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

2,456 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First off, I'm fortunate to live very close to Hair of the Dog brewery. Adam is one of my go to beers that I always have aging in the back of the fridge and in the basement. I love the complexity of flavors that flows from every sip. I get leather, tobacco, little vanilla, maybe some plum or tannins, smoke and raisin. I love this style which seems to be some what hidden from a beer market with so much to choose from. I understand that this style isn't for everyone, but if you are beer connoisseur you will love this. Cheers.

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Photo of drpimento
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mmm a masterpiece. Aroma is heavy caramel and toffee. Flavor is so much more complex, cocoa, peat, tobacco, roast, malt, bittersweet with a slight bit of carbonic tang. The carbonation is perfect for the weight and the rest of the texture of the beer. A sipper for sure, but I also, just for the hell of it, took a big gulp. Really good.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.07/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: khaki colored off white head nice creamy looking texture. Body was brackish dark amber brown nearing black with no clairity.

S: smells like huge piney resiny hops some very light leather and oak

T: smokey huge smoke light hops

M: creamy and medium i thought it would be much thicker.

O: This is a horrible beer its smoke over plays the entire taste and the feel is is too thin and the beer completely misrepresents what you thnk. It is not a quality ba old ale it is a smoked beer that is just average.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is apparently a very hard to find brew. At my local craft beer outlet it ran me $6 for a 12oz bottle. I am not sure if this is the going rate, I doubt I'd buy this again for 6 bucks a pop. Regardless it was worth a try. Aroma is strong fruity cherry resiny and sweet. Carbonation was very minimal but probably appropriate for the style. Taste was actually very smooth, lots of fig and sweet raisin, some cherry and chocolate was present too. This has a 10% abv but it was barely noticeable. I did detect some warm alcohol notes but nothing offensive or off balance. Not sure if there is any hops in this beer so it's definitely not for the "hop heads" out there. If you love a good strong stout or Russian Imperial this is a must try for sure.

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Photo of RAFH
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a twelve ounce bottle of Batch Number 94. Outstanding when cold and as it warmed a little, but when it warmed to room temperature, the flavors didn't mature. This is one of the rare ales that doesn't taste best at room temperature.

Also, I noticed that all three bottles I bought had foam at the top of the bottle. I've never noticed that in any other ale I've purchased.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours as dark as a stout. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of leather, plum, tobacco, fig and chocolate plus subtle molasses and smoky oak.

Light full body that is extremely smooth and approaches creamy. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish. The carbonation / body balance is very well done.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding and very complex. The flavors of the nose all deliver but don't quite separate completely. It begins with the dark fruits over a slightly sweet base with notes of caramel and molasses. The heavier flavors (leather, tobacco) slowly ascend towards a mildly bittered middle then linger in the background. Light smoky oak serves as the transition to the finish with dark fruit again taking center stage. The highest sweetness level appears here as well over a rich wave of chocolate. The slightly dry finish provides a touch of astringency and back of the throat warmth while a rich caramel and chocolate slowly fade.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was fantastic
Pours a cherry cola color with a light aroma. Flavors of tobacco and a light roast, with a pleasant bitterness and a great lingering finish. Old ale deliciousness!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

That old fetid swamp water kind of appearance, brown, plenty of solid particulate floating all over, is it yeast? Something else? Dunno, I get that its an old ale, but even for that style, this was just below average in its appearance methinks. Moving on to the aromas, you got some soaked prunes, raisins, alcohol heat, plum. You know that dark fruit bitter harsh with alcohol almost quad like thing without the yeast phenols??? Yeah that.

Kicked down sweetness unexpectedly out of nowhere on the first sip, kinda tripped me out. Didn't see that coming. The alcohol heat was immense. Brown and chocolate malt in a small way feels. Its really a beer that I prefer to have in very small quantities. I've had it numerous times now, and I think the least enjoyable was when I had all 12oz to myself, that was a chore. Now, split a bottle 4 ways, and a 3 oz pour is more of this beer's kind of jam. Its just too boozy hot for drinking solo for my tastes. Maybe if you wanna just sip one beer the entire night, then I might go for this, but otherwise, can't see repeating.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 93
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown in color with a ruby hue, paper thin off-white head disappears almost immediately, leaving nothing behind

S- bold aromas of leather, earthy tobacco, dried fig, chocolate, smoky dark malt & toasted nuts

T- sweet, malty and nutty base up front with flavors of brown malts, quickly followed by a sweetness of dark fig & raisin. Notes of earthy tobacco and leather kick in mid-palate, along with just a hint of smoky malt, almost reminiscent of peat. Caramel & chocolate mix on the finish, with sherry-like alcohols on the linger

M- nearly flat mouthfeel produces just a hint of foamy mouthfeel, abv has mellowed out nicely

O- a delight and one to be sipped, it almost drinks like a cross between an English barleywine and a porter

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Photo of Buebie
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I can confidently say Batch #55 is drinking amazingly!

