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

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 10%


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)
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small and thin light brown head. Nose is sharp, boozy and sweet.

Taste is very sharp an pretty boozy, with a sweet finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy, quite tasty and drinkable though!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 21:44:23 | More by kingcrowing
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, big thanks to Nate for this rare tick for me, drank from a perfect pint glass...A dark brown with a hint of mahogney with a small light tan head. The 2010 is actually carbonated!...When you get this out, let it warm for a bit then the nose really starts to show off; apple brandy, with molasses, and a hint of spice. On the sweeter side, but meaty enough to not get in the way...The taste is liquified apples soaked in brandy, so great, nails a fruit the way Short's can. Its a little hot, but very good.

This is really yummy, surprised this lived up to the hype. Track this down!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 23:40:46 | More by jrallen34
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to younger35 for this bottle. Received from him in a trade at Dark Lord Day 2009.

G: Poured into an oversized snifter.

A: Cola brown coming out of the bottle, gathering into a near-black as it sits in the glass. Almost zero head. Faint swirls as the beer warms up and is swirled. This also creates mild lacing.

S: Caramel with lots of dark fruits and hints of green apple. Perhaps the tiniest bit of anise. Some hints of oak, as well as plenty of warming esters from the alcohol. Some yeasty sourness.

T: Smokiness is my initial impression. More of the tart green apple than was present in the nose. The same hints of oak are there as well. As it warms up, the apple brandy and oak tastes are coming out a bit more.

M: Medium bodied with very little carbonation. Not too many hints of alcohol.

D: A very nice sipper. Complexity increases as it warms up. An all-around very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 01:39:38 | More by Thorpe429
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, one of a modest amount I picked up at the 'Earth Day' Dock Sale last April; it's held down the back corner of the fridge since then, patiently awaiting tonight. A nice day of late-summer warmth and office-sponsored golf (the par-3 course at Edgefield) ends in a snifter-sized pour of Matt as a nightcap.

A: Brackish ebony, a deep and dark murkiness that at first seems a bit lifeless, then magically springs to life with a roil of carbonation and a gauzy swirl of tan film. Creamy rim-hugging band and small flecks dot the glass. Held to light late in the pour, there's plenty of dusty detritus hanging around.

S: Aroma of cocoa and caramel-wrapped apples, a sweetness like maraschino cherry, with a hint of tartness (lime?). Dried tobacco amidst a bourbon char. Hops are there, but are hard to distinguish behind drippy malts. Full and fragrant, smell-able from 3 feet away.

T: In the same way the appearance was dull for the first few seconds, so the flavor was an abrupt turn-off. Then a creeping, coating chocolate, followed by molasses and a grape-like fruitiness. Barrel oak follows, a charred vanilla and a dose of herbal hops. Ends a little 'off' for me, an odd medicinal (cough syrup) backing.

M: Fantastic mouthfeel from the start: luscious, chewy, fully coating. Enough warmth, without bragging about its 11.5% alcohol too boisterously. Lip-smacking malts, carbonation is there - but where?

D: Tough call here: an amazing brew, replete with varied flavors and tantalizing aromas. Will I have this again? Fortunately, yes. Will I place this in my upper echelon of 'must trys'? Certainly. Is it 'drinkable'? Well, that's debatable; definitely a wonderful sipper, but a few ounces go a long way. Find a lover of fine beer and share a bottle...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 04:03:05 | More by msubulldog25
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the February 2009--'Bottleworks X release.

A-Copper tinted deep brown with a thin light tan head that held on strong and deposited spotty lace.

S-Fairly complex with notes of earth, oak, smoke, prune and deep malty sweetness.

T-Very bitter up front with a strong oak character coming to the forefront. Prominent raisin/prune notes with a significant earthy hop bite and an interesting toasted coconut, dark chocolate finish.

M-Medium body, VERY dry and fairly sharp in the finish. Drying notes of oak and walnut build with warming.

D-Quite strong, very nice and certainly tasty. Alcohol heat does become present and noticeable upon warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 22:06:02 | More by Deuane
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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

674th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute
12 oz

Bottleworks X & 2nd batch

App- A very dark beer, browns and reds in the glass. No real head, just the normal HOTD bubbles around the edges, no lace, no cling

Smell- Big ol punch in the nose. Bourbon, fruits, sweet, malty. More of the dark fruits with a sugary note and a bit thick.

Taste- It's a very different taste for a strong ale. Its deeply thick with the bourbon and has a lot of darker fruits to lend a balance to it with some chocolate tinges and not sure what else is there but there is a lot of it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very thick on the mouth and very creamy.

