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

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2,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 577
Gots: 466 | FT: 40
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Ratings: 2,239 | Reviews: 990
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Whole Foods in Chelsea, New York for 5.99, maybe overpriced Ive been wanting to try this beer for many years, after reading Michael Jackon's glowing words on it.

The pour reaveals dark near black, brown with pronounced cherry glints. The head is elusive, quickly becoming a small ring. A very ornated web of lace drapes the glass. The aroma is nutty and chocolatey, like a Toblerone chocolate bar with some pine tar and roasty, coffee notes. The taste is a complex combination of thick chewy malt flavors and sturdy, but understated hop flavor. Brownie batter,cocoa powder, maple syrup, fresh bread dough, cappucino, fruit compote and many other dimensions of malt and yeast deliciousness abound. Hops leafy and piney and provide fantastic balance in the long finish. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick, like oatmeal, with a flawless, velvety carbonation.

This is a fantastic Old Ale, maybe my favorite yet, a breadth of delicious flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden with nothing but a pleasant kick that adds to the vast complexity of the beer. An absolute classic.

nutty, nutella, brownie batter,

Photo of jminsc76
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracking open a bottle while relaxing at home. Like a milkshake, pours a very creamy head, but even after I empty all of the liquid, the cream (or is it just the sediment I observed at the bottom of the bottle?) continues pouring from the bottle into the glass. Interesting visuals. The head is a light reddish brown color, the body deep mahogany with a tinge of brown. Great legs running down the side as I turn and tilt the glass. The head dissipates slowly, and reemerges nicely upon swirling.

The smell is powerful, with sweet caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch as the major aromas. It's intense enough to lift the nostrils, and it gets even better after some agitation.

Substantial heat to the taste, but the flavors are sweet, hoppy, malty, and all very strong. A lot going on with this one. I almost want to classify it taste-wise as a barleywine, but there are more dirty and smoky flavors coming through. The aftertaste lingers in the mouth like sweet tobacco, and the tongue slightly burns.

The mouthfeel: thick and hearty, but unfortunately not very smooth. All in all, I give it an A-. Like an incredibly intense Imperial IPA, this beer would not invite more than two servings per drinking session. But for all its combination of sweet, heat, and earthiness, it does invite repeated returns. I long for another.

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

Pours a very slightly translucent brown -- the very edges look slightly amber when light is passing through them. Little or no carbonation, slight light beige head and little lacing. Smells like roasted coffee or burnt wood.

Taste is very interesting. Strong bitter coffee and chocolate flavor, hints of hoppy bitterness (not quite pine -- maybe spruce). Strong molasses and coffee aftertaste soften of the bitterness a little bit. Smokey throughout.

Mouthfeel is thick and tarry -- I was going to score it a little lower until I realized that it fits this flavor pretty well.

This is a tasty beer, and I will keep it in mind the next time I want to sit around and concentrate on enjoying a complex brew.

Photo of Nick3
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 72 12 oz bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice. The dark brown beer forms a pillowy 3 finger light brown head. Nice head retention and some spotty lacing on the glass. Beer smells of molasses, chocolate, and coca cola. Taste is dark chocolate, expresso, and a cola sweetness with dark chocolate bite of bittnerness and a warm alcohol burn. Beer is appropriately carbonated lightly and is a sipper. Needed the beer to be a bit more balanced to make it a 5, but overall, an extremely worthy effort for this style.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown color with a small light tan head.

Scent of maple, smoke/bacon, alcohol, some chocolate, and a hint of oak.

Taste of maple, chocolate, smoke/bacon, earth, sugar, and a hint of alcohol. A very tasty Old Ale and one of the best of the style I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with a small amount of carbonation.

Photo of charlzm
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 03/26/09. Bottle labeled batch 72.

Pours into a tulip glass dark clear brown. When held to bright light, beer is a striking deep ruby color. A two finger light tan head forms and subsides to a very sticky foam layer.

Aromas of gingerbread, molasses, raisins/dates and a little booze.

The palate is sweetly woody and, seemingly contradictorily, somewhat bitter. Pitted fruit. Marked astringency and a little alcohol burn on the tongue. If there is hoppiness (and maybe I'm just not picking it out well), it's a spicy, peppery character. Slight soy sauce note on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, but not remarkably so.

For a ten percenter, this is dangerously drinkable. Some age would almost certainly mellow the burn and make this even better.

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with a ruby red tint. Little to no head with slight lacing:

S: Sweet malt, dark fruits, and leather.

T: Much like the smell. Sweet malt, little caramel and more of the dark fruits.

M: Thick and creamy with a good bit of hoppiness.

