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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10265) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2005
Bottled. 2004 Pours a cloudy, reddish brown colour with a huge, frothy, beige head. Aroma is quite malty, chocolatey with citrus fruity hop notes, especially grapefruits. Very malty (lightly roasty), bitter-chocolatey taste and medium sweet. Grapefruity, pineneedly hops. Warming alcohol effect. Ends in a quite lasting, bitter-chocolatey finish with a somewhat hoppy, bitter aftertaste. A great beer! Huge thanks go out to saarlander and his wife for getting this bottle to me! I´ll try to return the favour!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 23, 2005
2003 bottle: poured dark caramel brown. Moderate darker beige head. Very malty aroma with dark fruits, brown sugar, alcohol. Full bodied flavor with big malt and a nice balance of hoppiness. Slightly sweet. A very nice beer. Definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Picked up a bottle while at Sam’s in Chicago. Murky chesnut color with a head that faded pretty quickly but left a thin veil. Wonderful aromas with lots of sweet malts and spicy hops. Very rich with chewy malts hinting at spice cake and tingely hops. Dry, malty finish. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Mostly clear and copper in color with a thin, skittish head. Nice lacing as we go. Aroma is of caramel, amaretto, sherry, wood chips, alcohol, maple, rose petals and lavender. Rich and sweet flavor. Some maple fudge sweetness and density similarities. I like how this one lingers at first sip. Lip smacking brown sugar, syrupy accents and a little bit of honeysuckle roses. Heavy, think and oily on the palate and well-balanced. Sugary herbal resonance. Best effort I’ve seen from this brewery to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2005
2004 bottle: Nice deep copper color with a thick layer of tan head that diminishes to a fine ring to leave some nice lacing. Nose is hops, caramel malts, and some yeastiness and earthiness. Taste is yum yum. So chewy thick. Initial taste is lots of sweet caramel malts mixed with some butterscotch. Next, the hops took over. Lots of Amarillos in this beer. Finishes somehat bitter. This beer is very sweet but not cloying at all. Has a silky smooth texture that just rolls off the tongue and down the throat. Alcohol is somewhat apparent, but is never overbearing. I suspect this beer would even out some with aging, which is exactly what HOTD recommends. Im defintely saving one for sampling in a few years. But even without again, this beer is defintely worthy of a top 50. Toni also recommends.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Opaque dark brown color with a thick, dense head. Very fruity and complex aroma. Thick in the mouth and very fruity with dark fruit and berry flavor, Strong alcohol notes leave it somewhat out of balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2005
2004: Pour is dark dark amber with a dark tan head...very big bubbled...side by side with the 02 it was much darker...huge hoppy aroma...minty and grapefruit...thick and chewy...sweet and hoppy...caramel sweetness and big bitter finish...too much for me...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Bottled. Deep opaque orange coloring with a humongous slightly off-white head. The flavor was full, warm, and hoppy. This is definitely one of my favorite barleywines for its complexity and great mouthfeel.

   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.

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