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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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
Ratings:
2,469
Reviews:
1,026
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
624
Gots:
493
For Trade:
39
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Photo of flipper2gv
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a lot to nickd717 for my first HotD brew.

A: Two fingers worth of beige head. Very creamy looking. Retention is very good and lacing is really good. Deep deep brown color, perfectly translucent.

S: Actually, this is much hoppier than expected. There is a definitive amount of piny resins, grapefruit and pineapple. There are molasses, vanilla, toffee, tobacco, peat and licorice. Raisins, dark cherries, plums for the dark fruits. Very fruity, very hoppy and very malty. So good and so complex. Not very strong though.

T: There are again a good amount of hops. It's good that there are there since there is also a very good amount of malty sweetness. Pine, grapefruit and pineapple are there. For the malty sweetness, there are tons of dark toffee, molasses, licorice, vanilla, tobacco (not much peat though). Quite a burnt malt type of taste. Finally, tons of dark fruits like cherries, raisins, plums. Some kind of port quality.

M: Massive massive mouthfeel. Very thick, creamy and sticky. Low carbonation. Perfect.

O: A really nice experience. I'm very happy to try one beer of this malt heavy brewery. Very nice bottle. The beer is quite drinkable (if the scoring was still there it would be 3.5). I really wish I could get more of this.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, batch #57.

Darkest shade of brown with a rich reddish hue throughout. Intense carbonation. Topped by a voluminous tan coloured head, which retains very well & leaves some lace behind.

Smell is intense & incredibly fruity, with some interesting medicinal notes hiding out on the fringes.

Sweet, fruity, some smokey tobaco leaf flavours. Very complex, & quite tasty with a little bit of dark chocolate.

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Photo of Japerrault
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque Dark chocolate colored with a thick tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, ripe fruit.

T: Complex flavors. Sweet upfront, mild chocolate, roasted malts, ripe fruits. Hops lend a pleasent spiciness. Bitterness is present, but well balanced with the sweet.

M: Excellent. Creamy texture, with nice mild carbonation. Flavors hang on the tongue for a long time. Alcohol warmth in there as well.

D: Even though this is full of big flavors, it is smooth and well balanced. I found this to be a very nice beer and look foreward to another.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 75

Cracked the cap with a nice hiss. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Adam reveals a nice dark brown body with a red hue under enough light. A huge, creamy, off-white head sits on top, leaving large waves of lacing behind. Looks great.

The Northwest hops hit the nose at first and are followed by light fruits and a touch of alcohol. Caramel and roasted dark malts linger beneath. Figs and cherries mixed with faint dark chocolate. The nose become more and more complex as this one warms.

Dark roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, hints of peat and smoke. A touch of something fruity, almost cherry like in the taste. The alcohol adds some subtle character, but is fairly well masked besides it's warming presence. I can also see how the flavor has been compared to leathery figs. A nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with almost perfect carbonation for the style. Batch 75 still has some hop bitterness to it and the warming alcohol is there as well.

Drinkability is good. This is a very enjoyable sipper. I found the 10% ABV to be well integrated, making this even more enjoyable than I would have expected. Adam is an excellent Old Ale and I'm sad that this is the only bottle I currently have. I will definitely have to pick up a few more for the cellar, since I think this beer will only improve with time. If you enjoy Old Ales or English Barleywines, then seeking this one out is a must. Nice work Hair of the Dog

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Photo of robbrandes
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

batch 82, poured into a tulip.

deep brown pour, same color as the bottle. monstrous head, actually needed a few minutes for it to settle enough to drink. amazing retention, lacing for days.
big alcohol and dark fruit on the nose. it practically warms your belly on smell alone.
wonderful across the tongue - caramel, burnt sugar, figs, raisins, a bit of smoke. outstanding body and mouthfee.
at 10% impossibly easy to drink. HOTD absolutely kills it again.

