Hair of the Dog - Rose Cassis
Per the label: Brewed on July 12th and bottled on September 8, 2005. Local grown black currants were used in the brew.
Pours from the bottle a deep cloudy dark purple/violet color with a nice creamy two finger pinkish/purple head on top. The creamy violet color of this brew is really quite cool and stunningly unique. Aromas are a melding of light malty spiciness with a fresh sweet/tart black currant aroma. Mellow notes of cloves and pepper linger behind a fresh yeasty aroma. A bit on the subdued side.
First sip brings an intense berrylicious black currant flavor that carries a nice helping of tartness. Underneath lies a spicy light maltiness that's quite peppery with a hint of clove and big bready yeasty flavors. Sweetness and tartness battle it out in this one as it hits the back of the palate with a tart vengance. A touch of alcohol sneaks in and melds itself well with the overall flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good active carbonation. Slightly creamy..I enjoy the body on this fruity brew. It's really flavorful and not anywhere near cloying. Fresh berry flavors make it easy to drink. I could see myself easily having a few in a sitting. Cheers to Alan and the Hair of the Dog crew for another interesting brew.
Overall I gave this brew a 4.1 out of 5. As far as I know this was only available directly from the brewery...so unless you find someone to trade with you're probably gonna have very little luck coming across any!