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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: 576
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 marcpal
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been hanging on to this one for a while since getting it in a trade a while back from msubulldog25.

Felt the urge to finally break it out and enjoy it- and that, I did tonight.

Poured into an oversized chalice.

Batch #69

A: Dark red and pretty close to black in color. Dark mocha head that stayed substantial and the lacing was gripping.

By the way, love the look of HotD bottles, classy stuff.

N: Coffee, smoky, and chocolate. The alcohol is not hiding, this one is going to pack a wallop. A hint of raisins, more in the taste, but clearly dominated by smoke and dark chocolate.

T: On first sip, it reminds me exactly of figgy date pudding I had recently. Warming vanilla and strong fruits. As it warmed, the alcohol became more present and soothing- smokiness came through clutch and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Complexity is through the roof, well crafted. This is a barleywine, especially when the wafts and hits of licorice as it goes down. The smokiness is more in the aftertaste than the initial flavor.

M: Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Full bodied indeed- definition of creamy to the point of a thick root beer float. Warming alcohol in the drawn out smooth finish.

D: Great stuff. Complex as can be and delicious. The alcohol will catch up, but this sipper is a gem. Not at all too sweet but the right levels of most things- old ale? if so, still tremendous but seems more of a BW.

Hair of the Dog is just flat out great- I wish I had better access to this stuff. Just remarkable.

I eagerly want more of this beer and the others from these guys, whatever way possible. Hell, I might be moving to Portland soon.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, smoky and wow.

Really quite outstanding, from a batch 62 12 oz bottle the liquid is dark with good carboantion. The head is 2 fingers tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is big alcohol and lots of smoked caramel.

The taste is GRRrrate!. really outstanding smoky caramel taste. So glad I got this brew, very nice. Other notes of flavors are dark fruits like fig and plum, dried apricot, pear sand raisin.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, god carbonation and a huge body.

The drinkability is very good but a 10% just sip. Prosit, MK

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

Dark, with no light passing through, save for some reddish highlights around the edges. Almost zero head. This is one serious-looking beer. The smell is RICH: fig, subtle smoke, very slight coffee and burned aromas and some very subtle sweet notes. Flavor is... wow.... intense. The bottle says "leather." And it's correct! Earthy. Fig. Bold. Heavy. Flavors unfold slowly in the mouth. There is a nice slight alcohol warming that shows up at the end. So nice to drink, but I'd better stop at one! This would be great on one of these crappy Portland January nights.

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

Batch 70

A: snifter. deep, rich mahogany color. barely any head, no pop when I cracked it. no lacing and a light tan head of what is there.

S: prunes, cherries, figs, hints of clove. some blackberries and strawberries.

T: I really get some leather, chocolate notes, some smoky oak, serious fig, plum and raisins.

M: full to medium bodied. practically no carbonation. very mild for 10% great palate.

D: very nice brew. only one for me but wow!!

Photo of IBUnit63
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 70 into Coronado pint...

Pours like a mix of molasses and apple cider with no visible carbonation.

Like treacle? Lots of apples and dark caramel with some cinnamon-it's very good and powerful.

Whoa camel-deep caramel and coffee notes. Nice alcohol burn counters supreme heft-this is old school nasty stuff. Raisins, piney hops, even figs are in there.

Syrupy thick-even finish and feel, top to bottom. Heavy? Yes. Enjoyable? Absolutely. Coffee bean feel provides nice afterburn.

This is definitely a sipper. Good nitecap.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours an opaque black into a Belgian glass. Four fingers of mocha foam are quick to spring up, halting the pour. Slowly she falls, unevenly, leaving a peaks-and-valleys landscape across the top of the beer. Thick walls of lace adorn the side of the glass. She's a looker.

Aroma - dark roasted malt, figs, leather, molasses.

