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

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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:
#1,692
Reviews:
557
Ratings:
1,198
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
406
Gots:
266
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 1,198 |  Reviews: 557
Photo of mynie
2.03/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Glugs out of the bottle like some kind of weird cinnamon tea. Very thick and uneven looking. Just... unappealing, even for the style and strength.

Smells okay but not great. Very thick, lots of hops and malt syrup.

Tastes like garbage. Crazy malt, way too thick, and then some bright hops--challenger, maybe--kind of fix things near the end.

I don't know what they were going for here. It falls way short of what I consider decent for an American Barleywine, though.

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Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of tim007007
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnbearsfan
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Intlpostman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebrownbagspecial
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage bottle. Pours a very non impressive flat looking cloudy brown. No head nor carbonation, 2.00. Smells much better then it looks Dried fruit on the nose with unique apricot type aromas, 4.50. Taste is mellow, semi sweet. The way a good Barleywine should be, not to sweet and overpowering. Hard to believe it's 11%. No burn at all just tasty complex malty delishiousness. 4.50

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2016-01-01
12oz bottle of 2014 served in a tulip. Bottle opened with surprisingly, disturbingly little gasp.

Beer pours flat, brown, muddy looking. Smell is wood, smoke, very oaky.Alcohol. Taste is very sweet, lots and lots of that oaky characteristic. Some strange buttery characteristic.

Mouthfeel is slick, thick, oily. Not a fan. I've had it other times, and thought it was good. I suspect I got a bad bottle, based on the butteriness and the lack of pressure when I opened the cap.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of zratcliff
1.18/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just making this review to add to some below.

2015 bottle

Opened the cap (popped doesn't count here as I will note below). Zero sound.

Did aggressive pour into a snifter. ZERO carb.

Off Smell - I can smell a little bit of BW here, but more apple cider vinegar.

Taste - absolutely awful - and this is coming from someone who has grown to love English style BWs. Vinegar and cardboard.

I am guessing there was an issue with the seal of the cap or the bottle conditioning itself. Maybe both.

As another poster said below - quality control or lack thereof, ruined this beer for me.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled gifted from Bretthead. 2013 bottle per the label. Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, burnished copper with a bubbly film and a few yeast specks. Looks like it has little or no carbonation. Body is very hazy with no lacing.

Aroma: Worn leather, oxidized malts, brown sugar, raisins, marshmallowy malts (not unlike that in an aged Bigfoot), fading piney American hops.

Taste: Nice American hop presence hanging around up front, gooey honey, brown sugar, soft alcohol, roasted barley. What I want from a seasonal barleywine.

Mf: Medium body for a beer which equals more of a thin feel for a barleywine. Almost zero carbonation. Very slick and syrupy. Hardly any heat.

Overall: A very nice barleywine with a sweeter, dark take on the style and a dry hoppyness. Even a dab of carbonation could of really helped this beer. The hop presence is there to cut the sweetness but with the stillness it’s just hoppy, syrupy sweet malt water. Well worth it if you think it might be carbed, otherwise just stick to Bigfoot or Hog Heaven for a hoppy American barleywine.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,198 ratings
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