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 boogles
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm ... this is an interesting Barleywine. I'll take it. Unfortunately what's interesting is that it's like other barley's but less. The other descriptions are fair enough. It's opaque, makes almost no foam and has the smallest of bubbles, is true to the style, IMO. Looks, smells, tastes like it should. Hides alcohol well.

I wasn't set on the mouthfeel, though. It was thick, but I wanted it to be either thicker or brighter--probably brighter with more fruit. Or maybe more of a presence of alcohol. Nor did I like the nose--a good, full barleywine should make you sorry you nosed it. I was sorry it didn't.

Nevertheless, it's a good beer that I don't regret drinking.

The oddest thing about it was that the first sip was a creeper. Tasted like nothing, took a minute to fill out. Strange.

Last but not least, this is one of the good ones in from a brewery that makes a lot of ordinary beers. Good job on this one, "dogs."

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Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp dark copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is burnt caramel, dark malts and brown sugar. Taste has lots of the complexity you'd expect from a Barleywine; burnt caramel, molasses, hints of fruit, subtle undertoned hops. The beer is certainly heavy with present alcohol, but it is tolerable, just a sipper. This one is worth picking up every now and then, and would likely be better with some aging, but there are certainly better Barleywines out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque, dark reddish-brown body with a scattered, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty aroma with notes of toffee, roasted grains, ripe plums, and with a full, everpresent, evergreen pine scent.

Taste: Sweet maltiness tasting of toffee candy. Plum fruitiness. Slight roasty coffee and woody hints. Piney, resinous hop character and moderate bitterness which hits right about the time the warming alcohol does. Finishes that's all at once bitter, sweet, warming, and that roasty touch that won't go away.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, I will say it's one of the better beers in the Flying Dog line-up.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark chocolate with good carbonation. The head is nice, 2 fingers, off white to tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is big alcohol caramel and dark fruits.

he taste is very good really a tasty treat this one is. I like the caramel malt medium hoppyness and all the alcohol, yes is is a nice mix. It reminds me of a powerful old ale, nice.

The mouthfeel is full and nicely carbonated.

The drinkability is good for a big brew. Prosit. MK

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark ruby-brown with a medium beige head that was slight in size and short in retention.

S: some dark caramel, dark fruit (cherries) and some boozy alcohol.

T: The initial flavor yielded some sweet malts and a dried fruitiness (raisins, cherries). There was also some chocolate hints and licorice detected along with some darken caramelized sugar.

M: malty and full, very warming with some plums.

D: Nice sipper for those cold winter nights sitting on the balcony. Will keep you warm and satisfied. Drinks fairly easy despite its high ABV billing.

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Photo of BeenJammin
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber to light brown, decent sized creamy beige head, pretty good lacing

S - Fruity nose with a bit of alchohol there. Smells almost like a red wine

T - It is a malty behemoth. It is robust with a distinct chocolate and brown sugary taste

M - Full bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation

D - Normally I would prefer a bit more of a hop bite but this malty behemoth is a wail of a beer.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a muddy, hazy amber, with a head that foamed up very quickly and then proceeded to dissipate just as quickly, though some stuck around. Right off the bat, it appears to be a heady brew.

A warming aroma, with some alcohol underlying a pleasant malty nose. Fruity, maybe with some strawberry. Hints of chocolate as well.

The mouthfeel was pretty interesting, starting off crisp but then feeling chewy. An unexpected but interesting and smooth transition.

A taste of roasted fruits lasts throughout its presence in your mouth, with some licorice (as noted on the label) and hops coming in at the end, providing some balance. The alcohol is detectable and adds to the spiciness at the end, I think.

Pretty darn good, and absurdly drinkable given how high the ABV is.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

flying dog's barleywiine style ale is certainly a small dessert in a glass. It pours a dark amber-brown. The aroma and taste are full of malts and fruity hints while maintining a bit of spice. Mouthfeel and drinkability, like many barleywines, seem pretty subjective. If you like thick, heavy drinks then you'll enjoy it. If not, you might not be able to take much more after one of these. It is, however, a little less heavy/dense than say Weyerbacher's blithering idiot. If you're a fan of the style, then its good. If you're not familiar with the style this may be an ok introduction. The colors in Ralph Steadman's drawing for this label add a nice aesthetic touch to the bottle, with the deep blues mixing nicely with the sweet malt flavor

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Photo of dewalt
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried a bottle marked "VINTAGE 07F," which I'm guessing means Fall 2007. It smells of sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of black cherry. When poured, the beer's color is unusually dark for a barley wine, kind of mahogany.The taste is very malty, and sweet, like toffee and fruit. It's got more than a little bite, and you can immediately sense the high alcohol content. It is, in a word, yummy.

