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

Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
1,191 Ratings
Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws

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

2009 Vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter.

Mahogany body, rather dark with rust and vermillion highlights. Perpetual thin desert sand head leaves behind lacing like a sparkling field of stars.

Alcohol is strong in the aroma, with suggestions of light cognac, candied orange, whole cloves, and as a bridge into the malt aromatics, syrup-coated fruitcake. The malt is bready and potent, but this young example is still full of spicy hops with hints of citrus and pine.

Myriad flavors parade across the palate: a faintly vinuous sherry note, lots of fruit (stewed peaches, nectarines, dates, prunes, cherry, bitter orange, etc.), lipton tea, and more. Dark bready malt spreads out mid-palate and leads into a complex hoppy dry heat in the finish (though there is a residual sweetness as well).

Medium-bodied, very well carbonated, smooth, lightly tannic, and just a touch sticky (though this suits the style).

Robust, well balanced, with a nice complexity and a well integrated ABV - an excellent take on the style, which seems to drink very well young (a nice change of pace compared to the über barleywines that require years of aging to obtain any semblance of balance).

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Vigurous pour into pint glass. 2009 bottle.

A: Deep honey, amber in color. Bits of yeast floating about. absolutely no head or lacing. The tiniest bit of foam on top.

S: Brown suggar, candy apple, caramel and honey. Also, some tropical fruity hops. Good nose.

T: Mostly follows smells. Quite sweet. Barley, brown sugar, candy apple, honey.

M: I saw some reviewers saying their bottle had low carbonation, but mine was a total dud. Almost literally 0 carbonation. I'm usually not one to complain about this type of issue. I even enjoy the low levels of carbonation in Port Brewing/Lost Abbey's barrel aged offerings, but this was undrinkable. Maybe it was just a problem with my bottle or the particular batch, but I couldn't finish it.

D: This beer had a lot of promise based on smell and taste, but the carbonation issue ruined the beer for me.

I really hate to bash what many consider a good beer, but it was completely unenjoyable for me. And at $6 a bottle it makes me a little angry.

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Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to googzoid10 for this, cheers Greg!

2009 bottle spewed a bit as it opened, opened a murky tea color with 1 finger plus of sand colored head, plus floaties. This was a gentle pour mind you... Average head retention & lacing

S: Much pine & some caramel, plus apple & cinnamon

T: Pine & grapefruit, & a bit of booze up front & a touch of whisky smokeyness & toffee sweetness. Boozeyness, grapefruit & leafy hops dominate as this warms, along with apricot & figs. Finishes a bit rough, looking for more smoothness please ( I'm sure time will take care of that)

MF: Medium bodied, over carbonated, pretty warming. Body isn't really holding up to the hops, seems a bit thin once warm

Drinks alright, but this sucker needed at least another 8 months I'm thinking, live & learn...But if your looking the hop smack it probably will fade soon

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Photo of Brent
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little disappointed in this one. Sampled during a tasting that featured several outstanding Russian Imperial Stouts, so perhaps I was a bit jaded by the time this one came to my glass, but overall I found it a bit lacking for a barleywine. A strong ale, perhaps, but not enough horsepower or depth (despite the abv) to be interesting in this category.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

edit: I see reports of lack of carbonation, this bottle (with a blue cap) was low to medium and seemed quite appropriate for the style.

Aroma: Strong notes of dark fruit in the nose, raisins and plum are forefront with alcohol spice following this up with an almost cooling sensation in the nose. I detect a bit of citrus hop aroma but this could be confused with the alcohol, which is certainly expected and welcome for the style.

Appearance: The beer is just dark enough where you can't quite see through the middle of your glass, but moving outward the appearance blends from a deep red to a translucent mahogany brown with small bits of sediment in the bottom of the glass. Being a bottle conditioned ale this is not unexpected. Head pours a full two fingers at first but fades fairly quickly to about a centimeter of off-white foam blanketing the top.

Flavor: There is so much going on here it's hard to know where to begin. You're hit with more dark fruit as it transcends through the nose; raisins and plum of course but there's also some caramelized fruity sweetness as well. There is expected and warming flavors of alcohol that provides a bite toward the end of the malt sweetness that borders on maple syrup. The plum flavor comes back in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full body with light to medium carbonation. The alcohol presence almost stings the mouth with it's warming effect while the body is nearly that of syrup. The malt profile, while somewhat sticky also comes off nearly grainy and chewy through the middle. There is a sweetness left behind on the lips in the end and warmth in the throat.

