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

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Bourbon Fred From The WoodBourbon Fred From The Wood

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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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
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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Photo of waltersrj
4.82/5  rDev +22%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of oregone
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OMG. Like ateenage girl texting. This is f-ing good.
A: Deep murky tan/brown. Decent head with hints of ten throughout and remarkably persistent. Looks big, looks like its going to be good. And unique.
S: Bourbon up front obviously, but the wood element comes through more significantly than the booze. Rich, coconut, caramel, toffee, peat, just goes....
T: Kinda like the above. Friend says 'it tastes like an almond joy.' Hmmm, maybe. Not really sweet so much as big and rich.
M: Thick, viscous. Definitly mouthfilling, but not over the top sticky. To pull of concentration of this magnitude without any cloying texture or sweetness is a feat. Well played.
D: Well, I drank round one in about 5 minutes. That says something.

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Photo of Elendinn
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip snifter at the Hair of the Dog taproom.

A - pours an opaque copper with thick, pluming carbonation; just a hint of white head and some spotty lacing down the sides.

S - bourbon-soaked wood, malt, fortified wine, pepper, and spice.

T - lots of smooth bourbon, malt, and oak, with a hint of smoke, and a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish; some port and sherry in there, as well. Masterfully-blended flavors.

M - smooth and full-bodied, but not quite syrupy. Pretty much perfect.

D - the abv, though not ridiculously high, is still prominent early on. Not boozy, per se, but I definitely felt it. Nevertheless, it's deceptively drinkable. Fantastic. One of the best bourbon-barrel-aged beers I've tried.

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Photo of portlandjeff
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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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Photo of gford217
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Greg for this 12oz bottle, 2012 bottling.

Well, this one is definitely carbonated, pours a hazy golden amber with an enormous beige head that recedes really slowly and leaves some of the best lacing I've ever seen.

Aroma is bourbon heavy, extremely strong vanilla and oak characteristics. There is some molasses and overripe light fruits as well. Interestingly, I'm also getting some citrus, maybe oranges.

Hot damn, this tastes fantastic. It starts with the underlying sweetness of the base beer, caramel and sugary malts with light fruits. The citrus is still there and leaves a little bitterness in the finish. And then there's the bourbon, which is present from start to finish but perfectly integrated - vanilla and oak weaved throughout the taste.

Mouthfeel is decadent, super smooth with strong carbonation.

I had a taste of last years version a couple times and thought it was decent despite the carb issues. With that problem solved, this is a wonderful beer - complex with the barrel integration done perfectly. Kudos Alan.

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Photo of boMD
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had originally had this on tap at the 2009 HotD Open House during OBF. It was great to revisit this now that it's back on at the new tasting room. It's has to be one of the best bourbon aged beers I have had.

Poured a hazy orange with a white head. Strong bourbon aroma with noticeable alcohol and a nutty, vanilla, pastry character. Smooth and subtly carbonated palate. Big oak flavors with a boozy bourbon quality. The bourbon was very strong but also delicate. Light fruits like apple and low on the hop bitterness. A vanilla, bourbon finish.

Imagine dropping a shot of bourbon into 12 ounces of Fred... Pure deliciousness.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle of what looks to be the first 2012 review.

A: Tints of red, brown, and orange. There is an astonishing head on this one which lasts. I think I could float the bottle cap on it.

N: Brilliant. Toffee, caramel, some spice from the oak, vanilla, coconut. I'm catching some whiffs of the grapefruit/pine, but they're really far in the background. The nose is letting me know how incredibly sweet this is going to be.

T: The flavors back up the nose. There's a ton of toffee and caramel here, and they very much linger. The bourbon hits like a ton of bricks, both in flavor and in alcohol profile. Unlike a lot of other beers, I'm giving it a pass for the alcohol because of how very much like bourbon it is. The Belgian candi sugar is riding shotgun along with a hint of hops. Incredibly well balanced for such a huge beer.

M: Yes, I'm giving this a 5, because this is exactly what I want from a barrel aged beer. Thick, coating, viscous. Hits you, then lingers. In fact, the aftertaste is the best part as you revel in the flavors above.

O: Alan is a master, and this beer is a showcase. Matt 2010 is the only other beer he's brewed which I think can top this one. I can see why there was a run on cases when people started opening their bottles. Get yours. This is amazing now, and it's going to be even better in 2 or 3 years.

(Note: I gave the original 2011 vintage a mediocre score as a 'had'. This is an incredible improvement over its brother.)

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011 Vintage

A massive thanks to Lurchingbeast for this one!

