Friday, January 1, 2010

Hair of the Dog "Fred"

Style: American Barleywine
Serving Type: Bottle
No Price
Purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA.
Read about Hair of the Dog at Beer Advocate.

Aroma: Sweet orange peel with a melanoidin malt backbone. Citrus hop aromatics lie behind the malt with hints of dark frut also lingering. The aroma is very rich with the orange presence becoming stronger as the beer warms.

Appearance: With a slow pour down the side of the glass the beer forms a massive billowy white head. I had to wait to pour the entire bottle. The beer is the color of diluted amber with a slight yeast haze.

Flavor: Initial blast of an alcoholic and warming flavor of dark fruit. Not hot. Rich malt complexity of fresh white bread, caramel, nougat, and toffee. Finishes with an alcoholic bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Not as much carbonation as expected considering the massive head. Clean on the pallet but with a slightly sticky lingering presence.

Overall: I was a bit disappointed in the fact that I couldn't even pour the entire beer at once, because of the bottle conditioning I wanted to leave the yeast behind but with multiple tips of the bottle I was sure to stir some up. Otherwise an excellent and complex, nicely sipping, warming ale. Great malt and citric complexities from the nose to the mouth.

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