Jim (2007) | 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): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made exclusively for Holiday Ale Festival 2007, JIM honors the late Jim Kennedy, founder of Admiralty Beverage, a tireless promoter of craft beer and a major inspiration for many in NW beer circles. This is a blended beer made with Adam, Fred and Doggie Claws, some German Pilsner was added to dry it out a little, and a few special bottles were added as a toast to Jim: a 1989 Thomas Hardy's and a 1991 Rodenbach Alexander, and a 9 Liter bottle of 2006 St. Feuillien Triple. The blend was then barrel aged for 6 weeks.

Added by msubulldog25 on 11-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap during the 2009 holiday ale festival.

The beer pours a tannish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is incredible and just smells like Christmas. I get nutmeg, alspice, holly and a touch of clove, interspersed with brown sugar and light chocolate. There's almost something of a Christmas tree aroma to this beer, which is pretty amazing. Flavors replicate the nose, excpet this beer is dominated by brown sugar and a boat load of spice. It's also very much on the sweet side, but there's enough complexity and other stuff going on in the flavor profile so that it's not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is rich and long, with a noticeable dose of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is pretty good considering the abv., though the alcohol is noticeable and detracts a bit from the drinkability. Still, this a very fine, well crafted ale. Impressive.

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Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | 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 second favorite, but both the 06 and 07 paled in comparison to the 08 IMHO.
Appearance is a dark, murky brown with creamy, light tan head that leaves decent lace. I understand you can only expect so much from a draught pour of a barrel aged beer, but this one had the nicest head of the three Jims.

Smell is not so strong, mainly a generic malty tang, sweeter, with apricot esters.

Taste is has lots of depth, leather, smoke, toffee, with a very spicy booziness. This one struck me as predominantly Adam, which happens to be my favorite HOTD brew. Lots of depth to this one, but it still has that slightly off bite that was more noticeable in the 06 and non-existent in the 08, and made both the older vintages taste a little too homemade.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, with a medium body pleasantly full carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, my main impression was that it tasted like Adam aged in very wet scotch barrels that might have picked up a slight infection. Unique and pretty tasty, but there was a dirty heat to it that I could have done without.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here is brewer Alan Sprints' description as posted on the Beervana Blog: "This year's Jim is a blend of Adam, Fred and Doggie Claws, all barrel aged for 6 weeks. Along with the base Beers I have added about 10% of a German Pilsner, a 9 liter bottle of Val Du Trippel, 1989 Thomas Hardy's--the year I met Jim--a 1991 Rodenbach Alexander that I bought from Jim, and a 1994 Maredsous 10 that Jim enjoyed drinking..."

This is one of the few times I'll make an exception to the "rule" that festival tastes aren't OK on BA. A one-time offering of 16 kegs made exclusive for the Holiday Ale Fest in Portland.

Tribute to the late Jim Kennedy, a huge proponent early on of craft beer here in the NW.

My notes from 3 separate tastings (2 with a clean palate) on 29-30 Nov, 2007:

A: Hazy amber/amber brown, too murky to distinguish any carbonation. Topped with a creamy light tan head, about 1/2 finger. Clingy bands of lace. Want to pour this to a snifter so badly...

S: Gigantic barrel/wood aroma, with plenty of pit fruit, spicy yeast and toffee. Plums, raisins, candi sugar. Incredibly complex.

T: Flavors/blending are divine: rich dark fruit, lightly sugared. All covered with a full, encompassing woody flavor. Balanced wonderfully between the huge malts and the luscious hops. Hops are sweeter and full of orange citrus.

M: Full and luscious, creamy. Warming across the tongue indicates the higher alcohol (somewhere between 8-10%), malty cling on the lips, hop stickiness and drawing on the cheeks.

D: Sadly, this is a one-time offering. I've now tried it 3 times in a two-day span...and will likely return for more. 16 kegs-worth is all that was made; I'm happy and honored to have tried it. It was especially nice for both me and my wife (who also loved Jim II) to have chatted with Alan at the fest and said "thanks" for crafting this one...

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Jim (2007) from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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