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

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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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
Ratings:
2,466
Reviews:
1,025
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
10.17%
 
 
Wants:
623
Gots:
491
For Trade:
39
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a top English old ale, even a Belgian, good aroma. Smooth, malted and some dark fruit mouthfeel and drinkable, but without the spice and good taste I would expect from the UK or Belgian ales. Nice, but not one I would seek out again. Alcohol hammer and drying finish.
4.5 years later, a vintage 2006 is brought out by Jonah. Looks lik a cask ale, with the small amount of light brown bubbles. The best part us the aroma of spices. The taste, malty, some chocolate, even cloying sweet.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with nice head. Very pleasant sweet nut nose. Lots of fruit and sweet malt flavors and characteristics with good hop balance and nice mouth feel. Big flavors with a long hop finish. Appealing carmel/coffee flavors in the finish. Nice big beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 79.

Pours a dark copper brown with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a tiny cap. Carbonation bubbles rush toward the bottom of the glass before rising to the top again after the pour. Good thin rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of smoked dark malts, chocolate covered chipotle peppers, and band aids. Very interesting and unusual smells for a beer. Taste is of smoked chipotle peppers, dark malts, band aids, and an earthy cocoa bean flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty flat with a thickness that makes this beer somewhat hard to drink. Overall, this is one of the most interesting and eccentric beers I have ever tried. With that being said I am not too sure I would revisit this one very often. A little too much for my tastes.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this back in 2008. This beer was really cool, I don't know what it is about HotD brewing but they have this style about them that I find really interesting. This beer poured out as a black color with a pretty good sized head on it. The smell of malts and hops are strong in this beer. The taste kicks off with a pretty strong hoppy flavor and then fades into a roasted dry chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel is a little on the thicker side, it remained smooth and drinkable but has a very nice body to it. Overall I really liked this beer, it opened my eyes to the old ale style. Since this was one of my first of that style. Really wanna have this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a small tan head that faded to a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the bubbles rising near the edges of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of chocolates and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very rich, complex and malty. It starts with some initial sweetness and transitions over to a mild bitterness, containing flavors of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and smoke along with some hints of leather. The alcohol is well masked and doesn't detract from the overall taste.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There is definitely some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is very filling (almost a meal in itself) and a good one to sip given its high alcohol content and complex flavors. There's no way I could drink more than one of these in a sitting but this will certainly be a beer that I will try again, perhaps on a cold winter night.

Note: Batch #77

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam is a fantastic showcase of rustic brews with large emphasis on brown malts in a backdrop of lighly smoked grains.

Deep brown hues and showing high viscocity, the beer pours with a volumptuous creaminess. A solid tan head rises quickly and expansive before settling into a thick blanket across the glass. Light on lacing, I expected more but tha alcohols prefer legging to lacing.

Rich Barleyine aromas of dense English malts, stone fruits, and bold rum-like alcohols. Brown malts give light chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and a modest campfire note. All make for an exquisite experience to the nose.

Heavy malts continue throughout the flavor. Syrup sweetness and sweet breads set the matly tone while fruits of prunes, raisons, red grapes, figs, nuts, cherries, and berries share the stage with sherry or rum alcohols, making an impression of fruitcake. Chocolates, coffee, and smoke rise going into the finish and leads to something Porter-ish.

Very full and rich to the mouth with high bitterness (which interferes with the succulent sweetness a bit too much and nearly causes a bitey or grassy finish). Alcohols are high and reaches fusal territory on various sips. At times I think I admire the power but at others, I think is too aggressive.

The beer shares a lot of what's best about English Barleyines and American Porters. While I would back off of the hops a bit and I think that the beer is too hot for a 10%er, I also think that the innovation and attention to history makes this beer a most admirable treat.

Thanks slayer3406!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch number 82, from a random grocery store stop whilst in Portland earlier this year.

