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

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 492
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 506
Gots: 108 | 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: 232 | Hads: 492
Photo of pmarlowe
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. 12oz bottle at the HotD pub. Tulip.

A: Pours a honeyish amber, decent clarity and a smattering of light beige head. A couple streaks of lacing. A fizzle of carbonation is noticeable on the pour... nice! Thin ring of foam remains for awhile.

S: Beautiful oak, spice, and a little tobacco on top of the usual Fred. Maybe some coconut.

T: Lots of sweetish honey and oak, stone fruit, some brightness, finishing with slightly tannic quality. Long honey finish.

M: Medium-full carbonation. Light carbonation is perfect (and surprising!).

O: Very nice, oak forward beer. Less spice and more honey qualities than Fred, and it loses the Pinot Gris character. Tasty stuff, though not quite to the level of Adam/Matt (prolly due to the base). In any case, well balanced, and the barrel treatment enhances the base beer. (828 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.56/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from the 08 vintage shared with Kyle.

Yellowish carbonated beverage surprise.

Pear juice predominantly. Actually, this is surprising. There's no wood, no depth, no real complexity from a brewery that tends to nail layers and depth. Hurumph...

Sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Big red apple, skins and all. A bit mushy perhaps. A big honey sweetness as well. Just fruit juice and a slightly cloying floral syrupy finish.

Not sure whether Fred is just not my bag, or that aging has done this beer ill, or both. As is, this is just a messy bottle of fruit syrup that doesn't stand up well. A disappointment. (621 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. This was a 12 oz. bottle from the original batch, tried side by side with a 3 year old bottle of Fred and Bourbon Fred From the Wood. This one was by far the best of the three.

a - Pours a dark amber color, one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the other two but slightly darker and murkier.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, oak, cedar, cherry, vanilla, caramel. Nose is awesome, nice and sweet with some definite cherry and wood in the there. Love it.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, mint, herbal notes, cherries, sweet dark fruits, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, toasted malts. Again, nice cherry and sweet dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not hot and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer; up their with Cherry Adam from the Wood as probably my favorite HOTD beer. Just a lot of wood, cherries, and sweet dark fruits, would love to get more of this one. (958 characters)

Photo of claaark13
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

je-dwards hooks it up big time by nearly rounding out the HotD variety pack for me. It seems that the only "good" one missing is Dave. 2008 bottle poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Darker, bright orange with a thick white head. Good looking legs.

S - Caramel, candied fruits. Somewhat like fresh apples mixed with raisin/grape. Some wood and pepper notes. Some cheese can be found. Really interesting.

T - Caramel fruits, apples with a hint of grape, cherry, citrus, hint of brown sugar, warm and almost spicy wood finish. There is almost a tartness about this. The apple and grape skin really come through mid-flavor. The more I sip, the more I can pick up the light tobacco notes mid-flavor and finish as well.

M - Thicker body that sticks to the palate.

O - This reminds me in certain ways to an older Stille Nacht without woodiness. Regardless, the bottle I had was great. Extremely interesting, probably my favorite ASA I've had. (960 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Mac, appreciate it. 2008 vintage.

The beer has a very nice hazy look that is close to brown with a little bit of orange tinged into it. Nice ring of head and great lacing.

The smell is very interesting, it smells to me like a strong aromatic wood like cedar. Fresh herbs like mint in there along with some berry like notes and an (approaching) wild yeast aroma in there as well. Peppery notes. Have never quite smelled something like that.

The taste is a bit more conventional in flavor, very complex and flavorful with some nice caramel notes and a touch of vanilla in the wood. The herbs and berries/cherry make an apperance in there as well, with a touch of mint it's very tasty and interesting. Some dark fruits and leather as well, but also a Belgian yeast (perhaps some Brett?)/malt profile too, can definitely taste a little age but it plays well with the flavors already in there.

Mouth is nice, smooth feel with a good body, not too much alcohol but a little warmth. Not much carbonation and I really don't think it needs it.

This is an excellent beer, much worth seeking out. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz on tap at the brewery. 2008.

A: Hazy brown like cola. A bit of head overrun which settles into a thin lacing. Good presence on the glass.

N: Toffee, tannins, vanilla, caramel.

T: Heavy on the oak. The wood lends the normal descriptors as well as an acidity. Prunes and soaked raisins. Plenty of sugar and noticeable alcohol.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Sits down on the tongue. Very sticky.

O: Very tasty. This one isn't as great as the 2007, but well worth checking out. Still requires more development time, oddly enough whereas the 2007 was near perfect when I last had it. This might be the fault of keg aging and not bottle aging, though. (646 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.
The screams of drink me coming from the bottle proved to be too much tonight. Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a huge beige head that persists forever and leaves lots of sticky lace on the way down. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, slight bit of sherry, lightly earthy and sweet dark fruity. Taste is caramel and sugary sweet with an earthy herbal edge and a distinct bit of alcohol presence. I could sip on this thing all night long if only that damn bottle wasn't so small. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Wood aged, but I get very of that in the aroma or flavor. It's a damn fine barleywine just the same. Maybe the wood was subtle and has faded, but I'd drink the shit out of these if I could. (792 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My plan was to have a bottle of the 08 at the tap room since I have already had the 07, and I always miss this one on tap. Well, not today. The 2008 is on tap. Finally!

