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

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 1,325
Gots: 126 | 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:
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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-08-2012 01:17:57 | More by JAHMUR
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BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-07-2012 02:02:56 | More by BillHilly
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Auztan

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-06-2012 17:52:16 | More by Auztan
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browna71

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-06-2012 03:59:45 | More by browna71
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mgp2675

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 03:45:36 | More by mgp2675
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lovelyallen


1/5  rDev -77.7%

10-26-2012 00:37:03 | More by lovelyallen
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flipdog0

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-24-2012 22:08:18 | More by flipdog0
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Adamostella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-24-2012 20:42:01 | More by Adamostella
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 05:34:08 | More by ngeunit1
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KevSal

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-14-2012 06:01:09 | More by KevSal
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

10-10-2012 01:59:59 | More by t0rin0
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle 11,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottleworks X edition (2009)

Thanks to Lurchingbeast for this this one.

Appearance: Matt pours out a very dark brown, with a back light revealing a beautiful deep red along the edges. A rough pour yields a thin off-white head that lasts reasonably well and a swirl coats the glass in heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmmm, another delicious smelling beer from HotD and potentially the most complex to date. Big dark fruit notes (stewed plums, red grapes, raisins and fig jam) dominate the nose, with molasses, dark brown sugar and liquorice also well noted. Other notes include: Earthy tobacco, dark rum and a little campfire smoke. As the beer warms the apple eau de vie becomes apparent and the smokiness and fig character increase.

Taste: Interestingly there is a distinct bourbon character in the flavour, but the apple eau de vie from the nose is absent. Other notes include: Dark fruits (fig in particular), dark treacle, molasses, brown sugar, a touch of liquorice, a little chocolate, oak and an earthy quality. The finish displays a distinct smokey note and is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and lightly sticky with a low (read perfect) level of super smooth carbonation.

Overall: Another winner from HotD - I have yet to have anything other than world class beers from this brewery! I will most certainly be getting some more bottles of Matt when a fresh batch is released.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 10:32:53 | More by Thehuntmaster
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tarheels86

California

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

355mL courtesy of SuzyGreenberg. Pours a flat, clear, deep brown with some faint bubbles (who cares though!). Aroma is big rum raisin, dark fruits, apple brandy/calvados, baked apples, coconut, milk chocolate. Taste is light calvados, rich and mellow dark fruits, smores, toffee. Very refined, complex. Yummy yum yum. 4/12/2010 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 15:58:45 | More by tarheels86
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Jakers90

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6%

09-28-2012 21:57:32 | More by Jakers90
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

09-19-2012 01:05:00 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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illidurit

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle shared at the September 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Pours deep brown with no head. Sweet spicy bourbon aroma, prunes, raisins, wine grapes. Brown sugar flavor with some campfire smokiness, mild soy, dark fruits. Sweet and strong and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 03:00:11 | More by illidurit
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Diomede

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

09-08-2012 05:47:16 | More by Diomede
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bifrost17

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

09-07-2012 17:52:24 | More by bifrost17
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BDavidson14

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-31-2012 19:25:02 | More by BDavidson14
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joefuzz

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-29-2012 11:09:10 | More by joefuzz
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cosmicevan

New York

4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from 8/24

Thanks to canjeeps for hooking this one up...shared with the local group in a HotD horizontal. poured into a HotD taster.
2010 vintage

a - looks pretty bada$$...dark purple with a thin creamy head.

s - super smokey. some raisin and bourbony wood. apples and dark fruit.

t - raisin, dark fruit, some soy sauce. lots of heat from the bourbon. some smoke, not as much as the nose suggested. really tasty...great fruity presence.

m - has a bit of a burn. some good heat. strong ale indeed. full bodied and thick, but oh so enjoyable.

o - REALLY awesome. I dig this A LOT. probably my favorite of the night. smoke is really present in the nose, but that's it...a bit in the taste, but it works well. it is part of the barrel. would definitely have this again and seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:41:14 | More by cosmicevan
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Googs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-27-2012 04:07:26 | More by Googs
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lemongelo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-25-2012 06:35:14 | More by lemongelo
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scottiethebody

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-24-2012 18:51:51 | More by scottiethebody
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-22-2012 16:08:08 | More by mdillon86
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.