Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

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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%
 
 
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Photo of trbergman
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Appearance - Dark chestnut or mahogany in color with a finger of khaki head that quickly recedes.

Smell - Big, rich, and malty. Strong caramel sweetness and hints of toffee and tobacco. Perhaps a bit vinous?

Taste - Roasted malts, caramel, maybe a touch of chocolate. Tastes of alcohol without being too boozy. Long-lasting, subtly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Rich, chewy, and heavy. Full bodied.

Drinkability - Definitely a sipping beer and I couldn't drink more than one. Perhaps too malty for me -- and I did find it a bit cloying at times.

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Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I find this to be a wonderfully complex, rich, interesting barleywine very reminiscent of a stronger, more pungent version of Young's Old Nick, long one of my all-time favourite beers, all-round.

It's very dark red-brown, practically black when the glass is full, with a small tan head that is dense and lasting, slowly shrinking to a permanent thin, wispy ring and it leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is complex and very nice, with rich fruit, hint of chocolate, fresh dark whole wheat or brown bread, stewed prunes and apples, and a hint of iron.

The taste is strong winey fruit, plums, raisins, with a strong toasted bread quality, a little dry chocolate - mostly plain cocoa without the bitterness - a woody-earthy quality, hint of gingerbread. It morphs from a richyl fruity, sweet, alcoholic quality up front to a drier, more toasty-cocoa quality in the finish, along with hint of burnt fruit.. The alcohol is quite evident and adds warm pungency, but it's mostly smooth and tasty. The stength brings down the drinkability a bit , but not much. It is zesty and lively, always engaging, and the flavours get even beter, yet smoother, as it warms. It is surprisingly drinkable, esp. as it warms, and at first sip I didn''t hink it was going to be as easy to drink as it ended up being.

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Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some good (if thin)initial head and some very nice lacing. It has a nice deep malty scent, very sweet, with hints of brown sugar. Same for the taste, very deep and thick, an almost double-bock caramel flavor. It goes down very smoothly for such a high abv brew.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Flying Dog's Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale poured a deep amber color with almost no head to speak of and left very little lacing. The taste and aroma is of licorice, just a little dark chocolate and a malt bomb with a slightly sweet and [more] bitter finish than its 45 IBU. The mouth feel is medium for Barley Wine style ale. Horn Dog finishes with a good size alcohol bite. I think it needs more time to blend the flavors.

The "horns" on this dog are still a little too sharp. I would suspect some time would help tame this dog.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a nice cloudy amber color - good looking barleywine. Hardly any carbonation. Alcohol flavor comes through pretty strongly, but it has a surprisingly light and clean mouthfeel. I like the sweet malt flavor accented by noticeable hoppy-ness. I need to try more Flying Dog brews.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a very dark color, with a beautiful dark red color when held to a light. Big 3 finger foamy head that dissipates into a frothy foamy layer on the top. Lots of sediment bits in suspension in the glass. Some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but left it there as recommended by a friend.

The aroma is kind of sweet at first. Sort of like a cinnamon raison bread. Other aromas are bready, some nutty aroma like walnuts, banana like aroma, a very slight soapy like smell. Overall a very nice aroma.

The taste is very malty has some spicy sweetness to it, sort of like natural licorice root. There is a slight ginger-like taste too. But the maltiness is pretty dominant. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, can feel the alcohol too. Drinkability is good. This is a good sipper.

Overall this one was very nice. It is somewhat of a malt bomb though, in my opinion, but still very good.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Please note that this is my first barlywine I have ever had.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, vintage 2008, into a Sam Adams Sensory glass. Pours an orange/amber brown with a decent layer of head. Very nice lacing.

Smell is of a dominate licorice and alcohol. Very malty with caramel flavors. The alcohol is present in this beast. The hop and malt balance seems to be pretty good hear. Also, a big carmel flavor.

The drinkability of this brew is alright. I have a feeling I couldn't handle more than one of these in a single session, because of the high alcohol content. As for it being my first barlywine, it was a fun beer to experience, reminded me slightly of a porter, but I will be only drinking these on occasion.

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Photo of BierFan
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a tan head.

