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

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2,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 564
Gots: 441 | FT: 31
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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ibbjamin

California

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Poured into my Lost Abbey Tulip to review.

Surprisingly large tan head for this old ale. Head is rather frothy and consistent of relatively large carbonation bubbles. Very dark brown in color with a noticeable layer of retention.

The descriptors on the label are pretty spot on for me in terms of aroma; roasted malts, smoke, figs, chocolate, leather and well balanced with dank hops. I also detect molasses, oak and a hint of booze. All in all quite complex and attractive.

Taste is really smoky. Just a bit overboard in this department for my liking. There is that leather and roasted malts I detected in the nose coming through even more now, especially as it warms. Not as balanced as the nose suggested for me. Hints of coffee and chocolate in the long finish.

Full in body and the carbonation is noticeable, but I was expecting more from looking at the pour.

The strong taste of smoke, coupled with the price will probably prevent me from purchasing more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 05:21:00 | More by ibbjamin
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a huge and foamy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a perfect patchwork of lacing behind. Nice island of foam sticks around for a long time too.

S: Brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Some cocoa and leather.

T: Starts off with some caramel, brown sugar and a little...butterscotch? Lots of leather in the middle with some cocoa and smoke. Almost get some tobacco in the finish with some earthiness. A little more smoke in the aftertaste too. Spicy alcohol lingers.

M: Fairly heavy but not overly so. Nice and thick - appropriate for the style.

O: Not a bad old ale. Most are very fruity and this one is not. Quite smokey with lots of tobacco too. Great if you like that in a beer but I'm not a huge fan. I still enjoyed it and can appreciate the complexity and balance, but the choice of flavors didn't agree with me that much.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 04:12:40 | More by Dope
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grynder33

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 01:48:06 | More by grynder33
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-12-2012 19:43:42 | More by Skye1024
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obiwan_k3n00bi

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-10-2014 17:48:06 | More by obiwan_k3n00bi
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robL

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-20-2012 22:11:15 | More by robL
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oso

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-19-2014 16:49:29 | More by oso
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Danimal25

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-21-2014 23:37:20 | More by Danimal25
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thegrimone

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%

04-28-2014 10:09:12 | More by thegrimone
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isualum12

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-29-2011 02:06:05 | More by isualum12
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santa216

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-15-2013 14:41:54 | More by santa216
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-30-2013 03:51:42 | More by st9647v3
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rowyn

New York

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-27-2012 03:35:47 | More by rowyn
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer. Batch 54.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a HUGE 3" light brown head over the murky, opaque, dark brown brew. Will take some time to get this poured out, like Rose and Fred before him in the past. Fifteen minutes later, all in. Head starts dense, eventually gets very airy, and leaves hunks of laces everywhere. Hard to knock the appearance, once you can get it out of the bottle...

Aroma is sweetly malty, with spicy and yesty things happening as well. Alcohol presence is obvious. Taste is of spicy dark malts, dark fruits, and warming alcohol works its magic in the mouth and throat. Mouthfeel okay, just a bit overboard on the everything, and drinkability isn't the best due to big-time foaming issues (I hate to wait), and just plain hard to get down overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 01:55:39 | More by ppoitras
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-28-2013 02:19:29 | More by Dave_Treat
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MMBrew

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18%

07-14-2013 02:23:45 | More by MMBrew
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

06-13-2014 03:30:13 | More by Rick778
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 04:49:35 | More by GreenCard
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18%

04-22-2014 22:54:59 | More by IrishColonial
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DocDownUnder

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-29-2013 10:54:57 | More by DocDownUnder
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Keananmichael5

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

03-10-2014 22:48:19 | More by Keananmichael5
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Spider889

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-08-2011 02:05:46 | More by Spider889
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wattershed

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-16-2011 23:23:32 | More by wattershed
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ksherry112

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

12-20-2011 21:02:27 | More by ksherry112
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a HiF stem.

Pour: Deep brown with three fingers of fluffy, khaki head. Leaves thick lacing and the head hangs around for most of the glass.

Smell: Big boozy dark fruits up front. Figs and raisins. Heavy molasses, and lots of roasted malts. Some light coffee and a light pine on the finish.

Taste: Follows the nose with huge boozy figs, raisins, and dates up front. Follows with thick molasses sweetness, and some more booze. Finishes with touches of roastiness and a light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Boozy. A sipper for sure. Syrupy body.

Overall: Nice flavors, but this is just too boozy for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:14:22 | More by cfrances33
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.