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

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2,469 Ratings
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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:
2,469
Reviews:
1,026
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
Wants:
623
Gots:
492
For Trade:
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Ratings: 2,469 |  Reviews: 1,026
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 SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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 10º 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 WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Into the snifter it is a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. As you drink the beer it almost has legs like a good red wine.

S - Very pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits - plum, raisin, and figs. Also, some caramelized sugar notes.

T - Delicious blend of plum, raisin and fig (maybe a touch of cherry). It has sweet malty caramel in the background with next to no hop bitterness.

M - A medium bodied beer that has a warming alcohol heat and is silky smooth as it goes down.

D - This is a fantastic old ale. It manages to be sweet and malty without over doing it.

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

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with nice clarity as it thins. This bottle poured with an utterly enormous frothy head, 4 fingers at first, which took several minutes to settle down. Excellent head retention after that.

Smell - Very earthy, not very beer-like in aroma. It reminds me of leather, soap, figs and dirt, with just a touch of caramelly malts.

Taste & mouthfeel - Roasty and moderately sweet. Toffee-like flavors mingle with more unusual notes of smoke, figs, leather and tobacco. This is pretty full-bodied stuff - definitely a sipper. Carbonation is soft and mellow despite the initial massive blast of foam.

Notes - Excellent; really unique and interesting stuff.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.

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

Thanks to Deleriumfest for sharing this one.

Opened this beer and it just gushed out. Poured into a pint glass.

Bight light tan head that fades down to about 1/2 finger. Color is a dark ruby red bark brown. Good retention, but not a lot of lace.

Aroma: Big malt flavor. Cherries, grapes, dark dried fruits, plums. Has an oak aroma to it. A nice amount of heat, but maybe a little to much for me.

Taste: Wow this beer packs a lot of heat. Big boozy taste. Seems to me like it is oak aged. Big malt flavor, but very hot.

Mouthfeel: Boozy and smooth at the same time. Full bodied and well carbonated. Ends with a boozy dark dried fruit flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer, but way to hot. I will all the complex flavor in it, but 1 bottle will be enough for me.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a snifter. The initial pour is quite dark. A nice deepened shade of mahogany with a thin tan head and not too much lacing. Maybe a few legs here and there when held up to the light. The nose is very complex with some roast, tobacco, smoke, dark fruits, a bit of booze, and some nice malt.

The taste is not quite as complex and leans a bit too heavily on the tobacco and earth notes, but it's still quite nice. Really good flavors accompanying what was found in the nose plus a bit of brown sugar and dark molasses. Nice feel with a bit of booze. Good body and carbonation. The drinkability is affected by the fact that I think there's a bit too much tobacco character, but overall this is a really nice beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Two fingers of deep tan head on an opaque, black body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace.

S - Fruity with deep, dark malt. Figs, smoke and leather/ sandalwood with spicy hops hiding in the background. This could be a good aroma for aftershave or incense.

T - Thick, rich malt with oat and dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor. Spicy hops and big, fruity yeast. Notes of dates, cedar smoke, aromatic wood, allspice, and lots of leather. Chocolate and moderate malt bitterness in the finish with a lingering hoppy bite.

M - Very thick, oily body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow. Drinkability isn't even a factor here, it is huge and complex; it's like asking if 40 year old port is sessionable. The complexity is immense and while I would guess that it would age well, this one was great already. This beer, more than any other I have ever had, reminds me of tobacco; not a cigar, but really good pipe tobacco. This is an excellent beer and it stands up with the likes of vintage J.W. Lees as one of the world's great sipping beers.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (batch 84; 2011) poured dark reddish-brown with a good head.

Wonderful aroma. Given the aroma, the flavor is initially disappointing but it finishes strong and leaves a great aftertaste. Good complexity. ABV partially hidden.

Smooth, medium-full body.

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

Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #53. Hazy, but surprisingly clear for this beer, with a very deep mahogany color and burgundy highlights. The head needed to be coaxed but came up tight, thin and tan (like Guinness) - and held well through most of the glass, eventually receeding to a collar but also leaving a bit of Belgian-lace. The aroma is complex: fruit (berry, cherry, raisins), smoke, dark malts, a hint of sherry and some slight hop in order of intensity. A gentle, natural carbonation combines with a medium-full body to give an astoundingly soft and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor delivers more than the aroma suggests with bold, complex fruit flavors of grape, raisin, raspberries, and cherries up front, leading into notes of dark chocolate, light espresso, licorice and sherry. It finishes with a solid smokiness and roasted quality, and a display of alcohol and hop bitterness. The dry aftertaste is also complex, with some light rye-like spiciness and earthy and woody notes. The alcohol is warming but not agressive in the taste or aroma.
An excellent beer although Batch #53 seems to need to age a little bit. It's nowhere near as round and supple as it can get.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another HotD to cross off the list thanks to mikereaser.

A: Big frothy 2 finger head develops on the pour into my snifter glass. It fades pretty slowly with light lacing over the very dark murky brown with very light dark reddish hues around the edges.

N: Some nice aroma blends, with some dark malts, crystal malts, caramel, a little roast, porter like aromas, a slight strong ale aroma, touch of earthy aromas, touch of warming booze, and that definitive "old ale" aged strong ale aroma that really gives you that feel of drinking an old ale. Imo, it isn't an old ale unless it has that nice aroma to it. It also has a slight sweetness and almost nougat candi-bar like effect.

T: Starts pretty sweet, perhaps just a little too sweet. THen lots of malts, roasted malts, caramel, chewy malts. A little earthy spicy hop flavor even. Some dark fruits like fig with a slight brown sugar and molasses flavor. The booze is a little spicy and warming, definitely there. Again that aged strong ale flavor, that gives this a definitive old ale flavor, but it's less pronounced than the aroma was. Also more fluffy almost nougat style candi-bar effect.

M: Semi thick and smooth, with good carbonation, more than I expected actually (perhaps the bottle conditioning helped). Lots of warming and tingly booze though.

F: Still somewhat sweet, a little dry as well. More tingly spicy and warming booze on the tongue, almost anesthetized. A slight sticky sweetness, with lingering brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and chewy nougat still. A slight roasted malt and porter on the finish too, as well as a slight earthy bitterness.

Perhaps a little too sweet and too much alcohol heat, but otherwise a really tasty beer. THey did a great job with this one, maybe my favorite HotD yet, as far as I can remember that is.

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

Batch 73, acquired from Imstillthegman courtesy of the BA Vets, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, chocolate, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, bourbon, caramel and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in along with a mild alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The sweet flavors return for the finish leaving a slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stronger beer to sip on for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #85

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark amber in color, almost jet black, with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film that covers the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts with significant amounts of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (figs), and just a hint of smokiness.

T: Wow there is a lot of complexity to the flavors of this beer - it starts out with a strong flavor of smoked dark malts with just a hint of iodine. That is followed by some strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit (figs and raisins). Light notes of alcohol and bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate to significant amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall, this is a big beer that is quite filling and one that definitely needs to be sipped due to the complexity. Additionally, the alcohol in this beer is not quite as well hidden as I would have enjoyed and that makes it one that you can only have a single beer during a session. This one will really warm you from the inside, so I'm glad I chose to have it on this below freezing winter evening.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,469 ratings.
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