Overall: The alcohol presence in this beer is unmistakeable and could be interpreted by some as being "hot". Though I believe it is backed up so well with malt complexity and fruity sweetness that a balance is nicely achieved. Though I'm sure it's there hop bitterness is not entirely detectable through the malt and alcohol complexity. Full flavor, supple mouthfeel and a nicely balancing aroma, this is one to seek out if you're looking to experience Barley Wine Style Ale's.

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Photo of dardan
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had to try two, just to make sure. The issue with the lack of carbonation is unfortunate, but most everybody seems to be aware by now - it's still delicious.
A: clean, dark brown/amber, no sediment
S: malty, dark fruit, and caramel,
T: well balanced bitterness, malty, thick syrupy, dark fruit and caramel,
M: thick, smooth, lack of carbonation is the big detracting factor,
D: as noted, we had two to make sure - the alcohol is subdued and we quickly finished both bottles; it's really that good.

If you get the chance and don't mind a flat beer, this is well worth the time. For those of you back East (US), it comes off as very similar to the Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IPA.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour into goblet...

A: Pours a dark amber with hints of chocolate brown. Very viscous with absolutely no head at all...seems completely flat.

S: Huge fruit and malt aroma, lots of floral honey, sweet pears and just a hint of floral citrus hops.

T: Tons of fruit, pears, apples, honey, sweet citrus tangerine, lemon peel, caramel malt, booze comes through in a big way as well. Very complex and layered...very nice.

M: Heavy mouthfeel but very smooth and just a faint hint of carbonation, reminds me a lot of the JW Lees bw's. Booze detracts just a touch as it is a bit hot in the back of the throat.

D: This is a sipper for sure, take your time and enjoy the complexities. However at 11.5% it is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HOTD Doggie Claws (2004) is reknown for its bold, assertive flavors as a young beer, but let's see how it has held up after five years of cellaring? This vintage of Doggie Claws pours up with a modest effervescence that creates a tightly bubbled, beige colored head that blankets the murky, dark copper-ruddy brown body. DC's kind of an ugly mutt and not known for its social graces anyway. The aroma showcases a bigtime sweet grainy character with notes of burnt sugar, caramel-swirl bread & fireweed honey. The hops have become more subdued offering a complex grassy, herbal notes interlaced with a tinge of fruitiness (dried orange, grape seed, oroblanco) that barely escapes the huge sweet toasted maltiness. The flavor is quite multi-layered with a caramel & honey sweetness upfront followed by a firm toastiness (graham crackers, gingerbread snaps) with barely a hint of chocolate. The hop bitterness is still very firm creating a balanced, but chewy finish. This dog's strength becomes more evident towards the finish, but never becomes rabid. Very complex stuff! I'd have to report that this bottle-conditioned barleywine has held up remarkably well over the seasons and is certainly a testament to the American craft brewer's spirit. Don't turn your back or the Claws will bite you!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Trader's Note: Many thanks to beerhandy for this fine elixir.

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Photo of Shakujin
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Claws

Appearance: Bottle, Alot of foam with some decent staying power and thick lacing. Very fluffy. Dark brown with orange highlights, looks thick, like a belgian type thing. Carbonation is coming in streams of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Right from when I opened this I was getting a strong hop smell, upon closer inspecting the hops are citrus and are complimented nicely in the aroma by a sweetness. Like a grapefruit with some sugar on it, or some of those grapefruit gummies. Mals and yeast smells are in there but faint.

Taste: Fantastic. My first impression is a Belgian double mixed with a westcoast IPA, and mixed well. Even though I got a bit of smokeyness in there but only picked it up the first time so might have been a fluke. Digging into the flavors the sip starts with a quick sweet malt, crystal maybe, then the fruity-ness of pears combined with a strong bitter citrus hop which it finishes on.

Mouthfeel: Think double, only a bit lighter.

Drinkability: This beer is quite drinkable, its light enough that I feel as though I would easily drink a few pints, and at 11% thats saying something. Really though the sweetness, the alcohol, and the bitterness are balanced, and blended very well. An excellent beer although more than two in a row probably is not the best idea.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with 2009 date. Pours an orange/copper color with a small off-white head.
Moderate aroma of sweet alcohol, malt and fruit.
Sweet (but not cloying) caramel and honey. Lots of subtle complex flavors. A bit of cherry, orange, dark plum and apple. Some earthy/piney bitterness. Also hint of spice.
Medium-full body with velvety smooth texture. Almost no carbonation.
Tastes more like a dessert wine than a beer. Very smooth.
NOTES: BJCP-American Barleywine

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Photo of bargerking
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

08 vintage poured into a snifter.

