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

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 495
Gots: 97 | FT: 13
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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Photo of charlesw
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, weird. This is a BA beer? Ah. Hmm. Right. Well, yeah. I'm comparing it to a BA Old Numskull so maybe... Maybe yeah. Still, I don't get the BA (or however they impart their woodiness) bit. I'd have to compare it to a Fred to really see, I suppose. Not gonna happen tonight. Anyway, what the heck is up with calling this an American BW??? What hop bitterness? And, wow, is it ever thick and sweet. Well, in a 'merican BW there should be the bitterness or some other kind of hoppiness to balance out the sweetness - if it's there. Mind you, hey, it has carbonation so all is not lost! Sometimes... Sometimes I check out other reviews while I'm going over a beer. It's weird. I wonder if we're talking about the same beer. Pronounced bitterness? Where? What? Strange. Ah well.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to inflatablechair for this one. 2008 vintage served in a snifter. Poured a hazy gold with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Bottle conditioned. Fairly carbonated. Lots of oak and vanilla in the aroma with a little alcohol and burnt sugar. Medium to full bodied with a bit of a spritzy mouthfeel. Very deep complex malt flavors. Big wood flavor. Long lingering finish of oak with some alcohol. The oak really worked for me. I would put this in my top 5 for 2008.

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

A friend got this from this years dock sale. It poured very cloudy red/brown color with virtually no head. Smelled very strong of alcohol with a hint of tobacco in there. It had a nice fruity taste to it but the alcohol was there big time. I'm not that big into barleywines but this one is drinkable IMO

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Derek.

A few shades shy of an amber. Thin white head.Stunning in a tulip.

Aroma is caramel, a deep vanilla backbone, and bourbon. Hints of oak are there but more as an accent.

Fred is already one of my favorite beers. This version did not disappoint. Rich and complex sipper. Each component from the aroma melts into a perfect balance on the tongue. As expected, there is a wonderful transformation from cellar temp to room temp.

Thick - coating, sticky mouthfeel.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first off i liked fred alot. so this was pretty much a no brainer from the start.

similar color with smallish white head. color is golden orange. nearly crystal clear.

smells like a barrel. slight sweet. mostly woody goodness.

taste is amazingly complex. you get alot of sweetness like with normal fred but it counter balances the sweet with a big wood flavor. this beer is tasty. i would drink this every day.

i didnt have any trouble drinking this. looking forward to another chance to drink this again.

this beer is fantatic. if you have the opportunity to drink it get it. if you dont. you're a bitch.


Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/29/08. Bottle, 2008. Pours a clear orange with NO head (sad to me because I loved the luscious head of regular Fred). Aroma of a woodshop (fresh pine!) and vague sour/fruity notes (pear in particular). Flavor is quite woody with a nice sour/sweet background. This is more like a wood-barrel aged sour ale than a barleywine. It's very tasty, but a little sharp in terms of the wood/alcohol. It's very interested to me that Fred could have turned into this! I prefer the regular Fred but this is an excellent beer as well. Top-notch.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 9/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 17/20

Update 12/30/08. Had this again and was simply blown away. I don't think there was anything different about the bottles, but the flavors just seemed to blend so well to me. Tons of piney wood and nice sour/light fruity notes. I could really taste the regular Fred in this. Heavy palate, but smooth. This was incredibly awesome to me the second time around. So I've got to change my numbers. 10/4/10/4/19 (4.7/5)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of the 2008 vintage received from the very kind and generous johnmichaelsen. Decanted into my 22oz snifter

A: Fred FTW pours a orange with a one-finger thick off-white head that's pretty dense. While there are beers with better clarity, I can still see through the beer and the glass. Plenty of carbonation with small bubbles. Retention is solid and there's a ton of sticky foam on the side of the glass

S: Holy oak Batman! Plenty of sweet oak is present up front with a complex fruitiness with ripe plums and an almost nectarine and persimmon-like sweetness. Some brown sugar and dark honey. Oak is pretty prominent with a solid addition of vanilla as well. No real hops are perceptible on the nose, though there's a hint of alcohol in the back. Pretty good stuff!

