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

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2,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,163
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 569
Gots: 456 | FT: 31
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

headyhopzhead, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of EnemyWithin
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam from Hair of the Dog. Batch 80. 350ml bottle into Duvel glass on Dec 21, 2011.

Appearance: 4
Extremely dark black-brown head with 1 ½ inch dense creamy white-brown head. Pour a very prominent head and is long lasting. Mild-moderate lacing.

Smell: 4

Complex with prominent molasses and caramel notes as well as a roasty, almost smoky oak aroma. Background notes of thick, dark fruits. Overall sweet aroma that is contrasted by the roasty element. Could mistake as been barrel-aged even.

Taste: 5

Again complex, yet refined. Initial sweet molasses and dark fruit, with detectable, but pleasant alcohol presence. Midway through get a bursting roasty malt flavor that is awesome, with a hint of smoke. Near the end, start to get a mild bitterness of the hops. Feels with a slight more dryness that initially anticipated ( yet still a touch of roasted sweet malt) and soft linger presence of hops. As the beer warms the flavours become fuller and more dynamic. I love it more and more as I drink it.

Mouthfeel: 4

Initally, high carbonation; almost biting to go along with a very prominent head. As I swirl the beer in the glass and give it some time, the carbonation and head seem to subdue and settle. In the end, I am left a moderate thickness, and mild-moderated carbonation. I find this combination quite pleasing eventually, although I had some initially concerns about the CO2 level. This could all be a individual bottle variation, due to bottle conditioning process. At least the beer is not flat, which would be worse, esp with aging.

Overall: 4.5

A beer that lives up to the hype for me. Great strong, complex flavours, but also a refined, balance beer. Would definitely want to have again. At 10%, the alcohol is detectable, but not overwhelming. With the high abv it could thought as a sipper, but really I find that it goes does easy and is extremely drinkable. More than one bottle in a sitting could even be possible.

Must try.

EnemyWithin, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SageO, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

s1ckboy, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Batch 82 poured into a Belgian independence Day tulip. Pours a very, very dark brown that lets just a smidge of light through when held to light.  A massive khaki-colored head rises quickly and takes forever to dissipate. Exceptional lacing left behind on the glass as it settles, and after each sip.  Really nice looking!

S: Lots of caramel malt up front with some chocolate, leather, and dark fruit as well (fig and some cherries).  A slightly hoppy undertone with just a hint of smoke and soy sauce.  There is a really nice balance between sweetness, fruitiness, hops, and smoke.  Very dynamic smelling.

T: More chocolate and toffee in the taste than than aroma would lead you to believe.  Begins pretty sweet, with an ample dose of fruit as well.  Transitions to a little bit of roasted malt and smoke, with a touch of hops on the back end.  Finishes with a good bit of dark chocolate that lingers between each sip. 

M: Pretty full bodied with a good bit of carbonation that is almost a bit too much for me.  Still creamy and soft on the palate, but would really like to have had a little less bubbles on the tongue.  Starts a little on the sweet side and finishes more on the smokey and dry side, with a mild drying effect.

D: This is an extremely easy drinking beer, which is exceptional, considering the alcohol content on this one.  The alcohol is hidden very well, allowing the complexities to come to the forefront.  Becomes better and better with each sip, as it warms, and disappears from my glass quicker than I would have liked.  It's been a while since I've had Cherry Adam, but I think I like the balance and profile of the base beer better a little better.  Really top notch.

Mississipping, Dec 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

ksherry112, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 20, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

batch 82, poured into a tulip.

deep brown pour, same color as the bottle. monstrous head, actually needed a few minutes for it to settle enough to drink. amazing retention, lacing for days.
big alcohol and dark fruit on the nose. it practically warms your belly on smell alone.
wonderful across the tongue - caramel, burnt sugar, figs, raisins, a bit of smoke. outstanding body and mouthfee.
at 10% impossibly easy to drink. HOTD absolutely kills it again.

robbrandes, Dec 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

sukwonee, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

recall1242, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

leprakhan, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

vicsju1991, Dec 17, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-espresso with a fluffy mocha colored head

S - Chocolatey with some coffee notes

T - Very sweet but not cloying. I got a lot of maple, caramel, chocolate and coffee notes.

