Steve_0 (2523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brewery. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big frothy tan head and great lacing. Big smoke, leather, somewhat grapey, licorice, anise, light bourbon and toffee aroma. Taste is leather, roasted malt, smoke, light bandaid, dark fruity, and grapey with light heat on the backend. Full mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really different nice sipper.
Leveejr (77) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown. Not much in aroma. Booze, dark fruits, smoked malt. Tastes of strong smoked malt, definitely get the leather notes, and light chocolatey bitterness. Super complex and excellent beer
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Busick (349) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally I get to have a Hair of the Dog brew! It is all that it is cracked up to be. A delicious ale that has a strong smokey finish. Very Baltic Porterish! Excellent!
kaser (2483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown. Deep brown. Off white head. Tastes like whiskey and happiness. Had this at the brewery. Wish I was sober enoigh to appreciate this. Very pruney
bursprak (400) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared two ways. From a trade, thanks Aaron. Pours dark dark brown with a small but frothy tan head that quickly fades. Nose has loads of different things going on, smoke, roasted malts, syrup, grains, raisins and some soy sauce. Taste has ash, tar, licorice, raisins, smoke, vanilla, light toffee and sweet roasted malts. Finishes of with a nice warmth from the alcohol.
bth122 (1226) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. Dark brown color. Good head retention. Aroma of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt. Super smooth. Almost like a nitro. Medium body. Very creamy texture. Warming alcohol. Nice very nice.
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Clownoisseur (199) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #87, 2012 vintage bottle. Pours a deep brown, mahogany hue, small beige head. Aromas of big molasses, smoke, leather, tobacco. Taste is incredibly smooth. Chocolate, caramel, toffee meld into dark fruit, leather and loads of oat. Such a unique beer. Has elements of spice and alcohol but both well-hidden among the harmony of flavor. Finishes pretty clean, leaving the palate wanting more.
rejtable (1222) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black limited frothy head and lots of lacing. Nose is sweet syrup, molasses, and bourbon. Notes of bourbon, molasses, plums, figs, very fruity, some espresso. Tastes are heavy sweet and medium/heavy bitter. Mouth is oily with medium carbonation.
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown and murky. Thick creamy foam radiates aromas of toffee, toasted malts, and ruby red fruits. Dark brown sugar flavors, smoke, prunes. Good body and rich mouthfeel finishes slightly fruity with notes of pure cocoa. A decadent beer.
hockeybeerguy (1454) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I got this in a trade and decided to open this up tonight.
I see that this is batch 91.
I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance is a nice dark brown color perhaps close to black. The head is a good two and a half fingers of white foaminess. There is a decent amount of adequate foamy lacing spider webbing all over the place.
The smell has a hearty roasty meatiness up front with a decent sweet sticky chocolate coming in behind.
The taste was fairly balanced between the meatiness and the chocolate. The aftertaste is somewhat a good balance between the meatiness and the chocolate. The finish is quick and dry.
On the palate, it sits about a medium with not too much of any sessionability about this. I’m finding this one to be more of a sipper. Do I feel the ABV? Perhaps. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth, whoah, wow, very smooth.
Overall, ok, this is a wonderful representation of the Old Ale style, big wow from me. Though very different from my all time favorite of this style, I still like this one a lot and would definitely have it again. So glad I finally had the opportunity to try it.