Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by oregone:
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2008 bottle (12oz) split two ways into tulips:
A: Very low carb. Not an inssue for the style certainly, but only showing some wisps of tiny bubbles from a reasonable pour. Color is caramel with a fair bit of clarity. It does appear very viscous.
S: Holy oak! This is the most pure expression of American oak barrel that I've ever smelled in beer or wine. HUGE coconut and butter aromas with some tropical and spice accents. However, 'beer' character is lacking, and oak alone does not a beer make.
T: Bam. Oak. Same woody coconut lead off. Some oak spiciness. Sweetness (heavy) follows it up with a whole lot of caramelized fruit. A date-coconut dessert. Very much wood driven.
M: Very nice. It could use more carbonation which is a rare thing for me to say about HoTD brews. Even those with similarly low carb. It becomes somewhat cloying after 6oz, but treated like a dessert glass, this is fine, thick, viscous stuff that has commendable concentration and weight.
D: Good for 6oz. However, given that this is effectively a version of the Fred which I happily can consume two bottles of, and considering that at the last sip of this I was not wanting any more, this fares somewhat poorly.
Lest this be construed as anything other than a recomendation I'll be to the point; I highly recommend this beer. I may not love all of the aspects, but it has delicious moments, and perhaps more importantly, it is very unique and a useful tool of exploration into American oak. I now know that 100% new A.O. is far too much for a beer (to my taste). And yet strangely, I'll be looking forward to getting more of this on the next release.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2011 07:56:28 | More by oregone
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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.