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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,187
Reviews:
552
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
402
Gots:
266
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15
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Photo of NinjaPenguin
1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of newbeeraday
1/5  rDev -75.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of qazeqaz
1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of keags_beer
1/5  rDev -75.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Super bad bottle. Must have been capped wrong. Looked like sewer water, with a lot of sediment. It was awful. Will re-review when possible again.

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Photo of zratcliff
1.18/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just making this review to add to some below.

2015 bottle

Opened the cap (popped doesn't count here as I will note below). Zero sound.

Did aggressive pour into a snifter. ZERO carb.

Off Smell - I can smell a little bit of BW here, but more apple cider vinegar.

Taste - absolutely awful - and this is coming from someone who has grown to love English style BWs. Vinegar and cardboard.

I am guessing there was an issue with the seal of the cap or the bottle conditioning itself. Maybe both.

As another poster said below - quality control or lack thereof, ruined this beer for me.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
1.3/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I couldn't imagine this was the intended product. Entirely flat, skunky in smell and taste, this was, in a word, undrinkable. If you left apple cider sitting in a cupboard for a few months, forgotten and unrefrigerated, it might taste something like this. Or it might actually taste better. HotD makes some great beers, but needs to focus on their QC.

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Photo of maximum12
1.79/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to the long-absent ThirstyHopHead, who sent me this in a very good trade before heading for the hills. Hope you are well, my friend!

Poured into my very nice Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence goblet (where'd I get that thing, anyways?) & it is, as advertised, a deep copper color. Small, persistent head. Smell is in some kind of garbled code. Roughage, hops, alcohol.

Doggie Claws lays down a base of caramel fire that everything else plays off of. Honey appears to be in the house, or perhaps just some sugar sweet malts. Then comes something unpleasant. Whether it's the yeasts (which I carefully left in the bottle), oxidation, or something else, there's an unpleasant, downright nasty undercurrent of wet boot. It sticks to the top of my mouth. It gets worse as the beer warms. I'm not going to be able to drink this. I'm sad.

What the hay? This is the second Hair brew I've had & I've been underwhelmed & revolted, in that order. Whether there's something wrong with the bottle, this is pungent, & not in a good way. Drain pour.

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Photo of JDV
1.99/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours opaque muddy brown with suspended yeast as well. Looks exactly like muddy water. Worst looking beer I've ever seen by far. ZERO carbonation and head. Unpleasantly chunky, gritty, thick palate. Smell is of alcohol and muddy, earthy hops. Flavor is overly sweet with a mild earthy bitterness and earthy, herbal hop flavor and touch of alcohol following. Tastes, feels, and looks like tree bark smashed up in sugar water. Doesn't resemble beer at all, excessively sweet, and an unenjoyable drainpour. To me, very overrated.

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Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
2/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps beyond my current palate, but I don't think so...It looked, smelled, and tasted bad (like medicine or some kind of stale/infected cider more than beer). Still, I recognize I'm in the minority on this verdict. Maybe you'll love it! (Edit: refers to 2014 batch, which may have had "issues.")

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of mynie
2.03/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Glugs out of the bottle like some kind of weird cinnamon tea. Very thick and uneven looking. Just... unappealing, even for the style and strength.

Smells okay but not great. Very thick, lots of hops and malt syrup.

Tastes like garbage. Crazy malt, way too thick, and then some bright hops--challenger, maybe--kind of fix things near the end.

I don't know what they were going for here. It falls way short of what I consider decent for an American Barleywine, though.

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Photo of rarigney
2.22/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Seems that I join many of the other reviews, having obtained a bottle from 2015 and looking forward to trying it, only to be disappointed by what must be a quality control issue. Absolutely flat, zero carbonation. About the only taste I can describe is a bit of alcohol. Very muddy appearance. Not a pleasant experience.

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Photo of MickeyHops
2.23/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

This one pours a syrupy looking opaque brown. There's a small amount of bubbles on top, which is surprising, because this one is flat as can be. There's some sludge under the bottle cap and inside the neck of the bottle. Gulp.

Smells actually somewhat decent, piney and citrusy hops mainly, with a bit of caramel.