Taste - more of the dark malts, initially. Roasty, leathery. The sweetness is there but tempered. An abv warmth adds some good depth to the flavors. Some light char on thhe swallow and coffee notes emerge on the aftertaste. A warm, roasty finish, leather still present.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, swirling some of that out to taste the flavors better. It is smooth with a slightly big body.

Drinkability - an interesting brew, but not one of my favorites. Some interesting flavors, I'm just not that high on them. Thanks to udubdawg for getting me one of these at DLD08.

Photo of JasonA
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 67. I know its a bit old, either 06 or 07.

This is going to be a tough style to rate as I know nothing about them except what I have read.

Pours a delicious dark (very dark) brown, quite opaque, though some light getting through. Rich dense, dark head with quite a lot of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Some dark dried sweet fruit like raisin or date. There is another food type that I cant place. Virtually no hop character. ABV. It doesnt take a genious to call this a full bodied beer.

Wow. Roasted malt finish. Wow. Ive never tasted a finish non-syrup like with this flavor. Lots of warming, non biting, ABV in the middle.

Sits very smooth for ABV. Almost like a Barley Wine. Lots a similarities between them. This brew gets better as temperature rises.

I love this brew. I cant really find a flaw in it. I wish I could drink like 4 of them starting at dinner. This would compliment a lot of meals and is a very hearty drink.

I originally got this beer in a BIF. Ive been looking to trade for them, but I think the price is a bit high. I might try to find some on the cheap any way possible.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark mahogany color with a tan head, The nose had some nice sweet malts along with bitter english hops. The taste had large amount of fruits, candy, and residual malt sugars balanced by floral hops. A thick body goes down well. Quite a delicious brew.

Photo of Onslow
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

such a powerful and smooth first few sips ... intensely flavourful with dark cherry, dark chocolate, some smokey leather, piney ... very good stuff, ...LS .... had after a particularly annoying day at work and the aggressive hops melted the annoyance away.. recommended!

Photo of donaldchapman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, substantial head with good lacing, ruby high lights.
S - Notes of dark fruit, alcohol, hops, and lots of malt.
T - Malty toasty flavors, accompanied by a slight roast, hops, and alcoholic notes. Dark fruit, raisin, etc. Appropriate bitterness
M - Full body, great warmth, with a good carbonation.

This is a great beer, it has great malt complexity without being muddy, a good hop kick, and some very nice fermentation characteristics (alcohol, esters, etc.)

Photo of Floydster
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for four dollars and some change, Batch 69, has been in cellar for close to a year, split with my dad tonight, poured into my new Urthel tulip

A-Very dark brown with red highlights, looked more like a stout to me, the head was massive and well over three inches, it was a light tan and very frothy, stuck around for fifteen minutes, left some of the craziest lacing I have seen

S-Blackberries, caramel, leather, tobacco, figs, other dark fruits, faint hoppinesss but probably died down with age, toffee, lots of booze, and milk chocolate

T-This tasted like a mix between a barleywine and an imperial stout, in other words it was very complex and like nothing else I have had, was nothing like the Alesmith Decadence Old Ale I had, especially not the barrel aged version, lots of sweet cocoa and dark fruit up front, finish was still a little dry from some hops that were left over, got sweeter as it warmed, caramel definitely came to the surface and dominated for a while, this one was definitely a sipper

M-Boozy, hot, sweet, and pungent mouthfeel, body was very thick almost like an RIS, taste lingered a long time as well, could have used some more carbonation in my opinion

D-Could barely get through my six or seven ounces, hard to get down and heavy on the stomach, wish it was a little smoother, alcohol is not hidden enough and you can feel that ten percent

Hair of the Dog has brewed yet another great beer, this would only get better with age too, this aged version on wood is probably incredible, glad this beer is now available near me at Beverage Warehouse, will be drinking more of this stuff in the future, recommended

Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 70

a: This was a clear, dark ruby red. It poured with a huge light tan head that slowly grew for a full minute. Weird. The head was long lasting and somewhat sticky.