After recently opening a few things from the cellar that had gone bad, I was very worried about this beer. So I decided to open it tonight. Very happy with the 14 years of proper storage.

Keep your nose close to the bottle as you pop the cap, a whiff of yeast will appear and disappear quickly. Carbonation is not a problem, there is as much carb now as there was while having it in the taproom. It's not that fizzy quick to disappear head, its the fluffy stuff that sticks to the walls of the glass. Off brown color to the head and to the beer with a little burgundy against light.
Aroma is not the showcase for me, good stuff happening here but a fair amount of brown sugar buttery biscuit distraction. Still a good amount of tobacco, raisins and vanilla.
The taste is phenomenal, all of the great characters from aroma, minus the unpleasantries. Good carb balance at first, let it sit 40 some mins as it drank and the carb dropped.
A terrific beer fresh and undoubtedly one of the finer results of the cellaring experiment.

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Photo of LouZ
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had both Adam and From The Wood version on draft in taproom and really loved regular Adam most. Dark, roasty with a balanced chocolate presence. This drank very smooth for a 10% brew. By far my favorite here.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 93 - Served in a snifter @ 55 deg F.

A - Dark brown with sparse lacing

S/T - Figs, raisins, leather, brown sugar, caramel with slight bitter chocolate finish

O - Very tasty Old Ale, will age the other one I have a bit longer to see how it changes. I'd certainly like to try other Hair of the Dog brews based on this. Prost!

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Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, opaque brew, with a small tan head that dissipates quickly - looks a bit like a really dark Belgian quad. Smells metallic, caramel sweet, figs, raisins, spices. The taste follows on the same notes, figs, dark chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, spices and alcohol. Very smooth mouthfeel with a small but noticeable level of carbonation. Warm aftertaste.

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

Batch 94
Glad I traded for as many of these guys as I did because it is absolutely incredible. Rich, thick frothy head builds about an inch above a rich mahogany pour. Smells of dates, raisins, and fine tobacco. Taste gives way to a bouquet of rich dark fruits, vanilla, leather, a touch of oak, and finishes with maple sugar. So many layers but still so simple to dissect and enjoy. Excited to see how the rest of my bottles develop.

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Photo of pagriley
3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz into snifter

L - Pours deep mahogony with no head or lacing
S - dried apricots, dates and rasins.
T - More dried fruits, with a hint of spice and soft oxidized sherry. Very sweet
F - Zero carb. dead flat. Otherwise moderate body, but feels much heavier without the spritz

Overall, a promising beer that is completely let down by the carb. struggled to drink this, as it was sweet and felt very heavy without the carb

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Photo of Slatetank
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at a recent tasting enjoyed chilled from the bottle.
I have tried this in the past, but the freshness of this must have resulted in the elevated score since I previously gave this a 4 out of 5.
The color is dark brown with light tan head with fine bead. The smell has a dark caramel aroma with lots of dried fruit -malt forward as expected yet a mild yeast support. The feel is rich with moderately sweet yet not cloying texture with toastiness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is wonderful with layered smooth malt with toasted caramel and slight woody quality with malty and vanilla-like smoothness with semi-dry mid palate with slight mineral notes toward the finish. Overall I loved this and wanted more -wonderful with world class quality example of the style for me I would drink this anytime it is available.

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

Poured on draft at their tasting room.

Pours dark brown, not really any head at all, with very thin lacing. The nose is wonderful: chocolate, oak, leather, toffee. The taste is complex, with similar notes to the nose - but with a lot of raisin and malt up front. Not much heat to it, really. Very complex brew. Full bodied mouthfeel, viscous and creamy. An excellent beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Tele
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 91
Consumed: 7.22.15

A: 4.5 Was expecting a lack of carb, but this poured with an aggressive, light tan head that takes several minutes to dissipate. The color is very dark brown, nearly black.

S: 4.5 Reminds me a lot of sucaba, with a toffee, caramel, charred oak, and vanilla. There’s a bit of hoppiness thrown in as well, taking it away from standard old ale and English barleywine territory.

T: 3.75 Taste pretty much follows the nose, but it’s a bit rough around the edges. There’s a good amount of sweetness at first, but then roasted malt and some earthiness takes over leaving a bitter, slightly boozy finish. There are definitely some nice flavors in there, but it’s not as balanced as the nose.

