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

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2,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 571
Gots: 453 | FT: 34
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:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Photo of kmcnair
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Batch #58. Pours a dark garnet brown and makes a thin cream colored head. This is very much opaque and makes a medium lacing. Smell is mild and initially makes me think of a hefe with subtle hints of clove and banana, but theres a smokey aspect as well. The flavor is none like any other I have had before! Banana, clove, coridander, figs, raisins, dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, tobacco, fruity, sour, what the hell... all rolled up into one brew?! Wow. By far the most complex flavored beer I have ever had. Party in my mouth and everyone was invited. Medium to full body, starts out very carbonated and mellows out a bit. It is thick and syrupy on the way down coating the throat. Adam is a really nice one, he's welcome in my fridge any time.

kmcnair, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Deep amber brown mahogany hue with a nice sized tan head leaves lace down my snifter. Aroma: Pine cone scented hops deep aclohol infused fruit tones robust explosion of malts producing caramel and toffee in the air. Taste: Orgy of hops and loads of malt yield this creation we know as Adam, big old ale the way it should be done with deep over ripened fruit in it's gullet. Heavy handed on hop bitterness and pine cone like flavor, great stuff. Mouthfeel: Big slightly chewy full bodied evenly carbonated. Drinkability: Amazingly complex, the delicious flavor brings a satisfying challenging experience to the palate a must try for any beer lover.

WVbeergeek, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz bottle.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small tan head. Lacing isn't bad, but not too great. Head retention is pretty good though
sents of dark malts, caramel, plums, figs, slight alcohol.
Taste is very nice. A tart beer, seems to be almost port like in character. Sweet, figgy, hints of plums, slight hop bitterness, and a lovely caramel that all seem to balance out rather nicely.
This is certainly an interesting brew. I could see myself (assuming I could get a hold of it) having another.
Thanks again to Skyhand.

LuckySevens82, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of grynder33
3.5/5  rDev -18%

A yeasty hoppy aroma with all kinds of hints of other things, a nice sweet malty blend of raisin banana lemon, almost like a weiss, thickish mouthfeel little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste, a complex sweetness lingered till the end.I seem to feel this is a great brew, but the blend just isn't something I'm into right now.

grynder33, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours almost an opaque mahogany color, with an enormous, five finger, beige head. Nice lacing effect with sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aromas of malty caramel and molasses are picked up from several feet away. Some smoky, Scotch style peat smokiness enhances the nose to an idyllic presence.
Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with active carbonation. Alcohol makes its first appearance here, before fading into the background.
Taste is sublime. Molasses and toffee sweetness, dark fruits, and warming alcohol combine very well for an exceptional smoothness. Adequate hops presence prevents any cloying.
I am absolutely enamored with this Adam. This is like a perfect, strong Scotch ale, with extraordinary drinkability and taste. I will be seeking more of these Adams, the sooner the better. Very highly recommended!

merlin48, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Batch 47 - An interesting beer created from written accounts of a beer once brewed in Dortmund, Germany. Nobody truly knows what the original recipe was, but the brewer has created this wonderful dark brown interpretation with its soft tan head. It has a fruity and spicy aroma and a very complex taste. The oily body is very malty and tastes of chocolate, peat, and spruce/pine can be found before the hoppy finish leaves you in bewilderment. It is as unusual as it is addictive.

ark57, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

This certainly looks quite delightful. The color is a deep muddy purpleish mahogany. The head is well developed and frothy with the color of the head being very unique displaying its lightest tan hues. The frothy head morphs into a beautiful horseshoe sitting on top of the liquid. The lace is thick and dominant and hangs on easily saying stuff like " wow, I wish this was more of a challenge." Quite delightful indeed.

Smells quite fruity with raisins and plums. Subtle smokiness in the aroma as well with honey and wood aged whiskey.

At last.

Outstanding. The flavor just consumes my entire mouth. This is a beer, a very big beer. Lots of chocolate up front. The mid-palate is full of fruit with watermelon, cantaloupe, raisins, red grapes, banana and raspberries. Moderately acidic in the finish. Deliciously hoppy. Loads of tobacco and fruit juices on the finish.

