Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style AleHorn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 1,322 |  Reviews: 834
Reviews by psinderson:
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter-type glass.

Appearance: Dark brown red with no head. Very clear.

Smell: Molasses, cherries, raisons. Some alcohol burns the nose a bit.

Taste: Sweet and similar to the nose: Brown sugar, molasses and cherries. A slight alcohol burn, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Nice heavier body, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty and smoother than many barleywines.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant deep mahogany under a 2” off-white foam collar that grips the sides of the glass leaving intricate lace patterns.
S: Sugary malt, wine and port
T: The big alcohol gives the rich malts sherry and port flavors with prunes and rum finishing with bitter hop accent.
F: Thick and chewy, medium low carbonation, just enough to know its there but not too much so as to get in the way.
O: This beer is big in several dimensions but it achieves a balance that prevents it from being cloying or syrupy.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome beer....no question. This beer does bring a punch. You get the figgy pruny taste and very much reminds me of bcbw. A little less of a bite though.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, completely opaque, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic! Tons of dried stone fruit such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes, followed by tons of candied sugar, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla and a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Jesus, what a delicious, awesome beer! Massive flavors of dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes, followed by tons of candied sugar, toffee, toasted malt and a slight hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and smooth as hell, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 10.2%, I’m surprised at how little, like none at all, alcohol there is on the palate. The alcohol is really, really, dangerously masked.

Overall: This is a phenomenal barleywine!! Absolutely, fantastically awesome!

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Photo of headbangingteacher
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm biased as a MD resident and big supporter of Flying Dog. In addition, I like barleywines. This is a solid, if not really nice take on it. In the light, it almost has the look of sun tea. The taste is pretty standard barleywine fare, but the balance is good and each flavor discernible. The cherries sticking on the palate throughout is a big plus for me.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. 2017 vintage.

Kind of a murky brown color, but when held up to the light, shows a deep amber red coloring. Small off white head which dissipates to a covering and a ring. minimal lacing.

Aroma is of sweet malt, candy, and a little bit of alcohol.

Man this is a very sweet beer. The hard candy seems the dominant flavor here. There are some faint suggestions of dried fruit, and a bit of a booze hit, though not as heavy as the 10.2 abv might suggest

Mouht is a tad above medium, finish is sweet.

Overall, and I usually go for English style barleywines, this one is a bit too sweet even for me. Perhaps some age would help, but as it stands, too sweet.

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Photo of mistaya
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Original Flying Dog Barley Wine, brewed and bottled by Broadway Brewing, circa 1998, and brewed between it's kin, Roundhouse and Horn Dog. Shared on a nice evening in North Dakota. Label said to 'enjoy over the next 5 years' -- 14 years was worth the wait. Poured the color of maple syrup with a thin cover of small bubbles that grew when swirled in an old Flying Dog pint glass. Very smooth and mellow, fruit like flavor, almost like a port, with a mild vanilla aftertaste. Slight alcohol smell and taste, though the 10-11% would sneak up on you. No smell of hops -- the malts and oats came through strongly with slight taste of Kent Goldings and other English hops (?) -- a fantastic example of an aged barley wine. Got better as it warmed up. Should have won a GABF medal back then -- it certainly would now. Have to taste another bottle with a bottle of the older Roundhouse.

Happy birthday Rachmaninoff, you would have enjoyed this.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deepslightly hazy amber with a thinner off white head that is gone pretty quickly,aromas are juicy fruity with raisin/prune note as well with a real noticable alcohol tinge as it warms.This is more of an English style barley wine for sure flavors of dark fruit that of raisin prune a little plum with some brown sugar in the finish with alcohol burn becoming more noticable as I drink more.Not bad a pretty solid offering from FD but not up to par with its Colorado bretheren Old Ruffian ( but what barley wine is),and Hog Heaven.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Little head atop this dark ruby ale.

