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

a 2006 bottle poured into a Snifter

A - Color is a deep copper with hint of gold within. There was no head at all within it and surprisingly there was a good bit of carbonation seen trailing upwards.

S - Smells of candied pineapple with a light smack of pine. There is also a big whiff of honey and toffee as well. There were hints of apple, figs and mango in there as well. This was one big and sweet nose!

T - The taste is rather sweet at first. There are hints of mango, sweet pineapple and honey and toffee. I can also taste some rum coming through and reminds me a bit of an rum soaked candy. As the beer sits in the mouth, there is a slight hint of pine that comes through as does the 11.5% alcohol. This is one heck of a malt bomb.

MF - Manages to be sticky without becoming cloying. The thick and syrups MF seems to fit the beer's flavor profile. Very light amount of carbonation in the MF which is surprising given the amount I saw in the inital pour

D - Overall this is one big and sweet beer. Definitely an American Barelywine in that it packs a ton of flavor in it and has the alcohol coming on strong. I think the nose is the best part of this beer as I just mind myself smelling this beer over and over again. I do like this and if I could find it easily, I could see myself buying one each year but I don't feel like I'd trade to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 00:13:19 | More by jeonseh
Photo of jamesm7485


4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002 vintage poured into a oversized brandy glass
even with a carefull pour a thick white frothy head is quick to form on a dark amber body.

The smell is very nice with lots of malt oranges and something i just cant quite put my finger on.

The taste is very heavy on the orange but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is nice lots of carbonation despite it being 6 years old now.

This barleywine drinks just as easy as a lager yet is far more fun, ill be going back to my secret store to get more of these for sure!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:04:43 | More by jamesm7485


4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An inch and a half of fizzy deep tan head with nice retention and no lace. Body is a full burgundy brownish. Nose is big and lovely with slight sticky hops and lucious thick dark fruits with boozy tones. The first sip is monsterous with lots of intertwined attractive flavors. Mellow candied spices, a hint of juicy sharp hops, ripe plums, rum soaked raisens and homemade cherry pie all show up. The flavorful complexity swirls around the tongue with such grace you wouldnt know it was 11.5% alchol. Mouthfeel is thick and very enjoyable. Leaves quite a hue on the buds. A super sipper and a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 20:58:33 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of Goliath


4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a large 2 inch light tan head. Good retention.

Aroma is hop dominate with some citrus notes and rather floral.

Taste is quite good. A nice hop profile, fairly floral and a bit of citrus. Well balanced with some nice malting. Caramel, fruit, and sugar all come to mind. It's more complex, but I can't quite put my finger on all of it.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and syrupy with a very gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Great flavor makes this brew easy to consume, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Would love to see what age does.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 03:52:10 | More by Goliath
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle courtesy of gregc and shaebs99.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a one-finger off-white head that lingered for quite a while leaving decent lacing.

S: Smell starts with a big citrus hop aroma with grapefruit up front giving way to the caramel malt and toffee background. There is also a big sugar sweetness throughout the nose.

T: Taste is a bigger version of the nose with the hops up front in the form of grapefruit and lemons. The sweetness takes over right after that burst with molasses and caramel. There is a hint of the booze as well on top of a ton of raisins and dates before the citrus hops come back for a slightly bitter finish.

M: Mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy with strong carbonation that prickles the tongue. Alcohol is present but not overpowering in the least.

D: This is a fantastic and original take on the style and one that I enjoyed immensely. Another great brew from HotD. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 02:20:30 | More by gford217
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a murky golden-orange color with a good two finger eggshell white head. Very little lacing left behind.

S : A nice fruity smell, some sweetness also along with hints of hops

T : Really sweet with a pineapple flavor and some spicyness like pepper. A nice hop bitterness on the finish.

M : Full-bodied and oily on the finish

D : Definitely a sipper but one I would have again

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 00:06:22 | More by mhewes
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage poured into a Duvel chalice.

