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

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 398
Gots: 254 | FT: 19
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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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Ratings: 1,081 | Reviews: 536
Photo of gkunkle
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/ brown color, which I found a little odd. The beer is hazy brown, but when held to light gives a yellow color. The head is mellow, rising to about 1 finger in my snifter. Lots of carbonation can be seen The smell is close to a DIPA smell, strong nose of grapefruit, raisin, alcohol. Taste starts with thick malt sweetness and alcohol, then I get a touch of fruitiness, maybe like a apple/strawberry. Toward the end of the taste I get a smooth malt that eases into a slightly sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, with ticklish carbonation. This is a really great barleywine, I enjoy the assertive hops and the sweetness provided by the honey. I'm looking to tasting this again in a few years.

Photo of Jeffo
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this on a wim from Boozecamel. Cheers for the hook-up man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white or cream colored head with good retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Opaque roosewood red in color with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very hoppy nose on this one. Caramel and toffee for sure, with lost of piney hops and citrus grapefruit, lemon and orange peel on the nose. Very fruity and very hoppy for the style, though the malt backbone is still part of the show. Great stuff.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and bready flavors up front, with lots of floral and citrus notes at the swallow. Grapefruit, lemon and orange peel again. Big and lingering aftertaste with plenty of citrus, toffee and brown sugary sweetness, as some nice floral bitterness. Very flavorful with a touch of alcohol as well. Great stuff again.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Enough weight and very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes quite sticky on the palate. A bit of heat at the back. Good feel, nicely creamy, though I'd hoped for a touch more weight for top marks here.

OVERALL: Great beer. HotD impresses yet again. Some might say this is too hoppy for the style, but that's fine with me. Lots of hops in this one, but the barleywine malt base shines through nicely as well. A slightly heavier palate here and you'd have a real monster. Thanks again for the chance at this Boozecamel. This was excellent.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from GClarkage... what a treat!

This was a deep murky brown ale with a 2½ finger head... almost a muddy chestnut brown. The head was quite foamy and rather fizzy, dying down to a ⅛ inch layer of foam that lasted.

Aroma was DAMN complex. Strong musty malt, heavily fruity, sweet, with bittering hops and alcohol. So many layers, like an onion.

Flavor was likewise very complex. There was a heavy malt kick that was lightly roasted, along with caramel and toffee notes. This was well hopped and bitter, but not over the top... well balanced.

Mouthfeel was excellent... strong and chewy, smooth and silky, and very warming. VERY warming indeed.

Drinkability was very good as well, but the 11.5% takes away a bit. I don't think I could have two of these, and it is so strongly flavored I would not want to revisit it too often. I like GClarkage's idea of buying some more and aging it. Maybe I can talk him into sending me another and letting it sit another 2 - 3 years or so.

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle courtesy of gregc and shaebs99.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a one-finger off-white head that lingered for quite a while leaving decent lacing.

S: Smell starts with a big citrus hop aroma with grapefruit up front giving way to the caramel malt and toffee background. There is also a big sugar sweetness throughout the nose.

T: Taste is a bigger version of the nose with the hops up front in the form of grapefruit and lemons. The sweetness takes over right after that burst with molasses and caramel. There is a hint of the booze as well on top of a ton of raisins and dates before the citrus hops come back for a slightly bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy with strong carbonation that prickles the tongue. Alcohol is present but not overpowering in the least.

D: This is a fantastic and original take on the style and one that I enjoyed immensely. Another great brew from HotD. Highly recommended!

Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2011-04-17 in Columbia, PA from a 2009 bottle. Had this again on 2014-10-09 from a 2009 bottle.

Review from 2011-04-17

A - Hazy, copper-caramel with a 2-finger tan head and excellent lacing.

S - Rich smells of dried fruit, honey, earthy spice, molasses and some alcohol.

T - This has aged and mellowed nicely since I first tried this 2009 vintage. There's less forward honey taste, which is present but more integrated into the brew. This is a very malt-rich barleywine with a bit of yeasty funk. Not hop forward at all. There's an engaging brown sourdough bread flavor covered in raisin preserves. While the alcohol is noticeable it doesn't taste boozy. The aftertaste is sweet and sour, molasses and raisin. This is also where you notice a fair amount of lingering bitterness. It dries out moderately.