Smell: Lots of maltiness to it. Smoother and more inviting than a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot or a Anchor Bay Old Foghorn.

Taste: see smell. Perhaps I'm finally getting a taste for the style, but I really enjoy this barley wine.

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

Bottle from Sam's Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Poured into a Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, ruddy brown, hazy and muddy, with a two-finger solid, meringue-esque head of average retention that fades and leaves great, solid fingers of lacing all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Thick and malty, with lots of toffee, butterscotch, roasted malt notes. Gummy bears. A few fruity esters. I'll return to the aroma when it warms a little. Ok, I'm getting some nice fruiy notes now, banana almost, with some citrus, cherries. I want to take it up to a 4.5, but what's keepin' it at a 4.0 is the solventy alcohol that's now coming out as this one warms. Still though, it's pretty nice.

Taste: This beer is malttarded. That's slang for "a retarded quantity of malt," for the uninitiated. You're talkin' marshamallow, french toast, maple syrup, graham crackers, chocolate (yes, that's every constituent component of a s'more - this beer reminded me of s'mores), toffee. I sort of get vanilla sugar wafers, too. Tons of dark fruits - raisins are really prominent. Stone fruits, as well - cherries. There's a solid hop bitterness, despite the "Englishitude" of this barleywine, and it lends a slight herbal spiciness to the whole deal. There's some booze, as well, but it's surprisingly well-hidden and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, chewy, low carbonation, medium-to-full bodied.

Drinkability: I thought this one was pretty good, actually. A nice, complex malt profile, a decent amount of hop balance, some pleasant fruity notes. Sure, the alcohol's up there, but of course it's gonna be showin' at 10.5%. Give this one a shot - one of the better big dogs in the Flying Dog arsenal.

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Photo of dstc
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown color with ruby highlights. Tan head that falls to a small to non-existent head. Minimal lace.

Lots of toasty malts in the nose. Smells nice.

Big Barleywine malt flavor. Very sweet with hints of chocolate, very nice.

Full mouthfeel and nice and smooth.

This beer surprised me, a very nice Barleywine.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From total wine. Word to the wise, this one should be drank at almost room temperature. The bitterness dissolves out of the beer.

A - Pours a dark auburn brown, light foam, and dissipates quickly.

S - Prunes dates, grass, flowery hops, light alcohol, pepper, and a slight earthiness.

T - Dates, plums, light alcohol, and earthiness.

M - Bitter with light alcohol. After letting the beer sit out an hour, more malts shined through and were met with floral hops.

D - Very different beer when enjoyed at warmer temperatures. However, I am inpatient and would rather grab something else.

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Photo of Cunningham26
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: great amber, almost chesnut color, with a slight white head that cleared quickly
S: Great, with dried fruits prevalent, but also some licorice. This one is a bit personal, but it really smelled like rose and mixed fruit hookah tobacco. hah, good reference point, right?
T: pretty fantastic, very crisp, berries and pear as well as dried fruit, but alcohol comes slamming in and ruins the party.
m: good with big brightness and a crispness that is wonderful, but again the alcohol slams in and it finishes like a swig of moonshine
d: low because of the abv, but definitely not because of the taste. I would have one and move on to something else, but thoroughly enjoy that one.

Got this in the flying dog mix-pack, and glad I did because i dont think i would be able to handle a six pack of this, it would take me awhile to get through. This was actually one of my first barley wines and i really enjoyed the style.

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

My first barleywine experience.

Taking a good whiff, smell is candylike and smells of sweet & strong alcohol w/slight licorice. The malty aspect of the scent is very pleasant.

Taking a drink, it really warms the mouth.

The first few sips get strong alochol but it dies down after that. I got the chocolatey flavor and it goes so nice with the malt. It also seemed salty to me at the finish.

I will be drinking more of this one as my tastes get more refined. For $2.49/bottle a great value for a barleywine beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy brown with a steady off white sticky head.

Sweet, fruity smell with some soft malt follow up. Some alcohol jumping.

Taste is very well balanced. Sweet initially, but a malty beer. Very well constructed beer.

Great mouthfeel. Full and creamy.

Alcohol is not as strong tasting as anticipated from the smell.

Their imp porter and this are so both very high quality beers.

