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

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998 Reviews

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Reviews: 998
Hads: 2,317
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 596
Gots: 484 | 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Reviews: 998 | Hads: 2,317
Photo of minterro
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been trying to get my hands on a bottle of this (not actively but still) for a while now, so I hope it lives up to the hype I have put on it. Got as part of a beer trade. Batch 87, which I think is a little over a year old at this point.

A&S: Aroma is power, but not super intense and consisting of tobacco, molasses, hints of marshmallows, very sweet sugars. Undertones of the aroma is earthy dirt, Initially head looks fizzy and weak, but upon the second pour the head is pretty creamy and retains way better than initially. Globs of lacing are left behind. Lots of caked on sediment at the bottom, even when swirled it doesn't detach. The beer is a very dark brown.

T&M: Upfront some chocolate (not as much as I expected), Chewing tobacco smokiness and raisins tones in the finish. Mild bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is very subdued (maybe due to the aging), but you for sure get a feel for it cause it warms as it goes down. Carbonation is on the high side of medium, but the body is still quite thick.

Overall: Great beer, if for sure lived up to the hype. If I didn't have to wake up early I would consider doing this side by side with the 4D I have in the fridge, o well. I will be out in Portland in a few months, hope I can find a few to bring back home and see how it does with some more aging and to have a fresh go at it.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sample this on 12/26/13 with Arithmeticus.

We poured this 12 oz bottle of batch 89 in to two pint glasses. The appearance was very dark in color- almost cola-like with a thick, tan head and decent lacing. We found the malty aroma inviting, despite having very little hops or yeast. We could detect figs and chocolate, and it smelled very sweet and slightly boozy. The taste was amazingly complex- with smoke, leather, and dark fruit. The nose definitely belied the taste. The mouthfeel medium with decent carbonation. This is one of the best beers I have had in a while, so would I (we) have it again?? HELL YES!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with an off white head.

S: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon in the nose. Typical staleness of an old ale.

T: Sweet roasted malt, bourbon and honey flavors, surprising as this is not the barrel aged version. Also some stale yeast or malt or whatever that typical old ale taste/flavor is.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Recommended, but perhaps a bit overrated. I'd love to try Adam from the Wood.

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Photo of spoony
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a tulip at the brewery.

A-The brew is dark brown, nearly black. The head is mocha in color and maybe a finger tall. The head is dense and creamy, which is surprising given the ABV. It leaves a wisp or two of lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma has fruity alcohol esters, dark caramel, molasses, and a bourbon-like vanilla. It is very smooth and creamy smelling. Nice.

T-The taste, like the smell, is sweet but smooth. I get some creamy cocoa, light roasted flavors, molasses, caramel, dark cherry, and just a slight twang of hoppy bit on the finish. Alcohol is well integrated and gently warming.

M-The feel is medium to light for the style, which makes this brew dangerously easy to drink. The carbonation is fine and subtle.

O-This is a nice beer. The flavors are complex and intense. While this is certainly a sweet, big beer, unlike many beers of this style and ABV, Adam never veers into syrupy or sticky. I especially enjoy the cherry fruit flavors and light bitter twang on the finish.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown%2C almost black with a thick%2C copper colored head. Nice lacing. The aroma is complex - lots of dark roast malt%2C chocolate%2C with a hint of smoke. Maltiness on the front of the tongue%2C followed by chocolate and smoke. There's enough bitterness to balance out that malt backbone. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall%2C this is an outstanding sipper to enjoy on a cold winters night.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 1/3/14

Pours dark brown, almost black. Thick heavy white foam. Snowy. Musty damp smell. Woodsy. Smoky. Hints if leather, peat, dirt. Earthy, grainy taste with a harsh hop that interjects halfway through. Potent bitter. A tough pint for sure. Need to really enjoy Old Ales to get the most from this one.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-deep brown color with hints of red, nice light tan head with decent lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, nutmeg, chocolate, oaky, roasted malt,caramel

T-roasted malt, raisins, figs, chocolate, toffee, cinnamon, vanilla, little oak, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, some alcohol comes through

O-very complex and tasty ale, love to sip this on a cold winter day

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Orthodoxkardia for this beer.

