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Bourbon Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 13.2%

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bottles (12 oz) released November 2011
Batch 2 bottles (12oz) released July 2012.

(Beer added by: jdense on 07-25-2009)
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3rd and final in my series of Fred beers to celebrate the life of my recently departed cat, Fred.

12oz bottle (2011 vintage) poured into a gold rimmed Harpoon 100 Barrel series stemmed glass.

A - Pours rather muddy, medium amber in color, and practically devoid of any head. Only a thin ring of bubbles for a collar shows any sign of life in this beer.

S - Bourbon up front with a firm intensity, rather boozy overall. I wouldn't have called it as accurately (nutty would be my description), but the label says almonds - and sure enough, I'd say they are right. Toffee, caramel, hints of rye, estery, brown sugary sweetness...and more bourbon...this one is shaping up to be a serious sipper.

T - Bourbon for sure, although somehow this is rather devoid of heat, even at 12%. Definitely sweet, more than the regular and simple "Wood" version. Fruity and estery, much more so than other versions. Still sweet, but a bit subdued by the other flavor character shown. A bit of molasses layered through toffee and caramel sugary flavors. Not sure if it is the bourbon, but the sweetness is much thicker in this version, trending towards cloying.

M - Near still for carbonation which I am not much of a fan of...body is medium high - a bit of life would have probably kicked this up a notch too. Quite sweet and sugary (need to brush my teeth after this one). Boozy and bourbony. I get a lasting sugary coating on my lips that on every lick gives an almost crème brulee burnt sugary impression...this can't be a bad thing!

O - Overall, still quite good, but perhaps the weakest of the Fred variations. A case where barrel aging doesn't help the beer and perhaps takes away some of its finest nuances. The original Fred was the top of my list tasting these in succession. Tasting separately or between/behind/in front of other beers...who knows - may change the impression, but Fred - FftW, BFftW progression took a bit away each time (and I don't believe it to be from reduced coherency despite the 10%, 10%, 12% strengths of these beers. Regular Fred was supremely balanced and this almost by default had to diminish from there. All are great beers, but this BFftW is the least balanced and least flawless/most flawed of the bunch. Worthy of a sample for sure, but the original Fred, for me, is the way to go in the future...rarity doesn't pay off in this series.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:32:24 | More by portia99
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into A Westy XII glass.

A- Pours a flat amber red. Looks flat. Transparent, thin, and juicy. Looks like a heavy hitter.

S- Bourbon, leather, tobacco, vanilla, booze, sugar cane, raisins and maple syrup.

T- Wow. Lots of complexity here. Bourbon, vanilla, raw sugar cane, molasses, toffee, leather tannin's, tobacco, raisin, caramel and booze.

M- Flat. unfortunately it's just too flat. Has a nice viscus mouthfeel that hides the %12 abv well, but again its just... flat.

O- As always an amazing beer from HotD!! They are one of my favorites and although this beer is flat I feel that's the least of my concerns, when it taste this good!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 21:50:58 | More by NCalement
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Murky, dark gold/blood orange. Decently hazy - absolutely zero head, just some bubbles.

Huge whiskey aroma - surprisingly dominated by peat and smoke. Pronounced bourbon as well - toffee and some caramel and sweet maple syrup. Very whiskey driven.

Taste defined with incredibly rich toffee, maple syrup, boozy-caramel, barrel-vanilla, some dark fruits and slight notes of lighter tropical fruits that blend with the vanilla/toffee. Nice whiskey-boozy heat on it as it goes down.

Flat. Zero carbonation. However, though it is not ideal it does not detract from the beer that much. It smells, drinks and feels like a rich malty spirit.

Pretty one-dimensional and abrasive fresh, however delicious - interested to see how it ages. Also - the sweet maple syrup component is interested given no additive.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:10:41 | More by timc100
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2013 Vintage , into snifter with an aggressive pour that left no head at all. color is a light mahogony, beer is fairly clear

You can smell the sweetness in the aroma, some bourbon, nuttiness, oak, maple

Taste is very sweet - raisins, toffee, vanilla, molasses, with some booze on the back-end

Mouthfeel - no carbonation, medium body, syrupy, warming finish

Overall - an enjoyable sipper that was fine for a cold winters evening, but it was almost too sweet. The hint of whiskey kept it somewhat balanced from the sweetness. this would be good to split with someone. would like to revisit it again when it's properly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:44:40 | More by maxcoinage
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz 2013 release into a FW Teku.

