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

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2,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,221
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 582
Gots: 462 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 yankeej13
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got my hands on this from a trade and super excited about this.

A- Pours a really nice dark brown or almost black color. Has a nice head of a light brown like foam. Mild amount of carbonation that collects around the side of the glass.

S- Has alot of dark fruit smell. I get good hints of caramel. Alot of spices as well plus a lingering hop smell.

T- An amazing variety of fruit, spices, malt and hop running thru my mouth. I get a burst of dark fruit. A nice amount of caramel and molasses. Almost a light chocolate like flavor leaves your mouth with a nice sweet taste.

M- Great drinkability, really bold flavors, pretty creamy mid palette. Leaves you with a sweet finish.

Overall- This completely lived up to its reputation. This is exactly what I wanted it to be like and more. Wish I had more than just one bottle.

Photo of seeswo
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 75

Pours brownish-black with a tan head. There is quite a bit of smoke on the nose, melded with hops and a touch of leather. Wow, there is a lot going on in the taste. Leather, smoke, slightly bitter hops, dark fruit, mild roasted malt sweetness. This beer is earthy. Not nearly as sweet of heavy as many old ales. Actually, one might even call it a bit dry for what it is. Having had cherry adam recently, adam is absent any of the brightness that really causes the cherry adam to pop. The mouthfeel is not as heavy as one might expect with a solid amount of carbonation. Overall, this is an enjoyable, complicated beer that is fun to enjoy slowly.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One I've heard about and have wanted to cross off the list.

A decently hard pour yields an inch and a half khaki head over a burnt mahogany brew that holds great lacing all the way down.
Smells of raisins, strong toffee, caramel, a touch of hops
Big sticky sweet toffee, sliced ever so carefully with hops. Full and well carbonated on the mouth (a little more than expected with the 10% ABV on the label). Booze rolls down the throat, warming up the beer and adding yet another layer of complexity.
This brew is big, but not in your face. A delicate, graceful giant.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours opaque blackish brown, no head.

Smells of figs, spices, caramel, molasses and mild pine hops.

Taste follows, dark fruits like figs with some caramel and brown sugar/molasses flavors. A bit of piney hop that's not really bitter at all.

Feels fuller and viscous with a very light sting of carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Delicious, rich, and wonderful. Not at all what I was expecting from this beer but its fantastic. Way too strong to be gulped though, you have to sip it, but for that, I loved it and would have it again in a heart beat.

Photo of xnicknj
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


12oz bottle poured into snifter - batch 76

Pours an opaque brown, almost black color. No head, retention, or lacing to speak of. A few bubbles around the color.

Multi-layered nose with burnt sugar, candied fruit, dates and raisins. Roasted malts and nuttiness, a hit of alcohol warmth.

A bit sweet up front with candied dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Dates and raisins with some roasted malt tones. Caramel and syrupy tones throughout. A light touch of licorice, still a decent amount of alcohol towards the finish.

Fuller body, lower carbonation, sticky but kind of flat on the tongue. Plenty of delicious flavor, but the appearance and feel is lacking on this batch - I'd like to try a fresher one again.

Photo of mikereaser
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 70
A - the cap was slightly dented so I fear the worst, I open it up to a little hiss and the poor is a pitch black/chestnut brown with absolutely no foam whatsoever. A layer of fine bubbles finally appear after some time
S - The aroma is mainly dark fruits, roasted malts, raisins and roasted malts. It has a very nice rich aroma without being too overpowering
T - I am assuming this has mellowed out with age, its very smooth and very easy to drink. There seems to be a borderline cough syrup feel to it but it never quite gets there. There is alot of dark fruit, roasted malts but not overly done, just a nicely balanced beer. The alcohol is well hidden making this one a sipper in one aspect yet way too drinkable in another aspect. There is a nice caramel aspect as well.
M - very silky smooth and syrupy. It almost hits a cough syrup feel and finish but holds back just enough to not reach that.
D - It is very easy to drink and I'm forcing myself to hold back so its not finished too quickly.

Photo of SFC21
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet

A - Pours a dark amber with a huge pillowy head that slowly settles. Leaves some thing lacing on the way down. Looks very appealing.

S - Lots going on here. Smoke (beef jerky?), wood, plums, raisins, caramelized sugars and a noticeable booze presence.

T - Very complex. Tobacco, smoke, raisins, burnt sugar, maple syrup, white pepper and a lot more that I can't put my finger on.

M - Heavy and full bodied with almost sticky mouthfeel. The tobacco/smoke presence lingers long after the last sip.

O - Very complex beer. So many things going on and for the most part it works together. While I don't love it as much as North Coast Old Stock I do think this is a very good beer.

Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 FLUID OUNCES bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab & has a $5.49 sticker on the front. Poured from the Purple Bottle w/ a Bulldog on the front into a 12oz Clear Snifter Glass. No freshness date.

Aroma- Has nice sweet malts and a very complexed aroma! Has nice alcohol strength and also a caramel/toffee aroma evident. Very strong!

Appearance- Pours a not even .5 finger head but the remaining bubbles are off white. Has a dark brown color body, opaque, and has a bit of yeast at the bottom of the glass. Leaves sudsy lacing.

Flavor- Has a great nutty and chocolate flavor with mild sweet but mostly roasty malts. Good alcohol warming finish. Not much hop evident but the bitterness is medium to high.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Low Carbonation, Chewy, a appropriate amount of alcohol warming, and then leaves molasses/maple syrup flavor in the mouth for minutes after the drink.

Overall Impression- For my first Hair of the Dog brew, this one rocked! I could see this being even better as it ages. Wish I knew when this one was bottled or was "best by" so I could see how long I waited to drink this. Thanks a ton for this brew Mark! Will be looking for more Hair of the Dog soon and am looking forward to trading for Adam of the Wood.

Photo of ChanChan
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hair of the Dog Adam Batch #80
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Coca cola color with a matching tan colored half inch head that disappears quick leaving a soapy nice lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt, plums, cherries, old leather, a sour note, and lots of “acahol”.

Mouthfeel: Wow, heavy with great carbonation and a nice burning sensation from the alcohol.

Taste: Tamarind, Figs, plums, dark cherries, a burnt malt flavor with a faint chocolate the finish is similar to that of a nice imperial stout! This beer is sweet, very heavy and boozy but pleasantly so. Not cloying just full bodied. It kind of tastes a little like a combination of an imperial stout and a barley wine.

Overall: This beer is very pleasant, anyone who is not used to consuming heavy beers might find this to be too much too much. That’s said this beer is a definite sipper and that is how it should be approached.. This beer would be good to drink on a cold winter day. I have a batch 73 in the cellar that I will be cellaring for a couple more years!

Photo of ShanePB
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass, reviewed from notes.

A: Evidence of bottle conditioning due to the massive foamy tan head rising from the gentlest of pours. Underneath is a dark brown/ruby colored body that is cloudy and opaque. Nice retention and lace are left behind, too.

S: Worn leather, smoke, ash and charred oak wood are discernible. Dark fruits enter the picture to tie in these smokey flavors with plum and fig. A caramelized sugary malt base is the centerfold of this quite aromatic profile, and does a good job of tying everything together.

T: Smokey ash and fresh split oak wood. More char comes through along with roasted cocoa beans. Mid-palate brings in some raisins and toasted almonds, finishing with more smoke that lasts well into the linger.

M: Medium-bodied with strong effervescence. A bit more dry than I would have liked in the finish, probably from the smokiness left on the palate.

I must admit, this was a quite different Old Ale for me. The drinkability of this beer weighed heavily on my scoring, as the flavor profile does leave a bit to be desired. While I appreciate the smokiness of the beer, it was rather confusing on what this beer wants to be. The base of an Old Ale is there but, in my honest opinion, the flavor needs to focus less on the smoke and more on blending it all together, as a whole.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured very dark brown, although it seems quite black now that it's in the glass. Head is a finger of creamy tan foam with moderate retention.

Smell: rich malty aroma with components of roasted malt, rye bread and alcohol. There's also a muted fruitiness, probably due to the alcohol. A bit muddled, but nicely complex.

Taste: surprisingly muted and very smooth. Light fruitiness up front with a big malt undertone throughout. Slowly, a little bit of roasted character develops on the palate. Alcohol is strong but not off-putting. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: big body with a moderate level of carbonation. The body lends itself to the creaminess, though, which is nicely present.

Overall: a tasty and satisfying old ale. Breaking this beer down to its constituent parts doesn't do it justice, though, I think; as a whole, this is a very good beer.

Photo of StaEva
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all the wonderful Oregon breweries, Hair of the Dog is my absolute favorite.

This beer poured thick and deep amber/red/brown; birch beer colored. Tons of sediment, thin cap of cream/tan head. Serious lacing.

Aroma was actually the weakest part of the experience; not bad, just nothing truly wonderful: a bit of roast, some molasses and a tiny bit of boozy malt-caramel.

Taste is phenomenal; full body, molasses, a touch of heat from the alcohol going down, but the rich toffee and toasty malts really balance this out. This is everything that an Old Ale should be.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick, nice and smooth with minimal-light carbonation. It's a filling beer, but not as dense or stout-like.

