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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Photo of maximum12
1.79/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to the masked-man known as "Beerness" for this bottle. At the crazy trade prices it was commanding I didn't think I'd get to try it - & wanted to after sampling the Adam brews at a tasting one night. 12 oz. bottle lifted to the southeast & Atlanta, GA. Salut.

Pour is radioactive orange; really like something that should be pumped & decontaminated in a locked & guarded facility. Appears lifeless. Only a whisper when the top was popped. Bourbon, sweet malts, heaviness, & oxidation greet the nose whiskers. Smells deadly serious.

Bourbon Fred from the Wood should have the entire last word of its name capitalized. This is one woody beer, closing in on Splinter Marshal Zhukov territory. Massive bourbon notes are intertwined with the malt, but there's already a hint of oxidation creeping in that brings this down significantly. Mustiness that's redolent of wet leather & tobacco juice further reduces its appeal. Mouthfeel is still as polluted well water, & the overall effect is that 2-3 ounces of this would be plenty. My stomach is burbling in protest already.

Difficult for me to judge this one, but it couldn't hold the jock strap of Adam from the Wood. Heavy, tastes off, I just can't imagine this one getting any better with an early dose of oxidation, either. Not a good beer, one of my biggest letdowns to date. I'm not going to be able to finish the bottle, this is truly deserving of a failing grade.

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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2/5  rDev -51.1%

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2.21/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Big thanks to doughanson for grabbing a bottle of this for me.

A: Pours...oh no. I've heard of Hair of the Dog having carbonation issues and this pours with zero head. Literally dumped the bottle straight down into the glass...nothing. Murky brown in color, the beer does seem a bit lifeless.

S: Big sweet bourbon bomb. Dark fruits, oak, bourbon, booze and little else. It leads you to believe it's going to be a huge beer.

T: Wow this is disappointing. For everything Doug had to go through to get it, I really expected something more. The taste just...isn't there. Harsh booze, just far too much alcohol, bourbon is secondary, and dark fruits hide in the back. The flavors I do get are mild, and disappear far too early.

MF: The body is thin. The carbonation is non-existant. The drinkability is low. The finish is weak. The booziness is too much. They literally missed every single part of this.

O: Nothing left to say. Sucked.

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2.24/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ahhh....another flat HoTD release. At least I know this one's going to be flat. I'm so excited, I can barely contain myself. 2011 (the flat batch, if I'm being vague in any way)

Pours a flat, fairly intense dark orange color. Looks kind of interesting, except for the carbonation thing.

Smells are bourbon fruitiness. Apricot stands out the most. Smells pretty good, bourbon soaked fruits, musty oak barrel too. Alan knows his way around the barrel, no doubt.

Beer juice for the taste. Bourbon aged apricot beer juice. Not a favorite beverage of mine, in general. Desperately needs something to lift it off the tongue and balance the barleywinesque heft.

Mouthfeel is horrible, unless you were hoping for apricot beer juice. Sort of chewy, would have been fun to see how that worked with some bubbles.

Another HoTD failure. At least it was announced ahead of time. Equivalent of around 30 bucks for a four pack of this. BAs are suckers sometimes, aren't we?

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2.25/5  rDev -45%

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2.44/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Picked up this bottle last week at Hi Times. Pours pond water flat. Like a juice. Very disappointing to see this is devoid of any carbonation. The label should have provided a warning. Smell is dominated by oxidation. Behind that are layers of bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. But the nose is really dominated by the smell of a beer that has not aged well in spite of this being a new release. Taste is slightly more balanced but this beer still tastes like a horribly aged, improperly cellared brew. Again, notes of bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla are present as well. Body is fairly thick and entirely uncarbonated. Overall this is an extremely disappointing beer. Regular Fred and FFTW are so much better.

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Photo of islandboi8204
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
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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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks, Frank! Also opened by writerLJBerg at another occasion where I didn't take notes. Thanks, Luke!

The bottle being reviewed has a few months of age (end of Feb 2012).

A: Pours a completely still, hazy, maroon body.

S: A nutty bourbon character greets the nose first, followed by evident sherry oxidation. Some aromas of burnt caramel, oak, and a soft apricot nuance are noted.

T: There are some pretty good elements here. While nutty bourbon is evident, it does not obliterate the base beer, particularly its citrus (apricot and grapefruit) and oxidation (sherry and a touch of soy). Some burnt caramel and candi sugar give the beer an additional sweetness. Oak with ver light vanilla.

M: Surprisingly, this beer has no heat for something of its size. It's completely still, but it has enough heft and richness where that isn't a total killer. There are times when the citrus, sweetness, and flatness remind me of old orange soda, though.

O: It's decent, but not amazing, and I can't see where it is going to get better.

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2.62/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter. Pours a muddy light brown with no head, just a few bubbles on the side. Please be carbonated. . .

Almost smells of fruit that is just past it's prime with some toffee notes. Faint bourbon in the background but it kind of just smells medicinal. Tastes alright though. Nice rich toffee and caramel flavors with a solid bourbon finish. Still a bit of a musty fruit flavor.

The feel is heavy and lingers on your tongue. It's also flat.

Seriously, get it together HotD. I'm sick of flat beer, especially when there is some promise. I'm not going to end up finishing this one.

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2.68/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6 months)

Surprisingly light in color--nearly clear, light auburn and amber, with some definite sediment, and zero visible carbonation and no head. This leaves the glass pretty clean down the glass.

The aroma is of old, sweet bourbon, some caramel candies, and an earthy, stinging element. Nice enough, but unspectacular.

The flavor isn't particularly interesting, complex, or good: bourbon and wood, though simple in flavor--the bourbon tastes somewhat cheap and thin. There's sweet caramel and toffee, and old, damp wood flavors, and a pretty high level of sweetness.

Thin to medium bodied with no carbonation.

Probably my least favorite Hair of the Dog offering yet, and price per ounce, this is one of the worst beers I've ever purchased.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz bottle thanks to dsgolovin, appreciate it. Like most people have noted this is completely flat and the beer really suffered as a result. Dark murky orange color. Aroma of bourbon, oranges, strange yet interesting. Tasted like vanilla and oranges, booze, not bad but the lack of carbonation made it seem like juice with booze in it. Overall, disappointing.

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2.89/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a FIrestone Walker tasting glass. Vintage 2011.

A: Golden amber. No carbonation. No head.

S: Stinky and unpleasant. Very strong kitty litter.

T: Hm. Interesting. Funky and weird. Sugars. Funky yeast. Molasses. Dryish, Belgiany influence.

M: Dry and sour.

O: This is deep and interesting and complex, but is not very good. I would give it another try, but as is it's awfully disappointing.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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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