Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,307 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:
1,307
Reviews:
832
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
122
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nightmare1972
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arzee
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown and red appearance, thin off white head on it, 1/6". Massively boozy and red malt caramel feels throughout the aroma.

Taste imparts a little more roasting than your average barleywine, definitely comes across as not American Barleywine, although that is primarily via the absence of hops relatively speaking. Mildly sweetened caramel, a hearty bitterness in the 60 ibu range I'd say. Would not repeat but if you want to get your warmth on, this will do the trick.

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Photo of Hilarytheguy
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SawDog505
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass vintage 2015 at close to room temperature. Pours a breathtaking amber, with a nice inch and a half sticky white head that leaves behind tons of lace.

Smell is caramel, prune, vanilla, brown sugar, bubble gum, toffee, biscuit, and a little warming alcohol.

Taste vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, biscuit, and once again booze is warming but aggressively around.

Mouthfeel is about medium, moderate life and in this case not a bad thing, on the dry side, and very drinkable.

Overall this is a very nice English Barleywine that really has tons of complex flavor and leaves it's mark as a Barleywine should.

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

Photo of bobert84
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

2015 vintage served cold in a snifter

Appearance: ruddy brown with a tan head. Thin look

Nose: dark fruits, fresh, bready, sweet alcohol, no hops

Taste: sweet, fruit, raisins, cherry, fresh fruit, malty sweetness, slight boozy

Overall: great English Barleywine. This should improve well with age

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage poured from the tap into a snifter. Pours deep red with a small off white head. Smells of deep raisin and grapyness. Tastes of slight grape with thick caramel and raisin. Beer is full bodied with good carbonation, nice finish for a sipper. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mlockman
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

While the aroma and appearance are okay enough, the flavor really falls flat. Neither malt nor hops have a significant profile in this beer and the palate is really just an off amalgamation of flavors that borders on unpleasant on the finish. Drinkable, but certainly not anything to savor; one would be much better served by Anchor's Old Foghorn if searching for a quality English Barleywine.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin ring of lace

S: A good dose of sweet maltiness up front along with some fruity alcohol/ester and cherry pit/almond notes. Pretty standard fare for English BWs

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some sweet caramel maltiness and goes into some moderate fruity notes from the alcohol. The cherry/almond notes are still present underneath the general fruitiness from the alcohol. Finishes with a touch of bitterness and sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid English barleywine that is a good sipper for the cold weather. Nothing spectacular or stand-outish about it, but it's nice and sticks to the style very well. Would be interesting to lay some down

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Photo of cts309
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, code VINTAGE15AA, left out almost 1 hr before opening - poured into Stella goblet)

L: deep tawny hue, mostly clear, but with a mild haze... only a little foam springs up on the pour, falls down fast into thin collar

S: fig and caramel most dominant, with an overtone of vine-y greenery... soft whiff of clean alcohol... overall, very muted aromas, booze buzz to the fore

T: plush crystal malt wrapped, lightly-doughy dinner roll with a caramel thread within... peppery bitterness nipping up front, but way more balanced toward malt sweetishness, mild vinous esters in the background... the finish is a wash of malt sludge and mildly-acetone ethanol... plant-like, flowery aftertaste as if one had eaten a handful of flower petals, aftertone of wet bread crust... densely malty but very little definition in character, and the abv could easily be 1-2% lower than listed

F: medium-full-bodied, built like a lummox... there's little-to-no (dimension in its) viscosity, but you'd wish there were... bit of a hot flame in the end, stays lit, but it's pleasant and mellow

O: beginning to find that this Stella goblet does not enhance a beer's appeal, but I don't think it mattered here... the flavors are fuzzy, but I don't see why not to buy a bottle or two to age - who knows what'll happen... nothing distinct about the taste, though

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,307 ratings.
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