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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.
Batch number: 85

Pours a nice opaque brown. Quite dark actually with no light coming through and not a lot going on at the edges. There is a nice 0.5 inch light tan head that is creamy and sticks around for a while. Nice dense bubbles.

Delicious nose. Molases and carmel notes intermingle with some good dark fruits. Dates and prunes and some raisins. There is some brown sugary sweetness perceived as well. Very malt forward. Very nice sweet notes.

Flavor starts off with some strong malty roast. Some tobacco and coca notes with some slight coffee. There is some slight boozy heat that creeps up. Then in the middle there is more of a sweet and dark fruit note. The flavor sort of threw me off because the nose was much more sweet. Still very nice Old Ale. Malty and grainy with some good sweetness and some nice leathery and roasty notes. Mouthfeel is a bit crisp for my liking but still good.

Pretty good Old Ale. Not my favorite but still good. I enjoy a bit more sweetness in the flavor but there are still some nice interesting smoked and raosty notes. Some slight coffee and coca can be perceived too.

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Photo of stoutluvr420
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown-orange with a medium creamy brown head. Nice lacing. Aroma: Smokey, caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, and some leather. Taste: Smokey, malt, caramel and dark fruits. Good bitterness in the aftertaste (long duration), but not overwhelming. Body is rich. Overall: Very complex and well balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad I got to try this, thanks to brabuse430 for the extra!

Smells amazing, likely the most aromatically interesting beer I've ever had. Chocolate, fruit, booze, caramel, it's all in there.

Taste is quite complex is well. I get a variety of different flavors as the beer moves across the palate. Very distinct smoke, dark fruit, and burned caramel. Quite tasty.

Overall, a great beer. Not one that I would be drinking everyday, but something that I definitely look forward to trying again in the future.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black, with maroon highlights. A finger of light tan head with good retention. Interesting nose, with molasses, toffee, nutty, vanilla, fig, raisin and leather believe it or not. As well as a host of other aromas. Very complex and intriguing, could smell it all day. Taste follows with all things mentioned above, again very complex, in fact I'm going to say this is the most complex beer I've had to date. I'd give it a 5, but it's hard not to imagine it couldn't be improved upon with so much going on. Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, it hides it's alcohol well without too much sweetness or bitterness. Overall a very fine beer, going to have to pick one of these up now and again I think.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I love big ales. Adam is right up my alley.

A: Dark black to brown. Almost no head at all, even with an aggressive pour. Pretty standard however for such a big bottle conditioned ale.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, a pleasant sweetness, and a bit of booze. Smells very appealing.

T: Smokey chocolate malts, leather, caramel, a slight bitterness, and lots of booze on the finish. I must say that the distinct leather notes are a bit off putting, but easy to look past in favor of the other complexities.

M: Perfectly (un)carbonated. Creamy and smooth, very boozy. This is what I want from a big ale!

O: A great offering from HotD. I had this on tap at the brewery but greatly preferred it from the bottle. I would love to taste it with some age on it.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by Jason. Batch 85. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark woody brown with a small tan head.

S: Muted leather, maple, vanilla, smoked meat.

T: Bitter smokiness, figs, leather, brown sugar. Dry with some mild hop bitterness and slight alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: A bit too dry and leathery for me, but still good - a unique old ale.

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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a huge and foamy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a perfect patchwork of lacing behind. Nice island of foam sticks around for a long time too.

S: Brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Some cocoa and leather.

T: Starts off with some caramel, brown sugar and a little...butterscotch? Lots of leather in the middle with some cocoa and smoke. Almost get some tobacco in the finish with some earthiness. A little more smoke in the aftertaste too. Spicy alcohol lingers.

M: Fairly heavy but not overly so. Nice and thick - appropriate for the style.

O: Not a bad old ale. Most are very fruity and this one is not. Quite smokey with lots of tobacco too. Great if you like that in a beer but I'm not a huge fan. I still enjoyed it and can appreciate the complexity and balance, but the choice of flavors didn't agree with me that much.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black, big tab head, highly retained lacing.

Taste: chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, leather, grapefruit, apple, hazelnut, smoke.

Mouthfeel: full bodied... Surprisingly effervescent for such a full body. Thankfully so... It's big.

It's a big delicious desert! Thank you Adam.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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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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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