Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by jwinship83:
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle tossed in as an extra (along with some fantastic dried picked mushrooms) from azurescens. thanks dan! batch 80. drank from my stone IRS snifter.
A- ive heard a lot about the carbonation problems with hair of the dog, but i never gave it much though as the possibility of getting them seemed so far out of reach. much to my delight, there was no problem here. the crown came off with a loud pop. the body is a murky dark brown and it carries a large khaki colored head on top. sam adams claim that you can float a bottle cap on boston lagers head has nothing on this. it takes forever to recede, and when it does it leaves behind a thick wall of lacing.
S- my first impression is very malty. lots of fruits are the first things to greet my nose. raisins, figs, dates, prunes, and plums. lots of bittersweet dark chocolate as well as sweeter milk chocolate. a little bit of peaty smoke. lots of pine and grapefruit hops. the nose is intense. big and bold. rich and decadent.
T- the taste is very similar to the nose. it starts out with some toffee, caramel, and lightly roasted malts. after that it quickly moves onto the fruits that i could smell. raisins, figs, dates, plums, and prunes. very heavy on the dark chocolate as well. a little bit of smoky peat like you would expect in a scotch ale. the hops at the end come on strong as well. grapefruit and pine lead the way. there is also a distinct earthiness going on here. the alcohol shows itself at times, but for the most part remains well hidden.
M- the body is very full. the carbonation is high. sticky. palate coating. mild to medium warming from the alcohol.
O- this beer has a ton going on in it. so much so that im going to be looking for more to further explore. it broadened my perceptions of what an old ale can be.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2011 05:31:45 | More by jwinship83
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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
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