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

1,017 Reviews

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 gentlebubbles
3.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Redbone's

Deep smooth chestnut with low, dense tan head. Caramel scent. Thick caramel with smoky tones that take on a touch of creosote toward the end. The smoke makes it intriguing, but I'm not interested in having another. A hair on the syrupy side. Subtle warming that's just what you need on a freaking cold evening.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Batch #58. 50 IBU's per the website. Pours out to a murky very deep brown, forming a tall, soapy tan head with excellent retention and nice sheets of lacing. Bottle conditioned. Aroma of a traditional barley-wine with lots of dark, rotting fruits, as well as a mild hint of chocolate, smoke and spice. Hops are herbal and spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Medium-firm carbonation explodes onto the tongue with a powdery texture and a medium-dense, oily and syrupy body. Taste begins with lots of dark fruits, then gives way to an interesting chocolate, lightly smoked malt, assam tea, and roasted grain combo, followed by a 1-2 alcoholic punch in the middle which sends shudders down my spine. The finish is permeated by moderate herbal and spicy bitterness, and lingering green hop leafs linger thru the aftertaste. Belches are spicy and warm.

This one is definitely a sipper. The carbonation is too intense to enjoy this right out of the bottle, and requires sitting at room temp to mellow to the point of being enjoyable. The smoke becomes burdensome, and the alcohol is a bit boozy, making this one difficult to finish.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 58
cellar temp, 57F tonight. Served in pint. Tremendous tan cream mounded up on the sides of the pint like wind-blown snow! Cloudy ruby brown the color of leaf mold.
Smell ripe froot. Band Aid. That alcohol is a stick in the eye. Wet evergreen forest.
It tickles with carbonation and alcohol. You can eat this in wedges. Treacle. Italian plum tart with whole wheat pastry and farm fresh butter. A little bubble gum. A touch antiseptic. Plums. plums,plums,plums. Shot of espresso. Reminds me of a cat I had that curled up and had you pet him, then he'd turn around purring and smiling and slash you. Nice.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #60.
The liquid is a deep, opaque brown color, topped with a no-nonsense tan head. The foam has considerable staying power and produces nice lace. The aroma is the centerpiece of the brew: alcohol, mixed with fruit…black cherries? There’s a sweet-like malt smell that’s almost syrupy, along with smoke, peat, and fresh-cut wood smells. I love aromas like this…complex and fun to sniff. New aroma’s throw themselves at you every time you take a sip. The taste is considerably sweet, hinged with a powerful alcohol warming. There’s a spiciness and continued fruitiness in the taste. This is a thick, chewy, substantial beer, and is extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #53.
Small, dense, tan head. A ruddy brown-black beer, hazy blood against strong light. Some swoops of lacing. Sweet, bready, toffee, molasses, tangy, pruney nose. Buttery, tangy, spicy, rotten fruit front. It's almost salty. Flat, oily middle. Almost overpowering in salty, rotten fruit. Spicy, sour fruit and alcohol in the finish; almost smoky aftertaste. This is interesting. It's a tasty, intense, spirit beer.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #48
This puppy ?sploded out of the bottle and made an enormous tawny head. The color is deep ruby red. Head retention dwindles and leaves some good lacing. Strong hop aroma with malt, chocolate, caramel dark fruits and whiskey. Flavor is quite intense; malty sweetness, fruits, raisins and a sharp hop finish. Palate is complex and stimulating with an aggressive fizz, a hoppy biting middle and a dry metallic finish. A well-done conglomeration of intense qualities with a good balance. I was expecting the usual over-the-top hop, etc., but got an interesting experience.

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Photo of rdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what to compare this beer to. I think it may be my first Old Ale, at least that I noticed. I loved this beer. It poured a very dark amber color with a large off-white head. The lacing was significant.

Adam was full of the malt aroma with hints of plum, dates, and raisins. The taste is not far from the aroma with malt sweetness, tones of plums or prunes, dates, currants, and alcohol. The mouth feel is full-bodied, thick and comforting. I will be returning to this one as often as I can get my hands on one, but of course, I haven't tried Fred, Rose, or Ruth, yet.

