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

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2,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 447 | FT: 35
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 23:55:23 | More by SonicAlligator
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-14-2011 23:11:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2011 21:07:38 | More by SourNotes
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 19:01:30 | More by nanobrew
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2011 18:09:35 | More by Exiled
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2011 17:04:48 | More by John11486
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-14-2011 15:46:33 | More by Travisnin
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-14-2011 15:40:26 | More by Jspriest
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

*Unless notes otherwise, all 12 oz. bottles

- Batch 83 (bottled 15-Sep-11)
- Cellared 20-Dec-11
- Poured into stemless Lost Abbey teku on 3-Aug-13 (aged 2 years 11 months)
Ton of leather and smoke on the nose with hints of barrel notes on the back end of the aromas. This one's a little too carbonated and I think it's the reason why I'm not getting as much caramel and figs as I would've liked.
Still.. very unique beer and really enjoying the different flavors that shine at different time points.

- 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.

11-14-2011 14:32:32 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-14-2011 08:25:54 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hair of the Dog – Adam
12oz bottle from batch 82 poured into a tulip
Served roughly 50 degrees.

A: Poured a murky dark brown with a few floaties towards the end. Lively light brown head with great lacing.

S: Not an overpowering nose but subtle and pleasant. A little bit of raisony dark fruit with hints of chocolate and molasses. I noticed another review mention Flintstone vitamins and low and behold it was there.

T: Absolutely amazing. It had been a while since I have had an Adam and I forgot how great it is. Similar to the nose there is a bit of raison, molasses, tobacco, alcohol and even though this is not the wood version there is still a hint of a wood like flavor. So many flavors and none of them are overpowering.

M: Beautifully creamy mouth feel. It has a very unique feel to it due to the fact that it is full and creamy but without the thick oily viciousness you would expect from such a large beer.

O: This is a fantastic beer. The taste is 5 out of 5 all the way. There are so many flavors that pop up throughout and they are all balanced and delicious. I am lucky enough to drink a lot of amazing beers living in Southern California but Adam is in my top ten for the year.

11-13-2011 06:37:43 | More by ezperkins2
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

pours an explosive over the top of the glass three finger mocha head with frothy lacing, root beer brown in body with a milk chocolate tint.

smells of roasted oak and chocolatey hazelnut, hint of cinnamon.

perfectly balanced hops, sweet tinge of an almost roasty banana, tastes carmelized but not overbearingly so.

light on-bringing for a 10%, catches up to you in the long run. full-bodied spicy aftertaste lingers. good for cold days inside like this one.

nice brew. you feel it after half of one.

**Bottle reads: "Batch Number 82"

11-12-2011 21:51:31 | More by thatruth
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3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Double Bastard glass. Pours a cola-like black and brown with a finger of off-white head. The aroma is very complex, dark fruits and chocolate dominate, along with some caramel. The taste has those same dark fruits, lots of raisin and fig, along with some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a decent creaminess to it.

A solid old ale, but something in the taste didn't quite work for me, one of the dark fruits gave it a kind of funk that I wasn't a fan of. Overall though, a good beer that I wouldn't mind revisiting again.

11-12-2011 06:46:21 | More by mkotsayfan
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Batch 82 of this fantastic 12-oz beer from Bobby's Liquors into a Delirium snifter.

A: Deep brown with delicate lacy head that thins gradually.

S: Sweet caramel and fig and chocolate.

T/M: The taste really follows the nose. It is complex and the sweet malt, which is balanced well with a modest and indistinct hop bitterness. lingers on the tongue. The chocolate and fig play well off each other. Medium bodied with a subtle boozy note.

Very delicious and well crafted, balanced dark ale.

11-05-2011 04:03:59 | More by peacebone116
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4.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby almost black, quite pretty color actually. Four fingers of off white head. The retention is amazing, and so is the lacing. Retention is almost too good, it's taking forever to die down.

Smells of chocolate, chalk, figs, raisins, flinstone vitamins, a bit of leather too.

