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

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Reviews: 540
Hads: 1,115
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 392
Gots: 260 | 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:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 10-12-2001

"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"
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A-This beer pours a deep brown with a mahogany hint and a gentle carbonation. The head is a thin wispy tan that last for a bit

S- This beer has an intense floral hop nose with some earthy resiny notes. There is a nice malt character along with the hops, more caramel to brown sugar aromas. Very nice.

T- The sweet caramel tastes are quickly followed by a burst of fresh vibrant hops. Some roasted malts come through and a nice warm alcohol finish last almost as long as the hop bitterness.

M- This has a nice velvety mouthfeel with a gentle alcohol warmth. No astringency from the hops.

D- This is a leader in American barley wines and it is ready to drink now. The amazing aroma has fresh hops and great malty notes. This is a must try brew.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into snifter. 2010 release. consumed on Easter 2011. From notes.

A: Pours a one finger head, that is off white and the body is a hazy copper hue. Slow, but steady carbonation levels. Great head retention as well as sticky lace.

S: A bold and crisp aroma, sweet notes and a classic Barleywine aroma. Strong use of malts, but still kickin' with an American hop aroma. The honey is profoundly evident in this well balanced Barley Pop.

T/M: Full bodied front of high malt sweetness, while hops are present. Not as much in the aroma. But none the less, a high West Coast pine and citrus hop notes. Honey adds a well rounded glossy mouthfeel. The lingering taste is strong, but not as prolonged as the overall intensity projects.

O: In drinkablity terms, this brew is an all star, with smooth start to finish texture, classic American hop flavor and aroma it really is a solid brew. And a nice addition from the honey.

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Photo of marc77
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2002 version. Tremendously thick, off white, inpenetrable, virtually static, mountainous head leaves intricate lace. Hop polyphenol laden hazy, peachy light bronze hue. Pungent wafts of ripe, juicy mango and pseudosweet clementine like hop oils with a resiny pine contrast. Subdued medium lovibond caramel malt adds a sweet, mildly toffeeish component. Subversive, ominous ethanol sear is discernible with concentration. Intense and appetizing in aroma. The flavor begins transiently balanced, but citrus laced hop bitterness dominates after a brief deliberation. Caramel malt struggles to assert itself, but does manage token, candyish sweetness. Malt balance is nearly acheived, however, mostly due to the ample residual sugars and dextrins from the high original gravity. Hop flavor emerges in earnest mid palate once the caramel malt presence is forgotten, and is akin to sugar dusted grapefruit albeit with round, floral and melon like notes. Moderate in body, and dangerously soft and crisply dextrinous in mouthfeel. Finishes with a snap of biscuit yielding to continuing, satiating hop bitterness and nearly forgotten ethanol warmth. A delicious, hop driven brew with sufficient malt balance. Not quite a barleywine. This is easily the most drinkable double IPA I've had. The hops shine, and the malt backbone is there, but unlike many "barleywines", Doggie Claws sits dangerously light on the palate. Delicious and addictive, if you love brightly hopped brews. Nearly the epitomy of a double IPA. Watch out...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm having the privilage of drinking the '06 vintage (3+ years old) and must say that it's giving me quite an education in Barleywines.

The beer opens with a very quiet hiss, making me worry about the lack of carbonation. No real worries, as the beer pours a thin blanket of foam forms on the beer and holds true for the session. Deep mohogany and ruby in color, the beer carries a moderate haze (carefull not to pour the heavy sediment present in the bottle). Light lacing and legging all throughout the session. This is the look of a truely well-aged Barleyine.

Insane aromas of malt and fruit conduct an assault on the nose even as the beer is being poured. Deep, deep caramels, toffees, and molassas wrap around a sherry and rum aroma. Fruitcake esters of apples, cherries, nuts, figs, raisons, dates, plumbs, and prunes all make a sweet and sturdy impact on the nose. Hops provide only an herbal element that blends well into the intense malt profile.

Flavors are much the same but with a much smoother, lighter flavor than the nose suggests- I expected much more intensity. Emphasis falls on the sweet fruits and malts while a mild hop bitterness helps the beer fade into a rather balanced finish.

