explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very dirty beer. It starts off with hints of faint harsh sweet alcohol and tobacco. It tastes of chocolate, tobacco, charred wood, dark cherry, and lightly smokey bourbon. It has very deep, very complex lingering flavors. More port-like than beer-like. Finishes velvety smooth and delicious in spite of the incredible array of flavors. Some tannins come through for an interesting finish, as if there wasnít enough going on. So much rich port character comes through as it warms.
Second pour: Oak, a hint of chocolate and even a faint hop character. Some spice comes through. Thereís now some chipotle dark chocolate spice in the flavor. It still finishes with a silky deliciousness. A friend says itís like drinking condensed life.
This is a beautiful, dirty, incredibly interesting beer. Iím really looking forward to trying it again after it has some age on it.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 BottleÖ C&PísLYFO ThrowdownÖ This beer rocks!Ö Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with little to no head Ė murky burnt orange when held up to the Florida sunshine. The earthy nose imparts leather, bourbon, wood and a solid waft of smoke. Full-bodied and silky-smooth with laid back carbonation. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel and bourbon. Dry, warming finish. Kudos to fogdog for bringing this beauty to the Throwdown!
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Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy fogdog. Pours a thick, rich, swirly caramel brown color. A small, foamy, tan colored head crowns the surface. Viscous legging turns into micro-spot lacing. The nose is all over the place, yet entirely drawn together and refined. Caramel and malted chocolate are steeped with heaps of vanilla and lightly boozy oak, followed by a secondary wave of dark, smoky fruit, rich bourbon, and calvados. Simply awesome aromas. Flavors follow suit, a rich choco-caramel-vanilla base just overflowing with dessert-like tendencies, shrouded in contrasting and complimentary bourbon and apple brandy infusions. Thick, rich, and velvety, thereís not a hint of cloying sweetness or overly hot alcoholic presence. All you get on the palate is a luxurious, lightly warming, melted dessert feeling that is just divine. This stuff is as sick as advertised. Iím glad I have a few more bottles on the way.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
fogdog you ROCK ass for bringing this to the O-town throwdown!! Very murky brown pour with a small head. Aroma is amazing. Milk chocolte, malt, vanilla, honey, wood, bourbon, fruit all come together to make one amazing smelling beer. And the flavor? Holy shit. Rich and full bodied. Bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel, honey, light smoky tones, syrup are blended into an elixer than can only be described as pure world class. UNREAL beer.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy fogdog. Dark reddish tones, big lacing and bubbly head. Some dark fruit and smoke in the nose, roast, slight tart, chocolate and a healthy coffee toast. Flavor is big yummy chocolate, with dark roast and molasses, caramel, spices and tobacco. The oak complexity is obvious. Dry, balanced, very drinkable and delicious.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at O-town throwdown í09
Another Hair of the Dog that cannot escape pure goodness. These guys in Portland are doing an amazing job with all of their beers.
Pours dark brown with rich mocha lacing.
Aroma lots of malts, chocolate and caramel with a huge bourbon profile and some oak that do not disturb the overall beer with being too forward.
Taste has a thick mouthfeel, and at 11.5% it drinks very smooth. Oak / bourbon goodness just engulfs the palate.
Wish I had a full bottle to sip and fully describe. As it is, this is one fine beer.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with not much of a head at all. Smells of big oak and bourbon up front, with hints of vanilla cream and caramel malt, with a touch of spice. very interesting and enticing aroma. the flavor was much of the same. Pretty dark and rich with good doses of that bourbon and vanilla flavors. very complex in its characters, alot going on in this beer. Really smooth finish, hints of spices last in the aftertaste. very interesting and tasty treat!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 12oz bottle. Thanks to explosivebeer. The beer pours an ugly dark brown/black color with low carbonation though some scant off-white bubbles do swim around and form a tiny rim around the edge. Fairly muddy looking. Aroma is mindblowingly complex, probably the most complex beer Iíve ever smelled. Where to start. Root beer and cola jump out, fresh apple core, white apple flesh, a strong vanilla oakiness and faint milk chocolate. Smoke creeps out, green apple skin and cocaine. No bourbon is detected on the nose, though the apple and oak is very prominent. Just a tad of alcohol present but not at all unwanted. The way that all of these elements blend together is nothing short of astounding. As this beer warms it gets even more complex and pleasing, which is scary.
The flavor is even more complex than the nose. Granny smith apple, rich chocolate, raisin and other dried dark fruits, caramel, caramel covered apples, bourbon (apparent in the flavor though the aroma did not show it), smoke, vanilla. The way one flavor melds into the next is amazing. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, not creamy though it is full and sticky without being cloying. Huge, neverending finish. This is just a remarkable beer. Iíve read some say they think itís a little hot but I find the alcohol hidden extremely well, especially for an 11.5% ABV recently bottled barrel aged beer. If anything this seems on the level of a high level Scotch, which it rivals in complexity. I could sit down with this beer for an hour and pay it complete attention. The only possible complaint I can think of is the phenols from the smoke blend with the apple character to create the aforementioned cocaine character which is slightly undesirable. Itís not a big deal and I figure it will dissipate with some age. I hope to try this in the future when I think it will be even better than now. Hair of the Dog is one of my top 3 or 4 breweries in the world and this is one of the three o
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2009 Heavy dark brown, murky charcoal honey aroma, cherry blossom. So much wood, it tastes like the saturated bloated edges of the inside of the barrel. Powerfully dark and dense, more crazy smoke, yet baking chocolate also comes through with raspberry jam and cherry. Hint of heat at the end.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 This beer could have been of the calibre of a Dave. It has a crescendo of flavors including apple cider, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of smoke, rhubarb, ginger, plum pudding in hard sauce, chestnuts, allspice, nutmeg, pipe tobacco, the list is longer than I can recall. The body is a tad thin to support that orchestra of flavor, but itís reasonably soft and silky, and itís deftly balanced. My main issue with this beer is an excessive alcoholic heat, which would most likely disappear with a few years of aging, but for right now, said heat makes extended drinking of this flavor monster a bit trying.