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
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

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552
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
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Photo of MrDanno96
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with Doodler. Thanks!

A: Pours a reddish brown color with a surprisingly large amount of head: 2 fingers plus. A got amount of foamy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. A good amount of yeast sediment settles to the bottom as well.

S: A whole bunch of aroma on the nose. The honey definitely shines through along with a ton of malty sweetness: cherries, plums, a little leather. Resins and floral hops too.

T: Very earthy up front with notes of tobacco and leather. A good dose of subtle dark fruit sweetness comes through towards the finish with a hint of honey and a little bitterness for balance. The flavor really achieves great balance. While it's a malt bomb, it's not overly sweet or hoppy like many American Barleywines.

M: Full bodied with a very subtle carbonation. The alcohol is hidden very well, but you can feel the warmth as it goes down.

D: A really great American Barleywine, and that's coming from someone that typically doesn't really enjoy barleywines. It's obvious that a lot of thought went into this brew, as opposed to some American Barleywines, which I feel are largely just a ton of everything dumped into the brew pot.

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Photo of philbe311
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A gingers worth of thick rich and creamy of slightly off-white colored head... Moderate retention gives way rich inviting slightly splotching lace with a thick collar... The color is a murky mix of red, brown, and orange... A bit of sluggish carbonation can be seen climbing along the sides of the glass...

S - Spectacular aroma that can be smelled without even bringing your nose in proximity of the glass... A delectable malt bomb... Bursting with dark fruits... Raisins... Dates... Cherries... Caramel... Toffee... A touch of brown sugar... Slightly medicinal... A bit musky... A very restrained subtle piney hop presence...

T - Caramel... Brown sugar... Dates... Fig... Some candied sugars... Short bread... Cherry... Raisins... Toffee... A bit of piney hoppiness... Loaded with complexity...

M - A bit of creaminess to start... Thick and slightly viscous... Medium to full bodied... Quite sturdy... Lively carbonation... Dense and heavy... A bit chewy... Surprisingly smooth...

D - I do love me a monstrous Barleywine bursting with flavor and character and this one fits that description... A sipper... Rich and sophisticated... Hair of the Dog has never provided anything less than a superb beer... Terrific all the way around...

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in Darkness Snifter. 2009 vintage.

A: A slow gusher. Pours a murky orange/brown color. Billowy head from initial pour that sticks around for a while. Leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet maltiness. Slightly estery. Nice amount of hoppiness to balance out the sugary sweet malt. Floral. Slightly spicy. Sweet bread. Some dark, candied fruit. Layered and intense.

T: Similar to smell. Loads of sweet malt with just a bit of hops to add some balance. Tobacco and leather. Notes of plum and fig. Lots going on. Rich and complex. 11%abv is not hidden, but not more noticeable than appropriate. A slight astringency in the finish.

M: Full bodied. More carbonation than some barleywines. Soft, but viscous feel.

D: Big and complex, this is certainly a sipper. Very interesting as it changes with each sip. Could drink more than one serving of this over the course of an evening.

Very enjoyable. This is one I'll be one the lookout for when in season. I'd love to lay a few down to see how the flavors develop with more age.

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

At Stumbling Monk in Seattle WA

Poured into a Tulip (a little too quickly). I had to wait for the foam to go down, I just didn't realize how easily this beer would foam! But Oh, what a foam. Just a gorgeous, thick persistent head and a mahogany colored ale.

Smell is a very floral hop with a hint of the alcohol coming through.

The taste is honey-sweet to begin, and holds through with malt sweetness balanced by a bitter hop middle, very smooth on the tongue with a medium body. Carbonation bite refreshes and hop taste at the end finishes pretty cleanly.

I expected the beer to be more hoppy in flavor, possibly more bitter based on it's aroma, but it was quite balanced, perhaps even a tad sweet for my palate, but I'd definitely have another. Lovely beer.

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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 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 corby112
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

2008 vintage received as an extra in a trade and consumed fresh.

Pours a dark, murky golden orange/swampy brown color with burnt orange hues and a one finger off white head that quickly fades. I poured half of the bottle out and there are large chunks of yeast floating in the glass. This beer looks pretty awful.

Earthy soil like aroma with hints of leathery malt, dirt, alcohol solvency and lots of earthy piney hops.

