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

2008 edition

Pours one of the weirdest brown/copper/orange colors I have ever seen in a beer....hard pour yields about a finger of head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and haze. A few floaties in the glass, probably due to the hard pour.

Smell is pungent caramel malts, light dark fruits, some citrus (orange peel?), nice citrus and floral hop bouquet. Swirling this one in the glass really gets this one open and it gets bigger and bigger. At first I was going to rate this a 4 but it just kept getting better and better.

Taste is rich caramel and toffee, huge citrus hops, faint hints of milk chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, pulpy orange juice....this is one complex beer and unquestionably one of the best barleywines that has graced my lips.
Full/medium bodied, smooth and creamy, the slightest carbonation sting. Drinks like a beer half its strength.

What a beer! This is definitely going to be a staple in my cellar, I can't wait to try and aged bottle.

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

Amber color- tan head – malt, hop, mint, brown sugar, tobacco nose - malt, chocolate, tobacco, slight sour, over ripe apple - medium body- aftertaste malt, earth Amber color- tan head – malt, hop, mint, brown sugar, tobacco nose - malt, chocolate, tobacco, slight sour, over ripe apple - medium body- aftertaste malt, earth Amber color- tan head – malt, hop, mint, brown sugar, tobacco nose - malt, chocolate, tobacco, slight sour, over ripe apple - medium body- aftertaste malt, earth

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Photo of unclekeith
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 into a chalice

L: Murky brown with a thin off white head following an aggressive pour
S; Toffee, leather,?some hops, waves a dark fruit
T: follows the nose, nice bitterness
M: very nice, to style
O: excellent example of this style

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

2006 Vintage poured into a Duvel chalice.

An aggressive pour initially fails to produce a discernable head, as a group of thin tan bubbles immediatly dissipates. However, slowly but surely, a thin patch of minute bubbles rises up to cover the top layer like a thin veil of bright stars against the night sky. Of course, in this case the night sky would be the incredibly cloudy body resembling a melted Sugar Daddy. Can't wait to try this. The aroma is a lot like HOTD's Fred, with immense notes of caramel and toffee filled to the brim. Doggie Claws also produces subsidiary notes of cinnamon apple, booze-laden cider, and chocolate.

Oh my...liquid heaven in a bottle. A touch of spice up front opens to gooey notes of caramel and brown sugar that coat the palate, while a boozy alcohol warmth and sweet, Belgian candied malts seal the deal. Body is uber-viscous and thick, perhaps overly so, but the overall mouthfeel is an enjoyable experience. Hooray for Hair of the Dog; Doggie Claws has completely sealed their position in my mind as one of my favorite craft breweries, and perhaps as masters of the American Barleywine style.

{EDIT: bottle of 2007 drank December '08 smelled highly of simcoe and amarillo hops--not surprisingly. Amazing appearance, thick lacing left behind from a well-retained, light khaki head; decided to bump my appearance rating from 4.0 to 4.5 accordingly}

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to whoever sent this one, I apologize for completely forgetting.

2006 vintage.

Pours a murky chesnut hue with a hint of amber. No head at all with this one, but a few bubbles make an outside ring. Needless to say, no stickiness present either. Smell is a pleasant bouquet of caramel, fresh flowers, cider, and dark fruits. Strong apple aroma in the nose with a hint of cinnamon. A vanilla sweetness scent as well. Smooth caramel apple sweetness up front with a drying wood flavor midway. The label says simcoe and amarillo hops were used, but the year + of aging has seemd to quiet these down a bit. Aftertaste is a semi-sweet molasses with some brown sugar flavors as well. Mouthfeel isn't as heavy as I had anticipated, but that's what I like about it. Medium body with a absent carbonation. So slick and smooth on the tongue, very enjoyable. I have no clue where the 10.5% abv. has disappeared, but I have another one I plan to drink on New Year's Eve '08. When I first looked at this beer I became worried, but at first sip I knew this was going to be a damn good beer. Wow...

