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

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2,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,123
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 453 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of Maudite
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to give this one an A+. I've never had my heart melted by a beer like this before. My first real old ale experience, but I am hooked. I find myself thinking about this beer every second, now.

A- Dark, mahogany, the color of a stained wood bureau, old loafers... slight ruby hue in light. Beautiful dark tan head, thick as hell, rich, heavy. I wasn't sure if the head would hold it was so thick, but it stayed to the last drop, great lacing, thick pieces stayed all along the sides of the snifter.

S- Like no beer I've had before. Dense, murky aroma. Very pungent and earthy, like the black soil under a rotting log. Scents of leather, bread, musty clothes. I know these sound awful, but when you smell them in this malty context, your nose is alive and dancing with such complexity.

T- A definite leather onset, followed closely by a dark raisiny taste. Some rich , unsweet (not sour or tangy) cherry, maybe fruit-cake-like flavor deep in the body. Big diacetyl, dark rye/pumpernickle flavors. A definite malty sweetness. By the time it had warmed and I was nearing the end, I had forgotten I was drinking a beer, and thought I had a glass of brandy or 20 year scotch. All-in-all, it tasted like a brandy or a very, very old scotch.

M- Big, thick, acidic. Didn't coat the way I would have hoped with that head, but it was still a big beer.

D- Definitely an after dinner, winding down with a cigar type of drink, though sharing one with my wife while watching a movie as pretty great, too.

This is a beer I can't stop talking about, and am recommending to everyone. Go get one.

Maudite, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of Lothore
3.38/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is how a beer should look. Murky reddish black with a tan 2 finger head which stays for a while and leaves a crapload of lacing as it goes down.

S- Smell is strangely absent, a bit of roasted malt, can't detect much else.

T- Starts off deep and malty, the roasted malts take front stage but behind them is definitely a complex malt bill. This leads into a hoppiness that seems a little too strong, probably with time this one will lose most of the hops and really shine with the malts, I suspect it is a little young. Slight alcohol notes at the end. The main beef I have with this one is it just doesn't taste like an old ale which was what I wanted. Not bad, just not my cup of tea.

M- Medium viscosity, lots of carbonation. I assume the carbonation will fade with time.

D- This one is a nice beer to sip on. I think I would give it at least a year or two in the future. Seems like an old ale and a stout mixed to me but what do I know.

Lothore, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Joey at SouthBay Drug and Liquor.

A: Pours a dark black hue with tinges of red. A huge rocky off white head builds up to 3 fingers high and seems to last and last. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nice aromas off this one. Smoked oak with hints of leather. Some chocolate, black cherries, and a bit of hops.

T: Nicely smoked. Smoked wood and leather up front. Hints of peat and chocolate. A tinge of booze and some fig. Cherries and a bit of hops in the finish.

M: Full bodied and rather smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall: Pretty good brew with lots of smoke. I had Fred recently which I liked a bit better. This is a rather tasty beer though. I have one to share with BeerTruth, and the other to age for a bit. I look forward to seeing what a little age may do to this one.

tpd975, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of msubulldog25, batch #67. Dark brown almost black color with a khaki head. It has a smell like chocolates. It tastes like leather with some tobacco, then chocolate, some faint phenolic band-aid flavor which thank fully completely faded as teh beer warmed. This was good stuff and I was glad to get the chance to try it again as these are no longer distributed to CO.

ArrogantB, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A nice frothy head sits atop. Smell is absolutely wonderful. The smell consists of dark fruits and yeast. Taste is the same with some astringent coffee notes. There are some port like qualities present as well. This is a magnificent beer. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. There is a bit too much carbonation/acidity that holds this one back a little. Easily my favorite HotD beer I've had yet.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BATCH 68 purchased at NYC Whole Foods, prized contents poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is a pitch black hue, large brown hue dissipates to a modest layer of tight bubbles, moderate lacing

Smell is dominated by smokey roast a la a Rauchbier, tones of chocolate and anise, some wood, whiskey, dark fruits, and caramel

Taste is full of smoke and roasted malts, followed by raisins and other dark fruits, sprinkles of anise and chocolate marshmallow, hints of wood and booze, finishes syrupy sweet like molasses

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and creamy texture, mild to moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderately high, this presents as a nicely sweetened version of a rauchbier with a bit more fruit and syrupy essence, this too would be amazing with smoked meats and bbq, definitely a must try from Portland. . .

