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

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Ratings: 720
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 1,391
Gots: 132 | 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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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. 2010 edition. Thanks a ton for opening this one, Mike.

A: Pours a woody dark brown with a thin white collar of a head.
S: Rich notes of bourbon, warm alcohol, raisins and other dark fruits. The nose on this isn’t super potent but what is there smells wonderful.
T: Crazy smooth flavors of raisins, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, bourbon and oak. I get some tobacco in the finish, and some lighter sweeter apples or berry-like fruits in the aftertaste.
M: This is one creamy and smooth beer. The carbonation is low and soft, and the body is rich and full.
O: A wonderful beer that is very smooth and a pleasure to drink. I wish I had a whole bottle to spoil myself with. Thanks for sharing, Mike.

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4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Odiedog52 for sending this along. Bottle from batch 2. Poured into a wine glass.

Deep brown, bordering on black with only a slight layer of head that forms and dissipates quickly. The swirl produces no legs, but does provide spotty foam and oily resin that coats the glass.

The taste and aroma are phenomenal. Raisins soaked in brandy, vanilla, toffee, caramel, dates, plums, and some vinous notes as well. There is a hint of peaty smoke in the finish. This is like a nice glass of sherry. I don't know that I have ever had a barrel aged beer that was this well-balanced and complex so shortly after it was bottled.

Easy to sip. Smooth, creamy, and full-bodied. There is just enough carbonation to let the full battery of flavors open up on the palate. Just about perfect in every way.

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

Thanks to Nate for sharing this.

A - Brown colored beer, looks a bit like a cola. Not a ton of head on this one, beige colored, left some stick on the side of the glass.

S - Nice oak and dark fruit. Bit of caramel, toffee, vanilla. Really just a tone of nice stuff going on with some lighter fruits as well.

T - Really nice beer. Some bourbon, wood, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sweetness, vanilla. Very complex, and defined enough you can pick everything out. Like what happened with this.

M - Pretty full bodied with soft carbonation.

O - Like this beer a lot, would love to drink it regularly when I'm in the mood for a strong ale that's been put in bourbon. Well done.

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12 oz bottle graciously brought down from Michigan from Scott while vacationing here in Florida.

Looks good, pretty much appears similar to Adam. Very nice scent emanating from this beer. Bourbon and vanilla notes definitely come into play on the nose.

Taste is extremely good. A bit of bourbon taste pops from the cherry/vanilla/chocolate old ale flavor.

O- Glad to have tried this and would gladly have another. Thanks so much Scott!

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to youradhere for throwing this in as an extra in our trade. You rock dude!

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 release.

A- Pours a very deep dark brown color with a minimal head that doesn't leave any lace. Pours more like a wine or spirit than beer.

S- I can tell just from the aroma that this is going to be a sipper. Bourbon is very prominent in the nose along with caramel malt and alcohol. Dark fruits, leather, tobacco, and oak round out the nose. Hoping it tastes as good as it smells...

T- The bourbon barrels definitely lead the way with some vanilla, oak, and brandied apples. As it warms the smoked malts become noticeable along with Belgian candy sugar, dark chocolate, red grapes, and raisins. The alcohol isn't exactly hidden, but I wouldn't have guessed it being 11.5% either.

M- Full bodied with very low carbonation. Thick and creamy with an almost syrupy feel that coats the mouth.

O- Just a touch more carbonation and I can't imagine it getting any better. Very glad I got a chance to try this one. Thanks Jim!

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

big thanks to ericstl6 for bringing this

pours a dark murky brown with a bit of light head.

hints of tobacco and old leather with sweet dark fruit, rich plum, and raisin. very deep and complex, loads of richness all over.

very similar to the nose. vibrant and deep. dark sweet fruit, old tobacco, leather, and barrel aging notes. did not know this was barrel aged until now, but it makes perfect sense. given the flavors and aromas.

smooth as can be. mild carbonation.

this was delicious, wish i had some more.

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Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.