A Pale ruby. Very thin head. Thin lace. Low carbonation. This is an 08 though...

S sweet and juicy. Faded hops. Hints of pear. Lots of candi sugars. Dominate honey smell.

T Very sweet. Kind of thick. A little burn going down.

M Tons of honey from start to finish. The aftertaste is even stronger. Not boozey at all and really sweet.

D Great and deadly drinker. Canttaste the booze at all. Really sweet though. If you like honey and Bwine, this is the best it gets.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter/ 2009 vintage

P: Light honey brown with barely a 1/4 inch of soapy head on top, as expected. I am aware of the carbonation issues with this year's bottle run but it doesn't appear to be totally flat, I'd say very low carbonation, though. Much appreciation to Alan for the upfront honesty about it, so leeway given on the appearance score.

A: Smells of sweet malts with tons of caramel and a touch of honey just exploding out of the glass. There's also a good amount of yeasty goodness under the big citrus hop presence that really smells delicious. I wasn't expecting this big of an aroma coming from a beer with almost no head, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

T: Flavor pretty much follows the nose with an incredibly deep malt bill that lays a rock solid foundation for the heaping amount of caramel to build upon. A smidge of honey is appreciated along with those yeasty phenolics and a sturdy citrus hop presence that is careful not to add too much bitterness and take the attention off of the sweet centerpiece. This is really delicious beer, even with this low a level of carbonation!

M: Obviously, the lack of Co2 fails to give this beer that creamy, chewy feel that I look for in barleywines. But, it still works pretty well with a glassy smoothness that feels slightly oily as it glides across the tongue and slips down the throat.

Notes: Seeing as how this is the first time I've had Doggie Claws, I am very impressed with the quality of this brew. I can just imagine how good this would be with more carbonation and some age on it. Even as is, this is a damn fine barleywine that I would be pleased to have around on the regular. Delicious!

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Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer isn't much to look at. It is murky and utterly flat. Its colour, a muddied russet, is drab and dirty. Holding it up against the light brightens things up considerably but clarity is a lost cause and its head is beyond repair, neither bubbles nor a string outline can be noted. But let's not jump to any conclusions, not everything is about looks...

Smells matter too, and it just so happens that this beer smells perfect. The hoppiness, even after three years of aging, still smells about 20 stories high. It is a tsunami of lupullin that crowds your senses like a cloud of smoke. A flower-infused punch, the brewer surely shook the citric fruits off hundreds of branches and drained a forest worth of its resins.

The beer enters your mouth like a bull in a china shop. It is loud and obnoxious and shatters the taste buds. Sappy, sticky, resinous hops, citrusy and piercingly acidic hops, grassy and herbal hops - the beer has its fare share of bitterness. But it's more so resoundingly sweet; the wild flower honey is both obvious and outstanding and quite a compliment.

And the beer goes down your throat like a bull in a china shop as well. The sweetness is resounding, the hoppiness choking, the alcohol warming (if not, outright burning). This beer has no reservations about its strength, but it wears it well, with a suitable and supportive cast of flavours that include orange peel, green tea and the wild flower honey.

I still can't get my head wrapped around the extent of this hoppiness! The amount of citrusy zest still present after three years of aging is nothing short of phenomenal. And yet, I also marvel at how well proportioned and balanced the beer is; if I made a barleywine I'd want it to be exactly like this. I'll have to hire a spy to steal the recipe.

Barleywines (at least the obnoxiously hopped up ones) are an American original - they stand for freedom, rebellion against the system; they are solid, defiant, and supremely cool, the barleywine is the All-American icon of resilient individuality and freedom (at least according to this Canadian). And Doggie Claws is one of the best ones I've ever tried...

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Photo of Docer
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 fresh 12 oz. bottle.

- Heavy pour leaves no head at all. Hardly a bubbly in sight. Very flat. Thick murky brown.. little bit of haze, and drifting sediment.

- Nice floral honey scent with a bit of strong alcohol... but not too heavy. Citrusy and floral hopping. Sweet and nectar-like.

- Very sweet honey flavor... not strong in alcohol at all.. some tea flavors, flowers... nectar... and a sweet citrus, and pine hopping. Would have to say I do love the flavor... but its flat.

- Little heavy, chalky... overall creamy smooth. absolutely no carbonation though which is very disappointing.

- Great flavor, hides the alcohol well... but no carbonation. A little bit of light carbonation, or some head and lacing would have made this brew much better. Perhaps next year.