12oz bottle. Batch 87. Pours a dark dark brownish black color with ruby hues and a 1/4 inch of light brown head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aromas of dark fruits, earth, chocolate, espresso and tobacco. The taste is tobacco and earth upfront with some dark fruits and chocolate. Espresso and warming alcohol. Hints of cola. Chocolate and tobacco at the finish. Heavy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Very earthy brew with lots of tobacco flavor. Overall, a solid slow drinker.

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Photo of draheim
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (Batch 84) poured into a snifter. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a huge fluffy mocha head that leaves behind nice sticky clumps of lace.

Aroma is rich and complex: figs, toffee, pipe tobacco, dark sugary plums, candi sugar. A quick swirl of the snifter brings up more elusive nuances, but they're elusive.

Taste is also deep and complex. Dark fruits, rum-soaked tobacco, plump raisins. Bitter hops keep this malty beast in check, but only just.

Sticky mouthfeel is velvety smooth, luxurious and rich, especially with a good swirl which briefly brings up a light tan layer of foam.

Overall a rock-solid Old Ale, sets the standard for the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of South2NW
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark, dark brown, with minimal tan head. Not much lacing. Didn't hard pour.

S: Dark fruits covered in dark chocolate. Really pleasing.

T: smokey is the taste I initially get. Followed by some chocolate and a bit of booze on the back end.

M: fairly heavy body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. No booze burn.

O: friggin delicious. So smooth for 10%, could easily drink several in a row.

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Photo of pkalix
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bag ripped at the handle and it bounced off my kitchen tiled floor. a week ago, still some large bubbles on the top at the neck of the bottle and i'm wondering if it'll affect the flavor any?
pours very dark brown with the edge showing some translucence. smell is strong on the figs, and a little rubbery, Band-Aid smell. funny I saw someone else refer to the Band-Aid smell. mine is from sucking on my injured finger some 30 years when they made 'em out of that rubbery stuff and the taste was very distinctive. I've gotten it most in stone's vanilla and chipotle porters. but anyway . . . . . . the taste has a little of the Belgian yeast and lots of the band-aid... twisty, funky bitterness. I truly am surprised by the super high ratings as I do not feel it merits them and, hence, the wonder if bouncing it off the tile hampered it any. seems to have a lot of alcohol presence which, at 10%, is deservedly so. to a certain degree. I suppose i'm just a little disappointed reading all the high reviews, finally finding one of these guys, and not being very impressed with it. it's not bad. and it's very decent, considering the high abv, but I probably was expecting too much.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pretty much black, and it seems hazy which makes it even more opaque. Beautiful fluffy mocha head on top and some decent lacing, especially considering the abv.

A: Big dark fruit, burnt sugar and chocolate notes, some earthy leathery character, as well as some apricot and big spicy boozy notes. It all backed by a lush, rich maltiness that saturates your nostrils.

T/M: A smooth bitterness starts off that is met by big fruity burnt sugar, dark/milk chocolate, pit fruit, and a big, sweet malty backbone. The bitterness peaks mid sip and falls off into a huge viscous mouthfeel and rich flavors. The finish reveals some smoky complexities, as well as some tingle on the tongue from the alcohol.

Overall, a stunning ale that pushes the boundaries of the craft. For such a sweet beer it is unbelievably drinkable, dangerously so. Hair of the Dog has officially blown my mind.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Original review - 8/17/12 - 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Batch 84.

A = Like Hair of the Dog Fred, pour carefully, as high carbonation means head explodes and lasts for a long time. Leaves pretty thick lacing. Beer is a dark brown with maybe a burgundyish tint to it. Rated 3.5.

S = definite smoke tones, some chocolate, some alcohol

T = smoke dominates, reminds me as much of a smoked porter than the old ale it is. Can barely pick up the figs, maybe something leathery. Not quite as together as it should be. You pick up the alcohol burn at the end

M = pretty thick, definitely carbonated and alcoholic

Good, not great. Definitely prefer Fred to Adam; am going to age a bottle and check back in a year and see if that helps.


