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

2,461 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of kimcgolf
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch # 65--A very complex beer. It starts out with a dark brown pour with a thick tan head, resembling a stout. Has a hoppy aroma and taste of dark fruit, like grapes, plums & figs. Spicy with a hint of the alcohol to come. As it warms up around mid-bottle, aroma and taste switch more to chocolate with a hint of malt. Alcohol becoming much more evident, but in the after taste and warming sensation, not the mouthfeel. At the end of the bottle, it begins to resemble a barley wine in taste, texture and alcohol. I think Hair of the Dog covered about all beer styles with this one. Good job!!

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kingmaker
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t8dd
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to msubulldog25 for sharing this one.

Very dark brown with golden amber highlights. Nice creamy head of tan foam. Quite good retention and very good lacing.

Man, that is some dark fruit overload in that glass. Huge notes of black cherries, figs, raisins, and black currants. Slight touch of raspberries and bananas. Huge sweet malty profile. Big sweet caramel presence. Good balanced level of sweetbreads. Very slight booziness, also.

Big sweet caramel presence. Slight boozy warmth. Notes of mellow spices mixed with molasses and drizzled on top of big dark fruit. Slight hint of dark chocolate covered coffee beans and tobacco, in the finish.

Nice full bodied brew. Very creamy and smooth.

Aside from the warming factor, the alcohol is fairly well-hidden in this one. As far as the flavor goes, anyway.
This is quite drinkable and I wish I had access to many more.

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Photo of Brian29
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a trip to NYC...

A: Very dark in color with ruby hues on the edges of the color. Looks good.

S: Smells good. Almost like pears or apples.

T: Good tasting. Tastes boozy upfront with hints of a breakfast stout flavor on the backend. Almost like a less intense version of Papier. Very good.

M: A hint too much cabonation for my taste.

D: Goes down fairly easy.

All in all, this is a pretty decent brew. The best from HOTD for me so far. Great if you are looking for a toned down version of Papier. I'd definitely recommend trying this if you like ales. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

I was cautious when I started this beer. The last one I had was flat, totally flat.

I poured this and got a really black body with nice tiny bubbles. Lace was nice as well.

The nose is quite strong and difficult to put into words. The best I can do is roasted malts with caramelized sugar with spice.

Taste. Now this is how a barley wine should taste. Very flavorful with sweetness, licorice, dates, figs and hop bitterness in the finish. Truly a complex and fine taste.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation and a heavy sweet finish.

Drinkability is great but I can see others who would find this beer overwhelming because of the BIG flavors. It is right down my alley.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice, from notes Aug. '08.

Pours rich, dark brown with a two finger, creamy tan head.

Nose is chocolate and raisins, a bit of earthy peat and tobacco.

Taste starts off with a dose of crisp carbonation - earthy, smoky roasted malt, mild alcohol bite and just a hint of coffee, with smoky peat notes rising up and pairing with a hint of dark fruit, before finishing with a dry, smoky, earthy, roasty finish that has just a hint of floral hops and is absolutely magnificent.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with crisp carbonation.

Spectacular beer.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4/5  rDev -5.4%

5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of chugalug06
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pour is subtle. Head is nice straw color. Brew is nice deep purple.

S - Super vanilla. Lots of wood funk too! Perhaps a little mango or papaya?

T - Lots of dark oakey flavor... Very deep and pulling. Lots going on on this brew. Can't really put my finger on any of it though...

M - Lots of HEAT! Minimal carbonation and very bitter (slightly licorice) after taste.

O - A mild mess of a brew... There's a TON of flavor, but it's very hard to differentiate... Worth trying and finding, but I would let it sit for a LONG time! I hope to upgrade this review in time.

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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 Docer
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a batch #73 12 oz. bottle of this to try and review... so far I think I am going to love this... 10% on the bottle, and I can smell lovely sweet fig, caramel... and just ...

- Looks like a Russian Imp. stout... super dark, can't see through it in my true pint Hopworks mug... light mocha head, and decent lacing all over.... some amber and violet hues around the edges...

