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: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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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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4.84/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extraordinary beer. Red-copper colour, with a small head that dissipates soon, leaving just a ring. Earthy smell, with some spice that I can't identify right now, raisins,caramel, licorice, chocolate, brandy. Heavy palate, it will dry your tongue, but leaving a sweet taste of caramel, marzipan, licorice, spices, dark fruits, brandy...
Impressive great beer.

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4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer absolutely blew me away. A huge achievement for Flying Dog as most everything else I've had from them has been mediocre at best.

--taken from notes--

Presentation is a 7 oz bottle with 2007 vintage printed somewhere on the label. Loving the artwork as usual.

Sidebar: I love "big" beers in smaller bottles. 8oz is the perfect serving size for a "big" beer.

Poured into a snifter. Deep, dark colors. Darker than most barley wines I have had in the past. Beautiful creamy head which surprised me with 10.5% abv. Really a beautiful beer.

Nose gives off some great dark malt characteristics along with dried plum and fig characteristics. Ecstatic to taste this.

The taste really holds up to the nose. Wonderful dance of deep malts, licorice and dried, dark fruits and with a hoppy bite that one needs in a good barley wine. The alcohol is apparent but not abrasive, in fact enjoyable.

This beer is HUGE. I'd throw it up against some creamy goat cheese and see how it holds up. Absolutely fantastic and my hat's off the the guys at Flying Dog.

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4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this Flying Dog offering. From the first pour, I knew I would love it. The color was almost caramel, and the head sat perfectly atop the beer until the first sip. I first tried this from just a seven-ounce bottle, and when it was over I wish I had a 22-ouncer. Typically, I'm a big hop-head and love IPAs and DIPAs, but I would certainly recommend this to anyone.

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4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel, dates, malt, toast, buckwheat honey, liquid yeast, citrus, and sweet sherry, can be found on this long nose.

Front is rich, creamy, full, robust, with some citrus hops on the sides of my tongue. Plums and chocolate on the long balanced finish.

Overall; My mouth salivates every time i have this brew. Personal pick for best English style barleywine made in the U.S.A.. Balanced with great length. Looking forward to tasting after aging a few years. (vintage 2011)

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4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer Review #200 for me!

Deep intense monsterously good.

Another beery gift left behind by a houseguest at my home.

Warm malty alcoholic honey aroma

0Dark brown hazy brew with a tan head

Flavor is a mouthful. Dark toasty carmael. Dark wheat bread. Milk chocolate. Some spices, raisins, some hops.

lots of alcoholic warmth

rich velvety mouthfeel, very, very drinkable

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4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm rating this higher than everyone else but this is just freaking terrific in every aspect.

Pours much darker than any barleywine I've ever had and I like it. It's a dark walnut color and produces a beautiful creamy off white head that is fiercely persistent.

Dark roasted barley and malts, a hint of chocolate, something sweet (maybe licorice?) and something dark like figs or something...

Damn, this is the second brew tonight that I've given a 5 for taste but this is just delicious!.. I cant find a fault with the taste of this brew. It's everything I could ask for in a barleywine.... sweet, hoppy, malty, fruity... it's got it all..

This is a stupid brew... it's just ridiculous... I'll say it... it's my favorite barleywine... I like Bigfoot and Old Ruffian and the Old Knucklehead #12 but this is different and hell, it's just better.. a perfect brew...

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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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a wonderfully complex, rich, interesting barleywine very reminiscent of a stronger, more pungent version of Young's Old Nick, long one of my all-time favourite beers, all-round.

It's very dark red-brown, practically black when the glass is full, with a small tan head that is dense and lasting, slowly shrinking to a permanent thin, wispy ring and it leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is complex and very nice, with rich fruit, hint of chocolate, fresh dark whole wheat or brown bread, stewed prunes and apples, and a hint of iron.

The taste is strong winey fruit, plums, raisins, with a strong toasted bread quality, a little dry chocolate - mostly plain cocoa without the bitterness - a woody-earthy quality, hint of gingerbread. It morphs from a richyl fruity, sweet, alcoholic quality up front to a drier, more toasty-cocoa quality in the finish, along with hint of burnt fruit.. The alcohol is quite evident and adds warm pungency, but it's mostly smooth and tasty. The stength brings down the drinkability a bit , but not much. It is zesty and lively, always engaging, and the flavours get even beter, yet smoother, as it warms. It is surprisingly drinkable, esp. as it warms, and at first sip I didn''t hink it was going to be as easy to drink as it ended up being.

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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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4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark garnet almost brown with a huge, rocky, creamy tan head that last but somehow doesn't leave any lace. The aroma has huge caramel malt aromas as well as some chocolate, dark fruits and some slight alcohol notes. The brew starts off with some intense caramel sweetness that turns into a creamy chocolate flavor for a short time before going into a raisiny/prune flavor. Their is also some slight fruity tartness in the taste and the brew finishes with lingering sweetness and some slight alcohol that warms you throughout. The brew is very creamy and has some somewhat chewy qualities to it as well which make it very drinkable and leaves the mouth wanting more after each sip. I have previously been unimpressed by this brewery but I definitely like this brew quite a bit.

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