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Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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From:
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #6
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
98
Ranked #338
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 10.81%
Ratings:
937
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 04, 2022
Added:
Jan 27, 2009
Wants:
  1,429
Gots:
  149
SCORE
98
World-Class
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Notes: Brewed using two Munich malts, two Smoked malts and two types of Belgian candy sugar. It was aged in 33 year old Bourbon barrels and Apple Eau de Vie barrels for about one year.

First release: February 2009 (a.k.a. 'Bottleworks X')
Second release: November 2010
Third release: October 2013
Fourth release: 2016
Fifth release: 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2019 vintage; consumed on 4/3/2022

Pours a nearly viscous chestnut-brown body capped yielding no head and some lightly distinguishable effervescence poking at the surface; a glossy void remains and no lacing is produced; for all intents and purposes, this is a an almost entirely placid beer.

Aromas of almost acrid char of bourbon hits a medicinal smoke peak, permeating dirt and dehydrated coffee grounds through roasted green apple core as cleaner apple eau de vie pronounces over time.

Taste shows grilled green apple developing medicinal smoke and a mossy peat progression upfront into cherrywood, slight hickory, and roasty chocolate through the mid-palate; leather provides a more refined backdrop to mushy grape on the back end as fresher dark chocolate notes linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium-full body dispersing a semi-creamy texture through minimal carbonation; a silky character over the mid-palate shows a slightly gritty, tannic understructure across the back end, finishing almost bright, and exceedingly dry.

Truly eccentric and bluntly weighty in expression, a cleanly executed polarity of barrel, malt, and smoke stabilizes a sensory roller coaster; overall, an odd yet appreciable offering.

Apr 04, 2022
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4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with little visible carbonation or head.

Smell - The candy sugar came through in the nose. It brought Twizzlers to mind, with oaky notes.

Taste - Initially, I detected sweet cocoa powder. Sweet fruit leather and pipe tobacco notes followed. The finish brought to mind a dry red wine. There was just a touch of heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The thick body stuck to the roof of the mouth and tongue. It allowed this righteous beer to linger.

Overall - This beer was really good!

Apr 03, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2019 bottle, drank at cellar temp 55 degrees

pours very dark brown, almost black. just a thin ring of bubbles, no head. aroma of dark malt - cocoa, mild molasses, pipe tobacco, smoke, a little boozy. similar flavor, earthly, touch of hard cider, lingering finish. just a touch of carbonation, so sticky mouthfeel.

Apr 02, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. Purchased about a year ago from the Brewery and shipped to my house. Bottle has been in the cellar since then and is a 2019 vintage.
The beer pours a dark cola brown that exhibits some ruby highlighting on the edges when held to a light source.
Minimal beige frothy head foams up after aggressively pouring the second half of the bottle. ALmost seemed still up until that point. Surprisingly the foam remains a tightly packed edge layering that remains throughout this sampling.
The aroma is big and robust malt character. I get molasses and raisins with some notes of wood and also a decent amount of smokiness, which is surprising to have carried for 3 ish years. there is also a little bit of tobacco leaf and some wooden notes and some bourbon notes that sweeten up the nose. Not really boozy and the smoke and bourbon intertwine and dominate the nose. I Dont get any hops nor any booze on this aroma.
First sip reveals a light to medium body and almost still carbonation. It is very fine and spacious almost non-existent. Feel is a little slick and texture is smooth, the beer drinks easy for the physical traits. Yet somehow still tells me its a sipper.
Flavor is some molasses and bourbon with a bit of sweet raisin and this rolls to some smoked notes and char, more ashy than smoked meat. There is a bit of black peppery bite but not really any warmth. No hop notes and I do find the char to be a little harsh on the finish. Overall an enjoyable beer and glad I could get this from HOTD, but I think I would pass o another bottle due to the charred note.

Feb 13, 2022
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by von_kaiser from Connecticut

strong oaky scent. tastes like oak, smoke and raisins. light carbonation but not so much to make it still. enjoyed this much more than Adam from the wood. A delightful room temp winter sipper.

Dec 29, 2021
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5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Drinking this right now at a bottle share. Initial reactions: smoky, a lot of oak. It is thick and very tasty but I would agree with the initial reactions.

