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

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 398
Gots: 250 | 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:
"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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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007, on draft at HotD.

Swiss cheese lace and red-brown body.

Dank vintage malt nose, chewy already.

Aged American, honeyed hops and big malt. Hops have mellowed, but are not without bite. Classical barleywine with prune, date, etc.

Super smooth.

Darn good vintage barleywine, mostly American, but a bit English.

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4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 2011 Christmas gift from a wonderful wife.
appearance: Beautiful bronze, impressively thick tan head.
smell: Very hop forward. To be sure, this little doggie is freshly whelped and i understand these get better with age. There's a solid malt backbone but this smells more like a dipa than a barley at this stage.
taste: Ditto on the taste. Very nice though noticeably "green".
Thankfully, the wife of the year picked up several bottles and I'll be updating as time goes by.

edit 12/11/12: noticeable improvement after a year. not gonna change any scores yet but ageing nicely.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is the 2008 vintage and courtesy of BrewerB. Thanks for hitting this want Brian! Opened on Christmas Day.

This beer pours a light to medium bodied pure copper in color with no head or lacing. The aromas are incredibly malty, featuring plenty of caramel, toffee, and sweet dried fruits with a citrusy faded hop character. It solid and to he expected from an '08. The flavors are very sweet and fruity. It's near all swerve malts. I get a lot of cherry and orange peel in the malt bill. It solid and has nice flavor. It's drinkable for the abv and is sticky yet not overly so. Overall this is a nice aged barleywine and pretty similar to the '08 Behemoth that I had earlier this year.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep golden brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty strong smelling, it had a lot of malts and hops in there and a heavy boozy aroma too. The taste of the beer has some sweet caramel upfront that shifts into a hoppy bitter finish with a warming alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is heavy, oily and has a light amount of carbonation. Overall this is a big beer, I'm excited to try it again one day. Possibly have it again after aging it for a little.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to cbutova for breaking out this 2010 vintage just in time for the holidays.

Very hazy rusty orange with lots of carbonation, big beige head sticks around big time, is it me or is HotD always either over or under carbonated?

Lots of sweet malts, and a good dose of earthy and fruity hops in the nose.

Big honey, sugary, caramel, bready malts but still pretty big hops, grapefruit, earthy, slight citrus. Very sweet but lots of hops to back it up.

Big malty mouthfeel, alcohol is decently hidden.

This reminded me alot of Fred, both are very sweet and both took some time to grow on me. Quite enjoyable but I wouldn't really want a 12oz solo.

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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #800!

2010 vintage shared last night. Reviewed from notes. Only had this one other time and it was about 8 months old at the time.

A- Murky dark orange hue with a massive frothy and creamy textured white head. Tons of thick lace coast the glass.

S- Dried apricot, peach, orange and citrus zest with hops being sort of up front here, even after a year. Floral and herbal hints as well but mostly West Coast feel. Big barleywine caramel and musty oldness comes through eventually.

T- This starts off more like an old ale/Barleywine with the complex sugars and some oxidized caramel, often found in HOTD beer. Some sort of yeast spice/influence as well I have noticed in HOTD beers. Hops are a bit more laid back but bring the same kind of notes as above.

MF- Highly carbonated body which usually isnt the case with this brewery. Oily feel and a bitter hop finish. Silky and creamy.

Has that HOTD feel like a different version of Fred. Sweet and hoppy with the big caramel Barleywine body.

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4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage 12oz bottle poured into a Russian River sniffer.

A - Dark roasty amber/brown, khaki colored 2 finger head, very little lacing

S - Sweet, juicy, raisiny

T - Extremely complex! Strong currant notes coming through. Cherry, raisin, a little bit of funk, hoppy. Toffee towards the end

M - Velvety smooth, medium to high body. A little bit syrupy.

O - A great mystique to this brew, it's constantly evolving from first sip to last, never disappointing. My only complaint is I wish I had another!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage shared at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Nary any head, a thin ring of tan head surrounded the edge of the glass, minimal lacing. Fairly sweet nose, some dark candi sugar, huge hop notes, citrus more than floral, I detected a bit of rye. Taste is hugely hoppy ala Fred, the candi sugar is fairly pronounced but not cloyingly sweet, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence, leading to a sticky finish. The ABV was tamed a bit in this aged version, newer bottles can run a wee bit hot. Looking forward to doing a vertical tasting of this special holiday offering.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.