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RATINGS: 947   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 17/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
12 oz bottle/2004 vintage. 12/19/05. Pours a deep copper color with a red tint and a thin brown head. I dont know what kind of hops are in this beer but they are very spicy. The initial sip of the beer seems to be very heavy and spicy but after a second and then swollowing the intensity and complexity of the beer settles and yuor left with a more thin feeling in your mouth. The high alcohol content is very noticable unlike some strong beers. An unbelieveable balance by the brewer of spice and still managing to keep a great flavor without over powering the entire beer. Possibly the best barley wine I have tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
this was a good drinking brew. But barley wine is not my cup of tea. It was smooth but man what a bite this beer packed. good but not great

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2005. Draught from one of only 2 kegs available in the Twin Cities area (the other one, at the Happy Gnome, had recently run dry). Had this at Barley John’s. Fruity, somewhat sweet aroma with some hops. Dark, ruby red in color with a small, off-whie head. Nice lace. Caramel flavor with a high alcohol profile. Sweet. Very nice. Improved as it warmed. Initially I wasn’t liking it as much as the Fred, which I was the beer I had previously had that evening. Therefore, at first I was hoping for a little more. As it warmed it improved. Very smooth for a barley wine; I didn’t know it was a barley wine until just now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
2004 magnum from wohlfs (thanks Steve!). Mahogany colored beer with a firm beige head on top, a bit murky. What an aroma, complex and balanced, full on fig and date with bigger spicy hops, dark fruit, caramel, and some light yeast character. Full body delivers a rush of dark fruit, followed by caramel, spice, and finally a punch of spicy hops. The alcohol is only an afterthought and it is welcome as it mingles throughout. Long lasting finish. Wow this was friggin good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber (6675) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 16, 2005
Ruby amber brew, rocky crown on top. From the start you are welcomed with this lovely refreshing hop character. Light citric/malty danced wrapped by alcohol. With time nose uncovers more of peach flowery aromas. At first sip you will realize how complex this ale is. Complex set of aromatic, high alpha hops, juicy malts pale and dark. All this very well done, in good balance. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
magnum bottle. 2004. thanks a lot to wohlfs for contributing this to the party. murky brown-mahogany body with a small off-white head. aroma is beautiful - caramel, woody oak character, butterscotch, chewy pine hops, and yeast. the body is immensely complex! very sweet malty flavours with fruit and warm bread notes. superb balance. finishes with a sticky residue on the lips. tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
2004 magnum, Doug’s, Christmas 05. Dark brown with orange hues, small off white head, very bubbly. Lots of hops in aroma, tons of sweet malt, some yeast - wow, nice and formidable. Really nice balanced malt and hop taste - there is tons of both here and they are balanced perfectly. A really nice fruitiness is there in the background as well. What a wonderful barleywine - my best of show.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (6578) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Magnum at ’December at DougShoemaker’s 2005’ -- courtesy of ?. Vintage 2004. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a small fizzy off-white head. Wonderful aroma of big fresh citrus hops followed by sweet malt, alcohol and dark fruit. I love the smell! The flavour (one word: DELICIOUS!) also starts big with the hops then a sweet fruity taste follows and finally some malt, sugar, spices and smoke. The alcohol is warming and just right for a 10.5% beer. This beer is so complex and definitely one of the best Barley Wines I’ve ever had the pleasure of having. At a tasting where I rated 32 beers this was the beer of the night. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
What is there to say about this classic? Definitely piney, but bitter in other ways (bitter vegetable greens in the best way!). Sweet bready malt. Hefty, especially with the yeast pour, but remarkable in it’s solidity given that it is 11.5%. Andre sent this and I say Yeah!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1032) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Magnum sample (bottom end). Pours murky brown with lots of sediment. Thin tan head. Piney nose with brown sugar, burnt butter, booze and wood. Sweet and laced thoughout with chocolate, berry tart, butter, raisins, cake and wood. Sour milk. Big and bold. Unfortunately I had the bottom of the bottle which had some rather large tobacco sized sediment. None the less the flavours of whiskey and toasted barley prevailed. Quite delicious and I wait for a sample, somewhere near the middle.

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