Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.41/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Dark, almost gray, nearly black, slightly purple tinted orange with a small tan head that fades to a ring.
S: Red grapes, green grapes, apricot, apple and maybe pear in the nose.
T: Slightly sour grape notes, alcohol is definitely present, but not off-putting. Some malt, some dark fruit, medium bodied, not overly carbonated but not flat, pretty good balance. Taste is very much like a quad to me. On later sips there are strangely placed, yet inviting and welcome notes of chocolate and roasted malt. As the glass empties I'm getting a very pleasant orange and papaya, and the nose is dominated by the scent of alcohol (a taster sized snifter). On a more vigorous second pour, I'm getting orange in the nose, as well as some papaya. Definitely complex, every sip has something different.
M: Medium-full bodied and smooth.
O: Really good, but everything I have by them makes me want to try their "From the Wood" beers. I don't think I can say much more about this beer than I've already said.
01-18-2014 16:50:14 | More by BierJager89
3.81/5 rDev -8.9%
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 4, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 10, 2014
Poured a brown murky color with about one finger of tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Seemed to be a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the tops of the glass.
Smelled a potent mix of hops and malts from the get-go. Got sugary caramel malts, brown sugar, Werther’s candy, toffee, honey, Amarillo hops (I think), earthy hops, grass hops and some type of liquor.
Tasted so damn smooth from the get-go, really the opposite of what I was expecting. Got Werther’s candy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, butterscotch and buttery malts.
Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Alcohol was well hidden. Best part of the beer by far.
Nowhere as good as I hoped it would be, especially considering the $6.99 price tag on a 12-oz. bottle. Very smooth and a nice sipping beer though.
01-11-2014 06:59:30 | More by BucannonXC5
3.75/5 rDev -10.3%
my first beer from this fabled brewery. it is the 2011 vintage, and marked 11% abv on the 12oz. bottle. its hazy and caramel colored, dense looking, and showing less than an inch of white lazy froth. i smell a ton of toffee, sweet english malt and ale yeast, not dissimilar from so many other traditional barleywines. thick and syrupy is the feel, but the alcohol is impressively well hidden, perhaps this beers biggest surprise. its clearly malt forward, sweet enough for any palate, and grounded in an earthy brown butter cream type of desserty vibe that makes it a less than perfect preprandial libation, but which showcases a richness and simultaneous delicacy that really work. better when its warm, and still tame on the alcohol front, this is a well done beer, but probably not the best barleywine ive ever had, which i sort fo expected it to be given the hype on this brewery, or at least a few of its beers. happy with it, not overjoyed.
12-30-2013 08:55:39 | More by StonedTrippin
3.96/5 rDev -5.3%
smells like one of those chocolate with orange jelly confections... the bottle has hops aromas though...
no head, 2013 version. just had the JW Lees' British version of an English barleywine, so a comparison is in order!
again, the smell is just like one of those chocolate-orange confections. taste has the orange also, a little syrup-y, a tiny bit of alcohol, lesser amounts of chocolate, hops, and more candy.
overall, it's okay. got a little too much of the sediment in the glass so beware when you pour it.
12-25-2013 22:39:53 | More by pkalix
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.