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RATINGS: 1583   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2010 12oz bottled on Nov 16, 2009. Served in a Duvel tulip at cool room temperature. Pours copper brown with a two finger beige head that reduces to a foamy ring and light cap, leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is wow, big time vanilla and oak, bourbon/whiskey, alcohol, a bit of caramel and chocolate, wood is the centerpiece of the aroma, smells of a woodworking shop. Flavor is rich caramel, chocolate, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, mild alcohol but pretty smooth considering the bottleís young age. Some sweetness overall. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, very full, low carbonation. Damn, this is a treat. Iím already a huge fan of Dirty Bastard and the bourbon barrel aging is blended so well in this one, particularly balanced in the flavor. More, please!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RyanMM (412) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2010 Initial Rating 3/3/2010 from the 2009 batch

Pours deep mahogony. Nice head fades to good lacing. Nose is slightly fruity, with a nice quantity of oak, and a bit of malt. Thicker mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly oily, has a hit of alcohol but not as much as youíd expect with the ABV. Slight sweetness, moderately bitter, balanced flavor with that nice rich oak and bourbon backend. The barrel character isnít overstated, though, itís present without being dominant or distracting. Well-played, Founders.
8/5/8/5/16 - 4.2

2010 bottle, tasted moments after hitting 55F

Pours incredibly deep ruby, practically chocolate. Highly active carbonation but only a moderate head, tons of gorgeous actively bubbling lacing though. The nose is almost all bourbon, and a little hot, with the familiar notes of Dirty Bastard playing in the distant background. Super-creamy, a little oily, solid hints of bitter in the back of the palate to counter-balance a lot of sweet bourbon and malt on the front. Whisky burn is quite present on the finish. Goddamn this stuff smells awesome.
9/5/8/4/18 - 4.4

Iím going to taste the 2009 and the 2010 side by side soon and give an adjusted grade at some point. Right now Iím averaging the grades of the 2009 as rated and the 2010 fresh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanCiech (5) - USA - MAR 3, 2010 does not count
this beer was really unexpected. It was almost like a lightly carbonated scotch or whiskey. That might not seem appealing, but it was excellent. Very enjoyable, definately dont want to have more than one or two, or else you might get into some trouble. Very pricey. Like $14.99 a 4pk. But worth trying

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (1792) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Pours a deep brown with small head. Aroma was dominated by bourban, burnt oak, toffee with a hint of vanilla. The bourban smell dominates, comes through potently in the taste. Taste is slightly sweet with a dry finish. This is certainly a beer that grows on you. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1088) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
This marks the 100th beer I have rated. On tap at Capones. Pours a dark chocolate brown color. Has an aroma of grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. Toffee leads the way on taste as well. The oak flavor is also powerful. Has a whiskey feel. Enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3137) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with light khaki head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Flavor is lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and oak. Lots of earth and wood notes. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. Thanks Peter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3614) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Deep red amber color with thin,big bubbled beige head that disappeared by the end of the drink. The nose is all about the bourbon, with rich butterery wood notes. Whatever beer they started with is pretty much subsumed by the barrel. Bourbon, wood, fresh campfire smoke, and vanilla all float over whatever it was they but in this barrel. If you do not like bourbon, donít get this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pours a rich amber color with an off-white head. Nose full of trappist-style malts and woods, fruity vanilla, and some of those classic whiskey aromas. THICK creamy bourbon heavy palette. Smooth with real vanilla cream flavor on it. Surprising and delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5305) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Aroma is brown sugar. Pour is brown with tan head and clinging lace. Flavor is brown sugar, vanilla, dried fruit, cherry, abv. Full bodied with light carbonation. A very nice beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5879) - McKinney, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a dark brownish-red with a small white head. The aroma is awesome, lots of cherry, vanilla and bourbon. The flavor is just as great, with the same cherry, vanilla and bourbon notes, with the vanilla being the most dominant flavor. There is very little detectable alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is low.


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