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

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1,511 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 358
Gots: 292 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium snifter batch #70. Poured a golden orangish color with off white color head that disappeared after a minute leaving some lacing. Smell is a sweet honey malt aroma with dried apricot and alcohol. Taste has a sweet malty backbone with a grapefruit ,light rye , and alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet but a nice balance to the hops that help keep it from being cloy, the low carbonation keeps it creamy. I like HODT. I like Fred. While not a session beer an easy to drink strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:55:55 | More by sfoley333
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4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: HUGE THICK HEAD!!! It took 5 minutes (literally) for it to come down; WOW! The color is a nice oak brown. It is cloudy, murky and there are a ton of bits and particles floating around in the glass; I am both afraid, and excited.

S: Alcoholy, hoppy, lots of raisins. Hints of molasses, honey and malts.

T: Delicious!! Malty, sweet and smooth!!! This is the most balanced barleywine I have ever tasted. There is no taste of alcohol at all; absolutely balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy. Rich and Velvety. Perfect carbonation.

D: This actually warmed me like a brandy. I can't believe I only have 2 bottles. Again; Wow!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:27:14 | More by gkatsoris
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #58. It's dark gold. It's full bodied. It tastes like no other beer. Alan Sprints does not fool around. He is an American treasure. His beers age well and drink with a uniqueness that is unrivaled. Anyone who is a serious beer drinker should try his entire offering.


Batch#44. This is a beguiling beer. The flavor is blended to the point that I can't pull it apart. It is like a good curry. The beer has an integrated experience that blends all the aspects of the BA evaluation into one. I often will be able to write about the different components of the experience of a beer. In this one, I don't care to bother. It is too good to evaluate. It's more important to enjoy. This beer breaks through.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 06:20:29 | More by faernt
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 68 -- 12 oz's into a chalice.

When the bottle warns "pour slowly", it means it. The towering, 4" tall head takes forever to drop to a drinkable level. The custard foam is dense and leaves behind patches of fluffy lacing while the body is a murky, amber-chestnut hue. Aroma packs immense amounts of grapefruit-y hops. Perfume-like, pink champagne notes blend with lemon zest, fruity yeasts, wheat, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is delicious...gooey caramel & butterscotch notes followed by sour mash, warming booze, spice, and a pinch of green hops. The sweet thickness kind of reminds me of a recent homebrewed wort that I tried before pitching the yeast, except that it's cooled and carbonated. The mouthfeel is sticky and thick, with a nearly perfect carbonation level (despite the high ABV) and a lingering bittersweet finish. The alcohol brings that "warm & fuzzy" feel to both palate and stomach. *cheshire cat grin* My overall impression is pretty high for Fred. As a burgeoning barleywine fan, this hit the complexity and flavor out of the park. Granted, the thickness and alcohol levels are a bit much to make this anything but a "sipping beer", but I would definately give this another go-round.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 05:18:07 | More by wagenvolks
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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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4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I too have to thank msubulldog25 for this incredible brew. It poured a nice orange color with a nice fluffy white head which lasted a nice bit. Great lacing as well. Had a nice aroma of fruits(oranges and lemons) and yeast. A strong lemon taste is present along with other fruits that I can't quite distinguish. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is heavy and the carbonation is mild. I was surprised to see it labeled a barleywine. I wasn't sure what kind of beer it was but that surprised me a bit. Great beer overall and I wish we could get some on a regular basis here in Louisiana.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 21:28:07 | More by Beerbuddha
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you msubulldog25 for this bad boy, quite a treat. This one was brewed from batch 69 and poured into large snifter.

A: Looks great from the start with an appetizing gold color. Not huge head but fluffy and pillowlike. Spiderweb lacing.

S: Strong aroma of fruits- little bit different from expectations of a barleywine. Plenty of honey scents and some grapefruit. Could pick up a bit of the hoppiness.

T: Strong and delicious. The hop bitters come through in all directions. Fruitiness of the aroma a bit masked in the flavor but still present. Reminded me of honey graham crackers and the sharp, sweet alcohol bite matched beautifully.

M: Thick, coating and a nice alcohol aftertaste. Little carbonation outweighed by the spices and hops.

D: The alcohol is there indeed, one that is meant to be sipped and enjoyed. Letting it warm a bit did it some favors Im sure. Id love to get my hands on some more of these sometime soon, or get out to Portland I guess.

A barleywine surely worth seeking out. Seems a bit more of a strong belgian but terrific. Thanks again bulldog.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 23:54:57 | More by marcpal
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Batch 66,

A: Pours a burnt orange, with a thick cap of white foam, which lasts for the whole glass until the very end, limited lacing.