I'd imagine the Cherry Adam from the Wood would vastly improve the slightly pedestrian aromatic aspect of this beer. But that's the only negative comment I can muster for this incredible brew.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 80. I think the gratitude goes to HuskyinPDX for sending me this, but it's been a while, so I can't really be sure.

Appearance - Deep mahogany body through which almost no light passes. Huge cream head on top. Nice and soft bubbles. It lasts forever and settles to a nice pillow. Usually old ales have no head at all. I'm amazed this looks so good.

Smell - Deep creamy malt flavors. Every sort of malt flavor. Burnt sugar, toffee, caramel, some hints of dark fruit, and a leathery earthiness.

Taste - Translates perfectly from the smell. All of the aromas translate directly into the smell. Some sweetness to the body, but it's a muted sweetness throughout. There's a nice hop bitterness at the end that prevents this from even tasting sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Definitely a sipper. The carbonation is surprisingly high. Too high, really. Makes it feel tingly instead of warm and smooth.

Overall - A great old ale. This is what I look for in an old ale. Great malt complexity with a nice hop earthiness. And finally someone made an old ale that doesn't taste like apples.

Photo of tewaris
2.91/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review of any HotD beer and 100th unique brewer. 12 oz. (Batch 80) sent by cb462 as an extra. Thanks! Poured into a snifter.

Deep, dark mahogany with a good and creamy textured khaki-brown head. Medium head retention and ok lacing. Good for its kind. Aroma is sweet malts, hint of smoke, some dried fruit. Certainly leather. No booze. Very generic, however, especially because it's so mute.

Tastes disappointing :/ I had high hopes and I am feeling let down. I can see the potential but it seems too rough. Some sweetness with a biting earthy bitterness, roast, and over the top astringent character. Medium finish with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is above average with understated carbonation and a medium body. Overall though, it drinks more like a blend of a barleywine and Old Rasputin, than a barleywine on its own. I don't like it.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3/5; Taste 2.5/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 3/5

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this back in 2008. This beer was really cool, I don't know what it is about HotD brewing but they have this style about them that I find really interesting. This beer poured out as a black color with a pretty good sized head on it. The smell of malts and hops are strong in this beer. The taste kicks off with a pretty strong hoppy flavor and then fades into a roasted dry chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, it remained smooth and drinkable but has a very nice body to it. Overall I really liked this beer, it opened my eyes to the old ale style. Since this was one of my first of that style. Really wanna have this one again.

Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown with a sticky cream colored head

S-smoked chocolate malts. some hops. roasted flavor. some dark fruits. complex but very faint smell.

T-comes in with a very full and high quality flavor of burnt chocolate and amazing dark fruits. this is good and unique! its strong and it lasts! definitely has a smokey flavor to it. after-taste is matching and short

M-thick medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-a very good and unique beer though the flavors seem to escape me, the more i drink it. this isn't for the long run! i wouldn't want more than one at a time, not because of the alcohol, but because of the thickness of the beer.

Photo of readbaron
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 77 shared by KickInTheChalice.

Pours a crisp dark brown with a healthy touch of off white foam. Decent lacing.

Smells good - earthy/grassy hops, with a lot of carmalized sugar. Sweet, not bitter, and complex.

Taste is pretty good - hoppier than is ideal for me. Grassy/bitter hops, followed by brown sugar and a bit of dark fruit. At times there's an almoast evergreen woody quality - spruce or pine. Generally finishes with a candy sugar flavor.

Mouthfeel is good - nicely carbonated. Creamy, and medium bodied.

Overall - a really tasty beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Batch 77.

Appearance: This pours a nice deep brown color with an energetic creamy tan head. Nice retention, and a bit of lace sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: There are some noticeable alcohol phenols in here. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel to go along with the figs and raisins.

Taste: Somehow this never gets too sweet, even with molasses, lots of brown sugar, and caramel malts up front. Rum soaked figs and raisins come in next, with a little bit of a grassy hop bitterness to cut through the sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, pleasant smooth and creamy, with a little bit of hop residue and a fair amount of sweet stickiness.

Overall: The slight hop kick added a lot of value by removing the excess sweetness that sometimes troubles me about old ales. Nicely done.

Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Batch 81 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, ruddy, opaque brown with a one finger of foamy, sudsy, creamy khaki colored head. Head retains nicely, leaving sticky, wispy sheets of lacing.

S: Nose is a good deal of alcohol, raising and date notes, strong milk chocolate and cocoa notes are present.

