Otto From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Rathakem for this beer!
poured into HotD Tulip glass.
Appearance: mucky reddish mahogany copper brown bodied beer with thin cap of khaki white/tannish head that drops down to small ring around the glass. Lots of chunks of what I believe to be fruit. Some chunks sank down to the bottom of the glass and some floated to the top and some suspended in the middle. I had a few chunks go into my mouth on the fist sip and I would say that based on the texture that is peach chunks and cherry flesh.
Smell: During the pour you can smell a decent amount of peach and cherries. The cherry notes smell just like cherry adam's cherry profile does; it smells nice! Little bit of spicy booze. Smells malty and oaky with a little belgian yeasty influence which probably comes from base beer fred.
Taste: A lot of flavors to take in with this beer; huge complexity. Its starts off with a mix of slightly boozey barrel notes and a big malt profile with hints of cherry and a general fruitiness. If I didnt know any better I would think that this is aged in either bourbon, brandy, or sherry barrels; but I think its just straight oak barrels. It actually has alot of old ale characteristics in this beer. Its leathery and fruity, some hints of tobacco and molasses. Definately a dry and slightly bitter earthy flavor and wet oak barrel notes contrasting each other as well. Some dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel notes in here too. Vinous and slight oxidation noted in the finish with a splash of brown sugar. The peach seems to show up in a subtle way as this beer warms near room temp. Overall the flavor profile is sweet due to the fruits and huge malt profile.
Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. High end of low spicy booziness, but this is really not that hot. It drinks right at its 13% abv thats listed on the bottle. I like the carbonation level right where it is at, I think its right about where the carbonation level needs to be. Its thick and viscous mouthfeel that coats the palate. Its a rich beer. Definately a beer to sip and contimplate.
Overall: HotD managed to impressed me with this beer. Its just got that unique quality that most HotD beers always bring to the table. And with that said, I dont think that I have ever tried an American Strong Ale that was aged on both cherries and peaches. Its a good beer for sure.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2013 04:34:24 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.64/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, tobacco, fruit, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, fruit, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting barrel presence but the aromas and flavors are a bit muddled all around in my opinion.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2013 15:56:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.38/5 rDev -18.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
After sitting on this bottle for about a week I took it from the cellar and opened it up. Without any agitation whatsoever and after remaining upright (until the pour), the first couple ounces were littered with large globs of sediment. Visions of Doggie Claws '12... Thought it might just be the first bit but more sediment came throughout the bottle. The yeast came through at the end like you would expect of a bottle conditioned beer, changing the color of pour and its viscosity, but this was definitely different. Had to pour through a strained funnel just to get at the beer.
This beer isn't much of a looker to begin with. Super hazy, no head to speak of, the color of murky mate tea and dates. Not very appetizing.
Smells of booze. You can tell immediately it's going to be hot. At first whiff it reminded me more of Adam than Fred.
Tastes like booze, cherries, Fred, and maybe some peach in there. This particular combination reminds me of Adam at first, but upon closer inspection is definitely Fred with a lot more going on. A drier finish than I would have expected, all things considered.
Taste is solid on this one, but it needs at least a year or two to settle down the heat. The sediment is really a shame though, and having to sift through an ounce of gunk to get at the beer really detracted from this one for me. Such is the crapshoot with HotD bottles...
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 02:14:07 | More by ZRBE
Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.