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Photo of isualum12
3.14/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pour- is dark brown with a little head.

smell is nuts and bourbon, plenty of alcohol smell with a little roasted toffee.

taste is thick, creamy, caramel, brown sugar, dark cream, some malt, spiced.

I could handle a beer or two but that is it. I was really was not looking forward to this beer prior to drinking it but this beer plain out surprised me. This beer was good.

Serving type: bottle

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

2009-12oz bottle into tulip. Love the bulldog logo. Tried to leave yeast in the bottom, but the head got so large i had to stop pouring momentarily and that disturbed the yeast.

A- Huge rocky cream colored head. Great lacing. Deep mahogany with little clarity. I won't dock the poor clarity because of my poor pour.

S- Piney-citrus hops, hard menthol candy, and deep strong malt.

T- Major hops character up front. Delicious carmel candy apple flavor. Malty in the middle with an alcoholic, but restrained finish.

M- Very viscous. Moderate carbonation lightens the mouthfeel, but it coats the palate, leaving a sweet residue on the lips.

D- Sipper, not doubt. The slight after burn, especially as the beer warms, makes this a one-off nightcap.

Great American Barley-wine. Probably too hop forward for my taste in style, but some age could make this near perfect.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a medium almost gray/brown ocher color. It is very cloudy and has is topped with a little bit of white head. Very large bubbles on the head which look like they should be disappearing but seem to be sticking around.

S: There is a boozy bourbon sweetness that strikes the nose first. I also get some fruity esters namely macintosh and grannysmith apples. Smells really nice.

T: This beer is pretty big upfront with quite a bit of residual sweetness on the front of the palate. I get a sort of candied ginger quality and some spicy notes as well (more then I would have guessed). There is definitely a woody quality happening as well. Some of the hops do come through the otherwise cloying sweetness and add some much needed piny bitterness. Not a bad brew but I don't think the flavor holds up to the smell.

M: This beer has a fairly oily and almost watery mouthfill, it has a decent finish but lacks the tacky quality I generally look for in a beer of this style.

D: For me drinkability is pretty low because of the sweetness and the sort of weird texture of this beer.

This is an interesting notion (a festive barley wine) which I would love to see done more often. That said I don't feel like this is a very successful brew. Worth a try but don't go buying a case of it before having had it first...Word to the wise.

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Photo of jminsc76
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours absolutely nooo carbonation whatsoever. Seriously. It's flat as a pancake that was just steamrolled by a, um, steamroller. The body is an impenetrable amber, with a little bit of floaties, perhaps yeast.

Aromas are the usual WOW you get from a strong barleywine, with smells including honey, honey...and more honey. Also exhibits a mixture of melon and maltiness. Very intense.

The taste is closer to mir, or mead, or even DFH's Midas Touch, with a bit of heat on the finish. Additionally shows some malty bitterness that I believe is bringing out some crazy flavors in the stilton I am pairing it with.

The mouthfeel is thick and slightly juicy. Barring the heat, the consistency finishes well.

Overall, this is decent, but waaayyy too f'ing sweet. Maybe that's the point. The smell is wonderful and the taste is honey-delicious, but it lacks refinement, and doesn't balance out well. Whatever though. It needed to be drank and it's drank. Just pair it with a blue cheese like stilton and you'll most likely be satisfied.

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

pour is a cloudy dark brown with a very thin tan head, and an excellent thick lacing.

smell is grapefruit, herbs and spices, caramel and nuts, plenty of dark fruit, and roasted toffee.

taste is thick, creamy, some grain, burnt caramel, dark fruit (raisin, prune), grapefruit, some sour malt, spiced rum, brown sugar, and nuts, ends thick and nicely bitter.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 vintage. From notes 8/6/09. Bottle had 1/2"-2/3" of sediment at the bottom. Served with some Cambizola and sesame flatbreads.

Pours a stunning copper color with ruby highlights into a tulip. Barely any head, a few bubbles. No pfft sound upon opening, nice legs, but am worried about carbonation and oxidation at this point.

The aroma begins with herbal and floral hops which are surprisingly present. Oxidation is moderate but tolerable. Malts are toasted and nutty in character with caramel flavors. Raisins, dates, alcohol and a slight smokiness.

Taste follows the flavors found in the aroma. Low bitterness and a caramel sweetness are present. Hints of vanilla and toffee.

Mouthfeel is coating, smooth but allows its ABV to be felt. Became more and more hot as it warmed, but overall was not too imposing and about average for its style/abv. Very low carbonation.

Next time I get some of these, I will definitely wax them and make sure they are stored properly. A friend of mine bought this for me off the warm shelf and it clearly had suffered from some bad storage.