Appearance: As expected, Bourbon Fred pours completely still - not even a trace of foam, even after a somewhat violent pour. The body is fairly opaque and a beautiful orange-brown with golden edges and traces of red. A swirl coats the glass in fantastically heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Wow, this smells fantastic, but quite a long way off from what I expected. Bourbon is certainly present, along side light fruits and a floral and honey character that is reminiscent of an older bottle of IIPA. Notes include: Bourbon, vanilla laced caramel, toffee, butterscotch, a touch of oak, orange blossom honey, sweet floral notes, overripe peaches, golden apples and some sweet orange.

Taste: The flavour is similar to the nose, but with a little more emphasis on the fruity characteristics. The finish displays a light bitterness that does a great job of preventing the beer from becoming cloying. Notes include: Bourbon, caramel, golden apples, overripe peaches, a touch of citrus, a general light (meaning the opposite of dark, not a small quantity!) fruit character, a light earthiness, a touch of oak and a light floral note.

Mouthfeel: Yes it is flat, but that does not bother me in the slightest. The body is bang on for my tastes - full and sticky.

Overall: I guess it helps that I like flat beers, but I thought that this was an absolutely fantastic American strong ale and I will most certainly be trying to get some more bottles of it in the future.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a '13 poured from fridge temp to a taster. Haven't had it fresh, so I don't have that to compare this to. Pours a nice hazy golden color, with zero carbonation (as seems typical with HotD beers). Getting a ton of bourbon on the nose, with a lot of dark fruit and caramel. Taste is nice and sweet, and a bit boozy. The bourbon comes through nicely. Amazing stuff!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at HOTD courtesy to Alan and his helpers at OBF Friday.

A - Poured mahogany wth a 1 fingered off-white head. Dissipated moderately fast leaving little lacing.

S - Notes of bourbon, chocolate, toffee, and followed by lemon-like esters or scents from the oak.

T - Notes of bourbon, chocolate and toffee.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced.

D - Perfect. If you can get your hands on this one in 9 months, please do so. The leather and dark roast flavors in the typical Fred have been replaced by sweet bourbony goodness.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011. Another huge thank you to Jason for this bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy caramel-like amber color. Not much head formation at all, but some tan to transparent bubbles did form.

(S)- Lots of leather, fig, honey, tobacco, and a large dry oak barrel character. A subtle musty oxidation funk, but it fits this quite well.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big leather and tobacco component with an evenly large oak profile too, but balanced together with sweet toffee and caramel/fig. A little subtle spice note on the end.

(M)- Despite being flat in the carbonation level department, this is another great example of the excellence of making an expertly balanced barrel aged beer. Superb ABV integration and smooth as hell with practically no burn despite being 12%.

(D)- Alot of reviewers are knocking this one down a bit for its flatness, but to really be honest with you, it does not bother me one bit somehow. Despite the flatness, this beer just works and does not lose a single step for me. Yes, it could improve with a better carbonation level, but it just simply does not bother me that this is flat.
As I said earlier, another great example of expert barrel aging while still being balanced, complex, and well integrated together.

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Photo of black13
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the HOTD taproom on 10-27-2010.

Poured into a HOTD tulip glass with a glorious head the required some time to settle down so the glass could be topped off. As this beer was consumed, it left a wonderful lacing around the entire glass. The presentation is starting off well.

Moving on to smell, you begin to see where this experience is headed. The bourbon aroma from sitting in Elijah Craig barrels comes on fast and strong, but not overbearing. I would say its just right. Although bourbon is most prominent, you can also pick up some vanilla and wood.

This things tastes as good as it smells. It warms your soul from the first sip, and continues to improve as it warms up itself. Again, bourbon is the dominant flavor, with some vanilla and wood showing through. The guy next to me picked up caramel, but it wasn't there for me.

The mouthfeel is perfect. I coats without being syrupy or burning.
Just the right amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this beer very much.

Although the ABV is close to 12%, this is an amazingly drinkable beer.
Although it is best to sip rather than drink. I savored this beer for close to an hour and would have had a second bit I had to drive home.

I would love to see this in a bottle, but since this is not likely, I will be back soon to have more of this one.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending me this bottle! Thanks Hollis!!!

reviewed 12/06/12; Vintage 2012!

poured into Hair of the Dog Tulip.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer thats not quite opaque. Orangish red glow around the edges when held up to light. Nice big head on this beer! 2 fingers of white head that is loaded with small bubbles. The head is creamy. Lacing is thick and sticks all over the glass. The beers head drops down to a thick cap and never goes away! 5.0

Smell: Big bourbon and wood / earthy notes. Brown sugar and caramel. This beer has a huge nose! Smells awesome! 4.5

Taste: This beer tastes really similiar to the nose. Lots of wonderful bourbon notes. Its abundant with sweet bourbon, woody, oaky, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Its got dark fruits elements of raisins and figs. The dark fruits are fairly subtle and show up in the middle of the drink. Beer finishes with more sweet bourbon, wood, maple, and vanilla! Rediculous just rediculous! 4.5

