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

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2,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 577
Gots: 466 | FT: 40
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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: 2,239 | Reviews: 990
Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #67, 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass, Adam is dark, deep ruby, almost black. The head is thick and creamy, tan colored and two fingers tall. This looks a lot like a stout. Working my way down, the side of the glass is almost entirely coated in creamy foam or large spots of lace. Not what I think of for an old ale, but really nice.
The aroma is very rich malt, figs and some caramel.
The taste very malty and distinctly smoky. I was not expecting this, but it works really well here. There is a pleasant, slightly fruity sweetness of of fig and grape, as well as molasses. The hops are lost in the intense richness of the malt, with just a bit of bitterness on the finish, which suits me perfectly - I'm getting sick of these crazy bitter strong ales that need 3 years to be drinkable. There's also a warming booziness that is clean and not at all fuselly, giving my cheeks a pleasant glow.
The mouthfeel is rich and creamy but not to heavy, and is in keeping with it's RIS like appearance.
The drinkability is dangerously high, as this is a phenomenal brew and much stronger then it seems. I only had one in this sitting though, so my score reflects how much it left me wanting, rather then a testament to be able to easily drink a sixer of them.
All in all, another masterful offering from Hair of the Dog, with a great name that I'm happy to share as my own! I'd love to grab some more of these to cellar, but holding off on them would be a very difficult test!

Photo of techdiver
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 62 Pours a deep, dark, dense mahogany color with a massive tan head that displays meringue like characteristics and dissipates extremely slowly.

Nose is of peat, currents and raisins.

Heavy malt taste with chocolate and alcohol modestly in the finish. Complex and well balanced.

A joy to behold, a bit heavy as one might expect, but smooth and stimulating.

Drinkability is good despite ABV, but one to take your time with and savor.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark amber with a massively explosive off white head. Head finally settles to a ring of tan lacing.
Aromas are toasted dark malts, dark brown sugar, a little dark fruit, and a touch of the alcohol.
Taste is a sensational blend of roasted, toasted dark malt, brown sugar, leather and dark woods.
Dry, slightly bitter finish as if it has been aged for a long while in oak or another hard wood.
Old ale is my favorite style. Adam is a very different take on the style but still one of my favorites in it's class.

Photo of rallison
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black color with a 3 finer tan head that persists nicely. Althought jet black, it also doesn't look thick.

S: Smells of candi sugar, dark chocolate and espresso.

T: Interesting. Dark chocolate, espresso, candi sugar, figs and a slight earthiness. Very nice combo of flavors.

M: Slightly thin somehow - almost schwarzbier like body, but with a bit more thickness. Some carbonation back there to tickle your throat.

D: Very high. Lots of flavors without being heavy in the least.

Interesting, and tasty beer. It was like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with some Schwarzbier and a dash of imperial stout thrown in. I can say I've never had anything like this before. Very enjoyable, and an interesting take on the style! Recommended!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a super huge foamy head (so much foam coming out of the bottle that I thought the beer was infected) with good retention. Aroma of chocolate and tobacco is interesting and different. Taste is mix between some chocolate malt with some tar, tobacco and probably some smoke. Taste is very complex with quite of few layer appearing as the beer warms up. Carbonation was slightly below average with no alcohol being discernable. I will definitely try to pick-up some more bottles as I would like to age a few.

Photo of weeare138
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Deuane for breaking open this 3 Liter bottle of batch # 37(brewed/bottled in 1999)...
Appears a dark brownish mahogany, even bordering black when taken away from the light. The small, light tan head quickly faded into a mild cap. No lacing was left on my glass, rather streaky spider legs that you would get from a distilled beverage, or wine.
Smell is of brown sugar, molasses, fruity, raisins, light port aromas, cocoa, tenderized meat, along with very light oxidation.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with highlights coming from the cocoa and some light toffee flavors, along with some chewing tobacco. Perhaps a layer of faded spices is buried in the background, as well.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, syrupy, sugary, slightly astringent, and dry.

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

From batch 54, bottled 06/12/02, consumed 02/13/07. Thusly very aged.

Handsome and dark, maroon, maybe. Huge, huge, huge head, probably a result of aging.

Musty and pungent.

Earthy, slightly tart, but still pretty smooth. A bit oxidized, but still in good shape despite it's four year age. Lingering fruit roiling up from underneath a basically earthy body, vineous. I can't imagin how hoppy this beer was, because there is still a hop presence after four years.

A little ragged after it's long dark wait in my closet, but an interesting experiment in aging. Time to find a fresh one while the aged sample is still fresh in my mind.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 3 L jeraboam of Adam, Batch 37, vintage 1999. The bottle with cellared by deuane and generously shared.

