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.
TAR (2457) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 '97; Batch 26: Whiskeyish malts and peppery spiciness. Diminished carbonation. Some peppers and chocolate in the aroma, bitter chocolate and all sorts of stunning complexity. Awe-inspiring replication!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like flat coke--pretty much zero carb here. Smells like old, slightly charred tennis shoes. Tastes similar to a rauchbier to me--seriously smoky sweet malt flavor. As others have mentioned, the high ABV is not evident at all. Very nice, but one is quite enough.