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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good
827 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
827
Ratings:
1,282
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
66
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114
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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style AleHorn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Reviews: 827 | Ratings: 1,282
Photo of thecheapies
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '13 BB. Poured into a tulip.

Looked like it was going to pour pretty flat, but the contours of the tulip glass gushed forth with a last minute purge of almost three fingers of tan head. The beer is a lovely crimson brown color with decent clarity. Excellent retention.

Great English-style barleywine aromas of dried fruits, cherry, and toffee. Phenolic and elixiry with medicinal cough syrup notes and herbal and tea-like hops noticeable. Don't get me wrong with some of those descriptions, this is what I look for. Horn Dog has a sweet and fruity nose of a pretty high standard considering this barleywine is super fresh.

RIch flavors of fig, cherry, burnt toffee malts, plum, English hops, and raisin. Super-duper malt bomb with lots of caramelization present. Complexity is held in check, but lies in the maltiness, as the prominent flavors are right upfront. This would age like a champ. A little too sweet, and that drags out the finish a bit too much. More of a tea-like hop presence and a slight medicinal note in the front-middle.

Mouthfeel is decent, if not a little sufferingly average. Body is medium. Drinkability is dangerously high. Carbonation is fine and puffy. It's just too unassuming. I guess I'm looking for heft and chunk, even though it's not needed. I need a reason to sip this one and not guzzle it down at the speed that I'm enjoying it... sigh. I feel like I'm bitching for no reason. Too fit for me, perhaps.

Horn Dog definitely surprised me. I love the style, and Horn Dog is a fitting example. Recommended.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights, chunks of sediment, and a foamy quarter inch khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Raisins, prunes, booze, sweet figs, and molasses start the aroma. Toffee, earthy notes, and a hint of sherry add complexity.

Flavor is exceedingly sweet initially, with toasted caramel malt, figs, and prunes eventually giving way to underpinnings of tart dark cherries and a hint of grapefruit, finishing slightly dry and a touch bitter. Subsequent sips reveal a flavor reminiscent of St Joseph children's aspirin, along with woodiness.

Body is thick, with minimal carbonation and fair alcohol warmth.

Overall, this has aged fairly well. Lots of fruity esters have emerged, and though the balance is sweet, there's enough bitterness left to round out the finish. Not extremely complex.

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tiny bottle calls for a tiny glass, so this was poured into my Three Floyd's tasting snifter.

Decidedly darker than the usual barleywine -- a deep chocolate-brown. The head is less retentive, fizzling away after a few seconds.

Herbal hops, dark chocolate, dark cherry, orange, booze. Young and bright.

Flavor is sweeter. Good amount of toffee, orange peel, brown sugar, maple, raisin. Very smooth blend.

Velvety medium body is just a touch thin. Carbonation is much lighter, just a soft fizz.

Well-blended, enjoyable flavors. Flying Dog just recently pulled out of AZ, so it's nice to still get to try their beers.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The look of this beer reminds me of a flat coke. Carmel color with very minimal head. The smell come through as an intensely sweet barley wine. The taste is actually better than the look and smell which is alway a good thing. It is a very sweet fruity style barley wine that I definitely can see you have to be in the right mood for. Overall it's pretty good for what it is. It is smooth and it is easy to drink this 10%abv that is pretty hidden. Not great but something worth trying.

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Photo of brod25
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, deep dark brown color. Kinda looks like dark apple cider. Has a small light tan head.

Aroma of grapes, dark fruit and a little booze.

Taste starts with grapes, raisins and figs and finishes with a sweet malt, vanilla and light alcohol flavor. Hides the booze pretty well for the ABV.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation.

Overall a tasty, balanced Barleywine.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with little specks of yeast floating in an otherwise clear body. The head is a two finger mocha color with fantastic texturing - it's one of the thicker heads I've seen, and after several minutes, a thick collar remains planted on the glass. Lacing is spotty but beautifully uniform where it does appear.

S: It's a typical barleywine aroma - dried dark fruits, licorice, leather, tobacco, and earthy hops. Other notes include marzipan and perhaps vague peanut brittle. Well executed if textbook to a fault.

T: Initially, the flavor profile is slightly nutty, and then the dark fruits make an appearance en masse. It finishes with lots of leafy tobacco and mild bitterness. The said bitterness helps cohesively counter what could have been a very sweet barleywine. Booze does appear to a degree on the aftertaste...luckily, the booze is pleasant instead of oppressive. Flavor-wise, it unfolds into something less sweet and more savory over time. It could use a little extra malt-driven complexity, but otherwise it's hard to complain about this one.

M: Wow, I'm impressed with how soft and delicate this is on the palate. A very syrupy and 'wet' brew with a long, lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is only detectable when one concentrates for it - after all, isn't that how it should be in something like this? Its texture inspires one to swish it around in the tongue rather than gulp it down.

