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

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Reviews: 230
Hads: 770
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 4.99%
Wants: 1,422
Gots: 136 | FT: 13
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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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2009

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
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Photo of abecall98
2.47/5  rDev -44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just opened my Bottlewrks X Matt - about 2 years old now.

A - looks great. Pours dark, nice bubbly head, not lacing, but still looks great.

S - wow, from a foot away, this beers is noticeable. Very strong bourbon smell in the nose. Dark fruits, and burnt sugar finish the wiff, pleasantly.

T - The fruity sweetness is rather overpowering. Tastes a little past it's prime. The oak is noticeable, but the fruit flavors dominate, like dark plum. I'm a little disappointed, with such a great smelling beer, I expected more. It's not a good tasting beer. It's terrible. It could be improperly aged, it could in fact just not age well, or just be a bad beer. I don't know which of the above, I just know it was not good.

M - very thin. Could use more carbonation, and body. For Barrel Aged beers, this is the low end of the spectrum for mouthfeel. It's a shame.

D - ah, not that good. The beer is a tease. It smells so good and inviting. The taste is just a fruity mess. It's overly sweet, and not enough barrel to help balance it out. The beer was practically a drainpour, but I can manage a 4 ounce serving.

O - well, I'm glad to say I have ticked this bad boy, and the Bottleworks version of it at that. I just expected more from it. People talk up a lot of beers, and this just adds to the list of disappointments. Oh well, it was worth trying. (1,348 characters)

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.12/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared the night before ebf by Joe, with the renegades of funk. It pours a very dark brown with no head except for some bubbles on the side.

The aroma is very strong and includes a touch of alcohol. It has some strong fruit notes from the yeast as well as some apple character from the barrels. This apple character dominates and has a roasty malt back. Slight smoke, but I didn't seem to pick it up as much as the others did.

The taste is hot with a boozy, burning finish. It has some brandy like warmth to it. Slight cherry like acidity as well as licorice, maple, and some subtle smoke. On the palate, its very lowly carbonated and has a syrupy, liqueur type consistency, and an over the top burn from the alcohol. I didn't feel like finishing my sample, so I shared it with people who appreciated it more. (811 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.16/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (2010 release) poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Bottle opens with a very mild pop...pours into the glass a rather dark brown color with traces of amber when held to the light. Looks to be nearly still in the glass...not a trace of head forms...appears on the thick and syrupy side.

S - Quite sweet on the nose, syrupy and buttery toffee, caramel and molasses, marshmallows...big shot of straight booze, sweet vanilla, dark fruits, brandy.

T - Yep, super sweet almost coating the lips in various sugars - honey, toffee, caramel, simple syrup. Smokey malt creeps in to the sweetness giving a little bit of balance to this. Lightly hoppy bittered but doesn't really stand up to the sugars in here. There is a mild touch of alcohol warmth that doesn't match the intensity found in the aroma. For 11.5% it is hidden quite well. The sweetness is unstoppable...this really is a bit much for me. I've had some unfermented worts that weren't this sweet.

M - Pretty much completely still. Thinner than I would expect, but manages to be about medium in body. Mt teeth hurt from the intense sugars here. Smokey aspects round out the finish behind all of the big malty sweet flavors, but really come far from what I'd call balance.

O - Well, I know I'm really supposed to like this beer a lot, but it just doesn't work for me. This is as slow a sipper as there can be. This would work much better in a small, small serving. It is fairly complex with a host of sugary sweet flavors to it, but it is just too overpowering for its own good. I'm getting thru the bottle but it is slow going. I would not call this one of my favorite American Strong Ales. (1,657 characters)

Photo of bcornwell74
3.18/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps this style isn't exactly my thing, or the bottle was off, but i did not enjoy this. Very strong and overly sweet. Molten malt body with very little hop presence. Barrel notes overpowering. (196 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottle

A: Poured a deep brown with very light carbonation, small dirty white cap with some bubbles

S: Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, chocolate, booze, Earth and wood

T: Had some dark fruits, booze, chocolate, sweetness, caramel, candy even, heavy smoke and faded bourbon

M: A full body beer that was flat as can be

O: Meh (332 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saved this one for my 200th review.

2009 Bottleworks X bottle.

12oz bottle poured into my Hair of the Dog Tulip.

A - Dark brown, with reddish edges, only a few large dark tan bubbles form on one side.

S - Old fruit, and burnt sugar.

T - Bitter fruit, bad candy, and old leather.

D - No carbonation at all, totally flat.

O - I love HotD, but I was let down with this one. (377 characters)

Photo of 7ways
3.32/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I forgot about this one for a while.

Pours sludgy and brown without a single damn bubble. This beer has serious legs.

