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

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2,223 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,223
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 582
Gots: 462 | FT: 37
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 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.

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

12 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA, Batch 67,

A: Jet black, as dark and opaque as the night sky in an Arctic winter, with a thick, tan head, which leaves voluminous lacing.

S: Dark fruits, prunes, and a bit of pencil lead, carbon, and graphite.

T: Big, powerful, dark malts and burnt sugar start off, then the beer hits your tongue a second time, and a wave of dark fruits come, raisins, dates, and plums abound.

M: Smooth, velvety, and rich, a powerful beer made for sipping.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its heft, I couldn't get enough of it, I can now believe the tale that this style of beer knocked out the Prussian king Frederick the Great out for 24 hours, a masterpiece of brewing.

Photo of GimmeAles
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A foreboding sable body fills the snifter while a wild, billowing, mocha head threatens to overflow onto the coaster. The mastadonic cap of foam recedes, but leaves a substantial cap throughout the experience.
Nose is of hardwood smoke, a pile of freshly-raked autumn leaves and faint molasses.

Taste is of massive malt depth. Hops do not seem to play in this dark land of Rauchbier-esque beechwood smoke, burnt sugar, molasses and figs. Dark rye-bread-dough and a clean yeasty background. More dark, sweet fruits appear as the beer warms, but are always second fiddle to the grainy roastiness. The label’s description of smoke, chocolate, leather and figs are apt. A dense and non-standard flavor profile that is amazingly dry and un-sweet for a 10% monster. Alcohol is barely detected until even sitting becomes challenge.

A thick, velvety body borne about fine conditioning make this a pleasant sipper. A very unique and distinctive ale which defies the standard syrupy sweetness which would be expected of a beer this strength. Can’t say it was my favorite as I prefer more hop presence, but was an enjoyable diversion nonetheless.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle thanks to BigJTrucker

Pours an opaque, dark mahogany brown with a mountainous tan head that fills the rest of the glass (and then some). It slowly recedes, but maintains at 1 finger. Thick, sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and rich. Dark fruity aromas a-plenty with a slight smokiness and a mild woody smell.

Huge, bold flavor. Malty sweet upfront with a plethora of dark fruity flavors. A mild smokiness and woody taste hit midway along with an aggressive hop bitterness. It finishes sweet and becomes a bit boozy as it warms.

Huge body, huge carbonation.

This beer is a monster, plain and simple. Loads of flavor and complexity, it certainly lives up to the billing. The sweetness is a bit prohibitive in it's drinkability, and caused me to sip this as slowly as I have ever consumed any beer. I would certainly like to have this again, but it will require a particular mood and a big block of time.

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

Interesting name for this line of beers. I received a bottle from batch 67, though I'm not certain how many batches there are.

This bottle went straight from the store to the front seat of my car. It then chilled in my fridge, after which I took it five feet to the counter and opened it. It then proceeded to "runneth over" as I frantically tried to pour it into my glass. Needless to say, this beer poured with a massive, amber colored head. It didn't dissipate very quickly, either.

Despite it's joe six pack appearance, the beer tastes like a fine Belgian ale. Delicious roasted currants, raisins/figs/prunes, and a complex, rich, super-alcoholic aftertaste that combined the sourness of a raisin with the sweetness of molasses or cafe au lait.

A truly delicious beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My example was aged 1 year. Pours Black with ruby highlights. Huge khaki head with very good retention and lacing. Even after the aging, there are big smells of alcohol. Other aromas include bandaids, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Quite powerful. The taste also packs a punch, with flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, bitter orange, gentian, and something elusive that is slightly sour and fruity- maybe raspberries and cream? The mouthfeel is substantial and mouthcoating. This beer is huge and intense, and with its unusual flavor profiles is quite an interesting drink. Very, very good, and a powerful brew indeed.

Photo of bosco7
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 69.

Dark brown with a reddish hue topped with large cloud-like head.

Molasses, chocolate, prune, cherry, and blackberry aromas. Very interesting.

Roasty-smokey, chocolate, and coffee flavors are immediately noticeable are rounded out with fruity ester flavors like blackberry, plum, black cherry. Molasses, vanilla and deep caramel flavors are also present. Bitterness is restrained but noticeable.

Heavy on the palate with silky smooth finish. Pretty damn drinkable for being such a huge beer. Recommended.

Photo of kirok1999
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from autumnaldave...batch 55 brewed in 02!

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a slight off white head that fades quickly. Sticky lacing left after each sip.
Smell is sweet brown sugar, malted milk, dark fruit.
Taste is almost a belgian spice, sour taste in the finish, dark and malty, slightly thick and bready. Much less fruity than the smell. There's a dark, cloying acidic, bitterness in the aftertaste that lasts quite a while. Gonna sit for about 15 min to let it warm up...
OK, just gets more acidic. There's a cloying sweetness under the bitterness that makes it a little less drinkable. One is fine for dessert.

