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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,222 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 59
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Ratings: 1,222 | Reviews: 814
Reviews by Tabni:
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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Photo of mistaya
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deepslightly hazy amber with a thinner off white head that is gone pretty quickly,aromas are juicy fruity with raisin/prune note as well with a real noticable alcohol tinge as it warms.This is more of an English style barley wine for sure flavors of dark fruit that of raisin prune a little plum with some brown sugar in the finish with alcohol burn becoming more noticable as I drink more.Not bad a pretty solid offering from FD but not up to par with its Colorado bretheren Old Ruffian ( but what barley wine is),and Hog Heaven.

Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Little head atop this dark ruby ale.

Smell – Sherry and hops make up the bulk of the nose to this one. There’s also a dry sweetness that’s hard to describe. It’s kind of like dark fruits meet dry floral hops, if that makes any sense.

Taste – The sherry flavors are huge in this one. The oak stands out as well. There’s much less of a hop flavor than I had anticipated from the nose, and the sweetness has straightened out. I can pick up oranges and cherries for sure along with artificial apple juice.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to this smooth, dry, medium-bodied barley wine.

Drinkability – Way to easy going down for a 10.5% ABV bottle. Be careful with this one.

Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage, 7 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown color that, for it's dark shade, remains fairly opaque. Light tan head that goes away almost immediately and doesn't retain to the sides of the glass. The nose is full of many things: grapes, figs, booze, licorice - full dark, dense fruits. The flavor hits with an initial warmth from the alcohol. Full of figs and sweet grapes, roasted malts, caramel, licorice, plums, raisins, and a huge booze filled backdrop. The booze is reminiscent of bourbon very much so, and it provides a nice warming sensation. Slight bitterness near the finish, but not a big hop flavor at all. The body looks pretty thin upon pouring, but feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Somewhat dry finish and medium-low carbonation.

Very good beer, here, but it's definitely a sipper (as are most barley wines). The booze profile is nice, and while noticeable, it doesn't feel quite like 10% ABV. Deep fruit flavors balance out the burn to provide a nice, heavy dinner beer.

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage

Deep amber color with some fine sediment and a light brown head.

A big slap of brown sugar in the nose, malt and candi sugar driving the English influence.

Sweet notes of oxidized raisin, brown sugar, and caramel apple skins. Balanced mostly by alcohol, as there isn't really a hop profile.

Pretty good for the style, but overall I could probably drink three Bigfoot to one of these.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Horn Dog Barleywine style ale from flying Dog.
Note: One of my favorite micro-breweries.

A- A reddish amber color liquid with a frothy head that falls into a nice ring around the glass with fairly good lacing. (Better lacing as brew warms.)

S- First is the alcohol esters that hit the nose up-front. The following scents are of almost a wine nature of oak, red grapes, and light sugars.

T- Massive alcohol kicks with malty notes at first. This progresses into a medley of bitter hops and sweet malts that dance apon your flavor buds.

M-D- Mouthfeel is of red wine smooth and dry on the tongue. Almost to dry finish with the alcohol feel. Drinkable in moderation.

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours dark reddish brown in color with a thin layer of bubbles that diminish quickly to nothing but a line around the edge. No lacing.

S: Complex sweet malts with with a brown sugar smell.

T&M: Nice full mouth feel with a strong malty presence. The complexity combines medium toasted malts, something like dates, and something like that Belgian candy sugar flavor of so many dark Belgian styles. Carbonation is rather light, fine, and moderately abundant which contributes to a rather creamy texture overall. The finish is a touch sweet but quick with a nice warm linger.

D: Smooth and creamy, but rather heavy and warm. Very good one at a time but not much of a session brew. As for a a barleywine style, this is pretty good and I would recommend it to those who enjoy this style.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the somewhat scary labeled bottle a viscous dark brown, bordering on black with a small tan head that fades to a ring around the glass. Deep blood red tones shine through when held up to the light. Rich, sweet caramel malt along with huge dark fruit aromas rise up into my nose. A hint of toffee and a touch of cocoa along with some pine resin hops. Quite lovely.

First sip brings a sweet rush of burnt caramel and dark alcohol filled fruits (cherries, grapes). A bit burnt with some molasses and a touch of bitter piney hoppiness on the way down. Slight cocoa flavors weave in and out. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish and actually leaves me with a vodka-esque aftertaste that is unfortunately not too pleasant. A big brew overall that brings a rich mix of flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and slightly syrupy. Coats the mouth as it goes down. Definetly a sipping brew. The drinkability is hindered here by the apparent alcohol. Drinking one after a hard day of work is great...but I can't see much more than that. Worth a try!

Photo of JasonA
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 07A. Thanks to a trade, I was reminded I had some of this from 07. Perfect timing as I put my newly acquired 08 in place of this 07.

Pours a transparent carmel syrup with a single finger head. Carbonation dissapates quickly to reveal lots og lacing considering. Quick jostle releases lots more head.

