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

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1,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 354
Gots: 293 | FT: 20
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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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.

A: The bottle says strong golden ale, but I'll agree with BA here, it looks like a deep dark brown barleywine. Much bigger head than I was expecting for this style and abv, but the fluffy tannish head did settle quickly.

S: A menagerie of aroma here! Dark dried fruits, strong candied sugar, and a strong spicy rye malt base. Very interesting to say the least.

T: Big candied sugar flavors mixed really well with the dry spice of the rye malt. Surprisingly good hop presence, especially the bitterness at the finish. I hear there are 10+ varieties in this one and they have held up well.

M: Big full presence, really very smooth. I was expecting some buzz from possible over carbonation or the alcohol, but none present. Really well crafted beer.

D: While the alcohol is mixed nicely into the overall flavor of this beer, it does make its presence known. Very warming on the way down, and after my second I was noticeably happy - not used to that on just 2 beers!

Great job HOTD, really looking forward to my bottle of Adam now!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 15:24:55 | More by bwd110
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed with the help of my pops served out of a snifter glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 finger head cloudy amber.

Smell: This brew gives off strong malts as well as green fruits and a hint of honey. The alcohol in this is very prominent as well.

Taste: this brew opens very intensely with candied malts and green grapes. From the middle to the end there is a hint of honey and the hop profile comes through and accompanies the alcohol rather well.
Mouthfeel: this brew is medium bodied and leaves a nice and subtle aftertaste which holds me over till my next swig.

Drinkability: this brew is nicely brewed with complex yet simple flavor profiles.I would not hesitate to have another but just one other.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 03:13:48 | More by capra12
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3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
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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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at De cicco's in NY, It sure beats paying $9 a bottle in PA. Batch 75

A- HOTD Fred looks very thick coming out of the bottle. Once in the glass it has a interesting color of bright gold that shines. Some hints of bright bronze as well. A hard pour yielded no head whatsoever, just some sparse bubbles on the top, no lacing.

S- A interesting sweet barleywine here. I was expecting a big amount of hops being a american version but not so much. Big sweet maltiness jumps out as well giving off caramel and some alcohol. Some fruit such as plum and orange. Not much hop aroma.

T- Reminds me of DFH olde school, only better. The malts rule giving off a big sweetness but im not really picking up on the hop addition, which I thought would dominate. Don't get me wrong, they are there but not up front. Big fruity taste with the above mentioned plus some candi sweetness. Some syrup flavor as well.

M- A good step above medium bodied and while were at it, this one is a thick beast. Not much bitterness, very sweet and goes down smoothly with minor alcohol taste, the alc is hidden well. A good amount of carb felt. This one engulfs the mouth and lets it's presence known.

D- I took my time with this one and enjoyed it very much. A smooth sipper that demands time be put into drinking it, I would not have it any other way. Now I need to try some other's from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 06:22:24 | More by BARFLYB
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends brought this back from their Oregon vacation for me. Savored in honor of my Dad (Fred) on Father's Day.

My first beer from HotD and I was anxious to try this. So after it settled for a few days in the fridge, I got right to it. Golden amber liquid billowed into the glass with a fine amount of head retention. My nose was met with rye and an abundance of alcohol (almost medicinal). Other aromas as it warmed include plum and a fair amount of hops. Alcohol is very in your face in the taste, it has some heat. I would really like to have an aged one. Rye and caramel malt follow up ABV and has some cloying sweetness to it. Some hop and alcohol linger inside the mouth. I liked it and was grateful they thought about bringing me beer, but it didn't really speak to my tastebuds

