Beer Review: HAIR OF THE DOG FRED FROM THE WOOD

Beer Review: HAIR OF THE DOG FRED FROM THE WOOD

From the aging process in new, medium-toast American oak barrels for a minimum of 6 months, Hair of The Dog presents Fred From the Wood, a barleywine that’s not for the faint-hearted. Available both at the brewery and select retailers, this beer boasts a vintage 2008 edition sampled from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet, clocking in at a formidable 10% ABV acquired through an online trade.

Appearance:

The liquid unfolds into a dark golden amber, crowned with a tight, quarter-inch cap of white foam. A visually striking introduction, setting the stage for what’s to come.

Aroma:

Wafting from the glass, notes of toffee, coconut, and a distinct alcoholic presence greet the senses. The aroma hints at the bold flavors waiting to be explored.

Taste:

Upon sipping, a complex symphony unfolds. Wood, caramelized grapes, red apple, spicy hops, and a distinctive bourbon character take center stage. Each element vies for attention, creating a rich tapestry of flavors.

Mouthfeel:

The beer greets the palate with a very fizzy and full-bodied presence. There’s a slight creaminess that adds a layer of texture to the overall experience. The effervescence and weight make their mark in a way that demands attention.

Overall:

While the intent behind crafting a complex sipper is evident, personal preferences come into play. In comparison to its regular counterpart, Fred From the Wood falls short for this reviewer. The experience proved a bit overwhelming, not going down as easily as desired. The intricate layers may appeal to those seeking a challenge, but for some, the complexity might be a tad too much.