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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 johnnnniee
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Received in trade from brewtechnik, thanks for the opportunity!
The bottle opens with barely a pfft and pours a murky deep brown color, zero head and just a smattering of bubbles. For fucks sake brewers if you are going to release a premium product for a premium price QC the fucking beer before you release it. Smells heavy of sweet bourbon and oak with lots of sugary caramel and toffee malt sweetness. The flavor is sweet sugary malt with lots of caramel, brown sugar, dark sweet fruits, oak vanilla, and bourbon. Thick body with a sweet sickly syrupy mouthfeel, and a non existent level of carbonation. Smells great, tastes ok, the mouthfeel is shot from the lack of carbonation. I didn't give Flat Abbey any slack and I'm not giving this one any either. This could be a great beer, I guess I'll never know.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2012 version, purchased at the HOTD tasting room.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The beer smells pretty impressive as well, as I pick up brown sugar, light chocolate, bourbon and a hint of dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but has more complexity I expected. There is also much more bitterness in the finish than I would have expected, and it balances the bourbon, toffee and brown sugar very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, moderately sweet, somewhat bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit in this beer.

An interesting beer, but like the first time I tried it back in 2009, it still isn't wowing me. However, I feel as if this beer is pretty ageable (not that I'm likely to have the opportunity to confirm this), and I would be curious to see what this is like in another couple of years.

Edit from 7/29/12. Had this beer again at the Wildwood HOTD dinner event, and the version there was much better. I suspect the wait staff opened the beer some time in advance, giving the beer a chance to open up. Also, the version at Wildwood wasn't nearly as cold as the bottle I enjoyed at the tasting room, and I think that helped as well. Just something to keep in mind...

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Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into old RR snifter. Thanks a ton SneezyAchew! 2011 vintage.

A: Pours flat. Fuck. Deep iced-tea in color. Flat. Flat. Flat.
S: Huge and volatile notes of boozy bourbon, alcohol vapor, caramel, dark fruits, and a few hints of butterscotch.
T: Better tasting than the smell. Rich notes of bourbon, sweet berries, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, candied sugar, wood and a hint of leather. Sweet and boozy overall with a few hint of the butterscotch I smelled in the nose.
M: No to extremely low carbonation. Mouthfeel is slick and greasy over the full and viscous body.
O: Really good flavor but disappointing carbonation. HotD bottle variation strikes again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle from Derek. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a small off-white head. Intense bourbon and booze aromas come through immediately. A hint of caramel and butterscotch with vanilla and oak being strong contributors as well. Intensely sweet on both the nose and palate. Lots of sweet caramel, vanilla, and whiskey notes on the tongue. Decently woody, but not quite as much as regular Fred from the Wood. Perhaps a hint of maple syrup on the finish. A hint of carbonation would have improved this already good beer.

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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 Etan
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2011) from googzoid in a trade. Thanks!

A:Pours a somewhat ugly opaque reddish-brown with a tiny white head of coarse bubbles.

S: Sweet bourbon, coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, cooked sugar, slight pleasant heat. A bit of oak.

T: Like the nose, the barrel character shines. Big coconut, vanilla, tannic oak, slight liquor. A bit of boozy molasses lends some barleywine character. Spiciness from the alcohol and a bitter note in the finish balances the sweetness.

M: Obviously undercarbonated, but there's a touch of carbonation. Medium-bodied to thick.

O: Unlike a lot of reviewers I don't think the lack of carbonation totally ruins this beer. Obviously would be better with it, but it's certainly still enjoyable, especially considering the stellar barrel character.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 06/09/12 notes. This was a 12 oz. November 2011 bottle tried side by side with a 3 year old bottle of Fred and Fred From the Wood.

a - Pours a hazy, orange brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel malts, and some wood/oak. lots of bourbon and vanilla in the nose which I liked a lot.

t - Tastes of bourbon, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, and roasted malts. More caramel malts than the nose. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Not too hot at all.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit. While the bourbon is very up front in the nose, it isn't as much in the taste and isn't too hot, which is good. I'd put this on par with the normal Fred we had, though it was split who liked which one better. We all agreed FftW was the best of the three. Still, would like to have it again.

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Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2011) opens with an almost apologetically soft "pfft..."

Pours like a glass of brandy, completely flat and still. Clear amber color.

Aroma is rich and sweet. Bourbon of course, also fruit, rich chewy malt, candi sugar, dried apricots, toffee.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Brown sugar, rum-soaked figs, bourbon and other sweeter licquers, alcohol, apple cider.

Mouthfeel is lackluster. Completely flat, the beer just washes down like a sweet, sticky syrup.

Overall, yes, it's completely flat but still tastes and smells delicious. Super sweet like a dessert wine, rich and moderately complex.

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Photo of Phelps
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. This is Fred aged 18 months in bourbon barrels. Poured from a bottle sent by wowcoolman into a snifter.