Pours a hazy copperish red color with absolutely 0 head. The smell is very intense bourbon and maybe some caramely sweet notes too. Pretty much as i expected with the aroma. The taste is extremely big in flavors. Massive amount of bourbon and smoke to this one..wood is apparent on the finish. I get a lot of caramel , toffee and butterscotch too. Very much full bodied with absolutely no carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

Overall this is just another example of an extremely complex beer from HotD. I can imagine there being a lot of differing opinions about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 23:57:42 | More by Axnjxn
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a bottle into Lawsons snifter glass
pour was amber color and absolutely flat as a board
no head totally flat and no lacing
smell is heavy whiskey
and taste is similar flat whiskey and HOTT very HOTT
think if it had some carbonation would have been better
this is not up to the level that you would think

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 16:21:48 | More by mhksuccess
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Another beauty brought to the tasting by Boozecamel last weekend.

Appearance. Pours copper-gold and very still. We were warned this would be the case but it's half expected from the brewer anyways.

Smell. Toasted wood and bourbon, raisins and caramel, and some light toasted coconut. Someone suggested cat pee and I did get that too. It's amazing how perception can change when someone plants a seed like that.

Taste. Big caramel and burnt sugar, old dank wood, bourbon and some molasses and honey.

Mouthfeel. Full body and no carbonation. Luckily this beer gets away with the lack of carbonation better than others.

Overall. Very nice despite lack of carbonation. Thanks again Phil!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:38:32 | More by Rutager
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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the pub in Portland. Very dark and little head. Smell of bourbon and sweetness, maybe some chocolate as well. First sip was amazing, a blast of sweetness and thickness of molasses (or close too it), and the bourbon wasn't over powering but was still very up front.

I had a few glasses and it is one great beer. I would compare it to bourbon country but with this one, I almost feel it is a bit better. However it depends on the mood I'm in.

Notes on the beer during the tasting:

Sugary Sweetness
Long Finish

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 23:11:00 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

2011 version, I think it's batch 1.

A: murky brown to khaki colored beer with no head whatsoever, and no sediment visible even though its translucence changes with the angle. Looks viscous. Okay, after letting it settle in the glass and then pouring a bit there is a lot of sediment visible.

S: sweet, oak, sugar, malt, molasses, and fruits like apricot and raisin are quickly evident. Some burnt sugar is in there.

T: exactly like the smell, but fruitier and sweeter than expected. Also much less oak-driven than the smell.

M: terrible carbonation if there was any at all. Feels too heavy without any carbonation.

O: amazing that the flavors and their delivery did not suffer from the lack of carbonation. Does not taste like 12% at all. Excellent beer, but I'd love to try a carbonated version.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:52:05 | More by Holland
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Quebec (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

***2011 Vintage***

Big thanks to Boozecanel for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, leather brown color. Zero head and no lacing really. Looks like a huge glass of spirit.

Smell: Soaked in bourbon, quite strong, bit of almonds.

Taste: Lack of carbonation doesn't seem to be affecting the flavor. Bit of dark cherries, bourbon & caramel intertwined, toffee, quite sweet, candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: Zero carbonation makes it different but flavor backs up the feel to salvage it.

Overall: Would have looked if it had conserved it's carbonation but overall the flavor makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 13:04:44 | More by papat444
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into HF sherry glass.

A- Pours a brownish orange copper color with some slight translucency. Beer appears perfectly flat in the glass with next to no carbonation (just a couple very small slowly rising bubbles) and absolutely no head whatsoever no matter how hard you pour it. Would probably be a nice looking beer if it had just a little bit of carbonation to it.

S- Toffee, caramel, molasses, sweet bourbon that inter-plays very nicely, hints of oak, creme-brulee, very dessert-like. All in all this has a fantastic nose, the balance between the bourbon and base beer is fantastic- being very dessert-like, pleasant smelling, but not overpoweringly sweet.

T- Sweet caramel covered toffee, rich molasses, touches of honey and vanilla, extremely well-integrated bourbon that balances perfectly with the beer and adds to the dessert-like quality, faint hint of citrus hops come out in the background and are slightly more pronounced on the finish adding a subtle complexity to the beer. This beer tastes fantastic, the more I drink it the more the subtle nuances of the complexity come out. Definitely a dessert beer, almost like drinking liquified creme-brulee.

