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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

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 Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A near clear walnut colored ale with a momentary off white head formation.

The smell is malty boozy and surprisingly chocolate. Fairly strong brandy aroma there is also some grape scent too.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a fairly strong grape and vanilla flavor with a little caramel in it reminds me a bit of brandy. Fairly quickly the hop flavors kick in and in this case it is of the herbal type with a strongly woody taste.

The mouthfeel is thick.

An OK Barley Wine but not a great one. I think I prefer the Double Dog Pale Ale better.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, purchased at the Liquor Warehouse.

A: Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thick tan head.

S: Very robust, anise, alcohol, and dark fruit, almost smells like a brandy.

T: Tasty, with raisins, figs, molasses, a lot of alcohol, makes it a little solventy.

M: A little thin for the style, would have liked more robustness, but fair overall.

D: A good stab at the style, the strong alcohol prescence gives it a whiskey-type feel going down, which takes away from its drinkability. Would like to see what a couple years in the cellar would do to this brew, a solid effort.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, almost black, color. The head is small even after a vigorous pour. Lacing is thin. The aroma is very lively. Caramel, nuts, toffee, cocoa, graham crackers, and alcohol. The taste combines everything from the aroma, but in a slightly less boisterous appearance. The mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety, and appropriately low in carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that mingles along the fringes of greatness, but doesn’t quite seem to what it hard enough.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Age 06D"... guess that means it was bottled in 06?
Anyway, pours a dark ruby, slightly cloudy with plumes of dirty white head. Aromas are a rich mix of chocolate and toasted malts. A lot of caramel is in there too with a tinge of banana and clove and finishing very alcoholic. Likewise, on the palate it's quite big bodied, thick and almost stout like. It's a mellow mix of sweet malts, lots of banana, dark ripe fruits with little to no hop presence which is fine for style. Compared to other EBWs, this one doesn't get cloying, but rather the alcohol seems to keep it in balance along with the smooth complexity of malts. I could see this puppy aging nicely, but it doesn't have any rough edges to smooth out right now.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brownish purple in color, attractive. Smallish head. Little retention due to the high alcohol.

Smell: Aroma is sweet, crisp, with dark fruit and underlying hops.

Taste: Solid enough bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malts. Caramel, berry, figs, and alcohol are all part of the flavor mix. Finish/aftertaste are reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-full body. Carbonation a little light, but makes sense for the style.

Drinkability: Good, but alcohol is high and becomes increasingly "hot" as the beer warms.

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed brown with a thin head.

The smell is of rich, sweet malt - toffee/caramel. Dark plum-like fruitiness and peppery alcohol back up the sweetness.

The taste is of sweet dark malt - quite rich - caramel/toffee. Suggestions of chocolate emerge as it warms. Some dark fruitiness in the back. Quite a bit of peppery spice from the alcohol.

It's full-bodied, creamy and buttery. Warmth hangs around in the mouth.

A nice sipping brew. Drinkable for the style/abv.

A delicious one that I want to thank bitterbill for including in our trade!

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

I picked this up not knowing what to expect, as I've never had a barley wine. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. It poured a darkish brown, with minimal head. Not quite as dark as stout. The smell was quite nice, but the kicker for me was the great taste. I expected an obnoxious over-the-top and alcohol heavy bitter taste. What I got was a mellow brew with exception malt and barley flavoring that masks the high-alcohol volume content exceptionally well. This one is a keeper and I will continue to buy more of these in the future.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 12 oz . Pours a deep purple , clear, not bottle conditioned.

Smell is faintly malty, some raisins, slight alcohol note

Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, hops are somewhat muted but their bitterness melds nicely with high ABV's.

Mouthfeel is medium to light for the style.Low carbonation.

Drinkability of this beer is a sipper, but a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a deep brown color ale with a small foamy head with some retention and light lacing. Aroma of sugar is so pronounced that it gets quite gross and doesn’t allow for any other aspects of the beer to come through. Taste is also dominated by the sweetness and doesn’t allow much else to come through. I didn’t notice any large hops presence which could have mitigated some of the sweetness. Average body with some medium-low carbonation. Definitely not something that I feel the need to revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 'Vintage 06' poured in a goblet.

A - deep dark brown color with a good tan head that settled down to a thin layer leaving good lacing.