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 23:06:25 | More by brokenleadedcask
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 74. Pours amber, very small head that dissipated quickly, but leaves some lacing. You can tell how thick this beer is because it's not very dark, yet barely translucent. smell is phenomenal. Tons of tropical fruitness imparted by the hops. I perceive pinapple and apricot to be the dominant fruits, but kiwi, mandarin orange, strawberry come to mind. They all merge together with the powerful malt sweetness. You can smell the belgian candy sugar. This merge, or more like a marriage, is even more apparent in the taste. The tropical fruity, yet not citrusy, hop profile is about as complex as I've ever tasted. If I remember, the label used to say that 10 hop varieties were used. it no longer does say that, which probably implies that they slimmed down the bill a bit, but with no loss for sure. It's damn complex. Don't mistake, though, this is not a hop monster american barleywine - malt sweetness plays just as big a role in this masterpiece. The only (and I mean ONLY) thing keeping me from giving it a 5 is that some alcohol flavor brings up the rear. Not harsh, not strong, but something I consider a slight flaw nonetheless. A year or two in the cellar would doubtless get rid of that, but with what loss to the awesome hop profile? Huge mouthfeel - not as big as the bigger imperial stouts, but big. Lower carbonation. Decadent. It took quite a while to finish the 12 oz, but more because I wanted to savor it than because it is hard to drink. One of my favorite beers of all time.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 22:23:15 | More by redmagik99
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snifter pour with a massive four finger (maybe my fingers are small) white foamy pour. Slowly lowers and an ice cream/whipped cream foam is left. Awesome! Nice clear caramel color.

Smells amazing! Sweet and hoppy. A little fruity as well with some grapes, bananas and strawberry?? So nice just begging to be drunk.

Definitely carbonated. Bubbly and spicy on the initial sip. Not digging the amount of carbonation. The taste is definitely unique....ala the "special ale". A little bitter but pleasing to the tastebuds. A tangy hoppy presence stays on the tongue and there is a numbing effect on the gums. Spicy and nice!

Another high quality beer from (IMO) one of the best breweries around. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 20:40:35 | More by kaseydad
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog Fred is a slightly hazy and incredibly sparkling amber ale with a thick, resilient off-white head. It has a strong, sweet, malty aroma with notes of tropical fruit-- maybe passion fruit. It's medium-full bodied and fluffy. It leaves the tongue sticky. It's very full flavored! It's slightly sweet, quite phenolic and very complex with notes of chocolate, caramel, leather and whiskey. It's pretty shocking, actually. This is good stuff, but finishing a twelve-ounce bottle is kind of a challenge.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 13:23:59 | More by yesyouam
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this along w/ Adam... bot batch #73... poured... looks like a bad ass cloudy west coast IPA...

- Lovely cloudy caramel west coast IPA look.. frothy white head quickly down to a swarm of lacing all about... rather large chunks of yeast settling before drink....

- Floral hops, and some major pine... caramel sweetnwess... zesty wit-like lemon... bread and yeast.. candy.. the candy yeast is present..

- Very sweet and candy-like... cotton candy, caramel... baked carrot cake... sweet floral hops.... creamy... rather strong.. but balanced...

- Super chewy and oily... dry.. sweet aftertaste.. is however a very balanced brew for the hybrid that it really is....

- Absolutely drinkable... but very sweet and strong.... like a triple malt bomb IPA... with candy...

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 22:51:00 | More by Docer
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New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured in a Brooklyn snifter / tulip, shared with friends.

Appearance: A hazy copper color with nice yeast floaties, a dense, rocky, and frothy white head. Nice retention and just looks pretty in the glass.

Smell: Bit fruit, spice, and rye, with big aromas of candied orange marmalade and raisins, along with some vanilla and sweeter molasses aromas.

Taste: Up front sweetness with some rye spiciness and big ripe fruit ester flavors. Peppery bitterness along with some citrus at the end, thankfully finishing slightly dryer than I thought to curb the sweetness, since this is indeed a sweeter brew.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy with a lot of carbonation to handle the body extremely well.

Drinkability: a Barleywine or a Belgian Strong Pale? It seems to walk the line between both, but if I had to designate it one or the other without knowing what it was, it would be a BSP. Very good, though, and a brew I'm glad I tried from a brewery that I'd never had anything by. I'd easily grab some other Hair of the Dog Brews in the future, though, if I can find them.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 20:38:17 | More by asabreed
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stowehop for this one. Batch 73. I hadn't had this beer in at least 6 years or so, and my anticipation level was quite high.

