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

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 252
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 225
Gots: 56 | FT: 7
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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-17-2009

Michael is a Flanders Red, made in memory of Michael Jackson. The Beer was Brewed in January of 2007, and aged in American oak and Sherry barrels since then. It is just over 6% alcohol, made with Organic Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts and fermented with a variety of yeast and bacteria.

Released November 2009 & Fall 2012.
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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy murky amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that completely dissipated.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but seems to be more mellow and doesn't have any distinct characteristics.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure if this Flanders Red Ale is unblended, as it doesn't have that much complexity. It also seems to have more oak than sourness.

Note: 2012 vintage. (556 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Aaron for this one. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Nose is pretty nice with a good level of acidity plus some baking oak and a fruit component. There’s some cherry along with mild dark fruits. Flavor ha the acidity and fruit down, but there’s way too much barrel character, as the tannins are nearly overpowering. Light-medium body. (354 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this a long while back. I scribbled down some notes and then apparently forgot about them. Pardon the lack of embellishment in the review, the beer isn't fresh in my mind.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with a frothy white head that clings nicely to the glass. Great clarity and color.

Smell: Cherries, strawberries, acetic acid, sherry and oak.

Taste/mouthfeel: Dark fruit with an acetic undercurrent. Sherry, oak, a little smoke. Mineral, somewhat metallic. A little maltiness. Brief finish.

A good first attempt at the style. I heard this was flat and suffered from poor mouthfeel when this first came out, but that wasn't the case with this bottle. (669 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

much thanks to michael for sending me this namesake beer, i mean a michael sends a michael a michael, love it.

very nice. Rich looking light amber in color and a nice head of white across the top. Really quite well done I have to admit. The smell was huge, seriously this was a monster sour. Lots of apple vinegar and tart notes, hints of fruit ripping through the air and that deep funk that only comes from the best. As I take the first taste, my lips pucker and that rich sour flavor takes over everything .Really just well done here as a light try finish and a note of tart cherries rounded it out very, very well.

Overall a very solid beer (646 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jacob for breaking this one open.

This one is a gusher so be sure to have a glass in hand and be ready to pour.

A: The pour itself is amber in color with some floating yeast particles and a massive off-white head.

S: Certainly plenty of oak in the nose along with some pears, black cherry, and a subdued lactic tartness.

T: This one is not all that sour, especially for a Flanders Red. Some nice acidity and tannic oak character along with a really surprising fruitiness. I pick up pineapple, green apple, pears, and cherries.

M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation, but this works for these sour styles.

D: A pretty easy drinking beer, and I was interested to pick out the nuances of the beer. I wonder how this will get with age. (768 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated my brother sharing this-enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a goblet.

The color is dark rust with light tan head with tiny bead and lace that sticks ok. The smell is strong fruity flemish type yeast ester with a fruity sour and light woody accent with nice dried stone fruit earthiness. The feel is very tart with medium carbonation and light woody texture with a dry feel and gently tangy soured fruit middle with mild alcohol in the feel as it becomes warming toward the end.

The flavor has dried fruit and mild cherry-like tanginess with slight burnt pie-crust flavor from the malt-vienna if I had to guess with slight nutty accent and mild medicinal element from the yeast with tangy flavors but not exactly extremely sour, mildly herbal and pithy type bitter flavor comes through in the dry finish. Overall I was glad I got to try this -a pretty decent flanders red with nice wild yeast character and dry quality with come complexity and mild alcohol presence with a gentle wood tannin in taste -recommended. (1,028 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
1.89/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with stylish label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at Sunset Beer Co in Silverlake and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. It was expensive as hell; I think somewhere in the $15-20 range. Reviewed as a Flanders Red because it identifies as such. "Barrel aged & bottle conditioned." 2012 vintage. 6.2% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours no head whatsoever; all we get is a tiny beige floater ring that recedes within 15 seconds. Pathetic. Weak looking. Zero lacing.

