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

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 396
Gots: 251 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: faernt on 11-16-2004

"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"
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Photo of radlleb
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to mfavoino for hooking me up with this guy.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color that resembles a dull penny. A thick head forms on the pour. Light tan colored and about two fingers in height. It takes a while to die down, but it leaves thick sheets of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Definitely on the hoppier side of the barleywines I've had. They have a slight resin smell to them with some residual burnt sugars and a malty sweet ending.

T: The taste is just as hop forward as the nose. Resiny and grassy hops are the main hop flavor profile with a nice pale malt and whole wheat bread crust malt backbone. There is a nice flowery sweetness and a green bitterness on the finish. The booze is barely present.

M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation for the style. It makes it easy to drink and with a ton of flavor this is nice.

O: An easy drinking and flavorful barleywine is always great. The booze isn't noticeable at all and the flavors are pretty solid. I've got another one in the cellar and am excited for what a year or two will do to this as I'd like to see the carbonation die down and the hops ease back a bit.

Photo of brystmar
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

Nice pour, still has head with reasonable retention. Aroma is interesting and complex: surprisingly hoppy, tons of malt, toffee, caramel.

Sweet, hoppy, caramel-y, boozy, then slightly hoppy again to finish. This one aged quite well, really enjoyed it.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage. Will update with a fresh bottle. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

The pour is a red-orange color and almost still. There's just a tiny foam covering and ultra-thin rings with each sip.

Lots of sweetness in the nose. There are light traces of citric bitterness that lead me to believe this beer has a pretty sizable hop presence when fresh, but it's overpowered by honey and caramel. A side-by-side tasting may need to be done in the future.

There's more to the flavor than just sweetness. Sure, the caramel, honey, and citrus (I'll call it orange) are all dominant up front, but the finish is herbal and bitter. It reminds me a lot of a malt-heavy double IPA. Time has obviously removed a lot of the heat from the alcohol.

Body is medium-full. There's practically no carbonation left, giving it a slick, sticky, syrupy texture. Lasting flavor is herbal bitterness. Some good flavors in here. Curious to see how an aged bottle would compare to a fresh one. All in all, a solid drinking experience. A pleasant intro to Hair of the Dog.

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured into my CBS snifter. It poured a darker orange brown color with just some trace bubbles scattered around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a rich malty profile to it with both caramel and toffee really coming out. The honey is also pretty evident, giving it a bit of a floral sweetness. I get a little bit of a hoppy, grapefruit, citrus rind quality as well.

The taste also shows a lot of the malty, caramel flavors throughout. The honey shows more in the finish with more of the sweeter, floral flavor. The honey almost gives it a bit of a wheatwine like flavor that I really like. The finish has some more bitter, citrus rind showing through and helping it balance it out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being almost non-existent. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. I really liked what the honey added to it and it was very smooth for the abv as well. Very solid beer, but it just didn't really wow me like some of the best of the style do.

Photo of baybassboy
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doggie Claws
12 oz. bottle from 2011 sent generously by Ron. Thanks! 11% ABV. Poured into a snifter.

A good combination of malts and hops, Doggie Claws smells sweet and caramel like, yet floral-fruity at the same time... much like honey? Swirling lets the nuances of hops come forward and the pungent character of American hops is felt.

Taste is only moderately sweet and bitterness is medium but lingering. Age will certainly treat this beer well as the label claims. Having been on a barleywine kick for a while now, I find myself short of adjectives but suffice it to say that it's good. Notable and somewhat distinguishing features are: a sweetness that holds its own against hops that sometimes seem to overwhelm fresh American versions; strong citrus peel; and a floral character that is probably from honey. I am no expert on braggots but I have enjoyed whatever I have had, so I am certainly digging this floral sweetness. Hints of booze are only welcome.

The body is good but carbonation seems a tad high. Regardless, swirling and warmth will take care of it. I like this beer.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Mar02x
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer pored in by Alan Sprints himself during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a fantastic moment.

