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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"

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Photo of Paincane
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque copper colored brew with a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head retention. Yeast sediment is present.
S: Aromas of bread, toffee & brown sugar. Alcohol and yeasty notes dance on the nose.
T: Biscuity malt flavors with honey presence. Opens as it warms and becomes more intensely boozy.
M: Chewy and warming.
O: Full flavored & boozy.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2011 vintage, so 2 years old at this point. Thanks Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into a Toppling Goliath snifter today, 2/5/2014.

App- Very hazy, cloudy medium-dark brown body. Looks like muddy water, kind of disgusting actually. Minimal head, minimal retention, no lacing.

Smell- Dark fruits, molasses, sugar, tart fruits- perhaps freshly cut apple or pear- caramel, toffee. Hints of earthiness.

Flavour- I assume this has mellowed out really well. Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee dominate. A little bit of what I perceive as vanilla. Slight earthy backend.

Mouthfeel- Thick bodied, somewhat creamy, good carbonation despite being 2 years old. Interestingly, the backend is sweeter than it is early.

Overall- Nice drinking barleywine. I'm going to have to get a bottle to try fresh, but I can already say that 2 years of age definitely has to have helped this beer; at the very least it didn't hurt it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.68/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky brown color with a dismal off white head that dissipates instantly. Smells of citrus brown sugar caramel a bit of alcohol. Tastes of caramel and citrus, lots of lemon comes through. Some alcohol mixed with a mild astringency and some yeasty flavors round this one out. Sweet almost cloying but offset with the lemon and alcohol. The body on this is thinner than you'd think. Carbonation is very low. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. Based on the other reviews I may have gotten a bad bottle. I will revisit this one as I have a couple more bottles, but as is this one is going to clean my kitchen sink.

2013 Bottle from craft shack shared with HoppasaurusRex.
Pours a murky brown color with a couple of hollow bubbles floating on the top. The aroma is stagnant molasses, brown sugar, malt syrup and honey with hints of earth and citrus. The flavor is sweet sugary unfermented wort with hints of citrus. Sticky syrupy mouthfeel, marginal carbonation with a medium to thick body. This beer went down Todd's sink. I don't know why I can't seem to find a decent bottle of this beer, but I might just be done with HOTD altogether.

4/3/2015 2005 Bottle from Mike’s Barleywine tasting, thanks for the opportunity! Rich caramel light pitted fruits mild oxidation. A 10 year old bottle that held up better than my previous 2 attempts with newer vintages.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, almost gray, nearly black, slightly purple tinted orange with a small tan head that fades to a ring.

S: Red grapes, green grapes, apricot, apple and maybe pear in the nose.

T: Slightly sour grape notes, alcohol is definitely present, but not off-putting. Some malt, some dark fruit, medium bodied, not overly carbonated but not flat, pretty good balance. Taste is very much like a quad to me. On later sips there are strangely placed, yet inviting and welcome notes of chocolate and roasted malt. As the glass empties I'm getting a very pleasant orange and papaya, and the nose is dominated by the scent of alcohol (a taster sized snifter). On a more vigorous second pour, I'm getting orange in the nose, as well as some papaya. Definitely complex, every sip has something different.

M: Medium-full bodied and smooth.

O: Really good, but everything I have by them makes me want to try their "From the Wood" beers. I don't think I can say much more about this beer than I've already said.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Whole Foods in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: Jan. 4, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 10, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brown murky color with about one finger of tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Seemed to be a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the tops of the glass.

Smelled a potent mix of hops and malts from the get-go. Got sugary caramel malts, brown sugar, Werther’s candy, toffee, honey, Amarillo hops (I think), earthy hops, grass hops and some type of liquor.

Tasted so damn smooth from the get-go, really the opposite of what I was expecting. Got Werther’s candy, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, honey, butterscotch and buttery malts.

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. Alcohol was well hidden. Best part of the beer by far.

Nowhere as good as I hoped it would be, especially considering the $6.99 price tag on a 12-oz. bottle. Very smooth and a nice sipping beer though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first beer from this fabled brewery. it is the 2011 vintage, and marked 11% abv on the 12oz. bottle. its hazy and caramel colored, dense looking, and showing less than an inch of white lazy froth. i smell a ton of toffee, sweet english malt and ale yeast, not dissimilar from so many other traditional barleywines. thick and syrupy is the feel, but the alcohol is impressively well hidden, perhaps this beers biggest surprise. its clearly malt forward, sweet enough for any palate, and grounded in an earthy brown butter cream type of desserty vibe that makes it a less than perfect preprandial libation, but which showcases a richness and simultaneous delicacy that really work. better when its warm, and still tame on the alcohol front, this is a well done beer, but probably not the best barleywine ive ever had, which i sort fo expected it to be given the hype on this brewery, or at least a few of its beers. happy with it, not overjoyed.