Taste of chocolate, leather, tobacco, I want to say there's some rye in there, figs, raisins, flinstone vitamins again for sure, some fusel alcohol, vinous grape, a smokey earthiness, then a chalky bitter finish sorta reminiscent of burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is big and slightly chewy, with huge luscious carbonation. Alcohol is there, but somewhat restrained.

Really unique, complex, and unlike almost anything I have had before. Definitely try this if you're looking for something different.

11-02-2011 05:38:35 | More by billshmeinke
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this one! Batch #80. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours perfectly. A thick, muddy black/brown with .5in of tan head that has awesome retention. Nose smells like the pure expression of grain in beer. A little smoke, a little wood, a little caramel and a little husk.

Palate is big and the alcohol is immediately noticeable on the tip of the tongue and then has an evaporating effect the palate over. Flavors of chewy grains and wet wood, cocoa nibs, nut shells, toasted seeds, etc. The mouthfeel is sort of odd because of the "lifted" alcohol effect, but I'd say it's medium-full-bodied, with a moderate-to-long finish and never feels cloying or chewy, just really BiG.

Notes: Tasty and solid. Don't really see what the fuss is about, but this is better than the Fred I had.

11-01-2011 04:41:06 | More by SFLpunk
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle poured into A Jackie O's snifter at 58 degrees.Batch 79.

A. Dark brown with little ruby hues.Clear,when held up to the light, it shines right through. No head to speak of,just some bubbles. Good alchohol legs. No lacing.

S. First off this smells very sweet. I get sugary raisons and plums. I get an awesome leather notes also get some tobacco and a touch of vanilla.

T. Wow! So much going on here, not as sweet as I was expecting either. I get the sweet dark fruits first then I get this wonderfull tobacco and leather and little underlying roastiness. Some faint vanilla in the end.You can taste the booze throughout but not overpowering at all.

M. Creamy and coating,I would say heavy but not thick. Leaves a sweet kind of earthy wet tobacco aftertaste. Not alot of carbonation. but it does not need it .

Overall This is a wow beer for me so damn good and complex. I certainly want to get some earlier batches. A definate must try!

10-30-2011 01:02:01 | More by Marty30
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Look: Very dark brown with 1/2 inch tan head and very good retention with some floates and some spotty lacing

Smell: Notes of leather and tobacco

Taste: Notes of chocolate and leather with some tobacco. Just a touch of alcohol and some figs. Overall pretty nice flavor the alcohol does not take away from the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium to low carbonation

Overall: Pretty damn good beer. Very enjoyable flavors and despite the 10% alcohol it is very drinkable

10-29-2011 06:22:14 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Batch 79
Pours flat into my Deschutes tulip.
No head, no carbonation. Flat.
Tastes good though. Very pronounced chocolate and figs up front and throughout. Slight tangyness in the aftertaste.
Given the experiences others have had, I'll give this another try and update my review as appropriate.

10-27-2011 23:12:59 | More by NWer
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

"Batch 82" 12 oz bottle conditioned. poured into tulip glass.

Aroma: Dark fruits, smoke, tobacco (Copenhagen?), alcohol notes as it warms up.

Appearance: Huge dense tan head, pretty much black color, very deep brown if held to light.

Flavor: smokey, dark bread, bitter, roast malt, some dark chocolate, subtle caramel as it warms.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium-high carbonation, warmth from alcohol evident.

Overall: Wow, drinking experience similar to eating a fine steak. Smokey, meaty, you want to savor every sip. Bitter but balanced to the very intense malt bill. This beer should define the old ale style.

10-24-2011 04:32:57 | More by SnacksMcBillings
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Batch #82. 12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with small crimson highlights. Large, light, tan head. Lots of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Molasses, alcohol, and some roasted malts. There is also a hint of spices. 4/5

Taste- Leather, wood, molasses. Alcohol, and bitterness come out in the end. The hint of spices are also in the taste. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel. Slightly chewy. 4.5/5

Overall- Very nice beer. Good for a cool october night or in front of a fire on a winters eve. 4.5/5

10-24-2011 04:13:46 | More by MADhombrewer
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

I got this bottle in a trade with my buddy Bierenutz. Tonight is a good night to drink it.

