Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood

Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood

Rated 3.900 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Inc.

Portland, OR, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

10% Alcohol by Volume

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Fred From the Wood was aged in new, medium toast oak barrels for around a year and then allowed to mellow for 6 more years. Brewed in 1997. Occasionally available at the brewery and occasionally other places only in limited quantities.

ID: 18441 Last updated 10 months ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank284
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank8 of 448
Style Percentile98.2
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.6
Average Score4.093
Weighted Score3.900
Standard Deviation0.536

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.9 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours hazy chestnut, not much head. Fruity aroma has a woody hint. Woody, fruity and malty flavor is very enjoyable. Texture has OK body but plenty of fizz. This Fred is fun!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Had this mixed up with Bourbon FFTW. I actually like this one better as it tones down the sweet boozinees while adding a layer of oaky complexity while maintaining the fruit and slightly bitter aspect of the base. Great stuff.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    So Fred decided to make an appearance last evening and I'm glad he showed up. Complexity is off the charts on this finely aged treat. The malts have developed into a slinky smooth stream of fermented berries, port wine, woody oak, and toast with hints of vanilla, maple and molasses. Easy sipping and thoroughly enjoyable.

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 4.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    2008. Bottle from scrizz. Wow. Orange-amber color with a pencil thin head that’s short lived. Complex aroma with cherry, candi sugar, toffee, caramel, plums, oak. The flavors are incredibly smooth; tobacco, oak, sweet toffee, caramel, candy apples. A controlled hoppy spiciness in the finish that’s a perfect compliment to the sweet flavors. This is a damn fine beer. Thanks Clint!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a dark golden colour with a big white sturdy head, lacing is superb .. . smell is of sweet maple, light alcoholic wood, sherry, vanilla, oak .. . 1-1 at the half, usa vs hon ... .. super smooth, medium to full sweetness but the barrel aging does a nice job of dancing with the sweetness .. . touch of bitterness that just works, good dog! .. . HotD, pelo del perro .. lacing really is fantastic, The deaf man would weep for the blind man. .. USA USA USA!!! .. . no alcohol burn detected, quite amazing it that aspect! .. . fruity and light oak, maple and magic tastes.. a true classic barrel aged beer!

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Hard to control myself after tasting this wonderful beer. I had taken it to a party for my neice's graduation party and the theme for the beers I had selected was barrel aged. This was a fantastic example of a barrel aged barleywine. The aroma is inviting, sweet malts, slightly boozy, with a nice dose of wood, fruits, hops, and brown sugar. The color looks like something you'd find pouring out of an old rusty radiator. The flavor in this beer just melds so nicely together. Sweet malts, citrusy hops, vanilla, oak, alcohol, brown sugar, tobacco and slightly floral. Highly recommended and well worth it's good name.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle from aracauna, batch 64. The pour was much more tame than regular HoDF, yet for a barrell aged production, pretty carbonated, steady bubbles rising in the hazy orange/amber body, light peach colored head, great retention, sticks around, laces well, almost continuously on the walls within an inch of the surface anyway. The aroma was a gentle blend of oak, maple, caramel, and pine. The flavor was zingy piney brandy, wet wooden oak, caramel, molasses, vanilla, tobacco, and all sorts of light fruit notes of somewhat indistinguishable (peaches, apricots?) character for each sip, and even some darker fruits (rum soaked raisins). The alcohol was quite smooth and gentle, but this thing got a little liquor-bwine sweet, despite a good zingy piney hop finish with prickly carbonation. Sure, it's all part of the style, so it's not a killer, but it did keep this from knocking my socks off. A much better experience than my earlier singleton w/ regular HoDF, but that could also be in part due to evolving taste buds. Thanks, Jacob!

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 2.5 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a medium yellow color ale with a small foamy white head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma of oak and sugar is totally dominated by hot alcohol. Taste is totally dominated by hot burning alcohol which is not something that I am usually fond of. Some oak and sweet malt were discernable but still totally overshadowed by the alcohol. I honestly could hardly taste the original Fred in here and I sure could not tell if there were any hops in there. I’m glad I got the chance to try that one but it sure is not something I will seek again.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    A citrus and whiskey aroma. It poured an amber color with little head. The flavor was nice with some citrus and vanilla notes. The whiskey made its presence known. The aftertaste was warming and creamy. Overall a fine beer!

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours brownish-orange, so cloudy it appears thick, with small head. The aroma is wonderfully perfumy with notes of burnt sugar, whisky, and flowers. The strong mature flavor was worth waiting for. It has a rich, semi-sweet malty base highlighted and balanced by toffee, wood, tart cherry, pepper, and a bright hoppy finish. The body is big and full with mild carbonation. Also, it's very smooth despite a moderate warming effect. Loved it with a capital L. Good luck to the other bottle I bought...lasting in my cellar.

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