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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

Horn Dog Barley Wine Style AleHorn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,135 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1135
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%


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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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

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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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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