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Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog - Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn DogWild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog

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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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Reviews by brentk56:
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

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

brentk56, Nov 08, 2009
More User Reviews:
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3.73/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

BeerAdvocate, Aug 01, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

LathouXaris, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Purchased at the brewery. The salesperson said that only 700 bottles were made.

This beer poured a deep brown color with a slight head. The aroma is malty and caramel with a hint of whiskey noted. The taste is sweet and malty with some characteristics picked up from the barrel - a little rough but delightful. The mouthfeel is full and seems appropriate. It is a barley wine, but that being said - quite drinkable.

(As a side note – Horn Dog is one of my favorite beers, and this version does not disappoint!)

barefootbrewer, Oct 13, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

From notes...
Thanks to hopdog for this.
Appears a dark brown with crimson edges when held up to the light. The small, tan head slowly fades into a collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and maple syrup.
Taste is even more intense with the aromas shining through in the flavors, along with a toasted nuttiness that makes this beer more dimensional.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, sugary sweet, and chewy.

weeare138, Dec 04, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

Very good for the style. English Barleywine, which is not too hoppy and not too malty but a perfect combination of the two and very close to style. Had this on a hot afternoon, which is not ideal for this type of beer but it was refreshing none-the-less and featured great dark fruit taste, good color and excellent carbonation.

david18, Aug 20, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

thanks to barefootbrewer for a chance to try this limited brew!

A - dark reddish brown. At first glance I thought it was flat. On closer inspection there are trace bubbles on the sides of the glass. Maybe 2-3 years of aging will get some carbonation?
S - dark ripe fruits, vanilla, oak, sweet vinous malts.
T - my first thought was, JW Lees harvest ale. My second thought was, not quite as sweet as the aformentioned beer. Similar to the aromas, the barrel kicks this brew into a whole other place as compared to the regular barleywine. quite tasty!
M - full bodied, a trickly of carbonation, mellow, thankfully not overlysweet.
D - would go way up with decent carbonation. as is this is good but probably better as a 6oz bottle.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 28, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +10%

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.

grub, Oct 12, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1%

12oz bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, whiskey, vanilla, caramel, nuts, and dark fruits. Tastes of vanilla, raisins, wood, lighter whiskey, brown sugar, and caramel. I really enjoyed this one&.

Notes from and tasted on

hopdog, Nov 05, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

champ103, Sep 19, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

KingFarm, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

dsnyder61, Jun 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

drgonzo3705, Sep 19, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

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!!

Viggo, Oct 13, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

beerking1, Jan 05, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Bob for sharing this at a gathering of the usual suspects at the Brick Store Pub. Poured dark chestnut with little head. The aroma is breathtaking. A beautiful balance of oak, sweet malt, and dark fruit with a layer of very clean smelling whisky gently overlaying the rest of the aromas. Just marvelous. Unfortunately, the taste fell a good deal short of the ethereal aromas. The same nuances detectable in the nose are present in the taste as well, just a great deal more muted. In fact, the taste is even a little watery, and far too sweet. Still, there is enough of that lovely whisky and restrained oak to make it worth drinking and leave you with a smile on your face after each sip. It's just a fleeting smile as you releaize that this sipper doesn't have any legs. Light bodied, but not at all hot. The overall impression is that the sugar will get you before the alcohol will. Glad I tried it, but as rare as it is I won't be seeking it out again.

Georgiabeer, Jan 31, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

OldSmaug, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

BrooBub, Jun 28, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +6%

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

armock, Sep 15, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

dfhhead25, May 23, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: My bottle seems to be compromised, so there was no CO2 at all in there. The color is very very dark brown, and a bit murky.

Smell: I am immediately struck by Bourbon or whiskey (looking at the bottle, I realize it's whiskey), and massive vanilla aroma. There's a lot of other complexity in there, but it sure smells like spirits. Nice!

Taste: The intense vanilla and whiskey aroma translates 100% into the taste. Plus there's a bit of a hops in the middle that engages the alcohol to bitter it up. It warms from mouth to throat and on. I get a bit of oxidation, but in a good, authentic-seeming way. A little CO2 would be a welcome prickle and lift, but even without, it is great.

Mouthfeel: Dry, almost chalky finish. But sweet, strong, firm, and solid throughout.

Drinkability: An awesome contemplative sipper. Not so good with the red meat sauce that normally greets my barley wines with aplomb. But perfect with vanilla ice cream! Make this one an ice cream float, and you're golden. Or just take it for itself, and you can't go wrong either.

ksbrainard, Feb 09, 2008
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Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.