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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 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%

Photo of cvm4
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bath #82

A - Pours a dark cola or rootbeer. Light tan 1 finger head.

S - Sweet brown sugar, raisins, dark plums and vanilla oak. Almost a bourbon barrel aged smell. The nose is phenomenal.

T - Lots of wood & oak. Not as sweet as the nose. Loads of molasses and dark fruit. Very rich taste.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Best old ale I've had. No complaints at all with this one.

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Photo of Bonis
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 89.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.15/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm assuming that I just don't get this beer. I'm not going to slam it but this isn't my style. I've only had a few barleywines and this is my first old ale to date. This will probably be my only old ale forever unless someone can convince me otherwise. Thanks to beerski for the chance to increase my BA-dom while sampling this. Part of my quest is figuring out what I DON'T like. This definitely fits in to that category.

Appearance: Brown with ruby edges. A tan chunky head. Looks like a porter in the glass. Again, I have no baseline for comparison.

Smell: Smoky, malty with alcohol being the prominent smell. A hint of licorice but alcohol dominates.

Taste: Plums, smoke, with a woody and earthy finish. Alcohol is present throughtout and dominating the other tastes that are trying to fit in.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy like a cough syrup.

Drinkability and overall: Definitely suffers due to the alcohol taste. I have to admit, this is the first beer that ended up down the drain. It got worse with each subsequent sip. Totally ruined my taste for any beer the rest of the day. I would avoid it. Not a good beer.

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

Batch 85

Dark but not quite like a stout. Thick tan/brown head looks creamy, stays for a little while and leaves thick lacing.

Malty sweet and boozy elements are prominent. It is also roasty and woody, though no wood was used making it. The boozy heat is a bit strong, but I suspect would fade with time given the chance.

Malty sweet, a bit of roast, and a modest bitterness that balances exceptionally well early but then shows more on the palate after the finish. There is an earthy/woody component too, though this isn’t a barrel aged beer. I can taste the booze a bit, dark fruit, and maybe even the hops slightly. There are not a plethora of things I can point to, but it all melds together with great synergy and is delicious.

Low carbonation, very rich full body, modest warming, and some bitterness after the drying finish.

This is an extraordinarily delicious beer. I’m pretty sure this batch is pretty green yet and likely to improve with some time in the cellar.

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Photo of mschofield
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #60
Over the top carbonation, even with a careful pour I got a glass full of head. Once it calmed down enough to fill my glass I was left with a dark purplish-red beer topped with a four finger reddish-tan head, leaving puffy webs of lacing.
The aroma rushes out of the bottle almost as fast as the beer did, fruity, quite robust, leafy note, earthy with nuts, dark fruit, smoke and grain.
Malty taste, smoked and roasted, earthy and floral.
Full bodied, it's nice to try but I wouldn't go back to it - the smoky note was interesting.

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Photo of 510a
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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 msondel
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of bcrossan
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DudMan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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