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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,222 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,222
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 58
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged it a half year which did not hurt. The initial barley and then full malting.Surprisingly high alcohol. Slightly sweet, hey there was a touch of candy, and significant caramel. little bitterness and understated hoppy.
2007 edition on tap at Fallen Rock, great aroma, sherry taste. Understated carbonation.That's my upgrade.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some subtle caramel/toffee aromas and alcohol. Taste is of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and citrus zest on the finish. There is a very mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but has a better taste than smell in my opinion.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a moderate copper with a slight white head that fades away quite quickly. The nose is a bit of sweetened malt, light fruits, cherries, and moderate caramel. A bit of booze there as well. The flavor is a bit of sweetness and caramel with mild fruit and booze. Feel is big enough to handle a good dose of alcohol. Drinks well enough but needs some age to really shine.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very hazy brownish caramel in color. It poured with some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large off white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Complex aromas of butterscotch, molasses, raisins and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste is rather complex and the flavors are similar to the smell with the addition of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a good amount of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: You would expect this to be a strong beer with all of the malts but the alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste. It is very drinkable for the style and I would have no problem having a few of these (even if it came in a larger bottle).

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery after my tour. Awesome group of guys there and the beer was better than I had anticipated as I had only had their standard beers we get in Florida. This time I got to try the local release stuff.

A: no head on a slightly hazy orange-amber body.

S: tart and tangy fruit. light caramel malts

T: again very tangy and fruity. the malt character is still full despite the fruitness. minimal bitterness from the hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth

Overall: this one is one of the more drinkable barleywines out there especially since it keeps the nice malt flavor. the alcohol is well masked. These characteristics are likely due to this being a 2009 or 2010 bottle from their "cellar".

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark brown body with a surprisingly bouyant head that delivers good retention but leaves an unusual pointillist pattern of lacing on the glass

Smell: Rich, rum soaked dark fruit - figs, dates and blackberries

Taste: Starts out rather pleasant and fruity with a nice blend of dark fruit flavors and some burnt sugar; in the middle, the hoppy bitterness kicks in and turns increasingly bitter into the finish, leaving a somewhat metallic and unpleasant after-taste

Mouthfeel: Rich and viscous, with modest carbonation

Drinkability: If it weren't for the finish, this would be an exceptional barleywine

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Intriquing beer. Pours a thick ruby or mohogany with a chunky tan head. Low carbonation and laced well. Smells malty, and of dark fruits. Hop aroma smells salty and earthy. Tastes of malt, cherries, figs, prunes, and dates. A bit nut like and hop bitterness. Thins a bit in the body. Finishes sweet and a bit cloying. Cut nicely by the hops. An aggressive beer--what you'd expect from flying dog, but there are better barley wines out there. Wonder how this one would fare in a year or so.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a deep brown color ale with a small foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma of sugar is so pronounced that it gets quite gross and doesn’t allow for any other aspects of the beer to come through. Taste is also dominated by the sweetness and doesn’t allow much else to come through. I didn’t notice any large hops presence which could have mitigated some of the sweetness. Average body with some medium-low carbonation. Definitely not something that I feel the need to revisit anytime soon.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Horn Dog was split with a couple friends of mine, none of them liked it at all. I didn't find much wrong with it. The beer poured out as a deep amber color with a light yellowish colored head. The lacing was pretty thick at first, then it died off. The smell was sweet, hoppy and had a hefty amount of booze on the nose. The taste was of sweet roasted caramel and alcohol up front that faded into a bitter hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty thick which is fine by me. The overall outlook I have on this is that it's a pretty decent barley wine. For someone who hasn't tried many you could give this one a shot and see what you think.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky chestnut with cranberry and gold edges. The beer falls just short of opacity, but then most barleywines aren't light sinks. The toasted ecru crown was on the small side (allowing me to get the entire bottle into the glass in one pour) and has maintained one finger of thick creaminess. The color is a bit unusual, but I like it just fine.

The nose is 'brown' as well. I smell figs and dates and cherries macerated in port wine and brown sugar syrup, along with a not-so-subtle shot of creme de cacao. The aroma isn't exactly chocolate-like, but it's close. Most importantly, HDBWSA smells like good beer.

I wish I had some idea what the dating code means, because I'd love to know how old this bottle is. My best guess is closer to one year than two. I don't know what it was like fresh, but right now Horn Dog is a gloriously smooth, surpremely sippable, fantastically delicious version of the style. Unless my mind changes by the time I've drained all twelve ounces (highly doubtful), this is my favorite Flying Dog beer.

If you like your barleywines to be sweet and malty rather than hop-filled, this puppy is just what you've been looking for. I love hoppy beer of all styles, but can still appreciate one as well-brewed as this. Like the nose, I'm still getting much more chocolate than is typical for the style. It works very well, though.

The flavor profile is dominated by dark caramel, dark brown sugar, mild molasses, date paste, cherries and chocolate fudge. This might just be the darkest barleywine that I've ever had (the color should have been a tip-off). It's also one of the most complex. I can taste a little spiciness as well, but seriously doubt that spices were added.

The mouthfeel is full and chewy without being overly thick and sticky. A fraction more heft would be good, but it's hard to argue when the beer goes down like winter-weight silk. A restrained amount of carbonation gives it a lush creaminess that becomes even lusher and creamier with warming.

If I had known how good Horn Dog is, I would have cracked the crown on this pooch long before now. I remember seeing 4-packs at a local beer store recently. Looks like I'll have to stop in and buy a few for the cellar. This is Flying Dog's best beer... paws down.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a thick, opaque dark chocolate brown with a cream colored head that would not fade. Smell was Spicey and citrusy hopped, with hints of caramel and chocolate and jus tabout anything else you could think of. Taste was very very sweet, almost like candy, with hints of alcohol and a dry hoppy finish. Very smooth going down, but the high ABV could sneak up on you. All in all this is a good Barleywine, I will definatly drink this again, just not too many in one sitting!!

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

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark reddish-brown body with a scattered, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty aroma with notes of toffee, roasted grains, ripe plums, and with a full, everpresent, evergreen pine scent.

Taste: Sweet maltiness tasting of toffee candy. Plum fruitiness. Slight roasty coffee and woody hints. Piney, resinous hop character and moderate bitterness which hits right about the time the warming alcohol does. Finishes that's all at once bitter, sweet, warming, and that roasty touch that won't go away.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, I will say it's one of the better beers in the Flying Dog line-up.

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

This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves some random lace in its short-lived wake. It smells strongly of caramel, toffee, raisins, and light citrus hops. The taste is big toffee malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is light, the body sugary smooth and dense, and it finishes sweet, hoppy, and with a final broadside of boozy caramel.

A pleasant, warm sipper, built to share.

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a tan, soapy, one-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled malty, sweet caramel, and some boozy notes.

T - It tasted sweet and malty. Notes of toffee, caramel, licorice with an underlying alcohol flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good barleywine style ale. I don't think I could have more than one at a time.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Another Flying Dog revisit, though I can barely even remember drinking it the first time. It pours a clear dark ruby topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, caramel, light leek, and a generally mild mix of pine and cilantro. The taste holds notes of caramel, orange peel, dark greens, and raisins. The light spiciness of the greens doesn't seem to meld entirely well with the much stronger sweetness. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a chunky-ish feel. Overall, a nice b-wine, though I'm not sure the elements really come together all that successfully. I don't dislike this beer, but I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna be seeking out very often in the future.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,222 ratings.