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Photo of pkalix
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

smells like one of those chocolate with orange jelly confections... the bottle has hops aromas though...
no head, 2013 version. just had the JW Lees' British version of an English barleywine, so a comparison is in order!
again, the smell is just like one of those chocolate-orange confections. taste has the orange also, a little syrup-y, a tiny bit of alcohol, lesser amounts of chocolate, hops, and more candy.
overall, it's okay. got a little too much of the sediment in the glass so beware when you pour it.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (2012 vintage) into a Hair of the Dog Brewery & Tasting Room branded tulip glass

Pours a hazy deep, amber capped by a two finger off white head. Plenty of pine sap, caramel, toffee, and hints of citrus on the nose. Big caramel malt upfront, toffee, and grainy biscuit accents. Finishes semi-dry with pine sap and caramel coated grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness. Moderate carbonation, big full, silky yet syrupy body. Slight creaminess on the finish. An excellent American barleywine. The hops still make a huge statement, even after being cellared for a year.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a wonderfully rich and dark mahogany color. Beer is cloudy and bottle had quite a bit of sediment despite being fresh. The sumptuous head has great retention, leaving lots of lacing and a cap that remains throughout the tasting.

Smell: Only slightly boozy with the 11% abv. Wonderfully amount of malt with a good amount of citrus hops just under the the alcohol.

Taste: Good amount of hops on the finish that hides any sense of alcohol except for the exhale. The malts come off as a sweet bread. Very nice. Should age nicely.

Mouthfeel: There is a great amount of body to this beer, but the alcohol cuts it nicely. The carbonation is just right.

Overall: This is a great beer. It should age nicely as it says, but already a great beer.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is an opaque maroon that appears as a muddy maroon/dark amber when held up to the light. Leaves behind considerable lacing that sometimes appears as sheeting.

Nose- Bright and vibrant hops. Not exactly what I expect from a barleywine but it is the American version. Lots of citrus- orange, lemon, and grapefruit. These fade and show tons of peaches. There are also notes of candied fruit and raisins. The aroma portends a beer that is delicious both fresh and aged. Swirling shows light peach.

Taste- Not quite as hoppy as the nose and shows a more traditional barleywine flavor profile. Still, plenty of citrus (orange, lemon, and grapefruit) and also tons of peach. This leads into raisin and a good amount of woodiness on the finish (oak, pine, and resin). The citrus gives the beer an almost mimosa like quality and I really like the clean and effervescent orange. Some brown bread and dark malts. Light caramel and a bit of honey. No hint of the 11% which makes this a very scary beer. Good to really good beer. I will definitely be buying at least two to three more to see what a little aging will produce. Peach is by far the most dominant aspect of the flavor profile and that works very well for this beer. Complexity with great balance and integration which isn't something you find in a lot of young barleywines.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of syrup on the texture. Good amount of carbonation for one of HOTD's bigger beers. Even has a little bit of zing.

Drinkability- Dangerous- I can't find any indication of the 11% and this drinking a lot quicker than it should. 6 bucks a bottle seems reasonable for a tasty and very good barleywine.

Overall- Very good beer but not exactly a great beer. It is close but lacks some of the intense complexity and presence that the great barleywines have. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 batch.

A: Pours a hazy sort of reddish-brown. Tall, fluffy light brown head. Head fades very slowly with great retention. Just a little splotch of lacing here and there.

S: Big and rich malts. Heavy on the caramel, heavy on the dark fruits - primarily raisin. Prunes too I think. Very sweet smelling.

T: Again, very malty but there is a surprising little bite of hops up front (despite being 2+ years old). A little sharp alochol up front too. Caramel and dark fruits abound as well. Big bready malt is here now too with a touch of brown sugar.. Sort of a sweetbread taste I'd say. More like bread crusts in the finish. Lots of malt flavors, naturally. Touch of booziness again in the aftertaste. Lingering spicy alcohol and piney hoppiness between sips.

M: Fairly heavy but the booziness cuts it nicely.

