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

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2,192 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,192
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 569
Gots: 451 | FT: 33
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 bifrostguard
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark plum color with some light poking through towards the bottom. Tall light hand leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Dark fruits and roasted malts with a notable hop presence. Very complex.

T - Sweet raisins, dates and figs followed by nice roasted flavor. There is some bitterness to this brew, but in the end it is dominated by an overall sweetness. Alcohol content brings a bit of heat to the core.

M - Good carbonation and fairly viscous.

D - I enjoyed this brew, but I think the sweetness is a bit too much for me. This is a one and I'm done for me.

Photo of likestoswallow
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, this is batch 70. The appearance is a near opaque dark brown with a red glow when held to a light. The head is generous, clumpy and has good retention. The aroma (which is quite strong) mostly consists of dark fruits; raisins, dates, plums and figs. This bouquet has a Belgian quad type of personality. The flavor absolutely follows the nose, all the dark fruits are there plus a touch of light molasses and some well balanced biter walnuts. The mouthfeel is thick, smooth and creamy. The finish is long with lingering raisins. As for Drinkability--this one begs to be sipped and savored. Very nice brew. One of my favorites.

Photo of jwc215
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mfielden for this!

Pours dark brown - almost black - with some rubyish hues. A foamy rich head has great retention, esp. for abv. Plenty of lacing covers the glass.

The smell is of raisins/figs with citrus/pine, chocolate and smoke. Super complexities in the nose, with a rich malty aroma mingling with Pacific NW hop aroma.

The taste is of raisins and figs with leather, chocolate and some molasses. Plenty of hops - citric and piney - balance out the maltiness. As is progresses, it gains notes of coffee and licorice. The lovely green critters blend nicely and complement the malty complexities. Complex, yet smooth and drinkable. There is a nod of alcohol in the finish, but not too hot or sharp.

It has a creamy full body.

A great show of American creativity. A work of art! Wonderfully made - complex, big and bold, yet drinkable. An enjoyable brew, to say the least!

Photo of iceball585
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark reddish black color, non-transparent, one finger thick fluffy head that lasted well

S- Dark fruits, cocoa powder, grains, caramel malts, hint of alcohol

T- Smokey, coffee beans, raisens, prunes, earthy, creamy, grains, warming of alcohol

M- Meduim/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, chewy, dry finish

D- Definitely worth trying

The alcohol is hidden well in the rich complex flavors, but drink this one slowly otherwise it will bite you quickly.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, batch 70. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of cocoa powder, apple skins, yeast, and a light fruitiness. Flavor of dark and light fruits and light bitter chocolate/roastiness. Sweet and warming. Nice beer, very tasty.
Appearance: 4/5
Aroma: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Overall: 16/20

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from joe1510, cheers to ya, Joe!

Batch#69 pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha colored head. Superior lacing , bubbles still rising from the bottom at the end, & great head retention as well

S: Oakyness, dark fruit, leafy hops, really big depth in the nose here! Faded a bit at the end

T: Raisins, oaky smokeyness, puckery leather, dates & burnt caramel up front, plus booze warmth. Hints of vanilla mingle in along with tobacco-like hops, figs as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, prunes, leather & Christmas pudding notes & dryness, fantastic

MF: Syruppy, with a trace of carbonation, pretty rich

Drinks like a 10% abv, old ale, nice, but lethal! Taking the chill off this cold November evening nicely!

Photo of everetends
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this glorious bottle of beer from Wetpaperbag. It is Batch #70. Served up in an over sized wine glass.

A: Pours a really nice, dark brown color. It deceptively looks black. Held to light gives you all you need to know. Nice red hues pour through with the light. A really slow pour yeilded a huge damn head. I mean really big. Over 3 fingers. It is big and a beautiful mocha color. Head is really thick and creamy. The lacing on the glass goes from top to bottom, sticky as it gets. Beer appears to be thick and coats the glass. Very nice. Would have gotten a 5 if the head would not have been so ridiculous.