Drink- To be able to try both at one time I was very happy. Thick, boozy, tastefully balanced and well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 17:35:29 | More by FosterJM
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. Bottle is from November 2010, tried in the same tasting as Adam, Fed, and all their variations.

a - Pours a brown, almost black color, with less than one inch of tan head and low carbonation evident. Almost flat.

s - Smells of roasted malts, licorice, bourbon, sweet dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, and oak. Very interesting, but very nice mix of bourbon and licorice.

t - Tastes of bourbon, licorice, roasted malts, bourbon, oak, and light smoke. Nice, though I like nose better.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, with a very smooth body.

o - Overall I liked this one a lot, though it is very different. I preferred Cherry AtfW, AftW, and FftW, but this is still a great beer I'd like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 15:31:16 | More by mdfb79
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Huge thanks go out to Knifestyles for hooking up this long sought-after want! 2010 bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown color, almost black in the tulip glass with zero bubbles or lacing. This one looks flat. Amazing aroma. Loads of dark chocolate, fudge brownies, maple syrup, a touch of smokiness, and lots of dark fruit with a slight burn of alcohol in the nose. Wow, this is one of the best smelling brews I've come across. Taste is right on par with the aroma. Chocolate is front and center, then it's backed up by a syrupy maple-like sweetness, brown sugar, with maybe a touch of herbal hops on the finish, but there's no bitterness whatsoever. This is outrageously sweet, but damn, I like it. More fudge and a nutty, creamy finish. YUM! The only downfall of this beer is that it's completely flat. There was a slight hiss when I popped the cap, but there's really no carbonation which detracts from the creamy, silky mouthfeel. If this had bubbles, it would be an A+ winner all the way. The 11%+ alcohol is almost non-detectable, and well hidden. I sipped this one over the course of an hour and enjoyed every drop. Smells great, tastes great, but give me some carbonation!!

Thanks again, Chris!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 21:17:35 | More by KeefD
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afksports

New York

4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm sitting here with my woman, thinking, "What a strangely good beer this is." Matt, from Hair of the Dog brewery in Portland, Oregon is a special release that I got hooked up with at Bottleworks in Seattle. Thus review is drinking the 2010 vintage.

Boyo boy oh boy. It looks pretty normal pouring a deep brown with minimal head and lace, but wow! What a punch in the nose when you smell it. Bourbon meets Belgium meets fruit - apples and smoke. It's all there. The last time a beer smelled this complex was a while back. My only complaint is that I'm just hit a personal fan of smoke.

It's not overly smokey though, in smell or taste. It's more subtle. What comes through mostly is the candy sugar, the sweetness of bourbon in the back of the throat, and some apple fruit too. Almost like an aged barleywine. So much comes from the barrels, it's a generously smooth beer. Very very sweet an rich. Dessert in a glass, if you can handle it.

Almost like a sherry, Matt goes down very easy, and you don't see the alcohol at 11.5% at all. In fact, it's so well composed that you could drink it for a while if you can deal with the caloric intake.

Simply put, Matt is one bad dog. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:31:43 | More by afksports
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle purchased and consumed @ the Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room (Portland, OR) on 9/3/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a flat black in the glass, with literally no head to speak of. Maybe just the tiniest bit of retention hangs on the edges, with vigorous swirling getting a very light cascade of spotty lace. The aroma smells of cocoa, molasses, vanilla, and pithy darker fruit. Bourbon heat singes the edges of this, while some softer oak character is standing out as well, and I’m definitely getting a nice smoky roastiness across the back of the nostrils.

The taste is thick with notes of chocolate, caramel, and ripe dark fruit character, while a gentle roasted smokiness spreads out across the back. Bourbon and alcohol gives this some real zip on the edges of the profile, mingling with notes of vanilla and oak, before pulling in the finish with a good bit of dryness and warmth. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with some alcohol heft and a soft carbonation combining to give this a heady feeling chewiness in the mouth. Speaking of the ABV, it’s actually fairly well kept in check, with any hotness to this appearing to mostly come from the bourbon flavors.