O: This doesn't break ground, it's just a rock solid no-frills barleywine. It hits a good balance between being easy to drink and easy to savor. Hey Flying Dog, can we get a barrel-aged version, like, right now?!

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from Le souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012 (review #1200).

Appearance : amber red color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and caramel aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty caramel and hops flavors, with warming alcohol presence. A nice bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style Barley wine.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage, 7 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown color that, for it's dark shade, remains fairly opaque. Light tan head that goes away almost immediately and doesn't retain to the sides of the glass. The nose is full of many things: grapes, figs, booze, licorice - full dark, dense fruits. The flavor hits with an initial warmth from the alcohol. Full of figs and sweet grapes, roasted malts, caramel, licorice, plums, raisins, and a huge booze filled backdrop. The booze is reminiscent of bourbon very much so, and it provides a nice warming sensation. Slight bitterness near the finish, but not a big hop flavor at all. The body looks pretty thin upon pouring, but feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Somewhat dry finish and medium-low carbonation.

Very good beer, here, but it's definitely a sipper (as are most barley wines). The booze profile is nice, and while noticeable, it doesn't feel quite like 10% ABV. Deep fruit flavors balance out the burn to provide a nice, heavy dinner beer.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 2012 BB inked on the label.

A - Pours a dark brown with serious ruby highlights in the light. Only wisps of carbonation appear on the surface beyond a halo around the rim. Despite the nonexistent head, it still leaves some lacing around the glass.

S - Smells of toffee malts, raisins, and sour cherries. There is also an overall roastiness that makes this aroma pretty enjoyable.

T - Starts very sweet with dark fruits and sugary malts. Some citrus and slight tart fig on the back end. Booze is well hidden for a 10+ ABV'er.

M - Nano-carbonation and a pretty thick body make for a velvety feel.

O - I have passed on this beer time and time again because something has piqued my interest more. This time I decided to snag up a single and I wasn't disappointed. It has a complex aroma with a blend of sweet/tart fruits and roasty malts. It is definitely worth trying, but nothing special in my opinion.

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Photo of azdback
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

207ml. bottle poured into a tasting snifter. Dark caramel colored. Cloudy, with a small one finger head that is almost bright white colored and sea foam in appearance. Head recedes rather quickly to reveal a small white collar that isn't leaving much lace.

Smell is outstanding. Caramel, vanilla and a bit of virgin wood. Some alcohol there as well but not unwelcomed or out of place.

Taste is much like the smell. Vanilla and caramel. Mild wood and very mild alcohol. Just fantastic.

Mouth is mild and smooth. Carbonation is medium and creamy. Finish is mild, creamy, long and wet. There is just a small ting of alcohol burn there too.

Overall I really loved this Barleywine. It has kind of made me think of how much I love the style and should drink more of them. Pick this up if you get the chance.

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Photo of ao125
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 2:
What a difference a few years makes on this.

I found a bottle shop on my way home from work that still had some of the 2008 vintage, and the flavors were starting to develop nicely. Lots of that classic raisin/fig taste was starting to come forth, and I couldn't have been happier.

Still $3 a bottle... but easily worth the price.

Review 1:
Rather disappointing.

2011 vintage. Poured into a goblet from a bottle. Great color and aroma, but the taste was completely lacking. All smell and no flavor. I was so excited after I cracked the bottle open and got that traditional barleywine scent... but nada. At least it was only $3.

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Photo of kjyost
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Bottle received via BBrianBoogie, thanks! Reviewed 11/8/12
Opens with a nice pfft! Deep amber and clear when you can see light through it (or is that redundant?), little head. Nose is sherry-like and a hint of herbalness. The body is incredibly smooth with a nice fruity hit that evolves into a tea-like finish. Incredibly different than what I was expecting but very enjoyable. Very low carbonation and quickly seems like water.

Reviewed 04/24/10: No date on the bottle, no longer have the mixed-6. Purchased in February 2010.

Pours a nice rich-red amber with little to no head. No lacing. Thank heavens the body looks good otherwise we'd be scoring in the 2s or lower... The aroma is incredibly surprising to me. Peaches or apricots? Not sure, all I know is on the first deep breath I backed off of it because it was so surprising and so strong. It likely doesn't help that I don't like the aforementioned fruits... Later aromas include cantaloupe and other melons...

Let's hope this beer is saved by its taste. Wow. No fruit. Deep molasses / worcestershire sauce flavours. Different. Not bad, though not initially sold on it either. Some melon comes through over time, but the dichotomy that exists between your nose as you inhale while you sip is hard to overcome. I will go with a good taste here - lots of intricacies in the flavour and nose, but hard to drink. It would be like biting into a beautiful filet mignon and tasting smoked baby backs. Two things that are good seperately, but they sure don't seem right together... Mouthfeel is nice for this style. 3.5/2.5/4/4/2

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Photo of tewaris
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

09 Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours much darker than the usual with a medium head. Aroma is a little too dark and it smells like an aged stout. Weird.

