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

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89
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44 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): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 05-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
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47
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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cherry syrup

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of John_M
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the tasting room yesterday. The beer wasn't actually listed on the menu, but thanks to all the banter on the NW BA forum, most folks there were aware they had it and had bought themselves a glass.

The beer pours a surprising very dark brown color with something of a plum color around the edges. There isn't a whole lot of head or lacing, and Wendy confirmed that this beer had been in barrel for quite some time (it has that look). On the nose, the aroma is just outrageous. I get a glorious nose of cherry, bourbon, light chocolate, prunes and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose to some extent, except there's a slight oxidation component to this beer that imparts some interesting sherry and wood flavor, and even some light sour in the finish. This beer isn't as sweet as the regular fred from the wood, and I get virtually no underlying hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, long and moderately sweet. Not sure what the abv. is in this beer. I'm sure it's up there, but it doesn't really taste particularly boozy. It's quite rich of course, and it's hard to imagine consuming more than one glass at a sitting, but it's not heavy or tiring on the palate.

An interesting and excellent beer. Just for comparisons sake, I tried this side by side with some 2009 cherry adam (it's unbelievable the things they have available at the tasting room). There was really no comparison. This is a great beer no doubt, but the 2009 cherry adam completely kicks its ass. Cheers!

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Photo of KAF
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On Tap at the Tasting room.

A - Dark ruby red, almost brown in color. Foamy head with a pinkish tint.

S - Cherry, dark fruit, Oak/wood, and booze.

T - Similar to the scent, but actually must smoother. Packs a punch, but it was excatly what I was hoping for.

D - Oily in the mouth, smooth with a nice booze finish.

O - I was very excited to try this, and it did not dissapoint. I liked it better than Cherry Adam, but I would never turn either down.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of anteater
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of yeaprolly
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dleiner
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vkv822
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz. pour into WWFD glass at Fredfest2010.
from notes.

Poured a nice deep cherry color with purple accents and a beautiful light red head with good retention and fair lacing. The aroma is of very strong dark cherry, with slight hops and malt notes, and a light boozy aroma. The flavor is of dark cherries and oak, with a very nice and complex hop and malt backing and a pleasant, tart-cherry and very lightly boozy finish. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium to full bodied, without becoming too over powering. This was very drinkable, and I would love to be able to try this again whether it be on tap or bottled!

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fredfest 2010, full 8 oz. pour, once I saw Fred having a taste before the festivities began I did a beeline for this!

Dark red almost purple color which hid any visible carbonation. Head was a light tan, pretty good retention with some lacing despite small WWFD taster glass. Big cherry hit in the nose, dark cherries threw a lot of body into the mix, but hops were still noticeable. Surprisingly retained the paranormal Fred profile, complex malt and hops, hard to deconstruct, with the cherries throwing a good bit of tartness into the finish, not too sweet. Fairly full mouthfeel, not too sticky, good effervescence. Tried to be a good sport and make sure others got their taste or I'd have pushed the drinkability envelope. As Alan said "not too fu*kin' bad, huh?" Heh, if it's got Fred in the name, I am so down with this. Hope this gets bottled-after Bourbon FFTW, of course:). Well done, Alan!

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Photo of leftoverburrito
2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of sloelco
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BillHilly
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I was really impressed with this beer. I would easily buy as much as I could if it was in bottles. This had all of the goodness from the bourbon Fred however it adds cherry to the mix. I love cherry and on this brew they nailed it! Sometimes you can barely taste the cherries and other times it is way over used. On this though, not the case.

Smell was amazing, bourbon, chocolate, and cherry! The taste is just as it smells however you get all of the little bonus's such as the molasses and thick sweetness. Sure, it's a sweet beer so if you like sweet beers then give it a go. The beer is not bitter at all. If anything if you like the bourbon Fred and if you like cherry than you will be in love. I had 4 glasses of this stuff and my wife had to drive after but well worth it.

Tasting Notes:

Bourbon
Cherry
Molasses
Long Finish

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