Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Callenak:
3.93/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle at my friends birthday party last weekend. Not sure what batch.
Pours a crystal clear auburn. Light head, but lingers around.
This beer has a very strong and apparent oak nose. I don't think they used a bourbon barrel. Or maybe they didn't barrel at all and just put wood in the fermenter like Stone does with the oaked AB.
The taste is all oak. After a while you can get past it and pick up the good malt backbone and hop presence associated with an American Barley wine. I personally love oak (in beer and all my BBQ'ing), so I enjoyed the very strong oak flavor. I could see someone else thinking it was to strong.
Probably not something I'll go out of my way to get in a trade or something. I could drink it again if some one was offering, but leave it at that.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2006 17:57:09 | More by Callenak
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4.11/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2nd in my series of Fred reviews in honor of my cat Fred who recently passed away.
1st bottle in series - batch #69 (2007) Fred
12oz bottle (2008 vintage) poured into a gold rimmed Harpoon 100 Barrel series stemmed glass.
A - Pours a slightly deeper amber color than the standard Fred and has a more pronounced reddish tint to it. Body is a touch muddy in contrast to the regular Fred which had excellent clarity. Head is a low finger high, light tan/creamy in color and tightly bubbled with good retention. Webby/soapy lacing is left on the glass.
S - Sweet malt base, syrupy and thick in aroma - caramel with hints of molasses, iced tea, faint cherries, nice woody oak aromas, some light vanilla, lightly boozy, yeasty and bready. Estery and fruity with notes of apples and raisins. Very malt forward for sure, but not quite to the level of the original Fred. Some mild toasty aromas also.
T - Very malty up front...much more than the original Fred. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses and honey-like sugary sweetness. Thick and syrupy in sweetness - a bit overpowering in character. Toasty, woody oaky-ness, warm booziness, nice vanilla aspects, a bit of ginger ale, really no hops left after 6 years. Slightly roasty and toasted on the finish, slightly drying out the character of the beer, but still remaining predominantly sweet on the palate. Super smooth and too easy-drinking for a 10% beer.
M - Thick and full bodied with a lowish carbonation that still manages a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Syrupy in feel, multi-varietal sugary complexity, smoothing vanilla barreling, woody notes. Sweet, but not overly sweet...really bordering on the edge of being too much, but straddles the line on the correct side.
O - Overall very good beer. I think I like the original Fred a bit more, but this is a fine beer without a doubt. Slight change in character, a bit smoother, a bit more sweetness, definitely a fuller bodied beer. A fine beer in the middle part of my tribute to my cat buddy, Fred.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 23:56:31 | More by portia99
Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.