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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,176 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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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 DrewBoll82
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DrewBoll82, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a dark opaque crimson times amber. A thick white cap slowly fades, and scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, honey, toasted barley, fresh bread, citrus, and pine sap.
Taste is of the aromas with a honey malt sweetness, followed by ripe fruit, bitter hops, and doughy yeast.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, viscous, and sweet with hot alcohol hanging on in the finish.

weeare138, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DaftPatrick, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of RollBounce
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, dates, malt, toast, buckwheat honey, liquid yeast, citrus, and sweet sherry, can be found on this long nose.

Front is rich, creamy, full, robust, with some citrus hops on the sides of my tongue. Plums and chocolate on the long balanced finish.

Overall; My mouth salivates every time i have this brew. Personal pick for best English style barleywine made in the U.S.A.. Balanced with great length. Looking forward to tasting after aging a few years. (vintage 2011)

RollBounce, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of baerb69
4/5  rDev +3.9%

baerb69, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

rieg21, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

mitch3114, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

jcewin, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ChipMurray, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

nbaradel443, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Freebody, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

jacewg, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

HopGrazer, Feb 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

King_KongDCO93, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BH712, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Beer-Ed, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date. Given the strength and style, I'm hoping this has aged nicely. Bought ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. Ralph Steadman's label art is a joy, as always.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy reddish-amber hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, faint pine, stewed hops and yeast esters. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Rich and bordering on cloying.

Tastes of sweet, sweet malt with a fruity character and a subtle bitter finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, faint grain, mild pine resin, a twinge of weed, stewed hops, fruity yeast esters and warming alcohol. A suggestion of sherry and light oxidation. Very sweet, accompanied by a restrained, hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Slighlty astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sugary, fruity malt and faint pine.

An impressive take on the style; nicely mellowed with time. Looks great, with a colour not unlike fortified wine. The aroma and flavour are very sweet and fruity, with a subtle hop character that has probably faded somewhat. The bitterness is pitch-perfect. Lovely body - silky smooth. My only complaint is that it's perhaps a bit too sweet, but without a fresh bottle to compare it to I can't judge the extent of the aging process. Nonetheless, a big beer that commands your attention - worth sampling if you have the chance.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

taylor714914, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy dark brown with reddish highlights and a modest off-white head. Sparse, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: A strong punch of spicy alcohol dominates the aroma, as well as sweet caramel, dark fruits, and black bread.

Taste: Opens with alcohol-soaked raisins, other dark fruits, dark caramel, and spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, the caramel flavors intensify, as does the spicy alcohol. Dark bread, molasses, and caramel are also prominent. Hops seem absolutely, totally absent. Finishes with a lingering note of spicy alcohol and dark bread dipped in molasses.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, over-the-top example, quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, with a pop-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

buzzy, Feb 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Burtonfree77, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Ed37, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

motothrillz, Feb 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

swgwilt, Feb 02, 2014
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.