Stoneman78, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #68

App: Poured dark dark brown with a vanilla tan/orangish head that is very large. Probably the biggest head I've ver seen on an old ale. It looks great due to being bottle conidtioned, and the head diminishes very slowly leaving dense lacing.

Smell: Pretty good aroma from this one, with chocolate, toffee, peanut b utter, smoke, and homebrew store all sutffed into the initial sniff. As it warms a little raisins and figs seem to make a presence.

Taste: Tastes like a chocolate or toffee syrup and is dinstinctly smokey. The only note of anything that resembles hops is a little bit of vegetable spice that sits in the far far background. It's super complex and very very sweet with raisins and figs coming out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Almost cloyingly sweet, but that's helped by the smokey character. It has a definitely syrup feeling on the palate which is balanced, a little, by the intense alcohol presence. THe sweetness doesn't go away after the swallow and sticks like butter to the back of the throat.

Drinkability: I would love to cellar this beer and see how it changes in time. It's an excellent night-cap, but the sweetness and alcohol make it hard to drink. I could, however, have about 3 ounces of this fairly regularly.

dbalsock, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery (and many like it) was one of the hard things about graduating from college and leaving Portland. I don't have much experience with Old Ales but here goes:

A: The beer is black with a slight amber hue to it, which may or may not even be there.
The beer pours a nice 2-3 finger beige head with great retention and a lot of beautiful lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, chocolate, smokiness, and roasted malt.

T: Chocolate and roasted malt up front. Complex finish with an alcohol bite at the back of the tonue and a lingering smokiness. The 10% ABV is well masked.

M: Creamy and well carbonated.

Like all Hair of the Dog beers, I wish I had easier access to Adam. This is a great beer that is very drinkable for the high abv, but 10% is still 10% .

HopHead84, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sir Adam from HOD is a beautiful looking beer. It had a two finger foam head with wicked lacing and was black as night in the winter.

The aroma was smoky, chocolate and roasted peppers.

The taste was roasted malts, chocolate flavor and had a nice smokiness to it. In the mouth it was chewy and I got some esters in the lose and is it leaves its mark on the tongue and the top of the throat.

Probably one of the best Ole Ales in my short career.

cswhitehorse, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of jwolfie70
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. It pours a very dark brown, with a small light brown head. The smell is encredibly complex, with dried fruits, roasted malt, coffee, and molasses all coming through. The taste is even more complex than the smeall. A fantastic beer, and one of my favorites.

jwolfie70, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of sfoley333
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle from PP bottle shop into a PP pint glass. Poured a dark brown color bordering on black with a thick light tan head. Smell is of dark fruit, sweet malt, and a hint of smoke. Taste is coco with figs with a leathery smoke finish. Mouthfeel is full body with creamy carbonation feel on the tongue. While a 10% abv makes this far from a session beer its alcohol is well masked by the bold flavors.

sfoley333, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of charlesw
2.28/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Huh. The site calls it (right now. Ha!) an old ale. I guess... That fits as well as any other style. Funny thing is... We're to review by style but the style can change at any minute! Anyway, reviewing as an old ale, I guess...

It's a beautiful beer. I hold it up to the light (and my kids hold up their milk) and no light shines through. Nice thick and creamy dark head with good lasting power. Smells malty and creamy and caramel and bandaids. Tastes malty and thick and creamy and sweet and fruit and caramel and (faintly) bandaids. Big in the mouth and I couldn't drink another of these if you paid me to.

charlesw, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 bottle

Dark brown, almost black, with ruby edges

smells of alcohol, dark fruit, malty sweetness

taste is fig, roasty (not burnt), sugary sweet, very complex and each flavor stands out separately, not very well combined flavors.

