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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,205 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 55
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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Photo of BaronVonHawkeye
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA. and poured into a standard oversized white wine glass.

A: Pours a fairly opaque ruby hue. Head is about a 1/2 inch thick and khaki colored. Head retreated to a fairly thin head. No lace rings on glass.

S: At rest, a faint warm smell of alcohol and light malt. No hop aroma present. After agitation, nose is of faint malt with no alcohol smell present.

T: Has a thick malty initial palate followed be a nice warm alcohol finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel with a slight stickiness in the finish. Feels as though to coat the back of your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

D: Delicious to drink and dangerous to drink. While the alcohol does come through in the palate and the nose, it is not present enough to be a warning sign. I could certainly sip on this beer the entire night without realizing it is over 10% ABV.

This is a very good barley wine, definitely something for enjoying over a lazy afternoon.

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

Started with cold bottle out of the fridge (~44°F). Poured into Lucifer brandy snifter glass.

Appearance: Chestnut brown with off-white head. Persistent ring of froth around glass walls.

Aroma: Initial aroma of dark fruit with hint of alcohol. Alcohol came out on the nose as it warmed toward room temp. At 63°F nose became largely alcoholic.

Mouth-feel: Smooth, medium bodied.

Flavor: Slightly bitter when cold. Malty caramel sweet come out more as the beer warms. A very enjoyable sipper; alcohol appears when taking a few gulps in a row but remains fairly well hidden when sipping. Sweet malts are balanced with lightly bittering hops. Hint of dark fruit.

An easy-drinking barleywine.

Photo of ksbrainard
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 06D (does that mean December 2006, or maybe Denver, 2006), just bought last week.

Appearance: Cloudy, musty-looking brown, or even the color of stained cherry wood. There's virtually no head on top, just a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. Guess there was yeast in there, because it's all floaty now. Pour this one carefully.

Smell: Big malty raisiny smell. Slightly metallic chocolatey smell, which then becomes a distinct chocolate-cherry smell. Maybe I catch a whiff of citrus hops?

Taste: There's a bitterness of hops and a fruitiness of alcohol, and vice versa a bit. The flavors work together nicely. The black cherry aroma is reflected in the taste, in a nice smooth way. The alcohol is comparatively well-disguised. This is a bit hoppier than some of the other barley wines I've been tasting this winter. Which I like.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich, big and full, 100% appropriate. There is a good dose of hops and juicy water to balance it out nicely.

Drinkability: A great after dinner sipper, of course. The hops make this somewhat more enjoyable to me.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up as a single, first barleywine style beer i've ever had, so didn't know exactly what to expect.

A: Very dark brown, cola colored with a red tint when held up to the light. Not much head here, but it does linger around, a nice tan color.

S: This smells interesting i can note the hops towards the end of the smell, um, some caramels, and definitely malt.

T: Delicious, that is all i can say. Caramel malt up front, hops and alcohol on the back, a very good taste, in some ways it reminded me of a very sweet double bock. It is quite sweet and rich though.

M: Sticky, this beer is very sugary and sticks in the mouth and lips

D: I had one, and was satisfied, it is just too rich for me to drink anymore than one. Very good but most definitley enjoyed one at a time.

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chesnut brown with tinges of red at the edges. A quick bubbling head that dies no nearly nothing.

S: Very light aromas with sweetness being about the only thing that comes thru. The is a hint of booze but nohting else really.

T: Nice smooth drinking Barleywine. Big malty sweetness right from the start. Tons of caramel and toffee notes with a tad of browned butter. Hop bitterness can be tasted very slightly just before the finish only to be taken over by a slight alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied and smooth.

D: Easy sipping beer. 12oz bottle is the perfect size.

Overall: Not quite as enjoyable as their DIPA I had a few days ago, but very nice nonetheless. This is the season for Barleywine and for the price I will pick up a few more singles to sip on those rare cold Florida nights.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This barley wine style ale poured a deep, amberish brown with a medium brown/white head.

The smell had malt sweetness, a touch of alcohol, and a touch of roasted nut. The taste had a slightly nutty taste with sweet caramel malt flavors being dominant. A medium hop stance was present and merged well with the robust alcohol taste as well. The consistency was medium/thick and the carbonation was medium.

This was my first barley wine style ale, but a enjoyed it very much. I was surprised that the high ABV did not ruin the flavors present. I would not want to drink several of them in succession myself, but I would recommend them to someone who desires a strong ale.

