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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,177 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,177
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 65 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002)
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Photo of Mandrake
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with plenty of ruby glints throughout, and a small, fizzy tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, as is to be expected with a higher-octane brew like this, and leaves a patch of surfacing bubbles. Smell is strong and complex, with plenty of rum, raisin, licorice, apple, and dark fruitiness. Taste is equally powerful and deep, with the same rum flavours that were in the smell, alongside rich fruits and sweet maltiness. The alcohol is certainly present, but in a warming, inviting and pleasant way. Mouthfeel is thick and clinging, leaving a lingering aftertaste with noticable but understated carbonation. Drinkability is good, keeping in mind that this is definitely a brew to enjoy and savour. A very nice and interesting beer, perfect for a cold, windy night.

Mandrake, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of corporatejim
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown pour from the bottle. Little to no head as should be expected from the style. No lacinc. Sweet dark aroma. I like the taste. Sweet malty, slightly grainy, there is more here but I can not explain it. A very nice Barleywine. I would definitley like to have this one again.

corporatejim, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a murky and strangely purplish-brown color. Slight ring of head is all that remains after a hefty pour-induced 1/2 cm head. Smells pruney with a background of hops and alcohol. Tastes overly medicinal. The prune/raisin aspects are great (what I look for in a barleywine) but this particular beer tastes as if NyQuil made a prune flavored formula. Alcohol comes in at the end to pour salt in the wound made by the cough syrup flavors. Slight hop presence in this but way out of whack. Nothing wrong with a barleywine that leads more towards showcasing the malt, but Flying Dog throws any semblance of balance to the wind with this concoction. Carbonation is full and slick enough for a barleywine, but towards the finish, the carbonation shows up and kind of foams up a bit.

I picked up a case of this for under $30, thinking it'd be a great deal. Flying Dog: 1; Goochpunch: 0

goochpunch, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark mahogany and burgundy mix with a minimal head and just a scant bit of lace.
Aroma is full of caramel, dark fruits and hop oils with even a bit of black licoriace thrown in the mix.
Flavors of sweet caramel, brown sugar dominat the fornt palate and then shifts to a rapidly increasing bittering with some oily hop resins kicking of a grapefruity type of note.
Mouthfeel is full and dense with a warming alcoholic pop. Sweet cut by powerfully resinous hops is how I like my BW's and this one has that in spades.
Drinkability is very good, thick and chewy but would look to have another. A little aging would settle this one down into a classic
Thanks to Beerbeing of the bottle.

CRJMellor, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a half finger head into my Leffe goblet. Color was a deep rasin purple with red. No noticeable lacing.

Smell- A great mix of dark fruits, some prunes, plums, raisins, and an unexpected cocoa mixed into the aroma.

Taste- Starts out with dark purple grape flavor which leads into a more candied prune sweetness. The overall burnt fruit and sweetened fruit flavors mixed with a hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- The grape flavors gave this beer a very vinous palate. But it wasn't tart, only mild acidity in the finish of the beer. Overall a very fruity flavor profile with hardly any bitterness worth noting.

Have a bottle saved from the four pack that I will purposely forget about and review again.

scruffwhor, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

oberon, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark mahogany color and is almost purple with an off white head. Strong spicy smells with bits of alcohol in the nose. Strong malts are present and I think I smells bits of fruits. The taste is strong and thick bodied with the alcohol hidden but warms the stomach. Sweet but hidden again by the hops and their spiciness. There is also a twang or bite that goes along with the big hops. Really a pretty smooth beer that goes over well but it is a bit milder than most huge american barleywines. The aftertaste is strong and warming and I'd say the best part is that it is not too intimidating.

stewart124, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red tinged dark brown with a very thin head that disappears very quickly. There's almost no lacing to speak of.

Smell; strong dark fruits, molasses, caramel malts and hints of alcohol. There's also hints of melons in there.

Taste; those dark fruits stand out up front with figs and raisins. There's also sweet molasses and caramel malts followed by a nice hop bitterness and a bit of an alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and a bit oily. This is one of the better Flying Dog brews I've had so far.

RedHaze, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of kennyo
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I pour this brew into a round EfesPilsner glass, kˆnd of an opaque muddy brown color at the top of the glass and reddiish tones at the bottom with carbonation bubbles stuck to the bottom.
Head dissapates vey quick but leaves somewhat of a belgian lace. Aroma is alcohol with some malt. Taste is Alcohol heat, malt, vanilla, some butter late in the swallow. It is sweet as it hits the mouth, a little alcohol heat at the end with a carbonation bite. A half hour into the beer the carbonation is nice and mellow.
Not a bad barleywine, pretty reasonably priced.

kennyo, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass fairly clear deep amber (a few chunkies) with a low yet lasting tan head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly fruity and malty with a banana aroma most prevalent. The aroma also had a strong alcohol presence and a nice caramel maltiness. Also present behind the alcohol was a nice ripe dark fruit of raisins and prunes.

