Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company - Fred

Better Fred than dead.
It was recently in the news that a rare bottle of Hair of the Dog beer (Dave) sold for $2,000. Hair of the Dog was also named the number one brewery in Portland by those two Scottish dudes on the Brew Dogs TV program.

Trust me, I'm not jumping on the hype train. The only thing that impresses me about any brewery is how their beer performs on my taste buds. Dave is certainly out of my price range, and a 12 oz. bottle of Fred is almost as painful to my wallet. $4.99 at Fred Meyer. Ouch. Is it worth it? Let's find out...

Fred poured from bottle into tulip snifter a hazy, golden amber color. The off-white head came up to two fingers thick and was quite creamy and clumpy. The head dissipated slowly and left lots of sudsy lacing behind.

Aroma was brown sugar and dark fruit. Just is hint of citrus in the background, along with a bit of booze.

Taste was biscuity malt and toffee. Sweet potato pie and over-ripe, dark fruit. Raisin, date and plum. Nutty flavors blossomed as the beer warmed up. Definite warmth of booze--almost seemed barrel-aged, but it's not.

Full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Just a bit of a syrupy tonsil-coater. Booze and sweet malt at the end.

Fred is definitely a world class brew. Massive amount of character in a small package. The Wonder Beagle thought it smelled marvelous. Fred earns a perfect BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie.

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