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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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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Photo of CaptainTripps
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip.

Batch number 79.

A: Deep/super dark brown with red hues. 2 fingers worth of a off white fluffy head that had good retention all the way down the glass. Nice lacing as well. This is my second HOTD beer and I will have to say, they make beautiful looking beers.

S: Has a sweet smell to it. Dark fruits instantly come to mind; figs, rasions, plums. It has a roasted character to it along with a semi-smokiness/tobacco. Small hints of chocolate.

T: Roasted quality to it, dark fruit comes right along with the smell. Excellant ! It has like a smokiness meets fruit thing going on that is actually pretty interesting. It also has hints of brown sugar and molasses.

M: Full bodied beer with good amounts of carbonation. Alcohol well hidden.

D: Very drinkable ale that i can imagine myself drinks lots of. Hard one to put down.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hair of the Dog Adam "batch 59" was served from a 12 oz. bottle. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was an attractive dark ruddy brown, with an abstract scattered stiff tannish head. The perky nose contained roasty and rich sharp malts, with strong notes of plump raisins and subtler banana. Smelled like tasty meal in a bottle. My suspicions were proven correct on the first taste, which revealed a robust and sharp, rich and roasty raisiny malt body, with notes of earth and banana. A moderately bitter finish rounded out the deep and complex malt profile, with lingering pruny-raisin oaky essence that satisfied the palate to the very end. The body was full and rich, like the flavors. Alcohol was completely hidden throughout. While quite rich, this beer was quite drinkable due to the fine balance of it all. This is probably my favorite example of the style. A must try for enthusiasts of rich/strong ales.

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Photo of atsprings
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared with wagenvolks, my share poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Pours a nice dark brown with a massive head that eventually diminishes to a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is rich caramel and chocolate malts and a hint of smoke. The taste is somewhat reminiscent of an easy drinking Barley Wine with a bit of chocolate added, some dried fruit presence as well. This is certainly one that only gets better as it warms. The beer is slightly on the heavy side, but the alcohol is somewhat hidden. This is certainly a wonderful beer that I would love to try again.

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Photo of Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle (Batch 74) purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Foothills Brewing signature glass at the appropriate temperature (03/03/10).

A: Pours a deep and thick brown that is basically black capped with two fingers of creamy light tan head that has some great staying power. Some patchy lace is left on the inside of the glass.

S: Pungent bouquet of dark fruit dominated by raisins and figs. Smoke, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, nuts and leather. A slight bourbon note is detected.

T: Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, smoke and leather hit the palate first. Incredibly complex with layers of cocoa, roasted and sweet malt, figs, raisins, prunes, nits, molasses and bourbon.

M: Full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. Nice fullness and pretty thick. Really can't get better than this.

D: Really easy to to drink as the 105 abv. is hidden quite well, but it will catch up to you.

Overall this is my favorite Hair of the Dog beer to date. So complex and flavorful, while remaining to be very drinkable. A well-crafted Old Ale. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a murkey black brown ruby hue with no foam to speak of just a thin ring of beige color and the viscous liquid has legs and no lace.

Sweet very ripe fig and assorted dark stone fruit aromas dominate. Some background dark roastiness from grain with little to no hop aromas.

Sweet yet not cloying again with the really ripe dark stone fruit flavors with just the right kiss of hop bitterness.

Certainly full bodied viscous potion that coats the mouth with vigor.

Wow, Great brew though not quite my style.

Batch 79

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Photo of ricke
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown with a pretty big, almost fluffy, head that fizzes away into some lacings.

S: The smell is fantastic. Very complex, don't even know if I'm able to decipher everything going on here. Here's a lot of malts - caramel, dark bread, fudge and even some roasted notes. Vinous fruits (cherries, raisins, figs) and wood. Spices reminiscent of cola, molasses and smooth alcohol notes.

T: The taste is no letdown either, to say the least. A gentle roasted character sits well with caramel, fudge and prominent vinous fruity notes. The fruits are not as well defined as in the smell. Then comes rich and sophisticated flavors of wood, raisins, dusty cellar and spices. The taste is very sweet but the roasted aromas, wood and spices keep everything on track. The finish is amazing. Luscious warming and semi-sweet alcohol, well balanced bitterness, leafy hops, wood and lingering sweetness. Very powerful. If I had to say something negative about it, I think the alcohol is just slightly too prominent. But that's of minor importance.