A: The ale is a murky, dark, red-brown colored mess. There is an incredible amount of thick, chunky yeast in the bottle. As the ale is consumed, the color changes to a much deeper hazy brown color. The head is almost nonexistent.

S: The aroma is all molasses strength with alcohol and heavy malts.

T: The ale has held up remarkably well for an 8 year old swing top bottle. The molasses from the nose returns in force here, creating a thick taste that is very strong. The ale also has coffee and toffee notes, creating a burnt sweet component. The aging has fortified and focused the malts, increasing their intensity.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, full of dark rich alefruits and molasses.

D: The ale is a real treat, having held up well all this time. The dark murky depth of the ale has been accentuated, bringing out a bigger malt body.

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

12 oz bottle. Batch #59.

Appearance- pours a dark garnet with a very respectable head. A very nice looking beer.

Smell- Incredibly rich. Full of roasted malt- but not too roasted. Various fruity smells including grapes and cherries. Alcohol is very much evident, but welcoming. Fairly complex.

Taste- The taste is quite good and interesting. Chocolate covered cherries, a healthy dose of hops, and a lingering alcohol effect. Tastes more like a barleywine to me than an old ale, but that's just my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Rather thick with plenty of carbonation. Creamy as well.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, especially for the high alcohol level.

Conclusion- My first brew from Hair of the Dog and I was not let down in the least. I'll be seeking out more of their stuff- whatever I can get my hands on.

Photo of klewis
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crosling for this one.

Batch #67

A: Pours nearly black with a massive foamy head - almost too much. A bit of lacing.

S: Malty with aromas of toffee, molasses, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Malty flavors of burnt oak and coffee followed by quite a bit of hop bitterness. Slightly astringent with lots of alcoholic heat.

M: Thick and syrupy, just how I like 'em, except this one has quite a bit of fizz that detracts quite a lot from the mouthfeel.

D: Decent and definitely an interesting beer, but it's not one that I would go out of my way to get again. Worth a try.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
2.61/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled: 2.3.07

First off, this thing overflowed molten-like foam for what really should’ve been no outside reason. It had been sitting upright in my DBF for over a week, simply transported to the living room and placed on a side table, and then actually left alone there for about 5 or 6 minutes. But when I cracked it, it spewed forth in abundance. Of course, I hadn’t expected this, so I was returning the bottle opener to the kitchen when my wife alerted me to the impending mess on the floor. I was half way between spill site and paper towel rack, and I made my decision. And by the time I got back with the paper towels, it was too late. Too much sugar and/or yeast added for the bottle conditioning perhaps? Anyway, after that set up, you’d think this thing had a monster head when I finally poured it, right? Wrong. Practically nil. A mere ring around the edge and no lacing to speak of. The beer itself was a dark chocolate brown with reddish hues. The color alone is what saved it from flatline mediocrity.

Ok, the aroma. Quite interesting. It’s earthy right off the bat. Heavy, heavy raw tobacco up front. Leathery and roasted malts perk up a bit, and after some warming prunes make an appearance. Not too enticing, for my tastes. Interesting nonetheless.

Tastes is really leathery , and more tobacco, though this time, more of the smokey variety punch you in the mouth. Dark malts mingle in an alt-like atmosphere, all within a fairly hoppy profile that hangs through out and offers a light bitterness upon swallow. These complex flavors hide any alcohol content that quite honestly surprised me when I found out what it was. I didn’t feel it at all. The beer is highly carbonated, but still no head, and it leaves oily traces along the tongue.

The drinkability is low for me, as the flavor was just too rich with the tobacco & leather. Maybe this would be a good beer to sip with a cigar, but it isn’t for me. It’s tough to rate this too low, as there is certainly a complexity about it. Personal tastes, obviously, heavily influence my lower scores, but ultimately, this is a unique brew that smokey beer lovers should try.

Photo of grub
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 67

pours a deep brown with a full inch of dense light brown head. drops slowly and leaves tons of lace.

aroma is nice. roast. bit of smoke. toffee and caramel sweetness. bit of yeast. some alcohol. bready malt. bit of dried fruit.

taste is good. lots of roast, more than i'd expect for an old ale. alcohol, and nice warmth on the way down. smoke. tons of bready malt. toffee and caramel. coffee. nice lingering sweetness. as it warms the alcohol comes through stronger, but so does the malt. the roast seems to mellow and push up the sweetness and a nice light fruitiness. currant and date. bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. fairly big with higher carbonation level than i expect.

drinkability is very good, higher than i expected. really enjoying this one and look forward to trying this with a little age on it. my first taste made me immediately think of a porter, but subsequently it's coming through less prominently. interesting at around 45F, but it really shines as it warms.

