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Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Reviews: 545
Hads: 1,140
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 401
Gots: 261 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Barleywine | 11.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 10-12-2001

"a Barley Wine made in the West Coast style. Big malt and hops make this copper colored ale one of our most popular products. Produced in September and October and released in November, this Beer will improve for years to come. Alcohol: 11.5% by volume. IBU's 70"
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Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage bottle. Pours a very non impressive flat looking cloudy brown. No head nor carbonation, 2.00. Smells much better then it looks Dried fruit on the nose with unique apricot type aromas, 4.50. Taste is mellow, semi sweet. The way a good Barleywine should be, not to sweet and overpowering. Hard to believe it's 11%. No burn at all just tasty complex malty delishiousness. 4.50

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2016-01-01
12oz bottle of 2014 served in a tulip. Bottle opened with surprisingly, disturbingly little gasp.

Beer pours flat, brown, muddy looking. Smell is wood, smoke, very oaky.Alcohol. Taste is very sweet, lots and lots of that oaky characteristic. Some strange buttery characteristic.

Mouthfeel is slick, thick, oily. Not a fan. I've had it other times, and thought it was good. I suspect I got a bad bottle, based on the butteriness and the lack of pressure when I opened the cap.

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Photo of zratcliff
1.18/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just making this review to add to some below.

2015 bottle

Opened the cap (popped doesn't count here as I will note below). Zero sound.

Did aggressive pour into a snifter. ZERO carb.

Off Smell - I can smell a little bit of BW here, but more apple cider vinegar.

Taste - absolutely awful - and this is coming from someone who has grown to love English style BWs. Vinegar and cardboard.

I am guessing there was an issue with the seal of the cap or the bottle conditioning itself. Maybe both.

As another poster said below - quality control or lack thereof, ruined this beer for me.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled gifted from Bretthead. 2013 bottle per the label. Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, burnished copper with a bubbly film and a few yeast specks. Looks like it has little or no carbonation. Body is very hazy with no lacing.

Aroma: Worn leather, oxidized malts, brown sugar, raisins, marshmallowy malts (not unlike that in an aged Bigfoot), fading piney American hops.

Taste: Nice American hop presence hanging around up front, gooey honey, brown sugar, soft alcohol, roasted barley. What I want from a seasonal barleywine.

Mf: Medium body for a beer which equals more of a thin feel for a barleywine. Almost zero carbonation. Very slick and syrupy. Hardly any heat.

Overall: A very nice barleywine with a sweeter, dark take on the style and a dry hoppyness. Even a dab of carbonation could of really helped this beer. The hop presence is there to cut the sweetness but with the stillness it’s just hoppy, syrupy sweet malt water. Well worth it if you think it might be carbed, otherwise just stick to Bigfoot or Hog Heaven for a hoppy American barleywine.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.69/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage. kept at cellar conditions since obtaining in 2013.

A: pours like all hell. dark brown and super hazy. tried to keep most of the conditioning yeast out of the pour, but it was challenging. head is super frothy and has great retention.

S: smells like a glass of raisins. oxidation too. virtually no hops. this thing is pretty cooked and despite being held at cellar conditions, didn't age nicely.

T: see aroma.

M: a positive from this, the carb is great. full bodied brew.

D: see aroma. truly, I kept this in good condition and it really is nothing to write home about. should have drank sooner as I could only imagine fresh would be much better.

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap at the brew pub.

Big foamy head, fades slowly, nice lacing, murky auburn reddish color.

Nose big sweet candy, sweet reddish caramel malt, big crystal malt and toffee buscuit, , mild fruity esters, hint herbal hop background, hint of booze.

Taste big caramel, like caramel sugar daddee candy, toffee, toasty reddish malt, mild herbal spicy hop in the background, hint of booze warmth with fruity esters, candied fig and date, finish little sticky, mostly dry, hint more booze, long caramel toffee candied creams.

Mouth is thicker, creamy chewy like caramel creams, nice carb, hint of booze.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
1.3/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I couldn't imagine this was the intended product. Entirely flat, skunky in smell and taste, this was, in a word, undrinkable. If you left apple cider sitting in a cupboard for a few months, forgotten and unrefrigerated, it might taste something like this. Or it might actually taste better. HotD makes some great beers, but needs to focus on their QC.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have to admit I was really disappointed in this one as it came highly recommended. It just seemed to be really flat to me. Almost to the point where I am wondering if I got a skunked bottle. I don't think so though. I realize this beer has a lot of fans so I will simply say it is not for me

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Photo of kacytennic
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good beer, complex flavors that were very well balanced, Nice hoppy ness thats complimented nicely with sweet malt, really great combination. Hops arent over the but hang around really nicely to work with the other flavors.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, into a snifter.

