Jim (2009) | 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): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration between the Holiday Ale Festival and Hair of the Dog Brewing. Made exclusively for the event, JIM honors the late Jim Kennedy, a major inspiration for many in the NW beer circles. This is a blended beer, and varies with each incarnation.

2009 is in the realm of a hoppy barrel aged old ale. Made with Doggie Claws, Adam, Fred from the wood, and Blue Dot. Additionally JIM was blended with a Keg of English Brown Ale, German Bock, and American Strong ale. JIM was toasted with a few bottles; Cantillon St. Lamvinus, Scaldis Noel, Corsendonk Christmas ale, and Orval.

Added by msubulldog25 on 11-27-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of HairOfTh3Dog
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the holiday ale festival in Portland. Was trying it not because I thought i would be a fan of it, but because the concept seemed fun. Wasn't bad though.

This beer smells very hoppy. Smells like Blue Dot and Doggie claws got the best of the other beers.

The taste is a lot like doggie claws. It starts with a piney hoppyness then fades into an oak flavor reminiscent of Fred from the Wood. Its sweet but has this strange aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on, like old books, or stale air.

Flavor is huge so drinkability would probably be limited to just one glass.

Overall the beer was tasty. Nothing great, but I think the point was the concept.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this wonderful blended beer a couple times at its debut at Holiday Ale Festival 2009; this, however, is a from a surprise keg poured at HotD's new Tasting Room. 3 oz. tasters only, dainty stemware: $3.

A: Ruby-tinged auburn, mostly clear with virtually no carbonation showing. A half-finger of khaki cream covers the little glass, sheeting with small, sticky flecks.

S: A surprising burst of cherry at first, then a duller citrus and muted hopping. Woody barrel perfume gathers its legs as the pour warms.

T: Gingerly toes a fine line between overbearing hops and sticky-sweet malts. The end result is: balance. Yeah, this has mellowed nicely, now showcasing a minty herbalness. From one sip to the next, I got a more hop-dominant pine (Blue Dot's influence?) then the next was more sticky, even Candi sugar, like barley wine or strong Belgian. These blended beers always prove to be interesting, if not always sublime, due to the constant interplay of styles within.

M: A year old and still some noteworthy fusel warmth. Smooth and creamy with a cheek-tugging oiliness. Medium-heavy body and a very refined grainy texture.

D: Strong (obviously) such that even a few ounces will start the head swimming a bit. Still there's no denying the beauty within; it's hard to just settle on one of these. Recommended, and can't wait to try the next version of Jim in a couple months.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Completing the Jim trifecta, I had the 2009 at the Holiday Ale Festival yesterday.

Like the 2007 and 2008, the beer pours a solid brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get a huge aroma of hoppy bitterness which completely overwhelms the brown sugar and chocolate. The beer smells as if it will be hugely hoppy, and my first sip confirmed this to be the case. This beer tastes for all the world like a monstrously hoppy barleywine, very much in the olde gnarley wine or stone old guardian vein. While impressive, there's no doubt this beer could use some time to calm down. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but with considerable prickliness from the hoppy bitterness. Drinkability is OK for the abv., though the massive amount of hops and high abv. make this very much a sipper.

Impressive, and will be interested to see how this develops in a year or two. Hopefully I'll get to find out.

Edit from 3/12. Was told there is not much left, but there was a keg of the 2009 on tap at the tasting room today (3/30/12). This beer has developed beautifully, showcasing considerably more caramel and toffee, but with the hallmark core of hoppy goodness still very prominent. Just an excellent beer...

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Photo of jdense
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2009 HAF, sampled multiple times, including full mug after volunteer pouring Friday AM shift. Thanks Preston and Chris for allowing me this honor and homage to NW beer pioneer Jim Kennedy.

Dark Amber/Brown body, big carbonation for a HOTD brew, the head was similar to Scaldis Noel, big rocky white with slow dissipation and nice lacing. Huge hop hit in the nose from the Blue Dot, and a bit sweetish (probably) from the Doggie Claws, and a bit of sourness from the Cantillon. After that, impossibly complex to deconstruct, and I am sure other tasters picked up different profile notes. Very dry finish with active mouthfeel from the carbonation. Tasty, drinkable, and confusing. Bad Craziness. I am sure this is exactly what Alan and Preston had in mind when they put this blend together. Can't wait to try this in a year after the hops have mellowed a bit. An unbelievable Christmas ale from one of America's best craft brewers, in concert with the master of beer festivals. Worth seeking out at all costs. I only wish I'd had been able to do a vertical with the 2007 and 2008 vintages(:.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Jim (2009) from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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