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

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 draheim
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2010 vintage) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber/mahogany w/ a huge thick fluffy white head, great retention & lacing. Looks like whipped cream.

Aroma is sweet and fruity. Candi sugar, toffee, rum-soaked dates, floral hops.

Taste, like nose, is fruity & complex. Residual sugars, dark candied fruits, warming booze. Hops balance the sweetness expertly. A Belgian-style American barleywine.

Mouthfeel is balanced and smooth. Good carbonation, lingering aftertaste.

Overall this is easily one of the best barleywines I've had. Drinkable, balanced, delicious. Not sure why I waited to long to open one. Will be buying a lot more of these from now on. Glad to already have a 3-year vertical going.

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Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

A: ruby red meets rusty orange. Small 1 cm head, and clear as can be- left a little sludge in the bottle

S: can smell from across the room. Leather and fig notes with some booze. Slight bourbon oak aroma

T: boozy and pleasant! Really really smooth. I am surprised about the leather flavors, with raisins and some mild mulling spices. Not a pinch of hops.

O: really really solid Barleywine. So smooth! Would love to try fresh!


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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Small bubbles of lacing rim the glass.

S- brown sugar, toast, citrus, pine, candi sugar.

T- big amber malts and brown sugar, oranges, pine and spicy hop bitterness.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Some dryness but there's enough sweetness to balance it.

O- good Barleywine, reminds me of Bigfoot but sweeter and better.

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Photo of Googs
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Lovely. Auburn/amber color with an off white one finger head. It's very frothy and dissolving slowly into a good 1/4 inch head thats not going away. Alcohol legs sticking to the glass.

S: First, I'm getting sweet malts. Heavy raisin bread and caramel mixed with some earthy, floral hop aroma. Slight citrus notes, orange or grapefruit. I could sniff all day.

T: Taste follows suit to the smell. Rich caramel malts with a touch of honey soaked biscuit. This vintage isn't very old so the hop aroma and bitterness is still quiet present. A nice fruity bitterness. I'm even getting a slight dark chocolate in the after taste. Delicious. A complex brew, that shares some characteristic with other HoTD beers. I believe it's the Scottish yeast strain that Alan Sprints uses.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. There's a really nice creaminess to it, which makes it easy to drink and not something I have to sip necessarily. Flavors coat the mouth and linger nicely. Alcohol is present, which is not surprising me for the ABV of the beer. You can feel the warming down the throat and in the stomach. I like my big beers.

O: This is my second time having this beer and I must say, I love it. It's great holiday Barleywine and by far one of the best American style Barleywines. The first bottle I had was a 2010, so it had two years of age on it. It was a more balanced, with less bitterness and less heat from the alcohol, which goes to show that this beer ages gracefully as the label suggests. I'm planning on doing a vertical of this one. Get this if you can, really. But consider cellaring a few.

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3.01/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 bottle purchased a day ago.

i think i need to try another bottle. in reading the other reviews (other than one that seemed to have the same issue i did) this looks like a tasty brew. i couldn’t get over the feel, thick, no carbonation whatsoever, no head at all. the taste was good but i didnt get the right experience and i didnt finish the glass.

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Photo of Auracom
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage at the Hair of the Dog's brewpub in Portland. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A - Slightly lighter version of Adam, white thin head with great lacing and marginal retention.

S - Plentiful piney hop resin. Touch of caramel and candied sugar underneath.

T - It's actually better balanced than anticipated. Initial tropical fruit and pine sap meld with toffee, rye bread, and honey at mid palate. Lingering bitterness into finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - Yeah, it's a solid American barleywine here in its super fresh state. Absolutely need to try an aged version to see how it transforms.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of matttttYCE
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. Can't remember who it was from. Big thank you, whoever it was.

Light tan colored head, a little more than a finger high. Light on lace, but retention is decent. Deep and murky amber brown colored liquid. Looks appealing for a barleywine. Even for a 2011 this is still quite a hoppy smelling barleywine, which is awesome. Bitter and fruity/grapefruit and citrus (orange) hops but they aren't overpowering. Behind that are caramelized malts, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, lots of dark fruits, peanut brittle, and honey. Awesomely complex. Taste is great like the aroma. Hoppy and resinous but you can tell it's mellowed. Wonderful malts, sweetness, candi sugar, toffee, dark fruits, maple syrup, touch of brown sugar, man this is good. Maybe some honey also from the nose. Medium full body, medium carbonation and consistency, and a smooth lingering finish.

This is a great barleywine. I might be a bit biased as I really enjoy barleywines, but this one is definitely one of my preferred ones that isn't barrel aged. I can only imagine a bourbon barrel aged version of this. Case in point, I think this rivals SN Bigfoot one of the best hoppy barleywines.

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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.26.12

2012 Version

A - Pours a murky light brown with a huge explosive tan head that doesn't fade.

S - Hoppy citrus, then sweet malts, toffee and carmel.

T - Oranges, carmel, grass.

D - Lots of carbonation and a medium body.

O - Hoppy and a bit unbalanced, at first. Then it warms to almost room temperature and I am in heaven. Great beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Brandywine
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours rusty brown with a small tan head that fades almost immediately. No lacing.

The caramel/toffee malt has definitely taken over after a year. Burnt brown sugar and some booze complement.

A little bit of faint citrus hop remains, but is quickly enveloped by toffee and brown sugar even more so as the beer warms. Booze coats the tongue and it finishes with a nice alcohol burn and an earthy bitterness. Much different than the hoppy profile of a young Doggie Claws, but both are enjoyable.

Fairly full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Very warming as the booze sting is felt a bit, but tamed down a bit from a fresh bottle.

Getting harder to find this one as HOTD is scarce in IN anymore, but I love the various stages of this beer. Bright and hoppy in its youth, after about a year, this one is more of a boozy English style barleywine at this stage.

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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FalconA for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy ruddy brown color with a large tan head on top. Very slow dissipation with streaky lacing down the sides.

S: Wow, surprisingly hoppy, would not guess it a barleywine if I didn't know. As it warms there is some citrus fruit, caramelized sugar, brown sugar, and a little bit of alcohol.

T: Initially very hoppy, just like the aroma with some nice citrus fruits, but as it warms a bit of caramel and toffee come out, a bit if sugary/sweet malt, and a little vanilla.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather smooth, slightly warming, but a bit booze kick is missing, a good thing.

O: A very nice (and hoppy) barleywine. Can only imagine what happens to this beer over time. Can see it being a very interesting beer to vertical.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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 1,202 ratings