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

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965 Ratings
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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 391
Gots: 248 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A all-day 1.5 litres 2001 Edition bought at The Foodery in Philly. Cloudy hazy orange colour with proteins particularly at end. Creamy with lasting head. Mandarin orange. Bit oxidized, which store warned me of the risk of that disapeared into the overall flavour.
Had the 2004 edition which was very good but not as great an experience. Thanks to Joe McPhee. Had 2004 again a few weeks later and orange hit me right this night.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 14:36:54 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by the amount of sludge at the bottom of the bottle but I still enjoyed the beer.

The aroma is quite hoppy with some malt in there. The hop aroma overpowers the malt aroma to the point that its hard to tell whats in there aside from some delicious northwestern hops. The flavor was not nearly as bitter as the aroma would allow one to believe. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste but the initial flavor is sweet and some kind of a cross between an english barleywine and an american barleywine. Very interesting.

The beer had a heavy thick body to it that really made it smooth and enjoyable. Aside from the huge amount of dead yeast at the bottom of the bottle, it was a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:53:54 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 08:30:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-30-2011 19:53:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:21:28 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage 12ox bottle poured into a Goblet

A – Poured a very nicer and very full deep caramel brown with tons of thick foamy tan head dripping down the sides of the glass, literally dripping. Lots of sediment coming out of the bottle and much of it residing on the bottom of the glass when it was empty. Great retention and tons of side glass lace. The color was pretty much opaque as well. Could not have really asked it to look much better, very nice, and good to see the carbonation holding up after a couple years.

S – The aroma was very sweet, almost sickingly so. Lots of caramel and sugar was apparent and very strong up front, with a slight hint of alcohol in the middle of it. Not very strong, but still a hint of some mellow alcohol tones in it. There was a slight smell of earthy and grassy type hops that tried to lighten it up, but were beaten back by a sugar malt assault. Towards the end I started picking up some slight notes of what seemed to be cola, which I thought was interesting.

T – The flavor was very robust and pronounced, with a thick sugar front that dominated from the first sip. The alcohol had defiantly mellowed as it was hardly detectable in the flavor. The overall flavor seemed to have a very mellow feel to it. Very sweet with lots of sugar and caramel. The distinctive hop finish I find in all of the HotD brews was there, but it had quieted a good deal, but still contributed a nice dry finish and a bit of an undercutting grassy note as well. Very nice aged barley wine this flavor was very nice.

M – Very full bodied and creamy. This was defiantly not a lighter barley wine but was more of the thick syrupy kind, much like a good few year old Bigfoot. Very filling and very nice carbonation.

D – This was an awesome sipper, albeit pretty strong and lended itself very well to a nice night in front of the fire. The flavor was very full and filling, but it was still easily sippable and made for a very nice night. Very well rounded, although I really couldn’t see having more then one in a sitting, that ABV will catch up to you.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. I have had a lot of really highly hopped barley wines recently and it was nice to get back to the thick malty monsters. I thought it held up very well for the age, and easily had a few more years in it. Would love to see what other flavors come out in a couple years and will have to try and get a hold of a few others to find out. Definitely recommend this one, a classic good brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 00:30:26 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a decent head that dissipates to a film and leaves some lacing

Smell: Rich resinous aroma, redolant of pine and alcohol

Taste: Tastes about right while you swirl it around in your mouth, with big caramel malt flavors, followed by a big dose of bitter grapefruit; increasing sweet and bitter flavors build after the swallow

Mouthfeel: About right for a barleywine, thick and sticky with low levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced barleywine with big flavor profile; very resinous

This is a barleywine that clearly improves wih age; I have had I fresh and I have had it with up to four years if age on it - I definitely prefer the aged version as the aggressive hopping mellows into a very nice blend

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2005 23:05:38 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle – 2004 vintage drank in 2006 (Courtesy of Xproudfoot): Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a medium off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of powerful sweet malt with some figs and prunes characteristics. Taste is really sweet probably to the presence of honey with some figs and dry prunes also thrown in there. Hops are also present though not overly which suite me just fine (aged bottle may have affected presence of hops). Body is above average and alcohol is very well hidden. Very good stuff and I would love to get my hand on some more of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 15:44:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +10%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 04:07:39 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage (Blue cap, in case anyone cares)

A: The pour is amber in color with a short lived khaki head that is initially about a finger high.

S: Great caramel and brown sugar aromas to the nose. Surprisingly, still a fair amount of hop content. I pick up some grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Sweet and malty, and excellent.

