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RATINGS: 947   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bottle, hooked up at Holiday Wine Cellars, Escondido CA. Pours a hazy brownish red color, with a medium head. Flavor is dense and sweet, heavy malt forward, ripe fruits, honey, and residual sugars. Heavily hopped on the back end with notes of resiny spruce and citrus. Full bodied, lingering sweetness and a hint of alcohol on the back end. Although the hops are minty fresh, it seems that this beer would benefit from a bit of aging to mellow out the sweetness a bit. Still solid.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
knickskicks (911) - - APR 25, 2015
2013. Copper pour. Nose is ash, rotten apricot, paper. Taste is ash, booze, and paper.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (751) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2015
2013 Bottle from my cellar. Pours a light mahogany brown with a suspension appearance of tiny yeast particles. Nose is crystal malt, corn sugar, honey, and booze. Taste is similar with a sweet finish. Tastes like a good 2 year old Barleywine should.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mstrcrwly (667) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2015 2013 & 2014 bottles poured into a snifter..amber/brown with a thin off white head..aroma of caramel,spices,lemon..sharp taste with toffee,honey,dark fruit notes..thin,not much carbonation..expected much better.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rosenbergh (8560) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Draught at the Hair of the Dog, Portland, OR. 2014 vintage. Murky mid-brown colour with a creamy light tan head. Strong malty aroma with sweetness, hoppy bitterness and dark fruits. Balanced. Awesome flavour... A perfect balance of malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness and dark fruitiness. I'm in heaven... No! I'm in Portland. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1473) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2015
Several pours from a leaking 2004 magnum bottle... but still holding up well!! Pours deep copper, low carbonation. Held up very well in the nose: dates, sweet raisins, sweet desert wine, a tad madeira wine, caramel. Sweet body with bitter notes as from the middle, Taste is toffee, figs, dates... Interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GriffDaddy (93) - - JUN 12, 2015
I tried to like this, but it’s the last Hair of the Dog for me. Maybe this is the perfect example of this style, maybe this is the precisely what the brewers were trying to accomplish. I just don’t like it. Thick, sweet, honey on the nose followed by thick, sweet, honey on the palate. Thick, sweet taste with absolutely no carbonation at all to cut the thick and sweet. I defer to those with more sophisticated taste, I could not enjoy this at all. I gave it a year on a dark, temp stable shelf and won’t be back.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (3101) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pours a hazy copper color with aroma of brown sugar, caramel, fig, and honey. Sweet honey flavor with caramel, fig, brown sugar, and raisin. 2009 bottle. This is a great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1172) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Craftheads, Tokyo. Hazy reddish brown shade. Ring of head. Aroma has cherry, almond, caramel, a hint of chocolate and plenty of hop resinousness. Taste is a slight step down but still impressive, with a nice chewy texture. A tad underwhelming but still very good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cosmo6644 (86) - Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Aroma of apples and other sweet fruits, taste is weak and thin, just not coming together that old, bottle 2013, would like to try a fresh bottle ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (3175) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2015
(Cuvée 2014): Un liquide qui n’est pas gâté par la nature, seulement sa mère le trouve beau. L’arôme est décente, fruits séchés, mélasse, bois brûlé, fumé, une bonne dose de chaleur et de cayenne. En bouche ça goûte un peu trop jeune, presqu’aucune trace de madérisation, juste la présence de petits fruits et de houblons affaissés. Le corps est dénudé, l’effervescence est absente, très difficile de poursuivre.


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