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

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 397
Gots: 245 | FT: 16
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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4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -8.6%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

SteelersX, Saturday at 12:56 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bsling, Nov 19, 2014
4/5  rDev -4.1%

WILD-THING, Nov 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

uturn, Nov 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Zaximus, Nov 16, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

Seanniek91, Nov 14, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +6.5%

olradetbalder, Nov 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

LakerLeith, Nov 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

KevinL, Nov 02, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

lonewolfcry, Nov 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

PG2G, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Port_Seat, Oct 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

yeaprolly, Oct 28, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -7.7%

The beer offers lots of dark fruit flavor of dried dates, without being too deeply like caramelized dark fruit like a quad. This is surrounded by sweetness along with woody and earthy flavors.

The sweetness is almost too cloying as the beer tastes as if honey or a fruited syrup was added.

In general, good earthy and rich American barleywine flavors, but it is surrounded by too much sticky sweetness.

dar482, Oct 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

xungmound98, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

sirsteve42, Oct 23, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%

ChewbaccaSD, Oct 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Devman171, Oct 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Dicers, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Dactrius, Oct 17, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -5.3%

unclejazz, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

zonker17, Oct 10, 2014
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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.