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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 braker649er
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this different style of beer.

It struck me that it was like a Belgian dark beer in its plum flavor, but higher on booze, and had more hop bitterness than I anticipated. Also a touch of tobaccolike smokiness, though that was subtler. In the end, I would've just preferred a complex dark Belgian beer with similar plumminess--this one was interesting, but put me off with the bitter tang.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of the body is a dark woody brown topped with a creamy blanket dying to a thin tan ring leaving wavy lace.

Smell is roasty and chocolatey covered banana with mixed nuts, toasted bread and amaretto.

A medium to light carbonation introduces the palate to dry cocoa, a touch of smoke, leather and nuts. There's no heat, but it still comes off as quite strong, and brandy-esque.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Batch 97:
Pours pretty dark, like a porter or stout. Head is huge, a beige to tan meringue atop the dark body. Sheets fall with each sip, leaning some remnants.

Nose has a musty wood dankness, leather, dehydrated raisins and dates. There’s an earthy spice, not really mole-like, but minorly reminiscent. Maybe the lightest hint of smoke.

Taste hits with the leather first, accented by the less-sweet-than-normal dark fruit. There’s a deep wet leave earthiness that reminds me of a bold iced tea, ramped up a couple degrees. There’s some burnt sugar notes, without any acrid char. Never really sweet, there’s not a huge bitterness that really drives this, either.

I slowly enjoyed this more as I drank it. A little different than most of the beers I’ve had. An earthy, lightly sweet malty robust tea beer. Might need to follow this guy into the woods.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94 bottle into wine glass. Great smokey notes, very smooth yet powerful enough to last hours.

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Photo of LUE_Shane
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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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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