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

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Fred From The WoodFred From The Wood

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407 Ratings
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 488
Gots: 96 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 03:07:19 | More by Sammy
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came from a big 2 or 3 liter swingtop bottle and its from batch 1. So glad I got to try this.

Pours a dark red color with some haze. Very nice color. There is some head but not much retention or lacing.

The oak has pretty much dissapeared from this brew over the years in the bottle. There is a liquor smell though that smells like a scotch or something. Also theres a strong aged malt quality coming out of the glass.

The taste is very powerful and malty. A tiny bit of alcohol is detectable. Sweet developing malt character is the majority of the flavor but theres a whiskey flavor as well. A noticeable bitterness is still in the beer.

Body is medium/heavy and oily. Low/medium CO2. Very drinkable and really enjoyable especially at warmer temps.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 00:12:13 | More by t0rin0
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, earth, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, honey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice wood aged presence going on with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 15:36:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-14-2011 18:54:53 | More by djrn2
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a deep reddish-amber with a nice off-white head that settles down somewhat quickly. The nose is really nice and complex with oak, vanilla, dark fruits, figs, caramel, and some sweet malt.

The taste mixes the oak with the base quite well bringing out a bit of sweetness and fruit. Mouthfeel is really nice and rich, bringing out all the flavors that this has going on. Drinks quite well and is a really nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:35:22 | More by Thorpe429
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64. Polished persimmon with a splash of cherry juice. The beer has a beautiful, rich, gemstone-like color that looks especially good with sunshine behind the snifter. Generous carbonation has created an expansive chunk of pale caramel colored creaminess that has deposited a thick blanket of lace around the circumference of the glass.

The nose has plenty of barleywine power. Each inhale delivers light caramel notes, apricots in apricot brandy, a splash of vanilla and a few stave's worth of oaky woodiness. Although it would be completely out of character, this would be even more outstanding ale if it used a Belgian yeast strain. Then again, what wouldn't?

This particular batch of Fred From The Wood is more than 2 years old... and it has held up beautifully. That's pretty much par for the Hair of the Dog course. If you're cellaring a bottle or six, it tastes like it'll be good for another few years at least.

The multiple members of the flavor profile have used the time to get intimately acquainted. Wooded Fred probably started out as a grizzly bear and is now more like a slightly pissed-off teddy bear. The malt backbone is rock-ribbed and sturdy, with a toasted-earthy-nutty character that suggests a considerable amount of Munich malt. I wouldn't be surprised if candi sugar was used as well.

A decent amount of hop bitterness has managed to survive, which is pretty amazing given the bottling date. Apricots and peaches are still the most apt fruit comparison. Oak comes on like gangbusters as the beer warms. Man oh man, this is classic 'sip slowly and savor' beer. Too bad I traded my other bottles away.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn nice, but it tends to wander away too quickly on the finish. It's silky smooth, just not creamy or luxurious enough for the style and the ABV. This is (arguably) the only area where age has taken a bite of this amazing elixir.

Hair of the Dog has done it once again. Fred was delicious beer and Fred From The Wood is as well. Six months of oak barrel exposure turned great beer into... equally great beer. Yeah, I could have predicted that. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 14:44:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with a bubbly head that leaves shards of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Bounteous waft of caramel, toffee, whisky and sour orange

Taste: Starts with a blast of caramel, brown sugar, citrus and oak, with the woody flavors building mid-palate; after the swallow, the oaky/whisky flavors join with apples, vanilla and bitter herbacious flavors to provide a complex finish

Mouthfeel: Thick but not particularly sticky; moderate carbonation; warming on the finish

Drinkability: While I was slightly disappointed to discover that I prefer plain old Fred, this is nonetheless an extraordinary beer

Thanks, msubulldog25, for the opportunity and to c64person for the chance to re-visit the 2013 version

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 22:00:16 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so I have yet another HotD to try here, this one being a special release edition. I am a big fan of wood aged beers, so this one should be a real treat. This poured a very nice and hazy light brown with a large two inch plus head of foamy tan on top that only gradually decided to fade and nestled down into a layer of lace covering the top and the sides of the glass. The aroma was very interesting, it had a definite wine like character and the wood smell was defiantly a presence. Had a bit of a spiced note to it as well and also a bit of alcohol. The taste was very strong, with a lot of alcohol present in it. There was a very big presence of spice and oak barrel taste to it as well. A dry hop like finish tried to make itself known at the end, but never really got that far past the strong notes from the other flavors. Very nice medium to full body gave it a very sipper like quality. Overall this was pretty good, although I will admit not my favorite offering from them. This seemed like it needed to sit for a while and come back to it later. Just a little to young and the alcohol just a little too strong still. But a quality selection and something I would not hesitate to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 11:49:38 | More by mikesgroove
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

06-11-2012 02:51:53 | More by nmann08
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Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium yellow color ale with a small foamy white head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of oak and sugar is totally dominated by hot alcohol. Taste is totally dominated by hot burning alcohol which is not something that I am usually fond of. Some oak and sweet malt were discernable but still totally overshadowed by the alcohol. I honestly could hardly taste the original Fred in here and I sure could not tell if there were any hops in there. I’m glad I got the chance to try that one but it sure is not something I will seek again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 18:50:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of complexity going on in here. Starts off with an intensly sweet, musty, woody, earthy aroma that soon settled into deep, dark, dehydrated fruit scents. Appearance is heartily viscous with some letting and with a thin foamstand that held firm. A rich chesnut color with a mild haze. Flavors pick up on a medium molassas sweetness with dates, figs, plumbs, raisins, prunes. A big hop balance brings citrus frutis (grapefruits and oranges), tropical fruits (pineapples and mangos), along with an earthy pine and lemon-grass flavor. The wood aging also brings out an earthy / peaty / musty flavor with some nuttiness and vineous-ness. The texture is full bodied, but smoothened out by the wood aging. Not quite chewey, but close. Finishes sweet and dry (partly from alcohol, partly from hops) with a linger focusing on the sweetness. Fantastic beer. Thanks Clvand0.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 15:49:01 | More by BEERchitect
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a deep, dark red-orange featuring a thin off-white head.

