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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
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Claws 2009: 

A: Pours a beautiful rich copper that is clear and effing beautiful.

S: All i can smell is deep rich cherries and lovely caramel notes that bring out complex notes on the nose

T: This thing is deep and complex of rich cherries and caramel just like the smell.  Unreal how smooth this beer is. Im blown away by the apple, cherry caramel flavors.Kind of rreminds me of yummy Julian apple cider (not the alcoholic cider)

M: Rich and dry that packs retarded amounts of depth on the tongue with low carbonation.

O: This one was incredibly smooth with beer at 2 years aged. One of the best barley wines i have ever enjoyed next to aged "big foot". Way more fruit flavors though then caramel notes.

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3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into 20cl Beer Sommelier Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. This is the 2011 version. My label displays ABV as 11%. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. I'm excited for this one; I'm really into barleywines and am in the mood for a good one.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice fair cream, good thickness, and decent retention (considering the high ABV anyway). Colour is an extremely dark copper; nontransparent and solid. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated. I'm looking forward to it, though I do note that it seems a bit dark for a barleywine.

Sm: Strangely hoppy - unexpected for a barleywine. Biscuity bread-like notes. Maybe some toasted malt and/or raisin. Dark honey is also present, particularly on the finish - which is lovely. I'd say the honey is dominant, and next in line hops. A moderate strength aroma, but a subtle and intricate one that makes me excited to taste it. 4.0-4.5

T: Nectary. The delightful honey foundation is near-perfect in its subtlety, not intruding on the delicate balance, and not too bright and open; clearly they didn't just add honey the way you might in a honey blonde. It's a dark honey, and reading the label and discovering it's wild flower honey doesn't surprise me. An excellent and unique choice.

The hops are nearly perfectly balanced, giving the open a very interesting character that doesn't at all clash with the balance in a structural or flavour-wise sense.

Light candied sugar manifests mostly on the climax, giving it a bit of body but also thinning the third act a bit. It's not a favorful tradeoff all around; I think they could do with reducing the quantity of candied sugar used a bit.

No yeast comes through, nor does any alcohol - an impressive feat considering the hefty ABV.

It does seem hoppy for a barleywine, but the honey does well to hide the bitterness.

The only troublesome bit is the third act, which has a strange bitter feel to it and is thinner than the first two. It's a minor qualm, but throws the structural balance off to a degree.

It could do with more complexity in its flavours, but what's there is nice and I imagine she'd age nicely. I like it, though for the style it's a bit strange.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch thick. It lumps on the climax, which doesn't bother me - though the thinness of the third act afterwards is (as aforementioned) a problem. It could do with more thickness and coarseness all around. Moreover, the finish is too slick and zips right by.

Dr: Quite drinkable for its hefty ABV, and uniquely honey-centric for the style. I like that they're experimenting, but I think the hop content should be reduced, the honey quantity increased, and the crystal malts omitted.

This one would likely age well, in part because the hop flavour would die down. There doesn't seem to be much yeast in the bottle, so I don't know that the ABV would creep.

Best paired with a good plain bread, like baguette.

Serve in a glass that really lets the aroma out; it's quite pleasant.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. 2005 vintage served into a snifter

A: Pours a dark honey color. Second glass looked cloudy with some sludge. Pour leaves a 1 finger head but this goes within minutes (3.5)

S: Nose has some oak, vanilla, light caramel. Not barrel aged though. Citrusy, piney in the background. Honey? (3.5)

T: Very sweet upfront, but finishing with a dry bitterness. Definite caramel, some butterscotch. There's a slightly off putting plum presence. Starts to get a pinesol flavor from what I'm guessing is old hops (3.5)

M: Medium bodied. Lighter carbonation. Smooth finish (3)

D: This beer is drinkable, but seems like it's going through a weird phase. I don't mind it, but not something I'd seek out again... at least not right now (3.5)

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker tulip.

Beer pours a cloudy garnet red with a nice two finger foam head. While the head dissipates quickly, it leaves behind copious amounts of lacing. The nose is a lovely blend of gentle hops, lush caramel and vanilla, and a decent malt background. I also detect some dark fruit. Plums, figs, and such. The taste is lovely as well. All of the aforementioned scents are detectable on the palate. A nice conversion from nose to mouth. This has just a shade of sweetness to it. The only drawback, is that this is one boozy motherfucker. That 11.5% is front and center. The mouthfeel is decent, but again highlights the booziness. Otherwise it's quite smooth with little to no lingering aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid barley wine, and one that I'd visit again, although I don't envision myself throwing up and ISO for the stuff.

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011 thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this one with me

Look: Orangish brown in color with a 3/4 inch head and great retention

Smell: Piney hops dominate the nose on this guy. Hidden behind the hops is a touch of toffee on the nose

Taste: Toffee and caramel malty goodness up front. Mid palate there is a touch of alcohol but not in a bad way. The beer then finishes with a nice hoppy character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and a fair amount of carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed my pour of this guy. I can't really say it reminds me all that much of a barleywine because of how hoppy it is but it is still a damn good beer. I would like to try some older vintages of this one because I think then it would be a bit more like the barley wines that I have come to love

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

4.5 A: Unlike a lot of HOTD I've had, this is plentifully carbonated and perhaps a bit too much so. Transluscent just-darker-than ruby red color. A full three fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. Retention is nothing short of amazing for a beer this big. Plentiful lacing left behind.

4.5 S: This is still hoppy as hell. Really wonderful aroma on this. Tons of herbal hops with pine undertones. The barleywine underneath all the hops is toasty with caramel and plentiful fruitiness in the form of apple and overripened peach.

3.5 T: The taste, however, is a bit unrefined, though this is still good overall. The hops seem to be in an awkward state at the moment. The flavor is herbal as well. Caramel with toffee and plenty of light fruitiness.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess.

4.0 D: I think I should give this a go fresh...or aged longer. I think I might have drank this at a bad time. Oh well.

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