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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
Pours dark copper colours with an outstanding white head. Caramel and incredible piney hop aroma. Sweet caramel flavors hit first, then hop, hop, hop. Nice balance. This is a really good and intense barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2005
A very intense barley wine that is very reminicent of a IIPA. Huge, herbal aroma with malt, grapefruit, other citrus, biting alcohol. Appearance is a cloudy rust, certainly nothing special, but does have a very nice head. Flavor hits you head on hop hop hop, then to strong sweetish malt, finishing with a very alcoholic bitterness. Donít most beers exhibit the malt profile before the hop? Oh well, nothing wrong with that. As another reviewer said this beer really offers a perfect palate; it is neither too thick, watery, carbonated, etc. A really tasty beer that I think would age very well, as it could use a bit smoothing out.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Opaque brown orange with a massive foamy off white head. Spicy yeast ester, Simcoe citrus, and sour fruit aromatics. Big caramel malt flavors with muted hop citrus and resin. Finish is somewhat hot alcohol with residual fruit presence. Mouthfeel is full and lusterous.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 04 Pours a burgandy & copper color w/ a large fluffy off white thick tall head that laces very well. Smells of a big big sweet malt aroma light carmel a light flroal hop and a woody scent. Palate is big thick well coated creamy and warm. Flavor is very sweet big malty carmel and a tiny touch of bitter in the finish along w/ the feel of the alcohol in the swallow. A little over sweet not that well balanced but dang good stuff can sit back and sip it all night... I almost think there is a scotch like piece in it too. Num Num. 05 vintage today.. was excellent very fresh much more sweet hop flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1886) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 Brown chocolately appearance with white sediment speckles. Taste is thick and heavy with mild hoppiness and even sweetness. This product is very delicious.$3.95/12oz.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 2004 bottle courtesy of Odeed,a trading madman.Looks like blood with a slash of Ginger Ale.Lots of bubbly foam.it is a fine looking specimen.aroma is syrupy and sweet.The hops arenít as up front as I thought as I get lots of dark cherry and toffee.Complex.Taste is devine.Sweet with the malts hiting me at first but man-oh-man can we get some bitterness on the palate?? Very well balanced in the sweet to bitterness ratio. Re-Rate as I had this on tap and was blown away.Huge hops and I mean fucking huge.This thing was crazy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004 bottle: Pours a wonderful rusty hue with a small but lasting beige head and outstanding lace. The aroma has overtones of piney and floral hops, bready malts, grapefruit and orange rind, woody and peaty esters, and a hint of aromatic pipe tobacco. The taste starts as expected with a heavy handed dose of bitters (taste really fresh versus many barley wines) and equally large biscuity malts. Sugary and fruity tones add depth of palate. The finish is ripe with clove and pepper and some notes of peat. The palate feel is about perfect, sticky and aggressive with becoming over-the-top. The alcohol is warming indeed but is part of the experiance not a dominate factor. I agree after the fact with Cornfield that this is closer to an IIPA or at least an American Strong than Barley Wine, but see it aging into a worldly classic brew. I will say I am blown away by this, shock and awe doesnít begin to announce my feelings at this point. GET YA SOME!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Vintage 2004. Fizzy beige head and a mahogany body. Great aroma of tropical fruit, papaya, and a cookie malt quality. Flavor is malty with notes of brown sugar plus pronounced citric and stone fruit hop qualities. Medium-high apparent sweetness. Has properties of a sweet liqueur... with hops. A distinct barley wine and another great beer from HOTD.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3329) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2005
bottle-one of the highlights from the tasting in the NM mountains just east of Albuquerque. pours a cinnamon hue with a beige head-rocky and nice looking. Aroma rings out simcoe hops, which is very unique for a barleywine! I love it! Big hoppy flavors that were pretty sweet, citric, tropical fruits and caramel notes from a good malt base. some alcohol heat in there as well (as it should for that high of abv). long hoppy finish with a malt base. I want a bottle to consume for myself!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
This is a hopheadís kind of a barley wine. It pours a hazy brown color with an explosive tan head that caused me to loose some of this excellent beverage to spillage. The aroma has a solid base of caramel malt, but thatís soon buried under intense pine, herbal, and grapefruit hop scents. The caramel insists on intruding on the flavor, but the hops again dominate, making this perhaps a tad too one-dimensional, but so full of the hop bitterness (and the sturdy ABV) that I enjoy. Iíd like to get some more to cellar, but I almost fear to do so, knowing that it will gain character at the expensive of this marvelous hopfest. This is more like a BIG IIPA than a barley wine... at least at this stage of its life.


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