This is one of the better beers i had for quit a time now from the States.

Poured in a Dutch beerglass this beer looks perfect. Very very darkbrown with one of the finest heads i have ever seen, creamy with millions of bubbles.

Very good smell of very dark chocolate where the boozyness runs along. Great smell with that combination.

Very good mouthfeel where the alcohol is exact on the right spot.

I am impressed...thanks Dave!

10-21-2011 21:06:05 | More by Brabander
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Almost black. Touches of dark red when held to light. Head is the color of coffee with too much cream. Nice and thick. Creamy. Minimal lacing. Looks decadent.

Smell: Plums, cherries, figs, and booze. Big malty presence. Caramel, toffee, and a tiny hint of citrus. Tons of stuff going on here. As it warms, the booze comes out, but never becomes too aggressive. Almost treads on a barleywine, but holds off on the hops. Nicely balanced with a great depth of aroma.

Taste: Malty, chewy, and boozy. Caramel and toffee round out the middle of the taste. Super hot, even with a year+ on it. Biscuity malts. Sweet in good measure. Tobacco and a good amount of it. Malts struggle to keep the malts in check, but it seems to work. Warming melds the flavors, but also gives the tobacco a big kick up.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy and smooth. Drinks like a champ. Carbonation is higher than I expected, but it's a nice compliment to the maltiness. Very nicely done.


10-20-2011 22:35:19 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, minimal light getting through. One and half finger darker tan head great retention and lacing.

S: Big dark fruits. Figs dates raisins, cherries. Chocolate comes through.

T: Chocolate cherries, figs dares, raisins. Lots of alcohol coming through.

M: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Very creamy. Lots of alcohol warming.

O: I've heard a lot about this beer, sorta hyped. Don't know if I had to high of hopes for this one but I was a tad disappointed. Don't get me wrong it's a great beer no doubt. Lots of alcohol, but kinda good in this incidence. Will be awesome with some age for sure.

10-13-2011 20:36:42 | More by doughanson78
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

It seemed like a good enough night to open an Adam. I didn't know what to expect, as I've fortunately (or unfortunately) had the pleasure of tasting a Cherry Adam from the Wood at a recent tasting. I thought that beer was stellar, so I could only hope the base of that beer could hold up.

Batch 80 into generic snifter.

A: supper biscuity fine bubble tan head that plumps like a pickled plum. Lots of complex purples, deep cherry reds, and general dark wood stains swirl in the body. The bubbles have an undeniable creamy coffee look that just adds to the mystique. The beer already looks delicious.

S: Really soft fig on leather, really thick shredded leather musk that takes me right to the private studio of a leather worker. Old cinnamon sticks that lose their gritty vibrancy, but give off that chewed bark earthiness. Very full aromatics.

T: Lots of cowboy boot and deep warm dark chocolates. A really thick Bakers chocolate flavor with thick fortified fig flavor following the coco powder. Light raisin with the sweetness being tamed behind Mexican mole like complexity. Light cherry behind an alcoholic plum. Really just everything you could ever want in an old ale, with an alcohol that pops off elegantly. Super fine beer, great age for this (I'll have to match it with the batch).

M: Full bodied mouth, thick mole sauce in the mouth that has a mousse like fluffiness from everlasting foams. Creamy hot coco with a touch of slick booze. I'm crazy about this mouth, this could have come out of a 25$ bottle and I'd be praising it all the same. Sensational.

O: I really need to load up on this beer and just taste it at different ages. This thing drinks phenomenally, it just keeps giving sip after sip. If you want an amazing performer in style, look no further than Adam. World class in every sense. I will load up on this, and put it away for constant visitation. I really need to get some Cherry Adam from the Wood to hold onto. If this is this good, then I'd love to see how the other version competes in aging.

10-08-2011 02:51:14 | More by Cavery
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