A - A yellow beer with a white head.

S - A fruity hop scent; mango citrus.

T - There is fruity mango, pineapple, candy sugar, but the fluid is not crispy. Alan told me that it came because of the added honey. I didn't notice it though. I know it sounds stupid but I thought that I was drinking a Imperial IPA. Later I discovered it was a barley wine.

M - A soft carbonation and no real bitterness. This beer is beer lemonade!

O - A real nice beer, and so easy to drink. I know that I am nagging now, but a bit colder would have been nice.

Photo of piclee
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky copper brown with red in the lights. A large light brown head forms and stays.

Smell is pungent hops, dark fruit, sweet roasted malt, toffee, and booze. Huge.

Taste is candied fruit, booze and roasted malts, hops are present as well.

Feels thick and creamy. While there is an alcohol presence, but it's not too to, just about right.

Nice beer, big and pungent. Gonna get some to age....


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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber with a one finger fine to medium white head. Nice retention and massive lacing. Looks great. Fantastic aroma of herbal hops and sweet malt, light fruit. Wonderful complex flavor dominated by herbal and citrus hops with a solid sweet malt body and dark and light fruits and honey. Finishes nicely with malt and a hop kick. Creamy medium body. Very well made and tasty. This 2010 bottle was perfectly carbonated, no sign of the over carbonation reported by others for 2010.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to youradhere for the extra!

2011 Vintage. 12oz bottle, fridge temp., darkness snifter.

pours a cloudy ruby red copper/ bronze color, love the color. big creamy, billowy light tan head. three fingers worth off the pour that settles to a solid fingers worth of retention. lots of thick sticky lacing, and lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

resinous piney hops with lots of sticky carmelized malt, some hot booze, a bit of raisony dark fruits and tobacco leaves. a bit of sweetness, carmalized sugar like, comes through.

great taste and a good balance, but still tons of malt. piney, woody, resiny hops are quickly overcome by tons of sticky carmalized malt, molasses, a bit of burnt sugars and tobacco. some nice sweetness that gets cut by the hop bitterness in the finish. warming going down, but no actual taste of alcohol.

big, sticky mouthfeel, a little sweetness on the sides of the palate after the sip, but mostly resinous hop bitterness that lingers. flows over the palate so smoothly. carbonation looked like it would be high from the pour but settled out nicely.

definatly one of the better american barleywine's ive had. similar to bigfoot only with some better complexities. i would love to try this aged or out of a bourbon barrel.

Photo of Thingus
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12oz. Bottle, 2011 vintage into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a mahogany copper color with less than a finger of foamy light light copper colored head.. Retention is minute, with just a thin ring sticking around the edge of the glass... Lacing is essentially non-existent with just one spotty web stuck to the side of my glass...

Smell; starts off with a slightly bready aroma, all kinds of winter spices, raisins, prunes and figs...

Taste; slightly bready with caramel and vanilla hints of cinnamon, nutmeg... Notes of raisin and prunes sneak in... Alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms, but it certainly doesn't detract from the flavors of this brew...

Mouthfeel; just a touch of carbonation, and you certainly wouldn't know it by looking at the beer which is nearly still in the glass... Full medium body goes down smooth...

Overall; a great Barleywine with a lot of complexity that I am sure would only become more pronounced with age!

Photo of gkunkle
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow/ brown color, which I found a little odd. The beer is hazy brown, but when held to light gives a yellow color. The head is mellow, rising to about 1 finger in my snifter. Lots of carbonation can be seen The smell is close to a DIPA smell, strong nose of grapefruit, raisin, alcohol. Taste starts with thick malt sweetness and alcohol, then I get a touch of fruitiness, maybe like a apple/strawberry. Toward the end of the taste I get a smooth malt that eases into a slightly sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thick, with ticklish carbonation. This is a really great barleywine, I enjoy the assertive hops and the sweetness provided by the honey. I'm looking to tasting this again in a few years.

Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.