Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by GClarkage:
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
02/27/09- Purchased at Healthy Spirits, in San Francisco, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2008 bottling, or early 2009...not positive. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Medium auburn-caramel colored pour. Looks kinda brandy-like. About a 1/2 inch of quickly fading head and some light lace lines and spotting.
Smell- This one is oak city! Perhaps the most wood I have ever set my nose onto in a beer. In fact, probably a bit overkill. Besides that, some alcohol, heavy caramel malt and a touch of vanilla.
Taste- The oak carries over into the flavor. Like drinking beer out of an oak stump. Very woodsy, fairly hoppy, and nice and caramely. A bit of vanilla and a bit of a hard alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carbonation level. Pretty damn smooth. Lots of woody aftertaste as well as a nice hop flavor.
Drinkability- Worth $10 for a 12oz bottle? Not sure about that, but it was quite a different experience and would never turn a bottle down. Cut down the oak a bit and this would be a perfect beer possibly.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2009 20:51:00 | More by GClarkage
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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 419 ratings.