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

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Brewed by:
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 rudylaw
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of batch #70.

It pours a murky, dark brown, with ruby highlights with no head at all.

It smelled of burning wood, dark malts, caramel, maple and raisins. It tastes really good despite my thinking that I had a flat beer in front of me. I get roasted malts right away, with dark fruits.

It still drinks flat, but it's not a bad thing. Very hard for me to describe as I know I need another sample seeing as some reviews are similar to mine, but many more describe something different. I need more.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split with Beerwolf77 and poured into a Meantime tulip. 10% ABV, Batch #74.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this bottle!

A - A tall pour created a low off-white tan head with low retention and almost no lace. The color is a dark brown that's almost black.

S - A bit of liquid smoke floats around the really malty, rye bread aroma with a leather strop scent. A hot boozy alcohol isn't huge but rather mellow and persistent enough to cause a little tingle in the nostril.

T - The flavor is near right on part with the aroma. Lots of toasted malts giving off a leathery, light smoke flavor and low level of alcohol. A light hoppy finish with some pine in there. Really earthy flavored.

M - Rich and roasty with a full body and dry roasted finish. Medium level of carbonation with no distraction.

D - A sipping beer that's totally earthy with some good nuances. The alcohol is a bit much I think. With some more age all the flavors will blend pretty well.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Over sized wine glass.

Appearance: Dark black with red highlights, and a frothy mocha head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma: Fruity, strong sweet malt, and alcohol. Smells fantastic.

Taste: Sweet and smokey malts, with a strong alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, soft carbonation with an alcohol warming finish.

The smell of was so outstanding I could inhale the aroma all day, however the amazing aroma gave me high expectations that the flavor simply did not deliver on. I was expecting a complex range of flavor while in my opinion this beer has a simplistic flavor.

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Photo of mschofield
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #60
Over the top carbonation, even with a careful pour I got a glass full of head. Once it calmed down enough to fill my glass I was left with a dark purplish-red beer topped with a four finger reddish-tan head, leaving puffy webs of lacing.
The aroma rushes out of the bottle almost as fast as the beer did, fruity, quite robust, leafy note, earthy with nuts, dark fruit, smoke and grain.
Malty taste, smoked and roasted, earthy and floral.
Full bodied, it's nice to try but I wouldn't go back to it - the smoky note was interesting.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Carbonation explodes out of the beer unlike any Hair of the Dog beer I've seen. The beer is very dark in color and the head is light brown. Huge bubbles form and explode as the head slowly recedes, leaving large clumps of lacing as it does. I was excited to see the carbonation, but this is actually a bit too much. It took forever to pour out 12oz. 3.5

S: The aroma is very earthy, but I do note pilsner-like characteristics that I assume come from the malt. Slight hoppiness adds a nice layer, and the booze rounds it all out. Very fruity and boozy. 4

T: The earthy booziness really assaults the tastebuds. Grassy hops at the finish add to the earthiness. The pilsner taste is there as well at the beginning, which is overtaken by booze, dark fruits, and some roasted malt. The hops finish it off, along with any remaining alcohol. I'm left with a really grassy, citrusy taste that sticks around forever. 4

MF: Thick body that is a bit over carbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the taste. Once you get through the billowing head it's all good. The booze is a bit too much and hurts the drinkability, but overall I enjoy the mouthfeel. 3.5

O: This was a good beer in a style I typically steer clear of. I really don't understand why it's so highly ranked, but I also don't appreciate the style. 3.5

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Photo of tatterdash
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby red with a light nut-brown head, thick and lacy. Aroma of dark chocolate, cascade hops. Taste was huge raisiny-malt with chocolate and slightly burnt finish, iron-like. Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. This is a good beer, better to split though, one is almost more than enough.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you get a chance, go to the web site and check your batch number and when it was brewed and bottled. Poured a cloudy dark brown hue similar to a mahogany color. A good frothy head with smaller bubbles and great lacing lasting through the whole tasting.

The smell is rich with noticeable fruity aromas throughout. A noticeable smell overall. Some plums, black cherries and sweeter figs notes have a strong influence. The malt is big and some phenol characteristics at the end.

