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

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230 Reviews
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Reviews: 230
Hads: 779
Avg: 4.42
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 1,434
Gots: 138 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 01-27-2009

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
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Reviews: 230 | Hads: 779
Photo of Reagan1984
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Masterski for breaking out this bottle last night. This beer has been on my "want list" for quite some time and Alex was kind enough to break out this gem while we waited for his wife to return home.

Even after making a joke about an aggressive pour, Alex could not coax any sort of head on this beer. As close as he came is few wispy bubble on top of the pour. The beer was a dull brown color which did allow light in along the edges. Reminded me of a dark brown shoe leather. Certainly no lacing to be found.

Aroma was quite nice. Brown Sugar, vanilla and certainly a sense of the alcohol. In both the aroma and flavor there was quite a bit of fruit, but I'm not sure I would have picked out apple had I not known that this was aged in Calvados barrels. In either case, fruit was present and the aroma overall was excellent.

The flavor is a wonderful blend of the elements noted in the aroma plus a delicate smoked nature. The sense of smoke is not center stage and plays a role in adding to the complexity. However, this in no way tastes like a "smoked beer" The fruit, vanilla and brown sugar all meld to provide a wonderful flavor with a great deal of depth. Quite a bit going on here. While you can sense the abv, I would never guess this was as high as 11.5%. No heat from the alcohol.

Alex and I joked about the subtle carbonation. If there is a level just above "no carbonation" this is where this beer resides. A tiny pin prick. Medium bodied and definitely oily on the tongue.

I loved this beer and will have it remain on my want list. I'd love the chance to try this again. Excellent beer.

Thanks Alex.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this with Mothman at DLD. Oddly enough split another bottle later the next week with a buddy who brough it over. Review from notes....

A- Poured a black looking color. When held to the light you could see that it was a murky brown color. Little half finger light tan head pops up and dies just a quickly. Light light specks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- This one has a huge apple almost brandy like aroma when it's popped. Light smokey malts in the backing mixes with a chocolate sweetness. Oak notes blend with a light bourbon burn in the nose. As this warms vanilla notes come out as well along with some sugared darker fruits.

T- This is a holy shit beer! A beer that you take a sip of and just say "holy shit!". Everything in the nose transfer to the palate perfect. Big brown sugary apple front on this. The middle of the beer dies down to oaky bourbon flavors with a hint of vanilla. The smokey ending on this mixing with some lighter darker fruits is a fantastic ending to this beer. Everything taste wise is just wow....amazing. It's hard to describe!

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little lacking on the beer but still made it ok. Lighty chewy with some sips. It's kind of hard to describe the flaovrs left behind because everything is so well blended yet can be picked out. The alcohol warmed the throat and dryed the palate but in a clean way and not overly harsh.

D- This beer is great. Hair of the Dog knocks another one out of the park! This beer both times I have had it has been divine. It is a smooth sipper and I could drink on it all night like that.

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't think I'd ever try this one, so thanks Steve. selfishly I'm keeping this specialty to myself. I'm not even wasting the time chilling this one. Served at around room temp.

A- pours extremely dark. it seemed like a murky brown while pouring but in the glass it just looks black. when held to light it shows some nice burgandy like colours around the edges. the little bit of sand colored head reduced to a thin collar quite quickly. it's expected with a beer at this strength, especially after spending a while in barrels

S- the barrels are play a huge role in this one. the apple brandy really shines through the most though. there is so much going on in this beer but it's not a "mess" as a lot of beers with this much going on end up being. apple brandy and bourbon, woody and earthiness, the sweetness mixes with the lingering apple and almost smells a bit tart. there is also some light smokiness and chocolate. seriously probably one of the most complex aromas from a beer I've experienced.