s: This isn't barrel aged, but I swear I smell some charred oak. Mild notes of vanilla, toffee, and dark fruits wrap around some perfumed alcoholic heat. Enticing and complex.

t: Upfront I taste naked oak. This quickly gives way to some mildly sweet elements of vanilla and dark fruits like plums or cherries. The finish has some grassy, citric hops and just a touch of warmth.

m: The creamy, gentle carbonation is a great compliment to the thick, silky body on this one.

d: Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for the fantastic extra. I need to try more Hair of the Dog.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 71 poured into one of my oversized wine glasses

deep dark brwon, almost looks like a porter or an imperial stout except for the tinges of reddish brown. A bit of carbonation but very light, surprised me with a bit of lace on my wine glass as well

the nose is quite rich aromas of blackberries and caramel. evidence of the big malt bomb ready to hit the tongue.

certainly an old ale, I detect a great deal of roasted malt here in a way that reminds me of a smoked porter. A great deal of raisins and other dark berry flavors present, evidence of the refermentation sugars as well. I must say that I really like the roasty coffee notes that I think are applied rather creatively in this style of beer. A bit of cleaning hops there on the finish but nothing that really stands out.

just enough carbonation to make it snap, full bodied, deep and oily, and a bit of roasted malt astringence on the finish

also highly drinkable fro the alcohol, I find this beer inoffensive yet striking. I have to say that I absolutely love this beer. It's so yummy, so smooth. It's right up there with some well aged Old Stock.

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

Batch 70
A- Wow and there is the head! Pour gave way to quite the foam amount. When it subsided it left quite a bit of lacing. The beer was a nice dark brown.

S- Smell is oak, fruits, smoke and a slight dryness.

T- A nice malty and smoky taste shines though. A good oak/wood taste. A great overall taste. I wonder how Adam of the wood would taste, probably even more on the oak tastes and smoky tastes.

M- Good feel in the mouth, a little on the fizzy side, but feels good none the less.

D- Easy to drink, which might be a bad thing since its got such a high abv.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #61. Picked this bottle up about 9 months ago at a little store in Colorado. The clerk seemed to think this batch had been brewed with Brett as an experiment by HotD.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was mahogany in color with a huge, 3 finger, creamy tan head. Heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was full and funky. Light caramel, cigar and malt dominated by sour, earthy funk. Very interesting and different.

Taste was smokey, roasted grains with light notes of malt and sour undertones. Pretty unique tasting.

A sipper that gets better as it warms. Just like other Hair of the Dog offerings, this is a winner in my book. I feel lucky to have spotted this in CO, I only wish I could find more.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, huge thanks to IDateTheFormula for this one. What a beer!
Batch 71

Pours deep dark cola and sits in the glass with a few deep ruby brickish highlights. Thin head forms slowly and then vanishes, leaving in a faint ring of fine miniscule bubbles. Surprisingly it does leave a little speckled lacing.

Smell is rich and earthy. Leaves and soil thicken the overall nose, with plenty of sweet syrup, fig, dry dark bread, tobacco, and wood.

Taste is even more spectacular than the nose, with a rich, full, round, and somehow delicately balanced flavor. Full creamy tobacco, leather, and old wood. The overall depth is well beyond 'malt' or 'hops' taste, bringing out flavors that are rich, complex, and sophisticated. Dry woody bitterness finishes with some dark toasted bread.

Feel is really complimentary to the taste, very full without being overly done. Good amount of sticky finish, with a nice touch of dryness.

ABV is high, but I can think of plenty of occasions that this would be my go to beer to sip on if I could get more of it.

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

Batch #70

Appearance: Watch out for this one. Carbonation is extremely active and even a careful pour yielded an enormous four finger, mocha brown head. Otherwise, it's a very dark brown color. There's some light peeking through around the edges and some red undertones. The head doesn't want to go away. It's probably going to outlast the beer. Thick sheets of lace cling to the glass.

