JohnGalt1 (480) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a short lived off white head even with a fairly aggressive pour... the brew is clear dark orange... only random dots of lacing... I keep looking for legs in the glass.
The nose is nostril coating malty with thick vanilla and maple essence... the bourbon is more than present and the malty sweetness is only balanced by a decent piney hoppiness.
Flavor mirrors the aroma and shows brown sugar and something that I associate with candied pecans... bitterness is thankfully still fairly present after all this time so is a piney/grapefruit zest hoppiness... could use more hops though.
Medium/big bodied with a light carbonation that only accentuates the thickness on the palate... pretty damn hot even after at least 10 months in the bottle.
A bit of a mess at this point, but a bit more refined than when it was first released... I have a couple more but would like to get some to put away for the long haul... I think this one is going to be muddy for quite a while and then emerge a better beer.
vtafro (3254) - 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 (504) - 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 (2218) - 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 (1812) - 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 (944) - 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 (1629) - 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 (2094) - 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 (3258) - 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.
BroSpud (1684) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled during Julio’s Spring Beer Fest. Surprised to find this one had much less alcohol taste than the "lowly" 12% Sweet Repute that was tasted immediately prior. I preferred this one as it seemed to have alot more going on that just alcohol. Lots of earthy fruit notes, oak and maple.
solidfunk (3892) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much better than Sweet Repute. A little too boozy but still balanced well overall. Barrel not super evident. Sweet malt and hops come out in this. Cloudy orange pour with good head and lacing. Smells sweet and liquory and finishes the same way. Tap at Founders event at Churchkey.