Smells incredible, so rich and deep. Oakey apple brandy, burnt sugar, vanilla, raisin, tobacco, leather. The taste is the same, but just too damn much of everything, including alcohol. Not overpowering, but just a bit much. There seems to be a competition to see which flavor can sting my tongue the most. Definitely a sipping beer, as even a small gulp burns my throat and numbs my lips.

Carbonation probably would have done this beer wonders, but it is just barely there. And that is why I wish I hadn't traded something awesome for it.

Now I'm going to drink a Cigar City BA Milk Porter by myself and forget about it. Literally. (755 characters)

Photo of kels
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks so much to whoever was kind enough to bring this one to the tasting at the Holiday Inn - hell yeah:) So, Jim, Steve, Joan, Shawn and Patrick, cheers!

Pours a moderate shade of brown, somewhere between strong iced tea and cola, and quite viscous. Defined layers of separation within the liquid. Huge alcohol is apparent in the look - the slight, slippery lace slides through a viscous layer of alcohol on the glass. Sediment hangs suspended in the liquid, barely letting light through.

Full of malty sweetness and strong alcoholy esters, dark sticky fruit, in a literal taffy sticky sweetness, caramel, toffee, slight cocoa from roast. Bit of metallic, bloody iron.

Alcohol is a hot punch int he mouth. Meatiness, rare bloody iron oxides, dark fruits and chocolate/caramel malt are present, but barely under the harshness of the esters. Feel is moderate, viscous, oily and slick.

Phew - this one is hot and strong, no such thing as balance in Matt. (962 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the dog Matt at RBWG-2014

Intimidating strong aroma suggests boozy syrup over dark bread with a touch of smoke.

Flavor largely follows. It is strong, sweet and syrupy.

Interesting for sure, but too extreme. More cordial than ale.
Worth re-visiting. (259 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes smokey, very little barrel present. It's like a baltic porter mixed with an old ale. Sweet and smokey, interesting to the point that I have few words to describe it, but it's an assault on the palate in a bad way as much as it is in a good way. Would not buy again for a while. (284 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.54/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle split with airohead2001. 2010 version.

A: Dark, dark brown in color with almost no head. A vigorous pour yielded about 12 bubbles total. There's not even a crown after 1 minute.

S: The smell has a lot of caramel followed by a little cinnamon and a little apple. There's a touch of tobacco smokiness at the finish mixed with a little alcohol.

T: There's a lot going on in the flavor profile here. The start is quite sweet caramel apple. In a strange way the middle is a mix of brown sugar type sweetness and, barrel aging, and smoky malts impart a barbeque sauce style flavor in the middle. The finish lends itself more toward the smoked oak with some pear in there as well.

M: I would have liked a little more carbonation, The viscosity was appropriate.

O: Overall this is a very unique beer. I enjoyed the originality of it, but I'm doubt I will seek it out again. (886 characters)

Photo of readbaron
3.61/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to KickInTheChalice for sharing this one. 2010 version.

Pours a deep, nearly soy sauce brown with no head despite a vigorous pour.

Nose is overwhelmed by apple brandy. A bit of sweet caramel malt underneath. Possibly a hint of smoke - but not prominant.

Taste is interesting - definitely get a lot of wood - however the taste reminds me of spruce or possibly pine. Adding to the palate are rich malty caramel sugars and dark fruits. Finish is just a bit boozy. The lack of carbonation hurts the flavor - it's still interesting and subtle, but would be vastly improved with some creamy carbonation.

Moutfeel is dissapointing. A bit thin and completely flat.

Overall - wish I had had this on draft. It's pretty tasty, but not as good as I'd expected. (760 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown murky pour with no head. Not even a stray bubble. Flat as hell. Lots of gross looking sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Wow, it's out there. Chocolate, apple, leather that all combines to smell like bourbon-barrel Coca-Cola. Sweet aroma. Boozy, too. Fascinating and very nice.

Taste - Sweet caramel, apple, and again coca-cola. Leathery, but not enough to balance out the sweetness. Licorice. I get a lot of the Eau de Vie, but not a lot of the bourbon barrel in the taste. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Flat as hell, which I already said. Thick and syrupy. Sweet. Everything that makes it tough to drink.

Overall - It's a fascinating beer. I honestly don't know how much I like it. The flavors are amazing, although I don't know how well they go together. Unique enough to really impress me, though. (880 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is malt, smoke, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very earthy and woody set of aromas and flavors. (612 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one. He' just a stand up guy! Poured into a tulip. Pours completely flat looking. No head, not hiss as the bottle is popped. Nothing. Sits dark brown in the glass.

Rich and deliciou in the aroma with aroma of mollasses, licorice, dark cherries and hints of chocoloate. A big rich malty profile here that smells great. Rich on the pallet with caramel and mollasses with hints of dark fruit and kind of a soy sace finish. Pretty tasty.

