ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2011 release, via trade. pours a very hazy, apple-cider-esque orange, capped by a razor thin, beige head. aroma is wonderful with heavy oak, vanilla, fruit esters, apple skins, and cake batter initially that transitions to rich bourbon, toasted almonds, coconut, and werther’s candies as it warms. flavor is fantastic as well with a beautiful blend of fruit esters, herbal hops, sweet caramel, and rye spices with wet oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and raisin bread with subtle hints of coconut, apple cider, and spice cake on the back end. palate is smooth and full bodied with minimal carbonation but it certainly does not take away from the beer at all. finishes with light fruit, wood, and subtle bourbon warmth. overall, another great barrel aged beer from HOTD.
Marheb (2235) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Un autre liquide aux allures de spiritueux en cette fin de soirée sidérante. Très collant avec un caramel riche et des tons herbacés. Pas ce à quoi je m’attendais mais quand même savoureux.
Hypo_Luxa (58) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from 2013. Aroma is vanilla, sharp, wood, carmel.
Taste is sweet maple, cinnamon, no burn, dry finish.
GothGargoyle (1336) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden brown with virtually no head. Aroma is bourbon, sherry, raisins, honey, brown sugar. Full bodied, very sticky mouthfeel, no carbonation, sweet on the palate with a lightly warming booze finish. Taste is raisins, honey, bourbon, brown sugar, Muscat, chocolate. Sweet but heavenly.
czar (4602) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks bro! pours cloudy dark golden orange without a head and leaving no lacing per say. bourbon-soaked red frutis, sherry/xerez, sweet fruity malts with chocolate hints, booze - lots, slightly garbagy too, pepper. low carbonation if not still, medium to full body - oily and thick, sweet grassy-spicy finish. darn, had high expectations on this one..
DuffMan (6964) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage-- hey, didn’t we share this at RBAG this year, cortesy of gramity? Why aren’t any of our ratings here? Anyway, this bottle is from Grippitis. Deep ruddy amber, minimal head. Sweet fruity toffee, bourbon, vanilla, spice, wood. Very rounded, soft, with a warming finish. Very nice.
tom10101 (3005) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (12 oz). Thanks to Daniel for this one! Almost clear amber with no head and a bubbly ring of foam. Taste is relatively complex, but not so much appealing with bourbon, candi sugar, alcohol, vegetal notes and berries. Taste is very similar with bourbon, vanilla, berries, vegetal notes, alcohol and medium sweetness. Medium/full body. Flat. Unpleasant vegetal aftertaste. Very disappointing considering how good the regular Fred is. That one is pretty bad...
Luk_ (202) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a flat pale brown mess. Aroma is bourbony with some weird candy notes. Taste has weird red fruit tartness and sweet candy along with bourbon and vanilla. Bad batches shouldn’t get bottled this is unfortunate.
mattkorsgaard (18) - Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the brewery. 2012. Mild bourbon. Great dark gold color. Medium carbonation. Reminds me of fw double dba. Barrel aged light barleywine. Great beer.
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"after having the awesomeness that was ADAM from the Wood, I was looking forward to this one. It was a nice beer, but did not improve on the base beer one bit, IMO. The bourbony fruity aroma and flavor were nice, and the smoothness hid the abv incredibly well, but the complexity is nearly gone, and apparently there were carbonation issues with some 11 batches, so it was close to flat. still good, just not a giant leap like AFTW was.""
77ships (4210) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Martinus(?). 355 ml. bottle sampled. 2012 Vintage. This is supposed to be the good carbonated batch. Quite hazy brown with little head. Very thick bourbon nose, touch molasses, brown sugar, very thick malts,.. Thick vanilla oak taste, lots of bourbon, boozy in a good way with a very thick molasses, lots of brown sugar, very thick malt base, thick toffee, light charred oak, warming thick oak, lingering bourbon finish. Very thick & creamy, decadent, amazing but very brutal beer, almost too much but that is just the way I like, beast the regular Fred from the Wood if memory serves me well but not by much.