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 jdense
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited a long time to do this review, and more importantly, drink this beer. Popped the first of my allotment, thanks much Beeraroundtown for helping hook me up!

Not a lot of head, a bit of uneven bubbles collecting towards northernmost side of glass, an occasional bubble stream rising quickly alongsides of semi-murky medium amber body. Fairly oak-inspired nose, pretty dry, not as sweet smelling as regular Fred, the barrel treatment dried this out nicely.

Taste is barrel forward, more so as it warms, melted heath bar, vanilla, some citrus notes from hops. no mistaking the base beer here, though you'd have a hard time picking up any rye notes until the beer fully warms, when the complexity onslaught ensues. A bit boozy, to be sure, but the clean malt bill, prolonged barrel aging sweetness and hop bill complexity mark this as Fred's big brother.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, certainly not too heavy, not sticky and a fairly dry finish.

The light mouthfeel made this an easy sipper,minimal effervescence and minimal stickiness, though it's still a bit boozy, surely a beer to be cellared and enjoyed later on

Wish I had a good cigar and setting by the fireplace-and I don't smoke!. I enjoyed this, but IMHO this could benefit from a bit more time.A nice last beer of the night, nice dry finish, more of an apertif than something you'd drink more than one of. Once again, this really needs to warm to fully appreciate.

In the end, it's never about the carbonation, it's about the taste, and this beer taste good. Looking forward to coming back and as I listen to this beer develop, and more importantly hoping I have the resolve to hide this for several years to see how the flavors progress over time.

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

A cognac of beers. Chocolate and vanilla, like that Sam Adams beer. A sipper, rich ingrediants and worthwhile seeking out. Complex bourbon aroma.Good looks as well.Buffalo tasting.Superior barleywine.Only the best from HOTD. Booze is well hidden, I did not realize it was a 10 plus.

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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 stakem
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Joe for the hookup on the recent Hotd releases. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a matching Hotd tulip. The cap pries off with hardly a hiss. Poured from more than a foot above the glass, it displays no carbonation. It rests nearly lifeless in the glass with a color of muddy brown that is not too off from looking like fresh apple cider. A bit of particulate floats around in suspension. A collection of about a dozen bubbles sit around the rim of the glass.

The smell of this brew includes a toasty rye malt inclusion. Some notes of smoky wood interplay with raisins, caramel and candy sugar sweetness. Bourbon is quite present accenting the alcohol character along with some raw oaked quality and soft vanilla inclusion. As the brew warms up, it breathes with a little bit of a nutty aspect. Overall, this is a solid and very deep smelling brew that is quit bold yet inviting.

The taste is huge with bourbon and it covers all aspects of the things I love about big barrel aged beers. It has enough residual sweetness to help tame the huge spirited reinforced alcohol inclusion. Toffee and raisins have a bit of almost plum and cider feel to it. Toasty rye malt breaks up the contrast of sweet verse booze and takes the focus of the beer into more of the barrel flavoring realm. Caramel, vanilla, raw oak, toast and char with a mild astringency towards the back end. Seemingly each sip is a little different and for that reason I really enjoy what is going on here in this brew.

Perhaps the biggest let down in this brew is it's drop dead lack of carbonation. It is full bodied and smooth in the feel. It is thick enough but carries enough alcohol inclusion that it is slick and does not coat the inside of the mouth. While being still does not fully distract from the experience, just the slightest amount of carbonation would have taken this brew into a holy realm... really. It is certainly worth the effort if you get a chance, solid deep brew here.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle shared by urwithdave. Poured into my Founders tulip.

A: Deep apple cider color. Abosolutly no head. This beer is flat. It really just looks like wort in the glass.

A: Pretty good nose. The bourbon does not overpower the aroma, just adds nice notes of vanilla and caramel. I get the underlying caramel malt and earthy characteristics as well.

T: Taste is similer to the nose. Great notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The oak creates a dry finish on the back end that is pleasant. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Slick and oily. Again, absolutely no carbonation.

O: This beer is a colossal dissapointment. Buorbon Fred had the potential to be a world class brew, the aroma and flavor are there in a big way. But the lack of carbonation creates a huge detraction from the experience of drinking this beer. Damn! I wish this beer was carbonated. Would not have this vintage again, but will re-visit future years, and hope HotD get the carbonation problem fixed.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for picking this up for me! Poured into a tulip. This is completely still with about as much bubbles as a glass of juice. The color is dark hazy amber. It looks quite thick.

The aroma is full of caramel and leather. There is some fruit aroma with some vanilla, some bourbon.

The taste mimics the aroma with lots of caramel, candy sugar, and malt flavor, loads of vanilla, and a nice warming finish.

There is no carbonation, which would be more disappointing if it wasn't expected, but it does hurt the mouthfeel a bit. The thick viscosity makes up for it a bit.

I love both Adam and Fred, so I'm happy to drink barrel aged versions as often as possible. I will continue to savor this for the next half hour or so.

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Photo of iflah45
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a bunch inflatablechair for my HotD mixed 6! This is the first one I am trying. Pours a hazy, murky, ugly amber with no, and I mean NO head. Although expected from reading other reviews...this is not an inviting looking beer.

Good news is that the aroma starts to bring me around. Big smooth oaky bourbon upfront. I can also pick up some caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar notes. A little bit of overripe fruit.

