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

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 393
Gots: 256 | FT: 17
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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: mattmaples on 10-12-2001

"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 matttttYCE
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Can't remember who it was from. Big thank you, whoever it was.

Light tan colored head, a little more than a finger high. Light on lace, but retention is decent. Deep and murky amber brown colored liquid. Looks appealing for a barleywine. Even for a 2011 this is still quite a hoppy smelling barleywine, which is awesome. Bitter and fruity/grapefruit and citrus (orange) hops but they aren't overpowering. Behind that are caramelized malts, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, lots of dark fruits, peanut brittle, and honey. Awesomely complex. Taste is great like the aroma. Hoppy and resinous but you can tell it's mellowed. Wonderful malts, sweetness, candi sugar, toffee, dark fruits, maple syrup, touch of brown sugar, man this is good. Maybe some honey also from the nose. Medium full body, medium carbonation and consistency, and a smooth lingering finish.

This is a great barleywine. I might be a bit biased as I really enjoy barleywines, but this one is definitely one of my preferred ones that isn't barrel aged. I can only imagine a bourbon barrel aged version of this. Case in point, I think this rivals SN Bigfoot one of the best hoppy barleywines.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.26.12

2012 Version

A - Pours a murky light brown with a huge explosive tan head that doesn't fade.

S - Hoppy citrus, then sweet malts, toffee and carmel.

T - Oranges, carmel, grass.

D - Lots of carbonation and a medium body.

O - Hoppy and a bit unbalanced, at first. Then it warms to almost room temperature and I am in heaven. Great beer.

Photo of Brandywine
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Super murky brown. Very viscous but with absolutely no head. Nice lacing with big clear bubbles. Tons of big alcohol legs.

Smell: honey, over ripe fruits soaked in sugar, baked apples, subtle citrus from tbe hops. Total malt bomb.

Taste: hop bitterness right up front. Grapefruit and lime. Big honeyed malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of full. There's pretty much no carbonation. Don't know if I got a defunct bottle in that regard.

Overall: this brew has potential but suffers from a lack of complexity and no carbonation.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours rusty brown with a small tan head that fades almost immediately. No lacing.

The caramel/toffee malt has definitely taken over after a year. Burnt brown sugar and some booze complement.

A little bit of faint citrus hop remains, but is quickly enveloped by toffee and brown sugar even more so as the beer warms. Booze coats the tongue and it finishes with a nice alcohol burn and an earthy bitterness. Much different than the hoppy profile of a young Doggie Claws, but both are enjoyable.

Fairly full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Very warming as the booze sting is felt a bit, but tamed down a bit from a fresh bottle.

Getting harder to find this one as HOTD is scarce in IN anymore, but I love the various stages of this beer. Bright and hoppy in its youth, after about a year, this one is more of a boozy English style barleywine at this stage.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FalconA for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy ruddy brown color with a large tan head on top. Very slow dissipation with streaky lacing down the sides.

S: Wow, surprisingly hoppy, would not guess it a barleywine if I didn't know. As it warms there is some citrus fruit, caramelized sugar, brown sugar, and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Initially very hoppy, just like the aroma with some nice citrus fruits, but as it warms a bit of caramel and toffee come out, a bit if sugary/sweet malt, and a little vanilla.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather smooth, slightly warming, but a bit booze kick is missing, a good thing.

O: A very nice (and hoppy) barleywine. Can only imagine what happens to this beer over time. Can see it being a very interesting beer to vertical.

Photo of Jeffo
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this on a wim from Boozecamel. Cheers for the hook-up man!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white or cream colored head with good retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Opaque roosewood red in color with medium levels of carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very hoppy nose on this one. Caramel and toffee for sure, with lost of piney hops and citrus grapefruit, lemon and orange peel on the nose. Very fruity and very hoppy for the style, though the malt backbone is still part of the show. Great stuff.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee and bready flavors up front, with lots of floral and citrus notes at the swallow. Grapefruit, lemon and orange peel again. Big and lingering aftertaste with plenty of citrus, toffee and brown sugary sweetness, as some nice floral bitterness. Very flavorful with a touch of alcohol as well. Great stuff again.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Enough weight and very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes quite sticky on the palate. A bit of heat at the back. Good feel, nicely creamy, though I'd hoped for a touch more weight for top marks here.