An aggressive pour initially fails to produce a discernable head, as a group of thin tan bubbles immediatly dissipates. However, slowly but surely, a thin patch of minute bubbles rises up to cover the top layer like a thin veil of bright stars against the night sky. Of course, in this case the night sky would be the incredibly cloudy body resembling a melted Sugar Daddy. Can't wait to try this. The aroma is a lot like HOTD's Fred, with immense notes of caramel and toffee filled to the brim. Doggie Claws also produces subsidiary notes of cinnamon apple, booze-laden cider, and chocolate.

Oh my...liquid heaven in a bottle. A touch of spice up front opens to gooey notes of caramel and brown sugar that coat the palate, while a boozy alcohol warmth and sweet, Belgian candied malts seal the deal. Body is uber-viscous and thick, perhaps overly so, but the overall mouthfeel is an enjoyable experience. Hooray for Hair of the Dog; Doggie Claws has completely sealed their position in my mind as one of my favorite craft breweries, and perhaps as masters of the American Barleywine style.

{EDIT: bottle of 2007 drank December '08 smelled highly of simcoe and amarillo hops--not surprisingly. Amazing appearance, thick lacing left behind from a well-retained, light khaki head; decided to bump my appearance rating from 4.0 to 4.5 accordingly}

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 03:35:05 | More by wagenvolks
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 2006 Vintage, bottle has a dog with a Santa hat on it next to a couple of menorahs, 10.5% alcohol,

A: Pours a murky red-brown, with really no head except for a few bubbles, light ring around the perimeter of the glass.

S: Great smell as I am used to in many an aged barleywine. Dark fruit, raisins, sweet malt, molasses, fig juice, and booze.

T: Quite a complex amalgam of flavours. Dark honey, brown sugar, and fig form the main flavour, it is quite sweet. An earthy and minty hop overtone ends the brew.

M: Carbonation is practically nil, somewhat watery, and viscous, ethanol character.

D: Quite good for a high octane brew like this one. It is quite good now, in one or 2 years it could be absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 04:41:26 | More by Halcyondays
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle in a normal pint glass.

A- A dark copper color, fluffy one finger width head on top. Some of the sediment did end up in the glass and is floating around.

S- A nice fruity smell, hints of pineapple and the smells of fruit juice. The hop smell is a great smell to have tickle the nose.

T- Very sweet, nice slight bitterness from the hops. There is a hint of spicyness that comes though at the end of the taste. The pineapple taste is more of a full flavored taste. It reminds me of the Fred, but more on the sweet side with more pineapple taste.

M- A slightly thick and oily feeling. Sweet and viscous.

D- Easy to drink, but better off as a sipping beer. The flavors really come though as the beer warms up. Another great showing from HOTD.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 04:39:17 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 poured into an oversized wine glass.

so I spilled the yeast but it appeared to be a nice orangish hue with good carbonation and good head retention for the style. I dumped the yeast though and so now it's a cloudy burnt orange. still a very good looking beer

so much sweet citrus in the nose, mandarin oranges, grapefruit a bit grassy and herbal as well. The hops and the malts combine to create a citric nose experience.

caramelly, molassy malts just a bit of clovey yeast and plenty of snappy lemon zest hops. Absolutely wonderful

the carbonation is awesome, wonderful full body, smooth and oily just the right amount of cleansing astringence

this beer is very drinkable for the style and I enjoyed it a bunch! This brewery alone warrants a trip to Portland! I must go!


Put another 3 years on this beer, very good stuff. At this stage the beer is completely flat though. Still incredibly drinkable, great winter warmer for the great white north

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 02:12:52 | More by Donnie2112
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage bottle 2002.
Pours a hazy orange/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, sugary and plum like, and alcohol presence and a small hop in there too. In the taste, hops, plum/ fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol in the end. A bitter, medium to big mouthfeel and a semi-dry hop and alcohol in the aftertaste. Nice hopp presence, bitter yet smooth, big in alcohol yet hides it well.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 22:26:28 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for trading me this one at DLD.

