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

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1,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 369
Gots: 297 | 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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Photo of sprucetip
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. when I had this at Horse Brass it was called "Fred Strong." Maybe there is another beer by that name? But I'm going to assume that they are the same. (June 2012 updates in parentheses)

Clear, copper, good head, spotty lacing.
(2+ inches of head in the tulip, amazing retention, thick lacing).

SMELL Sweet, dark fruity, estery heat, spicy. Sweet and boozy, mainly. (same components but more synergy, complexity and balance than what I said before.)

TASTE boozy, sweet, spicy, raisins. Very complex and unique and difficult to describe. Hop presence is for sure, but not much bitterness. Intetesting. My notes say "reminds me of a barleywine."
(very rich, complex and balanced. Unique and special.)

FEEL full body, slick, strong warming. (super smooth, really nice and full.)

OVERALL Sipper. Sweet, tasty, s-l-o-w sipper. (This is special).

sprucetip, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 75, my first beer from HotD.

Even with a delicate pour, this beer produced a surprisingly massive head. Pretty odd considering the style and the ABV. Medium copper color with a light tan head. Slightly murky.

Grapefruit and pine come out initially in the smell. Maple syrup and an interesting woody component. There are also some other fruit aromas that I can't quite pin down. There's a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Woof! The smell didn't at all prepare me for the taste. In-your-face bitter hops initially with a unique sweetness. There seems to be two different phases in the finish and it's constantly evolving. After the initial punch, syrupy sweetness takes over which is then followed by citrus and bitter hops. The order seems to change, but it seems like a continuing rotation between sweet and bitter. Very unique. A hint of rye spiciness comes in and out as well. Each sip reveals something new.

The mouthfeel is also extremely unique. The carbonation provides an initial explosion of flavor but is soon followed by a syrupy thick finish. The beer seems to stick to the insides of my mouth.

There's really very little notable alcohol flavors coming out in this beer, but it is still quite a hefty beer. The sweetness and stickiness bring down the drinkability a bit, but this is definitely one of the more interesting beers I've had recently.

sjccmd, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Sample- Batch #70:

A- Poured carefully from bottle to yield a nice cream-colored foamy head, which was surprisingly well-retained throughout the drink, slowly giving way to some nice bits of lacing. The body was an opaque honey color... heavily sedimented with yeast. Oddly though, this yeast sediment appeared congealed... almost jelly-like... never seen anything like it. This congealed yeast backs the Appearance grade down to a 4.0.

S- The nose is relatively simple, yet elegant: sweet candy sugar, some vinous notes, and just the right amount of peppery alcohol...

T- A near-replicate of the nose, with the alcohol pepperiness coming though stronger than anticipated... warms the throat going down. Beautiful lingering finish, where some hop bitterness is noted, but not outdone by the malt.

M- This beer is thick and chewy in the mouth- packed full of unattenuated sugar and soft carbonation. Highly viscous- this perfectly coats the mouth for extended gratification after each sip.

D- A perfect winter warmer. One of my favorite beers of all time!

NOTES: This was the freshest example of Fred in a recent vertical tasting where Batches 70, 45, and 24 were compared. This fresh sample was far more hoppy than the older samples. The difference between batch 70 and 24 were so significant, that they deserve contrasting reviews.

So without further adieu, batch #24:

A- Poured carefully from the bottle to yield no head, nor any visible carbonation. The body was heavily sedimented with small granular clumps of yeast, which were suspended in an opaque oil-rubbed copper-brown colored body. (3.0)

S- Aromas of madiera are most prominent on the nose, along with strong aromas of caramel malt, and candy sugar, and a slight booziness. Smells absolutely decadent (5.0)

T- A near replicate of the nose with outstanding madiera flavors and a super-long (slightly oxidized) malt finish. In-f'in-credible. (5.0)

M- Medium body here is packed with unattenuated sugar, but no carbonation to speak of. But really who cares when the beer smells and tastes so good!