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

12 oz bottle I got in an impromtu trade with my man, Ding. Thanks, buddy, totally not necessary but really appreciated. So this is a 2008 vintage and served this puppy up in a snifta'.

A: Very cool look to this beer. This has a very muddy, dusty, dirty look to the body. It looks like a mess but I love it. Has a brown with a nice orange/yellow hue to it. Kinda like a fresh, homemade apple cider. You can't see through this sucker, very muddy with tons of debris in here. Lots of sediment, and thats a good thing to me. Had an aggressive pour but had one of the slowest building heads I have ever seen. Head is an off white, quarter finger. Holds up for a little while but fades. No real lace to talk about.

S: Nose is very interesting. Very citric forward, wasn't really expecting that. Good amount of orange peel and meat building in here. Booze comes in behind that. A good amount of sweetness is blossoming with some caramel and honey presence. Light toffee kickin in here. Little spicy, little herbal. Not all of the aromas are as distinguishable but its complexity is quite interesting.

T: Things start off here with a good amount of a flavor I can only describe as an herbal boozy character. With age, I am sure that mellows and creates a cleaner flavor. The orange is here as well but its not as heavy as it was in the nose. The malts come out with a good amount of caramel and toffee. The malts shine a bit more than the hops, but the hops are still present. A touch of citrus and bitterness kickin and balancing. Nice honey flavor with some dark fruit as well. A touch of candied sweetness but its not out of hand. It actually has a really subtle sweetness.

M: Full bodied with a very light carbonation. The beer is allowed to just shine without too much carbonation, but it still doesn't feel too crazy heavy. Alcohol is nice and warming, but not out of hand. A little sticky and chewy. The aftertaste is some sweetness and hops bitterness to further ponder.

D: This beer is just all around good. It is like everything is just enough without getting out of hand and that is a great thing. Hair of the Dog just finds an amazing balance in almost every category. Very beautifully crafted. Would love to try this a couple years down the road to see how it mellows. good stuff for sure.

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Photo of boogyman
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a very murky dark brown amber color. Now, I was told this batch was over carbonated but I poured it like it was grape juice with no head to speak of. I guess we will see what happens as i drink it.

S- Smell is fairly weak. It has some dark fruit along with some almost caramel scents.

T- Very malty and only slightly bitter. Subtle fruity notes on the back end and that is about it. At being 11% ABV there is almost no boozyness to this brew which is surprising.

M- Very smooth going down and absolutely no alcohol burn.

D- I feel like even though I was told that this batch of doggie claws was over carbonated, I think that I might have gotten a odd ball since mine not only wasn't overly carbonated, it had no carbonation at all! But if you take that out of it, this was a very strong brew that I could have a few of without complaining too much.

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Photo of northwestmark
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just poured a 12oz bottle of the new 2009 Doggie Claws into a snifter. The first thing to stand out at me is that the carbonation level on this year's release is much higher than the 2007 and 2008 releases. Also the amount of yeasty stuff at the bottom of the bottle is much less then years such as 2005 and 2008.

Doggie Claws has always been one of my favorite beers and the flavor is that of perfect biscuity malts and a slight hint of tropical fruit with a sweet sticky honey finish that leaves you licking your lips. At this point the doggie claws is still a little hot with the 11% alcohol and you can tell this vintage will age well.

I just picked up a 2002-2009 vertical of doggie claws at the dock sale and it will be fun to see how all of them have aged over time. I have already tasted vintages of 2005, 2007 and 2008 in the past and so far the 2005 and the 2008 have been favorites.

I forgot to add that this year's vintage looks darker than Doggie Claws of the past, maybe similar to 2007.

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Photo of mikey711
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich amber color with minimal head.

S:Some caramel, toffee and green apple notes.

T: Bold caramel and lots of fruity flavors. Green apple skins provide a slightly tart finish that provides a nice balance with the sweet caramel.

M: Leaves a slightly tingly feeling on my tongue. Mildly boozy. Good amount of flavor but could use just a touch more body.

D: For such a big, this one goes down very easy and I feel I could have another one for sure. Definitely something i need to go back too

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Photo of Lothore
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy, blood orange hue with little to no head.

S- Sweet caramel, dark fruits, brown sugar with a nice hoppy afterthought.

T- Dark fruits, fig, caramel and a wave of piney hops that sweep across the tongue.

M- Thick with low carbonation.

D- Although carbonation was a little low for my liking this is an amazing beer. Extremely tasty.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 1,191 ratings
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