Putin (w/ De Molen)
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

Putin (w/ De Molen)Putin (w/ De Molen)
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Russian Imperial Stout
4.18 | pDev: 7.18%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Putin (w/ De Molen)Putin (w/ De Molen)
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by samEBC:
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3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of John_M
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with minimal head retention and lacing. At most there's just a hint of carbonation in this beer. On the nose, this beer smells great, especially if you're a bourbon lover. There is a huge presence of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla, with maybe a hint of underlying coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this delicious beer, and finish is long and pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is fairly full and not at all bad, considering that this is virtually a still beer (not quite, but it's pretty close).

A couple of thoughts. Frankly, I thought this beer seemed more like an old ale, or combination barleywine and stout. There's none of the roasty flavor I typically associate with a stout (even a BA one), and there's very little coffee as well and no licorice. Considering that this is a collaboration with De Molen, that's a surprise, as I find their stouts to be over the top roasty and licorice infused, to the point I often have difficulty drinking them. Also, while the abv. is obviously very high in this beer, it's well integrated into the flavor profile and so drinkability isn't bad (for a 14% abv. beer). In the end, I will likely order this beer again, despite the high, $15 a pop price tag.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery.

Still, this beer is a very dark brown with no head or retention. Looks vinous. The nose is glorious, though not particularly stout like. In the vein of Dark Horizon First Ed, the first batch of Black Tuesday and the like, this is dominated by a blend of fudge, milk chocolate, alcohol a little licorice. Luscious, mildly roasty with no bitterness noticeable. Vanilla and enough coconut to keep a Christmas island crab happy are present. Lovely bourbon expression and integration.

The palate opens sweet and boozy with a blend off buckwheat honey, caramel, milk chocolate and a definite licorice character, spicy with a little anise, and a moderate alcohol bite. Nothing close to the 14%, though. Vanilla and coconut liner on into the finish that's long, spicy and with a pleasant warmth. Having this beer be still is an inspired decision, it really works, recalling the brilliant 2009 Cherry Adam. Pricey and even though it isn't the best imperial stout out there, this stands apart in how well crafted it is and its almost contrarian palate. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stakem
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a matching HOTD tulip. First off, I cant tell you how excited I was to not only try a stout from HOTD but also one that De Molen had their input on too. 2 great brewers should make for an exquisite brew...right? The brew streams light brown but comes to rest in the glass a dark brown but not quite black. Large bubbles fail to formulate a head.

This smells delicious like candy/bourbon. Raisony alcohol overtop some citrus/earthy mineral character. Kinda lacking in what I expect in a stout but regardless this still smells good.

Taste is bourbon forward with chocolate, caramel, oak, toasted coconut and marshmallow. Lingering vanilla sweetness and raisony alcohol esters that are slightly meaty fill the rest of the profile.

This is full bodied and still. Some carbonation would really do this wonders but as is, it isnt bad. I dont like the mineral flavors this has but collectively the good outweigh the bad. I feel they missed the mark on the stout execution, this is more of a hybrid old ale meets dark strong ale. At the pricepoint this was, im glad I didnt buy more.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared with Lingenbrau at HotD. Pours midnight black with a lack of head. There aren't too many beers that I can sit with for a long time and just enjoy the nose. This is most definitely one of them. I would probably be equally as happy smelling and drinking this beer. I was getting a nice amount of nuttiness, along with strong notes of raisins and black licorice. The bourbon was definitely coming through. This was just a beast and super inviting. I was very excited to get into it. The taste was mind blowing. I haven't been this excited about a beer in a long time. Huge raisin, black licorice, nuts (I was getting Brazil nuts), vanilla and bourbon. As it warmed, we definitely picked up more of the marshmallow. A burnt wood taste was in there as well. The mouthfeel was crazy - VERY creamy. Just a perfect beer, IMO.

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Photo of drewone
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vande
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No head. No carbonation.

Dark brown color. Nearing black.

Very complex beer. Nice bourbon and oak flavors. Molasses, toffee, and caramel. Raisins and figs. Some cocoa. Vanilla.

Full bodied. Smooth. Flat. A little roast in the finish.

A great beer with a ton of great flavors. Other than it being a little flat (which doesn't bother me too much), this is amazing stuff.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There’s no question that this is an HOTD version of a RIS. It’s really great, but much more like an old ale to me. It’s lovely to look at, but not much like a typical stout in that it’s dark but nearly crystal clear - light comes through the very middle of the glass with a nice dark amber color. The aroma is intense, boozy and fruity above all, honey/molasses malts, vanilla and basil. The taste then offers even more, finally opening some wonderful stoutish dark malts, spice and chocolate. It’s uncarbonated, so the feel is unusual, but really nice - subtle and rich. I’m a big fan of HOTD’s unique style of brewing and this is exactly that, applied to a stout.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 2015 bottle with Beersnake1 at the source. Here's a quick review based off memory...

Pitch black and flat, clean and menacing looking.

Unusual but intoxicating salty peanut shell aroma over tons of chocolate, molasses, and alcohol.

As Tim stated, "The most black licorice heavy stout I've ever had!", and I couldn't agree more. Plenty of char, booze, and chocolate as well.

Again, we both agreed on this having an absurdly enjoyable creaminess to it. So smooth, and the lack of carbonation was not missed at all. Warming, but more mellow than its 14% tag would imply.

This was an incredible experience. Worth the price tag, so much so that we bribed the bar tender for some to-go.

He didn't budge.

Cheers, and thanks for the share Tim!

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yeaprolly
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatBloomer
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Putin (w/ De Molen) from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 44 ratings