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

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Ratings: 2,194
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 570
Gots: 451 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 Smurf2055
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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 BeersAndBears
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nomad
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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%

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 rallison
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black color with a 3 finer tan head that persists nicely. Althought jet black, it also doesn't look thick.

S: Smells of candi sugar, dark chocolate and espresso.

T: Interesting. Dark chocolate, espresso, candi sugar, figs and a slight earthiness. Very nice combo of flavors.

M: Slightly thin somehow - almost schwarzbier like body, but with a bit more thickness. Some carbonation back there to tickle your throat.

D: Very high. Lots of flavors without being heavy in the least.

Interesting, and tasty beer. It was like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with some Schwarzbier and a dash of imperial stout thrown in. I can say I've never had anything like this before. Very enjoyable, and an interesting take on the style! Recommended!

Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Twal
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JSchock7
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle (Batch 74) purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Foothills Brewing signature glass at the appropriate temperature (03/03/10).

A: Pours a deep and thick brown that is basically black capped with two fingers of creamy light tan head that has some great staying power. Some patchy lace is left on the inside of the glass.

S: Pungent bouquet of dark fruit dominated by raisins and figs. Smoke, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, nuts and leather. A slight bourbon note is detected.

T: Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, smoke and leather hit the palate first. Incredibly complex with layers of cocoa, roasted and sweet malt, figs, raisins, prunes, nits, molasses and bourbon.

M: Full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. Nice fullness and pretty thick. Really can't get better than this.

D: Really easy to to drink as the 105 abv. is hidden quite well, but it will catch up to you.

Overall this is my favorite Hair of the Dog beer to date. So complex and flavorful, while remaining to be very drinkable. A well-crafted Old Ale. Highly Recommended.

Photo of wyatt13
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SCZ
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 58, info from the website: Brewed on: 2-12-03; Bottled on: 6-5-03.

Pours a dark caramel with hints or red, and an impressive 2 fingers of light hazelnut colored head; it has a big, frothy, soft crown of foam that retains to a quarter inch layer. Incredible retention.

The aroma is fruity, with apples in full force followed by some grapes, orange zest, hop flowers, caramel malts, and multi-grain bread. Some soft spicy notes hide slyly in the background. Sweet dark fruits, toffee, and a bit of chocolate are also in the mix.

Toasted malts and warm apples upfront, cranberries, hop bitterness, citrus zest, smoke, and wood notes. I wasn't too fond of the first or second sip, but I have to say it is growing on me quickly. I'm enjoying the crisp apple-peel flavors and the smoky finish. The taste also reminds me a bit of chewing on rose petals.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, but this beer sure is a sipper.

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 AnalogErik
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 61,when I popped the cap foam started coming out the top, poured a nice mahogany with a nice dark tan head that stayed aaaround for awhile. aroma roasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark sweet fruits, just a hint of hops, alcohol. flavor wow where did that come from got nothing in the aroma that would of suggested that there was smoke in this beer, a nice chocolate sweetness, the alcohol comes out nice and smooth, malts . I had this with pizza and it went very well with it the smoke worked will with the meat on the pizza.

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to Harrymel for sending me this one!

A - Deep brown with traces of ruby red around the edges. Dense tan head that leaves great lacing. A very inviting pint.

S - A very smokey, toffee-like, acidic and alcoholic aroma with slight raisin/fig aroma in the background. Very fragrant but one can tell it's strong from just the scent.

T - Slight acidity from the start but then mellows to a molasses, smoke, candied figs/raisin flavor. The medicinal-like booze flavor (which isn't a bad thing) kicks in late with some heat and leaves a date fruit finish on the palate.

M - Heavy body with not a lot of carbonation. Fills the palate with a slight sweetness and leaves the palate semi-sweet. Slow sipper due to complexity.

O - Haven't had a lot of old ales, I tend to avoid them, but this one changed my mind. The flavor combinations are great and I love the raisin/fig aftertaste. A big beer for sure but a nice treat.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby-brown color with an immense 5-finger tan head that does not go away. Not much lacing, though.

S – Lots of aromas in this one – rich nutty and toasted malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, leather, plums, and dark cherries. Very complex. I can’t wait to see what this tastes like.

T – Follows the aroma plus more. Starts off sweet with hearty nutty and toasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and rich dark fruits like plums, cherries, and figs. Finishes with earthy, leathery, and smoky flavors, along with a subtle earthy and floral hop bitterness. Tastes phenomenal.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a smoothly bitter and dry finish. Earthiness and bitterness lingers for a great amount of time and complements the throat-warming alcohol sensation.

O – All too often, beers smell complex and leave me asking for more in the taste. Not this time. This is one of the few beers that I’ve had in which the flavor offers even more complexity than the aroma. This was delicious and insanely drinkable for a beer or its style. Great, great offering from HOTD. I’m so glad I got to try this. Thanks James!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,194 ratings.