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RATINGS: 1508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. Brewed with copious amounts of prized malts and flaked oats, the Barley Wine is so strong that it has to be aged for several months before we can bottle it. Like a fine wine, it will continue to improve with age up to 2 years after bottling (If kept cool).


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 17, 2004
Dark, burnt cranberry brown color. Creamy, cardboard colored head that leaves quickly. Smells very sweet and alcoholic, banana and bubble gum esters, plums, raisins and brown sugars. Smooth, medium thick mouth feel. Excellent. Taste begins sweet, with berries, apples and pit fruit, then alcohol hits and hops follow strongly, boldly and coffee like. Ending is a little astringent. Still, a nice fruity barleywine with a smooth quality to it

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2004
A smooth, drinkable barley wine, Horn Dog pours out dark with a minimal head that dissipates immediately. Deep roasted malt flavor with a hint of the chocolate and licorice mentioned in the commercial description. Good malty aroma. No hop bite. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Pours turbid burny sienna, with a small, off-white head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and a twinge of "excited poontang". Tastes malty, sweet, with layers of dark fruit at the finish. Medium, firm palate. Not as complex as Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, but very good in its own right. There is a HUGE layer of yeast on the bottom of this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2004
99 vintage, Before it got the Horndog title i guess ? Small, brown, large bubbled head that fades into a thin ring and a light film on top of this clear chestnut colored brew. Malty, fruity nose with hints of black licorice and some very subdued citrus notes as well. Med/full body, creamy texture. Big malt flavor, dark fruits, raisins, hints of chocolate, caramel, a bit musty and a dab of alcohol thrown in also. Medium sweet, fruity finish. Has seemed to hold up fairly well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Murkey dark caramel color. Complex aroma. Very full flavored beer. Some slight warming. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1085) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Dark brown with a marginal head when poured. Aroma is strong, with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and some toasted malts. Sweet taste with more of the chocolate and raisin/plum along with a noticeable alcohol kick towards the end which lingers into the finish. I got a 4 pack of thse and I think I’ll keep the other 3 until December when a beer like this should be enjoyed. Overall, pretty good for a barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Brown Coloring. Frothy Head. Barley Aroma... Some Roasts Here..Chocolate..Don’t Taste the Licorice.. Some Raisin and Cola Flavors. Slight Warming At the End. Alcohol Hits you Later. Very good Barley Wine..Not Extremely Sophisticated...May Warrant Aging and Trying Again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3405) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Very dark red, slight head fades away. Good aroma, an interesting meld of molasses, cola, and spruce. Flavors are similar. Simultaneously refreshing from the cola and resin flavors, yet warming from the alcohol. Touch of burn from the alcohol. Not bad overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlightner (2) - USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
Rather complex beer - taste the chocoate and roasty carmel flavors. A bit on the sweet side. Color is rich amber; the presences of the malt is definitely in the aroma. For a higher percentage ale, this alcohol does not overpower the flavor and richness of this beer. Definitely would recommend this beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2004
This has a slightly phonelic/medicinal sweet front end flavor with some prune and date notes, and a somewhat bitter finish; maybe some burnt sugar there too. Not much in the complexity dept., but I’d drink this again, maybe on a cooler evening than this sampling......


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