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 | website

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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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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1,013
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2,407
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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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 Dope
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a huge and foamy light brown head. Fades very slowly, leaving a perfect patchwork of lacing behind. Nice island of foam sticks around for a long time too.

S: Brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Some cocoa and leather.

T: Starts off with some caramel, brown sugar and a little...butterscotch? Lots of leather in the middle with some cocoa and smoke. Almost get some tobacco in the finish with some earthiness. A little more smoke in the aftertaste too. Spicy alcohol lingers.

M: Fairly heavy but not overly so. Nice and thick - appropriate for the style.

O: Not a bad old ale. Most are very fruity and this one is not. Quite smokey with lots of tobacco too. Great if you like that in a beer but I'm not a huge fan. I still enjoyed it and can appreciate the complexity and balance, but the choice of flavors didn't agree with me that much.

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

Had this in Portland, OR on 2010-01-31

A - Pours a dark brown with a short tan head

S - Plums and figs

T - Dark chocolate and figgy pudding with some sourness, leather and smoke.

M - Light body and carbonation

D - Obviously a well-made brew but the unique flavors were fine for a treat but not a session.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Batch #47: According to their website, this was bottled on 9-22 of 2000. After being poured into a tulip, there is a two inch head crowning the dark, dark brown body. The nose is quite smoky, with dark fruits lurking in the shadows.

My first taste was somewhat chocolatey. As it warms to cellar temperature, the smokiness becomes quite apparent. Dark fruits hit first, and only for a millisecond. A wave of smoke rips through my mouth. As the beer warms even more, the smoke is receding, and the vinous qualities are coming out. The mouthfeel is still thick after all these years, and the carbonation is also high. The drinkability is low for me.

This is similar to Batch 5000, but not in the same league. Drink this close to room temperature. My ratings would be much lower at colder temperatures.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Poured into my Lost Abbey Tulip to review.

Surprisingly large tan head for this old ale. Head is rather frothy and consistent of relatively large carbonation bubbles. Very dark brown in color with a noticeable layer of retention.

The descriptors on the label are pretty spot on for me in terms of aroma; roasted malts, smoke, figs, chocolate, leather and well balanced with dank hops. I also detect molasses, oak and a hint of booze. All in all quite complex and attractive.

Taste is really smoky. Just a bit overboard in this department for my liking. There is that leather and roasted malts I detected in the nose coming through even more now, especially as it warms. Not as balanced as the nose suggested for me. Hints of coffee and chocolate in the long finish.

Full in body and the carbonation is noticeable, but I was expecting more from looking at the pour.

The strong taste of smoke, coupled with the price will probably prevent me from purchasing more of this beer.

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Photo of tayner
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 bottle

Dark brown, almost black, with ruby edges

smells of alcohol, dark fruit, malty sweetness

taste is fig, roasty (not burnt), sugary sweet, very complex and each flavor stands out separately, not very well combined flavors.

Creamy and smooth, and fairly heavy mouthfeel

The 10% is very warm in this beer. I couldnt drink more than 1 of these as it is very complex, over the top. I think 2-4 years in the cellar will make this a top 5 barleywine, i need to find some to cellar now!

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #74. Thanks to my partner in beer crime BeerFMAndy for sharing this with me.

The beer pours a cola brown with little to no head. Some soapy lace is clinging for it's life around the glass.

The aroma is heavy on the leather and smoke. Dark fruits with a hint of spice.

The flavor is malty with plenty of smoke and leather like the nose. Dark fruit with light spice. Very dry.

Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Overall not a real winner in my book. A nice beer but I probably would pass on if given another chance.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber color with a large head, that left light lacing on the glass. Has a malty alcohol aroma. Taste was mild malt with a big kick of alcohol. I was expecting less of an alcohol taste. I was hoping i'd like this more, but I just wasn't a huge fan.

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Photo of beerhan
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a anifter. slight tan head that fades fast. Smells very floral and chocolatey. Tastes like pork, one of my least favorite flavors. Also a lot of chocolate. Drinks real well and moderately drinkable but that pork flavor stays. Unique but not amazing. Fred is exponentially better.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #41. Pours a deep, deep auburn color with no head , hence no lace. Extremely sweet and fruity aromas; figs, raisins, caramel and alcohol. Brandy like on the nose. Slightly bitter taste, coffee, deep roasted malts, alcohol. Suprisingly dry with a thick mouthfeel, almost no carbonation. Hop presence comes through mid glass, but takes a back seat to the alcohol. Finishes flat. I didn't see any other reviews for this batch so I don't know how it fared compared to their other batches.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #67.