The taste is too heavy on roast with no sweetness and only a hint of malts. WTF?! Feels like a stout for all I can tell. Mouthfeel is alright for a Barleywine OR a stout.

Not a bad beer but thoroughly disappointing for an English Barleywine. Did Flying Dog mess with me here and bottle a blend that was heavy on the stout?

4, 3, 1, 4, 2

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Photo of mattparsons
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy dark brown with reddish tones. Insubstantial head. Looks thick, if that's a thing.
Potent nose - plum, red grape, fig, brown sugar, licorice
Taste follows the nose. Sweet dark sugared fruit, the slightest bit of earthy hop bitterness, alcohol spice and burn, but not nearly as much as the ABV would predict. Not a ton going on, but what's there is gold.
Feel is thinner than expected, which I think actually keeps the flavors from getting too cloying. Carbonation is low, but still might be a little too much.
This was one of the first craft beers that I consciously consumed as craft years ago. I loved it then, and I'm happy to report that it still holds up.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery after my tour. Awesome group of guys there and the beer was better than I had anticipated as I had only had their standard beers we get in Florida. This time I got to try the local release stuff.

A: no head on a slightly hazy orange-amber body.

S: tart and tangy fruit. light caramel malts

T: again very tangy and fruity. the malt character is still full despite the fruitness. minimal bitterness from the hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth

Overall: this one is one of the more drinkable barleywines out there especially since it keeps the nice malt flavor. the alcohol is well masked. These characteristics are likely due to this being a 2009 or 2010 bottle from their "cellar".

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/29/2012

2008 vintage. 7oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks! Brown and opaque with reddish highlights near the edges. A finger of tan froth lingers for a minute. In the nose I find a blend of toffee and caramel with a whisper of chocolate. There's some brown sugar and earthy hop character. On the whole, it's well balanced and not overly aggressive. As the label states, there is a bit of licorice, which is an unusual attribute for the style. The malt profile is rich, complex, and inviting. There's a bit of umami character and light oxidation. The quality of the flavor mirrors that of the aroma, though bitterness is a bit stronger than the nose suggests. Dark toffee blends with dried date, caramel, brown sugar, and a lower moderate bitterness that attacks the back of my tongue. Alcohol is restrained, considering it's above 10%. The beer is upper medium in body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky with pleasant alcohol warming on the palate. All told, a nice American Barleywine that displays balance and graceful aging.

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

2008 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, fruit, bourbon and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, bourbon and fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a toned-down alcohol sting. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer worth sipping on for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More Flying Dog for me; wonderful. I’ve been impressed so far.

Brewed sometime this year (VINTAGE12 on the bottle).

A: Pour is surprisingly thin – a very nice-looking maroon color to the body, but with a definite lack of thickness. The head is fizzy and fleeting, and with just a bit of crisp foam encircling the inside of the glass as retention. Lacing is abundant and stringy, though it’s so oily that it eventually slides back down into the glass.

S: Very peaty and earthen-malt-heavy, evident when the first few whiffs garner a combination of toffee, licorice, toasted sweet malt, and fig. And with all that is pretty clean fruit presence: cherry, bubblegum, and strawberry syrup, showing residual sugars off like there’s no tomorrow. Alcohol is present, too, but it’s clean and not too offensive; it integrates well into the big malt presence.

T: Chocolaty, boozy, and boldly malty, this palate has some thick flavors. Bitterness stems from a pretty hefty hop presence – sharp and resiny with undeniable pine sap astringency – but there’s not a sip that goes down that doesn’t have IBU assistance from the booze. Gin-like, herbal alcohol augments the bitters in the palate, albeit with a slight medicinal tinge. Other than that, there’s mainly malt flavors: baking chocolate, black pepper, anise, artificial cherry syrup, and fig. Finishes overwhelmingly alcoholic, putting way too much cough syrup tastes into my final palate memories; artificially bitter.

M: Surprisingly thin, with a touch of bubbly drinkability (reminding me of a force-carbonated draft barley wine). It helps accentuate some of the negative bitter aspects of the beer, but it does make this 10.2% monster pretty damn drinkable.

O: Good intentions, but mediocre execution. Might be good to cook with, but too much booze for me to drink more than once. I’m digging the hop presence though…could use more barleywines with that flavor profile.

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

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery, which I don't remember ever making a serious impression on me. 10.2% ABV confirmed. 45 IBU.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I'm worried it's going to be over-hopped like many English Barleywines. I'm hoping it isn't; I could go for a good barleywine.

