Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by blackc5:
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a snifter.
A - Definitely a very deep dark chocolate, nearly black. Looked very close to an average stout actually. Very nice head that took awhile to dissipate. Left substantial lacing as I sipped this.
S - Very strong scents of chocolate and smoke. Actually, very smoky. Some fruitiness like plums or raisins as well. Rum.
T - The bottle actually gives a pretty accuate description of this one. It is a complex tasting beer, with lots of changes both as it warms and as you hold it in your mouth. The most prominent flavors to me where the chocolate and smoke - just like the scents. Mildly sweet fruit is there, dark cherry and plums. Could use a tad more hops to balance it IMHO. It tastes like how I would imagine a good imperial stout mixed with just a bit of aged Port. Neverthless, it keeps you thinking about the beer as you sip.
M - Creamy, robust and quite heavy and chewy. Moderate to high carbonation, and you can definitely feel the warmth of the alcohol. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the beer.
D - All things considered, pretty good. A 12 oz'er is enough for one session for sure, but it sips easy enough and I enjoyed it all the way through. Goes down smooth and I could see it becoming a regular if it was a bit more value priced.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2009 19:08:26 | More by blackc5
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3.99/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
on tap at the brewery, Portland
Oily chocolate-black with beige ring.
Blackberry, black tea, and a bit of ash on the nose.
Black bread, black currant and plum jam, big brown sugar/candy middle, a bit of wood and some sherry.
Musty barrel finish and hot whiskey linger.
Medium to full, round, chewy, a bit of heat.
Lots of depth, though some oxidation notes, too. Plenty of sweetness, though not so much on the leather notes. I don’t know enough about dark Dortmunders to say if this comes close, but it’s a solid dark ale with some Belgian characteristics.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 18:42:12 | More by StJamesGate
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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