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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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This beer is produced in memory of Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter. It is made with Organic Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts. Michael is fermented with a variety of yeasts and bacteria. It is aged in American oak and Sherry casks for 30 months and released every November from the Brewery only.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2012 Vintage split 3 ways.

A - Bright red pour, looks mahogany and crimson in the glass

S - Nose is bursting with cherry, fruit and wood.

T - Acidic at the finish, not overly sour. Has more rotten cherry old moldy fruit taste. oak and wine tannic grape juice

M - Thin, oily and dry

O - Nice nose, the taste falls short. It’s not that old of a beer.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
2009 bottle 12oz. Clear amber small head. Nose tannic red fruits lots of wood.tannins and wood spices. Sharp citrusy tartness with nice sourness. Taste tannic wood with red fruits. Finish nicely tannic and woody fairly astringent finish. Quite busy finish. Finish really nicely woody and.tannic. Very well.made well balanced. Surprisingly elegant even if intensely woody. Great acidity really smooth. Light alcohol on the finish. I was not expecting a lot from this but it was actually really nice. Well balanced, intrinsically complex. Nice surprise !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours golden orange with a thin head. Funky and tannic, with oak, fruits, and lighter sweetness. Balanced and quite drinkable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DedicatedToFun (2002) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Awesome sour ale, thank you GT2, part of our beer tasting, love the sour cherries

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours a murky red-orange with one finger of off white head. Appearance shows more weight than expected. Nose shows some acetic notes with caramel cherries, sharp oak, dark fruit, and a touch of diacetyl. Aroma has some nice elements but overall is rough around the edges and a touch sharp. The flavor shows a definitive sharpness upfront that seems to be a combo of the oak tannin and acetic bite. There are some pleasant qualities to be had though...some cherry skin, dark fruit, and a nice enough acidity shows. Overall the wood is just too sharp and disconcerting for me to really enjoy the flavor. Light-medium bodied with a subtle carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1717) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Tap at the brewery. It’s cliche, but visiting Hair of the Dog for the first time, I feel like I’m walking into a piece of craft brew history. There a certain thrill to actually seeing the corner bar instantiated in the real physical world, and walking in to feel right at home in a warm converted warehouse space long on good beer and short on attitude.

On to the beer. Michael pours a hazy brown with little in the way of head into their HOTD tulip. Nose of cherry and raspberry and a touch of vanilla oak. The first sip is a joyous surprise -- the beer explodes with flavor in a way that I associate with Matt and Adam for some reason. Of course there is a cherry-like Flanders red thing going on here, but there also a ton of oak, bringing a vanilla woodiness that actually resonates well with the sour base beer. Underneath a little bit of that balsamic business common to reds, but almost like a strawberry balsamic. Strikes a good balance in terms of drinkability and flavor; acidity is gently warm on the throat. A very enjoyable flanders red.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
12oz bottle shared by someone after Jackie-O’s 8th Anniversary. Awesome dark fruit, cherry, vinous notes. Moderately hazy dark red color. Minimal off-white head. Couple dots of lace. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Moderate dry finish. Bigger tart taste, very solid stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (3788) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2013
2009 vintage bottle shared by fred82, thanks dude. pours clear medium dark golden-orange with a nice off-white cap, some retention and lacing. woodsy-plenty, vinous, bourbony and rum-like barrel components at the same time, very fruity - cherries mostly, but also raisins and tart little fruits, smooth caramel - brilliantly supporting, bit of brown sugar, aromatic acetic notes that complement the acidic profile - that is a light acidity, just enough to balance that moderate sweetness. moderate carbonation, light body - quite oily and almost silky, grassy-spicy, tart and astringent finish. lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle shared by me thanks to umich03jm. Pours a semi-hazy copper with a thin light beige head of foam. Aroma has notes of tart cherry, some dark fruits, raisin and fig. Tastes fruity and tart with a drying finish. Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9077) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours lightly hazy tawny with a small, frothy off-white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is cherry, cookie and toast malt, light earthy hops, dates and figs. Flavor is tart fruits, toast and cookie malt, dark fruits, light hops and earthy bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.


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