- Smells like a rich complex Barleywine... Fig yes... lots of it... and sweet caramel... all blended to smell like a liquid fig Newton... seriously. Light alcohol aroma, bit of yeast, sweet potato and pastry... not kidding.

- Creamy roasted choco-caramel brown sugary maltness... wow.. fig, prune, raisin... touch of herb and flower.. seriously smooth... seriously good.

- Bit on the dry and chalky side... much like an oak aged yeti I had recently... almost the same mouthfeel... slightly chewy...

- Way big on drinkability... very smooth for it's strength.. and goes down very well... tastes great.. warmth only in the stomach.... overall one of the better Portland brews I have had bottled.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/15/2009 (bottle Batch Number 74):

Bubbles falling down. Pours a huge creamy tan-brownish color head, extremely lasting. Thick and foamy. Muted aroma, some rosted notes, some light mustiness, earthiness. Inhaling deeply, some dark fruit and coffee. Some alcohol too, but overall very muted. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, strong taste. Roasted coffee, some toffee, alchol. Some bitterness from the chocloate and roast. Some smoke and dark fruit. Imperial stoutish as it warms up more, chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Strong, a sipping beer.

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Photo of Benish
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass. No bottled date known.

Appearance: light tan head built up to three inches thick while pouring. Had to wait for to settle to finish pouring. Color of beer was dark murky brown.

Smell: instantly picked up aroma of chocolate and dark fruit. Maybe a little similar to a Tripel or Quad but the chocolate is more upfront than the dark fruits. There's also something about the chocolate that makes it seem so earthy.

Taste: sweetness starts but then quickly it becomes bitter and very earthy. It has that kind of woodsy taste that hits you and sticks around after the finish. Also noted smoke that becomes more prominent at the finish. Plus the heat became more prominent at the finish as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: full bodied; silky and velvety

Overall: was expecting more of a similarity to a barley wine since it was labeled as Old Ale. I found it to be more similar to a Tripel or Quad (which I am not a big fan of). Still the aroma's and flavors are easy to pick out which makes it enjoyable.

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

Dark brown in color with very little foam on the head. When I first tasted Adam it had a sweet and smoky taste on the palette. Complex in flavor, but the sweetness and the smokey after taste was a bit to much for my palatte.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of russwbeck
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Carbonation explodes out of the beer unlike any Hair of the Dog beer I've seen. The beer is very dark in color and the head is light brown. Huge bubbles form and explode as the head slowly recedes, leaving large clumps of lacing as it does. I was excited to see the carbonation, but this is actually a bit too much. It took forever to pour out 12oz. 3.5

S: The aroma is very earthy, but I do note pilsner-like characteristics that I assume come from the malt. Slight hoppiness adds a nice layer, and the booze rounds it all out. Very fruity and boozy. 4

T: The earthy booziness really assaults the tastebuds. Grassy hops at the finish add to the earthiness. The pilsner taste is there as well at the beginning, which is overtaken by booze, dark fruits, and some roasted malt. The hops finish it off, along with any remaining alcohol. I'm left with a really grassy, citrusy taste that sticks around forever. 4

MF: Thick body that is a bit over carbonated, but not so much that it detracts from the taste. Once you get through the billowing head it's all good. The booze is a bit too much and hurts the drinkability, but overall I enjoy the mouthfeel. 3.5

O: This was a good beer in a style I typically steer clear of. I really don't understand why it's so highly ranked, but I also don't appreciate the style. 3.5

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Photo of jemarent
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Batch 77.

Appearance: This pours a nice deep brown color with an energetic creamy tan head. Nice retention, and a bit of lace sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: There are some noticeable alcohol phenols in here. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel to go along with the figs and raisins.

Taste: Somehow this never gets too sweet, even with molasses, lots of brown sugar, and caramel malts up front. Rum soaked figs and raisins come in next, with a little bit of a grassy hop bitterness to cut through the sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, pleasant smooth and creamy, with a little bit of hop residue and a fair amount of sweet stickiness.

Overall: The slight hop kick added a lot of value by removing the excess sweetness that sometimes troubles me about old ales. Nicely done.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of avaldivia
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 2,461 ratings.
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