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

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2,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 575
Gots: 457 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.
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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 86, bottle poured into 50W tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown body. Aggressively pours with what looks like no head, then slowly a rush of carbonation bubbles rise to the top and form a quick, dark tan, latte-like, 2 finger, frothy head that hangs around for a long time. The head finally settles in a nice thick, 1/4 finger ring around the top of the brew, leaving a nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The appearance is fantastic on this one.

S: Nose is noticeably fruity. Smells of figs and licorice are strong. At first pour the nose is smokey, and it gains fruitiness as it warms. Definite wofts of chocolate. Very malty. Hints of raspberries and dark cherries. A little boozy. Without even trying a sip yet, the nose leads me to believe this is super complex.

T: Very sweet. The dark fruits really steal the show in the taste. Black licorice and chocolate are predominant. Smoke taste follows the nose - its faint, but definitely present. Malty and boozy, but its balanced well. There is a definite sense of some bitterness too, which keeps it from being overly sweet. I've heard it described several times in other reviews, but this is the first time I have ever actually felt like I get a tobacco taste. Some definite caramel notes - I'm guessing coming from some specialty grains.

M: Full body. Boozy. Moderate carbonation - any more would be too much IMO. Not quite as creamy as it could be, but still good.

O: This is fantastic. I can't believe how much flavor this 12oz bottle packed. It was truly one of the most complex brews I've had. It was a little bit of a mix between a barleywine and a belgian quad. Would love to try the "from the wood" version at some point.

Photo of Kyle424
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of portia99
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 73) poured into a snifter. This is a weekend of vintage beers for me...compared to the '02 Old Horizontal, this is pretty young, but HotD's website says this was bottled on 8/3/08 so still pretty old (coincidentally this was my 10th wedding anniversary day)

A - Pours with a very faint carbonation...looks almost still on the pour with some tiny, fine bubbles barely making a collar. Body is near black with maybe a faint purpleish tint to it.

S - Cola, licorice, prunes, alcohol, caramel, some roast, and chocolate.

T - A bit roasty with some burnt malts and faint acrid, dark roast coffee-ish flavor up front. Lots of dark fruit, plums, prunes, figs, a bit of dark cherries. I get a faint red wine like fruity/tannic character also. Still getting a bit of cola, some sugary sweetness, notes of chocolate, and some complementary alcohol. The underlying roasty/acrid bitterness really brings everything together here keeping the beer from becoming cloying in sweetness - the bitter brings everything back to balance - starts sweet and then is cut off and brought back by the roast...really nice.

M - Near still, but still showing enough carbonation to keep things alive. Body is medium. Sticky with sugars that are left on the lips after each sip allowing you to get a second taste of the caramelly, burnt sugar character after each sip. Shows a good balance of dark fruits, various sugars, chocolate, alcohol and roast.

O - Adam certainly deserves its high ratings. Even after 7ish years in the bottle it holds up and maybe has improved since being fresh. Great complexity and balance along with a scary drinkability for a 10% beer. This ranks right up there as one of my favorite strong ales. Great stuff...glad I have more of this batch to savor in the future.

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

Was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at the Horsebrass the other night.

Adam pours a dark cola color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer looks impressive, and is a presage of what's to come. On the nose this beer smells almost sinfully good. There is considerable chocolate, but with some underlying vanilla, golden raisans, coffee and light licorice. On the palate, this beer is every bit as good. It's fairly sweet of course, but the melange of sherry, wood, vanilla, cherry liquer, dark chocolate and light licorice (in the finish) keeps me coming back, wanting more and more, after every sip. Fresh Adam also seems to have some noticeable hoppy bitterness in the finish that helps to counter and balance out the sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is full with a long, drawn out finish in this richly delicious beer. Drinkability is pretty good, though I'm aware of the 10% abv. in this beer as I go along. Hard to imagine having more than one of these at a sitting, but nevertheless, this is just an exceptional, well made beer, and an absolute treat to have on tap. Yummy!!!

Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on my 'wants' for quite a while. JoeyBeerBelly ended up sending me a bottle as an extra. Thanks Joe!

Batch 73

A- Pours deep murky brown color with a thick tan colored head that isn't going anywhere soon.

S- Smoke, dark fruit, leather and roasted aromas all make up the nose.

