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

1,020 Reviews

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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 buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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 Radcpa
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance. Very little aroma tobacco? Almost no head or carbonation. Taste is a little fruity but bitter and the bitterness increases toward the end. I did not notice any alcohol taste.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 89 (~2013)

The color is both bizzare and astonishing at the same time. It is a dark chocolate color that is neither black nor brown. A slightly creamy head sits atop the beer like a halo.

The nose is another beast in of itself. It smells like caramelized smoked pear pie covered in dark chocolate chunks.

Once the beer warms up, it morphs from an oddly drinkable sweet and smokey concoction. The first sip is a bit offensive, the second one is enticing and the third sip is downright delicious. The flavor opens up into a complex combination of caramelized fruits, borderline overpowering cherrywood smoke, and cacao powder.

Overall, I have no idea how 3 years of age has changed this beer compared to a fresh bottle, but it certainly has a very pronounced smoke flavor. The surprise was how scary drinkable it was for a 10% abv smoked beer. Its worth the price of admission all day.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip glass. Dark color with modest head and carbonation- hint of smoke and sweetness to nose. Balanced on the palate for a very nice feel - i would drink this one again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$ 9.77 (Including $ 3.78 shipping)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.814/oz) from CraftShack, San Diego
Batch 94 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – a little light spiciness
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy, diminishing to a six mm ring and thin layer with a large rocky island
Lacing excellent – wide bands of tiny bubbles
Body – dark brown, opaque, sludge in bottom of bottle (Bottle conditioned so OK)
Flavor – some spiciness, maybe a little nutmeg, with a loooong hang time; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

OK. Not worth the price for me to drink it here but the next time I’m in OR I’ll consider it.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of dar482
4.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Umami, leather, cigar, bitter chocolate, smokey meats, licorice, chewy caramel, sweetness, woody bitterness. Moves on the palate gracefully. This beer is absolutely unreal.

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Photo of fizzician
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting glass at the brew pub, dark brown with light creamy foam. Roasted malt aroma. As described, forward flavors of leather and smoke, with hints of espresso...reminiscent of scotch. Bold, but not overpowering. Very unique and fun to drink.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle; Batch Number 86. I believe that puts the bottling date sometime in 2012.

Poured into a snifter glass, it's a dark ruby-brown color and clear around the edges when held up to the light. Very small head that forms a thin film over top of the beer and clings to the edges of the glass. Deep, complex malt aroma centered around figs. Picture biting into a Fig Newton, only without the pastry exterior and just going straight for the fig paste filling. Add in some chocolate, nuts, and caramel for good measure. No sign of oxidation at all. Amazing sweet malt flavor without being cloying at all. So smooth on the palate, full bodied and warming, but the alcohol is well hidden. It's made for sipping but is almost too easy to drink given its strength.

Purchased at Capone's in PA several months ago and enjoyed as a night cap on my birthday. A beautiful beer that is big in flavor while showing great restraint. I paid a premium for this note bottle given its age, but it's the only time I've ever seen it and was totally worth it.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First off, I'm fortunate to live very close to Hair of the Dog brewery. Adam is one of my go to beers that I always have aging in the back of the fridge and in the basement. I love the complexity of flavors that flows from every sip. I get leather, tobacco, little vanilla, maybe some plum or tannins, smoke and raisin. I love this style which seems to be some what hidden from a beer market with so much to choose from. I understand that this style isn't for everyone, but if you are beer connoisseur you will love this. Cheers.

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Photo of drpimento
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mmm a masterpiece. Aroma is heavy caramel and toffee. Flavor is so much more complex, cocoa, peat, tobacco, roast, malt, bittersweet with a slight bit of carbonic tang. The carbonation is perfect for the weight and the rest of the texture of the beer. A sipper for sure, but I also, just for the hell of it, took a big gulp. Really good.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: khaki colored off white head nice creamy looking texture. Body was brackish dark amber brown nearing black with no clairity.

S: smells like huge piney resiny hops some very light leather and oak

T: smokey huge smoke light hops

M: creamy and medium i thought it would be much thicker.

O: This is a horrible beer its smoke over plays the entire taste and the feel is is too thin and the beer completely misrepresents what you thnk. It is not a quality ba old ale it is a smoked beer that is just average.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is apparently a very hard to find brew. At my local craft beer outlet it ran me $6 for a 12oz bottle. I am not sure if this is the going rate, I doubt I'd buy this again for 6 bucks a pop. Regardless it was worth a try. Aroma is strong fruity cherry resiny and sweet. Carbonation was very minimal but probably appropriate for the style. Taste was actually very smooth, lots of fig and sweet raisin, some cherry and chocolate was present too. This has a 10% abv but it was barely noticeable. I did detect some warm alcohol notes but nothing offensive or off balance. Not sure if there is any hops in this beer so it's definitely not for the "hop heads" out there. If you love a good strong stout or Russian Imperial this is a must try for sure.

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Photo of RAFH
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a twelve ounce bottle of Batch Number 94. Outstanding when cold and as it warmed a little, but when it warmed to room temperature, the flavors didn't mature. This is one of the rare ales that doesn't taste best at room temperature.

