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

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2,097 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,097
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 446 | FT: 34
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

Batch number 79.

A: Deep/super dark brown with red hues. 2 fingers worth of a off white fluffy head that had good retention all the way down the glass. Nice lacing as well. This is my second HOTD beer and I will have to say, they make beautiful looking beers.

S: Has a sweet smell to it. Dark fruits instantly come to mind; figs, rasions, plums. It has a roasted character to it along with a semi-smokiness/tobacco. Small hints of chocolate.

T: Roasted quality to it, dark fruit comes right along with the smell. Excellant ! It has like a smokiness meets fruit thing going on that is actually pretty interesting. It also has hints of brown sugar and molasses.

M: Full bodied beer with good amounts of carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

D: Very drinkable ale that i can imagine myself drinks lots of. Hard one to put down.

11-11-2010 12:07:38 | More by CaptainTripps
Photo of davod23


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Batch 79 poured from the bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Deep brown with crimson highlights. A tan head forms, with vestiges of it remaining long after the pour. Very nice - the last bottle of Adam I had was dead flat (though still a great beer). A nontrivial amount of lacing.

Smell is amazingly complex. Pipe tobacco, smoke, dark fruit, molasses, and apple skin. Great.

The taste is very good. On the sweeter side, with the tobacco and smoky flavors coming through strongly. I don't like the flavor of this batch as much as I've liked others in the past, as the smoke quality is much stronger here than I remember. Backdrop of molasses and dark caramel.

Mouthfeel is superb. Enough carbonation to lighten the body a bit, but this is still quite a viscous and sticky brew.

Drinkability takes a slight hit because the smoke becomes a tiny bit tiresome. That said, this beer is still phenomenal. I have a few that I will sit on for a while, as in my experience this beer ages like a champ.

Highly recommended.

11-11-2010 00:11:11 | More by davod23
Photo of nkersten


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch 75 poured into new belgium snifter. A normal pour yields a huge three finger creamy mocha head with a slightly murky dark brown/black liquid. Great lacing and head retention for the abv. Smell is milk chocolate, dark fruits, peat, roasted dark Vienna malts, smoke and a it of an alcohol bite. Smoke and peat smell are a bit too much at first but mellow out as it warms. Taste is smokey up front followed by a hint of peated malts and bitter hops. The smoked flavors overpower at first but then are balanced out by the resinous fruit flavors - fig, raisins, sweet black cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light to medium carbonation. I would have expected this to be near flat, and i am glad it is not - the carbonation helps the finish a lot. A bit of alcohol heat as it goes down. Drinkability is very good for an old ale - this is one of the best of the style, very unique and balanced.

11-10-2010 05:17:19 | More by nkersten
Photo of gtn80


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Batch 74 poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a dark, dark brown, that almost sucks light into it's darkness. Nice mocha head, two fingers at the pour, dissipated down to a thin layer that lasted the entire glass.

Smell is tremendous, molasses, dark fruits, tons of malt, a touch of oxidation, a bit of smoke.

Taste is intriguing, complex. Lots of malt, sweet at the outset, rummy, smoky, black licorice. Bit of hot alcohol on the finish that lasts and warms the belly.

Mouthfeel is great, thick, viscous. Lots of carbonation, big mouthfeel.

Drinkability is dangerously good at 10% abv.

11-04-2010 01:00:05 | More by gtn80
Photo of Ryan011235


4.97/5  rDev +16.4%

Poured into a snifter on 10/25/10

Batch 74

With much appreciation to PDXHops

Dark cola brown color that settles near black. Basically no light can get through. The head started off as a loose patch of bubbles which was filled out by smooth foam, about one finger's worth. While retention thins, there's an impressive amount left considering the abv. Same goes for lacing.

The aroma is incredibly smooth with many layers of complexity. Dark fruits - raisins, figs & maybe a hint of prune; deep-seated dark cocoa; near-burnt sugars; vague notion of molasses; overtones of tobacco. Basically, all things deep & ominous. Something of a boozy swoon, as well.

