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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,156 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,156
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 52
Gots: 61 | 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 DrunkMcDermott


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2002 vintage bottle, tasted 11/16/03. Poured nice layer of pinprick bubbles, like a nitro pull, that dissolved into a thin layer of bubbles posing as a head. Dark reddish-brown body. Big smell of coffee malts, raisin and plum flavors, very chewy, with a subtle hop balance. Still, none of these makes for a great barleywine compared to the others, but then it's a style in which there's a lot of competition to go "bigger," innit?

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 13:46:29 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle. Typical funky graphics characteristic of the brewery on the bottle. Listed as vintage 2003A.

Poured a deep, dark tan in color. Just the tiniest of wispy head on the edges of the glass. This ring of lace tries to leave some lace but falls short. Aromas are of alcohol-soaked dark fruit and something else...tough to identify. For some reason, "murky" comes to mind. Almost an earthen-"dusty" scent. It wasn't unpleasant, just a strange combination of aromas. Flavor is rather uninspired. Starts out with a good dose of dark fruits mixed with the medicinal alcohol flavor but began to break down. Almost a gritty...chalky flavor sets in. Not a hoppy bitterness, though. Finished with a semi-sourness that unfortunately lingered on the palate. Mouthfeel was very thin for the style. Low-medium body. Drinkability is decent. Alcohol is present, but not oppressive. A nice beer to drink on this cold winter's night. I'd be curious to see how this ages and see if the flavor comes together.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 03:31:53 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of budgood1


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my bottle states the vintage as 2001C.
this horn dog starts out by pouring out a somewhat dark and murky ruby red..bordering on brown with sediment shaken and stirred in. thin but dense head appear and reduces down to a fine lace. malted fruit aroma...hopping evident...slightly solvent, lots of nose to this one! this is one big and bad brew...tastes of thick and luscious port...lots of grape and wine characteristics, followed by muted tones of chocolate and caramel. alcohol very evident. definite hop and spice bitterness balances out the massive and quite chewable malty mouthfeel. in fact the hops really seem to linger on the tongue and do a delicate balancing act for attention with the brutish alcohol. sublimely smooth...easy sipping, and the welcome warming effect make for an awesome barley wine. horn dog indeed!


re-review vintage 2003A

pours out a deep and dark scarlet/ruby colour. short lived head and practically no lace. intense vinous, fruited, malten aroma. cherry, plum, raisin and other fruitcake aromas behind a definite alcohol sting. more choco and caramel flavours make themselves apparent...as do the spicy, liquorice alcohol notes again. this seems intensely boozy. i guess it should. it would be my guess that this recipe hasn't changed, and that some cellaring would be advantageous. i have three of the 2001, and and now three of the 2003 laid down. a little goes a long ways! let it warm and sip accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 03:55:00 | More by budgood1
Photo of bigbubba


3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark mahogony color but not much head on it. The smell is good but not as enticing as other barley wines. A lot of alcohol in this beer, but it is still very easy to drink. Too easy. I see why they sold it in 4 packs not 6.

Less hops than other American microbrew barley wines but probably truer to the original style. It seems to need more hops or less alcohol to really balance properly.

The long time it takes to savor one of these lets you taste the difference as it warms from fridge temperature to much warmer. It tastes great in the mid 50's but if you start there it may well be room temperature before you finish. Start cold and take your time.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 05:19:48 | More by bigbubba
Photo of nomad


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with a body so viscuous it slid about in th glass like a hammock, leaving no traces behind.

Smelled of highly winey malt, caramel, apple, toffee, roasty notes with some dry spice, and woody chocolate - a load of harvest scents. Some licorice notes too, this was a very woody and earthy version of a barleywine.

Taste is juicy and fruity with a wonderful burn to it. Vinuous as all hell, but roasty and with a sharp hop and alcohol turn. Definitively complex though immature, it also had oud-bruiny cherry flavors, big woody shots, and some unctuous grapefruit juice as it opend. A thirst quenching beer, it had a juicy, bitter and then drying hop profile toward the end. A funky orchestra of flavors capped off by a minty spiced hop leaf finish.

A gnarly and complex beer, with some aging I think this will be great, so I've put two in the cellar... oh wait, never mind on the cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 00:14:54 | More by nomad
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served at approximately cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a slow-forming and frothy tan white head. Head eventually goes away to a film and a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Wee bits of lace are left on the glass.

Smell: Caramel and pruny malts with some intense floral and peppery hop aromas. Piney hop notes.

Taste: Toasted, slightly smoky, caramel malts are quite prominent. Sweet molasses overtones. Herby and peppery hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with long-lasting aftertastes.

