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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Fred From the Wood is aged in new, medium toast American oak barrels for at least 6 months. This Beer is available from the brewery and at select retailers.

RateBeer Special Release 06/06,Batch 64: We hope you enjoy this release of Fred from the Wood, the first of RateBeer.com’s Worldwide Masters Series. This request edition beer showcases the artful strength and technical brewing excellence of Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Sprints is consistently rated by RateBeer’s thousands of beer enthusiasts as one of the world’s most elite brewers. He has kindly honored our request for a special edition of Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood, which is aged in oak barrels for six months and is truly world-class beer. -- Joe Tucker, RateBeer.com

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (4982) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle (12 oz). Vintage 2013. From cparles, thanks! Clear dark copper with a small beige head leaving little lacing. Aroma is wonderfully complex with molasses, oak, vanilla, toasted malts, tobacco, figs, dates, toffee, raisins, caramelized apples, chocolatey notes and mild to moderate spiciness. Taste is mellow and reasonably sweet with tobacco, vanilla, oak, raisins, toffee, caramel, toasted malts, chocolate, mild to moderate spiciness and a bit of alcohol. Full body. Moderate to medium carbonation. Liquorous mouthfeel. Fruity finish with a nice alcohol warmth. Wonderfully balanced and complex Barley Wine. I’m usually not fond of the style, but I had no problem at all drinking the whole bottle by myself. Amazing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2663) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2016
Pours amber with a small head. Nose shows oak, honey, vanilla, toffee, sherry and golden syrup. Flavours include more golden syrup, soft booze, whisky-like characters, faint oxidised notes and soft grassy hops. Seriously good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seehaferb23 (176) - - JAN 21, 2016
Cannery Row Beer Club just tried a very meaningful beer. This is a special treat. Cheers! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (4841) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonshawn (1000) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2016
12oz bottle from the brewery smuggled into minnesota with commonmac . 2013 version . High sediment hazy Murky orange red with medium off white head. Very strong tart and sweet nose. Super aggressive aroma. Very sweet, syrup, bourbon, then yeast, alcohol, tart. Finish is well done and sticks with you. A ton of sugar. Delicious. Boozy but somehow in perfect balance. What I would want a barrel aged beer to taste like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1000) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle secretly acquired by Double T’s during a recent trip to Portland. 2013 Edition. Shared with commonshawn. Lots of sediment serving to make it very cloudy. A mahogany moving towards brown colored appearance with a little bit of off white, almost tan, head. Aroma has a hearty bourbon quality with an assertive sweetness. The taste is rich and deep with dark fruit (raisins, prunes) and a definite bourbon, peat characteristic. Alcohol warmth. Lots of sugars present as well...I’m almost getting a slightly toffee or chocolate undertone. Dessert beer is the perfect way to describe this one. I’m already looking forward to my next meeting with Fred. He’s a good dude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (5753) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2016
Thnx to Dennis ! Pours clear blonde. Good white head. Smell is sweet, some oak. Taste is sweet, heavy, thick, Honey, complex sweet undertone. Vanilla, oak, very Nice ! Perhaps a tad too sweet, but very Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2015
Drinking 2008 version on Christmas 2015. Deep amber golden color with quick dissipating head that results in absolutely flatness. The nose shows thick surupiness with caramel, raisins, prunes. The wood is virtually gone in the nose. The mouth is off sweet, low carbonation, very heavy body. Warming boozines. Caramel, oranges but found the depth wasn’t as great as I anticipated. Perhaps I waited too long, perhaps in the aging process it is simply at a boring part of the spectrum. It is definitely well made but certainly Doesn’t make motivated to try it again. Drank with step dad who said he doesn’t know much about barleywine but this seems awefully boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (2320) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2015
12oz bottle with a 2009 date, brought from the source by STEVE and cellared for the 2 years since. Shared with ck1 & Jan on Spit Cup/2000th weekend. My 50th barleywine - something I never would have thought would happen. Sweet fruit, raisin, grape. Sweetly tasty. Very, very smooth. Not thinking would ever want more from a barleywine. 16.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (929) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2015
2009 bottle. Caramel malt smell and taste. Medium body, medium carbonation, and no foam.

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