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

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Brewed by:
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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"

Added by mattmaples on 10-12-2001

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Photo of _nickg_
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2018 bottle... decanted into a snifter)

L: fairly-clear, deep crimson-garnet colored liquid (some flecks of sediment snuck in); spongy pad of foam on the pour, collapsing into a messy, bubbly cap and collar... thick sludge of sediment left in bottle

S: hops have rather powerfully fresh, leafy clarity to them - mashed fleshy citrus rind, black tea, tobacco, and piney notes - and in their aromas blended with the lightly leathery, dark caramel, dark chewy bread notes of the malts, we seem to have a robust, inviting west-coast barleywine beckoning

T: malty citrus liqueur, with an ethanol burst, herbal residual bitterness, and mellow sugary sweetness vaguely reminiscent of an amaro... the aftertaste after the first sip ends up relatively dry, with a perfumy, almost earl grey tea essence lingering... after the second sip, some mild caramel and aged(?) hops emerge in the aftertaste - I can't tell if there was too aggressive a fermentation, the hops were a bit oxidized/old, or there's just a ton of green-leafy and boozy character coloring this - it doesn't taste 'bad', it may just be the slight absence of firm underlying sweetness exposing the other parts

F: slight bounce to its medium+ silky body, strident ethanol seeming to thin out the viscosity, shave the edges a bit, also beaming a bright light to the back/top of the palate, which in turn opens up the sinuses and loosens the eye sockets

O: happy to have found some HOTD in Philly after having not seen it around much in recent years, hopefully this availability will continue... haven't had a barleywine quite like this, quite as vibrant and raw in power, in awhile - looking forward to perhaps getting another bottle or two of this and/or waiting for Bigfoot

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby and filtered with a light haze, moderate slow rising carbonation, and not a head but a beige foam.

Smells of creme brulee, cherries and a slightly stinky foot.

Tastes of creme brulee, candy glass, cedar bark, cinnamon and a hint of stone fruit.

Medium, syrupy body, light carbonation.

Not getting any honey, but a well done barley wine in deed. Got this in Petaluma, drinking in Redding, Dec 24th, 2018.

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Photo of bret717
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottles, reviewed at cellar temp (~60 degrees)

Look- really nice looking translucent ruby/orange liquid with a 2 finger off white head that recedes slowly, leaving a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacing

Aroma- sweet pipe tobacco, figs, caramel and a bit of booze

Flavor- An amazing blend of leather, smoke, figs, pipe tobacco and vanilla just weaving in and out of each other. It's not very sweet as the nose suggested, and it's a bit bitter and boozy.

Feel- medium-full bodied and sticky with a surprisingly dry finish; there's a moderate amount of bitterness and a little alcohol tingle in the finish

Overall- this is a phenomenal barley wine, perhaps my new favorite.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Per style, its remarkable. I personally am not a fan of most American barleywines as I feel like they taste like stale massive ipas. This one, with its bitterness doesnt taste like stale hops like a bigfoot etc does.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nunya
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque muddy brown with a thin layer of head. There is some maltiness on the nose but it is overwhelmed by the alcohol which borders on the unpleasant. The flavor has bold notes of molasses and bread. The body is a touch light for the style.

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Photo of g00ey
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2001 bottle 17 years old.......

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Photo of hman43
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: The color is dark amber with a tan head. There are ruby highlights that can be seen. It is quick clear. Head retention is fairly low.

Smell: There are sweet malt aromas with a sherry like quality. There are citrus aromas in the background with low levels of caramel and bread.

Taste: It starts malty sweet with rich caramel flavors. Molasses flavors and citrus are in the background. There is a low bit of orange with some noticeable alcohol.

Feel: It has a full body with pleasant alcohol warming. The warming is quite smooth.

Overall, strong malty rich beer with quality hop and other flavors.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wmartin
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2017 bottle today, so minimal age on it. Still a very good BW. One of the best I've had, with typical over-the-top bitterness, and a little more sweetness than some others. Additional sweetness edges this towards the American Strong Ale side of things on the beer style spectrum. Would love to get more for storage/aging purposes, but it is somewhat difficult to get. Would like to try the BA version even more, if I ever come across some.

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Photo of Duncian
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Noles9585
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Doggie Claws pours a lovely deep chestnut brown with brick red hues. Clean, yet syrupy. A cream colored thin ring of foam persists around the glass, but is mostly still.

Heavy caramel, roasted nuts, and biscuits compliment a floral and earthy hop profile in both aroma and flavor. A light citrus comes through as it warms, along with mulling spices. That last part might be in my head, but I'm going with it.

This is wonderfully bold, rich, sweet, and bitter. The slick and full feel are perfect for the initial sweetness that finally fades to a long lasting bitter finish. Syrupy is again a good word to use here. Real Vermont maple, none of that Log Cabin or "insert your other childhood bullshit corn sugar enhanced substitute here" syrup.

When it comes to barleywines that aren't barrel aged, I believe you'd need to look no further than Doggie Claws. It's a perfect middle ground for the fans of the ultra bitter American style and the sweet and boozy English. Fresh is wonderful. Aged, even better, and never a disappointment. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep Amber-ruby color with a one-finger off-white head that has good retention long after the pour

S- surprisingly, there are still some faded hop aromas sticking around; orange peel, pine & faded floral notes. A bit of oxidation is complimented by some earthy bacon and leather, undertone of toffee

T- fruity and peppery up front with a distinct orange marmalade flavor emerging, as well as fits zest. Mid-palate is slightly sweet with notes of tobacco, bitter herbal tea, peppery spice and caramel. The finish is clean, with hint of mint, tea and citrus peel in the longer

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, alcohol is hidden very well at this point

O- seven years later, this is one fine beer. Oxidation is minimum and a distinct orange/citrus note has emerged, very good

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Photo of HipCzech
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter. 2008 vintage.

Appearance: Deep mahogany, starting clearing, increasingly hazy towards the bottom of the bottle. Scarcely any head with just a few fleeting bubbles along the still surface.

Smell: Burnt caramel and oxidized sherry; deep and complex.

Taste: Deeply rich toffee, dark honey and salted caramel along with surprising hop notes: bitter leafy notes at the start, earthy tea in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and soft carbonation.

Overall: Deep and flavorful, waves of complex caramel and surprising hop notes after 9 years in the bottle.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeRose
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decants a fabulously clear chestnut brown color with a third cup of off-white, foamy head.

The smell wafts across the room...malty, boozy, almost a vinegar note, lots of honey, some dark fruit, caramel, earthy, and a nice floral with mild citrus top note.

Holy cow is this ever tasty. Waves of flavor. Awesome wild honey notes, mild citrus, nice level of bitterness, caramel, peppery, pine, dates, brown sugar, floral, earthiness, slightly sweet, and hello alcohol but just a bit. The citrus is coming through as tangerine or orange. For carrying so much flavor, this beer is not coating the tongue...pretty clean with a pleasant and evolving taste after the fact. Some citrus, very mild peppery spice. Alcohol hit in the back of the throat, not shy at all. Very intensely aromatic after the swallow which just adds to the experience. The wild honey flavor comes back balanced by tangerine...weird sounding but it is certainly a pleasing effect.

Overall I highly recommend giving this beer a try. Worthy.

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Doggie Claws from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,215 ratings