The beer never displays the heavy, viscous, chewy textures that today's Barleyines do. But a sweet start shows remarkable attenuation for such power in taste and aroma. This allows for a dry and evaporative finish. By no means does this beer finish dry or crisp but it is remarkably easy to drink compared to common Barleywines.

This is undoubtedly one of the best Barleywines... no, beers.... that I have ever had. Thanks Slayer3604!

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours solvent-like with no head, no lacing. A honey amber with some traces of green. A lot of floaties from the bottle conditioning are visible in the depths of the body. Wisps of carbonation hugging ths surface of the body save the look, however, keeping it overall pretty, and considering the addition of honey, appropriate.

Smell: A huge wash of pine-y hops with honey, like a huge bunch of fresh pine needles and branches dripping with the stuff. This produces a surprisingly effective and wonderful aroma. The sweet aromatics of citrus hop aromas I'm used to, but the sweetness lended by the honey melds with the pine aromas here for an incredible effect. Floral and orange on the back end, and some rubbing alcohol aromas. Some sharpish sherry or port lingers in there somewhere.

Taste: Pine, pine, pine, pine, pine, with a little citrus. The honey manifests itself in some smoothed-over sugar sweetness that virtually wants to stick to the tongue. A little sherry, again. The honey and pine mixture here is even more effective than the aroma. In its young stage, this honestly reminds me more of a DIPA than a Barley Wine, but the intensity of the flavors, the amount of sugars, and the dessert wine-like characteristics lurking within make it obvious this will transform dramatically with age in a way a DIPA never could.

Mouthfeel: A little thickish and honey-like, appropriately. Almost a little undercarbonated, but it manages to do well regardless. Not very hot considering the ABV or the alcohol aromas I picked up in the nose.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable at this stage. If you're a fan of DIPA's and a little wary of Barley Wines, this would be a nice stepping stone of its own. Unusually, this is one BW that is incredibly drinkable despite its youth.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage with a little bit of a year of age on it. Saved this one for the first big snow storm of the year. Thanks msubulldog25 for this one, last of my HtDs!

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy, copper orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a creamy, white head. Some yeasties float around in the glass but most lay stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

S - Sweet caramel, molasses and sugars with a bit of alcohol. Earthy hops in the background but definitely present.

T - Oh, what a treat! Tons of sweet malty flavors that come across and blend with the yeast to give a nice, cohesive taste full of sugary caramel, molasses and honey mixed with sweet dark fruits like cherries, figs and dried prunes. Even a year after bottling the hops are still all over this one and round out the taste with strong grass and pine notes.

M - Full bodied, which fits well with the honey and caramel sweetness, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Great sipping beer for a cold winter night. Makes an even better post or pre shoveling drink! High ABV and full body would keep me from having more than one, but that ain't the point of this one. Great beer, thanks again Brian!

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Photo of Googs
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Lovely. Auburn/amber color with an off white one finger head. It's very frothy and dissolving slowly into a good 1/4 inch head thats not going away. Alcohol legs sticking to the glass.

S: First, I'm getting sweet malts. Heavy raisin bread and caramel mixed with some earthy, floral hop aroma. Slight citrus notes, orange or grapefruit. I could sniff all day.

T: Taste follows suit to the smell. Rich caramel malts with a touch of honey soaked biscuit. This vintage isn't very old so the hop aroma and bitterness is still quiet present. A nice fruity bitterness. I'm even getting a slight dark chocolate in the after taste. Delicious. A complex brew, that shares some characteristic with other HoTD beers. I believe it's the Scottish yeast strain that Alan Sprints uses.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. There's a really nice creaminess to it, which makes it easy to drink and not something I have to sip necessarily. Flavors coat the mouth and linger nicely. Alcohol is present, which is not surprising me for the ABV of the beer. You can feel the warming down the throat and in the stomach. I like my big beers.

