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

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2,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 576
Gots: 466 | FT: 39
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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: 2,237 | Reviews: 990
Photo of charlesw
2.3/5  rDev -46%
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
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
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!

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

This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a huge, frothy tan head. The aroma was of smoke and figs. The taste was of chocolate and smoked malts and alcohol. Overall mouthfeel was heavy body with medium to high carbonation. this beer was overall a great beer. A nice beer to just sit, relax and sip.

Photo of mentor
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch #68. Pours a 5 finger swelling dark brown head that spills onto the counter. Head is clingy and slowly cavitates inward. Liquid is pitch, to light it is very dark ruby brown. Smells roast ashy dark grains and grassy hops. Sweet molasses, dark caramel, and teasing esters. Touch of pine.

Tastes wet sweet with sharp tang, not quite a soured caramel. Wickedly caramelized sugar serves as a strong base flavor on which smke, chocolate, molasses, and roast play. The beer is actually dry in the mouth, but the intense caramel counterpoints. Cherry flavor with minimal cherry sour rides on the noticable, but balanced, clean alcohol sting. Dry finish is quite grassy hoppy bitter. Thick body and dextrinous thick mouthfeel with strong and carbonation sting that I would prefer to be less (uhm...so swirl the glass to release the excess). Intense and certainly interesting, but the smoke begins to wear on my smoke-sensitive palette by the end of the glass. If you enjoy a little smoked malt in your beer, then the smoke in this beer will not be a problem for you at all.

IMO, a bit jumbled right now. Would likely benefit from at least a year, likely five, of age in a good cellar. Rich umami flavor characterstics.

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

Batch 66.

Dark red brown, Massive stiff dense tan head slowly melting into a high pocked sticky plateau. Swirling turns up lumpy hills. Huge lace in tangled sticky rings.

Smells like chocolate covered raisins and figs with dark brown sugar, walnuts, fusel alcohols, and some smooth spicy grassy hops.

Deep flavor of dark dried fruit, nutty brown sugar sweetness and chocolate, with the roastiness of the malt gradually building in intensity and drying away the sweetness, joined by bright spicy grassy hop flavor, and underlying bitterness. Superbly balanced and very tasty. Long long roasty smoky bittersweet finish with alcohol.

Smooth creamy carbonation, but it can turn a bit watery. Utterly drinkable.

Photo of sstackho
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass enjoyed at Redbones in Somerville, MA - along with some good BBQ. Pours black, with no head. The aroma is smoky with some hops, but overall not that strong. The taste is a lovely, rich and deep. Tastes more like an typical imperial stout to me - although I haven't had all that many, I must say. Nice balance of malt and hops.

Photo of aforbes10
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nice compact head retained exceptionally well, almost as if this was right off the tap or cask. Odor of smokey prunes, hickory chocolate beer. Flavor is so, so great. chewy wood and truffles with campfire smoke. Strong hops mix balance the high alcohol well. Sticky and bordering on syrupy. A fantastic example of the style and the second of two HotD beers i've tried that I've also loved. REALLY glad I got this and that i have another Fred at home to drink some day soon.

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

This review should bump me over the initiate mark and give me my own virtual mug.

Pours a dark dark brown with a massive root beer float head. This head sticks to the wall of the glass, probably could do the nationality game with this beer.

It smells of smoke, whiskey, and the study of professor plum while entertaining miss scarlett.

Come on mama, whole lot a tasting going on. This thing at first hits you with the smoke, then follows up with some hops, and finally mellows out with some chocolate, malts, and alcohol aftertaste.

This beer leaves a stingy mouthfeel for me, all the alcohol.

Colonel Mustard drank this beer, in a pint glass, in the living room.

Photo of redmagik99
3.09/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of batch 68 from New Beer in NYC for 4.25. The color was really interesting - very dark, but not black as a stout. More like a very dark red. you could see a brighter red tint in the light, kind of like wine. nice head that remained for a while. i couldnt get much of a smell for some reason - maybe because i was in an indian restaurant when i cracked it open. this was my first old ale and it was nothing like anything ive had before. the blurb on the bottle was spot on when it said its been compared to figs and leather. craziness..also very raisony, and some smokiness and bitter coffee beans. as complex as it was, these flavors did not all seem to mix seemlessly. it exploded in my mouth but caused some damage. shared a bottle with a nice girl and it was very hard to finish for both of us but this was probably because we had just ate a huge meal and a bottle of southampton grand cru. nevertheless i still couldnt see this one going down easy. my bottom line for this beer is that it desparately needs some age. i know HOTD does that anyway to their brews, but this one especially needs to sit in the corner and think things over for a long time. If you own or are soon going to purchase batch 68 of Adam please do yourself and the beer a favor and let it age for at least another year or two.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty flat and smells dark. :) Nice aroma of whiskey, brown sugar, figs/raisin/dates/chocolate/smoke...
The taste is just as complex. Flavors layer well as you move through each taste and sensation. This is a fantastic beer experience.

It is a sipper and it is not for people that do not enjoy complex beer.

