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

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 387
Gots: 246 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mjw1200, Jul 06, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

Big thanks to camil1mj for this bottle.

2010 vintage

Pours a very murky, dirty bronze color. The body is full of sediment leading to a very opaque beer. Four finger vanilla pudding colored head. The head is rather stubborn, retention is phenomenal. Once the head eventually works its way back, heavy lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

Bold and assertive barleywine. The aroma displays a nice balance between the hops and malt. Heavily caramelized malt and raisin combines with resinous pine and citrus.

The flavor mimics the nose rather well. The malt rolls across the palate first. The caramel flavor is much lighter on the tongue than in the nose. Soft and sweet caramel transitions towards the darker fruit flavors on the back of the tongue. The hop flavor is less assertive than the aroma. The sweet citrus flavor is prominent, paired with a slight resinous flavor. The malt shines from beginning to end, but the hop flavor is one hell of a compliment. May not be evenly balanced but dare I say it is perfectly balanced. With a year on this bottle there is not much heat but a pleasant warmth on the back end.

Full bodied Barleywine, carbonation in moderate. Thick, nearly chewy texture. The finish is long as the heavy flavors dig into the tongue.

Doggie Claws is a very good beer. I am not ready yet to call it my favorite Barleywine but if it were readily available to me it would have room reserved in my cellar. The balance of the beer is incredible. A definite sipper but highly enjoyable. Certainly a beer to seek out, I am very glad I had the opportunity, I will be looking for more in the future.

kzoobrew, Nov 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

bleedsblu, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

AOShabaz, Jun 30, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

2009 vintage. Thanks to HuskinPDX for the smooth and ridiculously fast shipping job.

Holy fucking gusher. Thing exploded all over my table and laptop. I hastily dumped some into my glass to stop the carnage from getting worse. There's a foamy finger and a half head after all settles and leaves lots of lacing. The body is a murky brown orange hue and has some floaties hangin around. Looks good but the gushing really put a bad taste in my mouth.

Sweet bready malt with some mollasses and caramel. Tint bit of sharp hops but definately smells really sweet. Smells more like an english BW.

There's the hops. Nice hoppyness thats complimented nicely with sweet malt, really great combination. Hops arent over the but hang around really nicely to work with the other flavors. Some sweeter caramel and toffee come through in the middle. Hops settle down toward the end of the middle and leaves a nice light sweet ride to the finish. Great balance of hoppy and malty. Can't wait to try it fresh.

Feels to be on the heavier side of medium and somewhat syrupy. good amount of smaller carbonation bubbles.

Besides the explosion really enjoyable beer. Taste was pretty spot on, awesome balance and everything was real nice. This brewery keeps growing on me.

Gushue3, Oct 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

cfh64, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

leschkie, Jan 03, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +10%

2011 Vintage poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Lovely. Auburn/amber color with an off white one finger head. It's very frothy and dissolving slowly into a good 1/4 inch head thats not going away. Alcohol legs sticking to the glass.

S: First, I'm getting sweet malts. Heavy raisin bread and caramel mixed with some earthy, floral hop aroma. Slight citrus notes, orange or grapefruit. I could sniff all day.

T: Taste follows suit to the smell. Rich caramel malts with a touch of honey soaked biscuit. This vintage isn't very old so the hop aroma and bitterness is still quiet present. A nice fruity bitterness. I'm even getting a slight dark chocolate in the after taste. Delicious. A complex brew, that shares some characteristic with other HoTD beers. I believe it's the Scottish yeast strain that Alan Sprints uses.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. There's a really nice creaminess to it, which makes it easy to drink and not something I have to sip necessarily. Flavors coat the mouth and linger nicely. Alcohol is present, which is not surprising me for the ABV of the beer. You can feel the warming down the throat and in the stomach. I like my big beers.

O: This is my second time having this beer and I must say, I love it. It's great holiday Barleywine and by far one of the best American style Barleywines. The first bottle I had was a 2010, so it had two years of age on it. It was a more balanced, with less bitterness and less heat from the alcohol, which goes to show that this beer ages gracefully as the label suggests. I'm planning on doing a vertical of this one. Get this if you can, really. But consider cellaring a few.

Googs, Dec 09, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

Made in 2009, per the label.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Three fingers of glistening, warm khaki head over a deep russet body with some burnt orange highlights. Leaves swathes of lacing. This looks like a big, solid beer.

Smell is definitely hop-forward, but a mild hop that smells like pine- or "holiday"-scented candles. This is backed up by a potpourri of orange peel, a little spicy cinnamon, juniper, toffee malt -- definitely complex, & very evocative.

Very welcoming taste that encompasses much of the elements of the smell, plus some peppermint, licorice, ginger, wrapped up in a woody flavor with some bitterness underlying just enough to stimulate. This is pretty amazing, there are so many notes associated with a warm, holiday atmosphere. I'm not sure how they pulled off such a context-specific feel, but they really nailed it. A sweet, baked taste like warm molasses cookies emerges. This is kind of incredible.

Big, full mouthfeel that pulls you in with warm flavors & keeps it just bitter enough that it doesn't get cloying or complacent.

