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

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 505
Gots: 107 | 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:
Beer added by: freed on 03-28-2005

Aged in new, medium toast American oak barrels for at least 6 months
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Reviews by bwyker:
Photo of bwyker
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured Fred and Fred from the Wood side-by-side into snifters at cellar temps. Thanks to Bennetj17 for the Fred from the Wood (batch 64). Picked up Fred (batch 59) at Foodery in Philly.

Appearance: Both pour a redish-copper hue. Fred had a froathy head of bright white foam that stuck around for a long time, while the Fred from the Wood had a calmed, thin head of dirty-white foam that quickly dissipated to small pockets. Likewise, the body of Fred from the Wood was more musty, while Fred was clear and vibrant.

Smell: The aroma of Fred was a sweet, citrus fruit with some notes of honey. Fred from the Wood had a muted sweetness in the aroma and a powerful oaky-vanilla bouquet.

Mouthfeel: Fred had a chunky body with a sticky finish. Fred from the Wood is thin to medium bodied with a dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability: Both of these beers have very complex characteristics and should be consumed slowly. Also, the 10% abv is felt pretty quickly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for bringing a bottle of this - always love me some Hair of the Dog. Fred from the Wood pours a very deep brown color, with some rust-laden and orange-tinted edges. The beer warps from being completely opaque at the core to quite transparent at its extremities. The head quickly settles to about a millimeter or so and lies somewhere between stark-white and beige.

Fred from the Wood is like smelling a stave covered in beer. Copious amounts of boozy-oak, hand in hand with a river of burnt caramel, molasses, and light brown sugar. There's solid notes of deep raisins, black cherry skins, and tobacco; signature Hair of the Dog. A reasonable amount of dark-fruit skin sweetness hashes through the booze and oak for pretty good aromatic balance.

There's plenty of up-front barrel, just as the nose would indicate. Oak, brown sugar, caramel, hints of apple and raisin and grape sweetness and a bit of booze. Despite the fact that Fred from the Wood is 10% ABV, thick, and heavy, the boozy aspect doesn't burn or get hot, rather it just adds a bit of warmth and another layer for complexity.

I really like the mix of deep fruit, sugary caramel, and boozy-oak that's apparent in many Hair of the Dog brews, and though Fred from the Wood may not be the best or most complex one of the line-up, it's pretty damn enjoyable. The key to Hair of the Dog's success is being able to "balance" these huge brews. It's certainly still a sipper, but it never becomes a chore.

Huge, sticky toffee and oak in the aftertaste, with a palate drying woody essence, up and a down. The body of Fred from the Wood is big, thick, sticky, and almost creamy. The carbonation is pretty low, and after about ten or fifteen minutes in the glass, you're left with a still beer. Somewhat fitting for the style, but a little more carbonation wouldn't have hurt.

Another extremely solid brew from Hair of the Dog. Their sleight of hand with these old ales and barley wines is really something to marvel at; they are the kings of the slow sippers. Fred from the Wood is unique in it's capacity of oak and ability to still drink so (relatively) easy for the heftiness of the brew. I'd like to get my hands on some more of this.

Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A: Hazy orange/amber color with a stylish ivory-colored big and hard head that slowly settles into some chunky lacings. A really good looking beer.

S: Lots and lots of wonderful aromas of fresh/new oak barrels, very clean and well defined. Plenty of vanilla, Some notes of grassy and spicy hops. Candy. Perhaps a hint of fruit. A hint of alcohol.

T: A wonderful taste of fresh/new oak-barrels with big notes of vanilla. A tasty semi-sweet malty backbone beneath the oak character. The taste is quite sweet actually. Candy. Honey? Light hop aromas in the mouth. The finish is pleasant with a nice bitterness to it, some alcohol and mild phenols, and some spicy hops.

M: Medium body with a very smooth texture.

