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RATINGS: 1504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 1, 2003
12 oz. brown bottle. 2003 A date on it. Poured out a deep mahogany color, bordering on black. Red highlights apparent when held to the light. Fast fading mocha colored head. Aromas right away are of malts, malts, and more malts. Slight licorice in the nose as well. Some dark mascerated fruits in the aromas as well. Burnt caramel, and hops finish out the aroma segment of this beer. Thick body, coats the tongue quite well, thank you. Syrupy in consistency, but enough bittering hops to prevent it from being cloying. Finishes dry and somewhat bitter. Finally, a decent beer from Flying Dog. The rest of their beers require as much attention as this beer received. Maybe the brewers will read this & get on the ball over there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
This was a really good barleywine. It poured a reddish-brown color and was perfectly balanced in flavor. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 2003A vintage. Smells like sweet malt and cough syrup. No head or lacing. Hazy dark brown color. Tastes of fruits like plums and bubblegum. Syrupy mouthfeel. Acidic sweet finish, slightly spicy. Didn't notice much hop presence in the flavor or aroma. I think it needs to age a bit for a proper rating. As is, not exceptional.3.1 Re-rate 3/12/04 - Almost 4 months later, Alcohol bite hits even harder, like a john smacking a crack whore. I give up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Vintage 2001A Bottle. Purchased in 2001 and laid down till Nov 21, 2003. Initial smell is malt, heat, distinct hop profile as well, where most barleywines are heavy on the malt side. The Horn Dog is darker than usual--an almost chocolate brown color with very little of the red/amber most barleywines sport. Head was a nice, fine creamy tan that showed good legs and Belgian lace. The first taste is molasses, malt, heat, brown sugar, candy sugar, and a decided bitter hop bite that I don't much care for--I think they used a very high Alpha lupelin hop like Galena and it overpowers the beer a bit. The body of the beer is great--good mouthfeel and a luscious smooth roll down the gullet--like drinking a Wendy's Frosty. I'd like to see a more subtle hop profile in the future--use East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Tettnanger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2846) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 2002 vintage bottle, tasted 11/16/03. Poured nice layer of pinprick bubbles, like a nitro pull, that dissolved into a thin layer of bubbles posing as a head. Dark reddish-brown body. Big smell of coffee malts, raisin and plum flavors, very chewy, with a subtle hop balance. Still, none of these makes for a great barleywine compared to the others, but then it's a style in which there's a lot of competition to go "bigger," innit?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Whole lotta malt in this smell. Warming from the first sip from it too. Flavor has too much alcohol to it for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Opaque dark brown, very fine bubbles in head... looks much like a Guinness. Floralish nose. Nice, complex fouthfeel, creamy. Some chocolate malt taste, then the alcohol comes on strong. A bit too sweetish. For this gravity, could use a lot more hops, but overall one of their better bres I've had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
unknown vintage
Leather brown to red body, no head. No lacing.
Sweet and syrupy like aromas. Fruity.
Strong almost solvent-like alcohol. Malt and good hop flavor are overwhelmed by alcohol.
Slightly cloying and somewhat rough mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2003
11/1/03: bottle.
large barley wine nose of sweet malt and alcohol. deep opaque brown body with no head or lacing. lots of alcohol to taste with other flavors of malt, some smoke and a little bit of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Typical B.W with a thick malt aroma and taste. Re-rate: The alcohol dominates everything in this, to the point where it is like taking a shot with every sip.

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