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

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 2,298
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 591
Gots: 477 | FT: 39
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 JasonA
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 67. I know its a bit old, either 06 or 07.

This is going to be a tough style to rate as I know nothing about them except what I have read.

Pours a delicious dark (very dark) brown, quite opaque, though some light getting through. Rich dense, dark head with quite a lot of staying power.

Dark roasted malt. Some dark dried sweet fruit like raisin or date. There is another food type that I cant place. Virtually no hop character. ABV. It doesnt take a genious to call this a full bodied beer.

Wow. Roasted malt finish. Wow. Ive never tasted a finish non-syrup like with this flavor. Lots of warming, non biting, ABV in the middle.

Sits very smooth for ABV. Almost like a Barley Wine. Lots a similarities between them. This brew gets better as temperature rises.

I love this brew. I cant really find a flaw in it. I wish I could drink like 4 of them starting at dinner. This would compliment a lot of meals and is a very hearty drink.

I originally got this beer in a BIF. Ive been looking to trade for them, but I think the price is a bit high. I might try to find some on the cheap any way possible. (1,111 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby red that appears almost black. Over 3 fingers of creamy, tan head explodes over the snifter and dissipates slowly leaving behind thick, beautiful lacing.

N: Fig, dates, leather, molasses, tobacco, red grapes, plum and hints of cherry and cocoa.

T: Red grapes, raisin, dates, plum and tobacco upfront. This is followed by molasses, leather, roasted barley, fig and some oak. Finishes with huge fig notes, dark chocolate, and hints of leather. Very light citrus and fruity esters make an appearance throughout.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, soft, sticky, dry and bitter.

O: This is one robust beauty! Dead on for a fantastic Old Ale. Huge dark fruit, leather, tobacco and molasses notes throughout. I can't even imagine what some cellaring would do to this. Alcohol is not detectable. EXCELLENT! (825 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 84

A: Pitch black with a huge medium brown head. Good retention and lace.

S: Heavily roasted, smoked malt, a bit of booze, hops, coffee, earth.

T: Huge roasted malt, dark dried fruits, smoke, earthy American hops, are there but faint. Complex flavors that are hard to identify. A lot going on in this beer.

M: Massive, complex flavors. Fresh hops but great malt character throughout.

O: Awesomely unique. Delicious. Expensive but a great treat. (459 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown longnecks Batch 66 and 72, courtesy of travisd13, a very generous trader...thanks man! Reviewing Batch 66. Poured into a Duvel tulip, a dark ass walnut brown with a huge two-finger khaki head that turns rocky and lasts. It leaves eventually with some lace clinging, but is brought back to life with a few swirls of the class, nice.

Sweet malty nose with some hops holding back. Some really sweet floral notes peek in, kind of a honeysuckle/jasmine combo. As it warms, the alcohol jumps out and takes control. Strong and sweet, dark fruits and alcohol, this is a seriously strong ale and it gives you warning. Ahh, the potent smell!

The taste is like, but better than the smell. Full and rich of malt and fruits, tobacco and molasses, this stuff tastes great. The alcohol pushes the malt through to a hop neutral finish. Long and warming flavor. Sweet, but never too sweet.

Big body with good complimentary carbonation and a boat load of alcohol...very drinkable if you love this style and can handle the punch. This is a great brew. (1,048 characters)

Photo of RedHaze
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extra in a recent trade with MASPuros. Thanks Mike.

Batch 72.

Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, with a two finger head that sticks around for a good long time. The lacing is thick, leaving a nice coating behind in the glass.

Smell; chocolate, wood, smoke all hit me as soon as I start to pour. As it seetles down some nice dark fruits start to come out, with raisins and dates. Fantastic, one of the best aromas of any beer that I've had.

Taste; the woody/smokeiness comes through right away as it did with the aroma, followed by chocolate and molasses. Raisins and dates combine with some brown sugar in to give this a semi sweet finish that helps tame the 10% alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very good drinkability despite the high alcohol content. Fantastic beer. (799 characters)

Photo of derftron
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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 (694 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a little charged up. You need to be careful pouring this one. Pours a big rocky tan head. Has very good head retention. Color is close to black. Aroma is of earthy hops and slight smoke. The first thing your buds tell you with this one is that it is one great brew. The mouthfeel is very light for an old ale. This is incredibly easy drinking for a 10% a/v old ale. It has a "belgian-like" alcohol taste present. Very mellow. Has some slight roasted tones and beautiful hop character. Was well worth the $3+ I spent on 12 oz. Top Notch. (563 characters)

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam | 330 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Hair of the Dog
Style: Old Ale
Glass: pint

Opaque, leathery brown, with an effusive khaki head.

