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

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Reviews: 999
Hads: 2,319
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 598
Gots: 484 | FT: 41
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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: 999 | Hads: 2,319
Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #62

Very dark brown in color with a dark head that just doesn't quit, very meringue like.

Smell is dark malts with pletny of hops to back them up. Hints of bitter chocolate and some fruitiness.

Carbonation medium with a medium body.

Taste is again of dark malts with a big hop backbone. The malts lent dark chocolate and coffee flavors to the beer. There was also a light smokiness and some slight fruit notes present. Finishes with a coffee hint and a considerable hop bitterness.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch #62, bought at Sam's in Chicago

appearance: very dark, almost black with mild red tints to the color. thick and creamy head

smell: dark fruit, raisin, caramel, alcohol, faint smells of wood as well

taste: strong alcohol, raisins, heavy on the malts, mild on the hops. Quite a fierce old ale. faint oak and vanilla. start noticing the smoke aftertaste more and more as beer warms

mouthfeel: thick and creamy, medium to high carbonation

drinkability: not for the meek, one is probably plenty

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #63
Poured a very dark porter-like brown color and moderate head. Bottle-conditioned, so lots of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Robust aroma - almost like a powerful red wine (barolo?). Taste is quite complex - earthy & smoky at the beginning, then evolves and finishes mocha/chocolate & lightly sweet/malty with maybe some hints of cherry or raspberry? (unsure).

10% ABV is noticeable, but not overpowering. Definitely enjoyable, but a sipping beer for sure. I don't think I could have more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a slightly chilled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Batch # 57
The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy tightly packed beige head foaming up 2 cm easily and nevere receding below .5 cm floating on the surface.
Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, some chocolate with red grape and some floral hops. The nose is dominated by malt notes.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body with very fine carbonation that is a little tingly. The body is also fairly thick and heavy.
Flavor is malty with chocolate and brown sugar mixing with caramel. No hops here. There is hot alcohol present from middle through finish that keeps this beer in the sipping category. A roasty malt and chocolate presence is also lingering with each sip. Quite a nice robust beer that is not for the meek beer drinker!

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

Very dark body, similar to a porter or a stout, with only a little light shining through the bottom of the glass. Head is pretty big after a fairly standard pour (goog retention, also). Raisins, alcohol, , slight acidity. This has a nose very similar to a barleywine, only with a lower hop profile. Taste is very large. Acidic and earthy, very malty and strong. Slight coffee and cocoa tones are also present. This is a great beer from an underrepresented style, I could definitely session this one.

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Photo of jamesclark
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is black in color, with dark cherry sides, visible when placed in front of a bright light. The head is thick and vigorous, brown, reducing very slowly. Despite the bottle's warning, I intentionally include the sediment in the pour (it is bottle-conditioned) - that sediment is visible as flakes against the side of the glass. It is batch number 59, but there is no other date information.

The aroma is rich and smoky, warning of the alcohol within, and carrying a sourness - cherries or plums. Some caramel is detected. The smoky smell is most interesting.

A very rich flavor is found within. Again, it is quite smoky - like a mild rauchbier. There is some coffee flavor in the malt, and just the tiniest yeast flavor - much less than I would expect considering the sediment. The flavor also carries a little fruitiness, a sour edge. It is moderately smooth. The finish is meaty, malty, slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

The noticeable alcohol and complex flavor keep this beer only moderately drinkable, but I find it fascinating. An excellent counterpoint to a barleywine or double IPA, this beer has a very unique character.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 62

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head of foamy, tightly-packed bubbles. Head holds really well and leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell is quite malty with a caramel edge and a woody smell that's almost reminiscent of bourbon. Dark fruit as well.

The flavor is quite interesting as well. The caramel and malt really pull through and temper the high ABV well, although it does warm in the finish. Nice hoppiness that comes through as a light bitterness. There's some nice smoke and licorice flavors in here as well.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and creamy.

Overall: A ridiculously drinkable and smooth enormous beer. It's beautiful from the first pour, and its flavor is extremely complex and can stand up to quite a bit of scrutiny. My first Hair of the Dog, and I'm looking forward to trying some more of their wares.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.”

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Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Colonial Spirits in Acton.

This beer looks incredible. It's completely black opaque and has a thick head that resembles chocolate milk more than foam. After a few sips the head has stuck firmly to the edges of the glass. The aroma is also great. Smells of roasted malt/coffee/chocolate. Slight smell of hops.

The taste is no letdown. Chocolately/malty...full, thick and creamy. There is alcohol in the aftertaste, which is to be expected with 10%....it adds a nice warmth to this full beer. More balanced towards the malt, but there is some slightly bitter hops here. A little bit of acidity in the finish. The liquid is very creamy and velvety in the mouth. I can't say that I would be able to have more than 2 of these as much as I like it. Even still.. a delicious beer that would be even better in the fall or winter. I recommend you pick one up and give it a try...you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours an opaque brownish black body with a huge creamy tan head. The body is to thick to see any visible carbonation

S-Nice rich caramel malt aroma with a hint of sour yogurt smell. Maybe a hint of biscuits in there.