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Photo of mschofield
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #60
Over the top carbonation, even with a careful pour I got a glass full of head. Once it calmed down enough to fill my glass I was left with a dark purplish-red beer topped with a four finger reddish-tan head, leaving puffy webs of lacing.
The aroma rushes out of the bottle almost as fast as the beer did, fruity, quite robust, leafy note, earthy with nuts, dark fruit, smoke and grain.
Malty taste, smoked and roasted, earthy and floral.
Full bodied, it's nice to try but I wouldn't go back to it - the smoky note was interesting.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer. Batch 54.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a HUGE 3" light brown head over the murky, opaque, dark brown brew. Will take some time to get this poured out, like Rose and Fred before him in the past. Fifteen minutes later, all in. Head starts dense, eventually gets very airy, and leaves hunks of laces everywhere. Hard to knock the appearance, once you can get it out of the bottle...

Aroma is sweetly malty, with spicy and yesty things happening as well. Alcohol presence is obvious. Taste is of spicy dark malts, dark fruits, and warming alcohol works its magic in the mouth and throat. Mouthfeel okay, just a bit overboard on the everything, and drinkability isn't the best due to big-time foaming issues (I hate to wait), and just plain hard to get down overall.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.15/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'm assuming that I just don't get this beer. I'm not going to slam it but this isn't my style. I've only had a few barleywines and this is my first old ale to date. This will probably be my only old ale forever unless someone can convince me otherwise. Thanks to beerski for the chance to increase my BA-dom while sampling this. Part of my quest is figuring out what I DON'T like. This definitely fits in to that category.

Appearance: Brown with ruby edges. A tan chunky head. Looks like a porter in the glass. Again, I have no baseline for comparison.

Smell: Smoky, malty with alcohol being the prominent smell. A hint of licorice but alcohol dominates.

Taste: Plums, smoke, with a woody and earthy finish. Alcohol is present throughtout and dominating the other tastes that are trying to fit in.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy like a cough syrup.

Drinkability and overall: Definitely suffers due to the alcohol taste. I have to admit, this is the first beer that ended up down the drain. It got worse with each subsequent sip. Totally ruined my taste for any beer the rest of the day. I would avoid it. Not a good beer.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 56
Pours a dark brown with a huge tan head. thick lace
aroma was very complex, fruity at first (berries) then smoky, malty, chocolaty , port, prunes, alchohol wisp at the end.
flavor was complex as well roasty, coffee, plum, prune , woody, caramel ,with just the right amount of grapefruit bitterness to balance it out.
Finish was long and slightly bitter. note of alcohol on the throat.
Enjoyed this with my favorite everyday cigar, a Padron 4000 Maduro and they complemented each other very nicely. Wow.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Dark brownish-black with chunks. Huge creamy beige head, wicked retentive and sticky. Real nice soft yeast aroma with strawberry, ash, apricot, chocolate covered cherries, and alcohol. Flavor is very complex, woody, and smokey. There is a burning alcohol feel and spicy hop character. Creamy and fuzzy.

I don't mind alcohol flavor, but when it burns I take it as a sign that I am drinking something that I should not drink. This also gave me a headache. This beer is great except for the huge alcohol flavor, burn, and headache. Tone that down and you have yourself an absolute winner. As it is, I might try it again some time.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown, and was slightly cloudy. The way I poured it gave it almost no head.

The aroma was of rich, deep roasted malt. Incredible. The alcohol was not prominent in any way in the aroma.

It was not present in the taste either... it tasted of very strong, full-bodied musty malt. But it definitely warmed like a beer with that alcohol content. It went down nice and deceptively smooth.

My advice is simple... if you see it, get it and try it. It is well worth it.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.

Bottle reads: Batch number 58.

Pours opaque mahogany with a soapy, tan to off-white head that has the consistency of whipped topping that's been slightly watered down. Some nice, creamy sheets of lace hug the walls of my Maudite goblet.

