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

1,018 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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.

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Photo of MLegendre
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, with highlights of ruby, 1/2in tan head disapates very slowly, no lacing.

S: Sweet dark fruits, cherrys, licorice, and coffee

T: Cross between a barleywine and a stout. Sweet dark fruits upfront, bitterness as well as some roasted flavors come in strong midtaste. Finish is very bitter like a strong coffee.

M: Medium carbonation. Alchol is hardly noticable at all for such a high ABV.

D: Fans of big bold beers will love this. I found it to be very unique and very tasty. This is in my top 10 all time favorite beers.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Portland's very own msubulldog95. Word to tha west-coast coaster-crusha.

A very creamy head is produced here, atop an opaque, black-as-midnight-in-hell color. So far so good.

Aroma is a tough one to nail. Some cocoa powder, even a little more chocolate-covered coffee bean and dark fruit. A pronounced saltiness covers everything, with a mild yeast funk demanding attention. A bit of a grassy essence arrives in later whiffs.

Whoa. The flavor is like oak-barrel aged ales meets hoppy barley wines meets your typical U.S. craft imperial stout meets the spicy sweetness of the best tripels. Old Ales always strike me as an exciting, wild hybrid of other, more definable styles, and this one is no different. Even the mouthfeel is top-notch: superbly creamy, perfectly carbonated for the flavor profile, hearty and round and robust.

At this point I'm thinking Hair Of The Dog is the next Stone, in terms of their big-ness, sense of originality and adventure, and the deeply satisfying flavors. Adam's hard to nail from just one bottle. It'll take quite a few bottles to draw a bead on this one, but it's a damn enjoyable event in the trying.

[NP: all kinds of Peter Hammill]

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Photo of Phatz
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with a creamy tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell: The aroma is loaded with dark malts, molasses, chocolate, and deep berry flavors. The big cherry and grape flavors carry a hint of smokiness and come across like a sherry with some coffee in there as well.

Taste: It leads off with dark malts that lend to the chocolate and cream flavor followed by toffee, berries, licorice and coffee. There is a bit of a wood flavor and a hint of smokiness and hops in the finish, and all wrapped up in a magnificent balanced package.

Mouthfeel: This is a super creamy medium body beer that is a joy to drink.

Drinkability: If this beer were readily available in my area I would buy cases. Fantastic!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a moderate head. The smell is wonderful, like dried fruit, candided sugar, and sweet malts. The taste is huge, much like a doppel bock with more depth and more carbonation. The candided fruits really take the center stage with this beer, and come off almost as big as a quad. Quite a beer.

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Photo of beckje01
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Crazy head that is brown. The beer is very dark with no activity under the big head. A dark amber almost black.

S- Simple semi sweet smell.

T- Sweet with a bitter end. There are also some smoke tones through out.

M- Tangy with some activity, overall nice.

D- Goes down good if its a bit warmer.

This is a prime example of trying a beer a different tempatures, I started with this one too cold on accendent and I was really put off by it and I almost drained it, but I gave it a chance to warm up I left the room did other things. When coming back to it just slightly colder then room temp if not room temp and it was a much better beer. I started my review over from the smell point with the warmer beer.

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Photo of walleye
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 61,when I popped the cap foam started coming out the top, poured a nice mahogany with a nice dark tan head that stayed aaaround for awhile. aroma roasted malts, caramel, molasses, dark sweet fruits, just a hint of hops, alcohol. flavor wow where did that come from got nothing in the aroma that would of suggested that there was smoke in this beer, a nice chocolate sweetness, the alcohol comes out nice and smooth, malts . I had this with pizza and it went very well with it the smoke worked will with the meat on the pizza.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a tulip glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a brown amber almost opaque with a frothy tan head that holds amazingly well and laces nicely. The smell is sweet and malty and sort of reminiscent of a dopplebock. The taste is malty and reminiscent of dark berry fruits. There really is no hop flavor to speak of but there is some associated bitterness that balances it out well. The alcohol flavor is masked well but is still strong enough to keep you only sipping this one. The mouthfeel has a good carbonation and the mouthfeel is good but not overly impressive. Overall a nice beer to have around in the winter, a good beer.

