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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,154 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 51
Gots: 60 | 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.

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DIPAbrewer

Delaware

2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep brown color with a light cream colored head that recedes quickly. There is an intensely sweet aroma with notes of raisons and cinnamon. Notably lacking in hop aroma.
The taste is super sweet, cloying malt. Not enough hop bitterness to balance all that malt. I can't pick up any hop flavor.
I was a disapointed by this beer, I'd much rather have a Bigfoot. I bought two so I'll let one age for a while. Until then I'll stick with Double Dog.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:52:38 | More by DIPAbrewer
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ByTor2112

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Green's off the discounted singles shelf. Not sure of the year since the ink date was blurred.
Pours the color of cola. A thin spot of tight, small bubbled film stays right on the top of this brew.
Aroma-dried fruits to the max,prunish with some darker roasted malt aromas buried within.
Mouthfeel-medium carbonation delivers a light bitterness that fades quickly. The malt body is there but the dried fruit flavors are really dominant. This one is least a 2007 maybe a 2006. The alcohol warmth comes in at the finish. A froth on the palate heightens the fruit flavors with some caramel and estery flavors coming through. Very much towards the English style Barleywine and this tasted great. Not too hot and as stated above this one has obviously aged somewhat. Even as it warmed the flavors remained consistant.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:52:20 | More by ByTor2112
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aquatonex

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark cherry/brown with no head, not very carbonated. No lacing. Nose is very strong, lots of alcohols and heavy malts. Taste is also very strong, a bit heavy and syrupy with the ABV coming through. The balance is pretty good overall, though, considering the strength of its elements. Once sitting, it goes down a lot more easily. A respectively good but not great barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:14:13 | More by aquatonex
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trbergman

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance - Dark chestnut or mahogany in color with a finger of khaki head that quickly recedes.

Smell - Big, rich, and malty. Strong caramel sweetness and hints of toffee and tobacco. Perhaps a bit vinous?

Taste - Roasted malts, caramel, maybe a touch of chocolate. Tastes of alcohol without being too boozy. Long-lasting, subtly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Rich, chewy, and heavy. Full bodied.

Drinkability - Definitely a sipping beer and I couldn't drink more than one. Perhaps too malty for me -- and I did find it a bit cloying at times.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 04:25:23 | More by trbergman
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Offa

California

4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a wonderfully complex, rich, interesting barleywine very reminiscent of a stronger, more pungent version of Young's Old Nick, long one of my all-time favourite beers, all-round.

It's very dark red-brown, practically black when the glass is full, with a small tan head that is dense and lasting, slowly shrinking to a permanent thin, wispy ring and it leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is complex and very nice, with rich fruit, hint of chocolate, fresh dark whole wheat or brown bread, stewed prunes and apples, and a hint of iron.

The taste is strong winey fruit, plums, raisins, with a strong toasted bread quality, a little dry chocolate - mostly plain cocoa without the bitterness - a woody-earthy quality, hint of gingerbread. It morphs from a richyl fruity, sweet, alcoholic quality up front to a drier, more toasty-cocoa quality in the finish, along with hint of burnt fruit.. The alcohol is quite evident and adds warm pungency, but it's mostly smooth and tasty. The stength brings down the drinkability a bit , but not much. It is zesty and lively, always engaging, and the flavours get even beter, yet smoother, as it warms. It is surprisingly drinkable, esp. as it warms, and at first sip I didn''t hink it was going to be as easy to drink as it ended up being.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 22:31:01 | More by Offa
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JamesS

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some good (if thin)initial head and some very nice lacing. It has a nice deep malty scent, very sweet, with hints of brown sugar. Same for the taste, very deep and thick, an almost double-bock caramel flavor. It goes down very smoothly for such a high abv brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 21:16:29 | More by JamesS
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bushbeer75

Michigan

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

12 oz brown bottle

Flying Dog's Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale poured a deep amber color with almost no head to speak of and left very little lacing. The taste and aroma is of licorice, just a little dark chocolate and a malt bomb with a slightly sweet and [more] bitter finish than its 45 IBU. The mouth feel is medium for Barley Wine style ale. Horn Dog finishes with a good size alcohol bite. I think it needs more time to blend the flavors.

The "horns" on this dog are still a little too sharp. I would suspect some time would help tame this dog.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 21:40:14 | More by bushbeer75
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snaotheus

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a nice cloudy amber color - good looking barleywine. Hardly any carbonation. Alcohol flavor comes through pretty strongly, but it has a surprisingly light and clean mouthfeel. I like the sweet malt flavor accented by noticeable hoppy-ness. I need to try more Flying Dog brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 01:00:31 | More by snaotheus
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NHGrafx

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a very dark color, with a beautiful dark red color when held to a light. Big 3 finger foamy head that dissipates into a frothy foamy layer on the top. Lots of sediment bits in suspension in the glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but left it there as recommended by a friend.

The aroma is kind of sweet at first. Sort of like a cinnamon raison bread. Other aromas are bready, some nutty aroma like walnuts, banana like aroma, a very slight soapy like smell. Overall a very nice aroma.