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Photo of Pahn
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 77.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch, foamy tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving a few millimeters of lacing ring that itself falls slowly to the surface of the glass leaving behind wine-like legs. The beer itself pours a solid black, has great legs, and leaves a few swatches of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate cake, brownies, fig, raisin, really malty and rich. Smells somewhere between a great Belgian dark and a great stout. A bit of solvent-like alcohol in the background.

Taste: Lots of chocolate cake, with some faint nut and dark fruit flavors. The hot finish lingers a long time, as do those creamy, beautiful cake flavors that continue to develop and transform to raisin and caramel more than a minute after taking a sip. There's lots of smoke through the middle, and a small bit of the advertised leather early on as well.

This is like a decadent chocolate cake with caramel and a fine spirit poured all over it. Creamy chocolate and smoke are the dominant flavors, but as I slowly make my way through the bottle I'm getting all sorts of new flavors popping up in random sips. Suddenly it's a little sweeter, there's a little more fig and raisin, suddenly it's all smoke and tobacco. This beer doesn't stop.

Mouthfeel: After the first sip I immediately wrote in my notes simply: "5". Perfect. Smooth as silk, with just enough carbonation (not much), a hot but not overwhelming finish. Imagine every time you're drinking something and think, "that's just a bit TOO bitter, just for one sip," or "That chocolate is overboard," or "That alcohol is drowning out the flavor a bit," ...for me this beer has none of that, ever. Perfectly palatable. The mouthfeel couldn't be better.

Drinkability: I'll be returning to this beer. As long as I have a few hours to take my time with it, "ease of consumption" is close to maximum.

This beer kind of makes me want to take up smoking again, and sit around next to campfires drinking it during harsh winters (though maybe it also makes me not want to take smoking back up, since I don't want to miss any of these deep, often subtle flavors). This kind of endless, beautiful, generous supply of flavor is why people seek out and pay premium prices for expertly crafted beer.

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edit: Having a batch 76 almost a year after this review (reviewed on 7/26/10, batch 77, drinking batch 76 on 6/9/11). Got the bottle in a trade with generous BA msulinski.

Poured as if flat, but there's definitely enough carbonation. Smells like deep English barleywine and chocolate cake. Tastes like chocolate, tobacco, leather, lots of fig, lots of rum soaked chocolate cake. Seems hot at first, but mellows considerably early on. This is a great, great beer. Smell develops subtly throughout, and the interplay of sweet, rich, smokey, savory, leathery in the flavor is world class.

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Photo of holmesmi
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADR
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Great dark, dark brown color, excellent firm head with rings of "mountains". Murky, with lots of sediment chunks. Burly aroma, with raisin and cherry tones. Deep flavor, like a java with prune liquor and some complex grassy tastes. Taste is somewhat like a better-controlled Bell's Batch 5000 without the smoke. Hops are very flavorful, together with lack of heavy carbonation, add to a long lasting and changing flavor. Just dang interesting in the mouth. Alcohol is notable but the brew is more heavy than sticky. Excellent beer!

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Body, with good sized head, and great lacing.

S - Chocolate, smoke, leather, and fig, just like the bottle says. I also noted cream, dirt, alcohol and complex herbal notes.

T - Starts out with cherry and fig like tartness and sweetness with a strong smoke quality that stays til the finish. Alcohol starts up around midpalate, and adds a very good spice quality to the beer. The hops balence out the beer well, and leave an interesting sweet tobacco/cherry flavor that lingers for awile. Very nice.

M - Rather full, kinda silky.

D - Complex, interesting, Don't want another one tonight, but tomarrow... and the next day...

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Photo of output01x
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields absolutely zero head, not even the faintest of dustings. The body is a nearly opaque, nearly black mahogany with very slight traces of crimson when held to light. No lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses, and indiscernible dark fruit. The nose is incredibly complex and is impossible to completely dissect.

The complexity of the nose is laughable compared to the taste. Flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, and butter start each sip. Upon swallowing, the vanilla comes out more along with dark fruit flavors of plum and fig. A very slight but pleasant alcohol warmth is noticeable at the end.

