JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy deep copper body, soapy off-white head.
The head brings an astringent soapy cheap IPA hop aroma to the nose. The regular Fred was similar, but this is more so. There is also a underlying fruity, caramelly, vanilla.
Some of the same astringent quality showing up in the taste too. More of an oxidized hop/caramel malt thing. Itís a very smooth beer. Toned down hops and malt with some sour vanilla. It drinks like candy. Sweet sticky candy.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, Batch 64: Beer pours hazy amber/orange/red color with a nice creamy off white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is mouth watering with lots of wet wood, some vinous notes, alcohol, and some spicy hoppiness. Flavor is spicy, sweet, with some really enjoyable wood notes, as well as some terrific vinous qualities as well, spicy hoppiness in the finish. This is a delightful beverage by any stretch of the imagination. Carbonation is lush and soft, reminding me of the great Belgian ales which are so often perfectly carbonated. Thanks to Alan Sprints for his support of RateBeer.
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Side-by-sided this with the original at Bill and Steinyís party. Very different. A fresher, funkier aroma, the taste is hoppier and just plain better the whole way through. Excellent. A1.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 64 (RateBeer special release). Hazy orange-amber body, thin off-white head. Nose dominated by sharp alcohol notes and fermented fruits (fig, raisin), also almond, vanilla, soy, and honey. Bold and potent. Big oaky body, buttery, with a significant alcohol presence. Toast, fermented fruits, and vanilla complete the palate. Rich but amazingly soft despite the high ABV. Bitter finish. Very well done. Thanks to the generous trader of this beer!
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks Kramer17801!! Hair of the Dog has gained my deepest respect over the course of recent history. I hope this will be another awesome experience for me. The pour is a light hazy amber, but it is very dense and itís impossible to see anything on through the beer. An even, bubbly head sits atop the beer for a great long while and fast, fairly dense carbonation is lively throughout the body. The aroma is extremely rich of fresh, juicy, fruit notes. Distinct juicy oranges, pears, and grapefruit all adorn the sweet nose. Hm. . .whereís the oak, oh itís there oh so subtly melding with caramel and pineapple. The flavor is much harsher than the nose, it highlights the oak in a bourbonesque fashion much more than the aroma let on. Strong notes of pineapple resonate through my sinuses as I take small sips. The alcohol may as well not even be there as far as taste goes. The initial taste is really bizarre, itís like a cup of fruit salad/bourbon, but I soon decide I like this unique profile. I consumed this at cellar temp (which warmed up pretty fast) based on my general idea of a barley wine, but I think this one may have been better just a few degrees cooler due to the rich pineapple notes. hm, I wish I had another bottle or two to see how this quirky brew would most appeal to me. Either way, I enjoyed the beer.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very very good beer, poured a very hazy amber orange with a wispy white head. aromas of hops and oak, with a nice sweetness. great complex taste, strong maltyness with a smooth counterbalance bitterness. not to much oak in the flavor, but very good. full mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish. iím glad i have another one of these to age for a while. great beer.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of Blankboy. Shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and MDS. First off, this bottle was a leaker in the package Blankboy received, so it may not be in prime condition - we are planning on sampling it again around Christmas, so I will rerate then. Until then though, here are my initial notes to compare. Really woody, whisky aroma - quite pleasant. No head, hazy murky brown. Super boozy, stronger than 10% if that is possible in initial taste. Tons of wood and rich oak taste, strong alcohol burn. Iím sure there is a beer below all this booze and wood, but I couldnít find it - original Fred is unrecognisable. A good idea taken way too far, I really didnít enjoy this at all.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to nolankowal for this in a trade. Pours a bright reddish brown with maybe some orange hints and a thin white head. Aroma was strong oak, alcohol, sweet maltiness, and some cigar smoke. Flavor was oak heavy but was balanced between alcohol and maltiness with a slight bitterness. This has one of the best lingering oaky smoke flavors I have ever tasted. Well I love the finish and the only negative thing I can say is that the initial taste is a little too oaky and slightly too alcohol, but dont get me wrong this is an excellent beer.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, Batch 64, from Hellomynameis - canít thank Zac enough for this one! If you donít like the smell of freshly cut oak, you ainít going to like this! Fortunately, I do, and the aroma says it all. The oak is right up front, with some molasses and whiskey, and maybe a bit of orange. Hazy orange/brown with a magnificent light beige head that just will not disappear. There was still 1/8" inch left after 20 minutes. Wonderfully rich and smooth with a very light carbonation that seems paradoxical in the context of the head. An almost decadent caramel sweetness that has some vinous qualities, as well as some dark fruitiness. A tangy citrus rind bitterness comes in at just the right time to balance the sweetness. A chewy bitterness lasts until the next sip. Simply wonderful.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 Bottle 57F Snifter. Nice mild hop aroma, with a tgouch of ceral like grains and lighter malts on the nose. Fairly clear brown color, with a nice light tan head that is billowy and lasts moderately well. Wow a rich oak flavor, with a nice alcohol feel, and nice hops. Very creamy taste and wood is quite noticible. Nice sweet and bitter flavors. I really like it the sweet taste is similar to buttered pancakes. Good taste definately. Lighter body with decent carbonation nothing to overwhelming. Quite a nice brew and definately a new twist for me with barely wines.