Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
12-11-2011 06:18:26 | More by ehammond1
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
12-10-2011 06:51:14 | More by robbrandes
4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-09-2011 02:19:54 | More by pokesbeerdude
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.