Dec 28, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has intense molasses, caramel, chocolate, smoke and Bourbon barrel hints
The taste follows the nose with very well balanced and complex molasses, chocolate, smoke and Bourbon flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A great and very well balanced Strong Ale

Dec 20, 2021
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Dec 15, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

2016 bottle from brewery.

Dec 09, 2021
 
4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia on Dec 05, 2021
 
4.5 by alexsergio from New York on Oct 30, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

12 oz bottle from the HotD store, 2016 vintage. A murky and virtually still pour. Dry, tart green apple on the nose, with leather, prune, wheated whiskey, and vinous tannins. A pleasant mustiness and stale cookies on the palate, layered with dark fruit flavors. Thinner than I might like, but still silky and tongue-coating thanks to being flat.

Oct 21, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

2019 Vintage. Opened 10-8-21.
No head, only a few bubbles around the edge of a dark brown body. No lacing.
Brown sugar, molasses, booze soaked raisins, wet wood,.
Smoke, apple brandy (green apple) -- there's a lot going on here, more than I'm able to describe.
A little bit of savory - almost soy but not detrimental at all just unique.
Full body, slick mouthfeel and low to no carbonation. Lots of heat and a lengthy semi-sweet finish.
Very Good.

Oct 09, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Pours murky out of the bottle and opaque in the glass. Dark brown, nearly black. No head to speak of, just a few fizzy bubbles. Aroma is ridiculous, rich and luscious with massive complexity. Sweet, vinous, smokey. Dark fruits, charred wood, earthy almost nutty bourbon characters. A scotch like level of complex whiskey characters. Brandy and subtle port bring some notes reminiscent of a fine spirit. Taste is also quite complex but it’s much more smoke forward. I get big charred wood, huge leather, rolling tobacco. There are dark fruits present but not to the degree of the nose, what’s there is pretty vinous. I also get oaky notes, subtle unsweetened cocoa. Whiskey notes are also subtle compared to the nose, but they are there. The flavor profile is very nice, but I’m a bit bothered by the relatively thin mouthfeel and lack of carbonation that makes it feel outright flat. ABV however is well masked and it’s reasonably drinkable.

4/4.75/4.25/3.25/4.25

Sep 23, 2021
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4.9/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

#79, good stuff!

Sep 19, 2021
 
4.47 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Aug 08, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by heysuz from Indiana

Brew: Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room - Matt

Intro: 12 oz. poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost opaque. Minimal to no head. Same with the lacing as we drank

Smell: Smoke is what hit me first, then dark fruits. Seems to be a lot going on here but nothing stans out front. Very well blended

Taste: Followed along with the smell. Little to no carbonation. Again, a mixture of dark fruits, pretty heavy tasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy. Invokes seriousness. You can definitely tell your not drinking an IPA

Drink: Again, follows along with mouthfeel. It was heavy and a slow sipping beer. Not something you would want on a hot day after cutting grass

Conclusion: I’ve had several other strong ales and this would not be in my top ten. It is very well crafted and is deserving of it’s place in the category. It just gives me the impression of old school.

Jul 23, 2021
 
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jul 23, 2021
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4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

2019 vintage purchased recently online from HOTD.

One beautiful thing about beer with no carbonation, you can swirl and sniff as much as you want without affecting the mouthfeel. I could not keep my nose out of the glass, I did more sniffing than sipping.

Aromas of smokey wood, vanilla, honey, chocolate, and booze soaked fruits, apple, cherry, figs, and grapes. Maybe a little marshmallow in there too. All of it mellow, unobtrusive, and seductive.

Tastes almost as good. Sweet, but with a lot of layers. Chocolate cake batter up front quickly joined by cherry and apple notes. The finish adds honey, vanilla, and a wonderful smokey bourbon note. So much more going on here beyond my ability to describe. The body is sticky and thick.

Overall this was a unique, magnificent treat, gonna need more.

Jul 14, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

2019 Vintage

Original June 30th, 2021 ratings for the 2016 vintage: 3.75 4.5 5.0 4.75 4.5

The appearance is the same. The smell is way more subdued; heavy sweetness and dark, pitted fruit. The flavor remains outstanding, but like the smell, a bit more low-key; heavy sweetness; spicy; raisins and figs. The mouthfeel is also heavy, slick and oily.

