Alengrin (8652) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2020 Dark barleywine brewed by this influential early craft brewer since 2003, glad I finally got a chance to taste this celebrity. Loose, immediately completely open 'head' of yellowish-beige bubbles that quickly dissolve into nothing; initially clear, deep mahogany brown robe with ochre-brown edges, misty with sediment. Intense bouquet of hard caramel, old sweet sherry, raisins soaked in brown rum, figs, madera, chocolate sauce, walnut liqueur, almond, strong vanilla-scenting oak wood, solventy notes (varnish). Sweet onset, candied figs and yellow raisins, bit sticky even; soft carbonation, but full, oily and vinous mouthfeel. Very hazelnutty and hard-caramelly core with a thin chocolatey edge, a very vague background touch of smokiness and an equally light and faint toasty-bitter note; sweet, boozy, vinous finish, lots of heating rum-like alcohol mingling with the residual malt and sugar sweetness, but quite complex with additional aspects of vanila and sherry. Rich and boozy sipper, a tad too boozy and sweet for me personally perhaps, but certainly an impressive Hair of the Dog classic, powerful and desserty at the same time. fkoolen (2937) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2020
UPDATED: APR 16, 2020 Bottle at home, vintage 2016. Pours a dark brown, murky colour with no head. Really complex (!) malty barrel aged stuff with soft tobacco, leather, pure cacao, chocolate, butter, calvados, whiskey tones, cartboard; also some caramel and toffee, some distant porto notes, vanilla, medium and oaky dry bitter: phenomenal balance. Great cacao oily boozy and really long linger. Firm body, absent carbonation, oily and incredibly soft mouthfeel. cobaink2 (1431) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2020 12 oz bottle from brewery Vintage 2019. Nose is immediately of smoke and oak. Vanilla and bourbon notes are also there. Maybe needs to age a bit more. Iznogud (8531) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 12, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2019 On tap at Fakin, Zagreb. Dark brown, beige head. Chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, sweet, whiskey, some apple. Medium sweetness. Warming. Oily.Medium to full bodied. Gerbeer (5507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2019 2016 vintage @ Brouwer’s Cafe. 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with little head. Aromas of bourbon, molasses and slick roasted malts. Flavors follow same with additional salty umami, soy sauce, vanilla and oily roasted malts. Very good. Aging well. Expensive.
Stuu666 (22309) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2019 Keg at borefts. Pours deep ruby, nose is funk, berries, caramel, toffee, taste is similar, sweet, juicy fruit. 8/4/9/4/16
MarcoDL (7601) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2019 At Borefts 2019. Aroma of bourbon vanilla, caramel fudge, raisin, malt, cherry and smoke. Rich flavors of lots of bourbon, caramel fudge, vanilla, dates, raisin, malt, oak and an insanely long finish. Amazing, typical Hair of the Dog greatness. mike_77 (10638) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2019 Borefts 2019 - Black with no head. Aroma and flavour are woody, musty, sweet, syrupy, sugary, boozy and rich. SinH4 (12690) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - SEP 29, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2019 Tap. Dark hazy brown color with no head. Aroma is huge Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, very nutty too. Taste is caramel, nutty, vanilla, sweet, but enough oxidative nuttiness to balance it out. Very thick oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Amazing stuff.
tricksta_p (8801) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2019 From tap at Borefts 2019. Syrupy and smokey aroma with tobacco, burnt caramel, light apple, and molasses. Sticky sweet, full body, rich sippable beer. Some bitterness. Perfect beer in front of a fireplace.