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

Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
1,191 Ratings
Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of greg4579
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Jan 2009. 2008 version.

Poured in 0.3 L becker. One inch foamy tan head. Clear dark roux color. Aroma is very resiny, earthy, sweet, piny, lots of alcohol. First sip fills the mouth with pine, transitions to sweet candied ginger and pineapple. Finishes with warm rum and cinnamon. Aftertaste is somewhat strangly melony. Medium heavy body. Although certainly warming, alcohol feels less than 11%.

This would be a regular in my fridge except for the relatively steep price tag ($5.99).

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Brian29
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says vintage 2004.

This is truly one of the most beautiful beers I have had the privilege of drinking. Sitting in my little Spaten mug this beer displays a spectrum of color running from the edge of the glass to the center. On the outside, it's gold, then a glowing burgundy and finally a dark brown in the middle. Truly a wonder to behold. The head is slightly golden and mildly persistent.

The smell is primarily big barley, a bit of alcohol and a well fitting citrus orange. Very nice.

The flavor is extremely dynamic and surprisingly dry like a stout but the citrus flavor is still there with a great warming from the alcohol in the finish. The malt flavor starts out strong in the beginning, but then gives way to the dryness and citrus. Very fun to drink and just sit back to watch all the flavors wiz by.

The mouth feel is a bit thin for my liking but I think that it augments the varieties of flavor quite well. I don’t think the flavor would be as dynamic if it was any thicker. Even the carbonation seems well paired with the flavor.

This is an awesome beer. Highly recommended.

P.S. Finished off the decanted bottle out of principle and the yeast added a smooth nutty taste, much like a Belgian. Didn't expect that.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Edition. WOW! If not for the overly enthusiastic bubbly head, this might be a top ten beer. It pours a brassy/copper with a BIG rocky off-white head. A really floral whole hop aroma is very reminiscent of whole fresh cannabis buds (not that I would know). The substantial malt body houses a very potent hop bitterness. Grapefruit, orange peel and a fairly strong camphor astringency, (made up word?) blend and mix with a cherry liquor flavor, along with spices and lots of warming alcohol. A faint dark chocolate flavor finishes this complex and tasty seasonal offering. Unfiltered!

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of alpinebryant
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-2009 vintage -
Poured into snifter an overflowing light tan / white head that continued to pour out of the bottle like a melted ice cream would fall off of a cone. Quite possibly the thickest most sticky head I have ever poured. Lacing was obviously present all over the lass and the head stuck around for a while.

Smell of strong grassy , citrusy, grapefruity hops. Pellet hops were actually still present on the top of the head as it settled. Pine ever present in the nose, I really actually enjoyed the dry hopping that I believe actually occurred directly before bottling. Chewy has been given more meaning with hop particles actually present in my glass... Caramel and caramelized sugars very present in this high abv 12 oz bottle. Sugar cookie, Caramel, cotton candy, you name it, if kids were allowed to drink beer, they would probably apprecciate this one fresh. This is a sweet tooth drinkers brew, so if you do not have a sweet tooth, just send me your doggie claws.

Glad to have tried this one fresh, now to get a couple more and age them to see what a few years do to transform the flavors....

I hated to take points off for appearance, but this one literally overflowed from the bottle before I could pour it into my glass. Lesson learned for next time, but everything else was great.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque maroon that appears as a muddy maroon/dark amber when held up to the light. Leaves behind considerable lacing that sometimes appears as sheeting.

Nose- Bright and vibrant hops. Not exactly what I expect from a barleywine but it is the American version. Lots of citrus- orange, lemon, and grapefruit. These fade and show tons of peaches. There are also notes of candied fruit and raisins. The aroma portends a beer that is delicious both fresh and aged. Swirling shows light peach.

Taste- Not quite as hoppy as the nose and shows a more traditional barleywine flavor profile. Still, plenty of citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) and also tons of peach. This leads into raisin and a good amount of woodiness on the finish (oak, pine, and resin). The citrus gives the beer an almost mimosa like quality and I really like the clean and effervescent orange. Some brown bread and dark malts. Light caramel and a bit of honey. No hint of the 11% which makes this a very scary beer. Good to really good beer. I will definitely be buying at least two to three more to see what a little aging will produce. Peach is by far the most dominant aspect of the flavor profile and that works very well for this beer. Complexity with great balance and integration which isn't something you find in a lot of young barleywines.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of syrup on the texture. Good amount of carbonation for one of HOTD's bigger beers. Even has a little bit of zing.

Drinkability- Dangerous- I can't find any indication of the 11% and this drinking a lot quicker than it should. 6 bucks a bottle seems reasonable for a tasty and very good barleywine.

Overall- Very good beer but not exactly a great beer. It is close but lacks some of the intense complexity and presence that the great barleywines have. Definitely worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque caramel brown with a very dense, creamy head.

Aroma is caramel, toffee and a huge blast of citrus and resinous hop bitterness. Alcohol comes on hot and strong.

Taste is amazingly rich and interesting. Caramel and toffee comes on strong. Plenty of brown sugar, orange tangerine, and raisin to keep it interesting. A touch of musty basement. Finishes with a dry cedar quality and earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and silky.

So many layers of flavor in this one. Aroma is nice, but the flavor is incredible. This is a must try.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,191 ratings
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