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

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2,222 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,222
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 582
Gots: 463 | FT: 39
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 divineaudio
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

300th review!
bottle courtesy of rjocobs6.
batch 76 into my founders snifter.

a - pours a murky, dark brown shade, nearly an opaque black. gave me a thin cap of sudsy, tan head than calmed to a film slowly. leaves a few thin legs of lacing in the glass.

s - massive sweet dark fruitiness. raisin, plum, fig, faint chocolate.

t - wow. starts off with chocolate malt, then dark fruits roll in as do notes of leather. a candi sugar sweetness takes over then fades into a smokey, peaty finish. slight alcohol spiciness and faint hop bitterness both come out as the beer warms.

m - full bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. finer co2 profile, slight alcohol warming. amazingly smooth. one of the best textures i have ever experienced in a beer.

o - a wonderful beer. falls in the dangerously drinkable category, not because you don't notice the alcohol taking effect, but because it's so damn good that you sip it faster than you probably should. worth seeking out.

Photo of Scout11
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of jgagne
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice mohagany brown with prominent very light brown head. Good retention.

S-good caramel notes at the nose with a underlying smell of smoked wood.

T-huge sweet malty flavor with a nice but not to strong smoke flavor. Very clean and balanced. The caramel/nutty flavor is wonderful in this beer.

M-large body that coats your mouth with sweetness.

O-my first beer from Hair of the Dog, and I am extremely impressed. Wonderful balance. Hides the alcohol very well, definetly an easy drinker.

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

Batch 83

Pours dark brown that allows no light, there is some lightening of the brown on the edges. A huge light mocha head took forever to recede and left plenty of lacing.

Smell has some booze, but the overall character is freshly cauterized leather, smoky, and bold. A bit daunting....

Taste is complex, strong, dark fruit, roasted malt, bitterness, some smoke on the finish.

A smooth medium body with good carbonation make this huge beer feel a little lighter.

While it may feel a little lighter, the flavor never lets you forget it's boldness. My first time I every smelled a beer, and fully experienced leather, it was quite scary. Glad I tried this excellent flavored brew.


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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Dunkelhund
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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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.

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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!

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.