The flavor was mainly malty with a strong fruit presence. The flavor contained ripe bananas and more importantly dark fruits, raisins and prunes. The flavor also had a strong dark caramelization flavor which suited the beer well. Hops never played a part in the front, but were lurking behind keeping the malt in check.

The finish was just dry with lasting dark fruits and malt flavors into the aftertaste. The body was full and nicely done with a medium carbonation level that was just almost creamy. If this truly was a 2003, my gut says we should age this puppy in the cellar. A really nice and surprizing barleywine.

12 ounce bottle. 2003B if I read the label correctly (this one has been around awhile so I probably did).

GCBrewingCo, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper amber color with a thin off white head. The head struggles to form even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Hints of brown sugar and molasses. Sadly, not much going on here.

Taste: Dark fruits, alcohol, and a touch of hop bitterness. Definitely more interesting as it warms. Figs, dates, a hint of some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: Careful with this one. It's a sipper. The alcohol is there but not overpowering. I found this to be a nice barleywine. Interesting and powerful enough to respect but not such a challenge to destroy the palate.

mattcrill, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of akahn
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown mahogany color with a wet brown head that didn't last. Leaves a bit of lace.

Very sweet aroma -- burnt caramel-sugar, alcohol.

Sweet, full-bodied malt flavor as well. Corn syrupy and cough syrupy. Pretty major alcohol presence.

Reminds me of Blithering Idiot but less complex in the dark fruit and vinous department. I'd appreciate it with more hop presence, but that's not appropriate for this style of this style.

In conclusion, there are probably better versions of this style out there, but I don't know what they are.

akahn, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. 2005 Vintage.

10.5%? Holy hell, I didn't expect this out of Flying Dog.. I'm used to their middle-of-the-road Pale Ale, IPA, Kolsch and other varieties.

Pours a dark bronze/burnt red color. The head is tight tan foam and settles down fairly quick. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel malt, and yeast. The flavors are interesting...this is a malt bomb for sure..the sweetness is nearly overwhelming. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it's actually pretty well hidden. Very full mouthfeel and there's a wonderful creaminess to it as it warms. Could use some more hops, but that's only my opinion. A quality big brew from Flying Dog.

hero27, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark red color, unfortunately, the tan head is gone in a minute and there is no lacing. Smells of dark fruity malts, with a small hint of alcohol as it warms up. Rich malty flavor. Fairly simple, but it comes off as a true english barley wine taste. The mouthfeel is a touch rough from the alcohol (I think) but the drinkability is still very good.

Simple but tasty barleywine and for $8/4-pack its a great beer for when you're in the mood for a barleywine.

tempest, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep mahogony with a bubbly sand colored head. Great head retention an d lacing that stuck all over the glass

Smell: Oakiness/bourbon-like, alcohol & frutiness, a real nose full

Taste: Dryness up front with fruittienss, licorice and sweetness following up. Later comes smokiness and a trace of vanilla
and alcohol

MF: Thick, chewy and well balanced, despite big hop presence, this worked for me

This effort was superior to last year's sampling IMHO. Very drinkable for its strength. I will have to go buy anither 4 pack to lay down

russpowell, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of woemad
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased and consumed at the Viking in Spokane for $4.00. No abv was listed, possibly to allow distribution to places with abv caps.

Poured a muddy brown color. Moderate sized head that was somewhere between off-white and tan that dropped quickly. Minimal lace.

The smell right out of the cooler was odd. It was slightly sour, in a vinegarish sort of way. Remember the smell resulting from dyeing easter eggs as a kid? That's what it reminded me of. Thankfully, it receded greatly as the beer warmed up and sweeter elements came out to play, but it never entirely vanished.

This was a mostly malty barleywine. There was a certain hoppiness, but it was way in the background. The sweet malts dominate here, but not in a cloying way. It was almost like a barleywine designed to appeal to newbies to the style.

Mouthfeel wasn't as fullbodied as I expected. There wasn't as much of a warming alcohol sensation as I expected, and I was very surprised to see the abv (listed here as 10.5%) is as high as it is.