S: Smells of lemon zest and musky yeastiness.

T: Very thick fruity taste, lemon, pear and apple, with a nice warming alcohol in the end. Taste is reminiscent of Dogfish Head 120, or a strong Belgian, very sweet, but has a definite earthy hoppiness to it to keep it balanced.

M: Thick, syrupy, viscous.

D: An interesting barleywine, not a hop bomb, but a beer with a wide mix of flavours which makes it interesting to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 06:00:11 | More by Halcyondays
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gently poured from 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy caramel in color, with less than one finger.of creamy tan head. Reduced to a creamy cap fairly quickly, but retained the cap well.

S: Lots of malty sweetness, caramel.

T: Sweet and malty like the aroma, with an ample bitterness.

MF: Full bodied, thick and viscous. A bit syrupy, but well carbonated to keep it from being too mouth coating. Probably the best part of this beer.

D: A strong beer for sure, but not much alcohol in the flavor or aroma. Very drinkable, perhaps just a bit too sweet.

This bottle was poorly capped, and I was afraid it would have gone flat. Glad to find that it wasn't. I should have bought more of this!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 00:11:58 | More by srroos
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12 oz. brown bottle (Batch #69) into a pint glass to produce a 1-1/2" head of off-white foam. Good retainage and lots of clumpy lacing. The beer was honey colored and slightly cloudy.

The smell was of fresh, ripe fruit.

Taste: Very interesting.... not what I was expecting from the aroma. Quite a strong, bready, rye taste with some serious hop bitterness. Different, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Nice, rich, thick and medium carbonation. Fantastic mouth coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definately a sipper. Let it get up to cellar temp. Cold mutes the intense flavors of this big beer. Enjoy at 50-55 degrees F. Recommended. Not your average Barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 18:31:57 | More by TheBierBand
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4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper-colored pour, with a big 4" off-white head, bubbles constantly streaming. Strong melon and light citrus aroma, with a little sweet malt. Taste is a powerful honey and raisin sweetness, with a rich bready flavor. Hop bitterness is noticeably restrained, aside from a tingle on the back of the tongue. Intersting near-Belgian yeasty quality; tastes like its being held back by the malt sweetness. Head and lacing are unusually long-lasting and creamy. Drinkability is exceptional for such a big beer; rye taste comes out as the beer warms. This is a very deep beer, one you could have a dozen times and still find something new with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 04:06:57 | More by trill
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 65.

Striking bright copper color, dense beige head, thick sheets of lace.

Smells like orangy and tropical fruity hops, coconut, sweet yeasty pastry dough, butter, nuts, peppercorn, warm spice, and fusel alcohols. Delightful.

Sweet fruit and dough flavor, with mounting hop bitterness, and butter, light nuts, yeasty spice, and plenty of warm fusel alcohols coming in for a long finish.

Full smooth creamy texture, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 08:51:27 | More by Beerzebub
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3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for four dollars and some change

Batch #68, pulled out of my cellar after three to four months

Thought this was more of a Belgian pale ale than a barleywine but that is just my opinion

Poured into an oversized wine glass with a murky light orange color and that an obvious golden tint when held up to the light, nice 3/4 super creamy head that lasted a long time and was surprisingly very thick, great retention and lots of sticky lacing all the way through

Smell was too perfume-like for me and had lots of different fruit, both dark ones and citrus, good amounts of sweet malt, some dry hoppiness and also some faint toffee aromas

To me, the taste was all over the place and had some good qualities, just not quite the balance I was looking for, too hoppy when the beer was cool and when it warmed there was far too much malt, could taste tangerine, apricot, chocolate, hard liquor, and toffee, which do not all mold together well, lots of sweetness, could taste strong flavors of sour apple towards the end along with some different herbs and spices, like I said this beer was doing too many different things, would have been better if it was more mellow which is why I recommend aging this one for at least a year, too strong and wild for me, still not bad overall

The body was average, excess of carbonation but the taste stuck around for a long time, left a spicy finish on the back of the tongue

Could not drink more than a couple bottles of this, high ABV and heavy stuff, meant for drinking slowly and letting warm to see its different complexities, filled me up after one and its sweetness got to me

Not a bad beer from Hair of the Dog, only the third one of their beers that I have tasted, cannot wait to try the wood version of this that is sitting in my cellar because I have had high expectations for that one for quite some time now, recommended trying this even though though a bottle runs almost five dollars

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 05:47:59 | More by Floydster
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, "Batch 68", pours cloudy dark orangy amber, yeast expelled into the glass, yeeha, I love yeast. Typical medium tan head, tiny bubble film, and spotty, fine lacing left behind. Toasty nose, with some burnt orange notes. Buttery smooth, tasty and finely crafted brew, 10% truly nowhere in sight, except the center of my cranium. Caramel, vanilla, honey notes, warming and yummy. High qualiity and a must try all the way. No bargain @ $4.99 a bottle, but worth it for the high brow suds experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 23:25:27 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Quite the cloudy body - bright and hazy burnt orange in color. Hardy pour produces two fingers of extra tight off-white head which makes a very slow descent to the surface of the brew. Super sticky along the glass, I would trust this foam to glue heat-resistant tiles to a rocket re-entering Earth's atmosphere. The entire glass is webbed with residual head and perfect lacing remains behind to cap the beer. Impeccable!

