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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,196 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,196
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 57
Gots: 69 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Ratings: 1,196 | Reviews: 809 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mistaya
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original Flying Dog Barley Wine, brewed and bottled by Broadway Brewing, circa 1998, and brewed between it's kin, Roundhouse and Horn Dog. Shared on a nice evening in North Dakota. Label said to 'enjoy over the next 5 years' -- 14 years was worth the wait. Poured the color of maple syrup with a thin cover of small bubbles that grew when swirled in an old Flying Dog pint glass. Very smooth and mellow, fruit like flavor, almost like a port, with a mild vanilla aftertaste. Slight alcohol smell and taste, though the 10-11% would sneak up on you. No smell of hops -- the malts and oats came through strongly with slight taste of Kent Goldings and other English hops (?) -- a fantastic example of an aged barley wine. Got better as it warmed up. Should have won a GABF medal back then -- it certainly would now. Have to taste another bottle with a bottle of the older Roundhouse.

Happy birthday Rachmaninoff, you would have enjoyed this.

mistaya, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Trashcat, Friday at 08:54 PM
Photo of Rod_J
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Rod_J, Thursday at 03:30 AM
Photo of Therealfootball
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Therealfootball, Nov 16, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

kevdude, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Thirstygoat
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Thirstygoat, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Dodo2step
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Dodo2step, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of jtc5632
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jtc5632, Nov 06, 2014
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.

bubseymour, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%

JamieDuncan, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +3.9%

athomasPSU, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Rob_d
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Rob_d, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
4/5  rDev +3.9%

leitmotif, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of myuncle
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

myuncle, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Jeffo, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of ConanSachler
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

ConanSachler, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

WILD-THING, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

indy351, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

RyanCrawford, Oct 04, 2014
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.

seedyone, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Sep 19, 2014
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.

tbeckett, Sep 17, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

stumac, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of deadliest
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

deadliest, Sep 13, 2014
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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,196 ratings.