T- bold rich roasted grain flavor with some slight toasted grain and some really black malt that follows. There are some molasses flavors that blend with the hop spiciness in the finish. There are hints of vinous characters and maybe a bit of dried apples but very faint. Alcohol warmth is very nice and isn't to hot.

M- Full body beer with a nice alcohol warmth but not hot.

D- This is a very impressive big beer that has lots of complexity but blends it all together. Great beer that will really improve with age or wood I imagine.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12fl oz. bottle of batch #59

Poured into a snifter with a half inch tan head, lots of bubbly, and an opaque dark brown color. The head has some impressive staying power and leaves a ton of lace.

The nose has a creamy, dried date and fig profile. A touch of smoke as well (reminds me of smoked salmon a bit).

On the tongue, a huge and complex flavor profile runs wild! Very old world, indeed! Heavy bodied, sweet fruit and a wealth of complex malt. This plays with a hoppy background that works very well with the overall balance. There is a big smokey side to it as well as the more familiar Old Ale characteristics. On the back of the tongue, the alcohol starts warming the palate, and doesn't stop for a good length of time. There is alot of personality in this ale... many elements to sit and appreciate for a good spell.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #60.
Opaque, dark chocolate in color, topped by a medium-thick, light brown head. Way darker than I expected but not a bad thing at all. Smell, out of the gate, was flat-out amazing. Brown sugar to start, lots of caramel, baking spices, toasted malt... as it warmed, faint aromas of maraschino cherries developed, big-time toffee, maple syrup, cafe mocha - goddamn, I said goddamn. Taste captured just about everything in the aroma at some point or another. Tons of brown sugar sweetness backed by a zing of spicy hops that rounded out into a mouth-drying, extremely smooth bittering. Major candied-flavors, some light coffee, something grassy and just before I finished, I swear I tasted a bit of smoke. Mouth was big, thick and full with a near perfect blanket of bubbles across the tongue. The ABV warms the tongue and stomach almost immediately. This stuff is just amazing. Another killer from HOTD.

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

poured with a vigorus carbonation out of the bottle, started to foam after the cap was popped even from sitting in the fridge for months. poured with a flffy pillowy rocky slight coffee colored head on a hazy reddish garnet body. sweet oily aroma with a heavy sugary sweetness...almost cloying in the smell but has that aged character to it and some slight bit of roasted grain in the forground.
smooth taste at first followed by a spritzy carbonation that opens your mouth up and a mouthcoating mellow sweetness in the finish. no hint of the alcohol at all...nicely balanced over all although the co2 is much a sometimes...balances out what could be too sweet though. very good.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique one. Appears a dark russet cabinet color with a large offwhite head. Light brings out some red coloration in the beer. Smell and taste are very complex; lots of must and alcohol, as well as a ton of fruity smells, such as figs, raisins, dried fruits, etc... you could find anything you want in there probably. A little wine like perhaps and I'm picking up on some spices that vaguely remind me of a Belgian Dark Ale. Also has a pretty present alcohol character which burns a bit on the way down, pretty intense. Slick mouthfeel, but this one isn't meant to be drank in mass quantities, one was enough.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Batch 62. Really dark brown, almost reddish black. Thick head initially. Head retention is all right. No lace, but my glass was not really clean.

Smell - Musty, cellar-like smell mixed with prune. A whiff of alcohol presents litself with an almost licorice-like smell.

Taste - This is like drinking sweet licorice prune tonic (which sounds awful, but it isn't!), with a good dose of alcohol. The hop bitterness offers some balance, and I can sense the bitterness much more in the aftertaste. The focus of the taste here is dark, dried fruits.

Mouthfeel - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. LIngering burn so you know that this is no sissy beer. Delightful.

Drinkability - There is a little alcohol burn, but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. Don't keep too much of this beer around because it will not last long.

Comments - Watch out! This is really good stuff, with some serious oomph! to it.

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Photo of Truh
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warned her not to eat the apple with this one on 5/19/2004. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Thick, plumy cumulus cloud of head. Coca-cola hue with a thick, maple syrup look to it; some active carbonation around the sides. Malt up fron for bouquet, with lemon and lime notes, and some moss in there as well. Pine flavors, jam of malt, ginger, sweet raspberry, and roasted characters make for an interesting rendition. Despite the alcohol, there is quite a light feel to the whole production. One will do it for me, though it is quite fine.

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

Batch #62 (I've got one more aging)

Appearence: Pours a very dark chestnut with a creamy, foamy beige head that stays the whole glass.