O: This is my second time having this beer and I must say, I love it. It's great holiday Barleywine and by far one of the best American style Barleywines. The first bottle I had was a 2010, so it had two years of age on it. It was a more balanced, with less bitterness and less heat from the alcohol, which goes to show that this beer ages gracefully as the label suggests. I'm planning on doing a vertical of this one. Get this if you can, really. But consider cellaring a few.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee and caramelized malts, brown sugar, some grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of lots of sweet toffee and caramelized malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some hop bitterness, and a bit of sweet dark fruits. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness alongside some brown sugar and some more sweet caramelized sugars. The finish is a mix of rich sweet caramel and caramelized malts, grapefruit and resiny pine hops, hop bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big rich and bold malt character, but the body and hop really balance out nicely. Fantastic barleywine.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12/2010.

Poured a murky orange-mahogany into a tulip with a finger of long-lasting off-white head. Strong hop-forward aroma with pine, spice, traces of orange and grapefruit, and some vanilla caramel sweetness to balance.

Moderate carbonation and lively, creamy mouthfeel. Very sweet up front with sugar cookie and caramel followed by full-bodied honey, orange, and some floral, spicy hops on the lightly bitter finish.

A sipper due to the sweetness, but the high alcohol is amazingly well-masked. By taste alone I'd peg this at 7-8 percent, not 11!

Blue cap, opened 09/2011. Just a thin film of white head. Carbonation was more muted than the 2010 bottle, but I encountered no flatness issues as some had reported with this batch. A little less hop aroma than the 2010 with a subtler honey character. Taste followed suit with a smoother feel, less hop spice, and some nice orange and vanilla on the finish. Sugar cookie and caramel sweetness remained but seemed to blend more with the honey flavors. Alcohol still completely hidden -- very tasty and easy-drinking!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal aroma -- fruit, spice, caramel and a sublime raw graininess akin to oats. There’s also a lush forest of hops that greets you from half a yard distant the moment the bottle is cracked. The color is carnelian sunrise in modest light, cinnamon-wood at greater depths. The Claws initially pours five fingers of head that takes some time to tame before it’s logistically feasible to drink and the presence of CO2 is notably high for a barleywine, though I didn’t find this intrusive. Eventually the head settles to a lumpy wash of sea foam. The body is so dense however, that bubbles must fight their way to the surface.

Doggie Claws is an uncommonly refined barleywine with the triumphant complexity of a Bach fugue. The malt platform is rotund and suggests a distant candied sweetness. The 11.5% ABV is noticeable in the aroma but is gracefully concealed to the taste. Simcoe and Amarillo hops invoke a fresh, green flavor that entreats the palate like a meadow of mythic wildflowers or an acre of forest in a bottle. The hops return when you belch for a special repeat performance.

Even at a relatively early date, Doggie Claws is eminently drinkable. In fact, it takes less time to drink than to wait for the head to recede. There’s no compelling need to age Doggie Claws as the bittering hops are already well contoured. But the possibilities for cellaring are enormous and this would no doubt make for a great buried treasure.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition, 12 oz bottle.

I had this in May, 6 months or so I guess from when it was released.

Poured into a glass this is a beautiful beer. Dark amber color and a thick, smooth head that lasts.

Aroma is sweet and you can tell the alcohol is there.

The flavor is sweet, warming, complex and with a very smooth hops bitterness at the finish. It's full of lots of malt, lots of roastiness, and balanced all perfectly with just the right amount of hops.

Mouthfeel was also exceptional - full, smooth and delicious.

Drank the bottle with no problem, but probably good I didn't have two. Very easy to drink, but at that strength I guess I can't give it a 5 in drinkability. I just hope to find some more of this someday.

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Photo of timc100
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

Pours a dank murky brown with a creamy beige head that sticks around. Aroma is intense of huge sweet caramel and grapefruit citrus, bitter pine and raisin - definitely can tell it is on the fresher side. Taste is incredibly sweet - butterscotch, toffee, grapefruit, dark fruits and honey. There are some slight floral notes as well. Lighter body than expected - medium and chewy.

Overall this is fantastic, the best American style barleywine I've had. There is a big fresh hop presence but does not over power.

