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

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Ratings: 674
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Sammy, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -6%
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

nmann08, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown color without much of a head; not much lacing, either

Smell: Caramel with dark fruit galore - figs, dates and prunes

Taste: All of the dark fruit from the aroma arrives up front, with a leafy bitterness developing by mid-palate; the bitterness increases after the swallow, but there is plenty of dark fruit flavor to match its intensity; tobacco flavors appear in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Really interesting flavor profile; very creative and certainly an exceptional beer; just wish there was a bit more carbonation

brentk56, Mar 25, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big, big thanks to the kind BA who sent this one my way. I had been dying to get a hold of it and finally chose last night for the night to use it as a night cap. Served chilled down to cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this gem was consumed on 05/31/2009.



The pour was near spot on for the style. Rich looking dark caramel brown with a light, modest looking layer of lace and foam on the top. Smooth, elegant streaks running down the side of the glass throughout the session really made it have a smooth, very nice look to it. Rich, perfect aroma of toffee and butterscotch. Smooth caramel notes and a light earthy grain. Just the right touch of a boozy note added on top of an otherwise flawless execution of the style. Wonderful notes of toffee and chewy candy like flavors just ripple across the tongue. Wonderful blend here of sweet malty flavors with an almost chewy flavor to it. Quite intense I have to say. Mellow, light carbonation but no where near flat, this is exactly how I want an old ale to be, and it showed. I could have sipped on this one all day as once it reached up to room temperature it was perfect.



Overall a big, big winner here. This was quite simply one of the best of the style I have ever had. Not even a touch hot either, this one will surely live up to the hype for anyone who can track it down.

mikesgroove, Jun 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

jaydoc, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Paul (2010 release), appropriate Hair of the Dog tulip glass courtesy of Mihir.

A: The beer pours into the glass with an impenetrable darkness and a small khaki colored head.

S: A very sweet and complex nose here. Lots of caramel, toffee, dates, figs, raisins, and wood. There's a nice bourbon aroma along with lots of vanilla. Perhaps some black cherries, red apples, and even a bit of smoke/peat.

T: Not quite as impressive as the nose, but still damn good. Lots of caramel, bourbon, oak, and apple. There's a definite smoke flavor along with some mildly tart raisins and cherries. The alcohol is more pronounced here which is really the main pitfall.

M: The body is about as full as you can get with a fairly low, but smooth carbonation.

D: A bottle of this is plenty, but a real pleasure to drink. Sort of wish I would have traded for more than one.

womencantsail, Jan 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Knapp85, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Dark brown in the glass, semi-hazy and nearly black, with two fingers of lasting tan head.

Smell: Incredible apple brandy aroma with smatterings of bourbon, smoke, tobacco, vanilla and toast. Complex and utterly intoxicating, this has to be one of the best smelling beers I've come across.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big juicy apple flavor with bourbony vanilla and caramel right beside it. Flavors of maple syrup, smoke, caramelized sugar and tobacco appear mid-palate. Fairly hot, but pleasantly so, with a rich, full body. Smoky-sweet finish. Remarkable complexity on display here, and I'm amazed at how harmonious it tastes given the unusual blend of apple eau de vie and bourbon barrels with such a smoky base beer. My new favorite Hair of the Dog beer.

largadeer, May 19, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Jason for this! Served around 50º in a Duvel tulip.

Deep mahogany brown, with a burgundy red glint when backlit. At first it looked like there was no carbonation, then larger bubbles formed, and a subsequent skim crept up along the rim. Clumps of larger bubbles hung to the edge, creating a ringed collar around the outside. Flecks of spotty snowflake lace were left, pretty nice considering the high abv.

Aroma was like an Oud Bruin at first, vinous, wet wood & funk, then a wave of fruit crept in... black cherry, currants, muted oak spice.

Flavors of cherry skins, bitter unsweetened dark chocolate, and raspberry truffle upfront. Grand marnier and cherry skin aftertaste, fading into leather and red wine traces. Feel is full and supple, not much tangible carbonation. Very rich and sippable, fairly hidden abv.

Overall this was really unique and impressive, with so much layered complexity. Here's to 10 more years...

emerge077, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tthomas for sending this to me many moons ago. I've had sips of this one a few different times, but it was time to crack my own bottle with Reagan1984 in town visiting. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours, with no visible carbonation. Somehow even avoids the big bubbles you get with other still beers like Bon-Chien Grand Cru or Lambicus Dexterius. However, after a little bit a few spots of lace appear on the sides of the glass and a faint wisp appears on the surface of the beer. Perhaps there is a hint of carbonation after all. The color is a dark woody brown color, but shows transparency when held to the light.

S - The initial smell is quite sweet and fruity, filled with sugar and apple brandy. There are also notes of smoked malt, and slight sherry-like oxidation. Bourbon adds a hint of vanilla, but is otherwise quite understated.

T - Taste is similarly excellent, with initial brown sugar and apple sweetness mixed with sweet liquors that slowly dissolve into light smoke and barrel tannins. Wonderfully integrated, without any dissonant juxtaposition between the many flavors. Flavor profile is reminiscent some of better Kuhnhenn brews. Surprisingly mellow for Hair of the Dog. Both taste and smell were closer to 4.75 for me so I bumped up feel and smell a notch each to make it work out.

M - There is slight carbonation - take note Tomme Arthur. This is about as low as it can be before it is still, but that slight bit makes all the difference. Thick oily body, with surprisingly little heat.

D - I was very tempted to drink Bryna's 4oz before she got home. This is one of the few Hair of the Dog beers where I actually could down a whole bottle on my own. The year has done wonders to take the boozy edge of this, and none of the potentially overbearing flavors get out of control. Highly recommended.

MasterSki, May 12, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After several failed attempts at landing this beer I finally found someone that would throw me one. Thanks. Shared with others, this beer is still.

At the time of this review, this is the #1 beer on the "Top Beers - American Strong Ale" list on beeradvocate.com

Served with Adam, Adam from the Wood, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Bourbon Fred, Doggie Claws '05.

Beer is completely flat, brown, sweet aroma, dark, legs on the glass which is a Stone IRS glass for those keeping score.

Aroma is malt, bourbon, apples, sweet, oak.

Beer is medium in body, really sweet, strong, very dry, a little too dry for me, but the more I drink the more I like it. Strong, sweet, nice liquor backbone, leading up to a bitterness-less finish that leave the mouth dry. I would have liked a less dry finish but ultimately this was good.

drabmuh, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

oline73, Jan 26, 2013
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Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 674 ratings.