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
Old Ale
4.26 | pDev: 9.86%
Sep 23, 2023
Sep 13, 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Ratings by sludgegnome:
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Rated by sludgegnome from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 23, 2023
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Aug 25, 2023
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Received from @turkeysdrinkbeer in August 2022, drunk in June 2023.

L: In the glass, it's a rusty black, the colour of a tinned dark cherry. A fragile rim of dirty white head clings to the edge of the glass. Slow-moving, small bubbles can be seen moving up the glass in orderly columns.

S: Musty oranges, plums, figs, dates and brown sugar overlay cricket balls, old cupboards of clothes and cloth, and your grandma's Christmas spice rack (your grandmother - mine was Ukrainian so she didn't have one!).

T: The taste is tangy, musty, port-like, sweet, syrupy, barrelish and despite that mishmash of sensations, utterly balanced. There's an orchard of plums, figs, and grape skins. Sweet, sugary musk sticks vie with alcoholic warmth and mulled wine with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Not one flavour note dominates, leading to an incredible ride of dialled-back, toned-down and considered flavours, all of which come together and call for winter nights, crackling fires and old, leathery furniture.

M: It's quite full and still in the mouth, but it plays to that dialled-back flavour notes and ratchets everything up another notch.

O: This is the ultimate synergy of flavour, mouthfeel and nose. As noted, nothing jumps out as dominating the beer, but taken as a whole the beer delivers a luxurious experience. I noted somewhere else that losing Hair of the Dog is a tragedy, even for a beer nerd 10,000km away, and this beer does nothing to change my thoughts on that one.

Jun 25, 2023
Rated: 3.86 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 24, 2023
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had Adam poured from 12-oz. bottle, label printed "Batch 102," gift from my little bro', into snifter.

Pours apparently black but actually deep golden-brown when backlit, with 2-finger, creamy light-tan head, with excellent retention, leaving slim, splotchy rings of lace down the glass. Huge leathery and mild roasted malt aroma off pour, then some grassy hops, displaced by growing chocolate and sharp, dark fruit as warms. Begins malty and smooth but leathery, then some hop and growing alcohol bite, as unsweetened chocolate arrives, and not a little smoke as warms, before a warming, slightly biting, still complexly and overridingly malty, almost chewable finish.

This was a bittersweet pleasure, since Hair of the Dog has closed and I got there (only) once, in summer 2014, when I enjoyed Adam from the Wood. Adam isn't, wasn't, bad sans wood, either. An experience rather like a fine cigar. Cheers, Alan!
Mar 14, 2023
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Rated by Qu3st from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Batch 101
Feb 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Batch 27, 1997 vintage

Alright, let’s throw it way back for a minute. The oldest beer in my box from Hair Of The Dog, a 1997 Adam. The bottle/label itself is surprisingly intact for its age, but I’m wondering if the beer itself has held up. Let’s crack it open and find out

Pours a dark brown with just a ring of dark brown bubbles that leaves no lacing but has a ton of particulate floating about

The nose obviously shows its age, but it’s not in a bad way at all. I’m picking up on aromas of fig, dark bread, tobacco, black cherry, vanilla, sweet caramel, pear skin, oak, and light peat smoke

The age comes through even more in taste, but once again, it’s more of a “mature” age rather than poor aging. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting molasses, brown sugar, raisin, tobacco, toasted coconut, sweet caramel, red apple, dark toast, and light fusel alcohol. The swallow brings notes of fig, sweet plum, smoked oak, tobacco, molasses, brown sugar, toasted pecan, caramel, and light honey

A full body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick and lightly boozy beer. Finishes a tad sticky and boozy but nicely complex

For as old as it is, this is honestly really good. I need to find a fresher one
Jan 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mystery beer #3:

This review is written blind. I have no clue as to what it is when writing this. All I know is it was bottled in 2010.

Looks - 4.5
Looking at this beer, it's a dark brown pour with a tan head, that didn't last long. Considering how old it is, I'm surprised there was any at all.The head dissipates into a ring around the edge of the glass. Just based on how it looked, I'm guessing barleywine.

Aroma - 4.25

Lots of dark fruit aromas - figs, raisin, plum. Slight hint of sweetness on the aroma. The nose screams barleywine.

Taste - 4.25

There's a good deal of the dark fruits that I got on the nose. Raisin, plum, figs all come into play here. There's a very slight bitterness that comes in on the backside. I doubt it could still be the hops, but, who knows. Some sweetness comes into play in the mix. I think it might barrel aged, not sure?

Body - 4.25

This beer is boozy, I do get some burn to it that hits way in the back. Fairly good body.

