Matt | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
853
Reviews:
243
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrFootstones
3.76/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottleworks X February 2009

Pours flat, mahogany on the edges, opaque brownish black in the center with thin wisps of bubbles on top reminiscent of wood grain

Smells of smoke, hotdogs, cured meat. If I really reach I get vanilla, oak. Vanilla and apple come forward with warmth

Smoke, apples, vanilla, charred oak. Significantly better as it warms. Rich and sweet malt character, yet it finishes dry on the palate with just the charred barrel character lingering. Pretty complex.

Rich and velvety on the palate. Not too heavy. Minimal but acceptable carbonation.

This beer was pretty off putting to me initially, but as it came to room temp it really opened up. Tasty beer. I enjoyed the bottle of the new batch more. Not sure if it's the age or batch variation.

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3.78/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sbrock22
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: No carbonation in this beer means there is no head sitting on top of a dark brown beer with a cherry tint.

Smell: Lots of apple brandy, which by itself provides a lot of complexity. Some brown sugar and caramel malt join in the background.

Taste: Caramel malt with some brown sugar up front, some figs, raisins, and a touch of sweet cherries next, then a good dash of apple brandy. A bit of alcohol bite, a touch of what I can best describe as spruce, and some general spiciness close out the flavor. It has a relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The complete lack of carbonation reduces my enjoyment of the beer and is fairly noticeable throughout each sip. Other than that, it has a full body, some stickiness, and some slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat.

Overall: Proper carbonation would make this better and really send it into a different category. As is, the flavor is pretty good, but it just does not have all the pieces.

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3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle in a snifter. Pour is dark opaque brown with zero head. The liquid is viscous enough to cling nicely to the sides of my glass though. The noise features quite a bit of smoke. In the background I can pick out some oak, tobacco, and a bit of the apple brandy. The flavor is pretty complex, and I can easily say that I've never tasted anything quite like it. You get plenty of smoke, smooth oaky vanilla, and wonderful apple brandy. The mouthfeel is full and viscus, but for the most part flat. Matt is great, but I really with he was carbonated.

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3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bottleworks bottling.

A-Pours dark maple syrup/ruby port color, with almost no head. Some big brown bubbles, no lacing.

S-Bourbon, vanilla, a touch of apple cider vinegar acidity, cotton candy, astringent booziness.

T/M-Thin and boozy, with almost no carbonation. Tons of bourbon character up front, with notes of cocoa powder and marzipan. Gets fairly boozy mid-palate, and finishes hot. This could use a little bit of carbonation.

D-The depth of flavor is there, but it's too boozy. Hurts the drinkability considerably, though this is still something everyone should try. I get the impression this is better fresh.

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3.86/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this at the ACBF in Boston as a share from someone cool after the event let out. Wish I could remember who shared it but thanks. Nice flavor and was to be expected from HOTD . nice smoke malt presence and flavors from Belgian yeast coming through. Malty and sweet and a dangerous 11.5% ALC. Some slight apple flavor coming through with a candi sugar sweetness on a malty base. Good stuff.

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3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle graciously brought down from Michigan from Scott while vacationing here in Florida.

Looks good, pretty much appears similar to Adam. Very nice scent emanating from this beer. Bourbon and vanilla notes definitely come into play on the nose.

Taste is extremely good. A bit of bourbon taste pops from the cherry/vanilla/chocolate old ale flavor.

O- Glad to have tried this and would gladly have another. Thanks so much Scott!

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3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous trader, I got the chance to try this one. Shared with some homies on 2.18 during EBF training. From notes.

Pours black with a little light at the edges. No real head formation but some dotted lace on the glass with even a little wine-like legs coating the glass.

Wow apples are surprisingly potent. The barrels really did some work here. Other fruits too... maybe cherry? The smoked malt adds a really nice complement with some dark chocolate. Of course there is some brandy-ish booze present through the back.

The taste starts with some of the sweeter fruit flavors and dark chocolate and malts but quickly segues to a boozy finish. Smoke was a little more standout in the aroma, but is more integrated here. This beer is definitely warming and its ABV is apparent.

Having said that, the complexity is there and this would make for a really nice sipper. Very low carbonation, but not flat. Medium bodied with a good substance to it. Both the booze and flavor profile command small sips... oh yeah and the price tag and it's availability. Glad I got to try it, but probably won't seek it out again in the future. I bet it will age nicely though.

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3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -11.8%

Pour is extremely dark brown, murky, tan head. Nose has olive, chocolate malt, some peat and a light smokiness to it. Hints of caramel and brown sugar with a tough of dates. Taste is much more smokey and peaty, almost scotch esq. meaty an salty in the flavor, hints of the rich chocolate malt. Some sweeter berry malt in back. Maybe some iodine in there. Body is full with soft carb and creamy feel.

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3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a small light tan head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent of fruits, oak, some sourness, and strong alcohol, but it almost compliments the scent.

Taste of oak, tobacco, earth and a hint of cinnamon with that same strong alcohol. It's a tasty brew and pretty complex, but it seems like something is missing.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and powerful, but nearly flat.

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Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.42 out of 5 based on 853 ratings.
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