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

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2,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,035
Reviews: 971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 558
Gots: 439 | FT: 31
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 BierJager89


4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with an off white head.

S: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon in the nose. Typical staleness of an old ale.

T: Sweet roasted malt, bourbon and honey flavors, surprising as this is not the barrel aged version. Also some stale yeast or malt or whatever that typical old ale taste/flavor is.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Recommended, but perhaps a bit overrated. I'd love to try Adam from the Wood.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 17:44:04 | More by BierJager89
Photo of jcalabre


3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 1 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. It poured with a huge head. It's very sweet. As others have noted, it would go well w/ chocolate. Also, the alcohol is very apparent. It does have a sweet taste to it. This is a unique brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 19:55:26 | More by jcalabre
Photo of SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #81 poured into Dogfish Head Snifter

A - Pours a dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head. A good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

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

T- Raisins, figs, prunes, bit of chocolate, caramel, malt. A nice warm booziness at the backend followed by sweetness.

M - A bit chewy, but super smooth, head that stays adds to this character.

O - My favorite year round offering from Hair of the Dog. I always buy a few bottles when I see it in NYC. Can't wait to see how this one ages. Such an underrated brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 15:00:24 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of kirkse


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-29-2012 22:19:51 | More by kirkse
Photo of Benesi88


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

12-20-2013 18:02:10 | More by Benesi88
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle from ezekiel81923 an extra from mjl21. Thanks guys

A: A very dark brown with a nice layer of creamy brown head on top. Lacing is very good.

S: Very smokey and figgy. An interesting combonation, but I dig it.

T: The smokiness comes through very nicely making this one taste a bit like good beef jerky. Some molasses and brown sugar notes as well. The sweet and smokey are very good.

M: Very rich full and creamy flavors without any harshness.

D: Devilishly easy to drink for such a high abv

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:17:17 | More by mikey711
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-16-2014 02:01:22 | More by BostonPhilly
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-01-2013 01:18:28 | More by Roger85
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks close to black but just off with a creamy tan collar.
Ah man this smells good. It's been to long since if opened a good Old Ale. Dark Cherrys and brandy soaked fruits, maple and dark chocolate. The flavor adds in some extra heat just noted as brandy soaked fruits, just takes it up a level. Raisons and figs are abundant and juicy and covered in cocao and maple. There is light carbination in this beer which is ok for the style personally,and leaves it a bit syrupy.

I dig this beer, Next time i run across the border i'll have to pick up a few bottles to have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 03:54:38 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of kemoarps


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty sure this is a 2012. Batch 86. 12oz bottle poured into... a tulip-ish snifter-kind of thing (it's a modified former honey jar. I get srrious about my glassware...).
Pours a murky deep brown bordering on reddish (leaving the white and blue to my complexion, and... mousepad? I guess? Happy birthday America!), like cherry wood turned almost black. Almost no head to speak of, but the beer clearly likes the glass since it did put a ring on it.

The nose is primarily boozy dark fruits: plums figs, raisins, an almost dusty character. Almost woody? Like a snap I understand the appeal of Adam from the Wood and Cherry Adam from the Wood. Haven't had them, but they sound like they would blend with what Adam already is amazingly well. And besides, they're hardly ever made, so it's GOTTA be good, right?

The tongue takes the theme of dark fruits and booze and runs the gamut of dark flavours. The booze is present, especially when I look for it, and the fruits -- the figs and plums in particular -- can still be found, but they blend with said booziness to draw out flavours of (yes, I'm about to be that guy) spicy tobacco leaf (this would pair REALLY well with a cigar. In fact, I still have one Cuban left...), leather and a slightly woody note. These come together in an impressively intricately woven dance, like a well choreographed parade float where each character hits their queues and is individually impressive, but ultimately come together to be a moving work of art that is simultaneously blah blah blah...

While the 10% contributes its soft burn, it plays into the spices present in the body to lull you into a false sense that it can do you no harm. It's warm and that spice/alcohol pairs with light but sharp carbonation to not distract from the flavours weaving their way around your tongue.

