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

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1,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 360
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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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #61. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a hazy, dark orange color with a one finger light brown head. Moderate carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet with brown sugar, malt, rum, raisins and other dark fruits. Also mildly hoppy.

Taste was very sweet with caramel, honey and some mild citrus flavors. Very full flavored and complex. The first sip was almost overwhelming. Some hop bitterness emerges as it finishes, but well balanced by the malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. A nice sipper that is best served at cellar temperature.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 01:51:20 | More by drumrboy22
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kirok1999

Ohio

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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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from batch 83. I got this one courtesy of my local bottle shop manager (thanks Thad!) and it was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Hair of the Dog Fred pours a fairly cloudy orange, with a monstrous four plus fingers of white foam crowning the beer. Head retention is out of this world, ten minutes after the pour there's still a sizable chunk of white floating in my glass. The nose is great, with lots of earthy, spicy notes from the rye, and some fragrant tropical fruit and grapefruity citrus aromas as well. The menagerie of hops that went into this brew (supposedly ten different varietals) don't come off as well in the flavor profile. The fruity and citrusy components are a bit more muddled and not a crisp and clear. The rye comes through again nicely though, with a delicate spice. The body is surprising in that I was expecting it to be a bit more rich considering that a good amount of rye must have gone into the beer. The carbonation is slightly higher than average, which contributes both to the unexpected levity in body and the prominence of hop flavors and aromas. This was my first time trying Hair of the Dog Fred, and I really enjoyed it. I'll definitely look to pick more up in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 04:46:28 | More by axeman9182
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zhanson88

California

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of a trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby. Batch 79.

Appearance: Fred pours a dark apricot color with ruby highlights. It's very hazy, but that's not a surprise considering it's bottle conditioned. It seems to have very low carbonation. Two fingers of head form that have excellent retention and lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: I can detect the rye malts that are in this beer, but they aren't too strong or spicy. I also get some sweet, wet bready scents, and some lingering citrus hop character as well.

Taste: A big malt presence is prevalent up front, as well as some sticky, sugary, bready sweetness and some apricot-like fruit flavors. A small amount of citrus hops show up on the back end, but not too much. Overall, a damn tasty barleywine. The more it warmed up, the more I liked it. Pretty complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with low carbonation, this beer is quite creamy and sticky in the mouth. This is the stand-out category for this beer in my opinion. Overall, a very good barleywine but not quite elite. I dig everything I've had from Hair of the Dog, and I'm really excited to try Fred from the Wood to see what the barrels do for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:45:12 | More by zhanson88
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hair of the dog Fred: special ale

November 16, 2012. bottle into Duvell glass.

Appearance: 4.5
Clear golden orange body with approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches of head. Good lacing.

Aroma: 4.5
Sweeter malt aroma with notes of wort and slight bread. Slight notes of green apple and fruit. Mild spiciness of the yeast.

Taste:4
Initially there's a slight sweetness of the malt w faint fruit and Ester notes. Midway through yet more spiciness from the yeast. And the bitterness becomes significantly more detectable, offering a sharp contrast to the sweetness of the malt. Finishes with a moderate bitterness lingering across the pallet, with fleeting notes of spice and malt.

Mouthfeel : 4
moderate carbonation mild moderate this Viscosity. The bitterness offers a moderate astringency.

Overall:4
a nice offering with pleasant malt components. Aroma is enjoyable with the notes of fruit and sweet malt. Bitterness may be a touch overpowering but taste is still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 19:22:43 | More by EnemyWithin
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #57. Fred departs the bottle a dirty amber orange brown hue with a huge pillowy white head in my tulip glass. Wow..thick patchy lacing sticks to the side of the glass as the massive head slowly works its way down. Impressive. Big spicy, citric hop notes battle each other as they waft up into my nostrils. Hints of pepper mesh with sweet caramel candy, vanilla and fruity tones. Complex and intruiging.

A nice sweet caramel/toffee maltiness arrives first along with a veritable cornucopia of hop notes...floral, spicy and citric all make a showing, with hints of tropical fruits. A candi sugar sweetness does a good job of balancing out the bitterness. A yeasty, spicy finish makes this seem like a Belgian-esque barleywine to me..quite an interesting brew overall.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly arid on the palate...good body with a lot of tight, bubbly carbonation. A bit less carbonation would make me happy. As for drinkability...this is definetly a sip and savor brew. I could see having a couple on a cold night. I might have to track more of this down to cellar. Many thanks to weefisheads for the opportunity to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 23:35:25 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 35: Looking at the Hair of the Dog website it appears this beer has been in the bottle just over 5 years. Wow! I had no idea of that fact when I bought it.

