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

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 1,392
Gots: 134 | 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:
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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Ratings: 731 | Reviews: 231
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

My first sample of Matt comes courtesy of d0b, thanks Dave! Matt gurgles from the bottle like black coffee and looks no different when in the glass. A small, short lived beige head settles to a swirling a nice collar. Sticky sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink which is very impressive for such a big beer.

The nose is all kinds of deep and expressive. Molasses, apple brandy, bourbon barrel, and tendrils of dense smoke all float through the air. Richly caramelized sugar lays down a strong backbone. A thick roastiness and deep, dark chocolate make an appearance too. The aroma on this beer is so deep and complex my ramblings barely scratch the surface.

The flavor profile is also off the charts complex. All the complexities of the nose are present in the flavor but there's also a solid amount of roasty coffee bitterness and the smoke just coats my palate. The apple brandy aspect hits on the swallow and adds a crazy touch of sweetness. Black cherries hit on the backend too, damn, crazy. All I mentioned in the nose seems to really pop on the tongue. This beer reminds me a lot of Adam, which is one of my favorites, and actually improves upon it.

The mouthfeel is so velvety smooth it boggles my mind. The smokiness coats the tongue and the finish is never ending. The body is rich and heavy but in no way cloying and the carbonation is on the lighter side allowing this beast to work through on its own.

Matt is without a doubt a sipping beverage. There's a lot of huge flavor and it takes some time to pick out all the complexity. Take your time and sit down with this beer over an hour or so, you will be rewarded.

Hair of the Dog makes some great beer and this very well could be their best. It's so rich, fruity, smokey and delicious that I can't stop thinking about it. If you get any chance to give this beer a try, trade, steal, or cheat to get it. Thanks again, Dave!

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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with no head. Very little carbonation.

Smell is pretty big bourbon and vanilla, some toffee . Some fruity notes like a barleywine.

Taste is very sweet, very complex, very little alcohol. Chocolate front, fruity middle, alcohol burn in the back, along with sugar, toffee, caramel and vanilla.

Amazingly drinkable for the abv.

Great, great beer

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle at HOTD

Pours deep brown with only a thin ring of beige head. Aroma has lots of caramel, brown sugar, cherries, green apple, vanilla, oak, some deep roast and some booze.

Taste is initially sweet and boozy, but the complexity eventually comes through. Lots of brown sugar, raisin and fig, cherries, tart apples, vanilla and oak. The bourbon presence is really complementary and doesn't dominate at all. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but relatively mild. A bit warming on the finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel, and somewhat sticky sweet. A little bit of bitterness on the finish prevents the sweetness from getting out of hand. A warm finish.

As far as big, sweeter boozy beers go, this is one of the best I've had. Very complex and enjoyable. As it warms, the apple really comes through.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super-huge thanks to Jeff for opening this one; this has been a HUGE want of mine for a while now. 2010 vintage. Matt pours out of the bottle looking thick and viscous; a dark mix of brown and almost-black edges. Even a rough pour produces nearly no head, just a thin, tan ring that hugs the glass before vanishing forever, leaving the top of the brew bare.

I could smell Matt as soon as we cracked open the bottle. Once we finally poured it into our glasses, the aroma filled the room. You could smell it without even leaning in towards the beer. And warmth only aided in the robustness, drawing out even more flavors, more power, and more depth. It was absolutely incredible.

I'll try to do this beer justice by listing out some of the many things noted in the insanely complex aroma. Black cherries, figs, oak, vanilla, bourbon, tart apples, brown sugar, toffee, plums, tobacco, mild char and smoke, and some underlying sweetness throughout. Just amazing, seriously. Each successive whiff brings out new nuances you weren't getting before. One of the best things I've smelled in a while.

Like many Hair of the Dog brews, the taste contains a commanding alcohol warmth up front; just to let you know that it's not messing around here. Big, boozy apples up front with a compelling combo of boozy-warm and lightly-tart. The fruit character is actually pretty huge and contains more than just apple; cherry, grape, plum, and sugary dates also make an appearance.

The initial, mild tartness from the fruits quickly fades into the boozy abyss as the malts rumble in and unleash the sweetness. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, heavy flavors of wood and dry oak, sherry, and Hair of the Dog's signature tobacco/leather finish. Make no mistake about it, this beer is HUGE. It's robust, commanding, and a slow sipper if there ever was one, even at "only" 11.5% ABV.

Matt's presence on my palate is also huge; thick, chewy, viscous, oily, and sticky, and you'll be tasting Matt long after you've swallowed. Left over oak, booze, and fading dark fruits will coat your mouth for days if you forget to brush. Just an incredible beer when all was said and done. I can't thank Jeff enough for cracking this one. If I ever had the chance, I'd buy as much of this as I could afford.

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