Smell: The smell is incredibly complex, with wood notes and caramel sweetness. There's almost a cookie-like quality to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: That's a strong brew there. Full of incredible flavors. Wood, sweetness, caramel and so much more combine with a huge amount of liveliness and spiciness. This is still a very young tasting beer. The mouthfeel is chewy and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: An excellent Old Ale. Though it's still quite young, it's tasty as all hell. I'm going to let the other one chill for a while and I'm almost damn sure it'll be perfect in a few years. Mmmm I can't wait.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Batch #62"
Wasn't sure what to expect from this so I poured it into a pint glass. Probably would do better in a challice....

There was plenty of residue in the bottom of the bottle so I poured rather slowly but still got a massive amount of head. Very dark opaque black body. Good lacing.

Nose: Serious alcohol smell. Lots of earthy/yeasty smells as well. Once you get past that, there is some malt and a hint of smoke. Reminds me a bit of an Islay single malt though it is buried under the alcohol.

Taste: Lots of alcohol in the initial taste. Some roasted malt as well as perhaps a woody character. A minor hop bitterness in the finish, mixed with a bit of something sweet.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated. Creamy. Very full body.

Drinkability: Something about the nose made this less drinkable than other high-alcohol beers. I have a feeling this beer will do very well if allowed to mellow out for a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of mkobes
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with a friend.
Brick red-bown, clear, tan head. Big carbonation. Sweet and sour aroma. Sweet and Sour tasting. Interesting beer. Pleasant. Malty sweet flavor. Some chocolate notes . Slightly bitter finish. Complex tasting. Sweet and sour aroma. Not bad.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam is a contemporary interpretation of an historic altbier from Dortmund, Germany though it bears little resemblance to most present-day alts. It is thick, murky and tremendously complex –a heavyweight champion in the world of modern beer styles.

This was the first beer commercially produced by HOTD founder Alan Sprints. And while the name of this beer has its historic origins in northern Germany, one can’t help but feel the almost biblical impulse behind naming your first creation Adam. I picture the bearded and bespectacled Sprints immortalized on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, his right hand extended, his index finger touching a bottle of this dazzling creation. A heavenly choir resounds with his glory while Satan, burning with fury, cracks open another Coors Light in the bowels of the inferno.

I suppose that’s a lot to ask from a beer, though if any beer were capable of owning up to such inspired artistry, this fruit of the modern brewing renaissance would be it.

Adam begins with striking rauchbier properties – a virtual smokehouse in a glass though the aroma suggests plum, cherry, and lighter barleywines. There is also a strong measure of alcohol and honeyed hazelnut to the smell. The smokiness returns in the finish after a show of fruitier malts on the main stage accompanied by notes of port wine, molasses, and coffee. A beer of such potency and complexity begs to be cellared for an extended stay – some say up to ten years for Adam. But who can wait that long? Batch 61 was still immature in February 2005, but you can sense that in the future this beer will only grow more triumphant with its sharper angles rounded off and polished.

The brewer suggests Adam as a dessert beer served with chocolate or cigars. I heartily concur.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. The color is a very dark amber with a foamy head and some nice lacing. The smell is almost liquid smoke with a light touch of malt. The taste is slight smoke on top of a plumish, almost dubbel-ish sweetness, with a very minute hop taste and almost no alcohol noticable, with the smoke in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. As for drinkability, this is very enjoyable but a bit smoky for sustainablity.

An enjoyable old ale with a twist; a big smoky flavor in this beer melds well with the sweetness, and very little alcohol makes this dangerously drinkable. Quite good, and one I'd have again!

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

Light brown head over a dark chestnut colored beer left some small islands of lace. Rich aroma, some caramel, chocolate, and roasted notes. Dark malts and caramel up front mix in with some sweet dark fruits and alcohol. There's a light coco bitterness towards the end, and then a warm stomach. There's plenty going on in the big smooth beer.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 56. Pours with an outrageously massive head, a dense, simmering mass of eggshell brown rising over the rim of the goblet like a souffle. Gooey, sloppy lacing dries out into strata of geologic proportions. Average viscosity to this opaque, gleaming ebony liquid. What a visual feast! Pungent licorice and beechwood aromas along with heaps of near Rauchbier-like smokiness are wrapped in a marshy nosefeel. The flavor, too, begins with a very strong, burning wood smokiness that develops into something more like heavy black pepper. Whiffs of vanilla bean and juniper (or thyme?) mingle with salt as the beer warms on the palate. By the end of the glass, it's like drinking liquid kalamata olives, with a round, herbal bitterness, and tenacious smoky aftertaste... almost "gamey." Saline mouthfeel has a body thick and syrupy enough to rival the most nefarious Imperial Stouts. A slow motion punch of alcoholic fire connects with the gut hard, but this is still very drinkable. Seriously tranquilizing. This must be beer's answer to opium or Thai stick. Amazing.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.