A slew of burnt & roasted flavors greet the tongue immediately. Tobacco is the most potent flavor, begrudgingly sharing territory with notions of dark chocolate, raisins, figs & molasses. Indeed there is a smokiness, especially noticeable as the beer warms. Hints of toffee. The balance between burnt & sweet is ideal, in my opinion with the scale tipping in favor of the former.

Full bodied & plenty viscous for the style. Carbonation seems appropriate. The alcohol is warming but it isn't overly hot; certainly not cloying. The finish is somewhat gritty with a slight nod to bygone hops. Residuals of tobacco, dark fruit overtones & smoked malts linger.

Adam is a perfect convergence of flavor, complexity & structure. I do believe this is the cigar beer I've been searching for. Highly Recommended.

10-30-2010 01:16:25 | More by Ryan011235
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

A: Batch 76. Barely hissed when opened, barely developed a head when poured. A patch of soapy looking bubbles floats in the middle of the glass and a ring rests around the edge. A swirl produces some off white bubbles, but nothing retaining. The beer is a dark brown, plum color. Noticing some legs on the side of the glass as well.

S: Dark fruits like plum and raisin with some currant type aromas as well. Has a woody aroma with some tobacco and blackstrap molasses. Almost picking up a grape jelly aroma here too. The alcohol is strong, hard for a 10% not to be. Picking up a band-aid aroma and some off-putting phenols here though.

T: Very roasty and smokey/tobacco like flavors. Some of the fruits come through, but this beer finishes pretty bitter. After seeing some people describe this as cloying, this was an interesting difference. If I enjoyed cigars, this would certainly pair well. It definitely has characteristics of an old ale underneath but the overwhelming smokey wood and tobacco flavors are what stands out most for me. Interesting take on the style.

M: Has a heavy body upfront that seems to get thinned by the alcohol heat on the end. Leaves the lips sticky and the teeth dry in a strange fashion.

D: Was thinking about another beer after this one, but this may take a while to get through this one. The flavors are very unique, as I have noticed with the HOTD big beers. An enjoyable beer, but not sure if I'm willing to shell out the dough for another one of these in the near future.

10-28-2010 01:51:59 | More by kiddynamite920
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Batch 77

A: Pours a deep brown with caramel hue. A lovely 1-2 finger beige head develops, displaying a creamy consistency.

S: Rich caramelized malts meld with pine hops and tobacco. Some plum and apple comes through chased by musty leather.

T: Pungent shag tobacco, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit medley, and ends with a smokey finish.

M: Some syrup quality and low carbonation nuance the beer very well.

D: A real treat, something to be enjoyed in the study on a contemplative evening.

10-24-2010 20:15:08 | More by Lazerlobe
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3.33/5  rDev -22%

No freshness date, murky brown pour, sediment everywhere. Raisin, plum and alcohol heat aroma.

Super sweet and strong, seemed like I was taking a shot of rum and pucker. . . cloying. Currant taste, with tastes of chocolate or cocoa nibs underneath it. Tobacco. Lots of complex flavors, but the alcohol and the meld of the flavors just don't jive for me. Everything is in here but the kitchen sink (and hops).

I don't see what all the hubub is.

EDIT: Had another bottle with elrogish, much better, cleaner.

10-23-2010 20:48:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Opaque black coffee. Foamy tan head. Some light lacing.

Smoked wood. Dark chocolate and roasty espresso. Caramelized figs and dates. Vanilla and booze.

Smokey wood. Roasty chocolate and bitter coffee. Candied dark fruit. Carmelized Figs and Dates. Bitter coffee and herbal hop bitterness. finishes with a vanilla, boozey, and smokey aftertaste.

Really fucking smooth. creamy and chewy. med full body.

Very drinkable for 10%. Bottle must have some age on it. A tasty and complex Old Ale great for a winter night. Big dark roasty smokey brew.

10-13-2010 23:25:38 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

A purplish brown in color with absolutely no head. Nearly impossible to see through and the low carbonation makes it seem swampy. It slightly resembles a homemade red wine that had been put through a strainer.

