Matt - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.9/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
03-21-2009 02:31:36 | More by paco1029384756
3.9/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
10-23-2011 23:32:10 | More by andrewinski1
3.93/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
12-29-2009 00:00:46 | More by hrking
3.95/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
06-14-2009 06:53:55 | More by Overlord
4/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
01-19-2012 06:21:21 | More by hansgruber
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.