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

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2,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,095
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 445 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Batch #16
Bottled March 1996

Pours oily with minimal carbonation.
Dark mahogany with ruby shading, barely a head from an exaggerated pour.
What nil froth does rise is beige and creamy, with a few odd larger orbs.
No lacework beyond the quickly dissapating skim coat.
Aromatics are filled with dark chocolate, concentrated caramel, and toffee-rubbed leather.
The nose finishes out with dark fruit, a boozy nod, and a hint of smoke.
Thickish, syrupy, and sticky body. A light creamyness keeps it alive.
The pallet starts off with alcohol laced chocolate shards and toffee bits.
Large dried malt component is the backbone, with dark caramel and some burnt brown sugar.
Bitterness is negligent, but balancing, alongside a mild astringency.
Finishes lengthy with a very sticky afterbody and mild sweetness.

Much more enjoyable than the two others from the same batch that poured as pure mucous.

04-21-2006 00:08:28 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of Birdiebeagle


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottle Pours a dark brown with a light brown small fizzy head. The head quickly deminishes and the lacing was only okay. Has a good aroma of roasted barley and hops, a real nice mix. Has an average carbination. A rather nice mouthfeel. Has a good duration and a firm strong finish. This has a good bold taste with a nice smooth bitter finish. A hearty ale with great flavors. I find this beer really enjoyable.

04-10-2006 12:50:12 | More by Birdiebeagle
Photo of germaniac


3.8/5  rDev -11%

Dark brown, with hints of red around the edges.

Smells of raisins and carmelized walnuts. A great dark, malty roasted aroma.

Starts malty and sweet, with a quick hop buzz chaser, just enough to tingle my tastebuds before coating them with the raw, earthy, flavor of charred campfire wood, more nuts, and dark fruits.

Pretty thick and heavy mouthfeel, but I think that may be right for the style. Not one I could drink all the time, especially at 4 bux for a twelve ounce bottle. Had a little trouble with this one, since my only style reference is Old Stock Ale. But Adam is a totally different animal. Now I'm kicking myself for not buying some Adam From the Wood when LiquidSolutions was selling it like a year ago...

03-17-2006 00:10:25 | More by germaniac
Photo of hanco005


4/5  rDev -6.3%

I wanted to try this since I have been told that is might not be available in MN for too much longer. 12 oz bottle of batch 63 into a nonic pint glass.

A—HUGE tan pillow like head. I mean huge, like 4 inches. Did I screw up the pour? Probably. This 4 inch pillow sits on top of a reddish dark brown solid liquid. Head slowly creeps down, which is good because I can’t fit the rest of the bottle into the glass. I will wait for a few minutes….after 20 minutes, the head has reduced to about ¾ of an inch, but there still is a big glob of foam on top of it…kinda looks like a root beer float. Some sediment remains in the bottom of the bottle.

S—strong, I could smell it just from opening the bottle, ripe fruits, plums, raisons, dried cherries, modest alcohol in the aroma as well

T—mild bitter coffee and chocolate tastes with some alcohol warmth, a little of the fruit taste, but nothing that I can really pick out, very good and different from anything I have tried up to now. Finishes dry.

M—full bodied, extreme carbonation, thick, heavy and a little oily

D—I like it…a lot, but couldn’t have more than two. It’s a bit heavy and the high abv would sneak up on me…

03-16-2006 15:24:37 | More by hanco005
Photo of joedon


3.5/5  rDev -18%

Huge rocky head with lots of tan foam and lace. Much more carbonation than I would expect from a high-alcohol/gravity brew.
Extreme dark brown almost opaque color. Closer to a stout than an old ale, INMHO.

Nice aroma filled with spice, alcohol, malt and yeast.

Taste is more spicy-hoppy than malty. Definitely less malt than I would have expected. Aftertaste of hop bitterness and some burnt raisins.

Nice mouthfeel and a decent sipping beer. Overall, this beer was way short of my expectations.