OVERALL: Great beer. HotD impresses yet again. Some might say this is too hoppy for the style, but that's fine with me. Lots of hops in this one, but the barleywine malt base shines through nicely as well. A slightly heavier palate here and you'd have a real monster. Thanks again for the chance at this Boozecamel. This was excellent.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee and caramelized malts, brown sugar, some grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of lots of sweet toffee and caramelized malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some hop bitterness, and a bit of sweet dark fruits. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness alongside some brown sugar and some more sweet caramelized sugars. The finish is a mix of rich sweet caramel and caramelized malts, grapefruit and resiny pine hops, hop bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big rich and bold malt character, but the body and hop really balance out nicely. Fantastic barleywine.

Photo of Blackwolf
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shortglass from a 12oz bottle. (*made in 2011)

A- Very somber brown and cloudy. Tan khaki head that settled quickly and capped the beer. A little bit of semi-sticky lacing. Some decent carbonation hugging the sides of the glass too.

S- Caramel malt, honey, some dark fruit... this is a year old bottle, so I didn't pick up much hop aroma, but there was a little grassy/citrus notes... Also there is a little bit of alcohol on the nose that is covered up decently enough underneath all the sweet aroma!

T- Starts out sweet. Roasted malt, caramel, dark sugar. The hops were really mellow. The finish really brings it with dark fruit flavors (plumbs mostly), and POW, a big alcohol kick. I don't think it is very overwhelming, the alcohol is definitely there and you know it, but the balance of flavor helps a lot.

MF- Very heavy/thick body. sticky sweetness that coats your lips and the roof of your mouth... A nice dry finish on the back of the tongue that leaves a warming feeling all over from that 11% alcohol!

O- Fantastic. I liked every part of this beer. I haven't tried many barleywines, but this is definitely one of the best I have tried so far. Worth the try, worth the buy! I will definitely have this again.

Photo of hmph
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a BIF from RobL, many thanks as its been on my wants list for a while! Vintage: 2011

A - A murky reddish brown with a beautiful light khakis head that subsides but never leaves, really good looking beer

S - dark fruits and sweetness, brown sugar, a burnt caramel almost, very inviting, some faint hop bring out some lighter notes

T - mmmm... sweet, very sweet roasted caramel with a lot of candied brown sugar, again some lighter notes of hops which balance it out and then hit with the warming of the alcohol, not quite hot enough to be labeled as a 'sipper' but its got some umph behind it

O - Really good beer, complex flavors that were very well balanced, very sweet without going overboard, stayed thoroughly delicious throughout the entire glass, would love to have it again

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.
Vintage: 2011

Pours a murky yet very attractive muddy water brown with some nice orange hues. Very oily, thick and viscous liquid. A nice 0.25 inch head forms that is a light cream color and is pretty dense and has some good retention as well.

Aroma of resinous hop notes. Tons of stuff going on in there with some nice caramel malt sweetness in there. Intense hop resins with some citrus and some nice intense grassy pine notes. There is some boozy notes as well.

Taste starts off with some nice intense hop notes. Nice caramel notes that are very well balanced with the hops. There is some nice sweetness that includes some nice raisin notes and some good bitterness. There is some boozy notes but they aren't overwhelming. I think 1 year has curbed some of the heat. Very good Barleywine. Mouthfeel is nice and sticky.

Good barleywine. Great sweetness and nice hop balance.

Photo of zeledonia
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Tasted 12 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Looks dark brown in the glass, but light behind it reveals bright rusty tones. Half-finger of yellowish head, gone pretty fast, with a bit of lacing (not much). Looks are not its strong suit.

