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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
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Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 17 3 7 0
Is this an AA meeting, hello Fred. Pours a mostly hazy golden yellow color with a light amber hue through out. A bubbly white head with limited retention and lacing. A bit dark for style but ok.

The nose is complex. Some grainy and husky notes with a sweeter malt character that lingers. A lot of esters with fruity notes. A odd mango citrus, orange and banana thing. Mixes with a distinct bubblegum and light grapey notes. Some noticeable yeasty notes along with some minor butyric. Very different and not really a barleywine. More along the lines of an American Belgian Golden Strong.

The taste tones down on everything and blends better versus the nose. The malt is bigger with a toffee and grainy taste. Lingers into a more malty undertone with some complexity. Hops come out and really are the only thing that really resemble a barleywine. A more citrus orange flavor but hints of mango and herbal hop notes. A slight salty note that kinds brings a sharp finish to it. The esters and pheonics are strong. Bubblegums and cloves with a hint of oxidation. Noticeable fusel notes that over powers in the end.

The body is full with very limited carbonation. This is a unique beer and I wouldn’t have called it a barleywine but that is kind of what HoTD is all about. For sure could age and hopefully some of the fusel, yeast and oxidation notes would drop out.

Served In: Bottle

Review by k3n on 12/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 8 17 5 9 0
12 oz bottle, batch 71.

Clear, reddish-amber. My careful pour to keep the sediment in the bottle left me little to no head, which then died away to nothing. Careful agitation stirs up wispy bubbles, but that's it. Oh well.

The nose is all sweet malt, perhaps with a hint of some spice waaaaaay in the background.

Taste follows the nose with huge malt sweetness up front. Despite the lackluster head, the mouthfeel is a bit prickly and lively, lightening up the heavy malt presence. Flavors continue with some fruit in the middle (apricot, peach) and the finish is again faint spices and ends faintly bitter. 10% alcohol is pretty much nonexistent.

Superb sipper for cold weather.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tangfoot on 11/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 17 5 10 0
I poured this bottle out into two servings, and neither one produced much of a head other than some very fine bubbles that dissipated very quickly. Great color, lots of haziness from sediment.

Tons of malts and fruitiness in the nose. It's also got a very strong alcohol presence. There's some dark fruit flavors hiding that comes through a bit, also.

Lovely taste. It's not exactly a barleywine, but it's that's probably the closest style it hits. Lots of malt sweetness and alcohol, but it's not difficult to drink at all. There's some residual bitterness in the finish, but also flavors of bright fruits and caramel.

Really great mouthfeel. It is perfectly carbonated and velvety smooth. The taste lingers and stickiness coats the tongue.'

One of my favorite beers, for obvious reasons. I like to keep a couple of these around for my birthday and such, but this was my last one. Time to trade with someone in the PacNW again.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 11 17 4 8 0
12oz Bottle
Liquid Solutions

Batch 67

Fred pours a hazy dirty copper with a great three finger tan head that lasts and lasts. The body glows with orange highlights when backlit and for some reason the head even seemes to have a tint of dirty orange to it. A few tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the big dense head keeping it busy. Leaves sheet lacing down the glass after each sip.

This beer smells nothing like what I was expecting. The first thing that comes to mind is juicy but tart ripe green apples along with slivered almonds. Hmmm....interesting. Some caramel and semi-sweet pale maltiness lurk around in the back and there's a nice alcohol spiciness toward the end that adds a great complexity. Really interesting and delicious smelling. Makes my mouth water.

The maltiness comes through much more in the flavor than aroma. Caramel and toffee maltiness show through big along with a mid-palate leafy hoppy bitterness. The green apple tartness and quick but sharp nuttiness come through as well. This beer is as unique as it gets. Layers of complexity. The next sip never equals the last.

The mouthfeel is unbelievably luxurious and plush. Airy up front, creamy in the middle, and smooth as velvet on the finish. The carbonation level is perfect.

This beer goes down super easy but is without a doubt a sipper. I could drink it a little faster but with the sheer complexity I would be missing way to much.

Fred must have been a good man because the beer brewed in his honor is brewed with great care and unbelievable flavor. I'd love to see the recipe for this beer. It fits in no catagory but has hints of many styles. Another great beer from Hair of the Dog. Adam and Ruth are two of my favorites from this year.

Reviewed: 10/20/07

Price: $3.89 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by thickfreakness on 12/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 4 9 2008
Batch 56 from around 2003 I think.

Pours hazy golden that clears up to a nice clear caramel color. A huge billowy white head fades to nothing by the end of the beer.

Aromas of sherry, deep rich caramel, maple syrup, toffee, butterscotch and little to nothing from the hops. A big 'ole malt bomb.

Flavor is huge caramel, sherry, maple, slight roast even(?), butterscotch some peatiness and bits of smoke, and a slight bit of oxidation.

Pretty big mouthfeel with little to no carbonation.

A nice big barleywine that was a great sipper. I much preferred this over the fresh one I tried this summer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 06/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 1998
Batch 4, thanks to Westsidethreat. According to the site, brewed on 01/06/1998. At that time I could legally drink for two whole days.

A - Pours dead. Absolutely no carbonation left here at all. Muddy dark reddish brown.

S - Whoa, this thing is boozy. All sort of aromas floating around here. Huge deep vanilla and toffee. Caramel. Very slight oxidation showing. There is just loads of malty sweetness bursting out of my glass here. The toffee just won't quit.

T - Big toffee sweetness right away. Followed by brown sugar. Caramel comes in with a slight stickiness. This is where the age of the beer comes out. Big flavor of wet cardboard washes over the tongue. Slight amount of bitterness comes on, but the cardboard taste really sticks around, making it difficult to pull too much else out. Finishes a bit boozy with a slight medicinal flavor to it.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very slight carbonation.

Overall - This one had some nice things develop, but it is past it's prime in my opinion. Now I need to try some more to see when that magical aging time is for me.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 2008
Originally reviewed 07/09/06

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours with a massive off white head. Light, hazy amber color. Drooling.

S - Light, sweet alcohol. Sweet and floral hops.

T - Dark, hoppy flavor up front, with the alcohol becoming present towards the end of the drink. Complex profile with some caramel flavors present. Why does this say this is a Golden Ale on the bottle? This is American barleywine through and through.

M - Nice, soft and full bodied. Carbonation is definitely high for the style, but the tickling of the tongue is very nice.

D - I could only have a couple of these, but would enjoy every single minute of it

Served In: Bottle

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