And here we are, 11/15/13, with a bottle of Batch 84 aged in my wine refrigerator. Poured into Belgian ale glass this time.

A: Still a slow pour and absolutely ridiculous head. Heavy lacing, strong retention. Beer appears darker than the above and my memory recall. Changing 3.5 to 4.

S: Still catching the smoke, but more muted. More fig scent, chocolate, less evidence of alcohol. More pleasant. Changing 3.5 to 4.

T: Not too much change. Less smoke, more malt, about the same fig/dried fruit and leather. A bit more composed, still some alcohol burn. Leaving at 4, probably should have graded 3.75 last time.

M: Remains thick, less carbonation, still quite alcoholic. As this suits me, I'm changing 4 to 4.25.

O: Leaving at 4. Overall I sensed an amount of improvement in the nose and cohesiveness of flavor. Still packs quite a punch.

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Photo of MCain04
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into GI stemmed chalice.

Pours a dark drown body with a tan head, frothy and bubbly, sticks around for a while, solid lacing going down.

Smells of toffee, burnt sugar, earthy, alcohol, coffee, dark fruits, fig, chocolate.

Tatste is similar to the above with dark fruits being prominent, heavy dose of toffee and chocolate, a slight fruity ester note with a touch of acidity and sour notes, moderately bitter, alochol burn on the end.

Mouthfeel is moderate to high carbonation, creamy, heavy bodied, dry finish.

Overall a solid old ale that I would buy more often if available to me.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 89, which I'll guess was brewed around mid-2013. Served just cool in a tulip.

A - 4.25 - First pour, though not aggressive at all, is 95% head and it takes several minutes to dissipate down to a half inch. Second pour, very gentle and close, yields half as much head but still a lot. It's a thick, rich, creamy, uniform, light tan head that looks like custard you could eat with a spoon. Once it settles down, the beer overall looks very nice, though I'd give it a quarter point more if it didn't have a slight lakewater murkiness to it. You have to look close to see it and I'll be careful with the next one in case the fault lies with my sedimenty pour. The beer is so dark brown that it looks black in medium lighting.

S - 4.25 - Smells exactly like...something. Can't put my finger on it. Some kind of fresh smell from my youth almost like some kind of fresh green wood, but more foodlike. That smell fades with the head, leaving something somewhat reminiscent of some of the common aroma notes from cognacs, but leaning notably toward something on the chocolate spectrum, hint of caramel. Some malty coffee.

T - 4.5 - Initially a clean taste with some kind of irresistible fruit that morphs neatly into something sharp, heading towards tart but not quite making it. Then very nice chocolate liqueur notes. Others here have listed notes of smoke and leather like it says on the bottle, but I'm not getting those, nor figs either really. I suppose I get a hint of the kind of black malt char you'd get in an imperial stout, so maybe that's a cousin to smoke. It's less like other old ales I've had. Really comes off closer to a chocolate stout overall.

Ends with a slight puff/hint of some kind of fruit and quickly into bitter dark chocolate that endures and tingles the salivary glands a bit. I get the alcohol presence during and after swallowing but it's very welcome and quickly heats up the ears. The booze fumes are tinged with fruit on the exhale, like a dark chocolate covered strawberry with the barest hint of sour that's there and then gone. Rich chocolatey burps. There is surprising and delicate complexity here amidst the rich flavors.

M - 4.5 - Was expecting a thicker and more viscous body but I'd call it medium. There's a bit of graininess to it, like actual grains of undissolved hot chocolate mix, but I must have handled and poured carelessly becuase I didn't even think about the bottle conditioning until after pouring and I can see sediment granules in there. Ends dry on the tongue leaving a hint of sting like barely-present habanero - not the actual pepper taste, but a faintly similar hint of something hot. Later in the glass my tongue had gotten acclimated to that and I didn't notice it anymore, just a tannic dryness. It's not often that the mouthfeel alone can communicate complexity, but this one does.