T- A huge rush of burnt roasted malt flavor initially that gives way to black licorice, anise, and a big alcohol sting in the finish. Brandied dark cherries, plums, earthy hops, smoke, and bittersweet chocolate flavors start to emerge as I work down the glass. This is a tough brew to figure out. One minute it tastes like an Imperial Stout, then another sip and it morphs into an American Barleywine. Crazy and complex, but either way, I'm really enjoying it.

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation. Chewy and smooth with a very present but not bothersome level of alcohol.

D- I know that there was way more to this brew than I could pinpoint but I do know that I liked it quite a bit! Definitely worth trying.

Photo of leitmotif
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Batch 69

What a nice looking beer with a spectacular unique head. Deep burnt russet colored and not much light making its way through. Mocha head is large, about two fingers and lays like a thick raincloud or a soft pillow you would want to hug while sleeping. Very nice looker indeed.

Nose isn't far behind. Thick with fig and brown sugar, like a candy coated date. Maple, praline and an abundance of toffee. Dried berries and nuts similar to trail mix with chunks of milk and dark chocolates. A bit of black cherry. No real hops just a big thick sweet malt aroma that completely engulfs the mind.

Man this is a fine beer. Much more raisin and dried berry in the flavor. Big black mission fig and a nice alcohol burn in the chest but not noticeable in the mouth. Layers of sweet chocolate and brown sugar with a thick visceral mollassesy mouthfeel. Blue berry and more milk chocolate with some hop bitterness to balance the long drawn out, candied nut finish. Just a sipper and so big and complex may be hard to sip many but if need be I could drink this daily and multiple times daily as well. Great beer.

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

Batch #82. 12oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

Appearance- Dark brown with small crimson highlights. Large, light, tan head. Lots of lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Molasses, alcohol, and some roasted malts. There is also a hint of spices. 4/5

Taste- Leather, wood, molasses. Alcohol, and bitterness come out in the end. The hint of spices are also in the taste. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel. Slightly chewy. 4.5/5

Overall- Very nice beer. Good for a cool october night or in front of a fire on a winters eve. 4.5/5

Photo of Cylinsier
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours opaque blackish brown, no head.

Smells of figs, spices, caramel, molasses and mild pine hops.

Taste follows, dark fruits like figs with some caramel and brown sugar/molasses flavors. A bit of piney hop that's not really bitter at all.

Feels fuller and viscous with a very light sting of carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Delicious, rich, and wonderful. Not at all what I was expecting from this beer but its fantastic. Way too strong to be gulped though, you have to sip it, but for that, I loved it and would have it again in a heart beat.

Photo of leaddog
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big headed whore, tan. Brown body. Great head retention and splotchy lacing.

Caramel, dark fruits, slight smoke.

Smokey, "leathery" for sure...enjoying that aspect. Caramels. "peaty". Cherry notes after some great cheese.

Very full mouthfeel with a great carbonation point.

Yum, like Brian said, "best non-BA old ale there is". Highly recommended.

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

Pours with a dark brown body and a very nice creamy and beige head. There are fine lacing too. Nose primary of hops and malt. Sweet flavour of burned malt, dried fruit, raisins, mild coffee and liquorice. Ends up more dry with some alcohol. A very enjoyable brew.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with ccrida a few months ago, the last beer I have left from that trade. Thanks Adam, looking forward to our next trade.

Batch 69, poured into a snifter.

A really dark brown, almost black body. Opaque except for ruby tinges on the edges where the slightest amount of light manages to come through. Fairly active carbonation is noticeable just under the head of the beer. A finger or so of light brown head with ok retention, not too much lacing. However, I suspect in a pint glass this would produce some lacing.

Smells a lot like a port, which I think is good. Raisins and figs come through strongly, coupled with a general sweetness.

Up front is a good blast of sweetness that mellows to reveal a lot of the dark fruits from the nose, including raisins for sure. Also has a chocolately taste with some roasted notes in there as well. Next comes a noticeable but mild hop flavor with just a little bit of grapefruity bitterness. Finish with some noticeable alcohol heat. This is a big, complex brew that maintains a nicee balance amongst many different flavors, and is very well done and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but rather highly carbonated. A lot of the beer seems to vanish in the mouth. A fairly good feel overall.

