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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


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, - MAR 25, 2009
Wow this is by far the best Barley Wine out there. Zero soapiness and no flowery scents. Most BW are cough syrupy. This is a more hopped up version and the sweetness comes in the form of brown sugar and thick malts. The hops are not bittering but definetly present. A bit on the sweet side but its a great desert beer.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (871) - New York City, TURKEY - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with large spongy beige head, prominent cloves and hops aroma, low carbonation, oak flavored toasted malt taste with alcohol undertones, long finish. Great brew!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1051) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours hazy brown with orange hues and off-white head. Aroma of figs, prunes, lots of grain, brown sugar. Taste is sweet, low carbonation, med to full bodied. Overall, very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardaxe (199) - - NOV 11, 2014
aroma of feet and biscuits. Surprisingly lively carb for a two year old beer. Plenty of washed out hop bitterness and typical barleywine malts. Tiny bit of heat in the finish. Nice complexity. Lighter than I expected. Golden color.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (579) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2014
12oz bottle to snifter. 2012. Dark amber. Chunky. Huge pillowy head. Huge malt aroma. Huge malt sweetness with a bitter bite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3763) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Draught, 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a moderate light tan head on there. Nose has quite a bit of wheat, barley and caramel all mixing together. Taste is slightly sweet and very smooth, and ends up being very warming with a slight bite.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (1532) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from a trade, manythanks Kump! Murky amber/orange colour, creamy beige foam. Aroma of peach, apricot, honey, caramel, toffee. Malty base with sweet undertones of brown sugar. Hoppy finish. Well balanced. Very good barley wine!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2210) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Ron. Thick pour; fuzzy, cloudy, burnt tan in color. Opaque, like unfiltered apple cider with little bits of sediment. Very thin, off-white film caps it off. Highly sweet & unattenuated aroma. Deep syrupy molasses, brown sugar, burnt toffee, graham cracker, honey, & a pinch of dark fruit. As expected, sweet on the palate, but not cloying or overbearing at all. Molasses, toffee, caramel, all quite syrupy with a mild, underlying burnt sugar element. Toasty malts with a light alcoholic bite. Warmth brings out more dark fruits; black cherry, candied plum, red apple, & even some pear. A little ash & grassiness towards the finish from the hops, but this thing is malt bomb without a doubt. Heavy body, lots of residue sticking to the palate with each sip. A very big barley wine, in terms of body, sweetness, & alcohol, but despite the intensity in all areas, it remains questionably easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1303) - SCOTLAND - SEP 17, 2014
Muddy light brown, ringed white head. Nutty, maple sweet and sweaty socks nose. Bright bronze sweet malt and fading booze burn. Light metallic, blood and soaked pancake finish. Clean enough mouthfeel, not oily or brassy at all apart from the taste.

Bottle, Independence Tasting, Cheers Paul for the long haul

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of JB, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy brown with a large tan head that remains and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of molasses and toffee, along with moderate piney hops. Figs and fruit are present as well. The flavour is moderately sweet with lots of molasses, toffee and figs paired with a moderate piney, resinous hop character. Malts are complex and elegant, slightly predominating over hops that are generous for the style. The finish is long and surprisingly hoppy with a peppery character. On the palate it is medium in body with a slightly acidic texture and average carbonation. Overall, a great barley wine with very nice malts and surprisingly big hops. 2014-09-11

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 8, 2014
2011 Vintage
Tasted on 9/8/14 from a 12oz bottle received in a trade. Pours a very pretty, fiery amber with a thin beige head that leaves an average collar with spot of lace in the center of the glass. The nose is toasted, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, honey, and plenty of well-aged hops balancing. The flavor is the same with an added fruity note balancing all of the malty sweetness and bitterness from the hops. The body is very full with a bit below average carbonation, and a long sweet caramel, toffee, honey, and lightly bitter and fruity hops finish.


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