Doggie Claws
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
American Barleywine
4.14 | pDev: 11.84%
Oct 23, 2022
Oct 12, 2001
Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
Notes: "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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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very nice dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has generous fruity and malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant fruity and bittersweet malt flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A great well balanced Barleywine
Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Doggie Claws 2014 from Hair of the Dog Brewing. Purchased on-line from the brewer. Stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 16/08/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottle appears with only “2014” on the label, otherwise undated. Price for 12 oz bottle $ 11.24 (Including shipping) = $ 0.94/oz. Served at 57.2 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 61.7 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), hazy (Bottle conditioned).
Body – Caramel, opaque. Under direct light, precipitate shows up on the inside of the glass. When rear-lite, some light penetrates at the edge, still caramel. Some sediment sloshes about the bottom of the empty bottle.
Head – None (Aggressive center pour). Initially, about 50 large bubbles which quickly burst. A few tiny bubbles align around the rim.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Begins with a burst of dark fruit when the cap is popped; this quickly fades to no aroma. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Slightly sweet with malty flavors, no hops, no yeast. Some weak dark fruitiness. No ethanol (11 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Weak upper gastric warming which slowly settles into the lower gastric tract. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, almost creamy, barely noticeable carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 It’s an old (8 years) barleywine so some degeneration of hop flavors was expected. The maltiness remains. Unfortunately, the flavor is very one-dimensional. But it’s still good.
Aug 16, 2022
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Rated by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Will put my full 2021 review in soon. But drinking a 2016 vintage right now and I believe the age has benefited this beer.
Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to a good man that helped me with many of my hard to find/get beers, this one was a 2015 bottled date, tried in 2022. Could not create a head with this one. Pours dark like a well steeped tea. Nose very dank and almost has a tobacco soup smell. Malty, prune, currants all those come through on the nose and palate along with the high ABV. Wow what a barleywine!
Jun 21, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown body from the front with a quite tall off-white-to-tan thick head with excellent retention, creating a domed top as it recedes. A back-light reveals a hazy but bright red body with ample carbonation. (The final ⅓ of the bottle poured into the glass brought the sediment to make the beer darker and cloudier.)

The aroma is earthy and fruity. I teased out molasses with deep whiffs.

The taste continues the flavors from the aroma, but in a more complex and varied way. The earthy flavors add a leathery component. The fruits are more apparent than in the aroma, and more distinct and varied as raisins, figs and plums are detectable. And what I perceived as molasses in the aroma also is more complex in the flavor: caramel, perhaps dark sugar, along with molasses. I also get some piney resin bitterness right away that intensifies though the middle and into the finish. The aftertaste is piney bitter mitigated with the earthy/leathery hops, caramel/molasses and dark fruits. Quite an interesting beer.

Apart from the quickly developing buzz, the alcohol is not apparent initially, but it does develop a definite alcohol warming as the beer itself warms.

The body is moderate, just a touch on the thicker side, sticky and smooth but with carbonation and sharp resin.

Overall, this 2021 bottling of Doggie Claws is excellent, indeed.
May 31, 2022
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Reviewed by SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured from the 12 oz bottle, 2021 version into the test glass.
A - Bottle opened with a loud pop, carbonation is strong, a lasting off white cap resides the duration. Color is red cedar, with enought clarity to watch the busy subway station of carbonation at work.
S - Candied orange, honey, some brown sugar, fruity esters from the yeast, with a bit of pineapple, alcohol rises off the glass with each inhale.
T - Sweet grains, orange mamalde, burnt sugar, a bit of toffee, earthy piney hop, all add to the aspects from the aromatics.
M - Meium in body, with all that carbonation the texture is soft, and crisp, with a sweet start, and rapid bitter correction midway. The finish is delightfully dry.
O - A real treat here, the hop and honey use make the fresh version a fruit mainly orange experience, all the definitive Barleywine elements are in place for certain. I like the trajectory this is on, and look forward to a revisit in 2 years.
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by woosterbill from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2020 vintage into a #BiL glass.

L: Slightly cloudy dark brown body under a thin cap of tight tan foam. No better than average.

S: Straightforward balance of caramel malt and grapefruit hops, with just a hint of cheesy aged hop character. Intense and completely to style.

T: Follows the nose, with some additional complexity showing up in the form of dark fruit and tobacco. Tons of flavor.

F: Thick, rich, and just carbonated enough to avoid being cloying. Pretty great.

O: Enjoyed simultaneously with bottles from 2015 and 2010. Solid American Barleywine in every way, but better at 2 years than at 7 or 12. I think I prefer young DC to young Bigfoot, but aged Bigfoot is much better in my experience.