I'd had Fred, and was a bit nonplussed. Likewise Blue Dot: thought it was OK, but nothing to write home about (unless you consider BA home, because I think I did write a review. But that's silly. Who would make that comparison?). Maybe the intervening years really have matured my palate. Maybe I'm just amped on America and puppies. Either way, Adam really stood out to me as an excellently crafted work of gustatory/zymurgical art, and I can fully understand the hype around AftW and CAftW (even though I haven't had and probably never will get to taste either). Since I've not had it FRESH, I can't speak to how it's changed over the years (this one's only about two years old), but rest assured after this bottle, I'll certainly be picking a couple more up when I see them to test that question. I suggest you do the same.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 02:31:10 | More by kemoarps
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-14-2014 16:50:15 | More by berley31
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

06-06-2013 15:24:43 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with no head at all. The smell is the best part as you can find apple,sherry and some great fruity flavors. The taste is much the same as the smell with a mild chocolate flavor coming through. Sip this after dinner but watch out because this one could hurt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2002 14:49:31 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again jedwards. Poured at cellar temp into a Darkness snifter. Batch 27. According to the HotD website, 8/27/97 brewed, 10/23/97 bottled.

A - Dark brown with some bubbles instead of foam. In between some groups of bubbles, a thin head rises and remains as lacing. The bubbles eventually fall apart. Wow, it looks good, especially considering it is a HotD and nearly 15 years old.

S - Woody, mossy aroma. There is a slight floral note that comes with prunes. Reminds me of some cut tobacco. Very earthy. Slight signs of oxidation.

T - Prune, spices, wood, smoke, moss, leather, tobacco leaf. The way that the flavors integrate is unbelievable. Very complex. There are signs of "cardboard" coming through towards the end of the flavor, but then the actual beer flavors quickly shove it aside. There is almost a cola taste going on at times.

M - Thicker medium body, heavy on the tongue. Little bits of carbonation.

O - This is amazing. I've heard some poor experiences with some oxidized old bottles of Adam, but I think I was lucky here. Everything came together so well. Very complex, but there are signs that would indicate the flavors may be falling off. It may actually have peaked a year or so ago. I don't think this beer can benefit at all from additional aging; drink now if you have it!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 17:23:08 | More by claaark13
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A- Dark brown and essentially opaque. ~1/2 finger of light brown head.

S- Sweet dark fruits, a bit of port, and an earthy hop note. Finishes with a solid boozy note.

T- Right in line with the aroma...the dark fruit sweetness, earthy/roasty bitter notes, and a firm alcohol finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation with a fairly-full feel. Slightly creamy.

O- Good. An interesting, enjoyable beer, that makes for a nice full flavor sipper.

Future outlook: Another beer consumed in California that isn't available around here. Glad to have tried, but not likely to come across again soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 04:11:25 | More by DoctorDog
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dansting. 12oz. bottle, Batch 71. Bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber/brown with little carbonation. Huge malty aroma. Lots of molasses, raisiny fruit, and some hops, along with a little alcohol. Full bodied with a fantastic malt complexity. More molasses. Rich mouthfeel. Long dry finish with some hop bitterness. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 04:01:20 | More by homebrewhawk
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:21:07 | More by pwoody11
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 71. Pours a deep brown with an incredibly explosive head. I ended up with a mouthfull of foam during the pour and it was still overflowing, had to hold the thing over the sink as it continued to spew, then somehow the foam in my mouth started to expand as well, so there I was, standing over the sink with foam pouring out my mouth and glass. Classic.

Dark rich fruit aroma. Figs, dates, overripe pear, etc.
Sweet chewy caramel and roasty. Has some scottish ale elements, a smokey/peat flavor and a complex malt bill. Alcohol is strong but smooth, very nice! Certainly one of these will do it for anyone...its just a great big beer with classic old ale flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 02:36:38 | More by SurlyDuff
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4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark colored brown, almost black, but the voluminous and quick -forming head set this beer apart from other old ales I've had. Must be the bottle conditioning.