A moderately aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip produced a cloudy, medium copper-brown beer with a thick, airy, bubbly head.

After swirling this one around, I detected a slight cardboard smell, which was quickly replaced by aromas of apricots, canned peaches and pineapple.

The fruitiness translated to the taste on this one as well, picking up some citrus notes (orange?) which went nicely with the very present and warming alcohol flavors.

On the finish, this one was still a bit hot, and I seemed to detect a few off notes that I could not put my finger on (due to the shipping, perhaps?). Finished warming, with somewhat of a harsh bitterness. Overall an enjoyable beer, but does not live up to the expectations that I set for it.

BATCH 80--after drinking a horribly flat Adam the other night, I am nothing short of astounded to see the glass, with a gentle pour, fill with foam, which took nearly 20 mins or so to settle down. WTF is the issue with carbonation up there? Tasty, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 04:06:18 | More by emmasdad
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at McG's in Chatsworth. Pours a small, thin head into a virtually impenetrable golden/orang-ish body. Not much carbonation, so perhaps this bottle's been sitting in the fridge awhile.

Intense aromas of caramel and vanilla, with slight fruit including bananas and kiwi. Don't smell too much of the hops or malts that are normally present in a barleywine. Just sweetness.

Flavors are similar to the smell: intense, sweet flavors hinting at the aforementioned aromas, but also with some caramel, malts, and hops. A sip yields more bitterness, and a quaff yields waaayyy more of the sweeter, caramel-ly/fruity flavors.

The mouthfeel is nice and chewy, though it suffers a slight lack of refinement. For a 10% barleywine, the alcohol burn is minimal, which is nice, but I think the lower level of carbonation is not cleansing and refreshing on the palate the way I would like it to be.

I give it a solid A-.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 18:34:52 | More by jminsc76
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73

Bottle courtasy of Arbitrator

Holy freaking active yeast! Wow, this pour produced a 2'' head that grew, rather then receeded. The growth of the head has billowed in foam over the top of the glass to a good 4'' now. A hugenormous amount of carbonation rise inside the beer, it looks like its boiling with all the carbonation bubbles. It does not have the look of infection, this is a different look.
The color is a mildly hazy darker copper, that glows bright when held to light.
Its now going on ten minutes and only the slightest bit of receeding has occured. This could be the longest I've gone without taking a sip from a beer.
Lace is thick and coating all the way around, it gives the look of a frosty glass, its that thick.
Retention has come to a dallop of whipped cream like look, its a good inch thick and now going on 20 minutes after the pour. I'm going to call it good to drink. The carbonation rise has slowed in the liquid, its still very actively bubbling, but does not look like its boiling anymore with activity, just looks like a belgian now.

Aroma is super bready yeasty, lots of sourdough and pncake batter aroma. Its pretty sweet smelling too with a large amount of unfermented sugars and cereal grain sweetness, some honey, but mostly grain aroma.

Mouthfeel has alot of biting carbonation. Some slickness and a fuller feel, although mostly masked by carbonation abundance. I think this could have used more time to age. I'm kinda wondering more about infection though, it doesnt taste off, but the carbonation bursts and inflates on each sip in my mouth creating foam with agitation on the tounge.
Its sweet upfront with a good honey caramel grain flavor, some burnt sugars and roasted quality here. A good amount of hop flavors. Its bittering mostly in the hops catagory. A mild chalky aspirin taste through the swallow with the hops. Its not exactly pine and not exactly grapefruit, but it is bitter...

IIt took almost 20 minutes for the 4" head to receed and the carbonation to stop boiling. But once it did, this beer was terrific and the overly carbonated mouthfeel has come ot be very creamy and thick with a slickness to it. The beer is good, its not infected and it just needed time to settle. Never before have I ever seen this, it surely put on a show!
Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:43:43 | More by Buebie
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle recieved from a trade with tprokop7...batch 68. The bottle has a nice little "in rememberance" for Fred Eckhardt on the side.