Aromas are quite promising. Black cherry, wood, caramel, malt, and smoke all make their presence felt. Aromatically, this feels like the perfect middle ground between a Doppelbock and Barleywine.

The taste is an absolute knockout. Adam is a smoky, rich and sweet blend that packs in a bevy of flavors including chocolate, roasted nuts, bacon, dark fruit and sweet malt. It's pretty inventive and complex, with some of the sweetness you'd expect from a Bock, but with a woody smokiness that balances the whole thing out.

The liquid is rich and creamy, but never thick, and the heavy ABV and smoke level out the less savory notes.

While it's certainly not a warm weather chugging beer (I had this on an 80 degree day), this is an excellent sipper for cooler climates.

10-10-2010 21:01:30 | More by deapokid
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

Adam the flagship beer at Hair of The Dog, consists of a very dark brown color. The nose on the beer was predominant of molasses, giving away to some faint bitter chocolate.

Taste was of some leather, but giving way to a tobacco afterfinish. Not a personal favorite due to the big molasses front, but it could appease other drinkers I think very easily.

10-10-2010 05:02:58 | More by smakawhat
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3.1/5  rDev -27.4%

Bought this bottle at the wonderful Pinocchio's Beer Garden. (Not aged, presumably bottled in 2010).

Appearance- Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a regular pint glass. Pours out of the bottle dark and settles in the glass dark but I didn't get any sort of head. Basically just a thick looking almost black old ale sitting in my pint glass, kind of looked flat.

Smell- Smelled highly of dark fruits. I get the most tremendous whiff of plum. Also a bit figgy and sweet. There is also the lingering smell of alcohol which is understandable with a ten percent brew.

Taste- High on the alcohol, burns a bit going down to be honest. The dark fruitiness is there but it seemed overpowered by the alcohol. It's possible that it might be a little more palatable with some time on it.

Mouthfeel- I don't think that I have a sensitive tongue or anything and I felt the burn of the alcohol while it was sitting in my mouth. I did think the thickness felt kind of ideal for an old ale though.

Drinkability- I would have a hard time drinking one of these. I would also have as hard time standing after drinking more than one of these. A little too much alcohol burn for my taste, will have to try it aged.

10-09-2010 06:07:51 | More by KYFriedChildren
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District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

An especially thoughtful gift from drabmuh. Thanks Matt! Cheers!

A: This is one of the most impressive looking beers I have ever seen. The body is opaque, and the darkest of browns, bordering on black. There is a magnificent, gargantuan, creamy head that absolutely refuses to fade. 15 minutes of letting the beer sit: There is now "only" an inch and a half of whipped cream head. Now that has receded a smidge, I can see that there is a thick sheet of lacing that I don't think the dishwasher wants any part of.

S: Cigar smoke, figs, toffee, alcohol, leather, malt

T: This beer is insanely complex. I'm already sad that I don't have more of these in the cellar (that will change). There is a prominent aroma and flavor of leather or cowhide. It's actually quite good. The myriad of flavors are woven together with artful precision. Hints of smoke add a pleasant touch to the bold flavors of sweet malt, fig, dark fruits, toffee and alcohol. Complex and delicious.

M: Thick and chewy. Remarkably complex. Alcohol warms the throat and chest with each sip.

D: A slow sipper, this is an ideal beer for a cold winter day. Very impressive.

09-30-2010 01:39:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Adam pours a dark, roasted coffee brown with the slightest, elusive ruby highlights. Good visible carbonation despite the darkness of the beer. The initial 2 finger cocoa-powder head fades to a well-retained soft, foamy skim. Spitty lace slinks around the sides of the glass.

Smell is subtle, but defined. There's a bit of bittersweet chocolate along with a smoky, tobacco essence and dark plummy note.

Loads of flavor in this beer. The smoked malt is the most present. I hate that the label on the bottle is probably biasing me a bit, but I definitely get the tobacco and leather in the taste that it purports. There's also a deep fig/prune fruitiness beneath the rest of the flavors. It is sweet, borderline cloying. The alcohol is there, but it doesn't hit sharply. Feel is much fizzier than expected for the style, but it complements the deep flavors well. Finish is dry, with just a little stickiness left on the lips.

