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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1410
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%


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: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties.

10% alcohol by volume
65 IBUs.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, rich taste, batch 54. What an initial head-read instructions, pour slowly. Creamy barleywine taste, honey sweetness and drying with spicy bit of burnt barley taste at end, orange citrus. Golden orange lucious, great hop experience. Thank you JoeMcPhee.I had a bottle 1.5 years later at Volo Cafe which was fine as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 02:31:11 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 79.

Pours a beautiful dark honey orange color with a 2 inch bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Bubbles from the pour flowed downward in the glass before rising again to the top. Very small patterns of lacing around the glass present as the beer goes down. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is exactly like the smell with sweet burnt sugar tastes (brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch) up front with a citrus hop presence on the finish. Bitterness is very mild and fades quickly on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit flat carbonation wise leading to a somewhat thick and chewy beer. Overall, this is a great beer that I have put of trying for way too long. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 01:26:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 67. Glazed terra cotta with a disturbing amount of carbonation. Multiple streams of rapidly racing bubbles have created (and are sustaining) a massive crown of pale orange colored foam after a gentle pour. The lid is whipped creamy, semi-rocky and is depositing scattered patches of smeary lace. Thankfully, things have already begun to settle down.

Fred smells like a maltier than usual BSPA. The brewery calls it a 'golden strong ale' and Mr. Eckhardt himself thinks it tastes like a quadrupel. In any case, the aroma consists of dried peaches, pears and apples in sugar syrup, and a spiciness that is a little Belgian yeasty... although a Scottish ale yeast was used. No alcohol is noted.

This is wonderful stuff! I think the beer's namesake is right, it tastes like a quad that goes heavy on the pale malt. Either some amount of caramel malt or Belgian dark candi sugar (probably both) gives it a steely caramel vibe that would also be at home on an Imperial Oktoberfest.

Hair of the Dog might have been one of the first breweries to use as many as 10 different hops in one beer. For the record: Progress, First Gold, Crystal, Fuggles, Northern Brewer, Willamette and Tettnang (bittering)... Chinook, Saaz and Spalt/Strisselspalt (aroma). Even after an estimated two years in the bottle, the hop flavor and bitterness are still kickin'.

The flavor is spicier than the nose. For that, we have light rye malt to thank. The beer is also floral in a candied-violet-petals kind of way. The sweet golden fruitiness increases in intensity with warming and the various flavors come together better as well. Even though alcohol is present, it's masked extremely well. Several more years of rest shouldn't be a problem.

The mouthfeel is much less buzzy than I'd feared. If I could be patient (next to impossible with beer this good), it will probably calm down enough to earn the next highest score. It just does get there with the final few ounces. In terms of heft, it's full, heavily silky and glassy smooth.

Fred is a uniquely delicious ale named after one of the pioneers of American craft brewing. HOTD has done themselves proud with this one. Whenever I get the chance, I'll buy a few bottles and will cellar them for a bitterly cold day like today. This is a 'roaring fireplace' beer if I've ever tasted one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 16:58:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this was a real treat. I have wanted to try this for I cannot even remember how long and to finally be able to made me very happy indeed. This one poured a nice hazy golden amber with a thick white frothy head. A nice amount of sediment was visible as was a good deal of carbonation. The retention was excellent and this led to quite a good deal of side glass lace. There was a tremendously hoppy aroma, and this took me a bit by surprise, however I am learning this seems to be the norm from the brewery regardless of the style. There was defiantly a light fruit, peach, pear yeast component to the aroma as well, but the quick crisp citrus hoppiness of it really put it over the top. Such a nice medium body with great carbonation really let the flavors really pop and then linger to let you get the full experience. Very nice bright flavor profile, lots of lemon, and coriander mixed with a pronounced yeast flavor and a very nice light but noticeable bread backing. A slight hint of alcohol but nothing overwhelming and it was actually a nice little extra punch to it. This was a fantastic brew, as I am learning pretty much everything of theirs is. A really great big golden ale with a decidedly west coast hoppiness added in for good measure. This was a really cool thing to try and I would love to see this in regular rotation on my neck of the woods. This is a definite must try if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 02:25:40 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A rich brown-amber color with next to no head and some lacing.

S: Butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, oak, and a bit of alcohol. Some pitted fruits floating around as well.

T: A caramel and butterscotch sweetness, and some of the aforementioned fruits. A bit of bitterness and alcohol bite on the finish.

M: Full body, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost no carbonation.

