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

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1,013 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 397
Gots: 242 | 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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Ratings: 1,013 | Reviews: 529 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Captainren, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

long4hops, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005:

Dark copper color with lots of sediment stirring about. The head is of tan foam with very nice retention and leaves some fair lacing.

Lots of sweetness, mostly in the form of caramel. There is a fairly strong soapy pine scent as well.

Wow. After six years, this beer is still really pretty hoppy and surprisingly warm from the alcohol. A great blend of malty sweetness, but the hops have not disappeared and join in the fun. Very tasty beer.

The carbonation is a bit lower, not surprisingly so after six years. The body does not feel as big and full as an 11.5 percent beer should. The overall feel is good though.

A beautifully aged barleywine that is just solid overall. So glad I am having the chance to enjoy this. Made for the ages.

jera1350, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

davelag, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

jmpizzo, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of dbmernin83
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 on the bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany with head that won't quit.
Hops, booze, caramel malts, and oak literally punch you in the nose.
Holy mother of God! This is just stupid. The level of delicious is through the roof! Big hops, sweet caramel, wood, toffee, and booze all have equal turn making love to every single one of your tastebuds.
Thick and sticky, but great carbonation.
This beer is amazing. I recently had a 2010 and it was just as amazing. Still hoppy, but everything blended together even more. This is a magical beer. I'm going back tomorrow to buy as many as possible to drink now and age.

dbmernin83, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: Murky copper brown bodied beer with a small white head less than one finger tall. Recedes quickly to a ring around out side of the glass. The beer has a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: This is a big nose on this barleywine with a fairly assertive hop profile. Huge dark fruit notes mixed with traditonal caramel and toffee notes of most barleywines. Hops smell fresh; lots orange and pineapple with a little bit of pine and grapefruit in there.

Taste: Little bit on caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee right away. The malt profile is substantial and fairly rich; it is quickly interupted by the hops. Mild to moderate hops bitterness, the hops are not as strong as I was thinking they would be based on the nose of the beer. The hops have alot of pine notes, also tastes very leafy and almost have a green tea flavor to them. The hops are also fairly dank and musty. The balance between malt and hops profile is okay, but its a bit more hop heavy than I like my barleywines, but its appropiate for the American Barleywine style. It got a bit of a booze kick in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is on the high end of medium bodied, really close to a full bodied beer. Almost moderate carbonation levels, but i gotta say the carbonation is low for a bottle conditioned beer. This beer is fairly syrupy, but has enough carbonation to break it up. The alcohol is a bit warming, but i would still consider this beer smooth. Once again the difference maker in this beer is the bottle conditioning. I wish that all craft beers were bottle conditioned, it just makes a beer than much better reguardless of the style.

Overall: I really do enjoy Hair of the Dog Brewery. They make great beers in styles that I enjoy. As far as Doggie Claws goes its a really nice American Barleywine, probably on of the better ones have had. While I still prefer the English Style Barleywines this beer holds its own. I will say I prefer Adam over this beer, it still worth a try for any fan of barleywines.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

bpfrush, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

hannaho, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

leschkie, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

tbeq00, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

spamages, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007, on draft at HotD.

Swiss cheese lace and red-brown body.

Dank vintage malt nose, chewy already.

Aged American, honeyed hops and big malt. Hops have mellowed, but are not without bite. Classical barleywine with prune, date, etc.

Super smooth.

Darn good vintage barleywine, mostly American, but a bit English.

zaphodchak, Dec 31, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2011 Christmas gift from a wonderful wife.
appearance: Beautiful bronze, impressively thick tan head.
smell: Very hop forward. To be sure, this little doggie is freshly whelped and i understand these get better with age. There's a solid malt backbone but this smells more like a dipa than a barley at this stage.
taste: Ditto on the taste. Very nice though noticeably "green".
Thankfully, the wife of the year picked up several bottles and I'll be updating as time goes by.

edit 12/11/12: noticeable improvement after a year. not gonna change any scores yet but ageing nicely.

cindyjeffsmith, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

rdespain, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ffejherb, Dec 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

sukwonee, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Bobbydigi, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

StonePhil, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -5.3%
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 +19.9%

madpentzer, Dec 24, 2011
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.