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Photo of champ103
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep ruby brown color. A small cap of foam forms and leaves little lace.
S: Malty, fruity (dark fruits and cherries), and candy like aromas. Alcohol from the start.
T: Malty and fruity. Some spice and a lot of alcohol. Sweet candy like flavors. I really like that this is a malt bomb, but the alcohol is a bit too much.
M/D: A rich and creamy mouthfeel. Thick and chewy. The alcohol is a bit harsh. Defiantly a sipper.

A powerful malt bomb. Something that will knock you out if you are not careful. Though I really do enjoy it, and kind of reminds me of a good bourbon or scotch. A nice beer to sip on after diner.

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Little to no head even with a dump pour the last 1/4 of the bottle. A much darker, deeper color than any barleywine I've had to date, a rich amber color that's close to being opaque. Mad fruit & hot alcohol up the nose.

Tastes like a kick in the back of the throat, the 10.5% ABV spends some time scorching its way down to light the fires of Horn Dog in my tummy. Man. On the second sip it lights my nose hairs on fire. Strangely, though, I like it even though it's mostly lighter fluid & there are only hints of hop & fruit drowned in the boozy mouth raid.

Flat & direct in the mouth. Drinkable? I think not. Two & a half bottles of this & I think I'd be unable to operate even light machinery.

Still, for all the lack of subtlety I find this beer strangly pleasing. I might scrounge up another & set it upright in the cellar. It might benefit greatly from getting out of its diapers.

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Photo of cwocasio
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was one of my first Barleywine styled beers and I can honestly say it is a lot more in a glass than I was expecting. The smell of this specimen was very intense and almost hair raising initially. The after taste was a bit harsh for my mouth, however, a good experience in the end.

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

Horn Dog pours a deep rubied amber color fading to deep orange near the bottom. The lid is slim, fine, and almost creamy light brown sugar colored.

Nice nose of sweet red grapes, plums, and cherry liquorice. Dark caramel maltiness balances and perhaps some pine sappy hops.

Pretty tasty as well. Lots of sweet darkish fruits and cherry liquorice like in the nose with caramely and toffeeish maltiness, darkly toasted malts and hints of burnt unsweetened chocolate finish it with a light bitterness. It is a full bodied and malty-creamy brew that's soft and smooth.

The Horn Dog treated me quite nicely. I found it very tasty and supremely sippable.

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Photo of Goliath
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a thin light tan head. Poor retention.

Aroma is ok, kind of interesting. Smells of floral hops, a bit of alcohol, and dark fruits.

Taste is alright. Malty, with caramel and toasted bread. A little floral hoppiness. Fairly boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with loads of carbonation (too much IMO).

Drinkability is limited. High alcohol, and mediocre flavor make for a less than superior drinking experience. Have heard it's nice with some age and definitely would like to see.

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

Poured a dark and hazy amber with an inch of bubbly tan head.

Smell had a funky damp basement and cedar smell with some sweet molasses.

Flavor was much more mild than I expected, with a nice bit of woody toffee malts balancing nicely with some minty/junipery hops. A bit of alcohol does poke through.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a long lasting warmth. Has decent carbonation as well.

Overall a nicely balanced and easy to drink barleywine.

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Photo of RichThatchr
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the scents of apricots and caramel, this took me by surprise as I was expecting a syrupy mess with a high abv bite. Maybe I was half right as the medium to heavy bodied ale flowed like water on newly waxed floor. It wasn't the right beer for the steamy heat of the early summer in NY, but I could see it being a great ale for tail gating in the Fall with grilled steaks and chicken on the menu.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich malt smells sticky sweet. Alcohol notes. Light sour/tart hop/fruit edge. Milky aromas and hint of vanilla and spice (yes, maybe liquorish).

Pours a deeply translucent dirty brown color with honey/red hues. Virtually no head, even after an incredibly vigorous pouring.

On first sip I discover a viscous malty brew, teeming with richly roasted flavors, leafy/earthy elements, and raw sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol pops out quickly and pitches a tent on the base of my tongue. Malt dominate (as the label promised) with loads of sweetness and sheer malt flavor. Caramel, toffee, sugary like candy.

Spicy carbonation and a body just thinner than motor oil.

The Verdict:
A malt-lovers Barleywine. I'll take the hoppier Double Dog over Horn Dog any day.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm rating this higher than everyone else but this is just freaking terrific in every aspect.

Pours much darker than any barleywine I've ever had and I like it. It's a dark walnut color and produces a beautiful creamy off white head that is fiercely persistent.

