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

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2,486 Ratings

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Ratings: 2,486 |  Reviews: 1,034
Photo of tylerstravis
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hue on this is pretty much opaque, nearly black, save for same deep brown around the edges. Khaki head reduces and leaves behind bits of sticky lace.

Smells deeply smoky, charred, malty, caramely, leathery. Leading into taste is charred wood, burnt caramel, cacao nibs, toffee, grass, earth, tobacco. Mellows out and bring some dry hops, pine, hazelnut, touches of vanilla. Black licorice and molasses, roasted coffee and caramel malt some stronger as this warms.

This brew has a ton of depth that especially comes alive as it warms. There is a strong smoky wood aspect to this that reminds me of the few Rauchbiers that I have tried, which isn't a bad thing. Tons of layers going on here. I've had Old Ales and this one is something else, really. Was a little skeptical but was blown away by this. An amazing brew dedicated to a friend and fellow Brewer; fitting.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very unique beer and really delicious. Trying to pigeon hole the flavor is very challenging.
Reminded me of a scotch ale, but stronger and a little more complex. A Wee Heavier?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What is this? Batch #95.

This one was poured out of the bottle at Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle, WA. It pours a dark brown- very dark brown, with a small head, and a surprisingly good amount of lacing. This looks improbably carbonated for this brewery.

This smells like old tobacco, leather, dark stale fruit, oxidation, rye bread and pumpernickel.

I can't figure this beer out at all. It's got a stale funky fruit flavor, with tobacco and rye, a bit of dark bread like pumpernickel, with raisin and old grapes. This is so weird but strangely enjoyable.

This is medium bodied, with a rich bready mouthfeel.

I can't even begin to figure this bizarre beer out. It's nice though.

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Photo of christinelovesbeer
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a caramel color. Aroma is complex aroma is super complex. Dark fruit, rich malts. Flavor is so old school complex flavor. I can't even describe it. Overall a really good beer.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room, served in a 12 oz tulip. Deep, dark brown with a nicely frothy head of tan foam and clumpy lace. Layers of deep, complex malt throughout the nose and taste: burnt caramel, roasted grains, molasses, bitter chocolate and dark fruit (figs, dates). Well hopped for an earthy, tobacco balance and balancing bitterness. Alcohol peaks through with a bit of heat. Medium to fuller body and good carbonation. A great big beer with terrific malty depth.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abagri
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle, batch 96 poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with no head
S: Molasses, prune, cocoa, fig
T: Fig, tobacco, molasses, bourbon
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet/sticky but not boozy
O: Clearly well-made, I feel like a bit of time in the bottle would balance out the sweetness and I hope to try another with some age

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a snifter. The appearance is a nice dark brown color perhaps close to black. The head is a good two and a half fingers of white foaminess. There is a decent amount of adequate foamy lacing spider webbing all over the place. The smell has a hearty roasty meatiness up front with a decent sweet sticky chocolate coming in behind. The taste was fairly balanced between the meatiness and the chocolate. The aftertaste is somewhat a good balance between the meatiness and the chocolate. The finish is quick and dry. On the palate, it sits about a medium with not too much of any sessionability about this. I’m finding this one to be more of a sipper. Do I feel the ABV? Perhaps. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth, whoah, wow, very smooth. Overall, ok, this is a wonderful representation of the Old Ale style, big wow from me. Though very different from my all time favorite of this style, I still like this one a lot and would definitely have it again. So glad I finally had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.54/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Deep cola color - almost black - with a thin lacing. Aroma does have some huskier malt smells, and maybe even a little earthy hop, but there is an astringent alcohol ester that is pretty harsh & unwelcoming.

Taste is a little bit smoother - lots of dark fig upfront, heavy caramel malt - but that ester really brings out a leathery tannin flavor that just does not work for me. It is very fusel, and bullies the other flavors. I get this a lot of HotD beers so I guess they just aren't for me.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours with very little carbonation, almost still. Feels that way on the palate too, which is a bit of a turnoff.

Tastes a bit old and muddled at first, with some minerality raising an eyebrow. As the beer warms and settles, a richer array of flavors come forward - prunes, dates, currants, caramel, a slightly bitter, tannic finish. Some umami and plum/berry fruit combine for a nice combo. Again, there's a chalky, mineralic note. Heavy on the palate, but finishes relatively dry. Still, I'm wishing for more carbonation.

Overall, one of the more interesting old ales I've had. Although I think it could use more time in the bottle both from a flavor and carbonation development perspective.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Aroma has leather, dark fruit, tobacco, oak, dampness, and a hint of chocolate. Thick brown with minimal head. Taste has spice, plum, leather, tobacco, cocoa, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and soy sauce. Minimal carbonation. A very intense, very unique beer.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 92.
Pours from the bottle a dark brown with a never-ending dark tan head. Strong carbonation and tons of lace.
Amazing aroma: chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and hints of hazelnut.
Dark chocolate leads the taste with dark fruit, molasses and some bitter char notes. As it warms a bit, I get vanilla, leather and a touch of smoke.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.
A very nice experience.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch 92

This beer pours black in color and is topped with several inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

I smell milk chocolate with a hint of smoke.

The taste begins with milk chocolate. Through the middle I get some earthy flavors and some more familiar old ale flavors in the finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is different from all the other old ales that I have tried. This one is more like a stout with the color, flavor, and aroma. It is pretty good.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,486 ratings
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