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RATINGS: 757   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Thanks Santa. Slightly hazy orange, off white head. Nose is oak, vanilla, alcohol, orange, light caramel. Flavor is oak, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, spice, earthy malt, burbon. wow. Tasted side by side with a regular Fred and in most ways superior.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2006
RBSG 06. Clear amber with off-white head. The aroma is floral, herbal and caramel. THe flavor is cherry, peach, raisin and caramel. Medium body with warm finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy light amber color with an appreciably good white head. The amazing thing to me about this beer is the strong tangerine aroma that just leaps out at you. Great blended oak overtones with a sensational palate. Heat? Oh yeah, its got fuel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2006
Barrel contribution is immediate, the american oak making an immediately agressive impression, thankfully they’ve only aged it 6 months and the size of the base beer must have helped in assuring a healthy balance. Spicy barrel character works like a charm, creating a definitely different beast than the regular Fred, but where you can recognize the signature. Very impressive mouthfeel, whereas most barrel-aging attemps nowadays thin out and dull out the texture on the base beers, this one remains full bodied and vastly carbonated in a belgianesque fierce fat bubbles irrigation manner. Also remarkable is the unoticeable oxidized character that we can generally retrieve in such experiments. Where it lost a bit of its maple richness, its vanilla, earthiness and grapes are all there while the perfumey floral hops get carried on by the herbal, wild wood and morphed orange blossom and apricot juiciness. Still very sweet, but with the usual impressive HOTD sipping balance bringing in the equation enough bitterness to support drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Sampled this one at a tasting. Thanks, rooftoprogue. The body was dark orange with a white colored head. The aroma was sherry with some buttery notes. There was also some amaretto and rich toffee. The taste was buttery almonds with some pancakes. There was also toffee with vanilla and flowers. RB has a winner with this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8736) - 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 (6507) - 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 (10265) - 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!

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