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

I have had this beer before, but it's been years. This bottle was courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Batch 68

Pours a deep black color with a huge head that sticks around for quite some time.

Aromas are of whiskey, booze, and fruit. The nose is subtle but nice.

First sip... whoa. This is a mouthfull! Tons of flavors, and very thick in the mouth. Beer has a very smokey wood like character, it starts out with a thick creamy dark fruit, and booze like flavor, that finishes with a crisp and tart kick. Not a lot of alcohol noticed, it is masked quite well. But there is certainly a bite from the hops that balances the up front malt flavors well.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Should be higher that a 5. It just coats the mouth so well, feels very thick, but it is not all all overwhelming.

Drinkability is good. It's a full bodied and full flavored powerhouse. I need to get a few bottles of this to age. With that said, it's still very tasty now.

The question now is, why did I always pass these up when I see them in beer stores outside of town? I have finally found a beer that can easily compete with Old Stock as far as a top notch Old Ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, that is about all I can say about this one. This was one of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Lets just start from the top. Poured a very deep dark brown with a big three finger plus head of tan lace and just a really full overall look. This was really nice looking with tons of residual side glass lace and a sticky foam top that would not quit. The aroma was wonderful, full of sweet smells of caramel, sugar, chocolate and nuts, with a nice hop essence in the back. I am not sure what the style of this is, but the flavor was robust and full. Very nutty with a decidedly caramelesque sugar to it and a really great fresh, and dry hop like finish. There were hints of chocolate and coffee throughout, but not enough to make it rely totally on those. Such a very full bodied feel, very creamy and rich. This was a magnificent bottle and one that I was really glad I got to try. It really was different than almost anything I had had before and I look forward to one day getting another to compare. And for reference this was batch number 68, and it was fantastic!

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

Thanks to psprings for this one.

Batch 68, don't know how old that makes this beer, www.hairofthedog.com could use some updating.

a: Very dark brown with tan head, great retention and good lacing.

s: Malty sweetness is reminiscent of sweet chocolate, dark fruits, smoke, and a touch of hops.

t: Similar to the smell, but much more intense: chocolate, figs, and a musty/charred/roasted/smokey flavor with a dash of hop bitterness to add balance. Delicious, but not too overwhelming.

m: Rich and velvety with a full body, coats the tongue.

d: A sipping beer, but much more drinkable than most beers with this kind of flavor and abv. It has a great complex flavor and would obviously be great for aging. Will definitely try to get my hands on another.

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

Batch 58, info from the website: Brewed on: 2-12-03; Bottled on: 6-5-03.

Pours a dark caramel with hints or red, and an impressive 2 fingers of light hazelnut colored head; it has a big, frothy, soft crown of foam that retains to a quarter inch layer. Incredible retention.

The aroma is fruity, with apples in full force followed by some grapes, orange zest, hop flowers, caramel malts, and multi-grain bread. Some soft spicy notes hide slyly in the background. Sweet dark fruits, toffee, and a bit of chocolate are also in the mix.

Toasted malts and warm apples upfront, cranberries, hop bitterness, citrus zest, smoke, and wood notes. I wasn't too fond of the first or second sip, but I have to say it is growing on me quickly. I'm enjoying the crisp apple-peel flavors and the smoky finish. The taste also reminds me a bit of chewing on rose petals.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, but this beer sure is a sipper.

Photo of Beaver13
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - batch 67 (thanks to Crosling!). Pours a dark brown with a smallish creamy off white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is grainy chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet (sugary) and smoky chocolate, black licorice and vinous fruits with a tarry alcoholic bitter finish. As it warms, the alcohol overpowers the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

Overall, a very fine beer. It tastes a little like a super-charged Hibernation, but with more burnt tar and anise (which come out more as it warms). I liked it better colder.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Body, with good sized head, and great lacing.

S - Chocolate, smoke, leather, and fig, just like the bottle says. I also noted cream, dirt, alcohol and complex herbal notes.

T - Starts out with cherry and fig like tartness and sweetness with a strong smoke quality that stays til the finish. Alcohol starts up around midpalate, and adds a very good spice quality to the beer. The hops balence out the beer well, and leave an interesting sweet tobacco/cherry flavor that lingers for awile. Very nice.

M - Rather full, kinda silky.

D - Complex, interesting, Don't want another one tonight, but tomarrow... and the next day...

Photo of lifeboyq
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Strong tan head, not too thick and creamy, but great head retention and pretty serious lacing. Color is a cola brown/black. Smell is peculiar and somewhat hard to describe. Its sweet, with licorice, i suspect probably really brewed with a decent amount of brewing licorice. Its hard to pick up the malts behind it but probably an amber base with a bit of black and or peated malt. Taste isnt thin, slightly bitter with a malty peculiar finish. Its quite enjoyable. I'm not familiar with many other examples of the old ale style, but this is enjoyable and one to revisit. I suspect a bit of aging would significantly improve this offering and mellow the bitter bite and smooth out the smoke.

Photo of doubleipa
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'04 Vintage. Picked this up at Belmont Station in '05. Really thick half inch head, light-brown, mostly lasting, almost black. Mmild coffee aroma, dough, raisin, plum, cherry and red wine. Extremely long finish. Quite thick - really coats the tongue. really outstanding!!