I poured Fred into an oversized wine glass...three fingers of the nicest looking head I have seen to date. Rocky, cramy, tan foam that clings to the glass for dear life. The body is a hazy copper with some amber highlights. Gorgeous!

There's a lot of pine in the nose. This is very much a standard barleywine. Some roasted malts with a slightly nutty undertone. Maple begins to show as it warms...interesting!

The flavor seemed a bit weak at first...it turns out it was too cold! There is some sweet caramel and a large smack of pine as it warms. Very sweet and peppery all the way around. Delicious!

It's a bit syrupy but remains smooth. The carbonation seems to keep the syrupiness (is that even a word) in check.

Drinkability seems out of this world! Yeah, it's a bit peppery, but damn is this a smooth drinking barleywine. The sweetness fits so perfectly that the alcohol doesn't even seem to be there.

Anothere home run for HotD. Let's pretend that Ruth doesn't exist and stick to making some of the best strong ales in America. As of right now, this is a top 25 beer for me. I can only imagine what Fred From the Wood is going to be like...

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 19:58:08 | More by BitterPachyderm
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awfully good beer.

A - Beauty honey, over zealous pour resulted in HUGE head. LOTS of cling lace. Chunky.

S - Sweet, malty and boozy. Definitely dark cooked fruit in there too.

T - Shazam. Killer to the buds. All the smell defs X 10.

M - Medium to full, plenty of carb, great coating, good balance for a huge beer.

D - I hate to admit I would have several.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 04:19:19 | More by srandycarter
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy burnt copper color (very pleasing to the eyes), with almost no head to speak of.

S: Very malt heavy aroma here. Definitely smells like a barleywine. Some interesting spices and some dried apricot round it out.

T: Intensely sweet and rich malt flavors up front give way to complex fruit. A little bit of anise on the finish.

MF/D: Very low carbonation with a rich, slick mouthfeel, almost syrupy. A little hot, but that's to be expected. Although a very pleasing and complex brew, I was content with my 6oz pour. Definitely not something I could drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 07:31:47 | More by SRossman
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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a hazed golden apricot color with a finger of bone white head. Nose and flavor are of sweet honey, golden toasted grain, caramelized malt, a nice hit of alcohol, some light vanilla notes and a bit fruity. Rich and satisfying body with almost the perfect amount of carbonation to put the aromas and flavors in balance. Tasty stuff. This paired very well with some super sharp aged cheddar.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:10:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 73, purchased at Monument in Concord, CA. Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear gold / copper color with active carbonation up the glass. This is definitely a fizzer; the proportions are reversed, with a 2" body yielding a tremendous off-white head that fills the entire glass. Takes several pours to get it all out of the bottle. Huge sheets of lacing and thick register marks down the glass as I drink.

S: This is tremendously sensitive to temperature; even a 30 minute chill mutes much of the bouquet. But after warming, I get honey, Belgian candy yeast, and some caramel with floral hops.

T: Definitely on the sweeter side, with honey and Belgian candy dominating the initial flavor. By the time the caramel enters the taste, the floral hops have started to combat it to round out the flavor. The finish is malty and sweet again, but burps are all floral hops.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with low carbonation that suits the style. Looks like most of it came out in the huge head. Very well hidden ABV that makes it immensely drinkable.

D: This is good, but nothing about it blew me away. I prefer its "from the Wood" incarnation, by far.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 03:57:02 | More by Arbitrator
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Wow. Not much head. Opaque amber-brown. Is mine flat?

S- This smells big and like honey.

T- This tastes a like barely-wine. I'm not complaining. It's big and warm in the middle and ends with a big note of honey. The honey is not over powering and not too sweet. It tastes sooo good.

M- Not as heavy as it smells. Syrupy but not sticky. Kind of like honey tea. Under carbonated.

