beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great flavor, but the alcohol presence is almost overwhelming. Perhaps I drank this too cold as I oftern do. This beer tastes as strong as DogFish Head World Wide Imperial Stout, which is an 18% brew. I just wish they could find a way to mask the 10% on this one a bit better. I need to try this one again in the near future and just sip on it for a good 30 minutes.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JAN 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this one had a larger head than i expected, since there was no visible carbonation. fantastic dry malt flavors, highlighted by mocha and burnt toffee. hops are fairly evident, especially towards the back, pretty well balanced overall. the alcohol is nicely masked. i’d like to see how aging treats this one. very, very good.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells like dark chocolate, very rich and rewarding. Initial flavor is intense smokiness with some fruits in the back. Alcohol is quite strong, but at 10% that’s expected. Very dark, but not much in the way of a head.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate to ’knock’ a beer with this reputation, but there are some problems for me. For those who are interested, I’m rating batch # 51. The initial aroma and taste is that of a good porter. Roasted malt and some piney hops. As it warms a bit it becomes more complex with dark fruits (raisins and prunes) showing through in the flavor profile. The major problem I have here is the alcohol flavor, which is quite apparent and not well hidden. The color is that of a porter as well - deep brown with a moderate light brown head. HOTD gets points for originality and complexity, but I did not at all enjoy the prevelance of alcohol in the flavor.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was really stoned when i tried this one so i don’t know how reliable my description is. It had a big earthy smell and tasted slightly like coffee with a shot of burbon in it.
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee aroma. Sweet, burnt/bitter, coffee, chocolate, creamy, winey, candy sugar, spicy taste. Slightly cloying finish. Very tasty.
Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2001
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The alchahol bit back as a dog would. Very rich and smoky on the edges. Pineyness to the hops that was not unpleasant. Reminds me a bit of a Fuller’s but with a very American backbone. Aroma kicks ass. Colour and flavour of bitter chocolate and carmal. less alchohol would do me better in this one but it was quite alright. I’ll have another, thank you.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Another great beer from Hair of the Dog, this beer keeps well and should be drunk at 55 degrees to really get the flavor. Then most beers should be drunk a cellar temperature. This is great stuff.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A world classic. High octane and very flavorful.