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

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2,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,128
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 454 | FT: 35
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 grub
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 67

pours a deep brown with a full inch of dense light brown head. drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. roast. bit of smoke. toffee and caramel sweetness. bit of yeast. some alcohol. bready malt. bit of dried fruit.

taste is good. lots of roast, more than i'd expect for an old ale. alcohol, and nice warmth on the way down. smoke. tons of bready malt. toffee and caramel. coffee. nice lingering sweetness. as it warms the alcohol comes through stronger, but so does the malt. the roast seems to mellow and push up the sweetness and a nice light fruitiness. currant and date. bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. fairly big with higher carbonation level than i expect.

drinkability is very good, higher than i expected. really enjoying this one and look forward to trying this with a little age on it. my first taste made me immediately think of a porter, but subsequently it's coming through less prominently. interesting at around 45F, but it really shines as it warms.

grub, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 55. This hairy dog is still throwing up foam like an angry coastline after a storm, and it's been sitting for 4 1/2 years so far. Heavy peaty roast bite with a deep burnt caramel nose and taste. Rich mouth feel, still quite carbonated. Many other American craft brewers should take notes from HOTD on how to brew beers that will age well beyond the typical three year window most seem to lose pizazz after. Just my opinion though. I've never had a decent American craft brew that tasted interesting beyond three years until Adam, and yes I am quite aware of proper cellaring techniques. It's just my opinion - I didn't mean to insult your favorite vintage of Stone Vertical Epic. I've got one more of these batch 55 Adams, and I suppose I ought to hang on to it for another couple years.

dedrinker, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 20 Mar 11
Batch 75

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, really too much carbonation, HUGE freakn' head (too much to my liking) tan in color, leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of slightly roasted malts, very slight hop note, lots of dark fruits, toffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice toffee flavor, a very nice touch of dark fruits, very slight alcohol note. Medium Body, a nice complex brew, well rounded also. Very Drinkable for the ABV, a nice offering from HOTD, nice rendition of the style. Highly recommended.

Review 10 Jan 10
Batch 66

Been sitting on this bottle just over 3 years. Still a joy drinking it.

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, leaves very little sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, slight hops, alcohol, toffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice toffee flavor, a nice little touch of dark fruits, slight alcohol. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable for the ABV, a nice offering from HOTD, nice rendition of the style. Highly recommended. Need to pick-up some more HOTD brews, very tasty.

Batch 66

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, fizzy tan head, leaves very little lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, slight hops, alcohol, toffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice toffee flavor, slight alcohol. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable for the ABV, a nice offering from HOTD, nice rendition of the style. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. I had at on tap at Hair of the Dog while doing the tour and brought a bottle home. The bottle has more smoke that non tap, both are woody with a lot of alcohol in the nose. The 10% ABV is less noticable in the taste but still there. Very "hearty" as per the label, leather and figs, and lots of dark fruit. The smoke mellows as it warms, so I think I drank it too cold but was unfortunately in a rush drinking it in the hotel and unable to bring it on the plane. Great lace, strong smoke. Alan Sprints, the brewer, said the style is between an alt and a rauchbier. Brewed in memory of friend and brewer Adam Kerchival. Great beer--go get a bottle.

FightingEntropy, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes.

A-Blackish brown color....coffee colored foam with a cappuccino like texture....very long lasting again much like a cappuccino's foam.
S-Big roasted barley characters....malty molasses and caramel...dank hops.
T-Big molasses and caramel in the body creating a very rich texture. Hops balance the overwhelming syrup like characteristic that I have experienced in this style. The hops pick up toward the end of the sip and create a light bitterness.
M/D- A nice beet to sit and sip....light bubbles and light alcohol...rich and slightly syrupy.

jameaterblues, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 59
A- 1/2" tan head. on a very dark brown body (close to black). Has a thin tan lacing that pretty much covers the top with more built up around the edge and sticks a little bit to the side of the glass.
S- Strong alcohol with big fruit smell. Almost smells like some hard alcohol (can't put finger on it). Some hops are hiding in there as well. Along with something else.
T- Big alcohol taste with fruits all over. The alcohol leaves a big warming. Maybe some grassy hops in here too. The fruits have grapes, cherries, and a few others. Has a smokey taste too it also. A light roasty taste comes through with the smoke. It has a hop bitterness to help balance it all out too. The aftertaste has maybe some notes of wood, smoke, warming from alcohol, and some spices. Maybe even a hint of rye?
M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium to full body to it.
D- It is a good sipper. Maybe with some age it would of been better. It is still very young and needs time for all the flavors to blend better. Still a very nice beer. Big complex...well everything.

