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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#770
Reviews:
1,043
Ratings:
2,512
pDev:
9.86%
Bros Score:
4.44
 
 
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625
Gots:
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Ratings: 2,512 |  Reviews: 1,043
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a snifter. The appearance is a nice dark brown color perhaps close to black. The head is a good two and a half fingers of white foaminess. There is a decent amount of adequate foamy lacing spider webbing all over the place. The smell has a hearty roasty meatiness up front with a decent sweet sticky chocolate coming in behind. The taste was fairly balanced between the meatiness and the chocolate. The aftertaste is somewhat a good balance between the meatiness and the chocolate. The finish is quick and dry. On the palate, it sits about a medium with not too much of any sessionability about this. I’m finding this one to be more of a sipper. Do I feel the ABV? Perhaps. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth, whoah, wow, very smooth. Overall, ok, this is a wonderful representation of the Old Ale style, big wow from me. Though very different from my all time favorite of this style, I still like this one a lot and would definitely have it again. So glad I finally had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.54/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Deep cola color - almost black - with a thin lacing. Aroma does have some huskier malt smells, and maybe even a little earthy hop, but there is an astringent alcohol ester that is pretty harsh & unwelcoming.

Taste is a little bit smoother - lots of dark fig upfront, heavy caramel malt - but that ester really brings out a leathery tannin flavor that just does not work for me. It is very fusel, and bullies the other flavors. I get this a lot of HotD beers so I guess they just aren't for me.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours with very little carbonation, almost still. Feels that way on the palate too, which is a bit of a turnoff.

Tastes a bit old and muddled at first, with some minerality raising an eyebrow. As the beer warms and settles, a richer array of flavors come forward - prunes, dates, currants, caramel, a slightly bitter, tannic finish. Some umami and plum/berry fruit combine for a nice combo. Again, there's a chalky, mineralic note. Heavy on the palate, but finishes relatively dry. Still, I'm wishing for more carbonation.

Overall, one of the more interesting old ales I've had. Although I think it could use more time in the bottle both from a flavor and carbonation development perspective.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akolb
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma has leather, dark fruit, tobacco, oak, dampness, and a hint of chocolate. Thick brown with minimal head. Taste has spice, plum, leather, tobacco, cocoa, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and soy sauce. Minimal carbonation. A very intense, very unique beer.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 92.
Pours from the bottle a dark brown with a never-ending dark tan head. Strong carbonation and tons of lace.
Amazing aroma: chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and hints of hazelnut.
Dark chocolate leads the taste with dark fruit, molasses and some bitter char notes. As it warms a bit, I get vanilla, leather and a touch of smoke.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.
A very nice experience.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch 92

This beer pours black in color and is topped with several inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

I smell milk chocolate with a hint of smoke.

The taste begins with milk chocolate. Through the middle I get some earthy flavors and some more familiar old ale flavors in the finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is different from all the other old ales that I have tried. This one is more like a stout with the color, flavor, and aroma. It is pretty good.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_encinitan
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Radcpa
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance. Very little aroma tobacco? Almost no head or carbonation. Taste is a little fruity but bitter and the bitterness increases toward the end. I did not notice any alcohol taste.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Truck67
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hudson2508
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really one of the greats in this style - it's somehow both heavy and light at the same time, whereas some old ales (which I also love) are a bit more bludgeoning with malt and ABV. A refreshing, invigorating sipper for rainy evenings.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,512 ratings