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

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AdamAdam
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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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
Ratings:
2,461
Reviews:
1,022
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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624
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488
For Trade:
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 12 oz bottle with no discernible dating to denote the bottling or "enjoy by" of this beer. Poured into a large 22 oz snifter.

Appearance - This is only my second old ale, so I have no idea what is typical for the style, but this one is a deep chestnut brown hue, almost black due to the massive head blocking any light from filtering down through the top. The head is a good 4+ fingers thick, and creamy looking like mousse or some other whipped topping, the color of sandy brown. Retention is excellent, with the foam never becoming less than a finger of froth around the edges of the glass with a pillowy layer of foam along the top. Lacing is thick in the few places it remains, with a silky look to it.

Smell - Complex and rich, and not nearly as hot as expected given the strength. Burnt caramel, roast chocolate and tree bark, along with some elements of a cinnamon-like spiciness. Hints of molasses as well.

Taste - Picks up where the depth of the smell left off. Now the tree bark and semisweet chocolate is enriched by notes of leather and a faint medicinal characteristic as well in the background. I know some don't like that, but I find it can provide an interesting complexity. A finish with some bittering from the hops, as well as a little bit of sweetness from the specialty malts used.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as you might expect from the color and the appearance of the head. Medium bodied with high carbonation and a lingering finish.

Overall - I've only had one other old ale, and it was similar but different to Adam. Both were good, so I think I may have to seek out more of this style. Hopefully they all display the same balance and complexity.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought online at Craftshack, poured into a Troegs Mad Elf snifter.

AP: NIce rich dark colour, near black, Stout like. Dense foamy light tan head, 3 fingers high at the start and slowly dissipating down a finger width. This looks like it should be quite tasty.
AR: Toffee, chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, dark fruits (raisin, fig), treacle. Some light notes of Earthy rustic hops and caramel malts. Brilliant nose on this.
T: Just like the nose, all the aromas are in the flavour as well. Only negative about this beer is that on the initial taste I do get a bit of the alcohol heat and then on the finish some significant warmth down the throat and in the belly, more than there should be. To me it's just enough to distract from the enjoyable tastes. Otherwise this is a true delight with rich intense flavours that treat the palate. The Earthy rustic hops come out nicely on the finish.
M: Good mouthfeel. The moderate carbonation adds a nice smooth creaminess without it being too crisp/bubbly. It's not cloying or sticky on the tongue either, but finishes with a faint moistness.
OV: A great beer and if the alcohol was better hidden I'd have rated this higher. The flavours are there, but the heat punches through a bit too much for my preference taking away from the smoothness. It's 'only' 10% ABV but drinks like it's at least 12%+. Otherwise very very enjoyable.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,461 ratings.
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