Hair of the Dog Brewery practices the interesting habit of naming their beers after people. Knowing only that, I picked up two bottles and am tasting Hair of the Dog Fred Golden Special Ale today.
Hair of the Dog Fred Golden Special Ale settled a cloudy honey color with a thick, sticky white head and some sediment from the bottle conditioning. There was little observable carbonation, and the nose was comprised of candied orange and some alcohol heat.
Hair of the Dog Fred Golden Special Ale opened with big, sweet caramel and maple flavors that darkened into a burnt molasses with some bitterness and a little ester. The ale lingered for a while, sticky and bittersweet in the mouth.
Hair of the Dog Fred Golden Special Ale has a bit too medicinal in the finish, and is a big, bracing beer that doesn't quite hold up under the weight of itself.