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

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2,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,129
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 570
Gots: 455 | FT: 35
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ralphw56, Mar 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Jave, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Seaba, Mar 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

imperiallibations, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, batch 84 poured into a HoTD tulip.

It pours a nice deep brown color, almost black, with hues of reddish burgundy when struck by the light. A big, thick, tan head rises out of the beer with taught bubbles that has fantastic retention and leaves behind a vast amount of soapy lace. The aroma is superb, rich, dark grain, brown sugar, molasses, cherry, plum with a bit of subtle roast behind it. The balance is exceptional and the complexity is fantastic, a beer I really want to keep my nose in. Rich, sweet grain hits the tongue straight away with a really nice stone fruit presence behind it, brown sugar, molasses, with a bit of an odd smokey layer that is abrasive at first, but integrates nicely as the beer warms. Alcohol lingers behind and warms as it goes down and compliments a very nice rich, viscous, silky smooth body.

Verdict: A really lovely Old Ale from Hair of the Dog. The complexity and balance is wonderful and makes for a really lovely session. It's no wonder why this brewery has become one of the premier in the country.

kevanb, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Zaximus, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Maillard, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a dark chocolate brown with a 2.5 finger head in a snifter.

The aroma intensifies with warming. At first , fruit- cherries.
Then as the beer warmed up, figs, nuts, vanilla, and chocolate.

The mouth feel was pleasantly carbonated.
There was mild bitterness, which enhances the style and the overall character of the beer.

The complex taste increases with warming. Cherries, smoke, fruit chocolate, and a pleasing alcoholic finish. The chocolate deepens with warming, along with the smoke. The alcohol intensifies with warming.

Overall, an amazingly complex beer, singular, and very different than the beer we brew in New England. This is West Coast. Approachable complexity!
Certainly a sipper- not only due to high ABV, but more importantly, time brings out new complexity in the beer.

brureview, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this special beer on a snowy February night, in honor of my brother by the same name, who is celebrating his 19th birthday.

Batch #77. Adam is served slightly chilled in a goblet. It has a very dark brown hue with good clarity seen as it is poured. No head is produced even though I pour it straight into the middle of the glass. I'm careful to leave the sediment in the bottle.

Aroma is immediately evident even before I life the glass to take a wiff. It's wonderfully complex with brown sugar sweetness, some cocoa, figs, and leather.

Flavor is off-the-charts bold but somehow manages to be very smooth at the same time. Each small sip totally coats the palate but it isn't cloying. Just a huge wonderful old ale. It has chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, tobacco, and dark fruits all coming together.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky smooth, and very low in carbonation. It's perfectly balanced and has great depth of flavor. This particular bottle has been aging for about three and a half years so it has had a good amount of time to mellow. I can't imagine it getting much better with another year or two.

Overall an outstanding old ale, one of the best I've ever had. Cheers to Adam and my awesome brother.

GilGarp, Feb 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

buffs9, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ldhughes3, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of OSUBeerStudent
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 79 bottle into a tulip, bottled January 2010.

A - great, an opaque brown with very billowy, mocha head that lingers pretty well.

S - great again. Very fruity compared to some batches I've had, strong fig notes. Also noticeable leather and tobacco, more tobacco than leather. Less sweet than Adam from the Wood smells, for instance, but some noticeable toffee. All-around excellent.

T - fantastic. Lots of fig with some dark, sweet cherry notes. Rich maduro tobacco and a bit more sweetness than the smell, largely goes with the fruit. Despite the sweetness I wouldn't call it a sweet beer - it's more of a richness, with enough bitterness to balance it out. It has the caramelization of a good toffee but without all the sugar. The aftertaste is more along the leather side. The richness and complexity of the best quads but without the Belgian yeast, giving it a character all its own. Really great and amazingly different from the Wood version, even, but you can tell that the Wood version evolved from this.

M - a little less full than I would like. The 3-year old bottle is well-carbonated but not fizzy. It's not thin by any stretch but with the richness of the flavor, it could use just a bit more body. Having had many bottles/drafts of this, I know it varies some.

One of my favorite beers, just finally took the time to review it. Wonderful for anyone who likes a rich, complex beer/old ale/quad. A great beer fresh or with plenty of age, along with its variants.

OSUBeerStudent, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

JLapadura, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

egrace84, Feb 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bluckbeyes, Feb 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

tswater, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

thegoon55, Feb 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

e30todamax, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Fuzzycuffs, Feb 10, 2013
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ChrisMon02, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kagent777
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review number 200, so a special beer for that one! !2 oz bottle from a colleague from Portland. I poured this one into my perfect pint. From batch 81, so bottled Sept 2010, 2.5 yrs in the bottle.

Appearance: A nice dark brown beer with ruby highlights when held up to the light. This one has a huge head.

Smell: The head is retaining some of the smell. It has subsided since opening the top. I get rich malts and wonderful strong dried fruit esters. Good cigar tobacco.

Taste: Taste follows the smell quite nicely. Very complex and layered. Big malts that have some residual sweetness. Enough bitterness to edge up against this fact. The malts have a note of chocolate to go with the fruitiness. All of these fruit that I am describing is of the dark dried variety. A solid example of an old ale.

Mouthfeel: Almost viscous body with low carbonation. Strong flavors last a long time on the finish.

Overall: Old ales are not for the faint of heart, but I love flavorful beers. This one does not disappoint. I wish I could get this one regularly.

kagent777, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ipc2000, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dipaguy, Feb 09, 2013
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,129 ratings.