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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (4435) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Batch number 44. Brewed 6/18/2002. Bottle. Consumed 12/25/2003 This foamed and foamed and foamed some more. Huge white head that tastes great. Lots of lacing. Complex aroma of peaches, oranges, medium bitter hops, touch of phenols, sugar cookies. One of the best appearances Ive seen. Hazy, completely clouded orange/amber. Very bright and layered. Starts out with a mild caramel malt, some citric hops come in to play along with a meaty earthiness. Finish is balanced, smooth and has some herbal liqueur notes. Alcohol only slightly apparent. Sweetness well balanced by alcohol and hops. Nothing dominates, though the finish does get a little heavy with alcohol after the beer has warmed. Finish needs some work, slightly muddled overly yeasty/alcohol flavor. This is pure quality stuff and incredible that it tastes this fresh out of the bottle. Great candied peach aftertaste. Obviously young and will mature elegantly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Batch #46 Head is big and thick and lasts forever. It creates some strange shapes as it slowly settles. Aroma is bready. Taste is definitely a barleywine (some people at work were trying to tell me otherwise). Its sweeter than many barleywines with slight hops/bitter finish. Very good barelywine, but a little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2003
Soft mouthfeel, spicy tingle, pepper, pineapple, grapefruit a hint of celery and a yeasty bite in the dry finish. Interesting and likeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
I gotta read the labels before I buy the beer. 10% alcohol?!? I love they way they put the batch number on the label (44 for this one). Pours a beautiful cloudy dark amber. The head lasts quite a while and leaves a nice lace down the glass. This has a great barley wine taste. A hint of orange is present, but the flavor of hops dominates. Good stuff, Maynard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Sham and Jazz88 are to thank for each sending me a bottle of Fread, This particular bottle is of the most recent batch to date and is relief of Sham, You Guys ROCK!

Batch # 52: This beer gives head……, and it knows how to use it…ZZ Hop.
Man this brew smells delicious, to bad I can’t get to the mahogany body through the tan foam incasing head…Truck loads of peach, cantaloupe, a vault filled with sweet caramel malts…. yet a garnish of hops brings forth a cluster of tangerine and honeydew.
Wow, an explosive palate…the flavor is FULL and RICH… Deep notes of caramel, a stab of grapefruit, an unloading of molasses, a buttered biscuit, a wonderful creation! The palate is transcendent, oily velvet, the finish is bittersweet and dry. The other bottle I have aging I expect to be a prize among champions, Thanks Guys!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Batch #50. Heard a lot about this brewery but never got the opportunity to try one of there brews, until last night. Wonderful aroma of hops, citrus and apricots and a mild lingering of yeast. Cloudy golden orange with a huge head that really lasts. Flavor was very smooth and clean. Good balance and complexity with flavors ranging from citrus and peach to malt and sourdough bread finishing with a nice hop sting. Very appealing to the palate with mild hop and citrus sting. Alcohol was very well hidden, considering the 10% abv. A great example of what a Barley Wine should be. Highly recommend this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2003
An amazingly complex and wonderful beer. Vigorous carbonation, head lasts forever. An extremely unique flavor, defies categorization. Excellent balance of malt and hops, with a Belgian flavor from the bottle conditioning. I guess barleywine is as close as one can get to this beer. Possibly the best beer I've ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Batch #46
Huge head, biggest i've ever had on a beer. It had a fiery red color and smelled prominently of plums and berries. Tastes like different berries and fruits with hints of whiskey that linger in your throat. Nice and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Batch #46 12oz. Bottle This brew poured a cloudy dark gold looking like apple cider and a huge merengue like towering head. Took awhile for the head to die down. Aroma of sugary sweet delicious malt and fruity overtones remind me of a Belgian ale. Mouthfeel has a crispness unlike most barley wines I've had. Flavor is again, more like a Belgian Strong ale in my opinion. Sweet malt, candy sugar and fruit. Heavy lacing. Overall a really nice Thanksgiving warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Cinnamon-hued body with thousands of minute particles, a massive frothy head, and thick silky lacing. Aroma of strawberries, nutmeg, bubblegum esters, candy sugar and alcohol. Smell is reminiscent of a Belgian Ale, a dubbel specifically. Flavor is surprisingly chocolatey and also includes rich malt, fruit, spices, and vanilla bean. Strong floral hop presence provides a nice medium bitterness that is rounded by some mild sourness. This is a wild and complex brew that evokes many qualities. Very nice and tantalizing.

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