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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,008
Reviews:
240
Ratings:
546
pDev:
10.14%
Bros Score:
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Photo of KevSal
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IPeeA for this awesome extra!

really dont know what to expect from this guy, should have done a side by side with fred, owell ill compare notes with that guy later.

2009 vintage into a tulip glass.

a- looks good, pretty close to a traditional barleywine, clear dark golden color with an off white half inch head. wasnt expectiong to be this well carbonated.

s- immediately upon cracking the cap, the hiss let out a sweet smell. honestly it smells a lot like a flanders, reminds me of a less potent supplication or dissident. is this guy slightly infected? not sure but i definitely don't mind this smell. sweet fruits, some cherry. very slight tartness in the back.

t- yum, this guy taste very good. the nose was a bit deceiving, and that flanders smell feels like its from the oak aging, which is prominent in the taste. slight tart finish. alcohol is barely noticeable

m-not as thick as i was initially suspecting. thick medium body, heavy against the tongue with the right amount of carbonation. i wasnt expecting too much carbonation

o-very impressed with this beer and not what i was expecting. for 10% 2 years put away feel like it really smoothed this guy out. interested to try it fresh but dont think its nearly as good with age. wish i held out longer as i can see this guy only getting better for a few more years.

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Photo of seeswo
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #100. 2008 12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing orange brown behind so light with basically no head. Left the last ounce or so in the bottle for the yeast to hang out in. A little thrashing of a straw gets a bit of head up and a big whiff reveals sugared raisins and candy almost. A bit of citrus as well. Smells like one of the sweetest beers I have smelled. Taste is very sweet and has a bit of that citrus element, along with a small amount of faded hops. Kind of tastes like someone dumped 1/2 oz of orange soda into a barleywine, not that I am complaining. There is just a twinge of that oak and tobacco flavor that the bottle eludes to - less so than I would expect, but it does add a nice contrast to the sweetness. It tastes good, but maybe not great. The mouthfeel is medium-heavy with little to no carbonation. A bit syrupy in the finish, the sweetness would completely envelop the tongue in the finish if there weren't that leathery-oaky-faded hops in the back. Very drinkable for everything I have described above. A few of the sips have been more like glugs, which is pretty surprising for a barleywine. It's that odd, interesting, awesome 1/2 oz. of orange soda that isn't really in the beer, but I swear I get. This is a good beer that wasn't quite as good as I was expecting. Could have been a touch less sweet with a bit more oak to tone it down a bit. That being said, it is very enjoyable casting aside expectations.

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Photo of Bung
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. 2008
Brighter amber pour, more carbonation than some others here have described. Still just a thin layer on top, more throughout though.

Aroma is pretty sweet, but not overly so. Brown sugar, light red fruit, some oak, peat.

Taste is fig, brown sugar. Quickly goes to some red fruit and slight sour notes. A large amount of booze here also. Finsihes with some sweet malt and then drier oak, spicy, hops.

3 years, the taste is interesting, but wow is this still boozy. The mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is lightly there to stave off the stickiness some. The boozy nature, makes this difficult to finish even the 12 oz.
At $1 an oz, I'll pass on another.
Adam set the bar so high for me with these guys, everything else has paled in comparison.

