Hair of the Dog "Doggie Claws"
Oregon / Seasonal
$6.50 / 12 oz.
11.5 per cent ABV
of the Dog is known for ales in the boldly-hopped
West Coast style, and their holiday-themed Doggie
Claws is no exception. This beefy barleywine
is paler than most, a rich burnt orange, but scored
high marks for flavor intensity. Practically
bursting with golden fruit aromas, Doggie Claws smells
like ginger marmalade and pineapple upside-down cake.
Layers of green piney hops add to the beer's
complexity, as well as notes of yeasty bread-pudding.
Surprisingly dry for such a strong beer, Doggie Claws
is nonetheless a better candidate for snifter sipping
in front of the fire than pint draining at happy
hour. (A considerable presence of yeast sediment
argues in favor of allowing this beer to stand
undisturbed for a day before careful pouring.)