Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog - Flying Dog Brewery
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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.
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
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
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.
01-31-2008 19:24:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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
4/5 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
4.03/5 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
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
I bought some bottles at the brewery yesterday and had a sample of the regular Horn Dog which was very good. I also got a shot of Stranahans whiskey which was tasty. The first smell of the bottle is a nice subtle whiskey, and I don't like whiskey usually. The color is a dark, murky brown with a stingy amount of bubbles, darker than most barleywines I've had and possibly a shade darker than regular horn dog. It must pick up some coloration from the whiskey barrel. The whiskey is intense in the aroma but it is good and I enjoy inhaling deeply. The flavor is a nice, sweet malty fruitiness with whiskey notes. Lots of flavors (smokiness?) going on, I will need to sip this slow.
12-07-2007 05:15:22 | More by ArrogantB
4.18/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-04-2008 03:25:14 | More by weeare138
4.18/5 rDev 0%
12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with riored4v, thanks for picking this gem up for me on your trip to Colorado, only 700 bottles of this stuff made as an experiment of the brewer, believe this beer was eight dollars originally, gave a few ounces to my girlfriend, poured into my Dogfish Head snifter
A-Medium brown with dark highlights and some murkiness, on the redder side in the light, absolutely no head or carbonation, no lacing, just looked really flat and in desperate need of CO2
S-Maple syrup, brown sugar, whiskey, vanilla, oak, bready malt, sweetness, charcoal, toffee, and lots of caramel, smell was full of booze and had a strong hard alcohol presence
T-Started off with lots of whiskey, some sweet vanilla and caramel malt in the middle, ended with more booze, stuff was definitely sipping material, as it warmed it became harder to drink and it was evident that it was filled with sugar, got some burned accents in the finish later on, could barely tell it was a barleywine to begin with in my opinion, the whiskey barrels took it over but that is not a bad thing in this case, no hoppiness at all, different malt characters providing some balance with the bourbon, towards the end got very strong tasting and took me quite some time to finish
M-Thought this would be syrupy after seeing how flat it was but was not at all, thin to medium body, strong mouthfeel that is a little spicy and sweet, really needs some carbonation though
D-This bottle was almost too much, so any more would have been out of the question, high in alcohol, which is not hidden that great, smooth, although very heavy on the stomach
Chose this as the special beer that is going to bump up my level of beerdom from Zealot of Beer to Aficionado, been sitting in my fridge for close to four months, from one of my favorite breweries and liked it better than the standard Horn Dog, one of the better barrel aged barleywines I have tasted, would certainly drink again, recommended if you can track one down
03-22-2008 03:28:22 | More by Floydster
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.
07-28-2008 12:46:40 | More by barleywinebrewer
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
11-05-2008 15:50:24 | More by hopdog
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!)
10-13-2007 16:39:58 | More by barefootbrewer
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.
02-09-2008 01:21:35 | More by ksbrainard
4.35/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: Pours a murky, dark brown body with a teeny, tiny tan-colored head.
Smell: Wonderfully sweet-smelling aroma of bourbon and all of its compulsory, accompanying notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and charry oak.
Taste: Hugely sweet, with flavors of maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Hint of scorched oak. Nothing in the way of hop flavors or bitterness. It's as if the barrel aging knocked them entirely out of the equation. The alcohol, though noticeable, remains at a very sensible level. Finishes sweet, leaving this a candy-coated treat from beginning to end.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Very lush, smooth mouthfeel, but never syrupy.
Drinkability: One of those rare beer treats where deliciousness has just taken steroids and is rampaging out of control all over my mouth.
10-20-2007 18:04:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Wild Dog Barrel-Aged Horn Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
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