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Photo of liddytime
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


That most wonderful time of the year....second only to when the kids return to school. So for December 24th, I thought I might sample Hair of the Dog's Doggie Claws. It is festive enough on the label with the bulldog wearing the Santa hat. Heck, there's even a pair of menorahs on the label! This should be one multi-denominational beer!

My bottle is dated 2007 and I can't remember, for the life of me, where I purchased it... it has been cellared for a bit..

I decanted her into a tulip snifter. Hazy, toffee brown. Soft, scant, foamy head. Aroma of alcohol, figs, prunes, rum, cardamom and raisins. Have I mentioned that I LOVE barleywines?!

What a great beer. Huge mouthful! Big body. Massive holiday fiesta of dried fruit, spices and spicy hops in your mouth.

This is everything a winter sipper should be. Another quality brew from Hair of the Dog!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew came to me via Weefisheads. Thanks man!
I have a 12 oz bottle and pour it into my snifter. As I am looking at the glass, I realize the bottle is foaming out the top. Little too much activity in there?
Back to the sample. The beer is a dark amber color and is rather hazy, lots of sediment that got disturbed during initial pour. oops.
A beige creamy head foams up about 1.5 inches real easy and fades super slow, in fact there is a layer on the surface throughout my tasting.
Aroma is hop dominated. I am getting mostly sour citrusy scents like a fresh cut grapefruit, some fruity scents come through and just a mild hint of alcohol is allowed to pass as well.
First sip, whoa! Prickly small carbonation almost burns my tongue. Definitely some bottle condition action happening. The body is fairly thick on this brew.
Flavor is up front hoppy bite that receeds to a sweet caramel maltiness and ripe fruit for a second or two and then finishes sour citrus hops again. NIce to see the balance come through like that. I really like this well balanced drinkalbe brew. Wonder what it will be like in a few years??
Thanks again weefisheads!!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Have had this in the fridge for over 6 months.

Pours an awsom, thick, frothy off white head. Honey brown color. Lots of large "floaties" all over the glass. Chunks of lacing sit on the sides of the glass!

Honey floral smells permeate the room! Alcoholic, almost chardonet wine smells. Off smells of wet paint. Because this brew smells so strong, wonderful, and fills the room, it is perfect.

Honey taste with a nice bitter afterbite. Alocoholic.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and sticky, very nice!

Great drinkability for this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark caramel with a fairly nice tan head. Not too much lacing.

S: Loads of caramel and brown sugar alongside bits of alcohol, and then even more sweetness and a few fruits.

T: Very strong sweet malt presence, without being completely overdone. Plenty of brown sugar and caramel. A few ripe fruits.

M: Pretty full mouthfeel with little carbonation and just a bit of alcohol heat.

D: Very, very drinkable, especially for the style. While I did enjoy this one slowly, I could have consumed it a lot faster. A beautiful sipper that I'd love to always have on hand.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my god! Had this ON A HAND PUMP at KClingers (Hanover) - go figure. Big frothy, brown head. Very strong malt aroma. Taste was very sweet and incredibly malty. I've had only a very few barleywines on cask, so this was a special treat. Could not taste the alcohol at all. Color was surprisingly clear. This was th ebest beer we had all afternoon at KClingers. I was even able to buy some bottles of this and Adam at the bar.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002. This beer was exceptional. Poured a cloudy dark golden color with a very plush and frothy white head that left lace everywhere on the glass. Smell was very complex with a strange affinity for a Double/Imperial IPA with all the juicy hops floating about. There was also a slight sting of alcohol sweetness that lingered after every sniff. Taste was heaven in a bottle. Tons of juicy hops along with a woderful warming syrup undertow with the alcohol just tugging at the edges of the brew. Mouthfeel was wonderfully chewy as it is bottle conditioned there was little carbonation. This has aged wonderfully in the cellar and is everything that a barley-wine should be. Mellow, yet explosive, full of flavor and complex, yet easy to drink. This capped off a perfect christmas eve.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three fingers of yellowy-tan, coarse head and a dark, dark red-brown, clear body. Cloudy on the last pour with lots of floaties. The nose shows sugar aplenty, with grapes and prunes, spice (nutmeg?) and major piney hops. Wow. Hops and hard sauce dominate the front, but step aside for tons of sweet, malty cream in the middle. Rich, rich, rich. Big hops and spice make a comeback in the finish. This beer tastes just like plum pudding with hard sauce. Delicious. It has a great sweet/spicy/malty/hoppy balance.