Body colour is a dull murky caramel-brown. Dark, nontransparent, and only quasitranslucent towards the bottom of the glass. Not much to look at overall, but I'm optimistic. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nice oak and red wine (sherry when I look for it). Some mild sourness; lactobacillus is indicated by the clean clinical feel of it - it's certainly not the spontaneous wild character of something like lambic yeast and there's no funkiness. Some tartness. Maybe some green apple fruit esters. Malt is generic; this is dominated by the yeast. But the sourness and tartness are still disappointing for a sour/flanders red. The oak is the highlight here. Some tannins. Cherry. No hop character or alcohol is detectable. A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Strangely, there's some oak derived vanilla here, which doesn't fit in at all - and the overdone sweetness clashes with the light sour and tart notes. And light they are; it needs much more than that. Quite unevocative - even reticent. Green apple, licorice, cherry, raisin. Lacto yeast, sure, and some acetic character. Medicinal from the late second act through the finish; ugh. Even the oak isn't particularly enjoyable. Boy did I waste a lot of money on this one; this is one of the worst flavour profiles for a flanders red I've experienced in the last year or two. Vinegary. Malts are generic and add nothing of interest. Not gestalt - or even cohesive. This is an imbalanced mess with no subtlety whatsoever, nor any well-executed complexity. Poorly built for the style. Very disappointing.

Mf: All over the place. Texture coarsens and dries towards the finish, but is smoother and wetter up front. Thickness is a trainwreck, with a syrupy medicinal character throughout. Texture comes off artificial and doesn't feel good on the palate. Poor presence. Sticky. Undercarbonated; it might even approach watery. Not soft at all, but scratchy and also mushy like a wilted raisin. Strangely acidic for a beer which has such restrained sourness. Doesn't suit the style at all, nor does it complement the flavour profile well.

Dr: I got taken when I bought this; Hair of the Dog disappoints yet again. This is the worst value beer I've ever purchased; little quality for the buck. Just downright bad stuff. Even the mere 6.2% ABV is noticeable. Hard to drink. Definitely wouldn't touch this stuff again - even if it was free. I'm shocked at how poorly executed this is. Might well be the worst Flanders Red I've ever had the displeasure of drinking. Avoid.

Low D- (3,259 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ChrisPro. Served in a snifter. This was the 2009 batch I believe.

A - Off-white foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and little else. Murky orange body.

S - Cherry vinegar, oak, a hint of dill, some lactic notes. There's a hint of funk that gives this a mild musky note to it, but this is largely an acidic, sour beer.

T - The taste has a bit more residual malt sweetness. Lots of wet oak, hint of leather and tobacco, sweet tarts, lactic sourness, and less overt vinegar. Finish is slightly vegetal.

M - Dry, medium body, with well-hidden alcohol. Medium carbonation - this eventually developed bubbles, as I remember it being flat out of the gate.

D - A bit more oak and acetic than I like more Flanders beers, but miles better than it was on release. Alan's beers are built to age and this was no exception. Enjoyable at this stage, but still only a good take on the style. I'd drink it again (919 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to FalconA for sharing! 2012 release.

A: Pours a reddish/brown/orange color with a few bubbles forming initially, but are gone very quickly. No real head or lacing.

S: A little bit of dark fruit, some cherry, and oak.

T: The oak was rather prominent, a bit of vanilla mixed in with the tart fruits. Slight musty flavor and a bit of caramel.

M: Extremely low carbonation, bordering on flat.

O: A bit of a letdown. Flavor was ok, not as assertive or tart as I was hoping. The lack of carbonation was what really killed it for me though. (570 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from 2009 poured into a matching HOTD tulip. The brew appears a hazed orange color with yellow around the edges. A frothy khaki colored head sits atop with solid, perfect retention and patchy lace that paints the glassware.

The aroma starts off wild with cheese and vanilla oak. Some fruit mildly like cherry imparts some medicinal aspect to the overall smell. However, it remains very enjoyable smelling with perhaps a bit too much focus on the barrel aging.

The flavor opens up with a bit of a tang. A lot of barrel character is like raw wood and almost too much vanilla for the style. A mild astringency ia present, mildly herbal to medicinal flavoring towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. So smooth and easy drinking. I felt it is missing some vinegar and more sour cherry notes indicative of the style but collectively its pretty nice. Maybe just a bit too much focus on barrel character but this was a nice brew that I wouldnt mind having more of. (1,013 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split with Oglmcdgl, sent by some trader out west. Review #700. This one goes out to Michael B (my best friend), Michael Jackson (The beer hunter) and Michael Jackson ( My 1st words) Rest In Peace guys. From notes.

No gushing but small rising foam, Michael creates a 50 50 split of a lighter shade of red mixed with bright orange creating a semi pinkish look towards the light. With a nice steady pour just a skinny cap of loose whiteness, barely covering the surface. Nice bubbles when agitated but no stickage on glass.