BlindPig, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep coffee brown, ruddy ruby at the margins. Two fingers of cocoa brown head swell and sustain for a time. Peaks of lacing rock the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a swarthy sweetness, coating with toffee, black cherry, plum, and coffee. Tangy yeast and a soft clove swirl mingle with a contrail of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes heavily roasted malt, semi-sweet and lightly charred, with a black coffee bite and earthy sloe fruit, cherry, and leather. The crisp bite of estery yeast eases into a warm port alcohol presence. A snappy espresso bitterness reappears along with a spicy hoppiness, both combining for a dry, bitter finish. It's an almost meaty presentation that shines and soothes all at once.

Between medium and full bodied, it oozes across the palate, and the hops dance just enough to make themselves known.

This is a beefy beer that hits you where you live, in a good way. It's earthy, savory, and a joy to drink, if slowly. The moderated sweetness artfully shifts to a grounded dark character, lending complexity to a fine blend. The ABV is a warmer, and is notable in itself, but it's a complement, not a hinderance. In closing, Adam's welcome in my garden anytime, whether Eve likes it or not.

Foxman, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of bwyker
1.68/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I must admit, I’ve had some bad HOTD experiences as of late. I don’t know if I got a few bottles from some systematic problem they’ve had at the brewery or what, but all seem to have signs of infection or too much oxygen in the brewing. The only exception to this was Fred and the outstanding Fred from the Wood (ratebeer release). Both were very good.

This one is a 12 oz bottle from batch 60. Pours a mud brown with hues of mahogany and dirty white foam that forms about a half-inch head on the first pour and lasts for quite a while. The smell is a powerful earthy dirt-like smell, with hints of cardboard. Unpleasant smell matched in the unpleasant taste. Mouthfeel is chalky. Completely undrinkable – dumped it.

Again, another bad experience. I, however, want to point out that I don’t know for sure if it’s a bad batch or just extremely overrated and overpriced crap in a bottle.

bwyker, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of MLegendre
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, with highlights of ruby, 1/2in tan head disapates very slowly, no lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, cherrys, licorice, and coffee

T: Cross between a barleywine and a stout. Sweet dark fruits upfront, bitterness as well as some roasted flavors come in strong midtaste. Finish is very bitter like a strong coffee.

M: Medium carbonation. Alchol is hardly noticable at all for such a high ABV.

D: Fans of big bold beers will love this. I found it to be very unique and very tasty. This is in my top 10 all time favorite beers.

MLegendre, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Portland's very own msubulldog95. Word to tha west-coast coaster-crusha.

A very creamy head is produced here, atop an opaque, black-as-midnight-in-hell color. So far so good.

Aroma is a tough one to nail. Some cocoa powder, even a little more chocolate-covered coffee bean and dark fruit. A pronounced saltiness covers everything, with a mild yeast funk demanding attention. A bit of a grassy essence arrives in later whiffs.

Whoa. The flavor is like oak-barrel aged ales meets hoppy barley wines meets your typical U.S. craft imperial stout meets the spicy sweetness of the best tripels. Old Ales always strike me as an exciting, wild hybrid of other, more definable styles, and this one is no different. Even the mouthfeel is top-notch: superbly creamy, perfectly carbonated for the flavor profile, hearty and round and robust.

At this point I'm thinking Hair Of The Dog is the next Stone, in terms of their big-ness, sense of originality and adventure, and the deeply satisfying flavors. Adam's hard to nail from just one bottle. It'll take quite a few bottles to draw a bead on this one, but it's a damn enjoyable event in the trying.

[NP: all kinds of Peter Hammill]

Metalmonk, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with a creamy tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell: The aroma is loaded with dark malts, molasses, chocolate, and deep berry flavors. The big cherry and grape flavors carry a hint of smokiness and come across like a sherry with some coffee in there as well.