This was certainly flavorful and complex but still had a bit of rawness to it from the barrel that held this back a bit for me. I’d love to try this with a bit more age on it, as I’ll bet this one soothes out nicely. It was still really awesome that I was able to buy this here at the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 19:10:51 | More by Kegatron
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hair of the Dog comes up with some great ales. Pours very dark with a small but significant off-white head, and there is lace down the glass. The aroma of classier bourbon wafts, and it is rich and strong, as is the mouthfeel. A great drinking ale, with good chocolate. Coconut and vanilla accumulates in the tastebuds. Bourbon and a tad of sugar in the aftertaste, that is somewhat drying.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 03:56:10 | More by Sammy
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(courtesy of Daknole!). Pours near black with great aroma of bourbon and some fruit. Taste was sweet with noticeable alcohol. Full bodied and delicious! Thanks Dak! This was a real treat. I'd been wanting to try this for quite a while and Dak comes through.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 05:06:01 | More by trappistlover
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Waiting a long time to try this one. I have pretty high expectations.

In terms of appearance, this beer looks disgusting. No head, no lacing, no legs. Just dark brown oily grossness - distinctly reminiscent of the stuff that comes up in a nasogastric tube lavage during a small bowel obstruction.

Smell is good - booze, vanilla, oak, and nuttiness.

Taste is outstanding - sugar, vanilla, chocolate, and mild roasts. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is very oily. Sort of weird.

The taste and smell were outstanding, but the appearance and mouthfeel were pretty poor. Overall, a good beer, but not something I would go crazy looking for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 03:23:26 | More by airohead2001
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby lovely chestnut head
lacing lingers, has been said

Aroma malty, fruity, oak
hints of berries, maybe smoke?

Taste is strong and nice and clean
but it's not the best beer I've ever had from HOTD, NawwhatImean?

Mouthfeel sweet, a little prickly
Drinkability, is somewhat iffy

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 20:17:16 | More by francisweizen
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hansgruber

Indiana

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe

Small bit of foam with a small collar. 
Very dark body with a slight bit of deep dark red showing around the edges. A wee bit of lacing. 

Smells of apples, oak barrel, chocolate and a touch of smoke. 

Chocolate first and foremost with some smoke and oak barrel. Apple isn't too noticeable on palate like it was in the nose. 
Very little bitterness. Real smooth. No sign at all of the 11.5%. 

Slick mouthfeel. Could use a touch more carbonation. Full bodied. Zero burn from alcohol. 

Flavors are a bit muted so I suspect this is a bit past it's prime. Would love to get a bottle from the newer batch to compare. 

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 06:21:21 | More by hansgruber
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Overlord

California

3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a great trader!

Pours a thick, oily looking deep brown with some ruby amber tones to it when held close to a bright light source. I read that some other folks had heads on their beer. Mine had none. An increasingly aggressive pour produced some bubbling, but this is clearly a beer modeled after the Lost Abbey production line.

Smells like smoke, molasses, and ... apples! Wow, a boatload of apples in the smell.

Taste is more complex. The smoky, not-quite-roasted-malt characteristic carries over from the smell. The fruit component is really, really surprising. Not just apples, but some berries, some candied fruits ... and there's a ton of alcohol heat. Too much. It's distracting. Glad I have a few bottles to sit on for a few years. A bit of brown sugar/molasses to the flavor, and maybe the barest hint of a woodsy/tannin flavoring.

It's a complex beer, but I'd be lying if I said the dominant characteristic right now isn't an alcohol heat. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, but it ... needs ... carbonation. Drinkability suffers as a result.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 06:53:55 | More by Overlord
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hrking

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this at the ACBF in Boston as a share from someone cool after the event let out. Wish I could remember who shared it but thanks. Nice flavor and was to be expected from HOTD . nice smoke malt presence and flavors from Belgian yeast coming through. Malty and sweet and a dangerous 11.5% ALC. Some slight apple flavor coming through with a candi sugar sweetness on a malty base. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:00:46 | More by hrking
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a small light tan head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent of fruits, oak, some sourness, and strong alcohol, but it almost compliments the scent.

Taste of oak, tobacco, earth and a hint of cinnamon with that same strong alcohol. It's a tasty brew and pretty complex, but it seems like something is missing.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and powerful, but nearly flat.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 02:31:36 | More by paco1029384756
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pwoods

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gregc for the bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Very deep, woody brown, ruddy and opaque. Short head on a somewhat rough pour with only a bit of retention. Some oily coating on the glass with plenty of little bubbles of lacing.

S: Deep rich malts with a cooked fig dark fruit thing in the back. Lots of nice, full alcohol that may have mellowed a bit but seems like it could age great. Lots of woody, dank barrel, rich. A metallic or alkaline smell in the back, maybe like blood. Maybe a bit of tobacco.

