Matt - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.26/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2013 batch, just released.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a little red highlight. Small light brown head, even with an aggressive pour. Surprisingly decent retention, despite the miniscule head. Just the smallest specks of lacing.
S: Whoa. Lots of barrel aging. Bourbon is strong in this one. Loaded with caramel and brown sugar. Quite a bit of smoke tries to compete with the bourbon too but compliments instead of overpowers. Sweet malts underneath further add to the decadence. Not overly boozy despite the 11.5% ABV and barrel aging. Very unique, strong and complex aroma.
T: Very strong and bold barrel flavors up front. I have to stop and carefully examine the flavors, this is so complex. There is heavy and smooth caramel and toasted sugars. Sweet dark fruits, raisin for sure but also quite a bit of apple - like apple brandy. Almost a caramel apple flavor at points. Lots of smoked malt too, not very acrid due to all the sweetness but it's more of a umami type flavor. Like burnt BBQ'd meat. Not overpowering but prominent and a key factor to balancing all of the sweetness. Belly warming from the alcohol but no stinging alcohol taste. A little charred oak in the aftertaste with light hints of smoke floating around between sips. Big syrupy caramel coats the mouth forever.
M: Heavy, thick, sweet, borderline cloying.
O: Pretty serious brew. Super complex but nothing is overpowering. Garnering balance with this high ABV and multiple barrel agings is a rare thing but they pull it off pretty well. I'm not a fan of smoky beers but the huge sweetness and barrel aging has tempered the smoked malts quite well. Don't get me wrong, it's still smoky and meaty but it's tolerable for me. This one is very sweet, syrupy sweet and heavy. A sipper for sure. Dessert beer. Very unique.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 05:37:06 | More by Dope
4.51/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 2013 poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Deep murky brown. No head. Thin lacing. Super sticky alcohol legs.
Smell: Fresh green apples, brown sugar, bourbon, oak. There an indescribable and very rich smell to this beer.
Taste: Smoke, bourbon, oak, dark fruit and rich apple brandy. The very end of the tongue merges from rich sweet notes into a subtle dark chocolate bitterness.
Overall: The smoke and the apple brandy are the stars here and they play off each other extremely well. A very decadent and unique beer.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 02:47:16 | More by Brandywine
4.88/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-10-2013 17:51:47 | More by anteater
4.49/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to a couple buddies, was able to try the 2010 and 2013 side by side.
Pours black with a quickly fading pale tan head. Wonderful flavors of dark fruit, smoked malt, and smooth bourbon. Everything blends together to make an extremely smooth, thick brew. Fantastic.
Similar pour, but the flavors are quite different. Strange umami and sweet flavors cover up the delicious bourbon and dark fruit. Not nearly as enjoyable.
2013 was the clear winner, thanks again to Chris and Jeff for putting this pair together.
Serving type: bottle
11-05-2013 04:19:08 | More by thebigredone
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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