Nose: Right out of the bottle this is a hop bomb. Lush grapefruit and floral aromas. Banana notes creep in, accompanied by raisins, brown sugar, and some minerality. Hops dominate; yeast and malt come second.

Mouth: Smooth mouthfeel - really creamy. Huge complexity in flavor. Hops are strong with grapefruit taste. Malts are sweet and fruity and carry a lot of spice notes, like freshly baked spice cake. Everything is perfectly balanced, including the after effect, which is a combination between bittering hops, spicy sweet malt, and a warming alcoholic exhale. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 21:29:58 | More by clickpush
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4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1
A- Thin cream light tan head on a murky amber brown body.
S- Sweet complex caramel and toffee malt blended in with soft alcohol. Hints of dark fruits, chocolate, a tiny cherry, and just a bit of dry grass. All blended very nicley and all seems blended together.
T- Sweet caramel and chocolate malts. They come off very nicley with a strong bitterness behind it. Alcohol is like a thin blanket laying over a bed a caramel and chocolate and the bitterness is the springs of the mattress. Just a hint or two of some cherries with a light grass or straw flavor to it too. Light earthy tones make their way through. Everything seems to fit perfectly with one another. Light toffee in the aftertaste with a big warming from the alcohol in the back of throat. Maybe a tad to harsh on the back of the throat instead of a gently soothing alcohol warmth. Leaves a nice size bitterness on mid tongue.
M- Full body with really low carbonation. Silk and just a little oily body. Has almost a creamy feel to it.
D- I think this is one great beer. Worth the price I paid for it? Maybe not but I am glad I can say I tried it. IMO it is getting really close to it's peak but maybe could last a year or two longer. I would like to try one from about 6 years ago to compare it though.

Batch 59 (from about October 2006, the scoring is for batch 1)
A- Huge off white/tan head. Cloudy darker amber body. Great head retention! As it goes down it sticks to side of the glass.
S- Some darker fruits with alcohol. Some malt body, and some sweeter hops. Smells pretty sweet. Some earthy tones also.
T- Some darker fruits like plums and maybe hint of raisons and cherrys come out up front. They fade off making way for some alcohol taste and a nice malt body. Earthy tones also come out. A light bitterness comes throughout the beer and lingers in the after taste along with the fruits. Its a dry bitterness from a grassy hop. Maybe some light vanilla flavors also. Some citrus flavors also come through. Also maybe some spice is also thrown in here.
M- Low carbonation and a medium to full body.
D- It is pretty darn good. It is a sipper. I'm glad I got to try this and if it was available I would buy some but not all the time. It's a beer that would suit better if your craving a barley wine. I would also prefer just a tad bigger body to go with the strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 07:41:00 | More by BlindPig
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4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my all time favorite brews. Split a case with this with mughugger this summer and have 4 bottles left. This is a great beer to introduce wine connoisseurs to craft beer. The beer is so unique from start to finish it would make wine seem about as complex as Mike Tyson’s vocabulary.

A: Poured into snifter with about a ¾ inch head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some thick lacing behind. Appearance is a cloudy dark copper color. Without decanting you will get some fairly large yeast chunks at the end of the poor.

S: I literally sniffed this beer for 15 minutes before taking my first sip. Amazing! Smells of molasses and dark fruits with a hop (s) aroma that I can’t pinpoint

T: Molasses, cameral, green apples, huge malt backbone that is perfectly balanced with a complex hop profile. Every sip tastes different than the last. Surprisingly I don’t taste any alcohol at all with a beer this big.

M: The beer has a heavy mouth feel but with something this complex that is what I’m looking for. I wouldn’t call it syrupy as I think that has some negative connotations but it is thick for sure.