D- Very drinkable for a 10% ABV. The perfect nightcap, and proof positive that HotD beer ages incredibly well! What a treat!!!

jgasparine, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy amber ruby color with a big fluffy heading that is off white.Leaves some good lacing behind as I sip it.

Smell is hoppy but a little more malty.Slight apple detected and some heavier dark fruits plums,raisins etc.

Taste has a very big bang of malt right away,Followed by a heavy bitter hop taste. There is a nice twang of rye that hits you towards the end and then again the ending of bitter hops.

Mouth is not as thick as I would have thought for a barleywine. Full bodied amazing fluffiness of carbonation.

Drinkability is good.I wouldn't recommend dowing these but a definite taster that is well worth seeking out.

TheFightfan1, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Horse Brass poured into Shaker glass.

pours a slightly glowing but cloudy orange color with a creamy off-white head with good retention and thick lacing down the glass. The aroma has caramel, citrus hops and is tangy. The flavor has citrus hops, malt, nuttiness, spices, toffee and finishes with a soft bitterness. Its a creamy, full-bodied beer and is very drinkable. Very unique beer overall and is one of the beer that really made me want to get closer to the Oregon beer scene. Fred from the Wood is more fragrant but this is easy drinking.

DiabolikDUB, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - One finger of off-white head on a slightly hazy copper-brown body. The foam dissipates quickly and leaves thick lace clinging to the glass.

S - Thick, rich toasted and toffee malt with earthy, spicy hops. Some dark fruit in the background with notes of red apple and plum.

T - Very thick, very sweet caramel malt, followed immediately by smooth, stiff hop bitterness. These two elements continue to play off one another all the way through the finish, weaving around dark, fruity notes of raisins, fig and plum, spicy alcohol, cinnamon, and clove as well as brown sugar and pipe tobacco. Dark flavor linger and become darker on the palate, releasing smoke, char, and licorice.

M - Very thick, creamy, smooth, mousse-like body, moderately low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Great. The aroma is good, the flavor is complex with exquisite balance, and the mouthfeel is obscenely velvety. The appearance is the only aspect of this beer that is less than stellar, and it is still better than average. This is an excellent beer and my only complaint is that I don't have a whole case of them to cellar, because it has the potential to age very well.

nickfl, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After finishing my last aged 2009 Bigfoot, I needed to satisfy my Barleywine kick with Fred.

Poured a murky red brown with some sediment floating around my glass. A small white cap was evident but departed quickly leaving a nice ring and lacing.

Smell is of candied sugar and caramel with hints of hops and citrus. Really sweet smelling for a Barleywine.

Taste was a smooth and sweet explosion of caramel malt and citrus making up the main flavors, followed with a very nice spicey finish. This would be a great winter brew with some age on it.

Mouthfeel was a good full body just touching on being creamy. Fantastic.

The drinkability of this beer is exceptional. Little hop bitterness, and masking of alcohol make this a fantastic session and sipper.

Foxtrot, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 73.

Pours a deep and dense golden color with hints of orange. Forms a massive slightly off white head with unbelievable retention. I'm actually hard pressed to think of a beer that retains head better. Leaves very good lacing. Really a beautiful brew.

Aroma begins with earthy yeast and citrus that briefly brings to mind a Belgian Tripel followed by a great combo of floral and bitter, almost smokey hops backed by a pleasant underlying sweetness.

Delicious pungent, bitter, and floral hops reallycome to the foreront along with a great earthy, almost oaky character. Also a very nice bready malt character. I'll say this is one brew that isn't it ashamed of it's alcohol but it's in no way offensive.

Feel is pretty good but drinkability takes a small hit because of the alcohol heat. Still fairly drinkable though.

Overall I'm slightly ashamed it's been so long since I've had this brewer and shocked it's my first review of theirs. I've never been disappointed and I'll be sure to buy their other offerings as I see them.

berkey, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of velosuds
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating on bottle or label, but batch 76 for those keeping score. Single purchased from local health foods store for $4.45, the most I have ever paid for a 12 oz. beer. But, hell at 10% ABV it is like two beers in one bottle.