Overall - 4.25

Just guessing at how it poured, and the age of it, I'm guessing barleywine here. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I also get the flavors of one. Whatever it is, I do like it.
Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very dark brown with a murkiness to the transparency. The final couple ounces were not poured into the glass, though the beer remains murky when the final ounces are introduced into the glass.. A big foamy head bubbles above the liquid, stacking above three fingers of height after a moderate pour. Frothy rings form around the glass after the lightest of swirls.

Aroma is caramel, fig, toffee, and a hearty hit of smoke. It's not raunchbier levels of smoke, but it's a notable intensity. Roasty, toasty, earthy, and bready malts sit underneath, leaning into toasty and earthy the most. More subtle notes of dark fruits and raisins come out as the beer warms slightly, with smoke still being the central, consistent feature throughout.

Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, fig, leather, and, again, hearty smoke. It's like drinking a smoldering campfire drizzled in caramel and a dash of whiskey. Whiskey notes don't really add heat, but really develop the leather quality. Dark fruits and chocolate start to come through more in the final half once the beer warms a little. Chocolate notes are not milk, bakers, or cocoa, instead coming by way of more raw dark chocolate. This bitter dark chocolate element helps to cut some of the smoke. As the beer warms, the smoke intensity starts to wane, or at least, that's the end result with the rest of the notes occupying a little more area of the flavor profile, putting less emphasis on smoke. This redistribution of notes helps smooth things out. Intensity as a whole is pretty moderate, not leaning into any note too firmly. It carries its 10% ABV well.

Mouth feel has a sand paper grittiness underneath that cuts and tears the otherwise creamy texture. Thickness is medium. This grittiness is the most aggressive part of this beer. Fortunately, the grittiness dissipates as the beer warms. What replaces it is a watery edge to the back of the beer, lacking oomph, but at least not abrasive.

Overall, a surprising amount of smoke in this old ale. It hits its notes, unapologetically while retaining its flowing footwork. The development of this beer from fridge to serving temp only further emphasizes the importance in serving at or near the correct temperature. The smoothness of this beer has only multiplied as it warms.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 12oz bottle.
Jun 24, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Dark brown body; fairly opaque; thin yet lasting light khaki colored head cascading foam rings encircle the glass. Wood and dark fruit aroma; a bit malty. Rich malt taste; nuts; leather; phenolic alcohol undercurrent. Thick and slick mouthfeel; warm boozy feel

A warm, earthy beer with a slow ass-kick element. A luxurious beer experience.

Pouring temperature: 46 °F; bottling data: Batch № 102
Jun 24, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Budlum from Maryland

Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Mar 23, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Rich dark brown on the pour and my sloppy one brings on a silky light brown head that is short-lived and finishes as a film, leaving a ring of lacing behind
Aroma: Warm brown bread, dried dark fruit notes, blackstrap molasses, wafts of chocolate, some ethanol, caramel, and slightly burnt toast
Taste: Whoa. Rich bready malt kicks it off as layers of dried dark fruit emerge and seep in – figs, dates, raisins, and prunes all in the mix. Molasses and dark baker’s chocolate spring forth and shine before rejoining the mix before caramel and ethanol guide things to a close
Mouthfeel: Full, very silky and smooth throughout, medium carbonation, and a smooth finish with a little bite from what I assume and feel is from the booze
Overall: This is awesome stuff. This is a ridiculously deep and intricate Old Ale that is bold while being smooth and tasty but also, boldly proclaiming itself as a ‘big’ beer. I can’t believe it’s probably been a decade since I last tried this and I can again see why it has the hype and subsequent high rating that it does. A great evening sipper on this chilly PNW evening. Recommended
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Jan 13, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by Curt3 from Ohio

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled: 2/16/2010

It pours a dark dried prune brown color. Thin fizzy head forms on the beer and actually sticks around for a while. The aroma is interesting - it reminds me of an old bottle of Bigfoot. You get some dark fruit notes, along with old hop notes. There is a bit of a metallic note in the nose, some brown sugar.

Taste is more of the same - its malty up front with some old/aged hop notes. There are some dark fruits and brown sugar with a lovely warmth on the back end. Notes of leather and bready malts come through as well. Feel is lighter bodied for such a big beer. Mild carbonation. Pretty dry on the finish.

Its a very nice beer and one that has clearly aged incredibly gracefully.
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Batch 1. Caramel brown/black appearance with a sparse tan head, low retention, no lacing. Caramel, leather, nut, molasses, mild oxidation. Medium body, low carbonation.
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 09, 2021
Adam from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
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