The alcohol is hidden well, and the rich, deep flavors are balanced by the fizzy feel. All adds up to a pretty drinkable beer.

09-29-2010 23:27:05 | More by kels
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3.1/5  rDev -27.4%

Poured into a snifter

A - Very deep brown bordering on black, minimal head composed of big nonuniform bubbles, zero lacing.

S - Leather, magic marker, tobacco, bourbon, oak, port, figs, plums and alcohol. No trace of what I know to be hops and a bizarre characteristic from the malt that I'm not familiar with.

T - Taste is exactly like the smell: leather, magic maker, dark fruits, tobacco and bourbon. Kind of sweet but all of those flavors come through really strong.

M - Medium with zero carbonation, isn't very enticing.

D - I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this beer and I'm perplexed coming out the other side. Really overwhelming and distinct flavors coming out of this, a lot of characteristics that I would not associate with beer at all. Maybe I'm a noob and I don't know what to expect from the style but from what I've read it lives up to every aspect. If I ever have this again I'll split with at least 4 people interested in drinking a cigarette stuffed puree of Fonzie's jacket.

09-25-2010 06:20:31 | More by CascadeConan
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Beer is dark brown and clear with a big head and lots of lacing.

Aroma is bourbon and figs with other stone fruits, smells sweet and good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet. Mild booze on the front end. Pretty smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. A little dry, there's a tobacco like flavor in there as well. It's complex and good, a great old ale.

09-18-2010 21:16:03 | More by drabmuh
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating on bottle or label, but batch 76 for those keeping score. Single purchased from Capital Market for $4.59.

A-Pours a hazy dark amber with a gargantuan three finger, creamy tan head with strong retention and copious lacing.

S-Malty for certain. Raisins and rum are most prominent. Nice.

T-Very pleasantly sweet yet balanced. This is a very broad style but I didn't imagine so many flavors to be possible. The checklist reveals bittersweet chocolate, black-strap molasses, dried currants (sweeter than raisins), Turkish apricots, coffee, and black licorice. This is truly a taste sensation.

M-Full bodied, but quite smooth. Even delectable for such a big beer at 10%ABV. Alcohol is warming, but nice.

D-This is only the second Old Ale I have had and I love it. My only regret is I only bought one bottle. Fabulous.

09-18-2010 00:10:29 | More by velosuds
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Batch 75

Cracked the cap with a nice hiss. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Adam reveals a nice dark brown body with a red hue under enough light. A huge, creamy, off-white head sits on top, leaving large waves of lacing behind. Looks great.

The Northwest hops hit the nose at first and are followed by light fruits and a touch of alcohol. Caramel and roasted dark malts linger beneath. Figs and cherries mixed with faint dark chocolate. The nose become more and more complex as this one warms.

Dark roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, hints of peat and smoke. A touch of something fruity, almost cherry like in the taste. The alcohol adds some subtle character, but is fairly well masked besides it's warming presence. I can also see how the flavor has been compared to leathery figs. A nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with almost perfect carbonation for the style. Batch 75 still has some hop bitterness to it and the warming alcohol is there as well.

Drinkability is good. This is a very enjoyable sipper. I found the 10% ABV to be well integrated, making this even more enjoyable than I would have expected. Adam is an excellent Old Ale and I'm sad that this is the only bottle I currently have. I will definitely have to pick up a few more for the cellar, since I think this beer will only improve with time. If you enjoy Old Ales or English Barleywines, then seeking this one out is a must. Nice work Hair of the Dog

09-12-2010 22:40:55 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a snifter, revealing a luscious deep brown body under a dense and thick tan head. Smells sweet and malty in an old English barleywine sense. Notes of vanilla, some fig/date, slight metallic tinge, maybe slight smokiness.

Tastes very delicious with more smoke in the flavor along with a little meatiness. Very sweet. Decently warming. Nice dark fruit character undershadowing the caramel malt. Medium-bodied with a silky, tongue-lubricating smoothness. Carbonation is dense and just tingly, adding a little oomph to the body. Decently drinkable for what it is, probably nice with time as well.