Drinkability: Not quite and American-style barleywine, but close. I don't think this one will stand extended aging.. maybe just from year to year. Still, pretty good if you're willing to plunk down the $$$. The label art rocks, too.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 05:15:27 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of clvand0


3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far, I've not found a barleywine that I thoroughly enjoy. But Horn Dog surprised me. Poured a dark amber color with a small but thick head. The aroma was chocolates/coffee, with alcohol hints and some malts. The flavor was surprisingly smooth. Very fruity beginning, but finished off with a grassy/pine feel. Very cool. I have to recommend this barleywine - one of the best I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 21:41:01 | More by clvand0
Photo of RoyalT


3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Little head atop this dark ruby ale.

Smell – Sherry and hops make up the bulk of the nose to this one. There’s also a dry sweetness that’s hard to describe. It’s kind of like dark fruits meet dry floral hops, if that makes any sense.

Taste – The sherry flavors are huge in this one. The oak stands out as well. There’s much less of a hop flavor than I had anticipated from the nose, and the sweetness has straightened out. I can pick up oranges and cherries for sure along with artificial apple juice.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to this smooth, dry, medium-bodied barley wine.

Drinkability – Way to easy going down for a 10.5% ABV bottle. Be careful with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 23:54:42 | More by RoyalT
Photo of inebrius


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scary label!

Like a glass of Maple sap it eases down the pipes jittin' its woody orange rind action all over your buds. Aromas of dark berries and chocolate cremes and twigs delight the sniffer. Quality Barleywine drinks as easy as most and better than many even with all the junk suspended in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 01:49:27 | More by inebrius
Photo of Suds


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this a very well-done, enjoyable barley-wine. The head was thick, puffy, and stable for the style. Aroma is dominantly malty...grist-like with a background of hops. Alcohol mingles with the malt smell. I love that! Taste is not as sweet as the aroma would indicate, and has plenty of fruit and woody qualities. Blackberries, oak, plum, etc. Finish is sweet with a hint of hops. Alcohol is present through the entire experience, but isn't dominant, and adds a pleasing roughness to the finish. Moderately creamy mouthfeel, but it falls short of the luxurious meatiness of some barley-wines. Again, very well-done and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 16:53:10 | More by Suds
Photo of aaronh


2.03/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Dark reddish color with no head. Only a thin tan color. Aroma of malt. Period. Taste is an old grainy taste. Very astringent, mild sweetness. Not a surprise considering my recent run ins with the rest of the litter. Alcohol is very apparent and distracting. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability is poor. I suffered through this one. One of my worst barleywines. Ack.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 05:39:28 | More by aaronh
Photo of UnionMade


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this was the 2002 bottling. As always, the Ralph Steadman artwork is cool. Pours a deep reddish brown, moderate haziness, with a thick khaki colored head. Aroma is nice and malty, smooth and rich, with an odd apple, pear, cherry, pineapple mix. Interesting. Flavor is very rich. A touch thinner than other barleywines I've tried. I've had lighter bodies on some. Nice fruity flavors, big malt, copious hopping, and a great smooth carbonation. Almost silky, and i think the six months I've held on to this beer has helped. I wish I bought a whole 4 pack so i could try one every six months or so. Way better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2003 23:25:14 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2001 Vintage bottle. Very dark amber color with burgandy hues - low firm head w/ good cling to the glass.
Aroma is soft, chocolate and coffee , warmed fruit and some higher alcohols waft in. Hop aromas folded into the malty base.
Flavors of rich fruit up front- plums and watermelon, then the hop flavors blend comfortably into the mix - sharp pine and chewy green grass. Medium to full bodied, alcohol blends well with the hoppy finish with lingering sugary fruit that seems to drip from the roof of your mouth.
Nicely mellowed after 2 years- flavors married outstandingly well. Hops are decidedly subdued compared to a fresh bottle. Alcohol less apparent and more meshed into the beer. A great example of how a US microbrewery can make an English style BW w/out over-doing the hop rate. A solid barleywine fresh, or aged a bit, very easy to drink for such a big, malty beer..

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 19:45:30 | More by Shiredave
Photo of steelreign

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this one took me by surprise! At 10%+ in ABV, it certainly did not reveal itself during the course of consumption! The brew pours a dark brown, almost russet, and had an adequate head that billowed upwards. Hints of chocolate and complex fruitiness arose from the head and subsided.