The nose is large and heavy, mostly malt, coming in on the front with a swift waft of dark fruits -- candied plums, raisins, prunes -- with a middle of fresh banana bread, closing on a touch of alcohol fumes and a subtle citrusy hop aroma.

Taste opens with a deliciously crusty brown-sugar sweetness and a dense underside of palate-puckering fruits (plums scattered with lemon zest). The middle has a pleasant lift of balmy alcohol heat within a frame of bitterness that never overpowers, remaining on the edges -- although prominenty -- allowing the dense fruits and the bready, chewy notes to play out on the forefront. Aftertaste is a lingering buzz of alcohol around my mouth and throat, and a gentle slab of bitter-sweetness that rounds out the taste wonderfully, bringing it around into a full circle.

The mouthfeel is simultaneously light and heavy: light in that it's airy, almost like whipped cream, and dense in how it firmly coats my entire palate without uncomfortably sticking.

I tried this once before and had a very spoiled bottle; I am more than pleased that I returned to it, and had one that is fresh.

A remarkable brew!

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

This poured to a very dark color with dark red and purple tones with a huge head that shrank but never disappeared. It's leaving a wall of lace on one side of the glass.

Alcohol dominates the smell, with a bit of smoke as well. Malts come out heavy in the taste along with the alcohol content. There's a hint of smoked flavor in the taste, too, but it certainly isn't as strong as it is in the smell. Hops complete the finsh.

Outstanding. This is up there with the best of them.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle Batch No. 57
Poured a black brew with a nice tan head that subsided slowly. Aroma is rich in dark plumb and alcohol. Flavor is sweet with carmelized malts at first that finishes with a sweet bready smooth malt flavor and smoke right at the end. Very smooth and very drinkable this beer is very complex and seems to gain more chocolatyness as it warms.
This is a beautiful beer ment to be aged for special occasions although i would find it hard to keep it in the cellar for long.

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Photo of marburg
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with the vigor of an over-charged homebrew or a lively Belgian ale. Forms a massive tan colored head. An aromatic brew to say the least -- dry rot, chocolate, charred graham crackers, and bits of smoke. Soft enough in the nose to leave the vague impression of fruit -- or at least some sort of essence of fruit. Acidic in a smoky sense: Imagine gulping a mouthful of eye-burning, campfire smoke while tending a fire. That sensation is buried in there under the surprisingly light, chocolatey, malty, wood flavors. Incredibly complex. The levels and variations through which this goes on one's tongue before one finishes a single bottle is mind-blowing. Alcohol isn't terribly noticeable, but as tends to be the case, it hit me hard nonetheless.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from batch number 54. This pours a dark brown color with a deep red tone. The head on this is a monster, I poured it into a 23oz glass and by the time I was done the head was almost overflowing. Its was a rocky frothy head that was light tan in color and had at least a finger in height worth of head the entire session also leaving nice lacing as it was consumed. The aroma is extremely fruity with the smell of smoke and alcohol lingering about as well. Very interesting smell with some hints of medicine as well which actually blends into the smell quite nicely. The taste is big on roasted malts with notes of smokiness and dark fruits as well. This beer seems to be a style all its own with properties from a variety of standard styles incorporated. There is a slight hop and bitter finish to this one. The body on this is medium to full and it has good carbonation. I found this to be highly drinkable with not much of the 10% in sight. A very unique beer that is fantastic, highly recommended.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, batch #57.

Darkest shade of brown with a rich reddish hue throughout. Intense carbonation. Topped by a voluminous tan coloured head, which retains very well & leaves some lace behind.

Smell is intense & incredibly fruity, with some interesting medicinal notes hiding out on the fringes.

Sweet, fruity, some smokey tobaco leaf flavours. Very complex, & quite tasty with a little bit of dark chocolate.

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Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a big medium thick, choppy, head. The body was a pure opaque black, but not a motor oil type black. As I poured it it looked like I was pouring Coca-Cola, but when it was in the glass no light passed through it at all.

