Sunday, December 11, 2005

Hair Of The Dog - Doggie Claws 2002


2002 vintage with cool red label...the label states 10% alcohol, brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

Let's see how this is doing after a good three years. Pours from the bottle a deep cloudy amber brown with a huge fluffy off white head that leaves huge patches of lacing on the side of the glass as it falls. Aromas begin with thick, decadant caramel aromas coupled with notes of raisins, molasses and dark fruits. A thick fog of piney, herbal spicy hops rolls in not far behind. It's amazing how the hops have stayed strong after all this time. Simply a lovely aroma.

First sip brings a sweet caramelly, raisin infused maltiness that carries hints of dark fruits, cherry and sourdough. This is followed by a nice wave of piney, citric, herbal hop bitterness causing an nice interplay between the sweet and bitter aspects of the beer. I get a lingering hint of vanilla spice with only a slight hint of oxidation. Overall this is a tasty hoppy barleywine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very active bubbly carbonation that dectracts a bit from the overall brew for me. Still..this goes down super easy with no real hint of alcohol. A tasty barleywine that I wouldn't mind having a few of on a cold snowy night. I'm looking forward to trying the 2003 and 2004 in my cellar..as well as the 2005 I have coming! I'd have to say this beer ages quite nicely! Many thanks to weefisheads for the bottle.

Music: Matisyahu - Warrior

Overall I gave this brew a 4.35 out of 5. Truly a nicely aged barleywine.

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