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

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 397
Gots: 244 | FT: 16
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jpbebeau, Dec 19, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -40%

xraided81, Dec 18, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Deep, dark mahogany brown with some red flecks and a frothy tanned head.

Nose: Honey, big, citrusy hops, sweet, sticky toffee, cherry, raisin, and some alcohol.

Taste: Wow, sweet toffee, raisin, prune, cherries, west coast, citrus hops, alcohol, and some anise.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily but also very creamy, velvety smooth really with good lacing.

Overall: This is such a fantastic barleywine both aged and fresh. I love Doggie Claws but the 2011 is incredibly well done, smooth, and lacking in alcoholic heat. Fantastic.

waltersrj, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

darkmoon66, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm finally popping this 2010 that I bought online about a year ago.

A: The marketing speak says this one is copper in color, but I would best describe it as Christmas red. The head is absolutely the biggest and frothiest one I've ever seen on a Barleywine.

S: Glorious! This is a hop bomb for sure, and with the distinctive cherry and apple "Jolly Rancer" quality that I commonly get in West Coast Barleywines. Additionally, I did get some of the honey poking through - this really set it apart from many others I've tried in this style.

T: Super sweet, yet hoppy at the same time, and I got a bit of a licorice/Twizzle combo in there as well, in addition to a hop wallop that is so ridiculous that it has to be sampled to be believed!

M: My snifter looks like it just went through a car wash and my palate is thoroughly wrecked with hoppy, syrupy goodness. Thanks Hair of the Dog...

O: I still give the edge to "Adam," but this is both tasty and infinitely memorable.

Chaney, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

IrishColonial, Dec 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

johnhenryconway, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

ptownjosh, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

mjtiernan, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

inflatablechair, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Dark brown and dark ruby with just the slightest bit of sediment running throughout the beer. A small khaki colored head quickly forms and quickly recedes. This beer leaves sheets of sticky lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

Wonderful aroma consisting of dark cherries and raisins, floral and citrus hops, sweet freshly baked bread, sticky caramel candy, and just a bit of warm, stinging alcohol. Phenomenal.

The flavor is nearly as good as the aroma as the caramel and toffee flavors really emerge, accompanied by sweet, tart, and dark cherry flavors. There's a bit of warming alcohol but nothing overpowering. Delicious.

Medium to full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

A fantastic barleywine. I'm surprised at how good it is fresh, brewed just 2 months ago.

ehammond1, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

ineva, Dec 11, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours a deep brown, slightly murky. reasonable head, good lacing. nose is alcohol-forward, a bit nutty, serious malt-bomb.
tons of caramel and alcohol on the palate. it's a bottle of the '11, so a still more-than-minimal hop presence. excellent body on this thing, great consistency on the palate.

very close to the perfect cold, winter night beer.

robbrandes, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

FreshmanPour77, Dec 09, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 12oz bottle courtesy of Vendome Liquors. Into an Epic Brewing Snifter. This is my first ever HotD beer.

A: Pours a nice copper color with an enormous sand colored head. The initial pour yielded a good 3 inches of foam on top of the beer. Excellent lacing is left behind. The head is incredibly dense too, I bet I could float a quarter on this stuff. Fantastic looking beer.

S: I can tell at one point in time, probably about a year ago, this was a really hoppy beer. Those have since faded into a faint citrusy hop profile that melds with an enormous caramel and toffee and massive bready smell. No real alcohol smell, which is nice for an 11.5% beer.

T: Very tasty barleywine here, massive malt profile caramel, toffee, and a nice honey flavor as well. I'm sure the honey was completely fermented out, but there is a distinct honey flavor. Bitterness is present, but not overbearing. Faint bit of alcohol in here as well. Faded hops are barely hanging on here, but still enough to hang out and be noticed. Sweet, but not cloying. Really a nice barleywine.

M: First and foremost, the carbonation is way too strong in this beer. No boozy warmth. Sticky on the lips, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Knock the carbonation back about 50% and this would be spot on.

O: Tasty stuff here. I'd love to have regular access to this beer for the winter months, as this would be a perfect Friday night beer to sit down and have two while watching a movie. I would love to try this fresh as well, just to see how hoppy it really is.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

bstave, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

HopStoopid120, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

honkduh, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

mrunseen, Dec 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

twelveinches, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.