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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3910) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks DSG. Murkey amber-brown, white ring. Sweet fruity aroma, raisins, caramel and some cinnamon and cumin, spicy, nutty taste and a little alcoholic. Full-bodied, spicy, some nutmeg finish, mildly carbonated. Really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1276) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a thickish hazy murky dark copper color with a full body, probably the most interesting looking beer I have ever seen. The aroma is boozy, but a lot of different things going on. The taste is almost perfect for a barley wine. I had a 2013, and might have been the perfect age. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2015
This is the ’08 version and man o man, I didn’t know Yaweh / JC worked as a brewmaster. Because Shirley there is a divine hand in this beer. All of the qualities are traditional and tweaked to the nth degree. The oak matches the malt matches the hops matches the yeast all perfectly & without flaw. Body couldn’t be better. Appearance is better than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11247) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 25, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2015 Bottle shared at a tasting at Ariel’s place. 2014 bottle. Hazy orange with a white head. Aroma of caramel, cookies, vanilla, fruitiness and wood. Sweet flavor with caramel, wood, vanilla, some cookies, coconut, fruitiness, an alcoholic touch, and a bitterish finish. Rounded mouthfeel. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (7862) - Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). 2014 vintage. Looks good; a very hazy orangish caramel with fizzy eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes good too; malty with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and oak. Some vanilla and a bit of coconut too. Pleasantly boozy with a bittersweet backbone. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Great beer, AND IT’S CARBONATED!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
12oz bottle - 2014 vintage - pours a cloudy amber . Aromas of spice , dark fruit , faint woody bourbon note . Taste is sweet figs and dates , mild hop presence . Very Very Good ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (8776) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
2008 bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is vanilla and oak. Medium mouth, sweet malt, light woody finish, hides alcohol well, really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcon25 (515) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Bottle pour split, thanks Andrew for sharing this one. Tried this one with the regular Fred. Deep amber color. Sweet wood aroma, very similar to the Fred just with a smoke wood flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2615) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2015
12 oz bottle, picked up from the brewery a little while back. Poured, and compared to the regular Fred version. 2014 Fred from the Wood. Pours an oily orange color with a swirling fizz white head. Sweet, brown sugar like aroma, with a touch of vinegar. Flavor is much more dry than the regular version, which is one thing I noticed right away. I don’t want to make this rating a total comparison, so that will be my compare and contrast note. Dry wood like flavor with some maple, and cinnamon sugar. Nice roasted finish to it. Very nice overall, but if we play the compare game, I have to give the nod to the original, though it’s less than 1/10th of a point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rob. I found this really odd. It definitely worked but was unusual compared with other BW’s I’ve had. Very citric and sharp to begin with, then loads of vanilla and coconut on the finish. Absolutely no hint of the 12%. Crazy drinkability. Sweet. Very good

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