O: A nice hoppy (I'm sure much hoppier fresh) and malty barleywine. Showcases some really nice and complex malt notes with just enough hops and alcohol to cut down the thickness and sweetness. Well balanced to boot. Easily the best HOTD beer I've had to date.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

a brown/amber in color with 2 fingers of creme colored head (probably the most head i've seen in a barley wine and i approve!), took a picture with flash and spotted a bunch of sediment chunks on the bottom of the glass.. gives it a nice homebrew feel.

the aroma up front has a bit of oxidation, some notes of soapy pine, caramel, brown sugar.. definitely getting a lot of barley juicyness from deep sniffs.

the flavor up front has a slight banana hint, raisins, caramel, barley sugary sweetness, goes into a darker brown sugar flavor with a nice biscuity maltyness, nutty, slightly toasted notes.. this is a wonderful tasting treat. the body is medium/full with a bit of carbonation that adds a little life and separates this from most beers of its style - for being 11%+, you get absolutely no alcohol burn.. this along with the flavor can be a deadly combination.

i really am enjoying this beer - couldn't wait another month to pop it open on christmas, but here's to a late celebration of life for my 2nd son. honestly after a stressful few weeks and a few more to come (hurdles in life, they happen).. this is a fantastic way to distract the mind.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. 2011 vintage, so 2yrs old at this point. Bought for $5.49 at Total Wine in Tustin CA.

A - Very cloudy (dirty) brown and not a pleasant shade;-) Off white head leaves excellent lacing.

S - Brown sugar, dates, cat piss (in a good way).

T - Again leads in w/ sweet brown sugar, dates and finishes in a slightly black pepper, spicy note w/ a dose of catpiss hops (after 2yrs!!). Everything is very smooth, no alcohol burn. All flavors meld nicely. Nothing overwhelms.

M - Full body and very creamy. Carbonation is soft and is perfect for the body and style.

O - Great beer! The age has really mellowed it in a great way. Would even let this age a few more years as it doesn't seem to have degraded and might get even better.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Beer is a dark toffee brown. Just about zero head results from the pour,just a little bit of bubble.

Nose is heavy and rich. Deep, sweet malts, lots of toffee and caramel. Despite some age, there is a hop aroma- pine and resin stick out. A bit of wood. Some dark fruit but not a lot. Smells a bit like a heavy liquor, perhaps cognac. Nice.

Taste is similar. Heavy caramel and toffee flavours, extremely rich. There is some dark fruit, perhaps plum. Again, the hops present some resin and pine flavours. The alcohol is noticeable, particularly in the finish.

Full bodied, quite heavy and thick. However, despite the heavyness, there is an odd watery feel that is out of place. Quite sticky. Some heat.

Overall, a bit on the hot and heavy side, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer being reviewed is a 2010 vintage.

A - Pours an amber tan color with some slight chill haze and a very rock, billowing cream colored head and very nice carbonation. As the beer warms the haze slowly subsides to a nice clear, amber copper color.

S - Caramel, toffee, very slightly boozy, and a little vinous; because of the age there's no hop aroma in the nose. For 11.5% it doesn't jump out of the glass like I thought it would.

T - Sweet toffee and caramel malt with a small amount of oranges and ends with a boozy light pine bitter finish. Although it wasn't present in the nose so much the alcohol is definitely present with moderate warming in the back of the throat as it slides down. Slightly woody and malt forward. The orange comes through more after the finish as it coats the mouth over top of the lightly toasted toffee/caramel.

M - Thick and full bodied with very gentle carbonation. Has a nice lingering coating of oranges on the back end.

O - This definitely got better as the beer warmed to room temperature. Would seek out again and prefer to try a younger one next time to experience some of the hop bitterness, this was on the sweeter side. The aroma was pretty light but the taste made up for the shortfall.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Doggie Claws – 2012 Big thanks to brooklynbrews for this extra.

12oz bottle into my FW snifter glass.
*Notes taken from 06/29/13.

A: Looks murky and lifeless with a dark caramel body and some ruddy brown hues. Virtually no head on it gives the impression of lower carbonation here. A little sediment floating and a watery edge to it. Almost looks like prune juice or something. Not stick or lace to speak of. Not the most attractive beer by any means.

S: Smells of booze met with sweet caramel malts and some underpinnings of dried orange peels. The aromas start to assert more stone fruit like esters on the backend as they segue into plum and date notes. Really takes on a vinous character. Representative of the style with some firm alcohol presence.

T: Tastes juicy with a big caramel malt toffee sweetness. There is a bit of raisin bread and spice with suggestions of candied citrus peel. The beer has a moderate amount of perceived bitterness and the alcohol is quite hearty adding a boozy spice. Finishes with some plumy esters and more toffee nougat. Nice Barley malt flavors and incredibly well balanced for such a big brew.

M: Feel is a little flat and watery with some light chew to it. Falls in the moderately heavy range with more of a wet finish. Alcohol warmth radiates. Rather clean overall.

D: Not my fav of the style with the slightly flat carbonation and higher octane. Does bring out some real nice malty flavors however. Not something I would pick up often. Makes for a nice seasonal sipper though.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (reviewed Jan 2012)

Pours dark amber with a pretty good sized foam, two or three fingers. Head retains. Good carbonation.