The taste is very malty has some spicy sweetness to it, sort of like natural licorice root. There is a slight ginger-like taste too. But the maltiness is pretty dominant. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, can feel the alcohol too. Drinkability is good. This is a good sipper.

Overall this one was very nice. It is somewhat of a malt bomb though, in my opinion, but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 00:19:39 | More by NHGrafx
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Please note that this is my first barlywine I have ever had.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, vintage 2008, into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. Pours an orange/amber brown with a decent layer of head. Very nice lacing.

Smell is of a dominate licorice and alcohol. Very malty with caramel flavors. The alcohol is present in this beast. The hop and malt balance seems to be pretty good hear. Also, a big carmel flavor.

The drinkability of this brew is alright. I have a feeling I couldn't handle more than one of these in a single session, because of the high alcohol content. As for it being my first barlywine, it was a fun beer to experience, reminded me slightly of a porter, but I will be only drinking these on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 00:59:25 | More by mothman
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BierFan

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a tan head.

Smell: Lots of maltiness to it. Smoother and more inviting than a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot or a Anchor Bay Old Foghorn.

Taste: see smell. Perhaps I'm finally getting a taste for the style, but I really enjoy this barley wine.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 22:01:52 | More by BierFan
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Poured into a Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruddy brown, hazy and muddy, with a two-finger solid, meringue-esque head of average retention that fades and leaves great, solid fingers of lacing all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Thick and malty, with lots of toffee, butterscotch, roasted malt notes. Gummy bears. A few fruity esters. I'll return to the aroma when it warms a little. Ok, I'm getting some nice fruiy notes now, banana almost, with some citrus, cherries. I want to take it up to a 4.5, but what's keepin' it at a 4.0 is the solventy alcohol that's now coming out as this one warms. Still though, it's pretty nice.

Taste: This beer is malttarded. That's slang for "a retarded quantity of malt," for the uninitiated. You're talkin' marshamallow, french toast, maple syrup, graham crackers, chocolate (yes, that's every constituent component of a s'more - this beer reminded me of s'mores), toffee. I sort of get vanilla sugar wafers, too. Tons of dark fruits - raisins are really prominent. Stone fruits, as well - cherries. There's a solid hop bitterness, despite the "Englishitude" of this barleywine, and it lends a slight herbal spiciness to the whole deal. There's some booze, as well, but it's surprisingly well-hidden and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, chewy, low carbonation, medium-to-full bodied.

Drinkability: I thought this one was pretty good, actually. A nice, complex malt profile, a decent amount of hop balance, some pleasant fruity notes. Sure, the alcohol's up there, but of course it's gonna be showin' at 10.5%. Give this one a shot - one of the better big dogs in the Flying Dog arsenal.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 04:00:43 | More by CrellMoset
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dstc

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color with ruby highlights. Tan head that falls to a small to non-existent head. Minimal lace.

Lots of toasty malts in the nose. Smells nice.

Big Barleywine malt flavor. Very sweet with hints of chocolate, very nice.

Full mouthfeel and nice and smooth.

This beer surprised me, a very nice Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 19:44:30 | More by dstc
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MisterClean

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From total wine. Word to the wise, this one should be drank at almost room temperature. The bitterness dissolves out of the beer.

A - Pours a dark auburn brown, light foam, and dissipates quickly.

S - Prunes dates, grass, flowery hops, light alcohol, pepper, and a slight earthiness.

T - Dates, plums, light alcohol, and earthiness.

M - Bitter with light alcohol. After letting the beer sit out an hour, more malts shined through and were met with floral hops.

D - Very different beer when enjoyed at warmer temperatures. However, I am inpatient and would rather grab something else.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 05:17:42 | More by MisterClean
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Cunningham26

Massachusetts

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

A: great amber, almost chesnut color, with a slight white head that cleared quickly
S: Great, with dried fruits prevalent, but also some licorice. This one is a bit personal, but it really smelled like rose and mixed fruit hookah tobacco. hah, good reference point, right?
T: pretty fantastic, very crisp, berries and pear as well as dried fruit, but alcohol comes slamming in and ruins the party.
m: good with big brightness and a crispness that is wonderful, but again the alcohol slams in and it finishes like a swig of moonshine
d: low because of the abv, but definitely not because of the taste. I would have one and move on to something else, but thoroughly enjoy that one.

Got this in the flying dog mix-pack, and glad I did because i dont think i would be able to handle a six pack of this, it would take me awhile to get through. This was actually one of my first barley wines and i really enjoyed the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 01:30:37 | More by Cunningham26
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TeamSeabass

Florida

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

My first barleywine experience.

Taking a good whiff, smell is candylike and smells of sweet & strong alcohol w/slight licorice. The malty aspect of the scent is very pleasant.

Taking a drink, it really warms the mouth.

The first few sips get strong alochol but it dies down after that. I got the chocolatey flavor and it goes so nice with the malt. It also seemed salty to me at the finish.

