The Hound Dog Scotch Ale - Rogers Beer Company
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3.1/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
We pour a brew of golden ruby coloring, with light chestnut hues when held to light, into our Founders snifters. It puts up a one and a half finger tall head of creamy, latte colored bubbles, showing decent retention. Sheets and stripes of lacing are left around the glass as it goes. A definite haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be quite light. The aroma is wrought with cereal graininess, sweet caramel malts, light vinegar sours, cranberry fruitiness, raw powdered barley, steely metallics, pear and browned apple sugars, butterscotch syrups, sourdough breadiness, light vinyl plastics, and carrot rootiness. Light booziness comes out, along with soy sauce saltiness, with warmth. Our first impression is that the beer tastes much like the aroma smells, with forward graininess and no real surprises. As we sip, the flavoring opens with soy sauce saltiness, caramel and brown maltiness, vinegar and brown apple sours, fig skin dryness, golden raisin sugars, buttery diacetyls, tannic breakfast teas, Saltine crackers, and soft banana and cotton candy esters. The middle moves to the peak with icy mineral water, continued caramel and raw barley mash, pear and plum fruitiness, lightly citric and grassy hops, yeasty metallics, and clove oil slickness. Light smoke hits at the end, along with more tannic dryness, banana peel, melted plastics, hints of more cooked caramel against those base raws and powders, green twig resins, black pepper, sea saltiness, mineral, and corny adjuncts. The aftertaste breaths of bready yeastiness, salted pumpkin seeds, gingerbread, gluey paste, phenolic plastics, brown sugars, sawdust, caramel and barley rumbles, hints of honey, light floral hops, and browned banana sweetness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, and froth, but waters through a bit, cutting said foaminess. The mouth is coated and wet, with eventual dripping astringency to dry the tongue more than the hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back quickly.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we were given depth of grain to include sweetness, light roast and toast, and genuine rawness of malted barley. It smelled like a handful of the raw ingredients of the grain bill, with powdery dryness and that untarnished freshness. The flavor followed decently, but did lighten up a bit more than we would like through the finish, giving more of a watery, less robust end to carry on the blend. The feel was also light, taking away from the fullness and creaminess of the sip. This seems to be a deconstructed take on the style, and it is certainly welcome and interesting, but it just doesn’t keep you hooked through the entire bomber, even when sharing.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 00:57:06 | More by TheBrewo
4.76/5 rDev +39.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Another one of my favorites. I really enjoy this beer on a hot summer day as it is extremely refreshing. It is very malty and sweet and I love the taste. Not at all bitter which I love as well. If you get a chance to grab one of these you definitely should.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 19:47:07 | More by Leo
The Hound Dog Scotch Ale from Rogers Beer Company
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.