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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
82 88 78 6 28 32
Fred From The Wood by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
American Barleywine
10.00 % ABV

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Review by mr. furley on 07/27/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2006
received in trade many moons ago. not sure from whom. maybe Duckboy? been sitting in a box all this time more or less forgotten.

grabbed it at random tonight and am glad i did. this is delicious. almost no booze burn, good fruity smell, very smooth drinker. mellow as hell and superb all around.

if you have one of these, now seems a good time to drink it.

eta: Batch 64

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 2008
12oz Bottle

2008 Vintage

I got two of these sent my way from two of the best traders around and both of which are named Derek, thanks hoppymeal and errantnight, you two are incredibly generous! The wooded version of Fred has a bright ruby body with enough haziness to make seeing through the glass tougher than normal. A small head of white foam subsides rather quickly thanks to the high abv and barrel aging but the collar leaves sticky lacing all down the glass.

Huge caramel notes kick things off with an underlying fruitiness of pear, plum, overripe apple and cherry. There are notes of sweetness coming from every direction to the point I can't put my finger on many of them. Freshly chopped oak and vanilla cradle the rest of the aroma in a nice little pouch for my nosebud's pleasure.

The flavor follows the nose with all sorts of malty goodness. There are fistfuls of fruit in this beer; peach, pear, apple, cherry... the list goes on and on. Caramel maltiness lays down a firm foundation with a little toasty breadiness thrown in for good measure. Fresh cut oak and vanilla, again, wrap the other flavors of this beer up perfectly. This is what I look for in a barleywine.

The mouthfeel fits well and makes this huge BW easier to drink but a richer, more velvety mouthfeel would top this beast off beautifully. The body leans toward heavy and has a bit of stick with some drying on the finish, still excellent.

I could drink a couple of these in a row. That would also cause mucho problemos considering the huge abv in this beer. The booze is barely noticeable and that makes this, pardon the cliché, dangerously drinkable.

Fred is a gem, Fred from the Wood is a rockstar. This beer can hold its own with some of the best barleywines out there right now. Thanks for the two bottles guys and the addiction that they led to.


Served In: Snifter

Review by thickfreakness on 01/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 17 4 9 2008
2008 Batch thanks to bgramer.

An aggressive pour yields short lived yellowish head and a light iced tea colored beer.

Aroma is pineapple, grassy hops, sharp oakiness, alcohol, pine, caramel, cherry, tobacco, and other fruits. Overall good but sort of odd.

Taste is very similar to the smell with a more pronounced fruitiness, boozy finish, dry oakiness, tobacco cherry, pineapple, pine, and again just sort of odd overall for me, but I like it.

Big, syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. Dry finish from the oak.

I still can't pinpoint that signature Fred taste but I like it now. Good beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 06/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2007
Batch 64 from Duckboy>

A- Murky burnt orange with a decent light tan head that fades away.

S- Almost a tart smell to it. Some cherry, with some light yeatiness. Some sweet maltiness to the nose also, very inviting.

T- Interesting, VERY sweet. The alcohol is there blended with the oak, which is very present. Sweet caramel in the finish with some light bitterness. Very easy to drink.

M- Very well composed and is easy to drink.

O- A very solid brew, a little different BA brew than others i've tried, but in a good way. not nearly as boozy as others.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Westside Threat on 03/22/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 2006
Batch #64

A: Simple hazy toffee color leaning towards the dark side of the spectrum. Few stray bubbles drift lazily from an unseen starting point up to the top. The head is medium sized, sort of fizzy which has settled into a ring and lump of cappuccino colored foam in the center.

S: Butterscotch, vanilla, marshmallow, fresh cream, pungent oak and raw cookie dough.

T: Starts off sweet and malty…almost like butterscotch ice cream. Good amount of toffee and chewy doughy malts all merge together with a decent amount of bitterness. Some yellow apple, pear and drab tangerine bring in a fruity component. After the swallow the oak comes on…and it comes on thick. Even with this much age on it, the oak is really thick and aggressive. Finishes sweet and sticky with more marshmallow and bitterness.

M: Medium body, little bit of carbo sting

D: Oak is a little heavy for my tastes. Really laid on thick and over the top for me. Still very nice beer none the less.

Served In: Snifter

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 3 8 0
Batch #64

Color is cloudy, orange/brown. Smell is a good mix, but can smell the alcohol, which I have come to find (in my limited experience with Barleywines) is not unusual. Still a good smell both in the bottle and in the glass. Taste is caramel, maple, wood. Bitter finish, with a strong hint of alcohol.

Very good example of the style, which was expected. But, for me anyway, seems like it can use some age. Very happy that I have several more of these to let them age for a good long while.

Served In: Bottle

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