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

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%

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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4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #800!

2010 vintage shared last night. Reviewed from notes. Only had this one other time and it was about 8 months old at the time.

A- Murky dark orange hue with a massive frothy and creamy textured white head. Tons of thick lace coast the glass.

S- Dried apricot, peach, orange and citrus zest with hops being sort of up front here, even after a year. Floral and herbal hints as well but mostly West Coast feel. Big barleywine caramel and musty oldness comes through eventually.

T- This starts off more like an old ale/Barleywine with the complex sugars and some oxidized caramel, often found in HOTD beer. Some sort of yeast spice/influence as well I have noticed in HOTD beers. Hops are a bit more laid back but bring the same kind of notes as above.

MF- Highly carbonated body which usually isnt the case with this brewery. Oily feel and a bitter hop finish. Silky and creamy.

Has that HOTD feel like a different version of Fred. Sweet and hoppy with the big caramel Barleywine body.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 15:49:58 | More by cbutova
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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage 12oz bottle poured into a Russian River sniffer.

A - Dark roasty amber/brown, khaki colored 2 finger head, very little lacing

S - Sweet, juicy, raisiny

T - Extremely complex! Strong currant notes coming through. Cherry, raisin, a little bit of funk, hoppy. Toffee towards the end

M - Velvety smooth, medium to high body. A little bit syrupy.

O - A great mystique to this brew, it's constantly evolving from first sip to last, never disappointing. My only complaint is I wish I had another!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:26:52 | More by lechowski
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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage shared at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Nary any head, a thin ring of tan head surrounded the edge of the glass, minimal lacing. Fairly sweet nose, some dark candi sugar, huge hop notes, citrus more than floral, I detected a bit of rye. Taste is hugely hoppy ala Fred, the candi sugar is fairly pronounced but not cloyingly sweet, good balance. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence, leading to a sticky finish. The ABV was tamed a bit in this aged version, newer bottles can run a wee bit hot. Looking forward to doing a vertical tasting of this special holiday offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 15:14:00 | More by jdense
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Deep, dark mahogany brown with some red flecks and a frothy tanned head.

Nose: Honey, big, citrusy hops, sweet, sticky toffee, cherry, raisin, and some alcohol.

Taste: Wow, sweet toffee, raisin, prune, cherries, west coast, citrus hops, alcohol, and some anise.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily but also very creamy, velvety smooth really with good lacing.

Overall: This is such a fantastic barleywine both aged and fresh. I love Doggie Claws but the 2011 is incredibly well done, smooth, and lacking in alcoholic heat. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 07:22:02 | More by waltersrj
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm finally popping this 2010 that I bought online about a year ago.

A: The marketing speak says this one is copper in color, but I would best describe it as Christmas red. The head is absolutely the biggest and frothiest one I've ever seen on a Barleywine.

S: Glorious! This is a hop bomb for sure, and with the distinctive cherry and apple "Jolly Rancer" quality that I commonly get in West Coast Barleywines. Additionally, I did get some of the honey poking through - this really set it apart from many others I've tried in this style.

T: Super sweet, yet hoppy at the same time, and I got a bit of a licorice/Twizzle combo in there as well, in addition to a hop wallop that is so ridiculous that it has to be sampled to be believed!

M: My snifter looks like it just went through a car wash and my palate is thoroughly wrecked with hoppy, syrupy goodness. Thanks Hair of the Dog...

O: I still give the edge to "Adam," but this is both tasty and infinitely memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:16:06 | More by Chaney
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
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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Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 and 2009 bottles poured into snifter - this review is based on the 2010

Pours an opaque amber color with some brighter golden tones. Some lingering floaties in there too, especially towards the latter third of the bottle. A frothy beige head rests on top, fading into some spotty lacing and retaining with some layered film.

Stiff barleywine nose riddled with pine and citrus tones. Layered, rich maltiness with a decent sweetness. Caramel and burnt sugar with syrupy honey. Soft alcohol warmth.

Decent punch of citrusy pine up front - some of the hops are still hanging onto this bottle a year later. Plenty of rich malty character with caramel and bready notes. The honey is prevalent, creating a feeling of sticky sweetness. Finishes with some more citrus peel and a decent alcohol warmth.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and coating on the tongue. This is a really nice barleywine...I definitely preferred this to the 09, which I found a bit too sweet. I'd like to get some of the most recent vintage and see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 15:38:05 | More by xnicknj
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3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Reviewed 11/4/11.