Smell – Sherry and hops make up the bulk of the nose to this one. There’s also a dry sweetness that’s hard to describe. It’s kind of like dark fruits meet dry floral hops, if that makes any sense.

Taste – The sherry flavors are huge in this one. The oak stands out as well. There’s much less of a hop flavor than I had anticipated from the nose, and the sweetness has straightened out. I can pick up oranges and cherries for sure along with artificial apple juice.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation to this smooth, dry, medium-bodied barley wine.

Drinkability – Way to easy going down for a 10.5% ABV bottle. Be careful with this one.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage, 7 oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown color that, for it's dark shade, remains fairly opaque. Light tan head that goes away almost immediately and doesn't retain to the sides of the glass. The nose is full of many things: grapes, figs, booze, licorice - full dark, dense fruits. The flavor hits with an initial warmth from the alcohol. Full of figs and sweet grapes, roasted malts, caramel, licorice, plums, raisins, and a huge booze filled backdrop. The booze is reminiscent of bourbon very much so, and it provides a nice warming sensation. Slight bitterness near the finish, but not a big hop flavor at all. The body looks pretty thin upon pouring, but feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Somewhat dry finish and medium-low carbonation.

Very good beer, here, but it's definitely a sipper (as are most barley wines). The booze profile is nice, and while noticeable, it doesn't feel quite like 10% ABV. Deep fruit flavors balance out the burn to provide a nice, heavy dinner beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage

Deep amber color with some fine sediment and a light brown head.

A big slap of brown sugar in the nose, malt and candi sugar driving the English influence.

Sweet notes of oxidized raisin, brown sugar, and caramel apple skins. Balanced mostly by alcohol, as there isn't really a hop profile.

Pretty good for the style, but overall I could probably drink three Bigfoot to one of these.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the third entry in my Horn-Dog cellar experiment. I reviewed the beer fresh, then again at 6 months, and planned to do it every six months but got seperated from the beer for awhile so this is the third entery at... roughly 20 months since purchased fresh off shelves in December 2005.

App- The beer has continued to brown, and is now the color of very dark, strong, ice tea. It is turbid and has begun to get floaties. Still has a nice, thin, parchment colored head with some lace. Carbonation is still alive and healthy.

Nose- Has faded considerably and begun to take on a little more medicinal vapor, smells, I dunno, just old. A little like cranberry juice, still some yeast scent but that has really faded. Extremely muted berries and dark fruit. Honestly, it would be a little off-putting if it were stronger.

Taste- The beer has really lightened with age, which I find suprising. High-pitched sugar sweetness has definately toned it down, transforming into a pretty solid malt backbone. Spicy alcohol sits closest to the tounge, but isn't strong. Herbal hops are still working, rounding things out. Flavor profile is still dark fruit, but is nowhere near as in-your-face as I remember. The prune taste has backed off alot, really only coming out toward the finish now. While I wouldn't say the beer is "round" in character, the edges are definately being smoothed out, and a yeasty character seems to be helping it toward softer aspirations.

The beer seems to be coming together again. It is less complex that at 6 months, and almost seems to be leaning toward what I call a "stacked" flavor profile, one where you kind of taste several things at once, rather than one after another.

Mouthfeel is lighter, still a little grippy, and I hate to say it, but starting to lean toward watery. We seem to have lost that lovely 6 month carbonation.

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Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Horn Dog Barleywine style ale from flying Dog.
Note: One of my favorite micro-breweries.

A- A reddish amber color liquid with a frothy head that falls into a nice ring around the glass with fairly good lacing. (Better lacing as brew warms.)

S- First is the alcohol esters that hit the nose up-front. The following scents are of almost a wine nature of oak, red grapes, and light sugars.

T- Massive alcohol kicks with malty notes at first. This progresses into a medley of bitter hops and sweet malts that dance apon your flavor buds.

M-D- Mouthfeel is of red wine smooth and dry on the tongue. Almost to dry finish with the alcohol feel. Drinkable in moderation.