Pours very dark with a beautiful thick dark brown head.

Aroma of molasses, malts, some smokey earthiness.

Taste has dark chocolate, bitterness throughout but strongest at the end, alcohol, smoke. Very rich.

Mouthfeel was quite heavy, thick, dry.

Overall, an interesting sipping beer. Can't drink many. Lots of flavor and very rich. Certainly worth a try since it is unusual, but not something I would get too excited about. Perhaps some aging will help.

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Photo of 1424IpA
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 batch 55. 1st time with adam...kinda wierd I know but that's the way the cookie crumbled. To me this dude is all about smokey leather, sandlewood with hints of other spices. I do get some raisin flavors but all and all its a pretty clean beer for being a teenager....

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Photo of mentor
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch #68. Pours a 5 finger swelling dark brown head that spills onto the counter. Head is clingy and slowly cavitates inward. Liquid is pitch, to light it is very dark ruby brown. Smells roast ashy dark grains and grassy hops. Sweet molasses, dark caramel, and teasing esters. Touch of pine.

Tastes wet sweet with sharp tang, not quite a soured caramel. Wickedly caramelized sugar serves as a strong base flavor on which smke, chocolate, molasses, and roast play. The beer is actually dry in the mouth, but the intense caramel counterpoints. Cherry flavor with minimal cherry sour rides on the noticable, but balanced, clean alcohol sting. Dry finish is quite grassy hoppy bitter. Thick body and dextrinous thick mouthfeel with strong and carbonation sting that I would prefer to be less (uhm...so swirl the glass to release the excess). Intense and certainly interesting, but the smoke begins to wear on my smoke-sensitive palette by the end of the glass. If you enjoy a little smoked malt in your beer, then the smoke in this beer will not be a problem for you at all.

IMO, a bit jumbled right now. Would likely benefit from at least a year, likely five, of age in a good cellar. Rich umami flavor characterstics.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a deep chestnut. Big malt body with a syrupy aspect. Quite sweet, with brown sugar and dark dried fruit - raisin and prune, that dominates throughout to the dense, bittersweet finish. Perhaps this simpy isn't a style to my preference, but overall this interpretation strikes me as blunt and monotone.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes 1/17/2011

A: very dark brown, almost black, with an off white 1 finger head

S: very smokey, hints of molasses

T: VERY smokey, leaves a burnt taste on the tongue, brown sugar, molasses, a long lingering taste

M: mild carbonation, thick, creamy

D: hard to swallow, not exaclty well balanced in my book

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had to pick up a couple different brews from HOTD since they are available here in So Cal. Pours a dark brown with a huge off white head. I would have given it a 5 on appearance but the head was too big. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells of figs, raisins and tobacco. Little bit of caramel malt in the background.

Taste is not what I was expecting from the smell. Other brews I have had that smelled of figs and raisins were pretty sweet and viscous but this was rather not hugely flavorful. There is tobacco and some smokiness that is most apparent. A little sweetness. The figs and the raisins are buried in the taste of the tobacco ans smoke but their there. A little sweetness in the initial taste.

Mouthfeel is not viscous enough. Carbonation is good but the beer is a little thin.

Overall a good brew but it wasn't that special to me. I would have it on tap if I saw it but I don't think I will buy it again unless I get one of the beers mixed up since they are all named with a first name and thats a little hard to keep track of and not mix up.

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Photo of peabody
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a chocolate dark brown concotion with two fingers of tans suds and some lacing.
Smell is chocolate and malt. Sugar and a little alcohol are present in the nose.
Taste is chocolate and malt with a hop finish. The flavor doesn't match the aroma or appearance.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily but drys out with the phenol cleansing.
This is not the best offering from HotD.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney thistle glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style.

