craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey. Pours a slightly hazy orange copper with smallish white head. Nose and flavor are rife with candied orange, hints of sweet pink grapefruit flesh, vanilla sweetness and boozy heat, pine, and maybe the slightest touch of maple. Definitely citrus forward, but with that little touch of booze, bourbon, and maple. Palate is definitely aggressive, not hiding the 15% all that well, but I for one am just fine with that. Tasty and awesome to try, but not overly complex. Still, yummy.
AndyReynolds (886) - Dayton, Kentucky, 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 (265) - 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. Here’s 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 (3426) - 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 (533) - 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. Don’t get much of the barrel character here sadly. Overall, still a good barleywine but not up to many other Founders releases.
Douberd (2292) - 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 (1885) - 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
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MrFecesious (960) - 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 (1654) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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.
Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into snifter - I get rye in the nose. Sip adds citrus, brown sugar or some other sweet ingredient, and wood. There is a lot going here, out of my league. Super sweet and somewhat boozy. Fairly hoppy still for a super sweet barley wine. Simply too much going on for me.
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy red amber, puffy ring. Light skunky grass as orange up front in nose, accent burnt sugar booze aspects. hot flavor is light grass and cardboard oxidation, moderate orange and mango hop presence mid before thin, grassy light BO hop finish, slick palate.