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

Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
BA SCORE
89.2%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 1,190 ratings
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:
#1,611
Reviews:
553
Ratings:
1,190
Liked:
1,062
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
11.84%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
404
Gots:
265
Trade:
15
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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Photo of slayer3604
4.94/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage from the bottle.

a- cap comes off with a weak "pifff", a pour of modest strength renders no head, and small pockets of bubbles jettison their way to the surface. Lots and lots of sediment, murky reddish brown body, with the occasional co2 bubble making its way up the glass.

S- Deep sherry, rum, raisen, fig, almond and a slight snap of citrus! This is one of the best noses ive had in a while! so much to it!

T- There is slight traces of carbonation, but nothing that can be called 'a normal amount'. Tangy spicy whips of grapefruit conjoin with a thick, heavy toffee, nutmeggy, roasted fig netherverse! WOW!

M- Heavy with no carbonation. i dont know if the lack of carbonation helps this one or not, but what they've done is create one of the most extraordinary barleywines ive had in months!

D- I had a 2008 DC and had poured ALL of the sediment into the cup and it was over run with tart AA, and grimy hop leaves, so thanks to that one i knew not to pour EVERYTHING into the glass. This saved the day. Very fine beer, and one i hope to drink more often!

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Photo of jim102864
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via a trade from Hoppymeal (thanks, bro!), and darn glad I did.

Opened the 12 oz bottle with a solid burst of carbonation. I poured it slowly but plenty of yeast made it into the glass which is fine by me. Brownish in color but somewhat cloudy from the yeast with a fair rain shower of carbonation and a one finger head which suprisingly, stays in a creamy pillow throughout the session.

The simcoe and amarillo hops were quite evident in the nose. Slightly grassy and herbal. Nice.

The taste scores an emphatic "wow!" as the fascinating herbal sweetness blends nicely with a mildly biting alcohol finsih. The hops are well hidden but you know they're in there doing their good work. Creamy head remains intact throughout. The word "great" comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is creamy and viscous. A perfect balance of taste and physical pleasure.

Surely one of the best if not the best barleywine I've ever had. A special treat, highly recommended! Thank you once again, Hoppymeal!

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4.91/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage, 12 oz bottled poured into a Duvel tulip.

As great as this beer is overall, the thick (1/3 inch) sediment in the bottle makes for an 'interesting' appearance unless you're reeeal careful pouring it out. Looking past the murky brownish amber body, things are actually pretty good, with a finger of creamy and cream-colored head with good retention and lacing.

This beer demands attention, with smells practically jumping out of the glass and into your nose. Massive toffee and caramel malt. Plentiful dark fruit and floral aromas. Bigtime fruitiness, especially orange and pineapple.

Tastes incredible. Once again the malt is massive. So much going on here. Black strap molasses, carmelized sugar, tobacco, leather, honey and a bunch of fruit- pineapple, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine. This much flavor in one bottle is probably illegal in some states.

An endless supply of the tiniest bubbles creates a substantial mouthfeel that is fluffy without being fizzy. Soft and soothing.

Overall impression: Incredible beer that only gets better with age if you can summon the patience and willpower to age it. Also, potentially 'exhibit A' of why the appearance score is weighted too heavily. This is a world-class beer IMO regardless of how the appearance rating pulled down my overall score.

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4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #2. Thought I probably shouldn't wait until the 1 year anniversary of #1!

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle purchased from the brewery at their release of Doggie Claws 2004.

Appearance
As I don't review all that often (!), I'm not sure if the appearance was really Exceptional or just marginal, but looking at it made my mouth water, so I reckon it must be pretty high. A gorgeous dark amber - kinda Scotch Ale-ish, but certainly less opaque than most barleywines.

Smell
Lovely!! I'm used to a sweetish smell from barleywines, but this was DEFINITLY hops - upfront, and in your face. Reminiscent of some grand Imperial IPAs I've had.

Taste
Blimey - I've gone to heaven. Hang on, though - this is definitly NOT what I expected. Instead of the usual barleywine raison, plum, complex taste, I get hops. Loads of 'em! But plenty of malt and other flavors so that the hops aren't bitter and overwhelming. Once again, I'm confused - Barleywine or Imperial IPA?

Mouthfeel
Brilliant. Very smooth, and despite the overt hop profile, very well balanced. What makes this beer - and any great beer, IMHO - great is how well it makes you forget the alcohol and focus on the flavors. Quite unlike the previous iterations of Doggie Claws, I hardly even noticed the alcohol - all 11.5%!

Drinkability
Even though it's not a session beer, this is truly is a barleywine that I could have "several" of. However, because of it's high alcohol content, I can't give it above a 4.5 as I think very few folks could actually drink more than just one.

Overall
Egad - how to rate this!? As a beer to enjoy, this really is one I'd have over and over again. However, I really think the boys at HOTD have mislabled this one as, to me, it's more of an Imperial IPA than any barleywine I've ever had. Beer styles and categories be damned - this is one of HOTD's finest. And for them, that's pretty impressive!

