Jim (2006) | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made exclusively for the Holiday Ale Festival 2006, JIM honors the late Jim Kennedy, founder of Admiralty Beverage and a tireless promoter of craft beer and a major inspiration for many in the NW beer circles. This is a blended beer, made with Hair of the Dog beers Fred, Adam, Doggie Claws, Rose and Belgian Dubbel Maredsous 8, and then aged on oak.

Added by ElGordo on 12-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Photo of ccrida
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my first beers at the 2008 holiday ale fest, I took the time to sit down and take some notes over a couple samples before the crowd thickened up. Of the 3 vintages available (06-08), this was my least favorite.
Appearance is murky burnt gold with a small, creamy off-white head. It's interesting to see how much the color has dropped out since the previous review in 2006.

Smell is strong, malty, grassy/herbal hops, spruce, scotch, honey, with a slight tang that I could have done without.

Taste is nice, lots of complexity, sweet, toffee, fusels, with a spicy finish. This one struck me as predominantly Fred, very unique and nice to try, but seems a bit long in the tooth.

Mouthfeel is dry and slick, with a medium body and a bitter finish with a lingering tang that tasted a bit off.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I think it's more for the novel rarity at this point. If this was just a random strong ale at the bar, I'd surely not order a second glass.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A crazy one-time offering at the 2006 Holiday Ale Festival in Pioneer Square. From the official description:

"A collaboration between Hair of the Dog and Oregon Brew Crew member Preston Weesner. Jim honors the late Jim Kennedy, founder of Admiralty Beverage and a tireless promoter of craft beer. The Belgian Dubbel Maredous 8 is blended with Hair of the Dog ales [Adam, Fred, Rose Cassis] and aged on oak."

Pours a deep red color, almost purple, with a surprisingly delicate white head. Aroma is sour and vinegary, with strong notes of sour cherries. Not unlike a Flemish sour ale. Palate is ridiculously complex - sour cherries, sweet malt, oak, Belgian yeast funkiness. Body is smooth and rich, likely mellowed considerably by the oak aging. While not my favorite beer at the festival, this one is by far the most interesting thing I've tried in quite some time. I'm curious to see if it will show up again in the future.

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Jim (2006) from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.76 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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