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

Doggie ClawsDoggie Claws
BA SCORE
4.14/5
1,191 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:
#1,623
Reviews:
554
Ratings:
1,191
pDev:
11.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
404
Gots:
264
Trade:
15
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,191 |  Reviews: 554
Photo of Intlpostman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebrownbagspecial
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjd722
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smi69
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nmann08
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage bottle. Pours a very non impressive flat looking cloudy brown. No head nor carbonation, 2.00. Smells much better then it looks Dried fruit on the nose with unique apricot type aromas, 4.50. Taste is mellow, semi sweet. The way a good Barleywine should be, not to sweet and overpowering. Hard to believe it's 11%. No burn at all just tasty complex malty delishiousness. 4.50

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2016-01-01
12oz bottle of 2014 served in a tulip. Bottle opened with surprisingly, disturbingly little gasp.

Beer pours flat, brown, muddy looking. Smell is wood, smoke, very oaky.Alcohol. Taste is very sweet, lots and lots of that oaky characteristic. Some strange buttery characteristic.

Mouthfeel is slick, thick, oily. Not a fan. I've had it other times, and thought it was good. I suspect I got a bad bottle, based on the butteriness and the lack of pressure when I opened the cap.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle.

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Photo of JGlitz87
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shoegueuze
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zratcliff
1.18/5  rDev -71.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just making this review to add to some below.

2015 bottle

Opened the cap (popped doesn't count here as I will note below). Zero sound.

Did aggressive pour into a snifter. ZERO carb.

Off Smell - I can smell a little bit of BW here, but more apple cider vinegar.

Taste - absolutely awful - and this is coming from someone who has grown to love English style BWs. Vinegar and cardboard.

I am guessing there was an issue with the seal of the cap or the bottle conditioning itself. Maybe both.

As another poster said below - quality control or lack thereof, ruined this beer for me.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled gifted from Bretthead. 2013 bottle per the label. Poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, burnished copper with a bubbly film and a few yeast specks. Looks like it has little or no carbonation. Body is very hazy with no lacing.

Aroma: Worn leather, oxidized malts, brown sugar, raisins, marshmallowy malts (not unlike that in an aged Bigfoot), fading piney American hops.

Taste: Nice American hop presence hanging around up front, gooey honey, brown sugar, soft alcohol, roasted barley. What I want from a seasonal barleywine.

Mf: Medium body for a beer which equals more of a thin feel for a barleywine. Almost zero carbonation. Very slick and syrupy. Hardly any heat.

Overall: A very nice barleywine with a sweeter, dark take on the style and a dry hoppyness. Even a dab of carbonation could of really helped this beer. The hop presence is there to cut the sweetness but with the stillness it’s just hoppy, syrupy sweet malt water. Well worth it if you think it might be carbed, otherwise just stick to Bigfoot or Hog Heaven for a hoppy American barleywine.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Goatdavemac
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robc3366
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of robgage
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Briken
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmys
2.69/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage. kept at cellar conditions since obtaining in 2013.

A: pours like all hell. dark brown and super hazy. tried to keep most of the conditioning yeast out of the pour, but it was challenging. head is super frothy and has great retention.

S: smells like a glass of raisins. oxidation too. virtually no hops. this thing is pretty cooked and despite being held at cellar conditions, didn't age nicely.

T: see aroma.

M: a positive from this, the carb is great. full bodied brew.

D: see aroma. truly, I kept this in good condition and it really is nothing to write home about. should have drank sooner as I could only imagine fresh would be much better.

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