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

2,461 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 Captainren
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Sternfels
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy none lacing head. Old ale brown color.

S: Caramel then vanilla then lemon

T: Tastes amazing. Caramel and warm apples. Slight woodchuck granny apple flavor makes it a 10%abv hidden excellence.

M: smooth cool greatness

O: Woodsies grreattttneeeessss love this thing!go buy

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Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jtmartino
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can you not love this beer? Seriously? I cracked a 6 month bottle open and dumped it into my Deschutes Snifter. Poured a dark, rich mahogany with a finger of light tan head.

Smell is incredible. Caramelized sugar, toffee, coffee, raisins, molasses, with a spice reminiscent of cola. Big, thick, and sweet.

Taste is excellent, but very different than the smell. Carmelized apples and burnt toffee dominate the flavors...the astrigent roast of the malt but an underlying sweetness. There is an acidic green apple quality to the finish that makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Think of a roasted caramel apple.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and viscous.

Overall this is an amazing beer. Worthy of the praise indeed.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Dark, deep, and earthy brown. Lots of particle floating around in this guy, probably shouldn't have poured the last oz....but that ship has sailed. HUGE frothy head on this beer, lots of different sized bubbles and it clings to the glass for dear life.

Excellent smelling beer. The malt profile is pretty much perfect. Hints of toffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Nice aromas of dark fruits and natural sugar too. Dark cherries, plumbs, raisons, and even prunes. All really nice. There's not a hop or alcohol aroma, but the alcohol slightly warms your nose.

Flavor is as equally outstanding as the smell. Plenty of toffee and caramel, and some slight back hints of cocoa. Same dark dehydrated wonderful fruits too. Cant stress enough how good the malt profile is here. Sort of the love child of a dopplebock dunkle/quad, but on steroids. Hops are more present in the flavor, but really just provides some slight bitterness here. Really good.

Mouthfeel is really good. Full bodied, full flavor, surprisingly smooth and a good carbonation level. Beer has a great balance and really tasty. Adam is an extremely drinkable, but it's a sipper, not a chugger. It's ok though, you really wanna savor the flavor on this one. Thanks googzoid10 for an AWESOME extra!

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Photo of shleepy
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle from K&L (Redwood City), poured into a snifter glass.

A: Black, or at least very, very dark brown. Creamy, tan head, with good retention.

S: Roastiness, leather, rubber.

T: Caramel, raisins, something burned that I can't quite put my finger on. There's a little sourness that shines through, which I like. A little roastiness and a bitterness remain in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy. Heavy-bodied but not a completely slow-sipper. For some reason, left me with a dry mouth... but maybe that was caused by something else.

O: Interesting and complex, but not something I'd buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of EricCioe
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 83.

This pours a deep brown with a tight khaki head that leaves great lace. On the nose the first thought that came to mind was an oriental blend of pipe tobacco like GL Pease's Embarcadero, where there are both raw tobacco/smoky notes combining with deep fruits. I can't say I've ever smelled anything like this before. In the mouth the smoke wafts around while rum soaked figs and roasted malt and chocolate ... this is a beer that will take some getting to know over a dozen bottles to unpack all of the details here. The body is medium, lighter than I might have expected, with a long finish where some booze and smoke linger after the fruits die away.

Overall, this beer is both incredible and unique. It's like a smoked Baltic porter mixed with an old ale. Unreal complexity, yet highly drinkable. Send me this stuff.

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Photo of Holland
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown color with minimal light brown head, but the lacing stays for the glass. Looks viscous.

S: sweet malt, caramel, dates, brown sugar - smells sweet, with no hops that I can smell.

T: immediately I do taste some bitter hops to balance the malt sweetness. It also tastes like raisin, brown sugar, and slightly like alcohol. Taste is a lot more bitter than I would have expected with a smell as sweet as it is.

M: medium-heavy body, one of the heavier old ales I've had. Comes with medium carbonation that fizzes a bit in the mouth to make it fluffier than it is when it first enters the mouth.

O: the alcohol is easy to detect, but it's solid. Paid $6 for a 12 ounce bottle, which hurt but was worth it. Overall excellent beer with deep complexity.

Batch 81.

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say...all my favorite components beautifully balanced in a creamy, voluptuous body. Leather, wood, smoke, figs, tobacco, and chocolate. Reasonably dry, and constantly compelling, drawing you in for another luxurious sip. Simply amazing, and even more incredible than the bottled version.

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Photo of BrokenStones
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Baileys Tap Room in Portland the other day, 12 oz. Bottle. Very disappointing. HOWEVER, I had one on tap at APEX the following day and they were like two different beers.

Bottom line is that the bottle was almost like eating an ashtray. Hardcore black liquid smoke. Truly not enjoyable.