A-Pours medium amber with a one finger, creamy tan head with modest retention and light lacing.

S-Malty for certain. Fruity, especially plums and raisins. Nice.

T-Very pleasantly sweet yet balanced. At 10% ABV the alcohol, although warming, is nicely masked.

M-Full bodied, but quite smooth.

D-My first barleywine. I like it and now understand why the heavy beers predominate the BA top 100.

velosuds, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is strongly malty - suggesting a very high OG. Dark macerated fruit, perhaps cherry or plum. Soft alcohol. Nice floral herbal hop - soft and in background. Smells very good.

Pours moderately clear honey with moderately sized, long-lasting head and lots of lace. Looks good.

Highly malty as in nose. Very viscous. Vanilla and smooth creamy richness. Macerated fruit - cherry, plum, fig, date or so. Mild alcohol. Nice tartness. Very fruity. Smooth and creamy. Herbal citrus hops with herbal bitterness and earthy leafiness. Vinous sourness and suggestions of oxidation. Nice vanilla return. Tastes very good. Feels very good. Very good drinkability.

Thick malt, vinous sourness, and twang of hops. Nice balance.

MrHungryMonkey, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 70. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Very gorgeous. Pours a radiant, light amber. Perfect clarity. Produced two fingers width of white, fluffy head. Over time reduced to a solid ring around the glass.

S- Getting a lot of candied, dark fruits with hints of sweet malt beneath. The candied aroma is very pungent.

T- Upfront the sweetness really comes out from the fruit-like flavors. This flavor continues and eventually becomes the base flavor throughout. Midway through to the end a unique rye / hops bitterness takes over the beer. Still a lot of heat from the alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Wish the body was more viscous. Just a little too thin for my liking.

D- The hops bitterness and the alcohol really put a damper on the drinkability. All of the 10% abv plus more was easily felt.

Overall, I could see this one blossoming with some age (I dislike strong hops flavors in my barleywines). THe hotness really needs to mellow out. Definitely will need to revisit this one in a couple years.

rhinos00, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Nick!

Pours with an out of control head....I tried to go slow but four fingers quickly engulfed the glass. A quick browsing of reviews shows that the majority of others aren't experiencing this, so I hope nothing is wrong with my bottle. I don't mind the crazy foam, it forces me to wait for a while and let the beer breathe and warm up first (something I have a difficult time forcing myself to do usually)

Sticking my nose into the marshmallow mountain of foam beneath me, I am greeted by a wave of floral and citrus hops, spices, apple peel, with hints of pepper and clove.

Upon first sip the spices come full force and brutalize my palate, eventually washing down to a citrus hop finish. The hops are big here. In a blind tasting I would guess this was an American Barleywine mixed 50/50 with a nice Tripel....I guess that is why the bottle is labeled Golden Special Ale (kind of vague, right).

There is a bit of a carbonation sting which I don't care for along with a noticeable alcohol burn in the finish, but this beer has a nice body. I enjoyed drinking it for sure, but it was definitely a sipper and the 10% ABV made itself known.

alcstradamus, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy, amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, cherries, plums, raisins, & sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with a silky velvet, prune merengue.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, yeasty, bready, and syrupy.

weeare138, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very excited to see this cult favorite distributed in the Philadelphia area. This is the second beer I've tried from Hair of the Dog and I'm stoked to try one of their acclaimed barleywines.

Poured into a pint glass at a nice tilt. Color is a reddish amber with off-white, one finger head boasting high retention. The carbonation is buoyant, with playful bubbles racing to the rim of the glass.

Smell is tart like orange rind and grapefruit. Very sharp and tangy; the status quo for American Barleywines.

Taste is packed with flavor, prominently featuring dried fruit, prune, berry and rich maple. The finish leaves a pleasant dryness at the back of the throat.

There are so many complex flavors on display here that it takes the tongue a minute to recognize all of the fruitiness, woodiness and musky wine dryness. It's really overwhelming and swishing it in your mouth is quite a treat.

