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

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996 Ratings
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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 394
Gots: 245 | 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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Ratings: 996 | Reviews: 528 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

sukwonee, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Bobbydigi, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

StonePhil, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2008 vintage and courtesy of BrewerB. Thanks for hitting this want Brian! Opened on Christmas Day.

This beer pours a light to medium bodied pure copper in color with no head or lacing. The aromas are incredibly malty, featuring plenty of caramel, toffee, and sweet dried fruits with a citrusy faded hop character. It solid and to he expected from an '08. The flavors are very sweet and fruity. It's near all swerve malts. I get a lot of cherry and orange peel in the malt bill. It solid and has nice flavor. It's drinkable for the abv and is sticky yet not overly so. Overall this is a nice aged barleywine and pretty similar to the '08 Behemoth that I had earlier this year.

aasher, Dec 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep golden brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty strong smelling, it had a lot of malts and hops in there and a heavy boozy aroma too. The taste of the beer has some sweet caramel upfront that shifts into a hoppy bitter finish with a warming alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is heavy, oily and has a light amount of carbonation. Overall this is a big beer, I'm excited to try it again one day. Possibly have it again after aging it for a little.

Knapp85, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

madpentzer, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to cbutova for breaking out this 2010 vintage just in time for the holidays.

Very hazy rusty orange with lots of carbonation, big beige head sticks around big time, is it me or is HotD always either over or under carbonated?

Lots of sweet malts, and a good dose of earthy and fruity hops in the nose.

Big honey, sugary, caramel, bready malts but still pretty big hops, grapefruit, earthy, slight citrus. Very sweet but lots of hops to back it up.

Big malty mouthfeel, alcohol is decently hidden.

This reminded me alot of Fred, both are very sweet and both took some time to grow on me. Quite enjoyable but I wouldn't really want a 12oz solo.

Chico1985, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #800!

2010 vintage shared last night. Reviewed from notes. Only had this one other time and it was about 8 months old at the time.

A- Murky dark orange hue with a massive frothy and creamy textured white head. Tons of thick lace coast the glass.

S- Dried apricot, peach, orange and citrus zest with hops being sort of up front here, even after a year. Floral and herbal hints as well but mostly West Coast feel. Big barleywine caramel and musty oldness comes through eventually.

T- This starts off more like an old ale/Barleywine with the complex sugars and some oxidized caramel, often found in HOTD beer. Some sort of yeast spice/influence as well I have noticed in HOTD beers. Hops are a bit more laid back but bring the same kind of notes as above.

MF- Highly carbonated body which usually isnt the case with this brewery. Oily feel and a bitter hop finish. Silky and creamy.

Has that HOTD feel like a different version of Fred. Sweet and hoppy with the big caramel Barleywine body.

cbutova, Dec 23, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage 12oz bottle poured into a Russian River sniffer.

A - Dark roasty amber/brown, khaki colored 2 finger head, very little lacing

S - Sweet, juicy, raisiny

T - Extremely complex! Strong currant notes coming through. Cherry, raisin, a little bit of funk, hoppy. Toffee towards the end

M - Velvety smooth, medium to high body. A little bit syrupy.

O - A great mystique to this brew, it's constantly evolving from first sip to last, never disappointing. My only complaint is I wish I had another!

lechowski, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Jules11788, Dec 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

s1ckboy, Dec 21, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage shared at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Nary any head, a thin ring of tan head surrounded the edge of the glass, minimal lacing. Fairly sweet nose, some dark candi sugar, huge hop notes, citrus more than floral, I detected a bit of rye. Taste is hugely hoppy ala Fred, the candi sugar is fairly pronounced but not cloyingly sweet, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence, leading to a sticky finish. The ABV was tamed a bit in this aged version, newer bottles can run a wee bit hot. Looking forward to doing a vertical tasting of this special holiday offering.

jdense, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

oregone, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 19, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

lpotter, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

jpbebeau, Dec 19, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

xraided81, Dec 18, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Deep, dark mahogany brown with some red flecks and a frothy tanned head.

Nose: Honey, big, citrusy hops, sweet, sticky toffee, cherry, raisin, and some alcohol.

Taste: Wow, sweet toffee, raisin, prune, cherries, west coast, citrus hops, alcohol, and some anise.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily but also very creamy, velvety smooth really with good lacing.

Overall: This is such a fantastic barleywine both aged and fresh. I love Doggie Claws but the 2011 is incredibly well done, smooth, and lacking in alcoholic heat. Fantastic.

waltersrj, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm finally popping this 2010 that I bought online about a year ago.

A: The marketing speak says this one is copper in color, but I would best describe it as Christmas red. The head is absolutely the biggest and frothiest one I've ever seen on a Barleywine.

S: Glorious! This is a hop bomb for sure, and with the distinctive cherry and apple "Jolly Rancer" quality that I commonly get in West Coast Barleywines. Additionally, I did get some of the honey poking through - this really set it apart from many others I've tried in this style.

T: Super sweet, yet hoppy at the same time, and I got a bit of a licorice/Twizzle combo in there as well, in addition to a hop wallop that is so ridiculous that it has to be sampled to be believed!

M: My snifter looks like it just went through a car wash and my palate is thoroughly wrecked with hoppy, syrupy goodness. Thanks Hair of the Dog...

O: I still give the edge to "Adam," but this is both tasty and infinitely memorable.

Chaney, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

johnhenryconway, Dec 15, 2011
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.