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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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Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to dprouty for sending me this one along with a Hair of the Dog tulip in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip (proper!). Poured a murky red orange with an extremely minimal (almost none existent) off-white head. There was no lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, candi sugar, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, candi sugar, vanilla, sweet alcohol, wood, and sweet candy. It had a medium feel on the palate with very little carbonation (made it feel much thicker). Overall this was a fairly good brew. This one really didn’t show its true ABV due to all the sweetness going on, but you could definitely tell this one was a heavy-hitter. The lack of carbonation really hurt this one in my opinion as it made it VERY thick feeling and not a huge treat for the palate compared to the other components going on here. Glad I finally got to try this one, but doubt I will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 12:55:00 | More by thagr81us
Photo of PicoPapa


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew Pub. 2008 Vintage. Pous a dark mahogany color with virtually no head. Aroma is uber boozey. Bourbon dominates with maybe some malts and earth, but its hard to pick up on anything other than the booze. I do note some vanilla from the wood though. Taste is very boozey with some sweetness and vanilla at the end. A bit earthy. Bourbon finish. This is one hot beer but its not overly hot. Medium bodied. Overall, this is really boozey but it is called Bourbon Fred so its not much of a shock. Overall, glad i tried it and although I wouldnt have it all the time, its pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 20:22:16 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this beer as an extra along with the Adam from the Wood. Was really looking forward to trying this one out. Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter glass. Pours murky cooper with a small head. Aroma of light fruit, oak, bourbon, sugar and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt, boozy tanic oak and vanilla with a light hop bitterness. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a thick, sugary mouthfeel. This beer was not pleasant at all for me as there was some overpowering unpleasant taste somewhere in the middle that almost made this beer a drain pour for me. I am actually surprised that the regular Fred easily blows this bigger brother version out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 17:33:02 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of aasher


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied caramel syrup, dirty dark amber with only an ever so slight, light watery head. The nose is superb. It's full of smooth bourbon, sweet toffee and caramel, with a lot of oak, a lot of wood! The flavors are nice as well. There is a lot of oak and spice. I'm surprised that those lead off. There is smooth bourbon, malty spice, toffee, caramel, silky fudge, a lot of oak and what I perceive as a touch of cherry. It's very interesting. The lack of carbonation actually doesn't body this beer much at all. The beer still coats your mouth with silky caramel. Overall this beer is really, really interesting. I like it a lot. It has a unique twang to it, making it almost unrecognizable of compared to the regular.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:03:38 | More by aasher
Photo of vivasbeer


3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 05/27/12
Pours flat no head or carb whatsoever. It's supposed to be like this? Murky brown but light comes through.

Smell is bourbon, honey caramel, and dried fruit. Figs, raisins, and with a slight musty smell. Smells divine.

Taste is Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and it's oddly sour. It's a bit off for me. Sweet. Not sure if it's the lack of carb, but meh.

Mouthfeel is not what I expected. I really dislike flat beers. Not sure if this is intentional or not but I wasnt expecting it to be dead. Otherwise it is medium and has a nice sticky mouthfeel and I would have enjoyed it more with a bit of carb.

Overall....it tasted ok, not trading for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 00:11:55 | More by vivasbeer
Photo of claaark13


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle sent by jedwards. Poured at cellar temp...maybe a little warmer...into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Pours a light ruby color, bubbles more than any head. It does stick to the side of the glass. Looks nice, but so very still.

S - Strong oak with a darker tone of woodiness to it, if that makes sense. Caramel and toffee are evident. There is some sweetness coming through, almost like some sort of fruit. A bit too much of something odd attached to the woodiness.

T - Light, smooth bourbon moves to a nice caramel flavor. There is underlying sweetness that doesn't dominate. The finish provides a little bit of dryness, and there seems to be the slightest amount of heat far into the finish. The flavors aren't very complex, but I like them a lot. Very smooth, and it is like it takes all of the favorable flavors from the barrel without showing the heat.

M - Seems on the thicker side of medium, but that's hard to tell with the lack of carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if I can truly say that the lack of carbonation hurts this beer. I don't think it does. The flavors are great, the mouthfeel is somehow appropriate. The aroma lacks a little bit, although potent. I'll happily take more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:17:18 | More by claaark13
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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came my way by the generosity of Black13.

A: I knew this was going to be flat so I just dumped it in my DFH snifter. The color was very nice... sort of a hazy sunset burnt orange, but there was definitely not a single bubble.

S: Definitely the worst part of this beer. There was something there that I did not like at all. Sort of a musty honey bourbon thing.

