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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style AleHorn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale
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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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Photo of JDV
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
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 -0.5%
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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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, "Vintage 07F" poured into my Spiegelau snifter, Horn Dog is a hazy dark garnet with a one-finger khaki head that settles into a long-lasting skim, leaving scattered lace.

Smell is very strong and sweet, caramel malt, cane sugar, vine-ripe berries and alcohol.

Taste is strong, semi-sweet, caramel malt and grape esters. Assertive alcohol drys out the finish without a noticeable hop presence. Not a lot of complexity, but very smooth and well-balanced in spite of it's size.

Mouthfeel is dry and still, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is pretty high, a smooth and simpler English BW that goes down dangerously easy for it's size. Be careful!

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited to try a Barleywine...

A- Really dark mahogony brown and a cream colored two fingered head.

S- Smell was of carmalized malts, brown sugar, toffee.

T- Wow! Awesome balanced barleywine here. There was a ton of sweet flavors here such as the caramel, chocolate, prune, raison, and sugared fruits. NO detection of alcohol. Very sweet, nothing more. Faint hops, could have been more, but what I had were very soft.

M- Mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Thick and sticky- good stuff.

D- For such a high ABV, this barleywine is very drinkable. No detection of alcohol which makes for an easy sipper.

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

I was prejudiced. I have tried other drinks from this brewery and found them to be quite average.

I was also skeptical when I poured this. I got a nice 3/4 inch head and a very dark brown color that leaves a nice lace all the way around the beer.

The nose is quite appealing with a sweet malty aroma that reminds me of root beer or sasparilla.

The taste is once again sweet, caramel and malty and tastes like root beer. Alcohol is apparent. Not much hops. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter chocolate and malt mixed together. May also be some dark fruit as well. Lots of flavors throughout each sip. The only minus to this drink is the sweetness. Definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel is wet and a fair amount of carbonation.

This is a unique barley wine and I enjoyed this very much. At least I have not had one that tastes like this. I drank two of these before I reviewed to make sure the taste and appeal was true to my first impression.

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Photo of Sebletitje
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One great beer, at 10.2 abv.

A - dark amber pour, very flat head.

S - strong barley, caramel - intense malty aroma.

T - Intense flavor

D - goes down very well, the abv is well hidden.

A good addition to the barleywine family. A good beer to sip on and enjoy.

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Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Dark ruby brown, with a miniscule head that soon disappears. Lacing is intermittent and watery. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a touch of alcohol. Very malty flavor, with mostly caramel as opposed to toffee. Some alcohol soaked dark fruit. Hops are a little too prominent for this English style, and nothing really meshes all that well. Mouthfeel is markedly better than the rest of this beer. Smooth and full, easy to drink, not too boozy.

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Photo of katan
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz bottle that made it through Iowa's ancient liquor system. Vintage 07b it says.

A - Very dark in color. Almost amber when seen through ample light. Very little head on it. I do see a fair amount of haze on the inside.

S - malt malt malt. Very sweet smell. It seems like simple unroasted malts lead the way.

T - Very similar tasting to the smell. Dominated by loads of barley. Finishes off with a very subdued citrus hops flavor. Very light however.

M - This baby is thick. Thick and creamy. Sits like a ton of bricks on the tongue, but goes down smooth.

D - Good tasting beer - I like it for a change of pace. No way I could drink alot of these. The combination of the high ABV plus the consistency would make it rough.

Good beer - just have to learn how to drink it slower.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle copped singly from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A quick, fast pour resulted in a very dark-brown, mahogany colored hue with a tremendous frothy head that displayed impressive power before slowly receding and leaving a copious amount of lacing...
Strong, sweet, caramel-loaded taste, bombarded by dark, candied sugars, malts, and honey...
Taste strongly mirrored the aroma, with a flavor loaded with rich, chunky malts, sweet, candied sugar, rich, thick honey, barley, rye, caramel, cinnamon, and toffee...
Very rich, creamy, thick, ultra-sweet mouthfeel loaded with sweet, sugar-laden flavor...
Mouthfeel took a hit due to the overwhelming and cloying flavor as well as the very hefty 10.5% ABV which was slightly noticeable in both the nose and mouth...
Not the best or most balanced barleywine I've sampled, but certainly a good stab from Flying Dog and worth a shot...