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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 kgotcher
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick black with tan head. Aroma is roasty like a stout but with a distinct dark fruityness.

Thick mouthfeel but smooth with a hint of a bitter finish. Some warming is noticable from the 10% ABV. Kind of syrupy sticky aftertaste.

Taste is stoutish with much more sweetness. Dark roasted and chocolate character but with a doublebock sweetness to it. Dark dried fruit sweetness.

Interesting brew. For a historical beer it's not as bad as I expected. Good to know my ancestors didn't always drink swill.

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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 unklesyd
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam is a truly unique beer. Interestingly enough, the worst review on the site does accurately reflect some of the flavor aspects of this beer: chocolate, tobacco, slight tartness. However, these are done in subtle and tasteful proportions to the other flavors: smooth rough leather, spicy noble hops, licorice.

From the outset, this beer looks fantastic: makes me think of an organic 3 Musketeers bar in the pour, settling down to a small, yet lasting head atop an opaque, black beer with garnet highlights.

Other than flavors listed above, the aroma also hints at some sweet dried figs.

As it is a big beer, this one can wear on the palate, but is rated as highly because it is a joy to take every sip.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is enormous, three fingers in height. Lacing is thorough through out the whole glass. The aroma is of caramel, butter, and grape fruit. The taste is rather balanced begining with a large caramel flavor and ending with some grapefruity hops. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation Overall, this is a wonderful brew. It isn't as much of a brash hop bomb as I would expect from a West Coast brewery, but I think that is a good thing. It is certainly something I would purchase again.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

07/31/06- Purchased at Sonoma Wine Exchange in Sonoma, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, batch number 65. Other than that, not sure when it was brewed or bottled. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deeper brown in color with some red transluscent highlights. Maybe even a dark cherry color. Nice 3/4 inch head with streaks, small chunks and patches of lace left behind. Still was sticking to my glass when I woke up this morning.

Smell- Heavy hitter with loads of dark fruits and deep caramel malt scents. Figs for sure, possibly dates and plums, a bit of raisin as well.

Taste- Sweet, but not over the top. Malt is caramel and is dark almost to the point of being roasted or a bit charcoal. Fruits blend together very nicely. Tons of fig with raisins and maybe some dark cherry notes. A mild oaky or some kind of woody taste makes itself known as well. Lots of nice flavors here.

Mouthfeel- The only grudge I have about this beer is it's carbonation level. Well higher than I enjoy for a beer of this style. I'm sure it would mellow with age, but this was pretty fizzy...almost cola like. I'd like to try this from tap if it exists.

Drinkability- Other than the carb, it's got great flavors, a great nose and looks good too. All together a very good beer which may just need to mellow out before becoming outstanding.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black to dark brown with a good size light tan head. Strong smell of prunes and raisins, a little caramel and alcohol behind it all. First taste is quite smoky, maltiness follows with a sweet chocolate and a little pruniness and balances the smoky and roastiness. There is some peppery spicy alcohol in the finish as well, not unpleasant or overpowering, but well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, a little oily slickness and a spicy tingle in the finish. An interesting old ale, I've got a two year old version that i look forward to trying to see how the malts develop and if the pepperiness dies down. This serving was Batch 66.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a full bodied dark black color with very thin tan head that is short lived. Practically no carbonation or lacing.

Smells bready, vanilla, raisins, and dates. Pleasant sweet malty smell.

Incredible taste! Starts off sweet with a substantial raisin/date tastes and a spicy alcohol dry finish. Cinnamon, clove, allspice and vanilla tastes are also present. The alcohol presence is used very nicely. It reminds me of eating grandma's raisin bread pudding and drinking a fine tawny port with it.

Almost chewy mouthfeel, full without being oily or filmy. Highly drinkable, but a slow drink. There are alot of flavors to enjoy and savor. The alcohol sneaks up on you slowly but then kicks you in a good way.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch # 65--A very complex beer. It starts out with a dark brown pour with a thick tan head, resembling a stout. Has a hoppy aroma and taste of dark fruit, like grapes, plums & figs. Spicy with a hint of the alcohol to come. As it warms up around mid-bottle, aroma and taste switch more to chocolate with a hint of malt. Alcohol becoming much more evident, but in the after taste and warming sensation, not the mouthfeel. At the end of the bottle, it begins to resemble a barley wine in taste, texture and alcohol. I think Hair of the Dog covered about all beer styles with this one. Good job!!

