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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale - Flying Dog Brewery

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1,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 51
Gots: 59 | 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 mentor


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 23:06:28 | More by mentor
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 01:17:38 | More by DrJay
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 02:05:33 | More by barefootbrewer
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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 05:13:45 | More by wavz
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 04:38:01 | More by biegaman
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2.28/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:31:07 | More by umustdrink
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South Carolina

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

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!!

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 14:59:13 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 02:13:30 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 03:34:22 | More by benito
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New Jersey

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

Not a bad little barleywine from Flying Dog. This one pours a nice brown colour that is slightly murky and has a pretty nice (for a barleywine) head atop the liquid.

The aroma is woody and malty, with bits of alcohol and dark fruit mixed in throughout.

Flavour is again, like the aroma, woody and malty. Alcohol rings through most of the way but is never intrusive. The fruit flavour hits mostly in the middle of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and oily. Pretty good stuff overall.

Again, this one was enjoyable. A lot easier drinking than I expecting as barleywines aren't usually my thing. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 04:33:35 | More by guinness33
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is of a sampling of an 06. The brew poured a dark brown / plum color with a small offwhite ring of a head that left some lacing. Taken to the nose , aromas of dark brown bread , slight chocolate , a hint of raisin or plum , a bit of buttery character, and some alcohol. Flavor is of very full , dark bready malt , some toffee, again some hints at a chocolate flavor , some slight candied dark fruit flavors , bitter edge and some alcohol presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and viscous. This barleywine is quite drinkable , and has some very nice flavors that come out nicely with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 01:42:35 | More by Byeast
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

horndog is light mahogany in color and capped with a tannish head that's quickly gone. bouquet is of caramel malts, toffee, prunes, ceder, cherries and a bit of diacytel and a hint of piney hops.. pleasing and complex nose. taste is big on toffee and prunes and there is a definite note of bitterness from the hop profile. it's a bit disappointing as it doesn't live up to the complexity of the nose. the bittering note is strong (albeit shortlived) and seems a bit misplaced - dominating the overall perception. the finish is shortlived and somewhat sour. mouthfeel is OK if not somewhat thin. lowish marks for drinkability because on the whole it just doesn't taste that good. it has it's moments, but never meshes into a solid whole.

in short, everything after the bouquet is a bit of a letdown.
i don't make a habit of drinking cough syrup and i won't make a habit of drinking this...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 03:14:05 | More by unclederby
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West Virginia

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

12oz bottle.

Dark brown body with virtually no head, only a few off-white bubbles. Transparent at edges when held to light. Aroma is bananas and sweet delicious malt. A bit of alcohol as well.

Creamy body tastes nutty and banana-y. It's very delicious. Super sweet malt profile and virtually no hops. Finishes with a caramel sweetness and a bit of banana.

Body is full, thick, and oily. Light carbonation. Perfect for the syle. Alcohol isn't too present even at over 10% and its awesomely good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 06:48:21 | More by trep
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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, dark burgandy color that just lets the light through.

The aroma is great. Sweet cherries, alcohol, and raisins.

The flavor is similar to the smell. Taste is very mute compared to something that smelled similar, like Dogfish Head's Raison D'etre. There is no alcoholic bite like the aroma was hinting at. This obviously makes it easier to sit back and enjoy.

It's a little thick, a little syrupy. Nothing negative (at first).

After a while, flavor starts to seem more and more like cough syrup. This started out great, but it slowly became hard to finish. Ended up being too heavy for my mood today. I think this would be a good one to split up to share with company before a meal. Leave them wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 14:24:28 | More by terrabyte
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Premier Wine & Spirits in Halifax. Vintage 2005.

Appearance: Pours a very murky rust clour with a nice tan head.

Aroma: Very sweet. Hints fresh berries a floral essence.

Taste: Very complex. Very sweet with mild tartness. Caramel and pine in the front palette. Extremely long finish with butter and fruit notes, very warming.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy and creamy. Carbonation is mild.

Final Statement: This was my first barely wine, and it's rather intersting. I wouldn't call myself a barley wine fan just yet. The flavours are very very complex, and will take a lot of getting used to. But this brew is pretty good, I will review it again at later date.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 00:25:57 | More by MMansfield
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Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5


Poured a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights into the glass. Fair sized tan cap that has good retention and laces the glass.

Aroma: nothing overly complex...buttery figs some cocoa almost like a standard doppel bock.

Rich malt spine, thick viscous mouth feel, malty-fruity character.

Big rich caramel/toffee malts in the front, very rich...midways some smoke, dried fruit and cedar, finish is chocolate truffle with liqeur center.

