Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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2.78/5 rDev -33.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.
A Pours a dark cloudy brown color topped off with a pretty thick white head.
S Lots of hop type notes. Lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Also a hint of a sweet malt type note.
T Maybe its just this bottle but there is definitely an off taste here that I just can't put my finger on. I don't know what it is but it keeps me from enjoying what seems to be a hoppy piney barley wine.
M Thick almost syrupy like a barley wine should be.
Overall I would have liked this one a lot more if it wasn't for that unpleasant off note that just kills the flavor for me.
11-27-2011 23:10:07 | More by beerandcycling88
4.43/5 rDev +6%
12oz bottle, 2010 edition, picked up last summer at the tasting room in Portland, along with the t-shirt they didn't have in my size...
This beer pours a muddy dark bronze hue, with an eruption of billowing tight foamy light beige head, which sits on its laurels for a spell, eventually settling to reveal some nice latticework lace around the glass. It smells strongly of bitter citrus rind and pine resin, over a complex, stratified malt, exhibiting caramelized brown sugar, hard toffee, and mild treacle notes, with a slight, shadowy warming lurking behind it all. The taste is big, and strong like traktor; the still sturdy pine and citrus essences digging in against a rising caramel cream sweetness, bolstered by some dark sugary fruit esters, and simmering, but not hot, alcohol. The carbonation is soft, and just a bit tingly, the body medium-full in weight, a tad syrupy, and genuinely smooth. It finishes fairly sweet, with the lingering of the main malt notes, but not without the nicely offsetting bitter hops.
A stellar west-coast American barley wine - grandiose flavours, with a silky drinkability that comes as the biggest surprise, even more so than the seemingly AWOL booze. Handle with care, this is one bitch of a siren of a beer.
11-26-2011 23:55:01 | More by biboergosum
3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
2010 and 2009 bottles poured into snifter - this review is based on the 2010
Pours an opaque amber color with some brighter golden tones. Some lingering floaties in there too, especially towards the latter third of the bottle. A frothy beige head rests on top, fading into some spotty lacing and retaining with some layered film.
Stiff barleywine nose riddled with pine and citrus tones. Layered, rich maltiness with a decent sweetness. Caramel and burnt sugar with syrupy honey. Soft alcohol warmth.
Decent punch of citrusy pine up front - some of the hops are still hanging onto this bottle a year later. Plenty of rich malty character with caramel and bready notes. The honey is prevalent, creating a feeling of sticky sweetness. Finishes with some more citrus peel and a decent alcohol warmth.
Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. This is a really nice barleywine...I definitely preferred this to the 09, which I found a bit too sweet. I'd like to get some of the most recent vintage and see how it compares.
11-26-2011 15:38:05 | More by xnicknj
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
2010 Vintage. Reviewed 11/4/11.
Opaque, umber body. One finger, light tan head. Very dense. Large compact bubbles produce a nice, protective cover.
Lots of citrus and floral hop aromas. Biscuit malts and some honey sweetness. Caramel covered green apples.
Lots of caramel sweetness, with some fruit flavors. Apples and tart apricots. Loads of juicy citrus hops, with a touch of holiday spice. Boozy and warming on the finish. Perfect carbonation.
Wasn't blown away by this, but it's a solid and tasty barleywine.
11-16-2011 16:38:10 | More by litheum94
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.