M- Medium bodied, incredibly smooth for the abv, I could easily get drunk on this before even knowing it. Huge downfall is the lack of carbonation which adds a slight bit of wateriness to this beer.

O- If this beer were actually carbonated it would be fantastic, even without the carbonation it is still a great beer with nice complexity, a very good drink-ability, and fantastic nose. While this beer isn't over-poweringly sweet or cloying, it should be recommended as a dessert beer. Even being flat I would recommend anyone who loves sweet, complex beers to try this out.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:54:39 | More by jaasen64
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3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2011.5 vintage. Pours deep golden with a finger head. Smell is peaches, oak, vanilla, belgium. Taste is strong woody flavors, oak and vanilla, good bourbon, slight sourness, some base beer still there. Good beer.

2012 dark hazy orange with a finger head. Smell is citrus and cream, some oak. Taste is sweet juicy fruit and spice. A lot more of the base beer comes through on this, very nice.

2011 darker blond/orange with almost no head, very undercarbonated. Smell is strong bourbon oak and vanilla, fruit and spice. Taste is vanilla, smooth and fruity, some booze, pretty mellow. Overall, ok.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 19:53:12 | More by Smurf2055
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3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, or head.

S-Bourbon, caramel, toffee and oak.

T-Bourbon, caramel, oak, cherry, charred. As it warms the balance improves.

M-Light and watery with hardly any carbonation.

O-Some carbonation would do this beer wonders, still good, but a batch without carbonation issues would be amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:58:46 | More by rlee1390
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4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 6-pack of this while visiting Yakima, WA and visiting my local friend from Portland. Cheers to beer friends! Poured 12 FLUID OUNCEs of this brew into a 20oz Yakima Tennis Club Pint Glass. Has "YEAR MADE 2013" on the front of the label.

Aroma- Huge candied/sugar aroma starts this one off with bourbon following close behind. Toffee may be the best description of this one. Enjoyed coming back to smell this one!

Appearance- With a vigorous pour, didn't even get a half finger of head. Since this was barrel aged for over 18 months, this must be the reason behind this. Nice color to the body with a dark copper, orange tint. No clarity behind it which means there is plenty of ingredient in this one!

Flavor- Sweetness, sugar, fruit, and toffee all come up strong. Finishes with a light bitterness level but the hops are covered up by the sweetness and sugar.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Lightest Carbonation (almost flat), boozy, and then finishes sweet with a hint of caramel/toffee. Not sure about this flat attribute though...

Overall Impression- Wow, what a treat! Enjoyed the hell out of this beer and looking to age at least 2 of these bottles for at least a year. Recommend this guy. Try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 05:12:43 | More by DCon
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into snifter. Big thanks to Standardcherry for this bottle.

A - Pours a deep, cloudy caramel brown with some dark brown yeast floaties in it. Plenty of carbonation in this bottle thankfully. A fingers worth of white foam at the top that is extremely slow to recede. Not a very attractive beer.

S - bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel all mixed together and quite strong. It's obvious that this beer took on A LOT of barrel during it's time. This is not a bad thing, smells tasty!

T - Is about what you would expect after the smell. Starts off with oaky brown sugar/vanilla combination. When it was cold, there was some bitterness in the mid that was close to off-putting, but that left as it warmed. It was replaced by lots of sweet malts and dark fruits. Very good. Leaves with a very apparent sweet bourbon taste. Pretty good stuff once it warmed up.

M - Thick and rich is the best way to describe this. The alcohol is also quite present, not that I mind that. This is a definite sipper. Infact, I'd suggest having a glass of water along with it. A bit of a chore to drink.