Photo of biggmike
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color with small off-white head that disappeared in a hurry. Aroma is of yeast, dark fruit (figs, raisins), and caramel. Taste is pretty much the same. I thought this was decent, but nothing spectacular. Mouthfeel was good. Actually hides the alcohol pretty well, because I didn't realize it was 10.5%.

Photo of jakon
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a dark garnet with a smallish off-white head that settles to nothing while leaving behind a nice wash of lacing.

Be careful to keep the chunks in the bottle. My first one of these was chock-full of beer plankton.

The aroma is sweet like candy with a touch of floral hops.

The taste is bready and sweet, with floral hop notes balancing things out in the background.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth. Very thick and viscous with minimal carbonation.

I really like this beer, and will purchase more as I see it.

Photo of Sweasty
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Deep mahogany , almost black color. Short lived tan head that drops to a ring. Adequate lacing.

Smell - initial yeastiness. A good bit of caramel. Some chocolate laced figs.

Taste - Matches the nose. Sweet maltiness, Figs. Some brown sugar/molasses.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with creamy luscious mouthfeel

Overall this is a very impressive beer. Clearly Flying Dog's best brew to date. The only drawback is the alcohol. It doesn't take long for the alcohol to be noticed. A very warming beer.

Photo of auxiliary
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - These bottles always have some interesting art work. Has a mahogany color with a head that didn't stick around. Just a ring.

smell - Caramel, sweet malts, and alcohol.

taste - Nice rich malt taste here with toffee, finished off with spicey hops that delivered a bitterness. Nice balance.

mouthfeel - Medium body, sweetness and alcohol present.

drinkability - nice sipper for the end of the night. This would be a nice beer to age, too bad it is not in a bigger bottle.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown. Tan head. Nose is like juicy raisins and cotton candy. Strong firm sugar candy-like tones rule here. Flavor is sticky sweet. Just screams sugar in your mouth. Molasses and anise character really sticks out. Feel is thick and full at first, but it falls off very quickly. I kind of feel like this one needs a lot more time to relax and mature in the bottle. Seems too much a kick in the mouth and not enough style and grace.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky brown/ amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, licorice, small alcohol and a smal presence of fruit. In the taste, sweet to dry licorice. Light body and smooth in the mouthfeel and a dry licorice in the aftertaste. Very interesting with licorice and just a small alcohol presence.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. It was a brown color with some red highlights. Small head. Nice carbonation. Sweet, fruity aroma, along with a little toffee. Likewise with the taste, except the alcohol clobbers you first. The strong alcohol taste fades as the beer warms, but it is still both noticeable and sharp.

Photo of deepsouth
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i drank this one from a rochefort glass.

this beer poured a deep dark red raisinish color and if there was one bubble, there were a million. i poured these as i usually do, pretty hard and get the same usual no head with a tan ring around the edge of the glass and a few patches of tan swimming around the top of the glass. as for trying to see through this one, forget it. not on flying dogs time.

the smell is quite good. very fruity and again raisiny. usually the booze scent is faint at first and develops over time on me with this one, but this one just got the once over in the cooler, so i can actually smell the booze from jump street. a pleasant one on the sniffer.

the taste is fruits, figs, dates, raisins, booze. i love the taste of this beer. i'd go out on a limb and say this beer would taste best near room temperature. very warming on the way down.

the mouthfeel is pretty medium. where'd the bubbles go? i don't taste much carbonation, at least not near what i'd expect with the bubbles bubbles bubbles.

a very drinkable beer. so drinkable, i find time to treat myself to about one of these per week and keep a pretty healthy stash around the house. my favorite offering from flying dog so far. they got this one right for me. i actually haven't drank more than one of these at one sitting and i can't imagine that more than two could be anything but detrimental to your ability to walk or function for that matter.

highly recommended in my opinion.

i also plan on laying three or four of these down for future reference. i think it's a keeper.

Photo of DavidEddie
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 vintage.
Dark brown in appearance. Sticky lacing around the edges. Aromas of sweet malt, fruit cake, and toffee. Tastes of chocolate, malt, dark fruits, grapes, and carmel. Slightly sweet with some bitterness and booze to finish. Mouth feel is creamy and sticky. Drinkability is good. It is a bit on the boozy side though. Worth a try.

