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RATINGS: 943   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a chalice. The beer pours a medium to slightly dark amber color, with a moderate white head that lessens, but still remains for essentially the duration of the sample’s consumption. The nose shows strong English medium-high and high crystal malt; brown sugar, raison, and candied prune. As the sample appears to have some age on it, hop notes have fallen away. The palate is full, in-your-face, and unmistakably that of a Barley Wine-style ale. Raison, slight sherry notes, caramel, molasses, and a slight tinge of character-adding alcohol come through. Residual sweetness levels are high, coming quite close to being cloying. Carbonation is nicely calibrated. Mouthfeel is full, without being inappropriately filling. The general flavor profile of the sample is not unlike a tawny port. The finish is long, sweet, and full of English crystal malt character. Overall, an example of the style that is pleasant, but highly aggressive, and close to being unbalanced. Enjoyable.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
knickskicks (833) - - APR 25, 2015
2013. Copper pour. Nose is ash, rotten apricot, paper. Taste is ash, booze, and paper.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1040) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gEUS (1350) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (2991) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mstrcrwly (543) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 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.expected much better.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (2817) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (332) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Tap sampler at brewery. Cloudy deep Amber, good head and lace. Aroma malt and faint fruit. Taste is sweet and spicy and fruity. Opens with sweet apple and apricot, ranging to banana and raisin its some clove spice. Palate is rich, carbonation moderate, perhaps a touch sharp

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle during (mostly) Hair of the Dog beers tasting. Many thanks again Jef! APPEARANCE: dark blond beer, small stable off white head. NOSE: alcohol, fruity, oak, nice. TASTE: alcohol, fruity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cobaink2 (150) - 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 it’s own thing, not bothering anyone or being out-of-line. It’s just there hanging out in its own flavorful way. Overall, an excellent beer (barley wine).


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