Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.78/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
2009 Vintage, poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
A: Pours just under an inch of creamy, light khaki head. Liquid is almost the same color as the brown bottle it poured from, but has a slight reddish hue. Beer almost slides around in the glass, leaving very thick, viscous legs.
S: Smells muted, even warm. Buscuity caramel... smells very sweet with a hint of dark fruit. Primarily oakey finish with a slight bit of citrus. Very nice, if mild.
T: Wow! Just fantastic... all in all, a rather sweet drink, but in a good way. Dark sugars and English malts meld extremely well... almost an aged smoothness, even in a young bottle. Very little bitterness, even in the finish, but the sweetness still isn't cloying or overpowering. Cannot taste the alcohol (even at 11%) in the least.
M: First thought... perfect! Silky smooth, coats the tongue and fades slowly and pleasantly. Thick and delightful, but balanced.
D: I'm not sure if I could drink more than one of these, but boy, does it go down easy! Extremely high drinkability, almost dangerously high, given the 11% abv.
Wow, wow, wow... such a fantastic barleywine! I think I've had two barleywines in the same league as this beer, a 2007 Stone Old Guardian and the Oak Aged Behemoth, which really puts it in impressive company. Extremely well balanced and strong on pretty much every front. Nothing unique, but one of the best examples of the style I've ever had. Just delicious. My first HotD beer; I'm really excited to try more.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2010 01:19:50 | More by zimmerbloke
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