D: Surprisingly high for a barleywine. Great array of flavors on this.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 04:13:36 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 62

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel with a prodigious head that lasts forever and splashes tons of lacing around the glass

Smell: Toffee, vanilla, a fully dressed hamburger (is this possible?), some grassy and piney hop aromas and some butterscotch

Taste: Starts with a wonderfully subtle toffee flavor with a touch of fruitiness; after the swallow, a variety of hops flavors emerge taking the bitterness in different but never extreme directions (tobacco, leather, a touch of pine and a touch of mandarin orange)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a load of carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Along with Adam, Hair of the Dog makes two of the most astounding beers I have tasted; full of flavor but never over the top

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 00:12:59 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a clear golden color ale with a foamy white head with perfect retention and lacing. Aroma of hops is clearly dominating with some sweet malt. Taste is a good balance mix between some floral and bitter hops as well as some sugar and a nice malt backbone. A tad too hoppy for my taste in barley wine but still very enjoyable and something that I could see aging quite well.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 19:36:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing and surprising strongly malted ale. Maybe more Engish Barleywine-like in flavor and herbal presence, but attention grabbing in the succulent syrupy flavor, feel, and fruitiness.

The beer opens with a quite murky/muddy look- hazy, rust colored brown/copper. A froathy yet intermitten head eventually evens out for an eggshell creme that does a great cask ale-like impression.

Red apples and raisons fill the nose in quite domineering fashion. Mead-like honey notes swirl with the fruity esters and reminds me of mulled spices and cider. Cinnamon and nutmeg character comes in as the beer warms.

Brown sugar and molasass sweetness hits the tongue first but with a quick follow up of the apples and raisons. A long sweet fade eventually concludes with alcohol, spice, and grassy hop bitterness. Nutmeg and cinnamon flavor assist the balance but the alcohols take on a nail polish remover taste late. The rye flavor adds a spicy earthiness that makes the sweet transition to hoppy bitterness effortless and seamless.

Full and syrupy start holds on like expected from heavy honeywines. But the weight of the beer lifts just in time for the alcohol dryness and hoppy crispness, keeping the beer from finishing cloying or dulled.

A terrific beer that's tough to classify. Where I was worried about the apple upstart, the other fruits, spiciness, earthiness, and intensifying bitterness really rounds out the beer very late in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:44:55 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a snifter. The initial pour is a moderately-dark dark with a bit of a reddish hue. The nose is quite nice, bringing forward some green apples, light hops, caramel, spice, and a bit of general malty sweetness.

The taste mimics the nose to a large extent, though some of the darker, more fruity flavors take over just a bit. Mild green apple skin the background. Nice touch of caramel and light brown sugar. Good feel with a nice body and a hint of booze in the finish. Drinks quite well and is another solid brew from a brewery that just can't seem to miss.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 22:41:39 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that slowly settled down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. There is a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and alcohol in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness and is dominated by flavors of alcohol, caramel malts, molasses, raisins and spices. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish. The flavors become more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth and sticky on the palate with just a slight amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and warming from the alcohol, most notably in the finish.
D: For the amount of alcohol content in this beer, it's actually quite drinkable although the stickiness can slow you down.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 03:05:36 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow what a beautiful looking beer a nice copper color with a great creamy,sticky head with a sea foam like lace all the way down the glass.Aroma is nutty and yeasty with a note of spice (pepper?)very rich and full on the nostrils.Taste is full and rich as well and very complex,some dried fruit and nuts hit me up front with with a deep spiciness even more so as it warms as well as a generous amount of hop bittering late.What an awesome brew,man I need more of these to lay down for the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 02:17:16 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tumbler.

Let's hope this stuff is more Frederick the Great on the battlefield than Fred Flintstone on the lanes... It pours a mostly clear golden-brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises thick honey, mild banana, biscuit, mild Belgian yeast, clove, and a touch of booze in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the booze and an overly-strong current of blunt sweetness dominating the proceedings. Honestly, things just seemed too sweet and disjointed to get much of a sense of the other constituent pieces. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a lightly syrupy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, like many Hair of the Dog offerings, this stuff didn't do it for me at all. It's too sweet and boozy for its own good, and it seems to want to insist upon itself rather than let me experience it in any kind of pleasurable way. God, I hope that makes some sense to someone other than me...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 03:41:59 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured carefully from a long-standing bottle the yeast can be kept almost entirely at the base of the bottle, leaving it a quite clear bloodied-orange with amber highlights. The massive and creamy yellowed-tan head subsides slowly, leaving nice fingers and splashes of lace about the glass.

Rich caramel-accented malt, brightly fruity yeast, and citrusy (orange, lemon, pineapple) and somewhat piney hops greet you in the nose. Alcohol may be lending a note of spiciness as well, or perhaps that's from the yeast - or even spices.

In the mouth it's creamy, gently zesty, airy, and then pillowy smooth across the palate.