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Photo of geexploitation
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jgaston for this bottle. Pours jet black with a substantial taupe head. Dusty roasted malts vie with espresso notes on the nose. Slight ripe figs, vanilla spice and fresh yeast aromas as well. On tasting, creamy mocha, slight dark fruit tartness and treacle sweetness are present. Quite a bit of hop bitterness at the mid-palate gives way to an alcohol burn on the finish. The finish is remarkable in that all the different flavors established already linger on the tongue at once, with no single one dominating. Big, chewy mouthfeel that makes for a meal of a beer. Great beer here, loads of interesting stuff going on, all of it good.

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Photo of loren01
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a black color with huge billowy brownish head, I didn't think I poured any different than I normally do but it nonetheless resulted in a huge head. Wholly crap , huge head, did I mention that part?? Looks much like a root beer float on top, frothy just like that.
S: Smell is of roasted grains and chocolate. Also has pungent fruity aromas
T: Nice and sweet, chocolatey flavor. Reminds me of Stone IRS a little bit. Very rich tasting. Very warming as well but the alcohol taste is well hidden.
M: About perfect, nice and creamy mouthfeel goes down very easily.
D: I didn't quite know what to expect with this one, never had the style before. Was very good would for sure drink this one again.

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Photo of wl0307
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer courtesy of San Francisco-based BA Chris (axisjones), brought over during his trip in Europe three weeks ago. No freshness info. printed on the beer label/bottle, but the batch number is 65. Served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours an absolutely elegant ebony hue with ruby glows; the beige beer head comes slowly effervescent and grows to a huge and thick cappuccino froth, which lingers brilliantly and only hesitantly settles, leaving tight, cottony lacing behind; carbonation is reasonably lively but not OTT.
S: Cascade or its relative hop dominates the nose, so flowery, peachy, piney, on top of a less pronounced but juicy malty base full of (mainly) dried longan fruits, raisins or preserved berries; a touch of molasses or burned sugar and a faintly chocolatey hint follow at the tail. Overall, that a 10%abv. beer should smell so mild and mellow is really incredible and impressive, as if it's a flowery and juicy longan-furit drink!! Marvellous, albeit less complex and lacking a sour edge as I'd expect of a genuine old ale.
T: slightly rough, throat-gagging/itching textured, rich dark/roasted maltiness prevails on the palate upfront with a touch of ink, soon engulfed by a dryish-bitter (like tea-leaves stems) and citric-zest hoppy wave which imparts lots of bittering and peppery impacts to an otherwise smooth dark fruity palate (the same as the nose), rendering a soothing AND compelling bitter feel down the sides of the tongue; the aftertaste has a black-sugary+semi-roasty aroma and its profound bitterness (like a dry stout) and bitter-sweetness to it, added with a pleasantly tart dark fruity edge (semi-ripe black plums)--a little more like an old ale now... Finished relatively clean, not sticky or heavy at all, with just a quiet touch of alc. hovering down the throat. Beautiful...
M&D: the mouthfeel turns creamy-smooth after the initially rough edge, this beer is full-bodied, yet ever so approachable and easy-drinking! An extremely well-crafted, hugely hoppy ale, unlike any English old ale I've tasted so far--presumably the big entry of aromatic American hops makes a significant difference here? But I take it as a healthy input, as the result is harmonious and quite balanced: "a heavy-weight without making a big entrance" (if that makes sense?). Still, I wonder if it'd be termed as an old ale--it has so much in common with other hoppy bombs made in USA and much bigger, bitter-er, freshly hoppier than English Old Ales~~ A brilliant and delicious drink all the same. Huge thanks go to Chris for choosing this "gigantic gem" for me!

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you get a chance, go to the web site and check your batch number and when it was brewed and bottled. Poured a cloudy dark brown hue similar to a mahogany color. A good frothy head with smaller bubbles and great lacing lasting through the whole tasting.

The smell is rich with noticeable fruity aromas throughout. A noticeable smell overall. Some plums, black cherries and sweeter figs notes have a strong influence. The malt is big and some phenol characteristics at the end.