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

bottle split with blackie

appearance: muddy brown with heavy amber highlights, minimal head with streaky off-white lacing

smell: dark fruit, plum, fig, alcohol, mild pine/citrus hops definately present in the nose

taste: Quite impressed after the first sip. Strong bourbon like alcohol is present. Dark fruits overpower the hoppiness. I dont see the comparisons to an imperial IPA, perhaps due to this bottle having about 10 months under its belt. Certainly one of the finer barleywines I have come across.

mouthfeel: very smooth, nice hop/malt balance though I bet the hop profile has subdued since the original bottling

drinkability: wish I had more than 6 oz

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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 John_M
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the tasting room today. A bottle of the 2005 version of this excellent beer.

The 2005 DC pours a fairly light brown color, with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing considerable brown sugar, vanilla, honey, caramel, white pepper and dry citrus. Despite the considerable brown sugar, malty aroma, the amount of hoppy bitterness/citrus lets you know that this is not your typical, English style BW. The flavor profile replicates the nose and is just fantastic. The added age/oxidation gave the beer something of a brandy and vanilla edge, but there was still plenty of brown sugar and caramel, as well as considerable hoppy bitterness. Despite the moderate sweetness, this beer still displayed a nearly astonishing amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish, leading to a dry, drawn out, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and it's just amazing how well integrated into the flavor profile the alcohol is in this beer.

Always a great beer, but it's truly amazing how great this beer is with a few years on it.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2012 release, a 12 oz. bottle poured into a munique stemmed glass. The liquid portion comes out sort of a natural apple cider brown and just as hazy. There is a ton of setament floating around in this one. Not usually something I like , but when held up to the light it has a nice glow that I like. There's a tangerine citrus colored cap that erupts after a pretty hard pour, various different sized bubbles. Good amount of lacing and the cap sticks around for quite awhile.

Smell is awesome. The first thing to jump out at you is the hoppy smell, it's very hoppy, but it's certainly not overwhelming, probably because there's a lot going on. Hop aromas of pine and some slight citrus peel/zest and some nice floral notes going on too. It's very sweet smelling, it's almost like a candy coated date/nut blend then glazed with sweet holiday liquor. Good malt backbone and some honey sweetness as well. A touch of alcohol in the nose that warms and tickles, but not as strong as you'd expect on an ABV this high. Really nothing not to like about the smell.

Taste is just as outstanding as the smell, maybe the slightest big robust. Again, there's a great amount of sweetness, but not quite a sugar bomb that you'd expect by my description. Seriously, you can almost pick out some liquid sugar and/or honey. Still there is a super generous portion of hops and according to the label amarillo and simcoe (2 of my favorites). Not much of a taste even though it's a strong ABV. Everything blended together is quite nice, really a quality tasting beer, I'm getting upset that this beer is going away.

Mouthfeel is actually really good. As I said before, I'm not usually a fan of beers that arn't well filtered, but this is good. Full bodied in every sense of the word without crossing into the syrupy category. Sweet and smooth with a nice clean finish. Speaking of which, I can't believe how clean this beer seems to feel. Mainly because of the setament, it looks like it would feel dirty (in the bad way), but doesn't! Oh, and like most quality beers, the carbonation is done right, and there's not really a bite from the alcohol, more of a warming feeling (nice on a crisp night like tonight. A really drinkable beer too. I could have drank this a lot quicker, but I intentionally paced myself so I could enjoy this.

Really such a great beer, probably one of the best barleyywines I've ever had the privilege of trying. Thanks Gregg for a sending ANOTHER great beer. Now I'm going to hit the "review button" so I can enjoy the last ounce or two remaining.

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

Poured a dark chestnut brown with a tight foam rubber head. I didn't get any lacing.

Smell curls my nosehairs the alcohol is so prevalent. Could easily be mistaken for a tawny port at first whiff. A little more whiffing and I get some piney hops and cedar. Nice.