S: Smell isa little strange. The first thing I get is some really clean, semi-sweet spring water. I mean really clean water smell is really coming out. Then some nice rich malts come forth. Lots of dark fruits. Booze, maybe bourbon. FIG. Lots of figs. Little bit of smoke and chocolate round out the nose.

T: This beer is interesting to say the least. It tastes different on every damned sip. I can't pin it down as one thing. Just so much going on. One sip yeilds a very malty sweetness. The next brings some serious bourbon booziness. Then it comes as seriously rich dark chocolate. Then next is all fruit with dates and fig dominating. Then randomly you get a really earthy flavor of grass and leather. This beer is all over the place. It is really interesting. I can't tell if it is genius or chaos. I know I want more.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has some serious creaminess going down. Carbonation is just enough to help it down but is not in your face. ABV is slight on the tongue and throat. Aftertaste is ever changing with many flavors lingering at different times. Very nice.

D: This beer is absolutely drinkable for the ABV. I find it to go down incredibly easy. The diversity of the flavor profile which is ever changing just makes you want to drink more and further explore this brew. This beer is quite good and I very happy I had the chance to drink it. THANKS MATHEW!

Photo of SirChugsAlot
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch # 72

Pours a dark brown almost black with a thick head that slowly falls to the edge of the glass. Smells of figs and chocolate with alcohol undertones. Taste delicious and hoppy. Chocolate, figs and sweetness with a touch of alcohol to keep ya warm. Feels lightly carbonated with a good aftertaste. Smooth.

I'm quickly becoming a fan of H.O.T.D.

Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 72
Pours out a gorgeous RIS black color capped with a Belgian Quad head of foam. Looks like the new style of Belgian Imperial Stout (Black Albert).
Looks absoulutely drinkable.
Smells of deep roasted malts, chocolates, coffee notes, vanilla, oaky notes, yeasts(very unlike any stout, more Belgian-like). Fermented grains,Concord grapes, touch of sour Farmhouse aromas. Truly a complex sweet-sour-complex nosefull of amazing transgressional brew.
Huge mouthfull of chocolate malty,piquant tartness greet the palate. On a stretch, think of Ommegang Three Philosophers balance of Sweet-Tartness. Sweet cocoas initially greet the palate, followed by a whirlwind of roasted malts, caramel-vanillas, suddenly cut by a cherry-grape tartness, finished with a long warming rum-like finish. This is a truly great beer experience.
Mouthfeel is filling, delicious, palate-complexity-to-the-point of being debateable.
I could drink this for hours and pick out so many nuances that I could write about it pages on end, but I am satisfied with this one great experience. Will seek it out again

Photo of OStrungT
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color. When held up to the light, it appers a dark mohogany color. It boasts a huge light brown head. I hope this beer isnt bad, with a massive head like this from such a gentle pour. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a nice mild caramel malrt aroma. It has some dark currant aroma as well. The alcohol is present in the aroma.

This beer has a very aggressive sweet caramel malt flavor. Wow, I was expecting an Old Ale, and I get a strong Barley Wine. Alcohol is present in the flavor. Black currant and figs. Some tobacco as well. It has a slight earthy flavor. Aslo, a very subtle smokey flavor. Very complex.

This beer is very full bodied. It goes down smooth, leaving a sweet caramel aftertaste. The alcohol warms as it goes down. Carbonation is low.

This beer would probably not be a good session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it is very aggressive. It is not one to drink all night long.

Overall: This beer is good. It is definately not a bad bottle, like the head led me to believe. I would drink it again.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 71. Pours a deep brown with an incredibly explosive head. I ended up with a mouthfull of foam during the pour and it was still overflowing, had to hold the thing over the sink as it continued to spew, then somehow the foam in my mouth started to expand as well, so there I was, standing over the sink with foam pouring out my mouth and glass. Classic.