T: Wow. Opens up with a ton of complex sweetness - fruits, brown sugar, honey and almost a rose-like component. Perfume-like, but in a way that makes me think it's not entirely the yeast. Oh, and then there's the oak. Solid vanilla and plenty of tannins provide the necessary astringency to balance out the sweetness. Hops are in the form of a piney bitterness that works very well with the tannins from the oak. There's a definite wet tobacco-like flavor present on the mid-palate before alcohol appears on the semi-sweet and tannic finish.

M: Moderate carbonation that provides a soft and lush mouthfeel that's pretty big. Nice finish with the oak and pine bitterness. Solid

D: I don't see myself drinking this too often but this beer is a wonderful treat, a true nightcap.

**Edit 16 April 2012**
I had a bunch of the 09 Vintage, and now I have close to none. Such is life.

Gushing into my tulip, this is a clear but dull copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose *still* reveals a moderate hop character, with bright citrus to go with the honey, toffee and oak. The oak seems to have mellowed out here, present mostly as vanilla with some tannins. As it breathes, the honey and oak grow.

The palate is a blend of orange and grapefruit hop juice(very, very strange!) with no real bitterness, which makes this seem almost honey-like.Oxidation is starting to kick in, adding some sherry notes which complement the vanilla from the oak, and the tannins. The malt bill here is complex (it's been too long since I've had a Fred), with a blend of orange blossom honey, toffee, fruitcake, butterscotch, and a little maple. There isn't too much brown sugar here, and that keeps this beer well in enjoyable territory. The oak character has fallen off by quite a bit, if my memory serves me right. The tannins have been integrated into the flavor profile, tempering that big oak notes that this beer had, and this also enhances drinkability here. Sweet on the finish with a blend of honey, maple and butterscotch. The finish is also where the oak does linger, with a blend of tannins, vanilla, and very lightly (if that) toasted oak flavor. Initially highly carbonated (in quite an enjoyable way), once it falls off, this comes into its own, really awesome and enjoyable. Highly recommended. 4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 64 (ratebeer edition) consumed Jan. 2008. Pours a brown-ish orange murky color with thin white head. It has a big aroma with a nice thick oakiness with streams of creamy caramel seeping through the wood. I also get mild muted citrus and pine hops, a hint of yeast and more wood. First sip, darn this tastes good. It starts thick, malty and creamy caramel followed by a pile of dried out oak logs. Then the muted citrus hops show up and grow to an almost bitter note. Near the finish some dark fruity esters show up with the hops, creamy caramel and malts to add an extra flare to an already tasty mixture. YUM!!

Photo of Douglas88
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle thanks to jjpm74, I've wanted to try this for some time. Pours a cloudy ruby color with a very thick pillow head. The thick head stays throughout adding a nice creamy texture to the mouthfeel. The aroma is full of sweet candies, dark fruit, brown sugar, very sweet nose balanced by strong oak notes. The flavor is very nice; initially I am struck by the agressive amount of bitter hops, the oak and wood flavors come in soon followed by a ton of sweet candied fruits. Some rich prune, plum and strawberry flavors. The flavor is well rounded by the barrel, almost a bit of bourbon in there. Some spices, especially orange peel also. Very good example of the style. HOTD is obviously a gem, and produces well crafted brews. I loved the creamy mouthfeel and the aging added much, maybe I should have waited to drink this, but hey it was great.

Photo of marcpal
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a couple traders earlier in the year, had two bottles of this to enjoy on the first completely miserable icy/snowy/rainy day out here.

Hands down, I have had very few beers as good as this one. This is worthy of spending time on a review- as good excuse as any to have another.

2008 batch with two pours into a goblet.

