RATINGS: 1550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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.

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Biroholik (1674) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 10, 2018
Alkohol: 10% obj.
Batch : 96
Słody: Pilzneńskie, żytnie
Chmiele: 10 różnych odmian chmieli
Kolor: Pomarańczowy, mocno zamglony.
Piana: Żółto-kremowa, bujna, okazała. Cały czas pozostaje na powierzchni. Powoli redukuje się do chmurki. Krążkowanie godne mistrzów.
Zapach: Aromat słodki, ale stonowany. Czuć wyraźne utlenienie. W powietrzu unosi się woń miodu wielokwiatowego, kandyzowanych owoców, karmelu i toffi. Sporo akcentów słodowych i przypieczonej skórki chlebowej. W tle lekka pikantność pochodząca od żytnich słodów.
Smak: W smaku przede wszystkim akcenty owoców. W pierwszym rzucie intensywne pomarańcze, grejpfruty i ich gorzkie skórki. Potem miód wielokwiatowy, toffi, dużo przypalonego karmelu. W tle masa akcentów przyprawowych, dużo chlebowych nut, pszenicy i pikantnego żyta. Goryczka ma umiarkowany profil, ale chwilami jest ściągająca. Fred ma średnią teksturę i pełne ciało.
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Fred jest dobrym piwem i na tym się zatrzymajmy. Niczym szczególnym się natomiast nie wyróżnia. Dodatkowo został błędnie sklasyfikowany na RateBeer. Zdecydowanie bliżej mu do Golden Ale, niż do Barley Wine. Ma sporo owocowych akcentów, a w szczególności skórki pomarańczy, grejpfrutowa i innych gorzkawych owoców. Dużo karmelu, toffi, nut zbożowych i chlebowych. A na koniec tuzin przyprawowych i pikantnych detali. Alko nieźle ukryte, a cala reszta po prostu OK.

tapefuzz (969) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2018
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber with a negligible off-white head - which disappears almost immediately. Aroma is caramel, honey, toffee, some spice, some alcohol, and a little bit of red grapefruit-y citrus. Taste is sweet; bourbon, caramel, honey, light biscuit, spice, some herbs, some pepper, a touch of yeast, and some earthy wood. It's not very fruity, but there may be just a hint of candied grapefruit and candied peach. Relatively bitter pils malt finish. Full body. Soft but active carbonation - like lively carbonation covered by a blanket. Creamy, lush mouthfeel.

Quick3Beers (1560) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2018
Pours a clear brown from a bottle until you swish in the sediment. I'm trying to remember from earlier this evening as in the intervening time I seem to have gotten a cold, and now can no longer discern as much in the aroma and flavor. I remember it being rather complex, the barley wine sweetness quickly becoming herbally bitter. A layer of sourness from the rye was present as well. Good beer.

Werckmeister (3489) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 19, 2018
12 oz bottle courtesy of Rob, big thanks. Batch 98. amber cloudy color, almost no head. smells marzipan, nutty, some ripe fruits, lightly musty, caramel, very nice smell. full body, no carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes ripe fruits, caramel, honey, molasses, peppery, some yeast, rather sweet. finishes medium sweet with notes of molasses, some fruits and sweetness. uhm, I can see why this was great 15 years ago, but in 2017/18 this is rather dated. Taste is not good, no balance, too heavy. Definitly dont drink this fresh, rather sticky mess.

78samh (290) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2018
12 oz bottle. Batch 98. Golden pour, opaque. Peach and honey aroma. Mild carbonation. Taste is grainy sweet, some spice, hop forward yet balanced. Long lasting aftertaste. Fantastic beer!

JStax (7395) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2018
Fresh 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is a clear gold with a white head of foam. Sweet and grainy taste. Notes of honey and molasses. Sweet and a little herbal in the finish. Big body and medium carbonation.

CraftBeerNick (3048) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2017
Tap at BeerTemple, 20th December 17. Pours light hazy brown. Aroma is boozy soaked fruit, catamel. Taste is smooth, dark fruits, caramel, sherry, wood, complex. Good

SimonBlok (919) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2017
25cl from tap at BeerTemple, Amsterdam. Appearance: slightly hazy brown with medium, off-white head. Aroma: raisins, apple, peach, caramel. Taste: high sweetness and high bitterness. Notes of caramel, peach, raisins and some red apple. Finish is dry and bitter. Palate: medium bodied, sticky texture and medium carbonation. Maybe a bit to bitter for a barley wine.

PotjeBier (3913) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2017
Darught @ Beer Temple (leftovers from Borefts?). Had this before bottled, early 2000's. Murky amber color. Forthy off white head. Aroma's: sweetish, red fruit, alcohol, acetone. Retronasal the alcohol and acetone are more pronounced (unfortunately), with some sweetness and fruit. Flavor is moderate sweet, fruity, light acetone. Full bodied. Long finish. The acetone/strong alcohol aroma's deminish a bit after a while, fortunately.

90 (1011) - BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2017
Bought @ Drankhalle DeConick. Rather brutal Barleywine. Smels very malty, still a lot of hop in the nose. Taste is straightforward, I expected more complexity. A tad too bitter. Nevertheless a very well made beer.

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