The taste is also rich but with upstart fruity notes limiting its complexity. Maybe it should have aged more, but come fig and cherry are more noticeable then the malt. Some hints of raisins and esters as well is a touch of yeast bite at the end.

The body is full but should have more (in my opinion). Old Ales can vary, but this seems lacking for an old ale. Overall the taste is good with a unique fruity flavor, and worth another try. As for my batch, I’m a 61! Go 61!!!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 47 - 12 oz. bottle
Poured a deep maroon with very small tan colored head. Light but consistent carbonation. Aroma of roasted barley prevalent with almost a porter like aroma, a raisin note also noted. Felt strong in the mouth with a lot of fullness, hid the alcohol well though. Roasted coffee taste is dominant, sweet finish with very little bitterness. As it warmed, prune, raisin, date or fig flavors and aromas seemd to come out for me.

Very nice beer, kind of surprised by the porter undertones but solid effort.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from batch 76. Pours a dark crimson color, fairly clear. Huge, stiff tan head. Lacing is sick.

Nose is both hoppy and malty...great balance. Toffee and burnt sugar opposed by dark fruit and pine hops.

Big time leather and chocolate, bitter smoke. Hops provide plenty of bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice, big beer but the ABV is well restrained in the flavor. I enjoyed Fred better than this one, but it is still pretty damn tasty. I would be thrilled to have a case of these hanging out in the cellar.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Batch 76. Barely hissed when opened, barely developed a head when poured. A patch of soapy looking bubbles floats in the middle of the glass and a ring rests around the edge. A swirl produces some off white bubbles, but nothing retaining. The beer is a dark brown, plum color. Noticing some legs on the side of the glass as well.

S: Dark fruits like plum and raisin with some currant type aromas as well. Has a woody aroma with some tobacco and blackstrap molasses. Almost picking up a grape jelly aroma here too. The alcohol is strong, hard for a 10% not to be. Picking up a band-aid aroma and some off-putting phenols here though.

T: Very roasty and smokey/tobacco like flavors. Some of the fruits come through, but this beer finishes pretty bitter. After seeing some people describe this as cloying, this was an interesting difference. If I enjoyed cigars, this would certainly pair well. It definitely has characteristics of an old ale underneath but the overwhelming smokey wood and tobacco flavors are what stands out most for me. Interesting take on the style.

M: Has a heavy body upfront that seems to get thinned by the alcohol heat on the end. Leaves the lips sticky and the teeth dry in a strange fashion.

D: Was thinking about another beer after this one, but this may take a while to get through this one. The flavors are very unique, as I have noticed with the HOTD big beers. An enjoyable beer, but not sure if I'm willing to shell out the dough for another one of these in the near future.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, minimal light getting through. One and half finger darker tan head great retention and lacing.

S: Big dark fruits. Figs dates raisins, cherries. Chocolate comes through.

T: Chocolate cherries, figs dares, raisins. Lots of alcohol coming through.

M: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Very creamy. Lots of alcohol warming.

O: I've heard a lot about this beer, sorta hyped. Don't know if I had to high of hopes for this one but I was a tad disappointed. Don't get me wrong it's a great beer no doubt. Lots of alcohol, but kinda good in this incidence. Will be awesome with some age for sure.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz for lunch.

Pours dark. May not be black but the darkest brown known to beer. Could not get a head at all. Aggressive pour even. Seriously, no head. Is this carbonated?

Sucker almost smells like a stout. Some black licorice maybe.

Has a taste like concentrated Coca Cola syrup. If it was soda, I'd say hey, this is flat. And I'm not even bitching. Very unique stuff.

The 10% is well hidden in the mouth but not so much in the throat. The thickness to smoothness ratio is extreme and awesome. Meaning this stuff is very thick and very smooth.

Overall: worth a try

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Photo of ridglens
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery snifter, mixing the sludge at the bottom.

A- Pours a very dark but translucent brown, light through the edges but thick. A very thin but heart head forms, and reduces to an island in the middle and a ring around the edge, with a little lacing. pretty but not earth shattering. Swirling yields more creamy bubbles.

