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RATINGS: 951   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Brown, with a small, off-white diminishing head. Sweet, spicey nose with notable alcohol and prunes. Fairly sweet flavor, with warming alcohol notes, reasonably bitter, and great spice-cake tastes--hints like nutmeg or cinnamon--and fruity notes--cherries and plum. A bit too fizzy, but overall very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2005
I just had a bottle while cooking and opening some presents on Christmas Day 2005--I didnít even realize until opening it that this is intended as a Holiday beer. They put joy into this barleywine with enough honey sweetness to make it compulsively sippable, and they put in plenty of hop spirit as well. Warming of orange, pine, caramel, a touch of spice (only a touch, and a little dried fruit. Warming alcohol. It helped me fall asleep during the present opening. Though initially it seemed too much for me, it was a great sipper and by the end it seemed to capture just the right notes without ever sinking into bitter negatives when it warmed. Sticky, syrupy, sweet, beautiful palate. Happy Holidays!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
2004 Magnum! Aroma is malt and hops out the wazzoo! Cloudy brown, tiny tan head. Flavour has full throttle malt, hops, lots of pitfruit, some spice. Very full bodied, wonderful mouthfeel, complex, alcohol is noted and appreciated. Majestic! A Huge Thank You to Steve !! (wohlfs)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Great beer Iím glad I got a hold of. Cloudy deep copper/amber with a thick light tan head. Some floaties. Great lacing. Spicy, hoppy aroma. Some alcohol and fruity scents. Full bodied, spicy flavor. Sweet fruits and hops. Alcohol is there but, who cares? Warm, hoppy finish. Complex but very well balanced. Another awesome beer from HOTD.

   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 (2320) - 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 Johnís. 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 wasnít 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 didnít 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 (6709) - 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!

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