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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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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 489
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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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cognac looking copper with almost no head or lacing.
Smell is very woody and bitter.
Tastes very woody and musky. Oak and peat in the front followed by a bitter and astringent finish. Honestly I was a little disappointed in this. I expected a nice sweet barleywine with some nice sweetness with some woody notes to balance it. What I got was a rather bitter and biting brew that more resembled a brown ale on steroids than a wood aged barleywine.
With some sharp cheese this is very nice. I'm not sure how drinkable it is by itself.
Edit as of 11-08: Got exactly what I expected from the above. Nicely sweet with woody overtones. None of the bitterness of the first brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 03:45:23 | More by kirok1999
Photo of mikesgroove

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
Photo of mcallister


4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64

Pours a deep amber with orange translucency. Small off white head fades quickly leaving no lacing.

Layers of aroma. Rose petal, sweet oak, toasty vanilla, earth, floral hop, lively acidity, golden raisin, buttered biscuits, fresh ripe fig, grilled pineapple, brown sugar and quince. With many more things circulating round and round ready to be gathered in.

Well I tried this batch around a year ago and thought it was way to young and green. Now it's beginning to taste unbelievable. The oak has really taken a turn for the better and is balancing nicely with the toffee malty buttered biscuit flavors. A thick earthy tobacco flavor shows through on the mid palate and finishes with a full palate of vanilla, hop bitterness, hints of maple, a floral grassy almost herbal note on the finish shows good RS for balance. Man the new American oak lends such a pleasing flavor to this beer and has a mellow silky thick mouthfeel with a bit of a spritzy burst on the finish. Finish is long and decadent. This is a beer I could easily drink all day regardless of alcohol which by the way is hidden completely. Sweet raisiny, date flavors with a ripe fig finish, again grilled fruits which lend toward pineapple. Layers just keep going and going like pink bunny.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 21:12:34 | More by mcallister
Photo of fartingdog


3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 64

A- Rich amber with a small head.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, faint esters- smells dee-lish!

T- Ooh boy, lots of oak, rich, somewhat sweet, tannic. Pretty good, but the oak is a little heavy.

M- Rich like Fred, but leaves some tannic bitterness. Alcohol is definitely noticable, warms the throat.

D- Pretty decent, but the oaky dryness can be a little much.

A decent beer, would be stellar if the oak and tannic dryness was cut back. I wonder if that would settle with some serious age? Note to self- hold the 2007 version for a looong time to see.

Addendum- as i drank the beer, the tannins and oakiness began to subside (or rather I got adjusted to it), it became quite delectable- I was sad to see the last drop go! Damn good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:08:43 | More by fartingdog
Photo of BEERchitect


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
Photo of BlindPig


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64 (I believe 2006)

Pours with a dense 2" off white head which is kind of creamy looking. The head sits on a lightly cloudy amber body with some orange and brown hues in it. Pretty good head retention and leavs a nice lacing covering the top and sticking to sides of glass too.In the nose you find a nice big oak and vanilla. Some grapefruits, oranges, hints of alcohol, some sugars, sweet caramels, and a hint of toffee all come through very nicley and all blended together well. The wood does stand out on it's own and not hidden.
All the flavors are very strong but well blended together. If you let it sit for a few more years and think they would get even better accompanied with each other and round out the brew even more. Big hop flavor, grapefruit, orange, and a light lemon zest. The wood is also noticeable without being hidden to much at all. Really tastes nice and has a light tobacco to it. Sweet caramel malts help pull this brew together and really gives everything something nice to stand on. The alcohol tickles the tongue and gives you a nice strong but soothing warming at the end too. Has a medium to full body and is a bit dry yet sticks to the mouth. Low to medium carbonation in it also. In the aftertaste you have the wood, grapefruit, orange, hint of sweetness, light tobacco, light to medium bitterness all over the tongue, and a soothing warming.
Just a great beer. I think if I let it sit for about 2 years it will be fantastic. Everything will blend together that much more and the pronounced hops will die down a bit and just make it smoother.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 04:15:14 | More by BlindPig
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3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sat on this for about a year; kept at 47F in a DBF. Opened in honor of a mini-fast; drank after my own Oaked BW, of which this bears a striking resemblance.

A nice, amber with a slight off-white head, clear after a careful pour into a des Rocs goblet.

Sweet, sappy, young American Oak aroma. Odd phrasing, but: "slightly pungent" comes to mind. Not quite savory, but the aroma hangs in there in the nether regions between sweet and bitter that are usually in a beer.

Flavor is hinting at the same, but much more of the sweetness comes through, but reasonably balanced by some clean bittering hops. A little alcohol comes through at the end. A bit too sappy up front, as the initial hit reminds your tongue of what light wood looks like.

