Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by portia99:
3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz bottle (2008 Vintage) poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottle courtesy of Arbitrator. Thanks!!!
A - Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear copper, with a very thin layer of bubbles, quickly falling to a thin, thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Vague attempt at lacing - really thin coating that disappears very quickly. Note: very thick layer of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle - didn't pour this very gently either - that yeast is not moving.
S - Rich malt - caramel, molasses and a slight honey aroma. Some citrusy hops hit me immediately upon opening the bottle but these are less pronounced in the glass. Very nice.
T - Balanced far to the malt side. Good and rich malt flavors, somewhat sugary, a litle bit of caramel, and lots of honey flavor comes through in this one. Hops come in on the swallow giving just enough of a bitter bite (more of a nibble) to balance off this otherwise very sweet beer.
M - Thick and rich, bordering on the syrupy side. Coats the tongue and flavors linger well after the swallow (especially the honey - stays on the lips). Mild carbonation, plenty of life but not enough to distract - nice, smooth and creamy.
D - This is definitely a sipper. Can't see too many circumstances where I would want more than one. Seems like a perfect beer to be savored in front of a fire on a cold winter day (or an unusually cool June day in MA, like today, whichever). Alcohol is apparent - blends well with the other flavors...and there is plenty of flavor to be had here.
06-21-2009 20:33:09 | More by portia99
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4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
12-29-2006 03:10:03 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance Dark, rich orange color with a monstrous head that overstayed its 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.
08-17-2003 01:54:46 | More by RoyalT
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-10-2013 18:08:55 | More by tectactoe
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
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
12-22-2005 03:57:17 | More by orbitalr0x
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
02-28-2004 04:04:09 | More by sponberg
3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
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!
01-09-2005 20:32:38 | More by shapudding
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
04-03-2004 00:19:42 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-21-2005 13:21:56 | More by Billolick
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
07-21-2005 00:54:49 | More by warriorsoul
4.22/5 rDev +1%
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.
04-26-2010 23:51:10 | More by Mora2000
3.48/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
06-07-2009 21:18:43 | More by goatxpower
4.22/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-04-2009 22:13:13 | More by magictrokini
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
10-14-2011 23:33:12 | More by kingcrowing
4.68/5 rDev +12%
2002 vintage poured into a oversized brandy glass
even with a carefull pour a thick white frothy head is quick to form on a dark amber body.
The smell is very nice with lots of malt oranges and something i just cant quite put my finger on.
The taste is very heavy on the orange but in a good way.
Mouthfeel is nice lots of carbonation despite it being 6 years old now.
This barleywine drinks just as easy as a lager yet is far more fun, ill be going back to my secret store to get more of these for sure!
08-15-2008 01:04:43 | More by jamesm7485
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.