umich03jm (2178) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Slows Bar-B-Q. Pours clear, deep ruby red with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aromas are rye, vanilla, oak, cherries, and caramel malt. Taste is very smooth. Light sweetness from caramel and a little fruitiness. Awesome subtle bourbon barrel character. Very light hops show up in te spicy rye finish. I really thought I wasnít going to like this buts itís great.
tastybeer (1782) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Copper pour, off-white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of maple, barrel, toffee, caramel, vanilla. Taste is sweet, barrel, maple, soft rye, vanilla. Palate is soft, coating, warming, sweet finish.
bwa5879 (706) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep mahogany red/brown with thin foam of white. Strong citrus hop scent with some bourbon notes. Taste similar to reds rye with citrus hops and bourbon accentuating the malts, astringent on finish with less rye flavor. I like this less than regular reds rye. The bourbon barrel aging makes a great beer very divided/disconnected. Score would probably not be so low but I consider this disrespectful to the base beer.
koleminer20 (749) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. On tap at Founders on March 19. The pour is a brilliant garnet/ruby with a filmy white head and leaves some gorgeous lacing. The aroma has some delightful bourbon characters; vanilla and a light bourbon character that meshes so well with the hoppiness thatís naturally present. The flavor is pretty great as well. Itís got a light bitter bite that Redís Rye does, fading through a great vanilla sweetness and into a nice rye spiciness. The mouth feel is very velvety with a creaminess to it and the carbonation is just wonderful. There is a wonderfully dry, lightly bitter, spicy aftertaste
jaybes (17) - Hastings, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dreams do come true. My two favorite things in the world, bourbon and Reds Rye, finally together. Little sweet, and the barrel aging really knocks the bitterness off, which sucks. Would love to try this again dry hopped with Simcoe (hint, hint).
tectactoe (2338) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2014 Tap @ Founders: Pours a nice color hybrid of copper, red, & orange, mild clarity despite the somewhat dark hue with a gray-tinted film that quickly disperses into nothing more than a small collar. Aroma is very bourbon barrel forward. Smooth booze with a huge vanillin barrel-aging component, lots of toffee, earth, & a slight tannic wood presence in the finish. The barrel has certainly dominated this beer, but itís surprisingly not overbearing. Taste has more of that smooth bourbon with a strong vanilla underbody; more toffee, caramel, & faint earthiness make a more suitable base. The finish has slight notes of orange peel & bitter pine tree, perhaps the only notable component of the original Redís to peak through. Definitely a strong barrel-aged character left & right, but still much more smooth & easy to drink than lots of BA beers out there. Nice.
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Red pour. The smell is bourbon sugary and mildly choppy. The flavor is nice like raspwrry orange nougat and caramel.
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10oz on tap at Senate, for $8.54. Mostly clear, dark red color. Thin ring of off-white, sort of grayish head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Medium to bigger body. Lightly slick. Good, smooth, creamy lighter carbonation, a little drying in the finish. Tropical fruity hop aroma. Nice rye spiciness. Good, balanced barrel character. Hints of vanilla, light caramel, creme... Nice moderate to bigger bitter taste, light sweet, with a good fry finish. Just a very light nice warmth in the finish thatís overshadowed by the good big earthy tropical lightly spicy hoppy aftertaste. Very tasty and balanced, enjoyable stuff. I enjoyed this much more than the last 2 barrel-aged Founders beers I tried (Doom and Boylrmakr). Very smooth and easy drinking. Texture and flavor both have a near-perfect balance. Amazing beer... Savored my 10oz to the last drop, and Iím not even mad about the $8 price. No way that a 4oz taster would have done this justice. Easily one of the most fantastic BAíd hop-forward beers Iíve ever tried, much better than expected.
njager246 (365) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet... Bourbon and rye... A fair amount of bourbon and hops in the flavor... Nice1q
EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was skeptical. I didnít care for Founderís Doom and I was concerned that this might be yet another style that doesnít do well with barrel aging. I thought this beer did nicely. Pours a dark clear amber with barely tan head. Scent is rye and whiskey. Was it rye whiskey? As I donít regularly drink rye whiskey, I donít know. Very reminiscent of whisky only slightly sweeter and less boozy. Damn nice beer. Draft - Leonís Full Service - Decatur, GA