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

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in new, medium toast American oak barrels for at least 6 months

Added by freed on 03-28-2005

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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 240
Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Hoppy, lovely tasting, and superior barleywine. Apple juice with some white head lightly covering, this is aged. Integrated woodiness. Average mouthfeel, a bit drying. Exceptional: vanilla, peach, red pepper, grapefruit. Freeze the tongue carbonation.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy honey brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, earth, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, honey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a very nice wood aged presence going on with the base beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a slightly murky golden color with a thin white head. The smell of this beer is powerful. It's got a lot of sweet, boozy, wooden aromas. The taste of the beer is also quite sweet, it's loaded with some caramel flavors, honey, fresh wood and malts. The mouthfeel was thick and oily with a little carbonation to it. Overall I really enjoyed sipping on this beer, it's not a brew to drink fast.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This came from a big 2 or 3 liter swingtop bottle and its from batch 1. So glad I got to try this.

Pours a dark red color with some haze. Very nice color. There is some head but not much retention or lacing.

The oak has pretty much dissapeared from this brew over the years in the bottle. There is a liquor smell though that smells like a scotch or something. Also theres a strong aged malt quality coming out of the glass.

The taste is very powerful and malty. A tiny bit of alcohol is detectable. Sweet developing malt character is the majority of the flavor but theres a whiskey flavor as well. A noticeable bitterness is still in the beer.

Body is medium/heavy and oily. Low/medium CO2. Very drinkable and really enjoyable especially at warmer temps.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of complexity going on in here. Starts off with an intensly sweet, musty, woody, earthy aroma that soon settled into deep, dark, dehydrated fruit scents. Appearance is heartily viscous with some letting and with a thin foamstand that held firm. A rich chesnut color with a mild haze. Flavors pick up on a medium molassas sweetness with dates, figs, plumbs, raisins, prunes. A big hop balance brings citrus frutis (grapefruits and oranges), tropical fruits (pineapples and mangos), along with an earthy pine and lemon-grass flavor. The wood aging also brings out an earthy / peaty / musty flavor with some nuttiness and vineous-ness. The texture is full bodied, but smoothened out by the wood aging. Not quite chewey, but close. Finishes sweet and dry (partly from alcohol, partly from hops) with a linger focusing on the sweetness. Fantastic beer. Thanks Clvand0.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A splendid treat to find available upon cycling to the taproom in Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy dark reddish amber tone, with one finger of creamy off-white head, which settles slowly, eventually rendering a berm-like ring of lace around the glass. It smells of singed caramel, toffee, vanilla, astringent bourbon barrel wood, and leafy, deep dark woodsy hops. The taste is sweet toffee, warming alcohol, a lessened vanilla woodiness, and equally tamed earthy hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body full and slickly smooth, but somewhat prickly at the same time. It finishes sweet, under a rock overcrop of suppressed booze and oily barrel wood.

Pretty sweet - good thing it came in a small glass - but the booze and hops keep things from being cloying or hysterically overwrought. Nice, if skewed barrel characteristics are your thing.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 64

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with a bubbly head that leaves shards of lacing around the chalice

Smell: Bounteous waft of caramel, toffee, whisky and sour orange

Taste: Starts with a blast of caramel, brown sugar, citrus and oak, with the woody flavors building mid-palate; after the swallow, the oaky/whisky flavors join with apples, vanilla and bitter herbacious flavors to provide a complex finish

Mouthfeel: Thick but not particularly sticky; moderate carbonation; warming on the finish

Drinkability: While I was slightly disappointed to discover that I prefer plain old Fred, this is nonetheless an extraordinary beer

Thanks, msubulldog25, for the opportunity and to c64person for the chance to re-visit the 2013 version

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2.46/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium yellow color ale with a small foamy white head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of oak and sugar is totally dominated by hot alcohol. Taste is totally dominated by hot burning alcohol which is not something that I am usually fond of. Some oak and sweet malt were discernable but still totally overshadowed by the alcohol. I honestly could hardly taste the original Fred in here and I sure could not tell if there were any hops in there. I’m glad I got the chance to try that one but it sure is not something I will seek again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear golden-amber in color. A slow and gentle pour left me with four fingers of frothy head that's barely contained by the glass. The body reveals a massive torrent of tiny bubbles feeding the head. As the head recedes (which takes a long time) it leaves chunky sheets of lace all over the glass. A beautiful beer for sure.

Smell: Oak - a lot of it. Tobacco, brown sugar. Surprisingly mild compared to the taste, and a bit too oak heavy for its own good.

Taste & mouthfeel: Rich and sweet; flavors of maple syrup and honey are the first things to hit the palate. The use of new American oak lends a strong tannic quality to the beer that brings to mind spruce, vanilla and tea leaves. As the carbonation subsides the thick, syrupy texture begins to reveal itself - this seems far heavier than the regular Fred. The finish is both sweet and intensely tannic.

Drinkability: Good stuff, but heavy and intense. A 12 oz bottle should happily serve two or more.

Notes: 2008 batch.

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4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 64 - RB Edition

Poured into snifter.

Pours a white fizzy head. Color is a hazed brown.

Aroma: Fruit and malty. Orange peel, cherries, oak, toffee, caramel, and dark fruits. Very fruity and well done.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, fruit, oranges, cherries, and some spice flavors. Rich and malty. Toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but warming. Medium to full bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. Ends warms and malty.

Overall, amazing aroma, but very malty and sweet. A ton of flavor and I really enjoyed all the fruit flavors. Fairly drinkable.

2014 vintage drank 7/2016. Very oaky. Lots of wood and vanilla in this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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