(Chrikey - why do all my reviews have the same SCORE?!)

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4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage 12oz bottle poured into a Russian River sniffer.

A - Dark roasty amber/brown, khaki colored 2 finger head, very little lacing

S - Sweet, juicy, raisiny

T - Extremely complex! Strong currant notes coming through. Cherry, raisin, a little bit of funk, hoppy. Toffee towards the end

M - Velvety smooth, medium to high body. A little bit syrupy.

O - A great mystique to this brew, it's constantly evolving from first sip to last, never disappointing. My only complaint is I wish I had another!

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Photo of mattmaples
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you thought Fred was barley wine you aint seen nothin' yet. I got a sneek peak last night at the brewery and man what a throughly enjoyable barley wine. The one I tried had already been aged for a year and it was great. Bold up front hops without being braceing or brash with substantial malt backing. Sorry about not being more spacific but Allen waited until later in the evening before breaking it out and ... well...you know! I feel sorry for those of you to far away to get some maybe next y

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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the bottle barn in Santa Rosa. Pours blood red with some sediment falling in towards the end of the pour and a beautiful slow cascade that forms an eight inch head. Sticky, slothful lacing. Big malt and hop nose. Pine and citrus with mango, sweet caramel, alcohol. Flavor is a slow-developing masterpiece of deliciousness. Piney hops creep forward slowly along with strawberry, mango and a gentle bug solid backbone of sweet malt. Pine sap hop and prominent sweetness round out the finish with a touch of bitterness and alcohol for good measure. Creamy mouthfeel...a reasonably still beer, with just a hint of soft carbonation. Syrupy. Drinks wonderfully...i sipped this all evening and enjoyed every moment. A great, great beer.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.82/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a million to Loki83 for this great brew!

2008 Vintage !2oz bottle into my DFH snifter

A- Pours a super cloudy golden yellow due to all the sediment with no head just a off white bubbly rim around the outside of the glass.

S- Strong sweet caramel malts with a touch of honey an a slight hop note. Alcohol is there if you look for it but blends in nice with the overall aroma.

T/M- Smooth creamy caramel malts create the base with hints of honey and an overall sweetness. After it goes down you get a bitter but not to dry pine, almost citrus hop flavor that lingers and leaves you wanting more and more. As it warms the alcohol comes out a little bit more but I must admit, HOTD did a great job hiding it behind the awesome flavor this beer has.

Overall this is probably on of the best barleywines I've had so far. Such a great smooth flavor and very easy to drink. No boozy harshness or over prominent flavors. Perfectly blended and well made.

Thanks again Loki83 I'll probably be bugging you for more of this!!!

SkÅL!

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 on the bottle.
Pours a deep mahogany with head that won't quit.
Hops, booze, caramel malts, and oak literally punch you in the nose.
Holy mother of God! This is just stupid. The level of delicious is through the roof! Big hops, sweet caramel, wood, toffee, and booze all have equal turn making love to every single one of your tastebuds.
Thick and sticky, but great carbonation.
This beer is amazing. I recently had a 2010 and it was just as amazing. Still hoppy, but everything blended together even more. This is a magical beer. I'm going back tomorrow to buy as many as possible to drink now and age.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An inch and a half of fizzy deep tan head with nice retention and no lace. Body is a full burgundy brownish. Nose is big and lovely with slight sticky hops and lucious thick dark fruits with boozy tones. The first sip is monsterous with lots of intertwined attractive flavors. Mellow candied spices, a hint of juicy sharp hops, ripe plums, rum soaked raisens and homemade cherry pie all show up. The flavorful complexity swirls around the tongue with such grace you wouldnt know it was 11.5% alchol. Mouthfeel is thick and very enjoyable. Leaves quite a hue on the buds. A super sipper and a joy to drink.

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Photo of LilMatrix
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy copper color that appears oily and viscous during the pour. Little to no head.

S - Aromatic hops and malty floral sweetness. Slightly grassy.

T - Delicious. The sweetness from the honey is wonderfully balanced with the aromatic hops. Up front the sweetness from the honey and malts are subtle and delicate, not overpowering at all. Then the fresh bite of the hops start coming through leaving the palate nice, refreshed, and wanting more Doggie Claws.

M - Has a full body and and wonderful mouthfeel

D - A quality brew from HotD. The high ABV is well hidden, this is a great beer that is warming and worth a try.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doggie Claws 2009: 

A: Pours a beautiful rich copper that is clear and effing beautiful.

S: All i can smell is deep rich cherries and lovely caramel notes that bring out complex notes on the nose

T: This thing is deep and complex of rich cherries and caramel just like the smell.  Unreal how smooth this beer is. Im blown away by the apple, cherry caramel flavors.Kind of rreminds me of yummy Julian apple cider (not the alcoholic cider)

M: Rich and dry that packs retarded amounts of depth on the tongue with low carbonation.

O: This one was incredibly smooth with beer at 2 years aged. One of the best barley wines i have ever enjoyed next to aged "big foot". Way more fruit flavors though then caramel notes.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 89.2% out of 100 with 1,190 ratings
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