T: Taste starts with a harsh, boozy flavoring, but doesn't linger luckily. Dark fruits really hit the forefront, big time raisin notes, plum and caramel, molasses sweetness. A rich, creamy, chocolate begins to mingle in with the raisin and plum - really nice flavoring. Bitter chocolate and coffee notes come in toward the finish, with perhaps just the lightest hint of grapefruit bite.

M: Medium to fuller bodied, medium carbonation, starts a bit thin but then turns very rich and creamy.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, filling, good kick, nice representation of style. I've been excited to try something by Hair of the Dog - at first the booziness in the nose had me doubtful, but the first taste of booziness subsides to really nice beer.

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 77

A-Deep caramel brown when pouring that becomes black when in the glass. 1/2 a finger of brown head.

S-Caramel, coffee, molasses, chocolate.

T-Chocolate, coffee, some oat, darker malts and smokey. Some bitterness. A little more bitterness and this beer would be a lot better.

M-Very creamy, medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Wasn't expecting the chocolate when I cracked this beer open, but it was still great. Only have have two HotD brews and both have been fantastic. As I said previously just a touch more bitterness and this beer would be even more amazing.

Photo of Derranged
2.56/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch # 80, 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Dark brownish black with a HUGE light brown head. It took quite a while for the head to go down.

S- A bit harsh at first but then weakens. Very complex aroma of heavy booze, raisins, leather, and chocolate.

T- Harsh. Very boozy with a leather-like smoky chemical flavor, backed up by faint chocolaty raisins. Strange bitter after taste. Its 10% abv but this thing drank more like a 20. I was literally sweating after a few sips.

M- Very thick and syrupy with low carbonation. Lips numb.

O- Couldn't finish. This beer just didn't work for me at all. The tasted faded a bit as I drank more but still, not good. Every sip was a chore. I had to pour it out which I really do not like doing. Undrinkable.

Photo of Philousa
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, just a shade off from black, into large tulip glass. Thin head from a hard pour that lasts throughout with little lacing. I was greeted by a strong scent of caramel and raisin, fading to chocolate and alcohol with a hint of vanilla. This beer is dominated by malt flavor and balanced by alcohol with a light mouth feel. I attribute the carbonation and creaminess to the lightness in the mouth rather than alcohol, which is how most other beers achieve this balance. A kick of caramel fades to a smokey, roasty chocolate, which fades to a bitter licorice and ends with a bit of a creamy taste to soften the blow.

I was expecting something similar to Old Rasputin upon first sniff, but this was something completely different. Creaminess prevailed as a central theme that wasn't overpowering in this beer. I didn't taste any leather, but it's leathery in the way a man's drink should be: thick and strong in scent. It's a sipper, and a damn good one at that. The alcohol is hidden well, unlike Palo Santo, a good comp. Where DFH's beer kicks you in the face, Hair of the Dog invites you in for a cigar. If only I was closer to Portland...

Photo of QuadLover
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ~ Deep brown, almost opaque pour. Small, creamy, consistent head.

S ~ Malty, fig, caramel, a little musky.

T ~ Chocolate sweetness, malt, roasted coffee with a bit of bitter that helps balance the sweetness.

M ~ Full bodied, creamy on the tongue, syrupy.

O ~ Excellent, drinkable, double digit Ale. Beautifully crafted with notable complexities.

Photo of brystmar
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Barcade's Vintage Beer Night, despite being a 2011.

Pours unexpectedly dark brown/black; looks like a porter but without head or lace. Surprisingly roasty in the nose. Taste follows suit; boozy warmth follows it down. A touch watery in flavor, and significantly so in mouthfeel. Extremely light on body, even for an Old Ale.

Really needs more boldness of flavors and significantly more body. A few years of age would be great too.

Photo of Klym
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stone nonic. Big thanks to my sister grabbing a bottle of this for me straight from Oregon.

A: Pours dark with a mixture of the deepest purple and browns, passing possible as black. Despite a very moderate pour a massive 3 inch head spawned with big foamy clumps forming the lacing.

S: Beef jerkey, leather, dark cherry sharp sweetness, and black beans in the nose. Very dark and powerful.

T: The nose with additional choking character to the jerkey and leather and some soysauce savoriness with a little molasses in the ending. Again, dark and powerful in both sweetness and savoriness.

M: Creaminess from the head sits ontop of a medium body, thoroughly carbonated body. A little bit of a yeast-like residue hangs around randomly after some sips.

O: A nice beer, but I was reminded strongly of a good number of other beers I've had. Nothing too shocking or interesting in this beer, if you've had enough you've had almost all of the flavors before. That being said, for those who loves those very dark cowboy flavors, this beer is for you and is dangerously drinkable considering the big ABV.

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,221 ratings.