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

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 389
Gots: 248 | FT: 16
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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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northwestmark

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just poured a 12oz bottle of the new 2009 Doggie Claws into a snifter. The first thing to stand out at me is that the carbonation level on this year's release is much higher than the 2007 and 2008 releases. Also the amount of yeasty stuff at the bottom of the bottle is much less then years such as 2005 and 2008.

Doggie Claws has always been one of my favorite beers and the flavor is that of perfect biscuity malts and a slight hint of tropical fruit with a sweet sticky honey finish that leaves you licking your lips. At this point the doggie claws is still a little hot with the 11% alcohol and you can tell this vintage will age well.

I just picked up a 2002-2009 vertical of doggie claws at the dock sale and it will be fun to see how all of them have aged over time. I have already tasted vintages of 2005, 2007 and 2008 in the past and so far the 2005 and the 2008 have been favorites.

I forgot to add that this year's vintage looks darker than Doggie Claws of the past, maybe similar to 2007.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:29:31 | More by northwestmark
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich amber color with minimal head.

S:Some caramel, toffee and green apple notes.

T: Bold caramel and lots of fruity flavors. Green apple skins provide a slightly tart finish that provides a nice balance with the sweet caramel.

M: Leaves a slightly tingly feeling on my tongue. Mildly boozy. Good amount of flavor but could use just a touch more body.

D: For such a big, this one goes down very easy and I feel I could have another one for sure. Definitely something i need to go back too

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:54:38 | More by mikey711
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Lothore

California

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, blood orange hue with little to no head.

S- Sweet caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar with a nice hoppy afterthought.

T- Dark fruits, fig, caramel and a wave of piney hops that sweep across the tongue.

M- Thick with low carbonation.

D- Although carbonation was a little low for my liking this is an amazing beer. Extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 04:21:33 | More by Lothore
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Vintage that's been sitting in the fridge for about a year I would say.

A: Amber, cloudy, noticeable yeast in the body with some left in the bottle. White cloud like head. Oily lacing.

S: Rather hoppy surprisingly, almost like a pineapple/orange juice blend with noticable alcohol.

T: Tastes citrusy like the noise with a certain level of dryness and bitterness. The alcohol kind of cums through like a mellow rum.

M: Pretty oily/syrupy, sticking to the tongue.

D: High ABV, challenging beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 05:40:42 | More by MPLS
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

This is a beer I've been waiting to try for some time now. Served this at about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Can't remember who traded this to me but thank you very much.

Appearance: Doggie Claws pours out a slightly hazy burnt orange color that is quite pretty. Poured this gently to not disturb the layer of sediment at the bottle of the bottle. No head what so ever, just a few thin streaks of foam. No lace, beer has a thick look to it.

Smell: Hoppy, just like the bottle states. Nice malty profile sits right behind the hops. Thick aromas of yeast with booze soaked raisins and cherries. A nice full, but somewhat tame nose overall.

Taste: Wow! I'm impressed with this beer. Hops are a bit subdued in the flavor, but give off bitter medicinal notes. A sweet malt backbone makes a nice base for this brew, and brings some balance. Short notes of raisin add a fruity character that gives this beer more depth. Alcohol seems to be pretty well hidden, but not completely. The eleven percent ABV does warm in the dry bitter finish. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied mouthfeel that borders on syrupy. Carbonation is quite low but fits this beer nicely.

Drinkability: This one is a sipper in my opinion. Too sweet and boozy to slam down. Enjoy this one slowly.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 21:44:02 | More by jaxon53
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smuttanator

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage

Holy hell this beer is good. Full of hops and honey this beer really doesn't pull any punches. The honey compliments the generous amount of hops and malt beautifully. While I wouldn't call this anywhere close to drinkable, I don't think its intended to be. Perfect for a winter night.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 23:06:54 | More by smuttanator
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kaseydad

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle

Goblet pour with a nice hazy amber color. The sediment stayed nicely packed at the bottom of the bottle. Tiny head which quickly dissolves into almost nothing.