Pours with a golden body with some red highlights when held up to the light. Lots of floaties since I emptied the body (oops...don't bother me though...I like it better that way). Not much head, even with an aggressive pour. What is there is only a couple bubbles thick and white as can be.

Amazing smell on this one. Lots of sweet caramel with a good hit of butterscotch (not in a diacytl way, though). Carrying on with the sweet aroma some bubble gum and cotton candy come through. A touch of sweet alcohol as well. A treat to smell.

Taste isn't nearly as complex as the smell. Mostly has a sweet caramel malt taste. Has some bread yeast qualities as well. A touch of citrus and light fruits round it out. A good hit of alcohol that burns a bit at the finish. A overall good flavor with the alcohol well incorporated. As it warms a bit more the alcohol subsides a bit, but after 5 years its still holding on.

A full bodied brew that slides down the tongue. Coats the mouth well and allows that caramel sweetness really linger. Drinkability is good for this high of an ABV. It does warm the stomach making this a true sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 03:25:26 | More by blitz134
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dirtylou

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, recently obtained but cant recall from where..batch #54. split with blackie blackistone

so this is the new year

appearance: murky/muddy orange-amber...poured into a snifter. huge beige froth with great lacing

smell: very aromatic...big pine presence, super hoppy and sticky. thick caramel-honey malt base

taste: yikes, this is a very large beer. strong notes of honey, super bitter pine, citrus hopping. sugary sweet malts. its a tad boozy but it goes down rather smooth, minus the insane bitterness. I approve

mouthfeel: very high bitternes but very smooth otherwise and very coating. very rich

drinkability: 1/2 of 12oz will be easy

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 22:18:33 | More by dirtylou
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 81.

Appearance - Golden light amber body. Quite clear, but with some sediment suspended in the beer. Huge head that nearly overflows my glass. Great retention and great lacing.

Smell - Apples, pears, and other light fruits dominate. A huge light malt presence. Hops in the back, but they're not terrible aromatic.

Taste - Sweet and immediately fruity. Apples and pears again. The malt is fascinating. Slightly sweet and caramel flavored, but then earthy. A hefty hop bitterness rounds it out, although it seems a bit heavy-handed.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated and hardly any alcohol. Feels like a strong beer, but it isn't overly sweet or heavy.

Overall - A strange concoction. It really defines categorization. Reminds me of strong English ales with it's gigantic light malt bill. While I didn't find any aspect of it to be truly great, the beer is quite interesting and different. I found myself enjoying it more once I gave up trying to figure out how it was supposed to taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 05:38:27 | More by Alieniloquium
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Ghenna

California

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SN pint with 2 fingers of light cream head. Ok lacing.
Smells sweet- malts and a little creamy caramel.
Taste- fruit followed by a little warming spice. Pleasant hop balance finish
MF- Not particularly heavy, generally pleasant

My second favorite BW behind Lagunitas' Gnarleywine. Lots to like about this brew, though in my mind it lacks a little of the beefy complexity of the gnarleywine. Will buy again if I can find it in my area

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 03:54:42 | More by Ghenna
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date; just has Batch #76 on the front label. Major thanks to kstrickler for the bottle!

(A)- The initial pour just erupted with a creamy & foamy looking white head that stuck to every inch of the glass & isnt going anywhere; looks like a mushroom cloud exploded in my glass with this giant mound of foam in the very center! Has a light caramel color to the beer with a bit of haze.

(S)- Rather fruity; some grapefruit & pineapple with a twist of butterscotch-like toffee. Plenty of pine behind the fruits. Near the end, there is this nice wheat, yet more biscuit-like aroma.

(T)- Precisely what the smell predicted. The fruits are much more pronounced with a candied persona to them; caramelized grapefruit & pineapple? Yeah thats it! Let this warm up to cellar temp.

(M)- An explosive carbonation level that is a little frustrating because it distracts from the great flavors this beer has. However, the more I had, the better it got with time out in the open air, so that the carbonation simmered down. A bit bitter since some of the sediment got into the glass. That grapefruit is seriously tart; almost sour. I kinda like that though.

(D)- Certainly a good barleywine; I particularly like the candied fruits in this. The big carbonation was easily remedied by letting it mellow for a bit in the glass. This could age easily for quite some time. After my horrible experience with their Adam beer, this has redeemed by frustrations for sure. This is good, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 17:26:15 | More by sweemzander
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber / orange color with a 1 inch head. Plenty of lacing from this one. The aroma is of malt, yeast, honey, and grass. The flavor is complex. Numerous tones arrive at different times through the drink as it warms. Yeast, malt, honey, grass, and hops are all highly evident. A sour apple flavor seemed to be there too. Alcohol levels are very noticeable.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol, malt, and bitterness last long on the tongue. Very interesting full flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 12:54:17 | More by Gavage
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Buebie

Minnesota

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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kagent777

Utah

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was passed onto me by a service rep from I company I work with. I poured this batch 82 bottle into a CCB snifter at slightly below room temp.

