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

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BA SCORE
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389 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 242
Gots: 147 | FT: 17
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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caskstrength

Minnesota

2.15/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ahhh....another flat HoTD release. At least I know this one's going to be flat. I'm so excited, I can barely contain myself. 2011 (the flat batch, if I'm being vague in any way)

Pours a flat, fairly intense dark orange color. Looks kind of interesting, except for the carbonation thing.

Smells are bourbon fruitiness. Apricot stands out the most. Smells pretty good, bourbon soaked fruits, musty oak barrel too. Alan knows his way around the barrel, no doubt.

Beer juice for the taste. Bourbon aged apricot beer juice. Not a favorite beverage of mine, in general. Desperately needs something to lift it off the tongue and balance the barleywinesque heft.

Mouthfeel is horrible, unless you were hoping for apricot beer juice. Sort of chewy, would have been fun to see how that worked with some bubbles.

Another HoTD failure. At least it was announced ahead of time. Equivalent of around 30 bucks for a four pack of this. BAs are suckers sometimes, aren't we?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 02:34:07 | More by caskstrength
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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A: Glowy ambery orange, with almost no head.

S: The smell, don't smell it. It smells awful.

T: Earthy note, oak, vanilla, caramel, some fruity notes, some mustiness.

M: Medium bodied and overly smooth. Flat.

O: Dont smell it. Taste it and you'll be happy.

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Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a FIrestone Walker tasting glass. Vintage 2011.

A: Golden amber. No carbonation. No head.

S: Stinky and unpleasant. Very strong kitty litter.

T: Hm. Interesting. Funky and weird. Sugars. Funky yeast. Molasses. Dryish, Belgiany influence.

M: Dry and sour.

O: This is deep and interesting and complex, but is not very good. I would give it another try, but as is it's awfully disappointing.

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A- pours dark amber with no head. A few bubbles around the rim. No lacing

S- straight up bourbon nose. Could smell the booze as I poured it. Vanilla, brown sugar, dates

M- flat, but it doesn't kill the experience.p, although some carbonation would definitely make it better. Slick on the tongue.

T- bourbon up front. A bit boozy. Brown sugar and vanilla. Sweet. A sipper for sure

O- overall, a very nice beer. A boozy sipper by the fire

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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
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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.

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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.