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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of woosterbill
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Batch 77 (brewed no later than May of 2010) into a Duvel tulip.

A: A rough, forceful pour is required to create just a thin layer of frothy light-brown bubbles; the body is black when looked at from a distance, and glows a clear orange-amber around the edges when held up to light. While it appears to be wholly uncarbonated, the bubbles forced out by the pour do stick around in a ring, keeping it from looking entirely lifeless. More importantly, each swirl of the beer leaves thick, sticky legs tracing their way down the sides of the tulip. Not exactly a beauty queen, but an attractively intimidating appearance all the same.

S: Wow. This smells like a hybrid Barleywine/Single Malt Scotch/cigar. The aromas are many and varied: smoke, leather, tobacco, toffee, caramel, fig, chocolate, and pepper. Only a touch of light booziness. Heady, intense, and amazing.

T: Happily it follows the nose for the most part, with sweet sugars and dark fruits up front, followed closely by deliciously meaty smoke, rich leather, piquant tobacco, and spicy alcohol on the finish. The booze is just a bit too prominent for a 10% beer that's been aged for two full years, but other than that it's spectacularly delicious.

M: Still, sticky, and viscous. Very rich and mouth-filling, but a bit of carbonation would have gone a long way.

O: Flatness notwithstanding, this was one of the best beers I've had in a long time. Hugely complex and just as tasty, I was blown away by the way the smokiness and leather/tobacco notes complemented the sweet Barleywine-like fruits and toffee. I could sip on this for hours and still discover new intricacies. I really, really wish I had bought more than one.


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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Sean9689
3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Batch #84, into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours dark brown, huge frothy kaki-colored head, sticky lace, big cap.

S - Sweet dark fruits, oak, booze. Not quite as sweet as I was expecting. The oak and booze are pretty powerful at this point, it's obvious to me I should have aged this bottle a bit more.

T - Dark fruits, big oak, some char notes, astringent, and a bit medicinal. The booze isn't quite as bad as I thought it was going to be. Finish is medicinal notes, and oak'd dark fruit.

M - Full, perhaps a touch too much carbonation for me, dry oak finish.

O - Now I know to age my bottles of Adam for quite some time before digging into them. I've had several from the late 90's that were mind-blowing, but fresh, this isn't my cup o' tea.

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Photo of Souleman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dang tasty brew!

A- Nice pour, very nice head formation (actually started to head-out of the bottle after I opened it) with nice tight bubbles that stuck around through the tasting.
Not exactly a clear brew, but I like a little texture along with heavier beers, and not so much that it is offensive.

S- Very malt-forward aromas. A bit of cocoa/coffee coming through on the first smell, then tapered off to the higher malt aromatics.

T- Amazingly rich and full. Tastes of licorice, coffee/coffee and slight currant flavor coming through along side a very low hops flavor. Definitely a nice hop bitterness apparent. Definitely darker roasted malts mixed with some brown are creating the malt profile for this brew, and enough crystal malt to not have the beer become chalky or too heavy or imbalanced.
Some yeasty/hop residue on the bottom of the bottle, which was actually a nice textured little bitter sip. So good to taste the ingredients.

M- coats the mouth nicely, not too thick or thin, and definitely stick around a bit, but gets out of the way to let the flavors shine.

This beer reminds me of a German malt beverage that I accidentally stumbled upon years ago. I love it's complexity, while it is still very bold and makes a statement that it these types of beers can stand on their own. This could have easily gotten too heavy-handed and too thick and rich, but they put it on the verge of the craziness, and slam-dunked a really progressive, taste-forward beer that I will gladly consume any time I get the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had next to eve, adam from the wood, and about 8 or 10 different vintages. pour is dark black, ruby edges, tan head and nice lace. The nose is nice, faint chocolate, tobacco, creamy vanilla, notes of olive and a bit of alcohol. The taste is chocolate, fair amount of olive, bread crust and fig, light bit pleasant heat with some citrus hop in the finish. The body isnt heavy, well carbonated, smooth and creamy.
A-deep dark brown, almost black and lets just a peep of light through, deep and dark caramel head, very thick, lingers for a long time leaving a decent lace on the glass.

