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

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93
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985 Ratings
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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 388
Gots: 247 | FT: 17
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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Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. 2011 vintage, so 2yrs old at this point. Bought for $5.49 at Total Wine in Tustin CA.

A - Very cloudy (dirty) brown and not a pleasant shade;-) Off white head leaves excellent lacing.

S - Brown sugar, dates, cat piss (in a good way).

T - Again leads in w/ sweet brown sugar, dates and finishes in a slightly black pepper, spicy note w/ a dose of catpiss hops (after 2yrs!!). Everything is very smooth, no alcohol burn. All flavors meld nicely. Nothing overwhelms.

M - Full body and very creamy. Carbonation is soft and is perfect for the body and style.

O - Great beer! The age has really mellowed it in a great way. Would even let this age a few more years as it doesn't seem to have degraded and might get even better.

jeff1973, Oct 19, 2013
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2008 Vintage

This is a beer I've been waiting to try for some time now. Served this at about cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Can't remember who traded this to me but thank you very much.

Appearance: Doggie Claws pours out a slightly hazy burnt orange color that is quite pretty. Poured this gently to not disturb the layer of sediment at the bottle of the bottle. No head what so ever, just a few thin streaks of foam. No lace, beer has a thick look to it.

Smell: Hoppy, just like the bottle states. Nice malty profile sits right behind the hops. Thick aromas of yeast with booze soaked raisins and cherries. A nice full, but somewhat tame nose overall.

Taste: Wow! I'm impressed with this beer. Hops are a bit subdued in the flavor, but give off bitter medicinal notes. A sweet malt backbone makes a nice base for this brew, and brings some balance. Short notes of raisin add a fruity character that gives this beer more depth. Alcohol seems to be pretty well hidden, but not completely. The eleven percent ABV does warm in the dry bitter finish. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied mouthfeel that borders on syrupy. Carbonation is quite low but fits this beer nicely.

Drinkability: This one is a sipper in my opinion. Too sweet and boozy to slam down. Enjoy this one slowly.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.