Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by DIM, Jun 16, 2022.
What better time than now. Cheers
Kidding, drinking a flat meh AFTW 2014
I opened this about 2 hours ago and have been sipping and enjoying since. I still have 3-4 ounces left...
Hair of the Dog Maja 2019
Barleywine – English
Cloudy brown with a tall slightly off-white airy head with short retention and no lacing (some strings of lacing as I tip the glass, but it slides quickly down into the beer). Well carbonated, lots of visible bubbles rising. By the time I’ve settled down to take a sip, the head has become a ring with mostly a still surface.
Very rich aroma; leather, vanilla, whiskey, and maple. It’s all there, and the aromas play nicely off each other.
The taste reflects the flavors from the aroma, with the vanilla being a bit more to the fore. Alcohol warming hits right away; in fact, it is anticipated as the aroma hits the roof of my mouth as I breath in just prior to taking a sip, reminiscent of a fine bourbon. The maple is subdued in the flavor. The barley wine leather is there. In general, it tends toward a sweet evening sipping whiskey … err… beer. Just a touch of bitterness in the middle and finish. The aftertaste is sweet-ish, with the pleasant mixing of the flavors lingering.
The mouth feel is dominated by the alcohol, but is otherwise smooth with a body on the thick side of moderate.
As an aside, I don’t want you to misunderstand. I do keep mentioning the alcohol, but that is in the flavors and aroma with a slight warming. This is not a “hot” beer by any means.
Overall, an excellent barley wine and a sipping pleasure.
L: 3.75 | S: 4.5 | T: 4.5 | F: 4.25 | O: 4.5 | Rating: 4.43
After attending a soccer match, then our Town fireworks show, its finally time for a beer. And this thread plus @DIM bugging me a few times Its time for me to open my 2018 bottle of Don. This beer is still by design and is 15.2% ABV. Ive had it in my cellar since fall of 2021 and Im intrigued and excited to see what I have. My plan is to have a few ounces tonight and re-cap the bottle. Will have a few more ounces in the near future and keep doing so over time. But wanted to start this weekend in honor of HOTD and Alan Sprints.
Onto my review:
Sampling this beer at cellar temp and pouring into my mini snifter tasting glass. Gonna treat this as a cordial and re cap the bottle after a few ounces tonight.
The beer pours a bright clear amber color with no carbonation, foam, head etc. The swirls do leave some sticky legs on the glass like a fine wine may do.
Aroma is robust, some brown sugar and fruit with fig and peaches coming through and mixing with some dry wooden notes and a mix of booze with bourbon and rum taking the dominant position. No hops to be mentioned or detected here. I do get a bit of fusol booze as well and a bit of black pepper. I expect this beer to be warm when it hits my palate.
First sip reveals a medium body with no carbonation, as expected, and a bit of a slick texture. The beer tingles my palate, but from boozy warmth not bubbles!
Flavor is some toffee followed by peaches and sweet oranges mixing with some brown sugar and a bit of a leathery note. I also get bourbon and rum as the booze representation and there is some dark (high cacao%) chocolate in the background. And yes, there is warmth on the swallow and rolling down my gullet and when it hits my belly.
This is a sipping beer, and I think it is definitely more of a cordial approach for handling this beverage.
Very unique and I enjoy it, but not something I would recommend drinking in one glassful to finish the bottle. Ill see how this beverage changes over the next couple weeks, with a few ounces at a time.
4.22 in the BA DB
This is my Saturday evening closer:
Hair of the Dog - Fred
Batch 100 - bottled on 10/11/2018
Pours a completely opaque drab orange color. Huge, billowy off-white head head forms on the beer - like a full four finger head. It steadily but slowly dissipates until a quarter inch of velvety foam remains on the beer. layers of sticky lacing coat the glass as the head recedes. Aroma is really interesting - There is a certain American barleywine quality to it in that there are these strong citrusy hop notes coming through on the nose. Those notes are overlaid on a malty backbone with notes of candied sugar, light pale stone fruit, and some wood.
Taste follows the nose with notes of caramel malts, aged hops, candied sugars, fresh wood, some light sweet pale stone fruit notes and citrus. It really does remind me of a sweeter American barleywine. It is almost 4 years old at this point and it seems to have aged well - the hops are clearly "old" at this point, but they work well with the base beer. The only other thing I am starting to get as the beer warms up is the rye malt - its giving it this lovely little undertone of rye bread and touch of spiciness. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, warming. Mild carbonation, but not unusually or noticeably low. Semi-dry finish.
