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

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2,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 573
Gots: 459 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 pwoody11
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

pwoody11, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black color with huge billowy brownish head, I didn't think I poured any different than I normally do but it nonetheless resulted in a huge head. Wholly crap , huge head, did I mention that part?? Looks much like a root beer float on top, frothy just like that.
S: Smell is of roasted grains and chocolate. Also has pungent fruity aromas
T: Nice and sweet, chocolatey flavor. Reminds me of Stone IRS a little bit. Very rich tasting. Very warming as well but the alcohol taste is well hidden.
M: About perfect, nice and creamy mouthfeel goes down very easily.
D: I didn't quite know what to expect with this one, never had the style before. Was very good would for sure drink this one again.

loren01, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cvm4, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Gushue3
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Philadelphia on vaca. Batch 81

A- Gigantic head that is 2+ fingers and light brown. Body black body with dark chestnut around the edges. Head is foamy and has great retention and is leaving awesome lacing.

S- Sweet malt with an alcohol presence. I get something thats almost like dirt or tree moss. Interesting.

T- nice sweetness that peaks in the middle but is not too much like other beers of the same style. Roasty and leathery with a must that tastes great. Dark fruits come through as it warms along with a smaller bitterness. Theres some nutty taste in there toward the end but flies under the radar. Excellent mix of flavors that isnt too sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is about a medium and has a decent amount of carbonation. goes down really well and turns kind of creamy.

O- Really like this Old Ale. Most of the others ive had have been overly sweet while this one was a little more laid back. The taste was sweet whie still being able to taste everything else. Well done.

Gushue3, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev -6.3%

BostonPhilly, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

CesarLopes, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

cfh64, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of slimntubbs
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

slimntubbs, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Googs
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Googs, May 17, 2012
Photo of leschkie
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 79. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark maple brown syrup in color and viscosity with absolutely no head. No lace. Nothing to get excited about.

Smell: Huge blast of brown sugar, caramel, coffee, and burnt malt. Slight chocolate perhaps. All elements point to this one most likely being quite sweet on the taste buds.

Taste: Not as intense as the nose, and a little thin. Similar flavors present: brown sugar, caramel malt, coffee. Flavors do not linger at the back of the throat long after the swallow. Instead, you get quite the burn from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Pours deceiving viscous, but it actually rolls of the tongue quite thin. The burn from the alcohol can be quite annoying at times.

Overall: It was good, but a little bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for something more complex to stimulate the taste buds, and felt like I got robbed instead. I've heard nothing but good things about Adam, and have actually traded it out on several occasions before I decided to actually try it myself. So for all you that have received this beer from me via trade, please accept my sincerest apology and I promise that I will make it up to you.

leschkie, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Benesi88
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Benesi88, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of SCZ
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

SCZ, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of cavedave
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cavedave, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -6.3%

jjheinrichs, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Twal
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Twal, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -6.3%

mmcnaughton, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrilled to see HotD on the shelves of House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a snifter: Blackness. Shiny black, I can see myself clearly in it. Moderate rising bubbles join the mocha ring of head around the edge.

Smells of rich stewed prunes & caramel, a little semi-sweet chocolate. I get so into sniffing it, eyes closed, that I get too close & accidentally snort some up my nose. Durp!

Big, rich taste of vanilla & strong, dark fruits (plum, fig, a little cherry), alcohol bite. Smooths out into caramel & a little cocoa, with a roasty acidity that retains its edge. This comes in strong & doesn't mess around, big flavor, pretty great. The only thing that detracts for me is the alcohol, & that mellows out moderately. Aftertaste is roast & cocoa, with a moderate dryness.

Damn! About halfway in, a delicious rauch-like, bacon taste develops. Love it.

Thick & chewy, very full. It's like it expands in my mouth. Again, the acidity is a tiny minus, but not overwhelming.

Awesome! Great flavors, texture. The only thing standing in the way of putting this over the top is the strength of the alcohol, resulting in intoxication & slight sharpness in the taste & feel. I bet a year or so would really put this one in the sweet spot.

OneDropSoup, May 06, 2010
Photo of minterro
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been trying to get my hands on a bottle of this (not actively but still) for a while now, so I hope it lives up to the hype I have put on it. Got as part of a beer trade. Batch 87, which I think is a little over a year old at this point.

A&S: Aroma is power, but not super intense and consisting of tobacco, molasses, hints of marshmallows, very sweet sugars. Undertones of the aroma is earthy dirt, Initially head looks fizzy and weak, but upon the second pour the head is pretty creamy and retains way better than initially. Globs of lacing are left behind. Lots of caked on sediment at the bottom, even when swirled it doesn't detach. The beer is a very dark brown.

T&M: Upfront some chocolate (not as much as I expected), Chewing tobacco smokiness and raisins tones in the finish. Mild bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is very subdued (maybe due to the aging), but you for sure get a feel for it cause it warms as it goes down. Carbonation is on the high side of medium, but the body is still quite thick.

Overall: Great beer, if for sure lived up to the hype. If I didn't have to wake up early I would consider doing this side by side with the 4D I have in the fridge, o well. I will be out in Portland in a few months, hope I can find a few to bring back home and see how it does with some more aging and to have a fresh go at it.

minterro, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev -6.3%

vicsju1991, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -18%

cbnz, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 59
A- 1/2" tan head. on a very dark brown body (close to black). Has a thin tan lacing that pretty much covers the top with more built up around the edge and sticks a little bit to the side of the glass.
S- Strong alcohol with big fruit smell. Almost smells like some hard alcohol (can't put finger on it). Some hops are hiding in there as well. Along with something else.
T- Big alcohol taste with fruits all over. The alcohol leaves a big warming. Maybe some grassy hops in here too. The fruits have grapes, cherries, and a few others. Has a smokey taste too it also. A light roasty taste comes through with the smoke. It has a hop bitterness to help balance it all out too. The aftertaste has maybe some notes of wood, smoke, warming from alcohol, and some spices. Maybe even a hint of rye?
M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium to full body to it.
D- It is a good sipper. Maybe with some age it would of been better. It is still very young and needs time for all the flavors to blend better. Still a very nice beer. Big complex...well everything.

BlindPig, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 85

A: poured into a snifter to a nice deep brown with a small dense tan head that is slow to fade to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of molasses, toasted malt, raisins and caramel
T: taste is intensely malty and toasty with a bit of dark fruits, caramel, toffee and slight bitterness. swallow is a bit of alcohol mixed with roasty bitterness and chocolate
M: big and sticky in the mouth with good carbonation and a drying finish
O: This beer is big, smooth and complex. It's really good as well and I'm sure this after some time in a barrel is like heaven.

SHODriver, Apr 02, 2014
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,141 ratings.