Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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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.
07-19-2010 22:00:47 | More by OneDropSoup
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.
12-09-2012 00:55:22 | More by Googs
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.
06-23-2010 22:40:45 | More by cavedave
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.
07-18-2008 04:39:17 | More by Wetpaperbag
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.
02-27-2004 08:05:46 | More by watermelonman
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
01-16-2012 00:54:59 | More by JAXSON
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.
Darn good vintage barleywine, mostly American, but a bit English.
12-31-2011 20:07:12 | More by zaphodchak
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.
04-14-2007 02:13:24 | More by hoppymeal
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.
06-18-2009 01:16:27 | More by NCSUdo
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.
01-18-2014 16:50:14 | More by BierJager89
4.22/5 rDev +1%
To quote from the label: "Doggie Claws has a light copper color and an intense herbal hop character." The first statement is patently false. It is a deep, dark, rich rubied brown. The second phrase is an understatement. This is a truly hoppy beer; the aroma literally fills the room and my fingers feel sticky from handling the bottle and glass. The head is deliriously high and potent, and the beer goes down thick like candied sugar, only to be brutally scraped away by the severity of the antiseptic hops. My lips are wintry-chapped today, and it smarts to pour this hop beast across them. I would say yes, this is a barley wine; it has the thick viscosity and austere malt wood-varnish quality I find in many US barley wines but not too many IPAx2's. It's incredibly hoppy, though, and delightful for that. It's not as bright and flowery as Bigfoot, but the Simcoe hops (god I love them) lend an earthy complexity and taut suppleness that makes this a damn enjoyable bevvy. Aging should suit this beer just fine, but don't you want to try it now and get spanked by the violent hops? Admit it, bitch, you do. You do. It's HOTD's Xmas/Hanukah gift to us all -- it would be ungrateful of you not to try it.
12-23-2004 07:07:35 | More by Thrasher
3.68/5 rDev -12%
2002 edition. The first thing I noticed about this beer was the unusual hop aroma stemming, I suppose, from the rather unusual choice of hops. The scent is mostly herbal, with a bit of an orange, citrusy note. A whiff of alcohol makes its way through too. All this is undergirded by a subtle, caramel malt aroma. The end result is quite terrific, and improves as the beer sits. In appearance, the beer has a light copper color and a formidable creamy head which leaves good lacing down the glass. The flavor struck me a bit harshly. Theres just a tiny hint of sweetness up front, and then its right into a mostly herbal, somewhat medicinal hop-dominated flavor, and a mild alcohol warming, building to what struck me as an extremely bitter finish. Medium bodied and dry, this is a decent beer, and improves when it sits. Id like to set one of these away for a year or so and see how it smooths out.
03-26-2003 18:22:22 | More by mzwolinski
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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