DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Clear light yellow pour, very smal ring of carbonation and an aroma of sweep maple and strong boozy malt. Flavor is also very sweet boozy malty, bourbon and more maple syrup. Really reminds me of Nemesis 09, tasty and worth the asking price.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Bellevue (KY)
Seeing a new Founders draft made it a no brainer for my sampler tray. A big bold Midwestern beer is exactly what one would expect from the brains behind one of the best Michigan breweries. Savor this over a long session and find out why Founderís is still as popular as it was six years ago.
Aroma / Appearance - The flat caramel colored base is decorated by only the thinnest of wispy head. Honey, almonds, wheat, and malt tickle the senses. It feels as heavy as the 12% ABV billing as it hangs in the air like a dense wintery fog.
Flavor / Palate - A thick and vinous first impression crawls into every corner of the palate. Coating the tongue like a layer of sealant it unleashes a chewy wave of orange sorbet, wheat, and watered down honey. The warm finish grows over time - a full pint would definitely take its toll if you did not balance it with water and / or food. Even so Iíd love to have one to throw into the cellar to see how it ages in about three years.
artmcd8 (1496) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Harris Grill. The series is turning around since the low point of Doom. Still not my favorite. Pours a golden brownish red color with an off white head. Aroma of bourbon vanilla and some maple but not much. Big vanilla. Taste is definitely sweet. Lighter carb and medium thick body. I can stop after 6 oz of this stuff.
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with friends. Aroma is great with vanilla, caramel, malt, slight honey, and oak. Pours hazy light brown with a nice white head. Taste follows suit with a sticky molasses, oak, vanilla, and earthy hop. Great balance of sweetness, earthiness, and booze. Finally a winner from Foundersí backstage series. Really enjoyed this one.
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Actually, this is my favorite in the series since CBS. Nice golden clear pour, thin head. Nose is sweet full of vanilla, oak and maple. taste is sweet and dry, bananas and tropical fruits masked by the boozy sweetness. 8oz pour, totally could not have more of this.
ajtrupp (217) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn, this one packs a couple crazy punches. The sweetness from the maple really comes through in the end.
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bellco33 (245) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours hazy brown with a thin tan head. Aroma bourbon, oak, smells nice but can definitely tell sweetness is coming. Taste is way too sweet (itís in the name, after all), bourbon comes through but so does the ABV. Also very nutty tasting. Sticky, cloying mouthfeel, full body, I donít like it but I also donít like overly sweet beers. At least I got to say I tried it!
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a hazy orange amber with a thick white head...good lacing and retention. aroma has some mild fruity sweetness...almost cognac...lightly boozy and bourbony...sweet. flavor has vanilla and earthy hops...lightly oaky and mild boubon...maple sweetness, citrus and bourbon really giving a cognac note...enough oak and hoppiness to cut through the sweetness. mouthfeel is full and resinous with a dry oaky/earthy/boozy warming finish that lingers for quite a while. awesome!
Jimsal27 (205) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden amber out of bottle with beautiful one finger head. Aroma vanilla, bourbon, toffee and booze. Taste of sweet malt vanilla bourbon, toffee and even a hint of the maple syrup. Full body creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Very nicely done. Maybe missing a tad bit of bitterness to offset sweetness.
bmulder87 (9) - Belmont, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma has strong scent of bourbon with deep hints of maple. Taste is smooth and boozey. Great beer for relaxing in cold winter weather. Warning: only consume 1, any more and you wonít be driving!