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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

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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4.12
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17.23%
 
 
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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew came to me via Weefisheads. Thanks man!
I have a 12 oz bottle and pour it into my snifter. As I am looking at the glass, I realize the bottle is foaming out the top. Little too much activity in there?
Back to the sample. The beer is a dark amber color and is rather hazy, lots of sediment that got disturbed during initial pour. oops.
A beige creamy head foams up about 1.5 inches real easy and fades super slow, in fact there is a layer on the surface throughout my tasting.
Aroma is hop dominated. I am getting mostly sour citrusy scents like a fresh cut grapefruit, some fruity scents come through and just a mild hint of alcohol is allowed to pass as well.
First sip, whoa! Prickly small carbonation almost burns my tongue. Definitely some bottle condition action happening. The body is fairly thick on this brew.
Flavor is up front hoppy bite that receeds to a sweet caramel maltiness and ripe fruit for a second or two and then finishes sour citrus hops again. NIce to see the balance come through like that. I really like this well balanced drinkalbe brew. Wonder what it will be like in a few years??
Thanks again weefisheads!!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Have had this in the fridge for over 6 months.

Pours an awsom, thick, frothy off white head. Honey brown color. Lots of large "floaties" all over the glass. Chunks of lacing sit on the sides of the glass!

Honey floral smells permeate the room! Alcoholic, almost chardonet wine smells. Off smells of wet paint. Because this brew smells so strong, wonderful, and fills the room, it is perfect.

Honey taste with a nice bitter afterbite. Alocoholic.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and sticky, very nice!

Great drinkability for this style.

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Photo of timc100
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage

Pours a dank murky brown with a creamy beige head that sticks around. Aroma is intense of huge sweet caramel and grapefruit citrus, bitter pine and raisin - definitely can tell it is on the fresher side. Taste is incredibly sweet - butterscotch, toffee, grapefruit, dark fruits and honey. There are some slight floral notes as well. Lighter body than expected - medium and chewy.

Overall this is fantastic, the best American style barleywine I've had. There is a big fresh hop presence but does not over power.

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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 AaronHomoya
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 edition, 12 oz bottle.

I had this in May, 6 months or so I guess from when it was released.

Poured into a glass this is a beautiful beer. Dark amber color and a thick, smooth head that lasts.

Aroma is sweet and you can tell the alcohol is there.

The flavor is sweet, warming, complex and with a very smooth hops bitterness at the finish. It's full of lots of malt, lots of roastiness, and balanced all perfectly with just the right amount of hops.

Mouthfeel was also exceptional - full, smooth and delicious.

Drank the bottle with no problem, but probably good I didn't have two. Very easy to drink, but at that strength I guess I can't give it a 5 in drinkability. I just hope to find some more of this someday.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A-This beer pours a deep brown with a mahogany hint and a gentle carbonation. The head is a thin wispy tan that last for a bit

S- This beer has an intense floral hop nose with some earthy resiny notes. There is a nice malt character along with the hops, more caramel to brown sugar aromas. Very nice.

T- The sweet caramel tastes are quickly followed by a burst of fresh vibrant hops. Some roasted malts come through and a nice warm alcohol finish last almost as long as the hop bitterness.

M- This has a nice velvety mouthfeel with a gentle alcohol warmth. No astringency from the hops.

D- This is a leader in American barley wines and it is ready to drink now. The amazing aroma has fresh hops and great malty notes. This is a must try brew.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into snifter. 2010 release. consumed on Easter 2011. From notes.

A: Pours a one finger head, that is off white and the body is a hazy copper hue. Slow, but steady carbonation levels. Great head retention as well as sticky lace.

S: A bold and crisp aroma, sweet notes and a classic Barleywine aroma. Strong use of malts, but still kickin' with an American hop aroma. The honey is profoundly evident in this well balanced Barley Pop.

T/M: Full bodied front of high malt sweetness, while hops are present. Not as much in the aroma. But none the less, a high West Coast pine and citrus hop notes. Honey adds a well rounded glossy mouthfeel. The lingering taste is strong, but not as prolonged as the overall intensity projects.

O: In drinkablity terms, this brew is an all star, with smooth start to finish texture, classic American hop flavor and aroma it really is a solid brew. And a nice addition from the honey.

