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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.47/5  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%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 84 on front label.

A- Pours a very deep, deep brown color with 3 fingers of thick light mocha colored head that lingers quite a while receding un-uniformly to what looks like a mini mountain range inside the glass. Wow this beer looks great.

S- Huge up front aromas of rich dark caramel and candied dark fruits. Some thick resinous piney hops poke through the underlying carmel and fruit notes. Slightly boozy considering the 10% ABV. We're off to a really good start here.

T- Follows nose well, rich carmel sweetness hits the tongue quickly followed by a resiny hop kick that has lost its bitterness punch but still holds a little bit of power. Fair amount of dark roasted malts, combined with the strong flavors of molasses, and dark fruits. Finishes with the booziness that was present on the nose, and a light roasted coffee aftertaste.

M- Feels on the low side of full bodied. Moderately low amount of carbonation.

O- A solid Old Ale that goes great with the weather cooling off. A wonderful beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pinot noir glass. Batch 85 on front of label. Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San Diego, CA) for $5.49.

A: Porterish dark brown with 2-fingers of creamy light beige head with good retention and tons of craggy lacing around the top of the glass.

S: Caramel toffee and vanilla aromas greet first but get some resistance from citrus, pine, and resiney hops. Malt strikes back though with raisin, fig, and plum and just a bit of roasted malt and nutty aromas. Smells delicious...

T: The flavor even surpasses the aroma. The maltiness of this big sipper covers a bunch of different bases, but with a lot more cohesiveness than Fred, which I tried a few nights ago. Adam layers caramel, slightly burned chocolatey toffee, graham crackers, and dark fruit flavors, but especially fig and raisin. The hops provide mostly moderate bitterness and some orange and grapefruit citrus notes. The flavor holds together so well and is does with enough bitterness to prevent cloying sweetness. Alcohol is there but supports the sweetish flavor with some berry qualities.

M: A bit overcarbonated at first opening that was initially prickly but calmed after warming and opening but the big body eventually comes through to carry what turns out to be a nice, creamy feel. It drinks far easier than its 10+% ABV.

O: Adam is a superb masterpiece of a big beer. It provides such a well-crafted mix of malty flavors accented with hoppy character. Definitely find this beer and I imagine Adam from the Wood is probably amazing as well. Probably the highlight beer of my trip to San Diego.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido in mid-February for $6.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with a huge billowing brown head that is long lasting and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is hints of smoked malts and dark fruits.

Taste is dark fruits with some vanilla, and smoked malts. Not sweet at all considering the high abv.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but very smooth.

Overall this is a well crafted beer that i am glad to have had the opportunity to try. Would definitely do again if available.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 89.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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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  rDev -6.1%

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,486 ratings
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