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Photo of oregone
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle (12oz) split two ways into tulips:
A: Very low carb. Not an inssue for the style certainly, but only showing some wisps of tiny bubbles from a reasonable pour. Color is caramel with a fair bit of clarity. It does appear very viscous.
S: Holy oak! This is the most pure expression of American oak barrel that I've ever smelled in beer or wine. HUGE coconut and butter aromas with some tropical and spice accents. However, 'beer' character is lacking, and oak alone does not a beer make.
T: Bam. Oak. Same woody coconut lead off. Some oak spiciness. Sweetness (heavy) follows it up with a whole lot of caramelized fruit. A date-coconut dessert. Very much wood driven.
M: Very nice. It could use more carbonation which is a rare thing for me to say about HoTD brews. Even those with similarly low carb. It becomes somewhat cloying after 6oz, but treated like a dessert glass, this is fine, thick, viscous stuff that has commendable concentration and weight.
D: Good for 6oz. However, given that this is effectively a version of the Fred which I happily can consume two bottles of, and considering that at the last sip of this I was not wanting any more, this fares somewhat poorly.
Lest this be construed as anything other than a recomendation I'll be to the point; I highly recommend this beer. I may not love all of the aspects, but it has delicious moments, and perhaps more importantly, it is very unique and a useful tool of exploration into American oak. I now know that 100% new A.O. is far too much for a beer (to my taste). And yet strangely, I'll be looking forward to getting more of this on the next release.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a tasting glass a slightly murky amber orange color with a slight tan head. The aroma is fairly complex and stands out from the other BW's I had this night. The barrel is front and center and is very noticeable. After the barrel notes, other flavors make their way in the nose like some spice, dark fruit, and a slight vegetable aroma. Very sweet start in the taste of raisan and/or prune, barrel, and minimal hops. All the flavors are well integrated and work well together. The booze is eveident but not overpowering. Very tasty.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden copper colored with a small, short lived whitish head that lingers as a small ring of head around the glass.

S - Sweet bready, caramel malts, lots of rich fruity esters, a little bit of oaky vanilla and a pleasant alcoholic aroma. Quite complex but not as gnarly as JW Lees or something of tbat caliber.

F/M - Again, sweet bready and caramelly malts, but with a huge fruity, complex, boozy flavor. Sherry like undertones throughout. Oaky wood flavors are just a little bold and out of "woody" but otherwise tastes pretty damn good. Smooth, rich and thick mouthfeel with a pleasant carbonation and light bitterness allowing the finish to linger for a while. Lingering caramel sweet boozy flavor.

D - Good. Smooth, rich, flavorful. This is a sure sipper, but I could easily go for another pour.

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

review 3/5/09

pours a light amber color with no head. sweet bourbon and sweet tones of the nose. taste is sweet with great flavors of the "wood" Caramel notes here. Mouth is medium with subtle alcohol and lighter carbonation Very smooth!

I got 1/2 a case and i'm thinking i'll get another case next year!!

Edit: 1/13/11

2008 batch again 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Orange for sure. minimal to no head. served this at cellar temp

S - very sweet and oaky i still smell bourbon!

T - oak, sweetness, maybe a touch of citrus at the end

M - medium body. lower carbonation. pretty good. slow sipper

D - still very tasty and im glad that i have more. i think that 1 is enough for the night

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

3.5 A: Murky light brown color. About one finger of creamy beige head that falls rather quickly and leaves a small incomplete ring of lacing.

3.5 S: Holy shit is this woody! This is simply dripping with the essence of oak. Really, the oak is so strong that it covers up a lot of the other aromas, but I'll try to pick them out anyway. Sweet caramel and toffee, boozy, apricot and pear brandy, plum and raisin, vanilla, and tobacco. You really have to like wood to like the way this smells, I think there's just a little too much.

3.5 T: Again, strong oak, tobacco, pear brandy, plum and raisin, and tobacco. Vanilla from the oak, toasted malts, nuts, and bread. This is really boozy for 10%. If I had to guess without already knowing, I would have thought this was at least 15%. Strangely, this has the essence of a bourbon barrel without the bourbon, but not just the oak if that makes any sense (I doubt it does). This is absolutely packed with flavor, but it seems raw even with over a year of age on it.

4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit chewier than I prefer.

3.0 D: This has the makings of a fantastic beer, but I think it needs a good three years to get to that level. Even though this bottle had over a year on it, the taste was too earthy and raw. I love oak, but I found it to be a bit too aggressive. Also, the alcohol is way too apparent right now. It's quite boozy for only 10%. Great beer, just not yet.

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Photo of Swimsum
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage at Beachwood BBQ on 8/8/09.

Pours out a dark golden orange color. A bit cloudy when held to the light. About 1/2 finger head on the initial pour that settles into a thin film. By the end of the glass the head has disappeared completely. Some lacing down the sides of the glass but it doesn't stick to the glass very well and is sporadic.

Sweet smelling upon the first few whiffs. Oak/wood immediately follow this up and ends with an alcohol burn. At times the alcohol becomes a bit overwhelming in the smell.