Photo of dedrinker
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 55. This hairy dog is still throwing up foam like an angry coastline after a storm, and it's been sitting for 4 1/2 years so far. Heavy peaty roast bite with a deep burnt caramel nose and taste. Rich mouth feel, still quite carbonated. Many other American craft brewers should take notes from HOTD on how to brew beers that will age well beyond the typical three year window most seem to lose pizazz after. Just my opinion though. I've never had a decent American craft brew that tasted interesting beyond three years until Adam, and yes I am quite aware of proper cellaring techniques. It's just my opinion - I didn't mean to insult your favorite vintage of Stone Vertical Epic. I've got one more of these batch 55 Adams, and I suppose I ought to hang on to it for another couple years.

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

Review 20 Mar 11
Batch 75

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, really too much carbonation, HUGE freakn' head (too much to my liking) tan in color, leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of slightly roasted malts, very slight hop note, lots of dark fruits, toffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice toffee flavor, a very nice touch of dark fruits, very slight alcohol note. Medium Body, a nice complex brew, well rounded also. Very Drinkable for the ABV, a nice offering from HOTD, nice rendition of the style. Highly recommended.

Review 10 Jan 10
Batch 66

Been sitting on this bottle just over 3 years. Still a joy drinking it.

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass a dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, leaves very little sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, slight hops, alcohol, toffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice toffee flavor, a nice little touch of dark fruits, slight alcohol. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable for the ABV, a nice offering from HOTD, nice rendition of the style. Highly recommended. Need to pick-up some more HOTD brews, very tasty.

Batch 66

Poured into a chalice a dark brown color, nice carbonation, fizzy tan head, leaves very little lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, slight hops, alcohol, toffee, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice toffee flavor, slight alcohol. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable for the ABV, a nice offering from HOTD, nice rendition of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Incredible beer. I had at on tap at Hair of the Dog while doing the tour and brought a bottle home. The bottle has more smoke that non tap, both are woody with a lot of alcohol in the nose. The 10% ABV is less noticable in the taste but still there. Very "hearty" as per the label, leather and figs, and lots of dark fruit. The smoke mellows as it warms, so I think I drank it too cold but was unfortunately in a rush drinking it in the hotel and unable to bring it on the plane. Great lace, strong smoke. Alan Sprints, the brewer, said the style is between an alt and a rauchbier. Brewed in memory of friend and brewer Adam Kerchival. Great beer--go get a bottle.

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

from notes.

A-Blackish brown color....coffee colored foam with a cappuccino like texture....very long lasting again much like a cappuccino's foam.
S-Big roasted barley characters....malty molasses and caramel...dank hops.
T-Big molasses and caramel in the body creating a very rich texture. Hops balance the overwhelming syrup like characteristic that I have experienced in this style. The hops pick up toward the end of the sip and create a light bitterness.
M/D- A nice beet to sit and sip....light bubbles and light alcohol...rich and slightly syrupy.

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

Batch 59
A- 1/2" tan head. on a very dark brown body (close to black). Has a thin tan lacing that pretty much covers the top with more built up around the edge and sticks a little bit to the side of the glass.
S- Strong alcohol with big fruit smell. Almost smells like some hard alcohol (can't put finger on it). Some hops are hiding in there as well. Along with something else.
T- Big alcohol taste with fruits all over. The alcohol leaves a big warming. Maybe some grassy hops in here too. The fruits have grapes, cherries, and a few others. Has a smokey taste too it also. A light roasty taste comes through with the smoke. It has a hop bitterness to help balance it all out too. The aftertaste has maybe some notes of wood, smoke, warming from alcohol, and some spices. Maybe even a hint of rye?
M- Low to medium carbonation with a medium to full body to it.
D- It is a good sipper. Maybe with some age it would of been better. It is still very young and needs time for all the flavors to blend better. Still a very nice beer. Big complex...well everything.

Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep coffee brown, ruddy ruby at the margins. Two fingers of cocoa brown head swell and sustain for a time. Peaks of lacing rock the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a swarthy sweetness, coating with toffee, black cherry, plum, and coffee. Tangy yeast and a soft clove swirl mingle with a contrail of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes heavily roasted malt, semi-sweet and lightly charred, with a black coffee bite and earthy sloe fruit, cherry, and leather. The crisp bite of estery yeast eases into a warm port alcohol presence. A snappy espresso bitterness reappears along with a spicy hoppiness, both combining for a dry, bitter finish. It's an almost meaty presentation that shines and soothes all at once.

Between medium and full bodied, it oozes across the palate, and the hops dance just enough to make themselves known.