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Photo of marc77
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2002 version. Tremendously thick, off white, inpenetrable, virtually static, mountainous head leaves intricate lace. Hop polyphenol laden hazy, peachy light bronze hue. Pungent wafts of ripe, juicy mango and pseudosweet clementine like hop oils with a resiny pine contrast. Subdued medium lovibond caramel malt adds a sweet, mildly toffeeish component. Subversive, ominous ethanol sear is discernible with concentration. Intense and appetizing in aroma. The flavor begins transiently balanced, but citrus laced hop bitterness dominates after a brief deliberation. Caramel malt struggles to assert itself, but does manage token, candyish sweetness. Malt balance is nearly acheived, however, mostly due to the ample residual sugars and dextrins from the high original gravity. Hop flavor emerges in earnest mid palate once the caramel malt presence is forgotten, and is akin to sugar dusted grapefruit albeit with round, floral and melon like notes. Moderate in body, and dangerously soft and crisply dextrinous in mouthfeel. Finishes with a snap of biscuit yielding to continuing, satiating hop bitterness and nearly forgotten ethanol warmth. A delicious, hop driven brew with sufficient malt balance. Not quite a barleywine. This is easily the most drinkable double IPA I've had. The hops shine, and the malt backbone is there, but unlike many "barleywines", Doggie Claws sits dangerously light on the palate. Delicious and addictive, if you love brightly hopped brews. Nearly the epitomy of a double IPA. Watch out...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm having the privilage of drinking the '06 vintage (3+ years old) and must say that it's giving me quite an education in Barleywines.

The beer opens with a very quiet hiss, making me worry about the lack of carbonation. No real worries, as the beer pours a thin blanket of foam forms on the beer and holds true for the session. Deep mohogany and ruby in color, the beer carries a moderate haze (carefull not to pour the heavy sediment present in the bottle). Light lacing and legging all throughout the session. This is the look of a truely well-aged Barleyine.

Insane aromas of malt and fruit conduct an assault on the nose even as the beer is being poured. Deep, deep caramels, toffees, and molassas wrap around a sherry and rum aroma. Fruitcake esters of apples, cherries, nuts, figs, raisons, dates, plumbs, and prunes all make a sweet and sturdy impact on the nose. Hops provide only an herbal element that blends well into the intense malt profile.

Flavors are much the same but with a much smoother, lighter flavor than the nose suggests- I expected much more intensity. Emphasis falls on the sweet fruits and malts while a mild hop bitterness helps the beer fade into a rather balanced finish.

The beer never displays the heavy, viscous, chewy textures that today's Barleyines do. But a sweet start shows remarkable attenuation for such power in taste and aroma. This allows for a dry and evaporative finish. By no means does this beer finish dry or crisp but it is remarkably easy to drink compared to common Barleywines.

This is undoubtedly one of the best Barleywines... no, beers.... that I have ever had. Thanks Slayer3604!

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006.

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours solvent-like with no head, no lacing. A honey amber with some traces of green. A lot of floaties from the bottle conditioning are visible in the depths of the body. Wisps of carbonation hugging ths surface of the body save the look, however, keeping it overall pretty, and considering the addition of honey, appropriate.

Smell: A huge wash of pine-y hops with honey, like a huge bunch of fresh pine needles and branches dripping with the stuff. This produces a surprisingly effective and wonderful aroma. The sweet aromatics of citrus hop aromas I'm used to, but the sweetness lended by the honey melds with the pine aromas here for an incredible effect. Floral and orange on the back end, and some rubbing alcohol aromas. Some sharpish sherry or port lingers in there somewhere.

Taste: Pine, pine, pine, pine, pine, with a little citrus. The honey manifests itself in some smoothed-over sugar sweetness that virtually wants to stick to the tongue. A little sherry, again. The honey and pine mixture here is even more effective than the aroma. In its young stage, this honestly reminds me more of a DIPA than a Barley Wine, but the intensity of the flavors, the amount of sugars, and the dessert wine-like characteristics lurking within make it obvious this will transform dramatically with age in a way a DIPA never could.

Mouthfeel: A little thickish and honey-like, appropriately. Almost a little undercarbonated, but it manages to do well regardless. Not very hot considering the ABV or the alcohol aromas I picked up in the nose.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable at this stage. If you're a fan of DIPA's and a little wary of Barley Wines, this would be a nice stepping stone of its own. Unusually, this is one BW that is incredibly drinkable despite its youth.

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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 Googs
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tannish head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toffee and caramelized malts, brown sugar, some grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, dark fruits, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of lots of sweet toffee and caramelized malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some hop bitterness, and a bit of sweet dark fruits. Through the middle, some pine and grassy hops come through with some more bitterness alongside some brown sugar and some more sweet caramelized sugars. The finish is a mix of rich sweet caramel and caramelized malts, grapefruit and resiny pine hops, hop bitterness, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big rich and bold malt character, but the body and hop really balance out nicely. Fantastic barleywine.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010:
Opened 12/2010.