O - 4.5 - This is a really fine beer. I actually had higher hopes for this one than I did for Fred, and while this one is really good, Fred is the luscious winner in my book. But it's apples and oranges I guess. And this is still a very interesting beer and its complexity and composition are worthy of the Hair of the Dog name. Pros, those guys, among the very best. While I've had a handful of more delicious beers (though this is delicious), what this beer has is complexity. I mean, things are happening in your mouth, different things at different times, an interplay between flavor elements and mouthfeel elements. It's a journey. That's what I'm looking for in a beer.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible dating to denote the bottling or "enjoy by" of this beer. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - This is only my second old ale, so I have no idea what is typical for the style, but this one is a deep chestnut brown hue, almost black due to the massive head blocking any light from filtering down through the top. The head is a good 4+ fingers thick, and creamy looking like mousse or some other whipped topping, the color of sandy brown. Retention is excellent, with the foam never becoming less than a finger of froth around the edges of the glass with a pillowy layer of foam along the top. Lacing is thick in the few places it remains, with a silky look to it.

Smell - Complex and rich, and not nearly as hot as expected given the strength. Burnt caramel, roast chocolate and tree bark, along with some elements of a cinnamon-like spiciness. Hints of molasses as well.

Taste - Picks up where the depth of the smell left off. Now the tree bark and semisweet chocolate is enriched by notes of leather and a faint medicinal characteristic as well in the background. I know some don't like that, but I find it can provide an interesting complexity. A finish with some bittering from the hops, as well as a little bit of sweetness from the specialty malts used.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as you might expect from the color and the appearance of the head. Medium bodied with high carbonation and a lingering finish.

Overall - I've only had one other old ale, and it was similar but different to Adam. Both were good, so I think I may have to seek out more of this style. Hopefully they all display the same balance and complexity.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought online at Craftshack, poured into a Troegs Mad Elf snifter.

AP: NIce rich dark colour, near black, Stout like. Dense foamy light tan head, 3 fingers high at the start and slowly dissipating down a finger width. This looks like it should be quite tasty.
AR: Toffee, chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, dark fruits (raisin, fig), treacle. Some light notes of Earthy rustic hops and caramel malts. Brilliant nose on this.
T: Just like the nose, all the aromas are in the flavour as well. Only negative about this beer is that on the initial taste I do get a bit of the alcohol heat and then on the finish some significant warmth down the throat and in the belly, more than there should be. To me it's just enough to distract from the enjoyable tastes. Otherwise this is a true delight with rich intense flavours that treat the palate. The Earthy rustic hops come out nicely on the finish.
M: Good mouthfeel. The moderate carbonation adds a nice smooth creaminess without it being too crisp/bubbly. It's not cloying or sticky on the tongue either, but finishes with a faint moistness.
OV: A great beer and if the alcohol was better hidden I'd have rated this higher. The flavours are there, but the heat punches through a bit too much for my preference taking away from the smoothness. It's 'only' 10% ABV but drinks like it's at least 12%+. Otherwise very very enjoyable.

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Photo of BigJYoungblood
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer, darker than my own personal tastes with dates, raisins, coffee, and dark chocolate, but was very sweet while being low on carbonation which to me lowered the mouthfeel but increased the flavor, as odd as that sound. Good beer, needs to be drank slow and would be better for the winter.

Had on tap at the source

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Photo of joe1510
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz Bottle
Liquid Solutions

Batch #67

Adam pours the darkest of browns with only tiny hard to spot mahogany highlights when held direcly to the light. A big 2+ finger head of the utmost creaminess formed on the pour and just stayed put. Leaves moderate lacing after each sip. The creamiest head on a beer I can remember.

Lots of heavy, deep, dark aromas. First thing that hits the nose is a roasted malty goodness quickly followed by a solid campfire smokiness. When I smell deeper I pick up cream and some dark fruits including figs and raisins. Smells utterly unique and exceptional.