Medium heavy, not overly syrupy, a light creaminess across the tongue. Fits the flavors well.

Good, but really not as good as a plain, fresh Fred.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 02:12:43 | More by unklesyd
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64. 12oz bottle from the bottling for RateBeer.com. 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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 23:40:14 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of ElGordo


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 07:05:30 | More by ElGordo
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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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New York

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 64. Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

a - pour a deep amber/brown, smallish tan head with retention around the edges, not much lacing, very cloudy

s - I didn't care much for the aroma of this one, a bit of funkiness, some wet dog, a little oak as it warmed

t - malty sweetness up front, intense citrusy hops in the body that evolve into a nice smooth oakiness, some vanilla, slight sourness on the finish surprisingly, not much alcohol noticeable

m - moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, somewhat dry finish, some warming

d - fairly drinkable, but this is a big beer, alcohol not that noticeable in the taste though the warming is evident, doesn't wear out the palate too much

Great aged/oaked version of Fred by HOtD. I would love to try bottles of FftW and Fred side-by-side to really appreciate what aging has done to this brew. I was just let down by the aroma. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 20:26:14 | More by WeisGuy
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel kind of dumb for not checking to see the batch number on the beer I had (at Collins Pub in Seattle), but have to assume it was the 64 as well.

This beer was nothing short of incredible. Much sweeter, richer and complex then the regular Fred (which is also quite excellent). The beer pours a lovely golden honey color, with great head retention and outstanding lacing. This beer is pure nectar on the nose and palate, tasting (and smelling) of clover honey, cherries and vanilla. This beer is so rich and sweet that you'd think it would be cloying, and certainly I can't imagine drinking more then a single bottle of this stuff. However, the aroma was literally mouth-watering, and the beer was not tiring to drink. This beer has great presence on the palate, with a very long, lingering finish. Truly this is very serious stuff. Excellent beer from HOTD.

Edit from 12/29/12. So, am drinkng the last bottle of the case of the 2008 I purchased at the old warehouse location in spring 2008. It's truly amazing how well this beer ages. Carbonation is still pretty decent, at least for a beer more than 4 years old. On both the nose and palate, this beer has mellowed into a thing of beauty. There's chocolate, malt balls, caramel and butter scotch on the nose, with a hint of underlying skunkiness that only adds to the experience. The beer is fairly sweet on the palate, with butterscotch, vanilla, caramel, gingerbread, molasses and still some underlying hoppy bitterness. The sweetness comes on a bit strong, which is really the only problem I have with this beer now, but it's still absolutely delicious. Alcohol is a bit more noticeable in this beer then it was 3 or 4 years ago, but this still doesn't come across as a 10% abv. beer. Excellent, and an absolute testiment to the ability of brewer Alan Sprints. Wish I had more, but it's probably just as well to drink this up.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 13:03:47 | More by John_M
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for bringing over this beauty...I missed out on the buy.
Batch # 64
Appears a semi-transparent copper with a 1 finger off-white, fluffy head. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, oak, slight funk w/ butterscotch, tobacco, herbs, maple, cherries, dark fruit pectins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas highlighted with the caramel, vanilla oak, tobacco, maple, raw sugar, and fruit.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, lightly bitter, along with a mild booziness. Pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 22:32:24 | More by weeare138
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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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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 20:38:15 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of blackie


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: In the snifter, the beer has a nice ring of carbonation that remains throughout. The color is a deep golden-amber in color.

smell: Dank oak saturated with sugary, toasted malt liquids carried to the nose on waves of ethanol. Notes of caramelized sugars and vanilla. Grainy breads. Notes of light tobaccos. Various fruits, maybe even some orange. Candied hops.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body full.

taste: Sweet, fresh oak wood impregnated with caramelized sugars. The oak is a bit, uh, spicy?...and lends flavors of tobacco and woody vanilla. Very oaky, interesting, and good. Nice level of toasted malt flavor, and just about the right level of bitterness cleaning up the finish.

drinkability: another easy sipper...the oak aging seems to have tempered the strong ethanol and hop presences found in the regular Fred

split with dirtylou while in Madison

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 23:15:06 | More by blackie
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4.38/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 22:46:56 | More by dirtylou
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, an excellent beer from Alan Sprints at Hair of the Dog. Not sure if it's retired--I just bought a bottle that says Batch 64, but don't remember how often it's made from talking to Alan during our tour. But this bottle was great with a white head that foamed up and dropped light. Dirty brown color, hazy, tons of alcohol in the nose plus the wood is dominating--rasins, dark fruity esters, complex, very cool. Taste follows exactly what you smell--awesome. I can see where some who don't love barleywine as I do, as well as wood, could see it as out of balance and overpowering, to which I say, drink a different beer and leave this one to those who love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 15:57:19 | More by FightingEntropy
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, retiring this seems moot, as a batch was released this year. Can anyone really say a beer is officially retired less than one year after any release?

