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RATINGS: 781   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (6362) - 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 (5085) - 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 (2589) - 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 (959) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2015
2009 bottle. Caramel malt smell and taste. Medium body, medium carbonation, and no foam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5130) - 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 (3375) - 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 (3297) - 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 (7824) - 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 (6284) - 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 (3538) - 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.

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