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

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 10%


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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beavers

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 04:50:47 | More by beavers
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 16:37:30 | More by ffejherb
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:52:35 | More by CoolJosh
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hrking

Indiana

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 04:43:32 | More by pwoods
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2009 21:23:13 | More by johnmichaelsen
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 02:16:16 | More by tmoneyba
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photomike

California

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 20:13:07 | More by photomike
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:45:02 | More by FtownThrowDown
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 01:06:58 | More by brewandbbq
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:38:15 | More by orbitalr0x
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mcallister

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 20:01:25 | More by mcallister
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 06:43:18 | More by goodbyeohio
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby lovely chestnut head
lacing lingers, has been said

Aroma malty, fruity, oak
hints of berries, maybe smoke?

Taste is strong and nice and clean
but it's not the best beer I've ever had from HOTD, NawwhatImean?

Mouthfeel sweet, a little prickly
Drinkability, is somewhat iffy

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 20:17:16 | More by francisweizen
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, one of a modest amount I picked up at the 'Earth Day' Dock Sale last April; it's held down the back corner of the fridge since then, patiently awaiting tonight. A nice day of late-summer warmth and office-sponsored golf (the par-3 course at Edgefield) ends in a snifter-sized pour of Matt as a nightcap.

A: Brackish ebony, a deep and dark murkiness that at first seems a bit lifeless, then magically springs to life with a roil of carbonation and a gauzy swirl of tan film. Creamy rim-hugging band and small flecks dot the glass. Held to light late in the pour, there's plenty of dusty detritus hanging around.

S: Aroma of cocoa and caramel-wrapped apples, a sweetness like maraschino cherry, with a hint of tartness (lime?). Dried tobacco amidst a bourbon char. Hops are there, but are hard to distinguish behind drippy malts. Full and fragrant, smell-able from 3 feet away.

T: In the same way the appearance was dull for the first few seconds, so the flavor was an abrupt turn-off. Then a creeping, coating chocolate, followed by molasses and a grape-like fruitiness. Barrel oak follows, a charred vanilla and a dose of herbal hops. Ends a little 'off' for me, an odd medicinal (cough syrup) backing.

M: Fantastic mouthfeel from the start: luscious, chewy, fully coating. Enough warmth, without bragging about its 11.5% alcohol too boisterously. Lip-smacking malts, carbonation is there - but where?

D: Tough call here: an amazing brew, replete with varied flavors and tantalizing aromas. Will I have this again? Fortunately, yes. Will I place this in my upper echelon of 'must trys'? Certainly. Is it 'drinkable'? Well, that's debatable; definitely a wonderful sipper, but a few ounces go a long way. Find a lover of fine beer and share a bottle...

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 04:03:05 | More by msubulldog25
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nickd717

California

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade from adamharbaugh on BA - thanks for this awesome beer! Shared at a tasting with some BAs and my girlfriend, who is becoming quite the beer enthusiast herself.

A - Dark brown with reddish hues and a small off-white head.

S - Caramel, dark fruits, bourbon, wood, smoke, and even a hint of tartness.

T - Malt-heavy with caramel, toffee, vanilla, prune, fig, black cherry, bourbon, roast/smoke, chocolate, apple, and some mildly tart barrel notes. Incredibly complex and tasty.

M - Medium-full and smooth with long-lasting flavor and some alcohol warmth.

D - Well, this is obviously meant to be a sipper, but drinkability is very high considering that because it's so damn good.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. Hope I get a chance to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 19:09:35 | More by nickd717
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tpd975

Florida

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

provided by fishingnet

A: Pours a nice rich brown hue with a nice tan head. Nice retention and spotty lace.

S: Simple aromas of oak, smoke, apples, and black cherries.

T: Apple up front, tobacco, along with nice blast of fresh oak. Subtle smoke, with dark cherries, and a hint of sourness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation.

