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

2,472 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 weerezboy
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

A very good Old Ale. Batch #82

A: 2+ fingered creamy light brown head that displayed very solid retention and some lacing atop this dark brown beer.

S: Dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, tootsie roll scents (odd, but not bad), and leather. Very full robust flavors.

T: Followed the scent very closely, booze made a stronger showing and so does roasted barley. A very tasty beverage that I can't wait to have again.

M: Creamiest beer I have ever had! Just a delight to drink.

O: A great beer from a brewery I have only had the pleasure of drinking a few beers from.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful garnet color that transitions into a reddish brown towards the center of the glass. Numerous bubble streams rise on the sides of the glass. It has a massive, creamy, dirty white head that billows up in a ferocious manner. The head has great retention and lasts the length of the drink.

S: Sweet dark fruits and strong alcohol aromas are the main players. Fruits include plums, dates, and raisins. The alcohol leaves a bit of a sting towards the end.

T: Similar to the aroma with sweet dark fruits (plums, dates, raisins) and a touch of alcohol. There is also an additional malt presence that I wasn't able to pick up on in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation. It drinks very smoothly and for having such a high alcohol content, it hides it rather well.

O: Before this beer, I wasn't sure I liked Old Ales very much. This beer made me a believer. Nothing short of pure deliciousness.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EnJeiBee
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours extremely dark, but when you hold it up to the light, you can see deep dark rusty red in it. Although, I poured this one carefully, a pillowy 3 finger head popped up immediately, lingering for a while and leaving light lacing on the glass.

S - Smokey burnt caramel and slightly leathery tobacco sit alongside a slightly muted dark fruit profile.

T - Extremely similar to the nose, but the date/raisin fruit profile is slightly more prominent than the it would lead you to believe.

M - Smooth and medium bodied with slightly higher carbonation that I would like.

O - This is a great old ale! I would definitely recommend that everyone who has the opportunity give this a try.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of B33R501
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

great beer. dark rust, great head, retension, lace. smells and taste caramel, molasses, figs, leather, outstanding. smooth, strong, satisfying, and very drinkable. no hint of the alcohol at all. really compares well to bruery cuir, at less than 1/2 the price. would certainly have again, and cant wait to try fred.

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Photo of spry
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of qthompso
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a giant 2-3 fingers of off tannish head that lingers for quite some time. This is definitely a bottle conditioned beer!

Aroma pulls out big, smokey, malty notes. Not overly well versed in the style but smoke is definitely the prominent note to me.

Certainly get the smoke in the taste. However, also pick up on a lot of raisin, port, and boozy characteristics. The lingering flavor is one of a deep, bitter wine with peaty characteristics (i.e. almost a burnt rubber taste... in a good way). The more I sniff and sip, I pick up on some citric hop notes, but they're far from the dominant flavor.

A nice, well rounded beer. Very full mouthfeel with a large amount of carbonation from that bottle conditioning.

I won't pretend to be an old ale expert but this is a great example based on what I've had before. Flavors are strong but very well balanced. With the boozy finish, certainly not something that you'll have more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney thistle glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style.

A: Pours a delightfully creamy, lightly tan colour head of five fingers, great thickness and fantastic retention (especially considering the high ABV). Colour is a solid nontransparent black. It's very inviting and appealing. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Leather, cream, and yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Alcohol, leather, chocolate, light cream, peat, oak, and assorted malts. The peat is most notable on the climax, but is overall quite subtle. It's well balanced and built, and well done for the style. I don't get any smoke (as suggested by the label). Raisiny.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thick - but never too much so. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, but also a touch simple for the style. It's a lovely beer in this style, and one I'd get again. It'd be nice aged or perhaps on tap. Keep an eye out for it.


Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.01/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 76, which I believe is a 2010 vintage.

2.0 A: Dark brown color. No head at all. None. Not surprised, but disappointed nonetheless.

3.5 S: Loads of tobacco and raisin. Date, fig, and prune after that. Sweet toffee and caramel. Minor notes of oxidation. This smells pretty good despite no carbonation. It'd proabably be amazing with some.

