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

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Bourbon Fred From The WoodBourbon Fred From The Wood

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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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1.73/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to the masked-man known as "Beerness" for this bottle. At the crazy trade prices it was commanding I didn't think I'd get to try it - & wanted to after sampling the Adam brews at a tasting one night. 12 oz. bottle lifted to the southeast & Atlanta, GA. Salut.

Pour is radioactive orange; really like something that should be pumped & decontaminated in a locked & guarded facility. Appears lifeless. Only a whisper when the top was popped. Bourbon, sweet malts, heaviness, & oxidation greet the nose whiskers. Smells deadly serious.

Bourbon Fred from the Wood should have the entire last word of its name capitalized. This is one woody beer, closing in on Splinter Marshal Zhukov territory. Massive bourbon notes are intertwined with the malt, but there's already a hint of oxidation creeping in that brings this down significantly. Mustiness that's redolent of wet leather & tobacco juice further reduces its appeal. Mouthfeel is still as polluted well water, & the overall effect is that 2-3 ounces of this would be plenty. My stomach is burbling in protest already.

Difficult for me to judge this one, but it couldn't hold the jock strap of Adam from the Wood. Heavy, tastes off, I just can't imagine this one getting any better with an early dose of oxidation, either. Not a good beer, one of my biggest letdowns to date. I'm not going to be able to finish the bottle, this is truly deserving of a failing grade.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 02:16:32 | More by maximum12
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2/5  rDev -51%

05-25-2013 01:02:11 | More by KiMiRaiK
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2.13/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Big thanks to doughanson for grabbing a bottle of this for me.

A: Pours...oh no. I've heard of Hair of the Dog having carbonation issues and this pours with zero head. Literally dumped the bottle straight down into the glass...nothing. Murky brown in color, the beer does seem a bit lifeless.

S: Big sweet bourbon bomb. Dark fruits, oak, bourbon, booze and little else. It leads you to believe it's going to be a huge beer.

T: Wow this is disappointing. For everything Doug had to go through to get it, I really expected something more. The taste just...isn't there. Harsh booze, just far too much alcohol, bourbon is secondary, and dark fruits hide in the back. The flavors I do get are mild, and disappear far too early.

MF: The body is thin. The carbonation is non-existant. The drinkability is low. The finish is weak. The booziness is too much. They literally missed every single part of this.

O: Nothing left to say. Sucked.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:08:48 | More by russwbeck
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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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2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

04-18-2012 19:28:53 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

01-13-2012 02:09:27 | More by brandoman63
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2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Picked up this bottle last week at Hi Times. Pours pond water flat. Like a juice. Very disappointing to see this is devoid of any carbonation. The label should have provided a warning. Smell is dominated by oxidation. Behind that are layers of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. But the nose is really dominated by the smell of a beer that has not aged well in spite of this being a new release. Taste is slightly more balanced but this beer still tastes like a horribly aged, improperly cellared brew. Again, notes of bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla are present as well. Body is fairly thick and entirely uncarbonated. Overall this is an extremely disappointing beer. Regular Fred and FFTW are so much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:08:24 | More by waltonc
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2.55/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aggressive pour, but unfortunately it is completely flat. No head, no lace. A deep, muddy caramel color. Really ugly and not promising.

Smell is quite off putting, whey protein powder with bourbon, sweet caramel, and brown sugar.

The taste starts with sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. There is some pineapple and the bourbon barrels come through at the end. The finish is the best part - bourbon with a toffee aftertaste. A very rich beer.

Beer is medium bodied with no carbonation. Syrupy with a warm finish.

This was a let down. I think this beer has a lot of potential but the lack of carbonation and the awful smell isn't helping. The flavor is complex and the sweet toffee makes for a nice night cap.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 02:41:03 | More by islandboi8204
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2.63/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks, Frank! Also opened by writerLJBerg at another occasion where I didn't take notes. Thanks, Luke!

The bottle being reviewed has a few months of age (end of Feb 2012).