M: Medium to full body and creamy texture. Very pleasant.

D: This is just a fantastic beer. Very complex and oh so balanced. Drinks like a fine wine.

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Photo of Jason
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Redbones.

Murky brown colour with a thin lace and decent head retention to boot. Aromas of ripe figs, caramel and husky grain.

Figgy sweet, layer of caramel, hints of husk and yeast, and struggling hop balance. Full bodied and very creamy on the tongue off of a moderate carbonation. Higher alcohols are merely in ester form and somewhat get lost in the malt in a very deceiving way. Sweet finish with a slow warming feeling.

Overly drinkable barleywines can be a dangerous thing, this beers name is dangerous. Goes down some smooth and creamy, with layers of sweetness that are no cloying at all caress the taste buds to bring them closer to heaven. Highly recommended especially on tap.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 94 bottle into wine glass. Great smokey notes, very smooth yet powerful enough to last hours.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fizzician
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting glass at the brew pub, dark brown with light creamy foam. Roasted malt aroma. As described, forward flavors of leather and smoke, with hints of espresso...reminiscent of scotch. Bold, but not overpowering. Very unique and fun to drink.

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Photo of rjd722
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Into the snifter it is a dark brown color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. As you drink the beer it almost has legs like a good red wine.

S - Very pleasant aroma of sweet dark fruits - plum, raisin, and figs. Also, some caramelized sugar notes.

T - Delicious blend of plum, raisin and fig (maybe a touch of cherry). It has sweet malty caramel in the background with next to no hop bitterness.

M - A medium bodied beer that has a warming alcohol heat and is silky smooth as it goes down.

D - This is a fantastic old ale. It manages to be sweet and malty without over doing it.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bamadog
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra-special thanks go out to Beerman207 with this one - a guy who is very generous with his beer. See, here's a guy who once had a bottle of Adam and cracked it without his buddies present, and felt so bad about it, that on his next trip to Philly, he was sure to bring back another bottle and split it up to be sure that we could all bask in the glory of this fine offering from HOTD. The review is from notes taken on 1/25/10 and the pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark/burnt toffee color and starts with a 2 finger deep tan head that fades to a firm and full cap on the surface and eventually to nothing but a thin wisp swirling in the center of the glass; body is opaque with the exception of some lighter brown/coffee-like highlights on the edges; body leaves minimal lacing that is spotty and streaky; a little bit of sediment is left in the bottom of my glass.

Smell: OMG. Smell is amazing... Like a Heath bar soaked in chocolate and alcohol. Tons of rich caramel/butterscotch/toffee and chocolate malts and a slightly candied sugar aspect as well; quite a bit of boozy alcohol is in there too and it makes me hungry and thirsty all at the same time. The smell is super potent and just pours out of the glass and up the nostrils and just fills the senses for what's coming.

Taste: OMG... again... A tear has just come to my eye... Just like the smell, tons of toffee and caramel/butterscotch-like malts with some slight hints of chocolate in there; there's a slight cola-like flavor and sweetness as well; definitely boozy, and it's bourbonesque and woody/smokey in its characteristics as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin, but it's slippery and slick as I would expect as it slides around the mouth and down the throat; there is a firm and dry coating left throughout the mouth; mouth, throat and belly are all left especially warm form the booziness of the drink.

Drinkability: The ABV is high and the flavors are boozy as hell, but I don't care is as it tastes sooo damn good to not drink as much as possible when this precious liquid is in your possession... I could smell this beer all day, and drinking it HAS to be an option; the tastes are wonderful... Granted, this is a beer that you should take your time with and enjoy every sip and avoid extreme intoxication. I would love to get a hold of a few bottles to wax and age for several years to see if the boozy quality smooths out.

