beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’12 bottle...Rich mahogany fill with small off-white head settling to rim hugging elegant band. Intial aroma reminds me of toast slathered with apple butter dolloped with caramel. Toffied flavors continue on sticky palate. ABV threaded hoppiness weaves without oppressing, serving to headbutt any cloy. Very tasty.....anxious to see what rewards some cellar time will grant.
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured aggressivly into a glass. Resulted in a nice head for a big beer which held up well.
The color are exceptional, or interesting depending on how you look at it. Dark cloudy, with almost a purple hue, offset by the light color of the foam.
The smell is what you would expect from a big beer, strong malty heavy fruits (plum, cherry).
I was a little lost on the taste, at almost room temp. There was not as much complexity in the flavor as I would like, and the flavor was dominated by a very sweet malt and not much else. I could feel the alcohol in the middle, and light hoppiness on the back end.
Nice robust mouthfeel, as expected from a big beer.
Not bad, but there are better choices.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber-red with average amount of white head. Aroma is malt and caramel. Flavor is moderately sweet with fruity touch. Medium body, Oily texture with light carbonation. Finish feel is light alcoholic.
specksnreds (55) - USA - JUL 10, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty good. Lacks the balance of some other BW’s, but good none the less. A little too bitter and flat in the palate. Great aroma and appearance. Nice mouth feel.
rahmdog (55) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick caramel, brown sugar, sugary taste. Earthy smokey feel to it. Small amber head with moderate lacing. Not very hoppy, not very bitter. Not my favorite, but more of a reflection on the style.
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep deep red color with almost no head. Smells and tastes like plums and currents. Warms you up as you drink it and the booze certainly isn’t going to sneak up on you. Solid overall barley wine.
Peltmeister (48) - - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fles gedeeld rikstar. Mooie donkere bruine kleur. Zeer complexe geuren. Ik ruik chocolade, citrus, hop.
Smaakverloop is: als 1e, geroosterde moutsoorten, vervolgens vleugje citrus, welke overgaat in een chocolade afdronk.
Zoete afdronk. Heel licht bittertje.
Heerlijk complex biertje.
amc3000 (47) - alhambra, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
color-med brown tan
first-very malty,light carbonation
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.