Chocolate, oily hops, smoke, whiskey.

Powdery chocolate, whisky, leather, smoke, figs, oily hops. Made with Northwest hops, Organic Pilsner malt and "a variety of specialty grains."

Thick and chalky in a good way.

Very nice mixture of deep dark flavors, alcohol that is expertly masked, and a balancing hop presence.

Would I get it again?:

Batch #: 80

Bottled: ?
Served: July 6, 2011

Price = $4.99 at Whole Foods (NYC) (633 characters)

Photo of jtmartino
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you not love this beer? Seriously? I cracked a 6 month bottle open and dumped it into my Deschutes Snifter. Poured a dark, rich mahogany with a finger of light tan head.

Smell is incredible. Caramelized sugar, toffee, coffee, raisins, molasses, with a spice reminiscent of cola. Big, thick, and sweet.

Taste is excellent, but very different than the smell. Carmelized apples and burnt toffee dominate the flavors...the astrigent roast of the malt but an underlying sweetness. There is an acidic green apple quality to the finish that makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Think of a roasted caramel apple.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and viscous.

Overall this is an amazing beer. Worthy of the praise indeed. (720 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle Batch No. 57
Poured a black brew with a nice tan head that subsided slowly. Aroma is rich in dark plumb and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with carmelized malts at first that finishes with a sweet bready smooth malt flavor and smoke right at the end. Very smooth and very drinkable this beer is very complex and seems to gain more chocolatyness as it warms.
This is a beautiful beer ment to be aged for special occasions although i would find it hard to keep it in the cellar for long. (495 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72

A- pours a deep garnet tinged brown with a finger of khaki colored head. Decent retention with some spotty lacing.

S- starts out with a big dry rich malt aroma with motes of leather, tabacco and sundried dark fruit gallore. Woody mulchy hops blend in with notes of leaf and citrus. Finishes with a port character.

T- rich dark fruity malt with port like qualities up front with notes of tabacco and leather. A citrusy hop pops in the middle and transitions into woody leafy tones. Finishes dry with a rich lingering fruit and lingering balanced leafy hop bitterness.

MF- rich slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Low perfect carbonation.

D- oh so drinkable! Especially for 10%... more please.

Overall a worldclass brew! (734 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for batch 72, the first batch I ever had. I recently tried a batch 74 bottle and it was not as tasty. I hope that my remaining bottles can match the greatness of my first!

A--It took over 15 minutes to finish pouring this bottle into my 16 oz. snifter. The head was massive and receded extremely slowly. The color was a very dark brown and lacing coated the walls of the glass.

S--Cocoa, wood, raisins, caramel, citrus hops...all subtly blended together to create a pleasant and inviting aroma.

T--Huge smokiness is dominant...some chocolate really comes out in the taste and creates a wonderfully creamy dessert-like treat. Its like melted fudge with a whole grab back of complex background flavors to keep your palate busy. Not really sure this fits any style description, even one as open as "old ale."

M--Full bodied and creamy, this is amazing. I thought it would be over carbonated based on the out of control head but there must be other factors at work because this is damn near perfect.

D--The most drinkable 10% beer I've had yet, even more so than all my favorite imperial stouts. It is extremely rare for me to give a beer with this high of an ABV a 5 in drinkability, but this is so smooth, complex, and inviting that I have no other choice. This is a flat out amazing beer, it blows my mind that it only has an A- rating.

Extra credit points for a beer with the same name as me as well! What a beer!

UPDATE 9/13/09 -- Batch 73 is more smoky/woody than the other batches I have tried. I think I have to drop the drinkability to a 4.5 since no bottles have matched the greatness of my first

UPDATE 12/30/09 -- Opened a Batch 22 tonight from 1996. The body has thinned out considerably yet overall it has held up quite well considering the bakers dozen revolutions around the sun it has seen. Still a bit of smoke and tobacco, but oxidation has really crept in. Dark fruits seem to be a bit more prominent as well. In fact, this is drinking like a smokey English Barleywine at this point. Extremely interesting.

UPDATE 3/14/10 -- Tried another Batch 74 and it has grown into something quite incredible. Nice rounded smoke/chocolate/resiny hop flavor profile. (2,193 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz From batch 76 Poured into a Snifter

I have wanted to try this guy for a long, long time, finally picked up in a trade with ShadesOfGray.

