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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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Photo of Denali
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Split Thy Skull event at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, New York.

Appearance: Opaque orange-amber with thick tan head. Effervescence was clearly visible as tiny bubbles of carbonation were percolating to the top. It was looking at me saying "drink me" so I did cause that's what I do (Note that the comment "cause that's what I do" is a tribute to slander).

Smell: Glorious apricot aroma. Hops aroma was also present.

Taste: Hops flavor up front along with a very fruity apricot-like flavor. Sweet malt flavor then follows, along with cloves, and finishes with a hop bitterness. Aftertaste is very complex, first dominated by apricot, but banana was also detected. Lots of flavors going on here.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: So delicious its almost quaff-able, even for a barley wine.

Comments: My favorite barley wine at the event. What flavors! The aftertaste lasts forever. Oh my! Woof Woof!

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Photo of warbird07
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage..poured into my largest snifter, because these HOTD beers can get out of hand with the carbonation..

Appearence is nice..pours a deep ruby red..substantial head with a gentle pour, boatload of sticky lacing...this is has all the look of intense brew..

Smell is frankly, quite nice..very strong...where the hops were, I imagine, is the nice sort of sweet ice tea nose..malt heavy, smells like a young barleywine..

taste is intense, Malty, sweet, fig, dark fruit, some hop bitterness..very heavy on the toungue.a bit of a boozy presence, but it is to be expected....

Mouthfeel is odviuously nice and substantial, for this style, and for HOTD, abundance of carbonation and heavy malt make for a bit of a chewy presence, which I enjoy immensely..

overall this is a sipper, but IMO a marvelous example of how a heavyweight American Barleywine..I am dying to try this fresh...

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Claws 2009: 

A: Pours a beautiful rich copper that is clear and effing beautiful.

S: All i can smell is deep rich cherries and lovely caramel notes that bring out complex notes on the nose

T: This thing is deep and complex of rich cherries and caramel just like the smell.  Unreal how smooth this beer is. Im blown away by the apple, cherry caramel flavors.Kind of rreminds me of yummy Julian apple cider (not the alcoholic cider)

M: Rich and dry that packs retarded amounts of depth on the tongue with low carbonation.

O: This one was incredibly smooth with beer at 2 years aged. One of the best barley wines i have ever enjoyed next to aged "big foot". Way more fruit flavors though then caramel notes.

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Photo of jgap
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge ups to Matt for bringing this aged bottle to our tasting. Pours a super cloudy light brown. Tons of yeast in the bottle and, despite Matt's pro-pouring skills, there is a lot of yeast in the glass. No head and only a slight lacing. Looks and smells like hard caramel candy with some hops present. It's very potent and pleasant. Taste has a ton of hops still but the flavor now blends well into the sweet maltiness and the crisp, piney hop bitterness has dulled. Taste is very sweet. Chewy toffee and caramel. Alcohol is definitely present but not as prevalent as fresh. This could easily go several more years. The strong taste mixed with the potent smell consumes your senses and really draws you in. It is easy to be enthralled by this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly thick for barleywine and there is a classic craft brew/homebrew feel to it.

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Photo of hmph
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a BIF from RobL, many thanks as its been on my wants list for a while! Vintage: 2011

A - A murky reddish brown with a beautiful light khakis head that subsides but never leaves, really good looking beer

S - dark fruits and sweetness, brown sugar, a burnt caramel almost, very inviting, some faint hop bring out some lighter notes

T - mmmm... sweet, very sweet roasted caramel with a lot of candied brown sugar, again some lighter notes of hops which balance it out and then hit with the warming of the alcohol, not quite hot enough to be labeled as a 'sipper' but its got some umph behind it

O - Really good beer, complex flavors that were very well balanced, very sweet without going overboard, stayed thoroughly delicious throughout the entire glass, would love to have it again

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Photo of Thingus
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting 12oz. Bottle, 2011 vintage into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a mahogany copper color with less than a finger of foamy light light copper colored head.. Retention is minute, with just a thin ring sticking around the edge of the glass... Lacing is essentially non-existent with just one spotty web stuck to the side of my glass...

Smell; starts off with a slightly bready aroma, all kinds of winter spices, raisins, prunes and figs...