Look: clear amber, modest head, with some lacing that lasts.
Aroma: dark fruits, caramel, some alcohol
Taste: sweet, malty, a little boozy. I get just a bit of hoppiness. No bitterness to speak of at all.
Mouthfeel: still some carbonation. Very smooth.
Overall: a tasty barleywine that hits the spot for me. Not the best I've ever had by any means, but quite good, and well worth having again.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2010 legend received via CanBIF; thank-you tmappins!

Has held up remarkably well after 5 years of bottle aging. Pours a dusty amber with a thin-bubbled beige head that has good staying power. An impressive amount of carbonation for a purposely "flat" beer after such a length of time. The sludge under the cap was a bit disconcerting, but no harm that I've yet found.

Aroma started with a dark fruit palate but has become slightly oxidized as it warms. As that's a characteristic I attribute to faded hops in many barley wines, I believe it's as expected. Mouthfeel is creamy and fulsome, with the +11% scarily well hidden i.e. very little alcohol burn in the finish. Malt spectrum in the taste ranges from a sweet body to a nicely dry finish, with prunes and other dried stone fruit predominant.

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Photo of Hop_God
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Horribly disappointing. Reminds me of a bad home brew attempt.

L: Muddy and looked like it was separated from the rest of the beer
S: Bread, tons of bread. old dried fruit
T: Is this some kind of joke? first thing i thought. all over the place. just a yeast bomb with no flavors of anything else. Very basic.
F: slushy and clunky. No carbonation whatsoever .
O: I am so disappointed in this. I have two more bottles i intend to age for a while in hopes that It develops into something palatable.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.28/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This one pours a syrupy looking opaque brown. There's a small amount of bubbles on top, which is surprising, because this one is flat as can be. There's some sludge under the bottle cap and inside the neck of the bottle. Gulp.

Smells actually somewhat decent, piney and citrusy hops mainly, with a bit of caramel.

Tastes honestly atrocious though. This just feels unfinished, honestly. It's got a flat, stale cardboard flavor, almost like it's oxidized. The funny part is this is a 2014 bottle, though, so there's no way it'd be oxidized. There's a little bit of a old molasses flavor, and absolutely no hop flavor at all. This is strangely muted, and like I said, unfinished. Did it even finish fermenting? There seems to be so much unfermented sugar and dead yeast in here. Meh.

This has an intensely syrupy and unpleasant mouthfeel, with absolutely no carbonation, whatsoever, leading to an wholly undrinkable beer. I don't mind low carbonation, some styles require a lower level of carbonation, but this is just flat and dead.

This honestly felt like a shitty attempt at a barleywine homebrew. Not a great start to Hair of the Dog, as this was the first beer I've ever had from them. Ugh.

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Photo of mabermud
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: No head. Medium brown body. No legs or residue.
Smell: Caramel, coconut, maple, and Playdough.
Taste: Caramel, coconut, doughy/bready sweetness, and maple.
Feel: Nice coverage. Low carb. Nice soft body.
Overall: I would say it is kind of flat, but I like it too much to say that. HotD makes great beer. I will have it again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured in a snifter, the beer is a muddled, opaque, nut brown coloring with no head. Aromas of raw honey, chocolate, molasses, rich toffee, booze, and earthy notes. Flavors are rich and smooth forward, with toffee and molasses sweetness. Creme highlights and earthy notes blend to help balance the booze. Date, fig, and raisins round out the rich characteristics. Smooth, creamy, robust bodied, with a rich, layered, sugary sweets, old world fruit aftertaste. The finish is smooth, creamy, and warming, with a molasses and cream linger.

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Photo of Wayne17
2.33/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow this is a let down. Had to be the least appealing beer I've ever seen. Looks like diarrhea to be quite honest and smells vaguely barley wine-ish. Taste isn't AWFUL but it's certainly not good. A weird plastic-y aspect to this that doesn't sit well. And still looking at it is giving me the willies. Bottle says its a 2013 in case anyone cares.

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Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps beyond my current palate, but I don't think so...It looked, smelled, and tasted bad (like medicine or some kind of stale/infected cider more than beer). Still, I recognize I'm in the minority on this verdict. Maybe you'll love it! (Edit: refers to 2014 batch, which may have had "issues.")