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Photo of DIM
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

a: The color here is a murky dark amber orange. It pours with a long lasting frothy white head.

s: Mild and one dimensional. moderately sweet plums and raisins.

t: Garbled flavors of sour over-ripe cherries and artificial sweetner. It has a dry floral finish.

m: This has a nice syrupy body and lush carbonation. This is the best part of this one.

d: Sweeter barleywines aren't my favorite to begin with, but when that sweetness brings little pink or blue packets to mind, it definitely isn't for me.

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Photo of csmiley
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with hints of ruby in the light. Head was low but retention and lacing were both good.

S - Caramel and warm alcohol are the primary aromas. The background has a little bit of licorice and earthy hops.

T - Sweet malty taste, caramel and brown sugar dominate. Fruity flavors stand in the background but are really hard to pick out. Alcohol finishes up the flavor with a small amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth and creamy for 10.5 %.

D - Drinkability is good. I would not have any issues with trying to put down a few of these.

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Photo of Freshie
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark color. Wispy off white head. Laces to the side.

Aroma is sweet. Malty sweet. A bit nutty as well.

The taste is great. Malty sweetness. Coffee, caramel, a bit of dark fruitiness. Banana? Spicy hops and ABV makes itself known in the aftertaste.

Very tasty barleywine. A bit different than most. More malty and sweet, instead of hoppy, but very well put together.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog has hit the mark with me lately, offering the great Gonzo Imperial Porter for enjoyment. Horn Dog isn't far behind, and it's forced me to reconsider the overall quality of the brewery. While I was so-so on Old Scratch, I liked others such as Double Dog and Doggie Style. After having Gonzo and now Horn Dog, Flying Dog is part of my beer family.

A finger of tan froth sits atop a deep, muddy brown body. Brown sugar, malt, chocolate, and mild molasses assail the nose and taste buds, providing a caramel taste that is smooth and also more complex than many Barleywines I've ever had. This is rather different from, say, Stone's Old Guardian Barleywine, smoother instead of hopped, and no less delicious. Indeed, its sticky texture is a welcome change from the delicious, heavily hopped beers I've had as of late.

This reminds me of a chocolate caramel cake, and is very delicious. A welcome find, Horn Dog will find its way into my fridge porch again in no time. Good dog, very good dog.

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Photo of goethean
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rodenbach tulip glass.

Aroma: smooth (vanilla?) strong sweet figgy malt.

Flavor: syrupy, sorghum, plummy, English toffee balanced by a very slight herbal hoppiness.

Big bodied.

Overall, it's on the cloying side --- and this is coming from a decided malt-head --- but at the same time has a nice rich complex malt backbone.

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Photo of kboett77
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I poured this beer, I was also looking at the bottle to get the name and data. As a result it foamed up a bit, and made a mess on my wife's just mopped floor. The hell with this I thought, unless this beer is awesome, I'm just going to pour it out and move on. And then I looked at the glass. Beautiful craggy head, more at home on a stout than a barley wine. The clour is also lovely red and deep brown. So I tasted it, and there it was, everything I love about a barley wine, malty and sweet, but still with a sting of hops. And alcoholic in a very tasty way as well. The mouth feel is full and pleasant, like a melty caramel. The only thing I didn't like was the aroma, kind of wort smelling in not a good way. All in all, I would drink this again.