D: A sipping beer for sure but enjoyable from start to finish. Beer changes as it warms. It may take me over an hour to drink this beer but I can tell you that when the last sip is gone I’m very tempted to pop open another one (which I have done on occasion)…..if it wasn’t for that damn $100 per case price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 17:50:22 | More by phnphilly
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4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of two bottles purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Bottle foams up and out after opening but luckily i had a glass ready to go. Pours red to gold with significant flecks of sediment and a big puffy head. Odor is of teffee and malt and fermenting fruits. Alcohol is in there as as a brandy-like quality. Taste is great. All the flavors come together beautifully. Hoppiness concentrated in the head and make the first sips somewhat bitter. Then it becomes sweeter with a sweet caramel malt with only a hint of bitterness. Alcohol well hidden in the flavor. Peaches and raspberries and big overripe plums are in the flavor too. Maybe could use a cellaring to reduce the hops just a tiny bit more as it becomes increasingly bitter as i drink. Full bodied without being cloying. Very drinkable. Overwhelmingly so. Like a good Thomas Hardy with a bit more of a hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 15:27:14 | More by aforbes10
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 56 (thanks to Crosling!). Pours a hazy golden orange with huge yeast chunks. The head is huge and meringue-like and retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, fruits (melon and figs), and honey with some vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruits, caramel malts and some bittering (grassy hops) and warming alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice velvety carbonation.

Overall, a well made and well balanced barley wine. It's definitely big, bold and intense. It loses some of its sweetness and becomes a little more harsh as it warms to room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 04:29:22 | More by Beaver13
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of acertain, (ratebeer) thanks again!

Batch # 69

Beer pours a bright and cloudy gold color with a nice tall white head.

Aromas aren't quite what I expected. This has a much darker fruit aroma than what I thought it would. There is also a bright bitter hop note to the nose as well.

Flavors are very crisp and dry. There is a nice hop bite that balances well with the bright fruit malt flavors. I also notice some mellow sweet flavors, that meld well with the boozy alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel is great. This is really thick and full in the mouth.

Drinkability is good. This is a very nice and interesting barley wine. It doesn't really taste like anything I have tasted in the style. But that is not a bad thing. This is a very tasty brew. Well done Hair of the Dog!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 06:04:45 | More by flexabull
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy dark copper with almost no head or lacing. Smell is a bit mild, nothing overpowering, some spicy fruit and dark malts.
Taste is incredible, Rich dark fruit, tons of raisin, caramel, thick toffee and lush bitter hops. Pretty heavily carbonated for a barleywine but this doesn't detract from the experience at all.
The alcohol is slightly noticable, just enough to give the finish a nice alcohol burn to go with the lingering dark malt aftertaste.
Damn fine beer, wish I had a ton more.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 02:07:44 | More by kirok1999
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (batch #65) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish orange color with a decent white head. A thick layer of sediment stays in the bottle.

S: Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose along with a big blast of tropical fruit.

T: Lots of semi-sweet fruity hops mixed with some floral accents. A large malt presence in the form of some grainy caramel. A big and tasty brew with lots of bold and in your face flavors. Not as much alcohol as I expected.

M: Very thick and chewy mouthfeel. Low carbonation due to the full bodied aspect.

D: It's actually quite drinkable for such a big and alcoholic beer. It's a sipper and it's really an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 04:31:01 | More by willjschmidt
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle. I don't even remember where I got it from. Batch 68

A: Pours a nice copper color. Decent amount of head that maintained for a little while.

S: Very powerful to the point of almost being overwhelming. Fruits, bread, raisins, some malt and a very faint hop smell. Booze is there as well.

T: Really hard to pin this one down. On BA it is listed as a barley wine but the bottle puts it as a "Golden Special Ale". I'm getting a lot of fruit up front. Then some powerful malt. Molasses then a hoppy finish. Really something different and enjoyable.

M: Medium body, Really syrupy. It feels heavier than it is if that makes any sense.

D: We got a sipper. Enjoyable on a Sunday afternoon before football. Not something for everyday but worth getting if you can get your hands on one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 19:32:51 | More by aerozeppl
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to score a 12 ounce bottle of this beer in Porter Square, which by the way, is from 2003. Pours a murky strawberry color, with a perfect looking white head. Aroma had lots of overripe fruits, mainly strawberry, cherry and grape. The alcohol is also well hidden in the aroma. Taste starts off somewhat fruity and syrupy, then ends on a more dry grainy note. A bit of honey can be felt throughout as it swishes around the mouth. The body of this beer is pretty big, yet dangerous in its drinkability. The guy from Liquor World was right on the money when he said that this beer was a lot more calmed down from when it was new. In fact, I am pretty sure the last time I tasted it was in 03, and I can remember it being very hot. This is definitely a beer that has benefited from some time in the cellar. Although it is over five bucks for a single, this is something that I could see myself purchasing again. My favorite beer so far from Hair of the Dog.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:32:47 | More by jamie2dope
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South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9%
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
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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