Oak/wood greats the tongue as the beer is sipped. Followed up by some alcohol heat, sweetness and slight tobacco. The alcohol is the most noticeable aspect of the taste for it. I really think this needs some time to develop as I thought it was very hot.

Sitting on the tongue this is a very thick beer with not a lot of carbonation. Upon swallowing, their is an alcohol burn that I'm not liking all that much.

This one was a sipper for me. Was pretty boozy and not all that complex. Perhaps the meal I had with it wasn't helping it out any but if I had a bottle of this, I'd let it sit for awhile. Hopefully will be able to get another bottle of this one day.

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

12 oz bottle. batch 80

a - not as nice looking as regular fred. less cloudy and less head.

s - large oak on the nose. citrus hops. very nice nose.

t - oak, hops bitterness, grapefruit, candy sweetness.

m - medium body. lower carbonation.

overall - very different than the regular fred. an odd flavor that i couldnt define.

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Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. It is a gusher 2009 vintage.

It pours beautifully, a beautiful orange/red color with a foamy white ehad that recedes to some gorgeuos lacing.

It is straight up fucking infected though, maybe a stray batch of Fred Flanders form the wood got bottled. It smells like a sour Belgian pale. It has a bretty presence and some sweetness.

The flavor is sweet and sour with a definite oak flavor. Well ill be fucked, it isn't half bad infected. It has a big lemony flavor, some cloying sweetness from the base barleywine. Some solid barleywine base flavors like caramel and toffee are very pronounced. The wood is big and bold and it has a bit of spiciness.

Ever had a sour Belgo-barleywine? This is it. I wish I could have it un-infected. And sadly because it is infected I have to dock points somewhere and I will go with the smell.

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

I picked this up in northern LA in January, $12.99/bottle, letting it age nearly a year before opening. The beer is medium copper color and transparent, with a solid tan foam that never disappears, it only diminishes to a thick film on the surface.

Big malt in the aroma, sweet and burning with ethanol, some light oak. I should have gotten a regular Fred to try side-by-side, as it's been years since I tried one and I can't really tell how much the barrels change the character. It tastes really good anyway, very sweet and rich. The bottle mentions sweet notes of tobacco and I believe I can get that now that it's been pointed out to me. The alcohol is very evident, forcing sips rather than swallows.

Medium-heavy body, sweet and burning presence, very nice nightcap beer.

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Photo of Mages64
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Brouwers cafe in Fremont. 2009 vintage bottle. Poured into an 8oz snifter. Cellar temperature.

A- Beautiful amber color with a pencil thin head and could be agitated to get more head.

S- Smelled like a sour. Sour lemons, sour grapefruit, malt, oak and alcohol. Really odd that the sour smell arose.

T- zero sourness. Smooth malt and molasses. Oakey almost maple undertones. vanilla and light caramel.

M- smooth and sticky. Thin with little body.

D- fantastic for the tasting but I would not want more than 1 but I admit I am a fresh barleywine guy.

Overall an enjoyable experience but I really want to draw attention to the sour smell. If you don't enjoy sours, the smell alone might turn you off to the beer before you even try it. Never have I had a beer taste so radically different than it smelled!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a snifter. Color is a deep reddish-amber with a nice off-white head that settles down somewhat quickly. The nose is really nice and complex with oak, vanilla, dark fruits, figs, caramel, and some sweet malt.

The taste mixes the oak with the base quite well bringing out a bit of sweetness and fruit. Mouthfeel is really nice and rich, bringing out all the flavors that this has going on. Drinks quite well and is a really nice brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a deep, dark red-orange featuring a thin off-white head.

S: Quite a complex nose. The oak is strong up front along with some vanilla notes. Plenty of fruits follow; oranges, cherries, red grapes, and other assorted dark fruits provide a nice sweetness.

T: The oak is not quite as intense initially. Sweet caramel and toffee along with an intense fruitiness. There is a mild bitterness, possibly imparted from the oak. The wood is not as heavy on the vanilla, but provides a bit of a spicy note. Just a touch of chocolatey oxidation to finish things off.

M: The body is medium to full with a somewhat low and smooth level of carbonation.

D: I liked this quite a bit better than regular Fred. Very, very complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my snifter glass and allowed to come to room temperature. 2009 Vintage. Huge thanks to IdrinkGas for including this as an extra in our trade.

