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Hair of the Dog Dave

Hair of the Dog Dave

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A Barley Wine brewed by
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

Portland, Oregon USA


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624.47/5.04.43/5.0Special29%100Snifter P  Stats

Commercial Description:
Dave is an English Barley Wine. This beer was produced in 1994, and won first place at the 1998 Toronado Barley Wine Festival. The strength was achieved by taking 300 gallons of Adam and freezing it twice, leaving only 100 gallons.

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 xmarcnolanx (686), Kirkwood, Missouri, USA
4.1 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
Jan 24, 2009    Updated: Jan 27, 2009
Wow, can’t believe I got this one. Shared with 6 other people. Ended up bringing this and Millennium to the tasting. Also had Utopias and 1999 Lou Pepe Pure Kriek among others. Aroma is sweet cocoa, oak, mineral, alcohol, some cassis and soy. Drinking side by side with Millennium and Utopias, this beer kind of gets lost in the shuffle, so to speak. Insanely delicate and complex for such a monster with a viscous, full mouthfeel. Tastes so ridiculously complex it is hard to describe. The oak comes in waves along with some medicinal vanilla, maple, some olive and more oak. Legs forever on this thing. Lovely.

drmatt (51), THE LOU, Missouri, USA
4.2 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
Jan 24, 2009  
thanks marc for the opportunity to try this rarity. as mentioned before, my initial thoughts of this were that it was similar to triple bock. this would be a much smoother, complex and easier to drink version, though. this had a lot going on and i wish i had more!

 fredandboboflo (817), East Setauket, New York, USA
4.3 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
Jan 9, 2009  
Bottle. Aroma bursting with complexity: chocolate, pecans, prune, raisin, sherry, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, sap, leaves. Amazingly, that list was compiled from two different goes at the beer and the only common note I got, or wrote down at least, was the chocolate, and it is surely an immensely chocolaty beer. Flavor even more chocolaty, a very bitter chocolate, to go along with sweet oak, sweet bourbon, and occasional glances at the rest of the aroma notes. Quite viscous. Very warming, but that hardly needs stating. And continuing with the theme of the obvious, it’s, ya know, good.

 LilBeerDoctor (873), East Setauket, New York, USA
3.7 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
Jan 8, 2009  
Rating #800!!! Bottle thanks to my lil sweetheart fredandboboflo. Pours black with absolutely no head. Aroma is quite pungent. Lots of booze with a slight hint of chocolate. This is very reminiscent of Triple Bock (except that this smells good at a distance). Flavor is initially very strong with bourbon and oaky notes with a finish of vanilla, oak, and lots of chocolate truffles. Very warming with an alcohol burn in the swallow. This is the best example of a rare breed (ie a high-alcohol beer) but at the same time, it is not really my thing. Still, I’m glad to have gotten a chance to try this one. 7/3/8/3/16 (3.7/5)

 JoeMcPhee (4091), Jackson Heights, New York, USA
4.3 Aroma Appearance Flavor Palate Overall
Dec 31, 2008  
I really can’t believe that I got a chance to try this. Many, many thanks to fredandboboflo. Deep amber brown beer with no head at all. Aroma is very rich and sweet. There is a lot going on in here... cocoa, tobacco, wood and bourbon. Cherry, molasses and a lot of sweet dried fruit. Pomegranate and date molasses wrapped around sweet honey hazelnuts and almonds. Finishes quite sweet and cocoaish with lingering date and a savoury licorice/soy character. Fairly boozy retronasally, but this isn’t really noticible in the mouth. Sort of like a rich mix of tawny port, bourbon, and barleywine. It’s hard to believe that this works nearly as well as it does. Again, many thanks for sharing such a gem of a beer.

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