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

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 393
Gots: 245 | FT: 17
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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ajs4bd, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with 2009 date. Pours an orange/copper color with a small off-white head.
Moderate aroma of sweet alcohol, malt and fruit.
Sweet (but not cloying) caramel and honey. Lots of subtle complex flavors. A bit of cherry, orange, dark plum and apple. Some earthy/piney bitterness. Also hint of spice.
Medium-full body with velvety smooth texture. Almost no carbonation.
Tastes more like a dessert wine than a beer. Very smooth.
NOTES: BJCP-American Barleywine

seanbhudson, Jan 05, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Very murky dark brown; swampy. Next to no head formed on the pour; just a few scattered bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S - A big hop aroma up front with some citrus and pine notes that immediately give way to a big sweet malt profile with caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Some fruity aromas in the background as well.

T - Good balance overall with a sweet malt base and a big hop presence coming together nicely. Lots of dark caramel, brown sugar and toffee from the malt bill and some citrus and piney hop flavours come through as well. Lighter candied raisin flavour in the background.

M - Medium to full body. VERY light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 05, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing rim the glass.

S- brown sugar, toast, citrus, pine, candi sugar.

T- big amber malts and brown sugar, oranges, pine and spicy hop bitterness.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Some dryness but there's enough sweetness to balance it.

O- good Barleywine, reminds me of Bigfoot but sweeter and better.

kawilliams81, Dec 10, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this beer at thirdeye11's tasting.

2007 vintage. The beer pours a murky orange color with a white head. The aroma is awesome, with caramel and piney hops. The flavor is pine and orange hops with a nice semi-sweet, caramel malt backbone. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange-bronze with a short white head. Thick lacing. Earthy herbal hop aroma with heavy pine and some honey. Semi-viscous mouthfeel. Great taste. Lots of resiny goodness up front and throughout. Avoids the soapiness in some of these hoppy barleywines. Smooth, sweetened citrus and brown sugar flavor towards the back. This flows with tropical fruit overtones; pineapple, mango, kiwi, and some melon. Long finish, slightly sticky. Wish I had bought more.

magictrokini, Mar 04, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To quote from the label: "Doggie Claws has a light copper color and an intense herbal hop character." The first statement is patently false. It is a deep, dark, rich rubied brown. The second phrase is an understatement. This is a truly hoppy beer; the aroma literally fills the room and my fingers feel sticky from handling the bottle and glass. The head is deliriously high and potent, and the beer goes down thick like candied sugar, only to be brutally scraped away by the severity of the antiseptic hops. My lips are wintry-chapped today, and it smarts to pour this hop beast across them. I would say yes, this is a barley wine; it has the thick viscosity and austere malt wood-varnish quality I find in many US barley wines but not too many IPAx2's. It's incredibly hoppy, though, and delightful for that. It's not as bright and flowery as Bigfoot, but the Simcoe hops (god I love them) lend an earthy complexity and taut suppleness that makes this a damn enjoyable bevvy. Aging should suit this beer just fine, but don't you want to try it now and get spanked by the violent hops? Admit it, bitch, you do. You do. It's HOTD's Xmas/Hanukah gift to us all -- it would be ungrateful of you not to try it.

Thrasher, Dec 23, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky ruby amber big tan head leaves thick patches of lacing throughout the glass. Aroma: Loads of citrus hop character mild pine cone accents some would say it smells like you should clean your floor with it, but I say it's a great hop aroma. Malts are solid and try to shine through in the citrus explosion but the yeast truly makes its mark with a bready dough tone. Taste: Alcohol very evident not overbearing but damn you know it's there all that alcohol tone is blended within copious amounts of citrus piney hops with rich robust malts that give a fruity edge to the already complex flavor. Mouthfeel: Full bodied good stuff evenly carbonated no complaints for this beast of a beer. Drinkability: In your face with citrus, loads of malts to balance all of those hops west coast b-wine at it's best.

WVbeergeek, Apr 28, 2004
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter.

