Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by JamesMN:
4.06/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Deep mahogany and one of the darkest Barleywines I've seen. Thin cap of off-white, almost tan, foam.
Aroma: A very rich and interesting bouquet of raisin, plum, molasses, and a touch of black liquorish.
Taste: Starts with a mix of dark fruit juices and a base of amber and caramel malts. The flavor stays pretty consistent throughout but has enough complexity to it that it never becomes repetitive. Perhaps the most immediately shocking component is that the 10.2% ABV is really not present in the flavor. It simply adds a liqueur-like heat to the finish which really brings out the raisin and fig flavors. There isn't much for hop character besides a persistent bitterness. At 45 IBUs it's not much more powerful than a Pale Ale but is definitely enough to make your palate take notice. A real nice balance between all the components.
Mouthfeel: Full and viscous in body with a velvet-like smoothness despite somewhat disruptive carbonation. Easy drinking for such a big beer.
Final Thoughts: Flying Dog's Horn Dog English Barleywine is a pretty great beer. However, it lacks the certain special quality that sets pretty great beers apart from world class brews. If you enjoy Barleywines and Scotch Ales I'd highly recommend seeking this one out because it is sure to please your palate. Would I drink it again? Yes.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2013 01:34:19 | More by JamesMN
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4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2014 02:44:49 | More by weeare138
4.83/5 rDev +25.5%
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)
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 22:09:50 | More by RollBounce
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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