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

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Cherry Fred From The Wood
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 52
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jdense on 05-15-2010

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2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.94/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep mahogany color with red hues, lower carbonation leaving tannish head and some bubbles

S: Was very cherry and wood forward, smelled like Cherry Robutussin and after a while it became obnoxious

T: Deep cherry, some smoke and oak, perhaps leather, citrus, dark fruits peaks in at times. Booze is pretty prominent, the more I drink this beer the more cherry cough syrup I get. this beer is way to cherry forward for me, it is a deep, wood flavor that is to in your face.

M: Lower carbonation, big body and feel

O: Probably my least favorite offering from HOTD behind Lil Dog.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap the last time this was in the tasting room. To be fair this has more in common with Cherry Adam than Bourbon Fred from the Wood. The comparisons will follow. A 12oz pour ran $8.50. Review from notes.

A: Very dark plum-brown, fine bubble wisp ring that is light violet hued. Viscous, oily, and leggy. 4.5/5

S: Tangy cherries, vanilla -bal, and copious booze. The chocolate sweetness CAftW imparts at this point is missed. 3.5/5

T: Tart and sweet cherries greet the tongue immediately. The bourbon is there in spades. Butterscotch, toffee, and biscuit also show up at the mid-way and on the finish. 4/5

M: Not as full as CAftW. More carbonation works in this case but the overall lusciousness isn't quite there. 3/5

O: Fred is virtually gone but the brand-new beer in its place is quite good. Worth a try but CAftW is better at virtually every turn. 4/5

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this beer in 2010 at Fred Fest, and again a year later after it was aging in the barrels longer. It developed quite a bit so here are my tasting notes for both times.
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[5/12/2010, B to B+ Rating] Tap @ Fredfest... This is by far, no where near the exceptional spectrum of regular Fred, Adam, Cherry Adam, etc.. But! It’s still very noteworthy. It seemed very incomplete however. Some flavors a little off, maybe a little overbearing. Perhaps it needed more time in the barrels, or maybe in the keg. Mainly a medicinal, robitussin like flavor that I would hope would smooth out. The thick palate further exaggerated this. There were nice pepper-y hop flavors, sweet tones. I also wish the cherries were more defined. Poured dark purple, with a pink head.

[6/8/2011] Tap @ Hair Of The Dog... After over another year in the barrel Portland was treated with the next offering of Cherry Fred. It gained so much more color, opaque, burgundy, grape color with no head. Light, body, minimal carbonation. Some cherry tones, lots of heat coming up, and the ripe cherry tones were very evident in the finish. Sugary candied tones, bourbon and alcohol flavors.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery yesterday.
Still deep brown reddish highlights no head or lace. Nose is plenty of cherries and bourbon, brown sugar. The Fred base is obliterated, it's amazing how pervasive the cherry character is here. The palate is the same. More like cherry Adam than Fred, but without the earthy tobacco complexity. Candi sugar, a touch of rye spice, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Long, boozy finish with blend of cherries and bourbon. Not much vanilla. Full body in body and mildly carbonated, this beer is a decadent treat. . Yum.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of vkv822
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz. pour into WWFD glass at Fredfest2010.
from notes.

Poured a nice deep cherry color with purple accents and a beautiful light red head with good retention and fair lacing. The aroma is of very strong dark cherry, with slight hops and malt notes, and a light boozy aroma. The flavor is of dark cherries and oak, with a very nice and complex hop and malt backing and a pleasant, tart-cherry and very lightly boozy finish. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium to full bodied, without becoming too over powering. This was very drinkable, and I would love to be able to try this again whether it be on tap or bottled!

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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fredfest 2010, full 8 oz. pour, once I saw Fred having a taste before the festivities began I did a beeline for this!

Dark red almost purple color which hid any visible carbonation. Head was a light tan, pretty good retention with some lacing despite small WWFD taster glass. Big cherry hit in the nose, dark cherries threw a lot of body into the mix, but hops were still noticeable. Surprisingly retained the paranormal Fred profile, complex malt and hops, hard to deconstruct, with the cherries throwing a good bit of tartness into the finish, not too sweet. Fairly full mouthfeel, not too sticky, good effervescence. Tried to be a good sport and make sure others got their taste or I'd have pushed the drinkability envelope. As Alan said "not too fu*kin' bad, huh?" Heh, if it's got Fred in the name, I am so down with this. Hope this gets bottled-after Bourbon FFTW, of course:). Well done, Alan!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room yesterday. The beer wasn't actually listed on the menu, but thanks to all the banter on the NW BA forum, most folks there were aware they had it and had bought themselves a glass.

The beer pours a surprising very dark brown color with something of a plum color around the edges. There isn't a whole lot of head or lacing, and Wendy confirmed that this beer had been in barrel for quite some time (it has that look). On the nose, the aroma is just outrageous. I get a glorious nose of cherry, bourbon, light chocolate, prunes and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose to some extent, except there's a slight oxidation component to this beer that imparts some interesting sherry and wood flavor, and even some light sour in the finish. This beer isn't as sweet as the regular fred from the wood, and I get virtually no underlying hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, long and moderately sweet. Not sure what the abv. is in this beer. I'm sure it's up there, but it doesn't really taste particularly boozy. It's quite rich of course, and it's hard to imagine consuming more than one glass at a sitting, but it's not heavy or tiring on the palate.

An interesting and excellent beer. Just for comparisons sake, I tried this side by side with some 2009 cherry adam (it's unbelievable the things they have available at the tasting room). There was really no comparison. This is a great beer no doubt, but the 2009 cherry adam completely kicks its ass. Cheers!

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Cherry Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
93 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.