A: Pours a completely still, hazy, maroon body.

S: A nutty bourbon character greets the nose first, followed by evident sherry oxidation. Some aromas of burnt caramel, oak, and a soft apricot nuance are noted.

T: There are some pretty good elements here. While nutty bourbon is evident, it does not obliterate the base beer, particularly its citrus (apricot and grapefruit) and oxidation (sherry and a touch of soy). Some burnt caramel and candi sugar give the beer an additional sweetness. Oak with ver light vanilla.

M: Surprisingly, this beer has no heat for something of its size. It's completely still, but it has enough heft and richness where that isn't a total killer. There are times when the citrus, sweetness, and flatness remind me of old orange soda, though.

O: It's decent, but not amazing, and I can't see where it is going to get better.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 05:56:51 | More by Arbitrator
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2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 months)

Surprisingly light in color--nearly clear, light auburn and amber, with some definite sediment, and zero visible carbonation and no head. This leaves the glass pretty clean down the glass.

The aroma is of old, sweet bourbon, some caramel candies, and an earthy, stinging element. Nice enough, but unspectacular.

The flavor isn't particularly interesting, complex, or good: bourbon and wood, though simple in flavor--the bourbon tastes somewhat cheap and thin. There's sweet caramel and toffee, and old, damp wood flavors, and a pretty high level of sweetness.

Thin to medium bodied with no carbonation.

Probably my least favorite Hair of the Dog offering yet, and price per ounce, this is one of the worst beers I've ever purchased.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 20:10:46 | More by ehammond1
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2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a muddy light brown with no head, just a few bubbles on the side. Please be carbonated. . .

Almost smells of fruit that is just past it's prime with some toffee notes. Faint bourbon in the background but it kind of just smells medicinal. Tastes alright though. Nice rich toffee and caramel flavors with a solid bourbon finish. Still a bit of a musty fruit flavor.

The feel is heavy and lingers on your tongue. It's also flat.

Seriously, get it together HotD. I'm sick of flat beer, especially when there is some promise. I'm not going to end up finishing this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 03:59:49 | More by Bendurgin
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

08-21-2012 04:47:44 | More by london1o1
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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

12-19-2012 03:57:33 | More by RuckusDu
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2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz bottle thanks to dsgolovin, appreciate it. Like most people have noted this is completely flat and the beer really suffered as a result. Dark murky orange color. Aroma of bourbon, oranges, strange yet interesting. Tasted like vanilla and oranges, booze, not bad but the lack of carbonation made it seem like juice with booze in it. Overall, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 20:40:11 | More by ArrogantB
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New Hampshire

2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received in trade from brewtechnik, thanks for the opportunity!
The bottle opens with barely a pfft and pours a murky deep brown color, zero head and just a smattering of bubbles. For fucks sake brewers if you are going to release a premium product for a premium price QC the fucking beer before you release it. Smells heavy of sweet bourbon and oak with lots of sugary caramel and toffee malt sweetness. The flavor is sweet sugary malt with lots of caramel, brown sugar, dark sweet fruits, oak vanilla, and bourbon. Thick body with a sweet sickly syrupy mouthfeel, and a non existent level of carbonation. Smells great, tastes ok, the mouthfeel is shot from the lack of carbonation. I didn't give Flat Abbey any slack and I'm not giving this one any either. This could be a great beer, I guess I'll never know.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:48:06 | More by johnnnniee
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2.98/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 03:48:45 | More by AgentMunky
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-09-2012 01:56:08 | More by enelson
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-14-2013 21:17:50 | More by Rhettroactive
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-14-2011 15:00:31 | More by tomholland
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-19-2012 23:49:23 | More by thewimperoo
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

06-25-2014 00:20:40 | More by leftoverburrito
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

10-04-2013 02:25:18 | More by bcm75
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-30-2012 02:13:36 | More by baybum
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-29-2012 03:50:58 | More by Verecund
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3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
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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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.