Dark rich fruit aroma. Figs, dates, overripe pear, etc.
Sweet chewy caramel and roasty. Has some scottish ale elements, a smokey/peat flavor and a complex malt bill. Alcohol is strong but smooth, very nice! Certainly one of these will do it for anyone...its just a great big beer with classic old ale flavors.

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

wow, 333 reviews as of this writing. batch 71, thanks to DIM for the chance to try this beer.

A - mahogany / black color with a whisp of a kahki head that slowly develops and stays as a ring around the edge of the glass.
S - nice rich dark malts, dark ripe fruits, alcohol and a hop note
T - taste follows the aroma but with a stronger background hop bite. Not overpowering, rather as if the beer was a bit green.
M - full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooht, with a lingering warming effect.
D - nice sipper that strays into the barleywine arena.

not quite an old ale, not quite a barleywine. tasty but most likely better aged to let that hop note fade out. glad to have tried this though.

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

Adam, hey that's me!! This beer better not suck ;)

Got this one from kplynch, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 70.

Pours a dark murky brown with a half finger khaki colored head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Some spotty lacing left behind on the sides of the glass, you can tell this is a thick ass beer. Smell is extremely rich with sharp alcohol, molasses, and raisins. Some leather and tobacco with a touch of oak and dates as well. Very powerful aroma, one that sticks in the nostrils a good while. Taste begins with big smokey malts and wet leather. Midway the dry figs and gritty dirt hop flavors emerge on the tongue. The booze and bitterness lingers in the sweet malty aftertaste and warms the back of the throat. Smooth, rich, hearty mouthfeel with a full body and a light prickly carbonation sting. Yeah this is a beast of a beer, but with the name what would you expect! Sip and enjoy all the complexities this beer has to offer. I'm not much of a cigar guy, but I would imagine this beer would pair perfect with one.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle of batch 71 into a snifter.

a. poured a beautiful rich deep brown with some garnet and ruby highlights at the edge. A billowy head of incredibly fine bubbles threatened to spill over the edge, but slowly dissipated over time... although there was still a layer of thin head all the way to the bottom. Decent foam lacing stuck around here and there.

s. deep sweet malt, sugar, maple syrup, cocoa, rye bread. As it warms, more of the raisins, rawhide, bittersweet chocolate, and leather. Beautiful, but it was a bit lighter and less powerful than I'd hoped.

t. Beautifully complex malts, cocoa, vanilla, and figs at the front. Black currant and raisin sweeten more in the middle. The finish is smoky, oaky, woody, earthy, and leather. There is minimal sourness at the finish, replaced instead by the earthy and nutty bitterness. There's a warming alcohol taste akin to brandy soaked cherries, cognac, and maraschino liquor that blends beautifully in at the end. There are so many other flavors in there that i can't quite pull out. Definitely one of the most complex beers in terms of flavor profile.

m. Full and creamy. The ultra-fine bubbles in the head were present in the mouthfeel, keeping the sweet viscosity from overwhelming with some lightness and creaminess. Subtle oak bitterness finishes nicely on the tongue.

d. Wow. Amazingly complex, almost overwhelmingly so. Definitely a slow sipper, but a beautiful one at that. Definitely worth experiencing. The alcohol is borderline-harsh at the moment... I'd imagine that this one would age beautifully... if I can ever purchase one and not be compelled to drink it.

Photo of SaucyA
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 70. My namesake brew. Well, not really, but I AM Adam.

A - Into da snifta. Quite dark brown with a light tan head that doesn't dissapate very quickly at all. Ruby highlights, heavy lace.

S - Heavenly. It's making my mouth water. Dark malt madness, bourbon characteristics, dark fruits, fig newton, caramel, alcohol.

T - It's taken me over half the bottle to start typing here. There is a massive amount of smokey, roasted malt. Chocolate qualities. A balancing, dry, hop finish. Between those, I get alcohol, raisin/figs, and a yeast profile quite unlike anything I can put my finger on. Truly complex, and truly wonderful.