The flavor is so complex and dark that I cant even begin to describe the complexity. I will try and give a description in simplified form though. Roasted malts give a nice bitterness upfront followed by a shot of cream and a quick gulp of campfire smoke. Toward the finish there's a very welcomed berry sweetness including blackberries, some bing cherries, and (although not a berry) fig. Mild hop bitterness on the tongue that intensifies as the bottle disappears.

The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely sublime. I can't pick out one thing even remotely wrong with this mouthfeel. Thick and lush describe it perfectly. Oh, and velvety, smooth and creamy. I guess there is no end to the positive adjectives that could be used to describe the body of this brew.

Everything about this beer is so big and enjoyable that it would be tough to drink more than a couple. I'd hate to drink more than one, actually, for the simple fact I would feel like I'm disrespecting such a fine brew.

This is a World class old ale from Hair of the Dog. Actually this is a world class ale of any sorts. If this was available in my area I would order it by the truckload. Anxious to try other batches.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the beer that started it all. Not 1001 Bottles, but my friendship with Erick Engel. I saw Erick post about Adam on Google+ and asked if he would be interested in a trade. Long story short, he was… And that traded turned into several bottles before we were done. This was a unique trade, too. Erick is from San Diego, but was going to be in the Valley for a baseball tournament. Why would he bother shipping the beers when he could deliver them IN PERSON! We made plans to meet at Four Peaks, and did the trade right there at the table. It was amazing.

During our trade the manager at Four Peaks came over and asked what we were doing. At first, I was worried he wouldn't allow us to trade at the table. Better yet, he brought Erick some stickers, some coasters, and invited everyone to the brewery for a tour of the brewing facility. We left there, headed to Fate and the rest is… Well, fate! It was a great way for us to land this bottle.

I am a bit fan of Hair of the Dog Brewing, and I know this beer is incredible. I first had this back in Indiana, but we can't get Hair of the Dog here in the desert. I can't thank Erick enough for making this bottle possible. Erick, this one is for you… The one that started it all. Cheers, buddy!!!

In the Glass: Whoa… Didn't expect that much head. I am getting a fist of head on this one. Granted, Sheryl's pour was perfect. Oh well, this needs to heat up a little, anyway. The beer is nice a dark; a dark brown almost black color. The head is thick, and has a nice toffee color to it. The beer is producing a nice lace, too. I can't wait to drink this. Memories!

Nose: I am going to wait for the head to go down just a little bit. I don't want bubbles all up on my nose!

Sorry, I was distracted. I am busy chatting with David Rojo. He is going to be coming over in a few days to drink our bottle of Mexican Cake with us. He will also be bringing a bottle from his cellar for us to try. He was telling me some that he has to offer… And regardless of what he brings, I am pumped to try it. On to the nose.

Imagine a fig floating in a glass of scotch. That is what this smells like. It doesn't have a sweet aroma that you would expect from an Old Ale, but it does offer nice balance with obvious smokey goodness. The more I smell this, the more smoke I am getting. Oh, and the BeerAdvocate guys rated this a 99… So you know it's good!

Flavor: By the way, the lace is ridiculous on this beer. A good lace is a sign of a good beer.

Here we go. Oh. My. GOD! That is unreal. I mean, SO freaking good. I was chatting with Erick earlier tonight and he said he hadn't had his bottle of Adam yet. Erick… DUDE, drop what you are doing and drink this beer NOW!!! Oh, and Paul Tom Bennett from Facebook said, "That's stuff is liquid amazeballs!" That is one way to put it.

You get a nice smokey flavor up front, but then the sweetness that I was talking about shows up. Then, as you swallow and continue to swallow, the smoke just continues and leaves you with a nice drying finish. I could seriously drink a gallon of this beer. It's that good.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is great, and leaves a nice thick layer of flavor on my tongue. The beer, even at 10% ABV, is easy to drink, but the flavor is so good, I don't want this bottle to be over. I only get 6 ounces, but that is not enough! I am sure a keg of this, if they even make it, would be outrageous… But I would LOVE a pint of this on tap. I am just blown away with how good this beer is.

