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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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
Ranking:
#772
Reviews:
1,043
Ratings:
2,512
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattie83
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 97 courtesy of the Brau known as Lingen

This liquid state substance is a dark brown walnut casket color, bordering on black, with a dreamy (I meant creamy, but that too) tan head that hangs around, like the freeloading teenager in my basement, as a frothy film.

I am going to say it smells like chocolate covered raisins, leather, chewing tobacco, cherry, ashy charred grains, caramel/toffee, and citrus because I think that will put me in the lead with at least 9 things.

Initial flavor is rich. Not Bill Gates level rich. More of a President of a major University level. A lot of caramel, followed by raisins/dates, chocolate, and some smokey char and tobacco. A lot of dark malt. There’s a spicy, grapefruit like citrusy hop at the end with a building bitterness too.

Getting toward the end. The film is still there, and so is that gallon of stain I bought for my deck last year. The body is creamy and soft. It’s like drinking a pillow, I imagine. If you could liquify one. Blades in the blender would probably get locked up.

I liked this beer quite a bit. Would love to sit on one for a couple years to see which of us ages more gracefully.

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

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a chocolate brown with a thin layer of head. The key word here is "malty." The nose and flavor are both indicative of a deeply malt forward offering. The under current of sweetness makes this very enjoyable as a disgestif.
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 98.

pours like a hazy opaque porter. head is minimal and doesnt hang around long. limited lacing as well. Warming a lot of caramel and even more dark fruit. chocolate as well. all of those flavors translate to the flavor, but with a distinctive cinnamon note. effervescent finish. sweetness doesnt linger. booze is well hidden. a hearty ale indeed.

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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djcira
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle share, Batch #87. (2012). Nice rich brown color, small, but substantial beige head. Roast grains and chocolate, mildly sweet and a nice burn. Slick and slippery, just damn near perfect.

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

Batch #99.

Adam pours a stained walnut with stunning highlights of caramel amber and extra virgin olive oil. It is clean, smooth looking even, and wears a hat of khaki colored tightly knit foam. It leaves a nice light blanket from top to bottom, as if to tell you Adam isn't going away. Pay up for another.

As advertised, this displays intense aromas but does not do so in an obnoxious manner. Dark fruits like fig and plum, drenched in caramel and chocolate, slathered on a blanket of tobacco leaves, then smoked in hot ashes like a kalua pig.

The first sip as as glorious as ever. I still can't believe it took me this long to give Adam the respect he deserves with a proper review. The flavor matches wonderfully. Fruit starts the show once again, but is quickly replaced by old leather. Belt leather not baseball mitt leather. There's a difference... I think. Chocolate, dark cherries, banana brulee, and burnt wood. A hint of alcohol and a simple hop spice fade it out. A dry dark chocolate dusted nuttiness comes through in the later stages, once you've warmed up to him.

Rich and smooth and oily at first. Not quite syrupy, but definitely oily. Despite his bold appearance, Adam has a sweet side. Though, don't question it, he's brash and bold too, with a steady warmth and lingering bitterness.

Adam is world class. It is an outstanding beer that demands to be savored. It's not for the faint of heart. If you walked down the street and came across Adam, don't stare him in the eye. You'll regret it. Give him some respect. Offer him a drink, maybe a cigar, then watch your budding relationship become life long. Don't ever pass up on Adam. Cheers.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown with a thick beige head, tons of lacing
S: Leather, caramel, chocolate, fig, raisin, oxidation, cacao nibs, roasty, molasses, brown sugar, creme brulee
T: Roasty, caramel, leather, light alcohol, fig, hint of earthy bitter hops, bakers chocolate, red grape
M: Medium body with medium carbonation
O: Similar to an old ale with amped up roast and bitterness

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4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jakecattleco
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop-bomber1
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Noles9585
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An old classic that I know I had many years ago, but I'm revisiting it now. Not a traditional old ale, Adam does its own thing. Heavy on smoke and tobacco, this would go well in the parlor with a cigar back in the 19th century, if the whisky decanter ran dry. Firm hop character and oxidized notes, but this is in keeping with expectations; it has a different signature from dark beers that have simply gotten old and musty.

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Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,512 ratings