Overall I am very pleased. Looking forward to trying its variants.

09-12-2010 22:32:30 | More by abuliarose
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Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle. Hearty old world ale is right. Dark brown pour with thin off white head. Aroma is full of coniferous sap mixed in with molasses malt aromas and some booze, very nice. Taste is quite sweet, with a hoppy/sprucy freshness. Palate is somewhat heavy and slightly hot. A nice sipper.

09-12-2010 22:04:21 | More by Luk13
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West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured a dark down w/ a very thin layer of head that faded quickly and left a minimal amount of lacing. Smell was very sweet and malty. I picked up big ripe fruit aromas w/ a little caramel on the back end. The taste was the same as the smell but w/ more caramel sweetness. I picked up a little hop character but it struggled to show itself through the sweetness of the malt. The mouthfeel was full. The drinkability was amazing. The alcohol is hidden very well and gives this beer a wonderful smoothness.

09-12-2010 18:33:18 | More by russellaaron69
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4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Many thanks to Ben for this beauty!

Very dark, like prune juice in color. Huge (literally huge) creamy, fluffy head. Pretty impressive given the abv.

Aroma is very nice. Loads of dark fruits: plums, raisin, dates. Malty sweetness and a little warmth from the alcohol.

There is an initial note of tart, somewhat citrus. Sweet malts follow, finishing with load of those dark fruits...only this time, they are soaked in booze. Not over-bearing, and well deserved for the style.

Feel is medium, to heavy. A tad bit of carbonation, but much less that expected given the robust head.

Tasty, and smooth. Rather easy to drink.

09-11-2010 01:23:35 | More by EgadBananas
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3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

Very dark brown colour with no head. Disappointing.

Slightly vegemitey, alcohol, chocolate, slightly nutty and a touch fruity.

Intense alcohol, very sweet, moderate bitterness, a touch roasty with some chocolate.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A touch hot.

Interesting beer. I'm not sure it hits all the right notes for me as the alcohol, sweetness and vegemite are all just a touch rough.

09-10-2010 10:49:19 | More by dgilks
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2.4/5  rDev -43.8%

OK, this is painfully bizarre. Pours with absolutely no head, a dark, almost opaque mahogany. Obviously no lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate with bacon - maybe honey roast pork. Figs, medjool dates. Weirdness....Flavor is crazy bitter, and bourbon-y. Lots of alcohol (10% ABV)...Is this supposed to be this strange? It's like a train wreck in a bottle. Hard to say if I like it, and I probably shouldn't, but I keep sippin'. Not cheap, either. Not worth it folks. Look elsewhere unless you are into very strange things.

09-08-2010 04:08:51 | More by SolomonGrundy
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Batch #78

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at 45 degrees. After a vigorous pour the beer achieved around 1 finger width of tan, creamy looking head. The body of the beer is extremely dark purple, mostly black, but has purple and ruby highlights nearer the edges. Head retention is good, and lacing coats well.

Smells like yogurt, chocolate, vanilla, raisin, fig, smoke, tobacco leaf, leather, and roast. Pretty awesome depth, but it could be a little more in my face for this big of a beer.

Tastes quite leathery up front, which I kinda dig. Smoke and char follow that up and finally give way to a big chocolate backbone with yogurt covered raisins dancing in it. There's a bit of cherry alcohol here with some roast in the finish, and it's a damn tasty finish. It's not really an ordinary old ale, the flavors are just so unexpected and different, which I really applaud. The only detracting piece of taste is that if you drink a little too much at a time or too quickly the finish can be come robitussin like.

Mouthfeel is extravagant. Silky smooth, delicate, well made, and of the right viscosity.

Drinkability has to take a bit of a hit due to the potential for a cough medicine like taste when consumed a bit too fast. It hides the alcohol alright until the very end where it hits you. I've had this beer aged, and I have to say it does wonders for eliminating the heat and the drinkability score would be raised in that case. Such a great tasty beer to contemplate over the course of an hour.

09-03-2010 05:39:08 | More by Bubba83
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,097 ratings.