Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 77.
Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch, foamy tan head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving a few millimeters of lacing ring that itself falls slowly to the surface of the glass leaving behind wine-like legs. The beer itself pours a solid black, has great legs, and leaves a few swatches of lacing.
Smell: Chocolate cake, brownies, fig, raisin, really malty and rich. Smells somewhere between a great Belgian dark and a great stout. A bit of solvent-like alcohol in the background.
Taste: Lots of chocolate cake, with some faint nut and dark fruit flavors. The hot finish lingers a long time, as do those creamy, beautiful cake flavors that continue to develop and transform to raisin and caramel more than a minute after taking a sip. There's lots of smoke through the middle, and a small bit of the advertised leather early on as well.
This is like a decadent chocolate cake with caramel and a fine spirit poured all over it. Creamy chocolate and smoke are the dominant flavors, but as I slowly make my way through the bottle I'm getting all sorts of new flavors popping up in random sips. Suddenly it's a little sweeter, there's a little more fig and raisin, suddenly it's all smoke and tobacco. This beer doesn't stop.
Mouthfeel: After the first sip I immediately wrote in my notes simply: "5". Perfect. Smooth as silk, with just enough carbonation (not much), a hot but not overwhelming finish. Imagine every time you're drinking something and think, "that's just a bit TOO bitter, just for one sip," or "That chocolate is overboard," or "That alcohol is drowning out the flavor a bit," ...for me this beer has none of that, ever. Perfectly palatable. The mouthfeel couldn't be better.
Drinkability: I'll be returning to this beer. As long as I have a few hours to take my time with it, "ease of consumption" is close to maximum.
This beer kind of makes me want to take up smoking again, and sit around next to campfires drinking it during harsh winters (though maybe it also makes me not want to take smoking back up, since I don't want to miss any of these deep, often subtle flavors). This kind of endless, beautiful, generous supply of flavor is why people seek out and pay premium prices for expertly crafted beer.
edit: Having a batch 76 almost a year after this review (reviewed on 7/26/10, batch 77, drinking batch 76 on 6/9/11). Got the bottle in a trade with generous BA msulinski.
Poured as if flat, but there's definitely enough carbonation. Smells like deep English barleywine and chocolate cake. Tastes like chocolate, tobacco, leather, lots of fig, lots of rum soaked chocolate cake. Seems hot at first, but mellows considerably early on. This is a great, great beer. Smell develops subtly throughout, and the interplay of sweet, rich, smokey, savory, leathery in the flavor is world class.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2010 05:46:15 | More by Pahn
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3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a teku, dark brown and murky, with no head. Smell up front is smoke, a dark fruits, raisins, figs a hint of cherry skin. Getting a lot of smoke in the taste. It's a subdued smoke, not like a rauch or anything, but it's definitely there. Was not expecting it and it overshadows some of the other flavors. No carb issue here. As it warms, some of the dark fruit, caramel, burnt sugar flavor is coming out. Super complex. This might have gone over my head. Worth a try for sure. I'll try some with some age on it, see how that compares.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 14:11:28 | More by Davepoolesque
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.