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RATINGS: 949   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 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 (512) - 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.

   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. Don’t 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (1914) - 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.

   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 aren’t 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.

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