This is a beefy beer that hits you where you live, in a good way. It's earthy, savory, and a joy to drink, if slowly. The moderated sweetness artfully shifts to a grounded dark character, lending complexity to a fine blend. The ABV is a warmer, and is notable in itself, but it's a complement, not a hinderance. In closing, Adam's welcome in my garden anytime, whether Eve likes it or not.

Photo of bwyker
1.72/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I must admit, I’ve had some bad HOTD experiences as of late. I don’t know if I got a few bottles from some systematic problem they’ve had at the brewery or what, but all seem to have signs of infection or too much oxygen in the brewing. The only exception to this was Fred and the outstanding Fred from the Wood (ratebeer release). Both were very good.

This one is a 12 oz bottle from batch 60. Pours a mud brown with hues of mahogany and dirty white foam that forms about a half-inch head on the first pour and lasts for quite a while. The smell is a powerful earthy dirt-like smell, with hints of cardboard. Unpleasant smell matched in the unpleasant taste. Mouthfeel is chalky. Completely undrinkable – dumped it.

Again, another bad experience. I, however, want to point out that I don’t know for sure if it’s a bad batch or just extremely overrated and overpriced crap in a bottle.

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

A: Black, with highlights of ruby, 1/2in tan head disapates very slowly, no lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, cherrys, licorice, and coffee

T: Cross between a barleywine and a stout. Sweet dark fruits upfront, bitterness as well as some roasted flavors come in strong midtaste. Finish is very bitter like a strong coffee.

M: Medium carbonation. Alchol is hardly noticable at all for such a high ABV.

D: Fans of big bold beers will love this. I found it to be very unique and very tasty. This is in my top 10 all time favorite beers.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Portland's very own msubulldog95. Word to tha west-coast coaster-crusha.

A very creamy head is produced here, atop an opaque, black-as-midnight-in-hell color. So far so good.

Aroma is a tough one to nail. Some cocoa powder, even a little more chocolate-covered coffee bean and dark fruit. A pronounced saltiness covers everything, with a mild yeast funk demanding attention. A bit of a grassy essence arrives in later whiffs.

Whoa. The flavor is like oak-barrel aged ales meets hoppy barley wines meets your typical U.S. craft imperial stout meets the spicy sweetness of the best tripels. Old Ales always strike me as an exciting, wild hybrid of other, more definable styles, and this one is no different. Even the mouthfeel is top-notch: superbly creamy, perfectly carbonated for the flavor profile, hearty and round and robust.

At this point I'm thinking Hair Of The Dog is the next Stone, in terms of their big-ness, sense of originality and adventure, and the deeply satisfying flavors. Adam's hard to nail from just one bottle. It'll take quite a few bottles to draw a bead on this one, but it's a damn enjoyable event in the trying.

[NP: all kinds of Peter Hammill]

Photo of Phatz
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with a creamy tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell: The aroma is loaded with dark malts, molasses, chocolate, and deep berry flavors. The big cherry and grape flavors carry a hint of smokiness and come across like a sherry with some coffee in there as well.

Taste: It leads off with dark malts that lend to the chocolate and cream flavor followed by toffee, berries, licorice and coffee. There is a bit of a wood flavor and a hint of smokiness and hops in the finish, and all wrapped up in a magnificent balanced package.

Mouthfeel: This is a super creamy medium body beer that is a joy to drink.

Drinkability: If this beer were readily available in my area I would buy cases. Fantastic!

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a moderate head. The smell is wonderful, like dried fruit, candided sugar, and sweet malts. The taste is huge, much like a doppel bock with more depth and more carbonation. The candided fruits really take the center stage with this beer, and come off almost as big as a quad. Quite a beer.

Photo of beckje01
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crazy head that is brown. The beer is very dark with no activity under the big head. A dark amber almost black.

S- Simple semi sweet smell.

T- Sweet with a bitter end. There are also some smoke tones through out.

M- Tangy with some activity, overall nice.

D- Goes down good if its a bit warmer.

This is a prime example of trying a beer a different tempatures, I started with this one too cold on accendent and I was really put off by it and I almost drained it, but I gave it a chance to warm up I left the room did other things. When coming back to it just slightly colder then room temp if not room temp and it was a much better beer. I started my review over from the smell point with the warmer beer.

Photo of walleye
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 61,when I popped the cap foam started coming out the top, poured a nice mahogany with a nice dark tan head that stayed aaaround for awhile. aroma roasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark sweet fruits, just a hint of hops, alcohol. flavor wow where did that come from got nothing in the aroma that would of suggested that there was smoke in this beer, a nice chocolate sweetness, the alcohol comes out nice and smooth, malts . I had this with pizza and it went very well with it the smoke worked will with the meat on the pizza.

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