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

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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

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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

Photo of Hop-bomber1
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Noles9585
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An old classic that I know I had many years ago, but I'm revisiting it now. Not a traditional old ale, Adam does its own thing. Heavy on smoke and tobacco, this would go well in the parlor with a cigar back in the 19th century, if the whisky decanter ran dry. Firm hop character and oxidized notes, but this is in keeping with expectations; it has a different signature from dark beers that have simply gotten old and musty.

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Photo of trevorpost
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pacioli1445
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of braker649er
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this different style of beer.

It struck me that it was like a Belgian dark beer in its plum flavor, but higher on booze, and had more hop bitterness than I anticipated. Also a touch of tobaccolike smokiness, though that was subtler. In the end, I would've just preferred a complex dark Belgian beer with similar plumminess--this one was interesting, but put me off with the bitter tang.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of the body is a dark woody brown topped with a creamy blanket dying to a thin tan ring leaving wavy lace.

Smell is roasty and chocolatey covered banana with mixed nuts, toasted bread and amaretto.

A medium to light carbonation introduces the palate to dry cocoa, a touch of smoke, leather and nuts. There's no heat, but it still comes off as quite strong, and brandy-esque.

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

Bottle, Batch 97:
Pours pretty dark, like a porter or stout. Head is huge, a beige to tan meringue atop the dark body. Sheets fall with each sip, leaving some remnants.

Nose has a musty wood dankness, leather, dehydrated raisins and dates. There’s an earthy spice, not really mole-like, but minorly reminiscent. Maybe the lightest hint of smoke.

Taste hits with the leather first, accented by the less-sweet-than-normal dark fruit. There’s a deep wet leave earthiness that reminds me of a bold iced tea, ramped up a couple degrees. There’s some burnt sugar notes, without any acrid char. Never really sweet, there’s not a huge bitterness that really drives this, either.

I slowly enjoyed this more as I drank it. A little different than most of the beers I’ve had. An earthy, lightly sweet malty robust tea beer. Might need to follow this guy into the woods.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94 bottle into wine glass. Great smokey notes, very smooth yet powerful enough to last hours.

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Photo of LUE_Shane
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hue on this is pretty much opaque, nearly black, save for same deep brown around the edges. Khaki head reduces and leaves behind bits of sticky lace.

Smells deeply smoky, charred, malty, caramely, leathery. Leading into taste is charred wood, burnt caramel, cacao nibs, toffee, grass, earth, tobacco. Mellows out and bring some dry hops, pine, hazelnut, touches of vanilla. Black licorice and molasses, roasted coffee and caramel malt some stronger as this warms.

This brew has a ton of depth that especially comes alive as it warms. There is a strong smoky wood aspect to this that reminds me of the few Rauchbiers that I have tried, which isn't a bad thing. Tons of layers going on here. I've had Old Ales and this one is something else, really. Was a little skeptical but was blown away by this. An amazing brew dedicated to a friend and fellow Brewer; fitting.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very unique beer and really delicious. Trying to pigeon hole the flavor is very challenging.
Reminded me of a scotch ale, but stronger and a little more complex. A Wee Heavier?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What is this? Batch #95.

This one was poured out of the bottle at Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA. It pours a dark brown- very dark brown, with a small head, and a surprisingly good amount of lacing. This looks improbably carbonated for this brewery.

This smells like old tobacco, leather, dark stale fruit, oxidation, rye bread and pumpernickel.

I can't figure this beer out at all. It's got a stale funky fruit flavor, with tobacco and rye, a bit of dark bread like pumpernickel, with raisin and old grapes. This is so weird but strangely enjoyable.

This is medium bodied, with a rich bready mouthfeel.

I can't even begin to figure this bizarre beer out. It's nice though.

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