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Photo of jamesm7485
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of beerceller99
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 from the cellar.
Beautiful clear garnet hue with a light brown head. Strong smell of caramel, raisons ; think cinnabon roll. Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel. Taste is a strong raison, roasted pecans, figs, dates with a pleasing alcohol finish.
The intense flowery hop essence of a fresh sampling is gone, but the classic old ale flavors have emerged in good form. Exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a hazy dull orange, a thin but solid cover of off white, holding well.

Aroma - citrusy, orange and pine, estery vapors alongside. Smells potent.

Taste - huge, sweet malty opening, roasty coffee-like malts chiming in early as well. Followed by syrupy, citrus, juiciness. Light on the bitterness, though not the hop flavor. The swallow stays sweet and grows slightly bitter with peach, dark fruit, mandarin orange. Abv is well-masked but makes its presence known with a finishing warmth.

Mouthfeel - heavy and drapy with low carbonation.

Drinkability - what a wonderful bottle of beer. Fresh or aged, I imagine this will be a fine experience. Big thanks to udubdawg for parting with one of these for my sake at DLD08.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-2009 vintage -
Poured into snifter an overflowing light tan / white head that continued to pour out of the bottle like a melted ice cream would fall off of a cone. Quite possibly the thickest most sticky head I have ever poured. Lacing was obviously present all over the lass and the head stuck around for a while.

Smell of strong grassy , citrusy, grapefruity hops. Pellet hops were actually still present on the top of the head as it settled. Pine ever present in the nose, I really actually enjoyed the dry hopping that I believe actually occurred directly before bottling. Chewy has been given more meaning with hop particles actually present in my glass... Caramel and caramelized sugars very present in this high abv 12 oz bottle. Sugar cookie, Caramel, cotton candy, you name it, if kids were allowed to drink beer, they would probably apprecciate this one fresh. This is a sweet tooth drinkers brew, so if you do not have a sweet tooth, just send me your doggie claws.

Glad to have tried this one fresh, now to get a couple more and age them to see what a few years do to transform the flavors....

I hated to take points off for appearance, but this one literally overflowed from the bottle before I could pour it into my glass. Lesson learned for next time, but everything else was great.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uh . . . wow. Hair of the Dog is always a hit or miss proposition in our part of the country. A few bottles seem to show up here and there every now and then. Sometimes they're at Trader Joe's for $1.50 or so a bottle; other times they're on small liquor store shelves at twice the price. After seeing Adam and Fred on more than one occasion, I finally had the distinct pleasure of being all scratched up by Doggie Claws.

It comes in a 12 oz bottle with a somewhat festive but very interesting looking bottle. This is probably the only beer label in the world with a Menorah (actually two) and a bulldog in a Santa Claus cap. It pours a deep copper with a thick off-white head that lingers to the bottom. The smell is piney hops, loads of malt, just a bit of dark fruit, and-yes-alcohol. The taste is almost overwhelming yet somehow subtle at the same time. Hops seem to smack the hell out of the tongue on the first sip, but giant waves of malt immediately fill the mouth with hop bitterness and malt sweetness locked in a battle to the death. Fortunately for all the battle ends in a draw, leaving the promise of a re-match, or at least a return trip to the shop for more.

For a beer that approaches the abv of Pinot Noir, it's unbelievably drinkable. Seek it out: drink it, age it, introduce it to your friends, put it in the passenger seat of your car and take it for a scenic drive. This is a special beer.

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Photo of smuttanator
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage

Holy hell this beer is good. Full of hops and honey this beer really doesn't pull any punches. The honey compliments the generous amount of hops and malt beautifully. While I wouldn't call this anywhere close to drinkable, I don't think its intended to be. Perfect for a winter night.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.