T- the chocolate really got masked by the barrels in the nose too much, as it seems almost center stage at the front of this beer. it quickly melds into a load of different flavors. some sweet vinous flavors mix with the chocolate and finally some of that apple brandy that was so prevalent in the nose. the barrels really do most the work in the finish. woody, apple brandy and bourbon mix, and a substantial smokiness that mixes very well with the spirits. it seems like none of the flavors completely fade away and at the end it's just a fantastic mix of everything. and while staying on the sweet side throughout it's nowhere near cloying and has more bitterness than I expected. this stuff is so seriously good.

m- maybe the only non standout part of the beer. the viscosity is substantial though. the carbonation is borderline low but I think if it was much higher it likely wouldn't feel "right"

d- I will finish this 12oz serving in a very timely manner. it's a sipper, but it's so good that the sips are frequent and consistent. the big flavors didn't weigh on me as much as I thought they would, either.

after reading some of the earlier reviews, I think the year in the bottle has really done good for the "hotness" of this one. while their was a good amount of boozy flavors from the bourbon and apple brandy it didn't come off as just alcohol. the spirits seemed well defined, flavorful and were very enjoyable

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Photo of emerge077
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm glad I ordered Matt without asking how much it cost. Surely I enjoyed it more without knowing I was about to pay $18 for a single 12-oz. bottle.

But since Matt was brewed in honor of the two Matts who own Bottleworks and Brouwer's, it seemed appropriate to drink it at Brouwer's. And though I eventually endured some sticker shock, I have no regrets about drinking this beer. It's one of the best beers on the planet.

The smell alone is sublime, projecting notes of apple cured chewing tobacco, cherries, port wine and plum. The flavor blends notes of licorice, fig, vanilla, molasses, and woodsmoke while a distant glow of alcohol adds an ideal measure of heat. Just the thought of this exotic and seductive, motor oil-black ale has me drifting into a state of beer bliss. I can't imagine how high the gravity must have been to ferment out at 11.5% ABV while still retaining a plush body and considerable sweetness. But this is a rock solid beer that exceeds ordinary comparisons. It's pure magic.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous trader, I got the chance to try this one. Shared with some homies on 2.18 during EBF training. From notes.

Pours black with a little light at the edges. No real head formation but some dotted lace on the glass with even a little wine-like legs coating the glass.

Wow apples are surprisingly potent. The barrels really did some work here. Other fruits too... maybe cherry? The smoked malt adds a really nice complement with some dark chocolate. Of course there is some brandy-ish booze present through the back.

The taste starts with some of the sweeter fruit flavors and dark chocolate and malts but quickly segues to a boozy finish. Smoke was a little more standout in the aroma, but is more integrated here. This beer is definitely warming and its ABV is apparent.

Having said that, the complexity is there and this would make for a really nice sipper. Very low carbonation, but not flat. Medium bodied with a good substance to it. Both the booze and flavor profile command small sips... oh yeah and the price tag and it's availability. Glad I got to try it, but probably won't seek it out again in the future. I bet it will age nicely though.

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.12/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared the night before ebf by Joe, with the renegades of funk. It pours a very dark brown with no head except for some bubbles on the side.

The aroma is very strong and includes a touch of alcohol. It has some strong fruit notes from the yeast as well as some apple character from the barrels. This apple character dominates and has a roasty malt back. Slight smoke, but I didn't seem to pick it up as much as the others did.

The taste is hot with a boozy, burning finish. It has some brandy like warmth to it. Slight cherry like acidity as well as licorice, maple, and some subtle smoke. On the palate, its very lowly carbonated and has a syrupy, liqueur type consistency, and an over the top burn from the alcohol. I didn't feel like finishing my sample, so I shared it with people who appreciated it more.

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Photo of kels
3.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks so much to whoever was kind enough to bring this one to the tasting at the Holiday Inn - hell yeah:) So, Jim, Steve, Joan, Shawn and Patrick, cheers!

Pours a moderate shade of brown, somewhere between strong iced tea and cola, and quite viscous. Defined layers of separation within the liquid. Huge alcohol is apparent in the look - the slight, slippery lace slides through a viscous layer of alcohol on the glass. Sediment hangs suspended in the liquid, barely letting light through.

