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

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Fred From The WoodFred From The Wood

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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage thanks to ChrisPro. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam, thick collar, partial cap and wisps on top. Mostly transparent orange-brown body.

S - It's what you'd expect - an oaky Fred. Less rye than the base beer, although still somewhat spicy and earthy in character. Some floral and honey sweetness from the malt backbone.

T - The taste is quite similar to the base beer as well, with honey, stone fruits, rye, and estery yeast. Some oak and vanilla presence, but not as intense as the aroma. Thankfully loses the tangy rye finish that I dislike in the base beer.

M - Smooth, chewy texture, medium-full in body. Lower carbonation, with a low amount of alcohol warmth. Quite easy drinking considering the ABV.

D - Surprisingly enjoyable stuff. Quite mellow, and a significant improvement on the base beer. I'm going to have to get another bottle or two of this when it's released next.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

Appearance- Hazy blondish amber with a short white head.

Smell- Sweet cherries, a little oak, and some other sweet woody aromas that I can't quite place in my current state

Taste- Very odd taste at first. Woody kind of burnt sugary, boozy sweet flavor. Not really picking up on any of the sweet fruity flavors that the aroma suggests, but still I like it.

Mouthfeel- Viscous syrupy mouthfeel which I like in these colder winter months here in Mo.

Overall- I deem this a good beer, but not for everyone. At first I thought I wasnt going to like this beer but now that I'm halfway into it amf it's started to warm up, I've changed my mind. Not for the weak of heart or unsofisticated of palate, but a good brew non the less, however the base beer is nothing special.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip. 2009 bottle served at the HotD tasting room. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky amber. Off white head with nice lacing. A surprisingly good look this old bottle.

Smell - Apples, lots of oak, pale malts. Oxidation and a touch of acidity that has me worried and intrigued.

Taste - Big fruity flavor up front. Apples and some cherry. Sourness is light, but sustained throughout the drink. Oxidized. Huge oak and vanilla. The malts taste darker than the nose lets on and from what I remember of regular Fred. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet, but the oak cuts it nicely. Slightly astringent. The sourness adds a layer but isn't a detriment.

Overall - The aging has made this a fascinating beer. Very complex. Would have loved to have tried this fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks mfavoino for the beer. I shared this at the Star Wars tasting and we did a side by side with a batch 79 Fred. 2009 vintage served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to an airy collar and leaves some whisps of lace on its way down.

S: Fruity esters and sweet berry, Light, oaty malts and some freshly cut wood.

T: Same as the nose, but much more vibrant berry sweetness and some mild fruit skins. More oaky as well.

M: A little dryer than normal Fred, but still the normal light to medium body and a touch smooth than regular fred as well with a slightly lower carbonation level.

O: The fresh oak flavors have held up remarkablely well and I like the added depth it gave to the flavor profile. A nice treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. 12oz bottle at the HotD pub. Tulip.

A: Pours a honeyish amber, decent clarity and a smattering of light beige head. A couple streaks of lacing. A fizzle of carbonation is noticeable on the pour... nice! Thin ring of foam remains for awhile.

S: Beautiful oak, spice, and a little tobacco on top of the usual Fred. Maybe some coconut.

T: Lots of sweetish honey and oak, stone fruit, some brightness, finishing with slightly tannic quality. Long honey finish.

M: Medium-full carbonation. Light carbonation is perfect (and surprising!).

O: Very nice, oak forward beer. Less spice and more honey qualities than Fred, and it loses the Pinot Gris character. Tasty stuff, though not quite to the level of Adam/Matt (prolly due to the base). In any case, well balanced, and the barrel treatment enhances the base beer.

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2.56/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle from the 08 vintage shared with Kyle.

Yellowish carbonated beverage surprise.

Pear juice predominantly. Actually, this is surprising. There's no wood, no depth, no real complexity from a brewery that tends to nail layers and depth. Hurumph...

Sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Big red apple, skins and all. A bit mushy perhaps. A big honey sweetness as well. Just fruit juice and a slightly cloying floral syrupy finish.

Not sure whether Fred is just not my bag, or that aging has done this beer ill, or both. As is, this is just a messy bottle of fruit syrup that doesn't stand up well. A disappointment.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. This was a 12 oz. bottle from the original batch, tried side by side with a 3 year old bottle of Fred and Bourbon Fred From the Wood. This one was by far the best of the three.

a - Pours a dark amber color, one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks like the other two but slightly darker and murkier.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits, oak, cedar, cherry, vanilla, caramel. Nose is awesome, nice and sweet with some definite cherry and wood in the there. Love it.

t - Tastes of sweet dark fruits, mint, herbal notes, cherries, sweet dark fruits, oak, vanilla, caramel malts, toasted malts. Again, nice cherry and sweet dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not hot and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome beer; up their with Cherry Adam from the Wood as probably my favorite HOTD beer. Just a lot of wood, cherries, and sweet dark fruits, would love to get more of this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

je-dwards hooks it up big time by nearly rounding out the HotD variety pack for me. It seems that the only "good" one missing is Dave. 2008 bottle poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Darker, bright orange with a thick white head. Good looking legs.

S - Caramel, candied fruits. Somewhat like fresh apples mixed with raisin/grape. Some wood and pepper notes. Some cheese can be found. Really interesting.

T - Caramel fruits, apples with a hint of grape, cherry, citrus, hint of brown sugar, warm and almost spicy wood finish. There is almost a tartness about this. The apple and grape skin really come through mid-flavor. The more I sip, the more I can pick up the light tobacco notes mid-flavor and finish as well.

M - Thicker body that sticks to the palate.

O - This reminds me in certain ways to an older Stille Nacht without woodiness. Regardless, the bottle I had was great. Extremely interesting, probably my favorite ASA I've had.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared thanks to Mac, appreciate it. 2008 vintage.

The beer has a very nice hazy look that is close to brown with a little bit of orange tinged into it. Nice ring of head and great lacing.

The smell is very interesting, it smells to me like a strong aromatic wood like cedar. Fresh herbs like mint in there along with some berry like notes and an (approaching) wild yeast aroma in there as well. Peppery notes. Have never quite smelled something like that.

The taste is a bit more conventional in flavor, very complex and flavorful with some nice caramel notes and a touch of vanilla in the wood. The herbs and berries/cherry make an apperance in there as well, with a touch of mint it's very tasty and interesting. Some dark fruits and leather as well, but also a Belgian yeast (perhaps some Brett?)/malt profile too, can definitely taste a little age but it plays well with the flavors already in there.

Mouth is nice, smooth feel with a good body, not too much alcohol but a little warmth. Not much carbonation and I really don't think it needs it.

This is an excellent beer, much worth seeking out.

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Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.22 out of 5 based on 542 ratings.
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