T: A dark sweetness with soft bourbon tones and lingering oak finish. Very sherry like. More fruit comes out as it warms. Nothing seems to over-dominate, all the flavors mingle nicely. Surprisingly no heat given that is 12% and flat!

M: It was flatter than expected (and I expected it to be flat) but this beer can handle it pretty well. Other beers would just feel like a thick harsh syrup, but this is more of a light syrup (not very thick at all) that kind of coats the mouth and down the throat with a subdued warm woody sweetness.

O: Maybe not as great as I was hoping, but pretty good and I am glad I got to try it. The flavors play quite well together. Half way through, I did throw in a splash of (well-carbonated) Fred for bubbles. I thought it was better. It really brought out the subtle fruits and played off the bourbon very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:41:00 | More by bignuke61
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks goes out to waltersrj for this 12oz extra in our last trade. Into an Epic Brewing Snifter.

A: Pours a rich copper color with absolutely no head, not even a bubble of carbonation moves through the beer. Slightly hazy. Still a nice looking beer, but lack of head and any real carbonation makes it an odd looking beer.

S: Tons of bourbon, oak, and caramel. Lots of vanilla, and an all around massive sweetness in the nose. This smells like liquid dessert. Nice amount of oak and bourbon, but not boozey and overpowering. Very nice in the nose.

T: A very interesting beer, raw honey, a lot of oak, caramel and vanilla. Slight amount of bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly floral for a -bal aged beer. Nutty and sweet. Very enjoyable.

M: Completely flat, thick, with a little bit of warmth. Not much else to say here.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I wish there was some more carbonation to help break up the body/sweetness of the beer. The lack of carbonation isn't such a glaring flaw as it can be in other beers, but it still detracts from the beer. Regardless, very enjoyable and glad to try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:06:56 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky brown color and very still looking.

The aroma seems pretty bourbon dominated with a lot of alcohol showing through. Woody oak, brown sugar and a malty caramel flavor round out the flavors. The bourbon is good, but it feels pretty one dimensional.

The taste shows a lot of the bourbon influence. Up front is especially dominated by a bold bourbon flavor. In the finish is where more of the woody oak, vanilla and brown sugar mix with a little of the malty sweetness of the base beer. It's a little boozy and bourbon dominated up front, but the finish is very good. Fred seems a little overshadowed by the bourbon, but the bourbon is pretty tasty and smooth though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but completely flat. I like low carbonation in bourbon forward beers, but this is a little too low.

Overall, it was a good beer but wasn't a great beer in my opinion. The no carbonation aspect hurt it a lot and made it feel almost like a bourbon cocktail and not a beer. The bourbon flavors were very good, but that seemed like all it had going for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 01:03:20 | More by billab914
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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received a bottle of the 2011 vintage as an EXTRA from giants24. Thank you for your generosity, Matt.

Despite the faint hiss as I popped the cap, this pours pretty flat, a little darker than my 09 Fred FTW from 2 nights back. No head, no retention and no lacing are present, though swirling the beer gives the appearance of legs. The nose is an intoxicating blend of almond cookies, a moderate bourbon note (in that there isn't a massive amount of vanilla/coconut), though one sufficiently potent to cover some of the excellent Fred base. The mild rye character works nicely with the bourbon here. A mellower, darker honey character is present with some floral notes. The extended time in oak has lent this more of a sherry note. Pretty excellent stuff.

The palate is big and boozy and sweet and I fucking love it. A blend of fruits (ripe stone fruit, a little bit of citrus), a wonderful, nutty almond character, fruity and sweet and a moderate amount of honey. A little vanilla (more than on the nose) and a moderate light caramel character, it's amazing how different this beer is from the base beer. The moderately toasted oak character pairs quite beautifully with the toffee and mild burnt sugar aspects of the beer. Sweet enough on the finish to temper the moderate oak and tannin presence, this beer is still (not flat, but still) and a little sweet. Just a wee bit of carbonation would really elevate this beer, but I have no problems drinking this as-is. The tannins do linger on the finish, though, lending a light bitterness.