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

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a slightly cloudy brownish-red with very little head into a chalice. There was very little aroma to speak of - just a whiff of alcoholic esters. However, alcholic esters dominated the flavor, and were mixed with ample hop bitterness and molasses/toffee undertones. A little raw, but would age nicely, IMHO.

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Photo of 100floods
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Second of a four bottle pack I purchased as City Beer. This beer pours an extremely dark amber, almost too dark to tell, but the light reflection allows you to see what's hiding in the murk. There is subtle alcohol smell, but you can hardly notice it, until it goes down the hatch. There's a minimal alcohol burn, i'm guessing a mild bourbon. For a second I thought I was drinking a super mild Angel's Share. The first one I had of this batch seemed to have a higher sugar content. This bottle is really mellow and mildly carbonated. This is for sure an English style BW because it's super mellow compared to it's american, mostly west coast, counterparts. Very little, if not, any hops. I am really pleased with this beer. Although it's American brewed, it has made me want to search for authentic English BWs. Aging these 12oz bottles could do wonders and I recommend doing so.

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

A: Pours a really nice dark brown that has some really beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Got a good finger of creamy white head that had some decent retention as it slowly fell to a thin, then thinner, ring.

S: thick, sweet, fruity prune smell

T: Thick, sweet, roasty flavor and you can taste the alcohol. Very surprised, I usually hate most barleywines, this is not bad.

M: Medium bodied brew. Alcohol is nil when cold, but comes out when warm. Warms the throat and stomach. T

D: Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't sit and drink a case of it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a 4-pack earlier today ($9.49/4)

An above average barleywine for sure. Has some decent carbonation and a nice sweet taste. The high ABV is hidden well for the most part but does kinda sneak in at the end. The mouthfeel is very good with a nice smooth aftertaste and full body.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sampler pack of Flying Dog, this was one of the ones included.

Poured a orangish dark brown with maybe a finger of white frothy head. Retention isn't great but the colors are nice.

Smells of sweet malt, alcohol is pretty strong.

Taste is good, a bit too much sweetness from the malt. Some dark fruit and mild spice, pine comes across in the hop. Bitter finish with strong alcohol.

Mouthfeel is alright, a medium body, leaves a strong aftertaste in my mouth with a slight syrupy coating.

Drinkability is good. One of the better Barleywines I've had, but a bit overdone on the sweetness in the malt.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark, like very dark caramel. .5 inch head leaves to ring fast. Bubbly retention around the ring.

S - Heavy malt and booze.

T - Huge Malt is the focus - like a meal. Nice bittering at the end. Left with only a small amount of cloy.

M - Big beer, good coating, adequate carb.

D - Like this one, but not all night.

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Photo of everetends
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle I got from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown that has some really beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Got a good finger of creamy white head that had some decent retention as it slowly fell to a thin, then thinner, ring. Left some nice sheeting in the lacing throughout. Looks good. Please don't suck.

S: Not . . . very . . . good. Sweet malt and maybe some fruit. Can't really tell because of the overbearing smell of rubbing alcohol. I can smell it from five feet away. Smells not that great. Turning me off. I will push on.

T: Nice roasted malt first and foremost. There is a touch of licorice. Not as much as the label implies. Then some dark fruit. Dark wine grapes, black cherries, maybe some prune. Alcohol is luckily not that heavy. Piney hops are here too. Kinda nice, but could be better. Only a 4 for you HORN DOG!

M: Medium bodied brew. A bit thinner than I want. Doesn't really coat as nicely as I would like from a barleywine. Finishes pretty clean with little aftertaste. Alcohol is nil when cold, but comes out when warm. Warms the throat and stomach. That saves it a bit.

D: This could be better but it is better than all of the Flying Dog brews I have tried, not saying much though. Doesn't have to overwhelming metallic ass taste Flying Dog brews usually have and kill any chance of liking the brew. Metallic taste is there but extremely subdued. Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't pay for another. There are better Barleywines out there.