I know they HotD says this is hopped-up, but I don't smell it. Much more on the malty side, with plums and other stone fruit. The thing is, I like that. It's sweet, but not overdone; I'd say it's right at the perfect balance point. Some light citrus hops provide a nice complement. Bit of alcohol in the back.

Taste brings the malts, and the bitterness (though I think it's more from the alcohol than the hops). Plums soaked in maple syrup and topped with brown sugar. Sweet and delicious. The alcohol comes on late, with a bite but no burn.

Heavy, heavy, heavy. Feels like a weight on my tongue - a sticky, delicious weight. Carbonation had me worried at first, but picked up half-way through to breathe some air into the dog-pile.

An excellent barleywine. Though in my opinion, it's somewhere between a typical American and English. Maybe it's that they've faded since it was brewed, but I didn't get big hop character.

Photo of arizcards
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz single from Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido while visiting in February 2012. 2011 Vintage.

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice off white head.

Nose is citrusy with big bready malts.

Taste is very well balanced. Pilsner and Crystal malts form the huge backbone. Crystal comes out as the dominant flavor. The citrus hop bite balances off the sweetness in a near perfect way.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. A decent amount of carbonation keeps the beer lively across the palate.

Overall this beer is extremely smackable. Glad i picked it up when i had the opportunity!

Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2011 vintage, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very murky dark brown color with reddish caramel highlights, produces a finger of creamy tan head, spotty lacing.

S- Sweet aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and booze. There's also a nearly equally powerful hop aroma that provides some nice resinous and fruity notes.

T- Flavor is more dominated by malt sweetness, although the hops provide good balance. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and sweet alcohol. Hops are very fruity and provide some tropical pineapple and citrus flavors. Finish is malty and sweet with some warm alcohol.

M- Full to medium bodied, smooth feel with moderate carbonation.

O- A dangerously drinkable, full-flavored barleywine, one of my favorites from HOTD.

Photo of russwbeck
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber to brown pour that boasts a nice haziness and a few fingers of off-white head. Not a lot of carbonation, but nice retention and decent lacing.

S: Boozy aroma, dark fruits, a ton of caramel malts and hints of yeast. Very well blended, almost like it has been aged for a while, but it's very fresh.

T: Focused on the caramel malts, some roast seems to be coming through with booze to top it off. Certainly malt forward, as expected, the taste is really well balanced. Just a pleasure to drink.

MF: Heavy body, low carbonation, very dry finish. Hints of booze, but for 11% this seems to be really drinkable.

O: Fantastic beer. One of the better barleywines I've had (certainly one of the best ones fresh). It's so balanced and mellow, I'd definitely recommend it.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Konningshoeven chalice. 2011 vintage.

A: A dark mud-brown beer, opaque and matte. Creamy off-white head. Heavy lacing makes up for a kind of ugly color.

S: Barleywine-like! Deep sweet malt base complemented by a heavy hop presence. Alcoholic and spicy.

T/M: Tasty! Layered, complex, and slightly citric. It's not as heavy as the ABV would suggest, but spicy-herbal-sweet. The honey and Amarillo balance perfectly. Slightly carbonated, mostly smooth. An excellent fruitiness varies between berries and grapefruit. Compelling. The finish is drying and moreish.

O: Highly recommended. An excellent beer and one of the better barleywines. Drinkable, interesting, hefty, and rewarding.

Photo of claaark13
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

jedwards on the hookup. Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip. 2009 bottling.

A - Murky, chestnut brown with some very thick lacing. Sticks very well to the glass. Looks phenomenal.

S - Mostly malts with some hoppiness remaining. Sweet brown sugar. Not phenomenal at all.

T - Brown sugar atop malts, raisin and mild hops showing through, burnt sugarcane, sweet sugared raisin finish that turns bitter. Some caramel is also present in the middle. Really nice.

M - Thick with quite the bite on the tongue.

O - One of, if not, the best non-BA Barleywine I've had. Probably the best. Please, please put this in a barrel.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into HOTD tulip. 2011 vintage. Thanks Mike.