Perhaps the aging of the 2016 version fine-tuned many of the aspects of the beer. The 2019 version is still pretty remarkable and inviting itself, but it just doesn't reach some of the extraordinary levels the older version does. Then, too, this beer starts off colder than when I had the 2016 version, so that may deaden some of the beer's highlights.

Poured at 50 °F

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2016 vintage (fourth release)

Flat and still, murky and deep, dark brown body; no real carbonation or head noted. Old, smokey wood staves on the nose; ancient dark pitted fruit, figs and dates. An immensely deep and sensual taste; raisin, date, fig, cinnamon, anise; cerebral notes of heady spices and rich, succulent malts; boozy yet subtly subdued. Heavy body; oily; slick and slippery; huge residual sugar note; warm and coating on the palate.

This beer exudes fig newton qualities, but deeper and more divine in nature. This is a godly liquid that oozes spirituality.

Poured out at 65° F.

Jul 01, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by woosterbill from Kentucky

12oz bottle from 2019 into a snifter.

L: Almost still, with just a collar of fine tan bubbles adorning the top of a clear, deep russet body. There isn’t much foam, and it doesn’t leave any lace, but the collar persists and keeps it from looking lifeless. I think that’s what was intended.

S: Chocolate, fruit, smoke, in that order. The chocolate is semi-sweet, like chips perfectly melted into warm cookies. The fruit is quite bright, and wavers between apple/pear and citrus. Cherrywood smoke rounds things out. It smells simultaneously old and lively, complex and focused. Really special.

T: Everything from the nose comes through, plus added notes of tobacco, parchment, and spice. Layer upon layer, all rich with a consummately old-school aesthetic that I haven’t encountered in a beer this fresh in years. The finish is tingly with alcohol, but hardly overbearing. So, so good.

F: Soft, medium-full body with extremely delicate carbonation. Not quite as rich as the flavors could support, but solid for sure.

O: Wow. This is the best beer I’ve had in a long time, and is probably the best Strong Ale I’ve ever had. It typifies that style for me, as it does everything most Barleywines do and then some. So complex, so layered, so well-structured. Magnificent beer.

Cheers!

Jun 21, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

2016 vintage, enjoyed on 05/28/2021.

May 29, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by unclekeith from Alaska

2019 bottle into a Hair of the Dog tasting glass.

Muddy water, minimal carb but smells and tastes much better than the appearance. Figs, dark fruit, caramel. Smoke and bourbon barrel. Vanilla. A bit hot but pleasantly so. Thin for style. Overall very enjoyable.

Apr 26, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Islay scotch, cigar, raisin, peaches, citrus, so good.

Apr 20, 2021
 
4.5 by Skellbop from New York on Mar 13, 2021
 
4.13 by Beerbom from California on Mar 05, 2021
 
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
 
4.4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2020
 
4.25 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2020
 
4.52 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Oct 11, 2020
 
4.46 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2020
 
3.5 by KT123 from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2020
 
4.85 by SaulFox from California on Sep 08, 2020
 
4.63 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Aug 28, 2020
 
4.5 by motoxrdr21 from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2020
 
4.5 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by elNopalero from California

Pours a dark amber black. Minimal foam. Incredible aroma, cherry and campfire smoke go together. Incredibly smooth with a long finish. This beer was made to be sipped.

Jun 28, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Essentially no head production on the pour, although there is the slightest amount of build up - perhaps 1/16" at best - as the carbonation rises to the surface. Deep, purplish-brown body.

Incredibly boozy on the nose; tons of liquor, in particular bourbon and apple brandy, but also a port/sherry-like mild oxidation. Loads of dark fruit, nearly juicy in their expression, including dates and prunes, along with raisins and red grapes. Waves of brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, molasses, and licorice.

Incredibly potent on the palate, a melange of dark fruit, bread, bourbon, oak, molasses, smoke, and oxidation. Without question a sipping beer; not something you can really dig into quickly. It doesn't just reward patience; it demands it.

Thick and syrupy. Undeniably boozy, but not hot or painful. Very little carbonation.

Apr 05, 2020
 
4.74 by Hopelessly0 from California on Feb 11, 2020
 
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on Feb 10, 2020
Matt from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 937 ratings