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Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

37 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 52
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barefootbrewer on 10-13-2007)
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beerking1

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very murky dark brown, through which light does not penetrate, with only the barest collar of foam at the endges of the glass. Aroma is huge vanilla and oak, followed by dark malts and some whisky notes. Very complex. Flavor is extremely sweet upfront, big dark malts, dark fruits (figs, dried plums and raisins), and notes of whisky. Any traces of hops have long since disappeared. Alcohol warms all the way down. Big and full bodied, aftertaste is well balanced and fades fairly quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 02:26:51 | More by beerking1
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-11-2013 18:10:21 | More by dsnyder61
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Bill235

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-11-2013 00:19:21 | More by Bill235
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-12-2012 23:11:34 | More by GaryMarkle84
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two year old properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Nostramus flute. Pours a very dark mahogany amber. Very thin head leaving a thin ring and light lacing. Nice aroma of caramel malt, whiskey, dark fruit and vanilla. Wow. Very nicely integrated malt, whiskey, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Medium to heavy bodied. Sorry I couldn't compare to fresh, but this two year old bottle is delicious. Absolutey melded flavors with the alcohol well hidden. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:02:10 | More by LiquidAmber
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

01-16-2012 06:44:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-01-2012 02:04:00 | More by PthPndr
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle generously shared by DrGonzo3705 (thanks Paul!). This pours murky and dark, with the thinnest of foam on top.

It smells very nice, Flying Dog has barrel aging nailed (with this and the BA Gonzo as my data points). The oak presents with vanilla and maybe a little charred wood, the base beer with caramel and toffee and other barleywiney things.

Sweet and burning, this is very tasty stuff. Lots of malt flavor, the definition of a malt bomb, very little hops lived through the barrel aging. Thick and rich, with little carbonation (although it had some). Excellent, so glad Paul brought this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 01:46:00 | More by TurdFurgison
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Dec 2007.

For an experiment, Flying Dog took their Horn Dog Barley Wine and aged it in used Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels for 13 months. Only 725 bottles for this run, but with barrel-aging being all of the rage we are sure you will see more experiments come from them.

Light on the carbonation, which only produces a thin light brown lace, the liquid is so think the tiny bubbles look like they are in slow motion. An expected mild haze in the walnut brown color from the barrel-aging. Boozy aroma with notes of vanilla, toffee and figs. Creamy syrupy full body with a very light carbonation that seems lost in the liquid. Massive malt base with a complex sweetness of caramel, cake batter and bread crust. The maltiness reaches even deeper with the whiskey oaky tones of wood, vanilla and the obvious whiskey flavor which never becomes too expressive. Hops are extremely modest with only a slight spicy bitterness that couples with the warming alcohol to help balance. Ends sweet with a lingering oaky vanilla flavor.

Other than the lack of carbonation, Flying Dog seemed to hit the nail right on the head with the flavor profile. The barrel character was very noticeable but never overkill, nor was the malt sweetness. We hope for all of the beer geeks out there, including us, that this is not only a one-off experiment and we'll see more of this sooner than later.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 14:19:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
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tpd975

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Barleywine from ibrew2or3. Should I be suprised?

A: Pours an amberish brown hue with a rather small off white head. No retention or lace.

S: Nice blast of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Hints of dark fruit and roasty malt.

T: Mild oxidation in this one, not necessarily a bad thing as it works here. Lots of sweet malt, hints of mild chocolate, and dark fruit. Light toffee, with hints of oak and vanilla.

M: Medium in body, smooth, lite carbonation.