The taste is also rich but with upstart fruity notes limiting its complexity. Maybe it should have aged more, but come fig and cherry are more noticeable then the malt. Some hints of raisins and esters as well is a touch of yeast bite at the end.

The body is full but should have more (in my opinion). Old Ales can vary, but this seems lacking for an old ale. Overall the taste is good with a unique fruity flavor, and worth another try. As for my batch, I’m a 61! Go 61!!!

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle. Awesome bulldog illustration on front.

Pours with a large, almost brown-colored head and a dark color.

Aroma is interesting with a nice mix of hops, dark malt and alcohol.

Taste is roasty, sweet with noticeable alcohol flavors and a lot of complexity. However, they just didn't seem to go together great for me and the alcohol was a bit too strong tasting. Perhaps with more age (I think this was a pretty recent batch) it would be better.

Mouthfeel is nice with good body, not too thick.

Overall, I did not find this very drinkable with the strong, conflicting tastes and high ABV. Perhaps with age, though, it could be great.

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

Batch 63

Wow, this head is way too big for a 10% beer. It's light brown resting on top of an almost black body. The nose is very sweet, roasty, and peaty. This tastes like a smoked porter and Baltic porter hybrid. It has tons of malt, roasted, sweet, and smokey, as well as bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and slightly hidden grassy hops. I can taste, and feel, the alcohol, but it's not overpowering. This was my first attempt at cellaring and I'd say it worked out deliciously well.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.37/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Love the bottle, as usual. Adam pours out looking absolutely great. Deep, dark, voluptous, with a very energetic head. It takes quite some time to get most of the bottle into the glass. The head is creamy, fluffy, comprised of very fine carbonation that sticks, forming creative shapes and intricate lacing.

Toffee greets the drinker upon taking a sniff; Depite being properly warmed, very little scent is available; Perhaps the head does a bit too good of a job of trapping released volatiles. There's definitely some roasted barely in there, a hickory smell - rich, like damp wood on a fire.

Very malty, with a lot of butterscotch and toffee tones; Roastiness is present as well, coming in with a slight bitter cocoa and straight espresso. Before they can get too heavy, the hops take over, bittering with a smooth, almost Noble, full-leaf hoppiness. After swallowing, some significant diacetyl characteristics stick around on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and very heavy. There's a very nice transition in the mouth's perception of malt, then hops, and the finish tastes sweet, but feels bitter.

I think this beer is close to being something great. It's got some rather interesting characteristics that just aren't cultured enough to really show through. I think it would be great with a few slices of smoked ham and some dark brown bread.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #64

The tan head pours so massively I can only fit about half the bottle into my glass. It doesn't subside too quickly either. The liquid is very, very dark, a deep brown, almost black color. Nose is fruity and raisiny, reminiscent of a dark belgian style ale, fairly strong on alcohol. Nice aroma, could have been a little stronger. The taste is woody and earthy, with a nice raisiny malt flavor yielding to a roasted coffee finish. Moderate in bitterness, warm alcohol also present. I also detect notes of chocolate, and tangy fruit. The flavor complexity is spectacular. The mouthfeel has a nice thickness, but isn't viscous, so it goes down smoothly. I enjoyed it very much and could drink it easily despite the strength of alcohol...

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #16
Bottled March 1996

Pours oily with minimal carbonation.
Dark mahogany with ruby shading, barely a head from an exaggerated pour.
What nil froth does rise is beige and creamy, with a few odd larger orbs.
No lacework beyond the quickly dissapating skim coat.
Aromatics are filled with dark chocolate, concentrated caramel, and toffee-rubbed leather.
The nose finishes out with dark fruit, a boozy nod, and a hint of smoke.
Thickish, syrupy, and sticky body. A light creamyness keeps it alive.
The pallet starts off with alcohol laced chocolate shards and toffee bits.
Large dried malt component is the backbone, with dark caramel and some burnt brown sugar.
Bitterness is negligent, but balancing, alongside a mild astringency.
Finishes lengthy with a very sticky afterbody and mild sweetness.

Much more enjoyable than the two others from the same batch that poured as pure mucous.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,452 ratings.
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