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

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 1,345
Gots: 130 | FT: 15
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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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

Big thanks to olympuszymurgus for opening this at a recent tasting. '10 bottle.

A- Pours a murky brown with a thin off white head that leaving minimal lacing. Like most HotD brews, this isn't the prettiest girl at the ball.

S- Amazingly complex with notes of dark chocolate, camp fire, slightly unripened apples, roasted malt, peat, caramel, burnt sugar, bourbon and a hint of soy.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a great deal of complexity without any flavor being dominant. Plenty of earthiness with smoke, wood and peat followed by burnt sugar, apples, leather, roasted malt, bourbon, caramel, soy sauce, and some booze.

M- Light carbonation with a thick and full mouthfeel. Some heat at the finish.

O- One of the best I've had from HotD. An incredible beer to sip and savor.

01-08-2013 02:24:24 | More by iadler
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-04-2013 00:50:28 | More by madtowndmb1
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4.73/5  rDev +5.6%

12oz bottle purchased long ago in 2010. Reviewed from notes, consumed 12-17. 2010 vintage.

A: Black like charred ash. A thin creme lacing and sticky, sticky legs.

N: Deep inhalations of smoke and apple brandy. Chocolate and leather drift in and out between the charred oak. There's deep vanilla here and caramel. Rich and inviting.

T: Smoke, candi sugar, and malt. Bourbon and oak notes overlap with the apple brandy depth. A second layer of chocolate and leather. This is absolutely superb.

M: A hefty body with a completely shocking lack of alcohol. This is carbonated, if barely. Lingers.

O: A complete tour de force. The 2010 is the superior vintage, by far, in my estimation, and this is drinking quite well at 2 years old. Glad I have more.

Edit: After having this one on tap for the 2013 vintage, I have come to the conclusion that this is my favorite beer right now and deserves a bump accordingly.

01-01-2013 21:16:01 | More by writerLJBerg
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6%

The 2010 vintage pours with light carbonation into a murky deep coffee-brown body. There's very little head, but a pale ring of lacing. What is remarkable about this beer is how the elements of taste surge and fade like voices in counterpoint. Smells of sweet bourbon and light raisins greet the nose and they linger over dried apple and smoke. The taste comes and goes: a sharp dried apple sweetness, a slight alcoholic edge that pervades, a deeper sweetness of molasses and milk chocolate, smoke and charred oak, finishing on a quiet chocolate astringency. The body is medium to thick, the beer is sweet, not cloying, and in the delicate interplay of powerful flavours is one remarkable beer.

12-30-2012 02:24:50 | More by cmadd
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-28-2012 17:32:53 | More by mhenson42
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-19-2012 03:58:40 | More by RuckusDu
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-17-2012 23:07:33 | More by adkieffer
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-16-2012 04:51:49 | More by teddyarrowhead
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-16-2012 00:03:02 | More by mchen
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-12-2012 00:09:55 | More by blackcloud
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-10-2012 04:07:41 | More by seldomsthirsty
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-08-2012 04:14:04 | More by Jaap
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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

One of my biggest wants into a Hunahpu snifter and straight to my face. Bottleworks X, '09 vintage

A. Deep dark brown in the glass with absolutely no head. No carbonation at all, gotta be honest, doesn't look all too amazing

S. Big sweet green apple dominates the nose. Smoke follows along with molasses, a tiny roast and chocolate. Smells really nice and different.

T. Apple is toned down big tone from the nose. Sweeter, well incorporated alcohol like bourbon and brandy? Milk chocolate is there as well as sweet green apple, there's a ton going on here. A tiny bit of vanilla works its way in as well as a tiny alcohol sting. Really tasty stuff.

M. Flat as flat can be but isnt a deal breaker by any means. Body is on the lighter side of heavy and feels really nice. This beer feels much better with no carbonation than it would if it was over carbonated.

O. Really really nice stuff. The nose and flavor are so unique and come through nicely. Definitely a nice brew that I'm extremely glad I had the opportunity to try!

