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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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
Reviews:
1,015
Ratings:
2,413
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
15.57%
 
 
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622
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488
For Trade:
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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 60
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Aroma is quite fruitcakey..lots of spice and sweet malts. Dark cloudy brown with a mostly lasting thumb thick, tan head. Dark fruits, licorice, pumpernickel, baker’s chocolate and alcohol. Not as good to me as others seem to think, but I still find it good.

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Photo of hero27
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Batch No. 63.

Deep, dark golden brown from the pour...looks very dark in the glass...there may very well be yeast in there, but if there is, I won't be able to see it until I finish and it's sitting at the bottom. Beige head is creamy and average in size, but holds up very well. Malty aroma mixed with a barrage of dark fruits. Tastes are a delicious assortment of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol kicker..figs, plums, molasses, chocolate, and spices galore. Increasingly complex with every sip...syrupy mouthfeel coats the mouth and really allows all the flavors to shine on their own.

Simply another fantastic offering from Hair of the Dog that is well worth trying.

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Photo of brentk56
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a billowing tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. I was very careful with my first pour according to the bottle's instructions and got very little head; as I lifted the bottle into the air for a second pour, the head virtually exploded

Smell: Dried dark fruit, tobacco, peat, licorice and a bit of fruity hops; smells almost like red wine

Taste: Swirling this through my mouth I picked up a variety of rather sweet and pungent dark fruit and chocolate flavors on the front end along with a touch of raspberry; after the swallow, some bitter chocolate, licorice, tobacco and coffee flavors kick in and linger well into the finish where they are joined by the smoky peat flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy bodied with prickly carbonation; very smooth on the tongue

Drinkability: This is a spectacular Old Ale that is well worth the effort it took to seek out here in NC

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Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 62. Very dark brown with some cloudiness and a dense, light brown head. Clumpy lace. Malty aroma with milk chocolate notes, some cherry, slightly vinous alcohol and a hint of charcoal. Moderate malt sweetness with chocolate, licorice, and cherry rounding out the flavour. It ends with a big dose of malt and lots of warmth. There's a heavy alcohol character throughout that covers up the other flavours, especially in the finish. Carbonation was a little high, but the texture was still decent and the body full. It's a little rough right now and it seems to need to rest for a while before it hits its prime. Thanks Viggo!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a monster head, almost went over the glass! A very, very dark brown, Lacing cling everywhere all over the glass. Brown patches adorn the cream colored head. It is a good looking beer.

S - Raisins, sour cherries, dates and a faint caramel malt.

T - Coffee malt, sweetness, nutmeg, a bit of smokiness in there. Warming a slightly bitter aftertaste lingers as the sweeter flavors fade.

M - Thick, fairly refreshing, creamy.

D - All around a very good beer. Easy to drink as well. for this style, it is hard to envision something superior.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting in a pint glass, this beer fades from a brownish burgundy, to brown, to black with a thin tan head. Looks very good. Smells of intense bread dough and oats with some sweet cotton candy, brown sugar and earth. Tastes of sharp molasses and caramel with a bit of dry wood. There’s definitely some alcohol here that lends a great warming. The finish is a subtle dry hop and a slightly fruity coffee. Over all, I found the flavor rather subdued, flat, and a bit on the sweet side but remarkable none the less. Mouth feel is medium body with a lot of tiny bubbles.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Experience has not taught me well with HOTD brews. I am finding that many of their beers are slightly different from the stock versions of the style.

Adam.

Very dark color, porter-like if you will with a wonderful laced head. Extremely smokey and heavily malted. Detection of enormous amounts of charred coffee run wild in this one.

Beer comes across a bit bossy. You hear many times about a "meal in a bottle", this one is it. Heavy on the tongue, taste is too dominant.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally tried the beer that I share a name with. Thought it was my 200th review... turns out it's #201... oh well. 12 oz., batch 48, no freshness date. I saw gunsmoke shoot out from under the lid right as I cracked it. After removing the cap it proceeded to foam up, almost spilling over, but I poured just in time. It's a murky (maybe too murky) dark dark red with some sediment and 1 inch of beige head that retains 1/4" throughout, which is surprising for a beer of it's strength. Smells of coffee, chocolate and caramel, sweetness/fruitiness, and tobacco. It's thick and extremely smooth on the palate, with flavors of citric hops, chocolate, tobacco juice, fruitiness, and a bitterness that is definitely there but subdued by the massive amount of malts. It's so smooth I can barely feel the last sip in my mouth. Like silk. I shared this 12 oz. but I could easily drink 2 of them by myself.

