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

2,483 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of cfrances33
3.51/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a HiF stem.

Pour: Deep brown with three fingers of fluffy, khaki head. Leaves thick lacing and the head hangs around for most of the glass.

Smell: Big boozy dark fruits up front. Figs and raisins. Heavy molasses, and lots of roasted malts. Some light coffee and a light pine on the finish.

Taste: Follows the nose with huge boozy figs, raisins, and dates up front. Follows with thick molasses sweetness, and some more booze. Finishes with touches of roastiness and a light coffee.

Mouthfeel: Boozy. A sipper for sure. Syrupy body.

Overall: Nice flavors, but this is just too boozy for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jules11788
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a motor oil-like pitch-black in color, lets no light through; thin head that lingers; light, oily lacing

S: Nose is dominated by smoky oak wood and dark fruits: raisins, figs, dates; has hints of leather, tobacco, vanilla, and coffee

T: Just like the nose. Starts out with lots of strong smoky oak which pervades throughout, then transitions into a rich raisiny flavor along the middle of the tongue, with hints of tobacco, leather, and baker's chocolate. Finishes with a nice boozy bite and a spiced bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, light carbonation; coats the mouth nicely though. This is pretty boozy though, but with a few years in the cellar it would mellow out phenomenally.

O: This is an incredibly complex beer, and with some age on it it could turn it from "excellent" to "world-class". It's a little boozy, but overall it's pretty fantastic.

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

Batch 84 served in a snifter.

A: An assertive ppffssst as you pop the cap. Pours a rather dark brown with ruby highlights. A fine textured, firm finger and a half beige head beckons thee.

S: The second you pour this thing out it fills the surrounding air with notes of sweet caramel and toffee. A closer sniff reveals some fruitiness(figs and dates) and some booze heat as well.

T&M: Wow! There is A LOT going on here! Booze and bitterness right up front gives way to a quick dark toffee hit and finishing with a plethora of dark fruits. The layers come through very clearly. Carbonation is perfect and feel is again just right. Not too dry, not too heavy.

O: Certainly deserving of its high ranks, this is an incredibly delicious brew. Stashed a few in the cellar and I can't wait to see what time does to this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks dakkon54!

batch 81 (bottled in September 2010).

Pour is a deep, dark opaque brown. Initial half inch head subsides into a small ring.

It smells aged, but not in a bad way. By aged, i mean a dry, sweet grainy smell that I associate with aged beers. Light smoke on the nose, hints of dried dark fruits, and just a bit of tobacco. This thing would pair so well with a good Cedar aged cigar.

The taste has charred wood everywhere. Hints of tobacco and cigar smoke come to mind, but not in a bad way. Theres enough sweet malt to back those cigar box flavors up. The roasted, toasted, and charred malt still dominated, but the body is there--enough to balance out the charcoal taste.

it drinks so smooth and easy. Its definitely 10%, and it drinks like it. Thick and heavy for sure. Lots of booze and dark fruit come somewhere in the middle. I shouldn't be able to drink a 10% like this.

Very, very well done Hair of the Dog.

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

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. What a phenomenal beer. Dark, nearly black bodied; a small, quickly settling head; exceptionally creamy looking lace clinging to the glass in sheets. Rich chocolate aroma bursts from the glass; fruit, smoke, caramel, booze, wine-like tannins, and more.

In the flavor, lots of chocolate; big and hefty roast and caramel malt; some bitter hops remaining mostly in the background playing a supporting role; modest toffee sweetness that ends in a nearly dry finish. Pleasantly warming booze that isn’t excessively hot. Opens slowly to reveal additional layers of smokiness, tobacco, dark fruits, tannins, yeasty esters; leather, perhaps. Wow, there’s a lot in here.

Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation; alive but also smooth and creamy. Totally complex beer with myriad layers, quite a standout in a long weekend in which a lot of rare beers were ticked.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,483 ratings
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