Bourbon Fred From The Wood
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

Bourbon Fred From The WoodBourbon Fred From The Wood
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #27
ABV:
12%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,019
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 12.59%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
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Notes: Bottles (12 oz) released November 2011
Batch 2 bottles (12oz) released July 2012.
Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 468 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by beersis81:
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

2017 Bottling

Huge thanks to Phil for the bottle! Bourbon Fred from the Wood isn't the prettiest of beers. It's a muddied rusty red with some orange highlights, opaque. It looks a lot like unfiltered apple cider. It's also still, which is a little concerning. Not a bubble to be found.

Whew. That's some rich, potent smelling, complex smellin' beer. Let's start with the bourbon aspect. It's well integrated. Plush notes of caramel, marshmallow, oak, and a whisper of coconut. Golden raisins, toffee, butterscotch, and brown suger make up the nearly neverending malt profile. This stuff smells like a rich dessert.

Holy shit, this beer is good. Complex and delicious. Toffee and golden raisins get it movin'. They got an incredible amount of expression from the bourbon barrels; huge caramel, damp oak, toasted coconut, cotton candy, and a healthy dose of pecan. Brandy macerated cherries pop up here, butterscotch pops up there along with a rich sugar quality, sorghum. This beer almost borders on liquid stollen. There's sweetness present but the tannic barrel and booziness cleans it up.

If ever there was a beer that possibly does better still than not, it's Bourbon Fred from the Wood. As a matter of fact, it fits so well that I forgot it was still until I got to this here mouthfeel portion. The weight sits between full and moderate. A little sweetness hits upfront before being sucked dry by barrel tannins and a clean booziness. A barely noticeable numbness gathers on the tongue after a few drinks, I can't tell if it's alcohol related or hop related, probably alcohol. This beer is a sipper for sure, based on the size and ample barrel presence.

Hair of the Dog makes some great beer. This one is no exception. I'm assuming they failed on the carbonation aspect but it's not a noticeable flaw, actually it works. This beer is hugely complex and hugely delicious. What a great combination of flavors. Bourbon Fred from the Wood is a perfect example of why Hair of the Dog has always so fascinated me. It's unique, but old school. Powerful, yet nuanced. Really great stuff. Thanks again, Phil!

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017, from the bottle.

I'm a bit nervous as Bourbon Fred From the Wood's cap is popped. Nothing. The most vigorous pour, and still completely flat. It's opaque rust colored body reminds me of dark tea saturated with honey. As one would expect, no head, no lacing.

My fear tightens a bit with the first whiff. Though enjoyable, the bourbon smells of peated scotch and slightly acidic...sour. A caramel sugary presence lays underneath, but not much else.

My fear suddenly subsides. The bourbon is absolutely the dominant variable, but wonderful notes of nutty toffee, golden raisins, oak, and a light smoke blend turn skepticism into absolute joy. And to top it off, delicious bursts of wildflower honey and ginger bring this to euphoric.

Yes, there is no carbonation, but it works. The smooth and slightly syrupy body are exactly what that flavor needs as a platform to take away all other distractions. It is sweet, but comes close to balanced thanks to a touch of smoke and a soft hop spice.

Proof that you should never judge a book by its cover, nor a dog by its jowls, Bourbon Fred From the Wood is just phenomenal. I'm not gonna lie, if I ever get this again, that lack of pressure relief will scare the shit out of me. But I'll trust it, just like I have trusted everything else from Hair of the Dog. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of islandboi8204
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aggressive pour, but unfortunately it is completely flat. No head, no lace. A deep, muddy caramel color. Really ugly and not promising.

Smell is quite off putting, whey protein powder with bourbon, sweet caramel, and brown sugar.

The taste starts with sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. There is some pineapple and the bourbon barrels come through at the end. The finish is the best part - bourbon with a toffee aftertaste. A very rich beer.

Beer is medium bodied with no carbonation. Syrupy with a warm finish.

This was a let down. I think this beer has a lot of potential but the lack of carbonation and the awful smell isn't helping. The flavor is complex and the sweet toffee makes for a nice night cap.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks goes out to waltersrj for this 12oz extra in our last trade. Into an Epic Brewing Snifter.

