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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 805
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 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.

ManekiNeko, Dec 01, 2003
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.

clvand0, Oct 27, 2003
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.

RoyalT, Oct 19, 2003
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.

inebrius, Oct 02, 2003
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.

Suds, Sep 14, 2003
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.

aaronh, Aug 24, 2003
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.

UnionMade, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
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..

Shiredave, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of steelreign
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!

steelreign, Jun 12, 2003
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.

AudioGilz, Feb 19, 2003
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!

scottum, Feb 18, 2003
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.

JohnnyDuvel, Feb 12, 2003
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!

feloniousmonk, Feb 08, 2003
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.

goz, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of sponberg
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.

sponberg, Jan 02, 2003
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 04, 2002
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.

jtw5877, Nov 09, 2002
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.

ADR, Aug 19, 2002
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.

Murph, Aug 12, 2002
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!

John1985, Jul 21, 2002
Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark ruby red color and formed a small light tan head that left little lace. A small amount of carbonation. An aroma of malt and caramel. The taste was of malt, caramel and a little citrusy hops. The finish was warm of slight alcohol and caramel. Not a bad barleywine.

Wildman, Jul 19, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says "Vintage 2001A"

This beer is a murky dark, dark shade of ruby. A little swirl of a head is gone in a second. Very nice sweet malt and hops blend on the nose. There seems to be a little spice as well. This is a really nice tasting barleywine. I am surprised as few of the other Flying Dog brews have knocked my socks off (although they have been decent). The alcohol is only present in a minimal fashion. There are subdued notes of cherry and dark fruits. There is a nice bitterness, but not over the top as the Bigfoot is. There's some nice caramel and vanilla tones. It's not syrupy at all as some other barleywines are. I also get some prunes and currants on the buds. Very nice tasting barleywine.

Bighuge, Jun 12, 2002
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I approached this barley wine with some caution, since this brewery gets a little heavy-handed with some of their creations. Massive, fizzy head with soda-water bubbles. Sweet, candy-like hops in the nose. Surprisingly mellow and pretty well integrated, with mildly fruity malt and a pleasant bittersweet finish. Not the best BW I've had, but certainly one of the more drinkable ones.

Can't resist commenting on the label on this one. Most of this line is weird, but this one is goofy. Dog with a gigantic horn growing from the top of its head - reminds me of a low-budget science fiction movie where the monster is a dog or iguana with a fake horn stuck on its head.

Brent, May 22, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a scary dog theme artsy label. The word “vintage” where the freshness date should be, lay a few down to see where thing one goes.

Appearance: Weird looking, great retention, but weird because it is so damn rocky with the tiniest bubbles that stick on the glass. Colour is mahogany going on black, very dark, with a shining clearness to the light.

Smell: Yeasty and buttery with a rhubarb and spicy ester alcohol, decent nose but just not melded well.

Taste: Smooth and viscous. Full in the mouth showing a big body, moderate carbonation after a semi-hard pouring. Malty all the way, sweetness upfront flows from caramel to bready with a fruity underbelly. Alcohol is there but deceives a bit, warms the body soon after and provides some estery a fruity content. Hops leave a marked twang and distract the taste buds away from the sweetness momentarily. Touch of spiciness creeps in from the alcohol and light grainy astringencies double it up for the finish.

Notes: A must a cellar temp, drink this cold and feel its wrath. Also, make sure the yeast does not make its way into the glass or you will fell sorry that it did. As soon as it warms up the malt flares out the with pounding sweetness that wrestles with the hops and graininess. Not overly impressive but good enough to give it a try if you are into strong beers and barleywines.

Jason, Mar 22, 2002
Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Minimal hopping...very malty and sweet...very intersting sweet taste..warming effect, but doesn't taste of alcohol...sweeter beers don't get downgraded by me so this scores will...if you're looking for a heavily hopped and malty barley wine this is NOT it..I like it a lot but the sweetness could get to you...taste of brown sugar...grapes...smells of alcohol but doesn't taste of it...wouldn't want more than one or two of these but those one or two would be a good experience..

ZAP, Mar 10, 2002
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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