D: Not sure how many of these I could drink in a night but I'd sure love to find out. This is a very nice complex beer. I hope to get more of this soon!

Photo of erikm25
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chocolate brown with subtle orange and darkened caramel hues. After an aggressive pour there was absolutely no head. Ruby tinting makes an appearance in this otherwise swampy looking brew. Maybe some blackened burgundy thrown in there.

S: Rich and sweet. Heavy on wood, grapes, and figs. Both smoked and toasted prunes with a dash of sweetened black cherries. Roasted apples, cocoa, and wheat bread help to round out the aromas.

T: Subtle smoked peppered plum and oak soaked barley. Bourbon fig jam and pear molasses with a light white chocolate finish. Sugar with a splash of red wine. Raisin bread with a toffee candy finish. Syrupy licorice tinted alcohol comes to the forefront as this becomes warmer.

M: Medium to full body. Great sticky carbonation. Deviously complex with each sip. Don't be fooled as this has some serious booze.

D: This is a very unique and dangerously delicious beer which makes it one of those that is drinkable while you are drinking. However, not one that you could indulge in on a regular basis (at least I couldn't). Still a very amazing beer that is well worth your time. Hollenthon helps to add to the experience.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #70

A - Not a single bit of head besides a thin chocolate colored swirl, despite the rough pour. Deep cola in color with nice brown highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - The aroma is smoky and rich with dark fruits and a distinct earthy character. This smells absolutely amazing.

T - Deep earthiness accompanied by sweet dark dried fruits and a slight pepperiness and smokiness in the finish. There is also a nice slight alcohol burn that is not overwhelming. Chocolate becomes very apparent as the glass warms a bit.

M - The beer is rather flat which may just be my bottle. Despite this fact there is still a good amount of body to it.

D - Damn is this stuff good, though I do wish there was at least a little bit of carbonation to speak of. The beer is wonderfully complex and rich in flavor.

Photo of 0110x011
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown bordering on black, and completely opaque. One finger tan head is incredibly tight. Frothy like really good latte foam. One of the best heads I've seen in a long time.

S - Fig, plum, smoke, chocolate, and piny hops. An interesting mix that somehow works quite well.

T - The flavor is a bit unexpected compared to the nose. Smoke, leather, tobacco and earthy flavors predominate. The dark fruit flavors come in later, with a dash of hop pine. Some spiciness from the alcohol.

M - Very full bodied, nearly stout full. Smooth as silk. Soft and creamy. A bit hot in the finish, but that's my only complaint.

D - This is a thick and rich beer. One us enough, but the one is meant to be savored.

A unique and stellar beer. This will definately be a staple in my cellar for years to come.

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

Bottle at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.

Pours a coca-cola brownish black. Off-white to tan head. Smell is of the dark fruit variety, hint of roastiness way down deep in there. Taste is of dark malts and fruit, just that touch of roastiness, and a slight resinous hoppiness in the finish that clings to the palate. Body is a heavy-medium. Alcohol didn't seem too apparent.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this via route66pubs - much obliged!

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown highlights and a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a mish-mash of dark fruits, citrus hop aromas, and roasted malts. As it warms the roasted malt aromas fade, letting the fruits take over.

Tastes different than it smells. Lightly roasted malts, molasses, and dark chocolate kick things off, giving way to mild dark fruit flavors and a smokiness that comes in right before the bitter ending. The smokiness has hints of tobacco in there as well, and lingers for a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very good thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished over half of the bottle before I stopped trying to find any semblance of order and just started enjoying it.

Overall this is one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. The flavors are such that they all allow room for each other, and there's a whole lot going on. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours an opaque brown. Thick lighter tan head. Nose is chalky malts. Tar is quietly there and you really have to pull for it. Smoked caramelized sugars. Flavor is quite smokey. Clearly, this is much like a rauchbier. Not to sound like a grade A jerk about it, but damn. I get smoked ham tones, charcoal edges, but a brown sugar thing mixed in. Feel has a smooth carbonation and a slick liquid. Extremely good and extremely unique. To me this comes off as a Belgian rauchbier. Extremely unique. I definitely suggest the beer geeks try this one. IMO an unparalleled beer. A must try.

Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.99. Batch # 72, according to the label.

Poured a dark, cola-like color into a Duvel tulip glass. Takes on a slightly more russet color when held up to the light. Big, bubbly and creamy tan head. Head fell after a couple of minutes but was easily agitated back to life. Moderate amount of lace.

Cocoa, molasses, port wine, campfire embers and pipe tobacco all greet the nose, along with a slight, herbal bitter note.