A: Pours a delightfully creamy, lightly tan colour head of five fingers, great thickness and fantastic retention (especially considering the high ABV). Colour is a solid nontransparent black. It's very inviting and appealing. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Leather, cream, and yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Alcohol, leather, chocolate, light cream, peat, oak, and assorted malts. The peat is most notable on the climax, but is overall quite subtle. It's well balanced and built, and well done for the style. I don't get any smoke (as suggested by the label). Raisiny.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and thick - but never too much so. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV, but also a touch simple for the style. It's a lovely beer in this style, and one I'd get again. It'd be nice aged or perhaps on tap. Keep an eye out for it.

B

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Photo of BillyB
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I've tried from Hair of the Dog.
Very interesting. Complex aromas and tastes.
Color is dark brown to black.
Aromas are dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, alcohol, and some old barnyard, horseblanket earthy smells.
Taste is of strong alcohol but not overwhelming. Licorice, coffee, toffee, nutty, strong woody aroma and taste.
Overall very interesting and complex. Not the most drinkable beer but for an old ale it was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

IIRC, it was from batch 57, brewed on 11-19-02, bottled on 2-14-03. Strangely, I think it would actually improve with a couple MORE years of aging.

A: Dark black with a beige head.

S: Complex. Roasty, smoky, molases.

T: This has a bitter bite upfront and throughout, with a slightly fruity aftertaste. I found the aftertaste a little difficult to decipher after my taste buds were assualted by black-strap molases, very dark roasted malt (burnt like Starbucks coffee) and a little smoke. Personally, I think it could be oak-aged to mellow out the bitterness, and let some other flavours shine through. I know there gotta be some more fruit and caramel in there!

M: Full body, moderate carbonation.

D: Not for the newbie. The beer-geek should think it's alright.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark brown with hints of copper and a 1.5 finger very creamy head.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt, some smoke, leather and a hint of booze.

Flavor starts with a sweet caramel malt. Hints of leather, tobacco and booze are present throughout.

Very thick and viscous with low carbonation. A bit cloying by the end of the bottle.

First few sips are good, but as it warmed and got deeper, it became overpoweringly cloying. This would be a perfect beer to have 4 oz of, but 12 was a bit much.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Batch Number 86.

A- Pours an entirely opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that doesn't retain much before becoming a lopsided ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Full sheet of lacing cracks apart slowly.

S- Quite boozy with some heavy roast and notes of raisin, oak and molasses.

T- Intensely roasty with a hot alcohol twang that becomes more appropriate as it warms. Notes of dark roast coffee beans, char and bourbon. Slightly sweet.

M- Chewy and a bit creamy with medium-low carbonation and a heartily robust body.

O- This needs a lot of calming down. Wish I had another to commit to the cellar. Thanks to SatlyMalty for the chance to try it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Barcade's Vintage Beer Night, despite being a 2011.

Pours unexpectedly dark brown/black; looks like a porter but without head or lace. Surprisingly roasty in the nose. Taste follows suit; boozy warmth follows it down. A touch watery in flavor, and significantly so in mouthfeel. Extremely light on body, even for an Old Ale.

Really needs more boldness of flavors and significantly more body. A few years of age would be great too.

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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 maximum12
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to msulinski & Rempo for bottles of this brew, both as extras, woohoo! This bottle is Batch 76, whatever that means.

Popped open & sampled side-by-side with a bottle of Cherry Adam, both poured into smaller tasting glasses & shared with my wife.

Pour is surprisingly lively for a big old ale, & the yeast & last few drips are left in the bottle for the sake of clarity. Darkest dark brown with redhead leaking in around the edges. Aroma is pretty weak; faint chocolate, malts, not much going on.

Adam tastes nothing like it smells, & that's a good thing. A healthy swig & the alcohol & yeasts have the inside track, zing! Some brewers try to hide the booze, this one flaunts it in a low-cut teddy. Leathery is a good descriptor, with a douse of anise, brown sugar, baked malts. On the downward slide there's a strong sherry, port characteristic that brings it to the finish line; great mop-up. As promised by the ABV, this is a big-fished beer that coats the stomach & really weighs one down. I could easily have a whole bottle of this, but six ounces is going to suit me nicely.

Adam, you're a good fellow. Nicely dressed, good taste, easy to take. Now, I'm going to enjoy comparing you to your cherry counterpoint. Be right back.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.
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