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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

983 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 389
Gots: 246 | 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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StJamesGate

New York

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%

on tap at the brewery, Portland

Murky leather brown with taupe rings.
Bright fresh orange hard candy nose with chocolate bark and coffee sweetness.
Leather, coffee candy, burnt sugar, date and dried apricot, then a bit does of orangey hops.
Werthers finish and brown sugar syrup linger.

Lots of complexity, if not hops. Piles of sweetness that could use more IBUs for balance - I get the Amarillo, but not the Simcoe. A great winter sipper.

03-10-2014 18:43:11 | More by StJamesGate
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shook81

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-09-2014 01:28:05 | More by shook81
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Big crack upon opening, very highly carbonated. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy ruby red color with a 2-3 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, pepper, floral, grass, caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, honey, herbal, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, honey, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, honey, floral, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops with dark malt/honey flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

03-08-2014 06:55:32 | More by superspak
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benghan

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-04-2014 10:43:39 | More by benghan
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Paincane

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

03-03-2014 23:42:15 | More by Paincane
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qazeqaz

Ohio

1/5  rDev -76.1%

03-02-2014 13:32:12 | More by qazeqaz
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-01-2014 05:28:29 | More by johnnyboy76
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Hoernkeem710

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-26-2014 18:43:50 | More by Hoernkeem710
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NinjaPenguin

Ohio

1/5  rDev -76.1%

02-25-2014 20:12:17 | More by NinjaPenguin
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hockeypuck

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-25-2014 04:49:06 | More by hockeypuck
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dansmcd

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-24-2014 00:41:09 | More by dansmcd
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-16-2014 18:48:26 | More by lunarbrew
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-11-2014 23:28:06 | More by drmcleod10
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cherche

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

02-09-2014 06:07:52 | More by cherche
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

02-06-2014 07:05:48 | More by Benish
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

02-06-2014 06:34:32 | More by Stevedore
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dataylor21

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-03-2014 15:46:42 | More by dataylor21
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SixPack6

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-01-2014 17:15:59 | More by SixPack6
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-28-2014 20:43:59 | More by VeganUndead
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.66/5  rDev -36.4%

3-26-2009
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.

1-25-2014
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.

01-26-2014 07:24:04 | More by johnnnniee
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jsanford

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-26-2014 04:25:52 | More by jsanford
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jwswigs

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-23-2014 06:09:02 | More by jwswigs
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imyourhero21

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-22-2014 07:41:32 | More by imyourhero21
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adamdarcy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-20-2014 04:59:47 | More by adamdarcy
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mrebeka

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-19-2014 02:27:37 | More by mrebeka
Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.