D: Great, really is a beer worthy of the acclaim.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 13:22:19 | More by tpd975
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a fucking incredible beer. Alan%2C you're a genius%2C and John%2C thanks for splitting this.%0A%0AA%3A Dark reddish brown with a thin beige head that disappears before you can say Jack Robinson. It looks almost like a liqueur.%0A%0AS%3A Holy fuck. The combination of brown sugar%2C honey%2C smoke%2C apples%2C bourbon and vanilla just smells decadent. Incredibly rich with toffee. Alcohol and a little oak appear as it warms up. Despite being restrained%2C the apple eau de vie just adds so much! The mellow bourbon character is gorgeous. Rich%2C with a little milk chocolate%2C creamy in character. After a while%2C rum soaked fruits and fruit cake appear. Just incredible.%0A%0AT%3A Rather difficult to describe because it's so wonderfully integrated. Everything that I described on the nose is replicated%2C opening up with brown sugar and candied apples%2C moving onto a smooth bourbon and vanilla mid palate. Mildly smoky that adds a lot of complexity and depth%2C especially the way it interacts with the vanilla. Rich%2C rich RICH! Fruit cake%2C cognac and brandy cross the mind. Long lasting finish with a mild heat%2C along with flavors of apple eau de vie%2C vanilla and bourbon. The complexity is off the charts and the beer is so well done%2C you're not left admiring it for it's components%2C but how the whole is so much better than the sum of its parts%0A%0AM%3A Incredible. Rich%2C creamy and decadent with all the flavors integrating really well. Soft%2C moderately viscous%2C full and rich. A true treat.%0A%0AD%3A As rich and complex as this is%2C it is something I could drink an awful lot of. I could nurse a 12oz bottle over a few hours and not feel the need for anything else. An incredible beer.%0A%0ANotes%3A This is a cogent%2C evolved beer. I remember in my early days of being a BA%2C I'd get excited about big beers with big flavors%2C usually unbalanced. Now%2C when I find beers that are find the ability to be delicate while massive and nuanced while complex%2C rich and over the top%2C I but shed a tear of joy. An exceptional beer in every way.%0A%0A**Edit 12 Jan 2013**%0A%0AThanks to Brian and GT%2C I have a couple of bottles. This batch is incredible. After a little time left open to breathe%2C it comes alive%2C with smoke%2C bourbon%2C apple eau de vie%2C toffee%2C leather and a vague hoppiness. The smoke is a bready%2C wet grass smoke character%2C smoldering%2C if you will. The palate is on the sweeter side%2C but damn%2C is this perfect. As much as I love this out of the bottle%2C it's a whole another beast on tap. Exceptional. Original scores stand. %0A

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 23:43:00 | More by DefenCorps
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miketd

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from josephselander. Thanks man! Pours nearly black with almost no head. Aroma is of wood, chocolate, caramel, fruit and some booze. Kinda wine like, I don't get bourbon. Flavor is rich chocolate and smokey with vanila. Some tobacco and wood with alcohol burn. Big bodied and smooth. This one was worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 12:57:24 | More by miketd
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Wasatch

Utah

4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to msubulldog25 for this brew.

My 1900th Review

Poured into my Westy chalice a thick black color, some carbonation, really no head, but there is some oil slicks left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of bourbon/whiskey notes, some chocolate as well. The taste is malty, sweet, lots of bourbon/whiskey notes, and a nice touch of chocolate, a slight tartness/sour note. Full body, the second I opened the bottle I got a good whiff of the bourbon/whiskey, ABV is there, but not to up front. Very drinkable, this one is definitely a sipper, does go down smoothly. Thanks Brian!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 23:49:02 | More by Wasatch
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go's out to JohnGalt1 for the bottle. You rock tobes!

Pours a deep blackish brown with some ruby highlights, but cannot see through it. A light tan watery head is produced by a vigorous pour and retains for a couple minutes leaving minute lacing.

Nose is very complex. Huge bourbon barrely notes, some apple, and an almost flemish tartness come out in the nose.

