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

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2,068 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,068
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 565
Gots: 443 | FT: 32
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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litheum94

California

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 77. Reviewed 4/21/11.

The cap doesn't make a single sound when I pop it. Uh oh. Really, really, dark brown body, without a single bubble atop it.

Sweet chocolate. Toffee, figs and some toasted grain. Smokey cured meats.

Roasted grain. Chocolate and coffee, like chocolate covered espresso beans. Figs. Bitter on the finish, though I can't tell if it's hop bitterness or coffee. Bourbon pops in and out, and there's also some charred wood in there. Completely flat, which makes the body very syrupy.

Great flavors, but the lack of carbonation makes this a little too thick. I think if there was even the faintest amount of carbonation, this would be a near perfect beer, and my score would be higher. Definitely have to try to get a better bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:01:58 | More by litheum94
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seanthornton152

Oregon

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-16-2011 07:29:44 | More by seanthornton152
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-16-2011 06:57:00 | More by ej285701
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Cantillon wine glass.

Batch 76. Hair of the Dog offers a vintage guide to date their various batches of Adam, but it mysteriously stops after batch 59... The trend so far is that they brew roughly 5 batches a year, so this was probably bottled in 2005 or somewhere around that.

A - I began pouring this gently to keep the bottle conditioned yeast in the bottle, but after I didn't see ANY head activity, I tried to do it a bit harder. All my effort was in vain, however, as there is absolutely no head or carbonation to be seen here. It actually gives some still lambics a run for their money. Retention, therefore, is not applicable, and the lacing is invisible as well. There are some slight alcohol legs making their presence known, though! The body itself is a dark brown mixed with purple.

S - Thankfully the smell is better than the appearance. There's a good amount of alcohol solvency in here, but for the most part it's covered by dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate and caramel malts. The tobacco even leads to some slight smokiness, and it gives hints of burnt brown sugar.

T - The flavors are definitely a branch of the nose, albeit a bit more simple and even watered down. It starts with a boozy, rum-soaked raisin flavor, before quickly transitioning to wet tobacco and earthiness. The smoky qualities return here, although they are not as enticing as in the nose and is more of a nuisance. It finishes with a bit of a chocolate and caramel, before turning to an almost acrid, solvent alcohol burn.

M - The mouthfeel is easily the worst part of this beer. It's completely flat and still, and while the beer is cold it doesn't detract too much, but when this beer hits room temperature, the feel of this beer plummets. It's flavors are too syrupy to deal with without some carbonation, and it just seems to sit on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. I was really looking forward to this beer, and although I've heard of Hair of the Dog's carbonation problems, this was my first beer from them. It's a shame it is still as I definitely think this beer would be tasty with some carbonation. If this is on tap around you, check it out, but at the price they charge around me for a bottle, it's just too much risk to try again.

Rating: 2/3.5/2.5/1/2.5
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I was sent another bottle of this since my first one was obviously off. Thanks a ton, msubulldog25 for this! I will average the scores for the overall ranking,

Batch #81.

A - Right away the appearance is leagues better than my first encounter with this beer, and it actually has a bit too much lively carbonation (but I will definitely take that compared to the flatness of the first). Amazing retention as well, with huge bubbles and a rocky texture that turns creamy as it fades. The lacing is sticky as well, with thick clumps of foam clinging haphazardly all around the glass.

S - Really interesting nose on here again. It actually seems to be a bit hotter in the way that the alcohol comes through. It's sweet as well with the malts, and there's a lot of dark fruits and sugar. Again, I'm getting some dry tobacco leaves and brown sugar.

T - The richness of the nose continues into the flavor, with the alcohol again playing a large role. Caramel malts and chocolate are abundant, with an alcohol-soaked raisin and cherry taking a reign as well. It's earthy and somewhat smokey with a long, sweet, alcoholic finish.

M - Mouthfeel is much better than before, but it still is fairly thin especially for the amount of flavor this beer is pushing. Would have loved to see this be a bit more full-bodied. Leaves a sweet finish on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. It's a night and day comparison between this batch and the one I had before, but there are still some negatives that are keeping me from loving this. For one, it is pretty hot and the alcohol lasts from start to finish. Secondly, it's a bit thinner than I would've liked. Still, definitely helps my perception of Hair of the Dog.

Rating: 4/3.5/4/3/3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:23:05 | More by nhindian
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gdhawley

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2011 21:01:22 | More by gdhawley
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SummitVA

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2011 19:41:31 | More by SummitVA
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-15-2011 16:40:37 | More by richbrew
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-15-2011 07:28:38 | More by ithinkimasofa
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mjtiernan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-15-2011 05:39:56 | More by mjtiernan
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-15-2011 04:13:31 | More by kevwcamp
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IpeeA

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-15-2011 03:59:15 | More by IpeeA
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locke459

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2011 03:15:54 | More by locke459
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2011 01:38:16 | More by Elfastball7
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BubbaBeerMan

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-15-2011 01:33:04 | More by BubbaBeerMan
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-15-2011 00:45:11 | More by thebouch01
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SonicAlligator

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 23:55:23 | More by SonicAlligator
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-14-2011 23:11:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SourNotes

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2011 21:07:38 | More by SourNotes
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 19:01:30 | More by nanobrew
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 18:09:35 | More by Exiled
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2011 17:04:48 | More by John11486
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2011 15:46:33 | More by Travisnin
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-14-2011 15:40:26 | More by Jspriest
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

*Unless notes otherwise, all 12 oz. bottles

- Batch 80 (bottled 16-Feb-10)
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 4-Sep-11 (aged 1 year 7 months)
Smooth malt and caramel w/ just slight hotness. Leathery with hints of dark fruits. Full bodied.

- Batch 84 (bottled 12-Jan-12)
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 2-May-12 (fresh)
Same flavors but pretty hot and unbalanced compared to previous experience.

- Batch 80 (bottled 16-Feb-10)
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 5-Oct-12 (aged 2 years 7 months)
Hotness mellowed out, almost undetectable. The leathery, wood, tabacco, dark fruit, caramel, and a bit of chocolate all balanced together. So smooth.

- Batch 82 (bottled 17-Mar-11)
- Poured into stemless Lost Abbey teku on 30-Dec-13 (aged 2 years 9 months)
Like the B80 I tried last year. Very smooth with all the Adam flavors. It's crazy how this isn't barrel-aged.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 14:32:32 | More by Rollzroyce21
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 08:25:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,068 ratings.