Part three of the mini-shows was our visit to Hair of the Dog in Portland, OR. We’d heard a ton about the brewery, and it didn’t disappoint.
Ruth – 5%. Hazy orange color with a light white head. Biscuit malt and citrus on nose. Very unusual malt character. Nice citrus finish. 8.3
Lila – 6%. Nose is spicy and grassy hops and some grainy aroma. Very bready malt flavor, clean, spicy hops. 8.9
Fred – 10%. Listed as a golden strong at the tasting room and a barleywine on ratebeer. Very little head. Aroma is spice and caramel. Rye is strong on the flavor, bringing grain bitterness and spice to the sweet malt profile. No hint of the alcohol. Hops are all over the place bringing a new complexity. Amazing beer. 10
Adam – 10%. Aroma is rich malt with raisin. Taste is rich malt, chocolate and smoke. Still somewhat chilled the alcohol taste was only detraction, but upon warming the alcohol was more hidden, bumping my score to a perfect 10.
Blue Dot Double IPA – 7.0%, 80 IBU. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and a bit grassy. Tastes of citrus fruit and pine. Light maltiness for a DIPA and good spice from rye. Easy finish with a light bitterness. 9.3
Hair of the Dog/ Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel Oatmeal Stout – 5.5%. Black with a small tan head. Loads of roasted malt character on the nose and chocolate. Strong hazelnut character and a creamy mouthfeel that belies the heavy roast character. Wow. 9.8
Cherry Adam From the Wood – 13.5%. Adam aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels on black cherries. Aroma is cherry and vanilla bourbon. Tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. Bourbon is a bit strong on the finish, but honestly not as strong a booziness as I’d expect for a bourbon barrel aged beer of that ABV. 9.9