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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Lush, thick, frothy, rich head over a dark burgundy/dark reddish brown body. The aroma is fruity - raisins, vanilla, woodiness, dates and more! Potent! The alcohol presence is obvious, but it is not unpleasant - warming for a cold fall night. Very full flavor, and full of fruitiness, with some vinous notes. Very heavy brew and an all-around good barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 2004 bottle - intense deep amber/red color with substantial head (but actually pretty small for HOTD) - complex and inviting aroma, marked mostly by dried herbs and caramel, but with background notes of rolled oats, prunes, brown sugar, and port - thick, chewy mouthfeel - very sweet, but not cloying - intense spiciness cuts the sweetness considerably - all aspects of the aroma are present, and thensome - a woody, earthiness - light smoke - lingering hops and a "just right" alcohol presence to remind you of the gravity of the brew you are drinking - with a few more years aging, this may be worthy of a 5.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2004 bottle. Poured a deep, rather eerie copper/orange with a nice layer of well-retained creamy beige head. Brilliant aroma of herbal hops, earthy malts, dried dark fruits, figs, and caramel. Flavor was much like the aroma, but added about 4 levels of depth and some wonderful flavors that I didnt pick up in the aroma... lightly charred oak, a very well-placed alcohol presence, dried pine needles, molasses... Seemless and smooth on the palate, covering all the happy little taste buds with its goodness. Pretty heavy and warming on the finish. Leaves sticky fruit and tingly alcohol on the lips. Fantastic brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Dark red, hazy, intense hop and dried fruit aroma, flavors are an earthy cherry and caramel, with a pleasant hop finish. Sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
bottle thanks to kramer17801 for this one. this is damn delicious. pours a dark red with little head. reminds me so much of old foghorn with a kick. caramel malts. hops barley and a light fruity taste. this is damn good. very very good i love this beer. i wish i had another. thank you kramer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2004 bottle courtesy of my main man Wohlfs. Pours medium brown with a huge light beige head, that lasts the whole beer. Big roasted malt, burnt grain aroma up front. Some fruity hops in the background. Piney/citrus hop kick grabs hold right off the bat in flavor, gives way to a nice mollasses and caramel/residuel sugar flavor through the middle. Full bodied, syrup mouthfeel. As it warms aroma gets a warming/alcohol bite to it. Very "hot" still, needs some age. Still very good right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle 2004 vintage. Pours a reddish brown with a thin head and not much carbonation. Smells like dried fruit, caramel, hops, malts, and cherry. The flavor was fairly hoppy with a nice warming feel to it - plenty of fruit and sugary notes. Id like to try it again after its aged a bit longer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Pours copper-brown with a big beige head. Aromas of caramel malt and citrusy hops and a little bit of wood. Excellent balance of malt and hops and nice and thick on the palate. Excellent barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Poured copper with a nice tan head. Very nice looking beer with good lacing. Aroma has caramel, mollases, cherry, apple and vanilla. Oak and vanilla are certainly in the taste along with apple and bourbon. The alcohol is hidden very well. This is a good Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
Couleur rougetre tirant vers le brun, mousse brune pale plutt diminuante. Armes dalcool, danis, de vanille, de levure, de bois et de ptrole. Puissantes flaveurs dalcool, de bois et de houblon amrisant, tmoignant pleinement de lnorme prsence alcoolique. Carbonatation piquante, texture huileuse.

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