1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Matt - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

Not Rated.
MattMatt

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
99
world-class

623 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 623
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 1,323
Gots: 127 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using two Munich malts, two Smoked malts and two types of Belgian candy sugar. It was aged in 33 year old Bourbon barrels and Apple Eau de Vie barrels for about one year.

First release: February 2009 (a.k.a. 'Bottleworks X')
Second release: November 2010
Third release: October 2013

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 623 | Reviews: 220 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tewaris:
Photo of tewaris
tewaris

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from 2010 poured into a snifter. Thanks Kan. Since I am on a Strong Ale/Old Ale/Barleywine kick for the past few months and this is the coldest day this far into Fall, it's the perfect occasion to drink the only bottle I have. Matt pours dark brown and looks almost black; the looks are in the Imperial Stout territory. There's no head whatsoever but there is a tiny ring holding promise of carbonation. I hear it's a crap shoot with HotD, and I think I am lucky.

Matt boasts a very complex aroma, with distinct notes of roast, smoke, dark fruit, port, caramel/toffee and dark liqueur. And ripe apples! I can't wait to taste it, but I can't stop smelling it either.

The base beer for Matt is Adam, which was a disappointment to me. However, the barrels have changed the beer massively, into something much better. My complaint against Adam was too much roast and too much bitterness. The roast is mellow in Matt, and the bitterness very restrained, along with the added sweetness and complexity.

Sticky caramel sweetness, accompanied by still bold, roasty and chocolaty bitterness leading towards a slightly astringent finish. There is a lot of fruity-vinous character and ripe, sweet apple notes from eau-de-vie de pomme. I am loving it so much! This beer is one of the testimonials to the fact that American brewing today can stand up to Europe. Reminiscent of two of my favorite beers, Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw and JW, and yet so different. And what restrained use of barrels, that have added so much character without the typical booze.

While I am convinced that this beer will only improve with age, it hardly tastes young. In fact, had I not known the age, I would place it at 3 years, at least. A great beer, and perfect for this moment. It's beers like this that make trading worthwhile. I don't think I have anything in my stash that can excel Matt significantly. I won't be drinking anything else tonight.

3, 4, 5, 4, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 18:30:27 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
Photo of MattLatuchie
MattLatuchie

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-20-2014 22:13:44 | More by MattLatuchie
Photo of jtladner
jtladner

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

07-20-2014 22:04:40 | More by jtladner
Photo of lupercmda
lupercmda

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-20-2014 17:33:19 | More by lupercmda
Photo of thegerm87
thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -10.7%

07-18-2014 01:46:56 | More by thegerm87
Photo of DrMindbender
DrMindbender

South Carolina

2/5  rDev -55.4%

07-17-2014 19:28:21 | More by DrMindbender
Photo of facesnorth
facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-16-2014 02:42:48 | More by facesnorth
Photo of PretzelCity
PretzelCity

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-14-2014 20:19:12 | More by PretzelCity
Photo of Sisky
Sisky

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-11-2014 04:07:22 | More by Sisky
Photo of canadianghetto
canadianghetto

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-10-2014 20:32:22 | More by canadianghetto
Photo of Resuin
Resuin

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is the latest release (2013). Reviewed from notes from a couple days ago.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a slight orange-ish hue. Leaves a small off-white head.

Smell: Big smoked meats, sweet bourbon, oak, brandy, dark chocolate. Very interesting and different aroma.

Taste: Matches the aroma well, which is very nice: Bourbon, brandy, dark chocolate, cedar, nice smoky finish. Very well balanced flavors. Not overly sweet.

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation, but definitely enough. Full body.

Overall: This is a very tasty, and different beer. The interesting barrels have really put a twist on this and its really nice, smoky and sweet. Very well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 20:24:38 | More by Resuin
Photo of my_knew_craft
my_knew_craft

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-08-2014 23:35:03 | More by my_knew_craft
Photo of PhillipMicupp
PhillipMicupp

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-08-2014 23:33:50 | More by PhillipMicupp
Photo of bccocx
bccocx

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-08-2014 19:29:41 | More by bccocx
Photo of stouts4me
stouts4me

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-07-2014 00:50:36 | More by stouts4me
Photo of BeerThursdays
BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

07-04-2014 11:50:40 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of pathman
pathman

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.6%

07-03-2014 23:10:43 | More by pathman
Photo of Ant4711
Ant4711

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

07-03-2014 13:05:49 | More by Ant4711
Photo of sliks96
sliks96

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-30-2014 02:16:19 | More by sliks96
Photo of HitchSlap
HitchSlap

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2014 02:16:48 | More by HitchSlap
Photo of Port_Seat
Port_Seat

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-26-2014 16:24:12 | More by Port_Seat
Photo of sharpski
sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev -10.7%

06-26-2014 01:30:14 | More by sharpski
Photo of mfl620ks
mfl620ks

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

06-25-2014 23:20:24 | More by mfl620ks
Photo of SamuelR
SamuelR

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-24-2014 19:50:10 | More by SamuelR
Photo of atpca
atpca

California

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

06-24-2014 05:23:01 | More by atpca
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.