Taste is quite yummy with a bittersweet creme brulee flavor. Toffe, caramel, and sugary maple vanilla cream.

I'm going to store some of this to see what it is like in a year or three.

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

I grabbed a couple of these when I was in SF over Xmas this past winter. I figured 6 months would be enough time to have the trub settle out. I'm not the biggest barleywine fan, but I love what Alan does. 2008 vintage.

A: In my snifter, DC pours a clear, bright, ruddy orange with a thin, tan head with decent retention. Lacework is nice too. For a 11.5% beer, the retention is quite amazing

S: On the nose, this has a very rich character. Malty with a lot of toffee, nougat, and a candy sweetness, this is good on it's own, but the mildly faded hop character lends a balance by way of citrus and floral character. This smells like orange blossom honey, a little diluted. Swirling results in more hop character coming out, earthy and herbal in character. Very, very good. One thing to be noted is the fact that the alcohol heat is absent. Nothing. Zero. Just incredibly smooth, rich and decadent.

T: Wow. Time has morphed this almost into an English barleywine. The malt depth is very enjoyable - candy, toffee, nougat, caramel, with dried fruits, figs and plums. The balance leans towards the candy-like sweetness and the fruity character. Hops aren't as noticeable, but they do lend a mild bitterness and citrus character, especially towards the finish. It makes me think of an orange marmalade with honey. The finish is pretty incredible - long, sweet, and complex with a little bit of honey

M: Awesome. Big in body with soft carbonation, this beer dances on my palate. The finish is great, too, with great malt character

D: I'm not a big fan of the style, but this is an incredible beer that I'll be sad to see gone. I can tell that this one is for the ages, it really does strike me as a beer that one can cellar for years on end with only good results.

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

2004 vintage poured into a Dogfish Head oversize snifter (love this thing). Looks like an english barley reminiscent of Thomas Hardy's. Cloudy, musty, earthy feel reminding of dirty water. Completely opaque and dark russet in color. Head of is white small, fades quickly and leaves bubbly lava traces abroad.

Huge delicous nose also with a TH feel. (Alright). Toffee malt aromas ooze from the snifter, thick and creamy of molten toffee to be exact, like at a candy factory or a world of sweets. Although the aromas aren't overly sweet they are pleasant. bursting with dried fruits led by smyrna fig, golden raisin, mollasses, maple, hints of caramel, cherry, Very little in way of alcohol aroma. This is one sexy smelling BW.

This is my kind of beer. The finish on this is unbelievable and makes it very difficult not to keep sipping. It's like a milk chocolate covered toffee candy. Thick, chewy, somewhat rugged mouthfeel but it's very nice. Basically the same flavors as what was described as in the nose but with more of a brown sugar taste than the mollasses. RS is moderate on the coating mid palate but increases on the finish. Alochol is very well hidden. Some slight bitterness on the finish as well. A damn good BW indeed. Now for a distributor in Ohio to pick this brewery back up again.

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

A 2006 Vintage, purchased directly at the brewery in Portland, OR.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, with no head. No noticeable carbonation. Color is of dark honey or copper. A slight honey taste as well. Woodsy smell. Not terribly bitter. Very smooth and sweet mouthfeel. I highly recommend this. I might have to pick up some more of this. I have a 2005 aging now, and plan on trying it later this year. The high quality and taste i've come to expect from HOTD brews.

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Photo of kacytennic
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good beer, complex flavors that were very well balanced, Nice hoppy ness thats complimented nicely with sweet malt, really great combination. Hops arent over the but hang around really nicely to work with the other flavors.

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

On tap at the Split Thy Skull event at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, New York.

Appearance: Opaque orange-amber with thick tan head. Effervescence was clearly visible as tiny bubbles of carbonation were percolating to the top. It was looking at me saying "drink me" so I did cause that's what I do (Note that the comment "cause that's what I do" is a tribute to slander).

