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RATINGS: 1541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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90 (879) - 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.

3.9
BlazerT (1274) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - NOV 20, 2017
Nice sticky and heavy loaded with malts. Despite the ABV is well drinkable and head is this and stays for a long time.The bitterness is quite high. Nice as baseline brew.

3.3
Scopey (15857) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2017
Bottle from Kenny's deep cellar - cheers! Consumed at L42. It pours hazy deep orange - brown with a small beige head. The aroma is soft, sweet, slick, oily, toasty grains, bit of umami, jammy fruits, toffee and cake. The taste is soft, bitter - sweet, oily, toffee, toasted nut, earthy, woody, touch of spice, stewed, tangy marmalade, sticky fruits and some alcohol warmth. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Too sweet for my tastes, but I can see why others would like it.

3.6
mR_fr0g (13656) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2017
Bottle shared on Level 42, 14/11/2017. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. A light hazed amber brown coloured pour with a off white head Aroma is semi swet, minty, nutty malts, toffee, . Flavour is composed of nutty amlts, minty, layered malts, toffee .Palte is semi sweet, moderate carrbonation/.

3.4
ChrisOfstad (358) - Hamar, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2017 0,3 litre Bottle from Total Wine Laguna Hills. Murky orange with little white head. Honey aroma and taste.

3.3
The_Osprey (9343) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2017

September 2017 - Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza. As 'Hair of the Dog Fred'. One of the big wants of the fest, and was a little disappointed. Pours an amber orange, translucent, foamy off-white head leaves light lacing. Aroma is banana peel, apple, oaky, astringent-seeming, a bit harsh. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is boozy, spiced browned apple flesh, spicy, again a little harsh. (5-4-5-4-13=3.1)


November 2017 - Bottle share at One Canada Square. Big thanks to Kenny. This is 10%. Orange-brown, translucent, dense foamy off-white head leaves full lacing. Aroma has some orange zest and popcorn. Body is frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is again toffee, slight orange notes, touch of papery oxidation. Slightly preferred the bottle version to keg, but neither really wowed. (6-4-6-3-14=3.3)

3.8
pintbypint (3864) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2017
12oz brown bottle, aged about a year. Golden colour, pretty clear. Holds a thin layer of white foam. Nose - toffee malt, hops, fruit, alcohol. Taste - big toffee malts, sweetness and some mellow alcohol. Malty finish. Medium body. Quite nice.

3.5
Vighals (4492) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2017 Ravfarget tåkete med lavt hvitt skum. Lukter alkohol og svisker. Middels+. Mye alkohol i smak som sitter lenge. Noe fat, trevirke, krydder og svisker. (Beavex17)

4.3
Bill Becker (1905) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 16, 2017
From Oct 2005

Bottle from batch 56:

Poured a nice medium gold with a huge head that remained throughout. The lacing is a virtual work of art.

The smell is a mix of fruit, hops, malt and vanilla....very complex and quite enjoyable to linger over.

The taste is not what I expected from the smell but is a sweet mix of malt and very bitter, grapefruit like tones from the hops. It has a very warming effect from the 10%abv but the taste actually hides the alc pretty darned well for me. A very good brew and I'd buy again without hesitation.

Update:

Well, I've had my first HOTD Fred since this review, batch 70, and I now notice how fruity this brew really is. Tons of orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, big pine, yet the sweetness from some of the fruit does a nice job of semi balancing the citrus and the pine. I still think that this is the best HOTD brew and yeah, I'll buy some again. ;^) Btw, I've adjusted my review accordingly. Btw, P2, it pours a cloudy medium gold. ;^)

4
wombat23 (1828) - Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Hazy orangish-gold, off-white head. Aroma of fruit cake. Taste is fruit cake, toffee, caramel, honey. Very rich. Warming finish. Nice!


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