M - Medium-heavy body, light carbonation. Smooth and sticky feel.

O - I like this brew. Not my everyday style by any means. Interestingly, I liked it better as I proceeded through the glass more than the first sip. It's a big flavor without hitting you over the head and it rewards the sipper with long-lasting flavors in the aftertaste. I look forward to further tastings as my supply ages.

Notes: 2014 - Tasting better than ever. Still carbonated and yielded a 2-finger head from an aggressive pour. My tastes have evolved over the years and I now more appreciate the barleywine style after having tasted many others. This is a particularly good one. This 5-year old bottle is incredibly smooth and delicious. The hop bitterness has mellowed a lot but hasn't disappeared. The honey sweetness is still present. The mouthfeel is sublime. I raised my attributes in some categories to reflect my 2014 impression of this brew, which right at the moment as I'm tasting it; is pretty darn great.

Photo of paranosis
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great barleywine.

Appearance - a redish/orangeish cloudy color. immediately when opening, bottle began overflowing with foam, and poured an endless head, very careful while pouring this one. lots of sediment at the bottom, but not anything out of the ordinary for such a strong bottle-conditioned barleywine.

Nose - right off the bat the nose hits you with a fruity... i'll call it cherry/pine scent with a great alcohol tingle from the 11.5% ABV

Taste - man. great flavor. kicks in with a fruity almost brandyish warm flavor at the tip of the tongue that continues to a bite at the back of the mouth where the pine flavors really start to show. a yeasty hops taste throughout the mouth and a great, mild-bitter and sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel - not clingy, but very silky. leaves a biting residue throughout the mouth that makes you want to take another sip.

drinkability - my only complaint (and not really one) of this is, as a small individual, it was so tasty but hard to consume with the 11.5% ABV. Man, it's tasty tho, so it really didn't matter much. overall great taste that compensated for the high alcohol pings. definitely a warm sipping barleywine.

overall - fantastically juicy beer, lovely to sit down and drink with friends or in front of a warm fire in snowy weather (here in portland, it snowed for once, and i decided to crack open this christmas present). i can't reccomend this enough if you can get it. a wonderful xmas present. thanks bro.

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks, augustgarage! Always keeping me rolling in good beers. 2009 into Chouffe tulip.

A- Amazing clarity, great amber coloration, slightly off-white head that is thick and creamy. 2 fingers and going nowhere fast. Lacing is pretty nice, too. Pretty fantastic barleywine pour.. one of the best head's I've ever seen on a ~12% beer.

S- Hoppy, for sure. A bit boozy, a bit fruity (fresh sweet fruit, though). ナツミカン (natsumikan)! That's what it is. Thanks, google.

T- Fruity citrus... tangerine. Bold, sweet malt backbone dominates for the most part. Pretty sweet but not syrupy in the least.. really digging this.

M- Smooth... impossibly so... a bit of a hop bite, but not scathing. ABV is nowhere to be found. Wow!

D- I really like it. A top-tier barleywine. Really impressed at all the great flavors and total lack of visible ABV. Worth seeking out!

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

A: ruby red meets rusty orange. Small 1 cm head, and clear as can be- left a little sludge in the bottle

S: can smell from across the room. Leather and fig notes with some booze. Slight bourbon oak aroma

T: boozy and pleasant! Really really smooth. I am surprised about the leather flavors, with raisins and some mild mulling spices. Not a pinch of hops.

O: really really solid Barleywine. So smooth! Would love to try fresh!


Photo of biboergosum
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2010 edition, picked up last summer at the tasting room in Portland, along with the t-shirt they didn't have in my size...

