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RATINGS: 711   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.comís 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 RateBeerís thousands of beer enthusiasts as one of the worldís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left nice, sticky, lacing on the glass. Aroma of tons of dried fruits, candy, cherries, vanilla, and light bourbon. Taste is of more sweet caramel, maple sugar, cherries, resin, tobacco, oak, and bourbon alcohol, with a light, citrus hop finish. A bit sweet right now with pronounced alcohol... but I think it should age nicely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Huge thanks to Goldtwins for sending me a bottle of this. My cap was just fine. The pour was turbid ruddy deep coppery/brown, with a 1-finger off-white head and amazingly long lasting lace sheets. The aroma was intyense and complex, consisting of some funky tangerine, mango, oaky bourbon, black pepper, fine tobacco, and some caramel malt in the background. The flavor....Whoa Nelly let me tell ya íbout the flavor, Bob Griese! At the start it was densely tropical and citrus fruit, with bold mango, tangerine, fig, and plum elements. Then, the black pepper, oaky bourbon, tobacco, woody peaty malts, caramel malt, and hops kicked in, sort of in a cascading fashion but too quick to be noticed if you donít swallow slowly. With every sip I took, I regretted that I was getting that much closer to the end of the bottle. This beer is quite simply as good as it gets. End of story. Kudos to Alan Sprints for another balls to the wall beer. The meek need not apply.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1676) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Rate beer edition bottle coutesey of cbkschubert. Thanks Craig! Odd but pleasant aroma. Very woodsy, tobacooy. Pours a thin head head that stays, very pale and cloudy. At first this is very oaky. Very oaky and with a smokey taste. Almost too much in the beginning. Aftering warming up it either mellows, grows on you, or both. Very satisfying brew. One for the colder months too be sipped. Right now it is in the low 50ís in January, I could not pass this up. Very, very good brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 I have removed the text for this review. The reasons for the removal are twofold: Firstly, I used a quote by another ratebeer userís review for another beer. I did not give credit or recieve permission to use that quote, and unwisely did not consider that I should both get permission and give credit where credit is due. Also, the quote contained a profanity which was not only uncalled for, but not applicable in my thoughts on this beer, but also inconsistent with any language that I have used in my other reviews. The backlash is duly noted, and I apologize to anyone I might have upset. The quote was inappropriate at best, and pirated intellectual property at the least. Iíll write another review for this beer in the future, but I think I should leave this notice up for a while so that all offended parties can see it for a time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 3, 2006
"So here in the oak barrels is the Fred from the Wood. Iím bottling it soon." After hearing Alan describe this beer, I had to get some. I was visiting HotD right before this barleywine aged in oak was bottled. I feel lucky to kave known about this one before it was completely snached up. Sampled from bottle. Pours slightly cloudy copper with a thin, creamy white head and decent lacing. Itís average appearance does not foreshadow other attributes. Aroma was bold, but not overpowering, with floral, citrus, berry and prune notes. Earthy, woody, rich malt flavor with cigar tobacco, black pepper and nutmeg and/or all-spice. Quite complex, but still very drinkable. Viscous, smooth and warming. An excellent beer by any standard.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2006
12oz bottle. Hazy body under a small white ehad. Good lacing. Lots of small bubbles lazily drift up the side of the snifter; mesmerizing to watch. Honey/toffee sweetness along with floral perfume start the aroma with some peppery spice becoming apparent at the end. Quite a lot going on in the flavor. Up front orange blossom honey hits you the strongest and is followed by yeasty caramel, pollen, fresh-cut wood. The finish lingers on crystal malt, light peppery alcohol, and more of that floral perfume. Rich, almost syrupy mouthfeel thatís well-offest by light tingly carbonation and the alcohol spice. Iím really looking forward to my 2nd bottle in two years - hopefully the alcohol will have calmed down letting the sweet malts come out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Small, tight beaded tan head, retention is very good, lace is sticky, spotty and lasting. Hazy, gold/orange hued brew. Nose is wood and a touch of vanilla, licorice and a touch earthy. Body is med/full, prickly on the tongue, wood tannins? Creamy also, interesting. Lotsa wood flavors along with notes of playdough, ashes, whisky, fruit, some peach notes hiding in there with a smack of alcohol. Finish is dry, woody and light astringency. A very neat brew. I believe this brew will be pretty amazing with some age on it. The lumber is really in yer face right now but with some time to mellow out, this brew will be amazing! Now thats a B/A Barleywine! Many thanks to cbkschubert and jjpm74 for the trades!! Now i will be able to see how this puppy ages. Thanks guys!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
RateBeer Edition -- Huge thanks to Kinz for providing the bottles for our 3rd Richmond Gathering. Deep orange-brown body, cloudy with a very minimal whte head. Heavy oak aroma, with citrus and nuts in the aroma. Great taste, light citrus, caramel with heavy oak flavoring. A light spicy-nut ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Many thanks to jimmack and richlikebeer, both of whom brought some of this to the last HW Open House - wood, wood and more wood - this is a pine forest bitch slap to the senses in a handy 12 oz. bottle - a thick-chewy-maple sap-and-caramel-malt-oozing-down-the-gullet kind of libation - if you like piney, hoppy barleywines, this one is for you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Thanks to Kinz for sharing this at the 3rd Richmond Gathering. Batch 64. Clear caramel color with a small light brown head. Sweet oak and pine aroma. Strong oak flavor, hints of vanilla, some caramel and pine in the background.

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