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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,168 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 54
Gots: 62 | 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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Photo of Bitterbill


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

This one pours from 12oz bottle a clear dark brown with reddish hues and a very small head of foam. The foam doesn't really shrink much from the pouring and there's some good sticky lacing there. Gorgeous looking brew to say the least.

The smell has a lot of caramel malt and fruit to it. I note plum and cherry for the fruit.

The taste on first sip is just like the nose. Big notes of plum and caramel malt with some cherry tartness that is especially noticeable when I swish the beer in my mouth. Quite complex and very flavourful.

Further sips in and the alcohol is starting to make its presence known but not overly so....the malt and fruit of this BWSA just won't let anything get in the way of their domination. This may be the fruitiest example of the style I've ever tasted and for me, that's not a bad thing at all.

Further sips in makes me glad I picked up a 4pack of this at Wilbur's in Ft Collins yesterday and...the price was darned reasonable at only $6.99!! I think the value for the money is really top notch. Well done, Flying Dog!

Bottom line: An excellent sipping BWSA that I have no qualms in recommending. See some, get some.

04-22-2007 16:22:46 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Bierguy5


4/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz. bottle, vintage 07A. Very dark mahogany in color, nearly brown. Thick creamy tan head holds together very well. Some random patches of lace were left on the glass.

Big toffee and dark fruit aroma, as well as some fig. Lots of malt in the nose, with some faint citrusy hops in the background.

Rich dark fruits, dark caramel and toffee, seems to fade into a bit of a roasty flavor. Citrusy hops in the background seem to be no match for the malt.

Slightly warming, but not boozy. In fact, I would not have guessed this was over 10%. Fully body, low carbonation. Full of good fruit flavors. Very much a sipping beer. I enjoyed this one.

04-13-2007 10:59:45 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.03/5  rDev -21.3%

12oz. bottle

Pours a cleer deep chestnut brown with a ruby hue. Mild off-white head that fades. Slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rather dull malty smell with a light amount of herbal hops.

Taste mimics the smell. Slightly sweet, but quite dull malt taste followed by a medium bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Finishes rather bland.

Full body, mild carbonation.

I had high hopes for this as I was really in the mood for an English barleywine, but this was a disappointment. Not difficult to drink, but thoroughly uninspired. Only recommended to those who desire something mediocre to drink.

04-04-2007 04:04:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of PittBeerGirl


2.68/5  rDev -30.4%

appearance is dark brown-root beer in color with some white lacing. Smells like alcohol and raisins. The taste is very strong of alcohol but after having a few sips carmel toffee and grapes can be tasted. Mouthfeel is good-medium body with light carbonation. Not very drinkable due to the high alcohol content and the insescent taste of alcohol.

03-21-2007 20:40:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of kernalklink


3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

This brew poured a muddy, brown, flat, syrup. Possibly the ugliest i've ever seen. No carbonation or head to speak of, but aromas range from dark fruits and alcohol to overly sweet candi sugar. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky but falls flat with no bubbly goodness, just an alcoholic burn. There is some bitterness, not sure if it is from over roasted malts or slight hops infusion. A very hard beer to finish, the astringency got much worse as it warmed. Potent and a definite challenge to the palate.

03-19-2007 15:28:12 | More by kernalklink
Photo of IntriqKen


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Typical dark amber with red tones fills the glass with a tan half finger of foam that melts to a very sticky top covering lace.
Aromas are nice caramels, brown sugars, lightly dark fruits.
Taste is the atypical sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, but then a nice explosion of citrus hops...not as intense as say, Bigfoot, but still definite hops to finish the mouth and dry the palette.
Mouthfeel is full...aftertaste is clean, albeit slightly cloying from the malt sweetness.
All-in-all a decent American Barleywine...definitely not a spectacular or even a stand out American barleywine, but decent.

03-10-2007 06:01:53 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of brewcrew76


3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours a solid brown with ruby/mahogany highlights and a skim of tan head.

S - Fruits up front with raisins, black cherries, figs and a hint of cider. Some sweetness and caramel also present.

T - Rum soaked raisins, caramel and alcohol. It starts with some of the complexity in the aroma but turns into a very strong bready alcohol as it warms.

M - Medium to thick and slightly syrupy. Mouth coating.

D - Tasty but became boozier as it warmed and lost some of its complexity.

03-09-2007 03:20:37 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of beertastegood


2.48/5  rDev -35.6%

Pours a deep deep reddish-brown, dark enough to not see through. small head fades quickly into large tan bubbles capping the surface.

Smell: intense phenols and esters, fruity aromas of fig and grape, raisins and a slight hint of cherry. I get a slightly minty hop aroma as well. Alcoholic. A bit of chocolate.

Taste: Pepper!?! Not too impressed with that...phenolics really take over and give the tongue a lashing. Slight candied fruit sweetness followed by a metallic hops bitterness that fades into a tin-like slick taste on the tongue. Not that fun to drink...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Warming.

Drinkability: No, not really.

I don't mind English barleywines, but this one is all out of whack. The requisite flavors are there, but they are jarring and clashing with each other, not melding like they should. I am going to lay down a bottle or two to see if it improves with time. But I generally like my barleywines somewhat fresh to get the most out of the hops...and this is one that should not be drunk right out of the gate.