D- I like it a lot. I would have as many of these as I could. I do love barely-wine (even those this isn't one). 10% ABV can be tasted but doesn't overpower and the honey perfectly balances it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:52:57 | More by SeattleAdam
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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass, from notes Aug. '08.

Pours a slightly hazy gold-orange, hugely effervescent, with a thick, creamy, long-lasting off-white head.

Nose is orange and vanilla, spicy alcohol and apricots, sweet caramel. Hugely rich, sweet, and fruity, with different aromas wafting in and out of the mix.

Taste is superb - balanced from beginning to end, but ever changing. Starts off with a toffee sweetness, some citrus, and dry, spicy alcohol that never turns boozey, all the while with a restrained hop bitterness sitting underneath the flavors without truly emerging. As the flavor progresses, the alcohol comes out a bit more, with the hops poking through on the palate just long enough to leave a restrained bitterness to counter the sweet, over-ripe golden fruit and rich toffee that also assert themselves towards the finish. A bit of alcohol bite contributes to the dryness of the tail end of the finish, along with just a bit of spicy yeast presence.

Mouthfeel is effervescently creamy, if that mikes sense - soft but persistent carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, with a head that never goes away.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 12:38:44 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 74. thanks for ScreamForMe for including this as an extra in a recent trade.

A - cloudy cider brown with absolutely no head. I think it may have been refrigerated for too long.

S - slight pine resin and citrus hop aromas. candy sugar and caramel. (I tend to read the bottles AFTER trying the beer, so I was surprised that I was dead on with the candy sugar aroma.)

T - candy sugar and caramel malt and then a slow descent into a citrus and pine resin orgy. a touch of delightful bitterness at the end. very nicely done. the "sweet" component on this barleywine is probably the best I've ever had. no notice of the 10% ABV.

M - medium bodied with low carbonation. exactly the way I like my barleywines.

D - a very good beer. I will soon be seeking out more of this for aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 04:53:55 | More by bowersdm
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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends while waiting in line at DLD.

A- Poured into a Dogfish snifter. Nice golden yellow almost straw color with a huge head that seemed to take forever to go down. The lacing just clung to the sides of the glass and I really couldn't complain about that. Looked to pour a little thicker than most beers I thought.

S- This has a nice fruity smell to it (apples and pears I would say) along with sweet candy sugar hints. You could smell a big hop presence that I like a lot. Makes my mouth water just smelling it.

T- Very carbinated to say the least almost the same as a sparkling wine. Very nice apple twang taste to it along with a sweet sugary taste that ends with a nice hop kick. I like the taste of this a lot.

M- Very nice mouthfeel to say the least. Fred covers the tounge in a nice apple goodness with a slight hop aftertaste. The only thing I didn't like about this was it seemed to dance to much around in the mouth cause it to foam very fast.

D-The ABV in this beer is hidden so well that I could see myself drinking a couple of these rather fast and catching a nice buzz. Not the point for these beers but when they are drinkable they are drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 05:43:01 | More by alleykatking
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden, clear, densely packed white head
S- Definitely some hops there, but well balanced with some grain or sweetness as well.
T- Balanced between lightly sweet malt and pungent hops. It is balanced though so it doesn't come off anywhere near say a DIPA or anything, but it's got a little greenery in the flavor.
M- slick and heavy
D- probably my least favorite HOTD beer so far, and it wasn't bad by any means, just didn't blow me away like their other beers so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 06:00:43 | More by MiScusi
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Burkina Faso

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark almost opaque amber

S- sweet i smell some candied sugar defiantly some booze

T- really tasty sweet belgian candied sugar, fruit, real boozy and perhaps a hint of spice

M- lightly carbonated reals smooth on the palate

D- lost of warming i could see my self having another one but not a third haha

notes: not quite a barley wine but defiantly a special golden ale

a really tasty beer over all

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:25:29 | More by SpruceFish
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,493 ratings.