For 10%ABV this is ridiculously drinkable. Balanced, tasty and complex. This is something I would pair with a dessert for sure. Overall a great beer that I will seek out again, I'm very curious to try aging this. I could see it going multiple years and still improving.

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

The beer poured into the glass clear deep amber brown, almost opaque with a tan frothy and small bubbled head which lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was deep and roasty with a chocolate aromatic. The aroma contained an alcohol phenolic of smoke and a slight menthol. The aroma contained a fruit complexity, but the fruits were aged and muted and impossible to distinguish.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee with an interesting roasty component. The flavor was bitter, but not overly so and contained a hop flavor that was grassy and slightly earthy and interesting. The chocolate flavor ruled the roost but was not overdone.

The finish was dry with a malty impression and chocolate with a hop flavor that came across as menthol into the afteraste. The body was full and well done. The beer contained alcohol throughout, but it never detracted and added complexity from start to finish.

12 ounce bottle, Batch number 47. More of a huge robust porter than an old ale, but a heck of a beer!

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

Batch 63

Wow, this head is way too big for a 10% beer. It's light brown resting on top of an almost black body. The nose is very sweet, roasty, and peaty. This tastes like a smoked porter and Baltic porter hybrid. It has tons of malt, roasted, sweet, and smokey, as well as bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and slightly hidden grassy hops. I can taste, and feel, the alcohol, but it's not overpowering. This was my first attempt at cellaring and I'd say it worked out deliciously well.

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

This was the first Old Ale I liked, and has made me a convert. Pours a dark brown/gray/black with a small head (some times there is less carb, on tap there was a bit more). The aroma is complex: dark fruits, dust, caramel, earth. Taste is more of the same with the dark fruits up front with caramel and some tamed sweetness, the dusty smokey flavors in act two, and some sweetness mixed with dirt at the end with a mild alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and very pleasant. Quite drinkable for what it is, and feels like a true 10% on the brain.

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

Pours a deep garnet brown hued pour that defies all light to escape, topped off by a defiant brown tan ½ inch thick craggy head cap, releasing no secrets or carbonation bubbles. One of the foamiest frothiest pillowy head caps I’ve seen in a while.

Mixed aromatic scents of a smoky peat and deep double bock permeate the nose. A bit more smoked hickory and cheddar than anything else.

First swigs: Dry smoky cheese, bacon and biscuit malt dryness. Some sweetness of molasses and fig. Dry is the name of the ADAM game.Occasionally some berry pops put which adds tothe complexity overall. Deep charcoal notes firm up an astringent touch. Interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Throat warming. Thick fullest of full bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally a sipping beer.

Last swigs: Rauchbier and old ale. $3.99 at Johns Marketplace. This might join the ranks of my “Must try to 10...maybe 25 beers.”

Photo of Allpe45
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Batch 80

Appears dark brown, not quite black, with a light brown/tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Hints of booze in the smell. Primarily dark fruits, with leather, smoke, and chocolate.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, smokey. Roast malts and dates in the middle, dark fruits and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Feel is creamy, medium bodied, with low carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #73 and review #350. A 12 oz bottle into my Founders snifter. Thanks for the birthday beer, Cameron, much appreciated buddy! This is my first HOTD!

Looks great in the snifter. Dark brown with some plum highlights. Small white head sticks around and looks lively. The only minor downside of the appearance is the murky brown cloudy mess I managed to avoid going into my snifter. I poured out the last ounce or so, but thank God those nasties didn't make it in. I know it's not truly "appearance" but if someone isn't careful it will be. Pour slowly!

Smell is really complex and threw me for a loop at first. I got some initial brown sugar and caramel, then was completely overtaken with some smoke and molasses. This is really complex. Dark fruit and chocolate are kissed by smoke, anise, and some soy sauce. But really interesting, just unlike any old ale I've had.

My mouth is watering. I need a sip already. WOW! Holy crap, this is stunning. Such levels of flavor and depth. This starts out with some very sweet cherry and then goes the way of the roast and rauch. Ends with some great molasses sweetness and bitterness. I love the three levels of flavor I get from this - fruity, chocolatey, smokey. Masterfully crafted and one of a kind.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy. Nice level of carbonation makes it easy to drink. Not a beer I'd ever have more than one of in a session, but still very enjoyable as a special treat. I think this is a true beer geek's treasure. I've never had anything like this - thanks to HOTD for challenging me a bit for my 350th review and thanks so much for the bottle, Cameron!