Smell: A heavy mix of roasted and chocolate malts hit the nose first. There's strong dark fruit notes. Mostly raisin. It also has a nice fig aroma that blends well. A very earthy, natural fragrance emerges that's a little unique. I can't quite identify it, but it's an interesting touch. I want to say it's a little reminiscent of tea, but I'm not sure that's either. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but blended well considering it's 10%.

Taste: It's very rich and malty up front. Excellent blend of roasted and chocolate malts. Chocolate malts are secondary, but very flavorful. Raisin, prune, and fig blend extremely well and really push the flavor profile into the complex arena. This is chock full of flavor. Again, there is a natural aspect to it that's very distinct. It is a bit like tea or tobacco leaves. Alcohol has a slight warming effect, but is only slightly noticeable in taste. Finishes earthy and sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, bordering on thick. A little chewy, but smooth nonetheless. Very appetizing. Carbonation is a little high, but doesn't affect the feel too much. I'd consider giving it a "5" for feel if it were just a little lower. Drinkability is good, but diminished a little by the high abv. I could drink maybe two of these in a sitting.

Adam's a damn good beer. It has a unique, natural flavor that's really going to stick with me. The only improvement this beer could really stand would be a slight relaxing of the carbonation. It's not a huge complaint, but it's a tad high. Otherwise, this is an impressive beer. Recommended.

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

Pours dark brown, almost black with ruby hues in the light. A large inch and ahalf light brown head forms on top with excellent retention and some lace.

Aroma is great. Raisins and mollases, caramel, and a hop spiciness.

Taste is great. Bitter chocolate, figs, and a little smokey. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and finely carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. High alcohol and heavy flavors limit consumption, but everything is right about this beer making it very easy to consume.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 70

a - pours deep dark brown with burgundy highlights, HUGE cappuccino colored head with awesome retention and lacing, a truly awesome looking beer

s - kind of weird, but this smells exactly like the pit-smoked beef brisket I had last weekend, lots of smoke, hints of port wine and figs as well

t - a lot like the nose, smoked beef brisket up front and on the midpalate, stronger notes of port wine and caramel, some fig and tobacco, lingering smoke and woodiness on the finish

m - fairly full-bodied, moderate carbonation, pretty well balanced finish, alcohol warming effect

d - definitely a sipper, the taste is intense and not condusive to quick drinking

Really unique beer all around. A lot smokier than I expected, and quite port-like. I honestly would have guessed this was oak-aged. A great nightcap sipper.

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

A : Pours a nice dark brown with a good tan head that fades away quickly.

S : Roasted malts and an array of dark fruits

T : Has a good smokiness and roasted malt flavor. Finishes with an amazingly strong dark fruit flavor. Incredible.

M : Chewy, Thick, Creamy

D : This is one that has to be tried. I plan on getting plenty more of this and trying it again and again.

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

Pours out a chocolate dark brown concotion with two fingers of tans suds and some lacing.
Smell is chocolate and malt. Sugar and a little alcohol are present in the nose.
Taste is chocolate and malt with a hop finish. The flavor doesn't match the aroma or appearance.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily but drys out with the phenol cleansing.
This is not the best offering from HotD.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brought back to Boise by inflatablechair... Sam picked this up at the Earth Day sale.. and it is truly appreciated. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.... batch 71.

Obvious lack of carbonation.. only 2-3 bubbles break the surface every second.. no head .. the brew is very dark brown.. deep walnut.

Aroma is very complex .. vinous.. dark dried fruits.. fruity esters.. reminiscent of an older tawny port.

Flavor is much again much like a tawny port.. sorta leathery with touches of cigar tobacco.. big and malty with a complexity that will defy my tongue.. rummy figs.. a little bit of plum and prune.. not getting any hoppiness.. a smoky chocolate as it warms.. Woody (is Adam wood aged???) .. mouthfeel is thick and smooth.. like velvet.. drinkablility is fairly good.. I don't know how to describe it.. if I didn't pour it myself, I wouldn't guess this was a beer.. a tawny port would be my immediate guess... the only other beer that is really striking the memory cords is my bottle of Sonoran 100.. which Adam is a close relative without any of the big alcohol associated with the Sonoran.

