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Hair of the Dog Jim 2009

Hair of the Dog Jim 2009
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
JIM is made exclusively for the Portland Holiday Ale Festival and honors the late Jim Kennedy, a pioneer in Oregon Beer distribution. JIM is a blended beer, and varies with each incarnation.

The 2009 batch was made with 11 Beers, Doggie Claws, Adam, Fred from the wood, and Blue Dot, a Keg of Newcastle Brown Ale, Spaten Bock, North Coast Old Stock ale Cantillon St. Lamvinus, Scaldis Noel, Corsendonk Christmas ale, and Orval.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2012
3oz taster at HotD tasting room. Pours a light brown color with an off white head and some lacing. Aroma is malty, fruity, oaky. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, a litte smokey, woody, with a sweet, smokey finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2010
On tap at the Portland Holiday Ale Fest (2010). Colour... Old English walnut stain. Nose... slightly acetic/funky, hops, dried fruit and dry roasted nuts. Palate... bitter, sweet, tangy, lightly cloying, moderately hoppy with pit fruits and an interesting Pine Sol like finish (yes, I accidently got a taste of Pine Sol once, and vivdly remember what it tastes like!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2010
On tap. I did not know what beers comprised this blend when tasting but now looking at the mix I think the HotD beers all were evident. Pours a sunburnt orange color with a pillowy, large head. Fairly well carbonated. Aroma shows oak, cherry, some funk?. I think Adam and Doggie Claws are both evident, though it could be placebo. HotD house character also evident. Taste is strongly malty with some pine-like hop presence. After awhile hops start taking over the nose and I can smell nothing but Blue Dot (even though this beer is not that fresh).

This is an interesting beer. I donít know that it completely works and the description sounds bad (way too many beers) but it exceeded my expectations. I could not drink a lot of this but enjoyed what I had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Holiday Ale Festival. Sadly the first year of Jim I didnít really care for. The hops took over the whole show. Heavy on the fresh Blue Dot, big pine hops over shadowed all other flavors on this one. Yeasty finish, murky orange body, sharply bitter, and all the subtleties lost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 Holiday Ale Fest... Poured brownish/amber with a bubbly, tan head. Hoppy, candy-like sweet aroma. Good fruity yeast flavors with a hop dominance. The Blue Dot really shined through here with fresh hops all over. Sweet and oaky with a little bit of grains and caramel notes before a tart finish. Would love to see how a year on this beer would affect it.

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