Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Reino:
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance- After pouring very cautiously, I'm left with a creamy white two-finger head in my snifter. The head sticks around for awhile as big bubbles cling to the side of my glass. The body is a beautiful, burnt-orange color with very nice clarity.
Smell- A beautiful blend of sweet tangerine, mango and oak character with just a tiny bit of heat. The vanilla from the wood really makes its presence felt while melding all the scents together. A very pleasing aroma.
Taste- Those juicy tangerines show up again but this time are accompanied by a sharp, white grape juice flavor. There's a strong, malty base that is almost matched by some hop bitterness. Nice vanilla and [what I'll call] brown sugar flavors are present for a lot of the ride. The finish is where the oak comes in and it brings with it some heat, and something almost peppery. That pepper might actually be some piney/earthy hops mingling with the booze. Finishes pretty dry except for some tangerine that manages to linger on the back of my throat. There's quite a bit of depth to this beer and each sip brings something different out.
MF- A gorgeous mix of thick creamy body and a nice medium/low carbonation. If you've drank a flat Fred or Fred ftw before, and I have, you know that it is extremely syrupy in body. However, this bottle has carbonated the perfect amount in the bottle giving the fullness just enough lift, but still letting it massage the tongue and throat on the way down (that's what she said).
Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy considering the abv and complexity. If this came in bombers I could see myself putting one down by myself without thinking twice. This is a great beer. That Alan is either a mad genius, or he keeps getting lucky. I'll assume the first until proven otherwise.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2009 09:20:40 | More by Reino
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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
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
Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.