S - raisins/dates/figs/malt... nice aroma.

T - sweet malty fiig/date taste, slight taste of alcohol as it warms.

M- rich and creamy, mild carbonation, unique texture, very nice overall.

D - despite high abv, if this brew is sipped slowly a few could be had over the course of an evening. Great brew to wash down a rich chocolate cake or with dark chocolates.

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Photo of Nesued
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a "Vintage 07a" stamp.

Appearance - Poured a clear brown/almond color with a very dense one-finger head that remained long after the pout. Vibrant carbonation continues to feed the tan/white head.

Smell - Malty aroma with a hint of a chocolate nose. Not much in the way of hops, but I've found that most English Barley Wines are more malty than hoppy.

Taste - Slight sweet initial presence gives way to a bit of an alcohol kick. Not much tho and less than I would expect from a young barley wine like this. A good malty presence as well with little of a hop bite.

Mouthfeel - More of an alcohol presence once you let it sit and mellow in your mouth. This is a sipper (as with all barley wines) did have more of a fruit taste mixing with that strong malt once I let it roam around. The carbonation really wasn't a factor in the mouthfeel with the beer being quite dense enough to find it's own way.

Drinkability - As mentioned, this is a sipper to end an evening. I was suprised by how much it stood up to other English Barley Wines I've had. The three other partners that came in the four-pack will age for a year to see how well this one matures. Good attempt and worth a try.

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

This beer is a semi-cloudy purple with a thin head receding to a line around the edge of the glass. The smell has hints of fruits, most prominatly grapes. There is a hint of fruit in the taste as well. There is also hints of the abv. This beer is a sipper for sure. The higher abv is noticable but overall this beer is quite smooth. Some hops are also noticable. A fairly good barleywine. Probably one of the brewers better efforts.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather roasty and slightly sour barley wine, with some fairly nice coffee notes but a not-superlative flavor.

It poured a dark red with lots more head than barley wines usually have. Aroma is deep and a malty smell that is roasty rather than sweet and has some sourness. Flavor is coffee up front and at the finish, with some out-of-place sour notes. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, again not typical of the barley wine style. Not bad.

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

A- Dark brown, with very little head after a hard pour. What is there is a light tan. It settles to a ring. The beer has some decent legs after a swirl.

S- Strong medicinal alcohol, some dark malt, honey, molasses, and faint hops in the back.

T- Malty, malty, malty, malty, malty. A little hops and alcohol in the finish.

M- Chewy and smooth, almost oily, with a warm, evaporating finish that smacks of alcohol.

D- rather drinkable for a barleywine... it's good.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up this beer in Thomasville, GA on a beer run to find things I cant get here in Tallahassee.

Served from a 12 0z bottle into a pint glass

A - On the darker end for a barley wine. A deep brownish ruby color. Poured staright down the center of the glass but it only produces minimal head that faded within a minute.

S - Smells of alcohol, bananas (thats odd), and malt sweetness.

T - Starts off super sweet, and then you are introduced to a harsh bitterness and warming alcohol taste. A malt bomb explosion which is nice for an english barleywine, but suffers a by not hiding the 10% alcohol better.

M - Minimal carbonation, not bad for a barley wine

D - This beer is definitely worth a try if you like barleywines. However I wont be back for another. This one was a bit rough around the edges and hard to get down at times.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours from 12oz bottle a clear dark brown with reddish hues and a very small head of foam. The foam doesn't really shrink much from the pouring and there's some good sticky lacing there. Gorgeous looking brew to say the least.

The smell has a lot of caramel malt and fruit to it. I note plum and cherry for the fruit.

The taste on first sip is just like the nose. Big notes of plum and caramel malt with some cherry tartness that is especially noticeable when I swish the beer in my mouth. Quite complex and very flavourful.

Further sips in and the alcohol is starting to make its presence known but not overly so....the malt and fruit of this BWSA just won't let anything get in the way of their domination. This may be the fruitiest example of the style I've ever tasted and for me, that's not a bad thing at all.

Further sips in makes me glad I picked up a 4pack of this at Wilbur's in Ft Collins yesterday and...the price was darned reasonable at only $6.99!! I think the value for the money is really top notch. Well done, Flying Dog!