S-strong roasted malt, definitely some chocolate and fig, not sure if i'm getting a very faint citrus towards the end.

T/M-smooth, thick, and sweet. big flavors, there is a roasted character there (not huge), taste of figs, hint of chocolate, carbonation up front, sweet taste of dark fruit comes towards the back, some plum and raisin.

D-intriguing beer, very tasty and thick that brings nice fruit flavors with a full body

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Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 83. No idea on the bottling date (get your shit together, Hair of the Dog website management crew).

By far, the rockiest head I have ever seen on a beer categorized as an old ale. A darker-than-tan head that sticks around FOREVER. The liquid is near-black, but I'm sure it's some fancy name for a shade of dark brown darker than everything but black. For an old ale, this looks effing fantastic. Got to give it up here. 5.0

Dark chocolatey malts with some peat, dried fruits, blackened barley grain, tobacco, and a hint of left-to-bitter espresso. Nice nose. 4.0

First thing I notice is the smack of bitterness upfront from both hops and the roast, then comes pouring the alcohol. Licorice and black coffee fight for conquest over raisin, smokey peat, bitter cocoa, and husky (somewhat harsh) grains. Lots of booze in the finish. 4.0

Half-decent carb on this sucker, and the body is full without being sticky, clumpy, or slick. Still hot in its (apparent) youth. 4.0

I enjoyed this beer thoroughly, but I'll leave it up to time for my remaining bottles. Recommended for lovers of old ales, wee heavies, imperial porters, and English barleywines. 4.0

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my SH Snifter.

Batch 84

A: Dark brown almost a black color with a creamy khaki head.

S: So much going on in the nose. Roasted malts; smoke - lots of smoke; a tiny bit of heat; and bitter chocolate.

T: This is my first time having this beer, and I am having a difficult putting the taste into words, as the complexity is strong with this one. Huge bitter chocolate notes in the front of the mouth; by the middle of the mouth, the bitterness fades leaving a nice roasty flavor; and the beer goes down leaving a lingering smokey hop bitterness. Mind blown.

M: Full body. Perfect carbonation. Really smooth.

O: This is beer went above and beyond my expectations. Definitely will seek more of this out in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of nmbr0ne
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 81 bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Brown, deep mahogony body with a huge khaki head. Great retention and lacing around glass and top of beer.

Smell: Brown sugar, spice, dark fruits, molasses, a little bit of honey, and caramel.

Taste: Sweet throughout the sip, but it's a composed sweetness. It's not a sugar bomb. More molasses, caramel, spices, brown sugar, all right from the aromas. Great presence of hops towards the finish. Great balance between sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Smooth. Good amount of carbonation. It feels like a session beer to be honest. I like it but it doesn't match the rest of the beer. Feels out of character.

Overall: Favorite old ale. The hops in the finish is a good counter for the great amount of sweetness throughout the beer. Definitely not too sweet. Aromas and tastes are spectacular.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Appearance: Dark with a huge fine head.

Smell: Yeast and bread. Some interesting brown sugar, coffee and molasses as well. Even some black tea. Seriously complex

Taste: Lots of coffee up front. Again some bread and brown sugar. A good amount of malt with a limited hop profile. With some oxygen an awesome tobacco flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Good carbonation

Overall: One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Fantastic.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jakers90
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of unclejimbay
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of EfilsGod
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of PincushionAffair
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of slimntubbs
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of GallowsThief
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip out of a 12 oz bottle. Gift from Dee from Bobby’s liquors on my last trip out there. Thanks Dee!

A – Poured out a toffee brown color with about a half finger of light brown head that settles down to a nice cap. Nice slow cascade lacing.

S – Light and sweet chocolate. Roasted malts. Touch smoky with vanilla hints.

T – Starts off with a nice light sweetness that somehow rolls over to a touch of astringent bitterness. Very nice mix. Vanilla, chocolate and a cocoa powder taste follow along. Brown sugar in there. Dark fruits with raisin and figs. Complex brew.

M – Velvety smooth and creamy on the palate. Medium to big body. Ample carbonation. Slight ABV burn in it but not much.

O – This is a beauty of a beer. Big complex taste and silky smooth. Easy drinker despite alcohol. Must have more!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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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