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

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2,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,210
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 575
Gots: 457 | FT: 36
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam batch # 68 received from largadeer. Poured into my brand new snifter.

A: Brownish black with almost no light penetrating. Bubbly two-finger brown head with excellent retention

S: Caramel malts, raisins, plums in rum, christmas spices.

T: Malty and complex with sweeter malts and a lot of fruity complexity. Plums, raisins and alcohol heat. It's perfect for this cold spring night and i warm myself before i sleep. Reminds me of an old ale.

M: Full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Sweet on the finish with a hint of the X-mas cake spices

D: Pour this in a snifter and enjoy.

Batch 55, consumed 27 July 2013.

While dulled with age, this is an incredible beer. Sherry toffee leather, earth honey tobacco and a pleasant oxidation are present. The Palate is similar and less assertive than younger versions. More oxidation with sherry Earth and tobacco. Very nice 4.5/4/4.5

Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of throwitallaway, poured into a snifter. Batch #70.

A: Wowzers! This guy just exploded out of the bottle with a 3+ finger off white head that threatened to overflow the snifter. The head literally stayed nearly one finger thick the entirety of the session and left some serious lacing. Pours black with only the slightest hint of deep mahogany tints around the edges. Beautiful if not slightly out of control.

S: Big whiffs of dark sweet malts with caramel, toffee and chocolate scents. Dark fruits in there as well, figs, plums and raisins maybe. Slight smoky smell throughout.

T: Massive and complex with a whole lot going on. First taste of dark malts, molasses, chocolate and dark fruits. Caramel and toffee flavors are also evident but all the sweetness is balanced by the strong hop profile, mainly piney, resinous hops. There is also the smoky backbone that weaves itself in and out of the taste. Borders on taste bud overload. Like the appearance...tasty if not slightly out of control.

M: Thick, creamy mouthfeel coats the mouth but lingers with a slight hop bitterness and the stinging of the alcohol.

D: Wow, I'm not sure I could have more than a couple of these in a week or so. Massive beer all the way around and the sensory assault just slightly takes away from the drinkability. Despite that, I will actively seek out other HoD brews after this baptism by fire.

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

Thanks to goryshkewych for this great extra
12 oz bottle batch 67 bottle poured into my sniffer produced a finger worth of off white head on top of a black body the head turns to a light lace

Aromas of leather, smoke, oak and sweat malts fill your nose. This brew is really complex

Flavors of great malts, scotch like in a lot of ways dark fruits and alcohol. Good balance of sweetness and alcohol warmth

Full body creamy mouthfeel rich is a good word

Sippability is great wouldn't mind having a few of these for special occasions

Photo of Benway
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle labeled Batch 68.

This has been a favorite of mine for a few years now and I think I'm close to finally brewing something myself that comes even close.

A. Pretty close to opaque with a light brown head that remained consistent at about a quarter of an inch.

S. Slight alcohol, leather (pretty common description but apt is apt), overall very balanced and unique. You know what you are in for and it's great.

T. Fantastic. Spice charactheristics aren't so complex, rather full and again balanced. Burnt caramel, leather, leaves your tongue coated with almost a coffee feel. I'm not good enough to praise this beer.

M. Excellent. Well rounded with no particular hop or malt bomb. That the 'leatherness' can take over so completely and not be a put off is remarkable.

D. Way far from a session beer. Pairing it with food may not be such a great idea as it stands so well on it's own. Maybe keep the food pairing somewhat hearty but neutral (German) in terms of spice. A cigar would probably be ideal.

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

Purchased at South Bay Liquor. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark with a thick off-white head that sticks around. Aroma of plum, berries, malt, and a touch of smoke and hops. Tastes of sweet malt, smoke, berries, and a slight amount of alcohol. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Medium-bodied. Probably couldn't drink a lot of these, but one is very nice.

Photo of warmstorage
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, acquired in a great trade with ccrida. Thanks!

Bottle cap has a $4.50 sticker from John's Marketplace, (presumably Portland, OR.) Bottle states batch #70, no other dating.

Appearance: deep brown, opaque, almost brown-black. Light brown head is dense but limited, leaves limited, light lacing.

Aroma: chocolate cherries prunes raisins yum!