Bottom line: An excellent sipping BWSA that I have no qualms in recommending. See some, get some.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, vintage 07A. Very dark mahogany in color, nearly brown. Thick creamy tan head holds together very well. Some random patches of lace were left on the glass.

Big toffee and dark fruit aroma, as well as some fig. Lots of malt in the nose, with some faint citrusy hops in the background.

Rich dark fruits, dark caramel and toffee, seems to fade into a bit of a roasty flavor. Citrusy hops in the background seem to be no match for the malt.

Slightly warming, but not boozy. In fact, I would not have guessed this was over 10%. Fully body, low carbonation. Full of good fruit flavors. Very much a sipping beer. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a cleer deep chestnut brown with a ruby hue. Mild off-white head that fades. Slight lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rather dull malty smell with a light amount of herbal hops.

Taste mimics the smell. Slightly sweet, but quite dull malt taste followed by a medium bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Finishes rather bland.

Full body, mild carbonation.

I had high hopes for this as I was really in the mood for an English barleywine, but this was a disappointment. Not difficult to drink, but thoroughly uninspired. Only recommended to those who desire something mediocre to drink.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance is dark brown-root beer in color with some white lacing. Smells like alcohol and raisins. The taste is very strong of alcohol but after having a few sips carmel toffee and grapes can be tasted. Mouthfeel is good-medium body with light carbonation. Not very drinkable due to the high alcohol content and the insescent taste of alcohol.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a muddy, brown, flat, syrup. Possibly the ugliest i've ever seen. No carbonation or head to speak of, but aromas range from dark fruits and alcohol to overly sweet candi sugar. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky but falls flat with no bubbly goodness, just an alcoholic burn. There is some bitterness, not sure if it is from over roasted malts or slight hops infusion. A very hard beer to finish, the astringency got much worse as it warmed. Potent and a definite challenge to the palate.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical dark amber with red tones fills the glass with a tan half finger of foam that melts to a very sticky top covering lace.
Aromas are nice caramels, brown sugars, lightly dark fruits.
Taste is the atypical sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, but then a nice explosion of citrus hops...not as intense as say, Bigfoot, but still definite hops to finish the mouth and dry the palette.
Mouthfeel is full...aftertaste is clean, albeit slightly cloying from the malt sweetness.
All-in-all a decent American Barleywine...definitely not a spectacular or even a stand out American barleywine, but decent.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid brown with ruby/mahogany highlights and a skim of tan head.

S - Fruits up front with raisins, black cherries, figs and a hint of cider. Some sweetness and caramel also present.

T - Rum soaked raisins, caramel and alcohol. It starts with some of the complexity in the aroma but turns into a very strong bready alcohol as it warms.

M - Medium to thick and slightly syrupy. Mouth coating.

D - Tasty but became boozier as it warmed and lost some of its complexity.

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Photo of beertastegood
2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep deep reddish-brown, dark enough to not see through. small head fades quickly into large tan bubbles capping the surface.

Smell: intense phenols and esters, fruity aromas of fig and grape, raisins and a slight hint of cherry. I get a slightly minty hop aroma as well. Alcoholic. A bit of chocolate.

Taste: Pepper!?! Not too impressed with that...phenolics really take over and give the tongue a lashing. Slight candied fruit sweetness followed by a metallic hops bitterness that fades into a tin-like slick taste on the tongue. Not that fun to drink...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Warming.

Drinkability: No, not really.

I don't mind English barleywines, but this one is all out of whack. The requisite flavors are there, but they are jarring and clashing with each other, not melding like they should. I am going to lay down a bottle or two to see if it improves with time. But I generally like my barleywines somewhat fresh to get the most out of the hops...and this is one that should not be drunk right out of the gate.

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Photo of jhicks12
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark reddish browninh color.

Smell: A very malty sweet smell with a berry note.

Taste: Very warming and balanced malt hop taste.

Mouthfeel. creamy, warm mouth feel.

Drinkability: not my favorite barleywine but a nice one to try. Very scary labels from flying dog!

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

Dark ruby-red color with a small tannish head. Aroma is strongly vinous, sweet, and noticibly alcoholic (the latter detracting somewhat). Taste is solidly malty, with rich and bready (and heady) flavors, pleasantly caramalized fruit notes, and a touch of alcohol but not as much as I feared from the nose. Warming in the finish, with a full, creamy body.

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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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