Sweet and syrupy with some great vanilla, fruit, caramel. The barrel shines through with a great warming bourbon taste and a slight kick of alcohol. Almost like an O'douls version of a great bourbon (in a good way). Not as hot and not the big EtOH kick that you get from an 80 proof bourbon but all of the great subtle tastes.

I am going to give the mouthfeel a low score just because it is not beer-like at all. No carbonation, thin and syrupy, feels like drinking the syrup from a slushie machine...I definitely believe carbonation would do this beer wonders.

Very happy I got the opportunity to try this and I am excited to throw my other bottle in the cellar for a while. I think this is a great beer but it could be better if the mouthfeel issues were addressed somehow. Beer needs bubbles...

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Kevin.

Dark, ruddy amber body. Completely still.

A lot of oak and oxidation on the nose, smells a lot like Fred from the Wood with light bourbon overtones. Oxidation lends an earthy sherry quality, nuttiness, and there's plenty of sweet pale malt from Fred balanced with the barrel.

There's more bourbon on the palate than the nose, along with plenty of oak. Caramel flavors are balanced by strong tannins and slightly nutty, sherry-like oxidation. Full-bodied, pretty much still though it isn't to the beer's detriment. Oak heavy finish, almost spicy.

Nice stuff, slightly more enjoyable than Fred from the Wood to me.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This is not a great looking beer. It is a murky brown and has zero head. I was actually able to count twelve bubbles on the surface.

SMELL: The smell is excellent. The bourbon comes through in the form of vanilla and a touch of oakiness. Toffee and caramel come through as well as long as a touch of rye.

TASTE: The rye and hops are noticeable right away along with the toffee and caramel. The finish is distinctly bourbon with a strong vanilla flavor. A slight bit of funk keeps it interesting, but doesn't go too far.

MOUTHFEEL: With absolutely zero carbonation this feels like water. Well, to be more accurate, sugar water - it is pretty sweet. It is also very thin.

OVERALL: This is certainly a unique beer. It is exceptionally tasty and smells fantastic, but I am having a very hard time getting over the mouthfeel. I suppose that if this beer is approached more like a beer-flavored wine, it might work a little better. I have absolutely loved all the other HotD beers I have tried and taste-wise this is no exception. Call me small-minded, but I can't get over the lack of bubbles. That said, I'll look forward to popping open the two in my cellar over the next couple years.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4



A: Hazy sunset amber with a small bubbly head.

S: Rich toffee melds with oak, caramel, and vanilla. Lightly smoky. Citrus is evident, redolent of apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit. Candi sugar blends with brown. Leather is apparent.

T: Sweet caramel with candi sugar. Fruit is reminiscent of apricot and grapefruit. Oak and tannins are apparent. Bourbon is pronounced and there's a little vanilla. Alcohol is tame in the rich bourbon caramel citrus finish.

M: Medium body with no carbonation. This is pretty much tap water flat. The mouthfeel is sticky with notable warming.

Overall: A very nice decadent sipper. Carbonation would be nice, but its absence is not detrimental to the beer.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the 2011 release thanks to a good guy who will be missed. Enjoyed after a night at the gym, on the couch with the wife, while watching an episode of Lost in Space. I'm not sure life gets any better. Oh wait, Svengouli is ahead and vintage Batman was also viewed. Solid.

Pours a lethargic apple cider color. Quite tepid and still. This isn't a surprise based on the information provided prior to release, but it's still slightly disheartening that these issues seem to plague HotD.

The smell is very inviting. Bourbon plays near brandy like. Warm pineapple upside down cake, vanilla ice cream, and melted caramel atop sliced green apples.

Sweet and slightly cider-y on the tongue. Bourbon is much less pronounced than the Adam from the Wood, which stands to reason due to less time in the barrel I guess. Loads of tropical fruitiness here as well, mostly pineapple and peaches. The bourbon is soft warm vanilla on the finish.

Thankfully the lack of carbonation doesn't completely inhibit this beer. The abv is remarkably well hidden in the feel and taste, but very present in the way it sneaks up and whomps your ass. Medium bodied and slightly oily, this beer could benefit from a boost in the bubblage department, but it doesn't require it.

Overall, I would drink this on a regular basis if I could. A well done, if not slightly frustrating, effort from a brewery that perpetually lands amongst my favorites despite its flaws. I will revisit this to see if Father Time has done his business.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks like a caramel-molasses but obviously slight less viscous. But very viscous. Zero head.

Real nice nose with bright caramel, butterscotch, honey, bourbon and dark fruit.

Flavor follows the nose very closely. Tastes young and old. But real nice wide range of sweet flavors like caramel, honey, dark fruit, bourbon and butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied and viscous like a syrup. No carbonation.

Overall I'm glad I got to try it. If this was carbonated properly it'd be an absolutely amazing beer.

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Photo of geuzer
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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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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 barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Poured a ruddy golden color color with low carbonation leaving a small white cap and some bubbles

S: Amazing! The nose is very complex; wood, vanilla and candy are dominant but bourbon, coconut, light booze are also prominent

T: Good. Bourbon, vanilla, sweet candy, upfront leads into coconut, candy, woody and Earthy notes. The end falls flat due it's lack of carbonation

M: Flat and poor. It loses me on the lack of carbonation, loses taste, body and overall feel.

O: Good but sordove disappointing due to the carbonaton or lack thereof.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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