Matt | 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): 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

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours amber brown to black in color with zero head, a skirmish of bubbles around the edges. A decent yeast ring still in the bottles bottom.
Aroma is strongest of apples, both sweet and tart. Some tart apples and hay, as well as some sweet apple pie with spices. Brandy like booziness in the aroma as well. Strong deep chocolate and some yeastiness in the aroma as well. Taste is very strong of apple brandy, absolutely delicious. The apples mix with sweet chocolate up front, though the chocolate keeps more to the background. Some spices come in mid taste, cinnamon? The brandy takes the fore front in the finish with a nice spicy, peppery heat on the tongue and throat, with some wood, and oak notes. Mouthfeel is fairly full, the sweetness would be somewhat cloying if not for the apple and the heat. Low carbonation, spicy, peppery alcohol on the tongue and a drying finish. Extraordinary beer, unique flavors that come together very well. Not sure if this was done partly in brandy barrels, but the apple brandy flavor is strong and very nice. Can't wait to see what some age does to this as it mellows and the flavors have time to blend together.

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Photo of abfraser
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark rudy brown. Pours pretty flat and looks relatively thick. Not a super attractive looking beer.

S: Gorgeous. Wonderfully nice tart apple liqueur. Nice oaky aromas, with tons of dark fruit. Not nearly as smoky as the regular Adam, which I like given the other characteristics.

T/M: Dark fruit and apple flavors are prominent. This really tastes like a liqueur to me, with lots of mouth-coating acidity and sugar. Nice big caramel malt backbone. Full-bodied. This is an awesome beer.

D: Despite the abv and intensity of the flavors this is a very drinkable beer for me. I'm glad they put this in 12oz. bottle, though

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Photo of waltonc
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with abfraser on a Saturday morning before JoeySchlitz's wedding.

A: Uneventful appearance. Dark brown cola color without any head.

S: One of the best smelling beers I've had. Tart apples, sweet caramel and dark fruits. Really rich, complex smell that is hard to put into words.

T: Same characteristics as the smell - the tart apple is outstanding, and meshes perfectly with the sweet dark fruit qualities. Slightly smoky, but not overly so. Very sweet. I'm not picking up any hops.

M: Fairly thick body and very low carbonation. Good job of not making this syrupy though.

D: Not sure since I'm only having half a bottle, but this is terrific. A dessert beer and one of the better brews I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown color without much of a head; not much lacing, either

Smell: Caramel with dark fruit galore - figs, dates and prunes

Taste: All of the dark fruit from the aroma arrives up front, with a leafy bitterness developing by mid-palate; the bitterness increases after the swallow, but there is plenty of dark fruit flavor to match its intensity; tobacco flavors appear in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Really interesting flavor profile; very creative and certainly an exceptional beer; just wish there was a bit more carbonation

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
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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Photo of craytonic
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a snifter

Appearance: Pours a deep, darkmahogany/burgundy with ruby-amber edges, not much head or lacing

Smell: Apple wood, brandy, sweet malt, vanilla, light gentleman jack whiskey, dark fruits (dates, raisins, and figs), caramel, toffee, oak, earth, leather, and a hint of smokiness

Taste: More sweetness, apple wood, brandy, malts, vanilla, light gentleman jack whiskey, dark fruits (dates, raisins, & figs), caramel, toffee, peat, oak, earth, leather, and a hint of smokiness

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, almost a bit oily. Thicker than I expected, almost like a RIS.

Drinkability: Very good, I drank it a little young, would love to try it with a few years to it. Very enjoyable, but it drinks very slowly. A beer to contemplate.

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Photo of cannabanaceae
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into snifter and the smell of darkness came to mind. Very dark black, some highlights when held to light. Frothy mini head.

Smell was boozy, bourbon, apple wood, licorice, burnt sugar. A delightful smell to say the least.

Mouth-fell was thick and creamy coating the entire mouth. Notes of oak, dark figs, a little hot alcohol, chocolate notes. I just smoked a chicken with apple wood and I am getting similar taste from this brew as the smoke on the meat. No joke.

Overall , WOW what a brew! It was easy for me to drink despite being young with a high ABV%. Had to pick up two more of these after having tried one. Its worth the price and the effort. With age it will be a masterpiece. Bravo.

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Photo of ccrida
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at Brower's for their 10th anny, this was by far my favorite beer of the night, and I just gave the New Beligum anny an A+ (reviews are from copious notes at the bar)! Served in a Leffe goblet, Matt is a dark ruby brown with a quickly dissipating, big bubbled tan head that leaves very light lace.

Smell is strong and bright, with a big blast of apple brandy and sweet, rich malts. The warmer this got, the more depth it picked up, and the better it got.

Taste is fantastic, and even more robust then the nose. Really nice smokiness, more sweet dark malts and apple brandy, with a slight touch of coconut. Surprisingly smooth, the time in the barrels really helped this round out nicely, and will make it hard for me to hold out on my paltry 2 bottles. Tons of complexity, this is my favorite HOTD of all time, and he has really put out some great beers.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with an oily slickness and surprisingly lighter body.

Drinkability is very high, as it's a fantastic beer. In spite of it being a rare, expensive one off, it goes down very easy, and if I lived by Brower's I'd be drinking it until it was gone. Wow.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright I get to pop the review cherry. I'm super excited to have this beer. Made the drive up to Bottleworks this morning, and fought the masses to get this. Plus my name is Matt so it is just extra cool for me.

A- When I was pouring this beer it looks like a dark walnut brown. But in the glass it is a very dark, almost black beer. The head is just some sexy lacing on the edge of the beer floating there seductively.

S- This smells AMAZING! The whiskey and the apple are very strong smelling, but yet they don't over power the other smells. There is a great oak wood smell that is dry and semi old smelling, yet rich and smooth. I'm getting some great dark fruits as well, mostly dates. The smokeyness is slight, and adds a great flavor. The alcohol smell is very faint, but is there none the less.

T- Complex! There is a lot going on in this beer, and it all seems to come in layers with the flavors being individual, yet they can blend together very well. Spiced apple cider, mixed with a whiskey taste almost reminds me of a spiked apple cider for a cold night. The malty goodness is there giving this beer a rich and luscious caramel chocolate malt ball taste. Dates and raisins are a taste that is present in the after taste and add another layer to this great brew. The smoke taste comes though as a nice subtle flavor that helps lift up the rest of the tastes, its not overpowering like some smoke flavors in other beers can be. Each time I taste this it just gets better and better.

M- The feeling of this beer is great. It isn't thick, yet the slight carbination that is there is just the right amount. This is very smooth and I love it.

D- Super easy to drink. I sort of have to hold myself back from just drinking this, but more of sip and slowly enjoy. I just want more and more.

This beer is amazing. Totally worth the drive up to Seattle. I wonder how much more amazing this will get with a few more months or even a year or two on it. But it is just amazing now.

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