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
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:
1,189
Reviews:
553
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
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403
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266
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Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A all-day 1.5 litres 2001 Edition bought at The Foodery in Philly. Cloudy hazy orange colour with proteins particularly at end. Creamy with lasting head. Mandarin orange. Bit oxidized, which store warned me of the risk of that disapeared into the overall flavour.
Had the 2004 edition which was very good but not as great an experience. Thanks to Joe McPhee. Had 2004 again a few weeks later and orange hit me right this night.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a huge 4 inch white-orange head that fades to a small cap. Very nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown sugar/toffee, honey, and huge aromas of citrus zest/pine. Taste is of delicious brown sugar, honey, and malt mixed with a nice flavor of citrus zest and pine hops. A nice mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation makes for a smooth and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with a very nice balance between malt and hops. I am glad I have another 2010 vintage aging in my cellar. I can only see this beer getting better over time.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first beer from this fabled brewery. it is the 2011 vintage, and marked 11% abv on the 12oz. bottle. its hazy and caramel colored, dense looking, and showing less than an inch of white lazy froth. i smell a ton of toffee, sweet english malt and ale yeast, not dissimilar from so many other traditional barleywines. thick and syrupy is the feel, but the alcohol is impressively well hidden, perhaps this beers biggest surprise. its clearly malt forward, sweet enough for any palate, and grounded in an earthy brown butter cream type of desserty vibe that makes it a less than perfect preprandial libation, but which showcases a richness and simultaneous delicacy that really work. better when its warm, and still tame on the alcohol front, this is a well done beer, but probably not the best barleywine ive ever had, which i sort fo expected it to be given the hype on this brewery, or at least a few of its beers. happy with it, not overjoyed.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a deep golden brown color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer was pretty strong smelling, it had a lot of malts and hops in there and a heavy boozy aroma too. The taste of the beer has some sweet caramel upfront that shifts into a hoppy bitter finish with a warming alcohol aftertaste. The mouthfeel is heavy, oily and has a light amount of carbonation. Overall this is a big beer, I'm excited to try it again one day. Possibly have it again after aging it for a little.

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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by the amount of sludge at the bottom of the bottle but I still enjoyed the beer.

The aroma is quite hoppy with some malt in there. The hop aroma overpowers the malt aroma to the point that its hard to tell whats in there aside from some delicious northwestern hops. The flavor was not nearly as bitter as the aroma would allow one to believe. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste but the initial flavor is sweet and some kind of a cross between an english barleywine and an american barleywine. Very interesting.

The beer had a heavy thick body to it that really made it smooth and enjoyable. Aside from the huge amount of dead yeast at the bottom of the bottle, it was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm having the privilage of drinking the '06 vintage (3+ years old) and must say that it's giving me quite an education in Barleywines.

The beer opens with a very quiet hiss, making me worry about the lack of carbonation. No real worries, as the beer pours a thin blanket of foam forms on the beer and holds true for the session. Deep mohogany and ruby in color, the beer carries a moderate haze (carefull not to pour the heavy sediment present in the bottle). Light lacing and legging all throughout the session. This is the look of a truely well-aged Barleyine.

Insane aromas of malt and fruit conduct an assault on the nose even as the beer is being poured. Deep, deep caramels, toffees, and molassas wrap around a sherry and rum aroma. Fruitcake esters of apples, cherries, nuts, figs, raisons, dates, plumbs, and prunes all make a sweet and sturdy impact on the nose. Hops provide only an herbal element that blends well into the intense malt profile.

Flavors are much the same but with a much smoother, lighter flavor than the nose suggests- I expected much more intensity. Emphasis falls on the sweet fruits and malts while a mild hop bitterness helps the beer fade into a rather balanced finish.

The beer never displays the heavy, viscous, chewy textures that today's Barleyines do. But a sweet start shows remarkable attenuation for such power in taste and aroma. This allows for a dry and evaporative finish. By no means does this beer finish dry or crisp but it is remarkably easy to drink compared to common Barleywines.

This is undoubtedly one of the best Barleywines... no, beers.... that I have ever had. Thanks Slayer3604!

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2010 edition, picked up last summer at the tasting room in Portland, along with the t-shirt they didn't have in my size...