03-12-2006 23:21:03 | More by joedon
Photo of numenor1

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Batch 63

Pours a deep garnet brown with a towering fluffy head that eventually subsides, though never completely. Smells of brown sugar, molasses, plums, spicy alcohol. Huge flavor all swirling around estery fruits, molasses, plums, oak, roast, raisins and just a lot of stuff. Starts off quite sweet but the mountain of earthy hops ends it quickly, ends surprisingly very very dry with a ton of earthy dirty hops and lingering vanilla. Smoke becomes more apparent as it warms, as does peppery spicy alcohol. Very belgian in style, similar to a quad, absolutely terrific. Body is medium with a lot of carbonation for the style, fluffy, creamy, a tad abrasive. Too drinkable for safety. Kicks ass.

03-06-2006 21:48:07 | More by numenor1
Photo of rousee


1.9/5  rDev -55.5%

Batch 59

Hate to slam a beer but here it is. The pour is actually an encouraging murky brown-chocolate color with plenty of carbonation. It goes downhill from there though. The smell is a vinous, boozy mess of dark chocolate and cherries with just way too much vinous character.

Taste is dark malts and extremely vinous --some depth as it warms. Metallic aftertaste which is especially undesireable for an old ale. Very disapointing-especially since this brewery was in American Beer--the movie--I'm dumpin it.

03-04-2006 23:12:04 | More by rousee
Photo of jamie2dope


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

I've been waiting to taste this beer for a while now..here it goes. Poured almost completely black, with a little bit of brown showing up when held up to the light. Smell was of fig, plum, heavy heavy alcohol and also a medicinal quality pairing itself with the alcohol. Taste was very similar to the smell, except for the fact that the alcohol/medicine flavors hit me with a vengence. Another flavor that hit me was heavy molasses and sugar. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, however it was more the taste then anything that made this beer not so easy to drink. Damn! this is some odd stuff to quaff. The alcohol doesn't even make an effort to mask itself...maybe thats a good thing. My final thoughts are that this may not quite melt my butter, but I still give a big kudos to the brewers for making such an out there beer.

01-26-2006 01:53:58 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of TheBlackMallard


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch 62.

Didn't know what to expect. Pours a dark black with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate malt and roasted barley. Tastes of sweet coffee, maple, and a slight smokey woodish bitterness. It has some very similar qualities to Bell's Batch 7K.

01-25-2006 05:01:30 | More by TheBlackMallard
Photo of Jredner


4/5  rDev -6.3%

Batch 60
Aroma is quite fruitcakey..lots of spice and sweet malts. Dark cloudy brown with a mostly lasting thumb thick, tan head. Dark fruits, licorice, pumpernickel, baker’s chocolate and alcohol. Not as good to me as others seem to think, but I still find it good.

01-18-2006 08:06:14 | More by Jredner
Photo of hero27


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle. Batch No. 63.

Deep, dark golden brown from the pour...looks very dark in the glass...there may very well be yeast in there, but if there is, I won't be able to see it until I finish and it's sitting at the bottom. Beige head is creamy and average in size, but holds up very well. Malty aroma mixed with a barrage of dark fruits. Tastes are a delicious assortment of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol kicker..figs, plums, molasses, chocolate, and spices galore. Increasingly complex with every sip...syrupy mouthfeel coats the mouth and really allows all the flavors to shine on their own.

Simply another fantastic offering from Hair of the Dog that is well worth trying.

12-27-2005 04:16:06 | More by hero27
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North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a billowing tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. I was very careful with my first pour according to the bottle's instructions and got very little head; as I lifted the bottle into the air for a second pour, the head virtually exploded

Smell: Dried dark fruit, tobacco, peat, licorice and a bit of fruity hops; smells almost like red wine

Taste: Swirling this through my mouth I picked up a variety of rather sweet and pungent dark fruit and chocolate flavors on the front end along with a touch of raspberry; after the swallow, some bitter chocolate, licorice, tobacco and coffee flavors kick in and linger well into the finish where they are joined by the smoky peat flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied with prickly carbonation; very smooth on the tongue

Drinkability: This is a spectacular Old Ale that is well worth the effort it took to seek out here in NC

12-24-2005 21:49:49 | More by brentk56
Photo of DrJay


3.63/5  rDev -15%

Batch 62. Very dark brown with some cloudiness and a dense, light brown head. Clumpy lace. Malty aroma with milk chocolate notes, some cherry, slightly vinous alcohol and a hint of charcoal. Moderate malt sweetness with chocolate, licorice, and cherry rounding out the flavour. It ends with a big dose of malt and lots of warmth. There's a heavy alcohol character throughout that covers up the other flavours, especially in the finish. Carbonation was a little high, but the texture was still decent and the body full. It's a little rough right now and it seems to need to rest for a while before it hits its prime. Thanks Viggo!

