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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 56
Gots: 75 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1" tan head on a kind of clear reall dark ruby body (mostly looks dark brown until held to light).
S- Sweet caramel malts, toffee, cherries, plums, and maybe just a touch of grapes, all with a dose of citrus hops on top.
T- Nice dry fruits, toffee malt body, hints of dry grapes in the aftertaste, alcohol lightly tingles the tongue, citrus hops come through. Just a very nice well rounded beer that I can see my drinking a ton of.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation with a dry and chewy finish.
D- I really like this and am pretty mad at myself for not buying it a lot sooner. Just a great cheaper barleywine. Great balance between fruits, hops, and malts.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear dark brown with mild red highlights. Mild head quiets to a thin retention. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich caramel, mild hops, some woodiness, some anice and lastly something almost plummy.

Taste: Nice caramel backbone on which the dark fruit tastes ride. The anise is present but in the background theres a nice bitterness, but overall it's pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Heavy body. Active carbonation. A little sticky but is a clean feel overall.

Drinkability: You can feel the alcohol but not taste it. A nice example of the style. Ive got one more and 2 aging.

Photo of Patrick999
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark and cloudy, with a late-arriving and quick-falling head. Smell of alcohol-soaked raisins wafts from my oversized wine glass. We've got a malty one here, folks. 2006 vintage, so this has a little age on it.

Gotta wait for this to warm a bit. Smell is redolent of figs, raisins, tobacco. Kinda reminds me of a Belgian quad.

Taste, mouthfeel, drinkability - don't even bother with this cold. Cold, this tastes and feels like a mouthful of alcohol. Every bit of that 10.5% ABV is out there asserting itself. It's pretty bad. Hang in there, the rewards are coming. You get more sweet raisin bread and vinous overtones and less alcohol with every degree of warming. The alcoholic aspect never really goes away, though. We've all seen 10% concealed much better than this. Sweet and sticky, but not overarchingly so - I'm definitely getting *some* earthy hop bittering action keeping the sweetness of the strong malt bill under relative control. Somewhat odd thin feel for such a substantial beer. Hate to be a broken record, but I concur with others when I want to say that this barleywine skates on the edges of brilliance without ever really crossing the line. Still, hardly a poor way to spend an early evening....an enjoyable sipper that might perhaps benefit from even more aging. Maybe 2-3 years.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a biege head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and does not leave much lacing. Body is the deepest dark brown with purple highlights.

Smell - figs, plums, raisins, dates, burnt-crust maltbread, apples, and butterscotch. Hint of chocolate and caramel. Hint of spicy alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - like the smell. All the fruit and the dark maltbread, like a fruit studded sweet roll, with more chocolate, especially in the middle, than the nose indicates, and finishing with some spicy alcohol, again more than the nose indicates. Hearty and delicious.

Mouthfeel - fullbodied, smooth, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is excellent ale, and only the high abv limits the sessionability.

Photo of rallison
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a 1/2 finger off-white head that settles to just a touch of lacing.

Smells of toffee, brandy and alcohol.

Taste is very intense. Caramel and toffee dominate the malts. Of which there is quite a bit. Hops are also present, and offer a sharpness to balance the malts - somewhat. Brandy-like alcohol makes itself quite known as well. The flavors here are strong, but they fail to fully meld. It's a decent BW, but I find it a bit lacking. Without the flavors working together, everything just tastes a bit off.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Somewhat syrupy as well. Carbonation is decent.

Drinkability could be better...but it'll do for a 12oz pour.

Overall, semi-recommended. It's not bad - it's just not all that great.

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

A near clear walnut colored ale with a momentary off white head formation.

The smell is malty boozy and surprisingly chocolate. Fairly strong brandy aroma there is also some grape scent too.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a fairly strong grape and vanilla flavor with a little caramel in it reminds me a bit of brandy. Fairly quickly the hop flavors kick in and in this case it is of the herbal type with a strongly woody taste.

The mouthfeel is thick.

An OK Barley Wine but not a great one. I think I prefer the Double Dog Pale Ale better.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased at the Liquor Warehouse.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick tan head.

S: Very robust, anise, alcohol, and dark fruit, almost smells like a brandy.

T: Tasty, with raisins, figs, molasses, a lot of alcohol, makes it a little solventy.

M: A little thin for the style, would have liked more robustness, but fair overall.

D: A good stab at the style, the strong alcohol prescence gives it a whiskey-type feel going down, which takes away from its drinkability. Would like to see what a couple years in the cellar would do to this brew, a solid effort.

