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

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 398
Gots: 254 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: mattmaples on 10-12-2001

"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"
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Ratings: 1,079 | Reviews: 536
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of gregg, thanks! 2010 bottle is a bit of a gusher, luckily the darkness snifter was ready and i didnt lose too much. Hopefully this one isnt infected. Color is a nasty looking cloudy brown with lots of sediment floating around and a 3 finger thick light tan head that lingers. Smell is a good balance of sugary malt and alcohol, some simcoe hop bitterness, slightly metallic astringent quality, the amarillo is totally overpowered. Taste is very sweet up front, lots of sweet cherries and dark fruits, caramel malt, some fruity hops, slightly piney, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a barleywine with a medium carbonation - way off for the style, the alcohol seems to have thinned it out. Warm alcohol finish. Not a very drinkable barleywine, this one definitley needs a little time on the shelf.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mhewes
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a murky golden-orange color with a good two finger eggshell white head. Very little lacing left behind.

S : A nice fruity smell, some sweetness also along with hints of hops

T : Really sweet with a pineapple flavor and some spicyness like pepper. A nice hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Full-bodied and oily on the finish

D : Definitely a sipper but one I would have again

Photo of eagles22
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2006 Vintage, purchased directly at the brewery in Portland, OR.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with no head. No noticeable carbonation. Color is of dark honey or copper. A slight honey taste as well. Woodsy smell. Not terribly bitter. Very smooth and sweet mouthfeel. I highly recommend this. I might have to pick up some more of this. I have a 2005 aging now, and plan on trying it later this year. The high quality and taste i've come to expect from HOTD brews.

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3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008. A generous extra.

A - Swampwater amber/brown with a nice little off-white head in the snifter. Caramel highlights. No real visible carbonation. Retention: blah.

S - Such a nice smelling barleywine. Bubblegum, cotton candy. Toffee sweetness. Citric hops. Musky incense notes on the back. Really a great nose on this brew.

T - Honey-like sweetness. Mandarin oranges and other citrus fruits. Alcohol heat on the way down. Rather sweet. Not as hoppy on the backend as I'd anticipated/hoped given the smell. All around a sweet barleywine. Yeast notes carry over into taste.

M - It's smooth and over-attenuated. I'm not a fan of the mouthfeel of this. It should be a bit bigger in my opinon.

D - Despite a few characteristics I'm not huge about, it manages to stay both tasty enough, and interesting enough to allow me to enjoy it.

Notes: Hair of the Dog does some super unique brews that really manage to challenge one's palate.

Photo of SShelly
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. 2008 little layer of sediment in the bottle.

Pours a dark gold/amber with zero head, some legs, very clear.

Smells of dark malt, little dark fruit, american hops, small alcohol edge to the aroma.

Upfront dark malt flavor, medium bitterness with small amount of american (citrus) hop flavor. Medium sweetness lingers on the pallet, very small amount of alcohol warming, alcohol in general is hidden very well in this. Aftertaste is a pleasant sweetness.

Overall very impressed with this, the carb was a little low on this bottle, going to leave a few more in the cellar and see if that improves. Highly reccomended if you dont mind the $5.50 pricetag for 12oz of beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


I popped the cap and got a great hissing noise which is a good sign especially since this beer has some age on it already. I broke out my trusty Victory Brewing Co. snifter for this beer and gave it a nice gentle titled pour and it began quickly to foam up. I actually had to pour this in two sessions because it was about to spill the head all over my computer desk. Once I got the beer all settled down, you can see from the picture that there was a creamy thick tan head which lingered over the beer for quite some time. It poured a murky brown color with some hints of amber and red when held up to the light. I also wanted to mention that there is some yeast "floaters" in the bottom of my glass which were near impossible to avoid in the pour. Giving it a final swirl it has a medium amount of lacing which is good for this style.


I'm getting a nice burst of rainsy, brown sugar with some faded hops thrown in. There is also a fair amount of heat alcohol in the back which is pretty impressive since this beer has some age on it. Giving it another swirl and digging deeper for some smells, I'm pulling out some caramel and dates/figs in there somewhere.


Malt city! This baby is loaded with complex chewy malty flavor and really is heavy on the palate. Almost like a nice warm raisin sugar cookie and fresh bread in a bottle, this is super sweet and easy to drink. I still want to mention that there is a good amount of hops floating around (literally) because I still can taste a nice muted citrus, and pineapple flavor in the back which really rounds out the cloying sweetness. I am reading the bottle as we speak and it mentions that there is dark wild flower honey in this and now that I read that it totally makes sense. This is a great example of what an English Barleywine should be.


What can I say? This is an A example of the style and really is one of the best I've ever had. I am a little bit biased because I prefer English to American Barleywines but hey you can't deny this. With the super sweet taste and the over the top mouth feel this baby is a real sipper and easy to enjoy. I would recommend highly if you come across this beer go for it, because it will appeal to most craft beer drinkers. I almost wish i had another bottle and could come back in another year or so and try it again.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich mahogany. pours 1 inch thich tan head that fades slowly. Lots of lacing.

Smell: malty, hint of bubblegum, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, toffee.

Taste: malty, honey, toffee, caramel, spicy, oak, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, slightly boozy as it warms.

Overall: A good barley wine. The ABV is well hidden. Very drinkable. well balanced.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Redbone's

A hazy reddish caramel swirls under a nice off-white barely yellow head, a color somewhere between old bones or chicken fat or beeswax. Lots of caramel and toffee mingle with pine resin in the syrupy body. Even more grapefruit in the finish and the aroma and the sticky stuff on the lips.

Just a sample totally overwhelmed my better judgement and I ordered a full glass. Dangerous stuff.

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3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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