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Photo of krberg
3.39/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Batch 64

Deep brown. Porter like with a rapidly fading cream colored head. No light penetrates this beer.

Smells like malty OJ!?! Chocolate pokes through as well.

Sweet, smoky and chocolatey. Slight hints of caramelized sugars and raisins. Bitter enough to nearly stand up to the malt, but not much past balancing hops. There is a slight tartness right in the middle.

Adam is thick and not as carbonated as I would like for this beer.

A good beer to sip on and enjoy, but just too damn much for more than two.

An old ale... I don't think so. Their website calls it an historic german style that is no longer produced. Overall a nice beer to help chase away another rainy day.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a top English old ale, even a Belgian, good aroma. Smooth, malted and some dark fruit mouthfeel and drinkable, but without the spice and good taste I would expect from the UK or Belgian ales. Nice, but not one I would seek out again. Alcohol hammer and drying finish.
4.5 years later, a vintage 2006 is brought out by Jonah. Looks lik a cask ale, with the small amount of light brown bubbles. The best part us the aroma of spices. The taste, malty, some chocolate, even cloying sweet.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.14/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Batch 61

Poured into the glass(after I lost some on initial opening) with a huge off-white head, this is some very dark stuff, bordering on black.

The smell has some fruit notes to it but the dominating aroma I get reminds me of antiseptic.

The taste is a real hodgepodge of not so good flavours that is dominated by the antiseptic that I mentioned in the smell followed closely by a bitter-sour attack that leaves my taste buds in total disarray.

This one is not for me.

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Photo of xoqx
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch number 60

Appearance: This pours deep red, with an almost cola like appearance and a viscous presence. A three finger head with great retention leaves lacing up and down the glass.

Smell: strong grainy, caramelly.

Taste: Intense malt with very balanced hops to follow. You can tell there a heft of alcohol in this, but it never detracts. Some chocolate overtones. I'm drinking this at 59° on the digital thermometer (read, beer nerd at home) and I think this is the right temperature for this beer. This knocks on the doorstep of being a barley wine.

Mouthfeel: creamy, full, very fat on the tongue. Weighty.

Drinkability: The alcohol content of this one means that you'd likely not being drinking too many in a row. That said, it's a real pleasure to drink and I think it deserved above average scores for the style.

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Photo of Derek
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Sephiroth
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
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 Zorro
4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #56 from a 12 Oz bottle.

Pours a murky brown brew with a respectable tan head.

Smell is a little sweet and fruity. Scents of chocolate, smoke, fig, banana, and sour cherry.

Taste is smoky right of the bat like a really good Scottish ale. Smoky tart and malty all flash across your tongue before the final slap of hop bitterness. Mild coffee aftertaste appears after a while. This to me is a wee heavy more than an old ale and this is a really good wee heavy too!

Mouthfeel is THICK no other word describes it. A really good beer shake.

Drinkability is just plain super here. Tasty and thick without being abusive of the tongue or unbalanced. This was worth every bit of the $4 I paid for the bottle and I absolutely will be looking for more of this brew.

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Photo of tjthresh
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby and garnet highlights when held to a light. Poured with a creamy tan head that leaves a nice ring as you drink. Chocolate, toffee, prunes and raisins, some roast. Maybe some hops, but this babys about the malt. Chocolate is the overriding flavor here. Sharp bitterness and alcohol burn. Very mouth filling. Definatley a night cap.

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Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #62

Very dark brown in color with a dark head that just doesn't quit, very meringue like.

Smell is dark malts with pletny of hops to back them up. Hints of bitter chocolate and some fruitiness.

Carbonation medium with a medium body.

Taste is again of dark malts with a big hop backbone. The malts lent dark chocolate and coffee flavors to the beer. There was also a light smokiness and some slight fruit notes present. Finishes with a coffee hint and a considerable hop bitterness.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch #62, bought at Sam's in Chicago

appearance: very dark, almost black with mild red tints to the color. thick and creamy head

smell: dark fruit, raisin, caramel, alcohol, faint smells of wood as well

taste: strong alcohol, raisins, heavy on the malts, mild on the hops. Quite a fierce old ale. faint oak and vanilla. start noticing the smoke aftertaste more and more as beer warms

mouthfeel: thick and creamy, medium to high carbonation

drinkability: not for the meek, one is probably plenty

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear deep amber brown, almost opaque with a tan frothy and small bubbled head which lasted to coat the glass.

The aroma was deep and roasty with a chocolate aromatic. The aroma contained an alcohol phenolic of smoke and a slight menthol. The aroma contained a fruit complexity, but the fruits were aged and muted and impossible to distinguish.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee with an interesting roasty component. The flavor was bitter, but not overly so and contained a hop flavor that was grassy and slightly earthy and interesting. The chocolate flavor ruled the roost but was not overdone.