Photo of woosterbill
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Batch 77 (brewed no later than May of 2010) into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rough, forceful pour is required to create just a thin layer of frothy light-brown bubbles; the body is black when looked at from a distance, and glows a clear orange-amber around the edges when held up to light. While it appears to be wholly uncarbonated, the bubbles forced out by the pour do stick around in a ring, keeping it from looking entirely lifeless. More importantly, each swirl of the beer leaves thick, sticky legs tracing their way down the sides of the tulip. Not exactly a beauty queen, but an attractively intimidating appearance all the same.

S: Wow. This smells like a hybrid Barleywine/Single Malt Scotch/cigar. The aromas are many and varied: smoke, leather, tobacco, toffee, caramel, fig, chocolate, and pepper. Only a touch of light booziness. Heady, intense, and amazing.

T: Happily it follows the nose for the most part, with sweet sugars and dark fruits up front, followed closely by deliciously meaty smoke, rich leather, piquant tobacco, and spicy alcohol on the finish. The booze is just a bit too prominent for a 10% beer that's been aged for two full years, but other than that it's spectacularly delicious.

M: Still, sticky, and viscous. Very rich and mouth-filling, but a bit of carbonation would have gone a long way.

O: Flatness notwithstanding, this was one of the best beers I've had in a long time. Hugely complex and just as tasty, I was blown away by the way the smokiness and leather/tobacco notes complemented the sweet Barleywine-like fruits and toffee. I could sip on this for hours and still discover new intricacies. I really, really wish I had bought more than one.


Photo of jtfest
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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

Batch 84 served in a snifter.

A: An assertive ppffssst as you pop the cap. Pours a rather dark brown with ruby highlights. A fine textured, firm finger and a half beige head beckons thee.

S: The second you pour this thing out it fills the surrounding air with notes of sweet caramel and toffee. A closer sniff reveals some fruitiness(figs and dates) and some booze heat as well.

T&M: Wow! There is A LOT going on here! Booze and bitterness right up front gives way to a quick dark toffee hit and finishing with a plethora of dark fruits. The layers come through very clearly. Carbonation is perfect and feel is again just right. Not too dry, not too heavy.

O: Certainly deserving of its high ranks, this is an incredibly delicious brew. Stashed a few in the cellar and I can't wait to see what time does to this one.

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

Psychotia brought this over. Thanks! This is a super rich and delightful beer.

Poured into a New Belgium globe, pours a deep black with ample khaki head. Leaves moderate lacing.

Smells smoky has hints of dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, wonderfully smoky, lots of figs, leather, tobacco and various dark fruits. Rich and complex.

Mouthfeel, this is full bodied, leaves a lasting taste, definitely a sipper.

Overall this beer is wonderful, lots of complexity going on.

Photo of Airyk12
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter:

Pours a dark mocha color with a slight ruby tinge; paper thin head, even with a very aggressive pour. Leaves spots on the glass all the way down.

Smells of caramel, dried fruit, a little cocoa, and a little hoppiness. Alcohol is very mild, hardly noticeable.

Taste follows the smell, with strong dried fruit, caramel, and hoppiness. A little toasted malts, with yeast and alcohol bringing a little warmth.

Very rich, very smooth feel. Not much carbonation at all, and a little bite.

Overall, a very nice brew. Reminds me of a barleywine, with the malts turned to 11 and the alcohol hidden well. Definitely drinkable, but not too much so. Time might improve this one even more.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip. Batch 86.

Appearance- Greyish/brown best describes the color with a thin off-white head that leaves some fine lacing.

Smell- Heavy caramel malts, light chocolate, acidic coffee, mild booze aroma.

Taste- Caramel and tart chocolate, earthy coffee, dark stone fruit (maybe plums), light booze heat. No real hop presence. Reminds me a lot of Pannepot actually.

Mouthfeel- Super thick. Viscous like the thickest stout you've ever had, but not roasty enough to be a stout or porter. Medium level carbonation. No lingering booze heat.

Overall- Completely unique. Much more of a cold weather brew, but I don't care. I have to try the Adam from the Wood now!

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,212 ratings.