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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

815 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 815
Hads: 1,239
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 89 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Photo of headbangingteacher
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm biased as a MD resident and big supporter of Flying Dog. In addition, I like barley wines. This is a solid, if not really nice take on it. In the light, it almost has the look of sun tea. The taste is pretty standard barley wine fare, but the balance is good and each flavor discernible. The cherries sticking on the palate throughout is a big plus for me. (365 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep mahogany under a 2” off-white foam collar that grips the sides of the glass leaving intricate lace patterns.
S: Sugary malt, wine and port
T: The big alcohol gives the rich malts sherry and port flavors with prunes and rum finishing with bitter hop accent.
F: Thick and chewy, medium low carbonation, just enough to know its there but not too much so as to get in the way.
O: This beer is big in several dimensions but it achieves a balance that prevents it from being cloying or syrupy. (511 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. obviously no hop character left (if there was any - first time having the beer) tons of dark fruit! malty sweetness, dates, figs, plum. Really good. (162 characters)

Photo of njtmayhem
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Not as strong as I am use to from a barley wine, good flavor from the stone fruits and light bitter finish. Not boozy at all but I kinda like that about a barley wine. Overall not a bad drink, worth having but def not a goto for the style. (239 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, completely opaque, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Tons of dried stone fruit such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes, followed by tons of candied sugar, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Jesus, what a delicious, awesome beer! Massive flavors of dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes, followed by tons of candied sugar, toffee, toasted malt and a slight hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.2%, I’m surprised at how little, like none at all, alcohol there is on the palate. The alcohol is really, really, dangerously masked.

Overall: This is a phenomenal barleywine!! Absolutely, fantastically awesome! (951 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Toasty, burnt sugar, caramel, dark fruit, very sweet.

T- Incredibly well-balanced between the big sweetness, toasty malt flavor and dark fruit notes. Alcohol is very well-masked even after multiple sips. Slight hop bitterness shows up after a while. The drinkability on this is dangerously high.

M- Moderately viscous, somewhat syrupy and a tad sharp from the alcohol. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Age has treated this beer well. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a barleywine. Bold flavors of sweetness and an alcohol presence that's noticeable but subdued enough to make for a smooth drink. Outstanding. (930 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Colm for this beer

A- a maroon hazy color with no head and no lacing.

S- plum and toffee come through first. then I get some butterscotch....mmm

F- toffee and red plum fruit hit first grainy booze and spicy hop bitterness.

M- boozy and plumlike..heavy bodied and toffee coating in the mouth.

O- a good barley wine..at time the butterscotch and plum don't mix but good overall. (395 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +13%

So I've had many tries at different barleywines and have yet to find one that wasn't a drainpour. This one by Flying Dog is the first that actually tasted good to me. No booziness. No extreme bitter finish. No medicinal aspiriny aftertaste. This one was a winner. Highly recommend. (286 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dad got this one for me in New York a while back. Cheers dad!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin wisp and ring. Maroon read in color, hazy, with no visible carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of toffee, caramel, some butterscotch and earthy hops on the nose. Bold enough with notes of red fruits as well. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Toffee and bready malt flavors up front. Butterscotch and caramel sweetness at the swallow with a bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet toffee, caramel, red fruits sweetness, spicy alcohol and just a hint of hop bitterness that tries to provide balance. Could use a bit more bitterness .

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers as well.

OVERALL: Okay. A bit too sweet without the balancing bitterness perhaps, but this is stull full of interesting and complex malt flavor. Definitely a beer for fans of the malty-sweet barleywines, which I am, though even I would like to see a bit more bitterness offered here. Still, a good brew that I rather enjoyed. Give it a try if you have access to it. Thanks again dad! (1,313 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -22.1%

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not the most impressive barley wine I've had. Aroma is OKHead & lacing are non-exisistant & the next thing along that impresesses is the ABV. Super strong but the flavor is in the back seat. (224 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

2005 Bottle from pushkinwow.

A - Pours an almost black, deep deep brown and murky colour. Half finger of beige head on top with mild carbonation.

