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

Typical dark amber with red tones fills the glass with a tan half finger of foam that melts to a very sticky top covering lace.
Aromas are nice caramels, brown sugars, lightly dark fruits.
Taste is the atypical sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, but then a nice explosion of citrus hops...not as intense as say, Bigfoot, but still definite hops to finish the mouth and dry the palette.
Mouthfeel is full...aftertaste is clean, albeit slightly cloying from the malt sweetness.
All-in-all a decent American Barleywine...definitely not a spectacular or even a stand out American barleywine, but decent.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid brown with ruby/mahogany highlights and a skim of tan head.

S - Fruits up front with raisins, black cherries, figs and a hint of cider. Some sweetness and caramel also present.

T - Rum soaked raisins, caramel and alcohol. It starts with some of the complexity in the aroma but turns into a very strong bready alcohol as it warms.

M - Medium to thick and slightly syrupy. Mouth coating.

D - Tasty but became boozier as it warmed and lost some of its complexity.

Photo of beertastegood
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep deep reddish-brown, dark enough to not see through. small head fades quickly into large tan bubbles capping the surface.

Smell: intense phenols and esters, fruity aromas of fig and grape, raisins and a slight hint of cherry. I get a slightly minty hop aroma as well. Alcoholic. A bit of chocolate.

Taste: Pepper!?! Not too impressed with that...phenolics really take over and give the tongue a lashing. Slight candied fruit sweetness followed by a metallic hops bitterness that fades into a tin-like slick taste on the tongue. Not that fun to drink...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Warming.

Drinkability: No, not really.

I don't mind English barleywines, but this one is all out of whack. The requisite flavors are there, but they are jarring and clashing with each other, not melding like they should. I am going to lay down a bottle or two to see if it improves with time. But I generally like my barleywines somewhat fresh to get the most out of the hops...and this is one that should not be drunk right out of the gate.

Photo of jhicks12
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark reddish browninh color.

Smell: A very malty sweet smell with a berry note.

Taste: Very warming and balanced malt hop taste.

Mouthfeel. creamy, warm mouth feel.

Drinkability: not my favorite barleywine but a nice one to try. Very scary labels from flying dog!

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-red color with a small tannish head. Aroma is strongly vinous, sweet, and noticibly alcoholic (the latter detracting somewhat). Taste is solidly malty, with rich and bready (and heady) flavors, pleasantly caramalized fruit notes, and a touch of alcohol but not as much as I feared from the nose. Warming in the finish, with a full, creamy body.

Photo of soupyman10
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a

A - Very dark brown, some amber highlights, small head; looks pretty good

S - Smells good; mostly sweet with some cookie hints; overall, pretty tasty

T - Tastes great; it's the one and only barley wine I've ever tasted, but it's got that tripel/quadrupel sweetness that really knocks you on your ass; lots of fruity spiciness with some raisiny goodness; great malt kick with a little bit of hops in the background; definite alcohol taste, which is no real surprise; overall, very nice

M - Very syrupy, nice smooth carbonation; no problems here

D - A really good brew; despite the alcohol content, it's one I could definitely have a couple of; the flavor and smell are just excellent

Photo of Morris729
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky ruby copper color with only a thin head that quickly vanishes without a trace. The nose has a candy-like sweetness with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, buttery caramel, and spicy alcohol. Taste begins with a dark cherry syrupy sweetness along with a bit of fig and prune. This is blended with a rum-raisiny spicy alcohol and some dry grain. Enjoyable but the sweetness is bordering on being cloying.

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

Yeah this is great. Nice color, with a nice red/brown hue. Smell is good, with a good barleywine smell. Yeah, that's what it smells like. Tasty. Malty, fruity; with bananas, plums, fruitcake, cinnamon, meat, etc. Good mouthfeel, not great though. A little tart. Nice and drinkable. Good shit. Good night.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: dark copper color, some head that quickly dissipates
s: malty & hoppy, some unidentified sweetness
t: malty up-front, sweet caramel flavor, alcohol slightly noticeable at the end
m: medium body, almost creamy; very good balance in this beer -- hops, malts, sweetness, & lots of carbonation -- that make this a very enjoyable barleywine
d: have tried a number of barleywines & have to rank this one up there because of its balance, crisp finish & moderate sweetness. will continue to buy this one

Photo of mentor
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The last one of these in my cellar...bottle date is 2003E (today is Feb 2007). Purchased in DC area in 2005 and in my cellar for 2 years (odd coincidence, I moved to Colorado in 2006, so this beer has been to DC and back home).

