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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.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (7188) - 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

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Batch #45. This is a really great beer. Head was huge and creamy. Initial flavors hoppy and complex. Packed a strong fruit/sweet dry finish. Will definetly be drinking this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Batch # 50. Tons of flavor and this packs a punch. A nice foamy head. I thought a "golden special ale" would be light. This is anything bit. Some Caramel flavors and nice toasted malts at beginning. The finish is bitter and wonderfully hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Batch 41 Nice dark golden color,Large foamy head,the aroma was sweet and hoppy with a fruit tone to it and fairly spicy,with the taste being nice and sweet with a little alcohol coming through but not enough to hurt the other flavors of fruit,spice and hops.This is certainly different from the Barley Wine i'm used to but it is fantastic and well worth seeking out for trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 What can I say but another Hair of the Dog bottle of rocket fuel. It has a deep golden color with a nice head. The flavor has a good dose of alcohol but is quite well balanced with hops and fruit flavors. The body is thick. It will keep me buying...

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