Tastes honestly atrocious though. This just feels unfinished, honestly. It's got a flat, stale cardboard flavor, almost like it's oxidized. The funny part is this is a 2014 bottle, though, so there's no way it'd be oxidized. There's a little bit of a old molasses flavor, and absolutely no hop flavor at all. This is strangely muted, and like I said, unfinished. Did it even finish fermenting? There seems to be so much unfermented sugar and dead yeast in here. Meh.

This has an intensely syrupy and unpleasant mouthfeel, with absolutely no carbonation, whatsoever, leading to an wholly undrinkable beer. I don't mind low carbonation, some styles require a lower level of carbonation, but this is just flat and dead.

This honestly felt like a shitty attempt at a barleywine homebrew. Not a great start to Hair of the Dog, as this was the first beer I've ever had from them. Ugh.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours with no head, dispite an aggressive pour. Its petty clear and a very attractive color, but looks like a dark fruity bourbon with the completely still surface. A stiff swirl gives nothing either.

I can tell by the taste and aroma that this beer has so much potential. It fares heavily on the citrus and dark fruits side of the Barley wine spectrum, and other then the brightness of citrus didn't have much in the way of Hop flavors or aroma, maybe the flatness is causing this notion. This drinks alot more like a bright Old Ale then a BW.

The slick and flat mouthfeel is what really brings this beer down. it ruins the appearance, diminishes the palette ability to perceive the flavors, and doesn't carry the aroma up and out.

I have a feeling this would be a totally awesome bottle with some bubbles going on, but from reviews it looks like the carb levels have been all over.

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Photo of Wayne17
2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow this is a let down. Had to be the least appealing beer I've ever seen. Looks like diarrhea to be quite honest and smells vaguely barley wine-ish. Taste isn't AWFUL but it's certainly not good. A weird plastic-y aspect to this that doesn't sit well. And still looking at it is giving me the willies. Bottle says its a 2013 in case anyone cares.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.49/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of the 2008 vintage from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a small snifter.

No head, no retention. Absolutely none. Opaque, murky brown color. No lacing, almost non-existent carbonation.

Quite a rummy, alcohol infused nose. Well balanced with some slightly sweeter malts, caramel and candied raisin.

Taste is quite strong. Alcohol could be better hidden. Similar in characteristic to the nose.

Mouth is full bodied with no carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes this extremely flat and difficult to drink. The mouth is murky and somewhat gritty. Lasting aftertaste.

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Photo of DrMindbender
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of djmichaelk
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of xraided81
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of Hrdqore
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of TastyTaste
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark rust color, hazy, with lots of visible sediment. Head is small, carbonation is fairly visible.

Smell: Dark fruit, sweet floral hops, alcohol, brown sugar, very nice.

Taste: Off flavor immedietly present. A melted plastic flavor hinders this flavor immensly. There is a nice amount of hops and malt, and I was excited to try this one, but the bottle is infected, skunked, or just has an odd flavor.

Mouthfeel: OK, but the taste really makes me dislike this beer in it's entirity.

Drinkability: Sans off flavor, this beer would be great. As is, I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

4/3/2015 2005 Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity! Rich caramel light pitted fruits mild oxidation. A 10 year old bottle that held up better than my previous 2 attempts with newer vintages.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage. kept at cellar conditions since obtaining in 2013.

A: pours like all hell. dark brown and super hazy. tried to keep most of the conditioning yeast out of the pour, but it was challenging. head is super frothy and has great retention.

S: smells like a glass of raisins. oxidation too. virtually no hops. this thing is pretty cooked and despite being held at cellar conditions, didn't age nicely.

T: see aroma.

M: a positive from this, the carb is great. full bodied brew.

D: see aroma. truly, I kept this in good condition and it really is nothing to write home about. should have drank sooner as I could only imagine fresh would be much better.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.7/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aged in a magnum bottle. Pours a cloudy golen hue with some red hints to it. Very nice large white head sits atop. I’m having trouble contrasting the smell and taste to anything else. Stone’s Double Bastard comes to mine, but this has a bit of vinegar on the back side. For being aged, this still has quite a bit of alcohol present. A different style of barleywine to say the least. There is quite a bit of smoothed out hop presence in the taste. I’d have to say that I think this is past it’s prime. Still drinkable, but would have been better at maybe 1-2 years, IMO.

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