Sweet, hoppy, dark fruits, piney, and toasty smelling aroma.

I was expecting a sweeter taste but it is rather hoppy, bitter and spicy. There is also a slight alcohol burn on the swallow. Warm tummy feel almost immediately.

Carbonated feel at first in the mouthfeel but hold it long enough and give it a slight swirl with the tongue and it will soften it.

This is a sipper beer which I would have a hard time doing two at a session.

Good but not great. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 01:12:40 | More by kaseydad
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maximum12

Minnesota

1.73/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to the long-absent ThirstyHopHead, who sent me this in a very good trade before heading for the hills. Hope you are well, my friend!

Poured into my very nice Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence goblet (where'd I get that thing, anyways?) & it is, as advertised, a deep copper color. Small, persistent head. Smell is in some kind of garbled code. Roughage, hops, alcohol.

Doggie Claws lays down a base of caramel fire that everything else plays off of. Honey appears to be in the house, or perhaps just some sugar sweet malts. Then comes something unpleasant. Whether it's the yeasts (which I carefully left in the bottle), oxidation, or something else, there's an unpleasant, downright nasty undercurrent of wet boot. It sticks to the top of my mouth. It gets worse as the beer warms. I'm not going to be able to drink this. I'm sad.

What the hay? This is the second Hair brew I've had & I've been underwhelmed & revolted, in that order. Whether there's something wrong with the bottle, this is pungent, & not in a good way. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:38:07 | More by maximum12
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Made in 2008, 11% abv. Poured very slowly into snifter, so that sediment stays in the bottle. Chesnut brown on the countertop, but copper and clear when help up to the light. Not much head at all, rather a tan film that stays on throughout.
Woody aroma, leather, toffee, figs, subtle citrus hops.
Rich, toffee, dark fruit up front. Bitter, fruity citrus yet very refined. A little molasses sweet. The citrus is there, but is not a prominent presence. Velvety mouthfeel. Hoppy yet so smooth and delicate. Little bitter on the finish, with a nice dose of the hop, leather and wood. Does not drink like 11%. Just like I remember from past years @ the Toronado...very good barleywine.

2007 bottle- Fluffy finger of off-white head. Rather striking in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 20:37:49 | More by RustyDiamond
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in trade from Cloudskipper earlier in the year. (April) and have been aging this since. Labor day weekend is a good time to have a barleywine with a Santa cap on it, right? Big thanks Cloudskipper!!

Even with a tall pour to try and coax a head one would not really form. A scant foam film did form atop the clear ruby/amber beer. Very deep color

As you are pouring the beer the aroma makes its way to your nose. Somewhat intoxicating. Like a fresh, high quality honey. Really thick, yes a thick aroma. What amazes me here is how strong the aroma remains even as the beer has settled in the glass.

Wow, this is a smooth and deep barley wine. The honey characteristics remain in both the flavor and mouth feel. Even that honey feel in the back of your throat. O.K., I have to admit, I just now read the label.. It's made with some honey.. Makes perfect sense. At first I was getting some date flavors as well but as I continue to enjoy the beer, that seems to fade to the background.

Certainly a thick, full bodied beer and as mentioned carries a lot of the mouth feel qualities of honey.

I really enjoy this beer and will try to source another bottle for 2009. Nicely done!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 19:38:58 | More by Reagan1984
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far333

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, courtesy of Barleywinefiend.

Pours a hazy orangey-ruby grapefruit color with a low wispy head that settles out fairly quickly.

Aroma of citric hops, some honey and ripe green apple.

Rich flavor of chewy honey malt with notes of graham cracker and marshmallow and spicy cinnamon. A second layer emerges of pear and toffee and hints of spruce, followed by sweet grapefruit and orange rind hops. Good balance of malt and hops, lots of flavors moving and melding, alcohol is dangerously hidden.