Poured a murky orange-mahogany into a tulip with a finger of long-lasting off-white head. Strong hop-forward aroma with pine, spice, traces of orange and grapefruit, and some vanilla caramel sweetness to balance.

Moderate carbonation and lively, creamy mouthfeel. Very sweet up front with sugar cookie and caramel followed by full-bodied honey, orange, and some floral, spicy hops on the lightly bitter finish.

A sipper due to the sweetness, but the high alcohol is amazingly well-masked. By taste alone I'd peg this at 7-8 percent, not 11!

2009:
Blue cap, opened 09/2011. Just a thin film of white head. Carbonation was more muted than the 2010 bottle, but I encountered no flatness issues as some had reported with this batch. A little less hop aroma than the 2010 with a subtler honey character. Taste followed suit with a smoother feel, less hop spice, and some nice orange and vanilla on the finish. Sugar cookie and caramel sweetness remained but seemed to blend more with the honey flavors. Alcohol still completely hidden -- very tasty and easy-drinking!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal aroma -- fruit, spice, caramel and a sublime raw graininess akin to oats. There’s also a lush forest of hops that greets you from half a yard distant the moment the bottle is cracked. The color is carnelian sunrise in modest light, cinnamon-wood at greater depths. The Claws initially pours five fingers of head that takes some time to tame before it’s logistically feasible to drink and the presence of CO2 is notably high for a barleywine, though I didn’t find this intrusive. Eventually the head settles to a lumpy wash of sea foam. The body is so dense however, that bubbles must fight their way to the surface.

Doggie Claws is an uncommonly refined barleywine with the triumphant complexity of a Bach fugue. The malt platform is rotund and suggests a distant candied sweetness. The 11.5% ABV is noticeable in the aroma but is gracefully concealed to the taste. Simcoe and Amarillo hops invoke a fresh, green flavor that entreats the palate like a meadow of mythic wildflowers or an acre of forest in a bottle. The hops return when you belch for a special repeat performance.

Even at a relatively early date, Doggie Claws is eminently drinkable. In fact, it takes less time to drink than to wait for the head to recede. There’s no compelling need to age Doggie Claws as the bittering hops are already well contoured. But the possibilities for cellaring are enormous and this would no doubt make for a great buried treasure.

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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 djeucalyptus
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2007 and poured into a snifter.

a. deep and complex orange lemon amber colors with a definite caramel haziness to it. Slightly dull and murky on the whole. As expected, a fairly thin but dense head bubbled to the top with an average pour, leaving behind some nice gummy lacing.

s. The depth of the aroma on this one is incredible. Initial notes are of sweet malt with some piney hops, coated with fruit. Mandarin oranges, pear, figs, and a bit of banana. There's also some subtle sweetness reminiscent of creme brulee or butterscotch pudding. As it warms, more of the pear, apple, raisin, and tangelo notes pull through, along with some sweet and pleasant alcohol esters.

t. Taste is a beautifully smooth blend of rich, almost citrusy malts and subtle but powerful citrus and floral hop notes. Very hoppy but not bitter, very malty but nauseatingly so. For aging less than a year, this one is pleasantly mellow for a barleywine with flavor profiles this strong. Some honey and caramel sweetness is definitely there, as is unidentifiable fruitiness akin to asian pears, persimmon and cherimoya. There are some beautiful flavors mixing together to create something pretty smooth and impressive.

m. Pleasurable is an understatement. Thick without tasting like sipping molasses. The carbonation escorts the thick barleywine down the tongue, making sure the tingling alcohol and bitterness from the hops is fully realized. Depth in mouthfeel is awesome and hard to come by.

d. Awesome, as most from Hair of the Dog tend to be... very well done. Malty and sweet but enough of the hops to remind you of an DIPA every now and then... which is perfect. This would definitely age beautifully, but at the same time, it's fairly impressive relatively fresh, which seems like a sign of a kickass barleywine in my books.

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Photo of rsmith03
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best tasking barley wine beer i've had. Doggie Claws is full flavored with hints of pineapple, cinnamon, rum, and sweet ginger. The beer has nice dark brown color with little head on top. The sweetness of the beer makes the 11.5% smooth and refreshing.

When poring from a bottle make sure you don't poor all the sentiments out.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 into an eager glass

Coppery with a spotty soapy head that emerges and dies with rapidity

Smells phenomenal: woodsy pine, smooth rich caramel, and a monster smack of grapefruit with a background of pleasant vaporous malt booziness. Just an awesome smelling beer.

Damn is this is a nice hoppy barleywine. So creamy and smooth with a beautiful thick, oily mouthfeel. Quite a slippery beer that drinks like candied desert with a deceptive bite that seeps into the bloodstream but never beats you over the head. Hops and sweet fruits battle to a nice give and take, so neither side dominates overtly and can live in harmony.