This beer pours a muddy dark bronze hue, with an eruption of billowing tight foamy light beige head, which sits on its laurels for a spell, eventually settling to reveal some nice latticework lace around the glass. It smells strongly of bitter citrus rind and pine resin, over a complex, stratified malt, exhibiting caramelized brown sugar, hard toffee, and mild treacle notes, with a slight, shadowy warming lurking behind it all. The taste is big, and strong like traktor; the still sturdy pine and citrus essences digging in against a rising caramel cream sweetness, bolstered by some dark sugary fruit esters, and simmering, but not hot, alcohol. The carbonation is soft, and just a bit tingly, the body medium-full in weight, a tad syrupy, and genuinely smooth. It finishes fairly sweet, with the lingering of the main malt notes, but not without the nicely offsetting bitter hops.

A stellar west-coast American barley wine - grandiose flavours, with a silky drinkability that comes as the biggest surprise, even more so than the seemingly AWOL booze. Handle with care, this is one bitch of a siren of a beer.

Photo of rpstevens
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour yields a huge foamy sticky cotton candy head that only allows me to pour half the beer. While I waited for the head to settle the beer slowly gushed out of the bottle, forcing me to pour it into a second glass. The beer is a beautiful hazy deep orange/amber color with glowing edges.

The smell is blast of citrus hops, orange peels, lemon zest and grapefruit. The citrus hops are quickly balanced by a honey sweetness, very interesting.

The taste matches the smell very closely. The citrus hops are very pronounced, oranges and grapefruit, but fleeting. The taste quickly moves to the caramel and honey sweetness. The finish is juicy citrus hops, but not very bitter, more of a sweet citrus. As the beer warms the flavors blend together nicely and the finish becomes nice and crisp.

The beer is medium to heavy bodied, the high carbonation really makes the flavors move. The alcohol is well hidden by the citrus and honey sweetness, but it does warm the stomach after half a pint in a very welcoming way. This is a very smooth and drinkable barleywine, the honey sweetness is interesting and makes this beer stand out from the crowd. Another great beer from HOTD.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to comfortablynumb1 for the smooth trade.

a - opened the 12oz bottle and filled my founders tulipy sniftery type of glass. The beer poured a deep murky reddish copper with a reasonable off-white head that was frothy and hung around for a while. Lacing was present but left mostly sparse evidence of where it had been after swirling the glass.

s - Nice caramel woody malt smell with a touch of hops in the background and an almost fresh spring water smell. I swear I smell notes of oak.

t - Big BOLD taste. Much like the nose strong vanilla caramel malts with a good hop backbone. Very nicely balanced and not too much in any one direction.

m - Leaves a nice tingle. Full bodied and rich.

o - If I didn't see the label on the bottle, I'd guess that this was a Deschutes reserve brew. It has that same delicious caramel/vanilla flavoring and is really subtle. This is a worldclass barleywine. Extremely tasty. I'd LOVE to have some of this to sit on. VERY pleased with this beer.

Photo of Shakujin
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Claws

Appearance: Bottle, Alot of foam with some decent staying power and thick lacing. Very fluffy. Dark brown with orange highlights, looks thick, like a belgian type thing. Carbonation is coming in streams of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Right from when I opened this I was getting a strong hop smell, upon closer inspecting the hops are citrus and are complimented nicely in the aroma by a sweetness. Like a grapefruit with some sugar on it, or some of those grapefruit gummies. Mals and yeast smells are in there but faint.

Taste: Fantastic. My first impression is a Belgian double mixed with a westcoast IPA, and mixed well. Even though I got a bit of smokeyness in there but only picked it up the first time so might have been a fluke. Digging into the flavors the sip starts with a quick sweet malt, crystal maybe, then the fruity-ness of pears combined with a strong bitter citrus hop which it finishes on.

Mouthfeel: Think double, only a bit lighter.

Drinkability: This beer is quite drinkable, its light enough that I feel as though I would easily drink a few pints, and at 11% thats saying something. Really though the sweetness, the alcohol, and the bitterness are balanced, and blended very well. An excellent beer although more than two in a row probably is not the best idea.

Photo of hansmurphy
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm new to this; take that for what it's worth.

Here it goes!

A: Coppery, but extremely cloudy. Like a well worn penny. A thick layer of sediment was easily observable while it was still in the bottle, which made the prospect of a delicious barley wine all but certain. The cloudy swirl inside my tulip glass had me salivating as I poured.