The bottle opened without a sound, which isn’t a good sign given Hair of the Dog’s tendency to release flat bottles. In the glass, the beer is a murky, muddy orange-maroon. There are hardly any bubbles; just a very thin tan ring.

I was interested to see how the major Belgian candy sweetness of Fred would meld with the barrels, and the answer is: in a weird way. Maple sugar, bright vinous oak and a touch of cedar blend with whiskey, toffee and floral hops. There’s a tiny bit of balsamic tang as well.

Huge, intensely sweet flavor. Maple, brown sugar and bourbon; toffee, almond, buttery oak; old oranges, dark cherries, milk chocolate and alcohol. Dry, minty hops don’t do much to temper the sugars, but there’s a touch of bitterness on the sides of the tongue. The finish is just a little sweet, packed with orange slices. The flavors meld even better as it warms — it eventually fuses to a cherry/chocolate/orange/bourbon treat that’s sweet, rich and pretty damn delicious.

I was right about the carbonation level — the brew is nearly flat, though there is a very faint tingle that could be bubbles, could be alcohol burn. The body, filled with sugars, is a viscous medium that sits in the mouth like good wine. Alcohol burns through the nose, warms the throat and numbs the tongue, but I could care less about it. The sweet flavor is a great distraction.

A very tasty beer, this Bourbon Fred. Good balance of the barrels and the barleywine. It’s a little sweet, but that’s just fine with me. A little more carbonation would make this one epic.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
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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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to dprouty for sending me this one along with a Hair of the Dog tulip in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip (proper!). Poured a murky red orange with an extremely minimal (almost none existent) off-white head. There was no lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, candi sugar, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, candi sugar, vanilla, sweet alcohol, wood, and sweet candy. It had a medium feel on the palate with very little carbonation (made it feel much thicker). Overall this was a fairly good brew. This one really didn’t show its true ABV due to all the sweetness going on, but you could definitely tell this one was a heavy-hitter. The lack of carbonation really hurt this one in my opinion as it made it VERY thick feeling and not a huge treat for the palate compared to the other components going on here. Glad I finally got to try this one, but doubt I will seek it out again.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brew Pub. 2008 Vintage. Pous a dark mahogany color with virtually no head. Aroma is uber boozey. Bourbon dominates with maybe some malts and earth, but its hard to pick up on anything other than the booze. I do note some vanilla from the wood though. Taste is very boozey with some sweetness and vanilla at the end. A bit earthy. Bourbon finish. This is one hot beer but its not overly hot. Medium bodied. Overall, this is really boozey but it is called Bourbon Fred so its not much of a shock. Overall, glad i tried it and although I wouldnt have it all the time, its pretty solid.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this beer as an extra along with the Adam from the Wood. Was really looking forward to trying this one out. Poured from 12oz bottle (2011 vintage) into snifter glass. Pours murky cooper with a small head. Aroma of light fruit, oak, bourbon, sugar and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt, boozy tanic oak and vanilla with a light hop bitterness. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a thick, sugary mouthfeel. This beer was not pleasant at all for me as there was some overpowering unpleasant taste somewhere in the middle that almost made this beer a drain pour for me. I am actually surprised that the regular Fred easily blows this bigger brother version out of the water.

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Photo of aasher
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light bodied caramel syrup, dirty dark amber with only an ever so slight, light watery head. The nose is superb. It's full of smooth bourbon, sweet toffee and caramel, with a lot of oak, a lot of wood! The flavors are nice as well. There is a lot of oak and spice. I'm surprised that those lead off. There is smooth bourbon, malty spice, toffee, caramel, silky fudge, a lot of oak and what I perceive as a touch of cherry. It's very interesting. The lack of carbonation actually doesn't body this beer much at all. The beer still coats your mouth with silky caramel. Overall this beer is really, really interesting. I like it a lot. It has a unique twang to it, making it almost unrecognizable of compared to the regular.

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Photo of vivasbeer
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opened 05/27/12
Pours flat no head or carb whatsoever. It's supposed to be like this? Murky brown but light comes through.

Smell is bourbon, honey caramel, and dried fruit. Figs, raisins, and with a slight musty smell. Smells divine.

Taste is Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and it's oddly sour. It's a bit off for me. Sweet. Not sure if it's the lack of carb, but meh.

Mouthfeel is not what I expected. I really dislike flat beers. Not sure if this is intentional or not but I wasnt expecting it to be dead. Otherwise it is medium and has a nice sticky mouthfeel and I would have enjoyed it more with a bit of carb.

Overall....it tasted ok, not trading for this one again.

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Photo of claaark13
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle sent by jedwards. Poured at cellar temp...maybe a little warmer...into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Pours a light ruby color, bubbles more than any head. It does stick to the side of the glass. Looks nice, but so very still.

