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Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
Got this glorious bottle of beer from Wetpaperbag. It is Batch #70. Served up in an over sized wine glass.

A: Pours a really nice, dark brown color. It deceptively looks black. Held to light gives you all you need to know. Nice red hues pour through with the light. A really slow pour yeilded a huge damn head. I mean really big. Over 3 fingers. It is big and a beautiful mocha color. Head is really thick and creamy. The lacing on the glass goes from top to bottom, sticky as it gets. Beer appears to be thick and coats the glass. Very nice. Would have gotten a 5 if the head would not have been so ridiculous.

S: Smell isa little strange. The first thing I get is some really clean, semi-sweet spring water. I mean really clean water smell is really coming out. Then some nice rich malts come forth. Lots of dark fruits. Booze, maybe bourbon. FIG. Lots of figs. Little bit of smoke and chocolate round out the nose.

T: This beer is interesting to say the least. It tastes different on every damned sip. I can't pin it down as one thing. Just so much going on. One sip yeilds a very malty sweetness. The next brings some serious bourbon booziness. Then it comes as seriously rich dark chocolate. Then next is all fruit with dates and fig dominating. Then randomly you get a really earthy flavor of grass and leather. This beer is all over the place. It is really interesting. I can't tell if it is genius or chaos. I know I want more.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has some serious creaminess going down. Carbonation is just enough to help it down but is not in your face. ABV is slight on the tongue and throat. Aftertaste is ever changing with many flavors lingering at different times. Very nice.

D: This beer is absolutely drinkable for the ABV. I find it to go down incredibly easy. The diversity of the flavor profile which is ever changing just makes you want to drink more and further explore this brew. This beer is quite good and I very happy I had the chance to drink it. THANKS MATHEW!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 11-06-2008 06:04:54

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 17 3 7 0
61! Poured a cloudy dark brown hue similar to a mahogany color. A good frothy head with smaller bubbles and great lacing lasting through the whole tasting.

The smell is rich with noticeable fruity aromas throughout. A noticeable smell overall. Some plums, black cherries and sweeter figs notes have a strong influence. The malt is big and some phenol characteristics at the end.

The taste is also rich but with upstart fruity notes limiting its complexity. Maybe it should have aged more, but come fig and cherry are more noticeable then the malt. Some hints of raisins and esters as well is a touch of yeast bite at the end.

The body is full but should have more (in my opinion). Old Ales can vary, but this seems lacking for an old ale. Overall the taste is good with a unique fruity flavor, and worth another try. As for my batch, I’m a 61!

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 11 19 5 9 0
12oz Bottle
$3.19
Liquid Solutions

Batch #67

Adam pours the darkest of browns with only tiny hard to spot mahogany highlights when held direcly to the light. A big 2+ finger head of the utmost creaminess formed on the pour and just stayed put. Leaves moderate lacing after each sip. The creamiest head on a beer I can remember.

Lots of heavy, deep, dark aromas. First thing that hits the nose is a roasted malty goodness quickly followed by a solid campfire smokiness. When I smell deeper I pick up cream and some dark fruits including figs and raisins. Smells utterly unique and exceptional.

The flavor is so complex and dark that I cant even begin to describe the complexity. I will try and give a description in simplified form though. Roasted malts give a nice bitterness upfront followed by a shot of cream and a quick gulp of campfire smoke. Toward the finish there's a very welcomed berry sweetness including blackberries, some bing cherries, and (although not a berry) fig. Mild hop bitterness on the tongue that intensifies as the bottle disappears.

The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely sublime. I can't pick out one thing even remotely wrong with this mouthfeel. Thick and lush describe it perfectly. Oh, and velvety, smooth and creamy. I guess there is no end to the positive adjectives that could be used to describe the body of this brew.

Everything about this beer is so big and enjoyable that it would be tough to drink more than a couple. I'd hate to drink more than one, actually, for the simple fact I would feel like I'm disrespecting such a fine brew.

This is a World class old ale from Hair of the Dog. Actually this is a world class ale of any sorts. If this was available in my area I would order it by the truckload. Anxious to try other batches.


Price: $3.19 Served In: Bottle

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2003
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-08-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Batch 58, info from the website: Brewed on: 2-12-03; Bottled on: 6-5-03.

Pours a dark caramel with hints or red, and an impressive 2 fingers of light hazelnut colored head; it has a big, frothy, soft crown of foam that retains to a quarter inch layer. Incredible retention.

The aroma is fruity, with apples in full force followed by some grapes, orange zest, hop flowers, caramel malts, and multi-grain bread. Some soft spicy notes hide slyly in the background. Sweet dark fruits, toffee, and a bit of chocolate are also in the mix.

Toasted malts and warm apples upfront, cranberries, hop bitterness, citrus zest, smoke, and wood notes. I wasn't too fond of the first or second sip, but I have to say it is growing on me quickly. I'm enjoying the crisp apple-peel flavors and the smoky finish. The taste also reminds me a bit of chewing on rose petals.

The mouthfeel is very smooth, but this beer sure is a sipper.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 04/16/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 2008
Thanks to Proninja for this brew>

Batch 70

A- Ginormous head on this dude. Tan head fades into a thin creamy chunk bumping around the top of the brew.

S- Sweet upfront, with some alcohol lingering.Smells like warm maple syrup. Soggy hop smell to it, real musty.

T- Really complex flavor here. Really dark fruity upfront. More of the syrup sweetness in it, maybe molasses. Really creamy and chewy. Slight dry finish hides the alcohol really well. Some light chocolate in the finish also.

M- Perfect feel to this brew.

O- Skye was right. I NEEDED to get on this brew. Really a great drinker and one of the more complex brews I've tried. Awesome.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Batch 64.

A - Careful this thing produces foam like you wouldn't believe. Monstrous light brown head is foamy and slightly soapy looking. Not going anywhere. Body is dark brown with garnet highlights.

S - Hmmm...how to describe this. Lots going on here. Sweetness is provided by toffee, molasses, black cherries. Dark roasted grain, some smoke, old coffee, and a touch of bourbon. I am having a hard time pinning it all down here.

T - Thick and rich with tons of flavor. Molasses and toffee provide the sweetness up front. This switches to some smoked, toasted dark malt flavors. Coffee and a touch of bourbon. Layer upon layer of flavor here. Now I am getting some black currants and black cherry. This is evolving as it warms.

M - Thick and rich. Carbonation is nice and smooth.

D - Wow, this is one hell of a beer here. First time I have had this and I wish I would've stocked up before HOTD left Minnesota.

Served In: Pint Glass

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