A: Pours a rich copper color with absolutely no head, not even a bubble of carbonation moves through the beer. Slightly hazy. Still a nice looking beer, but lack of head and any real carbonation makes it an odd looking beer.

S: Tons of bourbon, oak, and caramel. Lots of vanilla, and an all around massive sweetness in the nose. This smells like liquid dessert. Nice amount of oak and bourbon, but not boozey and overpowering. Very nice in the nose.

T: A very interesting beer, raw honey, a lot of oak, caramel and vanilla. Slight amount of bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly floral for a -bal aged beer. Nutty and sweet. Very enjoyable.

M: Completely flat, thick, with a little bit of warmth. Not much else to say here.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I wish there was some more carbonation to help break up the body/sweetness of the beer. The lack of carbonation isn't such a glaring flaw as it can be in other beers, but it still detracts from the beer. Regardless, very enjoyable and glad to try it!

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap twice over the past week at the HotD tasting room.

Served in a 12 ounce tulip, this beer arrives a beautiful golden orange with a pillowy white head of very fine bubbles. As the head subsides it leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose on this beer is bold and decadent. Sweet smelling with generous quantities of cinnamon and molasses; you know this is going to be a big beer!

The taste is fantastic! I perceive a lot of cinnamon like the nose would suggest, but also toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and honey... this sort of reminds me of a honey topped cinnamon sticky bun. Reading my description might make one think this is a syrupy-sweet, but it's not. Sweet, yes, but not cloying like so many other beers out there. Very tasty, and exceptionally enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is really nice. This is a big beer, and I think big beers should feel like big beers. This one does, but the carbonation is just perfect, which helps lighten the mouthfeel of a beer that might otherwise feel a little heavy. Bourbon Fred from the Wood leaves the mouth softly coated, and the booze, although not immediately detectable, leaves a lingering warmth in the throat.

Drinkability is hard for me to rate for a beer of this style and caliber. If I ever see this on tap again, I will never hesitate to order it. It tastes and feels perfect for what it is. It's not a beer I'd order more than one of in a sitting though, but I don't think this is the kind of beer that one should expect to be able to drink a bunch of, so with style in mind, I can't see docking any points for that.

NOTE: The brewery lists this beer at 12% ABV, despite the current listing here on BA of 10%.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from 2011. Poured into a GI tulip. Part of NWI tasting group New Year's Day

A - Chestnut with light brown hues. Looks slightly like maple syrup. As expected for this one, no carbonation or head

S - Boozy up front with brown sugar, bready malt, dates, and a slight lemon peel finish

T- Sweet beer with brown sugar, candied dates, malty, bready, and sweet bourbon kick. Finish is candied dates as well as a light lemon. Very flavorful throughout.

MF - Flat beer which is what I've heard about this batch. It is thick and syrupy which actually works with the flavors in the beer. There is a thick, syrupiness that lingers and coats the tongue. It definitely could have used some carbonation.

O - Solid beer with lots of flavor. It was definitely thick and flat. This is definitely a big, bready and malty beer that is loaded with bourbon sweetness. Worth tracking down

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Glowy ambery orange, with almost no head.

S: The smell, don't smell it. It smells awful.

T: Earthy note, oak, vanilla, caramel, some fruity notes, some mustiness.

M: Medium bodied and overly smooth. Flat.

O: Dont smell it. Taste it and you'll be happy.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

Served with Adam, Adam from the Wood, Cherry Adam from the Wood, Fred, Matt, Doggie Claws '05.

The beer is a murky copper/brown/orange hue with virtually no head. The aroma brings bourbon, oak, subtle fruit and spice. Good flavor, slightly tannic. Smooth bourbon taste with low carbonation. A tasty brew. A bit less sweet than regular Fred, which is nice. Like the other beers in this lineup, this is suitable for slow sipping and savoring. Overall, very good. Something I would definitely enjoy having again.

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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit better in July 2019


3.52 in Oct 2017

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle hauled across country.

Poured into a wine glass, I can count twelve bubbles

Nose of sweet honey and vanilla, bourbon (duh).

Taste is filled with well rounded sweet vanilla, no tannins.

Mouthfeel is flat but not incredibly sticky. This beer reminds me of a mead more than fermented grain.

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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 468 ratings