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

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 1,359
Gots: 133 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.6%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of treyrab
4.93/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had the privilege to drink this beer on multiple occasions. My first interaction with Matt was in 2009, when CoolJosh and I split a bottle of Bottleworks X Matt. I didn't appreciate that batch as much as I would my subsequent experiences. I next tried Matt (Batch 2) at Brouwer's in Seattle, and it was a life altering experience. I most recently tried Matt (Batch 2) thanks to Dan "NittanyBeerFan" while up visiting Penn State. That is the beer I am reviewing here.

A: Poured into the snifter a deep raisin mahogany. Imagine raisins and prunes blended to a liquid and poured (similar to prune juice I suppose) and that is what this beer looked like. Albeit it has some nice carbonation, but really it was on the softer side. Not much head to speak of, as it looked looked like a cloudy, rusty brandy after the head receded. Pretty much what I expected for this beer, especially after having various vintages and variations of Adam.

S: Mind-blowingly awesome. We poured at cellar temp, so the flavours immediately burst out of the glass. Rum-soaked raisins. Bourbon soaked prunes. Juicy dark fruits and figs. Vanilla/toffee/caramel/chocolate. Wood. The list is endless.

T: Just as good as the scent, the bourbon and brandy soaked dark fruits just explode through your taste buds. Sweetness from the bourbon, vanilla, and wood come into play next and balance out some bitter chocolate and minor hop presence. Just a cornucopia of flavours.

M: Creamy, thick, viscous. Light on the carbonation, but pretty much spot on for the style.

Overall, one of the top 10 best beer experiences I can remember.

treyrab, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

spycow, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

kscaldef, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

locke459, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photekut, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

SonicAlligator, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

splax23, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

IpeeA, Nov 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

jag21, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

hwwty4, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

John11486, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Urbancaver, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

TurdFurgison, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

bsuedekum, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Bobbydigi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a nice slightly darker shade of brown with about a 1/8 head that does not stick around very long

Smell: The smell of the beer is by far the winner. There are several layers to the nose that create a great amount of depth. Upfront is a nice note of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. And finishes of with a chocolate covered apple character very nice.

Taste: The taste starts out very similar to the nose with very light touches of bourbon and oak but for me the beer has more chocolate than anything else very rich dark chocolate character and finishes off nicely with just a touch of apple

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Very good beer. Very solid and highly recommended. I am becoming more and more impressed with HotD

DarthKostrizer, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage year

A-brown body with no head whatsoever

S-sweet mixture of bourbon and brandy

T-nice. Can really taste the barrels. Distinct bourbon and brandy that does a dance on my tounge. A tango if you will.

M- medium body and smooth. So smooth

O- very, very good. I must have!

brew3crew, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Chris for this

A - medium brOwn with a small foam

S - chocolate and dark fruits and apple, leather and smoked meats. Beautiful nose

T - great complex flavor comPrising smoked meats, dark fruits and aPples and various barrels. Real tasty

M - smooth and thick. A nice thing.

O - a really great and complex but excellently balanced beer. Staying on my wants

ColdPoncho, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this one. He' just a stand up guy! Poured into a tulip. Pours completely flat looking. No head, not hiss as the bottle is popped. Nothing. Sits dark brown in the glass.

Rich and deliciou in the aroma with aroma of mollasses, licorice, dark cherries and hints of chocoloate. A big rich malty profile here that smells great. Rich on the pallet with caramel and mollasses with hints of dark fruit and kind of a soy sace finish. Pretty tasty.

The body is full but it's flat. We really need some carbonation to pull this together. Overall this taste great and smells great. It just needs some carbonation. This is my fourth HotD beer and the second that has been flat. That simply dissapoints.

Bendurgin, Oct 24, 2011
Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
99 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.