RATINGS: 985   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle, 2005. Unlike other gushing Hair of the Dog beers Ive had, this one is virtually uncarbonated for some reason, so I have to give it low marks on appearance. Everything else about it, though, is excellent as Ive come to expect from HOTD. Deep golden color, nice malty and fruity flavor with a decent amount of hops to balance things. Sticky and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Unfortunately, I wasnt logged in when I wrote up more verbose comments, and it didnt preserve them. In brief, Ive decided I just dont like the flavor of barley wine. If you do, you should probably ignore my rating....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Bottle, 2004. A dark brown with light ruby tints, thin and quick white head. Heavily hopped aroma, with some caramel laced pine cones swimming in cognac. A body of molasses syrup, dried plums. Endless depth and class, a flavor which escapes vocabulary and transcends the world of beer. A masterstroke in the art of barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2003 12 oz bottle. Thanks Kramer17801 for this bottle. I know I would never be able to age a beer like this, I would not have the control not to drink it. Murky Brown with a very nice head. Lacing lasted forever. Aromas of dark fruit, cherry and plum. Molassas in fthe flavor to accompany the fruit and the alcohol heat. Very tasty Barley Wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
2004 edition thanks to Joe McPhee. Not as amazing an experience as the 2001 edition perhaps because of youth. Creamy orange and pienapple and well hopped out in front.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2692) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2005 Didnt pay any attention to the bottled year so guessing this one. (update: 2004) Cloudy amber body with a nice head. Huge strong malty aroma. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate come from that. Definitely a bitter Barley Wine since there was also a noticeable hop presence. Despite the hop bitterness and the 11.5%, this went down like nothing. It was one of the best Barley Wines Ive had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2005
Pear, chocolate, marzipan, liquorice and alcohol are apparent in the aroma. Opaque brown-amber coloured body is topped with a low, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Strong alcohol and pineapple fruitiness with big, brown, malty sweetness and a moderately bitter, roasty finish. Quite dry, medium-full body with strong carbonation that prickles the tongue and cheeks. Strong alcohol warming. Bottle (Secret Santa, Dec-04) sampled with MartinT and Olivier_MTL. Thanks, TChrome!

   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 (5836) - 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!

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