Doggie Claws brewed by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
Doggie Claws is a
Barley Wine made in the West Coast style. Big malt and hops make this copper
colored ale one of our most popular products. Produced in September and
October and released in November, this Beer will improve for years to come.
Alcohol: 11.5% by volume. IBU's 70
Beer Review from
Aromas begin with tons of sweet honey and toasty bready and much lesser
caramel malts. Fruity hops join the party next with citrus and some lesser
tropical fruits as well. Smells become more intense and pleasant as it warms
and once the head recedes so you can actually get a good whiff of the liquid
The tastes begin with sweet honey, bready and butterscotch malts, caramels
emerge more as it warms. Nice balance of light bitter hops with adequate
amounts of fruit flavor hops as well. Quite fruity overall (balanced fruit
though); nice pineapple and orange mainly. Finish is nice and dry from the
higher ABV and adequate carbonation. Nice dryness and crisp finish.
Overall I really enjoyed this Barleywine. It is much more balanced in the
hop department and doesn’t linger into that hazy DIPA/American Barleywine
category that most west coast breweries seem to love now (Stone, Green
Flash, Sierra Nevada, etc. which are all too heavy on the bittering even
with aging). This is perfect after about a year of aging and from what I
have read is one of the style which is better consumed in the 6 mo - 1 year
range. Highly recommended.
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is an American microbrewery based in
Portland, Oregon. Hair of the Dog produces unusual beers using traditional
craft-brewing techniques. Several of its beers are bottle conditioned. The
brewery's claim to fame was its barley wine Dave, which was among the
strongest beers ever brewed, at 29 percent ABV. The high alcohol level was
achieved by repeated freezing and removal of the frozen water, a process
called freeze distillation. The brewery's Adam beer is a recreation of an
Adambier, a historic brew that was originally made in Dortmund, Germany.
This dessert beer has 10 percent ABV.