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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Any first impressions?
-A sturdy sheet of foam aptly protects the foggy dark orange.
-Flying over the glass, one can only perceive some of the many wonders displayed below: dry forests, herb and spice gardens, minty fresh wetlands close to fruity caramel waterfalls...
-Once down on the field, the terrain never plateaus, always keeping the tongue on its toes; maple syrup creeks leading up to abundant fruit trees in valleys laden with spice gardens and tall hop vines.
-Again, that Hair of the Dog lively, almost Belgian-style carbonation in artful, bold American mouthfeel manages a rather splendid palate coating.

What if you dig deeper?
-Some heat is perceived in the aroma, mostly because of the barrel, and it fits with the rest of the perfume’s elaboration.
-The oak barrel character gets more obvious with every sip, but is never obstrusive, adding complexity to this already sagacious flavor profile.
-The fruitiness within is too diverse to be accurately described.
-A fantastic Hair of the Dog experiment, with an intelligent use of the oak barrels. What else could you expect from them?

Bottle; the Ratebeer batch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
12 oz. Bottle. 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. This beer tastes young. I have no doubt this beer will be excellent in a year or so. I’ll probably re-rate then.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle. Nose-buttered popcorn. Dark brown honey body with a thick film of bubbles. Woody, buttery, light maple syrup, light vanilla, good amount of hops. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
12 oz RBSR bottle and served in my LaChouffe tulip: Pours a beautiful coppery hue topped by a creamy tan head and left excellent lace. The nose detects a lot of wood, melon, white pepper, honeydew, vanilla, caramelized and musty malts. The taste has a sharp alcohol bite over a heavy malt base. Some tannic wood and over-ripened fruits add depth, but at this point this beer is still way too young, brash, pungent and really needs to mellow out. The mouth feel is lush and a touch oily, very warming. Potential for greatness if the wood and booze level out. I will age a few bottles I got. (THX Chris by the way)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Bottle... This beer rocks! ... Cloudy burnt orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Oak, sour mash, vanilla aroma. Full-bodied flavor with sour mash, oak and vanilla. Hot and boozy. Chewy malts and soft carbonation. Warming finish. World class beer! Thanks go out to kp for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2006
My palate could not have been any readier to try this much anticipated brew. First thing I got in the aroma was th hops,a little unusual for a potent barleywine,very quickly the malts(must be a huge variety here) the dark fruits and finally some of the bourbon came through,cloudy amber brown color with little head,big complex malt ,figs, dark fruit,maple and vanilla,with just the slightest hint of the barrel aging. No way this is 10%. Smooth tastey delicious, I want more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 12 oz. Thanks to drewbeerme for this sample. My first hair of the dog, and what a great one to start with. I have not been a fan of most barley wines i’ve had but this was a great barley wine. Poured a thick amber color with almost no head. The aroma was alcohol, wood, and a little hoppy pine. The flavor was balanced very well for a barley wine with oak, alcohol, vanilla, hops, and spice. You could definitely taste and appreciate the barrel aging. Mouthfeel and body were syruppy and sticky but not harsh like you’d expect, rather smooth and drinkable. I would love to drink this again in a few years...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 12 oz bottle sampled at the last HWOH shared by Frumpty. Thanks Ryan! Pours a hazy light amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is caramel sweetness, wood, light citrus and lemon, some pine-sol and other solvent like characteristics. More solvent and tree sap, pine, wood, oak, light vanilla, sticky sweet malts and hints of maple syrup. Good smooth and full mouthfeel with a nice lingering finish with a bit of a spice kick in the end. Unique barrel aged BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
RBSG 2006 Grand Tasting. Slightly hazy copper with a white head. Beautiful aroma of fruity hops, sweet malt and oak. Flavor has notes of caramel, wood, whiskey/bourbon, vanilla, honey and plenty of hops. Alcohol was present but doesn’t detract in any way - in fact, it seems to make the beer more enjoyable. Full, round and creamy soft on the palate with fine-beaded carbonation. I’d love to have a bottle to myself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11700) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle from JCW. Pours a cloudy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Solid woody sweet bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Heavy complex tart fruit and spice flavor with a medium bitter finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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