In the way the barrel character is expressed, it reminds me of older batches of Angel's Share, despite the fact that they're very different beers. Truly fantastic stuff, I'd love to revisit this every few months. Refined and harmonious in a way that very few beers are these days. Very, very highly recommended, this is one of the few beers in recent memory that had me swearing in delight. For this reason and no other, this beer earns the 5/5 I gave it overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:41:26 | More by DefenCorps
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2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the taproom

appearance: served in a wicked awesome HOtD tulip, hazy medium caramel-amber body, 1/3" creamy beige head, creamy retention

smell: a bathtub full of bourbon, vanilla, sticky caramel, dark fruits, wood

taste: interesting discrepancy from on-tap and bottle reviews for this one - definitely a fierce beer, but quite tasty i thought. An abundance of bourbon, wood, chew caramel, vanilla, raisins and dates, brown sugar

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet, carbonation issues not present on-tap

overall: good stuff, went back the next day for another hit

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 19:43:53 | More by dirtylou
Photo of russwbeck


2.13/5  rDev -47.9%
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
Photo of maximum12


1.73/5  rDev -57.7%
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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District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: carmel / dark amber pour, small head and not much lacing

Smell: bourbon, oak, touch of fruit. I was expecting a bit more, and for it to be appealing.

Taste: bourbon and booze, touches of toffee, candy, vanilla oak.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation is a big ding on this one.

Overall: Not nearly as complex or tasty as I had hoped or expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 02:13:08 | More by craytonic
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District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2011 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque, dull medium gold color. Flat, with no head or noticeable carbonation.

S: Very bourbon forward, oak and vanilla and coconut, toffee, floral notes with tropical fruit, some alcohol.

T: Very similar, with some honey flavor and sweetness. A little alcohol burn, but minor.

M: Flat and a thick, full body, a little sticky.

O: Carbonation would work wonders for this. Otherwise, this is a so-so slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:09:14 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of Dan3279


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into my DFH snifter and for a second I thought I had a glass of unfiltered apple cider. The aroma was mellow with bourbon upfront and hints of oak and raisin. The taste was good but it immediately felt off with the lack of carbonation. After taking a mental adjustment and taking it for what it is I enjoyed the beer. Bourbon and oak dominate with the flavor upfront with a nice mellow lingering flavor of dark dried fruits. Overall I am glad that I got to try it but be warned about the lack of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 18:21:45 | More by Dan3279
Photo of Arbitrator


2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
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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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter. Looks decent; typical of a strong ale, only a bit lighter. Smells good; woody, bourbony, and malty. Tastes very good; just different. Like a BB quad meets a BB strong. Mouthfeel is good too, just different. Overall, a good brew worth trading for if it's available.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:59:02 | More by b3shine
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to leschkie, Kurtis is awesome. Poured from a bottle into my HotD tulip.

A - Looks quite still. No head to speak of, just some trapped air bubbles. But pretty much looks like liquid caramel, light brown haze. Not the most appetizing look, but it is just appearance.

S - A soft bourbon nose is at the forefront. Little candied sugar and plenty of oak mixed in there. Not much of the Fred elements are shining through however, mostly barrel. A good year and a half barrel aging will do that however. As it warms, that oak really comes through, feel like I'm in a barrel room.

T - Considering what Fred is, this tastes like a whole new beer. The bourbon comes together with that candied Belgian sugar to create a darker sort of sweetness. The bourbon is very soft and mellow, not making much alcohol burn. The oak leaves a lasting impression on the backend, creating a musty and earthy lingering taste. I for one like it.

M - Not really any carbonation to speak of. Pretty still, and creates a more coating feel to the beer. Other than that, pretty drinkable.

O - I had a Fred the night before to remind myself of it, but this felt like a different beer. I enjoy the barrel aging of HotD, and appreciate that they take their time with it. But this one could have used a little more carbonation. But that's really my big knock on this one. The bourbon was at a low level but well integrated into the flavor, and the oak was nice and full which gets lost with beers not aged in barrels as long. For what this is, a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:27:22 | More by Scrumtralecent
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3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a wine glass.
Bottle date 2011
Thanks dsgolovin for the bottle!

A: deep amber and copper in color. Pretty much no head but a few bubbles form around the rim.

S: sweetness up front with vanilla, honey, and bourbon. Also a bit of oak, medicinal. Also get a hint of fruit, maybe sour cherry. Decent nose but significant sweetness/maltiness predominates.

T: Immediate sweet syrupiness up front with brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit. The sweetness then recedes to an oaky bourbon flavor but still remains pretty malty/sweet. Aftertaste is gentle and mostly sweet without any bitterness. Not really any alcohol heat, which is surprising considering the 12% abv.

M: Very thick, smooth, really no alcohol heat. No carbonation really at all.

O: A well made ale that I'm certainly glad to have tried. However, it's a bit sweet for me. I would recommend it but feel like the sweetness is overpowering and the balance isn't where it could be. It seems close to a barley wine to me. It's amazing that the alcohol is so well covered. This could be a dangerous beer because of that.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 11:52:55 | More by beerbiatchMD
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3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to NCbeerfan.

