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

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BA SCORE
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996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 394
Gots: 244 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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"

(Beer added by: faernt on 11-16-2004)
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Reviews by drrone:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

drrone, May 04, 2013
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Photo of BierJager89
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, almost gray, nearly black, slightly purple tinted orange with a small tan head that fades to a ring.

S: Red grapes, green grapes, apricot, apple and maybe pear in the nose.

T: Slightly sour grape notes, alcohol is definitely present, but not off-putting. Some malt, some dark fruit, medium bodied, not overly carbonated but not flat, pretty good balance. Taste is very much like a quad to me. On later sips there are strangely placed, yet inviting and welcome notes of chocolate and roasted malt. As the glass empties I'm getting a very pleasant orange and papaya, and the nose is dominated by the scent of alcohol (a taster sized snifter). On a more vigorous second pour, I'm getting orange in the nose, as well as some papaya. Definitely complex, every sip has something different.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth.

O: Really good, but everything I have by them makes me want to try their "From the Wood" beers. I don't think I can say much more about this beer than I've already said.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: Jan. 4, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 10, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brown murky color with about one finger of tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Seemed to be a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the tops of the glass.

Smelled a potent mix of hops and malts from the get-go. Got sugary caramel malts, brown sugar, Werther’s candy, toffee, honey, Amarillo hops (I think), earthy hops, grass hops and some type of liquor.

Tasted so damn smooth from the get-go, really the opposite of what I was expecting. Got Werther’s candy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, butterscotch and buttery malts.

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Alcohol was well hidden. Best part of the beer by far.

Nowhere as good as I hoped it would be, especially considering the $6.99 price tag on a 12-oz. bottle. Very smooth and a nice sipping beer though.

BucannonXC5, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is becoming a annual thing for me to drink Doggie Claws during the holiday season.2006 bottle, poured a lighter amber with chunks and floaties thruout my snifter a thin quick to fade head atop.Oh man the aromas are just killer when the cap was popped first thing I noticed was a big piney aroma after I poured the big honey malt notes came thru even overpowering the pine but damn what a great balance.This is young and if I had the will power to hold one I would but I cant,as is the hop flavors really hit home with a great honey and caramel malt profile and thru it all the alcohol stays in check for awhile the burn comes thru after it warms a bit.Its big its brash and its kick ass the hop burps come later and I love it,another great Doggie Claws from HOD, 2004 maybe the greatest beer ever made though.

oberon, Dec 29, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark, rich orange color with a monstrous head that overstayed it’s welcome. Some cool lacing on the glass as well. A nice looking ale.

Note: How did francisweitzen manage to pour a bottle of this stuff without getting a head? Mine foamed over when I popped the cap.

Smell – Big yeast and alcohol, a trademark of this brewery, along with some complex fruits. I can pick out (rum soaked) pineapple, blood orange, cinnamon-apple, and something dark like raisin or prune.

Taste – This one has some kick. The darker fruits come out more on the taste, but the yeast/alcohol flavors are what make up the backbone of this body. There is also some tremendous balance with firm, floral hops. This one has it all.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated. The various flavors though kind of stumble over one another, and the high (10) ABV is noticeable the entire way.

Drinkability – Alcoholics will love this brew. I enjoyed the complexity and sharpness of the flavors, but would have liked to see it all smoothed out a bit.

RoyalT, Aug 17, 2003
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and menacingly; a musky, cloudy, burnt tan color. Almost like completely opaque apple cider. Little bits of sediment float around and give this brew an even more unfiltered look. No holds barred, right here. A slightly off-white head caps this one off, leaving minimal lacing and receding rather quickly. Aroma is very sweet, maybe even a bit too sweet, but still highly inviting and manageable. Deep syrupy aromas, graham crackers, sweet brown sugar, warm molasses and burnt toffee. Heavy on the nose, leading me to believe this is gonna be one thick, badass barleywine.

Taste hits first with those thick and sweet syrupy flavors; molasses, toffee, caramel - all in a combination of being toasted, burnt, and extremely sweet. Crispy and toasty malts follow closely behind. Alcohol is noticeable, almost giving off a very slight nail polish remover flavor/aroma. Sweet fruits eventually join the party; sugar-coated plums, sweet candied black cherries, pears, and apples. Hops? Slightly grassy and earthy, even a bit ashy... but fuck 'em. This is a super-sweet malt bomb, and a decently crafted one at that. The body is thick, but not quite as syrupy as the taste or aroma may have you believe. Low carbonation, but fitting for the style.