Wow. A very tasty beer. Big chew malty sweetness. Great bourbony alcohol and huge vanilla oak notes. Not catching alot of the apple, but it is there. A uniquely dry finish for a beer of this magnitude and style. There is a noticeable hop bitterness on the finish, and any hop flavor actually shows up the most in the aftertaste. Flavors linger FOREVER after each sip. Magnificent barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is FANTASTIC on this beer. A nice creamy chew viscous feel REALLY strikes the right chord with this brew. Excellent. Carbonation seems odd, and typical of previous HOTD issues on the poor, BUT a head does rise if it is summoned hard enough, and on the palate the carbo is right where it should be for this beer.

Drinkability is pretty solid. The abv shows up, and is complimented well by alcohol and oak flavors, but still doesn't seem as high as 11%. By the styles standards, quite drinkable.

Overall a very impressive and unique beer from HOTD. A very tasty barrel aged concoction. Love the barrel profiles and the mouthfeel is just incredible. I really would love to have a few more of these, but one cellared bottle will have to suffice for now. I think this one definitely has great aging potential. If you have the opportunity to get your hands on some of this beer, get a few. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:44:20 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, and rich malt. Flavor of sweet apple, bourbon, and roasted malt. I don't get chocolate or smoke. Decent, but not great to me. Palate is a little light despite the bourbon. This beer is as I had expected it to be--good but not as great as the hype suggests.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 18:08:58 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Floydster

California

4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with SuzyGreenberg, thanks again for sending me this one Ben, also had this on tap in May poured by Alan himself at the brewery, reviewed from notes, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, color is a nice dark brown with some dark red around the edges, 1/2 inch creamy light tan head, sticks around for a few minutes, some lacing at first, aroma is amazing and consists of lots of oak, booze including both brandy and bourbon, green apples, roasted caramelized malts, vanilla, cream, bourbon, brown sugar, light cocoa, honey, and an unbelievable toffee scent, begins with a mellow boozy flavor mixed with smokiness and some candied fruits, mildly roasted malts in the middle with some of the apple flavor coming through, great brandy-like finish that is warm but not hot, lots of vanilla and chocolate following closely behind, aftertaste lingers with a great amount of oak, warms up with molasses and complexity with different fruits coming to the surface, love the finish on this beer, warming, slightly sweet, roasty, creamy, and malty mouthfeel, super complex, medium to full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation which was on the softer side, taste lingered for up to ten minutes at times, great aftertaste, drank this whole bottle quite easily but do not know how much more I could really do, alcohol is hidden very well considering what this is and the booze that are present are not super hot but more complimentary, very smooth, nice sipper and I cannot wait to have another next winter, this is one of the best Hair of the Dog beers yet and that is saying a lot, makes Adam even better than it already is, I look forward to seeing how this cellars, highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 03:26:22 | More by Floydster
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Overlord

California

3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
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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gford217

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of some very generous Pac NW traders. Poured into a snifter.

Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle and settles in almost completely black in the glass with hints of amber showing through the edges. An aggressive pour produces a small bubbly head that forms a solid ring and leaves good lacing.

The aroma takes some time to open up as it warms. It's generally sweet with the red apple peels being the dominant aroma initially but with some bourbon and vanilla as it warms. There is sweet caramel as well as hints of smoked malts and chocolate.

The taste is stunning. It's got so much going on and yet everything comes together in a perfectly balanced package. There is the initial sweetness of the apple brandy which gives way to the caramel malts of the backbone. The finish has a touch of sweetness but with a wonderful boozy, smoky finish that just clings to the palate.

The mouthfeel is near perfect. It's full bodied with minimal soft carbonation and just coats the palate completely. Absolutely decadent feel.

Well, when you take one of my favorite beers (Adam) and start playing around with it, you start to wonder if they should just not mess with a good thing. Well, in this case, the end product is a near-perfect beer that has a complexity that is unrivaled by almost anything else out there. World class.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 03:18:27 | More by gford217
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.