Full bodied with very little carbonation, this beer is practically the definition of silky smooth. While the body is a little sticky and coating, it slides gracefully over the tongue like melted butter. The carbonation is obviously very lacking but doesn't seem necessary.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 10% ABV. Very cloudy chestnut, chocolate color. Really muddy and murky looking. Thin tan head trickles to a thin layer quickly.

Aroma is smoky, chocolate, fig and dark fruit. Lots of stuff going on here. Almost a meaty smell.

Mouth is full of chocolate, fig and dark fruit. Smoke adds a nice touch without being overwhelming. Not much bitterness but not overly sweet either.

Some warming alcohol, but hidden rather well overall. Full body. Such a complex treat. I could sit and sniff this all day. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Syracuse12
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10% ABV. Batch #77 12oz bottle. HOTD Adam is definitely one of the better Old Ales I ever had. When I first poured this 10% ABV beer, I noticed a very dark appearance - deep brown and black mixed up. Did not retain its lace very long but packed with wallop every time I took a sip. I sensed alot of dark fruit perhaps some raisin, fig, slight leather, and smoke. Full bodied mouthfeel and with little carbonation. What I really appreciated the most was the nice lingering after-taste that tasted so good and what's more is that the high ABV was excellently masked! This beer has definitely made me a fan of HOTD Adam as this beer was pleasantly all over the map!

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, acquired in a great trade with ccrida. Thanks!

Bottle cap has a $4.50 sticker from John's Marketplace, (presumably Portland, OR.) Bottle states batch #70, no other dating.

Appearance: deep brown, opaque, almost brown-black. Light brown head is dense but limited, leaves limited, light lacing.

Aroma: chocolate cherries prunes raisins yum!

Taste: leather chocolate cherries, stonefruit -- especially prunes, raisins, plums, with a distinct smokiness. It's complex, and hard to tease out all the flavors, but they're all delicious in combination. Might be that if it were a tiny bit less muddled, I might be able to give it a five for flavor: it's that damn delicious.

Mouth: moderately to fairly thick, fairly bright carbonation for such a high gravity beer, tingly warmth in the throat on the finish probably due to the alcohol. Nice.

Overall: A damned delicious beer. I love HOTD, and this is no exception. It's an outstanding, careful, exciting, innovative, interesting beer that is intensely drinkable. $4.50 for a 12 ounce bottle is steep, but I'd pay it again and again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter late at night. Batch 74, or was it 75.

Adam has a dirty brown look in appearence, It reminded me of a liquid form of dark shoe polish. Some mahogony and the faintest bit of red when up to light. A nice deep beige head rose up about an inch looking great in it's own right and healthy. The lace tries to stick but doesent quite make it, a valient effort.

The smell is a malt lovers dream, it's the main ingredient,(C-pete rock) and gives off a whole lot of caramel sweetness and roastiness. There is some alcohol to the 10% but it is not major. Dark fruits come up as well as a handful of raisins, what's not to love. The smell is deep and complex, yet simple.

This really hit me. Not quite what I was expecting in a old ale but for the better. I've had alot in the style yet Adam seems to stand out on it's own. Big black malts giving off chocolate and roast. Dark fruits in a basket with plum and raisins becoming very large. A bit of cherries at times. A big bite of licorice and of course just a touch of alcohol, not to shabby. I do detect some smoke and some nuts. There really is alot going on here. A great one to let sit and see where it goes.

The feel while cold was real smooth it went down to easy, I had to let this sit, so tempting though. The fruit really was up there when cold. The alcohol showed itself more with warming leaving for a rougher feel down the line. All together above medium bodied with a low amount of carb, but carb non the less. Notes of sherry when up to room temp. Adam is creamy at some points, the feel is great, there I said it.

Glad I have a few more of these. While I would drink two in a night, I think some cellaring would do these puppies good, although great now. This one needs to be sipped and savored while relaxed, total bliss, this stuff kills. I have had two other HOTD brews(Fred,Ruth) and was underwhelmed. Adam is not the case. I would buy a case.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of this (batch 82) to fortify my cellar collection. Poured a fresh bottle into a snifter.

