! Booze and bitterness right up front gives way to a quick dark toffee hit and finishing with a plethora of dark fruits. The layers come through very clearly. Carbonation is perfect and feel is again just right. Not too dry, not too heavy.

O: Certainly deserving of its high ranks, this is an incredibly delicious brew. Stashed a few in the cellar and I can't wait to see what time does to this one.

 822 characters

Photo of drgarage
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Batch 82.

Crazy strong prune/plum smell on opening. Endlessly complex nose. Taste falls a bit short of the smell, but is still darn good. Heavily carbonated, which actually hurt the mouthfeel a bit for me. I'd prefer to have more of a classic old ale texture, which I'm sure would come with age. A first-rate sipper, but I think I like Fred more, at least fresh.

 374 characters

Photo of stonelis
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark brown with a thin head which lingered through the end. had an aroma of a touch of fruit wine with toasted malt. Taste of
Sweet, rich, malty, chocolate, mild smoke. I really enjoyed this one. Strong alcohol presence has that warming feeling. This was batch 76. I would love to get some more and cellar a few for a couple of years.

 343 characters

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.61/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled: 2.3.07

First off, this thing overflowed molten-like foam for what really should’ve been no outside reason. It had been sitting upright in my DBF for over a week, simply transported to the living room and placed on a side table, and then actually left alone there for about 5 or 6 minutes. But when I cracked it, it spewed forth in abundance. Of course, I hadn’t expected this, so I was returning the bottle opener to the kitchen when my wife alerted me to the impending mess on the floor. I was half way between spill site and paper towel rack, and I made my decision. And by the time I got back with the paper towels, it was too late. Too much sugar and/or yeast added for the bottle conditioning perhaps? Anyway, after that set up, you’d think this thing had a monster head when I finally poured it, right? Wrong. Practically nil. A mere ring around the edge and no lacing to speak of. The beer itself was a dark chocolate brown with reddish hues. The color alone is what saved it from flatline mediocrity.

Ok, the aroma. Quite interesting. It’s earthy right off the bat. Heavy, heavy raw tobacco up front. Leathery and roasted malts perk up a bit, and after some warming prunes make an appearance. Not too enticing, for my tastes. Interesting nonetheless.

Tastes is really leathery , and more tobacco, though this time, more of the smokey variety punch you in the mouth. Dark malts mingle in an alt-like atmosphere, all within a fairly hoppy profile that hangs through out and offers a light bitterness upon swallow. These complex flavors hide any alcohol content that quite honestly surprised me when I found out what it was. I didn’t feel it at all. The beer is highly carbonated, but still no head, and it leaves oily traces along the tongue.

The drinkability is low for me, as the flavor was just too rich with the tobacco & leather. Maybe this would be a good beer to sip with a cigar, but it isn’t for me. It’s tough to rate this too low, as there is certainly a complexity about it. Personal tastes, obviously, heavily influence my lower scores, but ultimately, this is a unique brew that smokey beer lovers should try.

 2,157 characters

Photo of GimmeAles
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A foreboding sable body fills the snifter while a wild, billowing, mocha head threatens to overflow onto the coaster. The mastadonic cap of foam recedes, but leaves a substantial cap throughout the experience.
Nose is of hardwood smoke, a pile of freshly-raked autumn leaves and faint molasses.

Taste is of massive malt depth. Hops do not seem to play in this dark land of Rauchbier-esque beechwood smoke, burnt sugar, molasses and figs. Dark rye-bread-dough and a clean yeasty background. More dark, sweet fruits appear as the beer warms, but are always second fiddle to the grainy roastiness. The label’s description of smoke, chocolate, leather and figs are apt. A dense and non-standard flavor profile that is amazingly dry and un-sweet for a 10% monster. Alcohol is barely detected until even sitting becomes challenge.

A thick, velvety body borne about fine conditioning make this a pleasant sipper. A very unique and distinctive ale which defies the standard syrupy sweetness which would be expected of a beer this strength. Can’t say it was my favorite as I prefer more hop presence, but was an enjoyable diversion nonetheless.

 1,139 characters

Photo of throwitallaway
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at South Bay Liquor. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark with a thick off-white head that sticks around. Aroma of plum, berries, malt, and a touch of smoke and hops. Tastes of sweet malt, smoke, berries, and a slight amount of alcohol. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Medium-bodied. Probably couldn't drink a lot of these, but one is very nice.

 364 characters

Photo of kleffman
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Alesmith Tulip with a two finger head that wouldn't go away. Such incredible retention I could barely drink the beer itself (and I poured extremely carefully). Murky dark brown with a tan head. Fairly bubbly carbonation.

Aroma is similar to what the bottle describes - dark chocolate, figs, smoke, hints of leather and meat. Malty character dominates.

Tastes similar to the smell with large amounts of dark malt character, leather (seriously), and cocoa powder. Extremely complex. Gaining in flavors as it warms.

The mouthfeel is full, riding on a generous carbonation. Smooth drinking and very coating. It's a great sipper, you really need only a small bit to get a full array of flavors.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I nursed this thing for over an hour and it was sad to see it go. A bit pricey for bottles from this brewery, but totally worth it. Will be seeking out their other ales for sure.