03-07-2007 02:26:40 | More by beertastegood
Photo of jhicks12


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: A dark reddish browninh color.

Smell: A very malty sweet smell with a berry note.

Taste: Very warming and balanced malt hop taste.

Mouthfeel. creamy, warm mouth feel.

Drinkability: not my favorite barleywine but a nice one to try. Very scary labels from flying dog!

02-25-2007 02:33:35 | More by jhicks12
Photo of allengarvin


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%

Dark ruby-red color with a small tannish head. Aroma is strongly vinous, sweet, and noticibly alcoholic (the latter detracting somewhat). Taste is solidly malty, with rich and bready (and heady) flavors, pleasantly caramalized fruit notes, and a touch of alcohol but not as much as I feared from the nose. Warming in the finish, with a full, creamy body.

02-22-2007 02:41:55 | More by allengarvin
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

12 oz bottle into a

A - Very dark brown, some amber highlights, small head; looks pretty good

S - Smells good; mostly sweet with some cookie hints; overall, pretty tasty

T - Tastes great; it's the one and only barley wine I've ever tasted, but it's got that tripel/quadrupel sweetness that really knocks you on your ass; lots of fruity spiciness with some raisiny goodness; great malt kick with a little bit of hops in the background; definite alcohol taste, which is no real surprise; overall, very nice

M - Very syrupy, nice smooth carbonation; no problems here

D - A really good brew; despite the alcohol content, it's one I could definitely have a couple of; the flavor and smell are just excellent

02-21-2007 01:56:54 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Morris729


3.58/5  rDev -7%

Pours a murky ruby copper color with only a thin head that quickly vanishes without a trace. The nose has a candy-like sweetness with notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, buttery caramel, and spicy alcohol. Taste begins with a dark cherry syrupy sweetness along with a bit of fig and prune. This is blended with a rum-raisiny spicy alcohol and some dry grain. Enjoyable but the sweetness is bordering on being cloying.

02-17-2007 18:40:27 | More by Morris729
Photo of sacrelicio


4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Yeah this is great. Nice color, with a nice red/brown hue. Smell is good, with a good barleywine smell. Yeah, that's what it smells like. Tasty. Malty, fruity; with bananas, plums, fruitcake, cinnamon, meat, etc. Good mouthfeel, not great though. A little tart. Nice and drinkable. Good shit. Good night.

02-17-2007 08:18:04 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

a: dark copper color, some head that quickly dissipates
s: malty & hoppy, some unidentified sweetness
t: malty up-front, sweet caramel flavor, alcohol slightly noticeable at the end
m: medium body, almost creamy; very good balance in this beer -- hops, malts, sweetness, & lots of carbonation -- that make this a very enjoyable barleywine
d: have tried a number of barleywines & have to rank this one up there because of its balance, crisp finish & moderate sweetness. will continue to buy this one

02-15-2007 21:33:59 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of mentor


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

The last one of these in my cellar...bottle date is 2003E (today is Feb 2007). Purchased in DC area in 2005 and in my cellar for 2 years (odd coincidence, I moved to Colorado in 2006, so this beer has been to DC and back home).

Pours a thin layer of brown-tan head over cloudy very dark brown liquid. Smells chocolate, sherry malt oxidation, piney hops, and alcohol that is mostly clean of fusels.

Tastes toffee, rich caramel, and chocolate. Nice sherry oxidation is very mild. Alcohol not as hot as in previous years, but is still a player. Simple for the style. Md body that's minimal dextrin character. Lightly carbonated and decent drinkability.

02-12-2007 23:06:28 | More by mentor
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev +3.9%

2006A. Dark reddish brown with just a skim of lace capping the beer (though it is very long-lived). Spotty lacing, some haziness. Big caramel/toffee aroma with significant fruit character and a touch of bready yeast and some alcohol. Hops are muted and seem to be more earthy and floral at this point, with just a hint of orange. Wow, this is thick and heavy. Hop bitterness seems weaker than it is due to the strong malt sweetness. There's a lot of caramel, with milder notes of toffee, freshly ground grain, and hints of chocolate. Fruity flavour is more attenuated, mostly prunes and a little raisin. Hop flavour provides some depth, but is definitely not the star of the show. Low carbonation and just short of sticky. Mild alcohol warmth. This is certainly in the English BW camp. Solid malting makes this a good offering. The alcohol is tamed by the sweetness, making for a fairly drinkable barleywine. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to those seeking something more in the English style.

02-11-2007 01:17:38 | More by DrJay
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

This beer poured a hazy deep brown color with a thing but nice creamy head – no noticeable lacing. The smell was sweet and malty, a bit like caramel. The taste is strong of malt. It is very sweet and not overly hoppy. This beer is quite deceptive because the flavor does a good job of hiding the high alcohol content in the taste buds (but it does do a good job of warming your insides).. The mouthfeel is thick and leaves a nice coating. Overall, I’d say this beer is very smooth and I find it to be quite delicious!

