Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by devilben02:
4.24/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I bought a bottle (batch 76) in Indianapolis while I was in town for the 2010 Final Four (Go Duke!), and it sat in the fridge-space within my kegerator for nearly three years before I finally broke down and drank the damn thing. I don't know if I should be glad I waited and let this bottle age gracefully or if I should be angry that I let so much time pass before appreciating the beauty of what was contained in that bottle.
The first impression is fine enough, with the beer pouring a near opaque cola brown, with a thin but present beige head. The aroma entices me from the second I open the bottle, though, with a subtly complex and alluring assortment of characteristics ranging from dried figs to old leather, light wood smoke, and a light but noticeable sweetness. The flavor is likewise wonderfully varied, with notes of molasses, raisins, a little licorice, some earthy, almost peppery hops, some alcohol, a pinch of orange peel, pine mulch, dark brown sugar... I should stop since I might be making things up at this point. The texture is dense and mouth-filling, but it doesn't become syrupy and overwhelming.
Overall, this rich, exceptionally complex beer lived up to the expectations that became greater every year I didn't drink it, and I was supremely content to take a long time savoring and contemplating its nuances.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 05:31:20 | More by devilben02
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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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