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RATINGS: 985   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby colour with a big beige head. Dark fruits, floral hop aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a warming alcoholic finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (27245) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops. Flavour of malts, dried fruits, caramel, hops and pine needles.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
2003 Vintage enjoyed on the night of Robs barleywine tasting. Thanks for the experience. This one opened as a gusher, I think due not to improper storage, but from a lot of yeast stored in the bottle. The color and palate is very grainy, a lot of yeast is floating around. Would make a good bread starter I imagine. The nose reflects this, with yeast notes dominating, but like a good champagne, its not as obvious on the palate. Aside from the graininess, I liked the flavors quite a bit. A bit too much hops for my liking, but theres plenty of malty sweetness, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel there to match. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nejhleader (1536) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
2004 bottle. sweet aroma. Complex flavour, too complex for me to describe, but its great Ill say that. Very creamy texture adds to the enjoyability of this fine brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2006
Bottle 2004 vintage, thanks go out kramer17801 for this one! Pours almost a solid light milk chocolate brown with a medium light tan head with a sort of yellow tinge. The aroma is powerful: carmelized sugar, rasins, cocoa, cherry, and a bit of tobacco. The flavor is also quite strong, elements of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, sugary caramel malt, oak, vanilla, peat and a bit of smoke. Everything feels pretty smoothed out, all the flavors seems to be working with each other...the oaky sugary malt comes out most in the front, while the fruit, coffee and chocolate come out more in the finish. Although this beer is quite sweet it doesnt come out overbearing over the tounge...its rich but not heavy which seems to be complemented by the bitter and dry ending. Quite a nice beer for after dinner, with dessert, or as a night cap. A great sipper overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2003. Pours amber with a slight haze and a huge, creamy, yellowish head leaving a neat lacework. Caramelish nose with a nice edge of aroma hops. Nice, full body with lots of fruit - almost perfumy - exotic fruits actually. Distinct sweetness balanced by some bitterness in the finish. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Bottled, 2005 Vintage. Native copper red colored pour with a thin layer of even, off-white head. A pleasant flurry of yeasty sediment clouds the beer, giving it a muddy consistancy. Strong hoppy presence is apparant in the nose, but is supplemented by honey, fresh mint leaves, juicy strawberry, english toffee, and a touch of anise upon further examination. The texture is a bit thinner than expected; the crisp hoppiness is a bit surprising given the beers murky appearance. The hoppy tongue splash, however, is a great palate cleanser for the flavor parade that immediately follows. Under-ripe cherries, rye seed, raisins, and dried figs march on through. A gin-like resin from the hops adds to it in a fashionable manner. Some spice livens up the brew along with a peanut butter creaminess. Final finish of hops cleanses the palate for a second time, leaving a smack of lemongrass and cayenne pepper. Great brew; wish I had the patience and another beer to age 10 years for another tasting.

3.4
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2578) - 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.

4
   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.


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