S - Lot's of boozy dark fruit. Syrupy and sweet aromas.

T - Boozy dark fruit, sort of spoiled fruits, but a nice intense alcoholic/fruit mix. A bit of oxidation maybe. Raisins, brown sugar, red wine, medicinal.

M - Mild carbonation, medium-full body and a boozy fruit finish with a bit of an off flavour.

O/D - This is probably past it's prime, but also quite complex and interesting. As it warmed it opened up with much more interesting flavours. Enjoying this one slowly, but the medicinal and syrupy sweetness are a stretch. (681 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep reddish mahogany body and a decent light brown head. Plenty of lacing and retention.

Aroma:
Tons of sweet, dark fruits with dominant raisin. Bright brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. Caramel malts. Quite pungent but in a good way.

Taste:
Follows the nose closely but with some added surprises, mainly in the form of a lot of tropical fruit. Sweet pineapple and peach laced with raisin and fig and roasted caramel. A bit boozy on the end, but works well.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and easy to drink. Medium body and light carbonation. Sweet finish.

Overall:
An awesome beer that packs a punch and plenty of flavor. A must have for fans of bold, dark beers. (670 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage

A- Brownish-amber with some transparency, just a hint of yeasty haze. No head to speak of, with just a few off-white bubbles on top of the body.

S- Sweet caramel malts, hints of dark fruits, slight nuttiness.

T- Really similar to the aroma, sweet malts up front with a blast of more sweetness, lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors, grainy bread. Any hops that may have been present have faded and this is a big sweet barleywine.

M- Big and sweet, but smooth enough for easy sipping. Low carbonation.

O- I feel like the aging made this one better, but it is certainly a big, sweet barleywine. The depth of the flavor is pretty good and worth a try. (667 characters)

Photo of CDAtkinson
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber hue with an off white head
S: Table grapes, juicy bubblegum, fresh mossy bark, burnt pineapple
T: Sharp red plum flavors, sweet malty notes, more bubblegum notes
M: Heavy mouthfeel (though not as heavy as a porter or stout), filled about 70% of the mouth
O: Big flavors, powerful brew, very drinkable, could put you under the table if you're not paying attention. (385 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a dark opaque crimson times amber. A thick white cap slowly fades, and scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, honey, toasted barley, fresh bread, citrus, and pine sap.
Taste is of the aromas with a honey malt sweetness, followed by ripe fruit, bitter hops, and doughy yeast.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, viscous, and sweet with hot alcohol hanging on in the finish. (412 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, dates, malt, toast, buckwheat honey, liquid yeast, citrus, and sweet sherry, can be found on this long nose.

Front is rich, creamy, full, robust, with some citrus hops on the sides of my tongue. Plums and chocolate on the long balanced finish.

Overall; My mouth salivates every time i have this brew. Personal pick for best English style barleywine made in the U.S.A.. Balanced with great length. Looking forward to tasting after aging a few years. (vintage 2011) (477 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date. Given the strength and style, I'm hoping this has aged nicely. Bought ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. Ralph Steadman's label art is a joy, as always.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, faint pine, stewed hops and yeast esters. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Rich and bordering on cloying.

Tastes of sweet, sweet malt with a fruity character and a subtle bitter finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, faint grain, mild pine resin, a twinge of weed, stewed hops, fruity yeast esters and warming alcohol. A suggestion of sherry and light oxidation. Very sweet, accompanied by a restrained, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Slighlty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sugary, fruity malt and faint pine.

An impressive take on the style; nicely mellowed with time. Looks great, with a colour not unlike fortified wine. The aroma and flavour are very sweet and fruity, with a subtle hop character that has probably faded somewhat. The bitterness is pitch-perfect. Lovely body - silky smooth. My only complaint is that it's perhaps a bit too sweet, but without a fresh bottle to compare it to I can't judge the extent of the aging process. Nonetheless, a big beer that commands your attention - worth sampling if you have the chance. (1,735 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark brown with reddish highlights and a modest off-white head. Sparse, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: A strong punch of spicy alcohol dominates the aroma, as well as sweet caramel, dark fruits, and black bread.