S- Smells sweet with lots of oats and malt, almost barley-wine ish. Also smells like some sweet molasses, and dark plumish fruit. A little yeasty smells too. There is some spiciness in there as well, with a touch of sharpness from the alcohol. Swirling makes this really nice and grainy. Very nice.

T- hrm, not really what I expected. Less sweet at first, but it builds. pleasant roastiness. Lots of sweeter maltiness comes out more as it warms...Kind of bitter, no complaints but it isn't as complex as I had expected.

M- IMO, very nice. Pretty thick with a pretty good amount of carbonation that comes on on the tongue. Carbonation can make it a little sharp, but pretty solid.

O- Definitely enjoyable, and would buy it again (except for the price). A tasty well done beer, but probably not a masterpiece.

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Photo of thetomG
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Batch 77

Very dark brown pour with very very little head - some spotty lacing is left behind on the glass though as you drink.

Aroma is mostly a mixture of malts and spices with a little booziness as well.

Flavor is very sweet & malty but in differs form the smell inn that the spices a more reserved with the booziness comes through quite strongly. There is a nice spicy/bitter finish that makes things interesting, and the mouthfeel is nice and thick but smooth. Overall though the drinkability suffers a little because the alcohol flavors are just too overpowering.

I'd drink this again, but am probably not likely to seek it out...

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 3 L jeraboam of Adam, Batch 37, vintage 1999. The bottle with cellared by deuane and generously shared.

A: The ale is a murky, dark, red-brown colored mess. There is an incredible amount of thick, chunky yeast in the bottle. As the ale is consumed, the color changes to a much deeper hazy brown color. The head is almost nonexistent.

S: The aroma is all molasses strength with alcohol and heavy malts.

T: The ale has held up remarkably well for an 8 year old swing top bottle. The molasses from the nose returns in force here, creating a thick taste that is very strong. The ale also has coffee and toffee notes, creating a burnt sweet component. The aging has fortified and focused the malts, increasing their intensity.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, full of dark rich alefruits and molasses.

D: The ale is a real treat, having held up well all this time. The dark murky depth of the ale has been accentuated, bringing out a bigger malt body.

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Photo of germaniac
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, with hints of red around the edges.

Smells of raisins and carmelized walnuts. A great dark, malty roasted aroma.

Starts malty and sweet, with a quick hop buzz chaser, just enough to tingle my tastebuds before coating them with the raw, earthy, flavor of charred campfire wood, more nuts, and dark fruits.

Pretty thick and heavy mouthfeel, but I think that may be right for the style. Not one I could drink all the time, especially at 4 bux for a twelve ounce bottle. Had a little trouble with this one, since my only style reference is Old Stock Ale. But Adam is a totally different animal. Now I'm kicking myself for not buying some Adam From the Wood when LiquidSolutions was selling it like a year ago...

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Photo of litheum94
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 77. Reviewed 4/21/11.

The cap doesn't make a single sound when I pop it. Uh oh. Really, really, dark brown body, without a single bubble atop it.

Sweet chocolate. Toffee, figs and some toasted grain. Smokey cured meats.

Roasted grain. Chocolate and coffee, like chocolate covered espresso beans. Figs. Bitter on the finish, though I can't tell if it's hop bitterness or coffee. Bourbon pops in and out, and there's also some charred wood in there. Completely flat, which makes the body very syrupy.

Great flavors, but the lack of carbonation makes this a little too thick. I think if there was even the faintest amount of carbonation, this would be a near perfect beer, and my score would be higher. Definitely have to try to get a better bottle.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Trevor (lynx1245) picked up a couple of these in Santa Rosa and brought them back down to share. Poured into a couple of snifters.

Appearance: Pours thick and black with shades of brown that can only barely be seen when held to the light. Head is a thin tan halo. Spotty lace.

Smell: Extremely perfume-like and floral. Plums, raisins, run-like alcohol, and chocolate are the scents I'm picking up.

