Adam | Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#783
Reviews:
1,044
Ratings:
2,515
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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Photo of ChrisCage
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Mine was brewed at Brouwerij de Molen....is this a normal thing? I don't know.....

A- Pours a super yeast hazed brown muddied soil color that is impossible to look through except for a little light peering through right under the top of the liquid. The head is thin to begin with but does have excellent retention, is caramel in color and has a soapy appearance. The lacing is modest, with rather an oily film covering the inside of my glass and there are very small foamy patches clinging as well. A nice looking brew....not spectacular but nice....

S- A medley of aromas happening here, with milky chocolate, rummy raisins, oak barrel, wet leather, plenty of caramel/toffee malt sweetness and fruit character that borders tropical (bananas, prunes and figs). The finish is sticky sweet, slightly smoked and deep....

T- This is very rich indeed, with a huge dose of dried fruits (plum/prune/raisin), banana, fig and even chocolate covered cherry hints! There is a heavy milk chocolate richness that borders creamy, sarsaparilla root, slight red licorice, smoked chocolate malt, caramel/brown sugar/toffee/blackstrap molasses all mingled together, and woodsy leather. The finish lingers with deep dark fruits, slight booze and a hint of spiced malt....I was thinking a bit peppery but others describe cinnamon.....I can go along with that too!

M/O- This is fantastically smooth! The carbonation is low in this thick bodied Old Ale and is full of wonderfully balanced flavors. The alcohol is hidden to the point that one doesn't really know that it's 10%, and the drikability factor is very high. I love the charm and old world feel....I can envision sitting in an old German pub 100 years back, heavy wood beams across the ceiling and at a big chunky bar, enjoying good company and great beer! Well worth the taste and the score it has earned....Cheers!

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Photo of Richter525
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of g00ey
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of uncleotis
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattie83
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 97 courtesy of the Brau known as Lingen

This liquid state substance is a dark brown walnut casket color, bordering on black, with a dreamy (I meant creamy, but that too) tan head that hangs around, like the freeloading teenager in my basement, as a frothy film.

I am going to say it smells like chocolate covered raisins, leather, chewing tobacco, cherry, ashy charred grains, caramel/toffee, and citrus because I think that will put me in the lead with at least 9 things.

Initial flavor is rich. Not Bill Gates level rich. More of a President of a major University level. A lot of caramel, followed by raisins/dates, chocolate, and some smokey char and tobacco. A lot of dark malt. There’s a spicy, grapefruit like citrusy hop at the end with a building bitterness too.

Getting toward the end. The film is still there, and so is that gallon of stain I bought for my deck last year. The body is creamy and soft. It’s like drinking a pillow, I imagine. If you could liquify one. Blades in the blender would probably get locked up.

I liked this beer quite a bit. Would love to sit on one for a couple years to see which of us ages more gracefully.

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Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chocolate brown with a thin layer of head. The key word here is "malty." The nose and flavor are both indicative of a deeply malt forward offering. The under current of sweetness makes this very enjoyable as a disgestif.
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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 98.

pours like a hazy opaque porter. head is minimal and doesnt hang around long. limited lacing as well. Warming a lot of caramel and even more dark fruit. chocolate as well. all of those flavors translate to the flavor, but with a distinctive cinnamon note. effervescent finish. sweetness doesnt linger. booze is well hidden. a hearty ale indeed.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djcira
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle share, Batch #87. (2012). Nice rich brown color, small, but substantial beige head. Roast grains and chocolate, mildly sweet and a nice burn. Slick and slippery, just damn near perfect.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #99.

Adam pours a stained walnut with stunning highlights of caramel amber and extra virgin olive oil. It is clean, smooth looking even, and wears a hat of khaki colored tightly knit foam. It leaves a nice light blanket from top to bottom, as if to tell you Adam isn't going away. Pay up for another.

As advertised, this displays intense aromas but does not do so in an obnoxious manner. Dark fruits like fig and plum, drenched in caramel and chocolate, slathered on a blanket of tobacco leaves, then smoked in hot ashes like a kalua pig.

The first sip as as glorious as ever. I still can't believe it took me this long to give Adam the respect he deserves with a proper review. The flavor matches wonderfully. Fruit starts the show once again, but is quickly replaced by old leather. Belt leather not baseball mitt leather. There's a difference... I think. Chocolate, dark cherries, banana brulee, and burnt wood. A hint of alcohol and a simple hop spice fade it out. A dry dark chocolate dusted nuttiness comes through in the later stages, once you've warmed up to him.

Rich and smooth and oily at first. Not quite syrupy, but definitely oily. Despite his bold appearance, Adam has a sweet side. Though, don't question it, he's brash and bold too, with a steady warmth and lingering bitterness.

Adam is world class. It is an outstanding beer that demands to be savored. It's not for the faint of heart. If you walked down the street and came across Adam, don't stare him in the eye. You'll regret it. Give him some respect. Offer him a drink, maybe a cigar, then watch your budding relationship become life long. Don't ever pass up on Adam. Cheers.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with a thick beige head, tons of lacing
S: Leather, caramel, chocolate, fig, raisin, oxidation, cacao nibs, roasty, molasses, brown sugar, creme brulee
T: Roasty, caramel, leather, light alcohol, fig, hint of earthy bitter hops, bakers chocolate, red grape
M: Medium body with medium carbonation
O: Similar to an old ale with amped up roast and bitterness

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Photo of Duncian
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopsohard
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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