drfabulous (4174) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle. Vanilla and brandy over a dark yellow body. Followed by some rum and oak. Very nice. Smooth.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 ounce taster glass at the Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids. Sweet Repute is a bulldozer. The aroma was amazing, comprised of bourbon, sweet maple syrup, hot liquor, and a fresh baked rhubarb pie’s sugars and crust. The taste was really assertive: boozy, bourbon loaded, dark fruits and maple syrup. This is a sipper beer, approached best in moderation. 5 ounces was plenty. Medium bodied and low in carbonation. Overall Sweet Repute is good for a quick dance, but she’d wear you out in no time if you went out with her for the night.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Copper color with small white head. This is a sweet brew. Coconut and citrus notes. Smooth butterscotch taste. Very enjoyable.
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Orange with a beige off white head and particulate. Pina colada aroma. Pina colada, candy sugars and maple syrup. Sweet and boozy.
Sledutah (5098) - Utah, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dallas
Slightly cloudy golden w/floaters (wheat?) with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, woody and vanilla. Taste is sweet, maple syrup, vanilla and fruits
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a medium thin white head that diminishes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of grainy malt, bourbon and butterscotch. Full and chewy body with flavors of maple bourbon, doughy malt, herbal hops and a bit of vanilla. The finish is boozy with a sweet maple and oaky bourbon aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around.
flatmatt (1157) - Northville, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Pours orange amber with a slightly off-white head and small drifting particles. Sweet bourbon and maple sugar aroma, caramel, butterscotch, hoppy hints. Flavor is strong on the bourbon with a sweet maple syrup backup. Rather tasty.
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ???, I think Triangle Wine, maybe Beer Dispensary or Bottle Revolution....good aroma, sweet. Bourbon, maple, tangerine. Big initial bourbon, abv scent, then maple and tangerine creep in, clean brownish orange color, good initial head, faded quickly to a ring, no lace. Sweet flavor. Heavy body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finis that’s drying. Pretty darn tasty. Maple mixed nicely with bourbon . The initial scent really hits you with the abv, while the bourbon remains dominant other scents flirt my senses. Pretty darn nice.
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bright dark gold into a snifter. White head with good retention recedes leaving scant spiders. Oak, vanilla, tangerine and toffee aromas. Thick with sweet oak and vanilla upfront turning hot before the lasting bitter maple finish.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a gorgeously clear, golden amber color with hints of pink and ruby. The beer forms a small head that quickly works down into a scrim of off-white bubbles that are nearly tan. The bubbles cling to the glass and leave thin tendrils of lacing alongside pretty hefty alcoholic legs. In body, this beer is shockingly clear, especially given the barrel-aging, with some definite viscosity. The beer is bright and translucent in the light, with no floating particles and practically nothing in terms of haze. This beer looks like a lager!? On the nose, the booze and oak make themselves nicely present. Smooth oak and rich bourbon tango on the nose with touches of sticky maple syrup that are subtle, but also present. Coconut, toasted oak, stale bread, marshmallow, vanilla, and soft fusel alcohol waft across the nose along with just a hint of rubbing alcohol. There is even a light brininess to the nose, but oak and Buffalo Trace bourbon are the dominant notes on the nose. The smell is rich, but very subtle and doesn’t blend as nicely as I hoped. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy sweet. An alcoholic heat tingles in the start of the sip and again as the beer flows down the throat. Sweet maple and wheat malt tango with tannic oak bitters and slight bready malt. The finish is rich booze and sweet malt. In flavor, the beer begins as vanilla, marshmallow and booze that then transitions into rich bourbon, much like (if not exactly the same as) the Buffalo Trace I drank last night. Touches of vanilla wafer, coconut, and praline also cross the palate. As it warms, caramel comes out along with maple syrup in the middle of the sip. The finish blends boozy bourbon with maple syrup and oak tannins, and is of a middling length, but leaves a long sweet booze feeling at the very back of the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a touch of weight at the finish. This beer is oddly smooth and light for its ABV. Carbonation is soft, and the mouthfeel is pure velvet and light syrup with a touch of rough alcohol that prickles at the beginning of the sip. The aftertaste is of stale bread, light nail polish, and praline with licks of maple syrup. The mouth is left with a sticky coat of booze and spittle with a hot tingle of alcohol. Overall, this beer is very hot with the bourbon character. Bourbon is the predominant flavor, and I kind of wish there was more of the maple syrup and less of the bourbon. As is, it reminds me of Buffalo Trace, malty beer, and a touch of oaky maple blended together. This Sweet Repute is a little over a month older than its release date, and from what I have read, its stepped off on its sweetness. This is still a sweet beer, but that sweetness is blended with all of the other flavors of bourbon and just a touch of maple. I also feel like the hot alcohol is starting to come out a little more in this beer, which is odd. You need to like bourbon to really appreciate this. The beer is rich and complex, but not my favorite from Founder’s barrel aging program. This is a great beer, but Founders has done better for me, and the wheatwine character is practically nonexistent here.