Matt - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.5/5 rDev 0%
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:
4.59/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2 oz pour roughly and generously shared at a small bottle share at TG on MD tapping day
Thanks to the fellow BA's for cracking this and several others
Reviewing from notes made in my head!
A - Pours clear dark brown color with minimal head and laving
S - Dark fruits is definitely something that came from the smell with some carmel notes
T - Taste is much the same on front end with dark fruits and a finish of carmel and tobacco
Figs and dates
M - Medium to full bodied and feels much like a stout
O - Overall I was very excited to try this and it is definitely the best HotD offering that I have had
Thanks again to the generous BA
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 01:28:55 | More by drmcleod10
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.