12-24-2005 18:24:31 | More by DrJay
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Pours a monster head, almost went over the glass! A very, very dark brown, Lacing cling everywhere all over the glass. Brown patches adorn the cream colored head. It is a good looking beer.

S - Raisins, sour cherries, dates and a faint caramel malt.

T - Coffee malt, sweetness, nutmeg, a bit of smokiness in there. Warming a slightly bitter aftertaste lingers as the sweeter flavors fade.

M - Thick, fairly refreshing, creamy.

D - All around a very good beer. Easy to drink as well. for this style, it is hard to envision something superior.

12-22-2005 08:11:20 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Sitting in a pint glass, this beer fades from a brownish burgundy, to brown, to black with a thin tan head. Looks very good. Smells of intense bread dough and oats with some sweet cotton candy, brown sugar and earth. Tastes of sharp molasses and caramel with a bit of dry wood. There’s definitely some alcohol here that lends a great warming. The finish is a subtle dry hop and a slightly fruity coffee. Over all, I found the flavor rather subdued, flat, and a bit on the sweet side but remarkable none the less. Mouth feel is medium body with a lot of tiny bubbles.

12-16-2005 13:25:23 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

Experience has not taught me well with HOTD brews. I am finding that many of their beers are slightly different from the stock versions of the style.


Very dark color, porter-like if you will with a wonderful laced head. Extremely smokey and heavily malted. Detection of enormous amounts of charred coffee run wild in this one.

Beer comes across a bit bossy. You hear many times about a "meal in a bottle", this one is it. Heavy on the tongue, taste is too dominant.

12-09-2005 03:38:41 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of mmmbeer


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Finally tried the beer that I share a name with. Thought it was my 200th review... turns out it's #201... oh well. 12 oz., batch 48, no freshness date. I saw gunsmoke shoot out from under the lid right as I cracked it. After removing the cap it proceeded to foam up, almost spilling over, but I poured just in time. It's a murky (maybe too murky) dark dark red with some sediment and 1 inch of beige head that retains 1/4" throughout, which is surprising for a beer of it's strength. Smells of coffee, chocolate and caramel, sweetness/fruitiness, and tobacco. It's thick and extremely smooth on the palate, with flavors of citric hops, chocolate, tobacco juice, fruitiness, and a bitterness that is definitely there but subdued by the massive amount of malts. It's so smooth I can barely feel the last sip in my mouth. Like silk. I shared this 12 oz. but I could easily drink 2 of them by myself.

11-28-2005 09:06:31 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of krberg


3.4/5  rDev -20.4%

Batch 64

Deep brown. Porter like with a rapidly fading cream colored head. No light penetrates this beer.

Smells like malty OJ!?! Chocolate pokes through as well.

Sweet, smoky and chocolatey. Slight hints of caramelized sugars and raisins. Bitter enough to nearly stand up to the malt, but not much past balancing hops. There is a slight tartness right in the middle.

Adam is thick and not as carbonated as I would like for this beer.

A good beer to sip on and enjoy, but just too damn much for more than two.

An old ale... I don't think so. Their website calls it an historic german style that is no longer produced. Overall a nice beer to help chase away another rainy day.

11-10-2005 23:35:11 | More by krberg
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

Looks like a top English old ale, even a Belgian, good aroma. Smooth, malted and some dark fruit mouthfeel and drinkable, but without the spice and good taste I would expect from the UK or Belgian ales. Nice, but not one I would seek out again. Alcohol hammer and drying finish.
4.5 years later, a vintage 2006 is brought out by Jonah. Looks lik a cask ale, with the small amount of light brown bubbles. The best part us the aroma of spices. The taste, malty, some chocolate, even cloying sweet.

