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

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2,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 576
Gots: 457 | FT: 36
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.
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Photo of azdback
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for batch 80.

Appearance is a dark, unfiltered caramel color. The head is light tan colored, soft, rocky, and roughly 3 fingers high, it diminishes a little bit but is sitting at 2 fingers after we sit and chat a bit. The lace and head is hugely retained, it doesn't want to quit!

Aroma is plenty of dark fruits, like figs or prunes and malts, sweetness and sugar, molasses and/or mildly burnt caramel, lighter notes of chocolate which I would have never guessed I would smell from such a light roasted malt bill.

Taste is smoked, leather, burnt peat moss (and smokeyness similar to the Alaskan brewery malts), some dark fruits/figs/or cherries, some chocolate (bitter at first and turns into creamier milk as it goes on). Not quite as good as the aroma is, but still pretty good.

Silky or velvety consistency, light to creamy (maybe even round) carbonation, with a medium to balanced body, average, wet finish.

Overall this is a decently good offering from the Northwest. I could bug my sister for this one, but thanks to matttYCE for this offering, I don't have to.

Photo of JCam9981
2/5  rDev -53.1%

Photo of kaseydad
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a beige creamy head to go along with it. Great staying power on the foam top.

Aroma consists of some nice hoppiness, wood characteristics, nuts, tobacco, bitter chocolate and smoke.

Taste has a lot of smokiness to it. Reminds me of a smoked porter/old ale hybrid. A very nice blend of flavors makes the overall experience nice. Hoppy, spicy, smokey = perfect. I could definitely see this beer as a great companion to a cigar smoker as this would match perfectly. There is a lingering smokey/bitter aftertaste which lingers but it not overpowering.

Drinkability gets a little tough as this is definitely a sipper but very enjoyable.

Overall a great beer from the Hair of the Dog crew. I couldn't wait to cellar this longer than a few months as it was too tempting everytime I opened the man fridge, but I would recommend cellaring as long as you can to see subtle changes to the Adam experience.

Photo of jriggins6
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Batch 76. Nice very dark brown color that almost appears black. Despite my aggressive pour, only a very thin layer of tan colored head forms.

Very nice aroma of sweet something. I want to say a bit of toffee, caramel, and definitely dried fruit like raisins. A very pleasing aroma.

Wow, I just love the taste of this one. The beer begins and finishes sweet. This is a malt bomb, but there is a slight hop finish that adds a nice layer of complexity. A hint of smokiness is detected as well.

I really like the mouthfeel on this one (as I did Fred); works nicely with the sweetness. A very drinkable option for a desert sipper.

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

Bottle at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.

Pours a coca-cola brownish black. Off-white to tan head. Smell is of the dark fruit variety, hint of roastiness way down deep in there. Taste is of dark malts and fruit, just that touch of roastiness, and a slight resinous hoppiness in the finish that clings to the palate. Body is a heavy-medium. Alcohol didn't seem too apparent.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby almost black, quite pretty color actually. Four fingers of off white head. The retention is amazing, and so is the lacing. Retention is almost too good, it's taking forever to die down.

Smells of chocolate, chalk, figs, raisins, flinstone vitamins, a bit of leather too.

Taste of chocolate, leather, tobacco, I want to say there's some rye in there, figs, raisins, flinstone vitamins again for sure, some fusel alcohol, vinous grape, a smokey earthiness, then a chalky bitter finish sorta reminiscent of burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is big and slightly chewy, with huge luscious carbonation. Alcohol is there, but somewhat restrained.

Really unique, complex, and unlike almost anything I have had before. Definitely try this if you're looking for something different.

Photo of srgj88
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Forms a light brown head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is malty, bready, and peppery with a bit of roastiness and chocolate notes. The flavor is sweet, bready, raisiny, with a super sweet fruity flavor and a sweet syrupy finish. It is a full-bodied brew that is very tasty.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark reddish brown, but translucent held up to the light Nice ample tan head that lasts, leaving lots of lacing.

Aromas of malt, dark fruit, figs, smoke.

Tastes follow the nose, malty, smoke, sweet figs, dark cherries. Sweet and sour and smoky.

Body is medium, with crisp carbonation makes it real creamy.

The alcohol is hardly noticeable. This is one awesome beer. Why am I not drinking this regularly?

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Smurf2055
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black with about four fingers tanish head that doesn’t leave.

Smell is choco and spices. Roasty.

Taste is malty, bit of alcohol burn, bit of heavy malts, weird roast finish. Cherry and vanilla.

Very interesting beer. Bit of a sipper. Not sure I can say I’ve had anything like this before.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nomad
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is pretty dark brown, so I might as well call it black. Light tan color head, big bubbly frothy head, a bit of lace - an okay looking brew.

Smell was big and present: a peanut butter scent, dark roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and a tad of dark husky wood. Taste was strongly of chocolate, figs, chewable malt, a soda like sour. A sweet yet biting combination of flavor and mouthfeel, except this is a bit more thick. Did leave a little fizzy sort of action on the middle of my mouth.

A big beer, a sweet sort of English Strong Ale (not a barleywine!). Definitely good but surely not great. Serve slightly chilled for best results.

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.