Not as sweet in the nose like a Belgian flanders and less vinegar, thank god. Tart up front with fruit, sour cherries, berries and a small lemon sourness. Oak barrel is light as is the sherry. A bit of earth, small traces of vinegar, barely though.

Taste is tart cherries up front followed by the other aforementioned fruits plus orange. Lemon comes out a bit more than scent creating another layer. Dark red berries and The oak tannins come through nice while the sherry comes in lighter. A small amount of apple with warmth. A bit of caramel from the pilsner malt, a light sweetness Small vinegar, a bit of grass at the end.

This is slightly acidic with a nice tartness/sourness, but nothing tounge buckling. A spritz of carb rushes down this lighter than medium bodied beer. A fruity flanders red and a unique one.

The after taste is kind of odd and earthy with the berries sticking around a bit. This is quite drinkable, but not my favorite flanders. I drank this kinda quick, so it goes down easy if ya like the sour, for some reason i did not want this to get to warm. An interesting interpretation of the style, this should do something in a year or two in a bottle, Cheers to Allen for tackeling another style. (1,757 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an orange/copper, nice head per the style.

S: Citrus and Brett notes, nice.

T: Orange/citrus predominates. The hops are clear here adding some northwest flavour if not truly to style, but nice to see a little change of pace.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, nice acidity/moderate intensity in this beer.

D: I liked it, I think it's a solid effort, maybe a little too much hops in a Flanders Red, but hey, I love this style, and I like that a Western US brewer is making it. (499 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. As soon as I popped the cap it started gushing uncontrollably. Unfortunately I lost about half of the beer. Once it settled down a bit it had a brown/orange color to it with a thick, fluffy head. A little murky with some floaties.

The aroma is sour, funky and moderately acidic with some notes of sour cherries and musty fruit. There is a sweeter, almost sugary malt presence to it as well, helping cut through the tart funkiness. I thought it had a great aroma to it for the style, lots of depth and complexity to it.

The taste loses some of the funky, mustiness that I really liked in the aroma. I get a little more sweeter, sugary malts and tart fruits to it. The finish shows a decent amount of the sourness to it though. Notes of tart cherries and a little caramel malts stand out in it. Pretty good flavors, but lacking a little of the depth the aroma had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty solid sour beer. I really liked the funky, musty flavors in the aroma. The taste showed a little too much sweetness up front that seemed to overshadow some of the funky character. Very good overall though, I wish I didn't lose half of it upon opening. (1,229 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Thanks to MSUBulldog25 and black13 for hooking me up! Poured into a tulip.

About two seconds after popping the cap a slow gush falls out of the bottle into a waiting glass. Obviously plenty of carbonation as a bubbly, dense egg-white head forms and has long lasting retention and thick, foamy clumps of lacing. Color is a murky, muddy rose amber. A small layer of sediment settles at the bottom of the glass. Aroma is strong blend of fruit, oak and vinegar. Alternatingly sour and tart with cherry, cranberry, sherry, and vanilla. Taste is at first abrupt and sharp, with the acidity of the vinegar notes taken the forefront. As the beer warms, the front of the palate starts with oak and vanilla spirit sweetness. Subtly the flavors shift to tart fruit and acidic vinegar. Finish is dry, acidic, mildly metallic and extremely long lasting. Smooth body with light carbonation this overall has a very sharp, strong and potentially off putting combination of flavors, but all things considered is very balanced. Very interesting and aging nicely I assume, I look forward to having this again. (1,105 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with Beerzebub. Thanks again man!

Pours a deep dark blood ruby red/amber with very dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a half finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. No lacing.

Sweet vinous aroma that is very vinegary with touches of earthy oak tannis, tart dark fruit and subtle bretty barnyard funk. Subtle hints of vanilla and lots of sour dark cherry along with some raisin and plum.

Soft carbonation up front with an oily, vinegary body which is surprisingly malty. Very sweet and vinous with some tart vinegary sweet, dry bretty funk and a lot of dark fruit character. Lots of tart dark cherry, plum, raisin, grape and fig smoothed out by some vanilla oaky tannis. Sweet alcohol flavor but no heat/warmth to speak of. A bit too sweet and not as tart/puckering as I would like but still very flavorful and quaffable. (901 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 batch served at 55 degrees. Consumed on 11/21/2009 and poured into a stemmed snifter. A hard pour yields a half inch of off white bubbles that finish popping in half a minute. The beer is hazy and deep red with an amber tinge.

