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.
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really sticky sweet and a bit overbearing. I wanted to like this one but it needs something to balance the insane sweetness. Mollases, Maple, Caramel, and cereal malt with a bit of oak but not enough. Blarg too much.
brokensail (10959) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Clear orange in color with a white head. Smells of maple, vanilla, and peach. Some orange peel, lots of caramel, pie crust, and brown sugar. Flavor is quite sweet, but pleasant. Apple pie, maple syrup, vanilla, and peaches. Big caramel and vanilla, some bourbon as well. A bit one note, but I liked it.
48FanInCali (725) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light brown pour. Generous ivory head for the style. Nose and taste of vanilla, brown sugar, barrel, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee. Normal thinner mouth feel from the wheat malt. Very well done. No sense in aging this one. Drink when you are ready.
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thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle) clear gold orange, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of coconut, sweet alcohol, woody, palm sugar. Taste of coconut, alcohol, very sweet, completely one dimensional. Not good.
Ibrew2or3 (6910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours with a clear gold body that has copper hues and supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up maltiness, roasted malts, raisins, apricot, pears and white sugar cubes. The taste delivers lots of various notes like sweet malts, roasted malts, brown sugar dredged apple skins, prunes and dates. It then picks up an additional element of smooth near velvety sweet bourbon. Wow. Nice pleasing balance between base beer and barrel treatment.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Trinity Wine and Spirits. Pours a mostly clear yellow-orange with a white head that laces and leaves legs. Nose is sweetbread, cotton candy, bourbon, vanilla, wood, maple, and light booze with some cherry as well. Flavor is similar: huge vanilla, cotton candy, sweetness, bourbon, maple, oak, and sweetbread with hints of cherries then there is a strange bitterness at the end that keeps me from rating it higher, but then the lingering oak, maple, bourbon, and vanilla come in to smooth things over. Very enjoyable, light to medium bodied beer with a long-lasting finish,
ChrisSc (185) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at founders into tulip. Grand Rapids.
Appearance: cloudy golden/amber. Small white head.
Aroma: maple, oak, bourbon, alcohol. Nice.
Taste: sweet up front. Bitter finsih.
Palate: very full body. Low carbonation. Smooth texture.
Overall: aroma is a little lacking. Served a little cold for my taste.
rlpeeler (88) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap a cloudy orange to amber modest off white head. A barrage of complex tastes with none predominate however there is a persistent fruity to sweet under tone. There is also an alcohol tang but it is not overwhelming or unpleasant.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks for sharing, Dave! Aroma leaks a sticky-sweet edge of maple cone candy and intensified malt. Booze-alicious. As someone else at the table said, it’s like scotch mixed with beer. This is rough stuff. Intensely sweet, intensely alcoholic and almost no beer flavor left. There’s this amalgam of woody, bourbon-y, maple, sweetness and not much else. Not sure what the point of doing this in beer form is.