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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
Pretty potent, but am concerned my bottle had a problem. Beer poured a ten inch head into a 12 oz. glass. Had to split the bottle between two glasses. Aroma is excellent, pinapples, malt, and alcohol. Appearance is attractive, though mine was too foamy. Light brown with off white head that is fully retained. Lots of lacing. Flavor is well developed barley wine. What a great style and this is a good example. Some hop bitterness with very pleasing malt sweetness. This is a well balanced complex ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2003
Batch #41. Poured with almost no head. Color is a couldy carmel amber. Has a very fruity sweet nose with a little malt. The flavor starts out out fruity and caramel, but quickly develops a more pungent, spicy finish with a hint of alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Whoa, this one is quite a mouthfeel. An overwhelmingly complex ale, in ever category. This could fall into a couple of areas, but the pour is very nice, pours out thick, viscous and bubbly, with sweet aromas filling the air. Very little head, but has some nice lacing later on in the drink. The taste has a bit of an uncharacteristic bite, but mellows out into a nice rich bw with flavors ever changing with each sip.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 My 100th rating, couldn't have picked a better one. Yet another pretty much perfect beer from Hair of the Dog. Pineapples and strong alchohol in the smell, pours with a gigantic almost infinite-lasting head. Every HOTD I've tried seems to pour that way, and this had a tame head compared to most... Thick lacing everywhere on the glass as it disappears. Spicyness on the tongue with bananas in the finish, ultra smooth and extremely complex. I'm starting to think this might be the best brewery in the world, they make some truly unique incredible beers. Pineapple, banana, some spices. This is simply unbelievable, once again. Batch #51, maybe I should age some and see what happens. Could this possibly get any better???

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Rated Batch #48 and Batch #4 side-by-side. Ratings above reflect averages of the two. Batch #4: Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/20/03. No head at all on vigorous, slow pour. It looks almost bourbon-like in texture and dark, beautiful ruby-caramel in color. Fantastic nose like a fine barley wine should have, but this one is truly exceptional, even among the greats-- warming caramel alcohol (like a dessert flambe), decadent malt, and shades of fruit, maybe pear. Literally mouth-wateringly good. First taste reveals a complex malt, caramel, resinous flavor and incredibly creamy, buttery texture. Slight burn of alcohol creates activity and excitement, not to mention an almost immediate warming sensation in my tummy. Slightly sweet and a bit tangy, but amazingly smooth for as much alcohol as there is (11.5%, plus whatever has been added as it has aged). Finish reveals a dark, bitter side that punishes with intensity. That's where the bulldog shows his teeth. Dirty and slowly diminishing to a subtle sting of dark malt, somewhat leathery, then suddenly very drying and mellow. This beer moves and changes all the way from its first scent to the last trace of its finish. Great stuff. Reminds me of the old Anchor Old Foghorn, only not quite as good. 10/3/9/5/17/4.4 Batch #48: Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Trader Joe's in Pasadena, CA 10/20/03. The magnificent frothy head fluffs on a gentle pour and lingers forever. Wonderful lacing and a violent carbonation-cyclone tearing up from the bottom of the glass. Pour gets much hazier as you move down the bottle, from virtually transparent to completely opaque. Light caramel color. Nose is fruity (apricot) and almost floral with hops, still strongly alcoholic but not nearly so deep as the #4. A little bit spicy, like coriander. First taste is mostly strong toasted malt, potently bitter hops, and burning alcohol, but the unbelievable head cushions the burn nicely. Finish is dark and bitter, maybe too strongly bitter for its own good. Doesn't change much or unfold to the mellow hum as elegantly as the aged Fred, but it still changes. As the bitterness leaves, it's nicely drying and mellow, like a honeycomb without the honey. This reminds me of the new Anchor Old Foghorn, only better. 8/5/7/3/16/3.9 If you have some Fred, AGE IT! If you can get some of the older stuff, cheers!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (7175) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2003
like a tripel eets saison. candi sugar aroma had me worried that it might be too sweet. but it was just so fat and tasty. very spicy, some coriander and lemon zest with a little blood for good measure. and an amazing finish - i kept thinking it was too sweet ut this helped the different hop flavours burst out. can't wait to get to portland next year

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Pours dark yellow, almost brown with a huge off white head. Nice lacing. Lots of fruits in the nose. Citrus and hops in the flavor ending with what almost seems like caramel. Nice smooth palate. Great barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Batch #47 I forgot how great this beer is, aroma to know end. The color is just thick yellow love in a glass. Hoppy up front and then fruit all over the place with a nice hoppy finish. Truely a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Tropical fruit aroma.Dark blond cloudy appearance with huge head.Very bitter at first followed by tropical lemon zest flavors with a lingering bitter,herbal finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Wow! It doesn't get much better than this. Complicated, but still easy, and just loaded with flavors.


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