Fermented carmel, malt, honey ... in a good way. Roasted malt, full bodied. I would wear cologne of this smell. I would date a woman who sweat this smell. NOM NOM NOM NOM

Syrup, smooth, sweet ending with some hops. Hop finish is quite nice.

Sits so well in the mouth. ABV is high, but the malt just engulfs it with flavor.

I love this beer. BW is my favorite style by far. Give me more.

Note: This is an english BW. I tell ya, show me the guy who decides which style a BW is, thats the guy who knows his stuff. Such subtle differences.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. It was a brown color with some red highlights. Small head. Nice carbonation. Sweet, fruity aroma, along with a little toffee. Likewise with the taste, except the alcohol clobbers you first. The strong alcohol taste fades as the beer warms, but it is still both noticeable and sharp.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with a thinnish head that hung around for a while.

An aroma like honey on well-toasted bread. First sip - Ooh, there's a lot of maltiness going on in here. Big, very chewy body, with chocolate, toffee, figs, hints of black cherry - no aroma or flavor hops to speak of. The warming surge o' kicks in about halfway through the sip, but never gets obnoxious. As it warms and towards the end of the sip, a solid bitterness kicks in and really balances this one out. Could drink a few of these.

The beer was listed at the pub as "Horn Dog Overpriced Barleywine" - maybe I'm just feeling generous, but I'd pay for another pint. Very nice example - just don't look for a lot of hops.

Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-brown with lots of little floaties. It has a fine tan head that laces the glass. A very nice looking beer!

Alcohol dominates the aroma. There is also some dark fruits and cola. It smells kind of like a very strong rum and coke.

The flavor is some sweet dark fruit and subtle cola initially, followed by an overbearing strong sharp alcohol that masks a touch of hops. It is not well balanced at all. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and sticky.

Overall, way too much alcohol in the flavor and nose. I've had beers with more alcohol that masked it much better. It was more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer. Too bad I like beer, not mixed drinks. Maybe it will tone down with age.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a scary dog theme artsy label. The word “vintage” where the freshness date should be, lay a few down to see where thing one goes.

Appearance: Weird looking, great retention, but weird because it is so damn rocky with the tiniest bubbles that stick on the glass. Colour is mahogany going on black, very dark, with a shining clearness to the light.

Smell: Yeasty and buttery with a rhubarb and spicy ester alcohol, decent nose but just not melded well.

Taste: Smooth and viscous. Full in the mouth showing a big body, moderate carbonation after a semi-hard pouring. Malty all the way, sweetness upfront flows from caramel to bready with a fruity underbelly. Alcohol is there but deceives a bit, warms the body soon after and provides some estery a fruity content. Hops leave a marked twang and distract the taste buds away from the sweetness momentarily. Touch of spiciness creeps in from the alcohol and light grainy astringencies double it up for the finish.

Notes: A must a cellar temp, drink this cold and feel its wrath. Also, make sure the yeast does not make its way into the glass or you will fell sorry that it did. As soon as it warms up the malt flares out the with pounding sweetness that wrestles with the hops and graininess. Not overly impressive but good enough to give it a try if you are into strong beers and barleywines.

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Horn Dog pours into a tulip glass a murky, deep chestnut brown with a small, beige head that vanishes quickly, leaving a nice lacing effect.
Aroma has a powerful malt assault. Caramel and chocolate are in the front, dark fruits in the middle, and some ctrusy and pine cone hops are in the background.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with low carbonation and an alcohol presence.
The taste features thick layers of malt, with chocolate and caramel, essence of rum, some citrusy hops, and raw alcohol. Pine cone bitter hoppiness emerges toward the finish.
This is a decent barleywine, with waves of malt sweeping away most of the hops presence. Could use a bit more hops balance, but I would buy this one again.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours dark almond and cloudy. moderate head, settles into tiny bubble light film, and leaves average lacing. Very malty, with alcohol present. Medium bodied, finish seems abit thin. Hop wallop never really kicks in. What happenend to the hops? This is one reserved BWine, English in style perhaps is a usable excuse.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Cornboy for this brew.
Pours a very cloudy, dark brown w/ almost a full finger of caramel head that lasted less than a minute...still impressive.
Sweet raisins grab my nostrils first w/ a hint of the alcohol. Also detecting cherries and grapes as well...top notch aromas.
Taste is not as impressive...at bit sour in its initial contact. Tastes less like raisins and more like prunes...this flavor doesn't leave the pallet too quickly either.
The mouthfeel is a bit unbalanced...it has a nice texture from what I would expect from a BW style, but its bitter aftertaste never really gets cleansed away after a fresh sip.
I doubt I would have another one of these, but certainly glad I had the opportunity to try. I'll stick to Flying Dog's IPA...it is more my style.

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of badbeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Beer poured a dark color, seeming to be brown with just a slight hue of ruby. Smell is of sweet malt with hints of plum and cherry. Malty taste with hints of dark fruit and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy. Drinkability is good, I enjoy the sipping on it, however, one seems to be enough for an evening, but perhaps I'll have another.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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