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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3.9/5 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.