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Doggie Claws has a deep copper color and an intense hop character. I use Simcoe and Amarillo hops along with Organic Pilsner malt, British crystal and dark wild flower honey collected on Mt. Hood. The beer is ready to drink now but will improve with age. Happy Holidays from the curs at Hair of the Dog. - Alan Sprints, Brewmaster

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1799) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at the brewery. 2013 vintage. Pours a dark brown with light head. Aromas of candy, dark fruit,and roasted malts. Flavours are same; smooth, malty, and sweet. Really well balanced. Also had the 2004 in a 12 oz bottle Poured a dark garnet red brown. Aromas of brown sugar, raisins, dark caramel, and roasted malts. Flavors are rich and similar. Incredible. 9/4/9/5/18

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours a very murky brown color with a nice foamy light tan head. Lots of sticky pine in the nose, chocolate and caramel, light citrus, dark cherries and plums, and a nice bready malt note. Nice piney hops up front on the taste, nice dark red fruits, toffee, caramel, and a great earthy flavor coming through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1235) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Sample at Ale Alpharetta. Pours brown, with almost no head. Bitter chocolate is dominant in the nose, with notes of maple syrup and vanilla. Very sweet flavor, with a light bitterness, and a slightly dank finish. Heavy body, sticky, thick, and grainy. Overall, this is a nice, sweet and malty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6427) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle from bytemesis - thanks!! Very murky reddish brown pour. Raisin / dark grape, caramel sweetness, graham cracker, maybe a bit of grapefruit. Very smooth and full on the tongue. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2633) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottling. Big crack upon opening, very highly carbonated. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy ruby red color with a 2-3 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, pepper, floral, grass, caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, honey, herbal, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, citrus rind, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, honey, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest/rind, pine, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, honey, floral, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops with dark malt/honey flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine. All around great balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tonkun (872) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Tap at brewery. Copper pour with a white head. Raisin, floral, meaty, oak, pine. Medium body with a slightly bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (920) - Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2014
11% abv, listed on bottom of label. $6.99 for the 12 ounce bottle purchased from El Cerrito earlier today. To pint, it pours a smoggy, hazy varnish dark brown; no head visible, only bubbles, but they had dispersed rather quickly. Aromas of wet tobacco, graham crackers, honey, duct tape, licorice, burnt rubber, elderberries, pilsner malt, sour grass, carrots, sweet onions, grapes, cedar, and caramel. Tastes the same with the addition of topsoil, walnuts, booze, cotton, white chocolate, English yeast, duck fat, and sage. Hibiscus, feta, cinnamon, and hops by swallow. Packs a wallop! Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol crept progressively, but wasnít hidden. Had a slight underlying acidic note hinting at orange peels and limes. Good grief, is there a lot in this little bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (159) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Opaque copper colored brew w/ creamy tan head. Aromas of bread, toffee & brown sugar. Biscuity malt flavors with honey. Full flavored & boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (1370) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Bottle (2013, 11% ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours a murky/cloudy dark caramel brown with no head, good bit of yeast and sediment towards the end of the pour. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, toffee, light piney hops. Tasting notes of dark fruit, piney hops, caramel, toffee, big sweetness, a bit of citrus and toast. Very smooth for 11%. Medium body with a semi-dry and slightly hoppy finish, mouthfeel is slightly sticky with low carbonation. This may be the smoothest barleywine Iíve had so far, finishes just a hint warm if at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1334) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Dark brown with dark red very murky. Aroma and taste is dominated by dark fruit. Plums raisins. Some underlying booze is in there. This is on the darker end for a barleywine. I respect what they are doing here and see why people like it but not feeling this one today.

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