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Photo of supercolter
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. Appearance is ok with no real head and a little lacing. Smell and taste are both very good and similar. Honestly, tastes like a wine with a bit more alcohol. A nice malt back bone that is a bit dry, hops that are a bit sweet, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is decent, a lot again like wine. I would say a merlot, with some weight to it but not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is great. Its a sipper no doubt, but its a pleasure.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn this is easy to drink for such a high ABV. I could barely detect the alcohol when I drank this cold

A- Pours a dark gold and settles a red raison color that is pretty much transparent with a 1-finger thick head that sticks round to leave some nice lacing.

S- Smell is malty with a pinch of alcohol and fruits

T- Taste is somewhat balanced and hoppier than I would expect from my 1st barleywine. The alcohol is covered well by dark fruits and sweet malts.

M- Feel is sticky and slick. Goes down easily

D- Drinks great for such a high ABV. Really surprising

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

Pours murky mahogany with amber-red highlights. Head is thin, and dissipates almost immediately as expected.

Aroma is sticky candy sweet, a ton of brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. Alcohol is unmistakable, spicy, with enough burn to really get your attention.

Taste is amazingly smooth. After the nose I had expected a harsh edge, but this is very balanced and tasty. Sweet dark fruit, orange, chocolate, and brown sugar starts it off. Rich earthy hops then bring bitterness. Finish is dry and woody with a lingering alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

This is a big, but balanced brew. Malt is rich and complex. Earthy hops bring balance and counterpoint to the sweetness. Unfortunately, the alcohol comes off a little too harsh and dissonant. I like big boozy brews, but this one needs to cellar for awhile.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a murky swamp water brown with burnt golden highlights violet and cordovan qualities about it. the stream coming from the bottle however was like unused motor oil, an iridescent golden. it was shocking to see it accumulate into such a darkened bruise-colored hue. the creamy buff head on this one is small and short lived, but i didn't expect much anyway considering the style. lace forms in leopard spot fashion, very uniform and very aligned, slowly sliding their way down into the thin soapy ring that reforms itself with a good swirl. beautiful deep color with a very regal feel to it.

S- excellent aroma as well, enormously malty and fruity. akin to a good fortified wine but with much more depth, prune, date, raisin, fig, and noticeable (but not over the top) alcohol presence. brown sugar sweetness, even darker than that, like compressed pure can sugar, black cherries and port wine, earthy and herbal hops, somewhat piney and citrusy, pineapple, but i was surprised to discover that they are cascades as the huge malt presence transforms them into one hell of a different (but good) aroma.

T- very sweet up front with a complex and long lasting flavor profile. this B dub definitely moves in stages sweet> alcoholic> fruity> toasty> hoppy/herbal. i'll try to map it out. sugary rock candy syrup sweetness cloys the palate and is abruptly struck by a lightning bolt of grain alcohol esters. bittersweet chocolate follows with its sugar content being drained away resulting in a mish-mash of the aforementioned 'dark' dried fruits, mainly dates, like the sugar coated little bits in your healthy breakfast cereal, and dried figs. herbal anise, jagermeister to the max at this stage, bitter plum skin contributes its fair share and cascade bitterness drops by just in time to be overtaken by toasty german malts from all directions. some more sweetness builds up but this time instead of sugary sweet its more of an organic- fructose- natural- subdued sweetness accompanied by toasty but almost undecipherable malt bombs. in fact, the malts are so fruity that the transition would have gone unnoticed if not for the brief visit from ol' piney cascade. traces of grain and cascade fade out in the finish and i'm left with a clean noble hop-type bitterness and plenty of alcohol esters that could get a ticket for loitering. complexity= awesome, overall taste= eh.

MF- no doubt this is full of goodies, the feeling of particles between my teeth, a grainy film on the cheeks, tight fizzies above and medicinal beneath, raw yet refined, at times cloying and rough, i'll kindly stop thinking in poetry stuff, but i will compare it's consistency to that of orange juice or perhaps whole milk. yes that's hefty.

D- a really good review overall, its drinkability for me stems from the depth of aroma and complexity of flavor which constantly keep me searching for more intricacies, a world of taste yet to be discovered, although i wouldn't quite write my mama and tell her about this one. i assume cellaring for a few YEARS would totally reform and mellow this monster caterpillar into one bad ass butterfly but sadly this is my only bottle. powerful and sedative. one is enufff.

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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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