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

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Ratings: 987
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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Photo of Janderson91
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one sent from SpdKilz! 2010 vintage. Enjoyed on 07/15/11.

A - 12oz bottle into a goblet. Whoa! Did not expect to get a large head out of this one but it consumes half my glass after a pretty aggressive pour. A two finger head has formed inside the bottle as well. Weird. Once in the glass, the appearance is an above average barleywine. Muddy brown/red color, can't see through it at all. Lots of floaties. Leaves very good lacing.

S - Big caramel, honey, piney hops, and some cherries and plums. Good aroma on this one.

T - Quite sweet up front with big caramel malts and then a very nice piney bitterness comes through. Honey sweetness is present throughout. Finishes with a bitterness balanced by the honey, caramel sweetness and some cola flavor is present also.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy with some carbonation present in the back.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this one. An above average barleywine for sure but not quite as good as Bigfoot or 2010 Nemesis.

Janderson91, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Scalawags
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Scalawags, May 07, 2014
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to lou91 for a chance to try this brew.

Deep copper red with a thin orangish white head that doesn't hold very long. That 10.5% must be kickin'!

Big nose with surprisingly fruity hops that make me think rose petals and grapefruit. Slight alcohol twang and a sweet malty balance. There's also a hint of metallic twang but as I sip I notice it doesn't carry over into the taste.

Big mouth feel. Sweet caramel taste quickly gives way to fruity hops. Lots of simcoe more than the amarillo but still delicious. A dry bitterness from the amarillo after swallowing. Slight alcohol heat in the taste and definitely present after swallowing.

Solid brew with a lot of flavor. This one makes a great night cap. I'd love to have a few more of these sitting in my fridge.

timtheenchanta, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle my brother brought back for me as a thank you for recommending this brewery as a place to visit. He still owes me...

A - Not head on a rich copper body. Eh.

S - Very dense and appealing, lots of citrus fruits and malt sweetness, with caramel, white chocolate, all spice, black current, and just enough alcohol to be sturdy. Very nice.

T - Starts out strong, with lots of that distinctive barleywine flavor. That melts away to allow a slight strawberry like tartness dominate an interesting combination of flavors, and with the more subdued alcohol take one to a nice, balanced dry finish.

M - Pretty standard body and mouthfeel for the style. The alcohol burn was quite restrained for 11.5%.

D - An great example of the style. My only complaint is that the finish seemed to fade quickly. Aside from that this was dense and delicious.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of SummitVA
4/5  rDev -4.3%

SummitVA, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Trueant1
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Have had this in the fridge for over 6 months.

Pours an awsom, thick, frothy off white head. Honey brown color. Lots of large "floaties" all over the glass. Chunks of lacing sit on the sides of the glass!

Honey floral smells permeate the room! Alcoholic, almost chardonet wine smells. Off smells of wet paint. Because this brew smells so strong, wonderful, and fills the room, it is perfect.

Honey taste with a nice bitter afterbite. Alocoholic.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and sticky, very nice!

Great drinkability for this style.

Trueant1, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of hophead247
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle....Limited head and lacing, but was expected in a barley wine. A nice reddish orange color that was a little cloudy with sediment. Very enjoyable smell that was sweet and fruity that made my mouth water a bit. One of the tastiest barley wines I've tried...not too boozy, had a nice floral and fruity flavor, and the malt and hops were nicely paired.

hophead247, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of quirkzoo
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

quirkzoo, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of BigV
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of garbercury
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pigwings6 for the generous extra!!

Vintage 2007 served in pint glass...

A--Nice deep orange-red, some lacing and head.

S--Smells great, faint hops but you can really fruits and caramel in this one.

T--Oh yeah, first beer I have tried by Hair of the Dog, wont be the last. Hops have mellowed and it has really made this a balanced beer, caramel notes, toffee, all working in concert with the hops, awesome.

M--silky smooth.

D--The high ABV makes this a sipper, but what a great sipper, very solid brew!!!!

garbercury, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

IvoryFoxhole, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of FranzBC
4/5  rDev -4.3%

FranzBC, May 13, 2013
Photo of mfavoino
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle enjoyed on 1/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a rich dark brown with a significant head that had incredible retention.

Smell: Toasty caramel notes with some piney hops as well to balance things out.

Taste: This is one of the best beers I've enjoyed in quite some time. Taste follows the nose nicely with delicious caramel sweetness, some subtle fruity notes, and fresh tasting hops that don't bite too hard. Alcohol hits as it finishes, although I would say the taste is subdued considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, thick, creamy. Average carbonation.

Overall: My first offering from HOTD, and it has inspired me to try the rest of their beers. This is worth tracking down, especially if you're a barleywine lover. I think I'm going to grab another bottle and see how it does after a year.

mfavoino, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of IPeteA91
4/5  rDev -4.3%

IPeteA91, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of mikeys01
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and creamy light tan head blankets the Doggie Claws. Aroma is a mystifying mixture of grassy hops and vinous funky grapes, with a hearty helping of sweety toasty malt, toffee, and a bit of yeast. Crystal clear in its depths, colored like a burnt orange autumn sunset, well carbonated. Although young, this barleywine is loaded with complexity, and I wish I had many more than this single bottle to savor over time. Taste is a curious blend of fruity and herbal hops up front, late harvest grapes mingling with sharper pine. You’re soon transported to a sweet caramel malty playground with just a bit of bread popping up in the toaster. Finish brings out a bit of spice, warm alcohol, and a fresh, sweet hoppy finish. Nicely put together barleywine all around, full bodied without being overly syrupy sweet. Thanks to weefisheads for this one!

mikeys01, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of BWHD
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BWHD, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of timc100
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

Pours a dank murky brown with a creamy beige head that sticks around. Aroma is intense of huge sweet caramel and grapefruit citrus, bitter pine and raisin - definitely can tell it is on the fresher side. Taste is incredibly sweet - butterscotch, toffee, grapefruit, dark fruits and honey. There are some slight floral notes as well. Lighter body than expected - medium and chewy.

Overall this is fantastic, the best American style barleywine I've had. There is a big fresh hop presence but does not over power.

timc100, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of mattmaples
4.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you thought Fred was barley wine you aint seen nothin' yet. I got a sneek peak last night at the brewery and man what a throughly enjoyable barley wine. The one I tried had already been aged for a year and it was great. Bold up front hops without being braceing or brash with substantial malt backing. Sorry about not being more spacific but Allen waited until later in the evening before breaking it out and ... well...you know! I feel sorry for those of you to far away to get some maybe next y

mattmaples, Oct 12, 2001
Photo of cycoduck
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

cycoduck, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Hopbrizio
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Hopbrizio, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of kamikazeokami
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

kamikazeokami, May 18, 2014
Photo of hopburster
5/5  rDev +19.6%

hopburster, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Shaimless
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Shaimless, Dec 06, 2013
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.