Taste; slightly bready with caramel and vanilla hints of cinnamon, nutmeg... Notes of raisin and prunes sneak in... Alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms, but it certainly doesn't detract from the flavors of this brew...

Mouthfeel; just a touch of carbonation, and you certainly wouldn't know it by looking at the beer which is nearly still in the glass... Full medium body goes down smooth...

Overall; a great Barleywine with a lot of complexity that I am sure would only become more pronounced with age!

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Photo of boogyman
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very murky dark brown amber color. Now, I was told this batch was over carbonated but I poured it like it was grape juice with no head to speak of. I guess we will see what happens as i drink it.

S- Smell is fairly weak. It has some dark fruit along with some almost caramel scents.

T- Very malty and only slightly bitter. Subtle fruity notes on the back end and that is about it. At being 11% ABV there is almost no boozyness to this brew which is surprising.

M- Very smooth going down and absolutely no alcohol burn.

D- I feel like even though I was told that this batch of doggie claws was over carbonated, I think that I might have gotten a odd ball since mine not only wasn't overly carbonated, it had no carbonation at all! But if you take that out of it, this was a very strong brew that I could have a few of without complaining too much.

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Photo of WilliamD
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great pairing with Glaxo Babies. "Who Killed Bruce Lee," in particular.

Bottle states 2005 made. 10.5% rather than the listed 11.5%.
Poured into a pint glass. Murky amber with tons of yeast floating about. Thin, white head that slowly thins out. It looks pretty good overall.
Smellls nice. Strong hops presence, with sweet and citrus aromas accompanying.
Hops evident in the taste as well. Honey, pineapple and slight alcohol presence.
Slightly crisp mouthfeel, with bit of oiliness. Surprisingly, there is no discernable warmth from the alcohol.
One at a time for this one. Okay, if I had a six-pack I might indulge in another, but this one is meant to be savored.
My first Hair of the Dog brew, and I am impressed. I wish there was more from this brewery available in MN.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the 2003 on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Poured into a Saison Dupont glass. Review prepared from notes.

A: Murky reddish brown with a very thin, cream colored head.

S: Green apple, green grapes, pine, toasted rye and crackery malts.

T: BIG toasty, woody, grainy, bready malts which rise up to punch you in the nose (literally) at the finish, complimented by tart, fruity hops. Green apple and berry flavors round it out.

M: Weighty and slick. Coats the mouth evenly. The flavor experience involves the entire mouth at once, playing across the tastebuds, roof and cheeks.

D: This is a powerhouse beer with an impressive ABV, but I just can't get enough of them. Despite the challenge and strength of the flavors and character of this beer - which are hallmarks of the style, anyway - I'm giving this one a high drinkability score.

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Photo of jm1229
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd review on BA.

12 oz bottle opened on 8/3/11 at 10pm pst. 2010 vintage poured into a nonic tasting glass. Served at 55 degrees.

A- Pours a dark/golden amber. It's a little darker than I had expected. Lots of creamy head on this one, sticking to the sides of the glass like it's grasping for its life. Maybe I'm trying too hard here, let's just get to the beer.

S- I immediately get the smell of the malts followed closely by some citrus-y hops. The hops are lingering in my nose and my mouth is watering. I'm getting some mango and pineapple now. Some pine there, too. Smells very nice.

T- Big taste of malt, bread, and caramel. Surprisingly well-hid alcohol in this. Lots of fruit coming in afterwards, just like the smell.

M- Less carbonated than you'd think after all the head from the pour. Very smooth, great sipper.

O- Really great beer. This is my first beer from Hair of the Dog and I'll definitely be coming back to this one, maybe grab a few and put them in my cellar to age. I can't imagine what some aging will do to this one.

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Photo of bucko
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark copper color with a very fine, thin head. Despite a careful pour yeast sediment dances around the glass, but doesn't present itself as sediment on the palette. The aroma is citrusy and spicy but diminished, at least compared to the flavor. The flavor is a nice punch in the mouth, full of citrus and spiciness, indicative of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Very pleasing, very balanced. 11% alcohol? You'd never suspect it... this goes down very easily. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style - not to heavy, not too light. Very drinkable, as I mentioned, this goes down easy despite the alcohol content. Very good.

