jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Deep brown body, almost opaque. Short, tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts chocolate, cherry cola and raisins. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. The finish is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. The sweet molasses, chocolate and sugary tastes are balanced with some bitter roastiness and tartness in the finish. The warming alcohol is nicely muted in the taste and aroma.
PhillyCraft (2850) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Teresa’s. Pours deep, rich brown, almost Coca-Cola black, with an amberish, creamy head. Aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel, oats, barley, and sweet hints of coffee. Body is not quite full; bold but not overwhelming, with a silky, milky smoothness and a slick, satisfying mouthfeel. Not boozy in the least, but finishes with a pleasant, slight warming. Excellent brew.
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on draft at the Avery / Boulder Strong Ale Fest. I was looking forward to trying this one. Poured a rich mocha color with a decent head. Aromas of barrel wood, vanilla and whiskey. Great rich malts and dark fruits come forward as it warms. Starts off sweet, followed by an earthy maltiness and a big bourbon finish. A bit cloying due to the heat, but would likely be mucho delicioso if aged a bit longer. Chewy and filling..
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Dark brown/black appearane with a small brown head. Bourbon, dark malts and the maple syrup is obvious in the nose. Initially a sweet, vanilla flavor followed the dark chocolate maltiness of the Baltic Porter with the whole thing tasting like a mild maple syrup. The bourbon is unfortunately a little too dominate in my mind but still a great beer.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle shared by BOLTZ. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is chocolate, oats, dark fruit and roasted malt. The taste is coffee, ashy cocoa, burnt malt and booze. Medium bodied. Very tasty – tastes more like a porter than an Old Ale.
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Received this as a hand bottle. Not as aggressive as I would have expected. Mahogany bordering black with ruby red highlights and a caramel head. Lots of dark malt, caramel, brown sugar and molasses notes accompanying dark fruit both in aroma and flavor. Little vanilla as well. Not a ton of bourbony notes, however...more porter-like in flavor. Alcohol hidden well.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sitting at the Capone’s bar rocking a phone review.
A: Pours a very dark, near black with the slightest hint of--surprisingly enough--pure maple syrup coloring. Not much head or lacing, other than a whisp here and there after a good swirl, but it still looks beautiful sitting in the glass. Lacing improves a good deal with agitation as it warms up.
S: The initial whiff is plenty of maple syrup alongside some darker ripe fruits, mostly making me think of dark semi-tart cherries. A wee bit of oak and the accompanying vanilla. Hints of molasses and brown sugar.
T: Again, loads of maple alongside some oak, sweet vanilla, molasses, and dark sugars. Not as much of the cherry-type tartness that I got from the nose.
M: A little bit thin, but this is made up for in part as there isnt a cloying sweetness like with many Old Ales, nor is there any discernable alcohol presence.
D: Very nice. Glad I got up here to try this one before it kicked. Hopefully other breweries will start following in Founders’ footsteps and start maple aging some of their bigger beers.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-12-2010
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tyler’s, Durham. Thick oily pour, like strained soupy extract of beer. Very strong whiskey nose, with deep malts and a mellowed quality that almost suggest it’s been aged. Nice sipper, very thick bodied. Flavor is certainly quite complex, almost like Old Curmudgeon with far more chocolate malts and a hint of roasted ones to boot. Nice.
klingea1 (28) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Founders, black with a tan head. Floral aromas behind malt and dark fruit. Loads of malt, molasses, and plum flavors. A good beer, but was a bit too sweet for me.
Chalsk (1017) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of dark fruit, molasses and chocolate. Has a sweet boozy taste. Smooth despite the high abv. A nice velvety chocolate finish. Has a dark fruit underbelly. Thin to medium mouthfeel.