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

This beer pours a dark brown, almost black, color. The head is small even after a vigorous pour. Lacing is thin. The aroma is very lively. Caramel, nuts, toffee, cocoa, graham crackers, and alcohol. The taste combines everything from the aroma, but in a slightly less boisterous appearance. The mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety, and appropriately low in carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that mingles along the fringes of greatness, but doesn’t quite seem to what it hard enough.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Age 06D"... guess that means it was bottled in 06?
Anyway, pours a dark ruby, slightly cloudy with plumes of dirty white head. Aromas are a rich mix of chocolate and toasted malts. A lot of caramel is in there too with a tinge of banana and clove and finishing very alcoholic. Likewise, on the palate it's quite big bodied, thick and almost stout like. It's a mellow mix of sweet malts, lots of banana, dark ripe fruits with little to no hop presence which is fine for style. Compared to other EBWs, this one doesn't get cloying, but rather the alcohol seems to keep it in balance along with the smooth complexity of malts. I could see this puppy aging nicely, but it doesn't have any rough edges to smooth out right now.

Photo of hunteraw
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish purple in color, attractive. Smallish head. Little retention due to the high alcohol.

Smell: Aroma is sweet, crisp, with dark fruit and underlying hops.

Taste: Solid enough bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts. Caramel, berry, figs, and alcohol are all part of the flavor mix. Finish/aftertaste are reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-full body. Carbonation a little light, but makes sense for the style.

Drinkability: Good, but alcohol is high and becomes increasingly "hot" as the beer warms.

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed brown with a thin head.

The smell is of rich, sweet malt - toffee/caramel. Dark plum-like fruitiness and peppery alcohol back up the sweetness.

The taste is of sweet dark malt - quite rich - caramel/toffee. Suggestions of chocolate emerge as it warms. Some dark fruitiness in the back. Quite a bit of peppery spice from the alcohol.

It's full-bodied, creamy and buttery. Warmth hangs around in the mouth.

A nice sipping brew. Drinkable for the style/abv.

A delicious one that I want to thank bitterbill for including in our trade!

Photo of bigpatvoodoodad
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up not knowing what to expect, as I've never had a barley wine. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. It poured a darkish brown, with minimal head. Not quite as dark as stout. The smell was quite nice, but the kicker for me was the great taste. I expected an obnoxious over-the-top and alcohol heavy bitter taste. What I got was a mellow brew with exception malt and barley flavoring that masks the high-alcohol volume content exceptionally well. This one is a keeper and I will continue to buy more of these in the future.

Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 12 oz . Pours a deep purple , clear, not bottle conditioned.

Smell is faintly malty, some raisins, slight alcohol note

Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, hops are somewhat muted but their bitterness melds nicely with high ABV's.

Mouthfeel is medium to light for the style.Low carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is a sipper, but a pleasure to drink.

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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 'Vintage 06' poured in a goblet.

A - deep dark brown color with a good tan head that settled down to a thin layer leaving good lacing.

S - raisins/dates/figs/malt... nice aroma.

T - sweet malty fiig/date taste, slight taste of alcohol as it warms.

M- rich and creamy, mild carbonation, unique texture, very nice overall.

D - despite high abv, if this brew is sipped slowly a few could be had over the course of an evening. Great brew to wash down a rich chocolate cake or with dark chocolates.

Photo of Nesued
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a "Vintage 07a" stamp.

Appearance - Poured a clear brown/almond color with a very dense one-finger head that remained long after the pout. Vibrant carbonation continues to feed the tan/white head.

Smell - Malty aroma with a hint of a chocolate nose. Not much in the way of hops, but I've found that most English Barley Wines are more malty than hoppy.

Taste - Slight sweet initial presence gives way to a bit of an alcohol kick. Not much tho and less than I would expect from a young barley wine like this. A good malty presence as well with little of a hop bite.

Mouthfeel - More of an alcohol presence once you let it sit and mellow in your mouth. This is a sipper (as with all barley wines) did have more of a fruit taste mixing with that strong malt once I let it roam around. The carbonation really wasn't a factor in the mouthfeel with the beer being quite dense enough to find it's own way.

Drinkability - As mentioned, this is a sipper to end an evening. I was suprised by how much it stood up to other English Barley Wines I've had. The three other partners that came in the four-pack will age for a year to see how well this one matures. Good attempt and worth a try.