This beer pours a very dark, opaque brown colour, with caramel highlights, and a towering column of thick, creamy, and obviously foamy beige head, topped with a nice sundae swirl, which all settles at pace, but it's got a long way to go. Along the way, however, is revealed some nicely consistent honeycombed lace around the glass. It smells of sweet toffee malt, semisweet chocolate, fig and plum, bitter grassy, piney hops, and a slight booze nasal ruffling. The taste is sweet malt, more cocoa-dominated at this point, with a lessened caramel stripe, muddled spiced-rum blottoed black fruit, and tasty all the same for its balancing effect, a bit of ethereal dusty musty tobacco leaf, and mild green, somewhat citrusy hops. The carbonation is quite soft, the body full, smooth, and kind of creamy. It finishes on a gentle teeter-totter of laid-back fruity chocolate and woody citrus hops.

Oh my Jebus - wow. What...an...old ale! All the multifaceted characteristics just work so well together - sweetness, fruit, dust, florals, dryness. And with barely a lick of alcohol warming, this is one pleasing devil in disguise.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney thistle glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style.

A: Pours a delightfully creamy, lightly tan colour head of five fingers, great thickness and fantastic retention (especially considering the high ABV). Colour is a solid nontransparent black. It's very inviting and appealing. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Leather, cream, and yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Alcohol, leather, chocolate, light cream, peat, oak, and assorted malts. The peat is most notable on the climax, but is overall quite subtle. It's well balanced and built, and well done for the style. I don't get any smoke (as suggested by the label). Raisiny.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thick - but never too much so. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, but also a touch simple for the style. It's a lovely beer in this style, and one I'd get again. It'd be nice aged or perhaps on tap. Keep an eye out for it.

B

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Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

C- / BELOW AVERAGE

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a billowing tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. I was very careful with my first pour according to the bottle's instructions and got very little head; as I lifted the bottle into the air for a second pour, the head virtually exploded

Smell: Dried dark fruit, tobacco, peat, licorice and a bit of fruity hops; smells almost like red wine

Taste: Swirling this through my mouth I picked up a variety of rather sweet and pungent dark fruit and chocolate flavors on the front end along with a touch of raspberry; after the swallow, some bitter chocolate, licorice, tobacco and coffee flavors kick in and linger well into the finish where they are joined by the smoky peat flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied with prickly carbonation; very smooth on the tongue

Drinkability: This is a spectacular Old Ale that is well worth the effort it took to seek out here in NC

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around very nicely and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Some sweet malt with a strong presence of brown sugar and dark fruit. Mild vanilla and some warm alcohol.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet as the smell would indicate. Some warm alcohol with dark fruit. The finish is actually quite bitter, but it rounds the beer out well.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with very fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. It was more bitter than I expected, but I definitely enjoyed it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 65, 2006 vintage.

Into a bulb shaped snifter, it pours reddish brown, nearly black in the glass. When backlit, it's a beautiful garnet ruby shade. A finger of khaki tan foam rests in the surface, dissolving into a cluster of larger bubbles that cling to one side. Spotty lace.

Aroma of chocolate and lavender floral elements... odd. Definite oxidation, the first whiff from the bottle was almost doughy, but that passed quickly. As it warms there's a spiced fruitcake element.

Bitter bakers chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, walnut. Extremely savory, somewhat sweet, but not cloying. A slight stickiness on the lips precedes a lush, velvety mouthfeel that coats the palate. Just perfect for an Old Ale. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's certainly a solitary sipper. An appropriate post-blizzard warmer for 10ยบ weather outside.

Thanks to Jason for this one!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a super huge foamy head (so much foam coming out of the bottle that I thought the beer was infected) with good retention. Aroma of chocolate and tobacco is interesting and different. Taste is mix between some chocolate malt with some tar, tobacco and probably some smoke. Taste is very complex with quite of few layer appearing as the beer warms up. Carbonation was slightly below average with no alcohol being discernable. I will definitely try to pick-up some more bottles as I would like to age a few.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.23 out of 5 based on 2,466 ratings.
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