A - Served a dark cloudy auburn brown with a smaller light tan head that lingers for longer than I could wait.

S - The oaky woodness hit me first, then some nice carmel toffee and fruity tones.

T - Sweet carmel, but not overly sweet, wood, toffee, butterscotch, and fruit. The fruit kinda reminded me of red apples, but not exactly. Very delicious.

D - Great carbonation, I was a bit worried after the Bourbon Fred mishap. The body was smooth and well balanced. This one was very drinkable to me.

O - A true delight. I am glad that I finally got to try this one on tap. Now, I just want more. (767 characters)

Photo of Mahlik
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at HotD tasting room. Poured into a HotD tulip glass. 2008 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours a murky greenish-brown with a thin white head. Head dissipates quickly to leave behind a very thin crown around the glass. Little to no lacing. Has a very slick appearance.

S- A sweet malt aroma similar to a number of more popular barleywines. Caramel and toffee notes. Lots of oak on the nose. The Belgian candi comes through as well. Subtle vanilla notes as the beer warms. Alcohol stings the nose a bit.

T- As expected, the hops have all but disappeared from the flavor. More of the sweet malts. Caramel, toffee with candi and brown sugar create a quite sweet taste. Orange zest and subtle tobacco notes. But the vanilla and oak help create a bit of balance to prevent this beer from hitting sickening levels of sweet.

M- Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Body is a bit slick and syrupy. Alcohol gives this one some warmth that almost puts it in the sipper category. But it's pretty easy to drink considering.

O- HotD makes beer like nobody else and this beer is a great example. A little sweeter than I'm used to but sill outstanding. The "from the wood" series bring a level of complexity that you don't find in too many beers. A must try. (1,261 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a murky, brown/orange color with a thin white head scattered across the to of the beer. Nice color to it.

I get a lot of the woody oak in the aroma with some notes of toasty coconut and vanilla coming out. I get some sweeter, candied malts with some caramel, brown sugar and orange flavors to it. The oak compliments it pretty well.

The taste also has a strong oak presence throughout it. Candied oranges, brown sugar and caramel all come out of the sweet, maltiness. In the finish though is where I start to get something like an oak aged orange juice flavor starting to take over that was a little overpowering.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty good beer but it started to feel a little overly sweet and juicy the more I got into it. The oaked orange juice flavor was tough to get out of my mind after I noticed it. I did like that it had some unique and interesting flavors to it though. It was a pretty good beer overall, but not one that really stood out to me compared to their other beers. (1,127 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A - Pours a caramel brown with just a layer of fine bubbles on the surface.
S - big caramel aomra, i'm almost picking up bourbon. There is alot of oak and maybe just a hint of citrus.
T - there is alot of caramel flavor along with some nice citrus notes. The oak is big here and melds nicely with the rest of the flavor.
M/D - its actually very easy to drink. Its a syrupy mouthfeel with very light carbonation. Its smooth all the way through the mouth and goes down too easy. (490 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2009 care of Joe, what a crazy awesome extras included in one of his boxes. Thank you good sir! Poured into a matching HOTD tulip, this brew appears a fairly clear copper color with a yellowish stained finger of froth that holds across the top with fairly good retention. Had I not topped off my glass, the brew would be perfectly clear but a sloppy pour let a few bits of yeast get into the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain the cap across the top with stunning retention for a barrel aged brew with double-digits abv. Patches of lacework stick along the glassware.

The smell of this offering is pretty stunning. Knowing the barrels this brew was aged in did not previously hold a spirit for aging has led me to finally draw a line of comparison of character to other brews aged in the same fashion. The aroma displays a lightly tangy alcohol inclusion mixed with some vanilla, raw oak, char to lightly burnt qualities, caramel and toffee. There is a seemingly juicy sweet character present almost like candied oranges included here as well which I am assuming to be a combination of hops and alcohol esters.

The taste is exactly what you would expect based off the aroma. Bitter candied oranges meets some light fruity alcohol burn and warmth down the back of the throat. Burnt caramel to toffee mixes with raw oak and vanilla sweetness. The brew never gets to be too sweet as it is contrasted by a moderate amount of hoppy bitterness that is lightly piney. At times the grain inclusion gets to be a bit toasty taking this brew off in another enjoyable dimension.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is a bold sipper yet has been tamed with the barrel aging. I am loving what the barrel did to this brew. Let't not fool ourselves, that 10% abv is not hiding here but even while it is out in the open, the broad display of character makes for one very enjoyable and deeply complex brew to sit and savor. I need more of this. Thank you again Joe! (2,019 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I was able to have a bottle at my local bar. It poured a nice deep honey color with a thin soapy head. The oak aromas poured out of this beer complimented with tobacco, grains and some old world spices, massive nose. The flavors followed the nose really well and were just as robust, strong oak and tobacco flavors with spices and subtle grains. It has a huge body to match the huge flavors and aromas.

