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

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Ratings: 1,081
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 398
Gots: 254 | FT: 19
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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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Ratings: 1,081 | Reviews: 536
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3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2012 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a murky deep brown with a little amber. Very still, no head ...hmmm.

Smell. Sweet caramel and piney hops with a little citrus, sweet spice, and light fruits.

Taste. Caramel, piney hops, brown sugar and oranges with a little light spice again and some bitter citrus rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with just a little warmth and completely flat.

Overall. This is a tasty beer, no doubt of that. The lack of carbonation is just inexcusable from professional brewers, especially from one with such a reputation for a quality product. Very disapointing, I think this would have been amazing if it was done right.

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3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer glass.
A - Pours a somewhat murky amber color (I poured it a little fast and there was a reasonable amount of sediment). The half finger of head slowly dissipates to a fine lacing.
S - Very hoppy with some malt and carmel in the background.
T - Somewhat off pine/resinous hop flavor up front. A little bit of malt in there but mostly hops, hop and more hops.
M - Medium mouth feel with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - An average American style barley wine. Not very well balanced. Maybe in 3 years the hops would have dropped out some but here and now not very pleasing and I like barley wines.

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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle for Bruery Provisions). Pours hazy copper color with massive beige head and ample carbonation. Aroma has lots of caramel malt, maybe a little hop spice and plenty of pine. Taste is very sweet with a hop bite on the end. Full bodied with sticky texture. Finish is slightly bitter, but smooth. Nice beer, but very sweet.

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3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 version

a: This was an extremely dark mahogany color, almost opaque. Since the cap popped off with a barely audible "pffft", I wasn't surprised to see a weak looking, big bubbled head.

s: Very sweet overall, I got big notes of brown sugar and caramel, plus a little heat.

t: Here as well, this was quite sweet. Lots of brown sugar with a little caramel and some toffee. Pretty one dimensional frankly.

m: Big and viscous, but definitely under carbonated. I don't like a fizzy b-wine, but this was too still.

d: What can I say, this was a let down from a great brewery. I'll stick to Adam, this wasn't for me.

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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.

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3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque copper colored brew with a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Yeast sediment is present.
S: Aromas of bread, toffee & brown sugar. Alcohol and yeasty notes dance on the nose.
T: Biscuity malt flavors with honey presence. Opens as it warms and becomes more intensely boozy.
M: Chewy and warming.
O: Full flavored & boozy.

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3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to AwYeh for splitting his only 12oz bottle with me.

Vintage: 2010

Pours a murky light brown with oranges mixed in. Looks like unfiltered apple juice. A large, foamy, rocky, soft, light tan head caps the body. Very lacy, leaving rungs of residue. Good looking beer.

Smells light, with a sweet floral character defining it. Jasmine and a touch of juniper make it springy and perfumish, while a little ethanol provides astringency.

Taste is hoppy, with a tempered lemon citrus to start, before moving to grain and lightly toasted malt. The roast malt then moves to a balanced malt/hops middle and a dry roast finish. Very balanced yet pungent, but the vodka-like ethanol I got wasn't too pleasant in either the nose or taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with average carbonation. Pretty middle of the road. Drinkability is hurt by the excess astringency - this beer tasted, felt, and drank like straight vodka a little bit, although the good qualities in the beer far outweighed this one negative.

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3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. The color is copper, much lighter than any other barleywine I've seen, with a clumping foamy white head. The smell is very strong apple sweetness with a touch of alcohol. The taste is a lot drier than the smell suggested, with a slight touch of apple sweetness and a very strong bitterness, with a good bit of astringency in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. As for drinkability, I'll have this one but not really one I'd look for again.

Unfortunately, this is a fairly disappointing barleywine. Though it smells absolutely fantastic, the taste is not all that great. Maybe it was mishandled by the bar, but I got it at KClinger's and they seem to know how to take care of beer. A terrible astringency in the aftertaste ruins what could have been rather enjoyable....maybe if I find another at some point, I'll make sure this isn't a bad bottle, but for now, I won't really bother with this one again.

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3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 6/12/10 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. Vintage 2005.

a - a murky orange brown color no head light carbo

s - Smells of sweet fruit, caramel malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes fruity malts, caramel malts, and swet fruit. Also some booze in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some sediment in the beer.

d - This was an ok barleywine, but it was very sweet. It also had a lot of sediment in it, which I didn't really enjoy. Wouldn't look to have a vintage this old again, but would try a newer year.

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3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy, deep amber color somewhat reminiscent of a thick apple cider with some solid particles floating about. Almost no head on an aggressive pour.

S - Citrusy hops is the first scent to hit the nostrils followed by a ripe citrus fruit sweet scent. Some spice and yeast are also present.

T - Tastes like a strong, sweet apple cider that brings some heat. There is a yeast presence and only some mild spiciness. Oranges and pineapples are some of the other fruits that can be interpreted.

M - Quite smooth and enjoyable. Enough carbonation to keep things interesting and not thick enough to be disgusting for this style.

D - I don't really enjoy this beer so I'm looking to the next with quite a bit of this left in my glass.