Appearance: Brownish orange in color and very hazy. One finger beige head with really good retention.

Aroma: Caramel and molasses are the main notes I pick up, but there is also oak, tobacco, and figs all in prominent roles. Really balanced and aromatic.

Taste: Much like the aroma, a nice balance of tobacco, cherries, earthiness, oak under a backing of caramel and molasses. Nice balance of sweetness and earthiness. Really flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, but with enough carbonation to keep it crisp and not too heavy.

Drinkability: This is definitely a sipper but it really works well as one. The clean aftertaste helps make this really easy to drink.

Overall, one of the best barleywines I've ever had. So balanced and so tasty. Highly recommeneded.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a long story behind how I acquired this beer, basically all you need to know is that AleWatcher lost his mind and practically sent me my entire wants list.

A- Beautiful looking beer. It is a glowing peachy copper color with a medium haze. The head, despite ABV and wood aging, gets up to a pretty decent size, sacrifices most of itself to create great lacing and retires to a full film.

S- I could smell this from over arms length as I let it sit in the glass for a moment. The smells Im getting from this distance are very fruity and sweet. It has my attention... It is indeed very sweet smelling. Lots of fruit, sweet sugary malts, pipe tobacco, fresh cut oak, a little bit of Belgian yeast and alcohol.

T- Yes'm, this is a sweet beer. Lots of Belgian style fruitiness that almost becomes tart. Sugariness, pipe tobacco and wood. Alcohol is pretty pronounced.

M- Nearing syurpy but not quite there. Low carbonation. This beer is very sticky. Alcohol really makes this a warm one too.

Thanks again Jeff. You have me floored.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the new HotD tasting room today in PDX. After sampling all six of the beers on tap my wife and I agreed we each needed our very own 12 ounce tulip of this to truly capture its essence. MADhomebrewer joined us soon after and we convinced him to order a tulip of his own as well. WOW was the consensus impression about this beer.

As I already mentioned, this beer came served in a tulip with the smallest half centimeter of light cinnamon head sitting atop the chestnut brown body. In case there was any mistaking this beer for the non-barrel aged version, the color is a dead giveaway. Regular Fred is not as deep and rich. It is instead more amber in color. No lacing showed up but what do you really expect from a barrel aged 10% ABV beer?

Smell was...Coconut! Indeed, there was a strong aroma of the tropical fruit not unlike some Caribbean rum. How in the world Alan Sprints was able to get that smell in a beer escapes me. Lots of tobacco, leather, and prunes also are strong contenders here. I must have sniffed this for a solid 3 minutes before taking my first sip. It was outstanding.

The taste sealed the deal for me. Toffee, decadent caramel, raisin, banana esters, cognac, and amaretto were layered on top of each other with enormous depth and complexity. Phenomenal!

Mouthfeel was superb. Moderate carbonation allowed the flavors to be the showcase and not battle prickly carbonation. Perfect body was not-to-thin-not-to-thick.

Drinkability...I want another now! The one was all I had because of the 8 o'clock closing time but I want to go back for some more later. I'm wondering if we didn't just hit the HotD lottery. I have not had previous batches so I can't make comparisons but this batch seems perfect. Some reviews call this "to hot" and that it "needs more time in the bottle". I disagree and must say that for a young alcohol forward beer, on tap mind you, this was a real treat to enjoy. Part of being on BA for me is to find new interesting beers. To frequently I feel let down after anticipation of a transcendent beer experience falls through again. Homerism be damned! Today, I can honestly say I found my new favorite beer. I thoroughly look forward to something that will top this one day. Find this, obtain it, and drink it NOW!

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

Had on-tap at their tasting room...

- Much darker, and more murky than the regular Fred.... ruby red, brown, hazy and cloudy... fizzy mocha head... left a nice thin layer...

- Lovely oak and earthy notes along with a raisin and fig blessing... light hop, cherry and citrus hint... light sour and bright bite.... woody...

- Smooth, light tartness... way better than the basic Fred... almost like a blend... I swear there is a slight Adam in there... paired it w/ chocolate... oaky... smooth... perfection.

- Medium bodied... little murky and drying... waters the palate...