02-04-2007 02:05:33 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of wavz


3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

A- Great dark chocolate copper hue, but little if no head.

S- Great malty, spicy, hoppy with a hint of roasted coffee.

T- Malt is the first thing that hits your tounge, nice balance of hops with a bit of leather. Finishes with some smooth heat that lets you know your drinking a barleywine.

M- Smooth silky, lightly carbonated, a nice thick barley wine.

D- I have two more bottles of this one that I will age for a year or two and I'll get back to you all, but for right now its a great drinking barley wine.


01-21-2007 05:13:45 | More by wavz
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

2006B Vintage, bottle aged at least nearing a year.
Pours with some draping of head. A fine mahogany colour, some brown, some red, all blended finely together. A rich aroma, sticky hop resin with piney wood coating. A base of sweet, roast malt - dark and chocolaty. Mouthfeel holds itself well, a low carbonation but heavy enough body to carry the flavours. Taste of dried fruit and dark chocolaty malts. Lots of prune and raison as well as a considerably balanced and intricate malt bill. Bits of spice and more than a fair bit of flavour. Alcohol noticeable but not a distraction. A good offering!

01-19-2007 04:38:01 | More by biegaman
Photo of umustdrink


2.28/5  rDev -40.8%

A - Aggressive pour to get a quarter inch head but quickly fades to splotches. Deep brown color, almost opaque.

S - Rich caramel smell very apparent alcohol.

T - Rich, caramel malt taste, also very bitter and more alcohol. Hints of prunes.

M - Fairly smooth but the alcohol presence almost burns.

D - The beers flavor doesn't suit my tastes very much. Also I think that for the style,Barleywines should be able to hide their alcohol presence better.

01-13-2007 03:31:07 | More by umustdrink
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured a thick, opaque dark chocolate brown with a cream colored head that would not fade. Smell was Spicey and citrusy hopped, with hints of caramel and chocolate and jus tabout anything else you could think of. Taste was very very sweet, almost like candy, with hints of alcohol and a dry hoppy finish. Very smooth going down, but the high ABV could sneak up on you. All in all this is a good Barleywine, I will definatly drink this again, just not too many in one sitting!!

01-05-2007 02:38:58 | More by mikesgroove
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

This bottle is direct from the brewery circa 2001 from when I used to live in Denver. I've been saving a couple of bottles for a special occastion. I was somewhat nervous to see how its been holding up and the Horn Dog acquitted itself well. Poured out the a very dark ruby. Its cleared out quite nicely. Less head than other bottles of this I have had, but still a carbonation oomph when poured out. Smeel is sweet, mostly malty.

Taste- this beer has really smoothed out. I recall this being a very hot beer five years ago and age has treated it well. Very smooth now. Dark fruits such a plum and raisins. I was very surprised to see how carbonated it still was. Oddly, I would say its a little too carbonated?? Nice dry finish. This beer has turned into an excellent barley wine. I have one 2001 bottle left. I am tempted to leave it a few more years, but I fear this may be its peak or on the downside.

A great example of the benefits of cellaring. I will miss you when you are gone Horn Dog.

01-01-2007 04:42:36 | More by oakbluff
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

thanks to mikesgroove for this via trade.

A - reddish brown, small off-white head.

S - Very rich malts, a touch of hops for balance. Definitely an alcohol presence..

T - Similar to smell. Thick rich malty tastes - toffee, prune, figs swirling with a light spicy hop presence.

M - full bodied. The tastes swirl around the mouth at each sip.

D - Definitely strong, definitely tasty.

A bit closer to an american barleywine than english as the style here lists. Hnts of good things to come if cellared. I'd put a 6 or 12 pack in the cellar and age it for a few years to see how it changes over time.

12-26-2006 14:59:13 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a small glass at 55 degrees.

A - Pours a dark ruby that melts to almost a caramel-brown with a tan head.

S - Alcohol and wood-aged malt dominate the aroma.

T - A faint fruity-tartness compliments the alcohol-driven malt.

M - Very thick body, which helped the complex flavors blend together nicely. Since the alcohol, malt, and fruity-bitterness were all powerful flavors, the heavier mouthfeel helped mix them together nicely. Finishes like a heavy red wine.

D - I wanted to find a barleywine to keep on hand, and this is in the running for that selection. At $7/sixpack, I'd pick one up again for sure.

12-20-2006 02:13:30 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

I hung onto this bottle for over a year, and, having tasted a fresh version of this before, I'm happy to have opened this one when I did.

Darkish brown with a light head. A sweet bouquet with a light hop tinge, this is a restrained barley wine that shows more (though still slight) hop character as it warms to room temperature. Slightly cooler, it has flavors of walnuts and chocolate backed by a strong malt body. It's smooth and quite drinkable for the style. The aftertaste is a bit off--almost vinegary, but this is the only obvious flaw I found in an otherwise well-achieved brew.

In general, I'm not a huge Flying Dog fan, but Gonzo and Horn Dog are pleasant enough. It certainly isn't the most aggressive or well-balanced barley wine I've had, but it's worth a look: a strong product from an overrated brewery. It's also reasonably priced in a four pack...

12-19-2006 03:34:22 | More by benito
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