This beer pours a muddy dark bronze hue, with an eruption of billowing tight foamy light beige head, which sits on its laurels for a spell, eventually settling to reveal some nice latticework lace around the glass. It smells strongly of bitter citrus rind and pine resin, over a complex, stratified malt, exhibiting caramelized brown sugar, hard toffee, and mild treacle notes, with a slight, shadowy warming lurking behind it all. The taste is big, and strong like traktor; the still sturdy pine and citrus essences digging in against a rising caramel cream sweetness, bolstered by some dark sugary fruit esters, and simmering, but not hot, alcohol. The carbonation is soft, and just a bit tingly, the body medium-full in weight, a tad syrupy, and genuinely smooth. It finishes fairly sweet, with the lingering of the main malt notes, but not without the nicely offsetting bitter hops.

A stellar west-coast American barley wine - grandiose flavours, with a silky drinkability that comes as the biggest surprise, even more so than the seemingly AWOL booze. Handle with care, this is one bitch of a siren of a beer.

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3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into 20cl Beer Sommelier Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. This is the 2011 version. My label displays ABV as 11%. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. I'm excited for this one; I'm really into barleywines and am in the mood for a good one.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice fair cream, good thickness, and decent retention (considering the high ABV anyway). Colour is an extremely dark copper; nontransparent and solid. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated. I'm looking forward to it, though I do note that it seems a bit dark for a barleywine.

Sm: Strangely hoppy - unexpected for a barleywine. Biscuity bread-like notes. Maybe some toasted malt and/or raisin. Dark honey is also present, particularly on the finish - which is lovely. I'd say the honey is dominant, and next in line hops. A moderate strength aroma, but a subtle and intricate one that makes me excited to taste it. 4.0-4.5

T: Nectary. The delightful honey foundation is near-perfect in its subtlety, not intruding on the delicate balance, and not too bright and open; clearly they didn't just add honey the way you might in a honey blonde. It's a dark honey, and reading the label and discovering it's wild flower honey doesn't surprise me. An excellent and unique choice.

The hops are nearly perfectly balanced, giving the open a very interesting character that doesn't at all clash with the balance in a structural or flavour-wise sense.

Light candied sugar manifests mostly on the climax, giving it a bit of body but also thinning the third act a bit. It's not a favorful tradeoff all around; I think they could do with reducing the quantity of candied sugar used a bit.

No yeast comes through, nor does any alcohol - an impressive feat considering the hefty ABV.

It does seem hoppy for a barleywine, but the honey does well to hide the bitterness.

The only troublesome bit is the third act, which has a strange bitter feel to it and is thinner than the first two. It's a minor qualm, but throws the structural balance off to a degree.

It could do with more complexity in its flavours, but what's there is nice and I imagine she'd age nicely. I like it, though for the style it's a bit strange.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch thick. It lumps on the climax, which doesn't bother me - though the thinness of the third act afterwards is (as aforementioned) a problem. It could do with more thickness and coarseness all around. Moreover, the finish is too slick and zips right by.

Dr: Quite drinkable for its hefty ABV, and uniquely honey-centric for the style. I like that they're experimenting, but I think the hop content should be reduced, the honey quantity increased, and the crystal malts omitted.

This one would likely age well, in part because the hop flavour would die down. There doesn't seem to be much yeast in the bottle, so I don't know that the ABV would creep.

Best paired with a good plain bread, like baguette.

Serve in a glass that really lets the aroma out; it's quite pleasant.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of Kmpitz2...

Poured with a generous amount of frothy, creamy foam. Tawny orange/brown body, hazy with yeast. Aroma was nice, some spruce and sweet dried apricot, mixed with some subdued yeast esters. Taste followed the aroma with a big malty toffee body. Alcohol was hidden enough not to interfere, but definitely present. The bottle was shared, but I would happily drink one of these as an occasional treat.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a decent head that dissipates to a film and leaves some lacing

Smell: Rich resinous aroma, redolant of pine and alcohol

Taste: Tastes about right while you swirl it around in your mouth, with big caramel malt flavors, followed by a big dose of bitter grapefruit; increasing sweet and bitter flavors build after the swallow

Mouthfeel: About right for a barleywine, thick and sticky with low levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Nicely balanced barleywine with big flavor profile; very resinous

This is a barleywine that clearly improves wih age; I have had I fresh and I have had it with up to four years if age on it - I definitely prefer the aged version as the aggressive hopping mellows into a very nice blend

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Edition

A - Very good looking barleywine. A clear, dark amber color with a large, tan head of foam with some big bubbles of carbonation. Nice retention that receded to leave some sticky lace.

S - Spicy aroma with some pine-like hops. Also, a good balance of sweet maltiness in the nose.

T - A malty barleywine that isn't overly sweet. Again a good deal of spicy/bitter hop character matches the caramel malt goodness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a slightly dry finish.

D - This was really quite good. It's no surprise that Hair of the Dog made a good one, though.

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