Aftertaste: The smoke continues, but as I sit here and continue to swallow, the smoke becomes a nice earthy dryness that is hard to forget. I said imagine a fig floating in a glass of scotch, and that thought is still with me. I do like scotch, and I really dig the pearty scotches from the Islay region.

If you like a nice thick high ABV beer that you can drink as your dessert, then this is the beer for you. We tried Fred, another beer from Hair of the Dog, many moons ago. I remember that bottle like it was yesterday, and I am so glad that we found a bottle of Adam. This bottle wouldn't be possible without Erick and his dedication to craft beer. This is what craft beer is all about!

Cheers, people!

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 88

Pours a dark brown with a half inch off white head. Smell is a mixture of malts, hops, smoke and booze. An interesting blend and from the nose you dont really know what to expect. The taste is so complex and interesting and unique. Big smokiness flavor up front, some burnt leather and chocolate mixed in, and even a bit of off-sweetness. Ends with a big alcohol / boozy kick. Wow. Full bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall this is a truly remarkable brew. Never had anything like this and I really dig it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of leaddog
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

Batch # 88

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with a finger width of beige head.

Smell - Hops, smoke, roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol (wine-like), molasses.

Taste - Hops, smoke, roasted malts (moderate level), dark fruits, molasses, red wine. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. Nice warming sensation.

Overall - An enjoyable complex old ale by Hair of the Dog. All the flavours are on par for the style and definitely an easy-sipping beer.

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Photo of derftron
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Have had it on tap or in a bottle over 30 times.

Decided to review it just because it is now one of my favorite beers that I try to have weekly.

pours quite dark and leaves a little head and lacing on the glass.

very smooth mouthfeel, but not at all syrupy.

smells of figs, molasses, oak. just a lot of dark/old smells coming through

overall, just a great beer. take your time sipping it because it will give you a nice buzz after just one. very drinkable and tastes better everytime I have it. completely unique with its flavor. HotD just knows how to do some things better than others, and this beer is one of their best. balanced and complex and something any beer enthusiast should try

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Marina Market, Seattle, WA
Date: None on bottle, 2012 release
Glass: Tulip

Adam is an excellent strong ale that features a variety of complex, heavy characters including smoked and roasted malts, dried fruits, and lesser flavors like anise and chocolate. A beer that is quite expressive in its aroma and taste, though perhaps at 10% ABV, how could it not be? One I would not hesitate to enjoy again if it were available.

Pours a surprisingly towering head of beige to light tan-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, which has excellent retention lasting several minutes before dissipating to a thin residuum of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent: thick, unbroken sheets cling to all parts of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light making no impact on the darkness. As the body is totally opaque, carbonation is only visible slightly, moving along the sides of the glass.

Aroma of slightly toasted brown sugar, dried black mission figs, raisins, bread crusts, milk chocolate, grass fire-like smokiness, mineral qualities, and leather.

Flavor is smoky, roasted malt, dried black mission figs, chocolate with light anise, leather, light mineral quality. Front of palate notices smoked and roasted malts, balanced equally, with sweetness as from dried black figs, some anise, and mineral characters. Mid-palate continues the interplay between heavy smoked and roasted malts, dried figs, raisins, bread crusts, but adds in some anise and chocolate flavors. Back of palate picks up intense smoked bread crust flavor with ethanol heat, dried black figs, prunes, leather, and slight anise. Aftertaste is of ethanol, smoked bread crusts, slight roasted malt/chocolate, and sweetness as from dried black figs, raisins, and toasted brown sugar.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, which manages to foam the beer quite quickly on the palate, but never causing it to feel fizzy. Ethanol can be felt in the nostrils and back of the throat, Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the palate and lips after each sip.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black with about four fingers tanish head that doesn’t leave.

Smell is choco and spices. Roasty.

Taste is malty, bit of alcohol burn, bit of heavy malts, weird roast finish. Cherry and vanilla.

Very interesting beer. Bit of a sipper. Not sure I can say I’ve had anything like this before.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.