This is a beer where I can get both my malt fix and my hop fix. Now I don't have to have another one this evening.

This beer rocked!

Crosling, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Hair of the Dog Adam "batch 59" was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive dark ruddy brown, with an abstract scattered stiff tannish head. The perky nose contained roasty and rich sharp malts, with strong notes of plump raisins and subtler banana. Smelled like tasty meal in a bottle. My suspicions were proven correct on the first taste, which revealed a robust and sharp, rich and roasty raisiny malt body, with notes of earth and banana. A moderately bitter finish rounded out the deep and complex malt profile, with lingering pruny-raisin oaky essence that satisfied the palate to the very end. The body was full and rich, like the flavors. Alcohol was completely hidden throughout. While quite rich, this beer was quite drinkable due to the fine balance of it all. This is probably my favorite example of the style. A must try for enthusiasts of rich/strong ales.

HiroProtagonist, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Adam poured a dark, reddish-black with a beautiful tan head. Smell is oaky, musty earthiness, and sour grapes. Very unique and intrigueing. Taste is oaky, with molasses, rich earthy malts, some smokiness, a winey fruitness, and tangy bitterness. Very complex. Finish is vinous, tangy, and warming. Chewy thick mouthfeel. I think I'm going to get a keg of this for the big softball game...hahaha.

alexgash, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Batch #57. Pours a three-fingered thick, creamy, off-white head that goes very slowly and leaves gobs of lace. Pour this very slowly. Opaque muddy color. Medium carbonation. Nose is malty. Starts different - sweet with hops, finishes slightly hoppy and bitter but not bad. Alcohol is less noticeable than in the Fred. $3.90 for a 12oz bottle.

jdhilt, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Elemental
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Batch 57
Appearance: Deep dark brown color with a hige head. I couldn't pour the whole bottle without it overflowing.
Smell: a slight sour smell to it but in a good way. very malty smelling with hoppy spicy overtones.
Taste: Once the head finally settledI was able to sample this robust strong brew. It has a big body with a small alcohol undertone (pretty well covered up). Its pretty spicy and tart at the end of the drink. Very intense and hoppy but very smooth.
Overall: A must try!

Elemental, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of budsboy
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

I like the artwork on the bottle and the naming conventions from this brewery. That adds to the experience in this case and feels a little less like shameless marketing and a bit more like pride in a product.

Pouring instructions on the bottle must be followed (pour slowly) or you'll end up with a Rush Limbaugh-sized head. It pours a deep brown with reddish hue, slightly cloudy, and a rocky slightly tan head.

Roasted malt, caramel and tangy fruitiness to the nose. Alcohol is there also, but subtle and inviting.

Ah, this is great beer. Easy now, not to fast. The temptation to guzzle this is hard to resist. Dark malt and mild fruit, virtually no bitterness, alcohol barely detectible, slightly warming. This is real deal.

Medium bodied, very easy going down, maybe too easy for 10% ABV -- that can get me in trouble fast. (Discipline yourself, son).

I kept going back and forth from 4.0 to 5.0 on most of the categories for review. I don't know if that's an indication of my own indecision (I'm not so cock-sure as others on my first shot at a new brew) or something to be said about the complexity of this beer. It's damn good, I know that.

budsboy, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of jtfest
4.4/5  rDev +3%

What a treat. A nice brown head that lasts and a body dark enough that no light shines through, it has a pleasing roasted aroma and a full, substantial mouthfeel and flavor. Smooth, not bitter, its 10% alcohol is noticeable, but not at all distracting. Unusual that a strong offering like this would seem to be so drinkable. Some self-control may be required for this brew!

jtfest, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%

Batch 47 - 12 oz. bottle
Poured a deep maroon with very small tan colored head. Light but consistent carbonation. Aroma of roasted barley prevalent with almost a porter like aroma, a raisin note also noted. Felt strong in the mouth with a lot of fullness, hid the alcohol well though. Roasted coffee taste is dominant, sweet finish with very little bitterness. As it warmed, prune, raisin, date or fig flavors and aromas seemd to come out for me.

Very nice beer, kind of surprised by the porter undertones but solid effort.

