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

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 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. A cream colored thin white ring if foam persists around the glass.

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.

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.

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

Photo of BEER88
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a year made 2012 on the label. After all that time in the bottle it still poured a murky brown with a solid head and good retention; lacing rings the glass when consumed! Smells is raisins, dark fruits, licorice, molasses, burnt sugar, subtle tropical notes. Taste starts with dark fruits to burt sugar to raisins to chalky bitterness. The feel is full and slick leaving a coating in your mouth! Overall this wasn't bad at all, i kinda wish i had a cigar to go with it!

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Photo of Erik-P
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CPAles
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bshefftz
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had another one of these from 2015 that confirmed the rating - an excellent and unique barleywine with a big hop sweetness going head to head with the hop bitterness. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz botttle from seavercm (thanks man!). 2016 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a muddy chestnut with two and a half fingers of beige head. That froth crackles away to some wisps that quickly spring to a full veneer with a brisk swirl of the glass. A persistent collar deposits only a couple scattered specks of lace.

Floral and earthy aromas up front. Leather, caramel, stone fruit, bread and honey. Far less hoppy than the typical American barleywine but still quite different than an English iteration.

The flavor of wildflower honey is distinct and sweet on the tongue. Pine roots, caramel, wet, yeasty bread, peach fuzz, faint melon rind and a surprisingly subtle tingle of booze. This is an enchanting display of malty harmony with just the right kiss of hops.

Lush, full feel with modest carbonation. Stone fruit, caramel, honey and bread linger in the finish.

Hair of the Dog knows big, flavorful beer. Doggie Claws is one of the best "non-DIPA" American barleywines I've had. From the pour to the finish this beer delivers on every front. Now that I've tried this I might find myself paying handsomely to acquire more online.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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