Creamy and smooth, and fairly heavy mouthfeel

The 10% is very warm in this beer. I couldnt drink more than 1 of these as it is very complex, over the top. I think 2-4 years in the cellar will make this a top 5 barleywine, i need to find some to cellar now!

tayner, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a huge, frothy tan head. The aroma was of smoke and figs. The taste was of chocolate and smoked malts and alcohol. Overall mouthfeel was heavy body with medium to high carbonation. this beer was overall a great beer. A nice beer to just sit, relax and sip.

Beerbuddha, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch #68. Pours a 5 finger swelling dark brown head that spills onto the counter. Head is clingy and slowly cavitates inward. Liquid is pitch, to light it is very dark ruby brown. Smells roast ashy dark grains and grassy hops. Sweet molasses, dark caramel, and teasing esters. Touch of pine.

Tastes wet sweet with sharp tang, not quite a soured caramel. Wickedly caramelized sugar serves as a strong base flavor on which smke, chocolate, molasses, and roast play. The beer is actually dry in the mouth, but the intense caramel counterpoints. Cherry flavor with minimal cherry sour rides on the noticable, but balanced, clean alcohol sting. Dry finish is quite grassy hoppy bitter. Thick body and dextrinous thick mouthfeel with strong and carbonation sting that I would prefer to be less (uhm...so swirl the glass to release the excess). Intense and certainly interesting, but the smoke begins to wear on my smoke-sensitive palette by the end of the glass. If you enjoy a little smoked malt in your beer, then the smoke in this beer will not be a problem for you at all.

IMO, a bit jumbled right now. Would likely benefit from at least a year, likely five, of age in a good cellar. Rich umami flavor characterstics.

mentor, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 66.

Dark red brown, Massive stiff dense tan head slowly melting into a high pocked sticky plateau. Swirling turns up lumpy hills. Huge lace in tangled sticky rings.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins and figs with dark brown sugar, walnuts, fusel alcohols, and some smooth spicy grassy hops.

Deep flavor of dark dried fruit, nutty brown sugar sweetness and chocolate, with the roastiness of the malt gradually building in intensity and drying away the sweetness, joined by bright spicy grassy hop flavor, and underlying bitterness. Superbly balanced and very tasty. Long long roasty smoky bittersweet finish with alcohol.

Smooth creamy carbonation, but it can turn a bit watery. Utterly drinkable.

Beerzebub, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of sstackho
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass enjoyed at Redbones in Somerville, MA - along with some good BBQ. Pours black, with no head. The aroma is smoky with some hops, but overall not that strong. The taste is a lovely, rich and deep. Tastes more like an typical imperial stout to me - although I haven't had all that many, I must say. Nice balance of malt and hops.

sstackho, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nice compact head retained exceptionally well, almost as if this was right off the tap or cask. Odor of smokey prunes, hickory chocolate beer. Flavor is so, so great. chewy wood and truffles with campfire smoke. Strong hops mix balance the high alcohol well. Sticky and bordering on syrupy. A fantastic example of the style and the second of two HotD beers i've tried that I've also loved. REALLY glad I got this and that i have another Fred at home to drink some day soon.

aforbes10, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review should bump me over the initiate mark and give me my own virtual mug.

Pours a dark dark brown with a massive root beer float head. This head sticks to the wall of the glass, probably could do the nationality game with this beer.

It smells of smoke, whiskey, and the study of professor plum while entertaining miss scarlett.

Come on mama, whole lot a tasting going on. This thing at first hits you with the smoke, then follows up with some hops, and finally mellows out with some chocolate, malts, and alcohol aftertaste.

This beer leaves a stingy mouthfeel for me, all the alcohol.

Colonel Mustard drank this beer, in a pint glass, in the living room.

