Travlr (25530) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2010
Muddy brown appearance, no head, no lacing. Aroma is boozy, vinous port wine, dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, scotch, bourbon, prunes, raisins. Nice brew. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2010
Murky dark brown color with no head whatsoever. Aroma is of oak, cocoa, toast and it also has a meatiness to it. Sweet caramel and dark fruit also come through in the nose. Smokelike taste gives a bit of a bacon flavor and there’s also a suggestion of peated malt. Rich caramel and dark fruits are also present with a bit of barrel character. Full bodied with minimal carbonation, this certainly wouldn’t need much carbonation, but it could use more than it has. Still pretty nice and smooth on the tongue. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2010
Big bourbon nose, lots of raisins, caramel and toffee. Fairly sweet, fairly bitter, toffee and prunes, lots of coconut bourbon. Very nice stuff, I want a cigar with this! KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
GABF ’09.kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Pours a deep mahogany with an aroma of cedar alcohol and cherry. Flavor is molasses cedar cherry pudding. Thick on the tongue. Not bad. Not bad at all.
12 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a dark mahogany brown body with a small beige head that ran to a thin ring. The nose is sour, smoky and oaky with some dark fruits, light apple, dark cocoa, and some light vanilla and bourbon notes. Very deep and complex smelling. Deep dark fruity and smoked malts mingle wonderfully with the vanilla and oak barrel influences. Somehow the residual sweetness from the candy sugar on the finish really works awesome with the smoke and apple notes. Amazingly well hidden alcohol, I almost can’t believe this is 11.5%. The mouthfeel is very velvety and smooth with perfect soft minimal carbonation. This beer is just crazy good. I’d take this over Adam, and that’s no small statement at all. I hope that this will be made again and again.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
On tap @ HOTD. Before serving me a taster, Alan went ahead with the boldest claim: It’s much more complex than Adam. I was a non-believer, but now, I just don’t know. Upon the first whiff, the similar base to Adam is noticeable as roasty, vinous hints develop into realms of complexity. Fruity and bourbony paths are taken, leading into a clearing of apple flavours thanks to its Apple brandy barrel sojourn. As the sip evolves, you can reconstruct its history, its elaboration process, hints of its various component growing acquaintances with your senses. Evolutive flavour, bourbon being a complement to a vinous, fruity malt monster. Chewy palate whose rich residual sugars are tamed down by HOTD’s classic lively, engaging carbonation. A unique treat that would come across as a gimmick from most other breweries. Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2010
Hair of the Dog comes up with some great ales. Pours very dark with a small but significant off-white head, and there is lace down the glass. The aroma of classier bourbon wafts, and it is rich and strong, as is the mouthfeel. A great drinking ale, with good chocolate. Coconut and vanilla accumulates in the tastebuds. Bourbon and a tad of sugar in the aftertaste, that is somewhat drying. chriso (7583) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle at mesandsim tasting, 31 August 2009. Dark brown colour. Very rich. Hints of chocolate. Quite woody, with some dried fruit. Sweetish and warming. Alcohol is a little on the hot side. Maybe a bit too much. Not personally convinced that the whisky and apple elements are a perfect marriage. I enjoyed it but didn’t find it as exceptional as I had hoped. Not entirely sure why this is classified as a Traditional Ale.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle shared by joetheyounger. Pours a cola brown with no head. Aroma is brandy, oak, dried fruits and some booze. Flavor is dark dried fruit, molasses, oak, and brandy. Thick and syrupy with low carbonation. JoeinDahlem (1584) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2010
Three cheers to Rad Brad the Cellar Cad. Bottle. Nearly black beer with ruby highlights wears a frothy tan cap. Intense nose of apples and applewood, oranges, with notes of whiskey and cedar... something like sticking your head into a freshly made wooden coffin laden with dried fruit and flowers. Sweetish taste but not cloying, backed by a carefu and firm bitterness, rolling into a gentle alcoholic warmth. More of that fruity, flowery perfumery in the backdrop. And aftertaste. For its strength, intensity and complexity, it’s far more drinkable than it ought to be. Nearly a masterpiece.