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Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Pours dark reddish brown in color with a thin layer of bubbles that diminish quickly to nothing but a line around the edge. No lacing.

S: Complex sweet malts with with a brown sugar smell.

T&M: Nice full mouth feel with a strong malty presence. The complexity combines medium toasted malts, something like dates, and something like that Belgian candy sugar flavor of so many dark Belgian styles. Carbonation is rather light, fine, and moderately abundant which contributes to a rather creamy texture overall. The finish is a touch sweet but quick with a nice warm linger.

D: Smooth and creamy, but rather heavy and warm. Very good one at a time but not much of a session brew. As for a a barleywine style, this is pretty good and I would recommend it to those who enjoy this style.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the somewhat scary labeled bottle a viscous dark brown, bordering on black with a small tan head that fades to a ring around the glass. Deep blood red tones shine through when held up to the light. Rich, sweet caramel malt along with huge dark fruit aromas rise up into my nose. A hint of toffee and a touch of cocoa along with some pine resin hops. Quite lovely.

First sip brings a sweet rush of burnt caramel and dark alcohol filled fruits (cherries, grapes). A bit burnt with some molasses and a touch of bitter piney hoppiness on the way down. Slight cocoa flavors weave in and out. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish and actually leaves me with a vodka-esque aftertaste that is unfortunately not too pleasant. A big brew overall that brings a rich mix of flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick and slightly syrupy. Coats the mouth as it goes down. Definetly a sipping brew. The drinkability is hindered here by the apparent alcohol. Drinking one after a hard day of work is great...but I can't see much more than that. Worth a try!

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Photo of JasonA
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 07A. Thanks to a trade, I was reminded I had some of this from 07. Perfect timing as I put my newly acquired 08 in place of this 07.

Pours a transparent carmel syrup with a single finger head. Carbonation dissapates quickly to reveal lots og lacing considering. Quick jostle releases lots more head.

Fermented carmel, malt, honey ... in a good way. Roasted malt, full bodied. I would wear cologne of this smell. I would date a woman who sweat this smell. NOM NOM NOM NOM

Syrup, smooth, sweet ending with some hops. Hop finish is quite nice.

Sits so well in the mouth. ABV is high, but the malt just engulfs it with flavor.

I love this beer. BW is my favorite style by far. Give me more.

Note: This is an english BW. I tell ya, show me the guy who decides which style a BW is, thats the guy who knows his stuff. Such subtle differences.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. It was a brown color with some red highlights. Small head. Nice carbonation. Sweet, fruity aroma, along with a little toffee. Likewise with the taste, except the alcohol clobbers you first. The strong alcohol taste fades as the beer warms, but it is still both noticeable and sharp.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with a thinnish head that hung around for a while.

An aroma like honey on well-toasted bread. First sip - Ooh, there's a lot of maltiness going on in here. Big, very chewy body, with chocolate, toffee, figs, hints of black cherry - no aroma or flavor hops to speak of. The warming surge o' kicks in about halfway through the sip, but never gets obnoxious. As it warms and towards the end of the sip, a solid bitterness kicks in and really balances this one out. Could drink a few of these.

The beer was listed at the pub as "Horn Dog Overpriced Barleywine" - maybe I'm just feeling generous, but I'd pay for another pint. Very nice example - just don't look for a lot of hops.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.18/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-brown with lots of little floaties. It has a fine tan head that laces the glass. A very nice looking beer!

Alcohol dominates the aroma. There is also some dark fruits and cola. It smells kind of like a very strong rum and coke.

The flavor is some sweet dark fruit and subtle cola initially, followed by an overbearing strong sharp alcohol that masks a touch of hops. It is not well balanced at all. The mouthfeel is smooth, full and sticky.

Overall, way too much alcohol in the flavor and nose. I've had beers with more alcohol that masked it much better. It was more like drinking a mixed drink than a beer. Too bad I like beer, not mixed drinks. Maybe it will tone down with age.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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