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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 54
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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United Kingdom (England)

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A 355ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014, so it's just out of date.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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:31:47 | More by jazzyjeff13
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-09-2014 19:56:10 | More by taylor714914
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:26:16 | More by Pegasus
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-07-2014 22:29:15 | More by buzzy
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-07-2014 02:45:21 | More by Burtonfree77
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-04-2014 11:43:58 | More by Ed37
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-02-2014 22:09:47 | More by motothrillz
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

02-02-2014 15:27:06 | More by swgwilt
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-01-2014 01:53:32 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2014 02:38:51 | More by ZEB89
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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

01-30-2014 03:42:15 | More by KyleRV
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-28-2014 15:14:55 | More by BJSmit
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-18-2014 14:44:59 | More by Griffith
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-13-2014 16:51:55 | More by Iowacraft
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1.5/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Served this in a tulip at room temperature

Appearance: Abbey Dubbel like. Nice 2 finger head with some good lacing

Smell: When I took it out of the bottle it almost smelled like macaroni and cheese. Sniffed it and then got a MASSIVE raisin note. Brown sugar.

Taste; after 2 sips, I had to throw it out. This is one of the most cloyingly sweet beers I have ever tasted. Felt like just tasting pure brown sugar doused in alcohol.

Would not buy again. Unfortunate because Bigfoot was the best barley wine I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 23:46:59 | More by Mises85
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-04-2014 03:55:20 | More by RochefortChris
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3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a dark maroon in color with a tiny brown head with little retention and no lacing. sweet is of nice sweet caramel malts, candy sugar, dark malts, and maybe a little toffee. Taste is very sweet from the candy sugars, definitely some sweet malts that seem to be malt forward but as many barlywines it is pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is medium thin or maybe a tiny bit thicker. Really this is a decent beer but a little too malty for my taste. Great beer but just a little too malty.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 08:15:55 | More by NeedBeerHere
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-31-2013 01:59:00 | More by ryker47
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-29-2013 17:02:34 | More by david18
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-28-2013 19:37:46 | More by BillRoth
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-27-2013 17:52:47 | More by Kaveman


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-27-2013 17:18:05 | More by MCMASTERSANCHEZ
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-22-2013 05:43:41 | More by spedprof
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle poured into snifter

A: Nice deep but clear mahogany color with a finger of fine off-white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Dark fruit, most notably raisins, prunes/plums- there's a light tanginess although they're mostly sweet. Sweet bready malts, just a bit roasted. Booze totally hidden.

T: Dark fruit once again, big raisin flavor this time, caramel and toffee malts, molasses. Nice light bitter finish even if I can't place any hop flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated; smooth, creamy, and sticky. I'm not sure that those aren't contradictory, but it's a nice mouthfeel that seems to lend more body to the beer than it would otherwise have.

O: Solid barleywine. I don't know if I agree with the label's claim that it tastes like licorice and chocolate, but I'll pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:30:12 | More by AwYeh
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-13-2013 23:15:59 | More by Holland
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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