- Overall a little hot, some chunky yeast,... but works its magic over the palate.... a very classy and smooth brew.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle poured into a pint glass.
a-Beautiful beer, has a light orange/copper around the eds-ge of the glass and a is a very cloudy amber in the center of the glass.
s-It is very sweet and malty smelling with a variety of fruits.
t-Taste is much of the same with a caramel sweetness taking the lead and and a crazy almost bitter balance of fruits following up.
m/d-Extremely sweet and full bodied. My only knock on the beer is that it seems too sweet, but it is delicious non-the-less.

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Photo of davod23
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I need to give a lot more of my business to HOTD. Seriously. Poured from the bottle (2009) into a tulip.

Brilliant copper color with a half-finger eggshell head that shockingly sticks around a while. Perfect clarity. Very nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer clings to the sides of the tulip nicely when swirled. This is one pretty beer.

The aroma is very nice. It's not as robust as I have experienced in other barrel-aged barleywines (e.g., Perfect Storm, Angel's Share) but what is there is enjoyable. A sweet caramel, a spritzing of cherry juice - which is completely unexpected and awesome - oak, leather, with a hint of booze. Hops call from a long distance away.

Taste is great. I'm getting a host of bright fruit flavors that I do not typically associate with the style, but I'm completely on board with them. Cherries, peaches, and coconut served on an oak plank and drizzled with caramel. Some leather on the finish. How can I not have any more bottles of this?

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is perfect, body is medium-thick. It would be a perfect score, except I'd like it if it were a bit stickier on the finish.

Drinkability: This ale is leaving my glass way too rapidly. I could see myself drinking a couple of these in a night, which is saying something considering the alcohol content and the complexity of this brew.

Highly recommended beer. Well done, HOTD.

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Photo of farrago
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin cream white head which disappears about as soon as it arrives, you also get a razor thin stripe of lacing in a few spots. Thick brown-orange creek mud inside the clear, strong effervescence visible, brighter zinc orange around the rims. Big, dewy nose bursting with caramel, molasses, honey, vanilla fudge and a big spoonful of orange marmalade, ginger and cinnamon spice, dates and maraschino cherries, there's something like a bitter rye edge more than grassiness, for all of its sweetness has excellent posture in your nostrils. Full-bodied, sappy clinginess adds to the weight. There's tang from the mandarin orange, pink grapefruit citrus but overmatched by the dark chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, molasses, honey and pine sap. A sip or two reminiscent of Cherry Coke. Well layered apricot, nectarine, guava, fig, date and golden raisin. Some orange pekoe tea leaf notes too. The carbonation isn't light per se but fluffy in texture and not changing the creaminess. Ends with rising bread yeast, introducing some movement. Vivid flavors, would be better if it dialed it back a notch.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Paul - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of oak and lighter amounts of spices. Also present are mild amounts of medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of medium fruits. Midway through the sip good amounts of oak flavors work their way into things along with earthy hops. Faint spices make an appearance before fading into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I enjoyed Fred and I was happy to see that Fred from the Wood didn't disappoint. Well worth a shot.

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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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from the fridge, 2009 Edition, no batch number listed.

With a vigorous pour, I see a cloudy a reddish orange brew with a 1 finger head of foam. And a very good stubborn head of foam it is. Plenty of lacing to boot. A gorgeous looking BWSA.

The nose is interesting. I'm getting notes of oak and hop bitterness but also some tart and sour fruitiness. I'll admit, I had no idea of what to expect going in to this sitting. It'll be a tough call for me on scoring for smell.

The taste has lots of caramel sweet to it with some definite woody notes and bitterness from the hops but... the finish is dominated by a fairly strong, very wine like sourness. I hope this is the way this BWSA is meant to be. As is it is, I like but if there's some kind of infection going on then I guess I must have a "bad" bottle. In this case, "bad" isn't all that bad according to my palate. I'll be checking other reviews to see what's what.

I'd say it is full bodied, medium carbonated, and does have a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability? Despite the sourness or because of it???, I find Fred From The Wood an easy drinking strong ale. But I have to say, I prefer the regular Fred by a country mile. That is one hell of a good brew.

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Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 546 ratings
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