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

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BA SCORE
93
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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 391
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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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-11-2011 06:22:48 | More by jophish17
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ehammond1


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Dark brown and dark ruby with just the slightest bit of sediment running throughout the beer. A small khaki colored head quickly forms and quickly recedes. This beer leaves sheets of sticky lace down the glass. Gorgeous.

Wonderful aroma consisting of dark cherries and raisins, floral and citrus hops, sweet freshly baked bread, sticky caramel candy, and just a bit of warm, stinging alcohol. Phenomenal.

The flavor is nearly as good as the aroma as the caramel and toffee flavors really emerge, accompanied by sweet, tart, and dark cherry flavors. There's a bit of warming alcohol but nothing overpowering. Delicious.

Medium to full mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

A fantastic barleywine. I'm surprised at how good it is fresh, brewed just 2 months ago.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:18:26 | More by ehammond1
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ineva

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-11-2011 04:35:59 | More by ineva
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours a deep brown, slightly murky. reasonable head, good lacing. nose is alcohol-forward, a bit nutty, serious malt-bomb.
tons of caramel and alcohol on the palate. it's a bottle of the '11, so a still more-than-minimal hop presence. excellent body on this thing, great consistency on the palate.

very close to the perfect cold, winter night beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 06:51:14 | More by robbrandes
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-09-2011 18:52:09 | More by FreshmanPour77
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 12oz bottle courtesy of Vendome Liquors. Into an Epic Brewing Snifter. This is my first ever HotD beer.

A: Pours a nice copper color with an enormous sand colored head. The initial pour yielded a good 3 inches of foam on top of the beer. Excellent lacing is left behind. The head is incredibly dense too, I bet I could float a quarter on this stuff. Fantastic looking beer.

S: I can tell at one point in time, probably about a year ago, this was a really hoppy beer. Those have since faded into a faint citrusy hop profile that melds with an enormous caramel and toffee and massive bready smell. No real alcohol smell, which is nice for an 11.5% beer.

T: Very tasty barleywine here, massive malt profile caramel, toffee, and a nice honey flavor as well. I'm sure the honey was completely fermented out, but there is a distinct honey flavor. Bitterness is present, but not overbearing. Faint bit of alcohol in here as well. Faded hops are barely hanging on here, but still enough to hang out and be noticed. Sweet, but not cloying. Really a nice barleywine.

M: First and foremost, the carbonation is way too strong in this beer. No boozy warmth. Sticky on the lips, and finishes with just the right amount of sweetness. Knock the carbonation back about 50% and this would be spot on.

O: Tasty stuff here. I'd love to have regular access to this beer for the winter months, as this would be a perfect Friday night beer to sit down and have two while watching a movie. I would love to try this fresh as well, just to see how hoppy it really is.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 02:19:54 | More by pokesbeerdude
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bespin15

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-05-2011 10:17:51 | More by bespin15
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bstave

Washington

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-05-2011 05:44:38 | More by bstave
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-05-2011 04:27:12 | More by HopStoopid120
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honkduh

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-05-2011 00:47:13 | More by honkduh
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mrunseen

Washington

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-04-2011 00:17:57 | More by mrunseen
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twelveinches

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

12-02-2011 06:48:29 | More by twelveinches
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

12-01-2011 06:56:03 | More by rab53
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

12-01-2011 04:42:23 | More by VAbdoyan
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ottodyer

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-01-2011 03:10:35 | More by ottodyer
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-30-2011 19:53:40 | More by djrn2
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-30-2011 03:30:24 | More by surlytheduff
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Kaydogg

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-29-2011 20:53:38 | More by Kaydogg
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RViator325

Washington

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-29-2011 04:10:02 | More by RViator325
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

11-29-2011 03:58:18 | More by brandoman63
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beerandcycling88

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a dark cloudy brown color topped off with a pretty thick white head.

S Lots of hop type notes. Lots of pine and a bit of citrus. Also a hint of a sweet malt type note.

T Maybe its just this bottle but there is definitely an off taste here that I just can't put my finger on. I don't know what it is but it keeps me from enjoying what seems to be a hoppy piney barley wine.

M Thick almost syrupy like a barley wine should be.

Overall I would have liked this one a lot more if it wasn't for that unpleasant off note that just kills the flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 23:10:07 | More by beerandcycling88
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bwiechmann

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-27-2011 22:31:54 | More by bwiechmann
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2010 edition, picked up last summer at the tasting room in Portland, along with the t-shirt they didn't have in my size...

This beer pours a muddy dark bronze hue, with an eruption of billowing tight foamy light beige head, which sits on its laurels for a spell, eventually settling to reveal some nice latticework lace around the glass. It smells strongly of bitter citrus rind and pine resin, over a complex, stratified malt, exhibiting caramelized brown sugar, hard toffee, and mild treacle notes, with a slight, shadowy warming lurking behind it all. The taste is big, and strong like traktor; the still sturdy pine and citrus essences digging in against a rising caramel cream sweetness, bolstered by some dark sugary fruit esters, and simmering, but not hot, alcohol. The carbonation is soft, and just a bit tingly, the body medium-full in weight, a tad syrupy, and genuinely smooth. It finishes fairly sweet, with the lingering of the main malt notes, but not without the nicely offsetting bitter hops.

A stellar west-coast American barley wine - grandiose flavours, with a silky drinkability that comes as the biggest surprise, even more so than the seemingly AWOL booze. Handle with care, this is one bitch of a siren of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 23:55:01 | More by biboergosum
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-26-2011 22:42:13 | More by bsuedekum
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GarrettB714

California

5/5  rDev +19.6%

11-26-2011 22:07:59 | More by GarrettB714
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.