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

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1,001 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,001
Hads: 2,330
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 606
Gots: 482 | FT: 38
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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: 1,001 | Hads: 2,330
Photo of marburg
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with the vigor of an over-charged homebrew or a lively Belgian ale. Forms a massive tan colored head. An aromatic brew to say the least -- dry rot, chocolate, charred graham crackers, and bits of smoke. Soft enough in the nose to leave the vague impression of fruit -- or at least some sort of essence of fruit. Acidic in a smoky sense: Imagine gulping a mouthful of eye-burning, campfire smoke while tending a fire. That sensation is buried in there under the surprisingly light, chocolatey, malty, wood flavors. Incredibly complex. The levels and variations through which this goes on one's tongue before one finishes a single bottle is mind-blowing. Alcohol isn't terribly noticeable, but as tends to be the case, it hit me hard nonetheless.

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

12 oz bottle from batch number 54. This pours a dark brown color with a deep red tone. The head on this is a monster, I poured it into a 23oz glass and by the time I was done the head was almost overflowing. Its was a rocky frothy head that was light tan in color and had at least a finger in height worth of head the entire session also leaving nice lacing as it was consumed. The aroma is extremely fruity with the smell of smoke and alcohol lingering about as well. Very interesting smell with some hints of medicine as well which actually blends into the smell quite nicely. The taste is big on roasted malts with notes of smokiness and dark fruits as well. This beer seems to be a style all its own with properties from a variety of standard styles incorporated. There is a slight hop and bitter finish to this one. The body on this is medium to full and it has good carbonation. I found this to be highly drinkable with not much of the 10% in sight. A very unique beer that is fantastic, highly recommended.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, batch #57.

Darkest shade of brown with a rich reddish hue throughout. Intense carbonation. Topped by a voluminous tan coloured head, which retains very well & leaves some lace behind.

Smell is intense & incredibly fruity, with some interesting medicinal notes hiding out on the fringes.

Sweet, fruity, some smokey tobaco leaf flavours. Very complex, & quite tasty with a little bit of dark chocolate.

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Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a big medium thick, choppy, head. The body was a pure opaque black, but not a motor oil type black. As I poured it it looked like I was pouring Coca-Cola, but when it was in the glass no light passed through it at all.

The nose was interesting. Smoke, alcohol, plastic, and some medicinal band-aid type smells. Dark fruits burnt fruits. I know it sounds bad, but it was really an intriguing and inviting smell. Smoke, malt and medicine. Odd, but good.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Big malt flavors. Burnt roasted barley dominates. Although you can clearly tell it’s not a stout. Sort of like a nice big barley wine with just enough roasted barley to give it flavor. Smoke, barley, raisins, dark fruits, prunes alcohol. Earthy hops, and an earthy bitterness are present but never jump to the forefront. There’s a big rich smoky malt as it warms.

I haven’t been impressed with any of the hair of dogs I’ve had recently, but this… damn…. This is a great beer. It’s not quite a Belgian, not quite a stout, and not quite a smoked beer. It sort of falls someplace in-between. All perfectly balanced and oh so tasty. I’d drink this all day if I could.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a jet black, motor oil body, with a tan foam head. The scent is thick malt. The taste features alocohol spice, dark fruit, caramel malt, and a touch of hop. Full mouth. Basically it is an intense tasting brew, a little over the top i think, but overall pretty dang good.

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Photo of bditty187
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 58

Dark mahogany in hue, ruby highly when held to a light but it is largely opaque. It is a very attractive color. The head was beige and very rocky. It reached a fist in height; I couldn’t pour the entire bottle into my snifter. Lordy! The head is massive and out of control. It looks like it will be awhile before I can drink it. The head retention was fantastic, rock solid. Subsequent lacing was ubiquitous but not very clingy.

The first whiff was green apples, bushels of them. Spicy. A second sniff introduced lovely musky notes, smoky bacon, and peat aromas too. This is simply awesome. Whiskey. Oak, old wooden barrels that stored alcohol years ago. Robust maltiness. The hops seem to say “hi” but I could barely hear them. The potency is huge. Inviting, mouthwateringly so. Complex like few other beers I have smelled.

The palate is freaking amazing; the bouquet does not lie and it does not deceive, it delivers as promised. Wow, it is like a tale of three beers, the spicy, yeasty, clovey, peppery flavors remind me of a Triple. The smokiness is Rauchbier-like. Yummy! The maltiness is very much similar to an Old Ale with appropriate hop levels. This is seriously and insanely good. The complexities are amazing; I can’t believe how well the smoke works with the yeasty-spice and alcohol punch. Most of the beer is deeply infused with smoke. The finish, I found, was dominated by zesty ale fruitiness and bitter hops. In the aftertaste the malt and smoke return. Freaking incredible.

This is one amazing beer, medium-full in body with moderate carbonation on the tongue; the mouthfeel is very pleasant because it yields to the flavors.

I found this to be very drinkable but I forced myself to sip and savor. I really wish I had bought more than one bottle in Loveland, CO. That was a foolish mistake. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Batch 57" 12 oz bottle, strong tasty stuff, enjoy with care. Poured dark amber, dark tan head, good retention and lacing. Bready, yeasty nose, burnt fruit, alcohol, figs, raisins and brandy notes. Medium bodied,vinious, rich malt flavors. Resiny hops come burning through. Fine brew.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of grynder33
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of ark57
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Crosling
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Elemental
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of budsboy
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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!

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.