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

Batch 69

What a nice looking beer with a spectacular unique head. Deep burnt russet colored and not much light making its way through. Mocha head is large, about two fingers and lays like a thick raincloud or a soft pillow you would want to hug while sleeping. Very nice looker indeed.

Nose isn't far behind. Thick with fig and brown sugar, like a candy coated date. Maple, praline and an abundance of toffee. Dried berries and nuts similar to trail mix with chunks of milk and dark chocolates. A bit of black cherry. No real hops just a big thick sweet malt aroma that completely engulfs the mind.

Man this is a fine beer. Much more raisin and dried berry in the flavor. Big black mission fig and a nice alcohol burn in the chest but not noticeable in the mouth. Layers of sweet chocolate and brown sugar with a thick visceral mollassesy mouthfeel. Blue berry and more milk chocolate with some hop bitterness to balance the long drawn out, candied nut finish. Just a sipper and so big and complex may be hard to sip many but if need be I could drink this daily and multiple times daily as well. Great beer.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 67

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin tan head and patchy lacing.

S - Dark fruits of prunes, raisins, figs and dates. Some molasses, tobacco and a hint of leather are also present.

T - Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes, a hint of tobacco smoke, leather, a touch of brandy and just a bit of alcohol. Very complex.

M - Thick and sticky with light carbonation.

D - Complex and tasty. A great sipper.

Photo of smttycty
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know, I know. I live in Portland. Hair Of The Dog is brewed in Portland. But this was my first time trying Adam. I went into this with no knowledge of it's style and without reading the label or any reviews. I poured it from 12 oz. bottle into my snifter. It was a beautiful opaque reddish black with an astounding 3 finger pillowy latte cream crown with great retention, thick lacing, and a really nice nose of honey, roasted grains, and some hoppy florals in back. Coffee with cream came up as it warmed. I realized I was in barley-wine territory right off. Big roasted malts with alcohol where first registered, then dark fruit, subtle molasses, and some not-so-subtle bittering on the finish. It's a big beer. Not really my style (I picked it up with a Rogues Dead Guy Ale) but well crafted and interesting. I will try it again.

Photo of Risser09
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Batch 68

Appearance: An aggressive pour yields a dark black beer with a generous 2.5" brown head. Looks more like a stout than an old ale. Plenty of craters on the head of the beer with varied bubble sizes. The foam is thick and cakey. It is taking quite awhile for it so subside and leave lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Alcohol burn. Burnt cinnamon, figs, rotted plums, roasted malt and brandied pears & cranberries.

Taste: Sweet and roasty. Again, plum and some rum raisin. Bready in flavor with a malt profile. The sweetness makes it highly drinkable and enjoyable. An estery property is alive on the tongue and very satisfying. Great!

Mouthfeel: Estery and alive on the tongue. Alcohol burn and a fruity sweetness are attractive. The roasted malt and chocolate in the background are sensual as well. This is a prime dessert beer that would go well with some fruity truffles.

Drinkability: Great. I would love some more to lay down for the future. Superb taste and sweetness would make this beer enjoyable for non-beer lovers. Pick this one up.

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

12oz bottle, batch #63, served in a goblet.

A - cloudy, deep brown color with a tan head that settled to a ring around the goblet.

S - roasted malt and date aromas

T - sweet malty/fruity flavors upfront with a slightly bitter finish.

M - medium/full bodied, clean, light carbonation.

D - another nice brew from Hair of the Dog, a good sipper.

Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this 12oz bottle down on the bay front in Newport Oregon. Drank out of my Black Butte pint glass. Batch #69.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/red/purple color that is hard to describe. You may be able to see every color of the rainbow depending upon the light. Luscious tan head that lasts forever and leaves thick lacing that slowly cascades down the side of the glass.
Smell- Smoky peat is the most dominating scent followed by a rich plum/fig scent. Sweet malts give this a nice dark roasted scent along with a very slight hop.
Taste- Slightly smokiness is prevalent along with a dark espresso/coffee roastyness. A sweet dark fruitiness is reminiscent of dark cherries, plums and raisons. There are elements of this beer that remind me of a IRS. Dark chocolate and molasses are present along with qualities of oaked whiskey.
Mouthfeel- Heavy and creamy with a light cask like carbonation.
Drinkability- There is a lot of flavor in this beer but it is balanced nicely. After my first sip I was surprised to how smooth and unobtrusive this beer is yet it still is so full of flavor. By far the best Old Ale I’ve ever had. Great beer!

Photo of franksnbeans
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy dark plumb color with a huge immovable head and oversized lacing. Smells of fig, dried fruit, plumb, dark caramel. Tastes of malt, some dark jam, wonderful hops and flavors my palate cant describe. Tasty and unique. Thick in the mouth with a lively carbonation on the tongue. ABV is well hidden in the taste but the warmth cant hide and shouldnt. Shes a sipper for sure. Hair of the Dog will put hair on your chest. A delicious and complex brew that must be tried.

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