Opaque, umber body. One finger, light tan head. Very dense. Large compact bubbles produce a nice, protective cover.

Lots of citrus and floral hop aromas. Biscuit malts and some honey sweetness. Caramel covered green apples.

Lots of caramel sweetness, with some fruit flavors. Apples and tart apricots. Loads of juicy citrus hops, with a touch of holiday spice. Boozy and warming on the finish. Perfect carbonation.

Wasn't blown away by this, but it's a solid and tasty barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 16:38:10 | More by litheum94
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Unless noted otherwise, all 12 oz. bottles

- 2010 vintage
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 2-Nov-11 (aged 1 year)
No tasting notes

- 2011 vintage
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 4-Dec-11 (fresh)
May be the best American barley wine that I've tasted fresh and that's non-BA.
Hot, but not as hot as other BWs are fresh and great balance b/t malts and hops. Aromas of pine hops w/citrus notes. .Smells like pineapple juice. Taste follows the nose a lot. Getting pineapple and malt. Not much heat either. Very well balanced.

- 2009 vintage
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 3-Nov-12 (aged 3 years / cellared 1 year)
The carbonation is almost nearly gone. No head and just a little fizz in the mouthfeel. This is unfortunate because the flavor is still intact. The bready malt blended real nicely with the pineapple citrus and pine notes from the hops. Real smooth balance. Notes of toffee/caramel. If the carbonation was there, this would've been perfect. Not sure if I'd age beyond 3 years until I try the other bottle little later this year.
UPDATE: Based on what I've read, it may just be this vintage. Cracked open another '09 bottle couple days later and same carbonation issue.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 14:32:48 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BOOM! Big Beer! Would've given it an even better score had I noticed it was a gusher before half the beer left the bottle and therefore my mouth. What I did get had a thick, creamy, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy light tan head that lasts all the way down and some lace. Color is a cloudy amber brown. Aroma is yeast, caramel, toffee, hops, honey, fresh leather. Flavor is like nose but with sweet and bitter standing out most with enough tang to balance and then other flavors too fleeting for me to identify. Soft full, round body and excellent carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and only a hint of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:17:19 | More by drpimento
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to camil1mj for this bottle.

2010 vintage

Pours a very murky, dirty bronze color. The body is full of sediment leading to a very opaque beer. Four finger vanilla pudding colored head. The head is rather stubborn, retention is phenomenal. Once the head eventually works its way back, heavy lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

Bold and assertive barleywine. The aroma displays a nice balance between the hops and malt. Heavily caramelized malt and raisin combines with resinous pine and citrus.

The flavor mimics the nose rather well. The malt rolls across the palate first. The caramel flavor is much lighter on the tongue than in the nose. Soft and sweet caramel transitions towards the darker fruit flavors on the back of the tongue. The hop flavor is less assertive than the aroma. The sweet citrus flavor is prominent, paired with a slight resinous flavor. The malt shines from beginning to end, but the hop flavor is one hell of a compliment. May not be evenly balanced but dare I say it is perfectly balanced. With a year on this bottle there is not much heat but a pleasant warmth on the back end.

Full bodied Barleywine, carbonation in moderate. Thick, nearly chewy texture. The finish is long as the heavy flavors dig into the tongue.

Doggie Claws is a very good beer. I am not ready yet to call it my favorite Barleywine but if it were readily available to me it would have room reserved in my cellar. The balance of the beer is incredible. A definite sipper but highly enjoyable. Certainly a beer to seek out, I am very glad I had the opportunity, I will be looking for more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 20:39:00 | More by kzoobrew
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep copper with an orange hue. The head is about a half-inch thick and off white. The retention is average at best, but this is still a lively, good looking beer.

SMELL: I was a bit disappointed at first. I expected a big, aggressive nose, instead I got nearly nothing until it aired out a bit. Once it opened up, there were some sweet spices, caramel and malty aromas present.

TASTE: This is an outstanding example of the style in terms of taste. It is a big and malty with cinnamon, sugar, caramel and molasses flavors along side banana, dark fruit and just a hint of apple. Hops are also present here, but they are more rounded and subtle than in some other big west coast beers.

MOUTHFEEL: The mouthfeel is rather pleasant. It is big, rich and oily, but by no means is it mouthcoating. In fact, the finish is rather dry.

OVERALL: This is an outstanding example of the style and it also happens to be an excellent beer to introduce someone to the style. Doggie Claws is solid.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 08:10:18 | More by StoneTSR
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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 shared by nbree00.

