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

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 398
Gots: 251 | FT: 18
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: faernt on 11-16-2004

"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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -5%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of buffs9
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muddy, brown-amber, with a tan head, good head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of dark and citrus fruit drizzled malts, with sweet honey, molasses, and spicy, piney hops.

T - Tons going on: bread, straw, apricot, honey, molasses, and spicy hops.

M - Smooth and chewy at the same time, thick.

D - It's a sipper, but at the same time I think I could enjoy quite a few of these in a sitting

O - Great barleywine, will enjoy again

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub
Also have bottles of this for later consumption.

Poured a nice brownish amber with a small cap of tan head that retained fairly well. Sweet caramel and brown sugar in the nose, with some fruitiness and distant hop tones. Sweet and thick with dark sugars--caramel and brown sugar--notes of raisins and red wine, with an obvious alcohol kick, and a touch of citrusy hops. Smooth and nearly full-bodied, very drinkable. Great barleywine.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2005:

Dark copper color with lots of sediment stirring about. The head is of tan foam with very nice retention and leaves some fair lacing.

Lots of sweetness, mostly in the form of caramel. There is a fairly strong soapy pine scent as well.

Wow. After six years, this beer is still really pretty hoppy and surprisingly warm from the alcohol. A great blend of malty sweetness, but the hops have not disappeared and join in the fun. Very tasty beer.

The carbonation is a bit lower, not surprisingly so after six years. The body does not feel as big and full as an 11.5 percent beer should. The overall feel is good though.

A beautifully aged barleywine that is just solid overall. So glad I am having the chance to enjoy this. Made for the ages.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 on the bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany with head that won't quit.
Hops, booze, caramel malts, and oak literally punch you in the nose.
Holy mother of God! This is just stupid. The level of delicious is through the roof! Big hops, sweet caramel, wood, toffee, and booze all have equal turn making love to every single one of your tastebuds.
Thick and sticky, but great carbonation.
This beer is amazing. I recently had a 2010 and it was just as amazing. Still hoppy, but everything blended together even more. This is a magical beer. I'm going back tomorrow to buy as many as possible to drink now and age.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011.

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: Murky copper brown bodied beer with a small white head less than one finger tall. Recedes quickly to a ring around out side of the glass. The beer has a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: This is a big nose on this barleywine with a fairly assertive hop profile. Huge dark fruit notes mixed with traditonal caramel and toffee notes of most barleywines. Hops smell fresh; lots orange and pineapple with a little bit of pine and grapefruit in there.

Taste: Little bit on caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee right away. The malt profile is substantial and fairly rich; it is quickly interupted by the hops. Mild to moderate hops bitterness, the hops are not as strong as I was thinking they would be based on the nose of the beer. The hops have alot of pine notes, also tastes very leafy and almost have a green tea flavor to them. The hops are also fairly dank and musty. The balance between malt and hops profile is okay, but its a bit more hop heavy than I like my barleywines, but its appropiate for the American Barleywine style. It got a bit of a booze kick in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is on the high end of medium bodied, really close to a full bodied beer. Almost moderate carbonation levels, but i gotta say the carbonation is low for a bottle conditioned beer. This beer is fairly syrupy, but has enough carbonation to break it up. The alcohol is a bit warming, but i would still consider this beer smooth. Once again the difference maker in this beer is the bottle conditioning. I wish that all craft beers were bottle conditioned, it just makes a beer than much better reguardless of the style.

Overall: I really do enjoy Hair of the Dog Brewery. They make great beers in styles that I enjoy. As far as Doggie Claws goes its a really nice American Barleywine, probably on of the better ones have had. While I still prefer the English Style Barleywines this beer holds its own. I will say I prefer Adam over this beer, it still worth a try for any fan of barleywines.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.