S: Very hoppy notes, uncharacteristic of the barley wine style. The initial nose lacked the typical malty sweetness and was more like a giant IPA, but tempting and promising nonetheless. After a healthy sip and some time to breathe, the nose became sweeter and the hoppy notes dissipated.

T: Amazing. Sweet, but not so syrupy and rich as to be overwhelming. Very enjoyable hop flavors with notes of maple syrup. Extremely rewarding with a great curve from hoppy to sweet with a clean finish.

MF: Smooth! A wonderful amount of carbonation, similar to a pub ale or a hand pumped draft. A word of warning though: unless you are partial to gargling a mouthful of yeast, pour this beer carefully. The last couple of sips were a bit on the chunky side...

D: A little goes a long way. I don't have the bottle in front of me, but I think this is 13%. I split a 12 oz. bottle with my wife and that was plenty. This beer is very drinkable, but I can't imagine having to down a schooner of it. By the time I got to the bottom of my glass, I was ready to move on to something a bit more tame. This is a colossal beer. The combination of high alcohol and over the top flavor are a bit much. It definitely bears repeat drinkings, just not in the same evening.

Overall, another great beer from Hair of the Dog. I'll be aging a couple of these (all that sediment has to do something great, right?) and possibly enjoying a couple more with some friends soon.

Photo of sprucetip
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage. Copper/amber, modest activity, and vaguely hazy. No head or lacing to speak of.

Smells of faded citrusy hops, caramel malty sweetness, and boozy esters balanced very nicely. This must have been a hop monster when it was fresh. Really nice.

Fruity and floral hops are still noticeable but definitely muted. They balance exceptionally well with the caramel malty sweet backbone. Mild boozy esters and light bitterness add some depth and complexity. Absolutely delicious.

Very low carbonation, super rich full body, high viscosity, and a hint of bitterness in the finish.

HOTD nails it (again). This is an exceptionally good beer. Wow. Yum. Thanks Adam ("you want this, I gotta get rid of some this..."). Often I review a big beer fresh or within a year or so, and think it would get better with age. With this one, I'd love to try it fresh and/or fresher and see what it's like with more profound hop character. But it is great 3 years out, just in case you are wondering.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a huge 4 inch white-orange head that fades to a small cap. Very nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown sugar/toffee, honey, and huge aromas of citrus zest/pine. Taste is of delicious brown sugar, honey, and malt mixed with a nice flavor of citrus zest and pine hops. A nice mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation makes for a smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with a very nice balance between malt and hops. I am glad I have another 2010 vintage aging in my cellar. I can only see this beer getting better over time.

Photo of walleye
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this in a trade but lost my notes. so thank you to the one that sent this beer. poured a orangish brown with a slighty off white head. aroma hops and more hops, alcohol, grapefruits, pine. flavor, got to lot the hops and the burn of the alcohol, caramel, citrus and just a touch of malts and fruits. a very good beer.

Photo of mattcrill
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to weefisheads for the opportunity to sample this beer.

Note: I was seriously bummed as I sat down to see the bottle spilling it's contents profusely out. I'm not sure what happened as all I did was pop the cap and set the beer down on the table. I don't think I shook it or anything crazy like that. That being said, I was able to rescue most of it.

Appearance: Muddy, tea-like, and amber in apperance. Ridiculously huge creamy, fluffy tan head. I see little hop flecks floating in the beer...I am mezmerized.

Smell: Like a huge IPA. I'm very intrigued. Very pine-like with mild citrus notes. None of the dark fruits or alcohol notes that I've come to be familiar with in drinking barleywines. Still, this smells like a pine wonderland!

Taste: Like an IPA. Some pine bitterness kicks off the set, a hint of apples or peaches in the background, and then some alcohol and more pine to finish. This is truly a great taste. Again, I keep thinking "IPA".

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with a dry finish. Leaves a little bit of the pine hops on the back of the palate.

Drinkability: Alcohol is hidden well and I'm sure this would be dangerous to drink more than one. Still, it would be enjoyable to try. This is great!

Thanks again to weefisheads for this lovely beer!

Photo of russwbeck
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber to brown pour that boasts a nice haziness and a few fingers of off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation, but nice retention and decent lacing.