Taste: It leads off with dark malts that lend to the chocolate and cream flavor followed by toffee, berries, licorice and coffee. There is a bit of a wood flavor and a hint of smokiness and hops in the finish, and all wrapped up in a magnificent balanced package.

Mouthfeel: This is a super creamy medium body beer that is a joy to drink.

Drinkability: If this beer were readily available in my area I would buy cases. Fantastic!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a moderate head. The smell is wonderful, like dried fruit, candided sugar, and sweet malts. The taste is huge, much like a doppel bock with more depth and more carbonation. The candided fruits really take the center stage with this beer, and come off almost as big as a quad. Quite a beer.

Toddv29424, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of beckje01
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crazy head that is brown. The beer is very dark with no activity under the big head. A dark amber almost black.

S- Simple semi sweet smell.

T- Sweet with a bitter end. There are also some smoke tones through out.

M- Tangy with some activity, overall nice.

D- Goes down good if its a bit warmer.

This is a prime example of trying a beer a different tempatures, I started with this one too cold on accendent and I was really put off by it and I almost drained it, but I gave it a chance to warm up I left the room did other things. When coming back to it just slightly colder then room temp if not room temp and it was a much better beer. I started my review over from the smell point with the warmer beer.

beckje01, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 61,when I popped the cap foam started coming out the top, poured a nice mahogany with a nice dark tan head that stayed aaaround for awhile. aroma roasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark sweet fruits, just a hint of hops, alcohol. flavor wow where did that come from got nothing in the aroma that would of suggested that there was smoke in this beer, a nice chocolate sweetness, the alcohol comes out nice and smooth, malts . I had this with pizza and it went very well with it the smoke worked will with the meat on the pizza.

walleye, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a tulip glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a brown amber almost opaque with a frothy tan head that holds amazingly well and laces nicely. The smell is sweet and malty and sort of reminiscent of a dopplebock. The taste is malty and reminiscent of dark berry fruits. There really is no hop flavor to speak of but there is some associated bitterness that balances it out well. The alcohol flavor is masked well but is still strong enough to keep you only sipping this one. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation and the mouthfeel is good but not overly impressive. Overall a nice beer to have around in the winter, a good beer.

MSchae1017, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of BillyB
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I've tried from Hair of the Dog.
Very interesting. Complex aromas and tastes.
Color is dark brown to black.
Aromas are dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, alcohol, and some old barnyard, horseblanket earthy smells.
Taste is of strong alcohol but not overwhelming. Licorice, coffee, toffee, nutty, strong woody aroma and taste.
Overall very interesting and complex. Not the most drinkable beer but for an old ale it was quite enjoyable.

BillyB, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of kgotcher
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick black with tan head. Aroma is roasty like a stout but with a distinct dark fruityness.

Thick mouthfeel but smooth with a hint of a bitter finish. Some warming is noticable from the 10% ABV. Kind of syrupy sticky aftertaste.

Taste is stoutish with much more sweetness. Dark roasted and chocolate character but with a doublebock sweetness to it. Dark dried fruit sweetness.

Interesting brew. For a historical beer it's not as bad as I expected. Good to know my ancestors didn't always drink swill.

kgotcher, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of egajdzis
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber color with a large head, that left light lacing on the glass. Has a malty alcohol aroma. Taste was mild malt with a big kick of alcohol. I was expecting less of an alcohol taste. I was hoping i'd like this more, but I just wasn't a huge fan.

egajdzis, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of unklesyd
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam is a truly unique beer. Interestingly enough, the worst review on the site does accurately reflect some of the flavor aspects of this beer: chocolate, tobacco, slight tartness. However, these are done in subtle and tasteful proportions to the other flavors: smooth rough leather, spicy noble hops, licorice.

From the outset, this beer looks fantastic: makes me think of an organic 3 Musketeers bar in the pour, settling down to a small, yet lasting head atop an opaque, black beer with garnet highlights.

Other than flavors listed above, the aroma also hints at some sweet dried figs.