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3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon pouring the 2002 edition of the Doggy Claws, it poured a golden honey color w/ a 2 1/2 inch to 3 inch head which stayed very frothy and heavy, and clinged to the side of the glass for quite some time while I had it in my glass. I also noticed when I tipped my glass, much of the yeast settled in the bottom of the glass.

When I spent time deciding what I was smelling in my beer I came to the conclusion that I got the scent of hops, sour lemons (which lemons AREN'T sour?), and even a bit of pepper. Upon tasting the first sip (which was served cold), the alcohol burn was very prominant at the front and remained for quite some time, but I got the taste of hops and some pepper, which hung around a while with the alcohol burn. However, as I let it warm, some sweetness came out a bit and I got the flavor of some molasses (not sure if this is what I really tasted, but an idea), but stayed pretty peppery as well. I have had many barleywine styles but this was very different than most others and was not nearly as sweet as other I have had in the past. The texture was pretty light, but the mix of hops and pepper did not make this my favorite ever. It is worth the try, but there are others I would rather drink.

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3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of HogtownHarry- Pours a very still deep rusty bronze. Bose is big and fruity, fig and plum, some gold rum, hop resin, pine, lots of wood. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, earthy piney hops, grapefruit, bourbon, butterscotch. Nice. Still again in the finish, very warming, syrupy. A good sipper. Thanks Harry!

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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street...
Beautiful appearance... A slow and steady pour yielded a hazy and murky orange hue with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Smell replete with a nice combination of malts and hops along with a dose of honey in the nose...
Thick, creamy, rich, ultra-sweet taste, bordering on cloying... The taste was extremely sugared with loads of honey, caramel, a hint of vanilla, molasses, and super-sweet syrup...
Mouthfeel was thick and creamy as well...
Drinkability was average at best due to the high ABV and slightly cloying flavors...
Definitely a good depiction of the style, but certainly a sipper more than anything...

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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to black13 for the chance to try yet another fine NW brew. Vintage 2009.

Pours quite cloudy, quite dark amber, topped by an unexpectedly huge beige head that hangs around. Not like any barleywine I've seen, but it looks delectable.

The smell is light/med. for style, with candy, caramel, fig, rounded yeast notes, stone fruit, and some unidentifiable flavors that bond the bouquet into a light perfume. Not much for a barleywine but what there is pleases.

A figgy sweet ushers the palate along a path of caramel, light floral hop, candy, lightly fruity notes, and into a finish that is sweet and full of effervescent light bitter with hints of lemon. It tastes almost like a sweet BSA minus the tart, but very clean, and sparkly in the mouth. A bit too sweet, but quite delicious. Not as complex as Adam or Fred, but that same HOTD flare for the tasty.

Mouthfeel is the expected thick, but it is fairly light on the palate, the bright flavors fight palate fatigue the sweet might otherwise cause. Lower carb. than the look predicts, decent finish. A bit of a buildup of the lemony notes is my only criticism.

Drinkability, due to ABV and thick feel of the sweet isn't so good as it might be, or even as it may yet be with some age.

Impression: Hair Of The Dog produces some amazing barleywines. This is a good one, but not one of their best.

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3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Doggie Claws – 2012 Big thanks to brooklynbrews for this extra.

12oz bottle into my FW snifter glass.
*Notes taken from 06/29/13.

A: Looks murky and lifeless with a dark caramel body and some ruddy brown hues. Virtually no head on it gives the impression of lower carbonation here. A little sediment floating and a watery edge to it. Almost looks like prune juice or something. Not stick or lace to speak of. Not the most attractive beer by any means.

S: Smells of booze met with sweet caramel malts and some underpinnings of dried orange peels. The aromas start to assert more stone fruit like esters on the backend as they segue into plum and date notes. Really takes on a vinous character. Representative of the style with some firm alcohol presence.

T: Tastes juicy with a big caramel malt toffee sweetness. There is a bit of raisin bread and spice with suggestions of candied citrus peel. The beer has a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and the alcohol is quite hearty adding a boozy spice. Finishes with some plumy esters and more toffee nougat. Nice Barley malt flavors and incredibly well balanced for such a big brew.

M: Feel is a little flat and watery with some light chew to it. Falls in the moderately heavy range with more of a wet finish. Alcohol warmth radiates. Rather clean overall.

D: Not my fav of the style with the slightly flat carbonation and higher octane. Does bring out some real nice malty flavors however. Not something I would pick up often. Makes for a nice seasonal sipper though.

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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.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cloudy orangeish brown mixture with large head that falls to a finger size cap, light spotty lace.
Aroma of light malt caramel and toffee mixed some light floral earthy hops thrown in the mix but overall not strong and fades quite quick.
Taste is nice malty upfront with lots of carbonation mixed with toffee some light fruit orange mango mixture not really citrusy but almost. Finishes with some moderate bitterness that is earthy in nature more the anything with subdued lemon mixed with pear hints. Very intersting Barley Wine diffrent then the norm not bad just different.
Mouthfeel is good right side of medium approaching full a nice feeling beer.
Drinkability is good having hard time picking taste score can't decide its not bad wish we had a 3.75 to choose from. Would recommend trying this not bad you might enjoy this a little more then I did.

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