Taste: Loads of malt upfront, followed quickly by some tart, berry-like flavors, molasses, and alcohol. Finishes with a bit of a leathery taste and lots of alcoholic dryness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy for an old ale. Carbonation is about what I'd expect for the style; maybe a smidge higher. Body is somewhat light as well. Not too slick, nor too hot. Finishes very dry.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel definitely helps out the drinkability for this one, but I personally like other old ales better. Alcohol is a bit too strong and astringent in this one. Still good, but I'd rather have an Old Stock.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black to dark brown with a good size light tan head. Strong smell of prunes and raisins, a little caramel and alcohol behind it all. First taste is quite smoky, maltiness follows with a sweet chocolate and a little pruniness and balances the smoky and roastiness. There is some peppery spicy alcohol in the finish as well, not unpleasant or overpowering, but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, a little oily slickness and a spicy tingle in the finish. An interesting old ale, I've got a two year old version that i look forward to trying to see how the malts develop and if the pepperiness dies down. This serving was Batch 66.

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Photo of 01001111
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Chestnut with a thin tan lacing.

S: Alcohol, hazelnuts, dates, with a hint of wood and vanilla.

T: Quite boozy up front. Mellows a bit as the malt becomes dominant with flavors of oak and nuts. The hops come through in the aftertaste like a wash of medicinal bitterness.

M: Thin and drying with a slight syrupy edge if you roll it around in your mouth for a but.

O: Perhaps not as exemplary as I had anticipated but good nonetheless. The flavor and, in particular, the aroma get better as the liquid warms.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from 2010 - thanks to pushkinwow for this

Appearance - Brown colour with pretty much no head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there isn't much lacing on the sides of the glass. The bottle opened without a much of a pop.

Smell - Malts, raisins, chocolate, leather, earthiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very low amount of carbonation and I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and some raisins. There are also notes of herbs and some butterscotch. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall – The alcohol is very well hidden and the taste is fantastic. Unfortunately my bottle seemed to be a little flat so I don't think this was a fair representation of the beer. I still enjoyed it and I will be on the lookout for another bottle.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours an opaque black into a Belgian glass. Four fingers of mocha foam are quick to spring up, halting the pour. Slowly she falls, unevenly, leaving a peaks-and-valleys landscape across the top of the beer. Thick walls of lace adorn the side of the glass. She's a looker.

Aroma - dark roasted malt, figs, leather, molasses.

Taste - more of the dark malts, initially. Roasty, leathery. The sweetness is there but tempered. An abv warmth adds some good depth to the flavors. Some light char on thhe swallow and coffee notes emerge on the aftertaste. A warm, roasty finish, leather still present.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly, swirling some of that out to taste the flavors better. It is smooth with a slightly big body.

Drinkability - an interesting brew, but not one of my favorites. Some interesting flavors, I'm just not that high on them. Thanks to udubdawg for getting me one of these at DLD08.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 70
Bottling Date: mid-to-late 2007?

A- beautiful brown black, thick well retaining head, chunky klunky lacing.

S - Dark meaty malt, tobacco, nuts and stone fruit.

T - Dark fruits and bitter, bitter finish. Something a little ashen in the finish that I did not care for.

M - Thick, viscous, coating, good carb.

D - Can't do more than one.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/15/2009 (bottle Batch Number 74):

Bubbles falling down. Pours a huge creamy tan-brownish color head, extremely lasting. Thick and foamy. Muted aroma, some rosted notes, some light mustiness, earthiness. Inhaling deeply, some dark fruit and coffee. Some alcohol too, but overall very muted. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, strong taste. Roasted coffee, some toffee, alchol. Some bitterness from the chocloate and roast. Some smoke and dark fruit. Imperial stoutish as it warms up more, chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Strong, a sipping beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a top English old ale, even a Belgian, good aroma. Smooth, malted and some dark fruit mouthfeel and drinkable, but without the spice and good taste I would expect from the UK or Belgian ales. Nice, but not one I would seek out again. Alcohol hammer and drying finish.
4.5 years later, a vintage 2006 is brought out by Jonah. Looks lik a cask ale, with the small amount of light brown bubbles. The best part us the aroma of spices. The taste, malty, some chocolate, even cloying sweet.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,425 ratings.
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