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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of doughanson78
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown, minimal light getting through. One and half finger darker tan head great retention and lacing.

S: Big dark fruits. Figs dates raisins, cherries. Chocolate comes through.

T: Chocolate cherries, figs dares, raisins. Lots of alcohol coming through.

M: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Very creamy. Lots of alcohol warming.

O: I've heard a lot about this beer, sorta hyped. Don't know if I had to high of hopes for this one but I was a tad disappointed. Don't get me wrong it's a great beer no doubt. Lots of alcohol, but kinda good in this incidence. Will be awesome with some age for sure.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2/5  rDev -53.1%

Way too sweet! Far from the mellow characteristic expected of the style. Unfinished fermentation, young batch?

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep coffee brown, ruddy ruby at the margins. Two fingers of cocoa brown head swell and sustain for a time. Peaks of lacing rock the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a swarthy sweetness, coating with toffee, black cherry, plum, and coffee. Tangy yeast and a soft clove swirl mingle with a contrail of alcohol.

Upon tasting, there comes heavily roasted malt, semi-sweet and lightly charred, with a black coffee bite and earthy sloe fruit, cherry, and leather. The crisp bite of estery yeast eases into a warm port alcohol presence. A snappy espresso bitterness reappears along with a spicy hoppiness, both combining for a dry, bitter finish. It's an almost meaty presentation that shines and soothes all at once.

Between medium and full bodied, it oozes across the palate, and the hops dance just enough to make themselves known.

This is a beefy beer that hits you where you live, in a good way. It's earthy, savory, and a joy to drink, if slowly. The moderated sweetness artfully shifts to a grounded dark character, lending complexity to a fine blend. The ABV is a warmer, and is notable in itself, but it's a complement, not a hinderance. In closing, Adam's welcome in my garden anytime, whether Eve likes it or not.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Batch #75.

A: Slow rising light brown head with good retention. The body is extremely dark brown and completely opaque. The creamy head becomes a thin film. Good lacing.

S: Heavy and complex malt character. Caramel, grain, chocolate, molasses and nutty. No hops presence detectable. Leathery yeast quality. Sublime.

T: Figs and other fermented dark fruit flavors. Smoke, chocolate milk, cardboard, anise & warming alcohol (dark rum).

M: Medium to full mouthcoating body. Soft carbonation and chewy. Sweet finish.

D: High. Fantastic flavor. Put one away and forget about it. You'll be happy when you find it.

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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 younger35
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this 12oz bottle down on the bay front in Newport Oregon. Drank out of my Black Butte pint glass. Batch #69.

Appearance- Pours a dark brown/red/purple color that is hard to describe. You may be able to see every color of the rainbow depending upon the light. Luscious tan head that lasts forever and leaves thick lacing that slowly cascades down the side of the glass.
Smell- Smoky peat is the most dominating scent followed by a rich plum/fig scent. Sweet malts give this a nice dark roasted scent along with a very slight hop.
Taste- Slightly smokiness is prevalent along with a dark espresso/coffee roastyness. A sweet dark fruitiness is reminiscent of dark cherries, plums and raisons. There are elements of this beer that remind me of a IRS. Dark chocolate and molasses are present along with qualities of oaked whiskey.
Mouthfeel- Heavy and creamy with a light cask like carbonation.
Drinkability- There is a lot of flavor in this beer but it is balanced nicely. After my first sip I was surprised to how smooth and unobtrusive this beer is yet it still is so full of flavor. By far the best Old Ale I’ve ever had. Great beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

update, mid-may 2009.

ended up trying another bottle of this.

wanted to note that this time the aroma also gave english hop character, a metallic whiff, and even a slight reminiscence of cocoa.

taste has slightly less perception of booze and phenols too. faint hints of roast and a coffee note as well.

feel is much smoother too.

at least deserves a bump in the taste score. +half point

12oz bottle. batch #73. tasted in late april 2009. poured into tulip.

dark brown, almost opaque. ruby red tints under the light. no sediment if decanted properly. enormous beige head, foamy and almost creamy, slowly recedes to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: malty caramel, figs and apple juice concentrate, with restrained american hopping (grapefruit, orange and pine notes). touch of rum and brandy, plus possible hint of wood aging.

taste: rum and brandy come out a bit more out front, with very slightly boozy character. dark caramel, dates, apple juice concentrate, with mildly citrusy and piney hop giving moderate to bold bitterness that really lingers and is very resinous. some phenols with the booze, but never too overbearing. coffee hint in the finish.

medium body, starts smooth, though booziness and hop resins give some astringency from the middle onwards. moderate carbonation is fluffy.

still pretty nice, but may benefit from age.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 74.

pours a black with a ruby tint, thin khaki head, excellent lacing.

smell of dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, and alcohol is definitely present.

taste is strong, smooth, prunes and other dark fruits, touch of chocolate, a smokiness comes through, very warming on the way down, ends slightly bitter and dry.

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of daledeee
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,490 ratings
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