A nice malty barley wine but some harsh edges on this young sample. Needs cellaring a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 01:04:17 | More by pootz
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage bottle 2006, Sampled October 2006
Pours with a very dark, brownish amber color. It barely summons forth a wispy tan colored head, that quickly fades to a bare ring around the edges. The aroma is a mix of sweet concentrated fruit notes and alcohol. Notes of prunes, raising and concentrated brown sugar loom large in the aroma profile. The alcohol mixes with caramelized sugar notes and fruit to form a touch of something like rum or brandy. The hops are quite muted, in fact I can't pick out any individual hop contributions in the aroma. While not the typical nose on an American Barleywine, it is not to bad and even enjoyable.

The beer is quite sweet; concentrated notes of prunes and raisins are accentuated. This finishes with a touch of alcohol that adds just a touch of warming to the finish (it is not as detectible as it is in the aroma). A touch of dark grain astringency is found in the finish. The dark malt notes in the finish are also a touch toasty, a bit nutty, a touch burn and even a hint of chocolate. This is definitely thick and chewy, it would even be contemplative except for the fact that it is a bit too sweet and cloying. Some more dark malt notes, or even some ample hop rates would make this much better and would go a long way towards balancing the dominant sweetness.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 03:56:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been craving a good barley wine for a few days so thought i would give this one a try. As I poured it I wasnt expecting a beer this dark, a hard pour left only lacing for a head. Smell is a boozey brown sugar similar to dark rum, really interesting. Taste is rich sugary, followed by a blast of alcohol and finishing with pleasent hop bitterness. This is pretty damn good. Mouthfeel is full bodied, coats my mouth well, and leaves me wanting more. Drinkability is high for me for a barley wine, definitly gonna pick a few of these up and maybe lay a couple down for awhile. A really pleasent, easy to drink, affordable barley-wine.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 06:32:40 | More by Iguana
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange/brown. No head and no lacing.

Smells sweet and malty. Toffee and caramel.

Nice sweet caramel taste up front. Alcohol warms in the middle, and slight hop presence and alcohol burn in the end. Very mild carbonation lets the malt come through nicely.

Decent body but could be heavier. I like it but it's not my favorite. A good cool evening brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 23:35:04 | More by kirok1999
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A- Fizzy head, settles to a collar. Deep brown. Faint carbonation.

S- Very powerful smell. Strong herbal tones amplified by the high alcohol. Woody, red grapes, nutty.

T- BAM. Assertive, and bold. Starts out slightly bitter with a warm merlot taste. Ends up very oaky and dry, with nutty tones. Leaves an burnt oaky taste in the mouth and a dry tongue.

M- A lot like a merlot. Coats the mouth with a dry wood suction effect. A little thick when it touches your lips but very smooth. A slight alcohol burn.

D- Nice for sipping. Not for pounding. Relax, share with company before/during dinner, maybe a nice coffee or chocolate porter after dinner to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 21:29:24 | More by Rudgers73
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage.

Pours out a dark but clear ruby-brown with a small slightly tan head.

Smell. Immediately i can smell the alcoholic presence. Under that is an almost brandy character to it. Small fruity aromas of alcohol soaked cherries, sweet aroma....Smells as if it will kick me on my ass.

Taste. An interesting little explosion in my mouth containing alcohol, yeast and malts. I do think for the high alcohol percentage, this beer hides it better than others can (but is still quite present). It also has a dry yeasty taste to it as well, accompanied by the malts, sweet with mild dark fruits. Also has a chocolate taste i do not really remember, like a chocolate extract, or a chocolate flavored candy. Aftertaste is surprising light and ok, alcohol goes down like a champ.

Mouthfeel is good. Full body, just slightly chewy. good amount of carbonation. Malts, of course, dominate, but balance is there.

Overall. I am mixed this beer. I like it 50% of the time, the other 50 i respect it. A fine beer, but not one i would want too often.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 00:46:36 | More by acrawf6
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New York

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - dark brown color with a reddish tinge, some sediment, small head with little retention, not much lacing

s - alcohol dominates but malt is evident as well

t - lots of malt up front with alcohol dominating the finish, fairly harsh taste, perhaps this could be thrown in the cellar to tone down a little

m - medium bodied, little carbonation, definite warming feel from the alcohol

d - not very, the alcohol was pretty intense and not very well masked, very slow drinker, one is enough for me

Fairly one dimensional english barley wine to me. The alcohol overwhelmed all the other flavors. Glad I tried it, but won't be going back here.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 02:38:34 | More by WeisGuy
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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Horn Dog Barley Wine pours a very dark brown (but shine a flashlight through it and it's red) with a half inch light brown head that quickly dies down to a ring around the edge. Comes in a twelve ounce brown bottle. The aroma is appropriately malty and vinous. Nice full mouthfeel. Flavor is malty then vinous, supported by a nice balance of hops toward the end. Some chocolate or roasted notes are present in the backgrouond. Nicely balanced, it has a fair amount of alcohol warming that is noticeable too. Fairly dry finish. The bottle says this is a 2006 vintage. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 00:04:45 | More by Drew966
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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