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RATINGS: 982   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1098) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2006
got this in a trade but lost my notes. so thank you to the one that sent this beer. poured a orangish brown with a slighty off white head. aroma hops and more hops, alcohol, grapefruits, pine. flavor, got to lot the hops and the burn of the alcohol, caramel, citrus and just a touch of malts and fruits. a very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2004 Bottle from Kramer17801. Pours orangish brown, not much head. Aroma of alcohol, dried fruit, and floral hops. Flavor is very intense hops and sweet malt. Finish is warming, bitter, resiny, and somewhat boozy. A very good barleywine

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Another winner from kms399! Murky orange/brown pour, thin white head. Nose is sweet, candied grapefruit, with some floral and pine notes shining through. Flavor is sweet, but not as sweet as the nose foreshadows. More grapefruit, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Hops are apparent, and balance well with the other flavors. LOVED IT!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2006
What an experience! From bottle. Pours a cloudy brown/orange with small off-white head. Nose is of candied grapefruit, dense floral aroma and pine. Flavor follows nose with less sweetness, a little bitter finish and well hidden alcohol. Very hoppy! I would have thought this was an IIPA had the label not said differently. Another exceptional brew from HoTD!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle courtesy of kms339 pours murky brown with a small white head. Too metallic and watered down. Tastes like a good homebrew and not a great 99 percentile barley wine from a Pacific NW brewer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1413) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Made in 2005. Crimson in color. Heavy berry and bready aromas greet the senses. Syrupy texture coats the throat going down. Warming. One too many of these might get you pretty loopy. I can taste the alcohol, albeit its not so strong to turn me off. This is top notch. Better with each sip!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2006
2005 bottle. The first thing I noticed when I popped th elid and brought the bottle to my nose was an almost perfume like aroma. After pouring into a snifter, that aroma turns more hoppy with some sweet fruits. The colour is almost ruby, and while it looks non-hazy, i cant see through it. The first sip is fantastic. This is what Ive been looking for in a barley wine. The taste has fruit like sweetness. Like digging into strawberries, watermelon, and kiwi. There is no dryness, or alcohol burn here. The hops develop fantastically from the first sip and produce a climax of perfect blance at the finish. This is really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle from Steilacoom Wine and Brew. This beer Totally Rocks! I really like Barley Wines and mistakenly drank my first one of these like it were a "regular" beer. Hops is very focused and the malt balances nicely rather than taking over. Like I say if "regular" Micros had this much flavor and focus I would be in heaven. Look around for this beer for sure!!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2006
It is Amber/Caramel in color, cloudy and has a nice head. Quickly fading lace probably due to the alcohol. Alcohol is very prevelant on the nose, but I can pick up deep caramel too. There is also a piny aroma. It shows a sign of sweetness yet has dryness as well. Nicely balanced with an almost mocha taffy flavor. There is a nice long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2006
2004 vintage. Poured a murky dark red with a small off-white head. Fresh aroma of strawberries, grapefruit, and a touch of pine, alcohol. Flavor is lightly sweet with som e caramel and cherries with a huge kick of fresh grapefruit hops and a dominating alcohol character that attacks you up front and retronasally after the swallow. Body seems a little thin. Not a fan of tons of hops in a BW, but these were so citrusy and fresh that it really didnt put me off like I thought it would have.


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