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

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650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
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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Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to ericstl6 for bringing this

pours a dark murky brown with a bit of light head.

hints of tobacco and old leather with sweet dark fruit, rich plum, and raisin. very deep and complex, loads of richness all over.

very similar to the nose. vibrant and deep. dark sweet fruit, old tobacco, leather, and barrel aging notes. did not know this was barrel aged until now, but it makes perfect sense. given the flavors and aromas.

smooth as can be. mild carbonation.

this was delicious, wish i had some more.

hooliganlife, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +11.6%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

uturn, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BeerBucks
4.75/5  rDev +6%

BeerBucks, May 09, 2014
Photo of anteater
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Matt 2013

12oz Tulip on tap at Hair of the Dog

A: Deep dark black with thin brown head

S: Bourbon, molasses, dark fruit and a slight hint of apple. Very rich.

T: You only need the smallest of sips to enjoy an absolute explosion of flavor from the beer. Huge bourbon, apple, sweet caramel and barrel backed by leather and smoke. It has that Hair of the Dog quality that most of their beers share, but Matt takes it to another level. One of, if not the best tasting beer I've ever had.

M: A crucial part to why I rate this beer so highly. This beer is very thick. It goes down incredibly smooth yet the carbonation gives it an interesting grittiness. Unbelievable.

O: This is a beer that I feel so incredibly fortunate to ever have to opportunity to drink. My highest rated beer thus far. It shares the amazing mellow, well balanced, alcohol hiding barrel aged qualities with the other heavy hitters such as BCBS but is far more flavorful in my opinion.

anteater, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of brystmar
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottleworks X (2009) shared with friends at the brewpub. They all live in Portland but had never been to HotD before. How could I not right this wrong?

Leathery, boozy, tobacco-y, smokey malt aroma and flavors dance around my senses at every sip & whiff. Black licorice and molasses impart even more darkness as I swish in my mouth. Boozy warmth throughout, creating an intense, bold flavor profile. So creative, so complex. And not for the faint of heart :)

brystmar, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

bbadger, May 20, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

DIPAFAN, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This has been one of my top wants for some time. My name's Matt, and I love barrel-aged barleywine-ish beers. So I chose to use this one to celebrate my birthday. 2010 vintage. Enjoyed 3 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a murky slightly-reddish dark brown. Thin layer of yellowish head. Not much lacing, but tons of bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass. Not winning on appearance, though.

I smell it, and I immediately know it's going to be good. Has a little bit of apple, but mostly it's that rich sweet bourbon barrel aroma. All the positive character of the barrel, without the alcohol bite. Dark fruits (plums and prunes), shaded with lighter pulpy fruit (apple).

Taste is heavy on the toffee. Rich mash of whiskey, some smoke, brown sugar accents. Rich, sweet, and oh so indescribably tasty. Reminds me a lot of a barrel-aged English barleywine, with the sweetness and barrel flavors. At times it's like drinking candy. Alcohol is very well masked - I could have believed this was around 7% ABV, not 11.5%.

Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, and so sticky that I can still feel it on my lips well after finishing the glass. Carbonation is relatively low, but that's to be expected. Finish is long-lasting, with all those lovely flavors persisting and making me wish I had more.

Among the best beers I've had. Really really tasty stuff. If I could make a fruit-whiskey jolly rancher, this is what it would taste like. It pleases me greatly that my namesake beer is so damn good.

zeledonia, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of kingcrowing
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an acbf tasting glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small and thin light brown head. Nose is sharp, boozy and sweet.

Taste is very sharp an pretty boozy, with a sweet finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy, quite tasty and drinkable though!

kingcrowing, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Paccamacca
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Paccamacca, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of pmarlowe
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300th review. Tick!

2010 vintage. At the HotD pub. Tulip.

A: Pours a deep, reddish-tinted brown, largely opaque. No head or lacing but some miniscule bubbles peak up right after the pour.

S: Bourbon, oak, apple and dark fruit, some smoke. Great balance: nothing overpowers, and oak influence is restrained so that the base beer shows through.

T: Again, bourbon and oak, dark fruit and a dose of cocoa, apple peaks through towards the finish, which is slightly boozy. Slight sweetness but finishes mostly dry.

M: A syrupy, sticky full body with just a tinge of carbonation.

O: Delicious and wonderful balance between the elements. Definite sipper. Could use a tad more carbonation, which along with the booziness knocks this a few points, but delicious nonetheless.

pmarlowe, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of drinking this one at Browers. Poured into a snifter.