A: Pours a very deep ruby-brown color with a thin light tan head that faded into a wispy film leaving thick streaks and spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Sweet berries and dark fruits, caramel, sweet raisins, powdered cocoa, lots of vanilla. I get a few hints of leather and smoking tobacco as well.
T: Follows the nose but not as sweet as I was expecting. Hops are earthy and leafy, and I get a bit of the honey they talk about on the bottle. Caramel, raisins, dark berries and vanilla dominate, with chocolate, leather, tobacco, hops, sherry, and wood. Flavors are a bit buttery too. This is just a fine beer all-around.
M: Thick body, smooth and viscous mouthfeel, solid bitterness, with soft and easy carbonation.
O: One of the better barleywines out there. Fresh or aged, this is a fantastic beer. Cheers.

Photo of Reaper16
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle -- 2009 vintage -- served into a tulip glass

Pours a murky shade of amber-orange. It's quite mucky looking in the center of the body, but the edges of the body look sorta' like an IPA if you hold the glass to direct light. There's next to no head on this bottle (I've heard there's some carbonation issues with the 2009 vintage, so this has me worried). There's a little wisp of a ring of off-white foam here that doesn't really lace.

The aroma is not very aggressive or complex, but it shows promise. There's notes of brown sugar right upfront, and like a sugar cookie component, too. Some light spices, nutmeg in particular. It's much weaker than it would have been fresh, but there's still some sweet-citrus hop notes here. Mostly oranges, which work well with the sugary smells that provide the backbone of the aroma.

The flavor of this 2.5 year old bottle of Doggie Claws is far superior to its aroma. Raw sugarcane and gingersnap cookies provide the base malt flavors here. There's somehow still a decent hop presence here. It lacks any bitterness, but lends sweet orange and apricot flavors to accentuate the caramelized, sugary malt flavors. This beer at this age doesn't taste hot, but there's some alcohol notes that work well with the perceptible good-oxidation. The finish of the beer is like if you squeezed an apricot over sugarcane.

The beer isn't really that carbonated. It isn't flat though, not is it watery. It's more like a light syrup than anything, which makes it feel in some respects like a liquor. Which is more or less what an aged Barleywine often tastes like.

Overall, this is a very nice Barleywine. It's smooth and deep and cohesive. I'm super impressed with how well Hair of the Dog beers react to the aging process. I wish I had more HotD bottles to subject to even longer ageing spells.

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap straight from the source. 2011 Vintage. Pours a dark, dark brown with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet with some toffee, dark fruits and earth. Taste echoes the aroma. Sweet toffee, dark fruits and earthiness. Warming alcohol is very present. Sweet, chocolatey finish. Not overly boozey and well balanced. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, solid barleywine worth having again.

Photo of Sean9689
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magnum, 2004 Vintage, brought to DLD 2012 by yours truly.

A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, lots of sediment towards the end of the bottle, thin brownish/tan head, thin collar.

S - Sweet & smooth nose. Dark fruits, caramel, oak, burnt sugars, smooth booze, and light chocolate & honey. Really, a perfect nose for me and the age has really worked wonders on this beer.

T - Again, just simply stunning. Dark fruits, caramel, burnt sugars, light chocolate, and maybe some slight oxidation (if any at all). The booze is just perfect right now, ultra-smooth and rich. Finish is dark fruity sweetness and smooth barleywine booze.

M - Medium to full body, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Wow, this one even surprised me! I must say, this beer is drinking off-the-chain right now. If you have a 2004 (or so) bottle, open it and enjoy. Glad I have more! :D

Photo of pmarlowe
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark, opaque, red-tinted amber with a finger and a half of dense beige head. Some nice swaths of lacing and good retention.

S: Lots of plum juice at first, which mellows out more as it warms, revealing honey and floral notes, and caramel and crystal malts.

T: Similar, quite dry up front and with a moderate amount of bitterness, which is cut at the back end by lingering honey sweetness.