Taste: Opens with alcohol-soaked raisins, other dark fruits, dark caramel, and spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, the caramel flavors intensify, as does the spicy alcohol. Dark bread, molasses, and caramel are also prominent. Hops seem absolutely, totally absent. Finishes with a lingering note of spicy alcohol and dark bread dipped in molasses.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, over-the-top example, quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, with a pop-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (806 characters)

Photo of Mises85
1.57/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Served this in a tulip at room temperature

Appearance: Abbey Dubbel like. Nice 2 finger head with some good lacing

Smell: When I took it out of the bottle it almost smelled like macaroni and cheese. Sniffed it and then got a MASSIVE raisin note. Brown sugar.

Taste; after 2 sips, I had to throw it out. This is one of the most cloyingly sweet beers I have ever tasted. Felt like just tasting pure brown sugar doused in alcohol.

Would not buy again. Unfortunate because Bigfoot was the best barley wine I have had to date. (526 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a dark maroon in color with a tiny brown head with little retention and no lacing. sweet is of nice sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, dark malts, and maybe a little toffee. Taste is very sweet from the candy sugars, definitely some sweet malts that seem to be malt forward but as many barlywines it is pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thin or maybe a tiny bit thicker. Really this is a decent beer but a little too malty for my taste. Great beer but just a little too malty. (485 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle poured into snifter

A: Nice deep but clear mahogany color with a finger of fine off-white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Dark fruit, most notably raisins, prunes/plums- there's a light tanginess although they're mostly sweet. Sweet bready malts, just a bit roasted. Booze totally hidden.

T: Dark fruit once again, big raisin flavor this time, caramel and toffee malts, molasses. Nice light bitter finish even if I can't place any hop flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated; smooth, creamy, and sticky. I'm not sure that those aren't contradictory, but it's a nice mouthfeel that seems to lend more body to the beer than it would otherwise have.

O: Solid barleywine. I don't know if I agree with the label's claim that it tastes like licorice and chocolate, but I'll pick this up again. (814 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bad boy is five years old - vintage 2008. Poured from a cute 7 oz. pony bottle.

Appearance is a murky caramel brown with quickly dissipating head, Little to no lace. Interesting.

Smells herbal, with clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and plenty of dark fruit. A good whiff of booze too.

Taste is immediately sweet, but also brings some chai tea-like spices, like the aforementioned cinnamon and cloves, plus vanilla. Warm with booze and brown sugar, but also a touch of cool pine from hops.

Mouthfeel is thin -- very thin considering the gravity of this beer, but still coats the palate nicely.

Five years might have been too long for this beer. I just happened to have a fresh one on tap this evening as well, and it was much fuller in body, and ultimately more satisfying. The fresh one was also a much sweeter malt bomb. Two years on this beer might be better, to help temper some of the sweetness, but before it becomes too thin and herbal. (951 characters)

Photo of MaartenvanDoorn
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice beer. iIt was poured from the bottle into the glass. The appearance is very good: not black but dark brown, and with a very nice amount of foam. The taste is also great: a nice sweet taste, with hints of vanilla and coffee and nuts. Nothing to dominant, good balance. Very nice beer! (295 characters)

Photo of Dsimenson
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz plastic champaign flute from BevMo. Poured conservatively, but it build a 1/2" head that degenerates to lacing after a few sips. Appearance is thick unfiltered honey. Rich, complex aroma. Flavor is bold, hops, some turpentine, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium thick, enjoyable. Overall I really enjoy this. I've only had Couple other barley wine style--I especially recall Bigfoot which I really enjoy. This one is very good, but a bit different in character. (492 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, raisin, prune, biscuit, light chocolate, light roast, floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, raisin, prune, chocolate, light roast, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, raisin, prune, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity notes; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! Great complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,280 characters)

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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