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RATINGS: 793   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.com’s 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 RateBeer’s thousands of beer enthusiasts as one of the world’s 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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3.9
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Ridiculous. Gotta thank Grant for bringing this down. Every flavor you could ever want out of a bw. Only drawback..a little too much alcohol taste for only ten percent. Still a solid 4.

4.3
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle from trade with Dubbercody. Batch 64 (RateBeer special release). Thanks Jamie! Wow! This is a nice beer,. Pours a rich copper color with a fat off white head. Aroma of smoked wood, malt, spices and fruit. Taste is complex with subtle notes of caramel, fermented fruit, alcohol and hops. A very nice beer all the way around!

4
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2006
This is a slightly cloudy, goden orange beer with a great, frothy head. It has a full citrus-filled aroma. It is very complex in flavor: rich, and yes, of course, it is woody. It is full-bodied and hoppy. A very good beer.

3.8
mjg74 (3116) - 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
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
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
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. It’s a very smooth beer. Toned down hops and malt with some sour vanilla. It drinks like candy. Sweet sticky candy.

4.2
TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, 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
dwyerpg (6219) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Side-by-sided this with the original at Bill and Steiny’s party. Very different. A fresher, funkier aroma, the taste is hoppier and just plain better the whole way through. Excellent. A1.

4.1
Silphium (3199) - 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!


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