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RATINGS: 1771   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
Big and delicious for your íperty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fishbrew (13) - Holland, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bottle purchased in Holland, MI. Enjoyed at room temperature. Phenomenal beer. Aroma is sweet malt, cherry, and oak. Malty sweet flavors on the front end, followed by a smooth tropical coconut/pineapple oak flavor and sufficient bitterness to balance it out. Mouthfeel is viscous and oily. An amazingly balanced, well crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
12 oz Bottle that I got when I traded for a bottle of CBS. It pours a dark brown color with little head. It look more of a red color when it is held up to the light. The aroma is full of bourbon and vanilla notes. It tastes like a very solid, well made barrel aged old ale. I am very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hivemind (885) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2011
12-oz bottle courtesy of James shared with James and Streets. Beautiful, deep red pour with a dark tint, especially from below. Smells like malts and booze with a bit of chocolate or vanilla coming through. Taste is somewhat complex with wood definitely making a showing. Malts, caramel, vanilla. Medium, chewy mouthfeel and the alcohol warms the stomach right off the bat. Later on, alcohol even burns the throat a little. So good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (440) - Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 truly amazing beer. Hints of bourbon, tons of vanilla, toasty oak, toffe and caramel, slight Scottish roast. medium carbonation, almost syrup-like mouthfeel. tons of flavor. Founders makes good dark beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (983) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Poured a very dark reddish-brown with a minimal khaki colored head. Strong aroma of bourbon, wood, maple syrup, and sweet malt. Most obvious flavor is bourbon. The alcohol is by no means hidden but less pronounced than I was expecting. Smooth and silky palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
properhops (88) - - OCT 17, 2011
Video review at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDX8EBO3eOA

Appearance: Menacing ruby red, 1-finger head dissipates to layering, average lacing

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla bean, raw cinnamon, white oak, hint of bitter chocolate

Taste: Full body, bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon, oak, caramelized walnuts, oily resin, hint of plum, light maraschino cherry sweetness, mild carbonation

Pairings: Italian food, carbonara, pork roast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2011
í10 - 12oz bottle. Pours ruby red with a thin off-white head that sticks around leaving a little lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, with notes of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is malty sweet, with the same notes of caramel, vanilla, oak, and a little bourbon. Incredibly smooth, and easy to drink. Shame itís my last bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (812) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Pours dark brown with slight head. nose is whiskey, oak and brown mFirst sip is bourbon, vanilla, slight bitterness, finish is nice but not as good as remember.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2011
12oz bottle from 09. I had this one at a year old and it was fantastic, but I didnít review it. Fantastic bourbon nose after the hiss, vanilla was rich and the woody undertones plesent. Pours a nice dark brown with off white head. Smooth across the palate, but what trouble me is the dropoff in the bourbon flavor, the vanilla sweetness very mild. Balanced still, but I feel as though this one wonít go another year. I like it, but not loving it. The year old would have gotten a 19/20.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evergreen0199 (2903) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle from Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY. A dark amber coloured pour with a small off white head on top. Pleasing aroma of scotch whiskey, vanilla and caramel. Tastes similar, whiskey, vanilla, caramel, sweet, fruity, malty. Jesus Christ this was good. Rich warming and complex. An excellent ale from Founders, wish Founders were easily obtainable here in the UK.

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