The body is full but it's flat. We really need some carbonation to pull this together. Overall this taste great and smells great. It just needs some carbonation. This is my fourth HotD beer and the second that has been flat. That simply dissapoints. (722 characters)

Photo of BlackWednesday
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep dark, muddy brown with a thin, creamy, yellowish rim of film. Aroma has a hell of a lot of character. Green apples, rubber, dark chocolate, plums, raisins, light tobacco. Low carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is impressively complex. Rubber, dark chocolate, plums, raisins, oak, apples, roasted malts. A touch of smoke and thyme. Impressive viniousness. Long, lingering, warming aftertaste. Impressive. (424 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Big thanks to piclee for this.

2.0 A: Deep brown almost black color. Minimally carbonated and did not form a head.

4.0 S: Leathery bourbon and slightly boozy apple brandy are most noticeable. Bourbon adds tobacco and peat elements. Underneath there is fig, raisin, smoke, prune, and hints of chocolate. Caramel galore. The barrels give a subtle vanilla and a slightly more aggressive oak. Pretty good here, but a little subdued overall. Some more carbonation certainly would have helped.

3.5 T: The taste is much unlike the nose in that the flavors are INTENSE! Again, bourbon and apple brandy strike first, but this is definitely not a bourbon bomb (which I always appreciate since I'm one of a few people on here that like beer more than bourbon). Bourbon and brandy give leather, peat, tobacco, plenty of sweet but earthy apple, a pleasant vanilla, and moderate amounts of oak. Fairly boozy as the full 11.50% is realized. Again there's plenty of dark fruit: fig, plum, prune, raisin, and a bit of black currant. Ridiculously complex with tons of caramel. However, this beer has one fatal flaw that dropped the taste score quite a bit. It's distractingly sweet. The first sip almost knocked me on my ass. Toward the end of the glass, I'm starting to get used to it, but I'd rather really enjoy 12 oz instead of 3 or 4. I'm pretty sure this would still be a bit too sweet if it had carbonated the whole way, but who knows.

4.5 M: Full body. Even in spite of the lacking carbonation (there is a little bit), this is wonderful on the tongue. Rich and velvety, which is just what I what for a beer of this nature. Just the slightest bit chewy and fairly smooth given the booziness.

4.0 D: Good beer that could have been great. Great balance between the barrel components and the beer itself. While this wasn't totally flat, the lack of proper carbonation made the nose less impressive, the taste too sweet, and prevented the mouthfeel from being a perfect 5.0. I would easily want to drink this again with a hope of better carbonation. (2,076 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, and rich malt. Flavor of sweet apple, bourbon, and roasted malt. I don't get chocolate or smoke. Decent, but not great to me. Palate is a little light despite the bourbon. This beer is as I had expected it to be--good but not as great as the hype suggests. (313 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013. We had both the original Bottleworks 10 bottling (which was pretty obviously past its prime) and a bottling from November 2010 which was better. Ratings are from the latter, but I'm posting both reviews here.

11/2010 Matt

Dark raisiny brown, only light carbonation visible. 6/10

Smells of sweet and slightly smoky malt, hints of chocolate and caramel. 7/10

Taste is sweet sugar and vanilla up front, some light sweet chocolate, mild smokiness, decent amount of booze, very tasty. 8/10

Carbonation is pretty good, nice thick semi-syrupy body, solid mouthfeel for the style. 7.5/10

This is a really solid, fairly interesting strong ale, but a little disappointing given the generally high regard for this beer. Maybe I would think more highly of a fresh bottle. 7.5/10

7.8/10

Bottleworks 10 Matt

Looks basically same as 2010. 6/10

Smell is sugary sweet vanilla, caramel and raisins. 8.5/10

Taste is woody, sugary sweet, vanilla, a bit smoky, still fairly boozy actually. Tastes pretty old but still good. 7.5/10

Mouthfeel is pretty flat and feels oxidized. Not great. 5/10

Still pretty durn tasty, but clearly past its prime. Smells considerably better than the more recent bottle, but definitely not as good overall.

7.2/10 (1,275 characters)

Photo of MrFootstones
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.81/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: No carbonation in this beer means there is no head sitting on top of a dark brown beer with a cherry tint.

Smell: Lots of apple brandy, which by itself provides a lot of complexity. Some brown sugar and caramel malt join in the background.

Taste: Caramel malt with some brown sugar up front, some figs, raisins, and a touch of sweet cherries next, then a good dash of apple brandy. A bit of alcohol bite, a touch of what I can best describe as spruce, and some general spiciness close out the flavor. It has a relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The complete lack of carbonation reduces my enjoyment of the beer and is fairly noticeable throughout each sip. Other than that, it has a full body, some stickiness, and some slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Overall: Proper carbonation would make this better and really send it into a different category. As is, the flavor is pretty good, but it just does not have all the pieces. (999 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of hrking
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
3.88/5  rDev -12%
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! (438 characters)

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Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
97 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.