 922 characters

Photo of thatruth
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an explosive over the top of the glass three finger mocha head with frothy lacing, root beer brown in body with a milk chocolate tint.

smells of roasted oak and chocolatey hazelnut, hint of cinnamon.

perfectly balanced hops, sweet tinge of an almost roasty banana, tastes carmelized but not overbearingly so.

light on-bringing for a 10%, catches up to you in the long run. full-bodied spicy aftertaste lingers. good for cold days inside like this one.

nice brew. you feel it after half of one.

**Bottle reads: "Batch Number 82"

 543 characters

Photo of krberg
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Batch 64

Deep brown. Porter like with a rapidly fading cream colored head. No light penetrates this beer.

Smells like malty OJ!?! Chocolate pokes through as well.

Sweet, smoky and chocolatey. Slight hints of caramelized sugars and raisins. Bitter enough to nearly stand up to the malt, but not much past balancing hops. There is a slight tartness right in the middle.

Adam is thick and not as carbonated as I would like for this beer.

A good beer to sip on and enjoy, but just too damn much for more than two.

An old ale... I don't think so. Their website calls it an historic german style that is no longer produced. Overall a nice beer to help chase away another rainy day.

 693 characters

Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown as it gets without being black. A light brown head settles and sits obediently like the dog on the label.
The smell is huge leather and tobacco--like a smoking jacket--and prunes and dried dates with some sweet honey. I sip and taste heavy tobacco and smoke, dark fruit--plums, now, mostly, slight alcohol burn of malt and maple sugar with some roasted bittersweet chocolate. There are some woody, cedar/oaky hints that tame it well. Mouthfeel is smooth and while the alcohol is present it is not overpowering--toffee and creamy with little carbonation, but still silky. Leather and tobacco are the most dominant though it is so balanced and tasty it's easy to take down. Batch #77. It's a good one.

 711 characters

Photo of Lillie1128
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-espresso with a fluffy mocha colored head

S - Chocolatey with some coffee notes

T - Very sweet but not cloying. I got a lot of maple, caramel, chocolate and coffee notes.

M - thick and heavy bodied, but really smooth

D - pretty low

I love this beer! Thanks to mthomas84 for this one! It reminds me of cbs but with a less overwhelming sugary/bourbon taste.

 383 characters

Photo of antilogic
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, huge off-white head, fading slowly, big carbonation off my 12oz bottle from High Time.

Aroma is hops and ripe fruits. Taste is very sweet, roasted malts, raisins and dark fruits, hints of dark chocolate. Some well balanced hops, and a well hidden 10%. It's already halfway gone. Very drinkable, and an excellent desert beer, as the label suggests.

 365 characters

Photo of yuriruley
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance - Reddish brown head fizzled down fast but has stayed throughout the drink.

Smell - Smells like dried figs.

Taste - Tastes similar to me. Like fig newtons. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - Kind of fizzy, but pretty good.

Drinkability -More of a sipper for me, has big flavor. Wouldn't want to drink it too fast or have too many.

Notes: Over all I enjoyed it. I didn't really know what it was when I grabbed it. Just saw hair of the dog and knew I should try it.

 510 characters

Photo of redmagik99
3.09/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of batch 68 from New Beer in NYC for 4.25. The color was really interesting - very dark, but not black as a stout. More like a very dark red. you could see a brighter red tint in the light, kind of like wine. nice head that remained for a while. i couldnt get much of a smell for some reason - maybe because i was in an indian restaurant when i cracked it open. this was my first old ale and it was nothing like anything ive had before. the blurb on the bottle was spot on when it said its been compared to figs and leather. craziness..also very raisony, and some smokiness and bitter coffee beans. as complex as it was, these flavors did not all seem to mix seemlessly. it exploded in my mouth but caused some damage. shared a bottle with a nice girl and it was very hard to finish for both of us but this was probably because we had just ate a huge meal and a bottle of southampton grand cru. nevertheless i still couldnt see this one going down easy. my bottom line for this beer is that it desparately needs some age. i know HOTD does that anyway to their brews, but this one especially needs to sit in the corner and think things over for a long time. If you own or are soon going to purchase batch 68 of Adam please do yourself and the beer a favor and let it age for at least another year or two.

 1,316 characters

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and malty with grapefruit, raisins, fudge, Belgian yeast, malt, flaked barley, orange juice, sourdough bread, bitter hops, caramel sugar, toast, brown sugar, wheat berries, agave nectar, peat, ash, grape nuts, spice, burnt spice, cranberries and herbs.

 257 characters

Photo of Allpe45
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Batch 80

Appears dark brown, not quite black, with a light brown/tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Hints of booze in the smell. Primarily dark fruits, with leather, smoke, and chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, smokey. Roast malts and dates in the middle, dark fruits and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Feel is creamy, medium bodied, with low carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

 404 characters

Photo of bwyker
1.72/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I must admit, I’ve had some bad HOTD experiences as of late. I don’t know if I got a few bottles from some systematic problem they’ve had at the brewery or what, but all seem to have signs of infection or too much oxygen in the brewing. The only exception to this was Fred and the outstanding Fred from the Wood (ratebeer release). Both were very good.

This one is a 12 oz bottle from batch 60. Pours a mud brown with hues of mahogany and dirty white foam that forms about a half-inch head on the first pour and lasts for quite a while. The smell is a powerful earthy dirt-like smell, with hints of cardboard. Unpleasant smell matched in the unpleasant taste. Mouthfeel is chalky. Completely undrinkable – dumped it.

Again, another bad experience. I, however, want to point out that I don’t know for sure if it’s a bad batch or just extremely overrated and overpriced crap in a bottle.

 899 characters

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.