S: Boozy aroma, dark fruits, a ton of caramel malts and hints of yeast. Very well blended, almost like it has been aged for a while, but it's very fresh.

T: Focused on the caramel malts, some roast seems to be coming through with booze to top it off. Certainly malt forward, as expected, the taste is really well balanced. Just a pleasure to drink.

MF: Heavy body, low carbonation, very dry finish. Hints of booze, but for 11% this seems to be really drinkable.

O: Fantastic beer. One of the better barleywines I've had (certainly one of the best ones fresh). It's so balanced and mellow, I'd definitely recommend it.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage.

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear medium to deep amber with an almost tan head that was huge and moussy and everlasting to lace the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was strongly citrusy with with a resinous grassy presence and a strong malty backbone. The higher alcohol phenolics coupled with the strong hop presence in the aroma tickle the nasal passages and almost cause a sneeze. The alcohol phenolics cause a spicy chracter of pepper and caramel malt resides in the background.

The flavor was malty, very, very malty with a strong caramel malt flavor coupled with a very strong bittering and a nice citrusy hop punch in the stomach. The hops flavor was grassy and resinous and of course citrusy. The balance between malt and hops was well achieved and well done with good complexity and a nice alcohol flavor. The flavor was fruity with predominantly raisin and some peachy flavor.

The finish was dry with an definite alcohol presence coupled with a well achieved malt/hop balance long, and pleasant, into the aftertaste. The body was full and the carbonation was high which kept the body from being viscous, but it was well done nonetheless. This 2004 kicks the 2002 in the teeth, either the beer does not age gracefully, or the recipe has changed. Based upon the color and flavor alone, I would say this recipe is far superior to the one utilized in 2002.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks weefisheads!

Photo of MSchae1017
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter from the 12oz bottle dated 2004.

This beer pours a brownish amber wiht a creamy tan head that holds amazingly well and laces nicely. The smell gives off fruity esters along with some nice pale and caramel malts along with some subtle piney hops. The taste bursts forth with tons of malty sweentess from the combination of pale and caramel/crystal malts. The aging of this beer has also given it a distinctly fruity taste. The beer finished with a nice hop flavor that compliments the over all taste and which seems to have mellowed out over time. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a nice conditioned carbonation. Overall, one of the top barleywines no doubt and perfect for this time of year.

Photo of BierReise
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 12oz Bottle As with the other two beers from this brewery that I've tried, this one also poured with a huge amount of foam. Had to wait a few minutes to get the whole bottle in a glass. Anyway, huge frothy head on a cloudy unfiltered orangish golden brew. Retention couldn't be better. Smooth medium body and carbonation evens out quickly. Aroma of cookie dough, sweetmalt and a good dose of hops. Even though this is not to style, it's an excellent beast in my opinion. Flavor is fantastic, doughy malt and grapefruit with a hoppy sweet flavor like an Imperial IPA. Wow I wish I had more of this stuff

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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nbrown
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a bottle from 2007. Pours a nice brown with a little orange. Mine didn't have that much of a head and there is mot much lacing. There was also quite a bit of yeast t the bottom of the bottle. Tasted very good. Very malty but not too much in the hops department. That is how I like my barleywines. Good mouthfeel and high drinkability. If I'm not careful I will be in trouble.

Photo of mikeys01
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and creamy light tan head blankets the Doggie Claws. Aroma is a mystifying mixture of grassy hops and vinous funky grapes, with a hearty helping of sweety toasty malt, toffee, and a bit of yeast. Crystal clear in its depths, colored like a burnt orange autumn sunset, well carbonated. Although young, this barleywine is loaded with complexity, and I wish I had many more than this single bottle to savor over time. Taste is a curious blend of fruity and herbal hops up front, late harvest grapes mingling with sharper pine. You’re soon transported to a sweet caramel malty playground with just a bit of bread popping up in the toaster. Finish brings out a bit of spice, warm alcohol, and a fresh, sweet hoppy finish. Nicely put together barleywine all around, full bodied without being overly syrupy sweet. Thanks to weefisheads for this one!

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