Medium bodied with lots of alcohol sweetness up front. This is counters by a blast of resinous, earthy hops that give off a nice bitter, dry pine needle flavor. There is also a decent amount if citrus flavor especially grapefrut and orange peel. This is again countered mid-palate by a prominent earthy, leathery malt presence. This beer Looked and smelled like swamp water but the malt flavor is actually quite pleasant and there is a great balance of earthy, bitter and sweet flavors.

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Photo of beergod1
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010. Very deep amber in color with a long lasting beige head, good lacing. The aroma is very rich with lots of malt, caramel, Christmas spice, light alcohol, dark fruits. Silky palate with loads of nice fruity notes,Brown sugar, A light burn on the finish, maybe a touch of hops. Full body, a little sweet right now, give this one some time....a year or so, then I will re-rate. I bet this will be great.

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

12oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Pours clear brown - amber with nice big foam head and lingering lacing. Aroma is loaded with good hops, light sugary - honey notes, citrus-grapefruit fruits, caramel - typical holiday spices. Where the whole charm of this beer comes to life is in its taste especially when approaching room temperature. All the hops come together with the malts for an amazing experience. All is terrifically well balanced. The bitter hops is balanced out with the hops and the sweet addition of honey - brown sugar, making this beer an extremely smooth and sweet beer. I am cellaring another bottle for a year or two and see what this is all about!

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Photo of 2xHops
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looked like it's tasty. The head didn't develop as much as I thought it would. It may be the way I poured the beer that caused the lack of head. It had a full-bodied coloring and definitely not transparent. The color's rich caramel (right word?)

The smell's very aromatic. the smell wafered around my nose with ease, and I could smell some floral notes along with the hops.

Taste - I can't remember what a barleywine beer normally taste like, so forgive me if I give the beer a good grade for something that may or may not be accurate. However, I do enjoy the flavors this beer had to offer.

Mouthfeel - The alcohol definitely came alive when I swished the beer. The carbonation's there, and it isn't too thick or thin. However, the alcohol may be just tad overpowering.

Drinkability - It packs a powerful punch, so it's not very drinkable on regular basis, especially if you wanted to drink more than one pint of beer. For the more experienced beer aficionado, this will be a fun sample to try.

I'll drink it again, but I think I prefer Adam or Fred from the brewery.

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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 pmccallum86
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber brown colored body with a thick and bubbly tan head. Very nice looking Barleywine

The smell is of big sweet caramel malts and floral pine hops. Very nice aroma

Taste is of huge malts with a bitter pine hop finish. The alcohol is slightly detectable, but not too bad considering it's 11.5%. Good Barleywine, nothing mind blowing but very good.

Mouthfeel is very full with high carbonation.

Just above average drinkability, nice barleywine.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter!

A - Pours a muddy, brown-amber, with a massive tan head, with excellent head retention and lacing. A very active beer that took a few minutes to calm down before drinking!

S - Smell is of dark and citrus fruit drizzled malts, with sweet honey, molasses, and spicy, piney hops.

T - Complex! Taste is of thick, bready malts, loaded with flavors of cherry, apple, apricot, orange, honey, toffee, caramel, and spicy hops. It's a mouthful, and a tasty one at that for sure!

M - Full-bodied. Uber-rich, almost chewy texture. Medium carbonation. Glorious.

D - It's a sipper, but it's quite the sipper!

Overall - This is an absolutely fantastic Barleywine! Highly recommended

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Photo of sweemzander
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Huge thanks to black13 for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy reddish sienna brown color that produced a huge foamy off-white head with superb retention. Tons of lacing around the entire rim of the glass as it took forever to dissipate. Extremely impressive due to the ABV level of this.

(S)- Some rich fruits of raisin, fig, and maybe even dates. Some hints at cherry & cocoa with some caramel or toffee sweetness.

(T)- Just like the smell predicted. Some rich fruits of raisin, fig, date, with hints at dark chocolate covered cherries. A light spiciness with a honey or caramel sweetness. Has a dry, almost bread-like finish with hints of peat.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Rich and quite strong this fresh, but a complex one at that. Mildly bitter with a mild boozy warmth.

(D)- A world class Barleywine. Tastes great now fresh, but I can only imagine what a year or two would do to this. I need to acquire more of this to find out! It still is a bit too strong to have more than one of these at a time, but it sure hit the spot on this cold New Year's Day!