Appearance: This thing had a huge head. Easily three or four fingers that did not settle down for a very long time. Needless to say, it left a glorious amount of lacing on the glass. The beer itself was a hazy pleasant orange.

Smell: First thing I notice is the dominant boozy sweetness. Followed up by the woody maltiness.

Taste: I like this beer. The taste is hard for me to classify. It is definitely sweet. It reminds me of some wood aged beers that I have had in the past. There is a caramel like sweetness that is almost too much. There are fruity aspects that remind me of sticky syrupy peaches.

Mouthfeel: The flavors are very strong and coat the mouth well. The body is medium and the carbonation low because all was expended in the opening with the head.

Overall: This is a potent beer, not for the faint of heart. A beer to sip on for an hour while reading a good book during a snow storm.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:29:05 | More by kagent777
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jameaterblues

New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this beer was poured into a pint glass....although it is classified as a barley wine I really did not interpret it that way while drinking it. more of an imperial pale ale or something along those lines. Slightly reminded me of Terrapin's Rye2(squared)

Batch #63

A- Dark amber/gold with a ruby hint to the color. Head was a dark cream, and just shy of the rim of the glass.

S- Alcohol, spice(ginger and clove), citrus (dank orange), light hints of rye, and musky malts(not sweet but with a hint of caramel).

T- Citrus(tangerine), big spice ginger and a little cinnamon, rye malt present throughout entire body...with so many hops the flavors are combining and it is really difficult to pick out specific flavors....but there are alot of them.

M/D- Tingling bubbles and decent carbonation....thick mouthfeel....interesting and well worth it for the $3.50 a bottle definitely would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 16:38:16 | More by jameaterblues
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fred - American Barley Wine - 12 oz. Bottle - Served: Pint Glass.

Dark gold with creamy white head.

Smell is spot on sweet and funky. Citrus hops.

Spicy taste, apricot, alcohol, very smooth, burnt sugars. Mellow cascade-like flavors in the finish.

Solid fullness on the tongue dissipates into a light creaminess that fades away like a faint butterfly whisper.

Easy drinking. A little heavy on the alcohol flavor which is OK with me.

A good solid interpretation of the ABW style. Flavors are mellow, blunted and musty. All in all a very subtle and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 15:36:58 | More by froggyfrog
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gtn80

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 77, poured from a 12oz into a tulip glass.

Color is a dark copper, huge beautiful head, looks like whipped cream and lasted the entire glass.

Aroma is tons of malt, bit of fruit and fruity hops.

Taste is amazing, tons of malt, hop bite at the back end. Alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, very viscous, good carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, lots of alcohol, lots of hops, finished the 12oz, but that is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:57:44 | More by gtn80
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klewis

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to crosling for supplying this one

Batch 56

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy head.

S: Smells of figs, molasses, and tropical fruit(?). A bit of alcohol as well.

T: Full-flavored with well-balanced taste that leans on the sweet side up front and fades into a bitter finish. Fruity with a slight metallic taste.

M: Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Sticky with a taste that saturates the mouth.

D: The bottle claims a desire to make "unusual beer styles." Give them a gold star. Quite unlike anything I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 02:54:09 | More by klewis
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arizcards

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido while visiting President's Day Weekend for $5.49. Batch 84 was bottled on 9-22-11.

Beer poured golden with a perfectly huge billowing white head that is everlasting in my Sam Adams glass.

Nose is sweet candy.

Taste starts sweet, huge pilsner malt base is touched deftly by rye spiciness. There is enough lemon peel to take the edge off the sweetness and finish nicely. Alcohol warming with the first sip only.

Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth with a very nice effervescence to make this feel like a brew half of the abv this one is.

Overall...Wow, what an interesting brew! This beer is perfect from some aspects. The pilsner base is just a tad too sweet for me. Totally fun to try and i look forward to trying Adam and Doggie Claws!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:20:30 | More by arizcards
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Hachiman

Japan

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium-brown Neither head nor lacing Impressively dense looking.

Smells impressively of herbal hops floating in a sublimated alcohol cloud.

Tastes of biscuity malt and dried fruits: raisins, prunes, dates. Truly, lip-smackingly tasty, like the best aged ales. No hop flavor to speak of.

Enough carbonation that it doesn't feel too heavy, and a lightly warming alcohol feel after the sweet stuff. Slightly sticky on the lips.

