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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

821 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 821
Hads: 1,260
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 63
Gots: 100 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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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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.

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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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beer guru brought a year old aged bottle and it really seemed to have mellowed. Very underrated but if you age it even more so. Flying dog did not disappoint this time.

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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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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -21.9%

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not the most impressive barley wine I've had. Aroma is OKHead & lacing are non-exisistant & the next thing along that impresesses is the ABV. Super strong but the flavor is in the back seat.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

2005 Bottle from pushkinwow.

A - Pours an almost black, deep deep brown and murky colour. Half finger of beige head on top with mild carbonation.

S - Lot's of boozy dark fruit. Syrupy and sweet aromas.

T - Boozy dark fruit, sort of spoiled fruits, but a nice intense alcoholic/fruit mix. A bit of oxidation maybe. Raisins, brown sugar, red wine, medicinal.

M - Mild carbonation, medium-full body and a boozy fruit finish with a bit of an off flavour.

O/D - This is probably past it's prime, but also quite complex and interesting. As it warmed it opened up with much more interesting flavours. Enjoying this one slowly, but the medicinal and syrupy sweetness are a stretch.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep reddish mahogany body and a decent light brown head. Plenty of lacing and retention.

Aroma:
Tons of sweet, dark fruits with dominant raisin. Bright brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. Caramel malts. Quite pungent but in a good way.

Taste:
Follows the nose closely but with some added surprises, mainly in the form of a lot of tropical fruit. Sweet pineapple and peach laced with raisin and fig and roasted caramel. A bit boozy on the end, but works well.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and easy to drink. Medium body and light carbonation. Sweet finish.

Overall:
An awesome beer that packs a punch and plenty of flavor. A must have for fans of bold, dark beers.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage

A- Brownish-amber with some transparency, just a hint of yeasty haze. No head to speak of, with just a few off-white bubbles on top of the body.

S- Sweet caramel malts, hints of dark fruits, slight nuttiness.

T- Really similar to the aroma, sweet malts up front with a blast of more sweetness, lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors, grainy bread. Any hops that may have been present have faded and this is a big sweet barleywine.

M- Big and sweet, but smooth enough for easy sipping. Low carbonation.

O- I feel like the aging made this one better, but it is certainly a big, sweet barleywine. The depth of the flavor is pretty good and worth a try.

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Photo of CDAtkinson
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber hue with an off white head
S: Table grapes, juicy bubblegum, fresh mossy bark, burnt pineapple
T: Sharp red plum flavors, sweet malty notes, more bubblegum notes
M: Heavy mouthfeel (though not as heavy as a porter or stout), filled about 70% of the mouth
O: Big flavors, powerful brew, very drinkable, could put you under the table if you're not paying attention.

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Photo of weeare138
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of RollBounce
4.82/5  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)

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Mises85
1.57/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Served this in a tulip at room temperature

Appearance: Abbey Dubbel like. Nice 2 finger head with some good lacing

Smell: When I took it out of the bottle it almost smelled like macaroni and cheese. Sniffed it and then got a MASSIVE raisin note. Brown sugar.

Taste; after 2 sips, I had to throw it out. This is one of the most cloyingly sweet beers I have ever tasted. Felt like just tasting pure brown sugar doused in alcohol.

Would not buy again. Unfortunate because Bigfoot was the best barley wine I have had to date.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a dark maroon in color with a tiny brown head with little retention and no lacing. sweet is of nice sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, dark malts, and maybe a little toffee. Taste is very sweet from the candy sugars, definitely some sweet malts that seem to be malt forward but as many barlywines it is pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thin or maybe a tiny bit thicker. Really this is a decent beer but a little too malty for my taste. Great beer but just a little too malty.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle poured into snifter

A: Nice deep but clear mahogany color with a finger of fine off-white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Dark fruit, most notably raisins, prunes/plums- there's a light tanginess although they're mostly sweet. Sweet bready malts, just a bit roasted. Booze totally hidden.

T: Dark fruit once again, big raisin flavor this time, caramel and toffee malts, molasses. Nice light bitter finish even if I can't place any hop flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated; smooth, creamy, and sticky. I'm not sure that those aren't contradictory, but it's a nice mouthfeel that seems to lend more body to the beer than it would otherwise have.

O: Solid barleywine. I don't know if I agree with the label's claim that it tastes like licorice and chocolate, but I'll pick this up again.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bad boy is five years old - vintage 2008. Poured from a cute 7 oz. pony bottle.

Appearance is a murky caramel brown with quickly dissipating head, Little to no lace. Interesting.

Smells herbal, with clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and plenty of dark fruit. A good whiff of booze too.

Taste is immediately sweet, but also brings some chai tea-like spices, like the aforementioned cinnamon and cloves, plus vanilla. Warm with booze and brown sugar, but also a touch of cool pine from hops.

Mouthfeel is thin -- very thin considering the gravity of this beer, but still coats the palate nicely.

