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RATINGS: 747   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 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 (11900) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12447) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Batch 64. Evergreen/wood, yeast, alcohol, floral spice aromas. Hazy dark apricot color with light white lacing. Starts with oak, moving through apricot with light sweetness, possibly some cardamom, ending with bitter mingling with wood. The bitter persists, and it is reminiscent of the aftertaste of an aged zinfandel or cab - but not grape notes. Really wonderfully unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
I think this could age a bit longer. As others have stated the oak was very noticeable in the flavor and aroma. Thick and syrupy barley wine flavor still came through though. Good overall, but maybe a little young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Sample at Indy tasting Dick’s 96th - Aroma is strong alcohol, bourbon, oak, and yeast. Pours cloudy orange with small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma but a little too much oak for me. Some age would do nicely. Palate is tart. Very nice and I would really like one for my cellar...please.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Rob, a great friend and beer sommelier. :) Pours an expected cloudy orange brown with notes of caramel and vanilla on the nose. A lot of vanilla and wood on the palate when consumed at room temperature, although cold I noticed far more hops. Obviously this is considerably better warmed. Probably needs a few more years to settle, but still its drinking well. Dates and toffee on the palate with some citrus. A fine finish. Well done. Not as exceptional as the ratings might indicate (back in its day when oaked aged barleywines were a bit of a novelty, I could see this commanding very high ratings, but the novelty has faded since).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 my dear lord! This was like the Hitachino japanese classic but in Barley-Wine form and a hell of a lot more refined and sophisticated. I know it wasn’t aged in Cedar, but the wood comes out so damn strong that it might as well been cedar...Super dry juicy apricot aromas and flavors are a result of the wood aging. This is da bomb!

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