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

BA SCORE
97
world-class
859 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
MattMatt
BEER INFO

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:
859
Reviews:
245
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
1,443
Gots:
144
For Trade:
11
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 859 |  Reviews: 245
Photo of Chingringo
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tourdot
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2008 vintage opened in 2015

Appearance – Pours a very dark brownish black color, with almost no head, except a light ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell – Bourbon, molasses, smoke, and apple.

Taste – A nice sweet bourbon flavor, with molasses and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol was not hidden at all, so the 11.5%abv felt about right.

Drinkability – Overall, this was a really good beer.  Perhaps a little flat.

 435 characters

Photo of ford0626
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Spike-likes-beer
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dctriman
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bryc9194
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gotti311
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into an unlabeled snifter glass today, 2/27/2014. Thanks Chad.

App- Looks pretty standard for a stout/darker old ale. Dark brown body, minimal head and retention.

Smell- Leather, dark fruits- such as figs, dates, raisins- caramel, toffee, smoke. Very complex. Lots of stuff going on. Don't get the apple that it says on the label.

Flavour- similar to the nose. More dark fruit forward, with a lot of sweet caramel and toffee. Oak barrels. Less smoke and leather than in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, low carbonation that is still just about right, it would seem. Definitely a sipper; there is a lot going on in the palate and it's hard enough to split a 12oz bottle between 4 people.

Overall- Typical Hair of the Dog. Remarkably complex strong ale that gives you a lot to think about. Most certainly one of the better "strong ales" I've had.

 887 characters

Photo of danwho
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HopsMatt
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of shook81
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kamikazeokami
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Eighty
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of yeaprolly
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Rado
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MattyFiyah
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2013 Release. Enjoyed my namesake beer for my birthday thanks to a good friend.

A - A deep mahogany with red hues when the light hits. Slight brown head that thins out quickly. Not any noticeable lacing or legs.

S - Lots of rich and complex scents here. Heavy bourbon, molasses, smoke, maple, dark fruit, brown sugar.

T - Massive bourbon and smoke flavor. Then in comes smooth vanilla and rich, dark fruits. Rich chocolate tastes sweeps in as well. So rich and delicious.

M - Not much carbonation. Full body. Thick mouthfeel. Very rich and smooth.

O - So lucky I had a chance to enjoy this. Amazing beer that is exactly what I love in a beer. Rich and flavorful (vanilla, rich dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar). Highlights the flavor of a bourbon-barrel aged beer without being harsh. One of my favorites so far on my journey of good beer.

Serving: Bottle

 861 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the dog Matt at RBWG-2014

Intimidating strong aroma suggests boozy syrup over dark bread with a touch of smoke.

Flavor largely follows. It is strong, sweet and syrupy.

Interesting for sure, but too extreme. More cordial than ale.
Worth re-visiting.

 259 characters

Photo of POTABLE83
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.41 out of 5 based on 859 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.