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RATINGS: 1483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (344) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Hazy dark golden body with an amazingly large white head. Aroma is sweet malt(like maple syrup) , moderately hoppy, and mild alcohol presence. Sweet, slightly tangy flavor with elements of honey, citrus, malt, faint spice, and a bit of alcohol burn. Nicely balanced, mellow finish leaves a pleasing, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1606) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Very foamy. Huge white head. Golden colored. Hoppy aroma, with a hint of oranges and other fruits. Hazy. Hint of alcohol in the taste. Kind of sweet, chewy at the same time. Nice balance and good finish. First Hair of the Dog Beer left me wanting more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Batch 43. This beer poured with 19 inches of head and -4 inches of liquid. But, oh, that aroma, so sweet and tangy, with oranges, honey and flowers. The flavor didn't quite match the aroma but was still nice, with characteristic rye tang, fruits and sweet breads, orange peel, lemon, flowers and perhaps a touch of spice. Very smooth palate for a 10% ABV beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Damn! This beer is so carbonated it took me 5 minutes just to fill the glass with actual beer instead of just head. The body has a golden orange hue and the enormous head leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with lots of citrus, apricot and bready (rye?) notes. The flavor is sweet and yet bitter and slightly malty, full of citrusy hops and a touch of apricot, rye bread and alcohol. Full bodied, smooth yet tingly from the carbonation and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5096) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a large, almond head with a slight whiskey and vanilla nose. Beautiful sediment. Smooth and mild barleywine. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
One of the smoothest barleywines I've had. Mild hop and citrus flavors give good flavor without stinging. Moderate alcohol burn at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 8, 2004
Sweet, malty, citrus aroma. Lots of sediment, decent head, cloudy copper color. Very sweet beer, citrus and caramel flavors. Very smooth, little aftertaste, medium carbonation. I did enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, 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 (2544) - 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.

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