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

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-19-2014 11:40:47 | More by carlitos92
Photo of danadeny


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

The body has great carbonation, a nice frothy off white head, and a nice caramel color. The smell is classic, clean, fresh, fruity malty barely wine. The taste is strong alcohol and fruit up front. Smooth middle, and a mild clean finish. Good fruit bite. The mouth feel is nice carbonation on the tongue, and the drinkability is good because of it's smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 15:08:57 | More by danadeny
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-13-2013 02:00:45 | More by FranzBC
Photo of dbmernin83


4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:52:57 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of DimensionX


4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

A: Dark amber colored with a light bronze hue visible around the edges of the glass. Highly carbonated, had to pour slow, great lacing and head retention.

S: Smells like big floral hops, piney and fruity, almost estery bubblegum but could just be overall sweetness/sugar.

T: Very hoppy with fruity citrus and dark pine flavors dominating, almost a spice like quality, not sure what. Rich malty backbone supports this interesting flavor combo, dark and deep with a dry finish.

O: One of my favorite barleywines lives up to it's reputation once again. Like all American Barleywines this beer greatly improves with cellar time.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:53:34 | More by DimensionX
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

10-23-2013 03:28:41 | More by pk18
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Doggie Claws 08 poured into my Bruery tulip.

Poured a copper mahogony color with minimal head and retention. Looks oily on top. Left yeast in the bottle. Light visible carbonation.

Aroma of pine with a sweet and sour smell. Kind of a cooked caramel malt smell, like when grains are steeping.

Very nicely balanced flavor. Really mellow, no alcohol heat but with a good sweetness of light brown sugar with a nice slight bitterness. Really good; the hops have mellowed out and aren't mouth puckering and in perfect balance.

Light lingering flavor on the palate but not heavy. Full bodied and lightly carbonated, a delicate balance done right.

Awesome drinkability. I could drink these all night til I puke on myself. Hopefully I wont...

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 06:53:04 | More by davexisxrabid
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-08-2014 23:54:46 | More by IPeteA91
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HotD Tulip on 4/16/11.

Pours a an opaque syrup amber color with tons of brownish off white head(had to let it settle for a few minutes before pouring the last half of the 12oz). Beautiful looking beer, not perfect but damn good looking.

Smells of tons of sweet malts as well as fruity hops. Lots and lots of complexity to this one. I smell honey, citrus, and carmel. Smells wonderful.

Taste is of sweet malts, honey, molasses, and hop fruit taste. Again very nice this beer is impressive.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Not very much bite on this one. Alcohol comes out slightly more when its warmer but its very smooth other then that. Sweetness sticks to the lips, and mouth leaving the sweet tastes all over.

Overall this is one hell of a brew and it lands in my category of "never pass this one up". I could see doing a huge trade for this so I can have it all the time. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 03:30:56 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-18-2014 07:19:49 | More by kamikazeokami
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-17-2014 00:36:03 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-03-2012 03:47:27 | More by MASPuros
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-18-2014 17:50:07 | More by BG718
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottle, '06. Much gratitude towards sneagrams13 for this delectable treat.

A - Pours a deep copper. Head is beautiful, the entire process takes about three minutes, the head rising alone takes about 20 seconds then reduces to a patchy surface on the beer.

S - Fruit that I cant describe. Seems to be a light fleshed fruit, something tart yet sweet. Toasty caramel, good amount of spice..nutmeg, alcohol burn a wee bit.

T - Sweet but not cloying, fruity, almost vineous, caramel, hop profile is perfect, somewhat of a dry finish with a touch of sweet to polish it all off.

M - Coats the palate well with the dryness of the finish evening it all out. Mighty Fine.

D - For being the abv it is I gave it a 4 because the flavor isnt taxing, though over 5 or 6 of them it would be, but then again why the hell would you drink 5 or 6 in one sitting unless you're Alan Sprints and can do so without flinching.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 04:25:34 | More by rsyberg01
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage

A - pours a ruddy, cloudy amber brown. This is easily the chunkiest beer I've ever run into. I could ferment an entire 5 gallon batch of beer with the dregs from this bottle. I tried so (unsucessfully) hard to keep the dregs out, I ended up with no head at all. This beer is flat out ugly.

S - Earthy leather & tobacco, sweet dark fruit (fig & raisin), and rich piny hops. Alcohol fumes add a spicy burn.

T - Dark fruity sweetness hits first, with a caramel, buttery overtone. The leathery earth notes follow closely. The hops disappear amongst the sweet & earth, but a solid dose of bitterness helps to provide balance. Very tasty.

M - Thick and rich. Light, fine carbonation keeps things from being too syrupy. Finish is long and sweet.

D - this is a thick, rich, hot beer. A sipper for sure.

Were it a bit nicer to look at, this would be a damn near perfect beer. Ugly as it is, though, it is still delicious and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 02:51:50 | More by 0110x011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-22-2011 01:54:46 | More by Mrpickles
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-16-2011 10:59:32 | More by darkmoon66
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Bottling
-ABV: 10%
-Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo

Well, this is a bit odd. I didn’t really know what to expect from this beer, other than strength. The beer pours a considerably lighter color than I expected from a barleywine: hazy gold, like a Belgian Tripel. The fluffy white head gave off fresh, crisp, yeasty aromas when the beer was poured and when the glass was swirled, but hoppiness oozed through when the beer was still. The body was effervescent, though quite substantial. It felt exactly like you’d expect a bottle-conditioned barleywine to feel. I’m not talking about the standard “unfiltered”, force carbonated offerings—this one felt like a tripel without any candi sugar in the grist. Plus, this beer used hops :) The big, PacNW hoppiness was abundantly evident—pine needles meet citrus fruit, ending in a sticky, lingering, but not astringent bitterness. The maltiness was sweet, fresh, fruity and generous, though overshadowed somewhat by the sticky, lovely hoppiness and the bottle conditioned character. Now this is the kind of beer that I can really get into—it’s experimental without being stupid. It’s a pale-colored, bottle conditioned barleywine. That’s cool! It’s not a 25% ABV monster finished with champagne yeast, or an uncarbonated port-beer, or any other gimmick-type beer. It’s thinking outside the beer box, but within the massive, overarching “this is still beer” box.