As it is a big beer, this one can wear on the palate, but is rated as highly because it is a joy to take every sip.

unklesyd, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is enormous, three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough through out the whole glass. The aroma is of caramel, butter, and grape fruit. The taste is rather balanced begining with a large caramel flavor and ending with some grapefruity hops. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation Overall, this is a wonderful brew. It isn't as much of a brash hop bomb as I would expect from a West Coast brewery, but I think that is a good thing. It is certainly something I would purchase again.

KarlHungus, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/31/06- Purchased at Sonoma Wine Exchange in Sonoma, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, batch number 65. Other than that, not sure when it was brewed or bottled. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper brown in color with some red transluscent highlights. Maybe even a dark cherry color. Nice 3/4 inch head with streaks, small chunks and patches of lace left behind. Still was sticking to my glass when I woke up this morning.

Smell- Heavy hitter with loads of dark fruits and deep caramel malt scents. Figs for sure, possibly dates and plums, a bit of raisin as well.

Taste- Sweet, but not over the top. Malt is caramel and is dark almost to the point of being roasted or a bit charcoal. Fruits blend together very nicely. Tons of fig with raisins and maybe some dark cherry notes. A mild oaky or some kind of woody taste makes itself known as well. Lots of nice flavors here.

Mouthfeel- The only grudge I have about this beer is it's carbonation level. Well higher than I enjoy for a beer of this style. I'm sure it would mellow with age, but this was pretty fizzy...almost cola like. I'd like to try this from tap if it exists.

Drinkability- Other than the carb, it's got great flavors, a great nose and looks good too. All together a very good beer which may just need to mellow out before becoming outstanding.

GClarkage, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black to dark brown with a good size light tan head. Strong smell of prunes and raisins, a little caramel and alcohol behind it all. First taste is quite smoky, maltiness follows with a sweet chocolate and a little pruniness and balances the smoky and roastiness. There is some peppery spicy alcohol in the finish as well, not unpleasant or overpowering, but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, a little oily slickness and a spicy tingle in the finish. An interesting old ale, I've got a two year old version that i look forward to trying to see how the malts develop and if the pepperiness dies down. This serving was Batch 66.

hoppymeal, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours a very dark brownish color with a big rocky khaki head, lots of lacing.
Big maltiness up front, hints of bitter chocolate, sort of a musty sweetness in the nose that I cant really describe all too well. Nice and sweet, really smells great.
Big smooth malty taste at first that gives way to a sweet chocolate character with fig like flavors, buttery phenol, and a decent amount of alcohol on the palate. There are many subtle flavors I cant quite put my finger on, I've seen use leather as a taste description and that certainly makes sense now. A leather flavor that blends into the sweet malt character nicely.
Big chewy and sticky mouthfeel, very nice and coats your mouth with flavor nicely.
For the style at 10%abv this beer is very drinkable and goes down nicely.
This is a great beer from Hair of the dog, I will definatley be picking up a few bottles to put away for a year or two.

Matthew, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a full bodied dark black color with very thin tan head that is short lived. Practically no carbonation or lacing.

Smells bready, vanilla, raisins, and dates. Pleasant sweet malty smell.

Incredible taste! Starts off sweet with a substantial raisin/date tastes and a spicy alcohol dry finish. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and vanilla tastes are also present. The alcohol presence is used very nicely. It reminds me of eating grandma's raisin bread pudding and drinking a fine tawny port with it.

Almost chewy mouthfeel, full without being oily or filmy. Highly drinkable, but a slow drink. There are alot of flavors to enjoy and savor. The alcohol sneaks up on you slowly but then kicks you in a good way.

laintringulis, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch # 65--A very complex beer. It starts out with a dark brown pour with a thick tan head, resembling a stout. Has a hoppy aroma and taste of dark fruit, like grapes, plums & figs. Spicy with a hint of the alcohol to come. As it warms up around mid-bottle, aroma and taste switch more to chocolate with a hint of malt. Alcohol becoming much more evident, but in the after taste and warming sensation, not the mouthfeel. At the end of the bottle, it begins to resemble a barley wine in taste, texture and alcohol. I think Hair of the Dog covered about all beer styles with this one. Good job!!

kimcgolf, Jul 09, 2006
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,128 ratings.