Really fine barleywine and one I would seek out again.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As to be expected with all Hair of the Dog beers this one pours out with a monster head. After getting all the beer in the glass the tan head settled into a whipped cream kind of look, very interesting. The body was a murky brownish orange. The head stayed around until the end lacing the glass with clumps galore. This is about as perfect looking as it can get in my opinion. Aroma is full of malty sweetness with a nice ripe fruitiness about it. There are notes of caramel and alcohol in the mix as well. The taste is similar with dark fruits and sweetness upfront over a bit of chocolate. Earthy hops come in at the end before the fruity aftertaste with a bit of alcohol bite to it. Mouthfeel is full with a warmth and stickiness to it. Very drinkable stuff here, its solid all around and I will definitely be picking up some more.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured draft from the Luck Lab Bwine Tastival 2011. Vintage 2009 A+ 5.o all the way!

A: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color with cood carbonation leaving a dirty white cap

S: I got big citrus on the nose, caramel, earth

T: I got a big caramel malt, faded hops, mainly lots of citrus and oine to this. Lots of earthy notes, sweet and tangy and absolutely phenominal! One of the best bwines I have had to date.

M: So tasty, full, booze is just right just amazing. Sticky, sweet and excpetional

D: Will not find much to rival this. I could have drank this all day long.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light brown, a good amount of sediment, like unpasteurized apple cider, with a one finger cream head that slowly recedes. Aroma is big on the citrusy hops, tangerines, with some yeasty breadiness and sweet malty and caramel aromas as well. A booziness is evident, but not overly strong in the aroma. Taste is basically the reverse of the aroma. A big rich and sweet maltiness hits up front, very sweet caramel and raisin flavors. The citrusy hops come in middle to end of the taste and blend and balance the sweetness and linger with the richness into the aftertaste. Soft and full bodied, yet not overly cloying, a nice hoppy dryness in the finish. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, incredibly balanced for its strength. An outstanding american barleywine, possibly my favorite hotd beer, the 2005 vintage is drinking wonderfully and probably will for the next year or two.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the 2003 on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Poured into a Saison Dupont glass. Review prepared from notes.

A: Murky reddish brown with a very thin, cream colored head.

S: Green apple, green grapes, pine, toasted rye and crackery malts.

T: BIG toasty, woody, grainy, bready malts which rise up to punch you in the nose (literally) at the finish, complimented by tart, fruity hops. Green apple and berry flavors round it out.

M: Weighty and slick. Coats the mouth evenly. The flavor experience involves the entire mouth at once, playing across the tastebuds, roof and cheeks.

D: This is a powerhouse beer with an impressive ABV, but I just can't get enough of them. Despite the challenge and strength of the flavors and character of this beer - which are hallmarks of the style, anyway - I'm giving this one a high drinkability score.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Merry Christmas BeerAdvocate! In celebration, I have opened up this years Doggie Claws. Mmmm!

A: Poured amber/brown from bottle, with heavy sediment left behind. Low carbonation and nearly no head left behind.
S: Nice hop aroma! Reminiscent of other HotD brews. After the hops, I notice a bit of caramelized malt smell.
T: Sweet malt and hop harmony abound. The hops have mellowed from their presence in the nose, but are still delicious. The honey flavor pokes through a bit.
M: Smooth and balanced. Lingering flavors. A very balanced beer. The alcohol has a warming affect, but is indistinguishable.
D: Ooooh damn. I could enjoy these all night long. I wish I had more than just one. I'll keep an eye open for more and look to cellar a few to see what it would become.

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Photo of Risser09
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage • 12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass

Appearance: Thick, honey-like appearance pours into the glass with minimal head and traces of lingering lacey bubbles. Considerable sediment floats at the bottom of the grog. Looks like thin caramel.

Smell: Aromatic vanilla and sweet floral tones. Smells of brown sugar. MMM

Taste: Very complex. Birch. Floral hops initially. Mango. Orange. Rose. Midtones consist of vanilla and sweet sugar. My tongue is overwhelmed with flavor. Finish is long and delicately balanced between malts and hops. Alcohol burn in minimal but evident. Warms the throat and stomach. As the beer warms I start to taste caramelized pears.

Mouthfeel: Buttery without very much carbonation. Dangerously creamy and begs for me to drink more. It's a shame I only got half a glass. Alcohol not present and well hidden.

Drinkability: Awesome. I could have 2-4 of these on a good night. I wish I could have more of this stuff. Ages extremely well. This is a testament to cellaring American Barleywines. I'll probably buy a bunch of different barleywines each year and pace them out. What an experience!

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.
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