tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
17/I/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a - 2013 vintage (2014-61) Thanks to BelgBeerGeek and Tinus for sharing the bottle!
Clear purple brown beer, big creamy beige head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, vanilla, alcohol, caramel, bourbon? MF: lots of carbon, full body. Taste: pretty sweet start, lots of dried fruits, caramel, raisins, some vanilla. Aftertaste: pretty hoppy, dried fruits, bit sweet and sugary. Lovely beer! A true masterpiece!
KansaiBeerLvrs (1652) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first Hair of the Dog beer, shared at Kerry's mini tasting. 2009 vintage, 10% an opaque orange copper. Definite oaky, barrel aged character with vanilla & sweet fruity notes. The taste is sweet, candy, woody, cherry, honey, a bit of a flavor profile that gives a nod towards whiskey from the barrel flavors. An incredibly complex beer, the barrel notes are quite subtle which I appreciate, quite avoid beer.
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neuromatt (1105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass next to Fred. Pours hazy mahogany with a small tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves no lace. The nose has huge notes of molasses, oak and dark fruit, along with herbal notes and subtle smoke. The flavour is sweet, with molasses, dark fruit, toasted oak and subtle spice. The finish is long and malty with molasses and toasted oak. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, syrupy texture and light carbonation. Overall, this is a great barley wine; it is incredibly complex with beautiful malts, nice oaky notes and just the right amount of hops. It is even more complex than the base, which itself is incredible. 2014-01-04
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to umich03jm shared. Pours darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has oaky notes over a malty sweet, chocolatey, nutty beer. Taste is sweet and woody. Big body and mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.
VastActiv (2617) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, wood, some spices and malts. Warm and gentle.
dominodoug (1) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This 2009 I received had a sour nose. The oak was present but smoothed out. The taste was initially sweet but finished slightly boozy.
brystmar (1191) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013. Deep amber brown-red, handsome lace on the surface. Oaky like whoa. Leathery aroma -- not as much as Matt but def there. Boozy warmth, spicy, caramely, fruity. No ignoring the Belgian spices here. I def prefer Bourbon Fred FtW, but yep this is good.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 batch. Very different from the regular version. There is no doubting this spent time in wood. Brown pour with decent head and a qtr inch of residual head that stays forever. Nose of wood, sweet malt, and some vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a little bit of residual hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. Medium body. Good stuff.
ACHops (653) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ HotD. Pours cloudy light orange amber with thin creamy lacy head. Aroma is big oaky bourbon with effervescent sweet fruit as well. Taste is similar to normal Fred, just cranked up a couple notches. Crisp light malt, restrained candi sugar, Belgian yeast notes, big oaky finish. I know this isn’t bourbon Fred, but those flavors come out here. Amazing beer, well worth seeking out and paying the premium for.
hombrepalo (1818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1700 rate. 12oz bottle from a trade. Pours a dark copper color with an off white head, great lacing. Aroma is heavy on the wood, with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and subdued malts. The flavor is slightly harsh with wood and alcohol dominating. The sweet malts come through at the end with a slight hoppy bitterness.