A: Dark orange amber, lighter than wood had me thinking- chestnut probably best descriptor. Off white head is pretty thin but went absolutely nowhere. Spider lacing made this a fine looker.

A: Sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon, booze and some more malt. The figginess came out with even more vanilla as it warmed and the hops made an appearance through all this. The grassiness a great compliment to the malty sweetness. Ash, apricot, only at warmest of temps. Great.

T: Complex as you can get. Sweet from the dried figs soaked in a wooden bourbon barrel with vanilla flavoring mixed in. Didnt pick up on the tobacco in the nose but its here in the flavor. Very mild bitterness with the strong boozy flavor (more booze in the fumes than the liquid) that puts the balance and taste to borderline perfection. Great.

M: Thick, viscous and none of the carbonation I saw in the pour. The sweetness and the tinge of the alcohol are more coating and comforting.

D: Even more drinkable than regular Fred, alcohol is not as strong as what it packs and never an easier barleywine to polish off first and head back for more. The tastes were through the roof and a few degrees did it justice and added ridiculous character to these. Great.

Another winner from Hair of the Dog, all the more reason to love what these guys are producing. This is incredibly easy to drink and enjoy and is one of the most complex creations Ive had the pleasure of.

Id love to get my hands on some more. A stark reminder for my passion for these barreled brews.

Photo of SaucyA
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A - Hazy, dark orange body, with a slightly off-white, 1 finger head. Into da snifta.

S - Huge oak character, alcohol, honey, caramel, over-ripe fruit, almost coconutty.

T - Very smooth and fruity. Has a tropical punch vibe. Alcohol, vanilin, oak tannins, earthy. Great finish that's borderline dry, yet sweet at the same time. Hop profile also lingers a bit after the swallow.

M - Nicely carbonated and quite thick/oily/syrupy.

D - This is a big one all around, so the drinkability is pretty limited. It's good, but it's a one and done.

Notes: Whoops, I opened this thinking it was regular Fred and one whiff had me figuring otherwise.

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

Thanks to a very generous and patient blisscent for this amazing EXTRA!

2008. Pours a nice looking golden orange with a slightly hazy body, and a nice stark white head that hangs around for a good while and leaves good lacing.

Nose is very complex. Malt sweetness, some pretty strong spice, deep earthy tones, some butter, and a bit of wood and alcohol.

Whoa. Intensely complex flavor. Very malty. Sweetness of dark rum soaked fruit comes out with force. Maple syrup and fall spices come into play as well. Tobacco. Very complex. Hop profile is less than i expected, but still very much present. Subtle bitterness creeps up on the finish, and eventually provides quite a bitey and dry aftertaste. The wood and alcohol are still quite strong in this bad boy. Very sweet yet. Sugar resides on the lips after putting this one down.

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side. Very much so. Damn near syrupy. I would love this one to be a bit thinner. Just a bit. Carbonation is good. I was worried about that with adams track record in that dept. but this one is just about right.

Drinkability is good here, but this one is still quite hot. I would imagine that this would do very well with a few years of age, and this category score would improve somewhat, but as it sits, this one is a bit hot. The viscosity also hampers it a bit, but this is drinkable, relative the BA barleywine world. haha

Overall a very nice and impressive creation from HOTD and the black cualdron vat kettle of doom. A very well crafted beer, one that is defenitely made for a cold cold night with snow and wind and a fire in stove. Sweet, rich and malty, this one is a sure sipper. Another hit from HOTD. Recommended. Good beer.

Photo of prototypic
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Release

Appearance: This one's clear and a nice looking copper color. It's capped with a large vanilla colored head that stands two and a half fingers tall. Retention was outstanding. It stuck around a long time. Thick waves of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: Caramel/Toffee malts are really strong and sweet smelling. It's complemented by a very nice wood or oaked smell. The wood comes through very strong. It's a little leathery and features a fine tobacco aroma. There's some secondary notes of dark fruit (primarily prune) and vanilla. Man, this is one deep beer. There's a wealth of aromas here that work very well together. Alcohol is noteable, but at 10% it's tough to hide.