Photo of Enola
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a semi-cloudy purple with a thin head receding to a line around the edge of the glass. The smell has hints of fruits, most prominatly grapes. There is a hint of fruit in the taste as well. There is also hints of the abv. This beer is a sipper for sure. The higher abv is noticable but overall this beer is quite smooth. Some hops are also noticable. A fairly good barleywine. Probably one of the brewers better efforts.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather roasty and slightly sour barley wine, with some fairly nice coffee notes but a not-superlative flavor.

It poured a dark red with lots more head than barley wines usually have. Aroma is deep and a malty smell that is roasty rather than sweet and has some sourness. Flavor is coffee up front and at the finish, with some out-of-place sour notes. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, again not typical of the barley wine style. Not bad.

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

A- Dark brown, with very little head after a hard pour. What is there is a light tan. It settles to a ring. The beer has some decent legs after a swirl.

S- Strong medicinal alcohol, some dark malt, honey, molasses, and faint hops in the back.

T- Malty, malty, malty, malty, malty. A little hops and alcohol in the finish.

M- Chewy and smooth, almost oily, with a warm, evaporating finish that smacks of alcohol.

D- rather drinkable for a barleywine... it's good.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up this beer in Thomasville, GA on a beer run to find things I cant get here in Tallahassee.

Served from a 12 0z bottle into a pint glass

A - On the darker end for a barley wine. A deep brownish ruby color. Poured staright down the center of the glass but it only produces minimal head that faded within a minute.

S - Smells of alcohol, bananas (thats odd), and malt sweetness.

T - Starts off super sweet, and then you are introduced to a harsh bitterness and warming alcohol taste. A malt bomb explosion which is nice for an english barleywine, but suffers a by not hiding the 10% alcohol better.

M - Minimal carbonation, not bad for a barley wine

D - This beer is definitely worth a try if you like barleywines. However I wont be back for another. This one was a bit rough around the edges and hard to get down at times.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle a clear dark brown with reddish hues and a very small head of foam. The foam doesn't really shrink much from the pouring and there's some good sticky lacing there. Gorgeous looking brew to say the least.

The smell has a lot of caramel malt and fruit to it. I note plum and cherry for the fruit.

The taste on first sip is just like the nose. Big notes of plum and caramel malt with some cherry tartness that is especially noticeable when I swish the beer in my mouth. Quite complex and very flavourful.

Further sips in and the alcohol is starting to make its presence known but not overly so....the malt and fruit of this BWSA just won't let anything get in the way of their domination. This may be the fruitiest example of the style I've ever tasted and for me, that's not a bad thing at all.

Further sips in makes me glad I picked up a 4pack of this at Wilbur's in Ft Collins yesterday and...the price was darned reasonable at only $6.99!! I think the value for the money is really top notch. Well done, Flying Dog!

Bottom line: An excellent sipping BWSA that I have no qualms in recommending. See some, get some.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, vintage 07A. Very dark mahogany in color, nearly brown. Thick creamy tan head holds together very well. Some random patches of lace were left on the glass.

Big toffee and dark fruit aroma, as well as some fig. Lots of malt in the nose, with some faint citrusy hops in the background.

Rich dark fruits, dark caramel and toffee, seems to fade into a bit of a roasty flavor. Citrusy hops in the background seem to be no match for the malt.

Slightly warming, but not boozy. In fact, I would not have guessed this was over 10%. Fully body, low carbonation. Full of good fruit flavors. Very much a sipping beer. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a cleer deep chestnut brown with a ruby hue. Mild off-white head that fades. Slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rather dull malty smell with a light amount of herbal hops.

Taste mimics the smell. Slightly sweet, but quite dull malt taste followed by a medium bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Finishes rather bland.

Full body, mild carbonation.

I had high hopes for this as I was really in the mood for an English barleywine, but this was a disappointment. Not difficult to drink, but thoroughly uninspired. Only recommended to those who desire something mediocre to drink.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance is dark brown-root beer in color with some white lacing. Smells like alcohol and raisins. The taste is very strong of alcohol but after having a few sips carmel toffee and grapes can be tasted. Mouthfeel is good-medium body with light carbonation. Not very drinkable due to the high alcohol content and the insescent taste of alcohol.

Photo of kernalklink
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a muddy, brown, flat, syrup. Possibly the ugliest i've ever seen. No carbonation or head to speak of, but aromas range from dark fruits and alcohol to overly sweet candi sugar. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky but falls flat with no bubbly goodness, just an alcoholic burn. There is some bitterness, not sure if it is from over roasted malts or slight hops infusion. A very hard beer to finish, the astringency got much worse as it warmed. Potent and a definite challenge to the palate.

Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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