Pours a thin layer of brown-tan head over cloudy very dark brown liquid. Smells chocolate, sherry malt oxidation, piney hops, and alcohol that is mostly clean of fusels.

Tastes toffee, rich caramel, and chocolate. Nice sherry oxidation is very mild. Alcohol not as hot as in previous years, but is still a player. Simple for the style. Md body that's minimal dextrin character. Lightly carbonated and decent drinkability.

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

2006A. Dark reddish brown with just a skim of lace capping the beer (though it is very long-lived). Spotty lacing, some haziness. Big caramel/toffee aroma with significant fruit character and a touch of bready yeast and some alcohol. Hops are muted and seem to be more earthy and floral at this point, with just a hint of orange. Wow, this is thick and heavy. Hop bitterness seems weaker than it is due to the strong malt sweetness. There's a lot of caramel, with milder notes of toffee, freshly ground grain, and hints of chocolate. Fruity flavour is more attenuated, mostly prunes and a little raisin. Hop flavour provides some depth, but is definitely not the star of the show. Low carbonation and just short of sticky. Mild alcohol warmth. This is certainly in the English BW camp. Solid malting makes this a good offering. The alcohol is tamed by the sweetness, making for a fairly drinkable barleywine. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to those seeking something more in the English style.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy deep brown color with a thing but nice creamy head – no noticeable lacing. The smell was sweet and malty, a bit like caramel. The taste is strong of malt. It is very sweet and not overly hoppy. This beer is quite deceptive because the flavor does a good job of hiding the high alcohol content in the taste buds (but it does do a good job of warming your insides).. The mouthfeel is thick and leaves a nice coating. Overall, I’d say this beer is very smooth and I find it to be quite delicious!

Photo of wavz
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great dark chocolate copper hue, but little if no head.

S- Great malty, spicy, hoppy with a hint of roasted coffee.

T- Malt is the first thing that hits your tounge, nice balance of hops with a bit of leather. Finishes with some smooth heat that lets you know your drinking a barleywine.

M- Smooth silky, lightly carbonated, a nice thick barley wine.

D- I have two more bottles of this one that I will age for a year or two and I'll get back to you all, but for right now its a great drinking barley wine.


Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006B Vintage, bottle aged at least nearing a year.
Pours with some draping of head. A fine mahogany colour, some brown, some red, all blended finely together. A rich aroma, sticky hop resin with piney wood coating. A base of sweet, roast malt - dark and chocolaty. Mouthfeel holds itself well, a low carbonation but heavy enough body to carry the flavours. Taste of dried fruit and dark chocolaty malts. Lots of prune and raison as well as a considerably balanced and intricate malt bill. Bits of spice and more than a fair bit of flavour. Alcohol noticeable but not a distraction. A good offering!

Photo of umustdrink
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Aggressive pour to get a quarter inch head but quickly fades to splotches. Deep brown color, almost opaque.

S - Rich caramel smell very apparent alcohol.

T - Rich, caramel malt taste, also very bitter and more alcohol. Hints of prunes.

M - Fairly smooth but the alcohol presence almost burns.

D - The beers flavor doesn't suit my tastes very much. Also I think that for the style,Barleywines should be able to hide their alcohol presence better.

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 oakbluff
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is direct from the brewery circa 2001 from when I used to live in Denver. I've been saving a couple of bottles for a special occastion. I was somewhat nervous to see how its been holding up and the Horn Dog acquitted itself well. Poured out the a very dark ruby. Its cleared out quite nicely. Less head than other bottles of this I have had, but still a carbonation oomph when poured out. Smeel is sweet, mostly malty.

Taste- this beer has really smoothed out. I recall this being a very hot beer five years ago and age has treated it well. Very smooth now. Dark fruits such a plum and raisins. I was very surprised to see how carbonated it still was. Oddly, I would say its a little too carbonated?? Nice dry finish. This beer has turned into an excellent barley wine. I have one 2001 bottle left. I am tempted to leave it a few more years, but I fear this may be its peak or on the downside.

A great example of the benefits of cellaring. I will miss you when you are gone Horn Dog.

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

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade.

A - reddish brown, small off-white head.

S - Very rich malts, a touch of hops for balance. Definitely an alcohol presence..

T - Similar to smell. Thick rich malty tastes - toffee, prune, figs swirling with a light spicy hop presence.

M - full bodied. The tastes swirl around the mouth at each sip.

D - Definitely strong, definitely tasty.

