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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,205 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 55
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, completely opaque, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Tons of dried stone fruit such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes, followed by tons of candied sugar, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Jesus, what a delicious, awesome beer! Massive flavors of dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes, followed by tons of candied sugar, toffee, toasted malt and a slight hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.2%, I’m surprised at how little, like none at all, alcohol there is on the palate. The alcohol is really, really, dangerously masked.

Overall: This is a phenomenal barleywine!! Absolutely, fantastically awesome!

Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Toasty, burnt sugar, caramel, dark fruit, very sweet.

T- Incredibly well-balanced between the big sweetness, toasty malt flavor and dark fruit notes. Alcohol is very well-masked even after multiple sips. Slight hop bitterness shows up after a while. The drinkability on this is dangerously high.

M- Moderately viscous, somewhat syrupy and a tad sharp from the alcohol. Medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Age has treated this beer well. This is pretty much exactly what I look for in a barleywine. Bold flavors of sweetness and an alcohol presence that's noticeable but subdued enough to make for a smooth drink. Outstanding.

Photo of MisledTitan
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Thanks to Colm for this beer

A- a maroon hazy color with no head and no lacing.

S- plum and toffee come through first. then I get some butterscotch....mmm

F- toffee and red plum fruit hit first grainy booze and spicy hop bitterness.

M- boozy and plumlike..heavy bodied and toffee coating in the mouth.

O- a good barley wine..at time the butterscotch and plum don't mix but good overall.

Photo of jtc5632
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

So I've had many tries at different barleywines and have yet to find one that wasn't a drainpour. This one by Flying Dog is the first that actually tasted good to me. No booziness. No extreme bitter finish. No medicinal aspiriny aftertaste. This one was a winner. Highly recommend.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jeffo
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dad got this one for me in New York a while back. Cheers dad!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin wisp and ring. Maroon read in color, hazy, with no visible carbonation. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of toffee, caramel, some butterscotch and earthy hops on the nose. Bold enough with notes of red fruits as well. Nice stuff.

TASTE: Toffee and bready malt flavors up front. Butterscotch and caramel sweetness at the swallow with a bold and lingering aftertaste of sweet toffee, caramel, red fruits sweetness, spicy alcohol and just a hint of hop bitterness that tries to provide balance. Could use a bit more bitterness .

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers as well.

OVERALL: Okay. A bit too sweet without the balancing bitterness perhaps, but this is stull full of interesting and complex malt flavor. Definitely a beer for fans of the malty-sweet barleywines, which I am, though even I would like to see a bit more bitterness offered here. Still, a good brew that I rather enjoyed. Give it a try if you have access to it. Thanks again dad!

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.