M - thick and heavy bodied, but really smooth

D - pretty low

I love this beer! Thanks to mthomas84 for this one! It reminds me of cbs but with a less overwhelming sugary/bourbon taste.

Lillie1128, Dec 17, 2011
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

Chopman50, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rpaul2012, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Beertracker, Dec 15, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark brown with hints of copper and a 1.5 finger very creamy head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, some smoke, leather and a hint of booze.

Flavor starts with a sweet caramel malt. Hints of leather, tobacco and booze are present throughout.

Very thick and viscous with low carbonation. A bit cloying by the end of the bottle.

First few sips are good, but as it warmed and got deeper, it became overpoweringly cloying. This would be a perfect beer to have 4 oz of, but 12 was a bit much.

jmarsh123, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

DeutschesBier, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 21 reviewed on 12/11/11 (15 years and a few weeks old)

A - cloudy dark brown with hints of red and just a smattering of bubbles on the surface, though it appears to have carbonation throughout as I can see effervescence rising.

S - Tons of earth and leather. Incredibly fruity with hints of apple brandy and fig. Less smoke than the batch 21 I had about 10 months ago...okay, after opening up and warming up, the smoke is definitely there. I wonder if Alan has been using any smoked malt or if this is just due to the aging.

T - Sweet chocolate, tons of smoke (maybe I'm remembering the smoke from the taste, not smell). Rich dark caramel and vanilla with some plums on the finish. Some slight cardboard on the back of the tongue, which I don't remember 10 months ago. Not unpleasant though.

M - Still very full bodied, with very light carbonation. Slight butter on the finish, but clean otherwise

O - Insanely drinkable, complex and just a fantastic beer. This is such a perfect after dinner brew and makes me want a cigar (and I don't even smoke). I've had some of the classic old ales/barleywines that age well, but nothing holds a candle to Adam. I'm thankful Alan had the foresight so that I can enjoy this beer 15 years later. Cheers!

Updated rating: 4.0/5/4.5/4/4.5

Finally deciding to rate one of my favorite beers.

12 oz. bottle of batch 75 (2009) poured into a snifter on 2/9/11. Served at about 60 degrees F.

A - Pours a translucent mahogany with beautiful ruby highlights. As I drink, abstract patterns of lace form around the glass

S - Fig, molasses, maple, caramelized sugar. A slight earthy/woodiness is hidden back there somewhere but the sweet caramel/vanilla notes dominate.

T - Just the perfect amount of sweetness up front, then a balanced bitterness cleanses the palate briefly, but after swallowing, there is a huge dark toffee finish that lingers on the tongue.

M - Body is solid but not overbearing. Carbonation is present, but subtle. Still a bit hot on the finish in the back of my throat.

D - I have to refrain from just chugging this beast of a brew. The beer packs so much flavor, yet it's so balanced that I can't help but want to take sip after sip. Again, there's a bit of heat still, but it doesn't impeded the drinkability whatsoever.

Overall, one of my favorite beers ever and even thought it's the first, it's one of Alan's best. 5/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

ChrisPro, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

nicks6217, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 82.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

The aromas begin with notes of toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is an emerging smokiness as it warms. I wish there was some fruitiness or something else to balance the dark roasted maltiness.

The tastes begin with dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate that is more pronounced than the nose. There is plenty of brown sugar sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth. The smokiness emerges more as it warms which is unfortunate. My least favorite flavor in beer.

The mouthfeel is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel in the finish.

Overall Old Ales are definitely my favorite style of beer so I was slightly disappointed by this. I enjoyed the complexity of this beer but this fresh version was just not my cup of tea. I'm hoping the older bottles I have are more mellow in the smoke/ acrid roast and more fruity. We'll find out down the road I guess...

claspada, Dec 11, 2011
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,163 ratings.