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RATINGS: 1026   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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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4.5
dbyrne38 (8) - - NOV 13, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2019 caramel malts and caramelised apple Highish carbonation bitterness but mild and v controlled the sweet fruit dominates - like a calvados thick and rich mouthfeel

3.9
fiery1 (3319) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2019
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2019 355ml bottle @ home. 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy copper brown colour with a medium tan head. Nose is caramel and dried fruits. Flavour is sweet caramel, light molasses, some burn brown sugar, dried fruits, and a hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied, light carbonation, and a medium sweetness with a mild to moderate bitterness.

3.6
tapefuzz (1856) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2019
UPDATED: APR 12, 2019 12oz bottle. 2018. Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany brown with a tiny beige head. Aroma is plum, raisin, caramel, molasses, cherry, light spice, and bread. Taste is fruit cake, caramel, molasses, fig, some earth, some red fruit, some spice, a touch of brown sugar, and some honey. A little bit of orange-y citrus appears as it warms. Bitter finish. A little boozy. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily/viscous mouthfeel that feels almost coating. It felt a little thin on the palate initially [3/5] but the sediment filled it out as the glass wore on - giving a denser quality to the oiliness. Would probably benefit from a little aging.

4.2
colui72 (1872) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2019 Pours hazy copper, small off-white head and no lacing. Aroma of caramel, ripe fruits and raisins. Tastes of sweet malts, caramel, raisins, prunes, no booze. Bittering and spicy hops to complete and a quite dry finish. Medium bodied, nearly no carbonation, really enjoyable. Solid.

3.7
NikkTwist (4640) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2019 Draft at Tria Taproom. Cloudy deep brown copper pour with a dense ivory foam. Some lace. Sweet tannic dark fruit. Prunes. Dates. Molasses. Carob. Caramel. Peat. Cassia. Charred tangelos. Thick and chewy. Modest hop spice. Developed a plastic nose as it warmed. Not overly boozy. Really nice.

3.4
weihenweizen (5619) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2018 Refrigerated 12 oz. brown 2012 bottle from BuckeyeBoy poured into a snifter. Clear brownish crimson with medium/small head. Aroma is bread, medium/thick body, lower carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is bread and caramel.

4.6
ALIBALI (4262) - Kiel, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2018
O.K. !!! Sie könnens definitiv ☀️AmericanHoppy, LongoKaramelo & dryryeashbitter👍APPLAUS 🍾🌈💥TOP50!? Nicht umsonst ;)...Tap Stuff. Standort Portland. HAIR OF THE DOG BREWERY...

3.7
hamptonjesse777 (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2018
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2018 Interesting beer. Pours golden amber with a light tan head. Hoppy malt aroma with a silky texture. A bit tart and the aftertaste is more happy than expected. Like it.

3.5
Borup (19551) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2018
Sample at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. A dark amber coloured beer with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, bread, dried fruit, resin,chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and with a bitter finish. 7-4-7-3-14

3.8
Brigadier (4340) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2018
12 ounce bottle
A world class brewer like Hair of the Dog begins with the bar set high. This meets all expectations and makes me wonder how much longer a bottle might last before it fades. Certainly after five it was still going strong.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep chocolately brown base melts away under an ivory head. Old leather, chocolate, and malts resemble an English style old ale at this point.

Flavor / Palate - Full bodied and sticky waves of flavor burst onto the tongue. The big boozy finish carries with it the tastes of toffee, chocolate, malt, and creamy pie filling. Any hops have long ago subsided. This well done release exemplifies the staying power of a brewery who can still stand out even as the competition explodes around it.


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