Bourbon 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): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bottles (12 oz) released November 2011
Batch 2 bottles (12oz) released July 2012.

Added by jdense on 07-25-2009

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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the pub in Portland. Very dark and little head. Smell of bourbon and sweetness, maybe some chocolate as well. First sip was amazing, a blast of sweetness and thickness of molasses (or close too it), and the bourbon wasn't over powering but was still very up front.

I had a few glasses and it is one great beer. I would compare it to bourbon country but with this one, I almost feel it is a bit better. However it depends on the mood I'm in.

Notes on the beer during the tasting:

Sugary Sweetness
Long Finish

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4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Deep, dark caramel brown/red. A small off white head that stays around for awhile.

Nose: Amazing bourbon from the Elijah Craig barrel aging. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak and sweet fruits.

Taste: Bourbon initially, toasted coconut, toffee, caramel vanilla and oak. This taste is amazing.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily, but it's perfect for this beer.

Overall: I can't wait for the bottled version...had on tap with Alan at his old brewery two years ago. It was heavenly then, can't imagine how good it'll be soon in bottle. Buying a case for sure. Alan makes world class beers...always.

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4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting room on 4.1.11

Poured into a HotD snifter at the Tasting room.

A - Dark hazy amber-brown with a small white head.

S - Carmel and dark fruit are very present.

T - All I can think of is a carmel apple, which is not a bad thing.

D - Drinks a bit sweet, but not as boozy as a would have thought at 12% ABV.

O - Fred aged in Elaigh Craig bourbon barrels for 15 months = Yum!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage.
Thanks Luke for getting these for me. What a treat!
Poured a very dark brown into my Hair of the Dog tulip (what else?)
Wonderful aroma of bourbon, caramel.
Generous head that retains well for quite a while. Any question of carbonation quickly evaporates.
Taste is sweetness and bourbon caramel and oak. Alcohol very present. A little rough around the edges.
Mouthfeel nice but again a little rough.
Needs time to smooth out and blend. The remaining nine bottles remain in my cellar for a year at least.

Update to include 2013:
Thanks to Harry for snagging these for me. Greatly appreciated.
Popped the cap and the bourbon aroma knocked me over. Filled my nostrils immediately and I was outdoors!
Poured into HotD tulip. Given its reputation for being flat, I didn't hold anything back. Into the bottom of the glass it goes and . . . . nothing.
Just sits there. No head. Maybe a few easily counted bubbles along the side.
Taste on the other hand not bad. Like sipping brandy but more fun. Sure miss the effervescence of the 2012 though. Better with than without.
Yet, a bad Bourbon Fred from the Wood is better than most strong ales of this type. I'm very glad I still have six more.
I knocked my scores down a notch on appearance and overall. There needs to be some price to pay for inconsistency.
Still love the beer though and eagerly waiting for the 2014.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 462 ratings