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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Fred From the Wood is aged in new, medium toast American oak barrels for at least 6 months. This Beer is available from the brewery and at select retailers.

RateBeer Special Release 06/06,Batch 64: We hope you enjoy this release of Fred from the Wood, the first of RateBeer.coms Worldwide Masters Series. This request edition beer showcases the artful strength and technical brewing excellence of Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland, Oregon. Sprints is consistently rated by RateBeers thousands of beer enthusiasts as one of the worlds most elite brewers. He has kindly honored our request for a special edition of Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood, which is aged in oak barrels for six months and is truly world-class beer. -- Joe Tucker, RateBeer.com

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a hazy dark golden brownish color. Aroma is sour and woody. Reminds me of a sour ale. Some sweet orange aromas. Wood seems to dominate this brew. Bitter and sweet. Some malty hoppy bitterness. Some alcohol is present throughout. Very intersesting brew. Not sure where to place it. A very full flavored complex beer. Smooth mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
BATCH 64: amber body with minimal white head...major oak aroma, heavy in bourbon, wood, butter, vinegar and alcohol..flavor is essentially the same, and its bourbon is punishing (add some vanilla bean)..major alcohol and major warming..nice palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
The pour from this 12ozbottle was a amber-gold, with a small, thin tight tan head that had excellent lacing. The nose was some yeast with hops, wood caramel and alcohol. The taste was very hot for me. Alcohol followed closely with caramel and wood, yeast and some IPA components. I wish I had some restraint, and aged this.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Hazy deep copper body, soapy off-white head. The head brings an astringent soapy cheap IPA hop aroma to the nose. The regular Fred was similar, but this is more so. There is also a underlying fruity, caramelly, vanilla. Some of the same astringent quality showing up in the taste too. More of an oxidized hop/caramel malt thing. Its a very smooth beer. Toned down hops and malt with some sour vanilla. It drinks like candy. Sweet sticky candy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottled, Batch 64: Beer pours hazy amber/orange/red color with a nice creamy off white head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is mouth watering with lots of wet wood, some vinous notes, alcohol, and some spicy hoppiness. Flavor is spicy, sweet, with some really enjoyable wood notes, as well as some terrific vinous qualities as well, spicy hoppiness in the finish. This is a delightful beverage by any stretch of the imagination. Carbonation is lush and soft, reminding me of the great Belgian ales which are so often perfectly carbonated. Thanks to Alan Sprints for his support of RateBeer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5829) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Side-by-sided this with the original at Bill and Steinys party. Very different. A fresher, funkier aroma, the taste is hoppier and just plain better the whole way through. Excellent. A1.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Batch 64 (RateBeer special release). Hazy orange-amber body, thin off-white head. Nose dominated by sharp alcohol notes and fermented fruits (fig, raisin), also almond, vanilla, soy, and honey. Bold and potent. Big oaky body, buttery, with a significant alcohol presence. Toast, fermented fruits, and vanilla complete the palate. Rich but amazingly soft despite the high ABV. Bitter finish. Very well done. Thanks to the generous trader of this beer!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3352) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle: Thanks Kramer17801!! Hair of the Dog has gained my deepest respect over the course of recent history. I hope this will be another awesome experience for me. The pour is a light hazy amber, but it is very dense and its impossible to see anything on through the beer. An even, bubbly head sits atop the beer for a great long while and fast, fairly dense carbonation is lively throughout the body. The aroma is extremely rich of fresh, juicy, fruit notes. Distinct juicy oranges, pears, and grapefruit all adorn the sweet nose. Hm. . .wheres the oak, oh its there oh so subtly melding with caramel and pineapple. The flavor is much harsher than the nose, it highlights the oak in a bourbonesque fashion much more than the aroma let on. Strong notes of pineapple resonate through my sinuses as I take small sips. The alcohol may as well not even be there as far as taste goes. The initial taste is really bizarre, its like a cup of fruit salad/bourbon, but I soon decide I like this unique profile. I consumed this at cellar temp (which warmed up pretty fast) based on my general idea of a barley wine, but I think this one may have been better just a few degrees cooler due to the rich pineapple notes. hm, I wish I had another bottle or two to see how this quirky brew would most appeal to me. Either way, I enjoyed the beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2006
very very good beer, poured a very hazy amber orange with a wispy white head. aromas of hops and oak, with a nice sweetness. great complex taste, strong maltyness with a smooth counterbalance bitterness. not to much oak in the flavor, but very good. full mouthfeel and a nice lingering finish. im glad i have another one of these to age for a while. great beer.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Blankboy. Shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and MDS. First off, this bottle was a leaker in the package Blankboy received, so it may not be in prime condition - we are planning on sampling it again around Christmas, so I will rerate then. Until then though, here are my initial notes to compare. Really woody, whisky aroma - quite pleasant. No head, hazy murky brown. Super boozy, stronger than 10% if that is possible in initial taste. Tons of wood and rich oak taste, strong alcohol burn. Im sure there is a beer below all this booze and wood, but I couldnt find it - original Fred is unrecognisable. A good idea taken way too far, I really didnt enjoy this at all.


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