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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2005
04 Bottle - Deep chestnut brown, thick fizzy tan head. Intense rich nose of caramelized pineapple, brown sugar, pine, and citrus, with softer notes of earth, cherry, and apricot. Flavor was supper hopped up (pine, citrus, some earth) on the front side without any harsh bitterness, and balanced to near perfection with more sweet caramel, some dark fruit, and hints of toffee. Full bodied and chewy throughout, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Absolutely fantastic...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Dirty red brown with a solid marshmellowy head ... Nice sweet malt (yet floral) aroma. Smooth ... the alcohol powers through, but this is a mellow brew ... citrus, cookie dough, light spices. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2005
(Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a deep mahogany body with a long-lasting creamy beige head. Aroma of fresh baked bread, grapefruit, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and cherries. Chewy body with flavor of Christmas fruit cake and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2005
12 oz. bottle - 2004 vintage courtesy of Saarlander in our latest trade. big rich malty aroma. dark brown appearance with a huge frothy tan head that takes quite some time to settle down to an oily layer of lace. flavors of oak, vanilla, hints of bourbon and an alcohol presence. this barleywine is also leaving a sticky sweetness on the lips and it has some hop bitterness on the tail end. barleywines are not my favorite style, but this is an exceptional beer. thanks Aaron!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
2004 bottle - I picked HOTD Doggie Claws @ Sam’s Liquors in Chicago for under $4 USD. This is an amazing barleywine! Reddish colored with perfect tan head and lacing. Full bodied malts, just the right amount of hop bitterness and fruity undertones. I think its the amarillo hops which gives Doggie Claws a unique taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2005
12oz. bottle. Murky brown color with a small tan head. Awesome aroma of malt, caramel, hops and raisins. Bitter hop flavor up front, followed by sweet caramel malt and dark fruits. Warming alcoholic finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2005
12oz - 2004 - 100th rating! - Aroma is strong with black cherry, plum, carmel malt, and a touch of hop. Pours a really dark brown with a nice medium off-white head that slowly fades leaving great lacing. Flavor is full and deep matching aroma. Very smooth palate. I can’t wait til next year when I revisit bottle number 2. A great barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1693) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Poured a lovely dark color. Fairly good head. Ruddy brown. Strong malt, earth nose. Very strong. Plum alcohol. Raisin taste, really strong plums, prunes, raisins. Strong caramel, malt, and honey. The alcohol premeates everything. Big mouthful. Copper? Hmmm.... some hops? A bit maybe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Poured a dark brown with a red hue and medium tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma sweet with dark fruits, citrus hops and alcohol. Flavor is vinous, sweet, malty, fruity, and a bitter hop and pepper alcohol finish. A lighter bodied bw than I usually have but still full bodied, just not syrupy. Warming sensation in the throat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Bottle... Spring Brewtopia Trip 2005... Found it at Happy Deli one block from Times Square... didn’t know it was a different beer from the previous years’ releases. Enjoyed this one in my hotel room the night before the festival... This beer rocks!... Lightly hazy, mid-sized, khaki head. Excellent retention. Fruity-Spicy-Hoppy aroma with lots of dark fruits. Very sweet, alcoholic and moderately bitter with lots of dark raisins, figs and plums (dried too). Full-bodied and chewy with modest carbonation. Finishes bitter-sweet and alcoholic. Very warming. World class Winter warmer!

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