I will be drinking more of this one as my tastes get more refined. For $2.49/bottle a great value for a barleywine beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:08:35 | More by TeamSeabass
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aubuc1

Florida

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

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy brown with a steady off white sticky head.

Sweet, fruity smell with some soft malt follow up. Some alcohol jumping.

Taste is very well balanced. Sweet initially, but a malty beer. Very well constructed beer.

Great mouthfeel. Full and creamy.

Alcohol is not as strong tasting as anticipated from the smell.

Their imp porter and this are so both very high quality beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 00:35:23 | More by aubuc1
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pershan

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy brownish-red with very little head into a chalice. There was very little aroma to speak of - just a whiff of alcoholic esters. However, alcholic esters dominated the flavor, and were mixed with ample hop bitterness and molasses/toffee undertones. A little raw, but would age nicely, IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 18:33:34 | More by pershan
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100floods

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Second of a four bottle pack I purchased as City Beer. This beer pours an extremely dark amber, almost too dark to tell, but the light reflection allows you to see what's hiding in the murk. There is subtle alcohol smell, but you can hardly notice it, until it goes down the hatch. There's a minimal alcohol burn, i'm guessing a mild bourbon. For a second I thought I was drinking a super mild Angel's Share. The first one I had of this batch seemed to have a higher sugar content. This bottle is really mellow and mildly carbonated. This is for sure an English style BW because it's super mellow compared to it's american, mostly west coast, counterparts. Very little, if not, any hops. I am really pleased with this beer. Although it's American brewed, it has made me want to search for authentic English BWs. Aging these 12oz bottles could do wonders and I recommend doing so.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:23:52 | More by 100floods
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beerfairy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice dark brown that has some really beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Got a good finger of creamy white head that had some decent retention as it slowly fell to a thin, then thinner, ring.

S: thick, sweet, fruity prune smell

T: Thick, sweet, roasty flavor and you can taste the alcohol. Very surprised, I usually hate most barleywines, this is not bad.

M: Medium bodied brew. Alcohol is nil when cold, but comes out when warm. Warms the throat and stomach. T

D: Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't sit and drink a case of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:12:37 | More by beerfairy
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a 4-pack earlier today ($9.49/4)

An above average barleywine for sure. Has some decent carbonation and a nice sweet taste. The high ABV is hidden well for the most part but does kinda sneak in at the end. The mouthfeel is very good with a nice smooth aftertaste and full body.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 20:50:58 | More by oriolesfan4
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sampler pack of Flying Dog, this was one of the ones included.

Poured a orangish dark brown with maybe a finger of white frothy head. Retention isn't great but the colors are nice.

Smells of sweet malt, alcohol is pretty strong.

Taste is good, a bit too much sweetness from the malt. Some dark fruit and mild spice, pine comes across in the hop. Bitter finish with strong alcohol.

Mouthfeel is alright, a medium body, leaves a strong aftertaste in my mouth with a slight syrupy coating.

Drinkability is good. One of the better Barleywines I've had, but a bit overdone on the sweetness in the malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 19:23:56 | More by LumpyGuitar
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srandycarter

California

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark, like very dark caramel. .5 inch head leaves to ring fast. Bubbly retention around the ring.

S - Heavy malt and booze.

T - Huge Malt is the focus - like a meal. Nice bittering at the end. Left with only a small amount of cloy.

M - Big beer, good coating, adequate carb.

D - Like this one, but not all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 04:28:24 | More by srandycarter
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everetends

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle I got from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown that has some really beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Got a good finger of creamy white head that had some decent retention as it slowly fell to a thin, then thinner, ring. Left some nice sheeting in the lacing throughout. Looks good. Please don't suck.

S: Not . . . very . . . good. Sweet malt and maybe some fruit. Can't really tell because of the overbearing smell of rubbing alcohol. I can smell it from five feet away. Smells not that great. Turning me off. I will push on.

T: Nice roasted malt first and foremost. There is a touch of licorice. Not as much as the label implies. Then some dark fruit. Dark wine grapes, black cherries, maybe some prune. Alcohol is luckily not that heavy. Piney hops are here too. Kinda nice, but could be better. Only a 4 for you HORN DOG!

M: Medium bodied brew. A bit thinner than I want. Doesn't really coat as nicely as I would like from a barleywine. Finishes pretty clean with little aftertaste. Alcohol is nil when cold, but comes out when warm. Warms the throat and stomach. That saves it a bit.

D: This could be better but it is better than all of the Flying Dog brews I have tried, not saying much though. Doesn't have to overwhelming metallic ass taste Flying Dog brews usually have and kill any chance of liking the brew. Metallic taste is there but extremely subdued. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't pay for another. There are better Barleywines out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 06:19:28 | More by everetends
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. Appearance is ok with no real head and a little lacing. Smell and taste are both very good and similar. Honestly, tastes like a wine with a bit more alcohol. A nice malt back bone that is a bit dry, hops that are a bit sweet, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is decent, a lot again like wine. I would say a merlot, with some weight to it but not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is great. Its a sipper no doubt, but its a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 04:33:45 | More by supercolter
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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