Full of malty sweetness and strong alcoholy esters, dark sticky fruit, in a literal taffy sticky sweetness, caramel, toffee, slight cocoa from roast. Bit of metallic, bloody iron.

Alcohol is a hot punch int he mouth. Meatiness, rare bloody iron oxides, dark fruits and chocolate/caramel malt are present, but barely under the harshness of the esters. Feel is moderate, viscous, oily and slick.

Phew - this one is hot and strong, no such thing as balance in Matt.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Having a glass of wine and figured I could enter in some old reviews... I've had this a bunch of times with the Boise peeps and tonight realized I never reviewed it. Reviewed from a mash-up of 3x okay paper reviews.

Dark tan head... murky deep walnut brew... not really cloudy, but very dark brown. okay retention with pretty descent lacing.

Nose is very complex... light smoke.. barrel presence is nice and adds tons to the overall product.. dark fruits, bing cherry essence and raisins.. really appreciate the mild yet inviting apple brandy component.

WOW!! Flavor is massive.. dark fruits come in waves.. cherries... prunes.. golden raisins.. then dark malts are medium mainly comprised of some chocolate... a bit of sweetness seems to carry the entire palate... vanilla and good bourbon... again, the apple essence is there and adds a bunch to the complexity... smoke is present for sure from front to back, but is far enough in the background to again just add a fantastic layer ... sorta leathery ..

Great medium/full body with a lite but certainly present carbonation...

Jesus... reading/writing this review makes me want to go grab another bottle.... but this is a work of art that deserves to be shared... I haven't clicked "review" yet, but this is going to be one of my top beers probably... I think this has aging potential pushing a decade.


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Photo of Crittervision
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to beavers for splitting this one.

thin off-white head with some collections of big, solid bubbles lay on top of a dark brown body. head turns to a marbled paper look after a few minutes.
["oh! i had a good bubble pop!"]

smell immediately reminds me of the coffee roast / chocolate / barrel-ness of kbs. the coffee component is sweet. vanilla, lightly smoky, lots of thin-skinned fruits picked out here--cherries, apples, grapes. there are aspects of both artificial and natural cherry flavors.

taste is super smoky, super vinous. cherry tartness. flavors of both fermented and fresh grapes. sweet, vanilla, woody. the sweetness hangs on for dear life on the tongue and builds up til the last drop. quite evident but there is too much battling the sweetness for it to be cloying.

mouthfeel is super smooth, slightly acidic and drying. pleasant.


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Photo of beavers
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to SonicAlligator for this one. Split this with Crittervision.

A: Pours a maple brown with ruby edges and a light covering of big bubbles (even after a vigorous pour). You can see the viscosity in the pour. Light retention throughout.

S: Smell starts off mild and opens up big as it warms. Aromas of vinous oak, fresh vanilla bean, tannic cherry pits, and mesquite smoke.

T: Taste follows suit, but the flavor is so much more pronounced than the smell. Beautiful melding of sweet vanilla, brown sugar, cherries, vinous wood, and rich dark malts all wrapped up in a mesquite (and slightly meaty) smoke blanket. It's like a brown sugar glazed wood-smoked ham. Okay not that meaty, but you get the point.

M: Full bodied, rich and creamy with low carbonation...but it works perfectly with the flavor profile.

D: I split this bottle and after enjoying another big beer, and wanted more.

I will definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to KRAMER17081 for pulling out not one, but TWO of these at his holiday party on 12/26/09.

A - Poured a dark walnut brown body with slight reddish hues and a thin sliver of bubbly head on top.

S - Opens with a warm alcohol presence, burnt caramel malt and sugary character. Aroma is quite woody with lots of caramel/toffee notes, a hint of licorice and toasted coconut, the latter of which was a pleasant surprise.

T - Initial flavor is quite malty with caramel, marshmallow and butterscotch notes. Subtle boozy alcohol notes creep into the mix midway through, followed by a delicious tosted coconut character paired with chocolate notes in the backend. Finishes with plenty of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a thick, smooth and creamy texture and a slight oily feel. Moderate bitter notes encapsulate the tongue in the finish.

