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

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455 Ratings
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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): 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
455
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
Wants:
238
Gots:
127
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 128
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4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle at Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland, OR

A: The beer is somewhat hazy caramel amber in color. It poured with just a few specks of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla, oak, and toffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very toffee-like, with notes of vanilla from the oak.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a little sticky on the palate with no carbonation.
O: This makes for a nice dessert beer and is something that needs to be slowly sipped.

Note: 2011 vintage

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage= Batch 1
Let's face it, this is not a pretty looking beer as it pours into the glass. A murky thin lake water with basically zero carbonation. Aroma provides a strong, boozy, sweet, rich charred oak, and sooo much charred oak. Flavor follows nose well with some added caramelized candy and fruity esters. The bourbon is solid, but it can distract from the yeast notes and spice of the rye that the base beer so eloquently conveys. Mouth feel isn't overly hot. Mid body that drinks very easy for its ABV. Quite flat.

Overall, pretty dang good. Probably not one I would go out of my way to hunt down, but certainly worth exploring if given the chance. I would prefer the base beer to this, but a nice change of pace.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle at the taproom, super boozy

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Photo of markgugs
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dfhhead25
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTJman
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of threedaggers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattboyer182
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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 455 ratings.
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