M - While it could manage to be a little thicker bodied, it's well-carbonated, and works.

D - This is a great beer. The drinkability is remarkable despite the abv, and it's... just a joy to consume. Don't overlook this.

Notes: This is the first beer to challenge my tastebuds in a long time. I've had this bottle quite a few months, and to imagine it aged for a few years is something I can dream of. I WILL go out of my way to get more of this.

Photo of gkatsoris
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark, mysterious brown. With a huge whispy head that lasted for almost 5 minutes. There is a gorgeous rich red hue when looked up to the light.

S: Deep and sweet. Lots of hops and lots of malts. Alcohol. Cherries and raisins. Also a hint of vanilla - bourbon like vanilla.

T: Wow, this is powerful. Raisins, and the cherries. Very sweet, and also kinda tangy. The alcohol is also prevalent as well - bourbony. Malts, vanilla.

M: Kinda thin, and holy hot. The alcohol is all over this. Warming my body as I type.

D: I love it, but one and done for me.

Photo of MisterClean
2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought somewhere in Oregon for me. Batch 71.

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Beautiful mocha or capuccino color head. Head has lots of protein chunks, dissipates very slow, and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Malts, ginger, spice, flowers, bittersweet chocolate, a leathery pungency, and light alcohol.

T - Chocolate, lots of licorice, almost leathery. Moderate alcohol.

M - Very intense and sharp tasting. When I drink a home brew like this, I know it needs to age longer.

D - The flavors need to settle. Slightly acute in taste, the alcohol has almost a dominating flavor. The bottles really need to age at least a year or more before it becomes a good beer.

I will probably re-review this in a year or so. BATCH 71 NEEDS TO AGE ANOTHER YEAR!!!

Photo of Jmamay22
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MY first brew from Hair of the Dog and I've been looking forward to it.

This Old Ale pours an opaque dark brown that attempts to approach black. No real head to speak of only a thin light tan shaded collar.

Smells is deep in malt and sweets. Mild chocolate aroma. Sugar laden raisins and lightly boozy. Some enjoyable spicy hints that really round things out well to provide balance.

Similar taste as smell with the addition of currants and figs. Fairly sweet and far less acidic than I've found in others of its style. Vinous and finishes with a warming alcohol effect. Very sweet and full of raisins, but refrains from becoming cloying.

Carbonation is light and the feel is smooth. Medium bodied. A fine sipper and nightcap.

Photo of beerad666
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this and the Fred at Belmont Station in Portland, Or. Manily drank it staright from the bottle, but did pour a little out into a pint glass to see the color. Was darken then I expected more of a dark amber almost violet. The taste is very complex and interesting.

Photo of stumac
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a chocolate color with a nice big, tan head. the nose is dark molasses, caramel, subtle cherries, roasted malts. Wow! the taste! subtle cherries, great multiple hops, leather, dark chocolate, coffee. full bodied! intense! very smoothe! Deelish!

Photo of Reino
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Batch 69

Appearance- Poured the first half into my New Belgium goblet resulting in a 2 finger, khaki head that is as dense as it gets. The beer itself is black with hints of caramel on the bottom and edges when held to light. The star of the show is the head, though. You could pour this beer, take a nice little nap, wake up, and it'll still be hanging around. It turns into creamy chunks as it slowly recedes leaving behind a blanket of lacing to start, but stops about half way down. If that awesome lacing lasted the whole time, the appearance would be perfect.

Smell- I took a whiff while I was pouring it, and it smelled like a sweet wine. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case after the pour. It smells mostly of potent alcohol, a light amount of roasted malt, and a tiny, tiny bit of dark fruit undertones. It hinted at some of the goodness that was to come, but those goodies were masked by booze.