D - Matt's got a lot going on, including plenty of malt goodness and a pleasant toasted coconut character that took me by surprise. Good stuff fo' sho'.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Derek (hoppymeal) for throwing this in as an extra. Derek, you're probably getting tired of all of the praise you get on here, but you are a class act my friend.

This beer looks interesting, very stout like. A little bit thin and very oily. I'd prefer a head, but I think the lack thereof is due in part to some missing carbonation. I won't hold it against this one.

The scent and taste on this are near world class. There's this funky milkiness that adds to the awesomeness of this one. There's a beautiful cola taste... Alright, I need to cut to the chase. There's in an incredibly unique smokey characteristic that is (excuse my ebonics) da bomb. The bourbon notes are phenomenal, truely magnificent. So smooth with that crunchy caramel flavor. Lovely vanilla, and light apple brandy tastes make this beer both one of a kind and amazing. I wish I had more.

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Photo of hrking
3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gregc for the bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Very deep, woody brown, ruddy and opaque. Short head on a somewhat rough pour with only a bit of retention. Some oily coating on the glass with plenty of little bubbles of lacing.

S: Deep rich malts with a cooked fig dark fruit thing in the back. Lots of nice, full alcohol that may have mellowed a bit but seems like it could age great. Lots of woody, dank barrel, rich. A metallic or alkaline smell in the back, maybe like blood. Maybe a bit of tobacco.

T/M: Rich malts with lots of solventy alcohol. Some dark raisins that are overpoweringly soaked with rum and scotch. Alcohol is out of control. Some woody notes try to come through and there is a touch of tobacco and metal/blood in the back but it barely escapes the alcohols wrath. Body is medium to medium like with lower carbonation... from all the alcohol.

D: Very interesting idea and probably will get better down the road but this is almost a mess. Very tasty flavors that are being covered up by the raw alcohol. Wouldn't have guessed 11.5% from the nose but it actually seems like more in the taste. I actually warmed up to the beer a bit more the more that I drank. The alcohol mellows a touch as it opens up further and you get a bit of raw, meaty, smoked meat flavor in the back, adding some nice depth. Mix that with the wood.

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Photo of John_M
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the big wood festival at brouwers.

The beer pours the expected dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is as intense on tap as it was out of the bottle, with prunes, apple brandy, licorice, chocolate and coffee. As the beer warmed (I really think they were serving this beer too cold at Brouwers) I got additional chocolate, as well as some more apple and vanilla. Flavors replicate the nose, except this beer really smoothed out and became very creamy after it warmed a bit. I actually found it a bit astringent and angular initially, but with time and warming, the beer dramatically improved. As with the bottle version, the mouthfeel is very rich and full, and was just exceptional once it warmed a bit. Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol and sweetmess really make this a sipper. Also, after having this both in bottle and on tap, I really think this beer needs time to show it's very best. It's delicious now, but I think in a year or two, will turn into a real gem. Regardless, this is a very impressive beer from HOTD.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of photomike
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to Vorlagen for trading me this one.

Pours a very deep but clear brown with no head whatsoever. Very small patch of bubbles. Nice legs. Note that this was poured much colder than it should have been.

Despite the temperature, the room filled with the scent of boozy apple brandy as soon as the cap was popped. As it warmed, scents of vanilla, oak, butter, brown sugar and tobacco came out. Wonderful stuff.

Flavor is complex and amazingly tasty. Lots of apple and vanilla flavors. Slightly buttery and woody with some tobacco and wet leaf flavors. All kinds of character from the barrels is present, with bourbon taking the back seat to the apple eau de vie. Why isn't more stuff aged in apple brandy/eau de vie barrels?? Very smooth with a nice heat to it. I get the feeling that this is going to peak in the next 3-6 months or so. Incredibly tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Slick and oily without being overly full-bodied with light effervescent carbonation. Viscous but not chewy.