D: I really liked this one. A very refined and sophisticated character, yet with plenty of edginess to make things interesting. The aromas of fresh oak barrels in this one are amazing.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64. 12oz bottle from the bottling for Pours into my tulip glass a deep murky brown/orange with a nice inch of bubbly light tan head that stays the course. Plenty of active carbonation. Aromas begin with a cornucopia of fruits, caramel and hop resins. Citrus, pear, apple and pine weave in and out. A big oak aroma surrounds everything. Thoughts of a filled humidor come to mind. Yeast and spiciness run wild as well with a touch of vanilla. Wow, just a really complex, deep aroma here that draws you straight into the glass.

First sip brings rich caramelized malts and a great melding of fruit flavors as well. Citric, piney hop resins move in along with big woody oak tones. A nice yeasty spiciness runs underneath. It flows down with a touch of vanilla, tobacco and a solid bitterness on the finish as well. A bit of alcohol comes through too. Overall, a wonderfully tasty, interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is viscous with a chewy body and good sturdy carbonation to support it all. Not overly heavy or syrupy at all. This is right on and drinks like a treat. Overall, the wood aging really adds a wonderful twist to Fred and I only wish I had more than one bottle. A truly awesome brew that's worth seeking out. I hope to have the chance to try this and Adam From The Wood again sometime!

Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from my main duck in BIFIII. Batch #64.

First let me say it was recommended I let this sit. Due to me not listening before I opened, I am drinking it now. Maybe I can get my hands on another bottle at some point :)

Pours a cloudy light copper. Lots of head with significant lacing. Looks yeasty to me. Not what Im used to for a balrey wine

Smells delicous. Some sort of fruit I cant place, yummy. Is that hops I barely smell? Dont smell any of the 10abv which is nice.

Taste seems very full with a wide range of flavors. Sweet alcohol initial, floral hops maybe in the middle, ending with the fruit smell I cant place. Tastes very very good. Taste also has staying power. Like its sitting in my mouth reminding me there is still some left in the glass.

Mouthfeel is wonderfull. Carbonation moving but not exploding. Almost creamy for a barley wine. Not what Im used to at all.

This beer is very drinkable. Teeters on the drinking side, but should remain on the sipping side. I would love to get my hands on more of these at some point. I have 2 other HOTD to go through, very excited.

Photo of NWer
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

At the brewery. Murky brown appearance. Aroma is overpowering from the get-go. Just taking in the aroma from the glass is time well spent.
First sip is a wow. Very nice. Strong alcohol prominent. A little sweetness balances out the hops perfectly.
A very good sipping beer that reinforces why I prefer beer to other alcoholic choices.
It took a long time for me to make the effort to stop at Hair of the Dog Brewery. It won't take much of an effort to go back for a second visit.

Photo of badbeer
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a white head and bits of lacing. Head quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Hoppy aroma, like a mixture of pineapple and pickles (strangely); there is also a little bit of oak. Woody taste with sweet caramel that comes through before a pineapple finish. Medium carbonation and body. This was Batch 64. Pretty good, but I wouldn't go nuts about it.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

The beer pours an amber color with a off-white head. The aroma is full of oak and dark fruit, with a little bit of cherry coming through. The flavor is a lot more complex. I get some oak and wood notes, as well as some cherry and cinnamon. There is also a strong yeast character, as well as some caramel malt. Overall, the oak is quite strong. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Paul - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of oak and lighter amounts of spices. Also present are mild amounts of medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of medium fruits. Midway through the sip good amounts of oak flavors work their way into things along with earthy hops. Faint spices make an appearance before fading into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I enjoyed Fred and I was happy to see that Fred from the Wood didn't disappoint. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Reino
4.37/5  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.

Photo of pwoods
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to OHLRangers for the very nice extra from our trade on DLD.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a fire-y slightly murky deep oragne. A modest head forms but can't hold too long. Some lacing throughout.

S: Good woody notes with a bit of earthy sweetness. Soft alcohol aroma with some spicy and citrus hops. The hops have a bit of age showing. Big sweet malts.

