Bourbon Fred From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4/5 rDev -2%
A cognac of beers. Chocolate and vanilla, like that Sam Adams beer. A sipper, rich ingrediants and worthwhile seeking out. Complex bourbon aroma.Good looks as well.Buffalo tasting.Superior barleywine.Only the best from HOTD. Booze is well hidden, I did not realize it was a 10 plus.
12-13-2011 01:33:12 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a moderately-dark caramel color with a short off whiter head and a thin collar. The nose has bourbon and some slight oak tannin. Heavy malt and light caramel. Flavor is a bit more integrated with a touch less tannin. Medium body with low carbonation. Pretty good, but the bourbon takes over the base beer and is a bit too one-dimensional.
12-18-2011 21:19:48 | More by Thorpe429
3.18/5 rDev -22.1%
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with almost no head and no lacing – pretty much flat. Aroma of Kentucky bourbon with some vanilla is pretty powerful with distinct alcohol ester and loads of brown sugar notes. Taste is an unbalanced mix between strong notes of bourbon with some loads of brown sugar notes and some light vanilla. Body is full with almost no carbonation and loads of alcohol ester is discernable. Too boozy and too sweet for my taste – probably the type of beer that could be split four ways for a 12oz bottle.
10-04-2012 19:17:02 | More by Phyl21ca
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
2011 bottle from Derek. Thanks!
Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a small off-white head. Intense bourbon and booze aromas come through immediately. A hint of caramel and butterscotch with vanilla and oak being strong contributors as well. Intensely sweet on both the nose and palate. Lots of sweet caramel, vanilla, and whiskey notes on the tongue. Decently woody, but not quite as much as regular Fred from the Wood. Perhaps a hint of maple syrup on the finish. A hint of carbonation would have improved this already good beer.
07-16-2012 19:42:59 | More by womencantsail
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Dark, ruddy amber body. Completely still.
A lot of oak and oxidation on the nose, smells a lot like Fred from the Wood with light bourbon overtones. Oxidation lends an earthy sherry quality, nuttiness, and there's plenty of sweet pale malt from Fred balanced with the barrel.
There's more bourbon on the palate than the nose, along with plenty of oak. Caramel flavors are balanced by strong tannins and slightly nutty, sherry-like oxidation. Full-bodied, pretty much still though it isn't to the beer's detriment. Oak heavy finish, almost spicy.
Nice stuff, slightly more enjoyable than Fred from the Wood to me.
12-04-2011 01:49:44 | More by largadeer
4.06/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-10-2013 05:59:25 | More by MasterSki
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
Was not a huge fan of this beer, regular Fred is way better. At the time of this review, this beer is the #23 top beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - American Strong Ale" list. Fun.
Beer is dark amber / hazy with low carbonation, low head, thin wispy white bubbles, no lacing looks OK.
Aroma is a mixture of bourbon and bourbon, with a little oaky fruitiness from the barrel and from the yeast I assume.
Beer is light to medium in body and really sweet, very bourbony, very strong, alcohol cuts through immediately, leaving a dryness on the palate, strong throughout. A decent beer but as stated before this is like Fred if you put a shot of bourbon in it, not as complex as advertised.
12-22-2011 02:44:10 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
Not sure where I first had this, but this review is for a 2011 bottle I acquired in Portland, and cellared until June 2014.
Prying the cap off gave a tiny hiss, indicative of the practically non-existent carbonation I expected. Poured into a HotD stemmed taster, a murky burnt orange color, with no head, and extremely low carbonation, with the tiniest of collars around the rim of the glass, which left microscopic strands of lacing. An interesting aroma, raisins, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dried orange peel. A lot going on in the taste as well, but largely reflected the aroma: chewy caramel and brown sugar, raisin, heavily oaked bourbon still apparent even after years of mellowing, vanilla and dried citrus zest, with a candy-like sweetness. I'd imagine this was much boozier fresh, but the bourbon and overall higher ABV was pretty well-integrated at this point. Body was closing in on full, mouthfeel was slick, but the practically lifeless carb sort of detracted from the mouthfeel. I always know HotD brews are going to be low carb, but I still always wish there was just a bit more in there to liven up the mouthfeel. Still a good brew overall, but with a complexity in the flavor that might come off as messy to some.
01-27-2013 04:00:06 | More by Rifugium
4.2/5 rDev +2.9%
From 06/09/12 notes. This was a 12 oz. November 2011 bottle tried side by side with a 3 year old bottle of Fred and Fred From the Wood.
a - Pours a hazy, orange brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel malts, and some wood/oak. lots of bourbon and vanilla in the nose which I liked a lot.
t - Tastes of bourbon, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, and roasted malts. More caramel malts than the nose. Very nice.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not too hot at all.
o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. While the bourbon is very up front in the nose, it isn't as much in the taste and isn't too hot, which is good. I'd put this on par with the normal Fred we had, though it was split who liked which one better. We all agreed FftW was the best of the three. Still, would like to have it again.
06-27-2012 15:06:04 | More by mdfb79
Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.