Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by grittybrews:
4.61/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Batch 77: Poured a smooth cola-tinged black into a tulip with no head, just a thin ring of bubbles along the outside edge. Slightly sweet aroma of toffee, cocoa, leather, smoke, and boozy warmth.
Very low carbonation and a smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet up front with hints of dark fruit, raisin, molasses, smoke, and a nice kick of mildly spicy hops on the lingering, smoky, and slightly metallic finish. Alcohol is definitely present but complements rather than overwhelms the flavors.
I've revised my original review of this brew several times. At first I found the mouthfeel to be both syrupy and somewhat thin, and thought the overall malt profile was too sweet. However, something about this beer kept me thinking about it and I revisited it several times before coming to the conclusion that it's actually one of my favorites. Unique, complex, and flavorful...I'll sacrifice a little carbonation and mouthfeel for the great favors and aromas it provide (and the wallop it packs ain't bad, either).
Update two: having tried several batches since 77, I've found that most are much more carbonated and improve the feel quite a bit. Now this is hands-down one of my favorite beers.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2010 19:06:19 | More by grittybrews
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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 2,065 ratings.