Murky amber/golden color. No real head to speak of.

Spicey oak dominates the nose with undertones of flimsy one vitamins and a touch of what I want to call butter.

Tastes of sweet caramel and esters with some minerals, earth, and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel is simultaneously thin and syrupy. Kinda weird. Almost no carbonation too. Shows NO booze.

Interesting, but I don't think I'll be trying to snag any next time around.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:22:02 | More by billshmeinke
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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending me this bottle! Thanks Hollis!!!

reviewed 12/06/12; Vintage 2012!

poured into Hair of the Dog Tulip.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer thats not quite opaque. Orangish red glow around the edges when held up to light. Nice big head on this beer! 2 fingers of white head that is loaded with small bubbles. The head is creamy. Lacing is thick and sticks all over the glass. The beers head drops down to a thick cap and never goes away! 5.0

Smell: Big bourbon and wood / earthy notes. Brown sugar and caramel. This beer has a huge nose! Smells awesome! 4.5

Taste: This beer tastes really similiar to the nose. Lots of wonderful bourbon notes. Its abundant with sweet bourbon, woody, oaky, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Its got dark fruits elements of raisins and figs. The dark fruits are fairly subtle and show up in the middle of the drink. Beer finishes with more sweet bourbon, wood, maple, and vanilla! Rediculous just rediculous! 4.5

Mouthfeel: High end of a medium bodied beer and moderate carbonation. This beer is perfectly carbonated. This beer is so drinkable and smooth for how big it is! No boozey finish in this beer! 5.0

Overall: This beer is awesome! The 2011 Bourbon Fred from the Wood was not carbonated and the beer seriously suffered from it. The beer is now properly carbonated in 2012 and it made all the difference in this beer! Wow. Its seriously world class! Between Bourbon Fred from the Wood and Matt I really dont think you are going to find a better American Strong Ale in the USA! Hair of the Dog Brewing Company knows how to make some of the best most unique beers! I consider them to be the top 3 breweries of the West coast! 4.5

Overall Score-4.58
Original (first review) 1/19/2012

An awesome extra from Beerdy! Thanks again Brien!

vintage 2011 poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: This beer honestly looks just like apple juice when you hold it up to light. Murky brown bodied beer with absolutely no head. 3.0

Smell: Malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, and huge bourbon notes. This is beer is right up my alley! Smells great! 4.5

Taste: Hmm, thats not what I expected. Man the bourbon is huge! It covers up the malt profile and its almost like drinking straight bourbon. There is some vanilla, oak, raisins, and lots of toasted coconut. Also a mildly sour aftertaste that you get after taking a shot of straight whiskey. Impressively, there is not much of a whiskey burn at all. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with no carbonation. Very syrupy and thick. It really needs some carbonation. 2.5

Overall: Its amazing how this beer changed after it got thrown into a kentucky bourbon barrel. I see absolutely no resemblance to the non-barrel aged version of Fred. Really thought I was going to love this beer, but it did not happen. Its middle of the road for barrel aged American Strong Ales. 3.0

Overall Score-3.48

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 03:14:06 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011. Another huge thank you to Jason for this bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy caramel-like amber color. Not much head formation at all, but some tan to transparent bubbles did form.

(S)- Lots of leather, fig, honey, tobacco, and a large dry oak barrel character. A subtle musty oxidation funk, but it fits this quite well.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big leather and tobacco component with an evenly large oak profile too, but balanced together with sweet toffee and caramel/fig. A little subtle spice note on the end.

(M)- Despite being flat in the carbonation level department, this is another great example of the excellence of making an expertly balanced barrel aged beer. Superb ABV integration and smooth as hell with practically no burn despite being 12%.

(D)- Alot of reviewers are knocking this one down a bit for its flatness, but to really be honest with you, it does not bother me one bit somehow. Despite the flatness, this beer just works and does not lose a single step for me. Yes, it could improve with a better carbonation level, but it just simply does not bother me that this is flat.
As I said earlier, another great example of expert barrel aging while still being balanced, complex, and well integrated together.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 17:51:04 | More by sweemzander
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in a trade from a very generous repeat trade partner thanks!

Appearance: Hazy burnt sienna to caramel colored with no head or lace.

Smell: Lots of bourbon, rich caramel, vanilla marshmallows, and traces of sweet orange.

Taste: Same concepts found in the nose but a bit more homogenized.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation but due to the thickness of the mouthfeel it is not as bad as expected with this style.

Overall: Could have been a pretty decent beer if not for the obvious carbonation issues.



Serving type: bottle

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