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Photo of dar482
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

The beer offers lots of dark fruit flavor of dried dates, without being too deeply like caramelized dark fruit like a quad. This is surrounded by sweetness along with woody and earthy flavors.

The sweetness is almost too cloying as the beer tastes as if honey or a fruited syrup was added.

In general, good earthy and rich American barleywine flavors, but it is surrounded by too much sticky sweetness.

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer glass.
A - Pours a somewhat murky amber color (I poured it a little fast and there was a reasonable amount of sediment). The half finger of head slowly dissipates to a fine lacing.
S - Very hoppy with some malt and carmel in the background.
T - Somewhat off pine/resinous hop flavor up front. A little bit of malt in there but mostly hops, hop and more hops.
M - Medium mouth feel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - An average American style barley wine. Not very well balanced. Maybe in 3 years the hops would have dropped out some but here and now not very pleasing and I like barley wines.

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Photo of NCalement
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2013 bottle poured into a BFM globe.

A- Murky brown. No head or lacing, some slow bubbles, looks flat.

S- Honey, malt, toffee, leather, bitter hops deep within, and some vanilla. Smell is muted but nice.

T- Sweet malt juice with a slight hint of bitter hops. So good. It has all you want in the flavor. Sweet honey, vanilla, toffee, leather, tobacco and bitter soap with a crisp pine tar finish.

M- No carbonation, medium body with a viscus mouthfeel. No sign of high ABV with a good crisp finish that lingers on the palate.

O- I've had it aged and now fresh and its world class either way. What a great beer. Worth finding and aging or drinking fresh!!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Murky leather brown with taupe rings.
Bright fresh orange hard candy nose with chocolate bark and coffee sweetness.
Leather, coffee candy, burnt sugar, date and dried apricot, then a bit does of orangey hops.
Werthers finish and brown sugar syrup linger.

Lots of complexity, if not hops. Piles of sweetness that could use more IBUs for balance - I get the Amarillo, but not the Simcoe. A great winter sipper.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Big crack upon opening, very highly carbonated. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy ruby red color with a 2-3 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, pepper, floral, grass, caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, honey, herbal, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, honey, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, honey, floral, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops with dark malt/honey flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Paincane
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque copper colored brew with a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Yeast sediment is present.
S: Aromas of bread, toffee & brown sugar. Alcohol and yeasty notes dance on the nose.
T: Biscuity malt flavors with honey presence. Opens as it warms and becomes more intensely boozy.
M: Chewy and warming.
O: Full flavored & boozy.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, so 2 years old at this point. Thanks Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Very hazy, cloudy medium-dark brown body. Looks like muddy water, kind of disgusting actually. Minimal head, minimal retention, no lacing.

Smell- Dark fruits, molasses, sugar, tart fruits- perhaps freshly cut apple or pear- caramel, toffee. Hints of earthiness.

Flavour- I assume this has mellowed out really well. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee dominate. A little bit of what I perceive as vanilla. Slight earthy backend.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, somewhat creamy, good carbonation despite being 2 years old. Interestingly, the backend is sweeter than it is early.

Overall- Nice drinking barleywine. I'm going to have to get a bottle to try fresh, but I can already say that 2 years of age definitely has to have helped this beer; at the very least it didn't hurt it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

3-26-2009
Pours a murky brown color with a dismal off white head that dissipates instantly. Smells of citrus brown sugar caramel a bit of alcohol. Tastes of caramel and citrus, lots of lemon comes through. Some alcohol mixed with a mild astringency and some yeasty flavors round this one out. Sweet almost cloying but offset with the lemon and alcohol. The body on this is thinner than you'd think. Carbonation is very low. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. Based on the other reviews I may have gotten a bad bottle. I will revisit this one as I have a couple more bottles, but as is this one is going to clean my kitchen sink.

1-25-2014
2013 Bottle from craft shack shared with HoppasaurusRex.
Pours a murky brown color with a couple of hollow bubbles floating on the top. The aroma is stagnant molasses, brown sugar, malt syrup and honey with hints of earth and citrus. The flavor is sweet sugary unfermented wort with hints of citrus. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel, marginal carbonation with a medium to thick body. This beer went down Todd's sink. I don't know why I can't seem to find a decent bottle of this beer, but I might just be done with HOTD altogether.

4/3/2015 2005 Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity! Rich caramel light pitted fruits mild oxidation. A 10 year old bottle that held up better than my previous 2 attempts with newer vintages.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.