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RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. Fred the beer is a deep golden color. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties in an effort to incorporate the whole world into this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Fruity aroma of citrus, apricot, and hops. Pours an orange-red amber, head leaves good lacing. Flavor is a well-balanced blend of malt, citrusy hops, esters - almost like a Belgian strong ale, alcohol, and an assertive hop bitterness. Full-bodied and smooth. Overall, a superbly balanced barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Ridiculously well balanced beer. Potent alcohold hops and beer but in just the right proportions. Maybe slightly overcarbonated. Big ole brown head sits on top of this fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2478) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Batch #51. Pours a five-fingered thick, creamy, white head that goes very slowly and leaves gobs of lace. Pour this very slowly. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Nose is distinctly alcoholic. Starts and finishes alcoholic and some bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $4.40 for a 12oz bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Batch 36: Awsome aroma. Hops in an intense maple cinnamon, herbal, cedar its just awsome. Very hoppy, malt is woody and crazy and sweet. sooo good. hops are perfect, just like the aroma. intense but beautifully blanaced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Batch #22. No head. Pours light brown and murky. Nose is fruitty with grape? Very smooth. Alcohol is very well hidden. Decent flavor profile with hop presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Batch #46. VERY carbonated and effervescent. The body is a copper hue with a HUGE pillowy tan head. Nose is very sweet. Malt, fruit, brown sugar, and maybe toffee. The taste is also sweet. There's some more sweetened malt, some candy sugar, ripe peaches or nectarines, some light citrus, apparent hops and maybe a hint of vanilla. Very smooth feeling on the tongue and in the mouth. Only a little bit of bitterness remaining during the finish. Much better than anticipated. Good beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpringsLicker (3266) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 Batch 51. What a beautiful beer! Poured a brilliant deep copper with a thick head that laced the glass. Aroma of apple pie which changed to bananas and vanilla as it warmed. Malty and smooth flavor with a medium body. It hides it’s 10% alcohol very well. You can feel the alcohol but there is little taste of it. Caramel. Just enough hops for balance, but they are subtle. This is between an Old Ale and a Barleywine. Finishes creamy and smooth leaving you ready for more. Wow. Batch 9 sampled on 12/17/04 Thanks to Suttree for bringing this one out of his cellar. 8 3 7 4 16 I think this one has peaked and is slowly going on down the other side, but in any case, had some differences from batch 51. Some murkiness in the appearance of this orange/brown beer. Aroma of caramel, nuts and bread dough, but not nearly as complex as the one rated above. The flavor was good, but just lacked a some of the stand out, brilliant characteristics of the one formerly rated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
(Bottle, Batch 36) Pours a cloudy cooper color with a thick beige head. Had ample malt and alcohol aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Batch 46. Hazy dark orange color with gigantic lunar head. Aroma of caramel and nuts. I wouldn’t say this is a barleywine, but more like an excellent mellow Imperial IPA. This is awesome.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Foxbush (1531) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2003
This Fred was batch 46. The head foamed over big time. After drinking this beverage I realize that my taste differs from other reviewers. The flavor was over powering at first then I warmed up to it or was the alcohol numbing my senses.

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