T/M: Big malts, sweet but not as much as I thought from the nose. Alcohol is pretty big, lots of complexity. Alcohol gets really big as it warms further... I can dig it but I could definitely see this being a draw back. More of the aged hop build with some citrus and spice. The wood has melded nicely with the alcohol and lends further woody and earthy flavors. Low carbonation makes the body feel fuller than it probably would be and a bit syrupy.

D: Definitely a sipper. Not the most drinkable but tasty and would work as a good night cap.

Photo of hughesm4
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass.
a-Beautiful beer, has a light orange/copper around the eds-ge of the glass and a is a very cloudy amber in the center of the glass.
s-It is very sweet and malty smelling with a variety of fruits.
t-Taste is much of the same with a caramel sweetness taking the lead and and a crazy almost bitter balance of fruits following up.
m/d-Extremely sweet and full bodied. My only knock on the beer is that it seems too sweet, but it is delicious non-the-less.

Photo of timc100
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

A: Pours a gorgeous murky brown with slight hints of the gold from non BA Fred. Sits a a very murky, dark ruby brown. Amazing head, considering the aging and abv. - dense, creamy rustic looking beige with substantial retention and sticky lacing that last throughout.

S: Huge! The barrel aging has done wonders with the base. Big flavors of organic woodiness, tabacco, some oaky vanilla and a little leather. As it warms some cherry comes through and cocoa powder. Being as fresh as it is, the crystal malts and bright hops are still there. Also some very slight oxidation.

T: Almost as amazing as the aroma, but less vibrant and complex. The huge notes of wood and tobacco come through along with some smooth oaky vanilla. More chocolate and some caramel. Getting a little big of some dark fruit, wish there were a little more, and a lot less of the base beer than there was in the aroma. Very organic and woody

P: Incredibly smooth, barely any alcohol heat to speak of, proper soft carbonation. Really highlights the flavor. Medium to full in body, definitely doesn't feel big as much as full

O: What else to expect from HotD? They make amazing beers. The oak aging has been done with tact and understanding of what flavors can be extracted and complimentary to the existing beer. I would to have an older vintage, but this certainly drinks well fresh. May actually prefer this to the bourbon variant.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A splendid treat to find available upon cycling to the taproom in Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy dark reddish amber tone, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering a berm-like ring of lace around the glass. It smells of singed caramel, toffee, vanilla, astringent bourbon barrel wood, and leafy, deep dark woodsy hops. The taste is sweet toffee, warming alcohol, a lessened vanilla woodiness, and equally tamed earthy hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body full and slickly smooth, but somewhat prickly at the same time. It finishes sweet, under a rock overcrop of suppressed booze and oily barrel wood.

Pretty sweet - good thing it came in a small glass - but the booze and hops keep things from being cloying or hysterically overwrought. Nice, if skewed barrel characteristics are your thing.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 64...and a big thanks to msubulldog25 for the bottle. Hail thee, Sir Brian, of Port Lands.

Pours into the Lucifer snifter glistening like fine spirits...deep, dark copper color with some haze sits under a really creamy head made of tiny compact bubbles. Head lasts a very long time, extraordinary for a 10% barleywine. Gorgeous beer. So far, so great.

Unmistakable oak aroma also reveals freshly mown grass, whisky, and even mint. I'm not an oak-barrel expert, but had I not read the label, stating this was aged in "new American oak barrels", I might have guessed the barrels were new anyway, as the aroma lacks that musty scent of beers that are aged in older barrels bought used from wineries and distilleries. Or maybe I'm talking out of my ass...either way, the clean, potent, freshly-cut oak smell is entrancing.

The flavor is heavy on spruce, reminding of a fairly obscure Belgian called La Forestinne. It's up-front in the flavor, but if you try hard you can swim through it and also taste spearmint, brown sugar, caramel and fresh-cut wood. Not just one of the most unique barleywines I've ever tasted, but one of the most unique beers period. It's solid and has a strong character, not just strange for its own sake.

Mouthfeel is frothy and dense, like steamed milk with carbonation, really excellent and another unique element of this beer's multi-faceted character.