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Photo of Trystero
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Logged from notes circa 8/10/2012 at Neighborhood in San Diego. 2011 release

Appearance: Murky ruby hues and slightly caramel colored. Milk froth head.

Aroma: Toasted caramel, sugared candies, breakfast pastery with very pronounced bitter hop profile.

Taste: Sweet, rich caramel and candied sugar melds into thick citrus and bitter hop notes. Amazingly balanced and well rounded. It's aged remarkably.

Mouthfeel: Slightly viscous with strong residuals.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

edit: I see reports of lack of carbonation, this bottle (with a blue cap) was low to medium and seemed quite appropriate for the style.

Aroma: Strong notes of dark fruit in the nose, raisins and plum are forefront with alcohol spice following this up with an almost cooling sensation in the nose. I detect a bit of citrus hop aroma but this could be confused with the alcohol, which is certainly expected and welcome for the style.

Appearance: The beer is just dark enough where you can't quite see through the middle of your glass, but moving outward the appearance blends from a deep red to a translucent mahogany brown with small bits of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Being a bottle conditioned ale this is not unexpected. Head pours a full two fingers at first but fades fairly quickly to about a centimeter of off-white foam blanketing the top.

Flavor: There is so much going on here it's hard to know where to begin. You're hit with more dark fruit as it transcends through the nose; raisins and plum of course but there's also some caramelized fruity sweetness as well. There is expected and warming flavors of alcohol that provides a bite toward the end of the malt sweetness that borders on maple syrup. The plum flavor comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body with light to medium carbonation. The alcohol presence almost stings the mouth with it's warming effect while the body is nearly that of syrup. The malt profile, while somewhat sticky also comes off nearly grainy and chewy through the middle. There is a sweetness left behind on the lips in the end and warmth in the throat.

Overall: The alcohol presence in this beer is unmistakeable and could be interpreted by some as being "hot". Though I believe it is backed up so well with malt complexity and fruity sweetness that a balance is nicely achieved. Though I'm sure it's there hop bitterness is not entirely detectable through the malt and alcohol complexity. Full flavor, supple mouthfeel and a nicely balancing aroma, this is one to seek out if you're looking to experience Barley Wine Style Ale's.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for trading me this one at DLD.

It pours a murky, dark orange with a beige head and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Really vibrant smelling. Citrus hops, orange peel, caramel malt, pine.

Really similar to the smell with the orange peel and deep, caramel malts really coming through.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A real sipper though.

A really great barleywine. I loved the intense orange flavor and mouthfeel of this one but it is a pretty high ABV and gets a little too sweet towards the end.

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Photo of NCalement
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2013 bottle poured into a BFM globe.

A- Murky brown. No head or lacing, some slow bubbles, looks flat.

S- Honey, malt, toffee, leather, bitter hops deep within, and some vanilla. Smell is muted but nice.

T- Sweet malt juice with a slight hint of bitter hops. So good. It has all you want in the flavor. Sweet honey, vanilla, toffee, leather, tobacco and bitter soap with a crisp pine tar finish.

M- No carbonation, medium body with a viscus mouthfeel. No sign of high ABV with a good crisp finish that lingers on the palate.

O- I've had it aged and now fresh and its world class either way. What a great beer. Worth finding and aging or drinking fresh!!

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Photo of Cascadia
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage

A- nice dark golden/amber color, rich head and nice lacing.

S- smells big, lots of malty goodness and hop aroma coming through. Also a little bit of yeast in the nose. Smells great, though.

T- tasts big too. Yee doggie. Tons of hops and very warming down the gullet. great on a cold winters night, which it is not today, but glad I have a few bottles aging to try this winter.

M- good mouthfeel, stong carbonation and good head. So far this is a really nice winter warmer beer. I'd love to try this on tap.

D- for a barleywine, it's very drinkable, but there's no way I'd have more that two in one night. The 11.5% ABV will bite you in the ass if you're not carefull.

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Photo of SirRuss
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2010

A - Wow! I've not been this genuinely awestruck by a beer for quite some time. Immediately the pour lathers-up an insanely impressive head that displays the eruptive power and luxurious creaminess of an aerosol shaving foam. The body oozes decadence, as an opulent chestnut brown, rich with bottle-conditioned sediment, seats itself with majestic elegance. Eventually the Lacing finds room to prove its worth, and results in a layer of foamy superiority that could challenge many-a-barley-wine's head to a one-on-one and still come arise victorious.

