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 (3240) - 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.
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.
pushkinwow (2243) - 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 (534) - 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 (694) - 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.