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Photo of Jules11788
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a motor oil-like pitch-black in color, lets no light through; thin head that lingers; light, oily lacing

S: Nose is dominated by smoky oak wood and dark fruits: raisins, figs, dates; has hints of leather, tobacco, vanilla, and coffee

T: Just like the nose. Starts out with lots of strong smoky oak which pervades throughout, then transitions into a rich raisiny flavor along the middle of the tongue, with hints of tobacco, leather, and baker's chocolate. Finishes with a nice boozy bite and a spiced bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, light carbonation; coats the mouth nicely though. This is pretty boozy though, but with a few years in the cellar it would mellow out phenomenally.

O: This is an incredibly complex beer, and with some age on it it could turn it from "excellent" to "world-class". It's a little boozy, but overall it's pretty fantastic.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 75. Poured into my Chimay Goblet

Pours a thick, dark murky brown which turns to black as it fills the glass.  Puffy tan head that leaves rather quickly and flunks pieces of head around the top of my glass. No light is coming through the body of this beer, but as it is held to light a very light brown/ruby color pops out along the edges of the glass.

Smell is strong, rum, raisins, smoke, leather figs.  I don't know if i have ever picked up stronger aromas from a beer, really wonderful. 

Taste is leathery and smokey.  Some great dried dark fruit is really present, as well as a very balanced sweetness from the malt. Sweet molasses, brown sugar, mild fusel burn which calms down thanks to some dark chocolate.  Again a lot of complexities that really works well.  As its warms down, a more tinge from the alcohol is present.  

Carbonation is pretty mild, but the slickness of this beer really brings about a mild to full mouthfeel.  The high ABV catches up to you, and this one is definitely a sipper.  

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hair of the Dog
12oz, Batch 79
Pinocchio's snifter

A: Pours a murky brown color with ruby red hues showing up through the light.  Basically no head except for a slight tan ring around the edges and some light bits in the middle.  There looks to be some carbonation but can't see through it. Alcohol feet for sure.  Mild lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits right away.  Prunes, plums, raisins, etc.  Also, getting some toffee hints when I go back in.  And I do get that leather, which is nuts.  Maybe some vanilla too.  Smells BA'ed but it's not.

T: Very complex and amazingly made beer!  Upfront you get some bitterness, either the hops used or some dark bitter chocolate.  Then it blends into that earthy, woody, leathery flavor that you smelled.  It actually coats the sides of the mouth and works it way in.  Also getting that dark fruit character but not as much as the nose.  The toffee is there as well.  The finish on this one is extremely long.  Flavors just keep on meshing together and changing.  The booze is hidden nicely, but there is some throat warming after a while of sipping.

M: It's a full bodied beer.  Very chewy but not as thick as some of the RIS out there.  You can drink it.

O: This is an A beer for sure for me.  Really edging on A+.  Really like this one.  Surprised I hadn't had it before.  Very Barleywine like.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djbreezy
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR

appearance - dark brown and thick, decent lacing

smell - unique wood and malty notes

taste - very complex and bold, woody, molasses, malt and raisins become dominant as the temperature increases

mouthfeel - fairly thick and somewhat creamy

drinkability - a very complex and enjoyable beer but quite heavy and not so easy to drink a lot of

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abagri
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 86, bottle poured into 50W tulip glass.

A: Very dark brown body. Aggressively pours with what looks like no head, then slowly a rush of carbonation bubbles rise to the top and form a quick, dark tan, latte-like, 2 finger, frothy head that hangs around for a long time. The head finally settles in a nice thick, 1/4 finger ring around the top of the brew, leaving a nice, sticky lacing on the glass. The appearance is fantastic on this one.

S: Nose is noticeably fruity. Smells of figs and licorice are strong. At first pour the nose is smokey, and it gains fruitiness as it warms. Definite wofts of chocolate. Very malty. Hints of raspberries and dark cherries. A little boozy. Without even trying a sip yet, the nose leads me to believe this is super complex.

T: Very sweet. The dark fruits really steal the show in the taste. Black licorice and chocolate are predominant. Smoke taste follows the nose - its faint, but definitely present. Malty and boozy, but its balanced well. There is a definite sense of some bitterness too, which keeps it from being overly sweet. I've heard it described several times in other reviews, but this is the first time I have ever actually felt like I get a tobacco taste. Some definite caramel notes - I'm guessing coming from some specialty grains.

