Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,306 Ratings
Horn Dog Barley Wine Style AleHorn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,306
Reviews:
832
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
122
For Trade:
3
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Photo of HermitDan
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a slightly murky brown, with a small head, and no lacing. '15 vintage.

This smells like figs, raisins, prunes, booze soaked raisin bread, caramelized sugar, and oak.

This is surprisingly quite nice, as I'm not usually all that impressed by Flying Dog. There's lots of fruitiness, a bit of spicy hops and spicy alcohol, boozy breadiness, and toffee. I've never had this one fresh, but I assume it aged pretty well given how it tastes.

This is one has a surprisingly crisp mouthfeel to it, not too thick and not too thin, with a good level of carbonation.

This is probably the best beer that Flying Dog makes- really impressive stuff.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tryionn66
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a vintage 2017 that I opened before cellaring the rest.
Look: dark amber purplish.
Smell: strong raisin small with a little bit of a boozy smell.
Taste: for what I was expecting based on the smell it was super mild with a strong resin taste.
Feel: smooth and medium body in the mouth and only a little carbonation
Overall: overall I think it's a good Barley wine but I'm really looking forward to glitter getting some age

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Photo of Muss42
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is what I have come to expect from English style barley wines sweet caramel and dark fruits. Flavor is the same with a little vanilla and brown sugar. A little thin in the mouth but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark dark almost purple. Blackish. Smell is some sweetness, booze and slight raisin. Taste is mostly raisin. Some booze. Maybe some plum. Mellow flavors. Feel is medium, low carbonation. Drying and heat from alcohol.

Overall a mellow but enjoyable barleywine.

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Photo of DMc8ride
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Happyyb
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pineapple_playa
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues, now embarking on a Flying Dog horizontal which I had intended to commence with the K-9 Winter Warmer a couple of days ago.

From the bottle: "The first thing you notice is his enormous horn, Then you see he has a cute face, nice body, and a charming personality. But mostly you just notice his enormous horn."; "'Good People drink Good Beer.' - Hunter S. Thompson".

A 2014 vintage (!) bottle today. I kid you not, I am swimming in beer here & stuff just continues to surface as I plow through it all. At least, it allows for some nice horizontals.

I Pop!ped the cap & despite a very gentle pour, it was still coming out with a very milky cast, forcing me to stop and regroup. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head that quickly reduced back to wisps. Color was a lightly-hazy Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), leading me to wonder if it might have been a chill haze that was clearing as it warmed. Nose smelled like dark chocolate; dried dark fruits, leather, and a fusel alcohol burn to remind me to be easy with it. The mouthfeel was medium, but fairly flat, as though the original carbonation had been leached away. OMFG! The taste was fantastic, with a biscuity fruitiness that immediately conjured thoughts of Fig Newtons! I have not eaten them in years, but suddenly, I want a package of them. The aging had produced a smoothness that made it dangerously eminently drinkable. Whee! Warming, I began to taste notes of sherry. Oh my! Finish was dry, but more due to its hot alcohol presence. What a great beer on a chilly, if not cold, winter's evening. I really must get in the habit of buying two (2) each of Barley Wine Style Ales as they come available. One to drink & review initially & another to drink down the road. Man, but this was tasty in all-new & unexpected ways.

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Photo of Adam1993
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitzy01
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hockeypuck
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass. It pours maroon-brown with one finger of eggshell-colored head and lacing with good retention. It smells of roasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar with discernible alcohol. It has a classic Barleywine taste: caramel, apple, raisin, brown sugar, and a fair amount of booze especially at the finish. This ale is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. You can definitely taste and feel the 10.2% ABV. Overall, it's a nice English Barleywine. It's certainly not Sucaba, or even Insanity, but it is quite good.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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