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Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
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Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 16 5 8 2009
12oz Bottle

2007 Vintage

A big thank you goes out to two great traders for these bottles, errantnight and Hoppymeal, thanks Derek(s)! Doggie Claws pours a dense orange with enough haze to make seeing through the body difficult. Ruby red highlight this BW when backlit. A frothy off white head grows to a half finger on the pour and settles to a skimming with a respectable collar after a few minutes. Drink lines adhere to the glass and slowly fall back into the body.

The nose is quite interesting with a huge citric backbone. Candied orange and lime peel leap from the glass. Caramel and soft toffee comes through on the back end without with caramel being heavy handed. The honey brings deep floral qualities and I'm almost sure honey is also the reason for the orange oils. The nose, overall, is very candy-ish.

Caramel lays down a solid base with no hesitation. Hints of toffee add to the big malty base along with some sugar cookie sweetness. The citric qualities make this beer what it is. The crystal malts come through big on the backend with a very candy-like flavor. Candied orange and lime peel hit on the backend. A touch of heat rises through the cheeks but isn't noticeable in the flavor profile.

Hair of the Dog always does a great job with their mouthfeel and Doggie Claws is no exception. The body is full with a mellow carbonation that allows this to work through at its own pace. There's a little stick on the swallow that leaves the crystal malts hanging for a moment before they fades to nothing.

The sheer size of this barleywine hampers the drinkability. This is without a doubt a beer to be sipped and enjoyed over a long period of time.

Hair of the Dog brews some killer beers and this is another fine concoction. I want to try a fresh bottle and see how the PacNW hops flow when uber fresh. Thanks for the bottle guys, the other will be resting quietly in the cellar for some time!

Reviewed: 8/28/09

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 0
12 oz bottle I got in an impromtu trade with my man, Ding. Thanks, buddy, totally not necessary but really appreciated. So this is a 2008 vintage and served this puppy up in a snifta'.

A: Very cool look to this beer. This has a very muddy, dusty, dirty look to the body. It looks like a mess but I love it. Has a brown with a nice orange/yellow hue to it. Kinda like a fresh, homemade apple cider. You can't see through this sucker, very muddy with tons of debris in here. Lots of sediment, and thats a good thing to me. Had an aggressive pour but had one of the slowest building heads I have ever seen. Head is an off white, quarter finger. Holds up for a little while but fades. No real lace to talk about.

S: Nose is very interesting. Very citric forward, wasn't really expecting that. Good amount of orange peel and meat building in here. Booze comes in behind that. A good amount of sweetness is blossoming with some caramel and honey presence. Light toffee kickin in here. Little spicy, little herbal. Not all of the aromas are as distinguishable but its complexity is quite interesting.

T: Things start off here with a good amount of a flavor I can only describe as an herbal boozy character. With age, I am sure that mellows and creates a cleaner flavor. The orange is here as well but its not as heavy as it was in the nose. The malts come out with a good amount of caramel and toffee. The malts shine a bit more than the hops, but the hops are still present. A touch of citrus and bitterness kickin and balancing. Nice honey flavor with some dark fruit as well. A touch of candied sweetness but its not out of hand. It actually has a really subtle sweetness.

M: Full bodied with a very light carbonation. The beer is allowed to just shine without too much carbonation, but it still doesn't feel too crazy heavy. Alcohol is nice and warming, but not out of hand. A little sticky and chewy. The aftertaste is some sweetness and hops bitterness to further ponder.

D: This beer is just all around good. It is like everything is just enough without getting out of hand and that is a great thing. Hair of the Dog just finds an amazing balance in almost every category. Very beautifully crafted. Would love to try this a couple years down the road to see how it mellows. good stuff for sure.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tjthresh on 07/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 12 18 4 8 2008
12 ounce bottle shared by Tim. Pours deep red/brown with a slim light brown head. Huge oxidized toffe and caramel nose. A bit of cardboard. A bit of spice. So rich with Reisen and Werthers candies. Light cherry. A touch of smoke. Med/full body. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Fantastic beer. Easily one of the best barley wines I’ve ever tried.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 0
Vintage 2005.

A - Pours a nice deep, darker copper colored body with a bunch of sediment. Guess I didn't pour slow enough. Head is off white, thick looking and made of mostly tight bubbles. Great retention and lacing.

S - Lots of hops here. Showing even with their age, now with more sweetness and some bitterness left over. Caramel and toffee. Still getting citrusy hops:).

T - Oh yum. Big hops have turned into a nice deep sweet fruitiness. Still get some of the now fading citrusy hoppiness. Strawberry and cherry sweetness. Light caramel with some toffee. Honey. More red fruit at the finish. Love it.

M - Medium to full bodied. Super smooth, almost to the point of silky.

D - This beer is 11.5%? No shit? Disguising it quite well after a bit of age. I love this beer. Too bad HOTD is no longer in MN.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 12/31/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 11 19 5 9 0
Thanks to Fro for this one.

Beer looks good, pours a deep, thick golden color with a small head, this beer says bottle conditioned on the bottle and you can see it, tons of yeast at the bottom.

Smell is great, a good sweet, citrusy aroma.

Wow! Great malt character followed by a sweetness and some tasty hop bitterness. This is a wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel is smoother then what I'm used to for a barleywine and has good carbonation and is very smooth.

Overall, great beer, this is my first from HOTD and I am very impressed.

Served In: Pint Glass

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