Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
1,306 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Risser09
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - 2007 bottling - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent dark brown with reddish orange highlights. The head is tan and extends to 2.5". Spotty lace, good retention.

Smell: Dark fruits of raisin, plum, cherry, fig. Caramelized sugar with some almonds tossed in. Heavily malted. Very good.

Taste: A creamy and buttery taste of snickers and roasted malts. Licorice and chocolate are big flavors that stand out well together. I love the sweet cocoa nib flavor that lasts throughout the experience. Cherry and plum are apparent as well.

Mouthfeel: Perfect sugar content and nice boozy flavor & warmth. Pretty good body that is chewy. Lingering cocoa and licorice.

Drinkability: This is an awesome barleywine. I love the chocolate mixed with licorice. One of the best barleywines I've ever had. I'm sure the barrel aged version is fantastic. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 giblet
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

funny label. this beer pours nice and smooth into my glass. small head - about one quarter inch. very small bubbles of carbonation but very steady flow of them. smells of fruit a bit sour in the fruit smell.

tastes good. nice and balanced of some fruit, sweet, with enough hop finish to balance the malt sweetness. i can taste the alcohol but not overwelmed with it. i was a bit concerned that the abv would be too strong...it isnt. a good beer.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of pwoods
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle from the mixed 4pack, purchased at Party Source, poured into a snifter.

A: Has a shoe leather pour, dense, thick, opaque. Very short head forms and falls fast. A few wisps of lacing.

S: Pleasant alcohol, not overdone. Some citrus hops. Super sweet, thick and chewy malts.

T/M: Bitterness is pretty high as this is very fresh. Some citrus and acidity. Malts are again super sweet and seem flooded with the alcohol. Alcohol is a bit more abrasive but manageable. A light meaty flavor in the very back. Body is full, a bit heavy and sticky. Carbonation lends just a bit of smoothness.

D: A slow sipper for sure. Tasty enough but I'm not sure I'll get it again unless it's in one of these mixed packs... just too many other good barleywines out there.

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Photo of larsee01
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Minimal head. Cloudy chestnut color like beef broth.

S--Mild molasses-malt. Candy sugars with a hint of yeast sour. Sweet, floral but very mild and subdued. Scent improving as it warms. More sweetness and fragrance emerging.

T--Starts sweet, floral, fragrant. Oily hops emerge and bitter thereafter. I taste alcohol, but not 10.5 ABV. Something keeps jumping out as that oil of Bergamot Earl Grey tea flavor. Very floral/herbal. I don't exactly love hoppy/bitter beers, but this is ok. Good balance between strong malt and strong hop. Bottle advertises chocolate and licorice and I don't pick up either. There is, however ghosts of Chocolate Twizzlers (ever had those?), which I guess is both and neither at the same time.

M--Balanced. Rich, with clinging bitter oilyness, but not heavy or chewy. This is my first barleywine, and it's growing on me as I work on it. Bitter aftertaste disappates back into raisiny bread mouth coating.

D--Definitely a slow sipper, but not intimidating nor overwhelming.

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Photo of bobquick
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I came to the site, I didn't realize that this beer was 10.5% ABV. Explains why after 1 1/2 I'm a little tipsy.

Just drinking it and reading the label, you would never know.

It's smooth, balanced and tastes like another.

Being a hop head myself, I usually prefer less malty offerings, but as I said this is a very balanced brew and very drinkable.

Dark, very little head, and some left over yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Good beer from a fun brewery.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a murky brown with some red highlights shining through. Light tan head grew to a little over 3 fingers after a somewhat agressive pour.

Smell: Buttery with a very strong malt profile of caramel, butterscotch and toffee. Hop is bareley noticeable over the huge malt and alcohol aroma. The smell is a bit overpowering and really gives the drinker a sense of whatis coming in the taste.

Taste: Introduction is a big butterscotch hit to the tongue, getting stronger as it moves along, along with toffee and caramel. There is a surprising licorice note in the middle that seems to come out of nowhere, along with a noticeable alcohol hit. Finishes with more of the big, almost overpowering buttery flavor and a light caramel note.

Mouthfeel: As overpowering as the taste seems, it really makes for a very smooth drink. Carbonation is just enough, and the beer just spreads and almost coats the entire mouth.

Drinkability: Just one at this time, for sure. This one just dominates the senses, and I'm not sure right now whether or not that's necessarily a good thing. It's a good, thick, malty experience... if not somewhat cloying.

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

Poured from a bottle a clear black cherry color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of dark ripe fruits, sweet malts, brown sugar, and a bit of booze.

The taste is warm and sweet with dark ripe fruits, raisins, vanilla, and some light heat from the alcohol.

Full mouthfeel, warming, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this barleywine from Flying Dog quite a bit. A slow drinker but good 'til the last sip.

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Photo of karengarys
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours nice and rich very dark mahogany (read: black, but you can see through it a bit if you hold it up to the light). Slight small bubble creamy head that leaves a ring over time.

smell is sweet and fruity, a gentile aroma of a sweet drink.

