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

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 1,350
Gots: 129 | FT: 14
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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3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

paco1029384756, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of andrewinski1
3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

andrewinski1, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of hrking
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

hrking, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Overlord, Jun 14, 2009
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Photo of hansgruber
4/5  rDev -10.7%
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. 

hansgruber, Jan 19, 2012
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Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.