***Had a bottle at home 3/25 and was a world apart from the bottle at Baileys. The charcoal and dominant burnt/smoke characteristics were far less dominant. Rather the charcoal was just part of, as Andy would say "A cornicopia of flavors, a fruit basket of delight!"

Headed to Apex the following day and had to try it on tap.
Much more mellow, rounder edges, far richer in character, deeper and more complex.

Fred is far more enjoyable for me right now.

I haves some at home and will age a few and go back to it and see how the bottle develops. I will review again.

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Photo of Schwag
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one’s a random liquor store find – it certainly pays to shop around.

Brewed about three years ago (Batch 77, 2009 Vintage).

A: Odd pour: there’s no big, fluffy head, but a film of very thin white color around the edges of the body. Lacing is minimal and spotty. The color is brown with a ruby red light, showing a watery, old ale character in its thickness. Looks interesting, to say the least.

S: Starts with great caramel cream aromas, but soon shows hints of vanilla, baking chocolate, and wood; old ale deliciousness. Leather is the transition aroma before Noble hop notes of lemon and floweriness. Finishes with some Vanilla Coke and a mineral water tone.

T: Full of flavor from the very first sip: starts with a spicy hop bitterness and a grainy zest of lemon rind and oaky rum. Tons of complicated malt flavor, with prune, caramel, toffee, fig, and chocolate notes. Roasts aren’t as pronounced as in the nose, but peat and rum raisin flavors make their way through with a rolling iced coffee character tagging along. It’s a little dry on the end, with some stabilizing wine and buttery fudge notes. Aftertaste is sugary-smooth smoke and raisin.

M: Cool, smooth, and refreshing. A little thick for an old ale, but still relatively thin for a 10% alcohol beer.

O: A very tasty brew: brown sugary and old-ale-rich to the core. To be honest, I expected a bit more craziness from the guys who made Fred, but this is a great, woody old ale. With this base beer, I’m guessing I’d love Adam from the Wood. New beer quest…go!

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Photo of divineaudio
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

300th review!
bottle courtesy of rjocobs6.
batch 76 into my founders snifter.

a - pours a murky, dark brown shade, nearly an opaque black. gave me a thin cap of sudsy, tan head than calmed to a film slowly. leaves a few thin legs of lacing in the glass.

s - massive sweet dark fruitiness. raisin, plum, fig, faint chocolate.

t - wow. starts off with chocolate malt, then dark fruits roll in as do notes of leather. a candi sugar sweetness takes over then fades into a smokey, peaty finish. slight alcohol spiciness and faint hop bitterness both come out as the beer warms.

m - full bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. finer co2 profile, slight alcohol warming. amazingly smooth. one of the best textures i have ever experienced in a beer.

o - a wonderful beer. falls in the dangerously drinkable category, not because you don't notice the alcohol taking effect, but because it's so damn good that you sip it faster than you probably should. worth seeking out.

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Photo of Scout11
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of jgagne
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a nice mohagany brown with prominent very light brown head. Good retention.

S-good caramel notes at the nose with a underlying smell of smoked wood.

T-huge sweet malty flavor with a nice but not to strong smoke flavor. Very clean and balanced. The caramel/nutty flavor is wonderful in this beer.

M-large body that coats your mouth with sweetness.

O-my first beer from Hair of the Dog, and I am extremely impressed. Wonderful balance. Hides the alcohol very well, definetly an easy drinker.

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

Batch 83

Pours dark brown that allows no light, there is some lightening of the brown on the edges. A huge light mocha head took forever to recede and left plenty of lacing.

Smell has some booze, but the overall character is freshly cauterized leather, smoky, and bold. A bit daunting....

Taste is complex, strong, dark fruit, roasted malt, bitterness, some smoke on the finish.

A smooth medium body with good carbonation make this huge beer feel a little lighter.

While it may feel a little lighter, the flavor never lets you forget it's boldness. My first time I every smelled a beer, and fully experienced leather, it was quite scary. Glad I tried this excellent flavored brew.


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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Dunkelhund
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 72, aged for over a year.

Appearance – Very dark ruby black, with a thick light brown long lasting head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell – A smoky spicy smell with a touch of chocolate. Also a nice sweet boozey smell. Perhaps a hint of black cherry.

Taste – Smokey, with an excellent mix of molasses, figs, a sweet bourbon like flavor, and maybe some cola

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and lightly creamy; just right for the style. The alcohol is incredibly subdued. I would have guessed this be 7% rather than 10%

Drinkability – Highly drinkable. I also tried batch 82 fresh; it was good, but not quite as good. I think this should be aged, if possible.

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Photo of switzer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,461 ratings.
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