Otto From The Wood - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.04/5 rDev -2.9%
Bottle thanks to Brian and GT.
A reddish golden cherry pour with a thin, off-white head that falls off to a ring, this looks solid. There are chunks of what appears to be cherries floating in there. The nose is bright and fruity with cherries and peaches expressed nicely with plenty of juiciness. The bourbon provides additional layers with vanilla, Light brown sugar with a touch of molasses, and, of course, some booze. The base beer( is it really Fred?) Is obscured with only a touch of rye and some honey/ Candi sugar present. As it breathes, the nose gains a touch of red apple as well, along with a touch of spice ( a blend of allspice and nutmeg, maybe?). As it warma up, the spice becomes increasingly discernible as oak. Really nice.
The palate opens big and boozy as is expected, but with a blend of honey sweetness, peachy lightness and cherry sweetness. The cherries are the more dominant of the fruits, but the peaches are an inspired addition. The mid palate has flavors of rye, a moderate sweetness with a blend of raisin bread, honey and some caramel. The finish is long and boozy with the barrel dominating - vanilla, bourbon, spicy heat and a little bit of tannin character. Medium full in body and moderately carbonated, a little too much if you ask me, this beer is a treat on the palate. The alcohol does lighten the finish considerably, relieving the beer of its heft. Excellent stuff, albeit pricey.
12-25-2013 05:16:10 | More by DefenCorps
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Deep amber body with minimal head.
Deep boozy nose, with a hint of fruit.
Peachy taste with a bit of cherry aftertaste. Neither taste is overbearing, and impressive in spite of being difficult flavors.
Fine carbonation, relatively pronounced.
Pretty good, but the coriander is fighting with the fruit.
02-08-2014 02:26:04 | More by zaphodchak
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
On tap at Hair of the Dog. Served in an HotD taster glass.
Appearance - Darker than Fred. Deep amber. No head. Looks flat... much like other Fred barrel treatments I've had.
Smell - Bourbon, cherry, and oak are most prominent. Pale malts. Earthy hops. A little bit of the original Fred back there, but it's a lot of barrel and fruit.
Taste - Cherry and bourbon again. The peach is faint, if nonexistent and I'm just imagining it since they told me it's Peach Fred. Maybe the Peach just cuts the intensity of the Cherry a bit. Pale malts are strong enough to make Fred come through all of this. Some apples and a slightly bitter finish that are more reminiscent of the base beer.
Mouthfeel - Pretty low in carbonation and rather hot. Not overly sweet like other barrel treatments from HotD. The weight and alcohol is expected for this size.
Overall - Really tasty. Not without the hurdles of a huge beer. Good fruit and the base beer stands up to all the craziness they've done to it.
09-15-2012 20:37:59 | More by Alieniloquium
3.96/5 rDev -4.8%
2013 vintage poured in to snifter.
A - Opaque murky swamp brown colour with a ring of cream coloured head. There are a lot of large floaties in the beer, despite the fact that I left a decent amount in the bottom of the bottle.
S - A big oak presence with lots of sweet toffee and caramel notes and a faint hint of cherry,
T - A huge oak barrel profile shows up immediately along with toffee and caramel. There are lighter hints of cherry and vanilla in the background but the peach doesn't specifically show up.
M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.
12-14-2013 16:31:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Otto From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.