Morey (46) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
INFORMATION: This beer took the GOLD in the Barley-Wine category at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011, as well as a GOLD in the Aged-Beer category in 2009 (with a 2007 vintage). I like me a good Barleywine from time to time, so I’ve been wanting to try this so that I could weigh in on this one. Enough talk…here goes.
APPEARANCE: Poured a murky reddish-brown color into a 10-ounce stemless wine glass. The head is cream colored and is standing about an inch tall following a medium pour. Nice retention and lacing on the glass.
AROMA: Caramel malts, dark brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon coated dates, as well as some sticky wet hops.
TASTE: There’s a nice layer of thick sweet malt up front accompanied by some earthy notes. I’m also getting some caramel and light spice towards the middle. It’s sweet, but not too sweet…and there’s just enough bitterness from the hops towards the back-end to take the edge off. The finish is full of thick caramel malt flavor.
MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied with a sticky syrup quality and soft carbonation.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Probably the most balanced Barleywine that I’ve ever had. They can be too sweet, too thin, too hoppy, medicinal, and often times too heavy on the alcohol. Horn Dog has just the right amount of sweetness and you can’t taste the ABV at all. It’s easy to see why this one continues to win medals. This and Raging Bitch are easily my two favorite beers from Flying Dog. Get some.
tiffanya (45) - Federal Way, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Started with cold 12-oz bottle out of the fridge (~44°F). Poured into Lucifer brandy snifter glass.
Appearance: Chestnut brown with off-white head. Persistent ring of froth around glass walls.
Aroma: Initial aroma of dark fruit with hint of alcohol. Alcohol came out on the nose as it warmed toward room temp. At 63°F nose became largely alcoholic.
Mouth-feel: Smooth, medium bodied.
Flavor: Slightly bitter when cold. Malty caramel sweet come out more as the beer warms. A very enjoyable sipper; alcohol appears when taking a few gulps in a row but remains fairly well hidden when sipping. Sweet malts are balanced with lightly bittering hops. Hint of dark fruit.
An easy-drinking barleywine.
BBorsutionns (45) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color is dark amber with a tan head. Chocolate and Plum aroma. The most dominating taste is of dark chocolate and not the 10.2% alcohol.
tom_clift (44) - Carnegie, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg. Floral hop and sweet dried fruit aroma. Sweet brown sugar and fruity flavour. Something like a hopped muscat! Would be great as a dessert wine alternative.
timberrr (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky, deep dark brown color. Kinda looks like dark apple cider. Has a small light tan head. Aroma of grapes, dark fruit and a little booze. Taste starts with grapes, raisins and figs and finishes with a sweet malt, vanilla and light alcohol flavor. Hides the booze pretty well for the ABV. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation. Overall a tasty, balanced Barleywine.
Bitzybrew (41) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was looking for a balance of malt and hops and got all malts. Full flavored but the sweetness was too much. Only drank 2/3’s of the 12oz bottle.
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew. Pours kinda murky, no head until I glug the beer into the glass. The head fades fast. Malty nose, with sugar too, somewhat reserved. Color is pretty dark for a barley wine. Mouth is flat, oily, sweet with a slight hop midway, and a little harsh. All in all not as good as some but better than many! Bottle may soften with age...
JonR (40) - - 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.
Yeggo (38) - USA - JUN 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drank it a couple of days ago (bought a four pack - not sure if that was a good idea right off the bat) so I’m trying to remember much about it. It poured pitch black, ZERO head, and being my first Barley Wine, I’m not sure how to describe it further.
rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Licorice taste. No hop flavor at all. I guess I like hoppy BW’s because I had this after a Hog Heaven from Avery and BIgfoot is my favorite. This one just didnt do it for me. Real malty and dark.