Photo of wspscott
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass (batch 66)

A: Pours like a root beer float, incredible thick creamy head, very dark, almost no light comes though. Seriously, it looks like a root beer float, just amazing.
S: Hops are the first thing I notice, with some malts in the background
T: A little bitter with a hint of smoke, followed by some sweetness (raisins?) from the malts, definite alcohol on the tongue but not in a bad way, it is hard to tell that it is 10% ABV.
M: Creamy and rich, tongue coating, it lingers well after you swallow.
D: This is a great sipping/desert beer. It would be great in front of a campfire.

Photo of Flyer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of a classic ale, fruity and a little musty. Coffee-brown color. This is a wonderfully intense ale, almost a hybrid of a good hearty dark ale and a porter or stout. A base of coffee-tinged malt flavors has overtones of fruitiness, plus more complex things I can’t identify -- maybe some roasty molasses. It has a bittersweet finish, with a late dryness on the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth, almost milky. Because it’s bottle-conditioned, there were particles visible even in the murk, and a noticeable residue on the bottom of the glass -- but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Highly recommended.

Photo of jakon
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #68
This one is a regular in my fridge. One of my favorite beers.

Pours very dark. Almost black. Even a slow and easy pour will produce a very robust light tan head. I usually choose to allow it to rise up slightly above the rim. The tightly compacted bubbles are fun to stare at as I wait for the abundant foam to subside. I know it's possible to brew an equally impressive looking brew, but I've never seen better.

The aroma is only a small hint at what's to come. Yeasty, fruity, smoky, and alcoholy. Holy, indeed. It just smells like the Adam to me. Did I mention I love this beer? The taste is a beautiful balance of smoke, fig, alcohol, chocolate, yeast, coffee, hops, and whatever else is in there that's combining to create perhaps the most unique overall flavor I've tasted in a beer. Maybe I should try some more Old Ale's though. I love how it reminds of a RIS, but it's just got so much more going on. I love the flavor presence of the yeast and the fruits. I don't think there's anything I'd change about this beer. The mouthfeel is very creamy, yet balanced perfectly by the carbonation. Like a root beer float. Hmm. Now that's an idea! The sweetness in this beer is in perfect harmony with the bitterness that the hops and chocolate/coffee flavors provide. Three words summarize my thoughts on this beer. Amazing, unique, and balanced. Highly recommended.

Photo of atigerlife
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #67.

Pours very dark with a beautiful thick dark brown head.

Aroma of molasses, malts, some smokey earthiness.

Taste has dark chocolate, bitterness throughout but strongest at the end, alcohol, smoke. Very rich.

Mouthfeel was quite heavy, thick, dry.

Overall, an interesting sipping beer. Can't drink many. Lots of flavor and very rich. Certainly worth a try since it is unusual, but not something I would get too excited about. Perhaps some aging will help.

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

I thought this beer was a really good represenation of the old ale style. Bottle conditioning really makes this a great beer. Pours suprisingly dark brown, almost black, but some light does make it through. Smells slightly sour, with a leathery smoke bite and bits of dark sugar. Tastes great. Carmel malt notes balence well with the hops and finishes clean and warm. Feels great in the mouth because of the conditioning too. Very drinkable with a nice warm belly as your reward.


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

Wonderful chalice pour. Way dark brown with a HUGE offbrown head.

Smells sour in the bottle, smokey, peaty and chocolately in the chalice.

Starts out smokey with just a little hint of ripe, green fruit. This moves into a smoother, duller middle with a node of potting soil even more peat smoke. Rich and complex--like a good old ale, and well balanced, too, but it's just lacking a little something that pushes it over the edge to greatness.

Pretty darn good.

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

Thanks to Cwier for this beer. How I’ve missed this beer so…

Batch #68

A: Into the Riedel snifter it goes. Pours a dark chocolate brown with amber highlights. Head is full and creamy, a nice toasted marshmallow color.

S: Chocolate butter crème, cascades hops, blueberry muffin, caramelized fig and some day old coffee.

T: The flavors hit like a sledgehammer. The first flavor is like someone took high quality Belgian chocolate and cold smoked it for a couple of days. In the high notes, crisp and fresh Northwest hops come screaming through…a remarkable feat considering the other profound flavors occurring at the same time. Dark cherries and ripe raspberries add a tangy component while orange, peach and apricot come with a more subtle approach. As this beer warms, the flavors come to attention, transitioning from one experience to the next with every sip. Finishes leathery with a full array of chocolate, raisins, vanilla and smoke.

M: Full bodied and chewy.

D: In a world of copy cat beers, this one stands alone. Not only is there no other beer on the market like it, there’s nothing even close. It contains explosive flavor that defies categorization. Superb.

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.