A bit closer to an american barleywine than english as the style here lists. Hnts of good things to come if cellared. I'd put a 6 or 12 pack in the cellar and age it for a few years to see how it changes over time.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a small glass at 55 degrees.

A - Pours a dark ruby that melts to almost a caramel-brown with a tan head.

S - Alcohol and wood-aged malt dominate the aroma.

T - A faint fruity-tartness compliments the alcohol-driven malt.

M - Very thick body, which helped the complex flavors blend together nicely. Since the alcohol, malt, and fruity-bitterness were all powerful flavors, the heavier mouthfeel helped mix them together nicely. Finishes like a heavy red wine.

D - I wanted to find a barleywine to keep on hand, and this is in the running for that selection. At $7/sixpack, I'd pick one up again for sure.

Photo of benito
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I hung onto this bottle for over a year, and, having tasted a fresh version of this before, I'm happy to have opened this one when I did.

Darkish brown with a light head. A sweet bouquet with a light hop tinge, this is a restrained barley wine that shows more (though still slight) hop character as it warms to room temperature. Slightly cooler, it has flavors of walnuts and chocolate backed by a strong malt body. It's smooth and quite drinkable for the style. The aftertaste is a bit off--almost vinegary, but this is the only obvious flaw I found in an otherwise well-achieved brew.

In general, I'm not a huge Flying Dog fan, but Gonzo and Horn Dog are pleasant enough. It certainly isn't the most aggressive or well-balanced barley wine I've had, but it's worth a look: a strong product from an overrated brewery. It's also reasonably priced in a four pack...

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad little barleywine from Flying Dog. This one pours a nice brown colour that is slightly murky and has a pretty nice (for a barleywine) head atop the liquid.

The aroma is woody and malty, with bits of alcohol and dark fruit mixed in throughout.

Flavour is again, like the aroma, woody and malty. Alcohol rings through most of the way but is never intrusive. The fruit flavour hits mostly in the middle of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and oily. Pretty good stuff overall.

Again, this one was enjoyable. A lot easier drinking than I expecting as barleywines aren't usually my thing. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Byeast
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is of a sampling of an 06. The brew poured a dark brown / plum color with a small offwhite ring of a head that left some lacing. Taken to the nose , aromas of dark brown bread , slight chocolate , a hint of raisin or plum , a bit of buttery character, and some alcohol. Flavor is of very full , dark bready malt , some toffee, again some hints at a chocolate flavor , some slight candied dark fruit flavors , bitter edge and some alcohol presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and viscous. This barleywine is quite drinkable , and has some very nice flavors that come out nicely with age.

Photo of unclederby
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

horndog is light mahogany in color and capped with a tannish head that's quickly gone. bouquet is of caramel malts, toffee, prunes, ceder, cherries and a bit of diacytel and a hint of piney hops.. pleasing and complex nose. taste is big on toffee and prunes and there is a definite note of bitterness from the hop profile. it's a bit disappointing as it doesn't live up to the complexity of the nose. the bittering note is strong (albeit shortlived) and seems a bit misplaced - dominating the overall perception. the finish is shortlived and somewhat sour. mouthfeel is OK if not somewhat thin. lowish marks for drinkability because on the whole it just doesn't taste that good. it has it's moments, but never meshes into a solid whole.

in short, everything after the bouquet is a bit of a letdown.
i don't make a habit of drinking cough syrup and i won't make a habit of drinking this...

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

12oz bottle.

Dark brown body with virtually no head, only a few off-white bubbles. Transparent at edges when held to light. Aroma is bananas and sweet delicious malt. A bit of alcohol as well.

Creamy body tastes nutty and banana-y. It's very delicious. Super sweet malt profile and virtually no hops. Finishes with a caramel sweetness and a bit of banana.

Body is full, thick, and oily. Light carbonation. Perfect for the syle. Alcohol isn't too present even at over 10% and its awesomely good.

Photo of terrabyte
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, dark burgandy color that just lets the light through.

The aroma is great. Sweet cherries, alcohol, and raisins.

The flavor is similar to the smell. Taste is very mute compared to something that smelled similar, like Dogfish Head's Raison D'etre. There is no alcoholic bite like the aroma was hinting at. This obviously makes it easier to sit back and enjoy.

It's a little thick, a little syrupy. Nothing negative (at first).

After a while, flavor starts to seem more and more like cough syrup. This started out great, but it slowly became hard to finish. Ended up being too heavy for my mood today. I think this would be a good one to split up to share with company before a meal. Leave them wanting more.

Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,213 ratings.