The flavor is malty, fruity, and citrusy/piney hoppy just as the nose suggests. It starts with a quick dash of malt that's quickly countered by fruit, and gently piney hops. The alcohol shows after that, and it becomes quite spicy just as the bold bitterness begins to rise, leaving it quite dry and spicy in the long-lasting finish. It's so much, in fact, that you'll probably want to refresh your palate. I'd suggest enjoying it as a sipper with some crusty bread, warmed butter, and interesting cheese. Even some spiced meat!

So what can you say about Fred? Fred's Fred! Acccept him for what he is; let him warm up to you; and take him in small doses :)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 00:13:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch number 79, from a hard-target grocery store, gettin' outta Dodge (aka Portland) search, earlier this year.

This beer pours a murky, dull golden brown hue, with a rising column of tight foamy, DQ swirl, eggshell white head, which settles faster than expected, though still not quickly, leaving some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of strong fruity pale malt, quite sugary, with some pungent herbal citrus hops, all floating in an alcoholic ether. The taste is quite consistent with the aroma - sweet, confectioners' candy malt, sugar syrup, more drowned bitter earthy, herbal citrus hops, and a light, but firm booze warming. The carbonation is quite soft, the body nearly full in weight, displaying only a bit of that sugar density character on its way to a warm smoothness. It finishes still very sweet, malt, sugar, and booze in a decently complex saccharine tangle - some under-appreciated, soused hops keeping things out of tongue-scraping territory.

Weird to say, but this is quite the candidate for a dessert pairing - the sugar and booze, with subtle NW hopping, would work nicely. On its own, there's plenty going on to admire and contemplate, sipping away at this seemingly restrained behemoth, as the snow falls yet again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:50:15 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After 3 rather blase brews, I needed something spectacular, and look what I found in the fridge...
Bright, golden peachy hue, slim, soon-departing white head.
Aroma, slightly sour, but citric and sweet moreover, lemon, orange, spices and more...a lively treat.
Taste: yeast and citric fruit, with thick, full malt are the biggest, juiciest part of this brew, nicely hopped, and with a thoroughly tangy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, with a long, fruity, citric finish.
I'd forgotten the style when I cracked the cap and started into the brew, but now it's clear that it's meant as a tripel, but ends up being a rather intriguing variant. Thick, chewy, sticky, fruity, gummy, yummy, this Fred is much like it's namesake, a unique, particular specimen that is rich in character and defies categories, a cantankerous, unruly ale that stretches boundaries and delights tastebuds. I need to meet up with this Fred more often!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 08:05:32 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Adam (Nanoslug) for sending me a bottle of this brew. Served in my Darkness snifter - batch 73.

A - Ridiculous soapy off-white foam that sticks around indefinitely and leaves lots of chunky lacing. Dark hazy copper-orange-red color that has some bubbles visible.

S - Interesting bouquet - bubblegum, raisins and plum, citrus hops, brown sugar, candy, and caramel malts. There's a bit of spiciness (rye malt?), and as it warms up a touch of booze comes out.

T - Tons of bready malts, with a bit of that sour rye flavor. There's also some honey and medicinal herb flavors that come through at the top of the palate. I'm not digging the slightly sour aftertaste - not sure if this is a sign of impending infection.

M - Body is viscous but thinner than I'd expect from a 10% barleywine. Some residual burnt sugar feel after swallowing. Carbonation is lower, and there's a bit of alcohol warmth that builds.

D - I'm not digging this one nearly as much as Adam or Matt - kind of staring at the glass and wondering how I'm going to finish it. The ABV isn't harsh, but it's not well-hidden either, and the aftertaste is off-putting. Definitely something I'd only want a 4oz pour of in the future, and my least favorite HOTD to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 21:40:43 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 42, acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF over 3 years ago, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish gold color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, alcohol, bourbon, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, bourbon and caramel. Then some flavors of fruit and rye spices come in along with a significant alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is subdued which is expected given the age of the beer, but it’s still enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid stronger beer to drink for a while but I think I may have let this one sit a little too long.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:48:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011: Batch 70, 3 year old bottle.
Brilliant orange clarity, three fingers of foam initially, and it maintains an uneven broken skim with good coverage. Dried orange peel and brandy nose. Huge dried apricot and rich raw honey flavors, very full bodied, plenty of lasting citric orange peel bitterness. Ages beautifully.

02-25-2009
Thanks to PEBKAC for this boozy beast. (batch 70 = 1 yr. 2008 bottle)

Golden orange body, even foam, lasting retention. A swirl brings the foam back quickly...

Smells of overripe fruits, apricot leather, mildly phenolic. Rich and fruity, skirting the alcoholic bombast of many barleywines.

