SirLimpsalot (3507) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ SBWF 2014: riktigt trevlig maltig doft. Smaken kommer som en bomb av malt, frukt, alkohol och rostat kaffe. Riktigt gott.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
slowrunner77 (9415) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Being prepared for this NOT being a 100% barrel aged beer was a big help. Like with Stoic, I think this is "only" a 97th percentile beer, and not a 100, because of expectations. People expecting a CBS like barreling or a bourbon bomb will be disappointed...unless they appreciate that while the beer might not be what they were expecting, itís a GREAT barleywine. For 15%, pretty mellow. Still a big beer, with ample sweetness, but incredible balance between the caramel and oak, good dose of citric hops, and slight vanilla, bourbon, and maple sweetness relegated to the background. Aroma and flavor are 9+. Couldnít keep my nose out of the glass, and though Iím sure itís a good thing I shared, I could have drank this 750 all by myself, and loved every sip. In the top 2% of newbies in 2012. Thanks Greg, aka ggrumet, for the trade. Ironically, same score as the beer I sent you for it! "
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man, this is complex. I guess it better be with the price tag. I am pretty impressed with the overall character of this beer. It is delicious.
Jamesthebrit (415) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this fresh at the brewery when it first came out and it was gross. Hereís a bottle.
Aroma is oaky. Sweet. Subtle bubblegum note. Caramel.
Color is red. Little head. So red. Like ruby red.
Taste is amazingly balanced. Boozy, oaky, a little floral. Malty. Sweet. Very complex. And smooth. So smooth. Much better than at the brewery. A stunning example of a barley wine.
Palate is perfect. Boozy but with a super smooth finish.
A great beer and a great barley wine . Like the only style made better through age.
vtafro (6252) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet fruit and malty tones, alcohol not there but do expect it in the flavor. Darker malt tones, some sweetness, not too hot, at least when cold.
stoutnick (824) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby caramel. Aroma is booze, toffee. Taste is the same with a strong dose of caramel, finishing bitter. Syrupy. Donít get much of the barrel character here sadly. Overall, still a good barleywine but not up to many other Founders releases.
Douberd (4535) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small taster at Zeebra.
The beer has a deep copper orange colour on the body, crystal clear, with a small off-white head on top. Good retention, light lacing on the glass.
Aroma is quite hoppy, with the cascade hops obvious, with mandarines, cookie dough, clear malts, light alcohol, prunes.
Taste is more on the malty side, with the alcohol very well hidden actually, notable only by a warming feeling on the body. The cascade comes on the aftertaste, again with its mandarin/orange peel. Dark fruits also present, prunes, maybe some raisins, sugars.
Medium body, good carbonation. Sticky palate.
baraciisch (2775) - California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel orange, fruity caramel aroma... Lots of tropical fruits, slightly boozy, light hops... Great beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hog shack bottle share. Hazy burnt orange and thin cap. Aroma of toffee, licorice, wood, booze, candied sugar. Taste is very sweet and tangy, with a big punch of bitter. Very sticky.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at Proof. Deep amber pour with a small white head. Sweet aroma, burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins and barrel. Similar sweet flavor that bordering cloying with notes of booze. Not really my thing.