Wow -- I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but I'm really impressed. From the aroma, I thought I was stepping into Bigfoot territory, & while this is comparable, it's a totally different animal. This is just as vivid a sensory experience, but it's so much more intimate, bringing to mind a fireside with family more than fireworks. And it's freakin July right now! Any beer that can stir me this much emotionally is worth a lot in my book. It's substantial, to be sure, but what a great beer.

OneDropSoup, Jul 19, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

Big thanks to black13 for the chance to try yet another fine NW brew. Vintage 2009.

Pours quite cloudy, quite dark amber, topped by an unexpectedly huge beige head that hangs around. Not like any barleywine I've seen, but it looks delectable.

The smell is light/med. for style, with candy, caramel, fig, rounded yeast notes, stone fruit, and some unidentifiable flavors that bond the bouquet into a light perfume. Not much for a barleywine but what there is pleases.

A figgy sweet ushers the palate along a path of caramel, light floral hop, candy, lightly fruity notes, and into a finish that is sweet and full of effervescent light bitter with hints of lemon. It tastes almost like a sweet BSA minus the tart, but very clean, and sparkly in the mouth. A bit too sweet, but quite delicious. Not as complex as Adam or Fred, but that same HOTD flare for the tasty.

Mouthfeel is the expected thick, but it is fairly light on the palate, the bright flavors fight palate fatigue the sweet might otherwise cause. Lower carb. than the look predicts, decent finish. A bit of a buildup of the lemony notes is my only criticism.

Drinkability, due to ABV and thick feel of the sweet isn't so good as it might be, or even as it may yet be with some age.

Impression: Hair Of The Dog produces some amazing barleywines. This is a good one, but not one of their best.

cavedave, Jun 23, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

2007 bottle in a normal pint glass.

A- A dark copper color, fluffy one finger width head on top. Some of the sediment did end up in the glass and is floating around.

S- A nice fruity smell, hints of pineapple and the smells of fruit juice. The hop smell is a great smell to have tickle the nose.

T- Very sweet, nice slight bitterness from the hops. There is a hint of spicyness that comes though at the end of the taste. The pineapple taste is more of a full flavored taste. It reminds me of the Fred, but more on the sweet side with more pineapple taste.

M- A slightly thick and oily feeling. Sweet and viscous.

D- Easy to drink, but better off as a sipping beer. The flavors really come though as the beer warms up. Another great showing from HOTD.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 18, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

This is different and of high quality. It poured to a nice bright-brown color with pretty normal head and carbonation. The flavor is very rich. Alcohol content is quite evident, but it goes down with a shimmer. I'm not sure how to describe it, but I like it. It's calling back to me, and amongst this style, that counts as high drinkability.

watermelonman, Feb 27, 2004
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%

Score is an average of the following two vintages consumed on the same day.

2010 bottle. Pours a salmon/ruby with a very large head. Nose is big caramel malt, honey, red apple, some dust and cardboard. Mouth is big, sweet, chewy and juicy, malt forward with honey, sweet apple, perhaps a touch of toffee, and and moderately hopped finish with some alcohol burn. A light cardboard on the finish that I'm surprised with a bottle this young, which detracts quite a bit. 3.4

2009 bottle drank beside the 2010 pours a ruby/copper with a small head. The nose is not as malt aggressive, with rich tones of sap, red apple, and a nice malt complexity. Super rich, silky feel in the mouth. Flavor has a lot of the qualities of the 2010 but in a far more refined package that allows the burnt sugars, toasted marshmallow to shine. Some pine sap bitterness on the finish, and none of the oxidation of the 2010. A great vintage. 4.2

JAXSON, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 27, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a murky light brown, a good amount of sediment, like unpasteurized apple cider, with a one finger cream head that slowly recedes. Aroma is big on the citrusy hops, tangerines, with some yeasty breadiness and sweet malty and caramel aromas as well. A booziness is evident, but not overly strong in the aroma. Taste is basically the reverse of the aroma. A big rich and sweet maltiness hits up front, very sweet caramel and raisin flavors. The citrusy hops come in middle to end of the taste and blend and balance the sweetness and linger with the richness into the aftertaste. Soft and full bodied, yet not overly cloying, a nice hoppy dryness in the finish. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, incredibly balanced for its strength. An outstanding american barleywine, possibly my favorite hotd beer, the 2005 vintage is drinking wonderfully and probably will for the next year or two.

hoppymeal, Apr 14, 2007
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%

12 oz bottle, 2007 bottling

A: Deep brown, hazy (I poured the yeast, so no problem there), under a small white head. Some lace and retention.

S: Very nice blend of sweet, caramel, toasted malt and citrus, grapefruit hops. Balance is really key here. Just when you think the sweetness is taking over, the hops jump back in.

T: Wow, excellent taste profile. Sweet again up front, with caramel and candied fruits, plums, raisins, very rich. Again, hops balance it out in the middle and finish. Bit of tangy citrus and a decent bitterness in the finish, but not overwhelming. Bit of drying alcohol and slight warming on the way down.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a bit prickly at first but doesn't hurt the body. Drinkability is fine. A very solid barleywine.

NCSUdo, Jun 18, 2009
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

TicoCali, Nov 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

blabaer, Mar 19, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

BierJager89, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

twowheelssoar, Feb 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 19, 2013
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.