Super-delicious, but it's so unusual that I probably wouldn't recommend it as any every-day type thing. (and heck, it's retired anyway.) Also seems like it would do well laying in the cellar for a few years. But as is, this was a real treat.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a very generous and patient blisscent for this amazing EXTRA!

2008. Pours a nice looking golden orange with a slightly hazy body, and a nice stark white head that hangs around for a good while and leaves good lacing.

Nose is very complex. Malt sweetness, some pretty strong spice, deep earthy tones, some butter, and a bit of wood and alcohol.

Whoa. Intensely complex flavor. Very malty. Sweetness of dark rum soaked fruit comes out with force. Maple syrup and fall spices come into play as well. Tobacco. Very complex. Hop profile is less than i expected, but still very much present. Subtle bitterness creeps up on the finish, and eventually provides quite a bitey and dry aftertaste. The wood and alcohol are still quite strong in this bad boy. Very sweet yet. Sugar resides on the lips after putting this one down.

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side. Very much so. Damn near syrupy. I would love this one to be a bit thinner. Just a bit. Carbonation is good. I was worried about that with adams track record in that dept. but this one is just about right.

Drinkability is good here, but this one is still quite hot. I would imagine that this would do very well with a few years of age, and this category score would improve somewhat, but as it sits, this one is a bit hot. The viscosity also hampers it a bit, but this is drinkable, relative the BA barleywine world. haha

Overall a very nice and impressive creation from HOTD and the black cualdron vat kettle of doom. A very well crafted beer, one that is defenitely made for a cold cold night with snow and wind and a fire in stove. Sweet, rich and malty, this one is a sure sipper. Another hit from HOTD. Recommended. Good beer.

Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Hoppy, lovely tasting, and superior barleywine. Apple juice with some white head lightly covering, this is aged. Integrated woodiness. Average mouthfeel, a bit drying. Exceptional: vanilla, peach, red pepper, grapefruit. Freeze the tongue carbonation.

Photo of ElGordo
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired by a friend at the 2006 HOTD Earth Day Sale. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Body is a pretty, glowing orange-amber color, topped by a half-inch of fairly thick, creamy white head. Carbonation keeps coming, swirling around the etching in the bottom of the glass. Complex aroma of sweet malt, sherry, oak, sweet dark fruit, and a hint of cider vinegar. More than a little alcohol comes through on the nose as well.
Palate is quite complex - sweet and fruity up front, with notes of caramel, treacle, and apricots. Towards the finish the richness of the malt comes through, yielding more of a brown sugar sweetness and a hint of figs. Finish is a bit oaky and full of warmth from the alcohol.
The mouthfeel is purely amazing. Rich, velvety, and smooth, yet still well-carbonated. Just perfect. This beer is definitely a slow sipper, but perfection is meant to be savored. Take your time and enjoy.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.99/5  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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ipa247 for this one. 2009 vintage into a Southampton oversized snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Bottle opens with a hiss but a heavy pour barely generates a thin layer of off-white cream colored head that dissipates quickly into a few thin wisps. Beer is an attractive, clear, dark reddish bronze. Lacing is spotty with great cling and thick, oily legs. Good for the style.

Nose is oak, pineapple, brown sugar, vanilla, and booze with hints of grape skin. Very aromatic, sweet, and appetizing. Unique.

Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Rotting wood towards the end with hints of grape skin bitterness and tartness. Finishes woody. Like the oak it was aged in came off in the beer. Decent but again, a bit strange.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and oily and warm going down. Finish is messy and accented with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Solid.

A very different beer than what I had expected if only for the strange rotting wood-grape skin flavor that is prevalent towards the middle and end. A solid brew that is very unique for the style.