O - This is one of the most bourbon barrel forward beers I've ever had. The base Fred is completely lost and was taken over by the barrel. Thankfully, I enjoy the strong barrel presence. This is a beer to pour when you only plan on having 1 and have time to enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:35:27 | More by Hugonaut13
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at the brewpub

a: draft served in a super cool branded tulip at the brewery, medium amber in color with a cloudy haze, creamy coating head with good retention

s: loaded down with sugary complexity - raisin, honey, brown sugar, lovely bourbon pulls in vanilla and coconut, caramel, sweet alcohol

m: thick and syrupy, sweet fullness, smooth moderate carbonation

t: heavy caramel and dark fruits of raisin and fig, brown sugar, strong bourbon with vanilla and raw oak, big warming alcohol, rich and sweet

o: this one doesn’t hold back on the sweetness and barrel, and that’s something I dig, loved it


Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 03:31:23 | More by blackie
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to whiskey for this bottle. 12oz'er out of my Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours almost like a apple cider. A murky brownish color, forms with a few bubbles on top. I could tell from the pour that this was flat as could be.

S- Smells of caramel, dark fruit, and toffee. It is very sweet, with hints of bourbon and vanilla as well. I get a little bit of heat, and some oak soury notes.

T- It is a sweet malty bomb up front, almost too sweet. In sweeps some vanilla, bourbon, and plum notes. There is a nice lingering oaky aftertaste with hints of rye and sherry.

M- Flat, flat, flat. This beer would have been better with just a bit of carbonation. The body is quite nice. The lack of carbonation though does make it seem a bit syrupy.

O- Overall, it's hard to hate any of the oak aged stuff from HOTD. However, this one was a bit off the mark. While I knew it wasn't going to be carbonated, it was just too sweet and syrupy. I think the carbonation would have helped a bit, but not saved it completely.


Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:17:50 | More by Gfunk720
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter , 2012 vintage

Pours a murky, orange-amber colored body with a 3 finger white head that stays a long time and leaves sole nice lacing.
Aroma is richer toffees with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla-oak. A few dark fruit notes, caramel, and buttered almonds.
Flavor is similar. Richer toffees and caramels with a bit more of a sherry-like, tropical fruitiness. A few raisin dark fruits, a nice bourbon and oaky vanilla, a light woody spice, and a touch of buttered almonds towards the end.
Finishes somewhat dry with a bit of a woody spice, toffees, bourbon, vanilla, and a light fruity note.
Nice aftertaste following a somewhat chewy, medium body and a good amount of carbonation.
Overall, a pretty solid barrel aged beer . Lots of barrel character, but plenty of toffees and fruits to balance.
Very good !!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 19:44:49 | More by beerpirates
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one thanks to ChrisPro. Served in a snifter. Not sure what vintage this was.

A - A few stray bubbles, but otherwise still. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Loads of bourbon and oak, both of an earthy and spicy character. Fred is long gone - he's been overwhelmed by Mssrs Woodford, Blanton, et al.

T - The taste has a touch more sweet caramel malt to it in the periphery, but it's still quite heavy on the vanilla, bourbon, and oak. A slightly tangy finish, from both bourbon and rye.

M - Smooth, medium-full body. Creamy and lightly dry in the finish. No carbonation, and some definite bourbon heat in the finish.

D - A bit of spritz would help make this more drinkable. If you like drinking bourbon, then you'll dig this, but it's somewhat heavy-handed. Age will blunt the alcohol a bit, but I don't anticipate this carbonating any time soon. I like spirits, so this was nice in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:59:25 | More by MasterSki
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3.05/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely love regular Fred and scored it a 4,55 here, so I had high hopes for the bourbon barrel version. Cheers to bsuedekum and Boozcamel for bottles of this stuff.

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Drunk right after a regular Fred batch 80

APPEARANCE: Pours disappointingly flat. A hard pour riles up some jiuce bubbles, but that's it. Burnt orange in color with no carbonation. A bit darker than the regular Fred. Looks flat the whole way and leaves no lacing.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla and coconut on the nose. Some caramel and toffee there as well, but most of what made the base Fred so nice is outplayed here. Quite bourbon heavy and perhaps a touch of sulpher on the nose. Nice, but not as well crafted as I'd hoped.

TASTE: Liquor like, with lots of bourbon, oak and candy sweetness up front. Sugary sweet finish with brown sugars, caramel, and more bourbon barrel flavors, like vanilla and coconut linger in the bold and alcoholic aftertaste. Oaky wood flavors are there as well.

PALATE: Flat and liquor like in the feel. Syrupy and slick going down, finishing rather sticky on the palate. Too bad, as some carbonation would have brought this to life.

