Jim (2008) | 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): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made exclusively for Holiday Ale Festival 2008, 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 Adam from the Wood aged 4 months in wet Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, Fred from the Wood aged in new American oak, Blue Dot for hop nose and Doggie Claws to nicely round it out. Also includes a small dose of 2003 Samichlaus and 2007 Chimay Grand Reserve.

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the HotD 20th.
Murky red with a brown head that hangs around a while, leaving a little lacing.The nose is a blend of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a touch of citrus, yeast, buckwheat honey, sherry, and oak. This is deep, complex, layered and a joy on the nose. The palate is sweet with a litttle oxidation, sherry, toffee, brown sugar and rather surprisingly, a stale citrus hoppy fruitiness. The hop character, in particular, is surprising since this beer is so old! Yum

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2009 holiday ale festival. Frankly, the 2008 is very similar to the 2007 Jim, except there's a bit more spice and bit more underlying hoppy bitterness. Both are exceptional beers, though I found myself liking the 2008 a bit more then the 2007. The additional hoppy bitterness and spice, I thought, added to the attraction of this beer. Regardless, whether you're lucky enough to try the 2007 or the 2008, both are exceptional beers and well worth trying. I would also add that neither beer seemed to be anywhere close to full maturity, and both beers were incredibly fresh, lively and flavorful. Good stuff yet again from Hair of the Dog.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I too went strait for the Jim's at this year's holiday ale fest, and 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 favorite.
Appearance is dark, cola brown with an off-white skim.

Smell is boozy, very nutty, a touch of marmalade, sweet malts, a touch funky. Tons going on and very good.

Taste is super rich and complex, boozy for sure, but fantastically tasty. I really wasn't trying to break down all of the different flavors, of which there were tons, but thinking of these in terms of the base beers. Jim 08 to me was predominantly Doggie Claws, a nice caramel maltiness, some orange citrus hops (presumably from Blue Dot), a bit of a spicy, tannic oakiness, with a very robust, lingering taste, that luckily is very good!

Mouthfeel is dry, with a moderately heavy body and a bitter finish.

Drinkability is good, a fantastic winter warmer type strong ale. It was definitely the hottest of the three, and I'm sure it will be that much better next year, but the great taste more then overshadowed that. Of course in the context of it's strength and rarity it's lower, but the fact is, finish one, you will immediately want another! Aside from Ft. George's wheat wine, this was my favorite of the fest.

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4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'Jim' has become a recent Holiday Ale Fest; each year it's a different blending of various Hair of the Dog brews, with a few surprises. This years blend combines bourbon barrel-aged Adam, oak aged Fred, Doggie Claws and Blue Dot along with a bit of Samichlaus and Chimay Grand Reserve. Tried this 3 times over the course of four days, taking note when it was twice the first beer I tasted.

A: Tawny brown, like a watered down version of Adam's robust mahogany. Head is sudsy dollop, a spongy-looking vanilla that crests at almost one-finger. Sticky flecks of foam stick to the mug.

S: An aroma I could smell all evening: replete with candied fruit (orange), lozenge-like cherry, sweet raisin, vinous oak, syrupy pine resin, maple glaze (or teriyaki?), spice, mint. Each inhale reveals more of the nuances - an intriguing blends that leans toward sweetness, but defies my best descriptive efforts.

T: Full flavors of cocoa, vintage port, sweet oak, red grapes, figs, spiced apple, leather, tobacco and pine. Sweet fruit, a juicy tangerine and cherry. Barrel aging adds a mellow woodiness.. I'm curious just how much of the Chimay and Samichlaus went into the mix - the spiced sweetness seems reflective of both.

M: Luscious, medium-full body. Creamy with a very gentle fusel heat. Has just a little unfiltered grainy grit.

D: Very nice now, may improve with a year or two of age. It's already a malty-sweet beer, a magical blend of of four HotDs, but has enough hops to give balance. One of the top highlights of a great collection of HAF beers and one I will hope to see again at the 2009 event. If, by some chance, you find this somewhere in the meantime, it's a must-try!

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Jim (2008) from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.28 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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