RB Edition. I lather up with Ylang-ylang shampoo, and it froths a wispy silk of off-white. Frilly. Out the door, the sun sets on a crystal clear Pontiac evening, with dust particles dancing the light into an array of soft peaches and henna. Someone opens a bottle of honey and blends it with rosewater, cognac and white-tea. A chardonnay cork is dropped on the floor. Out of the shower, I breathe deep over a pot of stewing sage. I take a spoonful and get a wicked mouthful of alcoholic hot rice pudding, replete with raisins and cream. The delivery man arrives with a huge fruit basket of fresh Harry and David Bosc Pears, Honeycrisp Apples and California Plums. We send him out the door with a bouquet of Baby’s Breath and pine needles. I sneak a pinch of my grandfathers apple tobacco and roll it with tissue paper, smoking it secretively in my closet. My neighbor finishes his bottle of Old Grandad. A bite of the tall grasses in our old potato field leaves a long smack of plant material. It reminds me of firing weapons. I’m continually caressed by spicy mexican Vanilla beans, orchid blossom, orange rind and galanal, with musky spice splendor.

Such insane balance. The fruits are so full of character and distinguishable. The sweetness is not cloying, only pleasurable. And the hop work, out of this world. I was much more taken with this, then I was with the regular Fred. The yeast and bread fade in this example and the fruit malt and alcohol tones really shine. Amazing. It really grows on me and I’m impressed with the quality of the carbonation for a barrel aged beer. I much rather like fresh Oak as an aging implement that Bourbon Barrels.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 00:47:31 | More by CharlesDarwin
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3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 10% ABV, Batch 64. Upon opening and pouring, there seemed to be a great amount of carbonation. The appearance was a hazy copper/orange color, and there was a huge frothy white head. The head retention on this was outstanding, particularly when considering the size of this beast. Nice sticky patches of lace were left when the head finally did decide to disappear. Big woody aroma, coconut, and alcohol. Maybe a bit of citrus as well, but mostly wood. Sweetness up front, a rich and robust caramel flavor. Very woody and warming. A hint of ripe fruit, and some citrusy hop flavor, with a fair amount of bitterness. The flavors are dominated by wood, and the beer finishes very dry. Medium body. This dog needs to sit for a while, a long while. The woody character was a bit much for me, but may be enjoyed by others who love barrel-aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 02:32:24 | More by Bierguy5
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 02:43:21 | More by JasonA
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at my friends birthday party last weekend. Not sure what batch.

Pours a crystal clear auburn. Light head, but lingers around.

This beer has a very strong and apparent oak nose. I don't think they used a bourbon barrel. Or maybe they didn't barrel at all and just put wood in the fermenter like Stone does with the oaked AB.

The taste is all oak. After a while you can get past it and pick up the good malt backbone and hop presence associated with an American Barley wine. I personally love oak (in beer and all my BBQ'ing), so I enjoyed the very strong oak flavor. I could see someone else thinking it was to strong.

Probably not something I'll go out of my way to get in a trade or something. I could drink it again if some one was offering, but leave it at that.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 17:57:09 | More by Callenak
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass hazy amber golden with a low, off-white to almost yellow, long lasting and persistent head.

The aroma was strong, strong oak tannin character. The oak character of the aroma led to a light bit of vanilla coupled with a strong presence of bourbon. Some malt and caramel was present but it existed so far behind the oak that it was difficult to tell it was present at all.

The flavor was malty with a strong bourbon and oak presence. With the oak came a strong caramel character and a smoky presence with a lightly tart but citrusy hop flavor and bittering. The bittering was also resinous and grassy, but it took the palate time to fatigue to the bourbon and oak enough to tell that those characteristics were present.

The finish was even heading toward dry with lasting strong bourbon and oak into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was full and almost viscous with a medium level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The oak and bourbon were just at the edge of being over the top. This one may need to age for many more years before it shows it's true character and becomes a highly drinkable beer.

12 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions. Batch 64.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 22:59:39 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 20:15:50 | More by bwyker
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64 (12oz) in an Authentic German style Luettich Balloon glass -

Peering into this burnt amber brew, I am lost in the opaqueness that exists within. As I pour the contents of the bottle into my clear glass, I am awed, but the aromas of peat, smoke stained oak, while a slight hop, "pineyness" lingers.
Allowing the head of this glorious, well aged beer, I notice how the foam slides down the side creating creases of lace before disappearing beneath the surface.
The first sip allows initial hopped goodness, while a smoked peat and oak seems to roam freely across my taste buds, and blankets me in spiciness as it slides down my throat.
A beer that demands to be aged for sure, I look forward to cracking another open in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:53:21 | More by mnapier
Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
94 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.