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

Bourbon Fred From The WoodBourbon Fred From The Wood

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369 Ratings
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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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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by brian23456 the other night. Also, many thanks to black13 for sending me a bottle of this, which will be safely stored in my cellar until an appropriate time to drink. Served into two small taster glasses:

A - Pours a deep golden, copper, dirty brown with really no carbonation except some small bubbles hanging out on the side of the glass. (when we opened the bottle there was some foam at the top, but t'was a different story when we poured the glasses.) A little bit of legs on the side of the glass.

S - Nice burnt brown sugar and great caramel and bourbon, vanilla tones mixed with some damp bourbon soaked wood. Really rich smell that wasn't over the top bourbon dominated.

T - Really, really smooth bourbon and nice brown sugar notes. Tiny bit of damp soaked and charred wood, with vanilla and caramel. Really rich and filling.

M - Mouthfeel was rather nice and velvety. Not as thick as I was expecting, with some smoothness from the bourbon without the heat. I guess when it came down to it, it was a bit thinner than I had imagined but was in no way a negative trait.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I love regular Fred, so to have this one aged in Bourbon Barrels is a real treat. I'm not the type to rate on looks/carbonation/etc., which I guess this one sort of lacked, but the smell and taste were just what I expected. Really happy to have one of these in the cellar for another time.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 04:03:44 | More by joshuaseresse
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portia99

Massachusetts

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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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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NCalement

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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timc100

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013

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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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

02-03-2014 20:09:39 | More by MattXT
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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maxcoinage

Illinois

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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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.