Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2009 20:33:09 | More by portia99
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