Damn good barleywine. Very sweet and full of sugary flavors; malts, fruits, and just straight up sugar. Flirting with the line of being "too sweet" - don't know if I could have more than one of these. But split between our tasting group, the sample I had was perfect. I'd definitely go back to this one.

tectactoe, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Schlais, Apr 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.2%

Clonies720, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9-4-09 - 2003 vintage bottle review. Pours into my glass a deep hazy brownish red with a half inch of light tan foam. Aromas of intensely deep sweet caramel malts dancing with dark fruits. Hints of cocoa and marzipan...fruitcake?? Citric, piney hops in the background and these things are still kicking after all these years.

First sip is dense rich sweet malts swirling with caramel and dark fruits. Hints of dark sweet breads, raisins and a touch of molasses. Flows down with a good kick of hoppy bitterness with citric and pine resin flavors. Big, rich and falling on the sweet side....tasty barleywine that has aged quite nicely!

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and malty. A super dense rich barleywine that makes itself known with each sip. Overall, I enjoyed this vintage quite a bit and look forward to the others in my cellar.

12-22-05 - 2005 vintage bottle. Brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops along with dark wild flower honey collected on Mt. Hood. Pours from the longneck a deep dark murky brown with hints of red. Only a ring of small bubbles around the top of the brew...seems a bit uncarbonated. Hopefully this is not a bad sign! Aromas of deep caramelly sweet malts along with a big wet cardboard oxidized aroma...damn. Brash herbal, citrusy hops lie underneath but they are shadowed by the off aromas. The hops smell fresh and juicy.

First sip brings a strong sweet caramel, raisiny maltiness upfront clouded again by the cardboard-esque off flavors. The hops still come through strong with a big herbal, citric bitterness all the way through each sip and on the way down. I really wish I could be tasting the full potential of this brew right now...as I'm imaging in my head it would be lovely. As of now...it's nearly undrinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little to no carbonation. Goes down smooth but the flavor just kills it. I'm hoping that the bottle I have in the cellar will not be as problematic as this one. I'll report back when I open it. In it's current state it's unfortunately not drinkable in the least. Damn. Thanks to weefisheads for the bottles..I'm gonna cross my fingers for the second one. A: 3 S: 3 T: 2.5 M: 3.5 D: 2.5 - Overall 2.8 C

orbitalr0x, Dec 22, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

bulldogg915, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

NWer, Jan 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

warnerry, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of sponberg
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage, 12 oz. bottle. Pours a brilliant copper-gold with a rocky white head that literally lasts a half hour. Aroma of fresh bread that's been dosed with serious hops and honey. Very appetizing.

This brew changes big time with temperature. Served chilled out of the fridge, there's not much body at all - it's all bitterness and apricot-malt with muted spicy, grapefruity hoppiness. Then it warms and the beer comes alive. More spice, the malt deepens in complexity with dark caramel, rye-like grains and faint hints of licorice as the finish grows, the alcohol blooming towards the end. When warm it finishes bitter, with graprefruit, white pepper and dried apricots melding into a very enjoyable aftertaste. The mouthfeel grows exponentially with temperature, but remains slightly fizzy throughout.

Excellent brew - serve it at cellar (not refrigerator) temperatore to really let it shine. Special thanks to my three year old, whose refusal to go to sleep pulled me away from the brew long enough for it to warm up.

sponberg, Feb 28, 2004
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3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out an unclear homebrewed iced-tea color, dark amber almost. Thick and creamy white head settled barely into a think layer. Yeasy and musty wine cellared scents, vineous- more merlot. Got some caramel scent after it warmed up. Very nice aroma. Highly carbinated for me. Dark and unsweetened black tea tastes, dark fruits and raisins, fairly dry aftertaste. Taste of fresh rosemary -like when you have the fresh sprigs and just grab one and bite into it. The taste is pretty hoppy for a barleywine, -one of my beerbuds tried it and said that it tasted more like a double ipa than a barleywine. Nicely drinkable, good flavors and I could sit back and knock a few away quite easily.