Beers of Fame tick 214/250. Cheers!
Feb 05, 2022
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Rated by BMBCLT from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
2010 Vintage
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a ruby-brown with a hint of haze and fog to the translucency. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle gives the pour floating sediment that twirls around the glass every swirl. Head is a finger of dense off-white foam after a half pour from a 12oz bottle. Aroma is piney, resiny, dank, and earthy hops that mold and meld into sweet caramel, brown sugar, fig, and molasses. Some heat rises at the back, but remains well incorporated to the point of not sticking out or throwing off the balance. Flavor profile is caramel, molasses, figs, raisins, plum, and resiny, piney, and earthy malts. Those earthy malts come on more towards the finish as they linger as the rest of the flavor profile says goodbye. It's a smooth induction of hearty old school candy malts and some sticky hops around the edges. Alcohol is not featured in the flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a consistency neppy and fuzzy texture, akin to licking a washed sweater. Overall, between the heavy sticky, and piney hops, and the hearty malt undertones, this carries all the characteristics of an old school American barleywine. It's sticky, semi-sweet, and hearty without ever being heavy.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle. 2020 vintage. Consumed / reviewed 12/27/2021.
Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours opaque brown with a khaki head. Smell is led first and foremost by the barley, sweet and dry dark fruit are met by piney hops, toasted caramel, and dry earth. Taste features the barley powerfully too, prune, various dark fruits, big anise, leather, dry earth, tobacco, and finished with piney hops. Great complexity but the hops are aggressive for the style. Dry, medium bodied and has a great barley and hop snarl for the feel.
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2015 vintage. Classic American barleywine. Piney, orange, Assam tea on the nose. Light vanilla, juniper, grape and jujube on the palate. Very mild carbonation.
Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
poured into a snifter
2020 Vintage
Reviewed Nov 2021

A: Pours a dark copper, some amber hues when held to light, a big tan colored head builds slowly, almost in a delayed fashion like a nitro pour, interesting. Dissipates fairly slowly. Leaves some nice lacing. 4.75

S: Aroma is a great mixture of fruity esters, sweet malts, and bitter hops. I get huge apple, equally huge caramel, some bubble gum, and burnt sugar. Hits all the notes that an American Barleywine should. 4.5

T: Taste follows, is a bit more hop forward, and notably less fruity esters. Caramel is there, and burnt sugar. American hops are prominent and take center stage. It’s less balanced and less complex in the taste than the nose implies, but still quite good. 4.25

M/D: Unique combination of aggressive flavor profile yet remarkably smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect. It definitely has a whole body warming effect, but it’s not hot or overly boozy. A lingering bitterness from the hops is somewhat distracting and keeps it from being a perfect 5.0 in this category, but still mighty fine. 4.75

O: Overall, a fantastic beer. I’ve been exploring HotD beers recently after learning they can ship to my state and have tried several of their big dogs (see what I did there). Somewhat surprisingly this is probably my favorite to date, even above several of the very highly rated/regarded beers. It’s just all the things a great American Barleywine should be. I am very excited to see how this one has aged, and will be exploring older vintages soon. Great beer. 4.5
Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by alexsergio from New York

Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Revisited June 26th 2022 (the day Hair of The Dog closed for business)
Barleywine style ale
ABV: 10.5%; pouring temperature: 41.2 ℉; bottling data: 2006

Brownish-red body, muddy; sparse, patch head. Malt nose; mild caramel; a bit of wood. Full-on malt taste; caramel and toffee; nice subliminal alcohol presence. Heavy body; smooth and velvety texture; mild alcohol warmth.

At 16-years of bottle conditioned aging, this beer looks ugly, has little aroma, yet the taste is rather appealing, and damn, if the mouthfeel isn't robust and luxurious.


May 22nd, 2022, vintage 2019 ratings and scores: 3.5 4.25 3.25 3.25 3.25 (overall: 3.51; rDev -15.25)

Revisited May 22nd, 2022, vintage 2019

Dirty, brownish-orange body color; sparse, wispy head. Beautiful aroma; pine needles and Xmas holiday spices; thin malt presence. Odd taste overall; bitter and phenolic; spruce and licorice. Heavy yet flat mouthfeel; mildly astringent; alcohol heat.

Compared to my 2018 sample, this version makes for a disappointing follow-up. It certainly has a certain winter holiday flavor profile, but overall, it lags in all other favorable aspects. Drinkable yet totally lackluster.


Original July 19th 2021 ratings and overall scores: 4.0 4.25 4.25 4.5 4.25 (rDev +29%)

Burnt orange color; cloudy; thin yet persistent head, bone white in color. The beer exudes a rich, deep malt note; dark pitted fruits such as figs and dates; toasted caramel. Initial taste is rich with caramel sweetness; boozy notes soon follow; phenol bitterness offsets the sweetness; nougat. Heavy, chewy body; viscous; oily smoothness; alcohol warmth permeates through the residual sugar texture.

This is an awesome barleywine, rich and satisfying on many levels.

Poured at 68 °F; 2018 vintage.
Jul 19, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle 2020 vintage. Opened 7-4-21.
3.75/4/4/4.25/4 (4.01)
Limited visible carbonation upon pouring. Some bubbles slowly rise and form a ring and island.
Brown-amber with an orange glow when held to the light - decent clarity. No lacing.
Big resinous hops, brown sugar, candied citrus peel, and sweet malt in the aroma.
Rich, sweet malt followed quickly by a big punch of bitter hops from the floral, piney, and leafy/earthy spectrum.
Medium + body and low carbonation. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Hot. Very long bitter and sweet finish.
Very Good to Outstanding.