A-Pours hazy, iced tea brown. There was a lot of chunky yeast in the bottom of the bottle, so pour carefully. No head.

S-Baked apples, cinnamon, mulled cider. Thin waves of toffee/caramel sweetness.

T/M-Very light, thin carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and warming on the back of the throat. Baked apple sweetness layered on muted piney hops. A thin, concentrated sweetness provides the baseline, and provides a lingering sugary finish.

O-Another standout beer from Hair of the Dog. Very unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:43:18 | More by DaveHS
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4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage. Copper/amber, modest activity, and vaguely hazy. No head or lacing to speak of.

Smells of faded citrusy hops, caramel malty sweetness, and boozy esters balanced very nicely. This must have been a hop monster when it was fresh. Really nice.

Fruity and floral hops are still noticeable but definitely muted. They balance exceptionally well with the caramel malty sweet backbone. Mild boozy esters and light bitterness add some depth and complexity. Absolutely delicious.

Very low carbonation, super rich full body, high viscosity, and a hint of bitterness in the finish.

HOTD nails it (again). This is an exceptionally good beer. Wow. Yum. Thanks Adam ("you want this, I gotta get rid of some this..."). Often I review a big beer fresh or within a year or so, and think it would get better with age. With this one, I'd love to try it fresh and/or fresher and see what it's like with more profound hop character. But it is great 3 years out, just in case you are wondering.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 04:22:16 | More by sprucetip
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage. Thanks to HuskinPDX for the smooth and ridiculously fast shipping job.

Holy fucking gusher. Thing exploded all over my table and laptop. I hastily dumped some into my glass to stop the carnage from getting worse. There's a foamy finger and a half head after all settles and leaves lots of lacing. The body is a murky brown orange hue and has some floaties hangin around. Looks good but the gushing really put a bad taste in my mouth.

Sweet bready malt with some mollasses and caramel. Tint bit of sharp hops but definately smells really sweet. Smells more like an english BW.

There's the hops. Nice hoppyness thats complimented nicely with sweet malt, really great combination. Hops arent over the but hang around really nicely to work with the other flavors. Some sweeter caramel and toffee come through in the middle. Hops settle down toward the end of the middle and leaves a nice light sweet ride to the finish. Great balance of hoppy and malty. Can't wait to try it fresh.

Feels to be on the heavier side of medium and somewhat syrupy. good amount of smaller carbonation bubbles.

Besides the explosion really enjoyable beer. Taste was pretty spot on, awesome balance and everything was real nice. This brewery keeps growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:52:16 | More by Gushue3
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. 2010 vintage.

Pours a crisp and clear red with a small, but elegant white head with very thin Lacing i all around. The aroma is malty and sweet like honey, it's like a mix 90min and hopslam, very much like an east coast ipa.

This is truly an amazing beer. Alcohol level is high, so it is noticeable and the carbonation is a bit rough but all the other amazing flavors make it worth it. On th bottle it says there's honey from mt. Hood which I instantly thought was kind of a bs thing because usually honey just gets all fermented out and all the honey flavors are gone but not with this guy. It's very rich and complex, a nice finish with lots of lingering sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 23:33:12 | More by kingcrowing
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 offering care of both Joe and Brett. Thanks guys for the hookup on this one, unfortunately I don't know which one of you is responsible for this particular bottle but I am grateful to you both for allowing me the opportunity. Poured into my Hotd tulip care of Kegatron, thanks to you as well my friend!

Gusher warning here. The cap came off and I poured the brew carefully down the side of my glass. I only got a couple ounces into the glass before it was overtaken by a billowing yellowish stained tan head. What remained in the bottle slowly crept up, out and down the outside of the neck. It doesn't matter how careful you pour, the eruption of carbonation swirls the half inch of yeast that is on the bottom up into the brew and makes it transform from a clear golden to copper color into more of a clouded brown to amber color. A finger of yellowish tan head maintains a fingers strength throughout the entire duration with a constant stream of bubbles to the surface. Thick patches of lace stick all over the glass. When held to the light, a ridiculous amount of yeast trub lays on the bottom of the glass that includes some green hop break material. Thick chunks of yeast hang along the edges of my glass where the wall of the glass moves inward towards the base.

The smell of this brew initially had a bright citrus and fruited hop scent that was very reminiscent of something more accustomed to IPA territory. The bright hop character gives way to a yeasty quality along with toasted oats and grain that smells a bit burnt. There is a hoppy vegetative quality throughout that mixes with a lightly sulfuric yeast mixture which takes this brew in a unique direction. Across the back are some sweet scents like toffee.