The finish was dry with a malty impression and chocolate with a hop flavor that came across as menthol into the afteraste. The body was full and well done. The beer contained alcohol throughout, but it never detracted and added complexity from start to finish.

12 ounce bottle, Batch number 47. More of a huge robust porter than an old ale, but a heck of a beer!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #63
Poured a very dark porter-like brown color and moderate head. Bottle-conditioned, so lots of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Robust aroma - almost like a powerful red wine (barolo?). Taste is quite complex - earthy & smoky at the beginning, then evolves and finishes mocha/chocolate & lightly sweet/malty with maybe some hints of cherry or raspberry? (unsure).

10% ABV is noticeable, but not overpowering. Definitely enjoyable, but a sipping beer for sure. I don't think I could have more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling a slightly chilled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Batch # 57
The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a fluffy tightly packed beige head foaming up 2 cm easily and nevere receding below .5 cm floating on the surface.
Aroma is caramel and brown sugar, some chocolate with red grape and some floral hops. The nose is dominated by malt notes.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body with very fine carbonation that is a little tingly. The body is also fairly thick and heavy.
Flavor is malty with chocolate and brown sugar mixing with caramel. No hops here. There is hot alcohol present from middle through finish that keeps this beer in the sipping category. A roasty malt and chocolate presence is also lingering with each sip. Quite a nice robust beer that is not for the meek beer drinker!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark body, similar to a porter or a stout, with only a little light shining through the bottom of the glass. Head is pretty big after a fairly standard pour (goog retention, also). Raisins, alcohol, , slight acidity. This has a nose very similar to a barleywine, only with a lower hop profile. Taste is very large. Acidic and earthy, very malty and strong. Slight coffee and cocoa tones are also present. This is a great beer from an underrepresented style, I could definitely session this one.

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Photo of jamesclark
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is black in color, with dark cherry sides, visible when placed in front of a bright light. The head is thick and vigorous, brown, reducing very slowly. Despite the bottle's warning, I intentionally include the sediment in the pour (it is bottle-conditioned) - that sediment is visible as flakes against the side of the glass. It is batch number 59, but there is no other date information.

The aroma is rich and smoky, warning of the alcohol within, and carrying a sourness - cherries or plums. Some caramel is detected. The smoky smell is most interesting.

A very rich flavor is found within. Again, it is quite smoky - like a mild rauchbier. There is some coffee flavor in the malt, and just the tiniest yeast flavor - much less than I would expect considering the sediment. The flavor also carries a little fruitiness, a sour edge. It is moderately smooth. The finish is meaty, malty, slightly bitter and slightly sweet.

The noticeable alcohol and complex flavor keep this beer only moderately drinkable, but I find it fascinating. An excellent counterpoint to a barleywine or double IPA, this beer has a very unique character.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 62

Pours a dark reddish brown with a big tan head of foamy, tightly-packed bubbles. Head holds really well and leaves fantastic lacing.

Smell is quite malty with a caramel edge and a woody smell that's almost reminiscent of bourbon. Dark fruit as well.

The flavor is quite interesting as well. The caramel and malt really pull through and temper the high ABV well, although it does warm in the finish. Nice hoppiness that comes through as a light bitterness. There's some nice smoke and licorice flavors in here as well.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and creamy.

Overall: A ridiculously drinkable and smooth enormous beer. It's beautiful from the first pour, and its flavor is extremely complex and can stand up to quite a bit of scrutiny. My first Hair of the Dog, and I'm looking forward to trying some more of their wares.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet brown hued pour that defies all light to escape, topped off by a defiant brown tan ½ inch thick craggy head cap, releasing no secrets or carbonation bubbles. One of the foamiest frothiest pillowy head caps I’ve seen in a while.

Mixed aromatic scents of a smoky peat and deep double bock permeate the nose. A bit more smoked hickory and cheddar than anything else.

First swigs: Dry smoky cheese, bacon and biscuit malt dryness. Some sweetness of molasses and fig. Dry is the name of the ADAM game.Occasionally some berry pops put which adds tothe complexity overall. Deep charcoal notes firm up an astringent touch. Interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Throat warming. Thick fullest of full bodied. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Totally a sipping beer.

Last swigs: Rauchbier and old ale. $3.99 at Johns Marketplace. This might join the ranks of my “Must try to 10...maybe 25 beers.”

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.24 out of 5 based on 2,413 ratings.
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