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Photo of deapokid
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Talk about never judging a book by its cover. I was definitely not impressed with Ralph Steadman's design for this Flying Dog offering, feeling that it looked too chaotic for something as sultry as a barleywine. Yet, upon tasting this delightful brew, I knew never to let bottle art stand in my way again.
Pouring a deep cherry red that coated the glass like a fruit smoothie, this boozy and syrupy little number lambasted my tongue with a kaleidoscope of tart berry flavoring. It's a beer that is never overwhelmed by its ABV, but still packs an impressive warmth and a flavor that tastes like everything from a fine wine to Ocean Spray to cheesecake.
A diamond in the rough.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby milk chocolate with a thin deer hide head that remains afloat. Alcohol is certainly present in the nose, still quite hot. Bready, almondy, oaked and white wine in the nose. Taste is vanilla, some banana pudding, some toasted short bread, with an alcohol spicyness that finishes the sweetness off. Mouthfeel is smooth, and creamy. Carbonation is moderate, consisting of tiny bubbles that play across the tongue and help smooth out some of the alcohol. This is such a nice, malt bomb, sweet english barleywine, but only one for me, and after dinner please.

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Photo of rodrot
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy reddish/brown color with a small half finger head. Aroma was very malty with a good bit of caramel candy in the nose. Taste was caramelly as well, but surprisingly I could also pick up quite a bit of chocolate in the finish. This is the first beer I've had other than stout/porter that had this much chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy. Very satisfying for a cold and rainy night. Drinkability was excellent. The label on the back of the bottle stated an ABV of 10.3 percent, but damned if I could detect it. The alcohol is hidden very well with this beer. Recommended for those folks who need a break from hop monsters and desire something where malt takes center stage.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with a Barley Wine Style Ale, but not my first sample of Flying Dog product. I'm a big fan of Flying Dog and chose Horn Dog as my first Barley Wine Style experience.

I poured out of the bottle into a frosted beer stein. It poured a deep brown or mahogany color with minimal bubbly head with some lacing.

The smell is of fruity malt and it is fabulous! You can smell the higher alcohol content in this brew.

The taste is malty with a bit of fruitiness, a syrupy mouthfeel and a strong finish. I don't have other brews of this style to compare to, but I definitely enjoyed this drink. I think I could drink a few of these back to back if given the opportunity.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog- Horn Dog

A- Deep burgandy red with a small but good lacing head. Chunks swirling around the bottom of the glass.
S- Sweet malt, cherries, raisins, vanilla, and plums.
T- Swet vanilla malt with dried cherries and raisins prominant. Slight alc. burn with a slight pinapple tropical flavor in the end.
M- Sweet and chewy. Slight thick cloying with a touch of alc. in the end.

Overall- Very sweet 1 or 2 no more!

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Photo of psinderson
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 Ozone34
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured heavily into a wide mouth goblet. Absolutely no head and dissolves quickly to a very sticky ring around the edges.

Little faint on the smell. Slight alcohol and dark fruits.

Taste is intially sweet with a caramel/ chocolate burst. Warming alcohol down the throat. Strong malty backbone with a slightly dry finish. Very rich and chewy almost like the feeling after eating a chocolate bar.

Alcohol is prevelant and a little on the oppresive side by itself but the complexity of the other flavors make it up.

A complex beer and makes for a good drink, gotta love the unabashfulness of Flying Dog.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep brown color with mahogany/ruby highlights and a thin head comprised of fine bubbles. The smell is very prominent, mostly fruitiness - dates, rasins and prunes come to mind, maybe a hint of vanilla and also a malty alcohol backbone. Very nice. The taste is similar to the nose, with the alcohol providing a warming effect and a dry finish. Sweet, but not too much so. The mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall this beer is very drinkable, enjoyable indeed.

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Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brown brew with a tan head.

Smell: Intense malt with an underlying sweetness. Hints of yeast, fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Toffee, butterscotch, chocolate and licorice. Strong malt presence finishes with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Very dense with syrupy elements.

Drinkablity: Very flavorful. A great sipping beer, but not designed for the long haul.

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Photo of stephens101
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with very little head. Smells of caramel, dark fruits (prunes and figs) and some subtle hops. Tastes malty up front with some chocolates and hops in the back. Not as sweet as expected, and not as robust as some of the other barley wines. The alcohol is pretty apparent, and once again, not hidden as well as others. This is not a big problem, as it lets me know what I'm getting myself into. Mouth-feel is light to medium bodied. Overall a decent barley wine that just misses the mark. That being said, it's up against some damn good competition.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1,308 ratings
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