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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


3fourths' rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8239) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2005 - fresh
When properly poured itís clear dark orange and cedar colored. Extremely strong bouquet of grassy fresh hops and tree sap. Sweeter malt nose than previous years. More of a homebrew funky malt flavor, almost a little spoiled... very different from 2003 and 2004 - which I prefer largely over the 2005.

2004 - fresh
Murky dark brown and copper with a large fluffy tan head. Very sharp malt nose with pine, tree bark, sap, caramel, loads of honey, and a some hops. Very roasty flavor and a toasted bread and nut note that stands out... along with some hazelnuts and some birch. Really, really fantastic... this is an amazing beer, even this young. I have an 03 and an 04 saved, and I canít wait to see how they behave in the cellar.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cobaink2 (108) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Vintage 2012. Maybe I had a bad bottle. Almost zero carbonation. Burnt brown sugar, licorice and maybe candy cane. It was a little underwhelming as those notes are defiantly muted.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2014
I picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods on NE Sandy in Portland, Oregon. First off, the label: I like the dark green color and the festiveness of it. Very nice-a. I should also mention this is the 2014 vintage. I poured it into my Ommegang tulip glass. Dark cloudy brown with no head on it after a minute or so. The aroma is sweet and malty. The beer in my mouth is velvety, with almost no carbonation, and sweet with a growing bitterness that sits quietly in the background doing itís own thing, not bothering anyone or being out-of-line. Itís just there hanging out in its own flavorful way. Overall, an excellent beer (barley wine).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thisis12ptfont (868) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Aroma of old butter, skunky malts, rotten milk, expired caramel and rotten eggs. Big murky brown appearance with a tan thin foam and small lace. Extremely strange milky, creamy caramel and expired whip cream overtones. Strange, old caramel, butter and nut overtones. Overall, Hair of The Dog products have all been absolutely dreadful to me. Something about their yeast component ruins their beers. D rating.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (908) - 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 (1089) - 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 (267) - - 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 (593) - 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 (3812) - 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 (1594) - 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 (2348) - 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.


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