Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A - This one is murky, thick, brown, and viscous looking. Honest to God, this looks like the product of a violent diarrhea spasm. I poured this into a Rochefort chalice, which now looks less like the beautiful gold-rimmed goblet that it is and more like a porcelain toilet bowl full of taco meat and hot sauce that has been through the digestive tract. No head, no lace, just Hershey squirt. (the second bottle had significantly more head n' lace, so I'm updating this from a 2.0 to a 3.0).
S - Melted milk chocolate (I'm trying to smell this objectively without thinking of the appearance), thick caramel ice cream toping, and hot fudge. Butterscotch chips (the kind that are shaped like chocolate chips). Smells overly sweet with no trace of hops.
T - Tastes very much like caramel ice cream sauce or topping that you would pour generously over a coil of soft-serve. Super-sweet and caramel-y with massive brown sugar and toffee notes too. The alcohol tightens things up a bit, and some nice bitter hops really help the flavor from falling into a sugary pitfall.
M - This is the very epitome of full-bodied. Viscous, sugary, thick, sludgy, and flabby. This beer is so full-figured that it needs to shop at Lane Bryant. Some boozy alcohol trims the fat (doesn't it always?), and turns this buxom and beefy brew into something slightly more sleek and alluring.
D - This is the Fat Boy or Little Man of malt bombs. Sugary sweet, flabby, obese, overly malty, and lacking in the hop department. This is not terrible, but it could go on a diet and it could definitely use some more hops. Note: mine is a 2007 vintage bottle, and this being the first few hours of 2009 it could have lost some of its hop power. I'll have to pick up some fresh and see if the hops come out in fuller force.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2009 07:24:56 | More by pmcadamis
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4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appears a dark opaque crimson times amber. A thick white cap slowly fades, and scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, honey, toasted barley, fresh bread, citrus, and pine sap.
Taste is of the aromas with a honey malt sweetness, followed by ripe fruit, bitter hops, and doughy yeast.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, viscous, and sweet with hot alcohol hanging on in the finish.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2014 02:44:49 | More by weeare138
4.83/5 rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Caramel, dates, malt, toast, buckwheat honey, liquid yeast, citrus, and sweet sherry, can be found on this long nose.
Front is rich, creamy, full, robust, with some citrus hops on the sides of my tongue. Plums and chocolate on the long balanced finish.
Overall; My mouth salivates every time i have this brew. Personal pick for best English style barleywine made in the U.S.A.. Balanced with great length. Looking forward to tasting after aging a few years. (vintage 2011)
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2014 22:09:50 | More by RollBounce
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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