D: Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 18:08:44 | More by tpd975
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BigMcLargeHuge

Arizona

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ratebeer's rgtravers, I owe you one Ryan. Pours mahogany with amber edges and almost no head. The aroma smells great with musty malts, smooth chewy dark fruitiness and a bit of oxidation keepings things interesting. It them moves into notes of bourbon and oak. The taste begins sweet with creamy chewy malts, some caramel, plums, minced cherries, a modest level of whiskey and oak. Seems even more age can improve this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:54:51 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with neither head nor lacing

Smell: Exquisite aromatics - caramel, dates, chocolate and, of course, whiskey and vanilla but the balance is what sets this apart

Taste: The caramel, chocolate and dark fruit flavors blend together up front, with the whiskey barrel and vanilla aspects building toward mid-palate; after the swallow, the balance of flavors is very pleasant, with the whiskey touch adding complexity but never overwhelming the balance

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with no carbonation

Drinkability: Despite the lack of carbonation, this is one very nice barleywine that has benefited from a few years of age

Thanks, beandip, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 23:03:45 | More by brentk56
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle sampled along with the regular Horn Dog, HUGE thanks to grub for sharing this one. Never thought I'd get to try it.

Pours a very murky dark brown, a lot darker than the normal HD, very thin tan head forms and quickly disappears completely, only a couple bubbles along the edges, no lacing. Smell is real nice, intense caramel and toffee, brown sugar, whiskey and bourbon, raisin, very fruity, lots of oak, sherry, brandy, wine, really nice. Taste is similar, brandy and toffee up front, butter, oak, brown sugar, bourbon, raisin, fruit, caramel candies, alcohol, vanilla, really complex, great stuff. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down but pretty smooth. Great flavours, reminds me quite a bit of the Kuhnhenn BA barleywine. Need to find another one of these. Thanks Russ!!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 16:00:21 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i got this one in a recent trade with rgtravers. i really can't thank ryan enough for this one. not only has it been on my want list for ages, but he approached me to offer it. thanks ryan!

12oz bottle. sampled oct 11/09, side by side with a standard horn dog (vintage 09FF).

pours hazy deep dark brown with a thin wisp of ultra fine white head. the head instantly recedes to a thin ring around the glass and leaves only a few spots of lace. it's noticeably darker than the non-barrel aged version but both carry the same haze and similar coloured head.

aroma is great. there's definitely whiskey in there! whiskey, oak, and vanilla. alcohol. dark chocolate. whole wheat bread and biscuit. light caramel. bit of toffee. hint of smoke. it doesn't have the fruity component that i notice in the regular version, and carries less toffee and butterscotch too.

taste is great. light alcohol. vanilla and oak. whiskey. brandy. caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of dark chocolate. medium-low bitterness level. unlike the non-BA version, the bit of fruit here is more well rounded and integrated and works well, lending a bit more of a brandy-ish slant to it that is quite nice.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. fairly low carbonation level, but it works just fine. carbonation is much lower than the non-BA version, but also much better.

drinkability is excellent. fantastic balance. very complimentary barrel character. i'd easily drink tons of this one, and definitely enjoy it more than the standard version.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:24:06 | More by grub
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Nice brown color that's slightly translucent around the edge with moderate carbonation and little lacing.

S: Rich tobacco and sweet maltiness with a faint oaky whiskey flavor that lingers in your nostrils.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee malts with a light oak and whiskey flavor.

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Wish I could have had this fresh as the whiskey has definitely faded but still a fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 23:19:34 | More by drgonzo3705
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champ103

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A small tan forms, but recedes in an instant. No lace.
S: Sweet dark fruits, vanilla, oak, whiskey. Some chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Lots of layers in the nose. Really inviting.
T: Sweet malt. Caramel and toffee. Dark fruits and vanilla again. Similar to the nose. Though maybe a little to sweet.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. Sticky and syrupy. Hot alcohol. A slow sipper, but enjoyable to drink.

Like the regular Horn Dog. Very sweet and malty with lots of alcohol. This is a great after dinner drink, and something that would be great for the cold winter nights as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 01:59:53 | More by champ103
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armock

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a mahogany color with almost no head and no lacing

S - Is of dark fruits vanilla oak and some alcohol

T - Like the smell but sweeter great taste to it dark fruit vanilla and some alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with light carbonation to it

D - Just about as drinkable as you can get for a barrel aged beer very easy to drink has a great well balanced taste worth getting if you can find it

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 19:42:57 | More by armock
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Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
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