Had this one at FlatRock in Manyunk with some fellow BA's, good times!

shapudding, Jan 09, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage. Pours a cloudy apricot color, with a "whoa there", five inch tall, rocky, beige head. Label proclaims this to be a barleywine, but I've never seen an overcarbonated barleywine before. Big, patchy globs of lace are left all over the glass after the head eventually subsides.
Aroma begins with a brief vinous note, that is immediately swept aside by bitter hops of the pine family.
Mouthfeel is very lively, with strong carbonation.
Taste has some characteristics of an imperial ipa, with highly carbonated, major league hoppiness. Caramel malt emerges as this nears room temperature, but the hops run the show here. I keep forgetting to start barleywines off at room temperature, but it really makes no difference with this hoppy puppy. This ends with more malty flavors, like sweet applebread, trying to emerge, but the finish is citrus and pine hops, all the way.
Quite a contrast to the Hair of The Dog Fred, I reviewed earlier. "In Your Face" hops are dominant in this one, but it does conceal the alcohol much better. Very likeable, overall, especially if you're a hophead.

merlin48, Apr 03, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to see this rare tap offering at the BTAH in NYC this past week. It poured an inviting hazy shade of light orangy amber with a thick tiny bubble head. The nose was a pungent melange of hops and more hops. Intricate and well developed lacing. This is a pleasantly strong and full flavor BW. "Yowza, yowza, yowza" came the description from one of my duly impressed table mates! Loads of malt, hops, flavor, complexity, alcohol noted but in check, very fine stuff. Seek it out on tap if you have the chance.

Billolick, May 21, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these at Shoreline Beverage on my most recent visit to Long Island...Shoreline is in Huntington and well worth the visit if you find yourself w/in 30 miles of this place...sorry, it's just the way I feel.
Pours a murky, dark brown w/ two full fingers of tan head...lacing thick and has great cling.
Aroma is real nice...sweet raisins and subtle cherries w/ no alcohol present.
Taste is very enjoyable...a tad sweet, but not overly so. Has a real nice malt backbone and although the alcohol does make an appearance as it warms up, it is not taking anything away from the overall enjoyment of this barleywine.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and syrupy for its style and the carbonation is perfect IMO. I could enjoy a few of these in a session if the opportunity arose.
Real glad I picked up a few of these...will fight the urge and wait to try the other two in a year or longer.
Ignore the bad reviews...if you like the style, you will dig this offering from HOTD.

warriorsoul, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this beer at thirdeye11's tasting.

2007 vintage. The beer pours a murky orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome, with caramel and piney hops. The flavor is pine and orange hops with a nice semi-sweet, caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of goatxpower
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle at ledgers.

A- Pours a murky brown toilet sludge color. Barely any carbonation. Lots of hops and yeast in the glass. This is the worst part of this beer. It was like opening up a homebrew with a lot of trub in it.

S- Luckily, it all goes uphill from here. The smell is all honey and hops. I knew everything was going to be ok, after taking a whiff of this brew.

T- Not as complex as I usually expect from a barley wine. The hops are there, that's for sure, but the malt and honey takes centerstage. very sweet, almost cloying. Slightly vinous, a little rummy. Hides it's alcohol incredibly well. It's not bad.

M- A little syrupy, no bubbles. hop particles in your mouth.

D- This was decent. I can't imagine buying another one, especially at $6 a 12 oz bottle. I could buy a 22 of Mirror Mirror for a few bucks more, and that's a much better barleywine IMHO. It's definitely a sipper, and I could see myself enjoying one as a nightcap, or with some Flan.

goatxpower, Jun 07, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BrandonDZ, Jan 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

chossboss, Dec 21, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange-bronze with a short white head. Thick lacing. Earthy herbal hop aroma with heavy pine and some honey. Semi-viscous mouthfeel. Great taste. Lots of resiny goodness up front and throughout. Avoids the soapiness in some of these hoppy barleywines. Smooth, sweetened citrus and brown sugar flavor towards the back. This flows with tropical fruit overtones; pineapple, mango, kiwi, and some melon. Long finish, slightly sticky. Wish I had bought more.

magictrokini, Mar 04, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. 2010 vintage.

Pours a crisp and clear red with a small, but elegant white head with very thin Lacing i all around. The aroma is malty and sweet like honey, it's like a mix 90min and hopslam, very much like an east coast ipa.

This is truly an amazing beer. Alcohol level is high, so it is noticeable and the carbonation is a bit rough but all the other amazing flavors make it worth it. On th bottle it says there's honey from mt. Hood which I instantly thought was kind of a bs thing because usually honey just gets all fermented out and all the honey flavors are gone but not with this guy. It's very rich and complex, a nice finish with lots of lingering sweetness.

kingcrowing, Oct 15, 2011
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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.