Although the ABV is high, it never overwhelms with booze and is very easy to enjoy. I'm not sure how I'd feel after a few glasses, but enjoying one after dinner was a really rewarding experience.

deapokid, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade from Davexisxrabid. Thanks Dave.
My first beer from HOTD and I was in the mood for a BarleyWine so it was practically fate. Slow pour into a snifter

A: A burnt copper color that is quite hazy in the light. Minimal head on this beer, but some lingering lace makes up for that. The lace itself is milky white.

S: Malty of course. Strong biscuity aroma, followed by some burnt caramel and a touch of toffee and vanilla. Possibly a bit of a fruity essence as well. Alcohol is also present.

T: Sweet caramel and butterscotch in the first wave, followed by vanilla, the slightest bitter chocolate note. The breadiness and booziness come in the finish and leave a very nice tingle.

M: Very creamy and satisfying, working multiple taste buds in each sip. Yes there is a bit of alcohol heat, but it is not overpowering and actually very suited for this beer.

D: A sipper no doubt. One in a sitting should suffice and it may even be better suited to share with another person. Even the smallest sips have alot of flavor so this is a good beer to enjoy over an extended period of time.

Again Thanks go out to Davexisxrabid

mikey711, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 42 consumed on 8/17/09 at the HOTD tasting event at Dyan's place. Was told this beer was roughly 8 years old. Wow. I believe it.

This beer was compared with batch 67 I believe. At least for me there was no comparison, either visually, aroma-wise or on the palate. Also, I've had this beer fresh on tap many times at the Horsebrass in PDX, as well as at the brewery. It's is flat out amazing how much this beer improves with a little time.

The beer pours a brownish honey color, with exceptional head retention and sticky lacing all around. The beer has a somewhat viscuous look to it, and in fact this beer is very rich and thick tasting on the palate. On the nose I get a lovely interplay of toffee, chocolate and butterscotch. You can tell right off you are going to be in for a treat with this bad boy. On the palate this beer is incredibly rich and full. Flavors generally replicate the nose, but I'm just amazed by how rich and long this beer is. There are just waves of flavor in this beer, and it has a finish that lasts nearly a minute. Drinkability is unbelievable in this beer. The alcohol blends seamlessly into the flavor profile, giving one the foolish impression that you could drink glass after glass of this nectar.

The years have been very kind to this beer and have turned it into a thing of absolute beauty. An absolute stunner and just fabulous stuff. It doesn't get much better then this.

Edit from 2/17/10: Many thanks to Nathan, who was generous enough to share yet another bottle of 42 with me. Not sure what I can possibly do to repay him for this... After having an entire bottle of this, I've upgrade my original score just a bit. IMHO, the aged version of this beer hovers very close to perfection. If I can choose a beer to have on my death bed, this might be it... butter, cream, caramel (by the gallon bucket) and chocolate, and then with just a hint of green hop in the finish.... the quality of this beer surpases what I could even imagine a beer to taste like when I was younger. Amazing. Incredible. Fred.

Edit from 5/9/10. Was fortunate enough to sample Fred 2 from a magnum at the PDX tasting at Todd's (hannont's) place. Although the beer had to be close to 15 years old, it was still incredibly fresh and delicious. It actually seemed a bit fresher and a bit less mature then the 42 I sampled a few months back, except there was also a nuttiness in the flavor profile that I didn't recall from the bottle of 42. Just a testament to the ageability of this great beer.

John_M, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of realmpel
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a strong and delicious beer. It pours a deep butterscotch/reddish color with almost no head. However, the beer does have a pervasive carbonation that helps break up the thick sweetness.

I taste vanilla, butterscotch, and a light hop underneath. It's sweet, with a very thick mouthfeel. As it warms, the butterscotch comes out even more.

It's a strong beer; I don't know if I would drink more than one in a night, but I'll certainly drink it again.

realmpel, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber with a shy off-white and very bubbly head that settles kind of fast. Minimal lacings.