CRJMellor, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of rkhaze
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

Batch 55. Pours a beautiful reddish cola color. Small but really dense tan head. Dissapated rather quickly. Whoa...what an aroma! Roasted malt, brown sugar, every red fruit I can think of both fresh and dried plus a few others. Mild yeastiness as well. Very earthy, woody and vinuous. Almost like a mild Port. My mouth is watering!
Deeply complex earthy flavor. The roasted malt is really upfront with a mild smokiness. The red and other fruits come in with some molasses and a smidge of licorice. Big hop presence helps to balance along with a slightly tart yeast aftertaste.The 10% alcohol is present but not in a bad way. It all melds together rather well. Definitly a vinuous character here. I'll have to try this with a good cigar. Has the potential for a match made in heaven!
Rich, creamy, full mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. The alcohol and richness hurt the drinkability a bit, but a world class beer nonetheless. I really liked this beer.
I didn't know they had trappist breweries in Oregon!

rkhaze, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Batch#55. Poured a huge head that took forever to die down. I actually had to scoop a bit out.Dark murky brown. Aroma is of raisins and figs with aa overall earthiness. Flavor is malty sweet like a Belgian, fruity with an alcohol kick. Has a sharp carbonated mouthfeel. Overall a pretty unique brew with alot of character.

BierReise, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of Rastacouere
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

Apperance is a dark brown with ruby reflects. Generous beige head that sticks to the glass like glue, every bubble is ultra-small and identical to its neighbor. Complex aroma reminiscent of port wine, grapes,licorice, plums, alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium to full body. Very complex. There's just a little bit of everything in that beer it seems. Plenty of malty fruitiness with figs, plums, raspberries without neglecting brown sugar, smokey chocolate, nuts, spices. I hate to say it, but Et Cetera... That's very big and deep stuff, but anyone would like it I believe. A lot of fresh hops character contributes to the intensity. The aftertaste is great, delicate, hoppy, but almost not bitter, superbly warming and pleasant. Out of this world balance considering the enormous quantities of malt and hops. MartinT had warned me this was religious stuff-> RIGHT ON! Probably the best beer to ever cross my glass. I bet this ages well too. At 4.12, this is almost under-rated. If I have the chance to taste something better than this, I don't mind going to hell. I owe you one Jazz88!

Rastacouere, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Batch #54. I had great expectations for this beer. It poured a dark brown color with an ENORMOUS amount of foam. Never seen a beer with this much head - went everywhere and couldn't stop it. I think I got about 9oz out of the 12oz bottle. …skip ahead about ten minutes... Not much lacing on the glass. The aroma was extremely malty with other aromas being fruits and some chocolate. The flavor was a little too strong at first, but very good once I became used to it. The flavor is malty with hints of chocolate, just like the aroma. This is a very thick bodied beer, but surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is moderately apparent as well. I really liked this beer once I got over the initial kick.

*Note* - I got a six pack and went back and tried the others and the amount of foam is rediculous. All of them exploded out of the bottle and wouldn't stop foaming. I even changed refrigerators in the case that there might have been some vibrations. Insane how they do that. Other than the extreme foaming (and 20 minutes to get it into the glass), it's a great tasting beer.

clvand0, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of cncbofh
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Batch: 54
Massive Ivory Cream colored head which stuck to the edge of the glass like glue. Sweet smell of rich toffee and mocha. The beer had tons of character just sitting there in the glass. It stared at me begging to be tasted.

Initial sweet tastes of coffee and licorice which grew into a woody oak taste. Strong yet subtle hops and a bitter mocha and light salty taste at the finish. A chewy beer which was enough to put me down to a nice nighty-night after just one.

Good brew. Can't wait to try the other Hair of the Dog's....

cncbofh, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%

Served chilled, but savored slowly to allow warming, in a Trois Pistoles goblet. Batch #48.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black liquid topped by an impressive light brown head of extremely dense bubbles. The head was nearly as thick and creamy as nitro poured Guinness. Omnipresent layer of foam that left a curtain of lace on the sides of my glass. The head was a bit crazy, but that allowed for the release of the aromatic compounds.

