Tortman18 (175) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very opaque, ruby/amber with a half finger of creamy mocha head that dissipates quickly to a cap. Small amount of lacing. Nose is intimidating. A ton of dates, plum, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, a little bit of candy sweetness and a little bit of roasted malts. Mouth is awesome. Very earthy. The dark fruits are present again. A lot of plum and cherry. Some vanilla, caramel, pancakes and bourbon. Itís pretty hot but subtle. Leaves a slight bitter taste and finishes dry.
Howlader (422) - - JAN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draught at Meridian Pint during the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference. Served in a 4oz taster. Damn good barleywine.
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber with 1 finger white head. Aroma has a malty toffee background with a good amount of fruity hops, bit of banana in there as well. Opens extremely sweet, middle has some dark fruit and bananas, and the finish is fairly bitter with a bit of fruit. This isnít bad, but its far from good.
olr1984 (918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a bright orange amber with a thin off white head. sweet malt bourbon and maple aroma. taste is the same
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml served in a Tripel Karmeleliet tulip because I just knocked my snifter off the counter shattering into a thousand pieces. Sad.
Vintage 2012 Anniversary!
A - Pours a hazy garnet amber with a yellowish sudsy head. The head forms a razor thin cap with speckled lacing left on the glass.
S - Candied barley, sweet citrus, caramel, toffee, bourbon barrel, spicy grains, maple syrup, orange alcohol.
T - Thick toffee malt, spicy barley, orange cream, confectioners sugar, maple syrup, honey drenched grain, grapefruit rind, the citrus hops provide good flavor and medium bitterness against this heavy handed malt. Notes of bourbon soaked wood, a peppery spicyness becomes more pronounced as it warms. The spicyness comes from the alcohol but seems to trick the palate into thinking itís from a spicy grain. Finishes malty, spicy and slightly bitter.
M - Thick syrupy body, low creamy carbonation. Fuller body for the ABV. Gets slicker as it warms.
This is big all around. It still has a good amount of grapefruit hops which it needs to combat all that sweet malt. I like this better now than when I had it 4 months ago for some strange reason. As sweet and as high as this ABV is, I found my self talking bigger drinks. This beer is very smooth and for the amount of malt this puppy packs there is a good supporting cast with the wood and hops. Iíve had beers in this ABV range and most canít pull it off. This one does.
I wouldnít set on this one too much longer. The remaining hops are what saves this beer from being an ultra sweet diabetes overload. Drink it now.
Serving type: bottle
beerfest5 (1064) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok with 15% abv, its past the point of trying to hide the booze in either the hops or malts. This is a sipper, preferably after a large meal, and sharing it with several people. Even when all the objectives are met, this is still a tough one. Some redeeming factors, the maple syrup came through well, not cloying like I expected, but I donít think Ill be coming back for seconds
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. It pours a very clear amber/orange color with an orange head. The aroma is ultra sweet with rum soaked raisins, orange marmalade, maple syrup, bourbon and a touch of rubbing alcohol. The flavor is kind of the same. More maple syrup and bitter orange, some cherry cough syrup, vanilla and wood. It has a very rough bitter, aspirin/alcoholic finish. Way too rough.
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Ashley's. The pour is very light, red, and not overly impressive. The head is thin. Filmy and fades to a spotty lace. The aroma is difficult. There are some tobacco ish hints with hot a whole lot of bourbon or vanilla to it. It's a little grainy, and not what is expect from the beer. The flavor is similarity disappointing. There is a nice bourbony flavor to it but it's missing a lot of the characteristics of a good barleywine. It's not terrible, but it's not overly impressive.
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sherm1016 (1057) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber color with a thin tan head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty, oak, vanilla. Heavy and syrupy on the palate with soft, creamy carbonation. Flavor is very sweet, malty, caramel, toast, some booze, oak, vanilla, clove?, with a sweet, oaky finish. Not my favorite from Founders.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, vintage 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a garnet red/copper color with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a lot of lacing left behind. The brew smells like dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, sweet spices, citrusy hops, wood, and some booze/bourbon. It tastes similar to the aroma, like dark fruit (cherries, raisins), sweet spices, caramel, vanilla, candied oranges, toffee, wood, bourbon/booze, citrusy hops, molasses and some light pine resin. Itís mostly sweet tasting, but thereís noticeable bitterness too. Mouthfeel/body is full, itís syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. Itís not as boozy as I expected for being 15% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good brew, hopefully Founders will make this again in the future.