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RATINGS: 1451   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
jsnicholas (375) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle (12oz $6) Batch #93. Cloudy reddish brown. Zero head. No lacing. Sweet smell. Taste may be ok if the mouth feel was any good. This is the second bottle I have had and it is just as bad this time. No carbonation, just tastes like drinking syrup. I have one more bottle which I will sit on for a long while to see if it improves. Interestingly, my previous rating was deleted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle during (mostly) Hair of the Dog beers tasting. Many thanks again Jef! Batch #78 side by side with batch #82 #78 = 3,5 APPEARANCE: clouded blond beer, almost no head. NOSE: alcohol, fruity, esters, butter. TASTE: alcohol, fruity, esters, butter, unbalanced and flat. #82. = 3,8 APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: fruity, alcohol, nice, hoppy, florar. TASTE: hoppy, dry, florar, alcohol. Two completely different beers, one probably was not cellared properly

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2091) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from a trade, @ HOTD tasting 2014. Soft carbonation. Dark brown colour, thin layer of dark brown foam. Complex aroma of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, citrus and brown sugar. Light notes of vanilla. Bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2236) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Batch 78 bottle from HOTB. Pours a murky reddish brown with zer head whatsoever. Aromas of dark fruits caramel molasses brown sugar. Taste is sweet and raisiny. Some alcohol heat. Medium light body. Super low carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1335) - Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Tap at Hair of the Dog. Pours hazy orange with white head. Aroma is very caramel, barley, sweet. Taste is nicely balanced, a hoppy barley wine, easy, smooth, low carbonation. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
beertholomeus (1183) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours a cloudy brown and without any head whatsoever. Biscuit, caramel, toffee, citrus, resinous hop and malt aroma. Resinous hop, citrus, caramel, fig, biscuit, toffee, alcohol, oxidation and malt flavors. Bitter but completely flat and very oxidized. Boozy and bitter biscuit finish. Hope this was just a bad bottle that was improperly capped but for the price for a bottle not sure if worth getting again. Definitely infected. Batch 93

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
From notes: Had this on draft at hair of the dog brewery. Reddish with white head. Smells like a pile of prunes. Tastes pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 On tap, poured into a sampler tulip. Aromatics containing bread crust and dry citrus / curcao are dominant with some hints of sugar and mango. It pours a hazy and murky orange color with a white, dense foam head that reduces to a thin ring with a light fuzz surface. It leaves a a few streaks of dense, microbubble lace. The taste is a medium high sweet, medium bitter, and a touch of sour. An abundant, soft, creamy carbonation accompanies the full body, viscous texture. Sweet caramel, bread crust, and tropical fruit flavors start the mouth, and it turns to bitter fruit at the finish with a bit of a sour touch. A mellow bitterness and pine linger in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"this one was originally a little harsh for me (’05). Had some of the same qualities as Bigfoot (good) and Arrogant Bastard (which I also find to be a little harsh), though. deep and complex, but I’ll most likely spend my money elsewhere, especially for the price. 3/11 - after a couple years, gave it another shot. better. i saw someone described it as a Hardys meets Bigfoot. Not as sweet as hardys or as bitter as bigfoot, but definitely a little of both. it grew on me with each sip. fruity. alcohol still a tad too prevelant, but the warmth at the swallow cancels out the overcarbonation. well done. still not a 99th percentile beer (100th on rb) in my mind, but quite good. originally a 3.8 or so...batch 80 4.3...average 4.1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hllywoodgq (1) - Chatsworth, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014 does not count
Fred is a very sweet beer with high alcohol content. Aroma notes include cereal, citrus, and sweet corn. Appearance is golden in color, liquid is clear, and the head is white foam and medium frothy. Taste is medium to heavy sweetness with no bitterness. Body is medium with a creamy texture on the tongue. Average level of carbonation and a short, sugary finish. Overall, this beer is much too sweet for my taste and I would not buy it again.

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