T/M: Rich malts with lots of solventy alcohol. Some dark raisins that are overpoweringly soaked with rum and scotch. Alcohol is out of control. Some woody notes try to come through and there is a touch of tobacco and metal/blood in the back but it barely escapes the alcohols wrath. Body is medium to medium like with lower carbonation... from all the alcohol.

D: Very interesting idea and probably will get better down the road but this is almost a mess. Very tasty flavors that are being covered up by the raw alcohol. Wouldn't have guessed 11.5% from the nose but it actually seems like more in the taste. I actually warmed up to the beer a bit more the more that I drank. The alcohol mellows a touch as it opens up further and you get a bit of raw, meaty, smoked meat flavor in the back, adding some nice depth. Mix that with the wood.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:43:32 | More by pwoods
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. No fizz when opening this one. Pours completely flat. The color is amber-brown.

The aroma is full of fruity grape-skin with a touch of leather and chocolate. There are subtle notes of vanilla.

The taste starts out with a ton of leather and smoke, finishing with fruity grape. This has just enough sweetness in the finish.

This is medium bodied with zero carbonation.

I like this a lot. The lacking carbonation might be very off putting to many, I don't seem to mind it here.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 23:32:10 | More by andrewinski1
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sendsilk

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle graciously brought down from Michigan from Scott while vacationing here in Florida.

Looks good, pretty much appears similar to Adam. Very nice scent emanating from this beer. Bourbon and vanilla notes definitely come into play on the nose.

Taste is extremely good. A bit of bourbon taste pops from the cherry/vanilla/chocolate old ale flavor.

O- Glad to have tried this and would gladly have another. Thanks so much Scott!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:11:07 | More by sendsilk
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous trader, I got the chance to try this one. Shared with some homies on 2.18 during EBF training. From notes.

Pours black with a little light at the edges. No real head formation but some dotted lace on the glass with even a little wine-like legs coating the glass.

Wow apples are surprisingly potent. The barrels really did some work here. Other fruits too... maybe cherry? The smoked malt adds a really nice complement with some dark chocolate. Of course there is some brandy-ish booze present through the back.

The taste starts with some of the sweeter fruit flavors and dark chocolate and malts but quickly segues to a boozy finish. Smoke was a little more standout in the aroma, but is more integrated here. This beer is definitely warming and its ABV is apparent.

Having said that, the complexity is there and this would make for a really nice sipper. Very low carbonation, but not flat. Medium bodied with a good substance to it. Both the booze and flavor profile command small sips... oh yeah and the price tag and it's availability. Glad I got to try it, but probably won't seek it out again in the future. I bet it will age nicely though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:05:50 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle in a snifter. Pour is dark opaque brown with zero head. The liquid is viscous enough to cling nicely to the sides of my glass though. The noise features quite a bit of smoke. In the background I can pick out some oak, tobacco, and a bit of the apple brandy. The flavor is pretty complex, and I can easily say that I've never tasted anything quite like it. You get plenty of smoke, smooth oaky vanilla, and wonderful apple brandy. The mouthfeel is full and viscus, but for the most part flat. Matt is great, but I really with he was carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 11:21:18 | More by tjthresh
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DaveHS

California

3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottleworks bottling.

A-Pours dark maple syrup/ruby port color, with almost no head. Some big brown bubbles, no lacing.

S-Bourbon, vanilla, a touch of apple cider vinegar acidity, cotton candy, astringent booziness.

T/M-Thin and boozy, with almost no carbonation. Tons of bourbon character up front, with notes of cocoa powder and marzipan. Gets fairly boozy mid-palate, and finishes hot. This could use a little bit of carbonation.

D-The depth of flavor is there, but it's too boozy. Hurts the drinkability considerably, though this is still something everyone should try. I get the impression this is better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 22:15:17 | More by DaveHS
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MrFootstones

California

3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottleworks X February 2009

Pours flat, mahogany on the edges, opaque brownish black in the center with thin wisps of bubbles on top reminiscent of wood grain

Smells of smoke, hotdogs, cured meat. If I really reach I get vanilla, oak. Vanilla and apple come forward with warmth

Smoke, apples, vanilla, charred oak. Significantly better as it warms. Rich and sweet malt character, yet it finishes dry on the palate with just the charred barrel character lingering. Pretty complex.

Rich and velvety on the palate. Not too heavy. Minimal but acceptable carbonation.

This beer was pretty off putting to me initially, but as it came to room temp it really opened up. Tasty beer. I enjoyed the bottle of the new batch more. Not sure if it's the age or batch variation.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:07:08 | More by MrFootstones
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.