Mouthfeel: High end of a medium bodied beer and moderate carbonation. This beer is perfectly carbonated. This beer is so drinkable and smooth for how big it is! No boozey finish in this beer! 4.75

Overall: This beer is awesome! The 2011 Bourbon Fred from the Wood was not carbonated and the beer seriously suffered from it. The beer is now properly carbonated in 2012 and it made all the difference in this beer! Wow. Its seriously world class! Between Bourbon Fred from the Wood and Matt I really dont think you are going to find a better American Strong Ale in the USA! Hair of the Dog Brewing Company knows how to make some of the best most unique beers! I consider them to be the top 3 breweries of the West coast! 4.5

Overall Score-4.53
Original (first review) 1/19/2012

An awesome extra from Beerdy! Thanks again Brien!

vintage 2011 poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: This beer honestly looks just like apple juice when you hold it up to light. Murky brown bodied beer with absolutely no head. 3.0

Smell: Malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, oak, and huge bourbon notes. This is beer is right up my alley! Smells great! 4.5

Taste: Hmm, thats not what I expected. Man the bourbon is huge! It covers up the malt profile and its almost like drinking straight bourbon. There is some vanilla, oak, raisins, and lots of toasted coconut. Also a mildly sour aftertaste that you get after taking a shot of straight whiskey. Impressively, there is not much of a whiskey burn at all. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer with no carbonation. Very syrupy and thick. It really needs some carbonation. 2.5

Overall: Its amazing how this beer changed after it got thrown into a kentucky bourbon barrel. I see absolutely no resemblance to the non-barrel aged version of Fred. Really thought I was going to love this beer, but it did not happen. Its middle of the road for barrel aged American Strong Ales. 3.0

Overall Score-3.48

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden/light copper color with some haze. Slight foam on the surface.

Aroma is sweet, malty, bourbon, candy. There is vanilla, oak, toast, coconut, sweet malt, pastries, light spice and candy-like fruits. Very complex and inviting nose, the bourbon character is well balanced.

Taste follows the nose with sweet, complex malts and barrel flavors. There is bready, slightly spicy malt along with a mild earthy flavor, hint of vanilla and chocolate, some coconut and a nicely balanced oak character. Very low tannins/drying sensation from the barrels. The finish leaves some nutty flavors, sweet malts and dried fruits lingering on the tongue. There is some alcohol on the finish, but not much. The 12% ABV is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with very low carbonation, almost syrupy. Mouth coating sensation with slight alcoholic heat on the finish.

Overall this beer lives up to the hype, very complex and delicious with a well balanced oak/bourbon element. The only thing I would change is slightly higher carbonation.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received a bottle of the 2011 vintage as an EXTRA from giants24. Thank you for your generosity, Matt.

Despite the faint hiss as I popped the cap, this pours pretty flat, a little darker than my 09 Fred FTW from 2 nights back. No head, no retention and no lacing are present, though swirling the beer gives the appearance of legs. The nose is an intoxicating blend of almond cookies, a moderate bourbon note (in that there isn't a massive amount of vanilla/coconut), though one sufficiently potent to cover some of the excellent Fred base. The mild rye character works nicely with the bourbon here. A mellower, darker honey character is present with some floral notes. The extended time in oak has lent this more of a sherry note. Pretty excellent stuff.

The palate is big and boozy and sweet and I fucking love it. A blend of fruits (ripe stone fruit, a little bit of citrus), a wonderful, nutty almond character, fruity and sweet and a moderate amount of honey. A little vanilla (more than on the nose) and a moderate light caramel character, it's amazing how different this beer is from the base beer. The moderately toasted oak character pairs quite beautifully with the toffee and mild burnt sugar aspects of the beer. Sweet enough on the finish to temper the moderate oak and tannin presence, this beer is still (not flat, but still) and a little sweet. Just a wee bit of carbonation would really elevate this beer, but I have no problems drinking this as-is. The tannins do linger on the finish, though, lending a light bitterness.

In the way the barrel character is expressed, it reminds me of older batches of Angel's Share, despite the fact that they're very different beers. Truly fantastic stuff, I'd love to revisit this every few months. Refined and harmonious in a way that very few beers are these days. Very, very highly recommended, this is one of the few beers in recent memory that had me swearing in delight. For this reason and no other, this beer earns the 5/5 I gave it overall.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by brian23456 the other night. Also, many thanks to black13 for sending me a bottle of this, which will be safely stored in my cellar until an appropriate time to drink. Served into two small taster glasses:

A - Pours a deep golden, copper, dirty brown with really no carbonation except some small bubbles hanging out on the side of the glass. (when we opened the bottle there was some foam at the top, but t'was a different story when we poured the glasses.) A little bit of legs on the side of the glass.

S - Nice burnt brown sugar and great caramel and bourbon, vanilla tones mixed with some damp bourbon soaked wood. Really rich smell that wasn't over the top bourbon dominated.