A: Pours a three finger head of light khaki colour, nice cream, good thickness, and great retention for the high ABV. Colour is an unimpressive caramel-copper. Nontransparent. Seemingly opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Modest hopping alongside clean understated malts. Some cream. Perhaps even fig. Caramelization. Hints of toasted malt. A mild strength aroma, perhaps even muted.

T: Fig is indeed there, with some hints of dark plum. Almost reminiscent of a quad in that sense, to its credit. Hints of raisin. Impressively yeasty, adding welcome biscuity complexity. Some cream. The malts are unobtrusive yet add a full body, which I dig. Some spice. I look for licorice and chocolate per the label, and find only a buried hint of licorice that could be me mind playing tricks on me. Nicely layered. I like the way its built, and the balance is nice. The hops are backgrounded nicely, not intruding on the flavour profile - thank God. Quite a nice barleywine.

Mf: Nicely thick. Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to allow the flavour to come through. Carbonation is good but not ideal. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: A nicely drinkable little barleywine from Flying Dog. It's well caught me fancy. There's not a great deal of complexity or subtlety here, but damnit there's enough. I do like it. Hides its ABV quite well. I'd get this again, but wouldn't reserve it for aging. The quad-esque fruit and yeast touches are quite pleasant indeed.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice. 2012 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Lots of bready malts with big hints of caramel and toffee. Subtle hints of chocolate. Big dark fruit presence with hints of raisin, dark cherry, fig, grape, and plum. Good amount of brown sugar and some hints of dates and cinnamon spice. Also a quite noticeable hint of anise licorice. Decent hints of earthy hops behind all the malts.

Taste: Starts off with a nicely bitter bite of hops, then comes the big malts. Bready and slightly roasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and a little bit of chocolate. Solid taste of dark fruit with notes of fig, prune, grapes, dark cherry, raisin, and dates. Some anise spice and a little bit of cinnamon. Some molasses is tasted throughout. A pretty earthy taste overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is felt a little but this still goes down fairly smooth. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A solid take on the English Barley Wine. Nice dark fruit taste and the subtle spices add a nice kick.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. A nice latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some subtle caramel/toffee aromas and alcohol. Taste is of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and citrus zest on the finish. There is a very mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate that quickly fades after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but has a better taste than smell in my opinion.

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Photo of gregy55902
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have 'liked' every barleywine I have ever had, insofar as they are bold/strong beers that have a unique taste - specific but enjoyable.

A = Pours a deep mahogany color but is somewhat transparent. Decent one-finger tan head quickly recedes leaving bubbles and lacing.

S = Caramel malt, vanilla extract, and a diverse hop profile (more diverse than the average barleywine anyway).

T = Follows the nose but is well-balanced between the malt and hops. Not really getting much barleywine flavor other than an overload of caramel malt, though.

M = Fair carbonation, alcohol well-hidden.

O - There are better representations of the style, but despite its down-sides, this is a good beer that doesn't break the bank. Worth checking out.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer at North Hills

A - dark amber-brown with a thin off-white/brownish head that has good retention

S - caramel, bread, dark fruit, figs, dates, plum, toffee

T - bread, toffee, alcohol, burnt sugar, very sweet caramel finish.

M - dry, smooth, warm, well carbonated

This is a decent barleywine. It has a solid, complex flavor and a strong, warm, alcohol, sipping mouthfeel. It's worth checking out.

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

Horn Dog is a rich, robust red brown with a creamy light tan head that grows to about one finger tall. Creamy, patchy lacing is left in plenty.
The smell offers pretty straightforwardly what the bottle advertises: it's heavily malty and moderately hoppy, though the hops don't make as much of an impact on the nose as the tongue, with licorice notes. Chocolate is present but subtle.
In the flavor, which remains malt-forward, hops do come out a bit more, offering balance to an otherwise sweet beer that nevertheless isn't overly sweet without. Otherwise the barley-like grains form the backbone with the licorice being the prominent note.
This brew is medium-bodied with just a light crispness that leads to a rolling, creamy smoothness.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown with great clarity, almost a rich mahogany like color. Khaki colored 2 finger head which shows no sign of dying anytime some.

Nose is lots of roasted barley bright fruits from the hops, dark fruits from the malts, along with an overall earthiness and old wine must.

Quite a bold beer. Huge chewy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Taste like a big ripe fruit bowl soaked in rum and seasoned with pine needles. Finishes with that classic low lying earthy bitterness that you get from english hops such as fuggles or goldings. Sweetness is balanced nicely by the earthy/ spiciness of the hops along with the alcohol.
Overall a really good beer with well blended and concise flavors that all make for a dangerously smooth sip.

Good balance and subtlety from Flying Dog which they usually aren't known for. Overall a smooth and malty brew though.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.