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

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4.26 w/ 2,480 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Ratings: 2,480 |  Reviews: 1,030
Photo of Sarlacc83
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of Dan3279
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had one of the last pours of this at Gravity Head 2012 on 02/25/12.

A – Lightly translucent, slightly cloudy brown. Very little head, but with a thin lacing which stuck around.

S – Caramelized grainy malt, slight cherry, and alcohol.

T – Follows the nose, but with less alcohol. Slightly fruit sweetness, caramel, and a bit of hops. Well balanced with a chocolate finish.

M – Full bodied and very smooth. Bit of a burn in the finish, but not as high as I’d expect for a 10% ABV. Very drinkable.

O – One of the better Old Ales I’ve had, and one of the brews I was looking out for at Gravity Head 2012.

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Photo of SeaOfShells
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of syrupjoe
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass. Enjoying in the comfort of home. Pours a very dark brown color with hints of ruby around the edges. It's also evident that this brew is rather cloudy. Very thick, foamy light tan two finger head.

Nose: Fig, honey, molasses, cocoa, dark red berries, soy sauce.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, honey, resinous malt, fig, raisin, graham cracker. A bit of booze and tobacco in the finish.

Overall this is a massively complex and rich beer. I loved it. The booze is incredibly well concealed, only coming in ever so slightly in the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and clean, slightly slick but dry finish. Can't wait to drink another one!

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fat Tuesday- figured this was very appropriate. Special thanks to JohnGalt1 for this brew- awesome part of a solid trade!

Pours a color that resembles maple syrup mixed with molasses. Rich, heavy color. Held in the light- colors like burgundy are clearly revealed. I poured mine into a tulip which I think it the right glass for the beer. White head that slowly subsides.

Aroma is heavenly. Might be the best aroma of a beer I have ever tried in fact. Rich fig and toffee coupled with maple syrup and sweet bourbon. I think the best aroma came from the glass about 45 minutes post-opening.

Where do I begin to describe the layers of this brew. Extremely smooth, but hint of alcohol really makes the brew have some body. Vanilla notes, along with some traditional old ale flavors like fig, raisin, and marshmallow. WOW. Slightest touch of anise on the end too. Vanilla lingers...

In my top 5. Wow. Cheers!

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Photo of robL
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of output01x
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields absolutely zero head, not even the faintest of dustings. The body is a nearly opaque, nearly black mahogany with very slight traces of crimson when held to light. No lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses, and indiscernible dark fruit. The nose is incredibly complex and is impossible to completely dissect.

The complexity of the nose is laughable compared to the taste. Flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, and butter start each sip. Upon swallowing, the vanilla comes out more along with dark fruit flavors of plum and fig. A very slight but pleasant alcohol warmth is noticeable at the end.

Full bodied with very little carbonation, this beer is practically the definition of silky smooth. While the body is a little sticky and coating, it slides gracefully over the tongue like melted butter. The carbonation is obviously very lacking but doesn't seem necessary.

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Photo of guytyping
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of shwillivanilli
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of natemort13
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 83

Beer pours black with a foamy dark khaki head that sticks around forever and leaves big lacing.

Nose has a sharp woodiness with a slight medicinal quality. Lots of smoke comes through with some grainy booze. some peat. Hint of cherry.

Whoa, tasty. Smoky with boozy finish that has more lingering smoke. Caramel malt comes through after a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium full.

Overall a very unique and fun beer. The smokiness underpins the entire beer but never overwhelms. Delicious, need to age some to compare it to.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Amsterdam Cafe in SF in Feb. 2012. Reviewed from notes.

A: Deep mahogany, with no head, and little lacing.

S: Dark fruits, mainly figs and prunes. Smoke and leather. Very unique.

T: Chocolate. Lots of dark fruits (raisins, prunes, figs), toffee, and caramel. Has a dry hoppy finish, with a leathery linger. On the verge of cloying, but pulls back at the perfect moment, like a head in a gator's mouth. Could use some more hops for balance.

M: Viscous and lightly boozy.

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Photo of paxchristi
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

A- Very dark brown with no transparency. Thin tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and some sweet booze.

T- Very complex. Beginning is malty with some hints of chocolate, middle has some sweetness and dried fruits and the finish leaves a smokey roasted malt aftertaste.

M- Smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

O- Great beer. Not sure if I have had an old ale before, but this one is great. Very glad I picked this up when I was in Philly since I have not seen it in MD. Definitely worth picking up if you can find it near you.

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Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of korguy123
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam Batch 82

A- Pitch black pour with a creamy two finger light tan head. Lacing is just glued to the glass.

S- Dark fruits, slight alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Subtle leather and cherries. Very complex, everything melds together.

T- Definite stone fruits, than a quick booze taste that evolves to brown sugar, vanilla and coffee ending with a slight bitter finish.

M- Thin to medium bodied, slightly creamy and subtle carbonation.

O- Second chance at Adam and it's even better than I remembered it.

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Photo of bstave
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle (batch 84) poured into New Belgium snifter

A- Poured fairly slowly resulting in huge 3 finger frosting-like off-white head persistent head. Really sticky lacing. Very dark, but held to the light you can see some red.

S- Dark fruits, toffee, leather, chocolate. Not getting much alcohol. Wonderful.

T- Incredible. So complex with all of the different notes I am getting. Dark fruits, leather, toffee, and lingering dark chocolate and warm booziness.

M- So creamy. Surprising medium carbonation lends itself to a creamy mouthfeel. A delight to drink.

O- I have had this beer many times in the bottle and on tap at the brewery. This is one of my favorite beers of all time and snag one whenever I see it. I have never been patient enough to age this one. One of few beers that truly is a journey once you crack the cap.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 92.6% out of 100 with 2,480 ratings
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