Rich, nutty and fruity taste, very full flavored and strong. Dried orange peel and dried whole apricots. Residual hop bitterness, lingering well into the finish. Strength dominates, but fruity elements seem to creep out, lasting for awhile.

Rich luxurious feel. Slow sipper to be sure, hard to say how much aging may benefit this tasty monster... Paper and fire, angel and liar, the devil of one another. (RIP Dio)

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:26:08 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 68; from bottletrek as I recall.

Pours a murky amber into a Ommegang halice, with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Stays hazed throughout, mega lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty as all hell, through & through

T: See above ( raisins, figs, & dates), with rich piney hops up front! Some boozeyness as this warms, along with more fruittyness & piney hops. Finishes with honey, piney hops, much fruittyness & SOME GRAPEFRUIT, sorry for the caps lock!!

MF: Mucho chewy with vigorous carbonation & some booze.

Drinks good for the style & ABV, this is a closer as opposed to a session beer, but could lull you down that alley & bite you! This could easily pass itself off as an English BW as well!

Lives up to the hype, if not the price..., but close

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 05:50:10 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, dark gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warming pale malt scent along with a nice hop aroma as well. The alcohol really stands out in the nose. The taste is good as well. It has a nice burnt pale malt flavor that comes from an extended boil. The malts are caramelized perfectly here. Also, the hops really balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a sipper for sure, but it's smooth and flavorful; a great beer. I'm sorry it took so long to finally try it.

Batch 71

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 01:48:29 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH signature glass, congratulations, its a barleywine. Beer is amber and hazy but clears as I drink it, may have served it slightly too cold. Head leaves some lacing on the glass but its not much of a head to start out with, carbonation is low.

Malty malty malty. Sweet syrupy aroma. Pretty strong, this is what barleywines smell like.

Beer is thin and sweet with a dry finish. Its a little odd, all the flavor is in the front half of the palate and then it kind of falls flat. I like it, I do, I think its a good beer and even for a barleywine I enjoy it, I just wish there was some sort of late flavor or bitterness. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 03:08:34 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this bottle. This is one I have been looking forward to trying.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is classic American Barleywine with notes of caramel malt and oranges. The flavor is sweet caramel, sweet oranges, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer that didn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 05:51:26 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark bronze color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty, boozy and of some black licorice. Some dark dried fruit aromas, too.

T - Great taste! Dried dark fruits - plum, currants and fig. Some spicy bitterness, boozy caramel malt and toffee. Nice black licorice finish.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Awesome beer. I wish it was easier to get Hair of the Dog products in Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:36:23 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second HotD thanks to mikereaser. The bottle lables this as a Golden Special Ale, and BA calls it a Barleywine, so I'll have to see what it really is.

A: Big fat fluffy 2 finger head rises up, over a super clear light mahogany reddish-orange brown color with little bubbles dancing as they rise from the bottom.

N: Nose has lots of sweet malts, dark rich fruits, dried plums and raisins, rich malt aromas, some brown sugar and molasses, little bit of toasty malts, and all around delicious. A touch of American hops and hints of bready malts. Its definitely an American Barleywine.

T: Starts with rich malts, almost a cereal quality. Pretty sweet with lots of malty flavors. More dark dried fruits, plums and raisin. More brown sugar and molasses. It has a very thick sweet syrupy flavor and some maple flavor to go with that. A little toasty bready malts as well. Touch of roasted porter flavors. Some hoppy bitterness.

M: Thick and syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: FInishes still semi sweet, somewhat bitter, sticky sweetness and syrupy quality lingers. A hint of spiciness and warmth of the booze, but otherwise hides the 10% very well. A slight lingering toasted malt flavor hints in the background under the lingering syrupy brown sugar, molasses, maple, and candi sugar. Very welcoming for the sweetness, roasted/toasted malty flavors, fruit, touch of bitterness, and how well the abv is hidden. I really enjoyed this beer, and it reminded me a lot of my last homebrew barleywine. I think HotD did a good job with this one, and I think it'll be even better with a couple years on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 22:42:30 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1998 Vintage, Sampled on tap at The Stuffed Sandwich February 2007
This beer sits with a hazy amber color and does not have much head to speak of. The aroma seems more oxidized than the Ed that I had along side it. The flavor is sweet, definitely way more than the corresponding Ed. The hops have mellowed considerably over the years. A sweetness melts to light notes of oxidation (sherry), toasted malt and caramelized notes as it passes through the mouth. The hops are all that really lingers on in the finish; it is lightly bitter, but still pine-like notes and citrus character are still found. This has aged quite gracefully over the years.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 21:23:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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