I can't even call it a complaint, because I don't know if Alan wanted it this way.. but the lack of carbonation is something to note.

I still have half a bottle... and it is going to take me a while to finish it.. not because it is bad .. but because.. My mind and palate need more time come to terms with all the complex nuances in this one... I REALLY wish HotD was still available in Boise... I have a few labels from (my guess) back in '03-'-04 maybe earlier.. and then the supply dried up... now I have to beg friends to pick them up for me when they go to Oregon... Sam is that friend... much appreciated.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 67. Thanks going out to grumpy for the opportunity to consider this one.

Pours a clear opaque darkness with a full finger light tan head that fades slowly. Spotty patterns of lacing generated. The smell is an aggressive fig & currant dark fruit medley. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is equally rich and full bodied. Full flavored, the berry currant taste is assertive and the mild chocolate and smoky characteristic lingers significantly. A bit of a sipper, the 10% ABV is present in the mouth and amplified by the sharp tart characteristic of the currant. Scoring points for imagination and passion. There are some serious ingredients involved with this one. Recommend giving this one a spin around the block.

Photo of rudylaw
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of batch #70.

It pours a murky, dark brown, with ruby highlights with no head at all.

It smelled of burning wood, dark malts, caramel, maple and raisins. It tastes really good despite my thinking that I had a flat beer in front of me. I get roasted malts right away, with dark fruits.

It still drinks flat, but it's not a bad thing. Very hard for me to describe as I know I need another sample seeing as some reviews are similar to mine, but many more describe something different. I need more.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 66. Murky black walnut with no hint of lightening at the edges. The upper portion of the snifter is filled with coffee mousse colored foam that is creamy and supremely silky. It melts in fantastic fashion and leaves an abundance of lattice-like lace on the glass. Adam looks great!

The nose is akin to a huge Baltic porter or a barleywine chock full of roasted malt. Since old ale is such a broad style, it works as well. Each sniff delivers loads of black malt, dark fruit macerated in dark rum, anise seed... and all manner of other things that should be more identifiable on the palate.

Adam is unlike any beer that has ever entered my glass. It's similar to an Imperial stout, but is much deeper and more multi-faceted. I'm reminded of an RIS brewed by a world class Belgian brasserie. It's delicious right now and should be even more compulsively drinkable as it continues to warm.

Another comparison that keeps coming to mind is an American barleywine with more black and roasted malt than any American barleywine on the planet. Could the yeast strain be responsible for the mindblowing flavors that greet each sip, or have the brewers added some secret ingredient?

The flavor profile includes the finest quality bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, black currants and figs soaked in Jamaican dark rum, coffee bean-flecked plum pudding and black licorice. In addition, my taste buds register a lingering smokiness that puts a rauchbier-like finale on the whole shootin' match. This stuff is amazing!

Although I was unable to determine the bottling date for this batch, it has to be at least a few years old. That was time enough, apparently, for the flavors to meld completely and for the alcohol to soften into velvety smoothness. It still contributes a minor tongue numbing and a great deal of belly warming.

A louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking (and a bit too much fizziness in the upper portion of the bottle) had me concerned. All is fine now, though. The beer is medium-full, with a chewiness and a mouthcoating that is immensely enjoyable. A fraction more heft and a 25% reduction in carbonation would have garnered the next highest score with ease. Note: it finally gets there in the end.

I was going to say that Adam is my favorite HOTD beer when I glanced at my reviews for the others. Fred, Rose Cassis and Blue Dot Imperial IPA scored almost this high. These guys should be commended for pushing the boundaries of what constitutes outstanding craft beer and for delivering incredibly delicious, infinitely cellarable ale much more often that not. Do yourself a favor and buy Adam by the case whenever you run across it. I know I will.

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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.