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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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruby/brown, one finger off white head with some lacing.

S-Oak, caramel, toffee, roasted malt and a tad bit of vanilla.

T-Well balance, oak, tad bit of burnt notes, caramel, mild bitterness. Roasted malt as well.

M-Medium to heady, nicely carbonation.

O-Much better than the bourbon version, maybe it was just the carbonation but this had great balance with bourbon was a border line bourbon bomb.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for bringing a bottle of this - always love me some Hair of the Dog. Fred from the Wood pours a very deep brown color, with some rust-laden and orange-tinted edges. The beer warps from being completely opaque at the core to quite transparent at its extremities. The head quickly settles to about a millimeter or so and lies somewhere between stark-white and beige.

Fred from the Wood is like smelling a stave covered in beer. Copious amounts of boozy-oak, hand in hand with a river of burnt caramel, molasses, and light brown sugar. There's solid notes of deep raisins, black cherry skins, and tobacco; signature Hair of the Dog. A reasonable amount of dark-fruit skin sweetness hashes through the booze and oak for pretty good aromatic balance.

There's plenty of up-front barrel, just as the nose would indicate. Oak, brown sugar, caramel, hints of apple and raisin and grape sweetness and a bit of booze. Despite the fact that Fred from the Wood is 10% ABV, thick, and heavy, the boozy aspect doesn't burn or get hot, rather it just adds a bit of warmth and another layer for complexity.

I really like the mix of deep fruit, sugary caramel, and boozy-oak that's apparent in many Hair of the Dog brews, and though Fred from the Wood may not be the best or most complex one of the line-up, it's pretty damn enjoyable. The key to Hair of the Dog's success is being able to "balance" these huge brews. It's certainly still a sipper, but it never becomes a chore.

Huge, sticky toffee and oak in the aftertaste, with a palate drying woody essence, up and a down. The body of Fred from the Wood is big, thick, sticky, and almost creamy. The carbonation is pretty low, and after about ten or fifteen minutes in the glass, you're left with a still beer. Somewhat fitting for the style, but a little more carbonation wouldn't have hurt.

Another extremely solid brew from Hair of the Dog. Their sleight of hand with these old ales and barley wines is really something to marvel at; they are the kings of the slow sippers. Fred from the Wood is unique in it's capacity of oak and ability to still drink so (relatively) easy for the heftiness of the brew. I'd like to get my hands on some more of this.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to m4ttj0nes for this bottle!

poured into HotD Tulip glass!

Vintage 2013

Appeareance: murky brown bodied beer with 3 fingers of light tan head. The head has really good staying power as well. Its stays around for a long time eventually drops down to a thick chunky uneven cap of foam.

Smell: Mild malty sweetness, mellow dark fruits, subtle smoke, leather, earthy, oaky.

Taste: dark fruits, slight caramel sweetness, "toasted and nutty malt", leather, and tobacco. Earthy and spicy hops. Very oaky and woody. This is excellant! The warmer this beer gets the stronger the woodiness becomes and those spicy hops from Fred also seem to really show themselves too. Transition from dark fruity malts to a tannic/vinious malt profile as the beer nears room temperature. A hint of cola and diet rootbeer sweetness is also noted in the finish.

Mouthfeel: high end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beers has a fantastic mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. Very drinkable despite the 10% abv. Rediculously smooth, slick, and very creamy!

Overall: With this beer tonite, I have finally tried of all the "from the Wood" series beers that HotD has ever bottled! This is another HotD gem. I enjoy Fred very much and it is a fantastic base beer to put into a barrel. Fred from the Wood is no doubt an improvement of regular Fred! It drinks fantastic fresh and will age gracefully. I highly recommend it! I think that this is almost as good as 2012 Bourbon Fred from the Wood(the properly carbonated batch). I think this beer would also fit into the style category of an oak aged old ale or a really, really big oak aged Wee heavy based on the look, smell, flavor profile, and mouthfeel of this beer.

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4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

A: Pours a gorgeous murky brown with slight hints of the gold from non BA Fred. Sits a a very murky, dark ruby brown. Amazing head, considering the aging and abv. - dense, creamy rustic looking beige with substantial retention and sticky lacing that last throughout.

S: Huge! The barrel aging has done wonders with the base. Big flavors of organic woodiness, tabacco, some oaky vanilla and a little leather. As it warms some cherry comes through and cocoa powder. Being as fresh as it is, the crystal malts and bright hops are still there. Also some very slight oxidation.

T: Almost as amazing as the aroma, but less vibrant and complex. The huge notes of wood and tobacco come through along with some smooth oaky vanilla. More chocolate and some caramel. Getting a little big of some dark fruit, wish there were a little more, and a lot less of the base beer than there was in the aroma. Very organic and woody

P: Incredibly smooth, barely any alcohol heat to speak of, proper soft carbonation. Really highlights the flavor. Medium to full in body, definitely doesn't feel big as much as full

O: What else to expect from HotD? They make amazing beers. The oak aging has been done with tact and understanding of what flavors can be extracted and complimentary to the existing beer. I would to have an older vintage, but this certainly drinks well fresh. May actually prefer this to the bourbon variant.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of champ103
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to Dajai007 for sharing this. This is from 08.

A: Pours a hazed golden/amber/orange color. Still great carbonation is apparent after all these years. A two finger beige head rises with good retention, and plenty of of lace. Impressive for such an old beer.
S: Up front is just a hint of oxidation, though very minor and actually complements everything else. Estery dark fruits like plums and cherries. Toasted malts, caramel, and a huge layered aroma that is amazing.
T: Follows the nose for the most part. Hardly any oxidation here though. Plenty of fruity esters. Dark fruits like plums, figs, and cherries. Toasted malt, caramel, oak, and vanilla. Again, a ton of layers. Amazing.
M/D: A medium to full body. Good carbonation for the age. Crisp, and smooth at the same time. The alcohol show just a bit. For the most part, a supremely easy to drink.

I have had this a few time, I think every time has been through Daja007, which is the case for most of the "rare" stuff that I get to try. Always a great experience. Highly recommended to say the least.

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Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 91.4% out of 100 with 545 ratings
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