S - Strong oak with a darker tone of woodiness to it, if that makes sense. Caramel and toffee are evident. There is some sweetness coming through, almost like some sort of fruit. A bit too much of something odd attached to the woodiness.

T - Light, smooth bourbon moves to a nice caramel flavor. There is underlying sweetness that doesn't dominate. The finish provides a little bit of dryness, and there seems to be the slightest amount of heat far into the finish. The flavors aren't very complex, but I like them a lot. Very smooth, and it is like it takes all of the favorable flavors from the barrel without showing the heat.

M - Seems on the thicker side of medium, but that's hard to tell with the lack of carbonation.

O - I'm not sure if I can truly say that the lack of carbonation hurts this beer. I don't think it does. The flavors are great, the mouthfeel is somehow appropriate. The aroma lacks a little bit, although potent. I'll happily take more of this.

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Photo of bignuke61
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came my way by the generosity of Black13.

A: I knew this was going to be flat so I just dumped it in my DFH snifter. The color was very nice... sort of a hazy sunset burnt orange, but there was definitely not a single bubble.

S: Definitely the worst part of this beer. There was something there that I did not like at all. Sort of a musty honey bourbon thing.

T: A dark sweetness with soft bourbon tones and lingering oak finish. Very sherry like. More fruit comes out as it warms. Nothing seems to over-dominate, all the flavors mingle nicely. Surprisingly no heat given that is 12% and flat!

M: It was flatter than expected (and I expected it to be flat) but this beer can handle it pretty well. Other beers would just feel like a thick harsh syrup, but this is more of a light syrup (not very thick at all) that kind of coats the mouth and down the throat with a subdued warm woody sweetness.

O: Maybe not as great as I was hoping, but pretty good and I am glad I got to try it. The flavors play quite well together. Half way through, I did throw in a splash of (well-carbonated) Fred for bubbles. I thought it was better. It really brought out the subtle fruits and played off the bourbon very well.

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

Huge thanks goes out to waltersrj for this 12oz extra in our last trade. Into an Epic Brewing Snifter.

A: Pours a rich copper color with absolutely no head, not even a bubble of carbonation moves through the beer. Slightly hazy. Still a nice looking beer, but lack of head and any real carbonation makes it an odd looking beer.

S: Tons of bourbon, oak, and caramel. Lots of vanilla, and an all around massive sweetness in the nose. This smells like liquid dessert. Nice amount of oak and bourbon, but not boozey and overpowering. Very nice in the nose.

T: A very interesting beer, raw honey, a lot of oak, caramel and vanilla. Slight amount of bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly floral for a -bal aged beer. Nutty and sweet. Very enjoyable.

M: Completely flat, thick, with a little bit of warmth. Not much else to say here.

O: A very enjoyable beer. I wish there was some more carbonation to help break up the body/sweetness of the beer. The lack of carbonation isn't such a glaring flaw as it can be in other beers, but it still detracts from the beer. Regardless, very enjoyable and glad to try it!

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Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky brown color and very still looking.

The aroma seems pretty bourbon dominated with a lot of alcohol showing through. Woody oak, brown sugar and a malty caramel flavor round out the flavors. The bourbon is good, but it feels pretty one dimensional.

The taste shows a lot of the bourbon influence. Up front is especially dominated by a bold bourbon flavor. In the finish is where more of the woody oak, vanilla and brown sugar mix with a little of the malty sweetness of the base beer. It's a little boozy and bourbon dominated up front, but the finish is very good. Fred seems a little overshadowed by the bourbon, but the bourbon is pretty tasty and smooth though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but completely flat. I like low carbonation in bourbon forward beers, but this is a little too low.

Overall, it was a good beer but wasn't a great beer in my opinion. The no carbonation aspect hurt it a lot and made it feel almost like a bourbon cocktail and not a beer. The bourbon flavors were very good, but that seemed like all it had going for it.

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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 islandboi8204
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
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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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the taproom

appearance: served in a wicked awesome HOtD tulip, hazy medium caramel-amber body, 1/3" creamy beige head, creamy retention

smell: a bathtub full of bourbon, vanilla, sticky caramel, dark fruits, wood

taste: interesting discrepancy from on-tap and bottle reviews for this one - definitely a fierce beer, but quite tasty i thought. An abundance of bourbon, wood, chew caramel, vanilla, raisins and dates, brown sugar

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet, carbonation issues not present on-tap

overall: good stuff, went back the next day for another hit

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Photo of russwbeck
2.21/5  rDev -44.1%
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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Photo of maximum12
1.79/5  rDev -54.7%
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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Photo of craytonic
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: carmel / dark amber pour, small head and not much lacing

Smell: bourbon, oak, touch of fruit. I was expecting a bit more, and for it to be appealing.

Taste: bourbon and booze, touches of toffee, candy, vanilla oak.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation is a big ding on this one.

Overall: Not nearly as complex or tasty as I had hoped or expected.

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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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