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

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2,486 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

*The current rating is based off the best batch and tasting of this beer.
*Unless noted otherwise, all 12 oz. bottles

- Batch 82 / Bottled 17-Mar-11
- Cellared 09-Nov-11
- Poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 30-Nov-13 (aged little over 3.5 years)
Oldest Adam I've had to date, and this batch is becoming a favorite. Plenty of carbo. I get some nice caramel apple notes. A BW-quality that I didn't get much of in my previous experiences. Still get the nice leather notes, but the smokyness isn't there, or very subdued. Overall, very nice. Still have 3 more bottles of this batch and looking forward to them next year.

- Batch 91 / Bottled ??? (they need to update their website!)
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 7-Nov-14 (assuming less than a year old)
No carbonation!!! Maybe a hint of it, if that. Tasted decent. I actually didn't detect any heat and no woody, tabacco smoky element in the flavors. Did get some dark fruit sweetness with chocolate and hint of leather. Still good enough to finish a glass, but this is the worse batch yet. I cracked open another bottle from same batch the next night to find out for sure it wasn't just some outlier. Same thing. Beware of Batch 91!

- Batch 83 / Bottled 29-Mar-12
- Cellared 28-May-12
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 3-Nov-14 (aged 2 years 7 months)
This is probably the best batch and best tasting of Adam I've had yet. dark fruit and chocolate-y goodness! The not much tabacco ash as other batches, but its still there. It's more present in the nose than in the taste. The barrel-like notes and hints of leather are there in the base. Mouthfeel is spot on. Velvety without the loss of carbo. No unpleasant heat whatsoever.

Wish there was a way to know which batches would age this well or not. I would've bought more of this batch than, say, Batch 83.

- Batch 82 / Bottled 17-Mar-11
- Poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 30-Dec-13 (aged 2 years 9 months)
Like the B80 I tried last year. Very smooth with all the Adam flavors. It's crazy how this isn't barrel-aged.

- Batch 83 / Bottled 15-Sep-11
- Cellared 20-Dec-11
- Poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 3-Aug-13 (aged 2 years 11 months)
Ton of leather and smoke on the nose with hints of barrel notes on the back end of the aromas. This one's a little too carbonated and I think it's the reason why I'm not getting as much caramel and figs as I would've liked.
Still.. very unique beer and really enjoying the different flavors that shine at different time points.

- Batch 80 / Bottled 16-Feb-10
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 05-Oct-12 (aged 2 years 7 months)
Hotness mellowed out, almost undetectable. The leathery, wood, tabacco, dark fruit, caramel, and a bit of chocolate all balanced together. So smooth.

- Batch 84 / Bottled 12-Jan-12
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 02-May-12 (fresh)
Same flavors but pretty hot and unbalanced compared to previous experience.

- Batch 80 / Bottled 16-Feb-10
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 04-Sep-11 (aged 1 year 7 months)
Smooth malt and caramel w/ just slight hotness. Leathery with hints of dark fruits. Full bodied.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hair of the Dog – Adam
12oz bottle from batch 82 poured into a tulip
Served roughly 50 degrees.

A: Poured a murky dark brown with a few floaties towards the end. Lively light brown head with great lacing.

S: Not an overpowering nose but subtle and pleasant. A little bit of raisony dark fruit with hints of chocolate and molasses. I noticed another review mention Flintstone vitamins and low and behold it was there.

T: Absolutely amazing. It had been a while since I have had an Adam and I forgot how great it is. Similar to the nose there is a bit of raison, molasses, tobacco, alcohol and even though this is not the wood version there is still a hint of a wood like flavor. So many flavors and none of them are overpowering.

M: Beautifully creamy mouth feel. It has a very unique feel to it due to the fact that it is full and creamy but without the thick oily viciousness you would expect from such a large beer.

O: This is a fantastic beer. The taste is 5 out of 5 all the way. There are so many flavors that pop up throughout and they are all balanced and delicious. I am lucky enough to drink a lot of amazing beers living in Southern California but Adam is in my top ten for the year.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an explosive over the top of the glass three finger mocha head with frothy lacing, root beer brown in body with a milk chocolate tint.

smells of roasted oak and chocolatey hazelnut, hint of cinnamon.

perfectly balanced hops, sweet tinge of an almost roasty banana, tastes carmelized but not overbearingly so.

light on-bringing for a 10%, catches up to you in the long run. full-bodied spicy aftertaste lingers. good for cold days inside like this one.

nice brew. you feel it after half of one.

**Bottle reads: "Batch Number 82"

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3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Double Bastard glass. Pours a cola-like black and brown with a finger of off-white head. The aroma is very complex, dark fruits and chocolate dominate, along with some caramel. The taste has those same dark fruits, lots of raisin and fig, along with some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation with a decent creaminess to it.

A solid old ale, but something in the taste didn't quite work for me, one of the dark fruits gave it a kind of funk that I wasn't a fan of. Overall though, a good beer that I wouldn't mind revisiting again.

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

Batch 82 of this fantastic 12-oz beer from Bobby's Liquors into a Delirium snifter.

A: Deep brown with delicate lacy head that thins gradually.

S: Sweet caramel and fig and chocolate.

T/M: The taste really follows the nose. It is complex and the sweet malt, which is balanced well with a modest and indistinct hop bitterness. lingers on the tongue. The chocolate and fig play well off each other. Medium bodied with a subtle boozy note.

Very delicious and well crafted, balanced dark ale.

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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby almost black, quite pretty color actually. Four fingers of off white head. The retention is amazing, and so is the lacing. Retention is almost too good, it's taking forever to die down.

Smells of chocolate, chalk, figs, raisins, flinstone vitamins, a bit of leather too.

Taste of chocolate, leather, tobacco, I want to say there's some rye in there, figs, raisins, flinstone vitamins again for sure, some fusel alcohol, vinous grape, a smokey earthiness, then a chalky bitter finish sorta reminiscent of burnt toast.

The mouthfeel is big and slightly chewy, with huge luscious carbonation. Alcohol is there, but somewhat restrained.

Really unique, complex, and unlike almost anything I have had before. Definitely try this if you're looking for something different.

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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for this one! Batch #80. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours perfectly. A thick, muddy black/brown with .5in of tan head that has awesome retention. Nose smells like the pure expression of grain in beer. A little smoke, a little wood, a little caramel and a little husk.

Palate is big and the alcohol is immediately noticeable on the tip of the tongue and then has an evaporating effect the palate over. Flavors of chewy grains and wet wood, cocoa nibs, nut shells, toasted seeds, etc. The mouthfeel is sort of odd because of the "lifted" alcohol effect, but I'd say it's medium-full-bodied, with a moderate-to-long finish and never feels cloying or chewy, just really BiG.

Notes: Tasty and solid. Don't really see what the fuss is about, but this is better than the Fred I had.

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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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