Taste is sweet and syrupy, raisins and grape jelly like. Oddly enough, there is little alcohol overtones, and what is there is under the guise of a sort of wiskey, but very very smooth. (note: I am not a hard liquor drinker and cannot tell them apart)

Mouthfeel is very creamy for such a thick drink.

finish is super clean - a stab of some dark syrup, and then clean nothingness. No bad lingering aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable barley wine. Probably the best I have ever encountered. The alcohol is hidden. The flavor is sweet but balanced. The creamy fizz hangs on over time. I highly recommend trying this. if you are wanting to try a barley wine, put this at the top of your list. if you like barley wines, and havent experienced this yet, then you have GOT to look for it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with good clarity and little head. No lacing. Sweet malty aromas balanced by a good dose of citrusy hops. The sweet malt and hops are pretty balanced as far as flavor goes as well. Not hot, but a good deal of hop bitterness that lingers. Fairly smooth, but not exactly creamy. The lingering hop bitterness cuts any stickiness. A good deal hoppier than the average English style barleywine, but a pleasant sipper. I've been enjoying a number of this brewery's bigger beers, I'm not so enamored of their sessionable ones though.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into oversized brandy snifter.

A - Dark, almost opaque brown, with a moderate head upon pouring that quickly dissapated into
almost nothing and left no lacing.

S - With a few swirls, a world of flavor was unleashed. Extremely sweet malt, dark fruits, and caramel were most prevalant. Some modest hop aroma in the background, and some slight roasted malt aroma.

T - Sweet, sweet, sweet, one of the sweetest beers I've ever tasted. Lots of caramel with
undertones of chocolate, vanilla, cherries, toffee, and an interesting overtone of overripe
berries. The hops briefly take hold during the finish, adding a surprising dimension to the
malts. To be 10.2%, the alcohol is very well hidden, quite undetectable unless I really started looking for it.

M - Syrupy, sticky. Carbonation is fairly minimal and becomes almost non-existant as the beer warms. This a good thing; a hearty ale like this doesn't need bubbles interfering with flavors.

D - On a good day I might could have a couple of these in a row, but no more. It's a heavy beer,
and if sipped from a snifter as I did, it's a bit of an intense experience and a drain on the
senses. Well suited as a started (or perhaps a third beer?) in a session but nothing for large
crowds or anything to completely draw one's attention away. A little on the sweet side to down a
lot of these as well.

I'm not well versed on barley wines, but if this is any indication of what they're like I'll be
seeking out more in the future. A great excuse for breaking out my ungainly snifters and perfect for when I want to sip on a beer as if it were a vintage port or a glass of Laphroaig.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

room temp bottle poured into a large bowl wine glass

Appearance: Very deep mahogany with a lingering here and there head, very nice lacing.

Smell: The nose is very sweet molasses with just a bit of metallic booziness.

Taste: Rather sweet just as it smells, finishs nicely with a very faint piney hop finish along with the light alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, quite a bit of carbonation for a barley wine

Drinkability: One of the great things about the majority of the American made English style barleywines that I've noticed is that they seem just a bit lighter and thinner aka more drinkable then their English counterparts. The drinkability isn't any better then say a Brooklyn Monster but it's more drinkable on a day to day basis then say Thomas Hardy's Ale or a JW Lees. Although those beers make up for their slight lack of drinkability with their aroma, look and flavor.

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been the dark horse for the Barleywine style season in my opiniion. I enjoyed this beer.

Appearance-amber color with a light head that leaves quickly traces left on the top throughout the tasting.

Aroma-spicy thats about all I got

Taste-well balanced,this isn't a complex strong tasting beer but the alcohol is well hidden and doesn't bite you in the end like a lot of barleywines do.

Overall,good price good beer

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. nice rich mahogany color. Khaki color head, with a low retention rate and decent lacing.

S: sweet fruity aroma. very yeasty, apples, dark raisins, and strong alcohol aromas.

T: very strong flavors and tones of alcohol off the bat. Molasses, cherries, apples, and plums. Strong hoppy flavors, mostly sweet citrus.

M: very thick. a little too carbonated for the style. dry finish and very warming.

D: I did enjoy it. Definitely a winter brew for Floridians.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Horn Dog poured a reddish brown with no lacing or head. I guess I wouldn't expect it much with this style.

The aroma was of cinnamon, sugar and alcohol.

The taste was malty all the way with a licorice flavor and really sweet. In the mouth it was sharp alcohol most of the experience. Overall I thought it was an okay effort. Maybe I will try again someday.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark purple and has a very small head that leaves really quickly.

The beer has a very sweet smell to it. It really doesn't have a nose to it, but it's pretty pleasing. The beer is thick like most barley wines; however, the alcohol comes out. It's very sweet and syrupy, but has a lot of flavour. The dark fruits are very sweet and pleasing. There isn't much hops at all, which could help the beer. There is a nice thick feel to it.

The beer isn't that drinkable because of the alcohol taste.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle; "Vintage" stamped on the side

Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with no carbonation. Head bubbled up and faded rather quickly. It was tan in color.

