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

Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
BA SCORE
4.14/5
1,191 Ratings
Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
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
Ranking:
#1,632
Reviews:
554
Ratings:
1,191
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
404
Gots:
264
Trade:
15
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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

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

Photo of BenBreeg
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of RichH55
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of seangibbs60
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrotherDylan
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage (tasted on 1/22/2016)

The beer has one of the most gorgeous colors of any barleywine in the world. It is incredibly hard to describe. The color shifts between a honey amber-glass orange and a mahogany shade of caramel. The beer is beautifully clear, which makes the color glow.

The nose is subtle and inviting. There is a boozy, almost cider like sugary nose. Loaded with soft sherry notes.

The flavor is a decidedly malty but the body is relatively thin and there is a clean hop backbone (even after 8 years!) that makes this beer not cloying at all. The aging makes it like it has been conditioning in sherry barrels. Every caramel note and dark honey flavor is worth savoring time and time again.

The beer is a work of art. It tastes better 8 years later. Brewing a beer designed to taste great 8 to 10 years down the line is a real art form and no-one understands how to anticipate the flavor changes as well as Alan Sprints. The most shocking flavor is the hops. The beer STILL has bitterness and its super clean. No astringency what so ever, just clean, bitter hop mouthfeel.

If you see it, buy it. Its worth every cent and every sip.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 into a chalice

L: Murky brown with a thin off white head following an aggressive pour
S; Toffee, leather,?some hops, waves a dark fruit
T: follows the nose, nice bitterness
M: very nice, to style
O: excellent example of this style

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

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

Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from share on 11/12. Hazy brown pour with small tight beige head. Very malty all the way through, in both aroma and taste. Notes of caramel and a bit of hops finish this one off.

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Photo of rspauldi
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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