Taste: leather chocolate cherries, stonefruit -- especially prunes, raisins, plums, with a distinct smokiness. It's complex, and hard to tease out all the flavors, but they're all delicious in combination. Might be that if it were a tiny bit less muddled, I might be able to give it a five for flavor: it's that damn delicious.

Mouth: moderately to fairly thick, fairly bright carbonation for such a high gravity beer, tingly warmth in the throat on the finish probably due to the alcohol. Nice.

Overall: A damned delicious beer. I love HOTD, and this is no exception. It's an outstanding, careful, exciting, innovative, interesting beer that is intensely drinkable. $4.50 for a 12 ounce bottle is steep, but I'd pay it again and again.

Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 70
Bottling Date: mid-to-late 2007?

A- beautiful brown black, thick well retaining head, chunky klunky lacing.

S - Dark meaty malt, tobacco, nuts and stone fruit.

T - Dark fruits and bitter, bitter finish. Something a little ashen in the finish that I did not care for.

M - Thick, viscous, coating, good carb.

D - Can't do more than one.

Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with nice clarity as it thins. This bottle poured with an utterly enormous frothy head, 4 fingers at first, which took several minutes to settle down. Excellent head retention after that.

Smell - Very earthy, not very beer-like in aroma. It reminds me of leather, soap, figs and dirt, with just a touch of caramelly malts.

Taste & mouthfeel - Roasty and moderately sweet. Toffee-like flavors mingle with more unusual notes of smoke, figs, leather and tobacco. This is pretty full-bodied stuff - definitely a sipper. Carbonation is soft and mellow despite the initial massive blast of foam.

Notes - Excellent; really unique and interesting stuff.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 10% ABV. Very cloudy chestnut, chocolate color. Really muddy and murky looking. Thin tan head trickles to a thin layer quickly.

Aroma is smoky, chocolate, fig and dark fruit. Lots of stuff going on here. Almost a meaty smell.

Mouth is full of chocolate, fig and dark fruit. Smoke adds a nice touch without being overwhelming. Not much bitterness but not overly sweet either.

Some warming alcohol, but hidden rather well overall. Full body. Such a complex treat. I could sit and sniff this all day. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA., purchased in February 2008; consumed in March of that year. Price not receorded.

Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy tan white head. A small amount of protein/yeast(?) was left in the bottle.

Aroma is of a very rich beer. Deep dark fruits (raisins, dates, figs, black cherries, and probably others) and a touch of nuttiness surround a slightly boozy German black bread. Excellent.

Flavor- wow, this one huge, complex beer. One that honestly is hard to describe for its complexity. But here goes- Woody, rich, alcoholic, deep dark rich fruitcake, with an astringent end. Roasty, caramel, bitter chocolate, leather, and I'm sure a dozen other things swirl and collide as it dances on the tongue. I like this stuff.

I have 2 quibbles with this beer. The first is the alcohol burn. I've had 10, 11, even 12% beers where the alcohol burn is no where to be found. Here it's everywhere. Secondly, the beer has so much going on, that I actually found I had severe tongue fatigue before I finished 1/2 of the beer. I wanted to stop drinking, and go brush my teeth.

Even so, a very good beer, in fact, one of the better beers out there.

Photo of HotHabanero
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a dark brown body and a very nice creamy and beige head. There are fine lacing too. Nose primary of hops and malt. Sweet flavour of burned malt, dried fruit, raisins, mild coffee and liquorice. Ends up more dry with some alcohol. A very enjoyable brew.

Photo of kleffman
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Alesmith Tulip with a two finger head that wouldn't go away. Such incredible retention I could barely drink the beer itself (and I poured extremely carefully). Murky dark brown with a tan head. Fairly bubbly carbonation.

Aroma is similar to what the bottle describes - dark chocolate, figs, smoke, hints of leather and meat. Malty character dominates.

Tastes similar to the smell with large amounts of dark malt character, leather (seriously), and cocoa powder. Extremely complex. Gaining in flavors as it warms.

The mouthfeel is full, riding on a generous carbonation. Smooth drinking and very coating. It's a great sipper, you really need only a small bit to get a full array of flavors.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I nursed this thing for over an hour and it was sad to see it go. A bit pricey for bottles from this brewery, but totally worth it. Will be seeking out their other ales for sure.

