Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by gillagorilla:
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
12oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet
A: It is a deep brown with tinges of deep amber in there around the edges. There is even a bit of light lacing. The head is only about a finger, but disappears as soon as it appears.
S: You get a very light pine scent right before the malt sweetness powers through along with a bit of sugary chocolate. There is also a nice toasty roast in there as well.
T: The taste on this BW is very mild and even. I don't get much complexity and the sweetness is there but quite faded and subdued. It really tastes exactly like it smells. There are no hops that I can really place, but to me it seems they are what tie the whole thing together as a nice simple package that leaves a very subtle mouthfeel that is almost nonexistent.
M: There is almost no carbonation and it is deceptively smooth. Unless you were focusing on the mouthfeel, you wouldn't notice it, since it is so minimal. Also, you feel it most when you hold it in your mouth to warm up a bit.
O: This was my first English BW. I wasn't blown out of the water by this, but it is a decent and solid BW that is very drinkable. It is up against stark competition with Bigfoot, however that one is an American BW. There is nothing stellar about this BW but it has no alcohol burn unlike some other ones, which make it ready on day one.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 01:06:21 | More by gillagorilla
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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A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date.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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