Great aroma of smoke, figs, tobacco, leather. Really nice.

This beer really stands out due to its higher carbonation. It really helps the drinkability, keeping it from being too syrupy or heavy. Big malt flavors with a great combo of that fruit, fig, smoke, tobacco goodness found in the aroma. The finish really works, making me come back for more sober than I otherwise would with an old ale. Big, fluffy/bubbly texture.

Really impressed with my first HotD brew. Adam is easily the best old ale I've had. Will be seeking out more beers by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 16:22:54 | More by JEdmund
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:38:50 | More by minterro
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 15:23:38 | More by twelvsies
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really good, IMO. Dark dark molasses color with a decent creamy off-white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is a lot like the label suggests-- a hint of leather (I couldn't believe it), figs, raisins, and alcohol. Taste follows the nose well, very robust and flavorful. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit prickly from the alcohol. Tough drink from the flavor and ABV, but delicious nonetheless. Definitely one worth seeking out. Complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:06:41 | More by LordAdmNelson
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 75

Cracked the cap with a nice hiss. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Adam reveals a nice dark brown body with a red hue under enough light. A huge, creamy, off-white head sits on top, leaving large waves of lacing behind. Looks great.

The Northwest hops hit the nose at first and are followed by light fruits and a touch of alcohol. Caramel and roasted dark malts linger beneath. Figs and cherries mixed with faint dark chocolate. The nose become more and more complex as this one warms.

Dark roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, hints of peat and smoke. A touch of something fruity, almost cherry like in the taste. The alcohol adds some subtle character, but is fairly well masked besides it's warming presence. I can also see how the flavor has been compared to leathery figs. A nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with almost perfect carbonation for the style. Batch 75 still has some hop bitterness to it and the warming alcohol is there as well.

Drinkability is good. This is a very enjoyable sipper. I found the 10% ABV to be well integrated, making this even more enjoyable than I would have expected. Adam is an excellent Old Ale and I'm sad that this is the only bottle I currently have. I will definitely have to pick up a few more for the cellar, since I think this beer will only improve with time. If you enjoy Old Ales or English Barleywines, then seeking this one out is a must. Nice work Hair of the Dog

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 22:40:55 | More by sisuspeed
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-13-2012 18:59:44 | More by gshak
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle of batch 71 into a snifter.

a. poured a beautiful rich deep brown with some garnet and ruby highlights at the edge. A billowy head of incredibly fine bubbles threatened to spill over the edge, but slowly dissipated over time... although there was still a layer of thin head all the way to the bottom. Decent foam lacing stuck around here and there.

s. deep sweet malt, sugar, maple syrup, cocoa, rye bread. As it warms, more of the raisins, rawhide, bittersweet chocolate, and leather. Beautiful, but it was a bit lighter and less powerful than I'd hoped.

t. Beautifully complex malts, cocoa, vanilla, and figs at the front. Black currant and raisin sweeten more in the middle. The finish is smoky, oaky, woody, earthy, and leather. There is minimal sourness at the finish, replaced instead by the earthy and nutty bitterness. There's a warming alcohol taste akin to brandy soaked cherries, cognac, and maraschino liquor that blends beautifully in at the end. There are so many other flavors in there that i can't quite pull out. Definitely one of the most complex beers in terms of flavor profile.

m. Full and creamy. The ultra-fine bubbles in the head were present in the mouthfeel, keeping the sweet viscosity from overwhelming with some lightness and creaminess. Subtle oak bitterness finishes nicely on the tongue.

d. Wow. Amazingly complex, almost overwhelmingly so. Definitely a slow sipper, but a beautiful one at that. Definitely worth experiencing. The alcohol is borderline-harsh at the moment... I'd imagine that this one would age beautifully... if I can ever purchase one and not be compelled to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 18:37:49 | More by djeucalyptus
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,035 ratings.