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, obtained from timtheenchanta and the blue max bif...definitely not retired, batch #64

enjoyed right after a sample of the standard Fred. split with a man who has chosen darkness

appearance: poured into a snifter...appearance very similar to that of the original Fred. muddy/murky amber wth a bubbly beige froth that laces well throughout

smell: oak aging evident immediately...i am getting more citrus than pine in this version which serves for a nice contrast. creamy vanilla, nice aroma

taste: a lot different from the original Fred I think...still pretty high bitterness but more revolving around citrus than pine...pulpy grapefruit. A high flavour profile provided by the oak aging that leaves this one very woody with a creamy vanilla kick

mouthfeel: smooth, diverse, juicy, woody, boozy

drinkability; enjoyable

Photo of prototypic
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Release

Appearance: This one's clear and a nice looking copper color. It's capped with a large vanilla colored head that stands two and a half fingers tall. Retention was outstanding. It stuck around a long time. Thick waves of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: Caramel/Toffee malts are really strong and sweet smelling. It's complemented by a very nice wood or oaked smell. The wood comes through very strong. It's a little leathery and features a fine tobacco aroma. There's some secondary notes of dark fruit (primarily prune) and vanilla. Man, this is one deep beer. There's a wealth of aromas here that work very well together. Alcohol is noteable, but at 10% it's tough to hide.

Taste: The flavor profile is easily as impressive as the nose, if not moreso. It actually starts off a little spicy. There's some light pepper and other spices I can't identify. It is very malty and sweet. The malts give it a very nice backbone. Ancillary leather and tobacco flavors are apparent and really add a lot to this beer. I love that flavor. It is oaky and features a distinct wood-like flavor. On the tail, there's a nice prune flavor and some vanilla notes. There's also some fruity apple and pear flavors. Alcohol is noteable, but it's masked pretty well for a 10% beer. This is very deep and full of character. Extremely impressive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thick and chewy. Carbonation level is a little high, but it retains a pretty smooth feel. It could be smoothed out a little, but it's far from offensive. Drinkability is good despite its strength. My bottle indicates the abv is 10%. That's pretty steep for more than a single bottle.

Fred from the Wood's a hell of an impressive beer. It's very big and chock full of flavor. It's got a lot of depth and character. I really like the oak or wood flavor of this beer. It adds a lot. Truly a gem. Highly recommended if you can find a bottle.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage

Poured into a Chimay Goblet, is a deep dark brown-red color, not translucent at all, thin off white head that isn't going away.

I smell alot of oak, it reminds me of the smell of a winery (I grew up in California wine country), hints of sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruit.

Taste is not too far off from the smell, dates and raisin sweetness followed by a pleasantly bitter citrusy hop flavor, and finishing with a vanilla oaky taste and a warm alcohol flavor. Almost reminiscent of red wine.

Medium bodied and slightly under carbonated, but that is typical of a high gravity barleywines.

A very tastey brew, but it is a heavy 10% barleywine. You're not really going to drink that many of them in one night, but it is not a fight to finish it either.

Photo of mikey711
2.66/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From Batch 64, poured into s snifter

A: A murky brown wih a big off white head and very good lacing. Some sediment sits in the glass.

S: HMMM, it smells exactly like A1 steak sauce... There is a hint of leather and some heat. Very stange and it makes me want a steak

T: Yeah still some A1, but lots of smokiness and sweetness. As it warmed up a bit more it continued to get better as more of the vanilla and oak comes out.

M: Boozy and sweet, but a bit lighter in body than I anticipated.

D: I am wondering if I got a bad bottle of this and am willing to try it again, but this time it want a bit tough to drink.

Note: I tried this bottle again to give it a second chance. Way to sweet for my liking and still reminding me too much or steak sauce

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip. 2009 bottle served at the HotD tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky amber. Off white head with nice lacing. A surprisingly good look this old bottle.

Smell - Apples, lots of oak, pale malts. Oxidation and a touch of acidity that has me worried and intrigued.

Taste - Big fruity flavor up front. Apples and some cherry. Sourness is light, but sustained throughout the drink. Oxidized. Huge oak and vanilla. The malts taste darker than the nose lets on and from what I remember of regular Fred. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet, but the oak cuts it nicely. Slightly astringent. The sourness adds a layer but isn't a detriment.

Overall - The aging has made this a fascinating beer. Very complex. Would have loved to have tried this fresh.

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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 486 ratings.