The aroma reveals a bready malt base with a
unique flowery perfume quality. It bears similarities to a light bodied red wine. It's only a slight resemblance, but I think it's there. Cherries are present but not dominant, and they're slightly tart. A slight swirl of the glass brings the cherry notes to life and they mingle with the floral notes. Oak and light vanilla are evident, and acetic character is at a low level. There's a low level of moderate sweetness in the nose. Light alcohol is evident, and as the beer warms past room temperature the cherry becomes more pronounced.

The flavor opens with bready malt and a tart cherry character that becomes stronger midpalate. Lactic and acetic notes are at a low level. The sour element is clean and at a low level. Oak is subtle, and a moderate tannic quality is evident near the sweet and tart cherry and sherry-like finish. Sweetness is moderate throughout.

The beer is medium bodied with an all too low level of carbonation for the style I hope this beer shows more carbonation in the future. Overall, an enjoyable beer that I hope to see improve with age. I think an increase in carbonation and acetic character will do this beer well. At this point, 12oz is more than enough. (1,470 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My meager contribution to the tasting at Dyan's place the other night.

The beer pours a reddish, amber brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesiting, with considerable sour cherry and funk. It's not over done, and there's a hint of sweetness to keep the sour funk in check, but this beer is definitely on the sour side. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, though there's a bit more of a vinegar sour component then I was expecting from the nose. There's also a hint of bitterness and fruit skin in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is fairly long. Drinkability is pretty good, though the amount of sour wears me out just a bit. Alcohol is well disguised, but the sour and funk would always keep me from drinking more then just a little bit. (802 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt brownish orange with reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of sweet fruity aromas upfront on the nose consisting of cherries, dark fruit with a little vinous character, subtle vinegar, good acidicy and nice oaky wood presence. The dark fruit were more apparent on the palate with great cherry fruit accents, vinous barrel character, oaky wood notes with plenty of acidicy, lingering vanilla and a touch of brown sugar. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, acidic, semi sweet, oaky, mild vinegary and tart finish. Good lookin out beezler on this bottle, drank good and was solid all around. (711 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

A small hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a very hazy dark reddish brown with a very fine layer of foam that shrinks quickly to an island in the middle and a ring around the glass. Ha, that little bit of foam is sure sticking around so I'm kind of impressed.

Lots of sourness greets my nosebuds with grapes leading the way along with some dark cherries. Now there's an oaky aroma that brings some notes of vanilla and a very light hint or 2 of some funk. An interesting and good nose.

The taste is weird. I don't know of another way to put it.

I taste the grape tartness and a very sherry like flavour, a medium amount of "funkiness", light malt sweetness, and then...a strange spicy, like in hot, taste. It isn't overly present, thank goodness, but it is something I'm tasting that doesn't work for me at all.

Fairly light bodied with very light carbonation and it finishes tart but not really very tart, more like tart and then it turns very bitter.

Drinkability? This drinks much stronger than I thought would be the case for a 6.2%abv brew and darn it, the flavours just don't work for me. This isn't a brew that I'd seek out again but it is worth a go if you have the chance. (1,202 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opned on 11.25.12

2012 Version

A - Pours a medium brown with an orange tint. A few light tan bubbles, then gone.

S - Tart dark fruits, oranges, cherries and some oak.

T - Very woody and tart, some fruit, mostly cherry.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body. Woody finish.

O - Oaky and dark fruit. Light body and cherry-citrus. (341 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of kscaldef. Don't remember the year or bottle number; poor job by me.

Pours a rusty reddish color with some slight haze and a small quickly dissipating head; slight bubbles and lacing but nothing too dramatic.

Aromas of (surprisingly) dark chocolate and booze initially. After re-examining I get more of the sour berries and tobacco and mustiness that I expect in this style.

The taste is pretty intense with again some tobacco, light chocolate and a little smoke (which I usually distaste but don't mind here). I get a little more booze as it warms with some lactic berries and tart apple vinegar in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty sweet and slick with lower carbonation. Drinks a little light but it is only around 6%ABV.