Dark roasted barley and malts, a hint of chocolate, something sweet (maybe licorice?) and something dark like figs or something...

Damn, this is the second brew tonight that I've given a 5 for taste but this is just delicious!.. I cant find a fault with the taste of this brew. It's everything I could ask for in a barleywine.... sweet, hoppy, malty, fruity... it's got it all..

This is a stupid brew... it's just ridiculous... I'll say it... it's my favorite barleywine... I like Bigfoot and Old Ruffian and the Old Knucklehead #12 but this is different and hell, it's just better.. a perfect brew...

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Muted amber color. Quite foamy at first but it dies right back down. Somewhat soapy and metallic aroma. Some caramel and cinnamon traces. Malty flavor with a slight hop bite to it. Again somewhat soapy tasting. Nice treacle taste in there. Very slight alcohol presence. Good body-finish is rather dry. Fair UK barleywine. Lose the soapy flavor and I think it would bring it up a notch. Will try again-not a lot of UK versions out there.

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Photo of drxandy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up out of the new flying dog big beer 4 packs, assuming this was brewed 2008

Poured from 12oz to tulip glass, pours a strange looking reddish golden brown, that looks bright cherry red with light behind it, nice carbonation keeps the foamy tan head around for a while.

smells of heavy malts (chocolate most noticable), heavy hops, smells good

Taste is first of malts jumping the gun, hot alchohol, bitter hops - this bottle seems a little too fresh for my liking in a barleywine, astringent, needs a little age to mellow things out and bring out some good flavors not noticeable currently.

mouthfeel is heavy, thick, creamy, a nice take from flying dog

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely dark wood color, some lighter highlights. The head is tan, very short, and doesn't retain too terribly well. The beer is generally attractive, but very dark for an American barleywine.

Lots of sweetness on the nose, mostly dark fruits like figs and so. There's some cocoa/brown sugar, lightly roasted.

Definitely on the English side of the barleywine divide, sweet and roasty and malty. The hops are definitely present but in the back of the flavoring. Generally these are rather piney. The flavor has an inordinate amount of chocolate/cacao flavor.

Fairly chewy and full mouthfeel. I found it a little sticky and oily in the finish, and it coats the mouth rather unpleasantly. This is certainly the top of the F.D. lineup that I've had, but it's tilting toward dark and sweet.

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

Appearance: Opaque brown with bits of sediment at the bottom. Appears to be a slight gathering of bubbles at the bottom of the glass. Thin tan head leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, apple, molasses, hops.

Taste: Brown sugar/molasses seems to be the most prevalent. One wise man tastes coffee. Fruit flavor seems to be playing the role of 'Where's Waldo'. We know it's in there somewhere, however the taste is pretty faint. Mild hoppy alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Surprisingly smooth. Medium/thick body and pretty low carbonation. Initially feels like it should be thicker, but is actually just very foamy.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy barleywine, which probably makes it more drinkable than most other barleywines. Hops are very mild, but body is somewhat heavy. Couldn't drink a lot of these, and probably wouldn't. Taste is good; price is not.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find this at my local today, seems they are now sold in NH.

Pours a beautifully clear brown that is completely ruby when held to the light. Thin off white head that doesn't stick around to long. Aroma is crystal malt and floral citrusy hops. Taste is bitter citrus hops with a sweet caramel twang that segues to an alcohol burn and a sweet aftertaste. Thick body, little sticky in the mouthfeel, low to moderate carbonation. I love the balance in this beer, I can taste the caramel from the malt and the bite of the hops in almost perfect harmony. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Matty1918
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Deepsouth for this sample.

My first barleywine ever.

Pours a nice dark ruby color with a small tan head. Some good retention with descent lace.

Aroma has sweet malt overtones with a hint of ripe fruit..possibly cherries.

OK the first sip was not what I expected. Sweet malts with a hop bitterness that is present. A spice possibly cloves with some sweetness at the end. Hard for me to put my finger on it.

I'd I have to try some different styles to get a full appreciation. Not bad.

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

Pours a nice head with some good retention and a nice ruby/brown color.

Smell is of mint and citrus that drains out the floral hoppiness in the back.

Taste is very sweet from the malts with some caramel malts and a little bit of raosrted chocolate with undertones of mint and orange. Hop bitterness is assertive, but is overpowered by the malts.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The astringency from the 10.5% abv is not that noticeable.

This is a nicely done English Barley wine. It might be a tiny bit rough around the edges, but I like it. Nice sweetness and a good hop bitterness make for a good night cap. I could even drink a few of these at the end of the night.

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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale from Flying Dog Brewery
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