3.5 T: Tobacco and rum raisin kick this off. Dates, figs, prunes, toffee, and plenty of caramel. Basically the same as the nose. Again, some sherry-like oxidation. Same as the nose. Would be much tastier with carbonation.

1.5 M: Heavier medium body. Not fully flat, but whatever is the lowest detectable amount In any case, it ruins whatever creaminess this had in store.

2.5 D: I think this could be a damn good beer if it was allowed to be. As it stands, it's at the lower end of average. With carbonation, I could see this easily breaking the 4s. But, I won't know tonight. I've been having nothing been trouble with b-wines from the cellar and their carbonation lately. It's starting to grow tiresome.

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Photo of nataku00
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (batch 79) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark cola brown color with no head. A single ring of small bubbles right at the edge of the glass leaves some light lacing and alcohol legs when swirled lightly. Plenty of cola like carbonation clinging to the edge of the glass.

Nose is dark fruits, leather, dark caramel, molasses, smoked and toasted malt. A bit of sherry like oxidation, like a sweet card board soaked in a bit of booze. Doesn't overwhelm your nose, fairly delicate aromas.

Taking a sip, dark fruits like cherry and plum, sherry, molasses. Some herbal bitterness from hops show up mid tongue and linger on to the finish, along with a mellow smokiness, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Pretty good integration of the smoke flavor with the rest of the beer.

Medium body with light soft carbonation there barely registers on the tongue. A bit thinner than I thought the beer was going to be. There is a bit of boozy warmth on the back of the tongue and in the throat, but it doesn't distract from the beer. Overall, really good.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip. Batch #80.

A - Dark brown with so much head that I couldn't finish pouring a 12 oz bottle in to a Duvel tulip glass. Head was fluffy and a very light brown colour.

S - A hit of smoke at first that is the dominant aroma. Chocolate, raisins and brown sugar round out the nose.

T - Smoke up front, but it is not as dominant as the the nose indicated. Raising, figs, brown sugar and very light chocolate and tobacco notes round out the palate. A nice bitterness and warming alcohol provide a compliment to the sweet malt profile. Very robust, well balaned and extremely tasty.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent Old Ale. I wish this was available locally.

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Photo of bwyu
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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells like the backroom of a mobster's den. Woodsmoke, vanilla, dried fruit, leather. Intense, but not as rich as a real dark porter or stout, kind of indefinable - not like any beer I've ever had, and consistently surprising every time I have it. Super-carbonated, which I think is kind of distracting, and while it has a huge head it dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Overall, though, a thoroughly excellent beer, and a good way to unwind at the end of the night, if you don't feel like drinking too much and only want one beer to mull over.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Auracom
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Bruery Provisions back in November. Could no longer resist temptation, so 6 oz. poured into a snifter on January 19th, 2012.

A - Liquid caramel. Very dark, murky brown coloring with an initial finger and a half worth of a light khaki head. Surprisingly good retention considering it's 10%. Nice fluffy lacing. It just looks extremely smooth.

S - Definitely the most robust note of leather I've come across. Behind that is caramel, tobacco, smoke, dark fruit (more like dates, less like raisins), milk chocolate, rum, and a touch of hops in back. Color me curious. This is a very nice aroma.

T & M - Damnit, I've run into an overcarbonated bottle. As crisp as Coca-Cola, so much so that it dominates flavors of molasses, leather, caramel, figs, and raisins in the actual drink. The semi-sweet finish is much more what I expected, with more smoke and brown sugar. Lingers for quite a while, very little warming from the alcohol. The crispness starts to mellow out after 15-20 minutes and the flavors are coming together a bit better.

D - Tough rate here. The smell was memorable, the taste was so dominated by feel (carbonation) that I had to combine those two categories. Alcohol was near non-existent in both aroma and taste, so excellent job by HotD in that department. I need to revisit and hope for a properly-carbonated bottle.

Would love to see what the barrel adds for AftW.

Edit - revisited many time since this first review, including a fresh growler shipped in a trade. Carbonation hasn't been an issue since that very first, and unfortunate, bottle. It's complex, unique, and consistent. And I will seek it out permanently as a cellar staple forevermore.

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Photo of TimP2115
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 2,472 ratings.
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