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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2005 - fresh
When properly poured its clear dark orange and cedar colored. Extremely strong bouquet of grassy fresh hops and tree sap. Sweeter malt nose than previous years. More of a homebrew funky malt flavor, almost a little spoiled... very different from 2003 and 2004 - which I prefer largely over the 2005.

2004 - fresh
Murky dark brown and copper with a large fluffy tan head. Very sharp malt nose with pine, tree bark, sap, caramel, loads of honey, and a some hops. Very roasty flavor and a toasted bread and nut note that stands out... along with some hazelnuts and some birch. Really, really fantastic... this is an amazing beer, even this young. I have an 03 and an 04 saved, and I cant wait to see how they behave in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (3645) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 18, 2017
Draught at Hair of the Dog. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, resin, hops, pine, dried fruits, a bit of wood and malts. Bitter finish with grapefruit, resin, hops, pine, dried fruits and a bit of alcohol. Excellent barley wine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argeru (91) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2017
2013 bottle, at Engine House 9. Deep amber bronze, creamy tan head. Huge nose full of robust hop, roasted malt, and honey...lots of honey. After I took the first few sips, I got carried away for 30 minutes reading the Wikipedia page on Caramelization and Melanoidins and all the chemistry behind the process because I was a bit high and its really interesting stuff. Then I looked up and had a Reuben in front of me and a 6-flight of E9 beers and thought to myself..."Man I love the PNW, what a time to be alive.". Overall, pretty damn good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1413) - Bled/SF, - MAR 4, 2017
Bottle, release 2015 from Kl&wine merchants Redwood city@: pours copper/amber slightly haze with off-white tan head. Aroma: intense hop profile, malts, with notes of caramel, toasted toffee, burnt sugar...flavor is very similar: malt backbone with notes of honey, caramel, toasted toffee, burnt sugar, supported with hop notes which takes on citruses, with some floral, spicy notes. Body is full, texture soft, carbonation is moderate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Samuel214 (916) - SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2017
Fat p Omnipollos Hatt. Brunmurken vtska med litet grddbeiget skum som ligger kvar som ett lock och hnger kvar lite p kanterna. St, fruktig doft med massor av torkad frukt, kolaremmar, vermoget pple, kandisocker, sirap. Dmpad och oerhrt len kropp. Lg kolsyra. Massor av kandisocker, torkad frukt, kola och lite ltta ekfatstoner i smaken. Lite vl ltt kanske, och lite r i kanterna. Strre i doft n i smak. En del vrmande alkohol, men 11,5% mrks definitivt inte av.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (8692) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2017
On tap at Omnipollos Hatt. A bit hazy amber with a small head. Sweet with malt, dried fruit, caramel, some rye bread and light hay. The body was full and the finish with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (4063) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2017
@Hatten 17-2-18 : st och potent med tydlig ton av russin och rg. Trevlig att smutta p men kanske lite tjatig i lngden

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nickls (2503) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle. Murky dark copper brown with a fluffy light tan head. Pine, lacquer, dark sweet fruits. and slight booze in the aroma. Flavor is bitter, pine, turpentine, toffee, and touch of dark fruit in a bitter solvent finish. Medium to thicker sticky body. Old school American Barleywine goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1550) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2017
12 oz bottle, into a tulip. Pours dark murky ruddy brown with thick tan head which fades slowly into long lacing. Hefty amount of suspended sediment gathers at the bottom of the glass, should have expected that and poured more carefully. Aroma is rich, creamy, nutty, toasted toffee; sweet, loads of caramel, vanilla, molasses too. Taste is likewise - crisp initial malty sweetness is cut quickly by big dry hops. Caramel and toffee here too, some figs and plums as well. Very easy drinking for the style and abv. Barleywines arent my favorite, but this is great and always worth revisiting at holiday time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crispaire (198) - - DEC 23, 2016
pleasant aroma of plums, dark fuit, raisins, and some vanilla. pours a beautiful hazy amber brown from tap with a quality head. leathery and earthy tastes. super smooth, velvety, and creamy. absolutely delicious. hides the high ABV extremely well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (4468) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Pours hazy mahogany with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, blood orange, toffee, nuts. Taste is initial rich toffee sweet followed by a fairly pronounced, almost medicinal bitter finish. Rich and creamy body with soft carbonation.

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