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

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997 Ratings
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Ratings: 997
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 394
Gots: 243 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky darker amberish copper color. There is some light orange highlights when held to the light. One and a half finger tan head shows good retention. Sticky web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of caramel malts in the front of the aroma. Darker fruits mix in next with notes of plums, figs, and raisins soaked in light alcohol. Some light hops in the backing show some piney aroma. There is a light yeasty aroma when the beer warms up which kind of brings everything together.

T- Caramel malts come through first with a hint of hop bite. The hops although not all that big give way to a nice darker fruit middle. Caramel malts show up in the middle again with the darker fruits along with a light alcohol flavor. Toward the end there is a earthy leathery flavor that I haven't really noticed in barleywines till now. The ending overall is caramel malts with a hint of darker fruits and warming alcohol that doesn't go over the top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the beer I thought but didn't ruin it. Caramel malts and darker fruits are left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with alcohol coming along for the ride in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are well balanced in the style with hops surprising me being as balanced as they were.

D- I have been sitting on this one for a couple of years and am glad to see it turned out well. Hair of the Dog really makes good beers. The ABV is really well hidden but soft when coming out. A nice barleywine for the winter season or really anytime!

alleykatking, Dec 08, 2010
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage 12oz inflatablechair picked up in Portland for me and SAS... much appreciation... It's been in the fridge for a couple of weeks.... tonight is the night. Poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head good lacing and hazy lite amber brew...

Aroma is thick malts with American hops.. some citrus and pine with more than enough caramel and toasty malts.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with a big punch of yeasty frutiness and citric hops .... caramel and dark fruits.. rummy but in a good way.. big American hops.. but still there is an earthy hop component.. Huge complexity.. There is a bunch going on with this brew. Body is viscous but creamy carbonation.. a sipper but I will always want another drink. Very fine... loving what HotD is brewing.

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2004 vintage in September 2005. I thought this beer would pour still so I gave it a good high pour and ended up having to gulp a big mouth of foam to keep it from spilling on my lap. I knew this was going to be good because even the foam was tasty – nice malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and great multiple hop flavors. It was a deep brown color and smelled like a west coast barley wine should – hoppy as hell. The taste reminds me so well why I love the style. Rich, sweet malty and hoppy all in a big rich high alcohol package. The taste lingers on and on, totally coating your palate making sure nothing can compete with this hop monster. Ledger’s in Berkeley.

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Appearence: Desipte what the bottle says, it pours a dark ruby with floating yeast chunks with a giant beige head.

Smell: The smell is incredibly hoppy and complex with a spicy alcohol back to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is also incredibly hoppy. The hops are floral, earthy citrusy and so much more. Odd focus for a Barleywine, but it works really well. The malts are present but not incredibly obvious, and the alcohol is very powerful. The mouthfeel is thinner than I'd hoped.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a wonderfully unique barleywine. The hops are crazy but they work. In a few years this one will be an absolute gem. But still, it's a breath of fresh air even when young.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.