Adam - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle batch 62. As far as I am aware, this vintage was brewed in the spring of 2004 and bottled the summer 2004. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a murky dark brown color. When held to the light, some lighter brown clarity is seen through the edges. A thick finger of frothy tan head sits atop the brew and slowly fades leaving a lacing coating atop the brew which gravitates towards the side of the glass in a thicker coating. A swirl revives the cap which lasts throughout the duration and puts some spotty lacework on the glass.
The aroma of this brew is deep and complex. It is a mixture of what seems to be burnt chocolate smelling slightly woodsy to smoked with some deep earthy tones. Plenty of fruit notes are hidden under it smelling like raisins with a light vinous touch. A light musty character of chocolate malt is underneath. As the brew warms and the glass is swirled, a bit of fruity to floral hop inclusion comes out taking this brew in a different direction that is at times lightly herbal mixed with molasses.
The taste is somewhat smokey almost meaty with a character similar to pete. It is lightly musty with a malt flavoring mingled with chocolate. A strong fruity flavor minorly reminiscent of fruity to floral hops is present coming across with alcohol esters like raisins and bitter chocolate malt inclusion with each sip. The alcohol is fairly bold with an increased awareness of the previously mentioned fruity to herbal flavoring. The aftertaste is a long drawn out combination of chocolate and fruity to herbal hop flavoring. Well done. Once warm, this brew picks up almost a leathery tobacco flavor that is quite enjoyable with a deep earthy flavor.
This is a full bodied brew that is slick in the feel. It has a modest to light level of carbonation which is very enjoyable. For being 7 years old, this brew is still quite bold in alcohol and hops that are more flavorful than bitter. A very solid sipper with a lightly fusel kick of alcohol. Overall a well rounded and enjoyable take on the style, I have no doubt this brew can withstand 10+ years of aging considering how well this 7 year old bottle is unscathed.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2011 17:09:29 | More by stakem
More User Reviews:
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
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep brown to nearly black in color. A faint bit of khaki colored head rests on top. Brussels lacing is evident. I get a strong aroma of plums and figs along with with alcohol. The mouth is sticky warm due to the alcohol. The taste is strong with a bit of a vinous note and loads of dark malt. The finish is on the sweeter side due to the heavy amount of dark malt.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 07:36:20 | More by Franziskaner
Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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