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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 72, aged for over a year.

Appearance – Very dark ruby black, with a thick light brown long lasting head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell – A smoky spicy smell with a touch of chocolate. Also a nice sweet boozey smell. Perhaps a hint of black cherry.

Taste – Smokey, with an excellent mix of molasses, figs, a sweet bourbon like flavor, and maybe some cola

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and lightly creamy; just right for the style. The alcohol is incredibly subdued. I would have guessed this be 7% rather than 10%

Drinkability – Highly drinkable. I also tried batch 82 fresh; it was good, but not quite as good. I think this should be aged, if possible.

Photo of switzer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rhhjr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer pored in by Alan Sprints himself during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a fantastic moment.

A - A dark brown, but clear beer with a off white head that turns slowly to fluffy.

S - A fruity sweet scent.

T - There is definitely some smoke malts used in this beer, but is totally not overwhelming and the sweet fruitiness catches you quite easily.

M - A soft carbonation and no bitterness. This beer is easy to drink and enjoyable.

O - A pleasant ale to drink, a real sipper.

Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jamex
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $4.95 for a 12 oz. Batch 84.

Poured into a brandy snifter. Bottle conditioned means a lot of head. A magnificent deep brown. Lacing is thick.

The beer is a perfect balance of fresh tobacco, leather, oak, cedar and smoke. One of the best examples of the style.

ISO Adam from the wood!

Photo of piclee
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last vintage from the old facility, on tap at the tasting room on 2-24. Reviewed from notes.

A: So brown it's black. Coats the glass.

N: Subdued, but I get a hint of malt, caramel, toffee, and smoke.

T: This is amazing. It's a mixture of chocolate, leather, tobacco, and a smokiness that's reminiscent of a Coal Islay Scotch. And I love me some Laphroaig. Alcohol is practically non-existent.

M: Smooth and silky. I could take down a lot of this if it wasn't 10%.

O: This is an awesome batch. Really, the only reason I don't put this as 5's across the board is because I don't want to be too huge of a fan boy. But this is, IMO, a standard by which other beers are judged.

Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

12 oz bottle, no date, but "Batch 81" on label.

very dark brown with ruby highlights. frothy cream-colored head that hangs around. very pleasant aromas of vanilla, oak, toffee, touch of black cherry. tastes of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, burnt sugar. medium body, soft carbonation. fairly smooth.

overall - a great beer that gets better as it warms

Photo of vandemonian
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hair of the Dog Adam is by far the best old ale I've ever had. So smooth and delicious!

A: Completely black colour with a huge 3 cm fine, foamy head that lasts extremely well. 5

S: Malty. Woody. Some roasty chocolate. There is also some noticeable alcohol. Smells a bit like a stout. 4.5

T: Malty with woody notes. The alcohol is present in the mouthfeel but not so much the flavour. This is so smooth and subtle. Very drinkable. A little roastiness in the finish. Great! 4.5

M: Big and foamy. Warming. 5

O: 4.5

Photo of Dan3279
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had one of the last pours of this at Gravity Head 2012 on 02/25/12.

A – Lightly translucent, slightly cloudy brown. Very little head, but with a thin lacing which stuck around.

S – Caramelized grainy malt, slight cherry, and alcohol.

T – Follows the nose, but with less alcohol. Slightly fruit sweetness, caramel, and a bit of hops. Well balanced with a chocolate finish.

M – Full bodied and very smooth. Bit of a burn in the finish, but not as high as I’d expect for a 10% ABV. Very drinkable.

O – One of the better Old Ales I’ve had, and one of the brews I was looking out for at Gravity Head 2012.

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of syrupjoe
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying in the comfort of home. Pours a very dark brown color with hints of ruby around the edges. It's also evident that this brew is rather cloudy. Very thick, foamy light tan two finger head.

Nose: Fig, honey, molasses, cocoa, dark red berries, soy sauce.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, honey, resinous malt, fig, raisin, graham cracker. A bit of booze and tobacco in the finish.

Overall this is a massively complex and rich beer. I loved it. The booze is incredibly well concealed, only coming in ever so slightly in the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and clean, slightly slick but dry finish. Can't wait to drink another one!

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat Tuesday- figured this was very appropriate. Special thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew- awesome part of a solid trade!

Pours a color that resembles maple syrup mixed with molasses. Rich, heavy color. Held in the light- colors like burgundy are clearly revealed. I poured mine into a tulip which I think it the right glass for the beer. White head that slowly subsides.

Aroma is heavenly. Might be the best aroma of a beer I have ever tried in fact. Rich fig and toffee coupled with maple syrup and sweet bourbon. I think the best aroma came from the glass about 45 minutes post-opening.

Where do I begin to describe the layers of this brew. Extremely smooth, but hint of alcohol really makes the brew have some body. Vanilla notes, along with some traditional old ale flavors like fig, raisin, and marshmallow. WOW. Slightest touch of anise on the end too. Vanilla lingers...

In my top 5. Wow. Cheers!

Photo of robL
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of output01x
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields absolutely zero head, not even the faintest of dustings. The body is a nearly opaque, nearly black mahogany with very slight traces of crimson when held to light. No lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses, and indiscernible dark fruit. The nose is incredibly complex and is impossible to completely dissect.

The complexity of the nose is laughable compared to the taste. Flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, and butter start each sip. Upon swallowing, the vanilla comes out more along with dark fruit flavors of plum and fig. A very slight but pleasant alcohol warmth is noticeable at the end.

Full bodied with very little carbonation, this beer is practically the definition of silky smooth. While the body is a little sticky and coating, it slides gracefully over the tongue like melted butter. The carbonation is obviously very lacking but doesn't seem necessary.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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