This is an ok barleywine if you have your heart set on one and it's the only one available. Personally, this won't stop me looking for Bigfoot. Again, the Ralph Stedman artwork on the label is the most interesting thing about a Flying Dog beer.

woemad, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Light mahogany to dark copper in color, very clear with a thin tan colored head. The head does leave a nice sheet of lace on the side of the glass as I drink the beer. The aroma is very sweet with port/sherry notes , some toffee and peanut brittle, and a lot of fig. I didn’t see any notes on oak aging of this beer, but there is some sherry and vanilla which might indicate this is the case. The flavor is very light, sherry, figs, not really any citrus in the taste. There is a mild bitterness, but it is very disguised. The mouth feel is smooth, and slightly oily, good drinkability. There is a mild alcohol arming, but it doesn’t burn.

carln26, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Beer poured a dark color, seeming to be brown with just a slight hue of ruby. Smell is of sweet malt with hints of plum and cherry. Malty taste with hints of dark fruit and alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy. Drinkability is good, I enjoy the sipping on it, however, one seems to be enough for an evening, but perhaps I'll have another.

badbeer, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of amicar
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish- hued caramel with the typical minimal head and light carbonation. Smells like burnt sugar and a little bit o' pine. Taste is a bit sweet and spicy. Has a bit of coarse bite to it. Warms going down. Feels slick in the mouth, but not too sweet. Nice little winter sipper. Drinks easier than many examples, even if a little less complex.

amicar, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: slighty hazy reddish copper in color. Only some surface foam for a head.

Smell: the aroma was of malts, caramel, and alcohol.

Taste: the flavor components were of sweet malt, raisin, ripe plums, caramel, alcohol, and some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth at the start and finish. The malty sweetness lingers briefly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: This came across as a pretty average barley wine, not one that left me wanting another.

Gavage, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a dark brown to mahagany coloration. The head was high and a off ruby white coloration. The head was short lived. The beer tried to leave lacing behind in a desperate sort of fashion.

Smell: Sweet carmelly maltyness with small amounts of spicyness trying to pull the beer together.

Taste: This beer is very malty sweet. There is just a decided lack of balance with this beer. Undefinable sugary fruityness competes with not enough hoppy spicyness. In short I hate the taste.

Mouthfeel: This is almost meduim bodied beer that strives to be bigger. If there was more hops or more carbonation it may be better. Perhaps cellaring would help? Hell I am mostly convinced nothing could save this beer.

Drinkability: For me this beer is almost undrinkable. Nearing to sweet with not enough balancing factors.

I was sucked into Flying Dog by Gonzo Porter. Gonzo Porter is not representative of Flying Dog products.

nlmartin, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, this is a really dark brown with a thin head that fades quick, some small spotty lacing. Nose is sweet malt, plums, brown sugar, and a slight bit of alchohol. Taste is sweet and syrupy, very butterscotchy, some fruit notes, with a slight bit of spiciness at the end. The sweetness is a little cloying after a bit. This is an OK barleywine, but a little too one-dimensionally sweet for my taste, could definitely use a big dose of hops.

cubedbee, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark reddish brown,but the head is almost non existent.The smell is a nice spice filled,hearty, earthy,malt filled aroma,your typical barleywine.This has a nice warming alcohol taste with spices,cinnamon,nutmeg,and roasted malt.The m/f is heavy and the flavors are well balanced.This is a very good beer and I will have this again,and I would have rated this higher if it had a better head.

jmz62565, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving temp: 55F Serving glass: Oversized wine glass

Aroma: Heavy, satiating malts in the aroma. Sweet caramel blended with a bit of maple syrup smell. Butterscotch. Plums. I get some woody smells here, too. Interesting. A trace of alcohol wisps up and reminds you to drink this very slowly.

Appearance: Dark caramely brown with a little bit of red tinged in there, too. An aggressive pour yields moderate, light tan & creamy head which receeds quickly and leaves little lace. I really love the color on this brew.

Taste: Very sweet & delicious. The same earthy syrup smell is present in here along with an almost buttery taste. Hops only bitter slightly and contribute a bit of pine near the end. Spicy alcoholic notes peek through a little in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied with a slick feel to it, only enhanced by the low carbonation.

Drinkability: I had a real hard time reviewing this one, as I do not drink Barley Wines of the English (read: non-hop bomb) variety often at all. I might say this was a bit unbalanced, but I understand that English Barley Wines tend to emphasize the malts very much. With that in mind, a very enjoyable brew, although one that will last me throughout the night.

SurgeonGeneral, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of auntfloyd
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a chilled 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice, dark brown color, slightly reddish. Looks very much like a barleywine should: dark, thick, almost syrupy. Nose is, again, very much in the barleywine mold: sweet, malty, fruity. Taste is similar: malty, sugary, sweet, hints of fruit and alcohol. Horn Dog is slightly syrupy and sweet in the mouth: as you've probably guessed, this is an occasional, sipping beer, not an everyday drink (unless you really like barleywines, I guess). Pretty drinkable for its style, which is to say you could probably drink two of them in a row if you wanted to.

Not a bad beer. I not a huge barleywine drinker, but this strikes me as one of the more subdued of those that I've tried. I liked it.

auntfloyd, Nov 29, 2005
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.