Smell: Sweet toffee, anise and good pipe tobacco at first impression. Hints of piney hops. Closer inspection brings out raisins, prunes, and molasses aromas. A nicely complex nose that's medicinal at times. Sniff this dog over, get to know it.

Taste: Nice intense smoky bittersweet toffee malt taste at first. Where the hell is my jerky? Cocoa, coffee, prune, and molasses flavors cascade in the mouth. Freeyow, this is good. There's alcohol in this?

Mouthfeel: Thick, hearty, and warming. I sat outside on a crisp late fall day with my glass and did not feel a chill.

Drinkability: I bet this would be an ideal beer for BBQ'ed ribs. A special occasion beer, but one worth getting and savoring. More than one in a sitting? No, but you'll want a litter of these puppies lying around the house. Perfect for a late fall/early winter day that's overcast and has a light breeze. Sit, sip, and think. So far, the best of the Hair of the Dog beers I've had.

ManekiNeko, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

The thing that sticks with me after tasting this beer is the amazing
complexity . It smells and tastes like a smoked barley wine with big
strong hop flavours. You need to buy more because the small bottle
size makes it feel like something was missed in the layers of flavour.
A perfect afterdinner beer with some strong cheese or a cigar.

canucklehead, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Batch #54. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep rich brown color with the most head I've ever seen on a beer. It took about 10 minutes to pour. Despite the massive foam, there is only a little lacing. The smell is very malty and strong with cocoa and plums, fairly sweet. The taste is malty at first with raisins and chocolate up front. A bit of an alcohol and hops kick to the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and thick. The drinkability is fair for this very unique brew.

SheepNutz, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of hyuga
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Batch #54. Pours a very dark mahogany brew with a massive cream colored head which leaves a ton of lace and stays well. Pour this one very gently! Aroma of fig, raisin, and lots of smoked peat. Very spicy on the tongue. Lots of carbonation, almost too much, which takes away from the mouthfeel. Dark fruits abound along with the smoked peat character. A tiny bit of bready malt is noticeable. Nice and robust. Reminds me in ways of a good scotch ale. In my opinion, it's best if you let it warm to around 55°F. A wonderful and unique brew, all it needs is a little less carbonation.

hyuga, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Batch #53. It poured with a black body that had ruby notes when held to the light, and a khaki head. Aroma was dark malt and expresso. The taste was malt, prunes, port wine, leather, caramel, cola, and an alcohol bite. (With a 10% ABV, I'd be surprised if it didn't...) The mouthfeel was a medium oily one, with light carbonation. The finish was malt and cola, with light hop notes. Watch out, this is NOT a session beer, more like a rum-soaked fruitcake dessert in a bottle. Perfect as a nightcap!

WaltTrombone, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Batch 52

Appearance: garnet brown, slight haze; thin film of head develops on pour but disappears immediately, forming a crown on the glass

Aroma: deep dark bready malt notes, a slight lactic twang, chocolate, prunes, raisins

Flavor: the up front lactic sourness dominates; underneath it are notes of dark chocolate, coffee, rich malt sweetness, hop bitterness, sherry, prunes, raisins and yeast; the finish is sweet and sour with the sourness staying around in the roasty aftertaste; also lingering are apples and rye-bread

Mouthfeel: full body, slightly astringent, big alcohol warmth, smooth

Overall Impression: This beer is a conundrum. I don't know if it's supposed to be sour or if it's a bad batch. I tried one over a year ago and was really put off by it. Then I tasted one about six months later and I didn't really detect any overt sourness (I'm not sure what the batch numbers were on those). This sample, though, is pretty lactic. It's growing on me as I drink it and as it warms up, but it's not something I would drink often. This one has been in my "cellar" for about a year.

Notes on Batch 59: Tasted a bottle of this batch the other night. Not sour at all. The lactic aroma/flavor was nowhere to be found. This leads me to believe that Batch 52 was definitely contaminated. 59 was all about the chocolatey sweetness with big notes of burnt caramel and peppery alcohol. Also mocha and a fait amount of smoke. Finish is sweet with a lot of residual roast and smoke. Because of this difference, I have increased the score from the previous score of 3.2.

GreenCard, Sep 02, 2003
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.