Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog - Flying Dog Brewery
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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.
02-02-2012 04:02:10 | More by LiquidAmber
4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-11-2011 01:46:00 | More by TurdFurgison
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.
08-01-2010 14:19:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.93/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-04-2010 18:08:44 | More by tpd975
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-21-2009 03:54:51 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
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
11-08-2009 23:03:45 | More by brentk56
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!!
10-13-2009 16:00:21 | More by Viggo
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.
10-12-2009 02:24:06 | More by grub
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.
09-19-2009 23:19:34 | More by drgonzo3705
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.
09-19-2009 01:59:53 | More by champ103
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
09-15-2009 19:42:57 | More by armock
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.
08-20-2009 19:20:00 | More by david18
Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
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