Chewy and full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Mild warming in the cheeks, tingly on the tip of the tongue. Tasty beer, pretty drinkable for such a biggie.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 12:28:29 | More by far333
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 edition

Pours one of the weirdest brown/copper/orange colors I have ever seen in a beer....hard pour yields about a finger of head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and haze. A few floaties in the glass, probably due to the hard pour.

Smell is pungent caramel malts, light dark fruits, some citrus (orange peel?), nice citrus and floral hop bouquet. Swirling this one in the glass really gets this one open and it gets bigger and bigger. At first I was going to rate this a 4 but it just kept getting better and better.

Taste is rich caramel and toffee, huge citrus hops, faint hints of milk chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, pulpy orange juice....this is one complex beer and unquestionably one of the best barleywines that has graced my lips.
Full/medium bodied, smooth and creamy, the slightest carbonation sting. Drinks like a beer half its strength.

What a beer! This is definitely going to be a staple in my cellar, I can't wait to try and aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 04:04:48 | More by alcstradamus
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joe1510

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

2007 Vintage

A big thank you goes out to two great traders for these bottles, errantnight and Hoppymeal, thanks Derek(s)! Doggie Claws pours a dense orange with enough haze to make seeing through the body difficult. Ruby red highlight this BW when backlit. A frothy off white head grows to a half finger on the pour and settles to a skimming with a respectable collar after a few minutes. Drink lines adhere to the glass and slowly fall back into the body.

The nose is quite interesting with a huge citric backbone. Candied orange and lime peel leap from the glass. Caramel and soft toffee comes through on the back end without with caramel being heavy handed. The honey brings deep floral qualities and I'm almost sure honey is also the reason for the orange oils. The nose, overall, is very candy-ish.

Caramel lays down a solid base with no hesitation. Hints of toffee add to the big malty base along with some sugar cookie sweetness. The citric qualities make this beer what it is. The crystal malts come through big on the backend with a very candy-like flavor. Candied orange and lime peel hit on the backend. A touch of heat rises through the cheeks but isn't noticeable in the flavor profile.

Hair of the Dog always does a great job with their mouthfeel and Doggie Claws is no exception. The body is full with a mellow carbonation that allows this to work through at its own pace. There's a little stick on the swallow that leaves the crystal malts hanging for a moment before they fades to nothing.

The sheer size of this barleywine hampers the drinkability. This is without a doubt a beer to be sipped and enjoyed over a long period of time.

Hair of the Dog brews some killer beers and this is another fine concoction. I want to try a fresh bottle and see how the PacNW hops flow when uber fresh. Thanks for the bottle guys, the other will be resting quietly in the cellar for some time!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:25:51 | More by joe1510
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MisterClean

California

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at HOTD for OBF.

A - Pours copper with 3 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing. Stellar.

S - Honey, cloves, coriander, and citrus.

T - Honey, cloves, coriander, citrus and light bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, and malt dominated. Not overly dominated by malts as the hops do leave some balance.

D - Awesome. Another great beer from HOTD. Good thing I got a bottle stored away in the cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 00:35:42 | More by MisterClean
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- Pours a very still deep rusty bronze. Bose is big and fruity, fig and plum, some gold rum, hop resin, pine, lots of wood. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, earthy piney hops, grapefruit, bourbon, butterscotch. Nice. Still again in the finish, very warming, syrupy. A good sipper. Thanks Harry!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 14:52:12 | More by mrmanning
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (2008 Vintage) poured into a Portsmouth goblet. Bottle courtesy of Arbitrator. Thanks!!!

A - Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear copper, with a very thin layer of bubbles, quickly falling to a thin, thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Vague attempt at lacing - really thin coating that disappears very quickly. Note: very thick layer of yeast left at the bottom of the bottle - didn't pour this very gently either - that yeast is not moving.

S - Rich malt - caramel, molasses and a slight honey aroma. Some citrusy hops hit me immediately upon opening the bottle but these are less pronounced in the glass. Very nice.

