HartManSam (74) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle very dark with almost zero head. Sweet smells of raisin, malts and backed up with the hops. Taste is amazing. Very good beer.
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - APR 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, ruby red color with a whispy white head head. Nose is fruit and a malty sweetness. Taste is sweetness, fruits and a good amount of sticky astringency at the end. Great brew, similar to Bigfoot barleywine
greenclansman (888) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - NOV 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A reddish beer with a very good beige foam at first, which quickly disappears into some small foam rings.
Very strong aromas of alcohol and caramel.
Taste the same, with some hints of wood and chocolate as well.
A small hint of bitterness balances very well with the sweetness of the malts. The hops are there very pleasantly. Its a thick, full body beer, which you can enjoy for a long time, cause its hard to drink it quickly.
age_jellema (51) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great deep and very rich barley wine taste. The first zip was a feast I didn’t expect the intense taste.
zsani88 (7) - Dunakeszi, - MAY 27, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ezt tényleg előszeretettel ajánlom mindenkinek, mert nagyoon fincsi. Kicsit csokis, kicsit likőrös, kicsit édes, de nagyon ott van. Az absztrakt kutyus, nagy szarvval is elég menő ;)
Alengrin (3360) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nothing beats a good barley wine to close the weekend on a winter night. This one I taste as a vintage beer (best before date has expired by a year) but it being a barley wine, I am completely confident it has aged well. It has a creamy, moussy, densely packed, nicely lacing, yellowish white head and a clear (though misty with deposit), beautiful dark coppery bronze colour with strong fizz. Very powerful, perfumed and absolutely divine aroma, complex, a bit oxidized (which in this style only adds complexity, at least to my personal taste) and shouting "barley wine" all the way through: chocolate liqueur, candied cherries, port wine, gingerbread, fine champagne cognac, apricot jam, vanilla, cocoa powder, banana liqueur, candied orange, roasted chestnuts, caramel candy, cinnamon, honey. Another one I can keep sniffing for hours on end. Taste begins with rounded, candied fruits, sugary but in a noble, refined way, raisins and dates, very slight citrusy acidity just to give a touch of freshness and achieving this very well; full, smooth and vinous mouthfeel, somewhat oily, very rich, deep malt sweetness, caramel, nuts, biscuit and a hint of chocolate, carbonation tingling on the tongue (perhaps more so than usual in the style - the fizz was already an indication). In the finish, a long and drying, citrusy and peppery hop bitterishness comes forward but does not overpower the deliciously rich maltiness or the sugary fruitiness and gets accompanied by warming, bourbon- and brandy-like alcohol which remains, in all, relatively calm and gentle. Delicious sipper, with a lovely, enticing aroma; surely this was hoppier when fresh, but in this aged condition, it bears all the characteristics I expect from a big, mature barley wine. Flying Dog has not disappointed me so far.
TorbenJensen (784) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very beautiful and (unusual for type) coarse foam at this beautiful deep red barley. Smells of fresh fruit, light malt and very little hops. Tastes of lovely fresh fruit. Raisin, plum and tangerine. An unusually delicious barley that can safely be stored for many years with advantage. The flying dog amazes again ......
pushkinwow (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, 2005. Pours a hazy and cloudy red/brown with a slight tan head that dissolves into light lacing. Amazing aroma of sweet yeast, raisin/prune, cinnamon, caramel and muted alcohol. Full bodied complex creamy mouthfeel, sweet prune slight bitterness on the palate, finish just keeps on going, sweetness fades to some hops/bitterness. Perhaps rating a 2005 bottle as the first horn dog isn’t fair but its an incredible aged barleywine - never really had it fresh but with 5+ years on it this is one of the best beers I have ever had.
MMR (553) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really loved this one. An aroma of chocolate and caramel and it is a very creamy beer. I was highly pleased to try this and hope to drink it on many more occasions.
Jamedra (699) - Hostivice, 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.