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

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight toffee, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight toffee/roasty, nice little sweetness, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, this a very nice tasty EBW, recommended.

Photo of Jedimaster1
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A purple, brownish color with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smell is of sweet malt -- very sugary sweet malt.

T: Oh boy. This brew is sweet! Too sweet for my taste. It isn't as bad in the first sip, but the subsequent tastings make this one hard to finish. The sweet malt is overwhelming, and without any hops to balance it out, it becomes almost undrinkable for me.

M: The alcohol is hidden well. The only alcohol that is noticeable is when it warms the body.

D: The ABV of 10.5% makes this one a two bottle maximum. And with the overly sweet malt, the drinkability is even more reduced.

I was very disappointed with this beer. I guess being spoiled with American-style barely wines, I could not take the tremendously sweet unbalanced malt. I drank one-and-a-half of these and the rest were dumped. Glad it was only a 4-pack.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pub glass. Poured a chocoalate color with little to no head. Smells like roasted malts and chocolate, with a roasted malt taste and a roasted almond aftertaste. This beer has a very light mouthfell that doesn't make you think your drinking a beer as dark as this. The drinkability of this beer is very easy and I can see myself drinking this beer anytime.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple samples at the brewery today on a trip to purchase the barrel aged version. I had never had Horn Dog and I must say I am impressed. This beer has helped me understand the difference between English and American style barleywines. The color was dark, brown with a small bubbly head. The smells were dark fruits and heavy malts. The taste was very malty with hints of raisins, plums and more dark fruits. The hops have run for the hills letting me know that the British are coming! Overall, very easy to drink and too bad I haven't had it previously. The barrel aged bottles I will consume should make up for my past mistakes.

Photo of fartingdog
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage- sampled 12/4/2007

A- Dark auburn, white head quickly dissipates. Very nice.

S- Burnt sugar, caramel, malt, light hints of dark fruit.

T- Malty, raisin, slight hints of rum, brown sugar (muscovado or demerera). Slightly astringent.

M- Full and rich, coats the tongue.

D- Very. Alcohol is barely noticable.

A very nice barleywine. Perhaps some age will take off the astringency and build some more character and balance.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a 22-oz snifter.

A = Dark brown, held up to light it is midway between looking like coffee and black tea.. Virtually no head or lacing.

S = Floral notes, hops, underlying sweet malt. It smells good, but measured against what I expect from the style, it is a little too lowkey.

T = Smooth, rich malt flavors, hops notes are more subdued than I generally look for in a barleywine, but they are there. I rated this down a little to reflect my feelings of it within style. I still gave it above average because I think if measured against beers generally this tastes pretty good.

M = Medium light body, not too much carbonation, just enough to tickle a little. Alcohol is pretty understated.

D = This is a very drinkable beer, good to just sit back and enjoy.

Photo of bosco7
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with creamy tan head.

Cinnamon toast crunch(?!), raisins, toffee, and some vinous aromas.

Almost Belgian dubbel like flavor profile; raisins, fig, chocolate, and big fruit flavors. Missing is the familiar toffee, caramel, and toasty flacors associated with barley wines. Some vinous character in the finish. Apparent bitterness is low.

Thin mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Not what I expect in a barley wine. Drinkable and tasty just not what I expected.

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

A: A gorgeous deeep dark brown. NIce head too.

S: Raisins, chocolate, earthy, oak.

T: Very complex. Oak, raisin, sweet, and a little tiny hint of vanilla.

M: Not too carbonated, nice and creamy.

D: A little alcoholy, but smooth. Flying Dog is working its way up the ladder for me. Now if they would just tone down their art...nah!

Photo of clemsonbrewer
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with amber shining through the glass around the edges. Fruity malty head. Nice smell. Sharp sweet malty taste. Nice berry flavor. Some caramel and buttery flavors. The alcohol is hidden really well considering it's 10.5. Smooth mouthfeel with a nice malty palate. This is an enjoyable brew. A little maltier than I expected from a barley wine.

Photo of viperpiper522
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on hand-pull at the brewery.

A- Murky Brown with an off white head. a little lacing and little carb.

S- Toffee, Stone Fruit, Fruitcake, and malty sweetness.

T- Extrodinary stonefruits, with some sherry like notes. Very Malty with a little hops to balance.

M- Creamy and smooth with no signs of alcohol.

D- Dangerously quaffable.

Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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