T - Balanced far to the malt side. Good and rich malt flavors, somewhat sugary, a litle bit of caramel, and lots of honey flavor comes through in this one. Hops come in on the swallow giving just enough of a bitter bite (more of a nibble) to balance off this otherwise very sweet beer.

M - Thick and rich, bordering on the syrupy side. Coats the tongue and flavors linger well after the swallow (especially the honey - stays on the lips). Mild carbonation, plenty of life but not enough to distract - nice, smooth and creamy.

D - This is definitely a sipper. Can't see too many circumstances where I would want more than one. Seems like a perfect beer to be savored in front of a fire on a cold winter day (or an unusually cool June day in MA, like today, whichever). Alcohol is apparent - blends well with the other flavors...and there is plenty of flavor to be had here.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:33:09 | More by portia99
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2007 bottling

A: Deep brown, hazy (I poured the yeast, so no problem there), under a small white head. Some lace and retention.

S: Very nice blend of sweet, caramel, toasted malt and citrus, grapefruit hops. Balance is really key here. Just when you think the sweetness is taking over, the hops jump back in.

T: Wow, excellent taste profile. Sweet again up front, with caramel and candied fruits, plums, raisins, very rich. Again, hops balance it out in the middle and finish. Bit of tangy citrus and a decent bitterness in the finish, but not overwhelming. Bit of drying alcohol and slight warming on the way down.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a bit prickly at first but doesn't hurt the body. Drinkability is fine. A very solid barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:16:27 | More by NCSUdo
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

2006 Vintage.

A: Initial pour was like a clear apple cider color but the final pour looked like melted caramel with coffee grounds mixed in. Pretty cool, but odd.

S: Sweet caramel apple and toasted malt with a large dose of booze.

T: Same as above with white and cayenne pepper. Sweet apples, leather, brown sugar, peach, and a touch of pipe tobacco. Finishes with a dash of pine, spruce, and black pepper.

M: At first, very sweet and thick. As it warms, it only gets thicker with a huge peppery bite that tingles all the way down our throats.

D: Surprisingly, very good considering the abv. Man, we really like HOTD stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:00:36 | More by GbVDave
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, 12 oz bottled poured into a Duvel tulip.

As great as this beer is overall, the thick (1/3 inch) sediment in the bottle makes for an 'interesting' appearance unless you're reeeal careful pouring it out. Looking past the murky brownish amber body, things are actually pretty good, with a finger of creamy and cream-colored head with good retention and lacing.

This beer demands attention, with smells practically jumping out of the glass and into your nose. Massive toffee and caramel malt. Plentiful dark fruit and floral aromas. Bigtime fruitiness, especially orange and pineapple.

Tastes incredible. Once again the malt is massive. So much going on here. Black strap molasses, carmelized sugar, tobacco, leather, honey and a bunch of fruit- pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine. This much flavor in one bottle is probably illegal in some states.

An endless supply of the tiniest bubbles creates a substantial mouthfeel that is fluffy without being fizzy. Soft and soothing.

Overall impression: Incredible beer that only gets better with age if you can summon the patience and willpower to age it. Also, potentially 'exhibit A' of why the appearance score is weighted too heavily. This is a world-class beer IMO regardless of how the appearance rating pulled down my overall score.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 06:03:01 | More by PDXHops
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a couple of these when I was in SF over Xmas this past winter. I figured 6 months would be enough time to have the trub settle out. I'm not the biggest barleywine fan, but I love what Alan does. 2008 vintage.

A: In my snifter, DC pours a clear, bright, ruddy orange with a thin, tan head with decent retention. Lacework is nice too. For a 11.5% beer, the retention is quite amazing

S: On the nose, this has a very rich character. Malty with a lot of toffee, nougat, and a candy sweetness, this is good on it's own, but the mildly faded hop character lends a balance by way of citrus and floral character. This smells like orange blossom honey, a little diluted. Swirling results in more hop character coming out, earthy and herbal in character. Very, very good. One thing to be noted is the fact that the alcohol heat is absent. Nothing. Zero. Just incredibly smooth, rich and decadent.

