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

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2,214 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,214
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 576
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 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.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook up!

A: Thick, dark-black body that settles under an incredibly creamy, two-finger, khaki-colored head. Small but nice sheeting of lace.

S: Subtle aromas of peat smoked malt, molassas, dark fruit, and chocolate.

T: Huge flavors of peat, french toast, over-ripe plums soaked in brandy, raisins, bittersweet chocolate, new leather belt, brown sugar, sauteed pears, sweet Gala apples, and campfire smoke. The taste starts off bitter and smoky, turns sweet and smoky, and finishes sweet and bitter with a whack of smoke. I picked up barely a hint of alcohol.

M: Bitter, sweet, and creamy. Very sticky and thick. Excellent balance. Nothing dominates over anything else. Very smooth and creamy. Virtually no booziness. Extremely satisfying mouthfeel!

D: Such a complex range of flavors, 10% abv, yet almost no noticable alcohol presence puts the drinkability at near perfect levels. This is an excellent beer that I'd love to try on draft someday.

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

Obtained at the Red in Santa Cruz.

A: An aggressive pour into a snifter yields a nice head/beer ratio, the thick black liquid settling beneath a creamed coffee colored head of over 3 fingers. Head reduces to a cap that stays around forever, lacing is minimal.

S: Brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol soaked dark fruits, brandy

T: Dark roasted malt, fig, raisin, brandy, baker's chocolate, espresso, burnt prune. Finishes a bit bitter and boozy, but by no means is it overwhelming or distracting. Beautifully complex.

M: The carbonation is so perfect that you don't even notice it. Roasted malt dries the finish nicely, but alcohol taints it a little.

D: At 10% I could easily have another but no more than that. A bomber of this stuff would be perfect. Great beer.

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

Black - pitch black. Deep aroma of coffee, fruit, chocolate - all the makings of a good "old ale". Mocha colored head which retains well, slight lacing evident.

Flavor is great. Bitter chocolate, ripened fruit, smoked malt and yes leather. Not a brash, intense brew. Everything is in proportion which results in a cohesive, really drinkable brew. Quite dangerous actually at 10%. I almost gave this a 5 in drinkability. Excellent mouthfeel. Lush, full body. I like it, alot. Highly recommended.

* Edit: for the record Batch 67 was reviewed.

Photo of jkaufman
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorously poured a 12oz. bottle (Batch #53) into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown and mostly opaque, with an unappealing, bubbly, filmy, thin head that instantly disappears. Little to no lacing.

S: Fruity and earthy.

T and M: This is a very complex ale, revealing more with each taste. Initial sips after the pour are tart and somewhat disagreeable, but things take a turn for the better very quickly. Adam reminds me very much of a carbonated port wine, if there was such a thing. Mouthfeel is warm, moderately thick, with a syrupy finish.

D: A great nightcap for sipping.


Photo of Duster72
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice medium amber with lots of sediment and half finger head which sticks around for a bit. Aroma is cotton candy, brown sugar and malts. Taste is red grapes, lightly toasted dark malts, dark chocolate, and mild smokiness. Alcohol comes out on the finish which hurts drinkability. Perfect winter brew, wish this one was available locally.

Photo of tatterdash
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby red with a light nut-brown head, thick and lacy. Aroma of dark chocolate, cascade hops. Taste was huge raisiny-malt with chocolate and slightly burnt finish, iron-like. Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. This is a good beer, better to split though, one is almost more than enough.

Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #67, have previously reviewed Batch #62.

Pours crazy violent, huge brown head forms, starts to disappear, leaves behind a lot of lace, clear very dark crimson/brown, very nice. Smell is sweet, toffee, grainy, citrus and floral, lot of yeast, bit of alcohol, burnt fruits, smell I can't place, kind of interesting. Taste is crazy, deep chocolate and toffee, very caramelized, rich, some dark fruits, neat smokiness/licorice character, alcohol is nicely hidden, very tasty. Mouthfeel is full bodied with very high carbonation. These batches have strange carbonation, gotta let it sit for a while in order to drink it. But very nice.

Photo of Reidrover
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 68 Deep dark brown ale with a monstrous l brown bubbly head. Aroma of prunes, figs, blackberries ,aniseen and liquorice, brandy like alcohol whiffs detetcted. Sweet deeply malted taste, first noticed then a busrst of fruity goodness, followed by strong liquorice notes and even notes of apricot. Very smooth and silky on the palatre, then a nice lingering bitter aftertatse and warming alcohol. An excellent beer. I have no idea why I waited so long for this classic. Great beer

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

1998 Vintage, Sampled on tap at The Stuffed Sandwich February 2007
The aroma has notes of fermented prunes, spicy piquant notes, smoke, meaty malt character and a phenolic almost plastic like note that is light but perhaps tied up in the smoky aromatics. Somehow I want to describe the aroma as a cross between cherries and beef jerky. The taste is still lightly sweet after all these years. The finish has a nice, smoky pet character to it that even evokes a salty sensation upon the palate. The chewy malt character seems to have lost some body over the years. Actually the smoky peat notes seems to have picked up over the years as the malt backbone has mellowed. This is definitely my favorite of the three 1998 vintage brews. This has aged quite fantastically and is a great argument for sticking a bunch of these in the cellar for long term aging.

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,214 ratings.