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RATINGS: 1471   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.

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1031) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2012
On tap @ HotD. Pours dark reddish amber with thin head. Aroma is sweet candi sugars and light caramel malts. Doesn’t taste quite sweet enough to be a barleywine, more of a strong Belgian, dubbel maybe? Anyway, very rich caramel and rye malts and solid hops balance out the sweetness. Opens up nicely as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (3684) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
Hair of the Dog’s classic barley wine commemorating the late Fred Eckhardt, Portland’s influential beer author. Loose, egg-white, irregular head needing some forcing to form but well retaining after that, beautiful deep and pure amber colour, clear with a small flake of protein here and there initially but many more of those with deposit, rendering the beer cloudy dark orange. Powerful and somewhat unusual bouquet of blood orange, grapefruit, mango, freshly toasted bread, watermelon, dried banana, vanilla, pink pepper, white port wine, cider, pear brandy, caramel, chlorine-like hint and even something diary-like (buttermilk - diacetyl?), but in all very agreeable. Candied sweet onset, marmelade, melon, papaja, canned apricot, some sourish berries, citrus peel freshness, expectedly soft carbonation, slick, oily and supple mouthfeel, thick caramel malt sweetness, honeyish, rich with a bitterish toasted edge for balance especially in the finish as well as a certain rye bread-like ’deep’ sourishness, where it is accompanied by peppery hops with a brief but unmistakable sharpish American ’sting’ and retronasal floral and citrus aromas but quite mildly so yet very complex (unsurprisingly seen the amount of hop varieties used), as well as the expected glow of white rhum-like alcohol, becoming just a little bit wry in the end but not disturbingly so especially considering this particular beer style. The big caramel malt sweetness triumphs in the end but remains well balanced by the bittering hops. Delicious sipper with certain ’Belgian’ traits, mostly sweet but in an elegant, seductive manner and well-balanced with bitterish hop and toasted notes. I wonder what this would taste like with some mild maderisation after several years of cellaring... Expensive, but I’m glad I bought this. Hair of the Dog rarely disappoints!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5991) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Potent stuff. Lots of caramelized barley. Candied apple and booze with some very sweet tangerine. Pours cloudy orange without much head. Lots of sediment floating around. Very sweet finish. Slightly syrupy consistency. Bottle my dad sent me from brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (995) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 3, 2015
At the Belgrade-Serbia tasting on 31/10/2015. Bottle courtesy of luttonm, many thanks. Pours light amber color, hazy with sediments in the glass, almost no head. Nose: sweet, peach, apricot, sweet fruit jam. Amazing. Mouth: sweet yellow fruit molasses, orange marmalade, bitter elegant finish. Rich peculiar beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4326) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2015
Light brown. Clear. Flavour is extremely malty. Lots of bread and fruity sugars too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hansvf (444) - - OCT 9, 2015
Kleur tussen oranje en koper in. Geen schuim. Jammer. Geur als quadrupel, barley wine. Met peer, sinaasappel. Niet echt mijn smaak. Ziet, carbo, en iets geks...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2015
Tap at Craftheads. Blonde. Wow, lovely taste. Rounded, booze is there but hidden. Very smooth. Grainy, but sweet, orchard fruit, sticky sweetness. Treacle/golden syrup. Very easy drinking. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (632) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
Drank @ Borefts 2015 (saturday).Seeet beer, lots of taste. Very rich. Barley and malt come to mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1284) - Lille, FRANCE - SEP 28, 2015
On tap @ Borefts 2015, De Molen Bodegraven - NL. Color: clear amber beer with no carbonation and no foam. Smell: barley and malt domination, small sweet alcohol finish. Taste: full body and very oily sensation. Nice sweet malt taste and cereal. Very sweet finish. Aftertaste: alcohol domination and sweet cereal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2512) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
sample from draft at borefts 15. poured a slight cloudy golden colour with a white head. nose has buttery notes, barley, and sticky caramel. raisins, and caramel malts aswell. prunes, slight bitter hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (3218) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
At Borefts 2015. Aroma of bitter raisin and caramel. Flavor is of a typical bitter us barley wine, so raisin, caramel and malt. Nice, but nothing spectacular.

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