Very malty, dark red fruit smell.

This is a real mouthgasm! Caramel, red fruit in the taste. Really sticky. A bit of pine.

It’s pretty damned good, I’m looking forward to aging some of this.

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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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2011 opened one in Mar 2013 and another in December 2014. I think the older version is better, as the hoppiness went away (a good thing in my opinion for a barleywine), so I am reviewing that one.

Appearance – Pours a dark ruby copper color with a medium head that leaves a nice lacing. A little bit of sediment as well that wasn't there in the younger version.

Smell – Honey, raisins, caramel, and a sweet booze.

Taste – Caramel, honey, malt, and some booze. The three year aged version had less hoppiness and tastes better in my opinion, as this allowed the other flavors to come through more.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth and creamy; lightly carbonated, though the 11.5%abv was noticeable.

Drinkability – A nice, very drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of Trystero
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Logged from notes circa 8/10/2012 at Neighborhood in San Diego. 2011 release

Appearance: Murky ruby hues and slightly caramel colored. Milk froth head.

Aroma: Toasted caramel, sugared candies, breakfast pastery with very pronounced bitter hop profile.

Taste: Sweet, rich caramel and candied sugar melds into thick citrus and bitter hop notes. Amazingly balanced and well rounded. It's aged remarkably.

Mouthfeel: Slightly viscous with strong residuals.

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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 Uncle_Jimmy
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Ruddy Reddish brown and opaque with 2 fingers of witeish brownish head some lacing and some floaters (yeast?)

Aroma- baked bread burnt carmel brown sugar

taste carmel toffee plum and prune. like a boozey dr. pepper. More drinkable than Fred I think would like to have tried this one barrel aged of cellared for a bit like the label suggests. Hops are peppery and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - syrup-y and full bodied bordering on cloying . the booze gives you a bit of a hum at the end

Overall- I think this is more drinkable than the Fred its a big beer and one that I could have only a few of. also it seems like it may be a holiday beer in which case I could see it pairing well with heavy holiday foods like turkey and prime rib(the game-ier the better) maybe even lamb. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but i have only really came across one cloying beer (sneaky pete).

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Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and menacingly; a musky, cloudy, burnt tan color. Almost like completely opaque apple cider. Little bits of sediment float around and give this brew an even more unfiltered look. No holds barred, right here. A slightly off-white head caps this one off, leaving minimal lacing and receding rather quickly. Aroma is very sweet, maybe even a bit too sweet, but still highly inviting and manageable. Deep syrupy aromas, graham crackers, sweet brown sugar, warm molasses and burnt toffee. Heavy on the nose, leading me to believe this is gonna be one thick, badass barleywine.

Taste hits first with those thick and sweet syrupy flavors; molasses, toffee, caramel - all in a combination of being toasted, burnt, and extremely sweet. Crispy and toasty malts follow closely behind. Alcohol is noticeable, almost giving off a very slight nail polish remover flavor/aroma. Sweet fruits eventually join the party; sugar-coated plums, sweet candied black cherries, pears, and apples. Hops? Slightly grassy and earthy, even a bit ashy... but fuck 'em. This is a super-sweet malt bomb, and a decently crafted one at that. The body is thick, but not quite as syrupy as the taste or aroma may have you believe. Low carbonation, but fitting for the style.

Damn good barleywine. Very sweet and full of sugary flavors; malts, fruits, and just straight up sugar. Flirting with the line of being "too sweet" - don't know if I could have more than one of these. But split between our tasting group, the sample I had was perfect. I'd definitely go back to this one.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A very hazy brown with a head that dissipates very quickly (too be expected from 11% ABV)

S: Roasted malts are at the front of this aroma with an almost bourbony aroma.

T: Deep malt flavor. Very complex. There are very strong caramel and wood flavors in the front of this beer. There some great bittering qualities present in this beer probably from Simcoe hops.

M: Heavy but not as heavy as I expected from an 11% ABV beer. Low carbonation.

O: A very good beer. Not an everyday beer but worth picking up.

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

2012 vintage

A: Dark amber colored with a light bronze hue visible around the edges of the glass. Highly carbonated, had to pour slow, great lacing and head retention.

S: Smells like big floral hops, piney and fruity, almost estery bubblegum but could just be overall sweetness/sugar.

T: Very hoppy with fruity citrus and dark pine flavors dominating, almost a spice like quality, not sure what. Rich malty backbone supports this interesting flavor combo, dark and deep with a dry finish.

O: One of my favorite barleywines lives up to it's reputation once again. Like all American Barleywines this beer greatly improves with cellar time.

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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,182 ratings.
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