M: Full body. Boozy. Moderate carbonation - any more would be too much IMO. Not quite as creamy as it could be, but still good.

O: This is fantastic. I can't believe how much flavor this 12oz bottle packed. It was truly one of the most complex brews I've had. It was a little bit of a mix between a barleywine and a belgian quad. Would love to try the "from the wood" version at some point.

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

pours a dark brown with slight highlights when held to direct light. amazing tan head that was intimidating. the head retained better than any other beer ive had. the lacing is thick and clings like its on a mission.

good smell, i get heavy roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit.

taste is great. i get a touch of bitter up front that dances with the sweetness of the malts. it leaves my mouth watering and begging for more. the figs come through a good amount on the back end. for a beer that has 10 percent abv you cant tell. at all. and it has a great burp flavor to boot.

mouth feel is near perfect. on the thicker side of beers. lots of carbonation. but thats to be expected with a bottle conditioned beer.

i would drink this beer 8 days a week. i cant wait to try some more from hair of the dog.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 89, which I'll guess was brewed around mid-2013. Served just cool in a tulip.

A - 4.25 - First pour, though not aggressive at all, is 95% head and it takes several minutes to dissipate down to a half inch. Second pour, very gentle and close, yields half as much head but still a lot. It's a thick, rich, creamy, uniform, light tan head that looks like custard you could eat with a spoon. Once it settles down, the beer overall looks very nice, though I'd give it a quarter point more if it didn't have a slight lakewater murkiness to it. You have to look close to see it and I'll be careful with the next one in case the fault lies with my sedimenty pour. The beer is so dark brown that it looks black in medium lighting.

S - 4.25 - Smells exactly like...something. Can't put my finger on it. Some kind of fresh smell from my youth almost like some kind of fresh green wood, but more foodlike. That smell fades with the head, leaving something somewhat reminiscent of some of the common aroma notes from cognacs, but leaning notably toward something on the chocolate spectrum, hint of caramel. Some malty coffee.

T - 4.5 - Initially a clean taste with some kind of irresistible fruit that morphs neatly into something sharp, heading towards tart but not quite making it. Then very nice chocolate liqueur notes. Others here have listed notes of smoke and leather like it says on the bottle, but I'm not getting those, nor figs either really. I suppose I get a hint of the kind of black malt char you'd get in an imperial stout, so maybe that's a cousin to smoke. It's less like other old ales I've had. Really comes off closer to a chocolate stout overall.

Ends with a slight puff/hint of some kind of fruit and quickly into bitter dark chocolate that endures and tingles the salivary glands a bit. I get the alcohol presence during and after swallowing but it's very welcome and quickly heats up the ears. The booze fumes are tinged with fruit on the exhale, like a dark chocolate covered strawberry with the barest hint of sour that's there and then gone. Rich chocolatey burps. There is surprising and delicate complexity here amidst the rich flavors.

M - 4.5 - Was expecting a thicker and more viscous body but I'd call it medium. There's a bit of graininess to it, like actual grains of undissolved hot chocolate mix, but I must have handled and poured carelessly becuase I didn't even think about the bottle conditioning until after pouring and I can see sediment granules in there. Ends dry on the tongue leaving a hint of sting like barely-present habanero - not the actual pepper taste, but a faintly similar hint of something hot. Later in the glass my tongue had gotten acclimated to that and I didn't notice it anymore, just a tannic dryness. It's not often that the mouthfeel alone can communicate complexity, but this one does.

O - 4.5 - This is a really fine beer. I actually had higher hopes for this one than I did for Fred, and while this one is really good, Fred is the luscious winner in my book. But it's apples and oranges I guess. And this is still a very interesting beer and its complexity and composition are worthy of the Hair of the Dog name. Pros, those guys, among the very best. While I've had a handful of more delicious beers (though this is delicious), what this beer has is complexity. I mean, things are happening in your mouth, different things at different times, an interplay between flavor elements and mouthfeel elements. It's a journey. That's what I'm looking for in a beer.

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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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