Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by NHGrafx:
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.
Pours a very dark color, with a beautiful dark red color when held to a light. Big 3 finger foamy head that dissipates into a frothy foamy layer on the top. Lots of sediment bits in suspension in the glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but left it there as recommended by a friend.
The aroma is kind of sweet at first. Sort of like a cinnamon raison bread. Other aromas are bready, some nutty aroma like walnuts, banana like aroma, a very slight soapy like smell. Overall a very nice aroma.
The taste is very malty has some spicy sweetness to it, sort of like natural licorice root. There is a slight ginger-like taste too. But the maltiness is pretty dominant. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, can feel the alcohol too. Drinkability is good. This is a good sipper.
Overall this one was very nice. It is somewhat of a malt bomb though, in my opinion, but still very good.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2008 00:19:39 | More by NHGrafx
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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A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date.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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