Dark, ripe fruit (plum?) with a sweet candied sugar nose. A light caramel malt scent detected in the background. Possibly some raisins or dates in there.

Very sweet candied fruit flavor. Tastes of dark, ripe fruit and caramel malt. I would like a little more here, but overall, it's not a disappointment. A rather heavy alcohol warmth hits you towards the back end.

Very smooth with an alcohol warming that is a little overbearing.

A little rough around the edges.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown with sediment floating about. Off white head quickly dissipates leaving behind thin specks of lacing.

Smell is not too overwhelming, light malty aroma of dark fruits & alcohol.

Dark fruits and alcohol dominate the taste leaving a sticky, sweet feeling behind that coated my mouth and was a bit cloying. Also has a slight peppery finish.

Thick, a bit syrupy, very low carbonation. Pretty alcoholic and sweet, I had to sip this one slowly. Not bad, but the syrupy taste was a bit overwhelming, I don't think I'd go out of my way for this if I was looking for a barleywine.

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Photo of YankChef
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a sam adams nuevo pint glass.

This beer poured a darker hazy amber that is almost akin to toasted pecan. The aroma upfront is very sweet and smells of dried/cured fruit and also aromas of roasted grain and nuts. on the palette its very sweet upfront with a present... but mild hop bittering balance.

This is a very mediocre beer and a pretty piss-poor barley wine. With the over the top sweetness and alcohol this beer is not enjoyable and you end up just trying to choke it down. Avoid this beer as it is not cheap and terrible for the style.

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Photo of macster
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2006. Served at 55 degrees in brandy snifter.

Pours deep brown in color with a slight orange tinge. Pour creates a thin but thick and creamy head.

Pleasant assertive aromas of dark fruit, plum, molasses and caramel dominate the nose against a background of the 10.5% alcohol and subtle hops. Somewhat like the smell of dark fruitcake soaked in dark rum.

Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for such high alcohol barleywine.

Pleasing sweet and fruity flavor matches the aromas quite well, but the alcohol seems to prove a bit harsh early in the finish. Some hop bitterness makes a late appearance.

A fairly decent English-style Barleywine from just an so-so brewer.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Horn Dog pours a deep deep brown/ruby color with good off white fluffy head. Smell is fairly weak and smells malty with a suprising amount of hops in the nose. Taste is mostly malty, but there is a hop presence here that is strong for the english style. This defenitely leans to the english side of things, but has some american flavor. Raisiny dark fruit is present and some sugars. a little bit of a licoricey flavor towards the end that quickly mixes with the alcohol twinge. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still good. Drinkability is nice, but nothing amazing. I think this one could defenitely use a couple years in the cellar. A good beer.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Unknown vintage. Appeared bottle conditioned. Served in a snifter. Poured a deep mahogany, with little carbonation. Very malty aroma, lots of caramel, some hops and a touch of alcohol. This thing is a malt bomb, lots of molasses, burnt sugar. Pretty muted hop bitterness. Hop aroma comes out as it warms. Very drinkable for a barley wine. The lack of hops led me to believe that it might have a little age on it. The vintage part of the label just said "Vintage" without a number.

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Photo of mattster
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12oz bottled with Vintage code "07E" and poured into Snifter. ABV listed on bottle is 10.2%

Poured small head that forms thick lacing on glass atop a dark chocolate brown brew.

Smell is of sweet caramel/malts and dark fruits. Taste follows through with nose. Nice full body on palate, light carbonation adds to suitability. smooth finish with great balance.

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Photo of JDV
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours basically black with a huge beige head in a snifter. Ruby edges when held to the light. From afar this looks like an imperial stout more than anything else. Smell is fruity, and malty mostly with a hint of staleness. Taste is a bit blandish with a unique roasty character for a barleywine. Now that I read the description, I'm definitely getting the licorice flavor as well. Somewhat of a dull cardboard like finish to it, and mild sweetness. Not particularly offensive, but not something I really cared for all that much, either. Something muted about the overall flavor to me. Average to slightly below average barley wine, to me, but still very easily drinkable for 10.5%, actually. Alcohol is basically non-existant in the flavor.

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Photo of Atron67
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a crazy drawing of a horned dog. typical crazy ass flying dog brewery pic

A- poured a dark brown with a ruby tint under light. there was a medium sized tan/brown head that built up quicky but then fell down to a thin film pretty quickly. its all good wouldnt expect it to be that huge for the style

S- maltiness scents, low hop bitterness on the nose, however its a good balance, not sweet smelling. maybe some raisen scents, a little plum at least.

T- a nice almost smooth maltiness throughout. has a nice barleywine flavor kick to it, with a light amount of rough-age on the tongue. ends on a pretty strong bitterness that you couldnt notice on the nose before hand.

M- thick body as youd expect. has a solid creamy feel to it as well. meidum/light carbonation.

D- pretty good, not the best barleywine ive had but worth the shot and the price.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,306 ratings.
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