CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2009
On tap at the brewery! Alan had the regular wood Fred and this. Heavy bourbon aroma. Not as dark as expected but a solid caramel brown. Heavy bourbon flavor with a touch of Fred sweetness. Very smooth enjoyable version of Fred. The bourbon helps balance out the sweet malt Flavors of the Fred. Fairly smooth as is the case with all of the Hair of the Dog beers. The biggest thing about this beer is the bourbon aroma and flavor. Not trying to hide the bourbon in the least. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
Thanks Alan. Poured hazy amber brown @ brewery, bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, fruity, little nutty. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2011
2010 Lucky Lab Big Beer and Barleywine festival. Dark orange pour with a thick white head and moderate lacing. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, sugar, more bourbon. Pretty much tastes like a shot of bourbon dropped into a glass of Fred. Is about as awesome as that sounds too. Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2012
2011 Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours cloudy dark orange with bubbles on top. Aroma is complex and delicious. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, fruit and hops. Flavor is smooth and vinous. Dark fruit, oak, vanilla and a pleasant alcohol warmth. Slick and vaguely sticky. Waauw - delicious! Thanks Jacob! Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko from the brewery. Pours cloudy brown/red, no head, no carbonation. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, some toffee, molasses, burnt sugar, oak/wood. Flavour is the same. Smooth and soft, very nice, could do with a bit more depth to be in the "incredible" category.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2012
A - Pours a super hazy amber-brown with only a few bubbles around the edges. The bubbles disappear quickly leaving behind no lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of Bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, caramelized and residual sugars, some grapefruit and citrus hops and some booze.
T - Starts off with some sweet toffee malts with some brown and maple sugars, dark fruit, grapefruit hops, and some vanilla. Through the middle, the bourbon and oak come through with some floral hop notes, a hint of hop bitterness, some honey, and some more residual sugars. The finish is a mix of caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, honey, some citrus hops, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with very mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. The lack of carbonation hurts it a bit, but the barrel flavor blends so nicely with the base beer that it is still very enjoyable. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle thanks to Bacterial (thanks Jeff!). Clear dark tan pour, no carbonation whatsoever and an aroma of light sweet malt, caramel and mellow vanilla/bourbon. Flavor is silky caramel, sweet silky bourbon and a little bready. No way this tastes like 12%, good god this is tasty. jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle from Frank. Pours like swamp water..a murky light brown that is barely transparent. Head is present and lasting. Aroma is vanilla, candied apple, bourbon, some belgian yeast characteristics. Taste is maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, toffee. Finish is hot, heavy bourbon. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than the Fred. An overall gem but not the intelligent balance of sweet and bitter present in the Fred. Too sweet and sticky but def nice. Bosbouw (2925) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Troebele oranje kleur met een goede crème kraag. Ruikt zoet, crème, vanille. Smaakt vol, vanille, crème. Iets bittere afdronk. Maarten1993 (1279) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Sampled @ Zeebra 2014. Very sweet. Rich, but the barley-wine-like sweetness is very dominating.