A- dark brown color, with tan head. A lot of lacing.

S- raisins, figs, molasses

T-alcohol taste up front. Molasses, dried fruits, caramel, malt, bittersweet chocolate. Similar to a stout?

M- smooth and syrupy mouthfeel with not much carbonation.

O- the flavor changed from molasses/ dried fruits to a coffee/ bitter sweet chocolate taste over a period of 5 minutes. This is a very strong and complex beer. I was attracted the the name of this beer after a night of several Pliny's and the movie The Shining. This beer does not disappoint.

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Photo of ezperkins2
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hair of the Dog – Adam
12oz bottle from batch 82 poured into a tulip
Served roughly 50 degrees.

A: Poured a murky dark brown with a few floaties towards the end. Lively light brown head with great lacing.

S: Not an overpowering nose but subtle and pleasant. A little bit of raisony dark fruit with hints of chocolate and molasses. I noticed another review mention Flintstone vitamins and low and behold it was there.

T: Absolutely amazing. It had been a while since I have had an Adam and I forgot how great it is. Similar to the nose there is a bit of raison, molasses, tobacco, alcohol and even though this is not the wood version there is still a hint of a wood like flavor. So many flavors and none of them are overpowering.

M: Beautifully creamy mouth feel. It has a very unique feel to it due to the fact that it is full and creamy but without the thick oily viciousness you would expect from such a large beer.

O: This is a fantastic beer. The taste is 5 out of 5 all the way. There are so many flavors that pop up throughout and they are all balanced and delicious. I am lucky enough to drink a lot of amazing beers living in Southern California but Adam is in my top ten for the year.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage

A: poured pale brown in color with pale yellow highlights and hardly any head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: wnoa!! Lots going on here consisting with lots of caramel, brown sugar, lots of malty sweetness, smokey character, dark fruit such as plums, mild booze, hints of leather and a little apple as well.

T; it definitely tasted old which was bombarded with leathery tabacco flavors, burnt caramel, maple syrup, stale brown sugar, a little plum coming through, hints of smoke character but very little booze on the taste.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a leathery, old tabacco, dark fruity, smokey, sweet,,and sticky slick finish.

O: very fortunate to try this beer that old and was pretty delicious considering how old it was. Good lookin out whoever brought to woodshop tasting.

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

Photo of lechowski
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 82, 12oz bottle poured into a Russian River sniffer.

A - Almost black, dark brown. Thick tan foamy head.

S - Smells exactly like the fruit leathers I used to eat as a kid from Mrs. Gooch's :) Subtle smokiness as well. A light sense of booze in the tail end.

T - High malt kick right off the bat. More of the fig/fruit taste coming through. Roasty and smoky are two words I would definitely use.

M - Heavy, juicy, leathery.

O - A very nice treat, not for everyday consumption, but the more I sip it the more I like it!

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Photo of peacebone116
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 82 of this fantastic 12-oz beer from Bobby's Liquors into a Delirium snifter.

A: Deep brown with delicate lacy head that thins gradually.

S: Sweet caramel and fig and chocolate.

T/M: The taste really follows the nose. It is complex and the sweet malt, which is balanced well with a modest and indistinct hop bitterness. lingers on the tongue. The chocolate and fig play well off each other. Medium bodied with a subtle boozy note.

Very delicious and well crafted, balanced dark ale.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Driking an 03 in late 06...the smokiness is really shining through..very enjoyable beer..
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A very interesting beer. Wonderful aroma featuring a smoky mustiness along with a boubon like smell...dark brown in color..with a nice creamy head that settles and remains..a plethora of flavors...a real herbal/earthy texture...some notes of blackberry, and wood aged bourbon...sweet but bombed with hops as well...it balances nicely..smokiness on the finish...

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iced tea colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Ripe dark fruit aroma balanced with citrus, caramel, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is a big tasty bomb of dark fruit and clover honey. There's some notes of pine, grapefruit, rye, and pepper that add some nice layers of complexity. Sticky medium body with soft carbonation.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,469 ratings.
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