greenclansman (885) - 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 (49) - 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 (2815) - 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.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2000. In the bottle at my own Barleywine tasting 2004. Aromatic caramel upon first opening. Very light in color. Taste of honey sweetness. The body is not too substantial for the style. Weaker mouth. Quite light on the hop flavoring. Very drinkable. I like the instructions on the label.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Horn Dog Barleywine Style Ale pours to a murky, deep garnet color with a bubbly tan head, and a soft carbonation. This beer is bottle conditioned, so it is sedimented with a small amount of yeast. This causes a secondary fermentation in the bottle making the beer more complex with age. Be careful when pouring, or you will roust the yeast, and some will get into your glass. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with lots of good sweet malty aromas, some estery fruity aromas of plum, a good smack of citric hop aroma, and just a hint of alcohol strength. The palate is very soft, with a lean body for such a big beer. Lots of good sweet and caramel malt flavors pair with jammy/plummy flavors of esters. Horn Dog finishes with more of those malty and fruity flavors up front, then ends with a nice citric hop burst, and a slightly warming burn.
This is a very well done West Coast style barleywine with lots of good malt and hop character. This beer is very drinkable, and you could get into some trouble with this one. From its soft and lean body, you would never guess this beer is 10% abv. This dog has a lot of bark, but it also has a lot of bite, so beware of the dog.
TheGB (532) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with little head, with little aroma to it. Taste is thick and smooth with raisin and caramel flavors. Drink this if you like a dense barley wine that is smooth without completely assaulting your palate.
RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 07F - Popped the top on this bottle and got a dark amber, roasted malty brown pour with minimal off-white colored head, leaving lingering tan lacings on the glass that linger for long after the glass has been emptied. Heavy aroma of malted flowery hoppiness, but easy on the bitterness that would be expected with such a strong brew (with 10.2% ALC/VOL). Initial flavor of sweet wine, but dimimishes with the slight bitter hoppy-fruity finish. This one is much more palatable than the smoky, oak-aged brews I’ve recently sampled and will keep a few of these around for future sampling!
MMR (429) - 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 (611) - 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.