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Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BA SCORE
94
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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%


Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in new, medium toast American oak barrels for at least 6 months

(Beer added by: freed on 03-28-2005)
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Reviews by Callenak:
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Callenak

California

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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portia99

Massachusetts

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
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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

04-11-2014 22:09:20 | More by leftoverburrito
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

04-11-2014 04:19:37 | More by imfrommichigan
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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-06-2014 12:42:47 | More by auroracrisis
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-29-2014 22:08:31 | More by monitorpop
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Gobzilla

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Quackus

New York

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

02-21-2014 20:37:41 | More by Quackus
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cjw333

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

02-09-2014 08:19:11 | More by cjw333
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber body, thinnish offwhite had and surface tracing.

Boozy nose, bourbon and some of the coriander of normal Fred.

Extreme smooth bourbon, faint citrus, borderline astringent levels of wood, but I enjoy this.

Smooth and even-textured.

Darn fine beer—I think I enjoy this less as it warms though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:54:30 | More by zaphodchak
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Devman171

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-28-2014 20:51:21 | More by Devman171
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jvillefan

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

01-26-2014 06:40:35 | More by jvillefan
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JohnG190

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

01-19-2014 01:53:56 | More by JohnG190
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to give this one a try. Cheers to Doopie for breaking out the three bottle Fred lineup including the regular, this one and the bourbon wood versions.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Six months in new American oak barrels

APPEARANCE: Much darker than the regular Fred. Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with good retention. Hazy maroon red with no carbonation evident. Slight wisp remains and leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Heavy oak on the nose here, with vanilla, caramel and toffee as well. Light spices with lots of oak and wood on the nose.

TASTE: Lots of oak and wood again here, with vanilla, caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Sweet finish of more wood, butterscotch and toffee sweetness. Little bitterness, but very sweet with lots of wood.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A little lighter than the regular version, semi-creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down okay with a touch of heat and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Really nice here. Not quite as well balanced and interesting as the base beer, as the oak aging has made it somewhat one-dimensional, but this is still a delicious treat. I'd drink this one again for sure, but wouldn't bother seeking it out. Thanks again Doopie!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:57:30 | More by Jeffo
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-21-2013 23:58:48 | More by Texasfan549
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Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-20-2013 23:09:34 | More by Shmeal
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

12-14-2013 21:15:37 | More by Rhettroactive
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Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.