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RATINGS: 925   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2005
Pours with a thick foamy head, similar to a nice beligian. Color is a glowing, murky dark red. Lively hoppy aroma, piney and a little citrus, pleasent. Very bitter and hoppy up front, loaded with hops. Developed earthy malt taste, brings out a great balanced candied roasted flavor as well. Great soft mouthfeel, hides the 11.5% amazingly well. Wow.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Thanks to rudolf for this one. Deep ruby-brown colour with a massive tan head. Outstanding aroma of piney hops, lemon, and some nutty earthiness. Flavour is big and full, with citrus and hops off the top, and a strong malty background to balance things off well, and a dry, boozy warmth in the finish. Very, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Deep, dark orangeish brown color with a large beige head. The aroma was quite bold...orange and lemon zest, grapefruit, slight nutty tone, and a little funkiness to add some integrity to this fine brew. The flavor was equally bold...bitter orange, sour lemon, sour grapefruit, and a solid caramel malt backbone. The feel was quite crisp on the tongue...a little biting (in a good way) with a dry finish. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Deep rich ruby. Soft tan head. Really hoppy nose.. reminds me a bit of foghorn. Distinctly peant butter/peanut brittle nose. Verrry interesting. Amazing rich malt, perfectly balanced. For some reason this reminds me of Chicken Satay. You would think that would be a bad thing but it isnít. Some sweet syrupy orange, lots of caramel. I love this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2003 bottle. A gentle pour yields a large resilient light tan head over a clear ruby body; beautiful! The head reduces to a 1/4" thick dense layer buoyed by fine, constant carbonation. Very hoppy aroma - itís trying to be piney and grapefruity but itís well-tempered by the big caramel/butterscotch malts. This is a b-wine where the hops take over the malt. The sappy grapefruit/herbal hops are balled up in a sticky caramel coating but theyíre still the beerís core. Thereís a strong retronasal alcohol component, but itís not as strong in the flavor. I would have liked to give this beer a higher score but I need a stronger malt presence in my b-wines to make me happy. 3.7 ainít too shabby though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
2003 bottle: Pours a woody brown with a finely bubbled, creamy, nicely lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet sticky caramel malt and lots of piney hops with some alcohol. Starts rich and caramely sweet with some butterscotch and licorice. Finishes very warming and bittersweet. A nice barleywine with good complexity, but could hide its alcohol a little better. Thanks to Larry Pitonka for the trade!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nicplemel (19) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Very good barley wine. The aroma really sets you up nicely, you pretty much know what youíre in for based off the smell alone. Has a dark rusty brown color, nontransparent. Flavor is very yeasty/bready with notes of pine but a good level of sweetness too. The alc. is there alright but not over whelmingly so. This will make you happy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Bottle. 2004. Mahogony color with a beige head. Big citrus and pine hop aroma with sweet malt underneath. Thick rich body. Niticable alcohol presence. Toffee, pine resin, citrus, stone fruit flavors. Nice bitterness. Carbonation a little too high.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 4, 2005
í04. pours a dark red/brown with lots of floaty stuff, with a huge creme colored head, which settles down to a small layer. nose is alcohol, hops, fruit, sweetness. taste is malty and sweet, with a little spice. bitter and alcoholic towards the end. very warming. nice thick mouthfeel. yum

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6218) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2005
2004 bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily hoppy (resin), lightly malty (cookie). Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Hop-heavy to the point of being downright boring in the nose. Better in the mouth experience, wrt to balance and mouthfeel, but this is quite lacking in aromatic depth/complexity IMHO.


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