12-07-2012 23:26:59 | More by Gushue3
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4.48/5  rDev 0%

Vintage 2013

poured into HotD Tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with thin cap of tan colored head. Slowely drops down to no head 3.0

Smell: chocolately, green apples, and apple brandy. Little bit of meaty smoke and more granny smith apples. Molasses brown sugar and candied sugar. Really sweet dessert beer thats very complex. 4.5

Taste: Tastes just like the nose. Chocolately and apple brandy. Little bit of meaty/bacony smoke and some char. Tobacco, molasses, brown sugar and candied sugar. 4.5

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Not boozey. 4.5

Overall: I think that I like Matt better with some time on it. Should bring down the level of swetness found in this beer when fresh. This will age well just like the previous batch of Matt. 4.75


original review:4.61

Huge thanks to ArchAnemyBrew for sending this long time want my way! Cheers Hollis!

poured into HotD tulip glass.

vintage 2010.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a few small bubbles on the side of the glass. No head at all. 3.0

Smell: oak, bourbon, chocolate, smoke, fruity, splash of soy sauce. It smells fairly boozey as well. 4.5

Taste: Oaky, bourbony, vanilla, and brown sugar sweetness upfront. Meaty / "baconesk" smoke, green apples, tobacco, leather, figs, and molasses are all over in the middle of this beer. A subtle hint of soy sauce in the finish with some sweet chocolates. Great complexity in this beer. This beer is just tasty! 4.75

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. A touch of warming alcohol. Really really smooth. It drinks like its an 8% beer. 4.75

Overall: This beer is awesome! I havent have a really good American Strong Ale in a long time and this was just fantastic! I have wanted to try this beer for a long time and it does not dissapoint! I gotta try this beer fresh... when ever the next batch of matt is released! 4.75

11-29-2012 13:16:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-16-2012 07:25:30 | More by Anonymous1
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-11-2012 15:43:23 | More by Romulux
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-08-2012 01:17:57 | More by JAHMUR
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-07-2012 02:02:56 | More by BillHilly
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-06-2012 17:52:16 | More by Auztan
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-06-2012 03:59:45 | More by browna71
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New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

My name is Matt, and I planned a while ago to crack one of these bottles of Matt open on my 26th birthday, which happens to be today. Shared in company of good friends. Served chilled, but not cold.

A- Pours dark brown, stout-like in color but not as thick. Pretty flat, minimal carbonation. The cap didn't even make a noise when I opened it. Looks a lot like King Henry to be honest, with a lot less carbonation.

S- Smells a lot like a barrel-aged barleywine because of the bourbon and vanilla characteristics, coupled with the hint of alcohol on the nose. Definitely some malt in there, very sweet smell. I'd say there's a hint of chocolate in the aroma, but mostly just that typical aroma from barrel-aging.

T- On the initial sip I got some normal tastes that I'd expect out of a stout...vanilla, bourbon, that good stuff. But there was a bit of a bite to it. This beer completely changed as it warmed up, for the better. There is definitely a chocolate taste to it at first, and lots of bourbon. Very sweet taste. But the aftertaste is the best part of this beer. There's a slight hint of apple from the sweetness which was really what I was looking for, but there's this big leathery, smokiness that lingers after you swallow that's just incredible. I hate smoky beers, but this isn't smoky like a smoked stout would be. It's much more of a leather kind of quality, almost like tobacco if that makes any sense.

M- This mouthfeel would be unimpressive in other beers but it was perfect in Matt. Thick enough but not chewy, and doesn't get in the way of the awesome flavors.

O- I waited a while to drink this and I'm happy I did. It was everything I expected it to be, and it's definitely the best HotD beer I've had so far...but I have yet to open my bottle of Adam FTW. Either way, I'm thrilled to have another bottle and to see what happens to this with some more age. Next time I'm drinking this cellar temp though, no reason at all to chill it. Great stuff by HotD, this is worth the hype.

10-29-2012 03:45:36 | More by mgp2675
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1/5  rDev -77.7%

10-26-2012 00:37:03 | More by lovelyallen
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-24-2012 22:08:18 | More by flipdog0
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-24-2012 20:42:01 | More by Adamostella
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

A - Pours a dark brown color with a hint of ruby and only a small ring of bubbles. The head fades very quickly leaving behind very little lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and smoked malts with dark fruit, candi sugar, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, apples, and some booze.

T - Starts off with toffee malts, candi sugars, and some dark fruits with some vanilla and apple. Through the middle, the oak and bourbon come through with some good smokiness and a touch of almost molasses. The finish is a mix of candi sugars, dark fruit, smoke, oak, vanilla Bourbon, apple, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a smokey, sweet, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced with lots of complex flavors coming together. The smoked malts are a nice touch.

10-20-2012 05:34:08 | More by ngeunit1
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.