Strong Ales, Old Ales & Barleywines – Beer Reviews

Hair of the Dog Fred – Day 31


Tonight, we went to the Indians game.  I know that they are terrible, but it is still fun to sit outside on a gorgeous night and enjoy a game of baseball.  As part of our shared season ticket package, of which we have 5 games, we get to watch one game in a suite each year.  Tonight was that night.

In the fifth inning or so, a pop fly was headed for the suite next to us.  The guy standing nearest to the rail held up his hand as if to catch the ball.  At the last second,…

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Hair of the Dog Adam – Day 13


Yesterday’s post made me want to try a beer from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland.  We fortunately had 2 bottles in our fridge just waiting to be opened and enjoyed.  I chose to try Adam, which is a 10% old-world ale.

Hair of the Dog experiments with bottle conditioning in many of their beers.  Bottle conditioning allows the beer to re-ferment in the bottle by adding yeast.  Why, you might ask?  So that the beer can age well.  Hair of the Dog wants their beers to be cellared and sampled as they age.  They suggest waiting a few years before drinking.  A vintage finder is…

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Fat Head’s Sorcerer


I have to say that this is one of the first craft beers that I absolutely loved from the start.  It might have something to do with the fact that this beer is 9% ABV and back then 2 knocked me for a loop.  But more likely it is due to the malty sweetness that emanates from this beer after each sip.  There is a licorice aroma and a spice taste that lingers.  The initial tastes can be boozy, but as this beer comes to room temperature it smooths out.  The booziness disappears, the mouthfeel becomes smoother, and the…

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Brasserie de Silly – Scotch Silly

scotch silly

Okay, so they got me.  I ordered this beer for the name alone.  I am not a huge fan of Scotch ales to begin with, only liking a few.  So, it wasn’t necessarily their fault, but my own for choosing this beer.  And to be honest, it wasn’t terrible.  But it certainly didn’t make me giggle or laugh in any way, which was disappointing.

In my opinion, many scotch ales simply taste like scotch ales. I can describe their flavors with the following terms: burned sugar, toffee, sweet, boozy.  Scotch Silly is just the same.  There was nothing overly…

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Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Naked Evil

This beer is a Belgian style Barleywine with 11.3% ABV.   It was barrel aged for several months in a bourbon barrel of unknown origin. No, I don’t mean a mysterious barrel that fell to Earth, I mean the brewer uses several kinds of barrels and this one wasn’t disclosed.

The color is a reddish amber with orange around the edges.  It’s relatively clear with a touch of lace clinging to the side of the glass.  This beer looks very interesting and delicious.   It might be a little lighter then what I expected, perhaps that is why the brewer says it…

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