Verdict: This was a 2009 vintage and it was pretty darn incredible. It’s hard to find, but the 2011 vintage is around the corner, highly recommended. (601 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room (Portland, OR) on 9/3/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Initially pouring a murky brown, this does eventually clears out into a brilliant ruby, topped with a thin cap of off-white foam. This retains nicely, with a rich creaminess around the edges of the glass that throws up a rich looking cascade of spotty froth, which dots the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, caramelized sugars, some even darker brown sugars, and a splash of vanilla. This has a very sweet presence in the nose but the green woody tannins of the barrel do bring this back just a touch. Going deeper into this reveals a core of extra sweetness and slightly singeing warmth but that’s only if you really decide to get in there.

The taste is wow, just RICH with molasses, brown sugars, and vanilla flavors that drench the mouth with a sticky sweetness. Deep wood notes finish this hard, with a dry and burnt feel that really parches the palate at times. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big creaminess that fills the mouth yet this still moves easily thanks to a undercurrent of sleek tannic character. The robust flavors and well done feel combine to do an incredible job of hiding that 10% ABV here. I’m not sure if this was the 2008 edition that they had previously had on tap here earlier in the year but if it was, I could definitely see a couple years of aging helping smooth out and hide that alcohol as well.

This is one that I’ve wanted to sit down with for a while now and it didn’t disappoint. It’s amazing how the burnt sugars from the barrel aging really transform this into something much darker and even sweeter than it originally was. This was a complete joy to drink. I savored every drop. (1,757 characters)

Photo of Jules11788
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy, burnt/dark golden color; pinky-width head, medium lacing

S: Sweet oak and malt with notes of toffee and caramel; slight subtle tartness on the back of the nose

T: Sweet malts with some bitter toffee and a slightly oaky character; finishes with a bitter maltiness

M: Medium thickness, lightly carbonated; soft and buttery on the tongue

O: This was a really interesting beer. It was a little too sweet for my preference, but I found it very enjoyable nonetheless (483 characters)

Photo of NWer
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened by colonelforbin, thanks Mike. I don’t remember the batch but it was bottled in 2009.

A: Pours a dirty iced-tea brown with a thick light tan head that held great retention and left pretty good lacing down the glass.
S: The nose is all fruit with notes of blueberries, blackberries, and a few different red berries. I get a bit of musty wood and some sweet caramel/raisins as well.
T: Oak mixed with tons of berries and warming alcohol. I still get the flavors of blueberries and blackberries from the nose. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste warm.
M: Medium body, clean mouthfeel and even carbonation. The alcohol feels good for being double digits.
O: Looking back on my old Fred review I can see the similarities between the beers. This is definitely just as good as the original. (800 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

Pours a hazy, reddish amber with a fluffy, 3-finger, off-white head that has nice retention while leaving some wet lacing that follows the head down the glass.

The smell is wood, some very light citrus hop aroma and sweet sweet malt.

The taste is wood, lots of sweet malt and an ever so slight hint of citrus hops. The oak and vanilla are very evident after the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Love the taste, especially the vanilla and oak in/after the finish and the way it sits in your mouth. I would very much like to try this fresh and aged on tap. Unfortunately this wasn't available when I was there mid-July though I did have some awesome brews on tap at the time. I like this a lot and have to recommend it. (766 characters)

Photo of richalexander78
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at the brewery. Awesome! Def more wood aging than from the bottle. This was heavy and strong. Most Def a sipper. Great hops and malt with very heavy wood flavor. Drink this one like a port and enjoy slow. I would Def recommend the thee ounce pour. (269 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hair of the Dog on 6/26/11. 2008 vintage!!!

A - Cloudy chestnut brown liquid with a thin off-white ring and patchy film that reduced to a few sparse dots of lace around the glass.

S - Bourbon soaked caramels, oak and woody notes and candy sugar comprise the luscious aroma of this vintage Fred from the Wood. This is one of those beers you can sit and sniff for several minutes before taking your first sip.

T - Sweet and boozy but extremely mellow and tangy with a restrained alcohol presence for a 10% ABV brew. This sucker is mature! Toffee notes, brown sugar, molasses and earthy bitterness rounds out the spectacular flavor of this vintage brew. Simply delicious!

M - Medium to full bodied with a syrupy texture and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes slightly sweet with moderate bitterness on the palate. Rich and luscious!

D - Dee-freakin-liscious! What a treat to have this vintage 2008 version ON TAP! This really mellowed with a few years under its belt. The alcohol was very restrained, surprisingly. Cherry Adam from the Wood was on tap just before, but it kicked right before I got there. This, however, was a more than suitable replacement. (1,162 characters)

Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.