T - Really, really smooth bourbon and nice brown sugar notes. Tiny bit of damp soaked and charred wood, with vanilla and caramel. Really rich and filling.

M - Mouthfeel was rather nice and velvety. Not as thick as I was expecting, with some smoothness from the bourbon without the heat. I guess when it came down to it, it was a bit thinner than I had imagined but was in no way a negative trait.

O - I really enjoyed this one. I love regular Fred, so to have this one aged in Bourbon Barrels is a real treat. I'm not the type to rate on looks/carbonation/etc., which I guess this one sort of lacked, but the smell and taste were just what I expected. Really happy to have one of these in the cellar for another time.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle. Thanks to beeraroundtown for the trade.

A - 3-4 Fingers white head, deep brown/orange body, hazy.

S - Bourbon, oak, citrus/orange, sweet.

T - Bourbon, candied sugar/marshmallow, toffee, a bit of citrus/hoppy flavor in the finish.

M - Good amount of carbonation, smooth.

Awesome beer. Don't let the initial mediocre reviews throw you, the 2012 version is great.

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Photo of DCon
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 6-pack of this while visiting Yakima, WA and visiting my local friend from Portland. Cheers to beer friends! Poured 12 FLUID OUNCEs of this brew into a 20oz Yakima Tennis Club Pint Glass. Has "YEAR MADE 2013" on the front of the label.

Aroma- Huge candied/sugar aroma starts this one off with bourbon following close behind. Toffee may be the best description of this one. Enjoyed coming back to smell this one!

Appearance- With a vigorous pour, didn't even get a half finger of head. Since this was barrel aged for over 18 months, this must be the reason behind this. Nice color to the body with a dark copper, orange tint. No clarity behind it which means there is plenty of ingredient in this one!

Flavor- Sweetness, sugar, fruit, and toffee all come up strong. Finishes with a light bitterness level but the hops are covered up by the sweetness and sugar.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Lightest Carbonation (almost flat), boozy, and then finishes sweet with a hint of caramel/toffee. Not sure about this flat attribute though...

Overall Impression- Wow, what a treat! Enjoyed the hell out of this beer and looking to age at least 2 of these bottles for at least a year. Recommend this guy. Try if you can.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Batch 1 Version; 2011. Poured into a beautiful HOTD tasting glass at the brewery.

A: Dark brown with very little head. A nice stationary rim around the glass.

S: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee.

T: Follows nose with a sweet, oaky booziness. Vanilla, coconut, malts from on high. Brown sugar, a bit of dark fruit, too. As it warmed, the tastes kept enhancing.

M: Medium with low carbonation.

O: One of the beer highlights of my Portland visit. This is a celebration beer, to be sipped with friends. Damn fine stuff.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Medium to dark amber color. No head, no lacing.

S: Huge bourbon and oak. Caramel sweetness is light but there. Light vanilla and butterscotch. Huge alcohol.

T: Wow. Very sweet. Caramel and butterscotch dominate. Bourbon and oak are awesome. Traces of vanilla. Tastes like a piece of candy. The faintest touch of alcohol.

M: Medium to full body. No carbonation what so ever. Very creamy. Light alcohol bite in the back of the throat.

O: This is an amazing beer. Can only imagine what it would be like with some carbonation. Wow. Makes me really anticipate Adam From the Wood that much more.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle picked up at the most recent dock sale by inflatablechair and buckeyeboy... Thanks a ton fellas. Poured into my Delerium goblet. The bottle did hiss slightly when I capped it, but the beer pours (as advertised) completely still. Slightly hazed deeep reddish amber... very pretty... looks thick and boozy... no head, no bubbles, no lacing... just good looking brew.

Wow .... nose shows big everything... bourbon... caramel... brown sugar... vanilla... wood... even hints of coconut and maybe some dark cherries.... very very complex.

Damn... this is one huge brew... tons of bourbon and wood... thick vanilla caramel without being too sweet.... toasty wood and coconut... quite a bit of EtOH on the finish... Thick and oily... mouth coating with no carbonation at all.... burns down the gullet like a nice swallow of bourbon.

This is damn good... some bubbles would help quite a bit... but this is a sipper like no other... I am very impressed.


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Photo of mattsander
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

A: Deep amber with rusty reddish edges, great clarity. Long lasting white head, gorgeous.

S: An absolute wall of bourbon barrel. I've never smelled so much barrel outside of an imperial stout. Without dark malts getting in the way, the barrel really shines through and takes the lead. Some booze. This will be a 5 one day.

T: Sweet, buttery baked apples. Creamy vanilla, raw spicy oak. Reminds me of a very delicious buttery apple crisp, wow.

M: Full bodied but the carbonation keeps this drinkable until the end. A stunning sipper.

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Bourbon Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.95 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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