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

2,466 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 danedelman
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thebeerbug for giving me this one.

A-pitch black with a nice tan head that stuck around for lacing the entire glass.

S-very savory, roasty, toasty dark malt. hint of molasses and smoke is somehow in here.

T-chocolate malt hits you first followed by a hint of smoke and some bitterness. Very well balanced.

M-thick and good.

OVerall-thebeerbug comes through again and gives me this insane stout. I have to say I was off the stout kick until I became friends with him. Great brew.

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Photo of lemongelo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jegross2
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Adam from the Hair of the Dog Brewing Company.
Score: 93

Batch 84. According to Hair Of The Dog's vintage chart for Adam, Batch 84 was brewed on 10/11/11 and bottled on 01/12/12. vintage bottle served in a Goose Island silver goose Matilda glass and enjoyed on 01/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut brown color with two fingers of foamy khaki colored head that slowly receds to a thick and creamy layer. Amazing lacing with ridiculous cling. 5/5

Smell: Light vanilla, chocolate, leather and hops. A little bit of "vodka-like booziness" too. Light grains, malty caramel, a modest amount of "smokey banana" and a little dark fruit too. 4.25/5

Taste: A lot more smoke up front than the nose led on, but the amount of smokiness here is by no means approaching what you would expected from a smoke beer. There is oak, cocoa, spice, dark fruit and a little "musty" caramel malt. There is a subtle fruitiness present too with a mild alcohol warmth on the tongue. 4.25/5
Complex and balanced flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. A little sweet. 4/5

Overall: A delicious, readily available old ale that is a little rough around the edges fresh. This beer is a prime candidate for aging.

Recommendation: Seek this one out.

Pairings: Dark chocolate.

Cost: $5.99 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

2002 vintage

A: poured pale brown in color with pale yellow highlights and hardly any head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: wnoa!! Lots going on here consisting with lots of caramel, brown sugar, lots of malty sweetness, smokey character, dark fruit such as plums, mild booze, hints of leather and a little apple as well.

T; it definitely tasted old which was bombarded with leathery tabacco flavors, burnt caramel, maple syrup, stale brown sugar, a little plum coming through, hints of smoke character but very little booze on the taste.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a leathery, old tabacco, dark fruity, smokey, sweet,,and sticky slick finish.

O: very fortunate to try this beer that old and was pretty delicious considering how old it was. Good lookin out whoever brought to woodshop tasting.

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Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of pschul4
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #3 from Libbey, this is what I've been waiting for!

A- Pours a medium brown with a 1.5 finger head

S- Lots of smoke in the nose with some malts in the background and very faint hops

T- Wow! Tons of layers here. First the malts hit you followed by smoke then leather than a little bit of hops in the end. It's a big beast of a beer thats for sure

M- Super creamy which is PERFECT for what it is

O- Love LOve LOVE this beer! Simply world claas!

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Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rathakem
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of birchstick
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with slight hues of red with a huge, billowing head. Nose is dark fruits and leather. Taste opens up with sweet sugary malts up front that slide to some dark fruits (fig and raisin) A bit of ashy burnt flavors are subtly in the background and then a dry woodsy bitterness rounds it off. Mouth is creamy and full. Overall, this is a solid old ale. Chocked full of flavor and really nice complexity. Wish I could have grabbed a couple more of these

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Ruby-brown color with an immense 5-finger tan head that does not go away. Not much lacing, though.

S – Lots of aromas in this one – rich nutty and toasted malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, leather, plums, and dark cherries. Very complex. I can’t wait to see what this tastes like.

T – Follows the aroma plus more. Starts off sweet with hearty nutty and toasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and rich dark fruits like plums, cherries, and figs. Finishes with earthy, leathery, and smoky flavors, along with a subtle earthy and floral hop bitterness. Tastes phenomenal.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with not much carbonation, a sticky and chewy mouthfeel, and a smoothly bitter and dry finish. Earthiness and bitterness lingers for a great amount of time and complements the throat-warming alcohol sensation.

