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

2,474 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 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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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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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%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mar02x
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer pored in by Alan Sprints himself during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a fantastic moment.

A - A dark brown, but clear beer with a off white head that turns slowly to fluffy.

S - A fruity sweet scent.

T - There is definitely some smoke malts used in this beer, but is totally not overwhelming and the sweet fruitiness catches you quite easily.

M - A soft carbonation and no bitterness. This beer is easy to drink and enjoyable.

O - A pleasant ale to drink, a real sipper.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Paid $4.95 for a 12 oz. Batch 84.

Poured into a brandy snifter. Bottle conditioned means a lot of head. A magnificent deep brown. Lacing is thick.

The beer is a perfect balance of fresh tobacco, leather, oak, cedar and smoke. One of the best examples of the style.

ISO Adam from the wood!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last vintage from the old facility, on tap at the tasting room on 2-24. Reviewed from notes.

A: So brown it's black. Coats the glass.

N: Subdued, but I get a hint of malt, caramel, toffee, and smoke.

T: This is amazing. It's a mixture of chocolate, leather, tobacco, and a smokiness that's reminiscent of a Coal Islay Scotch. And I love me some Laphroaig. Alcohol is practically non-existent.

M: Smooth and silky. I could take down a lot of this if it wasn't 10%.

O: This is an awesome batch. Really, the only reason I don't put this as 5's across the board is because I don't want to be too huge of a fan boy. But this is, IMO, a standard by which other beers are judged.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no date, but "Batch 81" on label.

very dark brown with ruby highlights. frothy cream-colored head that hangs around. very pleasant aromas of vanilla, oak, toffee, touch of black cherry. tastes of sweet malt, caramel, raisins, burnt sugar. medium body, soft carbonation. fairly smooth.

overall - a great beer that gets better as it warms

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

Hair of the Dog Adam is by far the best old ale I've ever had. So smooth and delicious!

A: Completely black colour with a huge 3 cm fine, foamy head that lasts extremely well. 5

S: Malty. Woody. Some roasty chocolate. There is also some noticeable alcohol. Smells a bit like a stout. 4.5

T: Malty with woody notes. The alcohol is present in the mouthfeel but not so much the flavour. This is so smooth and subtle. Very drinkable. A little roastiness in the finish. Great! 4.5

M: Big and foamy. Warming. 5

O: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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 2,474 ratings.
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