Advent Beer Calendar 2006: Day 6: Doggie Claws

Hair of the Dog Doggie ClawsToday’s pick is Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing, a hefty barleywine that weighs in at 11.5% alcohol. Hair of the Dog brews some distinctive beers and Doggie Claws is no exception. They call it "a Barley Wine made in the West Coast style," which means it will be hugely hopped and malty.

Over on BeerAdvocate, it scores 89/100, with 97% approval. The reviews talk about huge rich aromas and a lot of sweet flavors—caramel, toffee, honey, brown sugar, port, dark fruits, and more. I particularly like the comment of "honey-dipped hop cone effect."