The taste of this brew is as expected based off the aroma. It is a bold assault of hoppy bitterness that carries with it some resinous pine-like bite, along with fruity rind quality and more bitter fruitiness like grapefruit or orange pulp. There is a solid foundation of toasted malt that comes across like toffee. This brew is a constant struggle inside the mouth between sweet and caramel malts verse bitey aggressive hoppy bitterness. A yeast quality is present throughout the profile. The aftertaste is a constant struggle between sweet verse bitter with little to no alcohol impact for the listed 11.5%.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with an excessive amount of carbonation that is just way over the top. The sheer amount of yeast and carbonation that makes its way into the glass is quite distracting. However, for how over carbonated it was, instead of being prickly and bubblly inside the mouth, the overkill of yeast made it feel more thick and creamy, strange. As-is this was a solid take on the style, I hope my experience was just an off bottle or bad batch because I see this without the carbonation and yeast issue being a very solid brew. I will need to revisit this soon but let my review be a warning. I feel that my bottle literally could have burst if it was mishandled, there was that much carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 00:57:42 | More by stakem
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear red colour with a nice creamy light tan head. Good head retention and some great lacing.

Big robust toffee aroma with some notes of honey and lots of fruit. Great esters with pear, apple and stonefruit all coming through.

Big malty sweetness with lots of caramel and some toasty toffee. Big fruity esters again with some great pear and peach notes. Really delicious.

Full body with moderate carbonation. Really solid and a great example of a barleywine.

A really great Barleywine. Alan really knows how to make big malt flavours sing with the addition of some hops for balance and great yeast character. A stunner.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 23:29:54 | More by dgilks
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage..poured into my largest snifter, because these HOTD beers can get out of hand with the carbonation..

Appearence is nice..pours a deep ruby red..substantial head with a gentle pour, boatload of sticky lacing...this is has all the look of intense brew..

Smell is frankly, quite nice..very strong...where the hops were, I imagine, is the nice sort of sweet ice tea nose..malt heavy, smells like a young barleywine..

taste is intense, Malty, sweet, fig, dark fruit, some hop bitterness..very heavy on the toungue.a bit of a boozy presence, but it is to be expected....

Mouthfeel is odviuously nice and substantial, for this style, and for HOTD, abundance of carbonation and heavy malt make for a bit of a chewy presence, which I enjoy immensely..

overall this is a sipper, but IMO a marvelous example of how a heavyweight American Barleywine..I am dying to try this fresh...

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:59:06 | More by warbird07
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd review on BA.

12 oz bottle opened on 8/3/11 at 10pm pst. 2010 vintage poured into a nonic tasting glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Pours a dark/golden amber. It's a little darker than I had expected. Lots of creamy head on this one, sticking to the sides of the glass like it's grasping for its life. Maybe I'm trying too hard here, let's just get to the beer.

S- I immediately get the smell of the malts followed closely by some citrus-y hops. The hops are lingering in my nose and my mouth is watering. I'm getting some mango and pineapple now. Some pine there, too. Smells very nice.

T- Big taste of malt, bread, and caramel. Surprisingly well-hid alcohol in this. Lots of fruit coming in afterwards, just like the smell.

M- Less carbonated than you'd think after all the head from the pour. Very smooth, great sipper.

O- Really great beer. This is my first beer from Hair of the Dog and I'll definitely be coming back to this one, maybe grab a few and put them in my cellar to age. I can't imagine what some aging will do to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 05:20:36 | More by jm1229
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Darkness snifter.

Year Made: 2010

A- I opened the bottle and turned away for a sec which was not very smart, the beer started flowing out of the top, such a waist of beer. Luckily not a lot came out. Really carbonated beer, from the pour 3 finger frothy head, that dissipates slowly, dark burnt orange almost brown color, a lot of sediment on the bottom and flowing throughout the beer, really nice lacing.
S- Really nice aroma, nice hoppy aromas, pine citrus, as well as spice and malt. Looking forward to trying this one.
T- Really well brewed beer, pretty sweet, slight bitterness, nice hoppy notes, pine and citrus some grapefruit, big malt presence, nutty, bready, some spice notes as well, really tasty.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, smooth drinking, crisp finish.
O- Solid brew from HOTD, love what they do with their beers, making them unique and different from other beers of the same style. Really impressed.

Serving type: bottle

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