T: Wow. Time has morphed this almost into an English barleywine. The malt depth is very enjoyable - candy, toffee, nougat, caramel, with dried fruits, figs and plums. The balance leans towards the candy-like sweetness and the fruity character. Hops aren't as noticeable, but they do lend a mild bitterness and citrus character, especially towards the finish. It makes me think of an orange marmalade with honey. The finish is pretty incredible - long, sweet, and complex with a little bit of honey

M: Awesome. Big in body with soft carbonation, this beer dances on my palate. The finish is great, too, with great malt character

D: I'm not a big fan of the style, but this is an incredible beer that I'll be sad to see gone. I can tell that this one is for the ages, it really does strike me as a beer that one can cellar for years on end with only good results.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 03:00:32 | More by DefenCorps
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goatxpower

California

3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle at ledgers.

A- Pours a murky brown toilet sludge color. Barely any carbonation. Lots of hops and yeast in the glass. This is the worst part of this beer. It was like opening up a homebrew with a lot of trub in it.

S- Luckily, it all goes uphill from here. The smell is all honey and hops. I knew everything was going to be ok, after taking a whiff of this brew.

T- Not as complex as I usually expect from a barley wine. The hops are there, that's for sure, but the malt and honey takes centerstage. very sweet, almost cloying. Slightly vinous, a little rummy. Hides it's alcohol incredibly well. It's not bad.

M- A little syrupy, no bubbles. hop particles in your mouth.

D- This was decent. I can't imagine buying another one, especially at $6 a 12 oz bottle. I could buy a 22 of Mirror Mirror for a few bucks more, and that's a much better barleywine IMHO. It's definitely a sipper, and I could see myself enjoying one as a nightcap, or with some Flan.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 21:18:43 | More by goatxpower
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 version

a: This was an extremely dark mahogany color, almost opaque. Since the cap popped off with a barely audible "pffft", I wasn't surprised to see a weak looking, big bubbled head.

s: Very sweet overall, I got big notes of brown sugar and caramel, plus a little heat.

t: Here as well, this was quite sweet. Lots of brown sugar with a little caramel and some toffee. Pretty one dimensional frankly.

m: Big and viscous, but definitely under carbonated. I don't like a fizzy b-wine, but this was too still.

d: What can I say, this was a let down from a great brewery. I'll stick to Adam, this wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 02:26:14 | More by DIM
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srandycarter

California

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Milky caramel with lots of floating sediment. Still, nice head, leaves slow.

S - Yeasty beasty. Sweet malt. There you go.

T - Bready treat, lots of sweet malt, some booze, good hop balance. Big beer to rein in.

M - Pretty heavy, good carb and coat.

D - For the style, pretty do able!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 06:04:26 | More by srandycarter
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper orange color with little head and slight lacing.

S: Very sticky and malty. Not too much more but lots of the sweet malts though.

T: Bit of a caramel malt flavor. Big malt stickiness.

M: Thick and smooth. Light carbonation.

D: Despite the high ABV this is pretty drinkable. Definitely look forward to more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 01:58:36 | More by drgonzo3705
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charlzm

California

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle, consumed 04/12/09.

Pours into a tulip a cloudy light caramel. Small head dies fast, leaving a circle of lacing to coat the inside of the glass. Significant sediment.

Aroma is hot with alcohol and sweet cane sugar. Apricot notes.

Still and viscuous in the mouth. Coating. Syrupy, almost.

Flavor is strong and sweet. Apricots and sweet, sweet malts. No bitterness to note, but some heat on finish. Slight pine character.

Pretty damned drinkable, but not an everyday beer, that's for sure. I put a bottle away without any drama.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 04:36:01 | More by charlzm
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.