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

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 390
Gots: 246 | 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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Photo of murrayswine
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is courtesy Weefisheads, a good man and a good trader.

Pours a murky dark, rather intimidating burnt sienna haze. Kind of off from the barley wines I'm used too.

The smell is huge. Buttered rum, brandy, toffee, hops, hops, more hops, and a side of hops.

The taste is beautiful, it hits you with sweetness, then it moves to hops, glorious hops mixed with a malted toffee,and a rye finish.

Very creamy mouthfeel, smooth and easy, not a tongue destroyer.

Pair with a bread pudding, sweeter scones, and sweet breads.

murrayswine, Aug 20, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Swervine44, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Auror, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

johnny5martini, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Evan, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

tziggy, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005:

Dark copper color with lots of sediment stirring about. The head is of tan foam with very nice retention and leaves some fair lacing.

Lots of sweetness, mostly in the form of caramel. There is a fairly strong soapy pine scent as well.

Wow. After six years, this beer is still really pretty hoppy and surprisingly warm from the alcohol. A great blend of malty sweetness, but the hops have not disappeared and join in the fun. Very tasty beer.

The carbonation is a bit lower, not surprisingly so after six years. The body does not feel as big and full as an 11.5 percent beer should. The overall feel is good though.

A beautifully aged barleywine that is just solid overall. So glad I am having the chance to enjoy this. Made for the ages.

jera1350, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Chingringo, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

diehl07, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

muskiesman, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

lunarbrew, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BAsbill, Apr 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

thegerm87, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TonyTalon, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

benghan, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

ajs4bd, May 21, 2012
Photo of seanbhudson
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with 2009 date. Pours an orange/copper color with a small off-white head.
Moderate aroma of sweet alcohol, malt and fruit.
Sweet (but not cloying) caramel and honey. Lots of subtle complex flavors. A bit of cherry, orange, dark plum and apple. Some earthy/piney bitterness. Also hint of spice.
Medium-full body with velvety smooth texture. Almost no carbonation.
Tastes more like a dessert wine than a beer. Very smooth.
NOTES: BJCP-American Barleywine

seanbhudson, Jan 05, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

schopenhauerale, Jan 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Lucnifter, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

laxer8811, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Very murky dark brown; swampy. Next to no head formed on the pour; just a few scattered bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S - A big hop aroma up front with some citrus and pine notes that immediately give way to a big sweet malt profile with caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Some fruity aromas in the background as well.

T - Good balance overall with a sweet malt base and a big hop presence coming together nicely. Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee from the malt bill and some citrus and piney hop flavours come through as well. Lighter candied raisin flavour in the background.

M - Medium to full body. VERY light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 05, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing rim the glass.

S- brown sugar, toast, citrus, pine, candi sugar.

T- big amber malts and brown sugar, oranges, pine and spicy hop bitterness.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Some dryness but there's enough sweetness to balance it.

O- good Barleywine, reminds me of Bigfoot but sweeter and better.

kawilliams81, Dec 10, 2012
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
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.