S: Caramel, candy and a hint of fudge. Lots of floral and grassy hop notes mixed with a doze of yeast (like white bread). Estery with notes of strawberries and tart berries and lemons. A hint of alcohol. The smell is rather hard to nail down and every breath seems to reveal different prominent characteristics - truly complex and enticing. All in all, a really good and interesting smell.

T: Lots of sweetness going on, the flavor is almost sugary. A lovely malt character with notes of mostly caramel, but also fudge. A gentle taste of candy ends the sweetness as a light fruity yeastiness and wood take over. The hops, although they have clearly starting to fade in this one, gather momentum and balance the sweetness nicely. Other than a general floral character, it's hard to pick out any elements derived from the hops. Perhaps I get a hint of lemon. The finish is pleasantly bitter with complementary malty sweetness, spices and herbal alcohol.

M: Full-bodied and oh so smooth. The slick mouthfeel is just outstanding with a nice sticky finish. The only thing holding it back from a perfect five is a slightly too gentle carbonation.

D: A very good beer, definitely a sipper considering the sweetness, the comparatively prominent taste of alcohol in the finish and the smooth mouthfeel.

ricke, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem finally brought me to my very first Hair of the Dog brew and I coudln't be more excited. I'm a big Barleywine fan and my brew hero Brenkt56 was a huge fan of this brew, so I was ready to go!

A: Hazy caramel tone with a creamy white head that lasts the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Caramel, vanilla, toffee, and some piney hop aromas.

T: Begings with a fantastically balanced caramel, toffee flavor with a hint of fruit. Then a variety of hops flavors emerge taking the bitterness in a complimentary directions (pine, citrus, and smoky) but never anything too extreme. Incrediblely balanced flavor for a brew of this strength.

M: Full bodied and a load of carbonation, warm all the way down from the mouth to the belly.

D: WOW, this was an incredible brew, a must try for all beer fans. I've had some hyped beers in the past but despite all the praise I think this one is actually underrated. I've been waiting a long time for the Barleywine that topped Bigfoot and I've finally found it. I'm offically a Hair of the Dog fan and I've got Adam in the fridge so more is on the way. Can't recommend this one highly enough, try it now!

jdg204, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from JJPM74, thanks! This barleywine poured a deep and cloudy orangey brown and was capped with a thick and long lasting off white head that left lots of sticky lace. The nose was candied mangoes, heavy brown sugar, caramel malts, some fruit, a bit of citrus from the hops, some dark bread crust. Tasted pretty sweet, of dark fruits, candied prunes....some other dried fruit, caramel malts again, grapefruit leads to a cirtic rind pithiness. Bitter balances the very sweet molasses like malt in the finish. A pleasure to sip. Thanks John!

mrmanning, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of david18
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have trouble distinguishing the hair of the dog styles from each other. If they say fred's a barleywine i'll take their word for it. It's a little more like an old ale for me as there is not enough hops. In general a very good beer and among a great selection of eclectic brands from the brewer. Good dark rose color, good carbonation and a very good flavor and mouthfeel.

david18, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of chicagoish
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a batch # 76 on the label.

Appearance: Seems heavy on carbonation ... big head during the pour. The head retention was very long. You can see the sedimentation on the bottom. I had it in three small pours and didn't have sedimentation until the final pour. Nice bronze color.

Smell: Fruit and Caramel..

Taste & Mouth Feel: Creamy, full and smooth slick mouth feel. Alcohol is present up front and after. Bitter hops. Spicy.
Malty and alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Reminds me of a barley wine but a bit stronger. The alcohol is more up front compared to a Bigfoot.

chicagoish, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

batch 75.

pours a cloudy gold with a medium to large egg-shell head that stays around with you while you drink, some sediment, and excellent lacing.

smell is malt, dark fruits, some sweetness, and burnt caramel.

taste is creamy, some fruit, caramel, touch of citrus, and a bit bitter, leaves the mouth dry and sticky.

froghop, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of bwd110
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

bwd110, Jul 24, 2009
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.