It pours a murky, dark orange with a beige head and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Really vibrant smelling. Citrus hops, orange peel, caramel malt, pine.

Really similar to the smell with the orange peel and deep, caramel malts really coming through.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A real sipper though.

A really great barleywine. I loved the intense orange flavor and mouthfeel of this one but it is a pretty high ABV and gets a little too sweet towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 02:54:09 | More by thickerfreakness
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street...
Beautiful appearance... A slow and steady pour yielded a hazy and murky orange hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Smell replete with a nice combination of malts and hops along with a dose of honey in the nose...
Thick, creamy, rich, ultra-sweet taste, bordering on cloying... The taste was extremely sugared with loads of honey, caramel, a hint of vanilla, molasses, and super-sweet syrup...
Mouthfeel was thick and creamy as well...
Drinkability was average at best due to the high ABV and slightly cloying flavors...
Definitely a good depiction of the style, but certainly a sipper more than anything...

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 21:22:38 | More by dsa7783
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New York

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

Thanks going out to grumpy for the opportunity to consider this 2005 vintage!

Pours a bright mahogany amber with a huge stiff sand colored head that resists fading. The first half will stay clear for you. Be ready for substantial chunks of bottle aging from the bottom of the bottle. A good amount of lacing in it's wake. The smell is classic aggressive sweet molasses caramel. Visibly carbonated, the mouth feel is tangy between the hop and alcohol. Full bodied without being syrupy the sweet elements coat nicely and linger well. The flavor is malty sweet and creamy caramel. The 11.5% ABV is integrated well. An easy drinker. The last 2oz were way too chunky for me. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 19:03:03 | More by jjayjaye
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage, 12 ounce bottle purchased at Hi-Time Wines for about four dollars a few months back, my bottle's ABV is one percent lower at 10.5%, poured into my Port Brewing pint glass tonight

A-Color is a see through amber that might be more on the orange side, very small 1/8 inch bubbly white head, went away immediately, no retention or lacing

S-Sweet malt, orange peel, red grapes, earthiness, booze, caramel, oddly a few different kinds of spices, floral hops, faint toffee, cherries, and whole grains

T-Glad to see that dry accents were the first thing I noticed, then some caramel and citrus in the middle, some sweet toffee and a little booze in the finish, lots of grapefruit in this one actually and it was not recognizable in the aroma, got a little sweeter as time went on, not syrupy like I was afraid of at first, probably more in favor of hoppiness when fresher, but this still was balanced well, by the end when it had warmed there was dark fruits and spiciness in addition to everything else previously mentioned

M-Dry and sweet mouthfeel, thin body especially for the style, taste lingered quite a bit, carbonation had seemed to mellow out a bit, probably more when it is fresh, also chewy at times

D-Could drink a few more ounces of this and the bottle went down easy, smooth, alcohol is well hidden for a barleywine, light on the stomach, not too sweet

Have not been disappointed with Hair of the Dog yet, this what I expected except that lots of the hops are still present with some aging, would drink again although it is hard to find down here in these neck of the woods, recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 06:04:06 | More by Floydster
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty oramge color with lots of cloudiness. Huge aroma of sharp bitter peach, citrus, and classic English-ale mustiness. There's an amazing alcohol burn that hits early and lasts long, sharp and stimulating. Some toasty caramel in the background, but the citrus-and-peach hoppiness ultimately dominates the flavors. This is great, a truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 00:28:41 | More by Flyer
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4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a bottle from 2007. Pours a nice brown with a little orange. Mine didn't have that much of a head and there is mot much lacing. There was also quite a bit of yeast t the bottom of the bottle. Tasted very good. Very malty but not too much in the hops department. That is how I like my barleywines. Good mouthfeel and high drinkability. If I'm not careful I will be in trouble.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 15:47:05 | More by nbrown
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for quite awhile. 2005 batch.

Pours a nice hazy orange, there was quite a bit of yeast in the bottle. Nice creamy white head.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit, orange, spice, and caramel.