Taste- Every single sip is different, and this beer is very complex. So, please bare with me. It starts sweet and slightly sour, smoothly transitioning into roasted malt and lingering semi-sweet chocolate. As I drank, the beer kept adding new flavors to the mix to keep me thinking. The alcohol starts to peak its head, and rides underneath almost the entire time, never overpowering the plethora of other flavors. It begins starting sour along with the sweet, and finishing smoky more than chocolaty. It almost reminds me of a sour stout, like Rabid-Duck, but more complex. The hops are in there, but I'm too busy trying to figure out these crazy malts. Dark fruits and caramel are there, but what else am I tasting? I wrote this in my notes at one point, "Smoked caramel liqueur infused with dark fruits and some hops." This beer makes me feel dumb. The flavor teeters on being obnoxious and terrible, but instead lands on the delicious, complex side.

Mouthfeel- Low/Medium carbonation with a silky, creamy fullness. Unfortunately, the sourness and bitterness can get to be a bit much on the tongue.

Drinkability- This beer comes in 12 ounce bottles for a reason. A bomber would be too much for me. It's got a lot of different stuff going on, and you'll need plenty of time to get through the 12 ounces and try and get a good grip on all the tastiness. Not much need for more than one, MAYBE two.

Note: This beer is something from a post-apocalyptic movie where most of the world was wiped out, but one crazy brewer survived and somehow managed to make some intense, fantastic beer out of anything he could find. I'd say, if you can get it, start collecting vintages because every bottle is different.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz for lunch.

Pours dark. May not be black but the darkest brown known to beer. Could not get a head at all. Aggressive pour even. Seriously, no head. Is this carbonated?

Sucker almost smells like a stout. Some black licorice maybe.

Has a taste like concentrated Coca Cola syrup. If it was soda, I'd say hey, this is flat. And I'm not even bitching. Very unique stuff.

The 10% is well hidden in the mouth but not so much in the throat. The thickness to smoothness ratio is extreme and awesome. Meaning this stuff is very thick and very smooth.

Overall: worth a try

Photo of Mauerhan
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark brown with slight highlights when held to direct light. amazing tan head that was intimidating. the head retained better than any other beer ive had. the lacing is thick and clings like its on a mission.

good smell, i get heavy roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit.

taste is great. i get a touch of bitter up front that dances with the sweetness of the malts. it leaves my mouth watering and begging for more. the figs come through a good amount on the back end. for a beer that has 10 percent abv you cant tell. at all. and it has a great burp flavor to boot.

mouth feel is near perfect. on the thicker side of beers. lots of carbonation. but thats to be expected with a bottle conditioned beer.

i would drink this beer 8 days a week. i cant wait to try some more from hair of the dog.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dansting. 12oz. bottle, Batch 71. Bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber/brown with little carbonation. Huge malty aroma. Lots of molasses, raisiny fruit, and some hops, along with a little alcohol. Full bodied with a fantastic malt complexity. More molasses. Rich mouthfeel. Long dry finish with some hop bitterness. Tasty.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from South Bay Drugs. Served in a doppelbock glass.

Appearance: A deep brown body with ruby highlights, minimal head and lacing - almost none, in fact. Pours out very thick and syrupy.

Aroma: Leafy and spicy in places, with lots of malt notes - coffee, chocolate, toffee, stone fruits (particularly prune juice), and a few stray milky notes. Interesting.

Taste: Intensely malty and sweet - milky chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits (tons of raisins, plums, cherries), lighter fruit notes (apple skin esters, citrus), other smoky, toasty malty notes, a light amount of hop bitterness, and almost no alcohol to be found. Complex, intense, strong, and well-made.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with almost no carbonation whatsoever. Pour may have been bad, but this is one sticky, sludgy beer.

Drinkability: A malt bomb, and not a bad one at that. Gotta be in the time and place for it (the abv% is dangerously high, and it is crazy sweet), but overall it's very nicely made. Recommended, but in moderation!

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,192 ratings.