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RATINGS: 1486   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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 5, 2004
From batch number 46. 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere, but let's face facts, none is really needed at this strength. Loud pfffttt when opened. Poured out a murky, cloudy, full of yeast burnt orange color, with an enormous head that wouldn't quit. I don't know what HOTD puts in their beers to make the head so huge, but it works, and works well. Almost too well. Anyway, it smells like fresh cut Timothy hay, candi sugar, Brach's caramel candies, and alcohol. No fusels in here though, which is a really good thing. Tastes are exactly like it smells. Caramel candies, strong malt backbone, sweet esters, almost floral in taste. Hops make their presense known, but in a vague sort of way. It's like you know they're there, but they sneak in and out on you. This is truly a great beer, and Fred Eckhardt should be very proud they named a beer after him. Finished sweet, caramel-ly, and slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, carbonation is high, but in check. A one of a kind beer. I like it. You will too.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Pours clear dark amber with a BIG off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, honey, vanilla, an awesome blend of hops. Flavor has notes of caramel, yeast, belgian spiciness, raisins/dark fruit, brown sugar, honey, toasty malt, citrus, vanilla and a diverse palate of hops. Pleasantly sweet and malty. Some hop bitterness detected in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and round with very fizzy carbonation at first and then it takes a few minutes to calm down. Awesome head retention. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Batch 50. Huge creamy off-white head above a medium amber body. Excellent lacing. Sweet hoppy dark fruit aroma. A bit like Old Foghorn, IMO... vanilla, light licorice, alcohol, and fruit. Starts a bit sweet and citrus-like hoppy with more of a bitter pine finish. Palate is a bit oily and lively with bubbles. Nice medium body with a constant almost overly bitter background. Great drink. 8 / 5 / 7 / 3 / 17 Update 12/24/2007 - 8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (345) - 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 (5100) - 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.

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