A really fine beer, if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 08:56:44 | More by Hachiman
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Southbay, poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: An aggressive pour yields (initially) no head whatsoever, and then slowly, almost eerily slowly, millions of tiny bubbles claw their way up to the surface to temporarily form a tiny, quarter-finger slick and then - POOF - fade away. There's a slight ring of white foamy lace around the rim of the glass, sitting atop this completely opaque orangeish brew, but other than that, it's completely still. After the sips begin, some lacing emerges, little blots and ridges at first, and then spider webs, huge complex nets of foamy, bubbly lacing. Nice.

Aroma: Spicy Pacific hops, a sight estery alcohol as things warm, but mostly fruit - dried fruits, sticky, sweet, syrupy dried fruits. Oy! I get hints of nectarine, pear, cherries, a few darker notes.

Taste: Oh damn! This is one complex and delicious beer. Up front, it's sweet, incredibly sweet - the candy sugar is definitely here, a metric crapton of it, and definitely dominates the front end. That is, until the mild hop bitterness and a twinge of rye begin to steal the stage. Follow it up with some darker malts, faint chocolate, some strong buttery pear notes, orange zest and a few other resinous, oily hop notes (I get strawberries, for instance). There's a huge array of flavors here, and spicy alcohol is only the faintest of one of them - hurrah to HotD.

Mouthfeel: Thicker'n'snail snot. A faint carbonation is lost in the overpowering syrupyness, but doesn't put up much of a fight to begin with.

Drinkability: Not sure what I was expecting with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. An incredibly flavorful and complex beer with well hidden alcohol, this one's fierce without looking fierce. Has everything you'd want too - dark malts, light malts, dark fruits, light fruits, hop notes, hop bitterness, and only faint EtOH kisses. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:07:54 | More by CrellMoset
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a 12 oz and a 92 rating, I'm about to see what the hype is. Poured dark gold without any head. Hmmm so its flat? I dont know let me see then "Sip" yeah its borderline flat. Oh well at least its tastes ok.

Smell is a wonderful bouquet of flowery esters and fruit. Peach, apricot, wet hay, strawberry, some banana, just a really interesting complex smell, very unique.

Taste is very intriguing. Main flavor I get is golden raisin, in a big way. Never had a beer taste like this before. Other fruits come to mind, like apricot, pineapple, sweet syrupy goodness, but It's even more so because this bottle was not carbed well. Anyways, kind of belgian like, I dont know if from the yeast or hop combination or what, but its like a condensed belgian triple. Big flavor profile with a strong alcohol taste. It's pretty hot, more so than other 10% beers.

mouthfeel is slick and syrupy, hardly any carb on this one but I am enjoying it anyways. If this beer typically has more carb then I will give it a 4. Must be a bottle defect or yeast problem. This is ever so slightly carbonated to keep it from being all flat, but still needs more.

Over all this is a very unique beer and its way different than anything I've had before. My second Hair of the dog beer, as I have had Adam before. Looking forward to trying some of their other beers but I won't buy this again as it was a unique experience and I think thats enough, for 5 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:05:52 | More by BastardKing24
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mikedashg

California

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy orangy copper color with a moderately small white even head. Great lacing on the glass.

S - Alcohol, boozy, orange rind citrus apricots candied caramel toffee malty goodness

T - Again, Alcohol, boozy, orange rind citrus apricots candied caramel toffee malty goodness. Tons of hops. Quite the powerful brew on the pallet. But what do you expect from a 10% american barleywine?

M - Moderate to moderately high carbonation, pretty darn creamy and smooth on the tounge, mmm mm good.

D - Really a tastey one, hits all the right notes, a little on the boozy side, but I kind of like it that way me thinks.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 05:29:12 | More by mikedashg
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a cloudly amber with a creamy off-white head.

Smell: The smell is a bold mix hops and a great caramel malt smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste has a suprising balance for the incredible complexity. The hops are juicy and citrusy with a tiny bite to them, while the malts are bready caramel. It's very well rounded. The yeast is noticble but not bad, and the mouthfeel is fizzy and crisp.

Drinkability and Overall: An interesting beer, complex yet balanced. An odd barleywine for sure, but an enjoyable one. It's not for the weak of palate, but I think hopheads will find some joy in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 03:29:46 | More by santoslhalper
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

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

Batch 75. Poured from bottle into snifter.

A- Deep orange to light brown hue with a 2 finger off white head leaving very nice lacing.

S- Sweet fruity, malty aroma with slight buttery-ness to it. Lemon peel, ever so faint hop profile.

T- Slightly lemony, sweet malts, caramel, a bit of booze, subdued hop profile, a bit spicy (maybe it's the rye)

M- Pretty spot on for the style. Nice mild-medium carbonation with a surprisingly viscous/coating mouthfeel.

D- A little sweet to be TOO drinkable, but definitely good for a 10% barleywine. I would love to see what some age would do to this.

Serving type: bottle

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