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

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 393
Gots: 245 | 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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4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, so 2 years old at this point. Thanks Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Very hazy, cloudy medium-dark brown body. Looks like muddy water, kind of disgusting actually. Minimal head, minimal retention, no lacing.

Smell- Dark fruits, molasses, sugar, tart fruits- perhaps freshly cut apple or pear- caramel, toffee. Hints of earthiness.

Flavour- I assume this has mellowed out really well. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee dominate. A little bit of what I perceive as vanilla. Slight earthy backend.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, somewhat creamy, good carbonation despite being 2 years old. Interestingly, the backend is sweeter than it is early.

Overall- Nice drinking barleywine. I'm going to have to get a bottle to try fresh, but I can already say that 2 years of age definitely has to have helped this beer; at the very least it didn't hurt it.

Stevedore, Feb 06, 2014
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2.66/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky brown color with a dismal off white head that dissipates instantly. Smells of citrus brown sugar caramel a bit of alcohol. Tastes of caramel and citrus, lots of lemon comes through. Some alcohol mixed with a mild astringency and some yeasty flavors round this one out. Sweet almost cloying but offset with the lemon and alcohol. The body on this is thinner than you'd think. Carbonation is very low. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. Based on the other reviews I may have gotten a bad bottle. I will revisit this one as I have a couple more bottles, but as is this one is going to clean my kitchen sink.

2013 Bottle from craft shack shared with HoppasaurusRex.
Pours a murky brown color with a couple of hollow bubbles floating on the top. The aroma is stagnant molasses, brown sugar, malt syrup and honey with hints of earth and citrus. The flavor is sweet sugary unfermented wort with hints of citrus. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel, marginal carbonation with a medium to thick body. This beer went down Todd's sink. I don't know why I can't seem to find a decent bottle of this beer, but I might just be done with HOTD altogether.

johnnnniee, Jan 26, 2014
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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.