Taste: The flavor profile is easily as impressive as the nose, if not moreso. It actually starts off a little spicy. There's some light pepper and other spices I can't identify. It is very malty and sweet. The malts give it a very nice backbone. Ancillary leather and tobacco flavors are apparent and really add a lot to this beer. I love that flavor. It is oaky and features a distinct wood-like flavor. On the tail, there's a nice prune flavor and some vanilla notes. There's also some fruity apple and pear flavors. Alcohol is noteable, but it's masked pretty well for a 10% beer. This is very deep and full of character. Extremely impressive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's thick and chewy. Carbonation level is a little high, but it retains a pretty smooth feel. It could be smoothed out a little, but it's far from offensive. Drinkability is good despite its strength. My bottle indicates the abv is 10%. That's pretty steep for more than a single bottle.

Fred from the Wood's a hell of an impressive beer. It's very big and chock full of flavor. It's got a lot of depth and character. I really like the oak or wood flavor of this beer. It adds a lot. Truly a gem. Highly recommended if you can find a bottle.

Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a small bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly to a ring and leaves traces of lacing.

S: The aroma is extremely unique for a barleywine. It's very sweet with light fruits and the caramel malts. This is balanced by the significant boozy oak aroma which also lends a vanilla sweetness in the end. Very different aroma...like white wine.

T: The taste has a hit of the vanilla sweetness from the oak up front before being giving way to the big caramel malt backbone. There is a big alcohol burn in the finish balanced with a citrus hop bitterness. As others have mentioned, I'd compare much of the characteristics of the taste to white wine...interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy with soft carbonation that just coats the mouth in the woody sweetness.

D: This is a very interesting brew and one that I'm enjoying slowly. I'm very interested to see what one of these tastes like in a couple years as it's probably a little too oaky for my liking right now.

Photo of paytoplay
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark rich oak and boozy flavors. Rich with intense length. Not the easiest brew to drink. 12oz bottle Toronado SD. Much better from the Wood than the regular. Not sure what batch. Drinking well and this brew could age for a really long time. Interested in trying a few years down the road to see if the sweetness settles.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 vintage received a while back from exceptional trader inflatablechair... poured into my Smokestack goblet.

2 finger head.. beautiful cap and lacing.. brew is a hazy golden orange.

Aroma is puzzling.. not getting much of anything I would normally associate with a American BW.. very fruity.. peaches and minor apricot.. some background wood... and nearly no hops... that said, it smells amazing... very jammy... caramel and a little brown sugar... but mainly my nose is just picking up fruit.

Flavor is again very fruity.. sorta like a peach liquor spiked orange marmalade... some drying wood and pipe store tobacco. spicy .. like a rye-brew.. long finish that makes me want another drink... I said this on the normal Fred, and this brew really reminds me of a BSPA...

full bodied with a smooth carbonation, not as viscous as my above review would let on.. just very luscious and doesn't really lend itself to any sort of style guideline that I can think of.

Sam.. thanks a bunch... we are going to have a ball in November.


Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of largadeer
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.

Photo of tayner
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle 2008 vintage

huge 4 finger head with large bubbles capping a dark honey colored beer. head lasted a long time and had lots of lacing

smelled of brown sugar, tobacco, and oak

taste was sweet brown sugar, oak, tobacco, hot alcohol, and some toffee thrown in

mouthfeel was a bit syurpy even though it was well carbonated.

Slightly too sweet and hot to session. I think with some age on this one it will be better.