L: Pours a Gauloises bruin deep brown, with nearly no head. After 30s or so, froth start to appear from beneath. This beer is thick.

S: Shallow extreme sweetness, fading into ... where to begin? Smoke, cranberries, your favorite (slightly funky) childhood blankey., and on, and on ...

T: Hits like a sweetish barleywine up front, but the depth makes the beer. Clocking this ... the finish hits about 30s after the front. Sweetness into an earthy subterranean middle, with funky fruit and smokey bacon notes. Lingering caramel berries in the finish.

F: Delightfully thick, syrupy. Carbonation is higher than it looks, and sneaks up on you in the middle.

D: For the ABV and style ... this is dangerously drinkable. Adam is in the top 5 reasons to move to Portland ... no joke. This beer is legit. (942 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a soap ring of tan head.

The smell has a meaty bacon like quality to it with a bit of treacle.

The flavor is very mild yet complex after the huge smokey nose, but has a nice bit of mild smoke, earthy cedar, and dark chocolate flavors. A long lingering bitterness takes over to even it out nicely.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily and leaves a nice long lasting sticky coating of flavor.

Exactly what I think of when I think old ale. Hair of the Dog Nailed it (491 characters)

Photo of Janderson91
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to eclipse54 for sending me this one in a LIF. Will be starting the next round soon! Always excited to try a new one from HOTD. Finally have time to sit down and write a review as I drink. Batch #82. Enjoyed on 11/27//11.

A - Poured into a Wild Heaven tulip at cellar temp. A very deep, dark purple color with a two finger tan head. Leaves no lacing. Small cap of foam remains throughout the enjoyment of the glass.

S - Excellent aroma coming off this one. Lots of leather, tobacco and dark fruits. Also some figs, grapes, chocolate, and alcohol. Very complex.

T - Follows the smell. All of the above descriptions apply. Very sweet but the alcohol bite balances it out. Figs, grapes, leather, plums. This is simply the best old ale I've had and I can't imagine one the taste being any better in the style.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent as well. Medium to full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation on the back end rendering this one quite drinkable.

O - Overall, this is an excellent beer. One of my favorites. I've loved everything from HOTD so far. Need to get my hands on some Cherry Adam or regular Adam from the Wood soon. Keep up the good work HOTD! (1,171 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 71 poured into one of my oversized wine glasses

deep dark brwon, almost looks like a porter or an imperial stout except for the tinges of reddish brown. A bit of carbonation but very light, surprised me with a bit of lace on my wine glass as well

the nose is quite rich aromas of blackberries and caramel. evidence of the big malt bomb ready to hit the tongue.

certainly an old ale, I detect a great deal of roasted malt here in a way that reminds me of a smoked porter. A great deal of raisins and other dark berry flavors present, evidence of the refermentation sugars as well. I must say that I really like the roasty coffee notes that I think are applied rather creatively in this style of beer. A bit of cleaning hops there on the finish but nothing that really stands out.

just enough carbonation to make it snap, full bodied, deep and oily, and a bit of roasted malt astringence on the finish

also highly drinkable fro the alcohol, I find this beer inoffensive yet striking. I have to say that I absolutely love this beer. It's so yummy, so smooth. It's right up there with some well aged Old Stock. (1,117 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick almost black body with a small tan head that fades quickly but regenerate easily with a swirl. This is limited carbonation, it sits fairly still in the glass. The aromas are huge, tons of roasted malts with notes of chocolate, and a touch of coffee, before some peaty, almost soily aromas. The taste is rich and just as big as the aroma suggests. Heavy roasted malts up from, with more chocolate, molasses, caramalised sugars, and a rich roasted coffee. Towards the end the bitterness begins to take over with the woody peat flavours entwined with a dry hoppiness. Truly remarkable beer. Hope I get chance to get my hands on this again. (642 characters)

Photo of Maudite
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to give this one an A+. I've never had my heart melted by a beer like this before. My first real old ale experience, but I am hooked. I find myself thinking about this beer every second, now.

A- Dark, mahogany, the color of a stained wood bureau, old loafers... slight ruby hue in light. Beautiful dark tan head, thick as hell, rich, heavy. I wasn't sure if the head would hold it was so thick, but it stayed to the last drop, great lacing, thick pieces stayed all along the sides of the snifter.

S- Like no beer I've had before. Dense, murky aroma. Very pungent and earthy, like the black soil under a rotting log. Scents of leather, bread, musty clothes. I know these sound awful, but when you smell them in this malty context, your nose is alive and dancing with such complexity.

