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

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 394
Gots: 243 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

BrokenStones, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

FranzBC, May 13, 2013
Photo of MPLS
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage that's been sitting in the fridge for about a year I would say.

A: Amber, cloudy, noticeable yeast in the body with some left in the bottle. White cloud like head. Oily lacing.

S: Rather hoppy surprisingly, almost like a pineapple/orange juice blend with noticable alcohol.

T: Tastes citrusy like the noise with a certain level of dryness and bitterness. The alcohol kind of cums through like a mellow rum.

M: Pretty oily/syrupy, sticking to the tongue.

D: High ABV, challenging beer.

MPLS, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of lou91
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage in September 2005. I thought this beer would pour still so I gave it a good high pour and ended up having to gulp a big mouth of foam to keep it from spilling on my lap. I knew this was going to be good because even the foam was tasty – nice malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and great multiple hop flavors. It was a deep brown color and smelled like a west coast barley wine should – hoppy as hell. The taste reminds me so well why I love the style. Rich, sweet malty and hoppy all in a big rich high alcohol package. The taste lingers on and on, totally coating your palate making sure nothing can compete with this hop monster. Ledger’s in Berkeley.

lou91, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of jameaterblues
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:
A- Dark amber almost brown in color. Frothy head...so big that the beer did not even fit in the pint....thick dense lace that follows the beer as you drink it down the glass.

S- Caramel and toffee, floral, and grapefruit notes. Musky dank undertone to a very dense sweet beer. Extremely complex, and I could probably pick out more scents if I had more experience.

T- Big sweet caramel flavors, with light toffee. Herbal hops create a savory sweet interplay....and a hint of cinnamon and ginger.

M/D- Really complex, light carbonation, syrupy and mouth coating....I can't wait to try it again next year.

jameaterblues, May 30, 2007
Photo of isualum12
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pour- is dark brown with a little head.

smell is nuts and bourbon, plenty of alcohol smell with a little roasted toffee.

taste is thick, creamy, caramel, brown sugar, dark cream, some malt, spiced.

I could handle a beer or two but that is it. I was really was not looking forward to this beer prior to drinking it but this beer plain out surprised me. This beer was good.

Serving type: bottle

isualum12, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of dwarbi
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ooo, this is a lovely one. Big, choppy seafoam head. Cloudy, orange beer. Looks like quite a meal. Smells good. A little like sweet cherries. This beer tastes very robust and full-bodied. The alcohol is apparent, but it still tastes very good. Pleasant mouthfeel and very, very drinkable for the style and abv. I'll be looking for this on tap.

dwarbi, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Gfunk720
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #100!

2010 bottle, out of my DFH Signature glass. Thanks to Geoi for this bottle.

A- A very murky amber brownish color. Pours with an insane amount of foamy whitish tan head. The head and lacing is just everywhere.

S- Smells of piney hops and sweet malt. The hops are pretty overpowering, but it smells nice. I get some hints of caramel and dates as well.

T- Very smooth and malty, brown sugar and caramel. Then the hops really kick in on the back end, strong piney notes that linger. A very good blend of malty sweetness and piney hops.

M- Perfect on the carbonation and body/thickness. It's not terribly complex in the mouthfeel, but decent.

O- This is a very solid example of an American Barleywine. I think this beer could benefit from some more time in the cellar, but was tasty none the less.


Gfunk720, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Donnie2112
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 poured into an oversized wine glass.

so I spilled the yeast but it appeared to be a nice orangish hue with good carbonation and good head retention for the style. I dumped the yeast though and so now it's a cloudy burnt orange. still a very good looking beer

so much sweet citrus in the nose, mandarin oranges, grapefruit a bit grassy and herbal as well. The hops and the malts combine to create a citric nose experience.

caramelly, molassy malts just a bit of clovey yeast and plenty of snappy lemon zest hops. Absolutely wonderful

the carbonation is awesome, wonderful full body, smooth and oily just the right amount of cleansing astringence

this beer is very drinkable for the style and I enjoyed it a bunch! This brewery alone warrants a trip to Portland! I must go!


Put another 3 years on this beer, very good stuff. At this stage the beer is completely flat though. Still incredibly drinkable, great winter warmer for the great white north

Donnie2112, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of GarrettMD
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very hazy orange hue. No head at all, some bubbles from the pour.

S - Caramel malts, piney hops, cherry, dark fruit very similar to a belgian quadrupel. Fig is a big aroma in this one.

T - Sweet tasting, mostly caramel malts, the same dark fruits but not as many as in the aroma. No hop taste in the least. Cherry is still there, the fig still comes through.

M - Medium to light bodied, no carbonation to speak of, but still very smooth mouthfeel. Finish is sweet and slightly drying. There's really no alcohol taste at all.

D - Very good drinkability, cannot taste alcohol at all. Wouldn't drink more than one just because of the ABV, but it is delicious and easy to drink nonetheless. This was a 2009 bottle.

GarrettMD, Sep 11, 2010
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

sorvats, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BrandonDZ, Jan 08, 2014
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
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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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 08, 2013
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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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

quirkzoo, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

IPeteA91, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

IvoryFoxhole, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BigV
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
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
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.