Photo of DIM
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

note: I had this right after a regular Fred.

a: This looks exactly like Fred. This was a clear, pale, golden copper color. It poured with a huge, fluffy, craggy white head that was sticky and long lasting.

s: This smell strange and very different than regular Fred. The candied sugar is still here, but the rye and hops are gone. Replaced by strong earthy aromas of tobacco, naked oak, and something spicy (coriander?). Overall, this was neither subtle nor appealing.

t: This features the same spicy, candied sugar that Fred does. The hops from the finish are gone, replaced by sweet vanilla and oak flavors. There is some moderate heat to found as well. At the very end, raw oak flavors linger for a long time.

m: This was creamier than regular Fred and the carbonation was a bit more lively. The aftertaste is unpleasant though.

d: As with regular Fred, I wouldn't call this a barleywine. It seems that I might not like beers aged in new oak barrels as much as beers aged in bourbon or whiskey barrels. This was worth trying, but I won't have another.

Photo of csmiley
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to prototypic for this one.

A - Pours thick and the color of light amber. Head was minimal and formed a thin cap over the beer. The cap sticks around for bit then vanishes.

S - Several aromas stick out with this beer. Biscuit and bourbon are in the forefront while oak comes in quickly behind. Wood is strong and adds a pleasant aspect to the abundance of alcohol. Some grape fruitiness comes in midway. Light notes of maple and caramel finish it off.

T - Biscuit and whole grain start out the flavor but fade almost immediately. Wood, caramel, and alcohol come in midway. The alcohol is not even close to the heat that is expected from the aroma (which is a nice surprise). Some fruit is evident and is mostly apple and grape. Hops are there but take more of a beckseat than expected. Warm alcohol sticks around on the end. Everything comes together nicely in this beer. As it warms, the hop bitterness is more pronounced and adds more complexity / grapefruit to the flavor.

M - Full bodied with a very generous amount of carbonation. Even at 10%, this beer remains smooth and creamy. Finish is a little hot and ends up sweet and dry.

D - Drinkability is good. The alcohol is not hidden at all but the addition of oak brings it under control so drinkability is not hindered. This amount of alcohol makes this one a sipper and puts the limit at one bottle. Even though a bottle can take an hour or two to finish, each sip is inviting and keeps you coming back for more. The beer is smooth and creamy and goes down easy. I would happily spend another evening with a bottle of Fred from the Wood. Recommended.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Hazy Copper with a billowing khaki head. Steady quater inch lace with nice 3-D. The lace holds to the very last sip.

S- Oak treatment, Vanilla beans, leather, bourbon, cherry tobacco and some citrus hops trying to fight there way in.

T- Bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors coat the tongue. Some earthy and citric hops again try to assert themselves. Just enough hops to keep the other flavors in check. A lingering boozy finish, with a nice warming after glow. This is very good.

M- Moderate body, smooth and creamy feel. Luscious. Lingering heat felt after a few sips.

D- For such a stealth beer, this drinks remarkably easy. A fine drinker. This one hit me in all the right places.

This is a must seek out brew.

Photo of BgThang
2.45/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to jonathaL7890 for this brew

Pours a one finger head

Nose- Alcohol, perfumey, maple, cherries.

Appearance cloudy brownish/coppery

Mouthfeel I get some sweetness up front then its warmed by the alcohol.

Taste- Tobacco, toffee, maple syrup, slight grapefruit. alcohol shows up in the end

This beer is not one of my favorites. It might could benefit from age. I will not seek this beer out again.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 2008 edition,

A: Pours a light red, with a small white head, good retention, good lacing.

S: Complex, with wood notes, light fruit, extensive malt body.

T: Sweet, yet off-dry malt lends a complex mix of ripe fruit, bitter orange and light molasses, floral tobacco there as well. Hops are relatively mild, add and earthy note. Wood tones are there throughout adding complex elements and a light phenolic character, cognac. Overall, the flavour is hard to describe, but very tasty.

M: Carbonation is light, viscous, sugary overall character.

D: This beer is oustanding right now, but it's amazing to think what a year of aging would do to this brew, it's still showing some signs of youngness, but also signs of greatness. Who knows what the future will bring, but it's great right now.

Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
95 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.