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

Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
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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:
#1,617
Reviews:
554
Ratings:
1,191
Liked:
1,063
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
11.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
404
Gots:
265
Trade:
15
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage. Reviewed 11/4/11.

Opaque, umber body. One finger, light tan head. Very dense. Large compact bubbles produce a nice, protective cover.

Lots of citrus and floral hop aromas. Biscuit malts and some honey sweetness. Caramel covered green apples.

Lots of caramel sweetness, with some fruit flavors. Apples and tart apricots. Loads of juicy citrus hops, with a touch of holiday spice. Boozy and warming on the finish. Perfect carbonation.

Wasn't blown away by this, but it's a solid and tasty barleywine.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

*Unless noted otherwise, all 12 oz. bottles

- 2010 vintage
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 2-Nov-11 (aged 1 year)
No tasting notes

- 2011 vintage
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 4-Dec-11 (fresh)
May be the best American barley wine that I've tasted fresh and that's non-BA.
Hot, but not as hot as other BWs are fresh and great balance b/t malts and hops. Aromas of pine hops w/citrus notes. .Smells like pineapple juice. Taste follows the nose a lot. Getting pineapple and malt. Not much heat either. Very well balanced.

- 2009 vintage
- Poured into stemless wine glass on 3-Nov-12 (aged 3 years / cellared 1 year)
The carbonation is almost nearly gone. No head and just a little fizz in the mouthfeel. This is unfortunate because the flavor is still intact. The bready malt blended real nicely with the pineapple citrus and pine notes from the hops. Real smooth balance. Notes of toffee/caramel. If the carbonation was there, this would've been perfect. Not sure if I'd age beyond 3 years until I try the other bottle little later this year.
UPDATE: Based on what I've read, it may just be this vintage. Cracked open another '09 bottle couple days later and same carbonation issue.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 89.3% out of 100 with 1,191 ratings
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