This was definitely an experience. Not what I expected at all from a Flanders Red style beer but Hair of the Dog really doesn't make anything "normal" per-say do they. A little too boozy for such a light ABV beer but still pretty good regardless. Don't break you back to find this as it was fairly unremarkable overall. (1,069 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.57/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a murky ugly brownish water downed coca cola color that doesn't inspire much confidence that is futher let down by a non showing of a head or lacing.

The aroma appears to be in the right direction but just not there yet. There is a hint of sourness but it is somewhat spoiled by the creeping in of a piney alcohol.

The taste continues to disappoint. It is not sour in taste and just "off" in taste, I can't really describe it. There is a weird bitterness and tea like quality.

Michael Jackson is such a man to be honored but sadly this beer does not even come close to doing it. It should be avoided if you are a flanders fan and others should be sought out. (734 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz singler, from brewery

2012

I'll reiterate that this beer is horribly overpriced, though I was kind of forced into purchasing it via the anniversary pack. It's not particularly offensive, but its very weak for a flanders red. My bottle was actually nicely carbonated and had a lovely garnet body. Woody, muted tart cherry, vanilla, oak. Not something I would pony up for in the future. (391 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Devin was kind enough to share a bottle of this last night. While a solid beer, I found the homebrewed flanders red that preceded this beer vastly superior in every aspect.

The pour is hazy, murky and flat, reddish copper in color. A few bubbles surface, but for the most part, this is rather still. The nose is interesting. It's rich and delicate with a combination of mild sweetness, some fruit, a definite vinous character (White grapes) and a mild tartness. It'd be a stretch to call this sour, there's no appreciable acetic character. What's surprising is that despite the low ABV, alcohol is present on the nose. The palate is similar, but not as well integrated. Oak and vanilla are present, and there's a good bit of sweetness that while complex, is also an unexpected surprise. Mildly bready, my biggest criticism of this beer is that there's not enough sourness. Maybe mildly tart, but there's none of the acetic character that I love in a good Flanders red. Mildly buttery and mildly grapey with some cherry character, this comes across more as a beer-wine hybrid. Mildly sweet on the finish with a little tartness, this medium-bodied beer with low carbonation is quite enjoyable. While I had no problem drinking my share, it's not something I'd go crazy over.

**Edit 28 Dec 2012*

Split a bottle of the 2012 release with my dad.

Nose is solidly vinous, quite oaky and tannic with dried cherries mulled in red wine with a light spice note. Alcohol is noticeable, but complementary. Sourness is moderate but appropriate with a blend of bright acetic and moderate lactic notes. The palate is quite sour with a blend of Brett-derived clove and plastic phenols, berry-like acetic characters and a moderately yogurt-like lactic sourness. This is followed by the (very) vinous mid-palate where the oak, red wine and berries blend together before some alcohol appears to lighten the palate and accentuate the tannins. Medium in body, particularly due to the oak tannins, this beer is an intense sipper. Better than the first batch but I still hesitate to think it's work the coin. Recommended, nonetheless
4/4/3.5 (2,121 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky copper color on the pour, not as much red as I would have guessed; only a mild translucency at the very edges. A small, grey-tinted head bubbles up and quickly settles to a ring around the glass.

Aroma contains a touch of sourness; tart cherry, sour apple, lactic, acidic and very vinegar-like with very, very mild vinous notes in the end - juicy grapes and mild alcoholic character. Oak notes are pretty heavy in this one, too. I'm sensing a bit of funk, but I'm not sure if there's actually brett in this, or if my mind is just playing tricks on me. But seriously, there's a very mild funk in here somewhere, I can smell it, dammit! The tartness leads into a finishing, fruity sweetness.

Michael isn't as sour on the palate as it was on the nose, but it still delivers a handful of fruity goodness; apples, cherries, grapes. Lots of vinous notes popping out now with a mellow booziness that remains smooth and laid back throughout the duration of the sip. Pretty creamy on the mouth, which I definitely wasn't expecting. The wine notes get stronger as this one goes on; the oak booms halfway in and leads strong into the aftertaste; lots of wet wood and a mild funk that makes its way back again. The finish is vinous with sweet grapes and cherries, a touch of alcohol, and lots of oak barrel. Medium carbonation, thin-medium body with a lightly creamy mouth feel.

It would've been a little better had it been slightly more tart, but it was still pretty damn good. Easily drinkable and refreshing, I'm not sure how old this one was, but I think it had some age on it. Nice wine-like characteristics and a big contribution from the oak barrel. (1,653 characters)

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