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

MattMatt
BA SCORE
4.44/5
865 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#217
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
865
pDev:
11.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,444
Gots:
143
Trade:
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4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage

A: Deepest ruby, dark brown in the center. Syrupy, big body, low/no carbonation, good clarity.

S: Rich dark fruity malts, baked apples, brown sugar and molasses, pervasive but delicate smokiness.

T: The smokiness perfectly balances considerable sweetness. Huge dark fruits, burnt dark sugar, smooth smokiness. A beautiful beer, with a slight phenolic acridity on the finish.

M: Syrupy, wet, decadent.

Unique and awesome beer, though not my favorite from HOTD.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Adam and Chris for this one.
2010 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark black with a thin layer of light brown head that immediately receded to a ring around the glass.

S - A big sweetness up front with chocolate, vanilla, woody notes and roast. There are some lighter bourbon and vanilla notes present as well.

T - A massively bold palate that features cocoa, roast, smoke and toasted woodiness. There is a big overall sweetness that is nicely cut by a warming alcohol presence. Secondary flavours include dark fruit, molasses, apple and pear. As the beer warms up the dark fruit becomes more prominent, creating a chocolate covered cherry flavour.

M - Medium, almost full body. Some stickiness. Light carbonation.

O - This was an absolutely amazing beer and another home run from HOTD.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle at the tasting room. $20

Appearance. Pours a very dark brown with a half finger of light khaki head.

Smell. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla and chocolate with just a bit of licorice.

Taste. Sweet and smokey dark malts, raisins and vanilla, sweet caramel and tannic wood.

Mouthfeel. Full body, maybe slightly less. Low+ carbonation and some nice boozy warmth.

Overall. A fantastic and very original beer. Haven't had aything like it before and would definitely like to have it again one day. Between this and the AftW I just had, I think these guys have redeemed themselves after my flat Doggie Claws ;-)

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Review from notes. Bottle from 2010.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a small tan head on top that leaves minimal lacing. Not much to look at.

S: A rather different aroma from most beers I have had. Upfront there is some brandy, apples, and chocolate. Underneath is some roasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla.

T: The taste followed the aroma rather closely, lots of brandy/bourbon flavor, some caramel, vanilla, more apple flavor. Also some nice oak and chocolate flavors.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation, slight hint of alcohol, but otherwise well hidden.

O: A beer i had been wanting to try for a very long time, glad I was finally able to do so. An amazing beer, which along with AftW live up to their reputation.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to olympuszymurgus for opening this at a recent tasting. '10 bottle.

A- Pours a murky brown with a thin off white head that leaving minimal lacing. Like most HotD brews, this isn't the prettiest girl at the ball.

S- Amazingly complex with notes of dark chocolate, camp fire, slightly unripened apples, roasted malt, peat, caramel, burnt sugar, bourbon and a hint of soy.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a great deal of complexity without any flavor being dominant. Plenty of earthiness with smoke, wood and peat followed by burnt sugar, apples, leather, roasted malt, bourbon, caramel, soy sauce, and some booze.

M- Light carbonation with a thick and full mouthfeel. Some heat at the finish.

O- One of the best I've had from HotD. An incredible beer to sip and savor.

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Matt from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 865 ratings
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