Photo of Maudite
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to give this one an A+. I've never had my heart melted by a beer like this before. My first real old ale experience, but I am hooked. I find myself thinking about this beer every second, now.

A- Dark, mahogany, the color of a stained wood bureau, old loafers... slight ruby hue in light. Beautiful dark tan head, thick as hell, rich, heavy. I wasn't sure if the head would hold it was so thick, but it stayed to the last drop, great lacing, thick pieces stayed all along the sides of the snifter.

S- Like no beer I've had before. Dense, murky aroma. Very pungent and earthy, like the black soil under a rotting log. Scents of leather, bread, musty clothes. I know these sound awful, but when you smell them in this malty context, your nose is alive and dancing with such complexity.

T- A definite leather onset, followed closely by a dark raisiny taste. Some rich , unsweet (not sour or tangy) cherry, maybe fruit-cake-like flavor deep in the body. Big diacetyl, dark rye/pumpernickle flavors. A definite malty sweetness. By the time it had warmed and I was nearing the end, I had forgotten I was drinking a beer, and thought I had a glass of brandy or 20 year scotch. All-in-all, it tasted like a brandy or a very, very old scotch.

M- Big, thick, acidic. Didn't coat the way I would have hoped with that head, but it was still a big beer.

D- Definitely an after dinner, winding down with a cigar type of drink, though sharing one with my wife while watching a movie as pretty great, too.

This is a beer I can't stop talking about, and am recommending to everyone. Go get one.

Photo of Lothore
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is how a beer should look. Murky reddish black with a tan 2 finger head which stays for a while and leaves a crapload of lacing as it goes down.

S- Smell is strangely absent, a bit of roasted malt, can't detect much else.

T- Starts off deep and malty, the roasted malts take front stage but behind them is definitely a complex malt bill. This leads into a hoppiness that seems a little too strong, probably with time this one will lose most of the hops and really shine with the malts, I suspect it is a little young. Slight alcohol notes at the end. The main beef I have with this one is it just doesn't taste like an old ale which was what I wanted. Not bad, just not my cup of tea.

M- Medium viscosity, lots of carbonation. I assume the carbonation will fade with time.

D- This one is a nice beer to sip on. I think I would give it at least a year or two in the future. Seems like an old ale and a stout mixed to me but what do I know.

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Joey at SouthBay Drug and Liquor.

A: Pours a dark black hue with tinges of red. A huge rocky off white head builds up to 3 fingers high and seems to last and last. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nice aromas off this one. Smoked oak with hints of leather. Some chocolate, black cherries, and a bit of hops.

T: Nicely smoked. Smoked wood and leather up front. Hints of peat and chocolate. A tinge of booze and some fig. Cherries and a bit of hops in the finish.

M: Full bodied and rather smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall: Pretty good brew with lots of smoke. I had Fred recently which I liked a bit better. This is a rather tasty beer though. I have one to share with BeerTruth, and the other to age for a bit. I look forward to seeing what a little age may do to this one.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of msubulldog25, batch #67. Dark brown almost black color with a khaki head. It has a smell like chocolates. It tastes like leather with some tobacco, then chocolate, some faint phenolic band-aid flavor which thank fully completely faded as teh beer warmed. This was good stuff and I was glad to get the chance to try it again as these are no longer distributed to CO.

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

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A nice frothy head sits atop. Smell is absolutely wonderful. The smell consists of dark fruits and yeast. Taste is the same with some astringent coffee notes. There are some port like qualities present as well. This is a magnificent beer. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. There is a bit too much carbonation/acidity that holds this one back a little. Easily my favorite HotD beer I've had yet.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BATCH 68 purchased at NYC Whole Foods, prized contents poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is a pitch black hue, large brown hue dissipates to a modest layer of tight bubbles, moderate lacing

Smell is dominated by smokey roast a la a Rauchbier, tones of chocolate and anise, some wood, whiskey, dark fruits, and caramel

Taste is full of smoke and roasted malts, followed by raisins and other dark fruits, sprinkles of anise and chocolate marshmallow, hints of wood and booze, finishes syrupy sweet like molasses

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and creamy texture, mild to moderate carbonation

Drinkability is moderately high, this presents as a nicely sweetened version of a rauchbier with a bit more fruit and syrupy essence, this too would be amazing with smoked meats and bbq, definitely a must try from Portland. . .

