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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4832) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Vintage 2014. Un liquide plutôt laid avec sa robe brune un peu douteuse et sa tête complètement coupée. Au nez, chêne massif et malts en retrait, parfums d’oranges et tabac encore un peu vert. Au goût, l’alcool est poivré, les malts maintenant doux, le bois piquant, le caramel évasif, les raisins dorés et des herbes amérisantes. En bouche, un corps moyen-fort sans bulles et huileux. En finale, une chaleureuse accolade d’alcool dans lequel est infusé des épices et des écorces d’agrumes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3138) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle thanks to VanJamer @ BA. It pours a medium-strong golden with a small white head that leaves nice lacing (this bottle opened with a nice hiss, quite unexpected!). Nose is of butterscotch, coconut and vanilla. Taste is of alcohol at first but it soon develops into a rich coconut, oak and caramel experience. Body is full, carbonation low to medium and the alcohol is just appropriate for the style and smooth. Quite a nice dessert, not too extreme!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3210) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle 12oz [2014]. Pours copper with low off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, malt, fruits. Classy. Taste is of bourbon, fruits, malt, slight bitterness. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Very nice. Classy. Boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7387) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2015
bottle shared by mathieuc, thanks bro! pours unclear medium dark golden, orange-red tint, with a small off-white cap, reviving and leaving nice lacing. bourbon-soaked red fruitiness - bananas and coconut; complex toffee spiciness, citrus peel, clean yeast. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; sweet and woody-spicy finish. good barrel-forward barleywine but far from original fred.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (5888) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2015
12 oz. bottle. About a year old, shared by AdamC. Amber/ light brown color with a very low carbonation. Aroma is nice, tobacco leaves, toasted oak, figs, raisins and English toffee.

The flavor is just awesome, mellow molasses with a great amount of dark fruits. Toasted oak is mild and refined, the age hides any trace of alcohol. Vanilla oak, tobacco leaves and figs with toffee. The really impressive thing is it shows no sugar at all. The texture and mouthfeel is smooth, wow, very nice! Truly well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3219) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
UPDATED: APR 16, 2016 April 8, 2016. On tap at Omnipollos Hatt.
Lacks the woody tannic and vinegar notes, still quite dominated by dried apricots and canned peach.

Original rating:
October 10, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2008. Received in a trade with heyta, thanks!
Clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is oxidized sherry notes, caramel, peach, figs, raisins, wood, alcohol and hints of balsamic vinegar. Taste is sweet with peach, caramel and dried fruits. Finish is slightly tannic, sweet caramel and figs with dry wood, warming alcohol and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Medium to full bodied, soft, small bubble carbonation, oily texture.
Not what I expected but good for what it is, it’s clearly past it’s prime getting notes of balsamic vinegar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1560) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle courtesy of mortlach. Grazie. Pours cloudy caramel color, some lacing only. Nose: caramel, sweet cherries, some wood, jam. Nice. Mouth: very sweet but not disturbing, some bitter end cutting the body, gently carbonated, sugar, complex stuff. Definitely sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle @ 3/4 Dangerous Bottle Shares! does Copenhagen minishare. Slight hazy dark golden pour with tiny lacings. Vanilla, caramel, syrup, malty sweet, butterscotch with a sweet boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lillunken (61) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Flaska från 2008 på Akkuratt, Stockholm. Ljus bärnstensfärgad, lite skum. Maltig doft av karamell, honung, ektoner. Smak av detsamma. Döljer alkoholen väl. Går lite åt mjödhållet, men mindre än den vanliga Fred, tack vare eklagringen. God!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2015
Bottle enjoyed @ CBC Frivillig fest. Pours muddy brownish with the tiniest white head. Aroma is vanilla, wood, caramel, raw honey, rancid (but in a good way), malty and alcohol. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Finish is dry, bittersweet and long.

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