Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
3.38/5 rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This is the third entry in my Horn-Dog cellar experiment. I reviewed the beer fresh, then again at 6 months, and planned to do it every six months but got seperated from the beer for awhile so this is the third entery at... roughly 20 months since purchased fresh off shelves in December 2005.
App- The beer has continued to brown, and is now the color of very dark, strong, ice tea. It is turbid and has begun to get floaties. Still has a nice, thin, parchment colored head with some lace. Carbonation is still alive and healthy.
Nose- Has faded considerably and begun to take on a little more medicinal vapor, smells, I dunno, just old. A little like cranberry juice, still some yeast scent but that has really faded. Extremely muted berries and dark fruit. Honestly, it would be a little off-putting if it were stronger.
Taste- The beer has really lightened with age, which I find suprising. High-pitched sugar sweetness has definately toned it down, transforming into a pretty solid malt backbone. Spicy alcohol sits closest to the tounge, but isn't strong. Herbal hops are still working, rounding things out. Flavor profile is still dark fruit, but is nowhere near as in-your-face as I remember. The prune taste has backed off alot, really only coming out toward the finish now. While I wouldn't say the beer is "round" in character, the edges are definately being smoothed out, and a yeasty character seems to be helping it toward softer aspirations.
The beer seems to be coming together again. It is less complex that at 6 months, and almost seems to be leaning toward what I call a "stacked" flavor profile, one where you kind of taste several things at once, rather than one after another.
Mouthfeel is lighter, still a little grippy, and I hate to say it, but starting to lean toward watery. We seem to have lost that lovely 6 month carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2007 06:49:28 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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United Kingdom (England)
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A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date.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.
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 01:31:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 03:26:16 | More by Pegasus
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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