RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 5, 2006
Bottled 03. Poured creek water brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is strong malts with a good hop presence, some carmel, dirty earth, and roasted hops. Flavor is slightly sour, well malted, some sweet floral notes, and a hint or orange peel. A spicey malt mouthfeel with some carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2006
Thin light beige head from a soft pour. Loads of sediment in the bottom of this one. Good carbonation for a BW. Wonderful aroma loads of piney hops, oranges and sweet malts. Color is a ruddy dark orange copper. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Lots of hops presence along with a bit of roasty dryness. Not as sweet as many barleywines. Boy they got the balance right with this one. More pine and caramel. Hides its alcohol very well for a 10+% brew. Little bit of peanuts also. FInish is dry and bitter with a nice lingering hops aftertaste. A top quality barleywine especially is the BIG sweet ones are not to your liking. Thanks to robertsrealty for this great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours a deep orange copper with one hell of a huge head, its thick and creamy tan and simply will not go away. Nose is very robust, lots of citrus and pine notes, very hoppy with little else. Flavor is unique yet perfectly natural. Instantly sweet, with a honey sweetness and an almost orange flavor. Finishes with a nice hop twist, and subtle alcohol warmth. Damn good, one of the best barley wines Ive had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
March 2006: 2003: Best of the bunch, aroma of sourmilk tobacco and sweet heat. Very chewy and well balanced. Spice filled palate of corriander sour orange and tobacco. 2004: Retained more carbonation than 03. More heat on the nose, sweeter flavour with mead like qualities. 2005: Quickly fading head. grasssy aroma with lemon grass and clover. Hop presence of an IPA, light heat on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2771) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2003 sampled in 2006: Fairly cloudy, brownish. Very strong figgy aroma, with sherry notes also strong. Big sherry and madeira on the palate. Woody. Vinous like an oak aged chardonnay. Finish is hot, a touch peppery.
Ar8 Ap 3 Fl 8 P 4 O 18

2004 sampled in 2006: Appearance much like the 2003, but with more effervescence and head. Aroma more fruity, and woody, less oxidized. A little harsher and less integrated, especially with the big sweet honey up front.
Ar 7 Fl 7 P 3 O 16

2005 sampled in 2006: Aroma very different from the two older bottles: piney hops! Also, solventy fusel alcohol notes. Very potent. Somewhat smooth but resiny palate - drinks very much like a double IPA.
Ar 7 Fl 7 P 3 O 17
Im using the 3 year old bottle (the best one IMO) for the rating, on the basis that this beer appears to age well and it can achieve that level of goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2006 2004 Vintage. Consumed at Brouwers Hard Liver Barleywine Fest this year. Poured a beautiful red/brown/copperish color. A very potently mild aroma with many flavors running through the nasal. The taste was of much complex, has mellowed out nicely, while still having quite a bite to it. Definitely heavy on the molasses. This brew actually won this years Fest out of 47 different barleywines!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 12 oz bottle of 2006 vintage - FRESH: Pours a suprisingly reddish-brown coppor color. The red really sticks out. The head is a nice hazelnut color, with some darker color at the last few drops. The aroma is of liccorice, apples/pears, lots of hops for a barleywine, grapefruit, pine, and some alcohol. The flavor is great. Sweeter than I was expecting. Some caramel notes, with a touch of cinamon, grapes, figs, brwon sugar, molases, hops and spices towards the end just before the soft lingering of a wonderful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2005 vintage. This beer has a huge aroma of pine and hops that drifts out of the class and can be detected from over a foot a way. It fills the glass with a heavy sediment filled caramel colored solution that comes to rest under a thick cashew colored head. The head is not afraid to stick around or deposit a healthy amount of lacing on the perimeter of the glass. This beer fills the mouth with a thick, rich and sweet solution. The taste is of Hops! A hint of caramel drifts in briefly at the finish but it soon succumbs to the hops that linger on and on in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1161) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2005 bottle from Larry Pitonka. pours with a ton of yeast sediment, which float around the medium copper liquid. something unpleasant is hiding in the aroma behind the impressive malt profile - a "stinky" hops character that i dont particularly care for. but the flavor is something to savor... tons of pale malt and caramel malt throughout, and an amazing balance of hops that doesnt ever allow the flavor to become cloyingly sweet, nor does it ever get overly bitter. tones of strawberry, grass, wood-- its beautiful. full finish, with a lingering flavor that i wish would stay for another hour or so. excellent brew, thanks andre!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Dark amber color with a nice foamy brown head. The flavor has grass, malts, caramel, pine needles, and peaty earthiness. This one has a lot of character.

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