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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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A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date.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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