I never wanted this beer to end. Astounding stuff. One of my all time favorites.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.64/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to crack this bottle for a long time.
Pours a very dark brown in color. A very vigorous pour gives some bubbling and a slight reverse cascading head as well. The vigorous pour releases an absolutely wonderful bouquet of a nose.
Smell is malty. Plenty of oak, brandy, dark fruit and heaven in the nose.
Taste is more of the same. Plenty of barrel aged goodness. Lots of brandy, oak, some slight vanilla and charred flavors as well. There's a bit of fruit coming through as well.
I was worried about the lack of carbonation that appeared on the pour, but it's perfect for this beer. It's there and it's just enough. Super viscosity and thickness that coats the side of the glass. Very full and smooth in the mouthfeel as well. I could drink this everyday. Must seek out more bottles of this, it's that good.
If you have the chance, it's worth the effort of tracking this one down.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany, with translucent edging, and a reluctant ascention of the tiniest bubbles ever seen in a beer. Very nitrogen-like in appearance, with a quarter inch head of biege that finally revealed itself after an exagerated pour. A partial skim coat remained for the duration as well as smeary lacing.

Aromatics lead off with fudge-smeared leather, burnt tobacco, dark chocolate, bourbon, and Kahlua-soaked figs. Shades of dark rum, toasted raisin, apple skins, and brandy follow through.

Full bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel. An oil spill on crushed velvet.

The palate is lush, decadent, rich, and complex. A melange of chocolate syrup, brandy, char, old leather, bourbon, smoke, and rum-soaked figs.

Finishes with lingering burnt caramel, boozy undertones, and fudge bits.

Quite a beer. Definately in my top 5 strong ale/Barleywines.
Sweetish, boozy, and strong. A real sipper.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown pour without much head and dark garnet highlights. Just a few bubbles on top. Aromas of dark malts, apple and a nice smoke character with chocolate accents. A lovely melange of scents coming off of this one...rich, great depth, awesome.

First sip brings rich dark malts with smoke flavors. Chocolate and dark fruits abound and intertwine with each subsequent sip. Caramel and licorice accents. A bit of an oaky barrel on the way down. Immensely tasty.

Smooth, medium body that's not overly heavy. Just an incredibly tasty brew that is a great treat and thanks to Scott for graciously sharing this one at a tasting at my house. Would love to have it again someday.

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Photo of mcallister
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer to say the least. Pours a very deep chestnut with some red bricking around the edges. Hard pour yeilded a small white head. A five otherwise. Opaque and endless.

Apple, oak, bourbon, red currants, date and caramel, smokey with other dried pitted fruit aromas. Amazingly complex and arousing.

One of the better beers I've every tried. What i really like is just the style with the barrel aging and the complexity and depth of the beer. The apple comes throgh with some berry type flavors a lingering smokiness and chewy caramel date nougat on the forever finish. Hints of milk chocolate, red currant, pitted fruits and a bit of toffee. Thick and creamy and oh so delicious.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

aka bottleworks X

IIRC, this is a blend of apple brandy barrel-aged adam and a bourbon barrel aged strong belgian style ale... er, or something like that.

i have a sixer of these left, they're six months old, therefore it's time to test one out.

the beer pours dark, not much head exists but enough to know the beer has bubbles. a spidery wisp sits atop the brew. nose is huge.. it's salty, oaky and leathery with equal parts bourbon and sherry. with warmth, i pick up honey crisp apples and tobacco. first sip is viscous as a dark lord, perceptually.. but not really. the body is thinner. the flavor is bigger though. first is the apple brandy.. totally noticeable in the first sip. understandably so a huge booze rush follows. the beer finishes with chocolate and cherry notes, a hint of smoke, and a lingering finish which harkens back to the tobacco element.

how many words have i used to describe this beer? i'd be hard-pressed to answer 'enough' given the continued complexity of the liquid i'm sampling. this beer brings beer to a higher level. this beer justifies the inflated bottle price. this beer is one of the few that can claim to deliver a depth of flavor which matches top-shelf spirits and $800 bottles of wine.

alan sprints is the shit.

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