Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
Darn good vintage barleywine, mostly American, but a bit English.
12-31-2011 20:07:12 | More by zaphodchak
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
12-30-2011 23:22:53 | More by cindyjeffsmith
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
12-25-2011 22:56:25 | More by aasher
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
12-25-2011 07:17:29 | More by Knapp85
3.83/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-23-2011 16:10:46 | More by Chico1985
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
12-23-2011 15:49:58 | More by cbutova
4.88/5 rDev +16.7%
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!
12-23-2011 02:26:52 | More by lechowski
3.98/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-20-2011 15:14:00 | More by jdense
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.