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

Batch #68

App: Poured dark dark brown with a vanilla tan/orangish head that is very large. Probably the biggest head I've ver seen on an old ale. It looks great due to being bottle conidtioned, and the head diminishes very slowly leaving dense lacing.

Smell: Pretty good aroma from this one, with chocolate, toffee, peanut b utter, smoke, and homebrew store all sutffed into the initial sniff. As it warms a little raisins and figs seem to make a presence.

Taste: Tastes like a chocolate or toffee syrup and is dinstinctly smokey. The only note of anything that resembles hops is a little bit of vegetable spice that sits in the far far background. It's super complex and very very sweet with raisins and figs coming out more as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Almost cloyingly sweet, but that's helped by the smokey character. It has a definitely syrup feeling on the palate which is balanced, a little, by the intense alcohol presence. THe sweetness doesn't go away after the swallow and sticks like butter to the back of the throat.

Drinkability: I would love to cellar this beer and see how it changes in time. It's an excellent night-cap, but the sweetness and alcohol make it hard to drink. I could, however, have about 3 ounces of this fairly regularly.

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery (and many like it) was one of the hard things about graduating from college and leaving Portland. I don't have much experience with Old Ales but here goes:

A: The beer is black with a slight amber hue to it, which may or may not even be there.
The beer pours a nice 2-3 finger beige head with great retention and a lot of beautiful lacing on the glass.

S: Caramel, chocolate, smokiness, and roasted malt.

T: Chocolate and roasted malt up front. Complex finish with an alcohol bite at the back of the tonue and a lingering smokiness. The 10% ABV is well masked.

M: Creamy and well carbonated.

Like all Hair of the Dog beers, I wish I had easier access to Adam. This is a great beer that is very drinkable for the high abv, but 10% is still 10% .

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sir Adam from HOD is a beautiful looking beer. It had a two finger foam head with wicked lacing and was black as night in the winter.

The aroma was smoky, chocolate and roasted peppers.

The taste was roasted malts, chocolate flavor and had a nice smokiness to it. In the mouth it was chewy and I got some esters in the lose and is it leaves its mark on the tongue and the top of the throat.

Probably one of the best Ole Ales in my short career.

Photo of jwolfie70
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. It pours a very dark brown, with a small light brown head. The smell is encredibly complex, with dried fruits, roasted malt, coffee, and molasses all coming through. The taste is even more complex than the smeall. A fantastic beer, and one of my favorites.

Photo of sfoley333
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle from PP bottle shop into a PP pint glass. Poured a dark brown color bordering on black with a thick light tan head. Smell is of dark fruit, sweet malt, and a hint of smoke. Taste is coco with figs with a leathery smoke finish. Mouthfeel is full body with creamy carbonation feel on the tongue. While a 10% abv makes this far from a session beer its alcohol is well masked by the bold flavors.

Photo of charlesw
2.28/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Huh. The site calls it (right now. Ha!) an old ale. I guess... That fits as well as any other style. Funny thing is... We're to review by style but the style can change at any minute! Anyway, reviewing as an old ale, I guess...

It's a beautiful beer. I hold it up to the light (and my kids hold up their milk) and no light shines through. Nice thick and creamy dark head with good lasting power. Smells malty and creamy and caramel and bandaids. Tastes malty and thick and creamy and sweet and fruit and caramel and (faintly) bandaids. Big in the mouth and I couldn't drink another of these if you paid me to.

Photo of tayner
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 bottle

Dark brown, almost black, with ruby edges

smells of alcohol, dark fruit, malty sweetness

taste is fig, roasty (not burnt), sugary sweet, very complex and each flavor stands out separately, not very well combined flavors.

Creamy and smooth, and fairly heavy mouthfeel

The 10% is very warm in this beer. I couldnt drink more than 1 of these as it is very complex, over the top. I think 2-4 years in the cellar will make this a top 5 barleywine, i need to find some to cellar now!

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,210 ratings.