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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 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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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Double Bastard glass. Pours a cola-like black and brown with a finger of off-white head. The aroma is very complex, dark fruits and chocolate dominate, along with some caramel. The taste has those same dark fruits, lots of raisin and fig, along with some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a decent creaminess to it.

A solid old ale, but something in the taste didn't quite work for me, one of the dark fruits gave it a kind of funk that I wasn't a fan of. Overall though, a good beer that I wouldn't mind revisiting again.

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

Have had HotD "Adam" numerous times, but this was one of the first beers I attempted to let age, since it's relatively easy to find in SoCal.

Batch 74 - 12 oz bottle. Personally cellared for a little over 1 year.

A: The beer pours a hazy cola brown color, with a healthy inch of khaki tan colored head, settled (neither quickly or slowly) depositing some foamy lace on the glass.

S: Intially I pick up slight scents of rye, bready biscuit, mild dark fruit, and caramel. The yeast is faint in the back ground.

T: On the first draw, I get notes of medium sweet figs and some dates, with some medium spice notes in the middle, layered with a bit of caramel.

M: Light to medium carbonation, and a bit oily.

O: Nice sipper, fresh or aged. Pretty sure I enjoy this beer a bit more when it's fresh personally, but the beer certainly holds up pretty well over time.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle. Awesome bulldog illustration on front.

Pours with a large, almost brown-colored head and a dark color.

Aroma is interesting with a nice mix of hops, dark malt and alcohol.

Taste is roasty, sweet with noticeable alcohol flavors and a lot of complexity. However, they just didn't seem to go together great for me and the alcohol was a bit too strong tasting. Perhaps with more age (I think this was a pretty recent batch) it would be better.

Mouthfeel is nice with good body, not too thick.

Overall, I did not find this very drinkable with the strong, conflicting tastes and high ABV. Perhaps with age, though, it could be great.

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Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #62

Very dark brown in color with a dark head that just doesn't quit, very meringue like.

Smell is dark malts with pletny of hops to back them up. Hints of bitter chocolate and some fruitiness.

Carbonation medium with a medium body.

Taste is again of dark malts with a big hop backbone. The malts lent dark chocolate and coffee flavors to the beer. There was also a light smokiness and some slight fruit notes present. Finishes with a coffee hint and a considerable hop bitterness.

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Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 82.

Pours a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

The aromas begin with notes of toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is an emerging smokiness as it warms. I wish there was some fruitiness or something else to balance the dark roasted maltiness.

The tastes begin with dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate that is more pronounced than the nose. There is plenty of brown sugar sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth. The smokiness emerges more as it warms which is unfortunate. My least favorite flavor in beer.

The mouthfeel is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel in the finish.

Overall Old Ales are definitely my favorite style of beer so I was slightly disappointed by this. I enjoyed the complexity of this beer but this fresh version was just not my cup of tea. I'm hoping the older bottles I have are more mellow in the smoke/ acrid roast and more fruity. We'll find out down the road I guess...

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Photo of kasper
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #68 purchased for $4.99 a 12oz.

A: Pours darkest of browns, with a nice frothy two-finger tan head with good retention and nice patches of lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of dark ripe fruits, in particular plums and prunes. There's some leather there too. But as it warms, a notable candied smell...sweet. Not much chocolate in the nose.

T: However, there's an intense rush of smooth creamy chocolate in the taste followed by a slightly bitter and boozy dark fruit finish. It tastes like a chocolate covered raisin! Little dry on the finish, though with a punch of some kind of really ripe reddish fruit I can't exactly pinpoint. Raspberries?

M: This a thick -- but not overly thick -- creamy, full bodied brew with considerable carbonation, which I think really helps it along. Not its strongest point.

D: Overall, this is a tasty brew akin to an fruity imperial stout. It's somewhat boozy so you are aware of the 10%ABV. Wouldn't really want to drink more than one of these in a setting.

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Photo of JoeySchlitz
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #72

A: Pours a massive mocha-colored head (uh-oh.... hoping that this isn't infected). After about 5 minutes the head receded to resemble the shape of a baked pie crust. The beer itself is a dark mahogany brown at the center and burnt umber at the edges (pulling from the days of using prisma colors).

S: While waiting for the head to calm down and with the glass about 4' from me I can begin to smell the smoky sweet aroma. Ripe fruit with just a bit of funkiness in the nose.

T: Again very smoky taste followed by sweet malt and caramelized sugar. After a few sips getting more of a roasted malt taste with some chocolaty brownies and a slight hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Not sure if it is infected with the super-carbonation but if that's intended it is too much for the style of the beer. Medium to light mouthfeel overall.

O: A pretty good beer that impressively lived up to the description on the side of the bottle - although the price seems a bit steep. Could stand to decarbonate a bit and sit in dark room for a year or two.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2010 bottle from pushkinwow. Thanks!

A - Black pour with barely any head. Very minimal carbonation. No retention and no lace. Expected for the ABV and age, but still unimpressive.

S - Huge aroma. Smoke, leather is definitely there, raisins, dark fruit and sugar. Cool aromas playing together.

T - Smoke, earth, dark fruit, lot's of brown sugar. More smoke than I typically like, but still decent. Rich malty flavours and some booze.

M - Almost no carbonation, full syrupy body, dry smokey finish.

O/D - Pretty hardcore. Age has probably mellowed this out a bit but the smoke is a touch too much for me. It's quite a complex adventure though, and quite rich. A decent example, but nothing too wild.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


12oz bottle poured into snifter - batch 76

Pours an opaque brown, almost black color. No head, retention, or lacing to speak of. A few bubbles around the color.

Multi-layered nose with burnt sugar, candied fruit, dates and raisins. Roasted malts and nuttiness, a hit of alcohol warmth.

A bit sweet up front with candied dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Dates and raisins with some roasted malt tones. Caramel and syrupy tones throughout. A light touch of licorice, still a decent amount of alcohol towards the finish.

Fuller body, lower carbonation, sticky but kind of flat on the tongue. Plenty of delicious flavor, but the appearance and feel is lacking on this batch - I'd like to try a fresher one again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from Joey at SouthBay Drug and Liquor.

A: Pours a dark black hue with tinges of red. A huge rocky off white head builds up to 3 fingers high and seems to last and last. Sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nice aromas off this one. Smoked oak with hints of leather. Some chocolate, black cherries, and a bit of hops.

T: Nicely smoked. Smoked wood and leather up front. Hints of peat and chocolate. A tinge of booze and some fig. Cherries and a bit of hops in the finish.

M: Full bodied and rather smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall: Pretty good brew with lots of smoke. I had Fred recently which I liked a bit better. This is a rather tasty beer though. I have one to share with BeerTruth, and the other to age for a bit. I look forward to seeing what a little age may do to this one.

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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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