Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 Lots of weird flavors, needs to be sipped and savored. fruity, chocolatey, hoppy, malty. Drink while youare still sober so you can concectrate a little bit on it. Batch 32.
popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hard-hitting ale. Certainly a sipper, dark and smooth- low carbonation. Hints of choco-coffee and roasted fruit. Good for this genre, but not my bag.
maxhits (172) - Pico Rivera, California, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch No. 48 -- This is a big, 10% alcohol by volume ale that is bottle conditioned and will actually improve with age. This ale can be laid down for a few years, if one has the patience to wait a while before drinking a good beer. In flavor, this beer is a complex blend of roasted malt, fruit, chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavors -- all pleasingly presented -- and finishing warmly with a satisfyingly long bitter bite. Despite its sweet smell and flavor, this is a bitter beer after all, having an IBU rating of approximately 60 (about five times more bitter than Budweiser, for example), putting this beer in the low-end of the bitterness range defined by an Imperial Stout style of beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 Fruity chocolate smell, very appealing. Good flavor. Wow, this is 10%! Amazing. (Batch #51) ReRate: This beer has a great smokey palate unlike any other beer. Strong body. Alcohol taste adds to the complexity of the beer and is balanced. A one of a kind beer.
ReRate: Batch #31, 2-11-05. Thin head. Almost opaque brown/purple color.
Aroma is smokey, dark chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits and chocolate with a prevalent smokiness in the background. Great mouthfeel, not harsh in any way. Texture is coating. Great.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Very nice complex old ale. A great fireplace have a cigar, conversation ale. I just had batch 41 and just came to realize I t I still have a few batch 26 still in waiting. I have now found my 4.9 brew - nearly perfect.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, murky and mysterious color. Stern, heavy and full-bodied. Very fresh with a slight fruitiness to it. Has a real ’craft-brewed’ type of flavor that’s hard to explain. Very woodsy-ish and roasty. 10% ABV is masked very well by the heavy malt characteristics and complementing hops. Warmed my body and made me happy.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 2/27/2002- Not really my style of beer, but it has a unique strong taste. Each sip differs and the flavors, while intense, are very warming. A nice sipping, after dinner beer.
6/23/2009- Served a little colder than it should be....Pours a deep brown hue with a wonderful tan head that lasts. The head sticks to glass as the liquid is slowly absorbed into my mouth. Aromas of roasted nuts, figs and a touch of licorice root. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied with flavors of anise, oak, cocoa, tobacco and more oak. It kinda has notes of peppers, without the spice. Very nice.... Still one of my all time favorite brews. Very mellow for the alcohol content.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is an extremely challenging beer. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic, and not nearly refined as the flavor. Each sip differs from the last and seems to make a cycle. I get sweet fruit (plums and raisins), estery berry tastes, alcohol, and about every fourth sip a blast of smoke. There is also a balanced hop bitterness that seems to lie just under the sweet finish. This beer has a persistent but low degree of carbonation, unlike some high gravity beers that either have none or start out fizzy and go flat. I can’t remember the last time I have been challenged this much by a beer, but it is worth the effort. I don’t think I will have another one of these too soon, but it is an extremely satisfying experience.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strong, Strong, Strong, never again...I can’t stand this kind of ’beer.’
fullers99 (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose shows some tell-tale signs of oxidation(batch #51)taste is of chocolate, smoke and rich malts. Finish is warming but the alcohol isn’t as harsh as some have stated. Hops are lingering with a accessable bitterness that is nice. World class beer[full disclosure: I’ve volunteer bottled for Hair of the Dog from ’96-’99 - make of that what you will.]