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Photo of liddytime
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AAAAHHH CHRISTMAS!!

That most wonderful time of the year....second only to when the kids return to school. So for December 24th, I thought I might sample Hair of the Dog's Doggie Claws. It is festive enough on the label with the bulldog wearing the Santa hat. Heck, there's even a pair of menorahs on the label! This should be one multi-denominational beer!

My bottle is dated 2007 and I can't remember, for the life of me, where I purchased it... it has been cellared for a bit..

I decanted her into a tulip snifter. Hazy, toffee brown. Soft, scant, foamy head. Aroma of alcohol, figs, prunes, rum, cardamom and raisins. Have I mentioned that I LOVE barleywines?!

What a great beer. Huge mouthful! Big body. Massive holiday fiesta of dried fruit, spices and spicy hops in your mouth.

This is everything a winter sipper should be. Another quality brew from Hair of the Dog!

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

Thanks to Dim, I'm getting to try this 2009 vintage. I've been saving it to share with my wife on Christmas Eve.

A: A murky burnt orange. Thick, beautiful, creamy head. A lovely beer indeed.

S: Sweet with honey, toffee..a little citrusy. Picking up a dark fruit aspect as well.

T: Sweet to start, kind of spicey at the finish. I'm not sure that I've had a barleywine before where citrus and dark fruits played so well before. A little bit of everything here. Beautiful.

M: Creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth, tastes linger.

D: This is sitting at 11.50% ABV? I don't believe it. Never have I had a beer at this level whose alcohol has been so well masked.

This is a wonderful beer that I would love to try again! Doggie Claws is one of those beers that you keep swirling around, not wanting to swallow. Kind of wished I told my wife that it tasted like shit so I wouldn't have to share! Dan, you picked out a real beauty here.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

124th review on BA
bottle to pint
2009 Bottle

App- A very murky orange amber color with some yellow highlights. A one finger bubbly head that was a light tan milky color.

Smell- I get a lot of scents in this one but mostly, hops, honey and milk. Odd combination I know.

Taste- It's a strange American Barleywine to me. It was very creamy yet had a nice spice to it. Had such a lush feel as well. Like a bit of creamy milk with some booze.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a matching medium carbonation to create quite a unique feel on the palate.

Drink- Its a good beer. High ABV yet could put back a few of them.

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Photo of cooch69
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very murky orange with some tan highlights. It's got an awesome small head. When you swirl this beer it sticks to the sides as easy as a melted marshmellow.

Smell is like a fresh garden of mixed wildflowers in the middle of an evergreen forest. It's definetly got that honey character in there as well. I'd say it was orange blossom honey if I had to guess.

Taste is a nice mild but very noticable hoppiness.( note this is a 2009 edition). Followed up by a huge sweetness that is full of both malts, oranges and mangos. In the finish I also get some spices, most notably corriander and even a wee bit of thyme. The alcohol shows through in the finish as well but not 11%. It is very well hidden.

This beer was much too sweet for me to fall in love with, but I did appreciate the intricacy and flavors that it showed off. I'll try to find a 2010 bottle to see if the hops dry it out a bit.

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Photo of teamizm
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 poured into a tulip glass.

A - A light burnt orange color with a small head with a little lacing

S - light floral hops with subtle dark fruits, caramel.

T - very well balanced between hops and malts. The hops are light and floral and the malt backbone (dark fruits, caramel, toffee) that is not overwhelmingly sweet.

M - very lightly carbonated and easy on the mouth. Very clean.

D - For an American barleywine, this is one of the most drinkable American barleywines I have had in some time. It's not too hoppy (like Old Guardian tends to be) and its not too sweet (like many English barleywines),

Overall, an awesome west coast barleywine. Only thing I would like is a bit more complexity.

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Photo of seeswo
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(2009 bottle) I love barleywine. I think I fell in love with the style drinking an Olde School from DFH. At this point, that beer might be a bit sweet for me, though it is still good - just a sipper. While I have made an effort to collect some allegedly good ones, like Great, BA Old Ruffian, I have not yet tried them. What I have tried is here in front of me, Doggie Claws, and it is freakin' delicious. It is a touch less sweet than Olde School and exceptionally smooth. There is not a lot to the nose, but frankly, I don't care. This has almost none of the bite or cloying sweetness that sometimes spoils a barleywine. I would actually say that, for me, this is something I could drink a few of. Of course, I wouldn't be able to walk if I did.