Also, I noticed that all three bottles I bought had foam at the top of the bottle. I've never noticed that in any other ale I've purchased.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours as dark as a stout. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of leather, plum, tobacco, fig and chocolate plus subtle molasses and smoky oak.

Light full body that is extremely smooth and approaches creamy. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish. The carbonation / body balance is very well done.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and very complex. The flavors of the nose all deliver but don't quite separate completely. It begins with the dark fruits over a slightly sweet base with notes of caramel and molasses. The heavier flavors (leather, tobacco) slowly ascend towards a mildly bittered middle then linger in the background. Light smoky oak serves as the transition to the finish with dark fruit again taking center stage. The highest sweetness level appears here as well over a rich wave of chocolate. The slightly dry finish provides a touch of astringency and back of the throat warmth while a rich caramel and chocolate slowly fade.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was fantastic
Pours a cherry cola color with a light aroma. Flavors of tobacco and a light roast, with a pleasant bitterness and a great lingering finish. Old ale deliciousness!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

That old fetid swamp water kind of appearance, brown, plenty of solid particulate floating all over, is it yeast? Something else? Dunno, I get that its an old ale, but even for that style, this was just below average in its appearance methinks. Moving on to the aromas, you got some soaked prunes, raisins, alcohol heat, plum. You know that dark fruit bitter harsh with alcohol almost quad like thing without the yeast phenols??? Yeah that.

Kicked down sweetness unexpectedly out of nowhere on the first sip, kinda tripped me out. Didn't see that coming. The alcohol heat was immense. Brown and chocolate malt in a small way feels. Its really a beer that I prefer to have in very small quantities. I've had it numerous times now, and I think the least enjoyable was when I had all 12oz to myself, that was a chore. Now, split a bottle 4 ways, and a 3 oz pour is more of this beer's kind of jam. Its just too boozy hot for drinking solo for my tastes. Maybe if you wanna just sip one beer the entire night, then I might go for this, but otherwise, can't see repeating.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 93
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown in color with a ruby hue, paper thin off-white head disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- bold aromas of leather, earthy tobacco, dried fig, chocolate, smoky dark malt & toasted nuts

T- sweet, malty and nutty base up front with flavors of brown malts, quickly followed by a sweetness of dark fig & raisin. Notes of earthy tobacco and leather kick in mid-palate, along with just a hint of smoky malt, almost reminiscent of peat. Caramel & chocolate mix on the finish, with sherry-like alcohols on the linger

M- nearly flat mouthfeel produces just a hint of foamy mouthfeel, abv has mellowed out nicely

O- a delight and one to be sipped, it almost drinks like a cross between an English barleywine and a porter

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Photo of Buebie
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can confidently say Batch #55 is drinking amazingly!

After recently opening a few things from the cellar that had gone bad, I was very worried about this beer. So I decided to open it tonight. Very happy with the 14 years of proper storage.

Keep your nose close to the bottle as you pop the cap, a whiff of yeast will appear and disappear quickly. Carbonation is not a problem, there is as much carb now as there was while having it in the taproom. It's not that fizzy quick to disappear head, its the fluffy stuff that sticks to the walls of the glass. Off brown color to the head and to the beer with a little burgundy against light.
Aroma is not the showcase for me, good stuff happening here but a fair amount of brown sugar buttery biscuit distraction. Still a good amount of tobacco, raisins and vanilla.
The taste is phenomenal, all of the great characters from aroma, minus the unpleasantries. Good carb balance at first, let it sit 40 some mins as it drank and the carb dropped.
A terrific beer fresh and undoubtedly one of the finer results of the cellaring experiment.

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Photo of LouZ
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had both Adam and From The Wood version on draft in taproom and really loved regular Adam most. Dark, roasty with a balanced chocolate presence. This drank very smooth for a 10% brew. By far my favorite here.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of VetsPackage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94
Glad I traded for as many of these guys as I did because it is absolutely incredible. Rich, thick frothy head builds about an inch above a rich mahogany pour. Smells of dates, raisins, and fine tobacco. Taste gives way to a bouquet of rich dark fruits, vanilla, leather, a touch of oak, and finishes with maple sugar. So many layers but still so simple to dissect and enjoy. Excited to see how the rest of my bottles develop.

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Photo of pagriley
3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz into snifter

L - Pours deep mahogony with no head or lacing
S - dried apricots, dates and rasins.
T - More dried fruits, with a hint of spice and soft oxidized sherry. Very sweet
F - Zero carb. dead flat. Otherwise moderate body, but feels much heavier without the spritz

Overall, a promising beer that is completely let down by the carb. struggled to drink this, as it was sweet and felt very heavy without the carb

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Photo of Slatetank
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at a recent tasting enjoyed chilled from the bottle.
I have tried this in the past, but the freshness of this must have resulted in the elevated score since I previously gave this a 4 out of 5.
The color is dark brown with light tan head with fine bead. The smell has a dark caramel aroma with lots of dried fruit -malt forward as expected yet a mild yeast support. The feel is rich with moderately sweet yet not cloying texture with toastiness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is wonderful with layered smooth malt with toasted caramel and slight woody quality with malty and vanilla-like smoothness with semi-dry mid palate with slight mineral notes toward the finish. Overall I loved this and wanted more -wonderful with world class quality example of the style for me I would drink this anytime it is available.

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