fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub
Murky amber color, dull hue, compact head. The aroma provides loads of bourbon. Fairly sweet, with a very good malt base, a mellow fruity touch, strong bourbon character and pleasant alcohol warmth. The base beer is the winning element here, the bourbon and peach are a fun experiment.
mcberko (8529) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room, pours a dark ruby red with a tiny ring of off-white head. Aroma of peach and bourbon upfront, both relatively prominent, with some caramel malt sweetness and brown sugar. Flavour is still as bourbon-heavy as regular Bourbon Fred from the Wood, but now with prominent peach flavours (duh!). Lots of barrels, woody notes and bourbon, a bit of vanilla, the peach well-accentuating the barrel character. Excellent stuff, as always from this brewery. A bit cloying in peach sweetness after a while, holding this one back from being a masterpiece. Still, very enjoyable.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap. big, sweet and sticky as fred tends to be, but with the time in bourbon barrel it’s become almost absurdly hot, green and raw. the peach character adds a small bit of fruit flavor (probably doesn’t add sweetness but if it does it would be hard to tell given how sweet fred is in the first place), that’s mostly raw and pulpy. thing is, it’s entirely too messy and disjointed. unbalanced levels of sweetness, bitterness and acid, with very noticeable alcohol. probably one of the least favorite beers i’ve had from hair of the dog.
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a bright cloudy orange color with a medium white head. A big fruity huge bourbon nose. The flavor is hot bourbon, woody, sweet and tart peaches, a bit of sugary malts. The overall package here is a sweet malty big barrel aged brew. Excellent. The fruit treatment shines.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hair of the Dog – Portland, OR
Golden with a light orange hue hazy with floaters of peach. There is a strong peach flavoring with the added Fred this makes for an interesting beer. Light Bourbon and oak flavors and strong heat from the high alcohol.
boFNjackson (4186) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hair of the Dog during their 17th anniversary weekend... Poured an amber/honey tone with lots of floaties (actually chunks of peaches). Aroma was much like regular Fred with hints of vanilla bourbonish tones. Peach really played nicely, a good sweet balance to the booziness. Sherry-like, and a dry, champagne alcohol quality.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub in Portland, OR. Pours a cloudy, amber-orange-gold colored body with a thin, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bigger bourbon up front with a sweeter caramel and vanilla. A light peach comes out more as this warms with a bit of a bready rye spice, wood, and butterscotch. Flavor is similar. Bigger bourbon and sweet caramels with a good amount of vanilla. A bit more peach on the flavor, but still in the background. Touches of bready rye spice, some wood, and a bit of a nutty butterscotch. Finishes a bit hot with lots of bourbon, vanilla, and sweet caramels. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, I loved the regular Fred, but the bourbon is a bit much on this version. It’s still enjoyable with a light peach note, but not my favorite. Despite that, not bad and glad to have tried.
BuckeyeBoy (3177) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hair of the Dog new location. Pours out thick like peach juice with peach pulp no head on this one. Aroma was nice tons of sweetness, peach, and vanilla. Taste was more of the sweet peach juice, some bourbon, and thick malts.
beastiefan2k (2743) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Sampler at the brewpub. Thick dirty golden color. Too much of everything, particularly booze. Ugh. Boozy wood with tropical fruit hints.
maekchu (2556) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at HOTD Brewery and Taproom. 3-oz. taster. Fruit and butterscotch nose and thick sugary notes in aroma. Rose-tinged dark straw color. No head but a tiny stream of carbonation trickling upwards. Tangy and hearty. Some cheese. Very strong alcohol heat. Maybe not yet quite integrated. Medium body w/ light carbonation. Light warm wine-like aftertaste.