Fairly complex flavor profile to this one. Starts out sweet with chocolate and molasses tones that then get matched with dried fruit. There's a roasted malt flavor - not terribly strong, but it provides some balance against the sweet flavors. Way in the background there's a smoky, pipe tobacco-like thing going on. At the fadeout there's a dry, herbal, bitter hop note.

Coating, slightly oily mouthfeel means that the taste sticks with you even after you've swallowed the beer. Probably not a beer to have just before some delicately flavored food.

A very tasty beer, this hits the spot after a dinner of apple-braised pork chops. Not so much a session beer, but it makes a great dessert or nightcap. If this were just a little bit cheaper, I'd be buying this regularly. Even so, I think I'll grab another bottle or two and lay them down to see how they age. Good stuff!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had to pick up a couple different brews from HOTD since they are available here in So Cal. Pours a dark brown with a huge off white head. I would have given it a 5 on appearance but the head was too big. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells of figs, raisins and tobacco. Little bit of caramel malt in the background.

Taste is not what I was expecting from the smell. Other brews I have had that smelled of figs and raisins were pretty sweet and viscous but this was rather not hugely flavorful. There is tobacco and some smokiness that is most apparent. A little sweetness. The figs and the raisins are buried in the taste of the tobacco ans smoke but their there. A little sweetness in the initial taste.

Mouthfeel is not viscous enough. Carbonation is good but the beer is a little thin.

Overall a good brew but it wasn't that special to me. I would have it on tap if I saw it but I don't think I will buy it again unless I get one of the beers mixed up since they are all named with a first name and thats a little hard to keep track of and not mix up.

Photo of PDXHops
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 71. 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Nice looking brew. Beautiful very dark brown/ruby body with lovely ruby highlights. 2 fingers of tan head that isn't inclined to leave anytime soon. It slowly reduces and compresses to a half-finger layer that never leaves- fairly amazing at this ABV. Crackly lacing all up and down the glass. As Alan has mentioned, bottle conditioning can be a bit of a crapshoot, but the stars certainly seem to have aligned with this batch.

Wonderful, complex nose. Sherry, figs, a hint of singed wood and smoke. Sweet malt, oak, banana. Sherry, tobacco, bittersweet chocolate. You could spend half an hour just smelling and picking out new aromas. A real treat for the nose; now, onto the mouth!

This beer really keeps your tastebuds busy. So much going on, I don't know where to begin. Nice big roasted and sweet malt backbone. Sherry, brandy and oak. Lots of fruit- figs, raisins, overripe apples, pears. Bittersweet chocolate, leather and a touch of smoke. Vanilla? Tiniest hint of bourbon. Nice bitter hop bite at the finish. Just amazing. This is one of those beers that you can sip, chew, swish and savor, and still find something new at the end of the bottle.

Great mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with a lingering oily, velvety, palate coating slickness. Hard to explain, but the 'vapors' left behind in your mouth still leave you trying to pick out new flavors. Weird, but awesome!

Overall impression: Incredible beer, my absolute favorite brew. Get some for now, but save some of this bottle conditioned elixir for later, too. Have a little patience and you'll be rewarded with something special.

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

Batch number 68

Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights when held to light, huge bubbly tan head takes forever to dissipate and sticks itself all over my glass. Smells a bit sweet with aromas of peat malt, dark dried fruits, licorice, a bit of alcohol, maybe even some whiskey. Taste is at first very smokey then lots of dried fruits, sweet malts and a bit of alcohol, some vanilla in the finish. Very complex, very tasty. Body is thick, carbonation is high, mouthfeel is sweet and sticky with a bit of alcohol. Great brew! Very complex and drinkable smell and taste. This brewery is slowly becoming one of my favorites.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, this reviews gonna be a little different compared to my other reviews, so take a seat and relax. So, here's pwoods bringing his 6 year old PC over to fix it for him... We just re-installed a new hard drive and Windows XP - but that's not why you are reading this review.

The new BA trader named bifristguard was kind enough to send a total of 4 x Hair of the Dog beers to me as extras in a recent trade (Holy crap! Cameron - you are amazing!)...

Well, pwoods and I (being the beer geeks that we are) start with the lightest offerings from Hair of the Dog and then work our way up... The first three were very nice and solid, unique example for their stlye - fair enough - but in the end, I may forget about them in the years to come. Moving along, we tear through the first three HotD's with no problem. We write up our brief reviews and move on (unexpectedtly) to Adam - Batch # 55.

The pours goes nice, as a deep ruby/brown mix with an average tan head and lacing... Nice, but no show stopper in the looks department. I then move onto the nose. This is where things begin to change gears... I get a complex mix of alcohol, sweet malts, tobacco, roasted almonds and perhaps some light brandy. Wow! It's time for me to put pwoods PC down and focus on this beer!

