The road to determining how I want to put together my American Barleywine for home brewing continues with American craft beer number 343. I am trying to figure out the profile of a barleywine or barleywines that I like and put together based on the end product that I will be striving for.
Doggie Claws by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is the final American barleywine in determining what I will be brewing come Sunday. Doggie Claws was probably my favorite out of the barleywines that I tried that were not bourbon barrel aged. I think trying to compare there is difficult.
Hops were more a part of this beer than the others in spite of the two years of aging. I am sure fresh there would even be a more prominent hop profile. Dark fruits lends a big profile too. Toffee and caramel lend sweetness that is well balanced. A mellow alcohol hit mingles nicely with a dry finish that doesn’t leave the lips or mouth coated with sweetness. A really fine example. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7
Useless Fact: James Madison, 5 feet, 4 inches tall, was the shortest president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln was the tallest at 6 feet, 4 inches.