Review - Flying Dog Brewery's Horn Dog
"Big malty flavors, including licorice and chocolate, are balanced with a moderate hop profile. Brewed with copious amounts of prized malts and flaked oats, the Barley Wine is so strong that it has to be aged for several months before we can bottle it. Like a fine wine, it will continue to improve with age up to 2 years after bottling (if kept cool)." -- Flying Dog
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a minimal head, providing a slight ring of bubbles around the edge that gives an appearance of a dark cola. The body is opaque and very still, and the head has completely diminished at this point. The aroma is formidable with a slight soy sauce presence, some caramel sugars, and a powerful alcohol presence with some soft nose sting. Initial taste is slightly sweet, but gives way to the alcohol bitterness at the finish. It is at once watery and oily with a watery body but heavy oily mouthfeel. At first, the mouthfeel is soft with an alcohol burn that mellows out over time with no carbonation. This is one dog that let's you know who owns the yard.
Reviewed on April 3rd, 2008.