Upon first taste, and being a barleywine fan, I thought it couldn't be that strong because the alcohol was masked so well. But after finishing it, I realized this is one brew to be reckoned with! It goes down very smoothly, with a robust array of chocolate malty notes as well as raisins or dates. Hops are there as well, but not in hop head lover's quantities. It's very complex, and the mouthfeel was quite hearty, but not cloying. I loved the way it warms your palette as it goes down, but without the burn as seen in other high ABV brews. This one is highly recommended for the style, no doubt!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 09:53:37 | More by steelreign
Photo of AudioGilz


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

very dark indian brown in color, small thick tan head. Malty and caramelized aroma. Alcohol is very noticeable at first, but this was when it was chilly. As it warms, it gets very tasty, very malty, caramelized, and syrupy. A full bodied barleywine...the first barleywine I have tried. So I can't rate it against much. I enjoyed it a lot but probably won't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 17:48:39 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of scottum


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a blackish brown amber with a very nice head. The malts come through strong in the taste. This is a very smooth brew. The 10.5% is very well hidden. The hops are a bit weak, but there are enough to distract from the sweet. Try this beer if you see it!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 13:24:22 | More by scottum
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You would never know while drinking this that it has an ABV of 10.5%. Dark ruby, almost black color, head disappears, no lace. Tastes kind of like a cross between Salvator and Old Nick's, but not as lively or good as either of those. More malt than hops, but overall, rather undistinguished. Nothing to put you off, but nothing stands out, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 21:47:11 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The paleolithic pooch who takes montstrous strides on the label, courtesy of gonzo cartoonist Ralph Steadman, gives a clue to the potential damage wrought by this gargantuan brew!
Color is a deep, dark burgundy, with no head to speak of, though one appears as I pour, it doesn't last for a second. Aroma is exactly what I look for in a barleywine, and then some! Profoundly heady and powerful, full of grape/wine associations, as well as plums, raisins, licorice, cognac, and port. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and intensely warm and rewarding. Sweet and spicy hoppiness abounds on the palate, along with a full dimension of maltiness. Wonderful chew in the texture, and hugely alcoholic! Drinkability? One a day, and slowly, savoringly, so I pull back a bit on points. Towards the end, it gets a bit syrupy, tasting almost like cough medicine. Is this Jagermeister in my mug, I wonder?
Among the top 5 American barleywines, but, frankly, we're a bit spoiled, they are so many top-notch versions. And the best acheivement from this brewery, so far!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 15:54:34 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of goz


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a giant tan head. The head quickly dissolves, leaving a dark brown ale with strong aroma of chocolate. Taste is strong on malt, with a little anise in the back, and finishes with a little spice. Alcohol is definately there, slightly warming the gullet on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 10:55:40 | More by goz
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with a thinnish head that hung around for a while.

An aroma like honey on well-toasted bread. First sip - Ooh, there's a lot of maltiness going on in here. Big, very chewy body, with chocolate, toffee, figs, hints of black cherry - no aroma or flavor hops to speak of. The warming surge o' kicks in about halfway through the sip, but never gets obnoxious. As it warms and towards the end of the sip, a solid bitterness kicks in and really balances this one out. Could drink a few of these.

The beer was listed at the pub as "Horn Dog Overpriced Barleywine" - maybe I'm just feeling generous, but I'd pay for another pint. Very nice example - just don't look for a lot of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2003 12:34:23 | More by sponberg
Photo of Dogbrick


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 2001. Got this at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. Chestnut colored with a thick beige head and fair carbonation. Malt and alcohol nose. I must have had this at a good temperature because I thought the flavor came through very well. Malt, caramel, chocolate and alcohol played well together. I don't know if I would want to drink a bottle from this year considering how good this one tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 12:25:58 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of jtw5877


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a white head. Smells complex with raisony kind of malt smell. Fruity malty intense flavors. Very solid taste, yet you cannot detect the alcohol, a real good beer to finish the evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 19:04:50 | More by jtw5877
Photo of ADR


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had no idea these guys did a Barleywine. 2001 (c) vintage...

Dark brown, tea-like pour, practically no head other than spider web tracks. A little fruit, mostly grape, in the aroma...could be bolder. Decent mouthfeel, nice and syrupy. Flavors of maraschino cherry, apple, and a little nutmeg. The hops are actually respectable but not massive, and give a little gravel to the back. Maybe a little less complex than some Barleywines, it still matches the style well and was much better than my expectations. Even pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2002 08:56:02 | More by ADR
Photo of Murph


4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark garnet almost brown with a huge, rocky, creamy tan head that last but somehow doesn't leave any lace. The aroma has huge caramel malt aromas as well as some chocolate, dark fruits and some slight alcohol notes. The brew starts off with some intense caramel sweetness that turns into a creamy chocolate flavor for a short time before going into a raisiny/prune flavor. Their is also some slight fruity tartness in the taste and the brew finishes with lingering sweetness and some slight alcohol that warms you throughout. The brew is very creamy and has some somewhat chewy qualities to it as well which make it very drinkable and leaves the mouth wanting more after each sip. I have previously been unimpressed by this brewery but I definitely like this brew quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 11:59:56 | More by Murph
Photo of John1985


4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown color, dissipating head, big malty aroma. Flavor is strong malt with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Finsh is very smooth with some alcohol evident. Deceptively strong and very smooth. Not as manly as Bigfoot ( I want more hops!) but this could put you down without you realizing it. A great effort!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2002 13:32:30 | More by John1985
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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