Mahogany body, rather dark with rust and vermillion highlights. Perpetual thin desert sand head leaves behind lacing like a sparkling field of stars.

Alcohol is strong in the aroma, with suggestions of light cognac, candied orange, whole cloves, and as a bridge into the malt aromatics, syrup-coated fruitcake. The malt is bready and potent, but this young example is still full of spicy hops with hints of citrus and pine.

Myriad flavors parade across the palate: a faintly vinuous sherry note, lots of fruit (stewed peaches, nectarines, dates, prunes, cherry, bitter orange, etc.), lipton tea, and more. Dark bready malt spreads out mid-palate and leads into a complex hoppy dry heat in the finish (though there is a residual sweetness as well).

Medium-bodied, very well carbonated, smooth, lightly tannic, and just a touch sticky (though this suits the style).

Robust, well balanced, with a nice complexity and a well integrated ABV - an excellent take on the style, which seems to drink very well young (a nice change of pace compared to the über barleywines that require years of aging to obtain any semblance of balance).

augustgarage, Feb 03, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - darker copper color with tons of little bubbles floating to the top. A huge (3 figures) amount of head that won't die down....a little to much if you ask me.

Aroma - wonderfully bitter and aromatic, its only downfall was the slight sour smell.

Taste - once you get past the supper bitter head, the taste of the barley wine was really nice. Not overly heavy and has a bit of an alcohol bite to it. Bitter up front with a slightly sweet finish. Slightly spicy.

Bottom line: a very nice seasonal worth drinking early.

Elemental, Aug 22, 2003
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review is taken from notes. Sampled February 12. This one has a gold cap, 2008 vintage, 12 ounce bottle. I bought two. One for me and one for my wife.

This started out as a beer that I was not impressed with. Color is medium tan and opaque. Very little pop sound with little head formation with a vigorous pour. Concerns start to swirl.

The smell begins the redemption. Sweet fruits abound! Some honey dew or cantaloupe exists and I don't care what people say about honey fermenting there is a honey smell still there.

The taste is great! Complex sweet malts, cantaloupe like sweet fruits, and damn it the honey is there! I actually had to go back to the bottle to see if it said anything about honey because I was unaware of what exactly went into this barleywine. For the record, Alan did indeed use honey in this one and yes the flavor still lingers.

The mouthfeel was smoooth. The carbonation is extremely low. Some people do not like low carbonation but I do. This may have been a little under carbonated for my taste but still worthy of a 4.0 in the category. The liquid itself is thick and luscious as it glides across the palate.

I did not realize this was an 11.5% until I went to place the bottle in the recycling box after consumption. The whole time I was thinking it was probably in the 8%-9% range. This is really well done for that much alcohol and easily could be trouble for an unassuming consumer. I might suggest it when the ubiquitous "good beer choice for girls" topic crosses the forum next time. My wife certainly liked it.

Overall I have to say this was one of my more enjoyable beers during my recent trip to Portland. At $4.99 in a Whole Foods I have to say it is a worthy investment and not hard to find. Oregonians have it made!

hopsbreath, Mar 22, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one sent from SpdKilz! 2010 vintage. Enjoyed on 07/15/11.

A - 12oz bottle into a goblet. Whoa! Did not expect to get a large head out of this one but it consumes half my glass after a pretty aggressive pour. A two finger head has formed inside the bottle as well. Weird. Once in the glass, the appearance is an above average barleywine. Muddy brown/red color, can't see through it at all. Lots of floaties. Leaves very good lacing.

S - Big caramel, honey, piney hops, and some cherries and plums. Good aroma on this one.

T - Quite sweet up front with big caramel malts and then a very nice piney bitterness comes through. Honey sweetness is present throughout. Finishes with a bitterness balanced by the honey, caramel sweetness and some cola flavor is present also.

M - Mouthfeel is quite good. Creamy with some carbonation present in the back.

O - Overall, I really enjoyed this one. An above average barleywine for sure but not quite as good as Bigfoot or 2010 Nemesis.

Janderson91, Jul 15, 2011
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.