Maja
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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Style:
British Barleywine
Ranked #69
ABV:
10.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,597
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 14.08%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
34
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Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
 
Oregon, United States
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MajaMaja
Notes: Vanilla Maple Bourbon Barleywine brewed in collaboration with Omnipollo.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with some strong vanilla and bourbon notes is quite enticing. Taste is also a mix of caramelized malt notes with some bourbon, oak and vanilla with discreet residual sugar notes and subtle maple notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Solid barleywine from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a hazy/murky orange with fairly white head. Immediately picking up maple aroma emanating from the glass. Caramel, spice, vanilla, lactose, bread, and a few things I really can't pinpoint. This is insanely different from anything I have smelled. Taste is really interesting. I see the barleywine - some hops in the background. A thick malty presence, matched with huge maple and caramel notes. Raisin, spice, bourbon, lactose, and forest floor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol coming through a little bit. This is just an all-around interesting beer with huge complexity and flavor. I would definitely seek another out.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2019 12oz bottle

It is a murky, dull copper/amber with a foamy off white head.

It smells very rich/sweet. Vanilla and marshmallow are prominent against a backdrop of subtle toffee and bourbon.

The first few sips, and each subsequent one are full of marshmallows. Like eating one off a camp fire without the smoke. Pretty rich overall. There is some molasses/maple syrup, followed with more melted marshmallow, before rounding into some toffee/brown sugar, dark fig like fruit, and bourbon. Just a touch of oak in the finish along with some more sourish fruits. The finish is where the most/balanced flavor is for me.

Not heavy in body, but a bit sticky. I would say the lip smacking maple is very noticeable here.

This is a very tasty beer, but a little too rich for me overall. It doesn’t let the base beer shine through enough. It’s far from the overly adjuncted beers and “pastry stouts” these days though. Definitely not my favorite from this brewery so far, but I would say there’s always a time and a place for it.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 offering from a 12 oz bottle...

As with most from the pound, Maja isn't all that pretty. Only a proud owner will love the muddled orange rust coloring. The lazy bubbles supporting a thin but silky smooth foam above isn't all too impressive, but it sure is a beautiful sight nonetheless to me.

No question about it, there's Bourbon and there's vanilla. The pop of the cap made that apparent to anyone standing within ten feet. Sticking my nose in just like a dog familiarizing itself with a perfect stranger, I'm met with rich toffee and caramel. Perhaps that advertised maple is in the mix, but that's what I'm getting dammit. With some breathing, licorice pops with toasted marshmallows. In one simple word, this smells "glorious".

The first sip, long after the pour mind you, brings a tear to my eye. Again, the marshmallow aspect, drenched in sweet Bourbon and charred over a roaring fire of damp oak. Peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Right next door to heaven.

Despite all these sweet sounding elements, it's quite balanced. Well rounded with that bit of oak and char. The booze flares the nostrils at the end of each wonderful sip. Sweet and woody, sappy and sticky, rich and decadent.

As with most from Hair of the Dog, Maja is not for the faint of heart, but an absolute stunner for the adventurous spirit. Though it sounds aligned with the pastry beers of new, I'd suggest this is a bridge in the gap of old fashioned English Barleywines and new school adjunct monsters. Thanks again Alan and Co., along with Omnipollo this go around, for another wonderful experience.

Cheers.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2019-05-14 in Columbia, PA from this 2017 batch.

A - Hazy orange-brown with a 1/2-finger head that drops quickly leaving light lace.

S - Oak, vanilla, port wine, maple, brown bread, toffee.

T - Toasted fruit cake with cinnamon and drizzled with maple syrup. There's also vanilla, oak, tea, bourbon. There's a lot going on here. It's pretty sweet but quite tasty.

M - Full body and light carbonation. Sticky on the lips but dries out somewhat on the finish.

O - An enjoyable pastry-take on a British Barleywine

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Photo of amano_h
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla beans/ice cream and sugar cane are the first aggressors on the nose. As the brew warms up, there's a lukewarm coca-cola / malt soda (McColl) -like aroma which tickle the nose hairs ever so gently; hefty caramel-like malt notes which are prevalent in Doggie Claws can also be detected here.

Vanilla, oak, and sugar cane are the obvious impressions on the tongue. Maltier notes of caramel and lightly burnt toast provide a maltier context to the initial pastry onslaught, with the brew ultimately finishing bone dry, save for a slight saccharine-like aftertaste. More of the vanilla reveal itself towards the tail end; I never thought I'd be using this descriptor for a barleywine, but this brew finishes clean.

Medium-bodied with minimal, yet expressive carbonation. There's some heat present toward the back, but none that is significantly detrimental to the overall drinking experience. Not qute sure what the two breweries tried to accomplish with the maple and bourbon, but neither of the ingredients are expressed in an overly significant manner with the final product. I wonder how this tasted fresh...

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, blue session. Smells fruity, tart and spicy. Taste is sweet, sugary, spicy and dry on the finish. Light body, dry and spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

A mildly hazy amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is surprisingly hoppy with a Doggie Claws like fruitiness consisting of candied citrus. Along with this is a moderate sweetness, with caramel, toffee, a little butterscotch. vanilla, a moderate bourbon and a touch of maple is present. Given that this is partly an Omnipollo beer, I'm surprised how restrained it is. Buckwheat honey, a touch of smoked sugar are present. The palate opens warm, boozy and full bodied, with a noticeable bourbon barrel note. Tons of vanilla and barrel coconut are present. Sweet with bourbon, caramel, toffee, and tempered by a moderate hoppy bitterness. The maple is whelmed by the bourbon here. Sweet on the finish with a lingering candied orange sweetness, bourbon, vanilla and a shot of booze. A little hot right now, and could be much better in a year or two. This reminds me of the still batch of Bourbon Fred from a couple of years back but not as good.

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Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beige head. Golden orange color.

Pineapple and apples up front. Very fruity. Then the maple hits. Light bourbon but oaky. Caramel and toffee with vanilla.

Very smooth and easy drinking for the high abv. Medium bodied. More of a blond bw.

This is an awesome beer! Very impressed with how well this turned out.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the HOTD tasting room the other day.

The beer pours a bright solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is interesting and unusual in this BW. Yes, you pick up some honey, vanilla and light maple (nothing is overdone or excessive in this beer), but there's also something of grassy hop component as well, that gives the aroma profile almost a wine-like aspect to the nose (maybe a pinot gris aroma component?). The latter doesn't really show up in the flavor profile, but everything else does in this sweet BW. However, I assume the hop presence keeps the beer from being overly sweet and cloying, and in fact there's a lightness to this beer that is unusual and surprising. It really seems to enhance this beer's drinkability. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile otherwise, but even so, a little bit of this goes a long way (I would recommend sharing a 12 ounce bottle). Pretty impressive stuff, have to say.

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Maja from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 34 ratings