M: 4 The body and carbonation are both very good. The dry finish from the bitterness is a bit much for the style.

O: 4.25 Very nice beer, but a bit harsh. If the flavor matched the nose, it would be incredible; I think this already has a year plus on it, but a couple more might get it there.

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Photo of emyers
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #77. 12 ox. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown. Not really any head at all, just a very thin lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, peat smoked malt, leather. Some oak, toffee, strong molasses aroma on the tail end, hints of licorice. Very complex yet integrated extremely well. Quite a bit of depth in the aroma.

Taste: Incredible depth. Big blast of raisin and fig up front followed by peat smoked malt, multiple layers of rich caramel malt, molasses, wood, and leather. Finish is fairly sweet although the smoke keeps it in check nicely - not in the least bit cloying. No real alcohol heat. Ridiculous complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very full-bodied, low carbonation, incredibly smooth. Velvety feel on the palate.

Overall: Certainly one of the most unique beers on the market, and in terms of sheer complexity this is absolutely top of the line. Everything is integrated perfectly. Make no mistake, this is a sipper - perfect for an evening by the fireplace. As a side note, definitely improves with a few years of age on it.

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Photo of dleigh
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown with minimal head. Smells of plums and toffee, with hints of roasty smoke. Tastes roasty with leather and tobacco notes, with plenty of the aforementioned plum-toffee sweetness. Nice hop balance, which is, I think, where, at least in part, I'm getting the leather and tobacco notes. Coats the mouth without feeling syrupy. A classic beer. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thank you!). Batch 92, bottled 4/4/14. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque chestnut brown with a healthy two finger cap of shadowy sand hued head. Great retention with a sheet of froth that remains across the top and a huge wall of lace. Gorgeous.

Aromas of dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, bread and sugar. Smells great.

As good as it smells, this tastes even better. Plums, leather, chocolate, toffee, figs, caramel, char/ smoke, raisin bread, burnt sugar, tobacco, fruit skins, mild earthiness and a fitting blanket of alcohol. A fantastic blend of flavors that work well and serve to hide the booze very well. Delicious.

Creamy, medium full feel with soft, supple carbonation. Stone fruit, chocolate and leather play into the finish.

My first date with Adam showed me exactly why this beer has such respect. This is one of the best non barrel aged old ales I've tried. I definitely plan to acquire more.

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Photo of Moose90
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, batch #93

A — Pours a very dark almost black color, very very deep and dark brown. There is a think mocha colored head, fades quite quickly and sits atop the glass. Nice lacing.

S — Smells of chocolates and bitter coffee, lots of leather and oak. Big dark fruit tones here too, lots of plum, fig, raisin, little bit of orange. Toffee, caramel, nutty almond. Complex.

T — Rich, deep, dark, sweet. Very complex. Lots of leather and bitterness. Quite earthy and rich. Some dark fruit character as well, a true malt bounty. Plum, raisin, coffee, dark chocolate, lightly woodsy and earthy. Little bit sweet.

M — Little to no carbonation, sweet and lingering.

O — Great, just a ton of complex flavors, very very heavy, sweet, and rich though.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, completely opaque, almost pitch-black color with two fingers of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic, with tons of bready, toasted malt and stone fruit up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted sweet bread, and raisins, apricots, currents, figs and prunes. I also get tons of toffee and brown sugar, as well as spices of clove, cinnamon, all-spice and black pepper. Very complex, rich, and inviting.

Taste: Delicious! There’s tons of bready, toasted malt and stone fruit up front, imparting flavors of freshly toasted sweet bread, and raisins, apricots, currents, figs and prunes. I also get tons of toffee and brown sugar-like sweetness, as well as spices of clove, cinnamon, all-spice and black pepper. Very complex, rich, and inviting. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth and creamy as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 10.0%, there is very little in the way of alcohol on the palate, which is surprising. There’s much less than I was expecting with that high of an ABV. It’s extremely well masked.

Overall: This is a delicious beer! Amazing aromas, and flavor to match! I see why it is so highly regarded! It’s absolutely outstanding!

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Photo of Hop_God
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is from March 2014 tasting notes. Will revisit soon as i have a few bottles i recently acquired. Maybe just had a bad bottle? Was truly underwhelmed.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a dark, dark brown with a very thin, white head. It smells fantastic. It smells like it was bourbon barrel aged, although it wasn't. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, leather, tobacco, figs. It tastes more chocolaty than it smells. It has a molasses feel and flavor. It is sweetness upfront, but that is very nicely balanced with a good amount of bitterness.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,456 ratings.
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