JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Thanks Jamie. Pours a dark hazy brown color with almost no head at all. Aroma is magnificent with many different smells. Cherries, oak, bourbon, chocolate, dates and toasted malt. Taste was just as complex and wonderful. All of the things you smell you also get the flavor of. Very nice and enjoyable experience. Has long lasting delicious finish. This is an outstanding brew. Cheers Alan. bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle...pours a dark mahogany with ruby tints and a thin, film-like cream head. This immediately hits the nose upon pouring...an absolutely ridiculous conglomeration of complexities abound. Notes of vanilla, tart cherries, chocolate, tobacco, oak and some very nice vinous qualities. It’s kind of hard to describe everything as this brew seemed to change by the minute. Very smooth, perfect low-level carbonation. The flavor starts out with the tart cherries and melds into an oaky, vanilla bean and chocolate middle...finishing very dry and merlot-esque. AMAZING! Bule (2165) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
12oz Bottle pours a dark brown color with our much head. 2009 Vintage and a little flat. Amazing brew. Subtle cherry flavors and such a mild well balanced flavor.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Pours dark brown with a negligible dotting of white bubbles. Smells of cherries, peaty, oak, some caramel, tarte. Tastes roasty and oaky with some cherries, buttery hints (not diacetyl, more of a velvety sensation), caramel, some peatiness. Excellent! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Damn, a lost rating! Shared with Oakes and Beershine and more in early Feb I believe. Great damn beer. Reddish brown pour with a nice head. Aroma is all over the place. I mean wow. Cherries, oak, bourbon, madera wine, booze, vanilla, honey and more! Flavor is amazing. Layered and complex. Full of booze, vanilla, cherry, oak, and what seems like a light touch of smoke. Fun beer, actually an amazing beer.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Holy sweet jeezus. This beer is a hell of a sipper, to be sure. Pours a lovely dark dark brown with almost no head (not that it needs it) and a touch of rose around the edges. Aroma is a heady sweet mix of malt, vanilla bourbon, and a touch of fruitiness. This stuff tastes absolutely divine. Starting out very warm with the bourbon and sweet malty body mixing well with a touch of oak, and then the back end dissolves into a little bit of dark fruit. Just a superbly crafted beer. I gain more respect for Alan Sprints by the day. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle from an up and coming soldier in PUB’N, who will be justly rewarded for this one. Pours dark brown, not onxy, with very little tan head. Nose is...my God, nose is rich, huge dark malt, oaky bourbon, mild cherrymolasses, walnut, cacao. This aroma is great. Tastes rich, with solid cherry, malt, oaky bourbon, vanilla, wood, peat, and a very rich, dense, complex palate. The cherry remains as it warms, and is a natural flavor that melds well with the beer. The finish hides the -OH well, stays full of cherry, and perfectly straddles the delicate line between a great beer and a great spirit. Hands off to Alan SPrints for continuing to push the envelope, no, to burn up the envelope and shove it up a Jehovah’s Witness ass, and keep ’em coming like this one, Alan. God damn, I wish I could have procured a sixer of this one. PhillyCraft (7235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Split this beauty with Terr, So ridiculous. Poured a dark maroon. Sticky cherry oak with unreal smoothness in palate. Excellent warming. One of the best traditional ale’s I have been able to try. Thanks MAtt. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle purchased at Chucks in Chagrin Falls last year (I don’t know who traded with them to get this, but I scored 3 other HotD’s and an Abyss that day). 2009 vintage. Thick black yeast deposit left in the bottle, no head at all, deep brown-red hue making it seem black. All great signs. Aroma is almost perfect. Deep roasted malt, honey, chocolate, toasted oat, vanilla and notes of heaven all in the nose. I cannot imagine the flavor getting better with age, since it has the perfect complexity and flavor after a year and a half... but I do doubt it could get worse. Flavor is like a rich deep cherry and molasses flavor. Strong notes of vanilla and wood come through with a honey-like smoothness as well as the subdued malty sweetness. God this one is amazing. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 (2011 edition) Bottle split with mcberko at Hair of the Dog tasting room. Pours solid black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma of candied sugar, dark fruits, bourbon, wood and black cherries. Flavour of dark cherries, light bourbon, candied sugar and wood - ABV is hidden really well. Palate is silky smooth, beautifully balanced, full-bodied and clean. AMAZING. Best of Hair of the Dog.
(2008 edition tasted in 2011) Far smokier than 2011. Cherries virtually undetectable. Not as good as fresh 2011 bottle.
2009 bottle tried Aug 24 2012. (Thanks Dave!) More similar to the 2011 bottle - but the bourbon is more pronounced in the 2009 than I remember from 2011.