S - Extravagance flows forth in a raucous mingling of honeyed malts, fresh floral notes, and cool resinous hops with citrus overtones. Rarely does a beer offer this intensity of character, and equally remarkable complexity on the nose alone.

T - There is little point considering the transitional qualities, as this brew owns the palate from the get-go. However, its domination is executed with the exculpatory exuberance of Churchillian oration that will bend any skeptic of the aromatic argument into complete compliance. Big malts mercilessly release Figgy and Sticky Toffee Pudding payloads, while lighter caramel notes barrel-roll around, and a spitfire spice scuttles the tongue. The resinous hops resist by slicing through the soft malt underbelly, and a citrus infantry provide light, supporting fire from hidden flanks. Despite the allusions, this brew is more akin to WWI than WWII, as the absence of clear victor/vanquished warrants double celebratory cigars, whose presence is reflected by a dense tobacco undertone that ultimately lends this Bulldog's Doggie Claws an unforgettable dimension.

M - Amidst the chaos, boozy gusts blow an intimidating warmth into the brew, although they are well tempered by the malt. The carbonation is also vivacious, but with the multifaceted onslaught it faces it should be deemed as no more than reasonable force. All-n-all, the outcome is agreeably vibrant.

D/O - Big. BIG! It's as easy to describe this as overly alcoholic one moment, too sticky the next, and too bitter the one thereafter. But this is Doggie Claws' true beauty - it's all of these things in the most excessive way that it can be, and yet it still works. It represents a world where America, Russia, and China have all evolved as equally capable, war-hungry superpowers, and yet despite irreconcilable differences, the world is somehow a better place.

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Photo of Brandywine
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Super murky brown. Very viscous but with absolutely no head. Nice lacing with big clear bubbles. Tons of big alcohol legs.

Smell: honey, over ripe fruits soaked in sugar, baked apples, subtle citrus from tbe hops. Total malt bomb.

Taste: hop bitterness right up front. Grapefruit and lime. Big honeyed malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of full. There's pretty much no carbonation. Don't know if I got a defunct bottle in that regard.

Overall: this brew has potential but suffers from a lack of complexity and no carbonation.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage with a little bit of a year of age on it. Saved this one for the first big snow storm of the year. Thanks msubulldog25 for this one, last of my HtDs!

A - Pours a nice slightly hazy, copper orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles and a creamy, white head. Some yeasties float around in the glass but most lay stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

S - Sweet caramel, molasses and sugars with a bit of alcohol. Earthy hops in the background but definitely present.

T - Oh, what a treat! Tons of sweet malty flavors that come across and blend with the yeast to give a nice, cohesive taste full of sugary caramel, molasses and honey mixed with sweet dark fruits like cherries, figs and dried prunes. Even a year after bottling the hops are still all over this one and round out the taste with strong grass and pine notes.

M - Full bodied, which fits well with the honey and caramel sweetness, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Great sipping beer for a cold winter night. Makes an even better post or pre shoveling drink! High ABV and full body would keep me from having more than one, but that ain't the point of this one. Great beer, thanks again Brian!

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

2010 vintage, served in a tulip glass at the Hair of the Dog tasting room.

Pours a cloudy, honey-infused, dark mahogany, with two fingers of frothy, off-white head and thick, sticky lacing that stubornly adorns the glass (and winds up remaining stationary throughout most of my tenure there). When held against the light, it becomes a gorgeous, hazy amber.

Smells hoppier than I remember the previous vintage smelling, but the hops aren't excessively-aggressive. Pine and citrus are definitely prevalent (I feel like I've ambivalently wandered into the produce section of a grocery store), but beneath that is a nice, malty, fruity (grapes, apples), honey-like foundation, with hints of raisins, figs, and bread.

Upon my first sip, hops, again, are immediately discernable -- I'm reminded of fresh produce. The malt, honey, and dark fruits attempt to subdue the resinous, pine flavors, and, though they put up a pretty good struggle, are ultimately over-powered. Right now, this beer is tasting more like a well-balanced double IPA, with only the faint birthings of what this beer will likely become given another year or so of age.

