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

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4.25/5
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49 Ratings
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): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 05-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,412
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
49
pDev:
11.06%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.94/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep mahogany color with red hues, lower carbonation leaving tannish head and some bubbles

S: Was very cherry and wood forward, smelled like Cherry Robutussin and after a while it became obnoxious

T: Deep cherry, some smoke and oak, perhaps leather, citrus, dark fruits peaks in at times. Booze is pretty prominent, the more I drink this beer the more cherry cough syrup I get. this beer is way to cherry forward for me, it is a deep, wood flavor that is to in your face.

M: Lower carbonation, big body and feel

O: Probably my least favorite offering from HOTD behind Lil Dog.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Birriria Volo, after all these years of missing this dog. Initially soapy glass despite the high $ per ounce. Then cherry, plastic cherry, sweet canned cherry. and Bourbon maple syrup that is the real taste, and not the off taste

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3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap the last time this was in the tasting room. To be fair this has more in common with Cherry Adam than Bourbon Fred from the Wood. The comparisons will follow. A 12oz pour ran $8.50. Review from notes.

A: Very dark plum-brown, fine bubble wisp ring that is light violet hued. Viscous, oily, and leggy. 4.5/5

S: Tangy cherries, vanilla -bal, and copious booze. The chocolate sweetness CAftW imparts at this point is missed. 3.5/5

T: Tart and sweet cherries greet the tongue immediately. The bourbon is there in spades. Butterscotch, toffee, and biscuit also show up at the mid-way and on the finish. 4/5

M: Not as full as CAftW. More carbonation works in this case but the overall lusciousness isn't quite there. 3/5

O: Fred is virtually gone but the brand-new beer in its place is quite good. Worth a try but CAftW is better at virtually every turn. 4/5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the chance to try this beer in 2010 at Fred Fest, and again a year later after it was aging in the barrels longer. It developed quite a bit so here are my tasting notes for both times.
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[5/12/2010, B to B+ Rating] Tap @ Fredfest... This is by far, no where near the exceptional spectrum of regular Fred, Adam, Cherry Adam, etc.. But! It’s still very noteworthy. It seemed very incomplete however. Some flavors a little off, maybe a little overbearing. Perhaps it needed more time in the barrels, or maybe in the keg. Mainly a medicinal, robitussin like flavor that I would hope would smooth out. The thick palate further exaggerated this. There were nice pepper-y hop flavors, sweet tones. I also wish the cherries were more defined. Poured dark purple, with a pink head.

[6/8/2011] Tap @ Hair Of The Dog... After over another year in the barrel Portland was treated with the next offering of Cherry Fred. It gained so much more color, opaque, burgundy, grape color with no head. Light, body, minimal carbonation. Some cherry tones, lots of heat coming up, and the ripe cherry tones were very evident in the finish. Sugary candied tones, bourbon and alcohol flavors.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Reddish copper color. Aroma has rich malts, sticky bourbon and sweet dried fruits. Taste is sweet and sugary with dried fruits and cherry preserve. No carbonation.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery yesterday.
Still deep brown reddish highlights no head or lace. Nose is plenty of cherries and bourbon, brown sugar. The Fred base is obliterated, it's amazing how pervasive the cherry character is here. The palate is the same. More like cherry Adam than Fred, but without the earthy tobacco complexity. Candi sugar, a touch of rye spice, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Long, boozy finish with blend of cherries and bourbon. Not much vanilla. Full body in body and mildly carbonated, this beer is a decadent treat. . Yum.

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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cherry syrup

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not really a fan of most cherry beers but this was definitely the best thing I had at HotD and that includes the very delicious 2013 Matt bottle I had later. Cherry is subtle and well integrated. I had this next to regular Fred and it didn't even seem like the same base beer. A truly great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big sweetness, rather flat. Towards the end of the night I ended up cuveeing this with some fresh Adam, a particularly leather / smokey batch. In a 2:1 ratio, fred to adam, became incredible.

Which is to say this is an excellent beer but lacking a touch in elements to balance the sweetness and bourbon.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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Cherry Fred From The Wood from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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