RATINGS: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, - MAR 25, 2009
Wow this is by far the best Barley Wine out there. Zero soapiness and no flowery scents. Most BW are cough syrupy. This is a more hopped up version and the sweetness comes in the form of brown sugar and thick malts. The hops are not bittering but definetly present. A bit on the sweet side but its a great desert beer.

neongolden (2027) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2018
(On tap @ Birreria Volo, Toronto, Jan 19/18) Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a small stable off white head. Notes of caramel, toasty malt, pine resin, citrus pith, dried fruit, booze, moderately sweet, fairly high bitterness, some alcohol burn. A bit watery/lacking in flavour concentration for its strength. A bit less than medium bodied with average carbonation. Just not particularly inspiring, HotD is capable of making a much better barley wine than this. Maybe not in the best condition?

balloonbuffoon (752) - - DEC 29, 2017
12floz bottle, 2011 edition, 11% ABV, large snifter snifter glass. This beer pours with a one finger head, and it's beigeness stays atop a ruby hued dark-brown body. Smells like a confectionery item - sweet caramel and rock candy. At this point, the taste firmly settle in malt bomb territory - brown sugar and molasses (yes both) dominant. Mild bitterness is noted, but it seems mostly there to avoid the palate from being too syrupy. A thick and chewy beer that I found to be worthwhile.

hirigalzkar (3294) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
Draught @ Hatten. Pours mahogny with no head. Notes of sherry, vanilla and sweet carrots in aroma. Sweet alcoholic taste with notes of milk chocolate, vanilla and dried fruits. The mouthfeel could be smoother and thicker.

finol (3525) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2017
Draught at Omnipollos hatt. Pours red amber, no head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherries, tobacco and a little leather. Smooth, sweet taste of chocolate, plums, resin, raisins and a warming finish.

Desverger (13759) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2017
[email protected] Extravaganza 2017, London - amber coloured pour with off white head. Assertive sweet malty, with some toasted notes, sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruity, very nice spices into the close.

Iznogud (4730) - CROATIA - NOV 27, 2017
On tap at at Beavertown Extravaganza 2017. Pours orange brown with white head. Caramel, sweet, pine, hoppy, dried fruits, raisins, some plums, fruity sourness is present counterbalacing the swetness. Smooth, low carbonation. Quite nice.

Scrumpy369 (986) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 18, 2017
On tap at borefts after. Brown mahagony colour small brown lacing. Nose is strong caramel, burnt sugars. Taste is kandiscukor. Too sweet for me and lack depth.

Pallleon (508) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 18, 2017
Világos barna-vörös szín, kicsi fehér hab. Mézes, gyümölcsös illat. Édeskés, vaníliás, szamócás, mézes ízvilág. Pazar.

The_Osprey (9723) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2017
September 2017 - Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza. As 'Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws '. Dark reddy amber, translucent and still with a bubbly light brown head. Aroma is resin, tangerine and liquorice. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is resinous, orange zest, spicy finish. A decent enough barley wine. (7-4-6-4-14=3.5)

BRW (3073) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 21, 2017
On tap. Amber-copper colour with small off-white head. Malt, fruit, caramel aroma. Sweet, alcoholish, caramel, fruit taste. MEdium to full body.

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