T: Caramel, molasses, and brown sugar provide a nice sweet base. Some definite fruitiness in the form of pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and peaches. A slight warming alcohol feel comes into play as the beer warms up.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.

O: One of Hair of the Dog's best beers. I look forward to it each year.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 05:06:44 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

01-13-2014 21:41:46 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-07-2012 13:40:50 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-24-2013 17:14:14 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-14-2011 06:56:19 | More by spycow
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-10-2012 08:20:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-08-2012 00:58:08 | More by Texasfan549
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oberon

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is becoming a annual thing for me to drink Doggie Claws during the holiday season.2006 bottle, poured a lighter amber with chunks and floaties thruout my snifter a thin quick to fade head atop.Oh man the aromas are just killer when the cap was popped first thing I noticed was a big piney aroma after I poured the big honey malt notes came thru even overpowering the pine but damn what a great balance.This is young and if I had the will power to hold one I would but I cant,as is the hop flavors really hit home with a great honey and caramel malt profile and thru it all the alcohol stays in check for awhile the burn comes thru after it warms a bit.Its big its brash and its kick ass the hop burps come later and I love it,another great Doggie Claws from HOD, 2004 maybe the greatest beer ever made though.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 03:10:03 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 07:17:29 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

2008 vintage. Let me just say that I am firmly against dressing dogs up for the holidays (or pretty much any other time, as well). That said, this stuff pours a very lightly murky russet-amber topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises ruby red grapefruit, pine, mild menthol, and toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee is much more pronounced, giving some more balance to the proceedings, and the alcohol stabs through quickly, smartly, and shortly. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, a very nice barleywine, a nice side-by-side with the thicker and maltier Fred from the Wood. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:49:43 | More by TMoney2591
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

03-23-2014 01:47:50 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of Kmpitz2...

Poured with a generous amount of frothy, creamy foam. Tawny orange/brown body, hazy with yeast. Aroma was nice, some spruce and sweet dried apricot, mixed with some subdued yeast esters. Taste followed the aroma with a big malty toffee body. Alcohol was hidden enough not to interfere, but definitely present. The bottle was shared, but I would happily drink one of these as an occasional treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 18:31:24 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Edition

A - Very good looking barleywine. A clear, dark amber color with a large, tan head of foam with some big bubbles of carbonation. Nice retention that receded to leave some sticky lace.

S - Spicy aroma with some pine-like hops. Also, a good balance of sweet maltiness in the nose.

T - A malty barleywine that isn't overly sweet. Again a good deal of spicy/bitter hop character matches the caramel malt goodness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D - This was really quite good. It's no surprise that Hair of the Dog made a good one, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:38:24 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:55:01 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 - cellared, and then stored refrigerated and upright, for a year or so...

The yeast was clearly compacted at the bottom of the bottle and it poured a crystal-clear (I could see my fingerprints through the glass), glowing orange body beneath a massive head of rocky bright-white foam. It was a bit effervescent after 3 years in the bottle, and the rising bubbles helped to maintain the head, It kept a solid, creamy surface covering down to the last sip; and left some very nice sheets of attractive lace at the outset.

The nose was hoppy and fruity, or perhaps just loaded with fruity hops (Centennial, Cascades, etc.)! I can't imagine what it might have been like fresh, as it was still pretty damned hoppy three years later! There were notes of pineapple, grapefruit, apple, and tangerine; as well as some pine and mild spice over a grainy maltiness.

It was crisp in the mouth with a medium body and lively carbonation that perked up the tastebuds and 'scrubbed' the palate but didn't burn.

The flavor was very much as the nose suggested, with its fruity and piney hops brazenly tromping here and there across its lightly sweet and bready malt base. The bitterness level was kept restrained for a West Coast barleywine (or has it just softened that much?); and it was superbly balanced. More spiciness came through in the flavor than the nose; and its alcohol was present but far from obtrusive.

As I have no experience with a fresh bottle of Doggie Claws, I can only assumed that this has mellowed considerably; and that's not necessarily for the better, but it was quite good! I enjoyed it immensely, and with the exception of its alcoholic kick, I could easily have partaken of at least one bottle more. This is a beer that you sit down with, kick back, and enjoy while contemplating your utter insignifigance in comparison to the ever expanding universe... and then you think, "Yeah, but I've got an awesome brew at hand dude"!!! Rock on Doggie Claws!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 17:55:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-14-2011 23:12:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.