12oz bottle 2015 vintage. Opened 5-21-22.
4/3.75/3.75/3.75/3.75 (3.77)
Pours a clear and clean amber body with a loosely formed head of big bubbles. No lacing. Looks really good at 7 years old. Mellow fruit (dates), honey, and toffee in the nose. Brown sugar, honey, faint citrus rind, a touch medicinal, and grassy, earthy hop flavor. Full body, slick mouthfeel, very limited carbonation. Finish starts out sweet but has a long and lingering bitterness. Very Good.

12oz bottle 2019 vintage. Opened 6-25-22.
3.5/4/3.75/3.75/3.75 (3.8)
Murky brown iced tea color - opaque. Thin cap of large bubbles in a loosely formed head that doesn't last long. Aromas of toffee, raisin, vanilla, and orange. Sweet malt, faint citrus oil, and a big earthy wallop of hops. Full body, barely any carbonation, and a big charge of bitter hops that lingers on and on and on in a sweet-ish finish. Good.

12oz bottle 2014 vintage. Opened 6-26-22. 11% abv.
Clear, clean amber after a decanted pour (way different from 2019). No head, just a ring of loose bubbles hangs around the edge. Subdued nose with orange peel, soft baking spice, and a bit of smoke. Sweet and malty with an earthy bitter pop and just a touch of citrus oil. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, and no carbonation. Lengthy finish with a still very healthy dose of bitterness at 8 years old. Good.
Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Apr 10, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Prospero from Colorado

Mar 23, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2018 bottle, so 2 years old. 12 oz bottle

dark orange amber in color, fairly clear, thin white head. aroma and taste are still fairly boozy. Flavors of mild caramel and rum soaked fruit. medium bodied, sticky feel
Dec 25, 2020
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2019 vintage
Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by spersichilli from California

Sep 16, 2020
Rated: 4.16 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pretty much no head production. Murky brown in the glass. Not an attractive beer overall.

Smells like malt soup, with a minor sour note. Quite complex; a little musty.

On the palate, it's thick, malty, hoppy, boozy. There's a big, bark-and-citrus-and-pine hop tone on the finish, but somehow ... balanced? Lots of caramel, caramel, brown sugar, leather, and grapes. Only a touch of bitter chocolate; moderate notes of prunes and raisins, which emerge more as it warms.
Mar 29, 2020
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Rated by bigred89 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2004 vintage from friend's cellar.
Feb 15, 2020
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Beav for this one, a 2011 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid, and slightly muddy, dark mahogany color with about 1/2 inch of tan head that had decent retention and no lacing.

Malt, stone fruits, and some alcohol in the nose.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with a hint of fig showing through.

The body, as expected, was full and smooth, with a touch of alcohol heat on the back end.

Drinkability was great, as it always has been.

Overall, another great brew from HotD. A must-try.
Feb 15, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Tawny brown with a finger of light tan head and lots of floaters. The head has good retention and leaves solid sheets lacing.

Leather, fig, plum, vanilla and toffee in the nose.

Somewhat similar flavors, but they’re stepped on a little by a nutty quality and some strong alcohol heat. There are hints of cherry, chocolate and tobacco ash in there, too. Moderately bitter finish with a nice piney impression.

Medium bodied, silky feel.

I wish more elements from the aroma shined in the taste, but the “American” qualities overpower them to my taste. That said, it’s still a quality barleywine with lots of depth.
Dec 31, 2019
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
2019 bottle opened 'fresh.'
I'll be honest. This is not an aesthetically appealing beverage. Muddy brown liquid with a couple of stray wet bubbles... Oh well. It doesn't push me away from the drink, but it's nothing to celebrate. Good thing appearance is only a small part of the drinking experience.

Nose is much more enjoyable. Rich layers of leather and caramel and some fig and sweet honey notes. I'll let it sit for a minute as it's still pretty cold.

First impressions are actually hoppier than I expected. It starts to lead in to the rich caramel and leather before a big wave of citrus rind hops take over. This blending with the above gives it an impression of tobacco and candied orange rind. I enjoy it, and it makes me very excited for what the bottles I have aging could look like in a couple of years. The big bitter hops aside (they really are front and center and the big stars of the show, so setting them aside is just digging for depth, really), there is a nice honey sweetness balancing it out, and elements of leather and raisin that I love in barleywines.

Almost completely flat, but it actually works better than I'd expected. It's very smoothe and a little oily.
This is a very American barleywine. Big hops, lovely supporting malts. I love the addition of the honey. This is one that is good now, but I am excited to crack into the ones I have aging, because I expect it will be fantastic once it's sat down for a while and mellowed in.
Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by mwvman from Indiana

Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Vintage 2018.

Murky, yeasty ruby red. No head to speak of.

Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, earth, and molasses.

Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Sweet cigar, molasses, and earth. Subtle chocolate notes.

Medium-light bodied, silky, smooth, and warming with a well balanced sweetness and some residual bitterness.

Decadent, sweet, subtle, and complex. An exceptional Barleywine!
Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Aug 21, 2019
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Rated by Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2006 vintage.
Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 4 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
Doggie Claws from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1261 ratings