Batch # 55 of Adam reminds me of a walk through a dark cave on the way to lost beer treasure. The taste is full and complex with a mix of smokiness, peat moss, earth, alcohol and tobacco. I am a smoker, so naturally tobacco appeals to me... This beer had just the right amount of carbonation, sweetness, big flavor and complexity to make it extremely unique and enjoyable.

My favorite Old Ale to date. Congrats HotD - This is a sublime example of an Old Ale.

I want more!!!

Photo of pwoods
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle.

12oz. brown bottle split between 2 glasses. Batch 55

A: Pours a deep tawny brown, murky. Large light tan head forms and holds very nicely. Lots of lacing.

S: Huge malts. Alcohol, peat, caramel, nuts, raisins, smoke. Lots going on. Nice alcohol depth.

T/M: Tons of smoke and peat. Rich malts, caramel, light molasses, pleasant but deep sweetness. Great alcohol depth. Maybe even a touch of smoky meats. Body is nearly full but very smooth and not syrupy or chewy at all.

D: Pretty damn drinkable for as huge as it is. Alcohol isn't too much and it's very smooth.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass. Bottle lable indicates batch #72.

A: Pours a deep translucent mahogany. Two fingers of thick billowing collapse into a thin cap that left sticky lacing on my glass.

S: Aromas of dried plums and smoke.

The smokiness of this brew is what hit me first. Dried prunes and toasted peanuts followed.

M: Perfectly carbonated. The mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. With as much flavor as Adam has, it leaves the palate somewhat quickly, beckoning for another sip.

D: Alcohol bite is very subdues. At 10% ABV, it'd be easy to get carried away with this beer.

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

Poured dark brown color with medium light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium aroma of malt, fruit and smoke tone. Medium to full body with long complex finish. Medium to full dark flavor with a medium bittersweet finish.

Good brew with complex flavors.

Photo of wkcyr4
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a package from Floydster, thanks Kyle for plucking this from my wants. Batch 72.

A: Dark brown almost black with a very nice two finger tan head from a vigorous pour into my Duvel tulip.

S: Figs,raisins and dates.

T: Taste is more of the same, dark fruit flavors and a dark,smoky woody flavor. Upon warming I taste hints of dark chocolate. This is sublime decadence at it it's finest!

M: Full and extremely hearty, practically a meal in itself. First sip is a little hot and extremely boozy.

D: One or two would be plenty but that would take me through the evening with no problem. This one begs to be sipped.

Overall, this is one of the finest beers I've had in some time. I must now seek more from HOTD. Thank you so much Kyle, for making this available to me!!

Highly Recommended!!

Photo of mikecharley
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Olibeer22 for this as an extra in a recent trade.
Batch 72 poured into a Dogfish snifter. Black with ruby red highlights. Nice 1 finger head, which slowly dissapates, leaving a little, spotty lacing.
The nose is really smokey, with oak, some sweet malts, smoked meats. Just really complex smelling, and great aroma. This is the shining point of this beer, for sure
The taste is sweet malts, smokey, with some alcohol burn mixed in. there is also some bittering hops mixed in at the finish as well. I bet that this brew would age well. This beer's taste really underwhelms me, compared to the nose.
The feel of this beer is great. Coats the mouth wonderfully.
I could drink this all day, if it had a year on it.

Photo of BarleyMine
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a snifter and it presented an extremely dark brown to black head with red hues. Offered a thick, pillowy head receeding rather slowly and leaving sticky lacing. Smells of smoke, with bourbon barrel-esque tones and a malty/toffee/alcohol finish. Taste is a conplex compilation of woody and dusty (in a good way)notes, malty, smokey, some sweetness and a blue cheese like finish. It hits the palate in the same away a great blue cheese wouuld. This is a great blue cheese brew. The body is thick and full with just enough carbonation. Awesome!

Photo of RedHaze
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra in a recent trade with MASPuros. Thanks Mike.

Batch 72.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, with a two finger head that sticks around for a good long time. The lacing is thick, leaving a nice coating behind in the glass.

Smell; chocolate, wood, smoke all hit me as soon as I start to pour. As it seetles down some nice dark fruits start to come out, with raisins and dates. Fantastic, one of the best aromas of any beer that I've had.

Taste; the woody/smokeiness comes through right away as it did with the aroma, followed by chocolate and molasses. Raisins and dates combine with some brown sugar in to give this a semi sweet finish that helps tame the 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very good drinkability despite the high alcohol content. Fantastic beer.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,239 ratings.