Five years might have been too long for this beer. I just happened to have a fresh one on tap this evening as well, and it was much fuller in body, and ultimately more satisfying. The fresh one was also a much sweeter malt bomb. Two years on this beer might be better, to help temper some of the sweetness, but before it becomes too thin and herbal.

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Photo of MaartenvanDoorn
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nice beer. iIt was poured from the bottle into the glass. The appearance is very good: not black but dark brown, and with a very nice amount of foam. The taste is also great: a nice sweet taste, with hints of vanilla and coffee and nuts. Nothing to dominant, good balance. Very nice beer!

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a 16oz plastic champaign flute from BevMo. Poured conservatively, but it build a 1/2" head that degenerates to lacing after a few sips. Appearance is thick unfiltered honey. Rich, complex aroma. Flavor is bold, hops, some turpentine, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium thick, enjoyable. Overall I really enjoy this. I've only had Couple other barley wine style--I especially recall Bigfoot which I really enjoy. This one is very good, but a bit different in character.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a small cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, raisin, prune, biscuit, light chocolate, light roast, floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, raisin, prune, chocolate, light roast, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, raisin, prune, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity notes; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barleywine! Great complexity and balance of dark malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Burgundy pour with a small white light head. Nice lacings.

S: Dark dried fruits and rich sweet malt. Cherry kernel bitterness.

T: Follows the smell. They don't mess with the basics.

M: Sweet aftertaste. Fullbodied with no carbonation.

O: Fantastic, probably my bottle has been properly cellared for some time, but I think it would improve further with longer cellaring.

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Photo of brewski09
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

VINTAGE 09LL 12 oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter from my beer fridge (so about 50 degrees).

A - Clear deep brown, not quite 100% or brilliantly clear. A nice 2cm tan head that is thick and tight. It begins to recede almost immediately, but leaves a heavy lacing on the glass. This looks really nice so far.

S - I get a good amount of oxidation already from this beer, just pouring it. But it is around 4 years old, so that's to be expected. Smells like there may be a light barrel aging on this one under the Sherry oxidation tones. Dark fruits like plum and cherries (lightly sour/underripened) dance sweetly around with the other aromas. Maybe a little licorice? No tobacco, which would have completed this profile wonderfully. Pretty sure there are figs in this one too, but its been so long since I've had a good, ripe fig.

S (update) - The oxidation breaths off like a good wine and gets a lot lighter, balancing the profile with more cherry and fig. Let this one sit for a few minutes as you are drinking it.

T - Licorice and sherry with a bit of cherry like a deep red wine, then back to the licorice. This one just keeps alternating back and forth, refusing to be nailed down into one place. That dry cherry kicks in on the back end again as the mouth starts to clear a bit.

M - Thick and velvety. This one is a palate coater, so don't start with it in a tasting. It isn't overly sugary, and it isn't resiny or oily either. It is just there the way it is. Maybe a bit heavy on the sugars once the end of the glass is near, but still enjoyable. Sort of like a nice Belgian Quad.

O - This was my first time drinking the Horn Dog, so I have no fresh example to compare it too, but I would have to say this was a great beer. It has a little bit of everything, except noticeable hop characteristics. I don't know if they were there, or just faded over the last several years. I'll have to pick up a fresh one and try it next release. Much of the "spices" referenced in the brewery description have aged out.

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Photo of Nightrain
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in to a tulip glass
appearance: a dark brownish red with a 1/4 in whit head.
smell: burnt sugar, molasses, and caramel.
taste: sweet and malty up front that blends well with the hops with a slit bitter finish that lingers.
mouthfeel: medium body and mouth feel.

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Photo of scotorum
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In Maryland looking for local brews I can't get at home. The name made me laugh and barleywine is a style I find interesting.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Snoopy and Woodstock ceramic mug. like I said I am on travel and forgot to pack a tulip glass.

a: Rich dark red-brown. Not much tan head but some lacing.

s: Dark malt and prunes.

t: Yup if they made a strong beer out of prunes, it might taste like this. Moderate to heavy alcohol and/or hop bite. The label says it should taste of chocolate and licorice. Do those add up to prune?

m: Beer! Smooth with low carbonation made up for by the dark fruiity-bite.

o: Similar to Brooklyn Monster as a dark whallop, but tastes better with the prunelike fruitiness, although the funky who-soaked-gym-socks-in-the-wort in Monster is hinted at here too. At my age prune flavor is appealing LOL.

I'd buy this again, and may on my way back to Mastadonachusetts.. Another good store lined up for the voyage home tomorrow.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Dog goblet. Vintage 12cc near the barcode.

pours a dark reddish brown color with a slight white head. Smell is classic barleywine with sweet alcohol and fruits on the nose. Taste is big on the plums and dates and figs up front with a sweet candy taste on the back end. wow. impressive and quite easy to drink. alcohol is very faint and hidden well. heavier side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall a fairly complex and pleasant example of a barleywine. Got this for $4.99 / 4 pack and am definitely impressed. Will enjoy drinking the other 3.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.