S: Quite a complex nose. The oak is strong up front along with some vanilla notes. Plenty of fruits follow; oranges, cherries, red grapes, and other assorted dark fruits provide a nice sweetness.

T: The oak is not quite as intense initially. Sweet caramel and toffee along with an intense fruitiness. There is a mild bitterness, possibly imparted from the oak. The wood is not as heavy on the vanilla, but provides a bit of a spicy note. Just a touch of chocolatey oxidation to finish things off.

M: The body is medium to full with a somewhat low and smooth level of carbonation.

D: I liked this quite a bit better than regular Fred. Very, very complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 07:28:13 | More by womencantsail
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Suspiciously opaque, medium brown body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Rich, aromatic, malty nose! Woodsy oak, jam-packed with rum-soaked raisins, homemade caramel, vanilla beans, juicy peaches, and honey liqueur.

Taste: Decadently sweet, tasting of honey, dark caramel, and pralines. Bready rye and barley flavor. Some rosebud florals. Hint of dull, earthy spices. A single drop of vanilla extract. Moderate bitterness present. Sip of champagne. Lusciously fruity, with tastes of raisins, peaches, and ripe green apples. Maybe a spritz of lime juice. Woodsy barrel character the pops up midway and grows into the sweetish, fruit-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent! A first-rate barleywine. Crammed to the absolute brim with flavor and complexities, plus they don't skimp on the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 04:07:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-21-2013 23:55:14 | More by kjkinsey
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

12-14-2011 06:56:53 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-29-2012 18:14:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-21-2013 23:58:48 | More by Texasfan549
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a slightly murky golden color with a thin white head. The smell of this beer is powerful. It's got a lot of sweet, boozy, wooden aromas. The taste of the beer is also quite sweet, it's loaded with some caramel flavors, honey, fresh wood and malts. The mouthfeel was thick and oily with a little carbonation to it. Overall I really enjoyed sipping on this beer, it's not a brew to drink fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:57:20 | More by Knapp85
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

2008 vintage. I wanna see the version from the streets: Fred from the 'Hood. Flava Flav would play the lead. I'd see it. Anyway, this less ghetto-fabulous brew pours a lightly murky amber-russet topped by a half-finger of lightly dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises apricot, orange zest, caramel, and butterscotch. The taste does not choose to deviate from this path, though the orange peel flavor is stronger now, and a touch of the alcohol is now noticeable. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a syrupy, almost chewy feel. Overall, a very nice b-wine, one that the couple years seems to have helped (though, not having had it fresh, I don't have anything to compare it to) flourish. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 21:40:27 | More by TMoney2591
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-17-2011 17:20:05 | More by GRG1313
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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden-amber in color. A slow and gentle pour left me with four fingers of frothy head that's barely contained by the glass. The body reveals a massive torrent of tiny bubbles feeding the head. As the head recedes (which takes a long time) it leaves chunky sheets of lace all over the glass. A beautiful beer for sure.

Smell: Oak - a lot of it. Tobacco, brown sugar. Surprisingly mild compared to the taste, and a bit too oak heavy for its own good.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich and sweet; flavors of maple syrup and honey are the first things to hit the palate. The use of new American oak lends a strong tannic quality to the beer that brings to mind spruce, vanilla and tea leaves. As the carbonation subsides the thick, syrupy texture begins to reveal itself - this seems far heavier than the regular Fred. The finish is both sweet and intensely tannic.

Drinkability: Good stuff, but heavy and intense. A 12 oz bottle should happily serve two or more.

Notes: 2008 batch.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:50:12 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 06:48:56 | More by biboergosum
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-14-2011 23:12:48 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage thanks to ChrisPro. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam, thick collar, partial cap and wisps on top. Mostly transparent orange-brown body.

S - It's what you'd expect - an oaky Fred. Less rye than the base beer, although still somewhat spicy and earthy in character. Some floral and honey sweetness from the malt backbone.

T - The taste is quite similar to the base beer as well, with honey, stone fruits, rye, and estery yeast. Some oak and vanilla presence, but not as intense as the aroma. Thankfully loses the tangy rye finish that I dislike in the base beer.

M - Smooth, chewy texture, medium-full in body. Lower carbonation, with a low amount of alcohol warmth. Quite easy drinking considering the ABV.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable stuff. Quite mellow, and a significant improvement on the base beer. I'm going to have to get another bottle or two of this when it's released next.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:51:25 | More by MasterSki
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is the #13 top American Strong Ale on the beeradvocate.com best of styles lists. Bottle shared by bmanning, served in a snifter. Thanks Ben! Long time want here.

Beer is yellowish and hazy with a lazy head, moderate to low carbonation, no lacing.

The aroma is sweet with hints of alcohol, a little wood and perhaps a little tobacco.

The beer is really nice, very good, light on the palate but strong throughout, a great little beer. Again, I wish I had a Fred to taste side by side but this lived up to my memory of Fred, I would have it again, hopefully someday in a side by side with a similar vintage bottle of Fred. Very nice beer here.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 03:54:16 | More by drabmuh
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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 407 ratings.