OVERALL: Disappointing really. The regular Fred is such a fantastic beer, and the barrel aging here didn't really help it out. Besides the fact that this bottle was completely flat, the bourbon barrel aging is too dominant, basically whiping the base beer off the planet. More nuanced barrel aging would allow the beauty that is Fred play a roll in the flavor profile a little more, and some carbonation would help the whole experience further. Glad to have tried this, and I'll wait and hope future batches turn out better.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 12:00:06 | More by Jeffo
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Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris and Adam for this bottle!
2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A -Murky/swampy brown/orange in color with a small amount of cream coloured head.

S - Bourbon, vanilla and oak dominate the nose with a slight bready/candy sweetness in the background. The base beer is completely drowned out by the barrel aging, but this is still an excellent nose.

T - The barrel qualities are dominant, as the nose suggested. Bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla flavours are noticeable up front and throughout. Traces of the base beer show up in the finish with some floral notes and a sweet candy-like flavour.

M - Medium body with some chew. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:21:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Shared a 2012 bottle with a couple of other BAs at the HotD Tasting Room on 19 Jan 13. Poured into a tulip.

A: Typical haze associated with HotD, amber in color, and no head.

S: Candied sugar sweetness, big bourbon barrel aroma, and slightly nutty.

T: Very sweet candied sugar, caramel, smooth bourbon. Tons of malt, great barrel presence, oaky, and no hop presence. Well-hidden abv.

M: Not as flat as I expected it to be, but definitely on the low side. Heavy, syrupy, and well-hidden booze.

O: Surprisingly sweet maltbomb with great bourbon taste and assuming the time it had to mellow contributed to the lack of alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 19:06:55 | More by mfavoino
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from 2011. Poured into a GI tulip. Part of NWI tasting group New Year's Day

A - Chestnut with light brown hues. Looks slightly like maple syrup. As expected for this one, no carbonation or head

S - Boozy up front with brown sugar, bready malt, dates, and a slight lemon peel finish

T- Sweet beer with brown sugar, candied dates, malty, bready, and sweet bourbon kick. Finish is candied dates as well as a light lemon. Very flavorful throughout.

MF - Flat beer which is what I've heard about this batch. It is thick and syrupy which actually works with the flavors in the beer. There is a thick, syrupiness that lingers and coats the tongue. It definitely could have used some carbonation.

O - Solid beer with lots of flavor. It was definitely thick and flat. This is definitely a big, bready and malty beer that is loaded with bourbon sweetness. Worth tracking down

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 20:10:37 | More by jeonseh
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle procurred by Aussy13 last year. 2011 vintage. Thanks.

A: Pours a murky reddish light brown with 8 to 10 bubbles (count them quickly) at the rim leaving zero lace. Essentially still.

N: Toffee, almond shells and husks, whiskey, and a twinge of slightly sour apricot pits. Oddly interesting oxidized sherry-like notes.

T: Layers of sweetish bourbon, oak wood, caramel and toffee.

M: Full body and no carbonation. Sweet boozy finish.

O: Unexpectedly undesireable. I can only sense what could have been.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 04:51:06 | More by wethorseblanket
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Awesome throw-in from Greg, cheers! 6 oz. of the 2011 Vintage poured into a Hunahpu's snifter on November 21st, 2012.

A - This is surely flat. Pours a deep bourbon-brown coloring with absolutely no head. Zero retention or lacing. Surprisingly light alcohol legs.

S - The bottle's description hits this on the head - almonds and whiskey. I think it's more of a rounded nutty aroma, with the barrel note underneath. Touch of bread, dark fruit, and trace alcohol.

T - Not nearly as hot as I've heard this offering can be. Initial whiskey note transitions into more a woody, pitted fruit character near the back. Pull some Werther's caramel candy, toffee, and a touch of cherry oxidation as it warms. Bitterness picks up slightly into the finish, but I actually get a slight, almost maple syrup sweetness in the aftertaste (moreso syrup than tropical fruit, no doubt).

M - Yup, this had as little carbonation as a beer possibly can. It drinks a bit like alcoholic juice, which is a bit weird and a letdown. Otherwise, medium body, very smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

D - Even though it needs more bubbles, this is a decent offering. The flavor is balanced enough and feels smooth enough to work even without the carbonation. Would definitely revisit, which is good because I've got another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 16:02:27 | More by Auracom
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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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