After a bit more warming occurs, the fruitiness really stakes a claim to a position as a major flavor component. I can taste something like peaches in heavy syrup, but not quite so sweet. All the while the pungent, resiny hoppiness mingles with the crisp yeastiness to remind me that I’m not drinking every other barleywine. A touch of alcoholic heat comes through after the hoppiness begins to subside, creating a sensation similar to finishing a restaurant peppermint. Adding the remaining yeast/trub pancake adds a touch of grit, but doesn’t otherwise change the flavor.

Great beer. I could have done without quite as much fluffiness in my barleywine, but offsetting the standard 90 weight viscosity of other beers in this genre was a welcome change of pace. I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 19:33:29 | More by TXHops
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3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had an 05 and an 08 and didnt care too much for either one. First off it didn't pour with a very good head at all, almost non-existant, the smell was strong with alchohol but on the plus side I got some fruity notes out of it, maybe cherries. But still a very strong almost whiskey smell. It tasted very stong of alchohol as well, and very sweet with a strong after taste. It was Syrupy but thin at the same time if that makes since. the 05 had alot of sediment floating around in it. Not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 05:54:26 | More by mugglesandhops
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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2011 opened in March 2013

Appearance – Pours a dark ruby copper color with a medium head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smell – Honey, raisins, caramel, and a sweet booze.

Taste –Quite a bit of hops that I didn’t pick up in the smell and made it less sweet than expected. Also caramel, honey, and a touch of malt.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth and creamy; lightly carbonated.

Drinkability – A very drinkable barleywine. The bottle emptied fast for an 11.5% abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 06:23:21 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-01-2014 17:15:59 | More by SixPack6
Photo of rxdrewthejew


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've not been disappointed by HotD yet, so when I saw this at Vendome Toluca Lake, I had to pick it up. 2008 vintage. Love the bottle art...santa hat on Roswell and the hanukiah's on the front.

A: Pours a dark reddish-amber...almost brown. Tons and tons of sediment, so it ends up pretty hazy, to the point where you can't really see through the beer at all. Guess I shoulda been more careful with the pour. No head to speak of, but the lacing is damn impressive.

S: The nose is quite heavy with citrus and pine hops, but there's certainly a lot of sweetness to this brew as well. I note some apricot, mango, passion fruit and fig. Smells like quite a nice barleywine.

T: Opening is quite malty and sweet. A bit bready, some caramel, plenty of the fruitiness detected in the smell as well. Hops come out strong in the finish, citrus/grapefruit dominant and lingering on the tongue.

MF: Syrupy thick mouthfeel with pretty low carbonation. This works well, IMO. There's ENOUGH carbonation, but it doesn't really detract from the flavor. Warming is massive...just a huge hot alcohol feel with the beer...yet it doesn't taste or feel boozy.

D: Like the other "big" HotD brews I've had, this one would probably benefit from a little aging. It's still really hot. That being said, I like the hop character I get from this, and I imagine it would lose some of that with aging. Quite a strong brew, and a sipper to be sure. Drinkability is pretty good for the style. Very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 05:18:44 | More by rxdrewthejew
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-08-2013 14:09:04 | More by itsthepleats
Photo of d0ggnate


4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Merry Christmas BeerAdvocate! In celebration, I have opened up this years Doggie Claws. Mmmm!

A: Poured amber/brown from bottle, with heavy sediment left behind. Low carbonation and nearly no head left behind.
S: Nice hop aroma! Reminiscent of other HotD brews. After the hops, I notice a bit of caramelized malt smell.
T: Sweet malt and hop harmony abound. The hops have mellowed from their presence in the nose, but are still delicious. The honey flavor pokes through a bit.
M: Smooth and balanced. Lingering flavors. A very balanced beer. The alcohol has a warming affect, but is indistinguishable.
D: Ooooh damn. I could enjoy these all night long. I wish I had more than just one. I'll keep an eye open for more and look to cellar a few to see what it would become.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 03:54:42 | More by d0ggnate
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3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2008 and 2009, extras from ramnuts (great extras), excited to try these tonight.

2008 was flat. I dislike flat beer. I'll leave it at that. Drain got a healthy pour.

2009 was a gusher. (Just wasn't my night for HotD seasonal barleywines.) Lost about 1/3 of the beer on the kitchen table and floor.

the remaining 2009 I ended up drinking was chunky because of the agitation from the explosion mixing in the sediment. Honey sweet pine on the nose, tastes followed. Thick and sweet. Not all that complex, actually, but still enjoyable. Wasn't as impressed as I was expecting. Pretty straightforward smells and tastes.

I don't know what to think about HotD. I've had a good Fred, flat Adam, flat DClaws, and gushing DClaws. Is this normal?

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 23:00:19 | More by caskstrength
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.