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

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BA SCORE
94
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407 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 487
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to give this one a try. Cheers to Doopie for breaking out the three bottle Fred lineup including the regular, this one and the bourbon wood versions.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Six months in new American oak barrels

APPEARANCE: Much darker than the regular Fred. Pours a one finger, medium looking white head with good retention. Hazy maroon red with no carbonation evident. Slight wisp remains and leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Heavy oak on the nose here, with vanilla, caramel and toffee as well. Light spices with lots of oak and wood on the nose.

TASTE: Lots of oak and wood again here, with vanilla, caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Sweet finish of more wood, butterscotch and toffee sweetness. Little bitterness, but very sweet with lots of wood.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A little lighter than the regular version, semi-creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down okay with a touch of heat and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Really nice here. Not quite as well balanced and interesting as the base beer, as the oak aging has made it somewhat one-dimensional, but this is still a delicious treat. I'd drink this one again for sure, but wouldn't bother seeking it out. Thanks again Doopie!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:57:30 | More by Jeffo
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev 0%

01-12-2014 15:31:49 | More by claspada
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ChanChan

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

01-05-2014 07:22:47 | More by ChanChan
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akang

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-25-2013 15:53:22 | More by akang
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-21-2013 23:58:48 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-21-2013 23:55:14 | More by kjkinsey
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-20-2013 23:09:34 | More by Shmeal
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BeerBucks

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-15-2013 21:45:44 | More by BeerBucks
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Sisky

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-15-2013 01:41:30 | More by Sisky
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

12-14-2013 21:15:37 | More by Rhettroactive
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

12-14-2013 21:15:22 | More by IrishColonial
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

12-14-2013 21:03:09 | More by siege06nd
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billyshears

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 14:40:31 | More by billyshears
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brotherliam

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-11-2013 22:05:05 | More by brotherliam
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. 2013 vintage.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna brown color. Produced a lovely frothy tan to eggshell colored head. nice retention and lacing for the style and ABV in mind.

(S)- A very inviting aroma. A big underlying sweetness behind it with hints of a figgy raisin combo. Very deep and robust leathery tobacco oak nuances. Ever so slight vanilla and molasses kiss on the finish.

(T)- Very complex. The oak barrel really shines in this with robust leather and tobacco profile. You get a nice subtle char note from the barrel as well that meets just a little bit of cocoa and vanilla combined with a figgy raisin nuance. Even still throughout its underlying flavors, the subtle oaky sweetness just fits this so well.

(M)- A nice carbonation level for the style. It is really well balanced and layered complexity. Superb oak barrel integration and a very well hidden ABV, though perhaps a bit lighter in alcohol than most of Alan's barrel variants.

(O)- Its amazing how much a barrel can change and integrate itself into the base beer when it is done the right way. Very harmonious yet robust and balanced. Simply superb.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 22:47:36 | More by sweemzander
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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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T_Hass

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-01-2013 00:35:47 | More by ncaudle
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camartin27

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-27-2013 19:49:05 | More by YieldToNothing
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. Poured in to snifter.

A - Murky deep brown; almost completely opaque with a thin layer of dirty white head.

S - Big woody/oak aroma up front with toffee, caramel and a candy-like sweet aroma.

T - Charred oak, toffee, burnt sugar, molasses, tobacco (which really intensifies as the beer warms) and a hint of smoke.

M - Full body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:01:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-20-2013 06:29:12 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 year bottle as a lucky grab from a shelf in Ocean Beach. Pours a murky amber color with a small toffee colored creamy looking head. Aroma of honeycomb, molasses, maple syrup, some lemony soapy aroma. Flavor is big sweet toffee, figs, maple syrup, honey, bready, sweet brown sugar and molasses, oak, vanilla. Vanilla oak, tobacco, and maple on the finish, lingering dry on the palate. Light booze and warmth but the dryness of the oak keeps it in check. Heavy bodied but still with medium high carbonation that prickles the tongue. Huge complex flavors. Awesome brew and I was surprised how much oak remained on this after 4 years.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:54:21 | More by BMMillsy
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-09-2013 22:13:32 | More by MCain04
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strongaf

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

11-04-2013 08:22:20 | More by strongaf
Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.