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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by googzoid10, Oct 5, 2013.
Has/was HotD Doggie Claws been bottled/for sale in '10, '11, '12 and '13?
Saw all three years on tap at their taproom and had the '12 in tap and from bottle...both amazingly delicious.
Still have a pair in the cellar too.
It's been bottled since 2002, if I recall correctly.
not yet in 2013. Release date is November.
@hairofthedog: Today we are releasing Doggie Claws 2013 starting at 11:30 for $120 per case or six dollars a bottle
So probably a week or two before we see it hit Seattle?
Hopefully the shipments to WA are carbonated this year.
Anybody with past experience have any idea about how long this will be available to go in the tasting room?
had a magnum of '01 recently that was excellent.
I got to try a 2001 Magnum last December as well...it was excellent.
anyone know if the bottle tastes like the draft? I found this years draft a bit underwhelming
Haven't tried the current vintage in draft or bottles but did try the Little Dog version and it was absolutely incredible, I wish they would bottle that.
Anteater it is usually around for a couple weeks.
I've had it twice on tap in the past week and both times was a little disappointed. I thought last year's version in bottle was excellent, one of the better vintages in recent memory (my bottles were well carbonated with minimal sediment). But I'm a little worried about the 2013 bottle version. I normally just buy a case, but will likely get a bottle to try first.
I personally almost always find Doggie Claws a little hoppier than I prefer my barleywines when it's fresh. Give it a year, though, and it's perfect.
so I am having a bottle now, it imo is better than the tap I had at the matt release, it's darker too. also it's well carbonated not flat. case for me!
Only a 20% increase from last year. I wonder, maybe they produced less than last year.
Yeah, we cracked a bottle tonight as well, and despite my previous comment, I'd say this vintage is already drinking quite nicely.
I went ahead and bought a case on your recommendation. And I'm not disappointed. Enjoying my first bottle right now. Perhaps not quite as good as last year's, although dang close. I'll have no problem finishing off 3/4 of the case over the next two months and the rest into the cellar.
well glad you liked it, did you get a bottle to try before getting that case?
Nah. I get a case every year, so unless someone reported it was terrible, I'm game for the $120 investment.
Stopped by HotD today to grab a few more bottles of Otto and ordered a Doggie Claws to go with my sandwich. I was surprised by how hoppy it was but initially chalked it up to how variable the beer is year to year. Later found out it was a dry-hopped version. Excellent!
Nice little Wednesday there for you. I'm jealous.
that would explain it. my wife didn't like it as much this year due to the hoppier taste, which I'm fine with. thanks for the info.
Anyone got any word on when DoggieClaws '13 is actually gonna get released?
It was released last Saturday. Almost certainly still available at the pub. Don't know when it'll hit distro.
Available now for $6
My wife and I are visiting Portland in a week or so, any chance we will be able to pick up a couple bottles of this while we are in town?
I'm 95% certain it's still for sale at the brewery. And once it hits distro, it'll be fairly easy to find for a month or two.
+1 on this. Like kscaldef said, you really should have no trouble finding DC around town and/or at the tasting room. The beer will also likely be on tap over at the tasting room, should that be the place you decide to pick some up.
Had this one yesterday at HOTD, excellent vintage!
Thanks for all the updates. If anybody has a '10, '11, & '12 to trade, let me know. I have a bunch of stuff I could offer up. Preference to someone that has all 3. Thanks!
Just as an "oh by the way...."
HOTD usually puts on multiple vintages of DC in the tasting room during OBF each year. This past year, they were pouring 4 different vintages, I think going back to 07 or 08. Anyway, I know July is a long ways away, but it might be something to keep in mind if you're around next summer.
Just grabbed a few bottles against my better judgement.
Any reports of carb problems with this vintage? It seemed like every bottle that came to Eastern WA last year was totally flat and murky.
I've had 2 bottles of 2013 - one had very low carbonation the other was dead flat.
I was wondering about this too. Sad to hear.
We've opened at least 6 bottles this year and they've all been great. Well carbed and delicious.
Likewise. Ive had two and both were perfectly carbed (As opposed to the flat, murky ones of 2012. I really enjoyed 2012, personally). Also, a little more hops and bitterness than last year FWIW.
2013 is delicious.
Same for me.
Yup, no probs for me