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RATINGS: 403   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.2   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Matt VandenBerghe and Matt Bonney (Bottleworks and Brouwers in Seattle) personify the spirit and dedication that has helped craft beer become the vibrant industry it is today. This Beer was originally Brewed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Bottleworks, and will be released every few years from the Brewery. Matt is made with two Munich malts, two Smoked malts and two types of Belgian candy sugar. It is aged in Kentucky Bourbon and Apple Eau de Vie barrels from Clear Creek distilling. Matt is deep and lush with notes of apple, chocolate and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2009
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Caskalefan (141) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12oz. bottle, with an enormous THANKS to bvc for going to all the extra effort to get me the hookup on this! Pours a muddy dark brown with burgundy highlights and a thin creamy tan head that lasts much longer than expected. Aroma is smoke, tobacco, peat, chocolate, light bourbon, oak, vanilla, freshly cut fruit, almost a brandy apple, and on and on, all nicely complimentary and well blended with each other. Thereís a crapload going on with the nose on this one and different things seem to come out over time. Flavor has a similar thing going on, if only to a slightly lesser degree. Sure nice regardless, with a touch of sweetness on the finish. I didnít find the alcohol anywhere on this one, and on the flavor the bourbon definitely took a back seat to everything else. Like all HotD beers Iíve tried, this one is a "mood" beer. If everything is just so, and Iím in the right mood and can change gears and slow down to really ponder something, man does HotD beer sure work for me. Fortunately, this is one of those nights. Thanks again Brandon, I owe you!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
On tap. Dark brown with a smooth khaki head. Amazingly smooth with very little alcohol showing. Beautiful nose of bourbon, caramel, cake, and brandy. Smooth from the bourbon/oak. Soft spiciness with a faint tartness to the finish. One of the best HotD beers Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Acetylaldehyde, treacle, vanilla, oak and fusel alcohol in the nose. Overly oaked with pencil shavings and more of the aforementioned acetylaldehyde and fusel alcohol. Great deep Mahogany color with no carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 1, 2009
........."Hey Kleet, heard íbout some new Hair of the Dog brew, guess them fancy pants seattle beer snobs been smokiní sprints pole over this one" ... " yep, sure looks that way, Chet, smokiní some serious pole alright, we otta git on up there and see what all the fussinís about "............. 12 oz snifter at Brouwers. Almost black pour with a tan head. Incredible aromas of smoky peat, vanilla cherry chocolate, boozy bourbon, with black malts and wood char; i could smell this beer all night... Rich, creamy mouthfeel ( something which the bottled version is lacking ). Flavor mirrors the aroma with sweet boozy vanilla, peat, wood char, black malts, and candy sugar. Did I say big boozy sweetness already? In the end itís so sweet and boozy that i had a hard time finishing the 12oz glass, but it WAS fantastic for the first few sips.... Great effort HotD, but how íbout a handshake instead of a hummer ?

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