LearninBeer (412) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is bourbon or whiskey. Pours a dark reddish brown with a light brown head, creamy and mostly diminishing, virtually no lacing. The taste is sweet with some bitter, some bourbon taste. the body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish long. Needs more aging in my opinion.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle provided by DuffManSW. Rating #557. Clear dark amber pour with a white head. Caramel maltiness in the nose. Sweet more caramelly flavors and some bourbon notes, good stuff. (1238)
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to fata2683. Pours hazy garnet, extremely thin head doesn’t stick around; very soft carbonation. Saying the lacing is spotty is being kind. Nose is coconut/bourbon, red fruit, some malt; nice and woody. Flavors are rich, with more coconut and fruit, and a very slight brandyish character which is drying and keeps the beer in balance. Very nice and unexpected. Lovely.
mephisto (1273) - TAIWAN - MAY 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a heavy and complex brew with strong aroma of alcohol and hops. it has a ’gotcha’ flavor that is very malty and hoppy. a wonderful barley wine.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber colour thin head. Amazing arome very fruity and aromatic. Flavours of coconut and sweet malt, dark fruits, oak and scotch, but the coconut really stands out this is a fantasic brew!!
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle-hazy brown pour-small almost non-existent lite brown head-aroma and taste of bourban,caramel, vanilla,brown sugar-nice sweet bitter bourban finish
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky brownish color, little to no head, nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak and brown sugar. flavor is smooth with all the noted above flavors and a minimal alcohol burn mouth feel was silky. really nice.. at brewpub
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
He appeared in my glass dressed in rich murky browns, much like old musty wood that has seen many years of luscious bourbon aging in her round depths. A small head immediately fades into a khaki ringlet while a splotchy film tries and fails to cover her surface. A few swirls produce a decent showing of lace, but even better, a huge belch of bourbony proportions.
Mm… bourbon. A moment please… Thank you. Ok, and now we return to our regularly scheduled program.
Wood and spice, cinnamon and nutmeg specifically, are followed by candy apples, plums, raisins, and even more bourbon. Did I mention there is lots of bourbon in this beer? A flourish of vanilla extract and root leads into a warm tickle at the back of my nose right before I wrap thirsty lips around her liquid bounty. My first impression is of how well balanced his palate is. Bourbon sweetness and warmth is immediately evident, but not overpowering. Vanilla, cinnamon, and dry wood mingle atop giddy tastebuds, lingering long after each quaff. As he warms, the dryness spreads warm tendrils throughout my body, and each quaff is a soothing repeat of the last. Not as complex as some bourbon barrel aged ales, the apples, prunes, and raisins flitter in and out, weaving a dark fruit delight with apply sass throughout his palate. Exquisite, and even better, sessionable. I’ll take another one, please.
Founders, how I love thee, why aren’t you in Florida? Just remembering this beer is making me thirsty. Just as with all Founders beers, should you stumble across this particular option, take home a sixer, or 12pack. Why err on the side of less when you could take home more.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 09, courtesy of badnewsbeers, thanks! tried next to dirty bastard and this one takes the the cake. the bourbon adds a faint candy like caramel and cotton candy flavor to the aroma and taste. i’ve had this one several times, but waqs waiting to try it next to the regular to rate it. this is a well rounded maltinator, and the ba’ing adds very nicely. founders proves to know what they are doing, yet again.
re-rate, one of my favorites. not a five, but just so damned reliable and so fuggin tasty.
brigg (532) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Mahogany body with thin, vanishing off-white head. Very aromatic: caramel, alcohol, wood, bourbon. Body is medium to full, oily, and soft carbonation - very nice. Flavor is strong with alcohol, but it remains smooth and very drinkable (minimal burn). Flavor is pretty sweet; vanilla, caramel, wood, bourbon.