The carbonation is a little more exuberant than I'd expect from the style, but not overbearing. The body is medium-to-full. Not as smooth or as syrupy as I'd like it to be, but it's probably better suited for the flavor profile.

I love Doggie Claws with age on it, but, when still relatively-fresh, it just doesn't seem to represent the style quite as well. No doubt, hop-lovers will enjoy it this way, but I'll definitely be holding onto my bottles for another year or so before I even contemplate opening them. It's still a great beer, but slightly more difficult for me to drink at this stage in its development. I'd still recommend acquiring these, if for no other reason than to cellar, as I'm sure they'll blossom into something extraordinary.

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shortglass from a 12oz bottle. (*made in 2011)

A- Very somber brown and cloudy. Tan khaki head that settled quickly and capped the beer. A little bit of semi-sticky lacing. Some decent carbonation hugging the sides of the glass too.

S- Caramel malt, honey, some dark fruit... this is a year old bottle, so I didn't pick up much hop aroma, but there was a little grassy/citrus notes... Also there is a little bit of alcohol on the nose that is covered up decently enough underneath all the sweet aroma!

T- Starts out sweet. Roasted malt, caramel, dark sugar. The hops were really mellow. The finish really brings it with dark fruit flavors (plumbs mostly), and POW, a big alcohol kick. I don't think it is very overwhelming, the alcohol is definitely there and you know it, but the balance of flavor helps a lot.

MF- Very heavy/thick body. sticky sweetness that coats your lips and the roof of your mouth... A nice dry finish on the back of the tongue that leaves a warming feeling all over from that 11% alcohol!

O- Fantastic. I liked every part of this beer. I haven't tried many barleywines, but this is definitely one of the best I have tried so far. Worth the try, worth the buy! I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of beercollector
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a sipping beer. It pours a dark brown with a good lasting off white head. It has an alcohol up first on the nose and then carmel.

It is creamy medium bodied beer with soft carbonation. It is rich and malty, moderately sweet and a nice balance between the hops and malt.

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Photo of trill
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, yet another from tanyer. Thanks lady!

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a 1/4" white head that stays and leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma is an intense burst of pungent American hops, fruity malt (pears, raisins, dates), brown sugar/caramel, and some cinnamon or nutmeg. Smells like a richer version of SN Bigfoot. Flavors are similar and equally big, but incredibly smooth for a barleywine this young. This one tastes like it already has several years under its belt, with a balance between malty dark fruit and hop bitterness. After about eight months in the bottle, the specific Amarillo and Simcoe flavors and aromas are gone, but their smooth bittering properties are hanging in there. Drinkability is truly exceptional for a beer this big; aside from a very slight dry/warm alcohol in the finish, you wouldn't guess this one is almost 12%. Mouthfeel is also solid for the style; it could actually be stickier/more viscous for my tastes.

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Photo of Silenus89
2.97/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. 5 bucks for a 12oz? I guess.

A. Deep amber orange color with no head at all

S. Malt sweetness, different spices and earthiness. Perhaps a cherry sweetness too

T. Holy sweetness, the malts are so sweet, my first sip was not good nor were the ones to follow.

M. The taste in my mouth is horrible from this, no carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well which is a bad thing for this beer.

D. One was to much of this. Definitely a sipper, if that.

I'm disappointed with this beer, especially since it was 5 dollars.. Way to sweet for me. Wont be getting this again

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Photo of goatxpower
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle at ledgers.

A- Pours a murky brown toilet sludge color. Barely any carbonation. Lots of hops and yeast in the glass. This is the worst part of this beer. It was like opening up a homebrew with a lot of trub in it.

S- Luckily, it all goes uphill from here. The smell is all honey and hops. I knew everything was going to be ok, after taking a whiff of this brew.

T- Not as complex as I usually expect from a barley wine. The hops are there, that's for sure, but the malt and honey takes centerstage. very sweet, almost cloying. Slightly vinous, a little rummy. Hides it's alcohol incredibly well. It's not bad.

M- A little syrupy, no bubbles. hop particles in your mouth.

D- This was decent. I can't imagine buying another one, especially at $6 a 12 oz bottle. I could buy a 22 of Mirror Mirror for a few bucks more, and that's a much better barleywine IMHO. It's definitely a sipper, and I could see myself enjoying one as a nightcap, or with some Flan.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,182 ratings.
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