M: Honey smooth, medium-full body and medium carbonation. Goes down easy and alcohol is almost completely hidden. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an OK beer but not overly enjoyable. I can see a barrel treatment doing wonders for this beer. I remember having one with a few years of age on it, and that seemed to mellow and integrate the flavors much better. It seems to be in a bit of an awkward stage 6mo out or so.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doggie Claws 2011
12oz bottle
Pinochio's snifter

A: Pours a very murky, orangey reddish color. There is some carbonation, as I see bubbles drifting off the bottom of the glass, but very thin ring of bright white around edges. Second pour gave me a tad more, with a thin off white label. Alcohol feet, check. Not tons of lacing initially.

S: They said it was hoppy fresh, and even after a very months it still has good aroma. I get some nice pine and fruit notes. Maybe a little overripe peach hints? In looking at the bottle, definitely pulling the Amarillo telltale signs. But the big player is the malt bill. Sweet, bready malts. Pulling some of those toffee notes.

T: Impressed that up front I am getting that hop bitterness on the front of the tongue. Lots of that fresh pine character. West Coast DIPA like actually, minus the fruit. It actually over powers some of the barleywine notes I was hoping for, caramel and toffee etc. The malt bill is pleasant though. I don't taste the booze but there is a little warming throat and you do feel it. A very hoppy barleywine.

M: It's full but not as big and chewy as I was expecting. Again, it's like a big malty west coast DIPA.

Photo of Impfan
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice deep copper pour with a ridiculously blooming head that takes up most of the glass, and takes forever to recede. Aroma of stewed red and brown fruits with a resinous background. Taste of caramel, toffee, candy sugar, resin, plum, cherry, kumquat, date/fig, and even a bit of kiwi. Very resinous, almost endless finish. Body is somewhat syrupy, but not overly so. Definitely one of the better barleywines I’ve sampled.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my new Kate the Great tulip. 2011 vintage thanks to hopsbreath.

Appearance - Dark body with a reddish hue in the light. The one-finger head just fits in the glass. Good retention and, surprisingly, some lacing. Not bad for an 11.5% barleywine.

Smell - When it's cold, it just smells like caramel malt. Really boring. A it warms, it definitely develops into some fruit flavors and a substantial hoppiness. Lots of alcohol, though. Big whiffs give a slight burn in the nose, even.

Taste - Caramel malt, some fruitiness, and definitely alcohol. Hops come through all the way. Faded grapefruit and a bitter finish. The finish is almost earthy, but the hops are a touch too bright for that characterization.

Mouthfeel - Despite the alcohol flavors in the smell and taste, it's quite smooth. It hardly even warms, which is strange. Hoppy bitter finish masks how sweet and syrupy this is. Not easy to drink, but doesn't drink like an 11.5% beer.

Overall - I really wanted to like this more, but it definitely lacks some complexity. Sweet, boozy, and a little uninteresting.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hyrid glass on 4/7/12
*From notes

-- Thanks to SirRuss for this one --

Vintages 2010

A: First off, I popped the cap, put the bottle down on the counter to grab a glass, and by the time I came back, it had oozed all over the place, soaking my bills, magazines, etc. God damnit. I ended up losing almost half the bottle. As for color, well it's a dirty shade of cloudy piss. One of the ugliest beers I've ever seen. Overly bubbly white .75 finger head and no lacing or real semblance of a collar.

S: Figs, sugar plums and some seriously candied hops.

T: Very concentrated amount of residual sugar and overall sweetness. Toffee and caramel dominate the fore to mid. Alcohol washes over the back. Even two years in, this is still hot. And considering the "Secret of the Ooze" that happened upon opening, I do not detect any signs of infection.

M: Overcarbed to the max. Like a viscous soda pop.

O: There is absolutely no excuse for exploding bottles. It's a sin I lost so much of this to the counter. And it isn't the first time I've had an issue with HotD beers. I simply wish they could find a consistency to their products. Now you know why it gets a 2 overall.

As for their Doggie Claws, it's a nice beer that's got a bunch of warts. If they'd take the time to touch this up and give it a bit of TLC, this could be great. As it is, it's just ok.

Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.