The nose was interesting. Smoke, alcohol, plastic, and some medicinal band-aid type smells. Dark fruits burnt fruits. I know it sounds bad, but it was really an intriguing and inviting smell. Smoke, malt and medicine. Odd, but good.

The taste was medium to full bodied. Big malt flavors. Burnt roasted barley dominates. Although you can clearly tell it’s not a stout. Sort of like a nice big barley wine with just enough roasted barley to give it flavor. Smoke, barley, raisins, dark fruits, prunes alcohol. Earthy hops, and an earthy bitterness are present but never jump to the forefront. There’s a big rich smoky malt as it warms.

I haven’t been impressed with any of the hair of dogs I’ve had recently, but this… damn…. This is a great beer. It’s not quite a Belgian, not quite a stout, and not quite a smoked beer. It sort of falls someplace in-between. All perfectly balanced and oh so tasty. I’d drink this all day if I could.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a jet black, motor oil body, with a tan foam head. The scent is thick malt. The taste features alocohol spice, dark fruit, caramel malt, and a touch of hop. Full mouth. Basically it is an intense tasting brew, a little over the top i think, but overall pretty dang good.

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Photo of bditty187
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 58

Dark mahogany in hue, ruby highly when held to a light but it is largely opaque. It is a very attractive color. The head was beige and very rocky. It reached a fist in height; I couldn’t pour the entire bottle into my snifter. Lordy! The head is massive and out of control. It looks like it will be awhile before I can drink it. The head retention was fantastic, rock solid. Subsequent lacing was ubiquitous but not very clingy.

The first whiff was green apples, bushels of them. Spicy. A second sniff introduced lovely musky notes, smoky bacon, and peat aromas too. This is simply awesome. Whiskey. Oak, old wooden barrels that stored alcohol years ago. Robust maltiness. The hops seem to say “hi” but I could barely hear them. The potency is huge. Inviting, mouthwateringly so. Complex like few other beers I have smelled.

The palate is freaking amazing; the bouquet does not lie and it does not deceive, it delivers as promised. Wow, it is like a tale of three beers, the spicy, yeasty, clovey, peppery flavors remind me of a Triple. The smokiness is Rauchbier-like. Yummy! The maltiness is very much similar to an Old Ale with appropriate hop levels. This is seriously and insanely good. The complexities are amazing; I can’t believe how well the smoke works with the yeasty-spice and alcohol punch. Most of the beer is deeply infused with smoke. The finish, I found, was dominated by zesty ale fruitiness and bitter hops. In the aftertaste the malt and smoke return. Freaking incredible.

This is one amazing beer, medium-full in body with moderate carbonation on the tongue; the mouthfeel is very pleasant because it yields to the flavors.

I found this to be very drinkable but I forced myself to sip and savor. I really wish I had bought more than one bottle in Loveland, CO. That was a foolish mistake. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to finally try this beer,poures an almost black definently very dark with a great creamy head that leaves waves of lace.Aroma has a spicey quality to it like roasted peppers and some alcohol notes,taste is complex with some peppery taste along with a chocolate note with some smokey flavors coming out as it warms.A beer to sip and savour well made and worth its press clippings.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Batch 57" 12 oz bottle, strong tasty stuff, enjoy with care. Poured dark amber, dark tan head, good retention and lacing. Bready, yeasty nose, burnt fruit, alcohol, figs, raisins and brandy notes. Medium bodied,vinious, rich malt flavors. Resiny hops come burning through. Fine brew.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #58. Pours a dark garnet brown and makes a thin cream colored head. This is very much opaque and makes a medium lacing. Smell is mild and initially makes me think of a hefe with subtle hints of clove and banana, but theres a smokey aspect as well. The flavor is none like any other I have had before! Banana, clove, coridander, figs, raisins, dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted nuts, tobacco, fruity, sour, what the hell... all rolled up into one brew?! Wow. By far the most complex flavored beer I have ever had. Party in my mouth and everyone was invited. Medium to full body, starts out very carbonated and mellows out a bit. It is thick and syrupy on the way down coating the throat. Adam is a really nice one, he's welcome in my fridge any time.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,447 ratings.
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