T- A definite leather onset, followed closely by a dark raisiny taste. Some rich , unsweet (not sour or tangy) cherry, maybe fruit-cake-like flavor deep in the body. Big diacetyl, dark rye/pumpernickle flavors. A definite malty sweetness. By the time it had warmed and I was nearing the end, I had forgotten I was drinking a beer, and thought I had a glass of brandy or 20 year scotch. All-in-all, it tasted like a brandy or a very, very old scotch.

M- Big, thick, acidic. Didn't coat the way I would have hoped with that head, but it was still a big beer.

D- Definitely an after dinner, winding down with a cigar type of drink, though sharing one with my wife while watching a movie as pretty great, too.

This is a beer I can't stop talking about, and am recommending to everyone. Go get one. (1,596 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a tan head. Nose is oh so good. Lots of chocolate, leatheer fruits and a whiff of smoke. Man. This beer smelled good. Taste, whoa! Awesome. Loved it from the get go. Lots of roasted malt, smokiness, chcolate, booze, tobacco, leather. Lots of things going on here but all very detecable and not muddied togethe. Mouthfeel was nice, boozy, hearty, roasty, leather, wood, cocoa and more. Damn good and very drinkable for the style! (480 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (1,098 characters)

Photo of jdg204
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My fourth beer from my mixed 6'er Abe's Cold Beer and most likely my fourth winner! This is my 2nd Hair of the Dog after Fred, which I loved, we'll see if this one lives up to that standard (if my beer hero Brentk56 is right, it does).

A: Deep, dark brown body with a nice tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Dark fruit, smokey tobacco, and a bit of dark chocolate.

T: A variety of tastes is easily distinguishable upon the first taste. Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and smokey tobacco sweetness up front with a nice hoppy undertone and a twinge of sour to compliment the flavor. Wonderful balance for such a complex, heavy brew.

M: Medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation and very smooth on the tongue.

D: Wow, HOTD is officially 2 for 2 and this one is going into my top 10 brews to date as well! What an amazingly complex brew, brave and bold yet extremely approachable at the same time, a tour de force. This clearly sets the bar for Olde Ales and also elevates itself in the elite league of Dark Ales with Stouts and RIS's. This is a gem, all beer fans should find it and enjoy it! (1,098 characters)

Photo of BarleyMine
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a snifter and it presented an extremely dark brown to black head with red hues. Offered a thick, pillowy head receeding rather slowly and leaving sticky lacing. Smells of smoke, with bourbon barrel-esque tones and a malty/toffee/alcohol finish. Taste is a conplex compilation of woody and dusty (in a good way)notes, malty, smokey, some sweetness and a blue cheese like finish. It hits the palate in the same away a great blue cheese wouuld. This is a great blue cheese brew. The body is thick and full with just enough carbonation. Awesome! (558 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 66 into my Delirium Noel goblet. Website does not list the brew date of this vintage but I've owned it for about 9 months, so consider it cellared.

Thick cake of slurry on the bottom of the bottle that the beer easily poured off of. A very rich dark brown color, with bottle-conditioned sized bubbles and a great layer of velvety foam.

Rich aromas of toffee, molasses, and carmel, all mixed with chocolate, noble hop aroma, and just a hint of generic burnt/coffee.

The flavor is of chocolate of the most delicate proportions of sweetness and richness. Sublime. Just a touch of black strap molasses, and roasted barley shows itself in small proportions. Noble hop bitterness rounds out the sweetness, neither of which are ever overwhelming, and in fact never more than a whisper. A masterpiece.

Delicate, velvety mouthfeel, dangerous drinkability. A great beer is both rich and complex, yet sophisticated and perfectly balanced, and this achieves it quite perfectly. Sticky on your lips but never too thick or cloying.

World class beer, a must seek. This could beat out Westvleteren 12 any day. (1,105 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murkey, dark brown color with a small head that falls to a small ring over top. The nose is intense, with lots of big fig aroma, soy sauce, molasses. I like it. Very intense. The flavor is a bit different. I get some smokeyness over some soy sauce and slightly woody/tanniny flavors. Damn this beer is good. I can see why the Adam from the Wood is sooo damn good. The feel is moderate with a small to minimal carbonation. Right where I expected it to be. Drinkability is top of its class. 10%...where is it? Not in the nose...not in the flavor. Damn good beer. I will be getting more of this one. (604 characters)

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.