11-06-2005 03:51:18 | More by Sammy
Photo of Bitterbill


2.13/5  rDev -50.1%

Batch 61

Poured into the glass(after I lost some on initial opening) with a huge off-white head, this is some very dark stuff, bordering on black.

The smell has some fruit notes to it but the dominating aroma I get reminds me of antiseptic.

The taste is a real hodgepodge of not so good flavours that is dominated by the antiseptic that I mentioned in the smell followed closely by a bitter-sour attack that leaves my taste buds in total disarray.

This one is not for me.

11-05-2005 19:21:06 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of xoqx


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Batch number 60

Appearance: This pours deep red, with an almost cola like appearance and a viscous presence. A three finger head with great retention leaves lacing up and down the glass.

Smell: strong grainy, caramelly.

Taste: Intense malt with very balanced hops to follow. You can tell there a heft of alcohol in this, but it never detracts. Some chocolate overtones. I'm drinking this at 59° on the digital thermometer (read, beer nerd at home) and I think this is the right temperature for this beer. This knocks on the doorstep of being a barley wine.

Mouthfeel: creamy, full, very fat on the tongue. Weighty.

Drinkability: The alcohol content of this one means that you'd likely not being drinking too many in a row. That said, it's a real pleasure to drink and I think it deserved above average scores for the style.

09-28-2005 21:50:00 | More by xoqx
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%

IIRC, it was from batch 57, brewed on 11-19-02, bottled on 2-14-03. Strangely, I think it would actually improve with a couple MORE years of aging.

A: Dark black with a beige head.

S: Complex. Roasty, smoky, molases.

T: This has a bitter bite upfront and throughout, with a slightly fruity aftertaste. I found the aftertaste a little difficult to decipher after my taste buds were assualted by black-strap molases, very dark roasted malt (burnt like Starbucks coffee) and a little smoke. Personally, I think it could be oak-aged to mellow out the bitterness, and let some other flavours shine through. I know there gotta be some more fruit and caramel in there!

M: Full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Not for the newbie. The beer-geek should think it's alright.

Thanks Kevin!

09-17-2005 21:26:27 | More by Derek
Photo of Sephiroth


3.5/5  rDev -18%

Batch #47: According to their website, this was bottled on 9-22 of 2000. After being poured into a tulip, there is a two inch head crowning the dark, dark brown body. The nose is quite smoky, with dark fruits lurking in the shadows.

My first taste was somewhat chocolatey. As it warms to cellar temperature, the smokiness becomes quite apparent. Dark fruits hit first, and only for a millisecond. A wave of smoke rips through my mouth. As the beer warms even more, the smoke is receding, and the vinous qualities are coming out. The mouthfeel is still thick after all these years, and the carbonation is also high. The drinkability is low for me.

This is similar to Batch 5000, but not in the same league. Drink this close to room temperature. My ratings would be much lower at colder temperatures.

09-05-2005 06:52:24 | More by Sephiroth
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Batch #56 from a 12 Oz bottle.

Pours a murky brown brew with a respectable tan head.

Smell is a little sweet and fruity. Scents of chocolate, smoke, fig, banana, and sour cherry.

Taste is smoky right of the bat like a really good Scottish ale. Smoky tart and malty all flash across your tongue before the final slap of hop bitterness. Mild coffee aftertaste appears after a while. This to me is a wee heavy more than an old ale and this is a really good wee heavy too!

Mouthfeel is THICK no other word describes it. A really good beer shake.

Drinkability is just plain super here. Tasty and thick without being abusive of the tongue or unbalanced. This was worth every bit of the $4 I paid for the bottle and I absolutely will be looking for more of this brew.

08-25-2005 03:33:33 | More by Zorro
Photo of tjthresh


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark brown with ruby and garnet highlights when held to a light. Poured with a creamy tan head that leaves a nice ring as you drink. Chocolate, toffee, prunes and raisins, some roast. Maybe some hops, but this babys about the malt. Chocolate is the overriding flavor here. Sharp bitterness and alcohol burn. Very mouth filling. Definatley a night cap.

08-22-2005 17:28:29 | More by tjthresh
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,095 ratings.