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

Not Rated.
Fred From The WoodFred From The Wood

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

418 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 418
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 489
Gots: 95 | FT: 12
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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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/5/10

2008 vintage

Countless thanks to PDXHops

Fred From the Wood is a deep, vibrant shade of amber; at times it appears nearly copper. The poured yielded a one finger head of tightly-bubbled foam though after several minutes it has become a skim with a patch of bubbles in the middle. A little bit of lacing so far. By the end retention is thin & lacing randomly splotchy.

Leading off the aroma are notes of oak & tobacco which, working in tandem, impart a slight mustiness. These earth tones engulf a smooth, toasted malt sweetness; blended are hints of brown sugar, toffee, caramel & a spot of butterscotch. Undertones of fig, raisins & prune. There's a mild boozy swoon as well.

Right off the bat the taste is astounding & incredibly well-integrated. Dark fruit notes - raisins, prunes & plum - are enveloped in boozy hints of sherry; bolstered by toasted sugars (mostly caramel & brown sugar), the result is just shy of being tart. Tobacco potency is a welcomed addition to the fray (it isn't at all harsh, as I have previously encountered in other beers). There are a few stray wood overtones, but none as apparent as the aroma.

Rather full bodied with smooth & creamy carbonation; definitely low, carbonation is just right. Sticky & dense without being gritty. The whole flavor profile lingers on the finish, slowly tapering off. So much so, in fact, that is seems like the beer is still drifting about long after is has gone.

Drinkability is superb. Considering Fred From the Wood is such a massive beer with so many intricacies, it's all the more impressive. This may well be the most complex beer I've yet had; it's certainly one of the best. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 01:41:42 | More by Ryan011235
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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 418 ratings.