Murchmac, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of redmagik99
3.08/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of batch 68 from New Beer in NYC for 4.25. The color was really interesting - very dark, but not black as a stout. More like a very dark red. you could see a brighter red tint in the light, kind of like wine. nice head that remained for a while. i couldnt get much of a smell for some reason - maybe because i was in an indian restaurant when i cracked it open. this was my first old ale and it was nothing like anything ive had before. the blurb on the bottle was spot on when it said its been compared to figs and leather. craziness..also very raisony, and some smokiness and bitter coffee beans. as complex as it was, these flavors did not all seem to mix seemlessly. it exploded in my mouth but caused some damage. shared a bottle with a nice girl and it was very hard to finish for both of us but this was probably because we had just ate a huge meal and a bottle of southampton grand cru. nevertheless i still couldnt see this one going down easy. my bottom line for this beer is that it desparately needs some age. i know HOTD does that anyway to their brews, but this one especially needs to sit in the corner and think things over for a long time. If you own or are soon going to purchase batch 68 of Adam please do yourself and the beer a favor and let it age for at least another year or two.

redmagik99, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty flat and smells dark. :) Nice aroma of whiskey, brown sugar, figs/raisin/dates/chocolate/smoke...
The taste is just as complex. Flavors layer well as you move through each taste and sensation. This is a fantastic beer experience.

It is a sipper and it is not for people that do not enjoy complex beer.

LittleBreeze, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before, but it's been years. This bottle was courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Batch 68

Pours a deep black color with a huge head that sticks around for quite some time.

Aromas are of whiskey, booze, and fruit. The nose is subtle but nice.

First sip... whoa. This is a mouthfull! Tons of flavors, and very thick in the mouth. Beer has a very smokey wood like character, it starts out with a thick creamy dark fruit, and booze like flavor, that finishes with a crisp and tart kick. Not a lot of alcohol noticed, it is masked quite well. But there is certainly a bite from the hops that balances the up front malt flavors well.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Should be higher that a 5. It just coats the mouth so well, feels very thick, but it is not all all overwhelming.

Drinkability is good. It's a full bodied and full flavored powerhouse. I need to get a few bottles of this to age. With that said, it's still very tasty now.

The question now is, why did I always pass these up when I see them in beer stores outside of town? I have finally found a beer that can easily compete with Old Stock as far as a top notch Old Ale.

flexabull, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, that is about all I can say about this one. This was one of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Lets just start from the top. Poured a very deep dark brown with a big three finger plus head of tan lace and just a really full overall look. This was really nice looking with tons of residual side glass lace and a sticky foam top that would not quit. The aroma was wonderful, full of sweet smells of caramel, sugar, chocolate and nuts, with a nice hop essence in the back. I am not sure what the style of this is, but the flavor was robust and full. Very nutty with a decidedly caramelesque sugar to it and a really great fresh, and dry hop like finish. There were hints of chocolate and coffee throughout, but not enough to make it rely totally on those. Such a very full bodied feel, very creamy and rich. This was a magnificent bottle and one that I was really glad I got to try. It really was different than almost anything I had had before and I look forward to one day getting another to compare. And for reference this was batch number 68, and it was fantastic!

mikesgroove, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to psprings for this one.

Batch 68, don't know how old that makes this beer, www.hairofthedog.com could use some updating.

a: Very dark brown with tan head, great retention and good lacing.

s: Malty sweetness is reminiscent of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, and a touch of hops.

t: Similar to the smell, but much more intense: chocolate, figs, and a musty/charred/roasted/smokey flavor with a dash of hop bitterness to add balance. Delicious, but not too overwhelming.

m: Rich and velvety with a full body, coats the tongue.

d: A sipping beer, but much more drinkable than most beers with this kind of flavor and abv. It has a great complex flavor and would obviously be great for aging. Will definitely try to get my hands on another.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 58, info from the website: Brewed on: 2-12-03; Bottled on: 6-5-03.

Pours a dark caramel with hints or red, and an impressive 2 fingers of light hazelnut colored head; it has a big, frothy, soft crown of foam that retains to a quarter inch layer. Incredible retention.

The aroma is fruity, with apples in full force followed by some grapes, orange zest, hop flowers, caramel malts, and multi-grain bread. Some soft spicy notes hide slyly in the background. Sweet dark fruits, toffee, and a bit of chocolate are also in the mix.

Toasted malts and warm apples upfront, cranberries, hop bitterness, citrus zest, smoke, and wood notes. I wasn't too fond of the first or second sip, but I have to say it is growing on me quickly. I'm enjoying the crisp apple-peel flavors and the smoky finish. The taste also reminds me a bit of chewing on rose petals.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, but this beer sure is a sipper.

seaoflament, Nov 08, 2007
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,123 ratings.