tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite simply, the best beer I have ever tasted. I am not blessed with the ability to discern subtleties noted by others such as "very wet wood", or appearance of "fig juice" in the glass. What I appreciate, when wandering outside of a specific style, is complexity, balance and uniqueness---and this had it all. Deep fruity, alcoholic aroma. Deep rich complex tastes which took me through moments of sour Belgian to oaked red, to tawny port to well-aged whiskey, with a lingering complex pleasant aftertaste. A thick lasting head wouldn’t have made sense here, but somehow generous carbonation did. Sweet-sour balance. Sweet-bitter balance.
Have never paid anywhere close to $12 for a 12 oz. bottle like I did for this. Vowed never to do it again. But I did. Twice more. And counting. The best thing about the price is that there are still 3 bottles left in my favorite bottle shop. Sorry, got to run before they close.
vyvvy (4536) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this was better than I expected. Pours dark amber with a copper hue and has a small beige head. The aroma is very malty, bready with dark rich caramel, dark berries, sourness and red wine. Quite interesting - more sweet and malty than sour, but the sourness is very noticeable. Medium / full body that’s a bid rough and has fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts much like the aroma with lots of emphasis on the wine and berry traits and the thick malt is very present in the background. The finish adds spice, more malt, some Belgian yeastiness, but not too much. Really well done.
Sumonation (94) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Visual: Pours a red beer with almost no head.
Aroma: Fruity (cherry), sourness, and hints of oak, winey.
Taste: Tart, cherries, plums, wood.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown body with a slight off-white head. Complex aromas - bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, vinous. Flavors of caramel malt, wood, bourbon. Glad I have a couple more bottles to try over time.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Two of my favorite Oregon breweries. Interesting beer. Strong nose of cherries, sourness, and hints of oak. Pours murky mud with almost no head and light carbonation. Flavor is complex like most HOTD brews. Tart, cherries, plums, wood, etc. A hard alcohol burn, definitely a beer that requires sipping. Not my favorite, but give an A for the complexity of the beer. I do believe this beer will be better as it matures.
AdamJackson (3331) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Long for sharing this. Enjoyed at 55 F in a tulip.
A - 3 finger off-white head formed and then faded slowly. left behind some nice lacing. Burnt copper and gold. Looks like fig juice in the glass.
S - Tart Cherries and Cider Vinegar on the nose. This is followed by malty oaky sweetness.
T - Okay. this is very interesting. Tart for just a moment...ripened cherries and peaches but this is immediately followed with a strong tawny porto taste and charred oak, heavy on the cherries, raspberries and grapes. Musky and big burnt brown sugar sweetness and a banana thrown in. Lots of flavors at once but the tawny porto dominates the taste.
M - Medium body, light carbonation and a huge boozy alcohol burn in my chest as I drink.
O - I should have read the description before reviewing this beer. I expected a sour. What I got was a weird combo of all kinds of barrels. What an interesting beer with tons of depth and complexity.
CapFlu (4717) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquors for around $10. Nice to see a readily available Hair of the Dog brew. Pours a lasting creamy beige head atop a deep ruby body. Nose of sour cherries and sherry. Very amazing wave of flavours, cherry, tart, sweet, cognac burn and very wet wooden cask finish. Lovely.
cards04 (2100) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
There is a lot going on in this one. Pours a murky raisin colour with thin white head, very attractive. Vinous aromas, also raisins, smoke, peat, and oak. The palate is quite flat, very smooth...nice lingering flavours. Very red wine forward flavours, grapes, oaky, sweet raisins. The booze is well masked. Phenomenal stuff.
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. Aroma of malt, vinegar and caramel. Taste is muddled. Not a huge fan
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle $10.99 The price point bothered me but the description just seemed so interesting and hair of the dog beers are always expensive, especially the barrel aged ones. Smells ,like vanilla, wood, interesting, alcohol, booze. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, definitely a hint of dissident, cherries, and a plastic flavor that could be adam or could be the rye barrel stoic, not sure. I always thought adam had a sort of plastic/band-aid note going so who knows? There is a slight sting at the end from the alcohol and this is definitely a sipper for sure. Not a lot of carbonation but more than the average hair of the dog brew. Overall its quite interesting but way overpriced.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-19-2012 04:51:45