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

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 1,330
Gots: 127 | FT: 13
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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hrking

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.7%

04-13-2014 13:00:58 | More by Schlais
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -10.7%

06-20-2014 15:11:06 | More by huskermike12
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -10.7%

03-26-2014 01:04:13 | More by jaydoc
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-16-2011 01:41:32 | More by WeisGuy
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hansgruber

Indiana

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. 

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-25-2014 20:32:59 | More by ShanePB
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

4/5  rDev -10.7%

05-02-2013 03:03:46 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.7%

03-06-2013 19:24:55 | More by fehrminator
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-10-2012 08:19:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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brewinglawyer

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-21-2012 22:55:07 | More by brewinglawyer
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-18-2014 01:05:37 | More by drewone
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blackcloud

Alaska

4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-12-2012 00:09:55 | More by blackcloud
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-29-2013 02:11:15 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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EB1

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

04-24-2014 04:08:28 | More by EB1
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hombrepalo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%

07-29-2014 11:51:30 | More by hombrepalo
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-07-2013 07:00:35 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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dvsbizzyb

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

09-11-2013 04:54:09 | More by dvsbizzyb
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HitchSlap

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

06-28-2014 02:16:48 | More by HitchSlap
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bmmortale

Maryland

4/5  rDev -10.7%

08-17-2013 12:47:37 | More by bmmortale
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Souleman

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-16-2013 19:25:27 | More by Souleman
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wiltznucs

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-09-2013 21:13:56 | More by wiltznucs
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4/5  rDev -10.7%

04-19-2014 23:53:16 | More by CosmoHopHead
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-11-2013 09:33:21 | More by zestar
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