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

AdamAdam
BA SCORE
92.6%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 2,480 ratings
AdamAdam
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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
Ranking:
#716
Reviews:
1,030
Ratings:
2,480
Liked:
2,297
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
9.86%
Alströms:
4.44
 
 
Wants:
626
Gots:
491
Trade:
38
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,480 |  Reviews: 1,030
Photo of chinabeergeek
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

update, mid-may 2009.

ended up trying another bottle of this.

wanted to note that this time the aroma also gave english hop character, a metallic whiff, and even a slight reminiscence of cocoa.

taste has slightly less perception of booze and phenols too. faint hints of roast and a coffee note as well.

feel is much smoother too.

at least deserves a bump in the taste score. +half point

>>>>>>
12oz bottle. batch #73. tasted in late april 2009. poured into tulip.

dark brown, almost opaque. ruby red tints under the light. no sediment if decanted properly. enormous beige head, foamy and almost creamy, slowly recedes to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: malty caramel, figs and apple juice concentrate, with restrained american hopping (grapefruit, orange and pine notes). touch of rum and brandy, plus possible hint of wood aging.

taste: rum and brandy come out a bit more out front, with very slightly boozy character. dark caramel, dates, apple juice concentrate, with mildly citrusy and piney hop giving moderate to bold bitterness that really lingers and is very resinous. some phenols with the booze, but never too overbearing. coffee hint in the finish.

medium body, starts smooth, though booziness and hop resins give some astringency from the middle onwards. moderate carbonation is fluffy.

still pretty nice, but may benefit from age.

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Photo of daledeee
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was cautious when I started this beer. The last one I had was flat, totally flat.

I poured this and got a really black body with nice tiny bubbles. Lace was nice as well.

The nose is quite strong and difficult to put into words. The best I can do is roasted malts with caramelized sugar with spice.

Taste. Now this is how a barley wine should taste. Very flavorful with sweetness, licorice, dates, figs and hop bitterness in the finish. Truly a complex and fine taste.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation and a heavy sweet finish.

Drinkability is great but I can see others who would find this beer overwhelming because of the BIG flavors. It is right down my alley.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam is a truly unique beer. Interestingly enough, the worst review on the site does accurately reflect some of the flavor aspects of this beer: chocolate, tobacco, slight tartness. However, these are done in subtle and tasteful proportions to the other flavors: smooth rough leather, spicy noble hops, licorice.

From the outset, this beer looks fantastic: makes me think of an organic 3 Musketeers bar in the pour, settling down to a small, yet lasting head atop an opaque, black beer with garnet highlights.

Other than flavors listed above, the aroma also hints at some sweet dried figs.

As it is a big beer, this one can wear on the palate, but is rated as highly because it is a joy to take every sip.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I review this beer, like I do all others, without checking the classifications or other reviews, and am subsequently bewildered by what the heck this is supposed to be! It's utterly unique, and in a class of it's own.
Color is a dark mahogany, with a full, thick, sturdy, creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy, and sweet. Palate? Unparalleled!!! Marvelous, magnificent, with layers upon layers of malt. Hops give a cameo, not much screen time at all. So strong, so full of flavors, it's hard to know where to begin! Where, oh, where to start, where, oh, where to stop? A toffeeish flavor comes through on the palate, but before long everything is overtaken by smoke! Loads and loads of malt, rich and warming, earthy, chocolatey flavors peek through, but the notes of smoke and tobacco become dominant. Profound. Rich,and thick, and continually smokey, though the main flavor is a suggestion of being encased inside a nut. This is a true American classic.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, batch 84 poured into a HoTD tulip.

It pours a nice deep brown color, almost black, with hues of reddish burgundy when struck by the light. A big, thick, tan head rises out of the beer with taught bubbles that has fantastic retention and leaves behind a vast amount of soapy lace. The aroma is superb, rich, dark grain, brown sugar, molasses, cherry, plum with a bit of subtle roast behind it. The balance is exceptional and the complexity is fantastic, a beer I really want to keep my nose in. Rich, sweet grain hits the tongue straight away with a really nice stone fruit presence behind it, brown sugar, molasses, with a bit of an odd smokey layer that is abrasive at first, but integrates nicely as the beer warms. Alcohol lingers behind and warms as it goes down and compliments a very nice rich, viscous, silky smooth body.

Verdict: A really lovely Old Ale from Hair of the Dog. The complexity and balance is wonderful and makes for a really lovely session. It's no wonder why this brewery has become one of the premier in the country.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 93 - Served in a snifter @ 55 deg F.

A - Dark brown with sparse lacing

S/T - Figs, raisins, leather, brown sugar, caramel with slight bitter chocolate finish

O - Very tasty Old Ale, will age the other one I have a bit longer to see how it changes. I'd certainly like to try other Hair of the Dog brews based on this. Prost!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, opaque brew, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly - looks a bit like a really dark Belgian quad. Smells metallic, caramel sweet, figs, raisins, spices. The taste follows on the same notes, figs, dark chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, spices and alcohol. Very smooth mouthfeel with a small but noticeable level of carbonation. Warm aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 2,480 ratings
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