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Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale

Name – Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale
Country – United States
Type – English Barley Wine

Appearance – Pours a very dark red color with a nice white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell – Dark fruit and malts with a bit of a boozey nose.

Taste – Dark fruit, sweet malts, caramel.  There is a slight bitterness from the hops but not a bomb like American Barley Wines.  The alcohol has a warming feeling to it and isn’t overboard.

I love the English style of Barley Wines.  Sweet malts and dark fruit flavors are just so delicious.  Most American style ones I feel like I’m just drinking straight up hops and barley.  This was a really good one and I enjoyed every bit of it.  I’m glad I still have another bottle.  Maybe I’ll save it for the future.

Overall Grade – A-

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  • Reply Peter at Simply Beer

    Great review, Mike. This is one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. I hosted a Flying Dog tasting a couple weeks ago, we were able to sample a flight of 07, 08, 10 Horn Dogs (and Gonzo). IMO, the 08 was spectacular. the 07 got a bit more oxidized then I like (compared to the 08), but was still awesome. I reviewed the Barrel aged horn dog a couple weeks back. ( I hope they make the BA HD again!

    April 16, 2010 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Mike

    I definitely think I’m going to sit on that other bottle now.

    April 16, 2010 at 10:56 am
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