Smell: Glorious apricot aroma. Hops aroma was also present.

Taste: Hops flavor up front along with a very fruity apricot-like flavor. Sweet malt flavor then follows, along with cloves, and finishes with a hop bitterness. Aftertaste is very complex, first dominated by apricot, but banana was also detected. Lots of flavors going on here.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: So delicious its almost quaff-able, even for a barley wine.

Comments: My favorite barley wine at the event. What flavors! The aftertaste lasts forever. Oh my! Woof Woof!

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

Pours a dirty oramge color with lots of cloudiness. Huge aroma of sharp bitter peach, citrus, and classic English-ale mustiness. There's an amazing alcohol burn that hits early and lasts long, sharp and stimulating. Some toasty caramel in the background, but the citrus-and-peach hoppiness ultimately dominates the flavors. This is great, a truly great beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from who knows where, maybe VA trip Summer 2004.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 2" beige head over the clear, effervescent, bright copper brew. Head is static, regenerating itself for quite some time before finally dwindling (10+ minutes), and lacing is heavy, foamy ,and impressive, especially for the style. Aroma is sweet malts, coupled with some vinous fruitiness. Taste is somewhat sedate for what I was expecting. Light sweet notes, passing through dim fruitsville, and then closing down for the night at a crisp slightly hoppy note. However, mouthfeel and drinkability bring us back to the land of awe. One of the most drinkable 10% brews I've had in a long time. Age has done this one good.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle lightly chilled and served in a Thomas Hardy's snifter on Mardi Gras 2K5.

Laissez le bon temps roulez!!!

Appearance: Clear reddish orange topped by a huge and frothy yellowed head. Streamers of carbonation support a thick layer of foam that almost never faded. Splotches and fingers of foam were left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Wonderfully intense hop aromas, but not of the piney, citrusy, or noble sort: Peppery and brassy. Lots of fruity yeastiness akin to oranges and such. Caramelized sugars to boot. Damn.

Taste: Bitter orange marmalade/peel. Mildly sweet. Peppery hops flicker about the palate, dancing with some subtle alcohol flavors. Wow.

Mouthfeel: A little thinnish at times for the style, but still a hefty and chewy beer. Very well carbonated, perhaps too much stylistically.

Drinkability: Temperature is very important with this beer. Too cold and the fruitness of the malt/yeast is overpowered by the hops. Too warm and the hops get lost. Very nice. A "Belgian" take on barleywine. Quirky. Why didn't I buy more?

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Photo of biegaman
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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 DanOLeary
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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 KJH
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Doggie Claws 2007

Very drinkable for a fresh barleywine.

Pours a dark amber and has pleasant aromas.

Slight citrus note with a very full mouthfeel. Moderate to heavy hop tones (this is not a basd thing).

No alcohol tones are present. One of the better barleywines I've drank this year.

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Photo of nomad
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 vintage - which seems a bit better than some of the vintages below - this beer was a smash hit at a barleywine festival

Poured a beautiful apricot/peach color. Swung this easy puppy up to my eye and it was easy to kick up a head of tiny little bubbles - all fun to watch. Fast sliding lace. Altogether the appearence was almost like a hefe-weiss profile. (Truly though! I had a Weisenstephaner next to it, so the comparison is fair) Appearance was like no other barlweyine I've seen.

Nose was of wild grapes, floral, like a peach wine almost, astringent pine, and lemon. Scents were very uplifting due to the underripe apricot and peach. Tasted like wild grapes, hops, and a flavor that almost tastes like eating edible flowers, if you've ever done it. Nice balance of sour and salt. Citrusy but uniquely so from the unripe peaches. Among the palate it had a great middle where all these taste came together nicely. Very drinkable with a mouthfeel that was fairly and not thin nor oily nor etc.

Extremely tasty and a great and different take on barleywine. A unique type of alcohol in general, like a magical fruit concoction – and wasn’t even aged!

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,174 ratings.
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