Dark brown, close to black, but it could be the lighting in the bar. Minimal tan head, dissipates and vanishes in less than one minute.
Nice malty aroma, as expected. Fruitiness, mainly apples, spices, chocolate, and an alcoholic note reminiscent of brandy come to mind.
Velvety on the palate, low carbonation, sweet and boozy would be a fine way to describe it, but will try to make it more eloquent.
Chocolate, port wine, apples, more alcohol bite although not unpleasant. Some spiciness, perhaps cardamom and cinnamon come and go. Some oak notes are present as well.
A great beer, but just short of spectacular. Perhaps some age could do it, but unfortunately I will probably never find out.

brdc, May 04, 2009
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
5/5  rDev +11.6%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

pixieskid, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Urbancaver, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle enjoyed at HOTD Tasting Room, $15, 12.1.2010.

Dark brown not black body, flat as a pancake no visible carbonation, minimal lacing. Nose is very complex, apple, smoke, some barrel notes, caramel, burnt brown sugar, noble hops. Taste mirrors the nose, brown sugar, plums, prunes, candy sugar, good dose of smoke as it warmed, with the ripe apple from barrels constantly present and balancing the other 'deep' flavors. Mouthfeel is medium full, good effervescence despite lack of visible carbonation, not sticky. ABV well hidden, a sipper to be sure. A very complex beer to be savored. Highly recommended.

EDIT- Shared a 2009 vintage at HOTD compliments of Dr. Will, his Ohio guest and John Michaelsen, $25, 7.27.11. The barrel aging and bottle conditioning gave this world class beer a really sublime feel, the apples were mellowed and the brown sugar had subsided. My observation at the bottom of the glass, 'this is a beer worth waiting in line to buy' says it all. Awesome, upped overall score to 4.5 from 4.0 previous review.

jdense, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of siege06nd
4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive appreciation to IrishColonial for cracking this little treat with me. Thanks, Eric!

A. Deep, dark tobacco juice brown. Very loose, faint ring of cream colored bubbles around the neck and that's about it. Some extremely light lacing, but decent oily legs.

S. My goodness, there's a lot going on here. Molasses, rotten fruit, bootstrap leather, tobacco, baking chocolate, honey, hints of smoke, vanilla, plum. One of the most complex bouquets I have experienced. Definitely in the Old Ale/Strong Ale vein, with lots of overripe fruit and malt notes. This is excellent.

T. Brown sugar, molasses, some earthy hop notes, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, tobacco, leather. Follows the nose almost exactly. Has a very nutty flavor overall, with thick, cloying sweetness and a coffee-tobacco finish. I'm not sure I've ever had anything quite like it. It's extreme in the sense that there is so much going on here, but everytime I feel like this is about to go off a cliff, it surprises me by reeling it back in and finding a nice balance. It's decadent, lighly hoppy, extremely malty, and very sweet. The finish is almost like a good cigar. Wow.

M. Full bodied, sticky sweet, and very lightly carbonated. Suits the style.

O. A fascinating beer and one-of-a-kind experience. It's quite likely I'll never quite find a beer like it. The number of flavors this thing presents is incredible, and it strikes a surprisingly impressive balance between all of them. Hop, malt, booze all get their turn here, and all add up to a very impressive concoction. Definitely over-the-top sticky and cloying, so beware of that, but the sheer breadth of diversity in the flavor profile in this is awesome. Not a perfect beer, but extremely daring and the results speak for themselves. Great job, HotD!

siege06nd, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of tmoneyba
4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sample shared by alexsdad06. Poured a hazy brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Heavy woody, pine, citrus and dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a heavy complex bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Standout complex brew.

tmoneyba, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Brabander
4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I git this botlle from James, cavemanlawyer. We met at Westvleteren a week ago and did a super trade. Also big thanks to to Don, Digita...

Poured in my Struise glass the beer is not really inviting because of the lac of carbonation/head. Deep pitch dark fluid and a small ring of foam in the glass.

Supersmell, rich with dark chocolate, raisins and some bourbonlike smell.

Great and full taste wher the alcohol is noticable. Superbeer....

Brabander, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ckeegan04
4.75/5  rDev +6%

ckeegan04, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

bauermj, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz (2010) bottle into a snifter. Pours completely flat, deep cola brown. Not a single bubble; completely still. For that reason alone, I can't give it more than a 2.5 for appearance.

Aroma is rum-soaked tobacco, leather (I believe the first time I've ever used this descriptor), dark fruit, and vanilla.

Taste is even more impressive than the nose. Toffee, vanilla, pipe tobacco, oak. Complex caramel and booze; smoky, rich.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, coating. Lack of carbonation is sincerely disappointing, though, and I have to dock points both on appearance and mouthfeel for it.

Overall a mixed bag. Aroma and taste are really complex and surprising, but the beer's flatness leaves me wishing for so much more. Next time I'll do a side/side between Matt and Adam, the similarities are pretty obvious.

draheim, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Chico1985, Jan 09, 2012
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.