O – All too often, beers smell complex and leave me asking for more in the taste. Not this time. This is one of the few beers that I’ve had in which the flavor offers even more complexity than the aroma. This was delicious and insanely drinkable for a beer or its style. Great, great offering from HOTD. I’m so glad I got to try this. Thanks James!

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Photo of DivaTron
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate brown with a red tint when observed in the light. A thin head with modest lacing.

Smells of coffee, smoke, and honey, with a hint of melon sweetness.

Tastes quite bitter with none of the syrupy rich sweetness that I often find in strong stouts. It's front forward and bold, tastes roasted.

Mouthfeel is somewhat flat, but rich and full-bodied.

Overall, excellent. The appearance and mouthfeel are nothing special, but the smell and taste more than compensate. This is an especially expressive dark brew and must be tried!

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Photo of MASPuros
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to match1112 for gifting this one! Poured into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature:

Pours a murky crimson/black, with a velvety two fingers of brown cream head. Great lacing and retention.

Mmmm... overripe cherries, figs, fresh leather, brown sugar, some faint licorice notes, caramel, hardwoods, rather complex while maintaining a great sense of balance.

The hop character is what I'm most surprised by. I love Old Ales like this one - all those earthy, dark fruit qualities that you'll find on the nose are echoed in the taste but still balanced with a pleasant hop profile. Very nice.

Very thankful to have had the chance to try this one. Thanks Matt!!

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Photo of apocalypsezombie
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of joefuzz
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 85

Pours a very deep brown with a very decent sized mocha head.

Smells wonderful, leather, peat and dark cherries

Taste is very fruity at first figs, plums, raisins, and bing cherries come to mind and finishes with a tobbaco leather flavor.

Mouthfeel is old ale all the way thick and low carbonation

Overall this beer is world class I have to pick up more and see how it ages

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Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big headed whore, tan. Brown body. Great head retention and splotchy lacing.

Caramel, dark fruits, slight smoke.

Smokey, "leathery" for sure...enjoying that aspect. Caramels. "peaty". Cherry notes after some great cheese.

Very full mouthfeel with a great carbonation point.

Yum, like Brian said, "best non-BA old ale there is". Highly recommended.

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Photo of otto251068
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 envinoveri
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Axic10
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having a conversation on here with Barrythebear, I was "assigned" drinking a bottle of Adam and Adam from the Wood and review both. I decided to drink them side by side. Hooray Science!

Poured into a Swamphead snifter. Batch 84.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, poured with very little head which settled down to a thin off white layer swirling on top. When held up to the light nothing comes close to passing through. Great lacing throughout the entire time I drank this.

Smell: Leather, tobacco/smoke, dark fruits and an alcohol sting. Very good nose, smells fantastic.

Taste: Raisin, plum, fig, chocolate, smoke (but not rauchbier levels), and leather

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very very smooth.

Overall: A great readily available Old Ale that has always been enjoyable whenever I've decided to open it. However in the side by side, I think that Adam from the Wood is the superior beer, albeit by a slim margin.

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

12 oz bottle, batch 82, bottled on 3/17/11, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color, nearly black, produces a finger of creamy tan head, nice retention, leaves some good lacing.

S- Sweet, decadent aroma of figs, raisins, and brown sugar. Also some notes of leather and booze in the background.

T- Big notes of leather, tobacco and figs up front. The booze and sweetness is more tempered than in the aroma but contains some nice flavors of fruit, molasses, and a bit of sweet alcohol. Has an earthy, tobacco flavor with some subtle hop sting towards the finish.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, alcohol is present but not overpowering.

O- A really nice sipping beer, flavors are complex, the fig and leather flavors are done very well.

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

Backlogged circa 12/25/2011

12 ounce bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog Tulip. Batch 77.

Appearance: Deep rich midnight purple; opaque.

Aroma: Spiced dark fruits, candied plums, slight hop citrus, vanilla oak with hints of pepper.

Taste: Wood and oak, followed by distinct hearty black pepper coupled with candied dark fruits; plums and raisins. Slight smoked oak residuls linger on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A full and well proportioned body and excellent balance.

Overall: I tend to be more of a "Fred person" but I can't deny the impressive display of brewing that is Adam.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,466 ratings.
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