Really, what we have learned here is that I am going to have to effort a case of this shipped to me in the midwest. I would love to try this beer barrel-aged, but I don't want to get carried away.

One of my favorite barleywines and a really good beer. IMO, if you don't like this, you don't like American Barleywines. Get some.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque caramel brown with a very dense, creamy head.

Aroma is caramel, toffee and a huge blast of citrus and resinous hop bitterness. Alcohol comes on hot and strong.

Taste is amazingly rich and interesting. Caramel and toffee comes on strong. Plenty of brown sugar, orange tangerine, and raisin to keep it interesting. A touch of musty basement. Finishes with a dry cedar quality and earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and silky.

So many layers of flavor in this one. Aroma is nice, but the flavor is incredible. This is a must try.

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Photo of bashiba
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy and dirty orange with a huge and thick fluffy tan head.

The smell was huge with big giant toasted malt nose and a light honey sweetness.

Wow the flavor really caught me off gaurd, a huge blast of sweet honey and bready malts with a nice mild orange and lemony citrus hop finish to balance it out quite nicely. Almost no alcohol taste at all, but a long lingering hop quality builds the more you drink.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily, yet it finishes very lightly with a bit of resin.

Shockingly easy to drink for a beer this big, very unusual overall. Really like it.

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Photo of Phelps
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 09 edition.

Doggie Claws pours from the bottle a sediment-laden burnt orange with half finger head of fuzzy light tan foam that becomes thick lingering ring, leaving little lacing. There are some big, corn flaky chunks in here, but I'm willing to partially ignore them because the color is gorgeous.

In the nose: lots of bright lemon and lime, a mild toastiness, crackers, Christmas trees, apricot and a bit of vinegar and vodka. It's like Sprite, citrusy and sweet.

Tastes like Sprite spiked with caramel apple cider. Lemon, lime, caramel, lavender -- it's an exquisite blend of very sweet and smooth citrus notes that meld into a lovely whole. A very sweet finish without much lingering bitterness follows the game plan the middle established. This is outrageously smooth.

Feels nearly uncarbonated. The soft body is just a shade under medium in fullness. The alcohol numbs the tongue but is unnoticeable amidst so much flavor.

I've never had a beer from Hair of the Dog I didn't find outstanding, and Doggie Claws is no different. Very smooth, very flavorful, and drinkable to the point of irresponsibility.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.28/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours with no head, dispite an aggressive pour. Its petty clear and a very attractive color, but looks like a dark fruity bourbon with the completely still surface. A stiff swirl gives nothing either.

I can tell by the taste and aroma that this beer has so much potential. It fares heavily on the citrus and dark fruits side of the Barley wine spectrum, and other then the brightness of citrus didn't have much in the way of Hop flavors or aroma, maybe the flatness is causing this notion. This drinks alot more like a bright Old Ale then a BW.

The slick and flat mouthfeel is what really brings this beer down. it ruins the appearance, diminishes the palette ability to perceive the flavors, and doesn't carry the aroma up and out.

I have a feeling this would be a totally awesome bottle with some bubbles going on, but from reviews it looks like the carb levels have been all over.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a murky darker amberish copper color. There is some light orange highlights when held to the light. One and a half finger tan head shows good retention. Sticky web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of caramel malts in the front of the aroma. Darker fruits mix in next with notes of plums, figs, and raisins soaked in light alcohol. Some light hops in the backing show some piney aroma. There is a light yeasty aroma when the beer warms up which kind of brings everything together.

T- Caramel malts come through first with a hint of hop bite. The hops although not all that big give way to a nice darker fruit middle. Caramel malts show up in the middle again with the darker fruits along with a light alcohol flavor. Toward the end there is a earthy leathery flavor that I haven't really noticed in barleywines till now. The ending overall is caramel malts with a hint of darker fruits and warming alcohol that doesn't go over the top.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for the beer I thought but didn't ruin it. Caramel malts and darker fruits are left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with alcohol coming along for the ride in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are well balanced in the style with hops surprising me being as balanced as they were.

D- I have been sitting on this one for a couple of years and am glad to see it turned out well. Hair of the Dog really makes good beers. The ABV is really well hidden but soft when coming out. A nice barleywine for the winter season or really anytime!

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,183 ratings.
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