Overall it is a really interesting beer. An enjoyable sipper.
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25 = 4.27 (rDev +4.9%)
Pulled a 2019...big, big fella.
12oz bottle 2019 vintage. Opened 6-25-22.
Murky brown iced tea color - opaque. Thin cap of large bubbles in a loosely formed head that doesn't last long. Aromas of toffee, raisin, vanilla, and orange. Sweet malt, faint citrus oil, and a big earthy wallop of hops. Full body, barely any carbonation, and a big charge of bitter hops that lingers on and on and on in a sweet-ish finish. Good.
I never knew about much about this brewery till closing announced so i looked this up cuz I've seen it mentioned here couple times
Should be there by 3 at the latest.
Drinking another 3 oz today of the 2015 Putin
Still getting big ol bourbon and sweet caramel.
Very English Barleywine- like. Sweeter than yesterday.
Still think it isn't bad just not good for something labeled a Russian Imperial Stout.
I'm loving the idea and scope of this tasting thread. For the thread, I grabbed 3 standard HotD beers in an antique (aka beer) store that I wouldn't have grabbed otherwise. I've had all 3 of these beers in the past and enjoyed them... but the thread pushed me to revisit them again.
First up is an Adam from April 2019.
Nice head. Beer is basically impenetrable darkness at this volume. Smells of dark fruits, oxidation and charcoal. The taste isn't coming together well for me this time. It's prune and wood ash with a bitter finish. Is this carbon flavor what you get when combining peat smoked malt with chocolate malt?
I've enjoyed bottles of the various Adams in the past and found them to be charming, whereas this one feels like a carbon flavored oxidized beer. This probably has more to do with inconsistencies about me than inconsistencies about the batches or the poor aging conditions of this specific bottle.
Despite the claim on the label stating otherwise, this beer never seemed like a recreation of an Adambier in approach, execution or results when going by descriptions of that old beer type. I don't know how earnest they were with that claim.
Chris, what are the 'defining' characteristics of Adambier and how is Hair of the Dog Adam inconsistent here?
2nd beer is a Fred from Oct 2018.
Great head. Beer is attractive copper color. This bottle is not weighed down by overly negative signs of age. The taste has a subdued caramel apple character but this is nicely tempered by a good bit of hop bitterness.
Compared to Adam, Fred comes across as a much more straightforward beer - and in the case of these two particular bottles, this straightforwardness worked in its favor. Fred was more of a treat to drink, albeit a safer concept to begin with.
Hair of The Dog Brewery -- Otto From the Wood
ABV: 13.0%; pouring temperature: 39.9 ℉; bottling data: 2016
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Murky brownish-orange body; carbonation percolates up through the top of the beer; patchy, wispy head. Orange and cherry notes in the nose; red licorice; raisins; light touch of caramel in the background. Spicy, malty taste; cinnamon and coriander; figs and dates; sweet; moderate boozy presence; a trace hint of vanilla as the beer opens. Heavy body; a bit coarse on the palate; moderate alcohol warmth; some pulpy, sugary bits, like fruit pulp.
Another strong ale winner from Hair of The Dog. It has the standard weak head expected from their bottle conditioning while the aroma and taste are just heavenly for a high ABV beer. The few bits of pulpy sediment were interesting (no, I didn't pour the bottle gently to leave the sediment in the bottom). It really did taste and look a bit like fruit pulp. One for the history books...
...I don't recall if I ordered more than one bottle of this beer over the past few months...it's likely my only bottle, and if so, a regrettable situation, but man, it was good while I had it...
Adambier was supposedly a strong, brown, highly hopped beer that was aged for at least a year and developed sourness from lactic acid.
I've got several more of that batch in the cellar, I agree it's drinking great right now. Glad you went shopping for this, thanks.
Your thread idea was perfect.
I was a big fan of that one too, sorry to only have 1 more in reserve. Like so many from HofD, this is unique.
I bet your bottles were handled more carefully over the years than the one I opened.
No, I purchased them recently from a store shelf. Most everything else I have from them was cellared by HotD.