EchoShine (32) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty sweet aroma, minmal head.... red brown. medium sweetness, lightly bitter.
Body: medium but sugary. I split sum and a bit sticky fr0m trying t0 f0rce carb. very little carb. long finish,
neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Flying Dog’s version of a barleywine pours just like what you’d expect - a dark amber with very little foam head. The aromas are all there and create a big anticipation (especially if you love barleywines) but from the first touch of the taste buds this one is a major disappointment. Much too bitter to even get into the ranks of even decent barleywines, Horn Dog does not go down smoothly, and the aftertaste is flat and almost to the point of irritating. The description mentions flavors of chocolate and licorice are noticeable, but I could not sense any of this. I’d say pass on this one.
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice dark carmel color. Smells very nice, yet sweet. Its silky smooth yet has some after tones of overly sweetness, and a little extra alcoholy. Its good but tastes too strong of overtones.
atxdelivery (30) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good, nice brown ale look and caramel sweet after taste. Far from a barley wine expert, this drinks well.
JonR (28) - - FEB 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark fruity aroma, with hints of chocolate and toffee. Dark amber color though clear not cloudy. Initially big taste, malty slighly sweet, oatmeal and fruit. Light on palate interesting aftertones. Absolutely delicious overall. Great by itself would not pair too well with food.
Jamedra (28) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Láhev 355 ml. Příjemné aroma švestek, vlašských ořechů a sladu s doprovodem alkoholu, tato kombinace velmi připomíná sladké švestkové víno s ořechovicí. Pěna je nízká zlatohnědá, jemná na rtech sametová bohužel rychle mizící barva piva je měděná až tmavě hnědá proti světlu jsou znát odstíny tmavě ametystové. Chuť piva je nasládlá, vzdáleně připomíná švestkové víno je doprovázené ořechovou hořkostí a alkoholem. Velmi zajímavá kombinace chutí a vůně. Musím přiznat že je dobře pitelné oproti třeba Anochor Old Fogrhorn který je spíše vhodný k pomalejšímu a klidnému vychutnávání.
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, a very gracious friend gave me a 2001 vintaged bottle. Aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and black licorice. And my wife said the smell reminded her of Maggi Sauce, but I wouldn’t know. Poured a muddy-brown with no head. Flavors of creamy dark chocolate dominate with a very soft carbonation. I cound feel the alcohol burn in my stomach, but none going down. Enjoyed it with my wife and a bowl of fresh black cherries.
pauljackson1 (25) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good example of a barley wine. Did not detect the licorice suggested by the labeling, thank goodness. Nicely sweet. Last few room-termperature sips tasted like candy.
gservo (23) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Flavor, If HornDog is Too Cold, Chocolate seems like its beaten and thrown in a trunk crying
deepsouth (23) - biloxi, Mississippi, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
i drank this one from a rochefort glass.
this beer poured a deep dark red raisinish color and if there was one bubble, there were a million. i poured these as i usually do, pretty hard and get the same usual no head with a tan ring around the edge of the glass and a few patches of tan swimming around the top of the glass. as for trying to see through this one, forget it. not on flying dogs time.
the smell is quite good. very fruity and again raisiny. usually the booze scent is faint at first and develops over time on me with this one, but this one just got the once over in the cooler, so i can actually smell the booze from jump street. a pleasant one on the sniffer.
the taste is fruits, figs, dates, raisins, booze. i love the taste of this beer. i’d go out on a limb and say this beer would taste best near room temperature. very warming on the way down.
the mouthfeel is pretty medium. where’d the bubbles go? i don’t taste much carbonation, at least not near what i’d expect with the bubbles bubbles bubbles.
a very drinkable beer. so drinkable, i find time to treat myself to about one of these per week and keep a pretty healthy stash around the house. my favorite offering from flying dog so far. they got this one right for me. i actually haven’t drank more than one of these at one sitting and i can’t imagine that more than two could be anything but detrimental to your ability to walk or function for that matter.
highly recommended in my opinion.
i also plan on laying three or four of these down for future reference. i think it’s a keeper.