Taste: Wow, starts with smooth caramel which gives way to a pine and grapefruit explosion and ends with a dry finish with a lingering sweet pine aftertaste. Mmm, Simcoe and Amarillo.

I need to stock up on HOTD.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2008 05:29:03 | More by TheBlackMallard
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3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage, picked up at Whole Foods in NYC.

A: This one is a brownish amber color with tones of red showing thru. The head was rather puny but did leave behind some lacing.

S: Nice bold sweet aromas right up front. Tons of caramel and toffee with hints of darkened brown sugar. The hops come next mostly in the citrus variety.

T: Rather sweet with tons of malt. The caramel, honey, and toffee comes thru nicely. The simcoe hops really shine in the middle though they don't linger or bite at the tongue. The finish has tinges of rum and oak.

M: is medium to full-bodied with low levels of carbonation.

D: I usually like to sip my Barleywines by the bomber, but this one is fine as a 12 ouncer.

Overall: Not bad at all, middle of the road I would say. I like my Barleywines with a bit more hops and less malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:50:34 | More by tpd975
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thicker creme head. Nose is a tight citric hoppy tone. I think the best way to describe it is definitely "tight". Flavor is hoppy, yes. Nice fruity thing going on there. Doesn't seem to be much dimension to it though as it's basically fairly straight forward. Minor brown sugar on the back side is about all else I can add. Smooth feel with a nice carbonation. This is nice, yes. I would go for this again (though the price is a bit too high IMO), but it wouldn't be the first barleywine I would go to.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 02:02:38 | More by RblWthACoz
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2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours opaque muddy brown with suspended yeast as well. Looks exactly like muddy water. Worst looking beer I've ever seen by far. ZERO carbonation and head. Unpleasantly chunky, gritty, thick palate. Smell is of alcohol and muddy, earthy hops. Flavor is overly sweet with a mild earthy bitterness and earthy, herbal hop flavor and touch of alcohol following. Tastes, feels, and looks like tree bark smashed up in sugar water. Doesn't resemble beer at all, excessively sweet, and an unenjoyable drainpour. To me, very overrated.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 18:44:56 | More by JDV
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Well, I just had a 2002 JW Lees that has held up quite well. I wonder if this 2002 Doggie Claws can compare... no

Light woody brown color with a tan head.

Powerfull nose. Big fruity bouquet of malts and alcohol. The hops smell and bit stale.

Again alot of malts with some mellowed hops. This one is a little past age, so keep that in mind.

Good medium body with ample carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 08:00:33 | More by rye726
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage, purchased from the NYC Whole Foods and shipped back to SD, contents poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance is a murky ruby red/amber hue with a modest layer of creamy white head, fair lacing on the glass

Smell is a range of hops, mostly floral/grassy/citrus, sweet toffee and caramel malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, and booze

Taste is initially dark fruits, booze, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and caramel malts, transitions to sour and piney hops, finishes with sweet honey and raisins with alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick and oily texture with a prickly feel from the carbonation and alcohol presence

Drinkability is moderate, this is a lighter yet more flavorful barleywine than what I'm used to, a great mix of taste sensations in the overall profile and a not-overwhelming alcohol presence, another solid offering from HoTD

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 05:32:06 | More by Stoneman78
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, '07 edition, served in a standard pint glass.

A - hazy, orange/amber color with a fluffy tan head of foam that left globs of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - citrus hops and sweet malts blended in the aroma.

T - hoppy bitterness upfront followed by malty sweetness, finishing somewhat sweet tasting.

M - full bodied brew with a sticky, dry mouthfeel, light carbonation.

D - one is very enjoyable, but a little too much alcohol to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 01:10:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doggie Claws 2007

Very drinkable for a fresh barleywine.

Pours a dark amber and has pleasant aromas.

Slight citrus note with a very full mouthfeel. Moderate to heavy hop tones (this is not a basd thing).

No alcohol tones are present. One of the better barleywines I've drank this year.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:29:01 | More by KJH
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.